Danielle Brooks has gone for the chop, swapping her long ringlets for short curls.
Showing off her new look on Instagram, the 29-year-old actress admitted to her 2.4 million followers it was her first big cut, and her longtime hair stylist Tish Celestine said Danielle was definitely scared sitting in her chair.
“(She was) absolutely nervous,” Tish told Refinery 29, adding that she was excited too.
“I believe that every woman should big chop at least once in life. Hair is attached to energy, and when you cut off old hair you make room for new energy. It makes you fearless.”
The dramatic style comes not long after Netflix announced it was ending prison drama Orange Is the New Black, which Danielle has starred in since its 2013 debut.
And it seems the actress is washing character Tash “Taystee” Jefferson out of her hair with her new do.
“She’s been wanting to big chop for some time now, but we’ve had some limitations due to work so we couldn’t do it,” Tish commented. “Last week she just contacted me like, ‘Hey I’m’ ready,’ and I was there in an hour to do it.
“She has some breakage in the middle of her head, but she also wanted to see how she’d look with a short style.”
Tish promises that Danielle can still have fun with her hair even though it’s so short, and she’s hoping other women will see that a cropped style is as beautiful as longer strands.
“Every time she steps out with this cut, we plan on showcasing something different,” she smiled. “We want to show people that just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you have limited options.”
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