Doing the big chop — especially for Black women — often symbolizes a defining moment in our lives. Whether it’s one of empowerment or despair, is totally up to us. Sanaa Lathan proves this in the upcoming Netflix film Nappily Ever After.
Sanaa made headlines last fall after buzz cutting her thick tresses for her role as Violet. “I’m just doing my reveal,” shared Sanaa on social media after big chopping. “It’s all off. It feels like it’s so light I could fly away.”
Now, after a year of bleached blonde and short cropped hair teasers coiffed by Larry Sims, we’re getting a first look at all of the hair drama inspired by Trisha R. Thomas’ 2001 best-selling book of the same name.
While it was first reported that the film would follow Violet through her hair (and life) journey after a salon visit goes wrong, the screenplay seems to have been changed to put the clippers — and the power — in Sanaa’s hands.
Her character’s concept of perfection once meant hot combs, brushed edges and back-grazing weaves. Here, we watch Sanaa untangle heartbreak and despair as she does what most Black women have done when we big chop: discover our real selves.
“My hair was like a second job,” says her character. “Now, I’m forced to focus on my self. I wonder who I’ll be.”
Nappily Ever After premieres September 21. Until then, press play below to watch the official trailer.