Curl Talk: ‘Empire’ Actress Annie Ilonzeh Shares Her Natural Hair & Beauty Secrets

Annie Ilonzeh

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Annie Ilonzeh is a Texas native who has earned her fair share of fame for roles in such films as Percy Jackson & The Olympians, The Lightning Thief, He’s Just Not That Into You and the reboot of Charlie’s Angels. Most recently, we’ve seen her work the camera as the smart, savvy head-turning reporter Harper Scott in the hit series Empire.

She’s also one of our curl crushes with her naturally textured mane! We recently caught up with the actress to chat about her latest projects and get the intel on her hair care routine. 

Hype Hair: Can you talk with us about your latest projects?
AI: I did All Eyez On Me, which was a project a long time in the making. I really want- ed to be part of it when I landed the role of Kidada Jones. It was a cool experience going from Empire in Chicago to this biopic feature shooting in Atlanta with this amazing and talented group of people and to be part of this iconic story that needed to be told by TuPac’s family.


HH: How do you keep your hair healthy and retain your hair length?
AI: I take a variety of hair vitamins in addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and I make sure to trim my hair often.

HH: What are your favorite hairstyles?
AI: A bun is my go-to on a day-to-day basis. But I also love when my hair is out and not too controlled.

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