I love Nia. She’s funny, feisty, and she could be a great actress if she didn’t keep acting in cinematic tripe like Are We There Yet, Are We Done Yet, and Big Momma’s House parts one and two.
Loved her in Friday, which is definitely one of my top ten favorite movies ever.
I have never had issues with Nia’s hair, but seeing her cute and curly made me think. Why don’t more celebrities go natural? They definitely have the access to top of the line hairdressers and quality products that regular folks can’t afford.
I think it’s a conformity issue. All of their peers have long, silky weaves so they need to as well. But speaking personally, there are some celebrities who I think should go natural for multiple reasons.
Case in point, Eve.
Oh, Eve. To quote Fresh from C&D, “she know that shit is thirsty!” Fresh – you always tell it like it is! But seriously, Eve should know better. Her do is literally fried and dyed. The blond look is so, so old. And yet more and more black celebrities continue to jump on the bandwagon. It’s like a sign of success if you’re black or Latin and in the entertainment biz – one of the first moves is to go blond and blonder, and then to start dressing in more revealing clothing. I would guess that going blond is rule numero uno in the J.Lo guide to career building.
Some celebs can work it, but blond doesn’t work for everyone, people. And that color will eventually turn on you if you don’t moisturize your situation.
Having said that, I believe Eve has what it takes to go natural.
“Hey Afrobella, what does it take,” you ask? Well I’ll tell you.
1. Courage. You can’t be afraid to take the big chop. Judging from Eve’s total transformation, she never has been scared of a haircut, no matter how short, or a hair color, no matter how bright.
2. Strength to put up with all of the snide comments from frenemies, well-meaning albeit misguided advice from family, and chatter about your hair in general when you’ve made your decision.
3. Patience and determination to stick with your God-given kinks and curls despite the temptation to just get it texturized already. It takes will-power to get over the rough transition period, when you might not exactly feel like your hair is your crowning glory.
4.Knowledge of self – if you are searching for an identity, and you’re the kind of person who changes your hairstyle and appearance on a regular basis – natural ain’t for you. The whole point is to embrace, accept, and enhance what you were born with. Which leads me to number 5…
5. Confidence. It takes a great deal of confidence to have natural hair. You gotta know how to style it and how to work it. You have to love yourself, love your hair, and wear your curly locks with pride.
I believe Eve has all of these qualities, but her stylist is just leading her astray.
Two of the most damaging things you can do to your hair are relaxing and coloring. Consistent chemical treatments strip your tresses of their natural oils and resilience, and over time that damage is damn near irreversible.- which is why so many transitioners have to take the big chop to begin with.
I don’t have any issues with hair color – I definitely plan on getting some pretty copper highlights the next time I visit a stylist, because subtle, well-done streaks can make natural curls look alive, defined, and eye-catching. But colored hair needs extra care, extra conditioning, extra moisture. Otherwise, it winds up looking like straw.
So I say come home, Eve! Chop off those dusty dry tracks and watch your curls spring out like fresh, green shoots from the parched earth. You’re gorgeous enough to work it, and someone needs to set an example for your hip-hop peers.
So, fellow bellas, which other celebrities should go natural? I’d love to hear your suggestions!