Behind The Scenes Natural Hair

Wearing Natural Hair As A Celebrity

natural-hair-celebrity-kimberly-elisePeople ask me all the time about my natural hair.

I meet women everyday who want to wear their hair in its natural state, but don’t feel quite ready yet.

I understand, it’s a personal and sometimes very emotional journey. And the stigma linked to the texture and quality of a black woman’s hair has made us all extremely sensitive to how others will judge us – not to mention how we will judge ourselves.

I have met school-age girls all the way to top executives at major corporations who are moved to tears over their longing yet fear of wearing their hair in its natural state.

I understand, and it wasn’t always easy for me either, but I will tell you from my personal experience that choosing to wear my hair natural has been the single greatest thing I’ve done for my “outer beauty” self above all else!

For me, my natural hair is the truest reflection of my authentic inner self: original, bold, against the grain, sometimes rough, sometimes soft, blossoming, vibrant glowing…me!

Now for my work, depending on the truth of the character, I will wear various wigs and hair pieces authentic to the character. And I love this freedom as a woman and an actress!  And though more and more actresses are taking out their weaves and removing their wigs, there was a time when I would go to an industry event, and be the only black woman there with tight, kinky, cottony hair.


What is Kimberly’s Natural Hair Care Workbook?

I’m glad that more actresses are feeling increasingly liberated and comfortable to step onto the red carpet au natural – it’s an exciting time! Still, there are times when I feel we have a ways to go, namely because so many people are uneducated about the care and keeping of natural hair.

I look forward to the day when I can walk into any hair and make up trailer, and feel comfortable that every stylist in there feels confident, is well trained, and is licensed in not only styling my hair kinks beautifully for the cameras, but preserving the health of my hair as well.


Until then, I choose to focus on the wonderful steps we have made! See you on the red carpet!

Love & Light,

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To learn more about healthy natural hair care, check out Kimberly’s Natural Hair Care Work Book “Curly Halo,” which will teach you to build a healthy hair and life regimen to prevent breakage and yield growth.


Curly Halo: Natural Hair Care Reference Guide and Workbook

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  • Reply
    December 3, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I brought your ebook and i’m enjoying all the tips. I definitely see the changes from when I went natural 10 years ago to how people react today. One young girl told me she wishes she had the courage to go natural. Kimberly I have said this before, you are truly an inspiration and my favorite actress. You inspire people. Stay in the light.

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    September 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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      Joy Washington
      November 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

      I would like to know how do you keep your hair looking like that. I’m natural so I need some ideas how to keep it from me not getting a perm.

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    July 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

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    p Wright
    June 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Thank you so much for your lentil soup recipe.
    I am enjoying it right now. with my raspberry blueberry banana pineapple ginger cinnamon smoothie . so delicious. I forgot to get the celery and the vinegar.
    but I put a littoe Italian dressing in it to taste. It all went well.
    and thank you for all the hair styles. . I did the cut. but I use my natural wigs and yuou have given me so much inspiration I am having so much fun with different styles.
    My daughter was amazed.
    I will give her the lentil soup recipe.
    Love you so much THANK YOU

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    Tammy D
    May 28, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Thank you Kimberly. I love your since of style as you rock your natural. You wear it well. I am a mother of 4 daughters. They all are natural. My oldest turned 22 5/27, 15, 14, and 12. We are all natural as well. For the record I love your hair. I definitely love your work, thank you for all you do.

    Tammy D
    Jacksonville, FL

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    May 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I love you and your work I wanted to know what you could recommend 4 dry hair every since the cold weather we’ve had my hair hasn’t been right before that my hair was fine thanks goddess peace and love you and your family and friends

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    May 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve been trying to wear my hair natural for three years now an I’ve tried a lot of products spent crazy money but my hair still has no control only way I wear it is pulled up with a headband around it !
    Any suggestions??

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      Sharese O
      May 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I am currently using Shea Moisture products…. I love them and I have very coily and kinky hair, 4c hair type. Its so different from wearing a relaxer, requires waaaay more moisturizing- which I tend to slack on lol… but just misting it with water after applying some raw white shea butter and coconut oil 3-4 times a week makes a difference. I usually keep my hair in a two strand twist or twist out style… hope this info helped… I order the raw coconut oil and white shea butter from ebay. Curl junkie is a great product also but I love using all natural products and making my own creations… check out youtube… its definitely helped me alot!

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    May 18, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I;M so happy that she spoke out about being natural in such judgmental society. I admire her strength and courage . I’ve been natural since 2008 . Its funny how my hair have my own people making it their business to speak on how I wear my hair .I remember years ago I use to be tired of relaxing my hair , I just felt or gosh why must I fight this hair of mine every few weeks ? when I notice other races not having to do the same to they hair , they could wear it curly or straight without chemicals . That was years ago before alot of people stop relaxing they hair .Now there are so much more sisters supporting each other in this long embrace of acceptance of being ourselves. I love being natural , although its not always easy at times , its my god given tresses, so why not it make work .

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    May 18, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Dear Kimberly,

    Thank you so so much for sharing. I have 2 beautiful little girls, 9&13 years old. Teaching them to love themselves is sometimes heart breaking. I got relaxers until about 4 years ago when I did the big chop with my oldest daughter. It’s been interesting learning about, caring for my natural hair and trying to be the role model for them. My oldest daughter has asked for a weave and that just made me sad for her. She dreams of being a singer one day so she’s always looking at celebrity’s. I’m thankful for celebrity’s like yourself who have embraced their natural hair and are bold, beautiful and confident role models in this area for our little girls!

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    May 18, 2014 at 4:45 am

    It’s refreshing to see an actress as accomplished as yourself to hold your platform on natural hair. It may not seem like a big deal for most but in the industry where image is what sells it matters! I went natural back in 2007 and never looked back. My hair is longer and healthier for it. Prior to going natural I could never get my hair to grow past my shoulders and now it’s down my back like my mother’s who has always been natural. Thank you for sharing you story and inspiring others to do the same.

    Sinc r ely,
    Your fan Keren

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    Beverly Houston
    May 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I have been natural since the 60’s..,, I remember wearing a wig to a job intrrview to get a job, and showing up natural once hired. It is heartwarming to see young people celebrating our natural beauty. I have enjoyed all of your apperances on movies or stsge…congratulations.

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    May 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I’m surprised you’ve wrote about natural hair, I was telling my friend last week that I’m deciding to go natural and you, your beautiful pictures on Facebook inspired me to do so.
    love you so much Kimberly!!!!

    South Africa

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    LaShawnda Cousins
    May 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been natural for 3 years now. I’ve attempted to go natural 2 other times before and always went back to a relaxer. I think for me it was about what other people thought about me. How my job would react, was it professional enough, how my friends and family and the public would react. But now that doesn’t matter. I think what helped me most is having a daughter. She is 5 now how can I teach her to love and accept herself if I cannot be true to me. At five she loves her natural hair and it warms my heart to see her embrace herself the way that she has. Anyway, you’re an inspiration to me not just for choosing to wear your hair in it’s natural state but for the way you view the world. Thanks.

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    May 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing your journey. I have been natural since 2007. A few timesI almost let frustration overtake me to the point of returning to the ‘creamy crack’ but I did not give in. I wear my hair in various styles which is the beauty of our hair type. My favorite style is flat ironed with curls. I finally found a stylist who can keep it healthy and styled the way I like. I work for Corporate America and have not been made to feel that I need to return to the perm. I receive many compliments on my hair so to all my naturalnistas – don’t give up.

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    May 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve gone natural for a number of years, on and off but, I have been natural for the past four years and I absolutely LOVE experimenting with different styles from braids to kinky curly. My hair can also be a challenge, due to my gray but, I just love it when I get compliments!!! Thanks, Kimberly Elise, for being such a wonderful role model for ALL women!!

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    May 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

    You’re hair looks amazing! I started the natural hair journey about 3 years ago and have worn sow-in’s in between. I would only wear my hair out for a week at a time every 2-3 months out of fear of what others would think but I truly love my hair. I know if I wore it out more and give it the attention it needs it would be even more healthier. This year I have felt like it is time for me to just wear my natural hair out more and be me. I’m getting tired of having it hidden, so I guess now I’m finally ready to embrace me!

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    Michael Epps Sr.
    May 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I am was and always will a fan of the natural especially for the female who tend to let hair style get in the way of who they really are but its pleasant a feeling to see most are finally coming around understanding and truly loving themselves true beauty.

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    May 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Hi Kimberly,
    Thank you for being such an iconic example of what should be so obvious and natural but is yet so difficult for many of us. I indeed hope that you’ll be able to find stylists on set that will truly cause black beauty to shine. Love watching you on the big screen sis.

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    May 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I feel it’s important for girls everywhere regardless of race, to see strong woman loving themselves. I myself have been natural for 6 years and my daughter loves how her hair is kinky just like mine. I wasn’t expecting this journey to natural hair to be soooo spiritual let alone an example for my own daughter to embrace and love herself. Thank you for also being that example to little girls and woman everywhere 😉

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    May 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I started my natural hair joinery a year a go my hair has grown out a lot I just wanted to know what is your hair regimen I get so confused watching this videos on u tube just want to know what are the things

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    Lisa Freeman
    May 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Wearing my natural hair is wonderful, you truly inspire me. Luv it Love it Love it

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    May 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Great Blog! Thanks for sharing. I started my journey about 3 years ago. It was a process to learn to let go of what I called my artificial beauty and embrace my natural beauty. I must say that I love my natural beauty so much and it feels so good to be free!

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      Kimberly Elise
      May 17, 2014 at 8:59 am


      Congratulations on your journey! Embracing your natural beauty is one of the BEST things you can do for yourself and for the people you love. It does feel good! 🙂

      Love, Kimberly

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    May 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

    You are an amazing example of natural beauty. I wish more stars would represent natural hair.

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