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Actress Sanaa Lathan Goes “Big Chop” Bald for a Netflix Movie

You ask, Sanaa Lathan bald?

And the answer is… Yes, she did that!

The “Big Chop” that is.

And she looks beautiful!

Known for passionate romantic dramas such as “The Best Man” and “Love & Basketball” actress Sanaa Lathan decides to dramatically commit to her next role.

Hopefully this shaved haircut will be inspiring to many black women out there on the edge of deciding to do the “big chop” as well.


She has been cast as the lead actress in the new Netflix Originals Movie “Nappily Ever After”.

The story developed from a book, with the same title, written by Trisha R. Thomas. The main character Violet Jones, played by Sanaa, has a pitch-perfect life until a hair salon visit forces her to have to shave her head and causes everything around her to fall apart. This unforeseen incident sparks new meaning to her life of surfaced shallow appearances.

Sanaa Lathan Bald Shaved Head Is A Hair Journey

Actress Sanaa Nathan bald head and dramatic hairstyle change is a professional act, but seems to become a personal journey as well.

While filming, Sanaa is personally experiencing the hair journey of “going natural” and how it feels to cut it all off.

How does she feel?

Well, in her words:

“It’s all off. I feel like it’s so light I could fly away.”

#NappilyEverAfter 👶🏽

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Whether she means that figuratively or literally, going through this hair length change, for many, is not just a physical act, but an emotional one as well.


The actress has been documenting her hair changes for the character on Instagram (@sanaalathan):

Do blondes really have more fun? Hmmm.. Let’s see.The first of MANY hair changes for #Violet, my character in  #NappilyEverAfter. Watch my #instastory to see the process!


She recently was speaking on playing “fully realized dynamic, layered roles”.


Likewise, we love how Sanaa is diving into this character and look forward to watching the film.


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  • She is beautiful no matter what she does! Love that she is playing a character that honestly is real to many people like me. We are not in ” character”, this natural movement is our lifestyle. Looking forward to watching her career moves as well as her mane moves!

  • Sanaa looks beautiful no matter how she wears her hair and she is an amazing actress continued success!

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