Underneath It All: Celebs Who’ve Shown Off Their Real Natural Hair

November 18, 2013  |  
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Sanaa Lathan

Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp

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Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union has never been shy about her health and beauty regimes. While the 41-year-old actress credits her clear skin to drinking tons of water, a few years ago she opened up about the secret to healthy hair. Responding to numerous fans, the Deliver Us From Eva star shared a photo of herself sitting in the beauty salon chair getting her hair done. Union explained why she wears weaves and also revealed her tips for healthy hair: “I wear weaves for my job to protect my own hair from heat and product buildup. I don’t leave weaves in longer than six weeks, and I use quality hair. I haven’t had a relaxer in over ten years! Natural hair is great and weaves can give you plenty of easy options.”

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Angela Simmons

Socialite Angela Simmons’ hair stylist Nikk Nelson caused quite the ruckus when he posted a picture of his client’s hair in its natural state. Showing off her freshly blow-dried and pressed hair, many wondered how Simmons’ real tresses were so long but Nelson was quick to defend the former reality show star by posting another pic with the caption, “What a healthy head of natural hair looks like after a good extension job! […] Black women can have long hair without weave. She wears a weave to protect her natural hair. We keep it natural and healthy! #getpressed #getaweave #wegrowhair”

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj is known for rocking wigs more colorful than a bag of Skittles. Wearing wigs or weaves since she emerged on the music scene more than four years ago, the “Super Bass” rapper decided to give her fans a preview of how long her real hair is. Minaj, who’s real hair is almost down to her waist, posted a photo of herself from the back (as usual) showing off her long mane with the caption “#Longhairdontcare #hangtime #ImaWearItOutWhenItTouchesMyASS”

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Taraji P. Henson

During award season this year actress Taraji P. Henson was getting all glammed up for the Golden Globes when she shared a bit of the process with her fans. With her real hair completely blown out, the Think Like A Man star revealed a full head that’s been hiding beneath those wigs. Henson tweeted a photo out to her fans before her hair stylist straightened it out.

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Draya Michele

“Basketball Wives LA” star Draya Michele must be looking to spice things up for the upcoming holidays. Ready for a change, Draya decided to forgo the long, straight hair and opt for a curlier ‘do. The reality show star and video vixen showed off her new locks on twitter. However, she may revert back to her old ways because Draya claimed she wasn’t really feeling her “natural” curls.

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Toya Wright

Reality star Toya Wright has a head of beautiful long hair that she’s been protecting underneath that weave. The author and mother took to twitter to show off her long locks and share her secret to growing hair long and healthy. Wright credits her mane to the dietary supplements Hairfinity that contain biotin and silica, two main ingredients known to stimulate hair growth. According to the company, most of the customers who take the supplements on a daily basis see an average of an inch of growth each month.

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Keke Palmer

She may be only 20 years old but Keke Palmer has been making movies for almost a decade now. Getting her start in 2004’s Barbershop 2: Back in Business, the Illinois native has kept her real hair under wraps until earlier this year. Taking to twitter, the Akeelah and the Bee star showed off her thick, natural locks in a selfie. Palmer is once again following her passion for music and is currently recording her second studio album.

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Tyra Banks

Supermodel Tyra Banks made a name, and millions of dollars, posing in front of the camera, normally with a face full of make-up so the former talk show host relished sharing photos of her unclothed face with her fans whenever she could. In 2009, Banks kicked off the fifth season premiere of “The Tyra Banks Show” rocking her real hair, no fillers. Her hair stylist washed and trimmed her tresses before showtime and Banks debuted her hairstyle on stage.

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Singer/actress Brandy got her start in Hollywood as a pre-teen. Throughout the years as we’ve watched Brandy grow into a woman, she’s rocked weaves, extensions, braids, head wraps and turbans. Underneath it all apparently has been a head full of thick hair. Over the summer, Brandy debuted her real hair on Instagram. Hopefully the new do will inspire new music from the singer, who is working on her seventh studio album.

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Jill Scott

Jill Scott emerged on the music scene with her poetic songs, soulful voice and natural hair in 2000. Not fitting in to the stereotypical beauty standards, Scott embraced her individuality and her fans loved her for it. Although she can rock wigs and weaves with the best of them, the Philly native insisted on featuring her natural hair on the October 2012 cover of Essence. “This is the simplest form of myself,” she said. “I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Hey, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too…”

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Kim Zolciak

The women of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” may love rocking weaves, wigs and pieces but none is more addicted than Kim Zolciak. For four seasons Zolciak wore numerous long, platinum blonde wigs but during the taping of her spin-off show “Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding,” the mother of three whipped off the wig to reveal her own hair, which was just as platinum blonde and almost as long as the fake hair she had been wearing for years.

Viola Davis

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Viola Davis

Viola Davis has been a fixture in Hollywood since the late 90’s. Starring in 1998’s Out of Sight alongside Jennifer Lopez, Davis has gone on to be one of the most lauded Black actresses in film today. But even with decades in Hollywood, the Won’t Back Down star revealed she never felt pretty until she recently embraced her natural hair. Leaving the wigs at home, Davis walked the red carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards with her closely cropped copper hair. Speaking at a recent event, Davis admitted she got tire of wigs and was using them as a crutch.

Raven Symone

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She was the lovable Olivia on the hit sitcom “The Cosby Show,” but over the years Raven-Symone has branched out into film along with starring in her own television shows to become one of Hollywood’s youngest and richest stars. While she has eased up on from acting in recent years, Raven-Symone made headlines for revealing her natural hair in 2011. She opened up about her decision to go natural when she’s not in front of the camera. “I don’t feel like the person that people see on TV when I rock my natural hair,” she said. “And it’s not that I don’t love it, I so love it! I wear it out a lot. It’s really mine, mine, and mine alone.”

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Lil Mama

Lil Mama has never been one to bite her tongue. When the diminutive rapper/dancer/actress posted a picture of her hair in an afro, the negative comments poured in, most of them being from other Black women. Undeterred from the criticism, Lil Mama vowed to continue expressing herself how she sees fit. “This is the simplest form of myself,” she said. “I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Hey, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too…”

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