Did you know that New York City was exchanged for Suriname? Yes, it was in 1667 when the British cede their part of Suriname to the Netherlands in exchange for New Amsterdam (later called New York City).
When Miss Taliah Waajid’s mother refused her a perm, no matter how hard she begged, her mom couldn’t have foreseen the grand favor she was doing her daughter. Mad as every teenager would be, Taliah’s anger transformed into creativity when she learned how to braid. Not only did she style her own hair, she started her own natural hairstyling business at the age of 14 then moved to Atlanta to expand and lay a foundation for a natural hair care empire. Today that empire also includes the Taliah Waajid product line and this paased weekend the queen of natural hair expos returned home to show New York how it’s done.
After showing my collection to Lawrence Rodriguez, the owner of Casa Frela invited me to have an exhibition. For a month nearly 40 pieces of the Going-Natural collection where on display in the prestigious gallery, that is not just a beautiful brownstone in the Mount Morris Historical District in Harlem. It is also the venue where Beyonce famously recorded the video for her song “Bad boy.”
In search of Black Beauty at the International Hair & Beauty Show in New York.