Black Panther is not only making a splash for being a masterpiece of a film, but it’s also making headlines for being team natural!
If you haven’t noticed, Ryan Coogler’s box office record breaking film, which takes place in the fictional world of Wakanda, features a predominately Black cast. But was it by design that they wanted to keep the hair of the leading ladies natural? Yes!
In an interview with The Cut, hairstylist Camille Friend, admitted that there were no pressing combs or relaxers on set. Basically, there wasn’t any creamy crack or heat anywhere near production.
“There’s no press and comb in this movie,” she told the publication. “No relaxers, no nothing! That was one of the things that I really was firm about. I requested that people come with their natural hair.”
According to Friend, the intricate hairstyle of cast, which includes the stunning Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Danai Gurirra, didn’t exceed a good ol fashioned shampooing and conditioning oil treatments.
“I don’t think black hair has ever been seen in a movie like this,” Friend said. “It was an honor to do it and to have an open form to design and take hairstyling to the next level. That’s what we accomplished; we had a great crew and we worked really hard.”
Pairing perfectly with the natural hair were the elaborate costumes by designer, Ruth Carter. “Our aesthetic was always to bring about positive visuals to the African diaspora in this country,” she told Refinery 29. “And to dispel stereotypes. To be about a forward-thinking community that empowered the Black community, women, and even natural hair.”
During the opening weekend of the monumental film, fans attended the flick in full afrocentric garb to celebrate the culture. The viral movement has now even inspired Carter to launch a Wakanda-esque clothing line.
Black Panther is in theaters now.