This Is Not Your Typical New York City Barbershop Photo Story

Hidemi Takagi and KODA are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to publish an exhibition catalog, called Hidemi Takagi: Stories. The catalog will feature three community-based photography projects developed in Brooklyn by the artist. It includes The Barbershops series, for which the photographer documented barbershops as neighborhood institutions that are central to public life in Bedford-StuyvesantContinue reading “This Is Not Your Typical New York City Barbershop Photo Story”

Why Africans Need to Learn the Facts About Our Skin and Hair

As the world leader in beauty products, L’Oréal announced earlier this month the three winners of the 2020 edition of its African Hair and Skin Research Grant. The winners, Dr Yao Isidore Kouassi from Ivory Coast, Pr Rabenja Rapelanoro from Madagascar, and Pr Pascal Niamba from Burkina Faso were chosen by a jury of sevenContinue reading “Why Africans Need to Learn the Facts About Our Skin and Hair”

‘I’m not coming as a curiosity or for any controversy’: Rachel Dolezal headlines natural hair event

Remember Rachel Dolezal? She’s been keeping a low profile lately. But hold on to your weaves; she’s back in the news igniting a whole lot of controversy as it’s been revealed that she’s headlining the Naturally Isis Braid-On, Economic Liberty March and Rally in Dallas, Texas. ‘I’m not coming as a curiosity or for any controversy,’ Dolezal said inContinue reading “‘I’m not coming as a curiosity or for any controversy’: Rachel Dolezal headlines natural hair event”

Michaela Angela Davis on the politics of being blonde and a black woman

Activist, conversationalist, writer and feminist, BET editorial director, executive fashion, beauty and culture editor of Essence Magazine, CNN correspondent, celebrity stylist… Michaela Angela Davis has almost done it all. Michaela (MAD) has now launched women-empowerment platform, MAD Free focused on liberating conversations about image, beauty and power. [responsive id=’29729′ name=’2016/07/GettyImages-460568808.jpg’] It is about 3pm whenContinue reading “Michaela Angela Davis on the politics of being blonde and a black woman”

From #TeamNappy to box braids documented via Snapchat

Having short hair was an act of emancipation from western beauty standards and an affirmation that my black hair was beautiful. But there comes a time, where rocking that TWA gets dull and your busy schedule won’t allow you that much styling time. [recommended id= 8269] I reached an agreement with myself: I was discouraged from gettingContinue reading “From #TeamNappy to box braids documented via Snapchat”

10 women tell us why they keep their hair natural

Hundreds of African women from across the diaspora came together for the Natural Hair Academy in Paris. We asked them about their hairstyle and what going natural means to them. [responsive id=’26663′ name=’2016/06/IMG_6747-2.jpg’] Ophélie (right) and Lisiane (left).  Lisiane is 19 years old and from Cameroon. What are you here for? We’ve got a YouTube channel namedContinue reading “10 women tell us why they keep their hair natural”

TRUE LOVES: a new online platform makes finding a hairdresser for black hair easy

Ma Coiffeuse Afro is a web and mobile platform helping women with natural, relaxed and locked hair find the perfect hairdresser. Ma Coiffeuse Afro was founded in Paris by entrepreneurs Rebecca Cathline and Emmanuel Derozin. The innovative concept aims to put hairdressers and clients in contact with a few clicks. I’m excited to finally stop DMing all the weirdContinue reading “TRUE LOVES: a new online platform makes finding a hairdresser for black hair easy”

Box braids, Marley twists, cornrows – a day in the life of NYC hairbraiders

Every morning at 9am, 19-year-old Kaida arrives at her mother’s hair braiding salon in Brooklyn not knowing whether she’ll leave until 8, 9 or even 10pm when the last customer will step out the doors with a tight head, full of glossy braids. This is a typical day for many African hair braiders in NewContinue reading “Box braids, Marley twists, cornrows – a day in the life of NYC hairbraiders”

Drake’s beard and the politics of the black barbershop

The barbershop, a place of worship for men – so sacred and central to the black male existence that Ice Cube agreed to star in the third edition of The Barbershop enterprise – can offer insight into our relationship with hair. The rapper Common references the barbershop in Payback is a Grandmother, a song whichContinue reading “Drake’s beard and the politics of the black barbershop”