It’s fair to say comedian Sheryl Underwood wasn’t on the the Top 10 list of celebrities you thought would go natural. In 2013, her comments about Black hair went viral, and many accused her of being self-hating and an Uncle Tom. After guest Heidi Klum told the panel on The Talk that she saved locks of her children’s hair, Sheryl responded by saying she thought that was a big problem when you had African-textured hair.
“Why would you save afro hair? Underwood said to her astonished co-hosts. “You can’t weave in Afro hair! No one walks into the hair place and says ‘Look here, what I need is curly, nappy, beady hair. That just seems nasty’.”
When co-host Sara Gilbert confessed that she, too, saved her children’s hair, Underwood further dug herself into a hole by then saying:
“Which is probably that beautiful, long, silky stuff. That’s not what an afro is!”
So viewers were probably surprised when Underwood showed up on the set of The Talk with her own hair after seasons of wearing lavish wigs. She said that the backlash was one reason that she was inspired to change her hair.
“I made some statements that were not only wrong but they hurt our community. Black people are very sensitive about a discussion about our hair…And to come out of the mouth of a very proud Black woman, I was wrong. “
Take a look at the clip of Underwood and let us know – Does she look good with her hair natural or should she stick with the wigs?
(Photo Source: Sheryl Underwood via The Talk Twitter)