Black actors are calling on Hollywood to hire more stylists who are experts with black people’s hair. The likes of Gabrielle Union and The View host Yvette Nicole Brown have shared their embarrassing experiences on production sets after all hairdressers on locations in the past were left clueless on how to deal with Afro hair.
Being Mary Jane actor Gabrielle urged her peers in the industry to speak up if they ever found themselves in an awkward position. She took to Twitter writing: ‘If you stay quiet, you will have bald spots, hair da-mage, look nuts.’
And she is not lying there. If not dealt with properly – with the correct techniques, products, and equipment – black hair can be left unredeemable or permanently da-maged.
Some black stars even opt to bring their own pre-styled wigs to set rather than rely on a stylist to work on their actual tresses.
America’s Got Talent judge explained to an inquiring fan on Twitter that in order to work on Hollywood productions, hairstylists and make-up artists need to be members of a particular union – which she says is ‘extremely difficult’ and ‘expensive’ to join.
And Gabrielle is not alone with this sentiment as former Drake and Josh star Yvette explained that she aims to have her hair already done before arriving on set.
She added on Twitter that there are also issues when it comes to make-up artists, with many celebs taking their own foundations, lipsticks, and concealers with them.
Referring to the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild, Yvette said: ‘Proficiency w/ Black hair & faces is not a specialty.
We aren’t on the bonus menu. EVERY stylist & artist in @Local_706 should be able to do WHOEVER walks into the trailer. These are BASIC skills. Black artists can do everybody. Why is it one-sided?’
Many fans took to the social media site to point out that black actors are having to pay out of their own pockets while other cast members get the service for free.
Elsewhere in showbiz, black models have been very vocal for years about being forced to take matters into their own hands.
Victoria Secret’s model Leomie Anderson, who voiced her complaints about a makeup artist not having a foundation to match her darker skin tone via Twitter in 2016, posted a video called Black Model Survival Kit on her website to help others ‘survive the black model mishaps that you come up against.’
Her video was filled with hair and make-up tips to help models avoid looking ashy because some MUA’s foundation shades do not match their skin.
Her tutorial came after her rant in February 2016 when she documented an unpleasant experience at a gig.
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