Actress Sanaa Lathan is On the Couch! Best known for her roles in ‘Love & Basketball’ and ‘Something New’, this talented, natural beauty dishes on why she likes to keep it fresh and shares a few of her favorite products. I’ve always been a huge fan of one of her staple styles- the chic, high bun. As an aside, did you know that she’s the voice of Donna Tubbs on ‘The Cleveland Show’?! I had no idea… watch it all the time.
Are you natural? Tell us about your hair!
I am natural but find that I change it up often. Like right now, today, I have on a weave. For one, it’s really humid here in Louisiana, but also, it’s for the character I’m portraying. When I was doing the play in NY, I wore wigs every night on stage to protect my natural hair. So pretty much, my hair has been in weaves or wigs for half the year, and I will probably keep this weave in for another month. It all just really depends on the job or if I’m in between jobs- – when I can, I like to have my natural hair out because I like to feel my scalp. It’s just much better that way.
I can say that wearing it out is definitely a lot more work. Like last summer, I wore it out and wild. I’d wet it, cornrow it, and take them down… it was nice because I wasn’t constantly pressing it, which also made it easier to keep up with my workouts. I guess, no matter your situation, we all know the trials and tribulations of black hair [Laughter]
How do you feel about your hair today?
I’m loving it. Like I said before, what I love about being an actress is that you can really get away with changing your look from month to month. I mean right now I have a long curly weave and next month it might be short. It’s fun for your hair to become like the clothes that you wear. You can change it just as often as you change your style.
What are your must-have products?
I love Kim Kimble’s hair line and like the Moroccan Oil Shampoo, the Gold Shimmer Shine,
and the Oil.
Love this girl…used this interview on my blog. thanks
Jesus, stop screaming.
Yes, weaves and straightened hair are very consistent and predictable (depending on the weather and setting) – at least more than a lot of natural hair styles. I've been on camera with a wash-n-go and at bra strap length, it will look *very* different over the course of 8 or 15 hours depending how long a shooing is for. If the scene is only supposed to be for a minute, that is a huge deal.
STRAIGHT HAIR IS NOT PREDICTABLE. THATS JUST AN EXCUSE! THEY WANT STRAIGHT HAIR ON THE SCREENS BECAUSE THEY WANT EVERYTHING TO BE WHITE WASHED!
Kim Coles did a great job explaining why natural hair is not seen often in movies and television and the main reason is consistency. Often they film a scene over a course of one or two days, well if your hair doesn't look exactly the same the next day how can they pick up the scene where they left off. For that reason they want straight hair. It's predictable.
Love sannaa! She is stunning and a great actress too.
How come all these "natural" hair celebs come out on the blogs but you NEVER see them natural on screen? Why hide who you are naturally to the world but scream proudly on the black blogs? Just asking.
Sanaa has always been one of my favorite actresses. She always keep it classy and she is never part of scandals. Way to go sanaa. I need to see u more often. Xoxo
I DIDNT KNOW SHE WAS NATURAL? SOME PEOPLE FORGET THAT WE HAVE LOTS OF CELEBS WHO ARE NATURAL LIKE TATIANA ALI. NOW HER HAIR IS GORGEOUS!
I have always loved Sanaa! She is so pretty with a beautiful spirit to match.
loved this article on her! i love her work as well! i also like to rock a wig and a pony once in awhile. i feel iike i am channeling someone else for the day! Good on her for protecting that hair.
I wanted to read more! LOL Last week I was going through a Sanaa Lathan movie marathon. It occurred to me that she has been natural for YEARS!!!! I don't know if she' been natural all of her life but for her career on the big screen, she has been natural. Way to go Sanaa!!! This goes to show that you can still be a successful actress and be natural as. Aint nothing wroing with switching it up with wigs and weaves lol.
Has she never relaxed her hair?? Just wondering as her hair texture in Love & Basketball looked as though it had been relaxed. Straightened I guess….
Anywho, she's gorgeous!
She is so pretty and her hair always looks nice.
Peace, Love and Chocolate,
Love her!! She always looks so chic! Never knew her hair is natural.
she is beautiful, she is not natural, but still gorgeous!
She is so beautiful.
I love Sanaa! Glad she was featured. Such a beautiful actress.
She has always been one of my favs! She's one of the few natural beauties, dressed up, dressed down, curly or weaved up, she's gorgeous!
Had no idea she was natural. No wonder her hair always looks so full! She is one of the VERY few naturally GORGEOUS real women in Hollywood.
I looovvveeee Sanaa! Wish we could have gotten her "On the Couch"! She is a beautiful, talented, actress!
I love that banded updo! Sanaa, you are wearing that style! Very beautiful.