Plenty of cultures do their own braid styling, but African braiding has its own very long chapter in the history of braiding. I felt charged to make them tangible in a way where I could create an icon that honors my experience with braiding, my love for my clients and a celebration of black feminine beauty coiffeur in my own words, in my own images outside of magazines.
On culture Appropriation:
You come into a place that’s not yours and you take what’s theirs and you don’t honor the people, where it came from. It’s very empty, it’s totally vacuous when you take out the soul. That’s why trends are so fleeting, because they take an idea and use it until it’s used up and you’re tired of seeing it.