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Natural Hair Representation in Little: Marsai Martin

So the movie Little, written by and starring Marsai Martin, Regina Hall, and Issa (my cousin) Rae came out a few weeks ago and you already know your girl was first in line to see it (ok that’s a lie I went during $5 Tuesday 😩😭). When I first saw the movie trailer, I was ecstatic because my sisters were out here reppin’ in their NATURAL HAIR and clearly, the fans are here for it!

Little Movie

The movie lived up to my greatest expectations. Here are all the reasons why I loved this movie!

REPRESENTATION. It was very refreshing to see a movie WRITTEN by and STARRING strong, black, influential women! It may not seem like that big of a deal, but this is huge. Representation is such a powerful thing. When people see individuals that look like them embracing their natural hair, they are inspired to wear their hair out.

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I was living for the hairstyles in this movie! ISSA?? MARSAI?? The random 4C lady that was crying in the corner??  Y’all ain’t see that? Oh I see you sis! Like seriously, does anyone know how I can send her the Full Avocado Collection? 👀

 Little Movie

*cough cough* 4C gang stand up 👏🏾

BLACK WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY. Regina Hall not only stars in this movie, but she is the CEO of a technology company. I’ve seen women represented as bosses in movies like The Devil Wears Prada and The Proposal,  but to see a woman that looks like me, talks like me, and dresses like me (jk I’m currently wearing bike shorts) in this role was very inspiring and impactful.

Regina Hall Little

JORDAN’S AFRO. Imagine walking into school as a little girl rocking your natural hair only to find out that your classmates had been sticking straws in your hair the entire day. This has to be one of my favorite scenes because Jordan handled the situation well and ignored the bullies.

Marsai Martin Little

And then she came back like a BOSS with this fun afro with a middle up-do!

 Little Movie

BLACK GIRL JOY. Now I don’t know about Issa’s outfit, but I am living for the hair, the curls, the dance, and the overall black girl joy in this scene!

 Issa Rae

FRIENDSHIP. I loved the relationship between April and Jordan. At first, it was a little rocky...

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But as the movie progressed, they were able to form an unbreakable bond. P.S. this picture made me want to take out my braids and rock my fro!

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Did I mention that there’s a bunch of black women in this movie? Oh I did? Just making sure you heard me.

Issa Rae

The list could go on and on. I am here for the normalization of natural hair on screen and I am proud of the men and women that are breaking the standards of beauty and what is normal to see on screen.

Little Movie

Long story short, me and the snacks I smuggled in had a great time watching this movie and I’ll definitely be seeing it again!   

Diane Blackish

Muhga Eltigani

Muhga Eltigani

After years of using products that left her hair dry, damaged, and dull, Muhga Eltigani decided to chop off her hair and start over. For 6 months, she committed to using only natural ingredients on her hair- foods from her fridge and the grocery store with names she recognized, like avocados, olive oil, coconut, baking soda, and even eggs. She found support through an online community of women like her, sharing recipes and ingredients on Youtube.

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