Keke Palmer has always been vocal about the fact that her hair is natural. The gorgeous actress has taken to Instagram on more than one occasion to show off her adorable fro. Recently she talked to Essence about her hair, and spoke somewhat regretfully about her need to relax the back of her hair to maintain certain styles;
ESSENCE.com: Is your hair relaxed now?
Palmer: Yeah, I do have to have one in the back of my head. I can’t grip it with a flat iron, so I have to relax that part of my hair. I was definitely scared at first, because you have to really pay attention to your hair. I don’t relax the top part, because [relaxers] make my hair very, very flat, and I actually like texture to my hair. I like leaving the top part of my hair natural because it leaves more flexibility.
ESSENCE.com: What’s your preference? Relaxer, or no relaxer?
Palmer: My preference would be to have no relaxer, but it’s just impossible with this hairstyle. For the type of style I want, I need to relax it more to get my hair straighter in the back for my hairstyle.
I’m not exactly sure the hairstyle that Keke is referring to, but she has been rocking this look on Instagram;
A while back we discussed whether or not it is realistic to expect natural celebrities to have healthy, natural hair. Many are expected to put in a weave or straighten their hair at the drop of a hat if it is required for a role or performance. But perhaps more natural celebrities should take the position of Tracee Ellis Ross, who has gone on record saying that her natural hair is non-negotiable.
“I’m very conscious of how I wear my hair on the show, and yet it’s the way I wear my hair as Tracee. You hire me, you hire my hair and you hire my ass. It’s all coming with me.”
Ladies, what are your thoughts?