It took me a long time to be OK with my curls.
Younger, I had straighter hair and when it became very curly my mother decided to cut it short because she wasn’t able to deal with it.
She has big curly hair and even though she knew how to deal with her curls she didn’t know how to take care of the tighter type. Experimenting is key when it comes to your hair acceptance journey. It’s not easy but trying different things is what will help you go through it.
I don’t feel like there is enough representation at the moment.
In the UK, where I currently live, few publications such as Stylist Magazine are making some noticeable moves on this particular issue.
The diversity-led information they provide actually helped me find the perfect hairdresser for my curly hair.
London is one of the most multicultural cities and it’s so important to have access to hairdressers who are actually able to cut black and mixed-race hair. Even though this could sound like a superficial request, it’s far from being one.
This would be a simple way of recognising and acknowledging the presence of a diverse crowd.
I previously lived in South Africa (my father’s home country) and Germany.
In South Africa, a real effort has been made in terms of representing black people in the media. However, Germany and the UK show absolutely no sign of improvement.
The gap between these three countries is for me beyond understanding!