The small details of a movie character’s look can be just as important to a role as the script itself. Everything from wardrobe to makeup helps to shape a character’s identity. Regina Hall, the star of such films as Think Like A Man and The Best Man Holiday, is one actress who particularly loves to experiment with hair when it comes to cultivating the characters she plays. In her latest film Barbershop:The Next Cut—with co-stars Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj and Eve— she is sporting a teal blue, statement-making hairstyle.
We caught up with Regina to talk about the new movie, her role in creating the striking look for her character, and also got the scoop on all of her top hair care secrets.
Hype Hair: How was the experience working with the cast of Barbershop:The Next Cut?
Regina Hall: I feel like we were blessed. We had a really fun cast. We had to work a lot together every single day. A lot of times in movies, you’ll shoot scenes, but everything took place in a barbershop and we were pretty much there every day. Even if we didn’t have a lot to do, we were seen in reflection. So as a cast, we got to know each other pretty well. They were great! Some people I had never met before, and they were amazing. Nicki was wonderful. We’d play jokes. We just had a lot of fun!
HH: Tell us about the character that you play in the film, and what you loved the most about portraying her?
RH: I play Angie. Ice Cube’s character Calvin has, during financial difficulties, merged his shop with hers. I liked Angie. She is funny, and she’s also an integral part of—and kind of the heart of—the story and a lot of the things that go on in the movie. I got to have a lot of fun with her, and I got to have even more fun with her look and her hair color, which I loved.
HH: We see you get to experiment with your hair color for this film.
RH: Yes, which was really fun. I liked that her look informed her character so much.
HH: Tell us about your blue-green tresses for the film. How did you decide that would be the look for your character in the film?
RH: I just knew it! When I read the script, I was like, ‘You know what? Her hair is curly and it’s blue,’ and the hairstylist on the movie was really great in terms of keeping it up for me and being supportive when I pitched the idea to the director. Malcolm [D. Lee] was great because I told him my hair was going to be blue. Malcolm directed Best Man Holiday and during that film, I told him I wanted Candy’s hair to be in a short bob and he did not want that at all. I was like, in fifteen years, she’s not a stripper. I want to evolve her character and her look, and she’s a teacher. Then I came to the set and he’s like, ‘I was wrong!’ He ended up loving that bob.
So what I loved about him with Barbershop was that he was so trusting. He said, ‘You know what? I fought you on Best Man Holiday, so I’m going to trust you on this one,’ and he actually did love it. I wanted Angie to feel different. I wanted Angie to have a very specific look, and I love playing with hair in movies. It’s my favorite thing to do!