Multiple Black Hollywood Actors Are Calling For More Stylists In Hollywood That Understand Their Hair

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March 13th 2019

When discussions of inclusion in Hollywood arise, we’re not just talking in front of the camera. We also mean behind the camera, which includes encouraging film and television sets to incorporate a more inclusive set of employees, right down to makeup and hairstylists. 

In a Teen Vogue article posted on March 8, model Olivia Anakwe discussed texture discrimination within the entertainment industry and the need for more hairstylists who know how to do natural hair. The article, written by Jessica Andrews, points out the need for more Black stylists who know how to do Black hair. It also exposes how Black stylists come equipped with knowing how to do various types of hair other than their own, while hairstylists of other races aren’t required to do all kinds of hair.

Andrews’ article immediately struck a chord with some of our Hollywood faves, including Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, The Real host Loni Love and actress/comedian Yvette Nicole Brown. Mateen, who was recently cast in the reboot of Candyman, noted that the lack of hairstylists who know how to do natural hair is an issue he’s seen the majority of his Black contemporaries face. 

Mateen also pointed out the hairstylists should receive proper training. On the same coin, Brown also mentioned this issue, noting in a tweet that the majority of Black actresses come to a new set with their hair done, as well as bring their makeup and wigs with them.

Check out some of the tweets from our Hollywood faves below highlighting the issue:

 

Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic, Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb

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