Actress Danielle Moné Truitt and her natural hair sent Twitter ablaze last night during the the two-hour season premiere of Rebel, BET’s newest scripted series directed by John Singleton. Viewers were as much enthralled by her Pam Grier-esque swag as “Rebecca ‘Rebel’ Knight” as they were with the episode’s hair changes.
From afros and twisted updos to flat twists and cornrows, the beauty seemingly rocked a different style in every scene. The artist behind the mane magic: Araxi Lindsey shared that those nuances were very much intentional. Not only were they different styles, they were all different textures showcasing all of the magic naturals experience.
We caught up with Araxi, who is also behind Tracee Ellis Ross’ Black-ish mane slay, to find out more about her work on the show. Read on for her take on the power of Black hair magic and the importance of showcasing our hair’s versatility.
Hype Hair: First, congratulations on such great work! We were in love with Rebel’s hair changes during the premiere. What was it like working on set?
Araxi Lindsey: I loved being a part of John Singleton’s project! And, I loved “switching it up” to showcase my mood — it adds personality to my day.
HH: What was the inspiration behind all of the different looks?
AL: When John told me he wanted Rebel’s hair to tell a story, I knew it was my chance to express the true lifestyle of women like myself who don’t wear hair extensions or straight hair. It was important for me to publicly showcase that versatility because it’s rarely seen. Our hair naturally tells a story. At times we want to wear our mane as full as we can, other days we try to blend in by slicking it back into a bun.