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HOLLYWOOD HAIR! Yvette Nicole Brown, Gabrielle Union, Model Olivia Anakwe & More Discuss Lack Of Stylists Who Can Style Black Hair

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#ActingWhileBlack can land you looking all type os crazy if you don't come prepared. Now, celebs are having an open discussion about the lack of hair stylists in Hollywood who know how to do black hair. Peep tweets from Yvette Nicole Brown, Gabrielle Union, model Olivia Anakwe and more inside...

 

Can a sista get some hair love in Hollywood and in fashion? Several black actresses, actors, models and hairstylists are engaged in a Twitter conversation about black hair and the importance of having stylists on set who know how to style and care for black hair.

Since most on-set stylists aren't trained in styling natural black hair textures, many black actresses/actors have to come to set with their hair already done or style their own hair to keep from looking crazy on screen.

On Twitter, entertainers have been airing our their frustrations under the hashtag #ActingWhileBlack and everyone seemingly has the same story.

Model Olivia Anakwe kicked off the conversation with a message about hiring more people who can style her afro textured hair in the fashion industry. She's tired of stylists who don't know how to style black hair and then "attempt" to learn as they go before she's set to hit the runway or slay a photoshoot.

"This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills," she wrote in an Instagram post. "Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair.

"I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair.

"Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better."

She argued that having textured hair shouldn’t be considered a specialty. Stylists in the industry should know how to work with all hair types.

Read her full PSA below:

 
 
 
 
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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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This opened up a discussion about the lack of stylists who have no clue how to style black hair in the entertainment industry. "New Edition Story" actress Yvette Nicole Brown chimed in and shared she often times have to bring her own weavery to ensure her hair is styled properly.

 

 

 

 

“Aquaman” star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and “Timeless” actor Malcolm Barrett also weighed in:

 

 

Oh, and black actors have to bring their own barbers as well. Just ask David Alan Grier: 

 

 

"Being Mary Jane" actress Gabrielle Union and "Insecure" star/writer Natasha Rothwell also spoke out about the hair issue in Hollywood:

 

 

"Empire" star Gabourey Sidibe shared how she handles dealing with a team who can't/won't style her hair:

 

Several stylists and makeup artists have tweeted out their info for work:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're honestly not shocked by this. Black women seemingly always at the bottom of the totem pole in America. Thoughts?

 

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