PS: We know you're a DIY girl with makeup; do you do your own hair for red carpets?
ZC: No, I do not do my own hair for red carpets. But for day to day or little events, then [I can do a] topknot. Done. Got that. Boom. I can also straighten my hair fast and slick it back with some hair spray, no problem. But when get into the avant-garde crazy stuff like that mullet, I can't do it on my own. I need somebody to help me. But I could pop a wig on by myself if I had to. Wigs are the savior. You can have as much fun with hot tools and do whatever you want with a wig.
PS: Braids are a buzz term right now, especially when it comes to cultural appropriation. What do you consider to be cultural appropriation, and where do you think we should draw the line?
ZC: Well, first of all, braids are not new. Black women have been wearing braids for a very long time, and that's another part of the frustration. We've been using that as a protective style, as a hairstyle. That's been in our culture and our community for a very long time. So it's not this new, fresh, fun thing. Another problem is it became new and fresh and fun, because it was on someone else other than a black woman. You know what I mean? So that is the frustration. That's where the culture appropriation element comes into play.