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Teyonah Parris Says Before Going Natural She Relaxed Her Hair So Long She Didn’t Even Know What Her Hair Texture Was

We love Teyonah Parris’ beautiful natural hair and the different styles she rocks, but she’s been vocal about how difficult her transition to natural has been. In a new interview with People Parris talks about her journey to becoming a naturalista. When asked to describe her earliest hair memories, Parris reveals she was struggling to love her texture at a young age:

“It would definitely be sitting in a hot salon all day on Saturday, getting my relaxer then coming out with some super-stiff style. I did that every four weeks. In elementary and middle school I went through a phase where I looked at Caucasian and mixed-race girls and said, “Why don’t I look like they look? I want that kind of hair!”

So many black women experience this! We’re so conditioned by what the all-American standard of beauty is that it’s no wonder young women feel like this. Parris says she realized her commitment to creamy crack was getting in the way of her loving what she looked like naturally:

“It was later, around college, when I realized I didn’t have a clue what my natural hair looks like because I had been getting relaxers for so long. It was a matter of, ‘What does my natural hair look like if don’t manipulate it, or chemically alter it at all? I don’t know! Who am I?’ And that was followed by a four or five-year journey of me learning to truly understand and appreciate who I am and what I look like without any affectations. Not just stopping putting the chemicals in my hair, but going out bare-faced and embracing my own natural beauty.”

Parris also reveals she never did a big chop and allowed her relaxer to grow out while wearing a weave. She also says that her journey to embracing her natural hair was much more of a mental process:

“I had a very skewed, narrow idea of what was considered beautiful, and I had to let a lot of that go and be reconditioned on what I thought beauty was.”

For everyone who loves Parris’ hair as much as we do, the Dark & Lovely ambassador also shared her hair routine:

“I try not to overdo it. I would say I wash it maybe every four days with the Knot-Out Conditioner. And about once a month I use the Clumping Curl Clay Cleanser for a very deep clean. That’s my washing routine, but for styling, I try to keep it in a protective style for a few days, wear it out for a few days, and then start again. When I twist my hair, my favorite product to use is the Coil Moisturizing Soufflé. I’ll leave those in for a couple of days, then I’ll untwist it and have a cute twist out, at which point I’ll use the Twice as Nice Curl Refresher to keep it all moisturized and have my afro poppin!”

Who else was able to relate to what Parris experienced? What’s your natural hair routine? Which products work best for you?




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