After an international tour displaying in Paramaribo, Suriname and Paris, France, the Natural Hairstyles exhibition BAD Hair Uprooted is back home in New York. More than highlighting head turning natural hairstyles, BAD Hair Uprooted exposes the social injustice that Black people don’t have the fundamental human right to wear their God-given tresses natural.
As my father once said “Black people are truly original, there is no one like us”. That’s how I feel when I think of how Black women all over the globe wear their head wraps. From the Muslim women in Somalia to the women in the Caribbean, or the urban chic in Brooklyn, New York, we know how to turn a scarf into a fashion statement.
For this photo shoot, I thought about all of these women and tried to capture their spirit and their style into my photos. A head wrap can make you look mysterious, elegant, or sassy.
Usually, when I wear my head wrap, I wear it fully covering my head with a bun or a knot on the side. I like to combine the wrap with a sleek coat and a pair of nice jeans to give it a casual but sophisticated look.
Growing up as a young African American woman in today’s society has not being easy. From being made to feel inferior to others because of my darker skin tone and kinkier hair texture, to not being afforded the same opportunities as some of my peers because of where I come from. Thinking back to how far we as people have come since Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech just makes me want to continue striving to make a difference in the world by being proud of who I am and showing other African Americans that they too have something to be proud of. Dr. King was a very strong man and has left an everlasting impact on humanity.
Through daily struggles I know a lot of us take for granted the path activist like Rosa Parks, Dr. King and even Malcolm X has laid for us. Martin Luther King day means so much to me because it is a day to stop and realize how far we’ve come and how we need to continue to strive to make sure the work of those before us continues on. This is another reason I’m very thrilled about being apart of America’s Next Natural Hair Model to show everyone its okay to be proud of who they are.
Head wraps of many styles have been a distinctive piece of African American culture. Head wraps have traveled the time from the mother land, through slavery and landing as a style in the 20th century. For many women, head wraps are not just a means of covering up a bad hair day or a cultural gesture but can be worn as a styling option.
I recently read on line about a stylist who added full head extention over loc’s. Have anyone ever had this done?
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The fabric used in this wrap is a little stiff but not too. It’s 65% viscose, 22% polyamide and 13% polyester, 70 inches long and the width is 20.
To make sure the scarf will smoothly wrap around your hair make sure your tresses are styled in a way too keep the them close to your scalp. Cornrows or flat twists are excellent for a this tight wrap style.
Make sure you cover your hair first with an underlying scarf that is preferably made from silk. Cotton has the tendency to absorb moisture and may dry out your hair. Once your hair is laid down under a protective scarf, the real wrapping can begin.
The whole essence of this wrap is the crossover. The trick to make sure that one end of the scarf is nicely overlapped and make it visible at the front.
So start with one end of the scarf slightly near the center of your forehead.
Then bring the rest of the material via the back of your head to the front again and watch when you overlap the other side.
Once you like the overlap continue to wrap to the back and again to the front, creating different layers, until you reach the end of the scarf. Make sure it is comfortably tight around the head.
If you have reached the end of the scarf and there is no more material to wrap search for a place underneath the last layer of the wrap where you can tuck in the end. Make sure it is secure. If you are not convinced use a pin. Then go in style!
On this earth I walk as a woman of African decent and ancient wise-ways. I dance on the currents of the ethereal realm wearing a bold sky-high fro till my heart’s content. Adorned in a hair-glow of honor,
I exemplify the nappy-haired ancient ones. Heads turn, children stare and I smile to myself as I recall the sistahs who wore the fros like flags for African pride, justice, equality and liberation.
Respect to Angela Davis.Later, Diana Ross, Pam Grier, Cicely Tyson, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu and all of my contemporary, coily reflections would wear the crown. My afro is quite the beauty accessory I choose lately.Black is beautiful. Heads nod and heads bow, contemplating advancement for the black collective. Through our eyes, we acknowledge similar interest, shared values, culture, blessings and Hetep-peace. We embrace images of self and kind, ancient reflections, nine ether beings. Call out to our ancestors, we remember, we recall. I stand strong, the woman with the essence of wind, lavender, lemongrass and sage in her hair.
I harness the moon and enjoy the best of both worlds, floating into the coming seasons with my divine connection to the spirit world, linking me to the seen and unseen. At my choosing, I’m veiled in waist length locs scented with the tantalizing fragrances of ylang-ylang and sandalwood. I wear an Ankh necklace and ring. Many gifts of sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones are interwoven with artistic grace in my locs, to protect and re-charge my crown. I pay eternal homage to the ancient ones, lovingly representing ‘happy to be nappy’ with deep passion, open acceptance and self and pride.They told me I was made in Khamet from jasmine flowers, yellow, turquoise and the greens of spring and summer. I remember, I recall, my nappy coils, casting a spell of electromagnetic love way back then. My nappy hair, my locs, my afro, looking just like they come out of Africa…. Some say my kinky, natural hair is not sensual nor is it in style. I answer saying, I love my hair and that’s the truth. My hair is of the guardian NU, homage to you O sacred one. I love my beautiful hair, to tell you the truth!
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The Art and Sacred Act of Wearing My Head Wrapped
Written By: Yendys Nefer-Atum
After wearing locs for 8+ years I decided to shave my head. The response that I receive from most women is ” I WISH I HAD THE RIGHT HEAD TO DO THAT” Is it really about the head or the confidence!
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I’ve never done a head wrap before, but always admired Erykah Badu’s headwraps.
I’ve never done a head wrap before, but always admired Erykah Badu’s headwraps. Since I took these pictures myself I couldn’t illustrate how it was done.
And on days when you can’t do your usual funky styles, or you don’t have a lot of time, OR maybe just having a “bad” hair day, guess what? With a beautifully colored scarf and a little creativity, you can still be fabulous and unique!
Head wraps are a definite fashion must-have. Capable of being both casual and classy is what makes this hair accessory perfect for any occasion.