Yvette Nicole Brown: Why I'm Not Wearing Weaves or Wigs

08/24/2014 at 01:15 PM ET

Yvette Nicole Brown is ready to shed the skin she’s in … or at least the wig.

“I want to show African American women that all of our hair is beautiful in its natural state,” the Community star told PEOPLE at Entertainment Weekly‘s Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Saturday.

Her first step? Going without her own collection of weaves to reveal her real hair.

“We don’t have to add pieces,” the actress, 43, says. “I’m at a place in my life where I want to be authentically myself.”

Yvette Nicole Brown Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party
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And if that includes embracing the occasional bad hair day, then Brown is all for it.

“That means if my hair is wild and crazy, I’m taking it on the red carpet and saying, ‘This happened,’ ” she says.

– Anya Leon with reporting by William Keck

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bK Wen on

I love it. She rocks!!!

Rachel on

So beautiful!

Aud on

So…is that her natural hair in the picture?

goodie on

Hair extensions for ALL women should be given the boot. It creates the illusion that no normal hair woman can create on her own.
Accept what you have….the more we do, the more we hold the standard of beauty!!

Lila on

Love Yvette! So real!

Gretchen on

I don’t think I quite get the whole, “OMG! Black women aren’t authentic unless they wear their hair “natural” “, regardless of what looks best on them. White women color, perm, cut, don’t cut, braid, don’t braid, and do all sorts of things to their hair (some things improve, others don’t), but it’s fun to mess with your hair. I’ve worn all kinds of styles, permed, or not permed, and regardless of the person’s ethnicity, it just seems a fun thing to do unless you fry your hair. No one I know thinks “natural” is ugly, it’s just the attitude that no one has allowed “natural” until last week or something. People have always made choices about their hair……. She looks great, weave or no weave!

Marie Mullin on

See her on the chew, she likes food.

femmenoir on

Yeah…that’s what I’m talking ’bout

ssj455 on

You could straighten it, though, right?

Lara on

I am 100% with goodie on how damaging hair extensions/ weaves can be for realistic beauty standards. And I applaud Yvette for taking a stand on the issue. Let’s all go for natural hair :)

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