Choosing the best images after shooting natural hairstyles for over a decade is a close to impossible task. Yet I gave it a try. With a little bit of help from a future curator, who has a trained eye when it comes to photography, I think I selected the best portraits to picture natural hair in a different light. To show the beauty, the versatility and the power of Black roots. So here it is my new photo book BAD Hair Uprooted, A Celebration of Black Follicles. Of course your feedback is welcome.
Overcoming relaxer-induced alopecia, a hair loss condition that teases 73% of African American women, inspired me to publish Going Natural How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair and build going-natural.com.
As a Social Entrepreneur who holds a Master Degree in IT my aim was to change the perception of Natural Hair using new technology.
So America’s Next Natural Model was born to promote the beauty of Natural Hair. To literally paint a different picture, I captured natural hairdos. The Going Natural Hair Care Product line was launched for healthy hair care and finally the Going Natural Video Diaries got started to capture the Natural Hair movement in motion.
10 years, 1,000+ images and 35,000+ members later, it is time to reflect, celebrate and give back to the beautiful Black Follicles that keep us rooted and tell our story.
So, it is with great pleasure that I present to you BAD Hair Uprooted, the untold history of Black Follicles.
Grantangi (Big Thanks in Surinamese) & Enjoy!
The book is available on Amazon on Kindle and you can get a copy of the book in the NappShop.
Shakilla – Natural Hairstylist and Jewelry maker
My thanks goes out to all the people who allowed me to take their photos and of course especially those who made it into the book. Shakilla who graces the cover, Withney, Ashley, Lurie, Freedom Bey, Raven, Tiffany, Maquita, Mishion Mishon and Golden Child.