Lupita Nyong'o is on the cover of Allure's March issue giving you several black girl hair moments—box braids! beads! metal cuffs!—and it's EVERYYYTHANGGG!!! In her interview, the Black Panther star reveals why she did the big chop as a teenager and how she grew to love and care for her "African kinky hair."
The Oscar-winning actress talked about growing up "envious of girls with thicker, longer, more lush hair" and finally getting her mother's permission to relax her natural hair after years of being teased and "feeling really unpretty." While she found her hair easier to maintain, she soon discovered that "the upkeep of relaxed hair is a commitment," requiring lots of time, money, and effort.