refinery29 UK has commissioned a photographic series honouring the art form of afro hair threading. the imagery is accompanied by a feature commenting on the growth of the natural hair movement including photoshopping controversies regarding the covers of some magazines featuring black celebrities.

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as the refinery29 UK explains, the west african technique has been used for centuries as a protective style and alternative to heat styling. with the release of black panther this week – the first comic-book tentpole with a primarily black cast – choosing now to capture its various forms keeps with the momentous recognition of black power and beauty.

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the photo series is a collaboration between refinery 29 UK, multi-award winning afro hair stylist, charlotte mensah and photographer lily bertrand-webb. the feature was cast by alice casely-haydford, who wrote the accompanying feature covering the natural hair movement and its stand-out moments, including unauthorised photoshopping of lupita nyong’o and solange’s hair by grazia and the evening standard’s ES magazine, respectively.

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the discourse around afro hair has moved on‘, alice notes.mainstream media has slowly begun to show a more varied, representative depiction of modern women, with more inclusive notions of beauty, and the natural hair movement has gone from strength to strength globally.’

 

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