It’s often said that a woman’s hair is her crown and Jamelia took the plunge by making a drastic change to hers.
The former Loose Women presenter unveiled a bold new makeover on social media after deciding to go for the ‘big chop’ by cutting off all her luscious hair in celebration of her 41st birthday on Tuesday.
In an Instagram video – aptly soundtracked to India Arie’s empowering anthem I Am Not My Hair – Jamelia unwraps her headscarf to reveal her thick and full Afro hair.
After combing out each twist, Jamelia then sectioned off her hair before taking the scissors to it without hesitation. However, at one point she stopped and mouthed while holding the scissors to one piece of her tresses: ‘I’m not gon’ do it girl…,’ before snipping away and adding: ‘I did it.’
She then proudly revealed the finished look with her much shorter hair now styled into a crop, coiled and shining with moisture.
The TV star explained in the caption: ‘I did something very special in time for my upcoming birthday…I chose to Trust In The Magic of New Beginnings 😊✨💖.’
Loose Women presenter Charlene White applauded the makeover and commented: ‘Wow!!!! I love it you gorgeous woman ❤️❤️❤️.’
Jamelia, 40, has previously spoken about the lack of care for Black hair within the entertainment industry and her choice to wear her own natural.
Last year, she claimed that she was told to straighten it while appearing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015.
‘When I was on Strictly, basically every single day they would tell me that I couldn’t wear my natural hair and they wanted me to relax my hair,’ she told Mo Gilligan on his podcast.
‘Every single day for 10 weeks, they’re telling me that “you need to relax your hair, your hair doesn’t look elegant”. I remember [being like] you don’t even understand the levels of disrespect that you’re saying to me as a Black woman.
‘To not be able to wear my hair naturally, because it doesn’t appease you and your audience is highly offensive and highly disrespectful.’
The Superstar singer continued: ‘This show was being shown to eight million people per week and you can’t get a person to come in and do my hair?
‘Luckily for me I knew how to do my hair.
‘And I would do things like do my hair and then they’d take a picture of me in the hair and make-up [room].’
In 2008, she presented the BBC documentary, Whose Hair Is It Anyway?, where she investigated the hair extension industry.
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