Charlene White goes waist-length in summery hair transformation

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Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby - Getty Images
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Charlene White's latest hair transformation is a totally new look for the presenter. The Loose Women star shared her new do to Instagram on Monday, sporting long box braids in a style we've not seen her wear before on TV or social media.

The long braids appear to have a mix of dark brown and black braiding hair, giving a soft tone that compliments the summery style.

The news anchor told fans and followers in the caption; "Switched it up for a hot sec 🤷🏽♀️😉" and thanked her celebrity stylist @lorraine_dublin, who regularly works with Charlene as well as with fellow Loose Lady Judi Love and tennis icon Serena Williams.

Just two weeks ago Lorraine gave Charlene a gorgeous cut with her natural curls out. Curls that will now be safely tucked away into the box braids, commonly used as a protective style for afro hair, as well as an aesthetic choice.

The ITV News anchor and Loose Women panellist explained her decision to embrace her natural afro hair texture on World Afro Day back in 2020, sharing on Instagram why she stopped the process of relaxing – the permanent treatment that straightens afro textured hair.

Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

"Going natural wasn’t a big decision for me really," she explained. "I hadn’t been chemically straightening it since I got pregnant, and I just couldn’t be bothered with going back to it again. I was bored with it to be honest."

She told followers: "I regularly get messages from parents about the impact of a Black woman on TV rocking the natural curls and I appreciate every single one. And I get it, other than Queen Moira[Stewart], we didn’t see it much growing up..." Telling fans: "Wherever you are in the world... love your Afro hair however you choose to wear it.

"And kids, if any teacher dares to tell you it’s 'not professional', send them my way. Or... just show ‘em my picture, THEN send ‘em my way #WorldAfroDay"

With growing representation of afro texture on screen, it's great to see Charlene sport twist outs, up-dos, chunky braids, afro puffs and more traditional Black hair styles for natural hair, that face the same stigmas of being untidy or unprofessional.

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