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Thandie Newton says she gave up straight hair for daughters




With all the publicity she's been doing for her new movie Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, you may have noticed something different about Thandie Newton. The actress has been going au naturel where it counts most -- up top. We mean her hair, you perverts.

Noting that watching lye melt a Coke can in Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair was a wake-up call (lye is the active ingredient in black hair-straightening products), Newton told her makeup artist pal Kay Montano there are two good reasons she went back to curly: Her daughters Ripley and Nico.

"I always thought I would go back to curly, because I didn’t want my daughters to judge their beautiful curls," Newton said on Montano's website, adding it took two years to grow out all her straightened hair. "I assumed they’d want to be like their Mum, and they've only ever known me with straight hair. However, it turns out they’re so secure in who they are as individuals that I don’t think it occurs to them to be like anyone else, and that includes me."

She also said it hasn't been easy letting her daughters be that way, especially Stateside, where the London-born Newton says the media have a real problem with natural black hair.

"The stigma with some black women seems to be that 'nappy hair' is almost as bad as loo roll trailing from your shoe," she said (a loo roll is toilet paper, for us Yanks). "I have always let my daughters' hair be wild and scruffy. I love the shapes and fluffy halo. But when they were 'papped' in the States I had remarks about how I don’t take care of their hair. The truth is I choose to keep it that way."

Not that it wasn't bad in England, either. She relates how her mother put Newton's hair in cornrows for a school photo years ago, and the nuns at the joint "were appalled, they wouldn't let me have my picture taken." Times have changed, however; The Juice* thinks she looks better than ever this way.

[Photo: Jimmy Fallon sure liked it last week. NBC]


[Last modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 3:15pm]


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