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My world literary changed when I entered the BAM Dance Africa Festival Fair in 2004.
For the first time in my adult life I was in an environment where natural hairstyles were not just prevalent, the styles were outrageously beautiful.
In the midst of admiring these never before seen outstanding styles, I realized that exposure to these amazing examples can make a world of difference in a Black girl's life. I for instance, would probably still have relaxed my hair but I would definitely not have repeated the treatment to the extend that it caused hair breakage and scalp damage over and over again; I would have known that there were endless other beautiful options for girls like me blessed with healthy naturally nappy hair.
Overwhelmed, yet inspired by the whole experience, I started to ask and shoot whoever wanted their picture captured. It was a once in a life time experience that I just needed to share.
1.000 shots later, this collection has become a most colorful exhibition to promote the beauty of Natural Hair, show its versatility and educate people about a hair type with trapped roots, dying to break free after a life time of stereotyping.
Here are a few of the portraits. Click on the images for more of the collection. Please contact me if you are interested in showing this collection.