The amazing Kym Whitley is one of our most beloved comedic actresses and she is gearing up for the big screen with her latest film Fist Fight, featuring rapper and producer Ice Cube as well as the highly anticipated return of Tracy Morgan.
We caught up with the funny lady to discuss her latest project and had a chat about all things hair!
Hype Hair: Can you tell us a little about your new film, Fist Fight?
Kym Whitley: The movie is about two teachers who get into a fight at the end of the school year. I play the 911 operator—one of the teachers calls for help. It’s a very funny comedy; just the fact that the teachers are trying to fight at the end of the school year, not the students, is hilarious. It’s Tracy Morgan’s first comeback to the big screen since his accident, and it’s a good movie. It’s also my first time back on screen with Ice Cube since Next Friday.
HH: You’ve been known for changing up your looks quite often. What styles are you currently into for day to day and the red carpet?
KW: I’m a wig girl, so I can switch my hair up from project to project. Since I’m working on a lot of projects simultaneously, I can switch up my style with wigs. Wigs are the best. Currently, I wear a curly kind of Puerto Rican look as Yolanda on Young & Hungry. My talk show look is a short blonde bob, and I like to sometimes go funky with a curly, natural blonde look. Those are pretty much my day-to-day styles. Sometimes I wear the Jackée look when I want to be confused with her.
HH: So, you’re a wig girl! What are your thoughts on weaves and extensions?
KW: If you want to have your hair edges when you’re in your 70s, you have to be careful with your weaves, wigs and extensions. If you want to have a huge forehead, keep wearing those weaves and tight braids and that is what you’re going to get: a big forehead. I like wearing wigs, but I also believe you must protect your edges, so I believe in putting grease or some kind of moisture on your hair. You got to tell your braider or the person doing the weave not to braid it so tight around the front.
This is not a competition, and it doesn’t mean the tighter you braid, the longer your weave will stay. Braid it tight in the middle and keep it soft on the edges. I think individual braids will eventually pull your hair out, because of the weight of the braids…unless you got hair from the Motherland—and I mean deep in the Motherland hair—that can hold that braid!
HH: What are some of the products you prefer for styling and maintaining your natural hair?
KW: I use the original Pink Oil Moisturizer Lotion—y’all know it, good old-fashioned grease, and Sulfur 8 with that old medicated smell. That’s what you gotta do, is go old school. That’s all I got to say about that.
HH: Are there any other projects you have coming up that we should be on the lookout for?
KW: I am currently on the sitcom Young & Hungry on the Freeform network. You can also watch it on Net ix. We are in our fifth season. I have currently been added to the team as a cohost on the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show on radio. I am also on tour with my stand-up comedy show, He Said, She Said, with comedian David Arnold. Our next dates are Feb. 9 – 11 at the Cleveland Improv. And of course, you can see me and Ice Cube in the hilarious comedy Fist Fight, which opens nationwide February 24.
A version of this article originally appeared in Hype Hair Jan/Feb 2017.