Ava DuVernay On Going From Short Bobs And Long Weaves To Locs
Despite staying behind the camera and behind the scenes for most of her career in media and entertainment (aside from being a director, she’s also been a journalist and the head of a successful PR agency), Ava DuVernay is a stunner who shines in front of the camera as well.
On every red carpet she showcases not only impeccable style, but also her crown, her locs, in some beautiful hairdos. And while we’ve always fangirled over her hair, DuVernay recently celebrated her own locs in a post on Instagram where she talked about her hair journey:
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I always loved locs. Since I was a little girl when I would see a lady in my neighborhood with them. I thought they were magic. No one in my family wore their hair in this style. I grew up going to the beauty salon with my Mom or getting my hair pressed in the kitchen by my Gramma. I've had every style. Short bobs. Long weaves. Braids of all kinds. But when I saw this picture in @hollywoodreporter this morning, I smiled at the crown that now adorns my head. And hope some little girl somewhere comes across this image and sees magic too. #onward
But, of course, this isn’t the first time DuVernay has spoken about her hair. She told Essence in 2016 that the secret to maintaining her locs is knowing when to let them be.
“I don’t have a real regimen,” she said. “I use all natural things, and I don’t over groom them. Everyone’s always twisting and twisting and twisting. When you see me out, yes it’s done but when I’m on set, I let it be free. The more you let it be free the stronger it is when you want to twist it’s ready to lock. You gotta let it do what it’s going to do.”
And such a regimen allows her to have hair that looks flawless on pretty much every occasion. Don’t believe me? Check out 10 of her best hair moments, many of them brought to you by stylist and natural hair maestro Felicia Leatherwood.