Lupita Nyong’o’s Hair Used To Give Her Anxiety

Lupita Nyong'oIt’s hard to imagine Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o as a mousy teenager hiding in the bathroom, but that’s exactly what happened with her when hair wasn’t exactly on point.

“As a teen, my hair caused me so much anxiety,” she said in an interview with Redbook. “When I wasn’t happy with how my hair looked, I’d spend recess in the bathroom because I was so embarrassed.

At the age of 19, the dark-skinned beauty simply shaved her head to keep things simple.


“I spent days thinking about it first. Once I did it, it was very liberating, but I also felt very naked. When you feel the wind on your scalp, it’s like, Oh, my God. But I’ve kept my hair short ever since.”

And why does she keep her hair short?

“It’s easy.”

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