‘How to Get Away With Murder': What Was Mary J Blige Doing to Annalise’s Hair?

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul acted as Annalise Keating’s hairdresser

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if  you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “How to Get Away With Murder”)

Mary J. Blige appeared in all her glory on Thursday night’s episode of “How to Get Away With Murder,” and although she didn’t play the expected role of a superstar singer, her character was still a superstar — at least for some of us.

In the opening scene of the episode, we see Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) sitting in a salon chair gossiping with the queen of hip hop soul as she stood over her holding a needle to Keating’s hair while another woman in the background was getting her hair braided. Blige was Annalise’s hairdresser, and a pretty decent one.

So, what exactly was she doing using a needle and thread while seemingly weaving hair Davis’ braided scalp? Blige was laying her hair to the Gods, that’s what she was doing. In other terms, Annalise was changing up her hairstyle from her usual wig and got a weave.

What’s a weave?

It’s a type of hair extension that can either be glued in or woven in (Annalise was getting hers woven). First, the person’s natural hair is braided to the scalp and the fake hair gets sewed in with a needle and special type of thread to the braided hair.

It looks painful ..

While getting a weave installed can hurt, it’s usually not the sewing process that causes the most discomfort. Sometimes, the braided hair can be too tight which can pull at your scalp and either cause agony or headaches.