By Sarah Kinonen
Updated March 29, 2016 08:55 PM
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From long braids to pixie cuts, Regina King has cemented her place as a Hollywood hairstyle chameleon. And in a new video, the award-winning actress is opening up about black women’s “phenomenal” ability to be versatile with their hair.


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In a new online video series, The Hair Tales, famous black women are opening up about their own personal hair journeys, and King reveals that “it all starts with your hair. A lot of your confidence lies in your tresses.”

“What black women can do with their hair is truly phenomenal,” she says in the video. “From the natural hair styles, to adding hair in, to color, to straight, to 18-inch weaves, it is so fascinating what we can do. And I promise you every other nationality of women are looking at us and they’re going, ‘Oh my gosh I wish I could do that.'”

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The actress adds that black women aren’t only trying new hair trends, they’re starting them.

“To think that a visual can represent so much about a culture is astounding,” she says. “The braids represented that regular beautiful black girl, they represent girls around the country who are just happy to be. We set the bar, it starts with us. We’re the tastemakers when it comes to hair.”

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