Queen Latifah Did Her Own Hair For ‘Living Single’ After It Started Breaking Off: I Ain’t About To Lose My Edges Over No Show
Queen Latifah has been in Hollywood for decades, but she’s not sacrificing her edges for it.
She spoke on her hair journey with Essence and said she had to learn how to do her hair herself.
“I think I got very fortunate. I didn’t have hair people when I was first starting out or when I was younger or when I was going to the club, so I learned how to put parts in my hair, how to shave it, how to do it, how to curl it. My mother taught me how to curl and how to do my hair so — and I studied what people did around me. I’ve had the great fortune of working with some very amazing makeup artists, hairstylists, and I study them you know? I watch what they do when I’m sitting in their chair if I’m awake. I can appreciate great work, and they teach me things. They tell me things.”
Things got a little more difficult when she starred as Khadijah James in Living Single at the same time she was promoting an album.
“When I went on television, I started doing my hair so often because I had an album out at the same time I was doing the show so my hair was getting done four or five times a week – getting pressed and pressed. My edges started breaking and I was like ‘Yo!’”
“Now you’re talking to ‘Hip-Hop’s Queen Latifah’, not Khadijah. So I was like, ‘I ain’t about to lose my edges over no show.’ I was like ‘Nah my edges is breaking, it’s not happening.'”
Queen Latifah, who stars in CBS’ The Equalizer, added that hairstylist Julie Baker urged her to grow out her perm and embrace her natural hair.
“I was from Jersey, you know? We permed our hair. She was like no, you gotta grow this out. You’ve gotta grow it out, your natural hair can handle this. We can work with it, but you’re just gonna have to grow out that perm.”