10 Celebs Leading The Natural Hair Movement: These Hollywood Heroines Traded Creamy Crack for Twist Outs

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.

  • Marco

    Here’s to you, sistas …I applaud you!! Looking forward to the day weaves are put out to pasture with the Jhery Curl.

  • OoBrownSugaroO

    You guys forgot about Community’s Yvette Nicole Brown. Her Natural hair is beautiful!

  • http://twitter.com/msbusy DA LADY LUV

    Happy to she seems to have matured I hope……TIFFANY seems to be a strong woman now……NEW YORK a child who needed to grow up and have better choices in men. …..LUV the look…..

  • zap

    why is hair so important to this society?

    • Corduroy

      Amen to the truth! That’s one reason why I find natural hair more attractive. Most times it speaks to the woman’s pride, confidence, and love for her blackness. Weaves don’t get a second look from me

  • chibi

    I recently chopped all of my past the shoulder length relaxed hair. I can’t wait to start growing out my hair and thoroughly enjoying my own texture.
    These women inspired me but Tiffany Pollard was the biggest surprise of them all. Beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/denise.payne.3192 Denise Payne

    I just went natural and LUV IT!

  • Pat

    Wendy Williams stated that Viola Davis natural look wasn’t appropriate for the red carpet. Will someone tell her that her total look isn’t appropriate. She looks like a man in drag!!

    • trina

      Ooohh, you sound like my husband! He said Wendy Williams looks like RuPaul’s sister, lol!!

  • 2guns

    Yeah but. These aren’t major celebrities trying to compete in any market. Basically old women who have nothing to lose. Let’s be realistic. Black women
    in general aren’t in any real competition. When you’re own men run away every chance they get, you’re basically road kill. Something you could go to
    if there is absolutely nothing else to get you by.

    • Enoughsenough

      Someone scarred you bad!!!

    • B Please

      We ARE competition, and that’s why you made that unnecessary, rude comment. When one feels like someone is not competition, they keep moving because they are confident in themselves and don’t feel the need to make ugly comments to make themselves feel ‘better’. Some white people envy our bountiful melanin and it’s benefits (of course most would never openly admit it). Most of us have very versatile hair that many others do not. I’ve heard white women say that they want kids with black men because they don’t want “plain looking” white children their words, not mine). Black men as a whole aren’t running from us because most (the majority) of them are with black women, and the few who do “run”, let them go to white women, because most of the black men who hate black women are damaged goods who have self-esteem issues, self-hate, and mommy/daddy issues.

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