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Tatyana Ali Opens Up About Being Ostracized for Having 'Good Hair'

Tatyana Ali Opens Up About Being Ostracized for Having 'Good Hair'

The actress wished she could have hair twists like her mom.

Published October 21, 2014

Hair, no matter the texture, can have a profound effect on a woman not only in how she's viewed by others, but also her self-esteem. You'd think that our natural hair sisters are the ones fielding a lot of unwelcome and ignorant comments, but turns out those who have "good hair" feel the criticism as well. In a recent interview with Vlad TV, Tatyana Ali shared what it was like to grow up with what was considered favorable hair and to feel like an outsider because of it.

"It's funny, when I was younger, it was something that set me apart, and not necessarily in a good way, from other girls that I knew. Not that I was made fun [of] but it felt like I was made to seem different. It's interesting, the thing you think is a flaw," Ali said.

"When Chris Rock did Good Hair, I was like 'Oh my gosh, he should have interviewed me,'" she continued. "Because I feel like there's one side of the story, which he told really, really well. But then there's the other side of the story. It's boys and girls sometimes. You know you have, like, a group of cousins playing and you separate the children that way, you're doing as much damage to the child you're calling out for having 'good hair' as you are [the others] — because you're creating this separation that's not true."

Ali went on to admit that, even though others were vying for her like hairs, she just wanted to have the same hairstyles as her family.

"I grew up wanting to be able to twist my hair and wear my hair like my mom did and my aunts did. Because I wanted to be like them, I didn't want to be different. [Just that term 'good hair'] is crazy," she said.

"Caribbean people do it even worse. They'll say crazy things like, 'Oh yeah, she's so dark but she has good hair.'"

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 (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for UP TV)

Written by Dorkys Ramos

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