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Lupita Nyong’o Covers Allure

Wakandan Queen Lupita Nyong’o is heating up the pages of Allure. The actress who KILLS her role as Nakia in “Black Panther” recently celebrated her Kenyan roots with several natural hairstyles styled by herself and hairstylist Vernon François.

Lupita also spoke candidly on learning to embrace her kinky curly hair.

The actress told Allure she begged her mother to get a relaxer in her teens and the upkeep that came with it including sleeping uncomfortably and monthly touchups. Ultimately she said she decided to cut it off and go bald because it became expensive.

“I started begging my mother to have my hair relaxed. She wouldn’t allow it, though her hair was relaxed. She felt that that was a decision I could come to when I was maybe 18,” said Lupita. “Around 13 or 14, I had such a rough time with being teased and feeling really unpretty. My dad intervened and spoke to my mom about my hair, and she finally agreed. She took me to the salon in the middle of the school day, and I got my hair relaxed. I felt so much better because it was easier to tame. […]

“I remember doing crazy things, like sleeping with my head above the headboard so that my curls wouldn’t get messed up for the next day. I’d have these terrible neck aches because I was determined to keep my hair as pristine as possible. And it was super expensive.

“When I was about 18 or 19, I didn’t have a job or anything, so it was really my parents paying for my hair,” she added.

“So I was once asking for some more money to get my hair done and my dad joked, “Why don’t you just cut it all off?” And a few months later, I thought to myself, Why don’t I? I went into the hair salon, and I said, “Let’s cut it off.” It was almost a dare to myself: Can I live without hair? He shaved it right off. It was so scary but so liberating because I went completely bald.”

Aren’t you glad Lupita embraced her beautiful baldie? Nobody does it better.

More from her Allure spread on the flip.

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