The 43-year-old Today host showed her support for natural hair by appearing on the program without blow drying, flat ironing or chemically straightening her hair. Many African-American women feel the need to manipulate their hair texture for aesthetic and professional reasons, a subject Hall addressed with natural hair blogger Curly Nikki in January.
"[Hall] shared that she sometimes felt a bit of resentment at her White colleagues who could wake up in the morning and come right in to work, entirely 'appropriate' or 'professional,' but that she'd have to spend hours -- that she could have spent resting or preparing -- manipulating her hair to meet the straight hair standard of beauty," the writer reported.
Hall acknowledged Curly Nikki on Twitter ahead of the episode, writing, "Keeping my promise this morning to the Queen of #naturalhair @CurlyNikki This morning on @TODAYshow no flat iron no heat no chemicals :)." She later added that she had been "out with @BearGrylls until midnight living in the wild" on his new program Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and was "simply too tire[d]" to blow dry and flat iron her hair.
Hall's co-hosts at Today loved her new look, and she has received an outpouring of support and compliments on social media.