Storm Reid ‘Disheartened’ by Lack of Stylists Who Understand Black Hair

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Actress Storm Reid is sharing her experience of working with hairstylists who don’t necessarily understand the importance of Black hair care. 

Storm Reid is not here for the lack of stylists in the television and film industry who know how to properly care for Black hair, calling it “disheartening and heartbreaking.” 

In an interview with People magazine, the Euphoria actress acknowledged that experimenting with her natural hair on screen and in work environments hasn’t always been easy—especially because she prefers to rock protective styles. 

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“It has been a struggle for me specifically on sets when it comes to the hair disparity and people not just knowing how to deal with Black hair,” Reid told People. “And, in a way, it feels dehumanizing…when it’s the time for your hair to look nice and there’s nobody on set to be able to help you achieve that. They really just don’t understand Black hair care.” 

Reid went on to say that the first time she had her hair “properly taken care of” on set was when director Ava Duvernay hired Kim Kimble as the head stylist for A Wrinkle in Time during filming. 

The conversation comes as Reid has partnered with Black beauty brand Dark and Lovely, in which she will provide mentorship and career guidance to college students and recent graduates. 

In partnership with the NAACP Youth & College Division, the cosmetics brand’s Building Beautiful Futures initiative will bridge the “opportunity gap” for young Black female professionals. 

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“In this world … it’s hard being a Black woman,” said Reid, a University of Southern California student. “Some people think that, ‘Hey, I’m giving you an opportunity, you should just take that and run with it and be grateful for that.’ But I think it is important to not only create opportunities for ourselves but try to open the door, leave the door open for other people that we care about.”

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