The inside scoop on Ariel’s go-to glam comes just a few days after hairstylist Camille Friend revealed that production spent six figures for Halle’s hair transformation, in which she sported flowing ginger locs and extensions.
“I’m not guesstimating, but we probably spent at least $150,000 because we had to redo it and take it out,” Camille explained to Variety in an article published May 26. “You couldn’t use it, and we’d have to start again. It was a process.”
Plus, Halle’s own locs were more than 24 inches long at the time of filming and Camille suggested keeping them instead of putting her in a wig.
“If we take hair and wrap it around her locs, we don’t have to cut them and we don’t have to color them,” Camille shared. “We can change her color without changing her internal hair structure. Her structure and her hair are her.”
For Halle, the hairstylist’s solution was deeply meaningful.
“I’ve had my locs since I was 5, so they’re a huge part of who I am,” the actress told Ebony in a May 2023 cover story. “We need to be able to see ourselves, we need to be able to see our hair on big screens like this, so that we know that it’s beautiful and more than acceptable.”