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On the Couch with Regina King- Celeb Hair

By January 27th, 202194 Comments

On the Couch with Regina King- Celeb Hair
I recently had the honor and the pleasure of sitting down with Southland star, Regina King. I was truly geeked, because I grew up watching her- – from the small screen to the big screen. She began her acting career in the early ‘80s as the studious Brenda on ‘227’. She went on to appear in the John Singleton films ‘Poetic Justice,’ ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ and ‘Higher Learning’. You may also remember her as Craig’s sister in ‘Friday’ (still one of my favs!). From there it was Blockbuster after Blockbuster- ‘Jerry Maguire’, ‘Enemy of the State’, ‘How Stella Got her Groove Back’, and ‘Ray’. But my favorite of all… her star role in the Adult Swim show ‘The Boondocks’, where she provides the voices for characters Huey and Riley Freeman.

My nerves were getting to me prior to the interview. But I immediately felt relieved- her down to earth and approachable manner instantly put me at ease. Even with all of her fame and success, she was amazingly personable. It was like talking to an old friend.

Regina has rocked every style imaginable- long and flowing, waves, bobs, braids, and cornrows. No matter the look, she is always classy and sophisticated- definitely a style icon. Due to her proclivity for straight styles, however, I always assumed she was relaxed. So why the interview you ask? After hearing through the grapevine that she’s a true curly at heart, I had to find out for myself. I was surprised to learn that she had been natural much of her life.

Regina explains,

I was natural, all of my life, up until two years ago… until I cut my hair. I have always been a press and curl girl. My hair is super thick and coarse, but I’ve never felt like ‘oh gosh, I wish I had softer hair’, other than when I was wearing my hair short before. I was like 19 or 20, still natural, and I had cut my hair- – long enough that you could still press it, but short enough that it was an ordeal. That was the only time that I can remember wishing that it wasn’t so kinky, especially when I’d go swimming.

But other than that with it being so thick, I never had any problems around hair health or growth. Water, oil, and a brush could do wonders with healthy kinky hair that grows normally and doesn’t break off. I never did my own hair, especially after I started working regularly. Plus, I never really got the feel for styling the back of my head… I felt like a contortionist.

She went on to explain her reasons for cutting and relaxing in the first place-

I was so tired of my ponytail and feeling just… blah. But when you have hair of a certain length, it’s so easy to pull it back and keep it moving. My workout schedule and busy lifestyle made it difficult to keep a hairdo. I feel that most women look good with a sleek bun. I’ve actually never encountered a woman who doesn’t… even the one’s who complain of having a big forehead. All you need is a great pair of earrings and you’re good to go. It’s an elegant, timeless style, but can at times, become a crutch. And that’s what happened to me- I was perpetually in a bun or pony.

On the Couch with Regina King- Celeb Hair

She was looking for a change, a drastic one. Cut or color. Those are the usual suspects, but she’s not a color girl, and felt drawn to a cute cropped ‘do… a pixie cut with longer bangs. It was the cut that inspired the relaxer. She commented,

I have the type of cut that with this type of hair, and the look I was going for, requires a perm. I definitely will not be perming my hair for the rest of my life though. I can guarantee you that. I will be chopping soon. Trust.

The cut is fierce. But I couldn’t help but wonder what her issue with color was.

For some reason, I’m a punk when it comes to color. I only use semi permanent, ‘cause I’m just scary that way. But there is no apparent reason why I’m okay with getting a perm, but not okay with color. None whatsoever. I don’t know, maybe it’s the smell of color… but I guess the smell of perm is horrible too. I don’t know Nikki! [Laughter]

I can tell you that I definitely will not be continuing this perming thing. But I’m going to enjoy my current look, I’m loving it. And at the end of the day, it’s just hair, and it will grow back.

When asked about her adjustment to and maintenance of the style, she stated,

It did take some getting used to. During the first 6 months after cutting my hair, I felt like I always needed to have earrings on. But in the past year or so, I find myself going without earrings a lot. I’m much more comfortable now.

The upkeep is pretty easy but I do have to get it cut like every 2 weeks. It grows so fast! Other than that, I wrap it at night and it has got enough length that I can finger through and pull it over to the side, or push it off my face. And even when it’s oily, it still looks good.

Her hair product favs reach back to her days as a natural. She’s a self-described ‘oil girl’, in love with Jane Carter Solutions Hair Nourishing Tonic. She commented, “when you have a short cut and your hair is black, you really can’t go wrong. When your hair is oily, it just looks shiny and healthy. It kind of gives it a sheen, and keeps it moisturized which is really important when you’re wearing a perm. You need to drink a lot of water to moisturize from the inside out- because that perm will look like hay if you don’t.” Her other favs are Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir and Ojon.

As far as styling, Tash Jennings handles her cuts, color, and perming. And Yvette Shelton, her long time stylist, does her hair on the set of Southland. She was also her beautician in the natural days and highly recommends her to LA curlies.

For her gorgeous skin, she uses a Los Angeles based product line called Arcona. It’s all natural and even after years of use, she has never experienced any build-up or residue.

I of course asked her about her fitness routine, and her ability to juggle motherhood and her career.

I’ve always been an athlete. I ran track when I was in high school and that regime just continued on into my adult life. I try to remain as active as possible. Now that I’m older, just making 40 this year, I ‘m starting to recognize that even if I do workout, I have to watch what I eat. Like it just doesn’t burn off as quickly anymore, and tends to want to stick around in my mid section. It’s something I’ve heard my older friends say. I never believed it, and thought I could just hike an extra mile. But not so much. The older you get, you don’t need as much food, you don’t have to consume as much. You have to train your mind to tell your body that you don’t need the whole plate or a second helping.

Whenever I’m asked about my ability to handle my mothering responsibilities, I want to make sure everyone knows that I respect all career women… no matter your field or type of work. It’s hard for all of us. Me personally, I have a wonderful support group. I’m one of the people that believe it takes a village. I have only one child, so I’ve been blessed that I’ve never had to have a nanny. I have a great group of friends- – my son went to the same school from first to eighth grade so there were 4 families that we got very close with, helping each other out whenever possible. My sisters are very close to me and they are present and my ex husband is very much present in our son’s life.

Regina encourages us to tune into Southland. The TNT series she currently stars on. “All of the energy is going towards that, and making sure that there are enough viewers so that we’re picked up for a fourth season.” For my own selfish reasons I asked if the rumors of The Boondocks wrapping their last season was true. She responded, “I don’t know. One moment I hear that we aren’t, then I hear that we are. Last confirmation was that we weren’t. So I don’t know. I have no idea!”

Her final message to the CurlyNikki community, “Curly or straight, we’re all fierce! Y’all will get the exclusive when I cut the relaxer out… I may even send a home video!”

94 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Clearly some people just have to criticize…so be it. I keep it moving if I feel I'm not getting anything out of a post. And I have way better things to do than read the whole thing and then type some long negative response (lol). But whatever…to each his/her own. Regina is and always will be a Queen to me. As a black actress in Hollywood she has managed to persevere, natural or relaxed hair, I find her inspiring.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love the interview, and love this actress! Southland is a staple every week for my house. I like the short hair, but it does suck having to press it every day. So much time down the drain!

  • Unknown says:

    Before deciding to go 100% natural my thought was that natural hair = unmanageable and afro (big or small). That was before finding sites like CN and youtube vids and talking to people who are enjoying being natural. Yes, Regina King has decided to go back to relaxing her hair. Does that lessen her in some way? I think the lessons in this interview (at least for me) are
    1. Shes been natural for all these years and always look gorgeous and elegant. It can be done with natural hair.

    2. Be strong in the choices you make. I'm rocking the natural now, but I'm not cowering to anyone when I boldly proclaim I may go back to a relaxer at a different stage in my life and my wigs are still at hands reach for any day I choose to pull one on and rock long, straight hair one day. Just like most of you chose to turn away from perms for a bunch of reasons, so people will turn to perms for a bunch of reasons. Its not the end of the world as we know it. Lighten up!

    On a final note, why is it when African Americans make a choice to change, everyone who doesn't jump on the bandwagon immediately must be condemned?? I see this with natural hair blogs and also with organic/natural food blogs. Just a little while ago some of you were wearing your super straight permed hair and talking smack about the other woman who "needed a perm" or " was having a bad hair day", but now that you've made a choice, become enlightened, gone natural, you're condemning the group you used to be a part of not so long ago??

  • Unknown says:

    This is why being natural is my choice, I share my regiment and conversations with those who ask. My experience is that many "naturals" are extremely biased in their thinking and thus closed minded. Reminding me of bible toters who insist that we must all repent to avoid going to hell. Clearly, the interview was the inform and to broaden ideas and minds. Did we all just tell our relaxed family member and friends that they no longer have a place in our "natural" world? I hardly think so. Accept that Nikki chose to go off the beaten path because this blog in and of itself is not for the average woman. I honestly thought that Nikki was catering to a different type of woman, but clearly even here insecurities run rampant.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great interview……GEEEEEEEZ!!!SMH!

  • GYSB™ says:

    Regina King looks Amazing. She is a great example for those who think when you're ending your 30's and going into your 40's that you HAVE to look a certain way; that your body changes and you must accept what the average person looks like after 40. She has the body of a 25 year old and while she says she has always been an athlete —she still has to work hard to maintain. Women like Regina inspire me to keep pushing to always be BETTER….when I look at her, her career, how she gives back to young women and how she has been resilient after a broken marriage, it serves as an example that we can take ownership of our lives and make positive things happen if we believe it and put in the WORK. 2 years ago I lost 50(+)lbs…I was upset about a boyfriend cheating and that was my way of getting "revenge" but along my weight loss journey, I realized how good I was being to myself with my new found love for fitness and that started to spill over into other areas of my life…I was LIVING and being a better (single) parent and finding new ways to make myself smile/be happy….I fell in love with exercise and even started being more kind to others. When I see women like Regina who is 40 (I'll also be 40 this year) and beautiful and loving her life, it reminds me that I am doing the right thing—>giving back and leading by example. When I lost weight I decided to start a health and fitness movement on facebook–> GYSB™ (Get Your Sexy Back) that would inspire other women (and men) to take control of their lives. I dropped weight and felt like a new person. and I did it on my own (proving that anyone can do it if they WANT it badly enough)

    As far as my hair, I do not relax it. It's in it's natural state and I usually keep it in twists for low maintenance…that way I have no excuse for not working out. Natural styles are the best! Hands down!

    Anyway, I wrote way more than I intended but Regina ROCKS and I was just glad to find yet another article on her FABULOUS self. Thank you Curly Nikki for such an awesome interview.

    ~Cara Palmer
    GYSB™

  • Ada says:

    Curli nikki please can you do a interview with shingai. she is quite popular in europe and part of the band called noisettes. Her hair is always awesomely styled naturally. Just google her name and it'll say it all

  • Anonymous says:

    I have been a fan of Regina King's for a while now. She's one of those "workaday" actresses that thankfully manages to keep on finding work. I'm glad she's continuing to do well.

    Now that said, re her hair: Honestly I was skeptical when I read that she's been natural up until not too long ago AND that she's always been an athlete. However, I realized that:

    1) I don't really follow celebs that much and even if I did she never seemed to be one of those who was ALWAYS in the spotlight. I could be wrong but…it's entirely possible that she gets her hair pressed for when she's in the spotlight. Or…

    2) If we go by the definition of "natural" as "not using relaxers" then technically heat-trained hair IS natural. If she's been pressing-and-curling all this time it's possible that her hair is "trained" enough to make it look like a relaxer (with heat).

    I'm just speculating…but ultimately I don't really care; I love her work and wish her well.

    And as for this site tackling "unconventional" topics, I say "bring it on!" 🙂

  • Porchia says:

    Her pixie cut was the inspiration for my "transitioning" hair cut. I put it in quotes because it was barely long enough to be called transitioning. lol Loved the interview. Go Mrs.Nikki!

  • SunshineOne says:

    Great interview Nikki! IMO variety is the spice of life. I like the unconventional blog post series…keep them coming. There is such a wealth of information on this site and the forum. I say enjoy/use what you need/like and do you! This is Nik's blog and we enjoy it but it's still HER blog. She may choose to write about a number of topics…it's her choice.

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVED this interview, thanks Nikki and Regina!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with Anonymous 25 20:11.
    Let me first say I love Regina. She has only gotten more beautiful with age. But she has a RELAXER now and if you can still be considered a "curly girl" with a perm then heck why not just say the blog is now about general hair care vs, natural hair care?. Also,why no pictures of her with her natural hair?

    I find it really interesting that when a relaxed head comes on here and complains about nappy superiority complexes commenters go wild and get on there "well this blog is about NATURAL hair so if you don't like it don't come here " bandwagon, but now that it's a celebrity interview barely a peep? So please when permies come on here complaining about yall attitudes next time don't say a thing!

    Finally, CN this is an interesting blog but by featuring women with relaxers you are feeding the fire of the classic excuse for not staying natural- "Having a perm is just EASIER."

    I fail to see how "opening our minds" equates to changing the mission of the site. This is still a natural hair site, right? My mind can be opened with meditation. I come here to read about curly, non chemically processed (or at least) transitioning hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    @AishaSaidIt…

    This is Miss "Bottom of the Barrel" again (lol!) Okay so looking back I can definitely see that my comment was pretty rude. So I apologize… But I don't think my fellow "anonymous" commenter is making things deep or definite.

    Let me just take a step back and be real here: Curly Nikki loves to do celeb interviews. And I think that's great! She's pretty much the only natural hair website that does them. BUT this is a natural hair site, and I think many people expect the information to be related to maintaining natural hair. NOT because we're intolerant but, because that's what this site says that it is.

    What I suspect is that perhaps CN is outgrowing the natural hair community. I mean, there aren't a lot of natural celebs out there, and inevitably she will run out of ones to interview. BUT I still find the interviews to be enjoyable — whether the women is natural or relaxed. So perhaps CN should look into partnering with Ebony or Essence to do their hair interviews, or even pitch a radio/TV show… who knows.

    Or maybe the focus of this site can shift from maintaining natural hair to just maintaining healthy hair.

    CN is definitely talented with the interviews, and she should pursue that passion. BUT I don't think it's fair to her readers to mix apples and oranges, AS LONG AS THIS SITE IS DEFINED AS A NATURAL HAIR SITE. Once the definition changes, I think interviews like this will be better received.

  • AishaSaidIt says:

    @Anonymous (January 25, 2011 1:01 PM) –
    My bad chica, didn't mean to offend. The pixie has been hot for years in my circles. Just a thought, sometimes we read things based on how we are personally feeling. I assure you today I feel great and in no way am I making a proclamation on your personal style choice. Looks like you took a simple interview and/or comment from 1 to 10. Be easy lady (assumed). Not everything is that deep or definite. I'm sure Curly Nikki will stay curly.

    -AishaSaidIt

  • Rhayne says:

    I think it probably would have been nice if Regina had provided some pictures of her hair when she was natural so that we can see how she looks with it. I love her as actress and her fitness regime is definitely working, but I do believe a natural picture would have helped.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've been following these comments, and I have to say I agree with the infamous "bottom of the barrel" commentor as well as the "what is the point of having this interview if you would have never known she was natural." I thought we were over this after the long, long coments left on the natural hair snobbery post. Okay, respect everybody, respect their hair choices. But again, this is Curly Nikki. Curly, Curly, Curly. I remember Nik saying she was going to interview some unconventional celebs, in order to help us open our minds about all hair choices. I find that commendable…but again, I thought this was a natural hair blog. A perm is not natural. Even if she was natural for many years, as much as I love Regina and her acting, she was straightened and therefore not a Curly Girl (as in wearing her natural curls?. Another controversial topic, but I don't consider you natural under a hot comb, press-n-curl, etc. Again, what's the point? I understand Nik is trying to open up everybody's mind, but I also think that is a big bite to chew. For one, you won't open my mind up but so far, because I have a strong opinion about this. I see modified curlies (straightened, relaxed, etc.) everyday. I come to Curly Nikki and I feel like I can revel in a Natural Hair Community. But alas, it's open your mind, look at this relaxed celeb. I will just say it plain. Straightened is not natural. And if we're going to do it like that, we might as well interview Nicki Minay, because I'm sure she was born with natural hair. If its about making the choice to be natural, and creating a platform for that, then why is the platform all of including regimens about straight hair. I love Halle Berry's hair, always have, but I wouldn't care too much to see her on BGLH. It's like visiting a vegetarian food blog and finding a recipe for steak, in the spirit of repsecting everybody's food choices. I get the point, but I don't get the point.

    yes, I am going to keep myself anonymous for now, because although we say respect everybody's choices, the women who comment here don't always respect everyone's opinion. The cattiness and jumping on top of individual commentors it so katty, it's beginning to piss me off. Respect hair choices, but if we don't think you do respect hair choices, be prepared to be jumped on. There is way to disagree agreeably. I love CN, I'm subscribed, I will continue to visit. I just feel like I'm going come back one day and see a "How to Transition for Natural to Relaxed" Blog post. This proves to me natural hair is a fad, and more and more are beginning to hop off this bandwagon.

    P.S. Everybody has not had the pixie cut. Also, you don't have to have a perm to pull off a cutie pixie cut. Also, what about TWA's? I don't want the pixie cut. Can we please try to stay away from the absolute statements. I think most things are multilayered and complex. Consider that the sociologist in me.

  • AishaSaidIt says:

    And I think talking about going from natural to relax (huh…shocker!) is a valid subject. I've been there, twice. I regret each time and I am totally in love with my hair now. But I know I am not the only one. I know this was not the main focus of the article, but it was nice that it was brought up.

  • Ms. Overproof says:

    I am a die hard Law and Order fan, I even watch Law and Order UK!! (although the show doesnt seem to translate well across the pond). Southland IS THE TRUTH!!!! It is what Law and Order LA should have been. YOU GO REGINA. I have benen loving you since the 227 days and wanted your hair when you were Brenda soooo sooo bad, good to know the whole time it was organic Regina!

  • Unknown says:

    I would have never guessed Regina King! Great interview!

  • Anonymous says:

    Maybe I missed something but was this interview giving us information on relaxers and straight hair? I could have sworn it was an interview on a celeb that Nikki stated she wanted to interview because she had been natural up until a year and change ago. And funny thing is Regina King keeps the "same" regimen as a relaxed beauty that she did as a natural beauty. She talked about that in-depth the first part of the interview. And I find her regimen to be useful. Why? Because it is the same products that we discuss with natural hair. As well as, a mention of some natural face products. Yes this is a natural but we also discuss hair care, which from my understanding can benefit curlies, relaxed, texlaxed or people just trying to find information for others they know. Was the interview read or once you got to the perm part you checked out? Let's not have hair snobbery simply because we think it should only be informative to those who choose to go natural. If the basis for being natural for some is to love yourself, use all natural products or simply have healthier hair then great no one's knocking you for that, but we can decide to share that experience with those who are not natural. I like Curlynikki.com because she is so open. And willing to provide information for ALL sides. A lot of us used to perm and now we don't. Some of us naturals will go back to perming, keratin, chemical coloring,texlaxing, and heck even straightening and blow outs. And if that is their preference then so be it. But if they can still find use for the same products, regimen and healthy hair advice then I say bring it on. We don't belong to a world of our own, so let's not become those people we accuse permies to be when they don't care for the natural you. There are gobs of information about natural advice and information on here, one non-natural article won't kill you. Keep it pushing in the positive please.

  • AishaSaidIt says:

    Every time the "Black Actresses Can't Find Work" conversation comes up, I use Regina as my trump card. No I never see her on B.E.T. (don't really watch anymore anyway) but she get's her money. And everybody tries that pixie as least once. I've done it, you've done it, we've all done it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hello folks, I am the commenter who made the "scraping the bottom of the barrel" comment, and I stand by it.

    Curly Nikki is a great website, and I love it, but I don't come here for information on relaxers or straight hair. I love that CN gets celebrities "on the couch", but perhaps she could strike a deal with Essence or Ebony to interview straight-hair celebrities while reserving natural hair celebrities for CN.

    I know CN has plenty of "stans", and that's fine. But I'm just trying to speak objectively here. I am not knocking the fact that she got a top actress on the couch — that's amazing. But I thought this was a natural hair blog, and I really just don't see the point of featuring a straight hair celebrity.

  • Anonymous says:

    Not trying to be negative but several folks have said they never would have thought she was natural. If one can't even tell the hair is natural, what's the point? I understand and can appreciate for that individual's own interest in not using chemicals, that makes sense. But why would it change perception for others observing that person? You're still observing straight hair, how does it at all align with natural/curly hair?

  • Anonymous says:

    This was a wonderful surprise! I totally did not expect to see Regina King, but I'm glad that she shared her story. I'm also glad that Nikki is doing the "unconventional" interviews.

  • Anonymous says:

    "I dont agree with Ms King's proclamation that to have this short cut a perm is "required". One can certainly where naturally curly or kinky hair at that length. She is certainly entitled to wear her own hair how she chooses, but I don't agree with that sweeping statement."

    it kinda is required with the cut that she wants (and the straight look she's going for), or else she would have to straighten basically every day and then not have any hair left! obviously short hair can be worn in a kinky/curly state/TWA, but for the style that she wanted, a perm was the best option to avoid the maintenance of consistently straightening it to keep the look up…i dont think she was saying all short hair has to be relaxed, but she was going for a certain look.

    ****
    i didnt know she was 40! she looks good! she is a good actress and i think sometimes underrated…i thought this was a good interview, although before this i never thought about her hair being relaxed or natural…i saw her on TV a couple of weeks ago and just thought her cut was nice…

  • momo7 says:

    @ Anonymous 1/24 10:14pm

    I agree with everything you said!

  • momo7 says:

    Regina King is SOOOOO GORGEOUS!!!!! I remember her from 227 when I was a baby and watching it over when I got older. Poetic Justice OMG classic! =) Anywho, everything she's been in is awesome! I had no idea she was a natural all those years, except on 227! I catch tv shows online, so hopefully by watching
    Southland online (on their network site) will help too!

    btw, I think Queen Latifah is a natural too. And Jada!

  • Anonymous says:

    What an indepth interview. I have always admired the fact that Ms. King transitioned from child to adult actor SANS problems and trashy Enquirer headlines!

    Again a good out of the box interview. Don't forget that she was in "Miss Congeniality" with Sandra Bullock! She rocked in that role.

  • Anonymous says:

    If you don't have anything nice to say leave the room as quietly and unnoticed as you came. If you don't see the point of the interview fine. No need to tell us that you saw no point in it, keep that unsolicited nugget to yourself. Seriously.

    Nikki thank you for the unconvential interview. It was definitely a surprise to find out that she had been natural all those years. I have followed her forever and would have NEVER thought she was a natural. With that information it definitely can help people who aspire to be in the celebrity light to know they can still be natural and rock a fly straight and healthy do without having to compromise. Awesome spin interview.

  • Trina says:

    Wow, I had no idea Regina was natural, but it makes sense, her hair has always been thick and healthy looking. I love her new cut and actually wore my hair that way before wearing my current TWA. Good luck in future shows Regina!

  • Anonymous says:

    Do the damn thing Nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    great interview! i would have never guessed that she was natural. i loved her hair on 227!

  • ikkin says:

    Love Regina in Southland. Great interview!

  • Kendra says:

    Regina is awesome! That was a good interview! I just wish somebody would ask her about those damn Always commercials…"have a happy period" really?

  • Lori says:

    Yup! Freedom to do with your hair what you please. I'm proud to see this interview on CurlyNikki.com. This sets a great tone and I only hope more naturals will adopt such an open minded mentaility. Regina is beautiful and her cut is as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    *singing* LOVE! This was a great interview. Regina has been the woman for decades! Her hair is gorgeous and i had no idea it was natural. Rock on wit you bad self Ms. King. I'm trying to be like you when I reach 40!

  • Joi says:

    Awesome interview nikki! Eff the haters :-p

  • Anonymous says:

    wow Nikki! I was soo surprised to see Regina King on your blog! I absolutely love her, I have followed her since 227!1! I think she is underrated as an actress. Anyway I love her new do and I totally agree with what she said about the bun It will work anyday! Cant wait to watch southland!On another note what is up with the negative comments ? It may be your opinion but that is just rude!!!!!!Have you ever heard of the saying if you cant find anything nice to say dont say anything at all!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Excellent interview, beautiful woman. Thanks for this one!

  • steph302 says:

    Thanks for this interview. She's an example of a woman exercising her options without concern for what other people think. After all, it is just hair.

  • Pecancurls says:

    CN, great interview! It's good to keep things interesting. Always nice to read about a strong and beautiful sister doing her thing and being happy about what works for her.

  • Anonymous says:

    One of my favorite celeb interviews to date! Thanks Nikki for switching things up. Regina is an inspiration, natural or not!

  • Anonymous says:

    I dont agree with Ms King's proclamation that to have this short cut a perm is "required". One can certainly where naturally curly or kinky hair at that length. She is certainly entitled to wear her own hair how she chooses, but I don't agree with that sweeping statement.

  • Anonymous says:

    Aside from being one of the few consistently working Blacktresses in Hollywood, Ms. King is one of the few child actors who has grown up so well adjusted and successful. I personally did not even care about her hair, relaxed or natural—it was just cool to read the interview with a sister who is doing so well. She was funny as hell in Poetic Justic, i need to check her out in Southland.

    And for the first comment–google how many actors of any race/gender are doing tv, movies and voice over work on several highly rated shows and come back to talk about how sub-par somebody is.

  • Anonymous says:

    Regina King always make me smile. Loved watching "Brenda" on 227 and her characters on the big screen too–my fav big screen character was her role in Enemy of the State.

    Nice hair story. I can totally relate since I also first relaxed my hair to rock a short cut. She looks great either way. …and Nikki, thanks for the switch-up!

    jj

  • GJones says:

    Love the interview!!! Keep up the great work Nik!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I am sorry but what was the purpose of the interview? I come to Curly Nikki for info on natural hair, natural hair products, natural hair celebrities and so on. If I want to know about Regina King relaxed hair I could go to Essence, Ebony or black hair magazine. And for all of you who think I am hating is called a opinion.

  • Blane says:

    @DrChuck24: You can't sweat out a perm. Thats a myth.

  • Jeannette says:

    I'm surprised with some of the negative comments. If you don't have anything nice to say, why comment at all? With that said, I had no idea that Regina King was natural all these years and has plans to return. I hope that she does do a video when she chops the relaxer off again. I like her. She has always been one of those actresses who has been successful but not overly exposed. That gown is gorgeous and I love her skin. Great interview Nikki! Seems like Regina was very down to earth. I love people like her.

  • DrChuck24 says:

    I love Regina King. She looks like she hasnt aged a bit and her body is ON POINT. Now that's a workout routine that I need to be getting into.

    I had no idea she was a natural either. It's almost like I forget that a lot of people who are natural do wear their hair straight. This was refreshing to here.

    I wonder though, perming the hair being that it's short will help it look sleeker but since she works out a lot, wouldn't cause a lot of "sweating out the perm" problems? I know I had that issue.

    GREAT INTERVIEW!

  • Natural-E says:

    It seems some of the Youtube haters have found their way to Curly Nikki. Damn it! Keep doing what you're doing Nik as I'm sure you will. I think T.I. said it best "motivation"!.

  • Jada07/Moodindigo7772 says:

    Great interview!! I haven't watched Southland but love her in everything else. She is on my husband's "list" but I may let him read the interview anyway! 🙂 Great job Nikki; did you scream when you got off the phone with her? LOL.

  • Anonymous says:

    You know it always "Cracks Me UP" when the Haters come out and interject their small opinions! Ladies you know there's always a couple of Clowns at the Circus! lol On anyone of your best money making days You 2 Nickle rubbing Penny Pinchers coundn't touch Mrs. Regina King! Your 2 seconds of fam are up! We don't want your negetive energy here. SO DO US ALL A FAVOR AND KEEP IT MOVING!!! Thanks for the interview Nik and Regina you look FAB girl… keep on making that loot!

  • Anonymous says:

    I need more info on her fitness routine. She is def my bod idol.

  • Stephanie says:

    Cool, Cool, Interview. Regina King is an inspiration. So lovely, fit, and smart. Thank you for the great interview.

  • NtrlGAGirl says:

    Where was the "gratuitous negativity ahead" warning sign? LOL!!!!

    Excellent interview! She is one of my favorite actresses black or otherwise. And thank you, thank you for the Boondocks question.

    I am thinking of relaxing my hair to get this same haircut. She rocks it! I like her attitude of doing her and encouraging everyone else to do them. Fierce is right.

    LOVED it!!

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    Another CN follower who did not realize Regina King was relaxed. I have enjoyed her acting for many years. She is a class act, and her list of acting credits attests to it. I admire and respect you Ms. King.

  • Anonymous says:

    If you didn't like the interview or the actress, simply click to another page. Save the negativity for another site. Those types of comments are unwelcome and just plain ridiculous.

    On a more positive note, Nikki, I LOVED the interview! Regina King is one my most favorite actresses! I admire how long she's been in the industry. Thanks for the unconventional interview! I enjoyed reading about her hair story! It was great.

  • Breanna says:

    She is gorgeous, and I've been watching her since 227 and all of the other wonderful shows/movies that she has been in as well. Also don't forget she is in a relationship with that fine Malcolm Jamal Warner aka Theo from "The Cosby Show".

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow…I didn't know she used to be natural either! That was a great interview, so many good questions. She seems so down to earth. Loved her on 227 and the movies she's done and I'm starting to see a lot of her lately too. (RHOA after show, Essence cover) Thanks Nikki. 🙂 ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    It must be the cold weather that's bringing out this negative energy. Great interview. I enjoyed it!

  • sarah says:

    great interview Nik! i've love Regina King's short, sassy cut. IMHO, i think it's the best look on her.

  • Anonymous says:

    To come on the site and say negative things about a human being is childish and tacky. Regina King is a great actress and if you don't like the interviews, don't read them. To anonymous at 2:06 pm, if you weren't trying to be rude, there would not have been a a reason for you to say so. Jealousy is an ugly emotion!
    -posted by Vicsharbest

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 2:05. You may not have tried to come off as rude, but you did. CurlyNikki posted a post saying she was posting 3 unconventional celebrity interviews. A natural that relaxed and a celeb that is natural but wears her hair straight. I for one enjoyed reading the interview. CurlyNikki gets an interview with one of the TOP black actresses out there today and you're in here talking about "scraping the bottom of the barrel."

  • Rachel says:

    Perhaps CN is not scraping the bottom of the barrel but expanding? I thought it was an excellent interview and like others said it's nice to know that she was natural and may come back this way.

  • Bree says:

    Great interview, Love Regina she is just so honest and real. I always assumed her hair was relaxed too but I like her hair philosophy variety is the spice of life looking back on her pictures she looked great with her natural hair and she looks great with her pixie relaxed hair, and she will be back to natural again I like it when women keep it interesting with their hair. And oddly I am the same way with coloring my hair too…lol. I think it is good getting woman with different experience with their hair to come talk on the couch

  • Anonymous says:

    Seems Curly Nikki has run out of natural celebrities to interview o_O I'm not trying to be rude or anything… but this definitely has a "scraping the bottom of the barrel" vibe.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow…negative energy on the first comment, huh? Woo-sah! This was a great interview. It's always easy to assume that an African-American actress with straight hair is relaxed, but looks can certainly be deceiving. Happy to see Regina still working and looking great!

  • Anonymous says:

    Her hair looks great. Enjoyed this interview.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love Regina!! (Far from sub par IMO) Love Southland! Love the shot gun scene! It was truly priceless!!! Thanks Nikki for this interview I was really shocked to learn that she was a natural (is still one at heart from the sounds of it!). Great interview. It was a welcomed surprise.

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVE Regina King! We are the same age and I've always admired her since 227. (In high school, this boy I liked had a crush on her, so I secretly wanted to look like her so that he would like me. LOL!) She's done so much: Boyz in the Hood, Poetic Justice, Ray. She is extremely multidimensional. And she seems really down to earth. I look forward to seeing her natural again. Thanks for the interview!!! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Great interview, the questions were on point! Especially loved RK's last statement! She is so right, we are ALL fierce, no matter what we choose to do to our hair! And she looks amazing as usual!

  • bonni says:

    That was honestly one of my favorite CN interviews!!!

    Looking forward to the other interviews coming up!

  • Onebydesign says:

    I too grew up watching Regina King and she represents us 40+ sisters well and I think she looks FABULOUS and I LOOOVE her cut, it looks GORGEOUS on her and this is the way I wore my hair when it was relaxed, just w/shorter bangs. I had no idea she was natural, but whatever style she wears she always wears it well so I look forward to seeing her in her naturally curly glory :o)

    To each her own as someone else said but I think she is an amazing actress and I am going to go back and catch up on Southland now that my beloved show The Closer doent come back until the summer :o)

  • He's Faithful says:

    Nikki, you've done it again! I always enjoy Regina King, be it on screen or reading about some of the great things she does with youth. I always assumed she was relaxed because of stories about naturals in the business having to perm because stylists on set didn't know how to work with them. Anyhoo, much love to you and Ms. King. An exclusive on her next big chop would be nice!

  • Unknown says:

    It's one thing to say you're not a fan, but to call them sub par, seems… mean. Now to comment on the intent of the interview- her hair story. Great story. I see why some people return to relaxers. There is a convenience to wrapping and going. I used to wear my hair like that and sometimes I miss it. But I could rock it natural too- with heat… if I wanted to do that and despite the fact it might not last long in the summer. LOL! She has time, the money for an on call stylist, etc. She's doing her. Can't ever go wrong there.

  • Jewell Marie says:

    Luv Regina, she has so much class!!!

  • Mommy Has Deals says:

    Great Interview! I love her!

  • Anonymous says:

    i <3 Regina! great interview Nik!

  • Natakue says:

    Regina is one of my favorite actresses because I've grown up watching her, too. She's beautiful and seems so down-to-earth, and this interview reflects that quality. She looks great no matter what style she's rocking. Keep up the great work, Regina!! And thanks for sharing your routine!

  • Beads, Braids & Beyond says:

    I love Regina King! <3

  • GGmadeit says:

    Great interview! Love her!

  • DiJah says:

    Love her!

  • Kulem says:

    I can respect where she's coming from. I never knew she was natural before, so I guess it's no change for me. To each his own, but of course I think being natural is best. And she is not a sub-par actress, she's very good and I love her in Southland! If you missed the first season ending episode where she's walking around her house with a shot gun shooting gangsters then you missed a great one!

  • Anonymous says:

    Great interview!! Thanks Nikki! I too grew up watching her, and she has grown up into a beautiful young woman. She is 40 and fabulous!! Also, I want to remind the first person who said that she is "sub Par" that there are not a lot of leading roles in Hollywood for black women,and we should appreciate how hard she has worked in the industry to help pave paths for the next generation. Go, REGINA!!!! Your hair is gorgeous!!

  • Anonymous says:

    She is a superb WORKING actress…how long have we've been seeing her on the big and small screen? Continued success, Regina…and I can't wait for the big chop feature!

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    Wow! Now I'm about to search through every Regina King pic ever! Never knew she was natural. She has always been so pretty to me. Great interview! I love how she gave tips to keep the perm looking right.

  • Shakirah says:

    I loooooove regina king!

  • Anonymous says:

    I had no idea she was a natural-in-the-closet! The short relaxed cut looks GORGEOUS on her though. Some people look best with straight hair or a cut, I think her short hair is more flattering than any of the other hairstyles I've seen her with. (Same goes for Rihanna.) I LOVE OJON as well. If only they weren't so expensive..

  • Anonymous says:

    It's cool she is comfortable with changing up her style! Go Regina!

  • Anonymous says:

    This was really informative. I would never have guessed she was a curly girl, but I love her attitude toward coming back on the curly side.

  • Anonymous says:

    excellent interview nikki!

  • Jillian says:

    Don't hate! She's a great actress, which is evident of her body of work! I love you Regina, and your cut is sharp!

  • LaMaraVilla says:

    Eh . . . sub par actress.

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