Yvette Nicole Brown: Why I'm Not Wearing Weaves or Wigs

08/24/2014 at 01:15 PM ET

Yvette Nicole Brown is ready to shed the skin she’s in … or at least the wig.

“I want to show African American women that all of our hair is beautiful in its natural state,” the Community star told PEOPLE at Entertainment Weekly‘s Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Saturday.

Her first step? Going without her own collection of weaves to reveal her real hair.

“We don’t have to add pieces,” the actress, 43, says. “I’m at a place in my life where I want to be authentically myself.”

Yvette Nicole Brown Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party
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And if that includes embracing the occasional bad hair day, then Brown is all for it.

“That means if my hair is wild and crazy, I’m taking it on the red carpet and saying, ‘This happened,’ ” she says.

— Anya Leon with reporting by William Keck

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Bill on

She is a regular Rosa Parks.

DE on

Maybe she can get Wendy Williams to ditch her wigs.

Lala on

Not meant to be racist at all — but if I had thick, naturally curly hair, with body, I would rock it!! So often I see black women, and think their hair is fabulous! I don’t know why they’d ever want to straighten it. I also love braids, and while I’m sure it’s awful having them done, they just look so great!
I have seen some women, with hair that just doesn’t look good. I’m assuming because it’s straightened, and over processed? I’m not sure the cause — but if you’ve been blessed with curls, and body, rock it, because you look amazing!

Zenobia on

I certainly applaud her for this decision. For so long, African American hair in it’s natural state was considered unattractive and almost Un-American as it was sometimes the deciding factor in whether you got hired in a front office situation or not. I am not talking about frightfully unkempt hair, I am talking about braids and Afros. Anyway, times are changing and that is great. However, there are some of us ( self included) who have hair that is going through another natural change that included aging and hair becomes sparse and uneven and even balding in certain areas. There is nothing that can be done, and seniors like me do not have the money for hair plugs, fancy extensions, etc. so we wear wigs and are glad of it! More power to those who can go natural!

ladylennix on

Black women need to stop the obsession with hair styles, hair textures and hair accessories and concentrate in our families and communities. We need to get more of our men educated and employed and less of them jailed or shot. We need to teach our young ladies to respect their bodies and plan better futures instead of being the baddest b*tch, mothers too soon and welfare for lazy unemployed men. We have too much to do to worry about hair. I am black and proud with natural hair, relaxed hair, weaved, colored or wigged out. You see the real me that brings brings me the greatest source if pride lives within me and is not affected by trends.

AC on

Ugh..stop it. All women wear hair pieces and extensions….I agree your black hair is beautiful and wear it how you will but the inference here is that somehow a wig or extensions makes us some how less ethnic….to each is his own….

sue on

hahah this is laughable. She isn’t taking a stand at all. The article says she came out with her own line of weaves. It’s to be applauded to do what you want. If that is wearing a wig, going natural, great. Encourage people to express themselves how they want and if that is natural or a wig either way is fine. To come out and make some statement declaring something you personally believe is the empowering and “real” choice to be making just puts other people with another belief down. This is stupid.

Windy Souther on

So the hair gestapo is telling women how they must wear their hair? Bollocks. Women (and men) have the right to wear their hair any dang way they please; it does not mean a lack of pride in anything. I lost my hair to cancer and started wearing wigs. I loved it! Went to a weave and love that more! Sorry, I love the way I look, and it is not a statement of anything more than that. Women look great with natural hair, extensions, dye or lack thereof, whatever if it makes them feel happy with themselves. How dare you people judge? And Yvette Nicole, you are beautiful with or without. You do you, hon! Big fan!

Kat on

Yes! I love natural hair and all it’s variations! More beautiful than any wig or weave any day.

mebitch on

OMG………she wishes that were all her real hair :(

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