Viola Davis has a number of awards, motion pictures and TV shows under her belt, but she still faces a recurring battle in the styling chair. The Suicide Squad star, 50, exposed that hair pros still don't know how to work with her natural hair.
She summarized an unfortunate (but funny) occurrence with a stylist on The Late Series With Stephen Colbert's Tuesday, August 2, show. Davis-- who's producing American Coco, a show about an agent who "fixes sticky racial scenarios"-- used the experience to provide an example.
" Sticky is like, when I was doing a motion picture and I was doing it with my 'fro and this Caucasian woman had her fingers in my hair," Davis recalled. "She stated, 'I'm going to make it actually pretty,' and so she put some white goo in it." (For the record, when Colbert requested explanation, Davis said it was the "goo just white individuals would use.").
And it only became worse. "She put that in and then she took a huge spray bottle filled with water and simply began spraying my 'fro with the goo in the hair," The Assistance star continued. "And I wanted to state, 'It's not going to work,' but I understood if I said it I would be insulting her. So I went to the set and slowly the sun caught my hair and my whole 'fro turned white.".
Aside from her hair catastrophe, Davis' example counts as sticky because of the taking place conversation. "Then you got to speak about hair and after that you got to say, 'You have no idea what to do with my hair,' however you cannot say that due to the fact that you 'd be insulting [her]," Davis described. She likewise provided guidance to the stylists who may have been tuning in. "By the way, when you put water on a 'fro, if it's this huge, it will become this huge," she noted. "It diminishes gets small. That's just a little lesson.".
Davis has actually happily used and discussed her curls throughout the years. At the Oscars 2012, she looked resplendent with her natural carefully cropped auburn 'do and an emerald Vera Wang mermaid gown. And in 2015, the The best ways to Get Away With Murder lead won an Emmy and a Screen Casts Guild Award while using her textured black 'fro at both events.
Her choice to flaunt her unprocessed strands is a testament to her self-confidence. At the age of 28, she lost half of her hair to alopecia. "I used a wig in the Jacuzzi. I had a wig I used around your home. I had a wig that I used to events," she once informed Vulture. "I had a wig that I used when I exercised. I never revealed my natural hair. It was a crutch, not an enhancement. ... I was so desperate for people to believe that I was gorgeous. I had to be freed from that [feeling] to a certain level.".