What girl hasn’t saved a gazillion images of her favorite celeb hairstyles to serve as inspiration for her own ‘do? But with so many of us going sans relaxer, it gets a little tougher finding natural haired Hollywood heroines. Thankfully many have also decided to trade the touch-ups for twist-outs. But are the coils working? Here’s a look at 10 celebs who went natural and our verdicts on the state of their hair.
1. Viola Davis
Most of the Academy Award nominee’s red carpet appearances have seen the star sporting a variety of wigs, but for the 2012 Oscars with the persuasion of her husband, Viola decided to wear her natural hair. She looks great either way, but we definitely have a preference for her coils.
2. Kim Wayans
We don’t get to see the Wayans sister as often as we did in the 90s because she’s shot calling it behind the scenes, but the funny woman has since been sporting some bodacious kinks. Though Kim has never had a perm in life, we of course remember her blown out, braided, and straight weave styles from back in the day. She could go either way, but we definitely like her better curly.
3. Kim Coles
The former “Living Single” actress and now OWN game show host chronicled her natural hair journey via social media and is often a fixture at high-profile hair events. In comparison to her days of micro braids and weaves, we totally hands down like her better natural.
4. Nicole Ari Parker
Nicole’s transition sort of went under the radar, but once she started making her publicity rounds for her role in Broadway play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” out came the curls. She says her transition to natural was a bit accidental as she was getting her hair blown out and wearing weaves so much that she didn’t realize she wasn’t getting her touch-ups. On purpose or not, we think her look is hot!
5. Chrisette Michele
Though the singer often goes back and forth between hairstyle choices, it’s most notable when she goes for close-cropped afro styles. We love Chrisette any way she decides to style her hair, but we do really dig her TWAs (teeny weeny afro) the most.
6. Tiffany “New York” Pollard
New York sure did love a straight weave! What made the VH1 star go natural was a bout of bad hair decisions (self-relaxers, overprocessing, heat styling, etc.) and a hairstylist on the set of one of her shows encouraged her to nix the chemicals. She did and for three and a half years she grew her hair out and did her big reveal last year. Yeah, she definitely looks better with natural hair.
7. Raven Symone
Raven was done with relaxers by the age of 14, but whenever she was working on the big or small screen, she wore weaves. Recently though she’s been wearing her curls out for public appearances. Her natural hair is adorable, but her style choices sometimes make her look more Olivia than Raven.
8. Rochelle Ritchie
She may not be nationally known, but this reporter for WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. went natural in 2010 in an industry where straight hair is the absolute default. A sister on the news with curls? We love it!
9. Monique Coleman
The former “High School Musical” star is cute as a button, but lawd was she ever plagued with some questionable weaves and wigs. When she started showing up at red carpet appearances sporting her God-given locks, we breathed a sigh of relief. Stay away from those heavy wigs, Mo.
10. Solange Knowles
Solo is no stranger to the big chopping and natural hair rocking. While we wouldn’t mind if she started wearing straight weaves again, we love her style more with her coils.
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