Lose Yourself In The Art Of Black Hair

Lose Yourself In The Art Of Black Hair

Lose Yourself In The Art Of Black Hair

Although we can all (hopefully) agree that the stunning sculptural hairstyles created by Black stylists throughout history are an example of next-level creativity, the cultural significance of Black hair is about much more than captivating visuals.

A dismissed (or otherwise appropriated) aesthetic created by a community often overlooked by Eurocentric beauty standards, Black hairstyling is an art form that's finally receiving the mass admiration it's always deserved. 'For many Black individuals, our hair is an extension of ourselves. It represents our culture, our history and how we choose to express our identities,' says award-winning hairstylist and Creative Director of Bad Apple Hair, Michelle Thompson. 'Black hair has been an integral feature of Black history - from African tribal styles to dreadlocks and the afro. Braiding was, and still is, an art form, taught by the most senior female members of the family holding sentimental value being passed from generation to generation dating back centuries.'

As with all forms of self expression, Black hair is about more than simply looks. Each intricate braid, twist, tease and sew-in weaves a celebratory tale of identity, equality, beauty and power. 'These hairstyles feel extra celebratory - they're bold, they're eye catching, they're quirky,' says Thompson. 'But, most of all, it's about bringing history into the new age and showing that afro hair is equal, and valued like other hair styles or textures. It's showing the new generation that this can be feminine, pretty, intricate, beautiful - all the things past generations have tried to suppress and tell us afro hair isn't.'

Honouring this history whilst pushing the boundaries of what Black hair can be is the latest wave of hairstylists creating looks for everything from the Oscars red carpet to the SS21 runways.

Read on and lose yourself in the art of Black hair...

'It's showing that Black hairstyles are feminine, intricate, beautiful - all the things we've been told afro hair isn't'

From ELLE