Kerry Washington: “Natural Hair Is Perfect As It Is”

CANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 20: Kerry Washington attends Twitter’s #HereWeAre brunch and conversation at Cannes Lions on June 20, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images for Twitter)

To put it simply, actress Kerry Washington is stunning week after week as “Olivia Pope” on the hit show Scandal. Her outfit is tight, her shoes are stunning, and her hair is usually laid perfectly. But according to the 42-year-old star, becoming a mom to Isabelle, 5, and Caleb, 3, is what inspired her to stop straightening her hair.

“I like to wear my natural texture, especially now because I have children and I want them to know that their hair is perfect as it is,” Washington told Allure for her November cover story. “They don’t have to change it or straighten it. They can, but they don’t have to.”

When she’s on the set of Scandal, Washington admits she requires (quite) a bit more maintenance. “There’s someone who follows me around all day long on the set. Like, literally follows me to make sure there’s not a single hair out of place,” she said. “This is somebody’s full-time job.”

“I have grown to like my hair more and more over the years. I won’t have any chemicals in it. I stopped relaxing my hair in my early 20s,” she said.

When asked how Kerry maintain Kerry’s natural hair, her stylist of over 15 years, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, gives us the tea.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 08: Event co-chair Kerry Washington attends the Bronx Children’s Museum Gala at Edison Ballroom on May 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images for Bronx Children’s Museum)

“I wash and condition and trim it every six weeks,” Takisha explains. “People tend to get caught up on length but you have to trim the hair to keep those split ends off and to allow new hair to grow and be healthy.”

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Actor Kerry Washington attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)

“Kerry loves texture and she loves to play around with any type of wave because she just likes the way that looks on her face,” continues Sturdivant-Drew. “Her hair is very curly. It’s not tight or a spiral, it’s more of an S. We started…