A great hair makeover can change your life. Your signature style can also tie in directly who you are and how you present yourself to the world. It can also be really fun to change up your style all the time, but what happens if other people feel betrayed by that act? It can get really complicated. Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi is savvy to all of the above, and so she got really candid about her thoughts on her hair and hair politics in a great new interview.
"I have natural hair and have always embraced it," Yara told The Cut. “The first time I straightened my hair I was 11, and it was only because I was getting a haircut. And I thought, ‘Oh, I like this! I’ll keep it this way’, and did until I washed my hair."
But Yara also knows that when she changes up her hair, it can mean something more to her fans, who are viewing her as a natural hair role model.
"I know how culturally significant hair is because curls are representative of my people," she added. "But I’m also a teenager who wants to experiment with hair and see what it looks like in a different way without being viewed as a sellout."
Yara says her thoughts also extend to the current debate over corn rows being appropriated as "boxer braids" by other cultures.
"I was explaining to someone the other day, we’re not complaining about this ‘boxer braid’ term for the sake of being sticklers. Just can you please embrace the fact that black culture contributed to things?" she said. "As a teenager, I have no clue who I want to be or what I want to do with my life. I have an idea, but I’m evolving."
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