Actress Viola Davis may not have won the Oscar for “Best Actress” for her role in “The Help” at last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards, but her natural, bold, short cropped Afro got plenty of attention.
Some accepted Davis’ hair with open arms, and thought her new look is better suited for her personal character and facial features.
“She looked younger and more vibrant on Oscar night,” says Karen Mitchell, owner of New York’s popular True Indian Hair. “Her wigs weren’t that great and it was clear she needed a custom-fitted wig and style that worked better for her face.”
Others were a bit more uncertain of her transition. They found her look to be a good look, but also felt it would only be temporary considering Hollywood’s addiction to human hair extensions.
Davis admitted that she hadn’t worn her real hair in public for eons, and had only felt the urge to do so during her recent Oscar journey. She revealed at the Essence “Black Women In Hollywood” luncheon that her husband had been the propagator. He’d told her — quote — to “step into who I am.”
“I think it was a bold move but she is truly content with who she is,” said celebrity stylist Damone Roberts, who’s worked with the likes of Beyonce and Madonna. “She was making a statement about having power to just be Viola.”