Thandie Newton Let Her Hair Go Natural for Her Daughters
And After Watching Chris Rock's Movie Good Hair
Crash star Thandie Newton made a major change to her beauty routine, thanks to her daughters and Chris Rock.
After watching Rock's movie Good Hair, which details the chemical relaxers Black women use to straighten their tresses, Newton decided she was going to drop the harsh routine and let her curly locks shine.
In the movie, Rock reveals that the chemicals used to straighten hair contain enough lye to dissolve a soda can.
"I didn't want my daughters to judge their beautiful curls," Newton told her friend, makeup artist Kay Montano, in an interview.
"Ultimately, the goal is to be free to do whatever you want with your hair. But what we 'want' is influenced by so many factors. When I was little I insisted my parents stopped calling me Thandie because it was so 'different,' my desire was influenced by a community where the way I looked was not celebrated, where my uniqueness was seen as suspect. Whatever we are repelled by, or don't want — right there is the bud to a root we need to dig up and investigate."
Her mother had started straightening her hair when she was a child, Newton said, to make her feel more comfortable with the way she looked and to help her fit in.
"I remember when I was 7 at my convent school, it was school photo day so all the kids came looking their best," Newton recalls. "Mum did my hair in 20 or so corn rows with green wooden beads on each end to match my school uniform. The nuns were appalled … they wouldn’t let me have my picture taken.
I felt embarrassed, disappointed, ashamed … But then I read this year a piece in The Independent about a student who appealed against not being able to wear his hair in (what the school felt was a hoodlum style) braids, and he won. That’s 30 years since the nuns dissed me … This shit keeps going round and round."