Fro-fabulous Black Hair

Afro Hair Love

 

My collections are influenced   principally by Black women and our beautiful afro hair.

 

For decades, Black women have endured social pressure to relax their hair or wear straight hair pieces in order to conform to western and media ideals. Ideals that influenced and pushed the notion that natural afro hair is unprofessional, unkempt and unattractive.

The stigma towards afro hair is steadily being eroded by the pace of black women 'returning to their roots.' Legions of black women are choosing to flourish with their natural hair or opt for hair pieces that resemble their own texture and curls. The continuing increase in the representation of Black women wearing their natural hair in media advertising, entertainment and professional landscapes is beautiful to see, and we're 100% *hair* for it!

Natural Hair Influencers

Actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira regularly rock their fro’s with pride and versatility. One of my favourite inspirational figures is leading Marketing Executive and former Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John - she's renowned for her elaborate, unique hair pieces! All these women are ‘hair-influential’ role models for girls and women of all ages.

When I decided  to stop wearing hair pieces to   instead wear my hair in it’s natural glory,   my personal experience was one of empowerment.

I  felt  incredibly liberated.

 

Having neglected my curls for so many years, I had to re-learn how to care for my hair! This took me on an exciting discovery of luscious, natural hair products formulated by an array of emerging small Black owned businesses.

 

I discovered influential ‘naturalista’s’ and social media personalities such as @bbksupernatural, @curlbellaa, @Curlygalchlo and @nakawunde. They all share their experiences, tips and recommendations on how to care for afro hair. Such golden nuggets of advice enables their audience to be a part of natural hair communities and have insightful conversations centered on loving and nourishing our hair.

'I’m proud to rock my afro and   I’ve realised it’s importance as   an expression of who I am.'

I hope that my art will instill the same confidence and sense of pride in you and inspires generations of young girls and women to love the beauty of their hair, because it’s Fro-fabulous!

Nicola x

©nicola lespeare 2020

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