Sanaa Lathan surprises fans with natural hair growth

Actress Sanaa Lathan. Photo: Instagram/@sanaalathan

Thespian Sanaa Lathan rocketed to national fame in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with her hit urban-oriented flicks punctuated by her caramel-coated visage framed by her signature long, flowing tresses.

The star of Best Man, Brown Sugar and especially Love & Basketball took an artistic risk by going completely bald in September 2017 for her critically-acclaimed Netflix film “Nappily Ever After,” which delved into a Black woman’s complex relationship with her hair.

The other day, Lathan, 47, flossed her swiftly-growing natural curly hair as her pooch peeped her out from the back seat. In the caption to the Instagram post, Lathan wrote, “Just rollin’ with my #BFF #XenaWarriorPrincess #TGIF 💋.”

Actress Sanaa Lathan. Photo: Instagram/@sanaalathan

Fans were amazed by Lathan’s hair growth and natural beauty and praised her on her Instagram page.

“Her hair is growing like weeds”. “Mannnnnn wth she using for growth! 😍😍😍😍😍😍”

“Your hair is growing so fast! Can we get some more tips on your natural hair regime?”

“oh that hair is on grow! love it short or long! beautiful!”

“Look at that hair… omg yes”. “Yesss that hair come on thru sis🙌🏾”

After slicing off famous locks that cascaded past her shoulders like a black waterfall, Lathan revealed how the process impacted her emotionally.

In an interview with Glamour magazine: “That’s the crazy thing, even despite all this, I know I’m still conditioned around beauty standards. I’ll still have days when I don’t feel pretty because I don’t have hair. I know it doesn’t make sense. I’ll start daydreaming about getting a weave, or think about putting on a wig. I actually have a bunch of wigs in my closet. I figured after I shaved my head for the show that I’d be wearing them a lot. But it’s been a year, and I haven’t once.”

While Lathan said she has not decided if she will remain natural or switch off between that and weaves. “…one of the main messages I want to get across to women is that it’s not that you should only have natural hair. It’s that natural hair is beautiful, and it should be an option.”

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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