Our Kind of People star Yaya DaCosta has fun with natural hair on Primetime TV – Interview

ALLURE: Your character, Angela Vaughn, has a hair care company called Eve’s Crown. As someone who has proudly been natural hair throughout your career in the public eye, I wonder if that was something that appealed to you about playing this character?

YAYA DACOSTA: Oh yes. My love for hair and natural hair care started when I was a kid and really solidified when I went to boarding school at age 13. I became my own hairdresser, as well as [the campus stylist] because we were in the middle of nowhere in Massachusetts, and there was nowhere to go.

Some people knew how to style their hair; I would do it outside of my dorm. I have always had my hair done myself and it was very expressive. I would be sure to finish all my homework and then work on a new hairstyle for the next day. I think the first year, in humanities class at the end, they give everyone superlatives, and mine was “most hairstyles ever seen in a year”.

Hair is definitely something that I have loved my whole life. As I got older and started to play, I started working with Chioma Valcourt. I always go to her to prepare for my roles. She does my weaves, hairpieces and extensions, lots of red carpets – she’s my secret weapon behind the scenes and I show up on set almost ready.

This show was an opportunity for me to say to him, “Hey, would you really like to work on the set of this great project?” For both of us, it was an opportunity to do what we’ve always done, which is to play, take risks when it comes to new styles, and be bold and expressive, but on a bigger scale. ladder. I don’t know if we’ve seen a character having so much fun with natural hair on TV, really. This is one of the things that attracted me to the role.

ALLURE: There’s a point in an episode where you talk to Morris Chestnut’s character, Raymond Dupont, and you mention that “a black woman’s relationship with her hair is generational. It’s personal, and it’s a lot. more than hot right now. ”Do you think there are any parallels with the evolution of the conversation about“ okay ”ways for black women to style their hair right now?

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