It's impossible to think about your teen years without recalling some regrettable hair choices. Whether it was crimps, rebellious at-home dye jobs, or a questionable cut that felt so hot in 2004, we've all made mistakes. Lupita Nyong'o shared her own in a throwback picture from 2001, when she would've been 18. Her hair was straightened, with flips at the ends and baby bangs. "The incriminating years. #straighthairfulltimecare circa 2001," she hilariously captioned the shot (which, honestly, could've been taken yesterday . . . we need to find out her skincare routine, stat).
Her followers were loving it. "Oh my gosh I did this hairstyle one time...try[ing to] be like Mary J," @harmzworld wrote. "Every natural girl has a pic like this of their old relaxed hair 😂😂😂😂," @wiggy_wack reacted. "Beautiful then, beautiful now...and yes that straight hair regimen was atrocious, I'm never going back!" @cococouture responded.
These days, Lupita has put down the relaxer and shows off the texture she was born with. Ahead, check out 10 times Lupita embraced her natural hair and absolutely killed it.