In addition, the essentials without which she will not leave the house.
The R&B singer HER has racked up the accolades. Last year alone, she nabbed two Grammys, including Song of the Year (she already has several nominations for 2022) and an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Fight for You,” featured in Judas and the Black Messiah. Looks like the California native is just getting started and the sky is surely the limit. Along with her signature shades, her luscious curly hair is instantly recognizable, so it’s no surprise that she was recently announced as the latest spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris’ Dream Lengths Curl range.
We asked her how she manages to keep her hair looking its best (especially now that she’s a beauty ambassador) and the keys to appreciating curly girls.
What’s it like to be the face of a major beauty brand, and how did you celebrate?
I’m so excited! I can’t believe I’m working with this brand that I grew up with and that really contributed to my love of beauty. It’s surreal. I haven’t really had a proper party. Honestly, things like this are all about having moments of deep gratitude. They make me want to go further in everything I do.
What lessons have you learned on your journey with curly hair?
I learned a lot. My mother didn’t really know how to take care of my hair when I was little, but she had fun styling it. She taught me how versatile my hair can be! Toppings are important. I also don’t wash my curls every day because they dry out too much, and above all, patience is required!
How have you dealt with negativity or bad feelings about your hair?
I definitely took my curls for granted. Society despised big hair. Often women feel that curly hair can’t look professional or “appropriate”. So we felt compelled to straighten it out. Luckily, now we enjoy our big fluffy curls and we always have the option to straighten them if we want and have fun with them.
How do you take care of your hair while you sleep?
I always try to wear a beanie or put it in a pineapple bun.
What beauty essentials do you make sure you always have with you on the road?
I absolutely need a good brush, hairpins and the Dream Lengths Mousse Super Curls.
How does your hair play into your public persona?
My big curls give me so much confidence when I play. I love how I can play with my hair on stage and how bouncy it is.
Are there any looks you’d like to try with your hair that you haven’t yet?
I want to try a little peek, but admittedly I may not be doing that anytime soon!