Refinery29 has commissioned a photo series exploring the West African technique of afro hair threading, which, as the platform explains, “has been used for centuries as a protective style and alternative to heat styling”.
Modelled by Portia Ferrari, Ayesha McMahon, Emilyne Mondo and Chanel Taylor, the feature was photographed by Lily Bertrand-Webb, and art directed by Anna Jay, with hair styling by Charlotte Mensah and make up by Bea Sweet.
The feature was cast by Alice Casely-Haydford, who also wrote the accompanying feature which considers the growth of the natural hair movement and its stand-out moments, such as the unauthorised photoshopping of Lupita Nyong’o and Solange’s hair by Grazia and the Evening Standard’s ES magazine, respectively.
“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,” Alice notes.
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