In recent years, black women have been embracing and loving their natural hair, ditching chemicals and using protective hairstyles to diversify their hair. There was some kind of shift in the universe because black women started cutting short their relaxed her opting to start their natural hair journeys through locking their hair and letting it grow as it pleases. Consequently natural hair products started popping up everywhere because there was suddenly a demand for products that are specifically for black hair. There are some African women who are free with their hair in such a way that they create amazing masterpieces with it.
Laetitia Ky is a fashion designer from Cote d’ivoire who makes amazing sculptures using her hair. Laetitia is a bigger part of her art that has gained her thousands and thousands of Instagram followers. To make her hair stand out she uses threads, needles, wires and wool among other things. I have never seen such amazing creativity with hair and I absolutely love all the shapes that Laetitia transforms her hair into. Black hair is beautiful as it is versatile.
Nix Dlova as Nikiwe is best known is a fashion, hair and cycling enthusiast from Johannesburg. Nix has a blog called Own Ur Crown where she has reinvented they way we view our Betty hairstyles that we used to do in Primary school. Betty has evolved now, she had more bright colours, she is longer, she is creative and more importantly she is very adventurous and experimental. Nikiwe’s hair changes everything I see her and I love that no hairstyle of hers is ever the same and she is not shy to use bright colours (unlike me) and that is why I am living my #Hairgoals through her.
Kwena is a fashion stylist and style icon from Limpopo and she is easy to spot in a crowd of fashionistas because she is fearless in her fashion and hair. She is always trying different hairstyles from different parts of the continent and if anyone can pull off a risky hairstyle then her name is Kwena Baloyi. She just doesn’t just know how to pull off great and unique hairstyles, she also knows how to dress well and that is how she got the trendsetter title. Kwena is serious #Hairgoals and I am pretty sure future generations of black girls will learn about her and inspire to love their hair as fearlessly as she does.
I was first introduced to Bulbulia Threads on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg runway this August and I instantly fell in love with the brand and the amazing work done by Tasleem Bulbulia who has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years (If you ask me she does not look a day over 20). From the fashion week I loved how her show was styled, from headwraps to jackets over evening dresses. It all looked too cool. I was so thrilled when Tasleem granted me a chance to style her collection my way and I must say that I had fun playing a model for the day.
The moment I laid eyes on this pink shirt dress I was sold. For a girl who doesn’t like pink I really had fun wearing it with the colourful and very springy jacket. #ShirtDresses are the in thing and for me what was interesting was how I was gonna style it. I didn’t wanna go with the typical scandal or sneaker so I went for a high heeled ankle boot. The dress is really comfortable and I think Ghandi Square as a location really brought the STREET to my street style.
It made sense for these denim pants to be styled with my favourite printed jacket to make the look pop . I loved how comfy the pants are and the detailed buttons are everything.
Seeing this coat at the Bulbulia Threads studio meant that I just had to have it even though I was not sure how to style it. Thobeka and I decided to go with all black and just let the coat and headwrap stand out. This look made me feel like I was in a movie playing some superhero.
I really love this skirt. It is my second favourite and wearing it was loads of fun. It is full and it really turned heads in Ghandi Square. It looks like I just walked out of some movie set and I own an upmarket penthouse in Johannesburg. I had fun playing a model and now I truly believe that I can be an actress because of all the roles that I played in this shoot.
These pants are everything. Tight at the bottom but a little loose at the top allowing you to be comfortable while looking stylish.
Now this is my favourite look. I love how the yellow pops and goes so well with my skin tone. I could not wait to get into this show stopper of a dress. We styled it with Maasai beads and a shuka to make it more dramatic.
Photographer: George Lewis
Co-styling: Thobeka Mbane
So a few months ago I met photographer Edward Odonkor at an event and he was really impressed by my outfit so much that he decided that we should have a photo shoot.
Model: Vuyiso Tshabalala
Photographer: Amarte Photo
Make-up Artist: Mapule Maile
Designer: Kuda Matiza
Brand Name House Of Hohwa
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So lately I have been seeing these groups on facebook that aim to stop black women from having weaves because they apparently look less “African” or something along those twisted lines. An Afro does not make anyone more African than the next person.
I once had a hairstyle that looked like my hair, it was an Afro and noone realized that it was a weave ( well at least those who really know me did) I had people telling me how proud they were that I was keeping it “natural”. I had a white friend post on my facebook wall that she was proud of me and my natural hair. Natural? really? who the hell decides what is natural and what isn’t? What is Africa and what isn’t?
As far as I am concerned, as long as the hair is rooted to my scalp then it is my natural hair , we can then differentiate between relaxed hair and virgin hair ( which people choose to refer to it as natural).
I hardly have weaves but when I do I make sure to have fun with it because I have the freedom to do so. I would like to say SIT DOWN!! to all the people who deem themselves superior because they have “afros” . There is no need to make other women feel inferior because they choose to play with their natural and artificial hair. I mean let’s face it no everyone is as strong willed as I am.
To all the sisters who like having weaves I say ROCK ON SISTER!!! Play with your hair however you like. #MyhairMyRules