Every time I post a photo of the beautiful and talented Ms. Kerry Washington, there is always a comment or two from ladies speculating whether or not she is natural or not. Even with the trend of celebrities tweeting and Instagramming their real hair with confirmatory captions regarding the state of their tresses, Kerry’s hair length and texture has remained a mystery. But the mystery has been solved! In the June/July 2013 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair, Kerry’s long time stylist, Takisha Sturdicant-Drew, dishes on Kerry Washington’s natural hair – in fact she has never had a relaxer in her life! Check out some of the notable quotes of the interview:
SBH: Kerry’s hairstyles are always on point. How would you describe her favorite look?
TSD: Kerry loves texture and she loves to play around with any type of wave because she just likes the way that looks on her face. She’s natural – Kerry’s never had a relaxer – and her hair is naturally curly. So, typically, I’m blowing out her hair and curling or flat-ironing it dependign on the style we’re going for. We do play around with hair pieces if we’re going for extra length and fullness.
SBH: Why did Kerry choose to stick with her natural tresses?
TSD: Oh, its just healthier for her hair. She has a great texture and curl – not as tight as a Jheri curl, but it’s a soft curl. I call it wet and wavy. She likes to wear her hair curly sometimes…Kerry wets it and it naturally curls up without any products in it!
SBH: How do you maintain Kerry’s natural hair?
TSD: I wash and condition and trim it every six weeks. People tend to get caught up on length but you have to trim the hair to keep those split ends off and to allow new hair to grow and be healthy.
SBH: How long has Kerry been a client of yours?
TSD: I’ve been working with Kerry for 11 years.
For more insight into Kerry Washington’s natural hair, pick up the latest issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair, I really enjoyed reading this interview. Kudos to Tashika for always creating hit looks on one of everyone’s favorite hair crushes!
Personally, I don’t need “proof” of every celebrity’s real hair or their natural texture. I don’t mind them wearing wigs and extensions for appearances, nor do I find the secrecy annoying. But I know there are some ladies who will read this and still doubt whether or not Kerry is REALLY natural and ask why she does not wear her real hair in public. My response is, how do you know she doesn’t? Celebrities do not have an obligation to tell fans when they are rocking their real hair and if they have a relaxer or not; the fact that some do is a bonus. We should ALL know by now that “non-mixed” Black women can grow long healthy hair just like women of any other race regardless of whether or not it is relaxed or natural so the on-going debate is just exhausting at this point in my humble opinion. *steps off soapbox*