Allure magazine

Kerry Washington graced the cover of Allure magazine with her hair in its natural, uncombed state. The mag’s readers are raving about Washington’s natural ‘do.

Washington says having children forced her to rethink society’s standard of beauty. Most women won’t leave home without straightening or relaxing their hair. But the 40-year-old mother-of-2 embraces her natural wash ‘n go hair.

Allure magazine

“I like to wear my natural texture, especially now because I have children and I want them to know that their hair is perfect as it is,” she tells Allure. “They don’t have to change it or straighten it. They can, but they don’t have to.”

As for makeup, Washington says she leaves the heavy lifting to her onset stylists.

“There’s someone who follows me around all day long [on the set],” she says. “Like, literally follows me to make sure there’s not a single hair out of place. This is somebody’s full-time job. Then someone follows me around to add powder so that I never look shinier than I’m supposed to.”