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Celebrity Hairstylist Larry Sims
Netflix’s hit film starring the beautiful Sanaa Lathan–Nappily Ever After—is an adaptation of the hit novel by Trisha R. Thomas and shows the emotional experience and connection Black woman can have to their hair. In an exclusive Sophisticate’s Black Hair interview we chatted with celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims, who worked with Sanaa on the film, to get all the behind-the-scenes coif secrets…including that iconic Big Chop scene.

BTS OF THE BIG CHOP: “It was interesting because Sanaa naturally has thick, long, beautiful hair and she’s had that hair for years. With the technologies that are available for film and television, we had different have ways to do it so we could preserve her natural hair—and it still would have looked like we shaved her head. But she said no, she said she was ready to do it, she wanted it to be super authentic. She didn’t want to be an actor shaving a wig or a bald cap—she really wanted to exemplify what it feels like to take a clipper to her head and actually shave her natural hair. She committed to it. It was literally a one shot deal and there were no retakes…We got it in one shot and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

SURPRISE!: “Sanaa asked me if her hair would look good and if I thought she would look okay once her head is shaved. I said, ‘Yes you’re going to look amazing.’ When she actually shaved it, I came running in with tears in my eyes and she goes, ‘What are you doing crying?’ I said, ‘Your head is so beautiful.’ She’s like, ‘You said it was going to look amazing!’ I’m like, ‘I didn’t really know what it was going to look like!’ I had no idea and I was just so relieved. I felt her head to make sure she didn’t have any lines, bumps or indentations but I really didn’t know. It was a surprise to both of us that it worked out so well.”


↑ “It was literally a number one [cut level] all-over buzz cut,” describes Sims about this on-screen shaved style worn by Sanaa Lathan in Nappily Ever After. “We didn’t do any tapering and I cleaned her neck and hairline with a t-liner as the story went on.”


↑ “She was ready to do it, she wanted it to be super authentic,” notes hair pro Sims about Sanaa’s Big Chop scene in Nappily Ever After. “She didn’t want to be an actor shaving a wig or a bald cap, she really wanted to exemplify what it feels like to take a clipper to her head and actually shave her natural hair.”

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