There is an ever-increasing number of women with kinky, curly hair embracing their texture, eschewing the harsh chemicals of relaxers and the damage of consistent heat straightening. And from Solange Knowles to Teyonah Parris, we’re also starting to see more celebrities make the switch to caring for their natural hair, as opposed to manipulating it into something it wasn’t meant to be. You can add Laverne Cox to this list of celebs who are showcasing the beauty of natural hair, and sharing their hair journey with fans.
In a post to her social media pages, Cox posted a side-by-side image from a January shoot in which she is rocking a beautiful, Solange Knowles-style ‘fro. In the caption, she explains why that particular look her favorite from the whole session. “I haven’t relaxed my hair since 2011. My natural hair journey continues and I want to celebrate that as much as the other looks we rock,” Cox wrote. “I also want to celebrate my natural hair sisters. I love you!”
Cox doesn’t normally wear her natural hair loose, not because she’s not proud of it, but because, like some of us, she’s just not too keen on going through the maintenance of keeping her curls on fleek every day. “Wearing my hair natural with its beautiful kink and curl on the daily is a bit too much work for me,” she explained. “I usually opt for protective styles, wigs and hair pieces for my everyday styles.”
It’s clear that those protective styles are working because underneath those wigs, Cox’s hair is thriving. While natural celebrities really have no obligation to show the world what their texture looks like, it’s apparent that Cox understands the importance of that visibility. Though natural hair is slowly starting to be more accepted in mainstream culture, there is still quite a long way to go. We still live in a world where black women are penalized for wearing their hair as it grows from their heads, and where people still harbor subconscious biases against natural hair, so it’s wonderful to see highly visible black women showing that there is nothing to be ashamed of about their beautiful texture.
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