Black People Hair & Make-up Behind The Scenes
Gabrielle Union says not many hairstylists or make-up artists know how to style black people behind the scenes. She poses here at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 11, 2019 in Pasadena, California – Photo source: Getty Images North America.
Black people stars like Gabrielle Union and Olivia Anakwe say not many hairstylists or make-up artists know how to style them on set.
The entertainment industry is working on its diversity problem – but while we might slowly be seeing more black people on our screens, it seems this isn’t necessarily reflected behind the scenes.
Some black actors and models are shedding some light on this, and have been sharing their on-set hair and make-up experiences as black people.
The conversation was sparked by an Instagram post from model Olivia Anakwe, who says she wanted to “spread awareness and hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills.”
She describes how backstage hairstylists will avoid her because they don’t know how to do her afro hair. In one situation, she had to search for someone who knew how to do cornrows after a stylist pulled her edges “relentlessly” – which can damage and break the hair.
Anakwe writes: “No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?”
The model’s thoughts were soon picked up by others in the entertainment industry.
Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II tweeted his agreement, saying that all the black actors he knows face the same problems with stylists not knowing how to do their hair.
Yvette Nicole Brown, who you might recognize as Shirley from the TV show Community, agreed too and shed light on just how many black actresses do their own hair and make-up because they don’t want to risk looking bad or having their hair damaged.
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