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Thandie Newton Embraces Natural Hair For Her Daughters (PHOTOS)

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Thanks to Viola Davis' bold and beautiful natural 'do at the Oscars, the media is now on curl patrol--scoping out any and all curly-topped actress of color embracing their au natural tresses.

The Daily Mail spotted one! British actress Thandie Newton was seen sporting her curls at an event in London yesterday. The "Good Deeds" actress recently opened up to her friend and make-up artist Kay Montano about her reasons for embracing her textured tresses.

Newton was scared straight (or in this case scared curly) after learning about the harsh realities of chemical relaxers via Chris Rock's documentary "Good Hair."

But beyond being moved by the chemical Lye completely disintegrating a Coke can, Newton wanted to set a positive example of beauty for her two adorable daughters, 11-year-old Ripley and 7-year-old Nico.

"I always thought I would go back to curly, because I didn't want my daughters to judge their beautiful curls. I assumed they' want to be like their Mum, and they've only ever known me with straight hair," says Newton.

Reports show that more and more black women are going natural. And although black hair has consistently been a hot topic within the black community, stars like Newton and Davis are expanding the conversation to a broader demographic.

"The stigma with some black women seems to be that 'nappy hair' is almost as bad as loo roll (aka toilet paper, for the non-Brits) trailing from your shoe," says Newton.

Newton knows she might be bucking what's accepted or applauded when it comes to society's standards for beauty, but she's willing to take the risk.

"It takes a little courage to do that. I want to wear it natural because it looks amazing!"

Right on.

Here's a look at Thandie, her adorable little girls and other stars who have embraced their natural 'dos.

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