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Tyra Banks Is Going to Lose Her Weave

Could natural Black hair finally be getting more love in the media? It looks that way. Hot on the heels of Chris Rock's excellent-looking documentary, Good Hair, comes an announcement from Tyra Banks's Twitter feed:

Guess What! I'm rockin' my REAL hair on my talk show September 8th. No fake hair at all! Will be the hair coming out of my scalp! 4 all 2 C!

4 all 2 C, you guys! OK, as much as I enjoy ribbing Tyra from time to time, she's winning me over with this idea. This isn't the first time Ty-ty has shown herself naturally (check out the makeup-free photos in her 1998 book), and it's great to see this down-to-earth side of her. In declaring Sept. 8 National Real Hair Day, Tyra is inviting her audience — both in the studio and at home — to wear their hair naturally. This could be a great thing for the millions of women and girls who are told, either directly or indirectly, that they need to relax, straighten, or add extensions to their natural hair. Nothing wrong with weaves, of course, but natural hair gets so little media love that this development has me stoked. Consider my TiVo programmed. Will you be watching, too?



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Torance Torance 7 years
Mediaaddict - Thanks! It totally is worth it. While my hair was growing out, I would encourage it to go to over to my natural side (tight curls) by using curl activating products, and styling it while damp. It also helps you get an idea how you would like your hair once it all grows out and is all virgin hair. I hope it all works out for you!
toxickiss toxickiss 7 years
this is when you know tyra wants ratings.
Lori-Gragg Lori-Gragg 7 years
I hope all young girls watch this show.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Thanks everyone for clarifying. I always wondered but was afraid to ask because I would never want to offend anyone and wasn't sure if people would find it offensive somehow.
mediaddict000 mediaddict000 7 years
Torance- That's awesome that you are rocking the natural look. I'm in the process of going natural, and it's always nice to hear of someone else who has made the change and loves it. I'm getting pressure from people to keep relaxing my hair, but I think it will be worth it one my hair grows out. As for Tyra's plan, I LOVE it. We need more support of natural African-American hair styles in the media, whether pressed or in naturally beautiful curls.
Torance Torance 7 years
Relaxers make African American hair easier to manage but in the long run is not healthy for it. All of the chemicals damage hair. It makes it look healthy because of the shine it adds. I think it's great what Tyra is trying to do. I have been wearing my hair natural for about 2 or 3 years now, and I love it. It feels nice to finally let go of the pressure from society and just let myself be me. It's so much easier than spending tons of money on getting it relaxed or pressed by a professional. So many women of color do it to fit in and be beautiful by the world's standards. We need to rewrite the standards; curly, natural hair is beautiful too!
grlykool grlykool 7 years
Yogaforlife, Well she could be relaxed, or just pressed. Pressed hair has more bounce and volume, if the weave is good, you really can't tell the difference between relaxed and weave. Many relaxers have harmful chemicals in them (think drano) so I really hope that if she has straight hair it is pressed. Condi Rice had pressed hair btw, and I believe Michelle Obama does as well.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I think this is great to get people to accept their natural beauty. Please don't slam me for what I'm about to ask - it's out of innocence and no ill intent: How can you tell it's a weave, relaxed, or wig? I grew up in a very non-diverse community, I have no clue what natural "black" hair looks like?
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I love it! I think natural hair looks amazing!
Rigor-Mortis Rigor-Mortis 7 years
Princesschris, I completely agree! I'd like her to sport some FIERCE (heh) curls, instead of the oh-so-common straight hair.
aSunnyGirl123 aSunnyGirl123 7 years
i will totally be tuning in, i really like Tyra and i get so annoyed at people who diss her oh and the natural hair thing i s a great idea
MsTyque MsTyque 7 years
I will be very surprised if her hair is actually natural, she'll probably just show her relaxed hair without weave or wig. Still a cool idea and I'll be watching. I wish more celebs would lay off the wigs and weaves at least once in a while. (nothing wrong with weaves or relaxers, like everything else, in moderation :)
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
This sends a positive message to all girls that you are beautiful just the way you are
prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
i love tyra & this idea. nautural hair is sometimes looked down upon alot in the black community glad someone famous is supporting natural hair.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
haha, that picture! as for the whole natural hair day, while I totally support it; can anyone else say "publicity stunt?" obvious...
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