This is Texture Talk, a weekly column that dives deep into the dynamic world of curly hair, from crowns of curls that flow free from strands drawn away in a protective style.
Over the years, there has been a steady rise of natural hair in designer runways, red carpets, campaigns and on TV – and it is a very beautiful thing. In a world where, for so long, euroscratic hairstyles, from straight and sleek to loose, styled curls, dominated the public spotlight, looking at natural hair – which has been a political battleground for decades – as ” En Vogue “indicates that the beauty industry has widened its narrow standards.
But as natural hair becomes more accepted in these high-profile places, a glaring dilemma has been exposed behind the scenes: stylists are ill equipped to work with highly textured hair. Root of the issue? Lack of curl education. Heterosexuality begins in beauty school and then filters to the salon and professional set, eventually presenting itself as discriminatory child practices disguised as ignorance.
Despite the army of hairstylists on deck, backstage during the fashion month can be a breeding ground for natural hair differentiation. “It’s probably one of the worst and most public areas you see it in, and [one of the ways] Racism is visible in the fashion industry, ”said hairstylist Stacey Cesaran, a textured hair specialist and teacher.
Cicerone, styling for runway shows during New York, Milan and Paris Fashion Week, has revealed the underprediction of inadequate curl knowledge, plus hairstylists who understand the complexity of Afro hair, models of color, painful experiences of scenarios Make way for The mouth should be closed with force and the head should be lowered. “If you are a black model and you must have hair, you have no choice. You can have three or four people at a time.” Models feel like they are speaking out to keep their jobs. Can’t. “And in many cases, it’s not uncommon to leave a model with natural hair completely untouched, which feels like a cop-out, which can be achieved by knowing a wide variety of styles, which Afro can be achieved with hair. “He is the other [end of the] Spectrum because [hairstylists] Don’t want to deal with it. “
For Canadian model Krystal Rowe, relying on her natural hair to prosecute the jigsaw is always a risk, leading to cases of hair being taken into her own hands before working. “It is actually better that I do my hair myself because it can get damaged on the set because the hairstylists are trying to do something. The products they use are not good for my hair and things like that, ”she explains. “As long as I think the industry has really changed, I will continue to do it at home.”
Tying her hair in pre-job is a perfect fellow local model Satya John understands well. In fact, the widespread lack of knowledge of texture-hair also led John to chemically straighten his backyard. “I was resting and texturing my hair because it was easier for the hairstylist to deal with it,” she admits. “Once you’re in the industry, you realize that a lot of people don’t know how to deal with your hair.”
To fix this problem, CySeran underlined that there is a need to support more hairstylists of color behind the scenes, from industry decision makers, to fashion designers to beauty brands. But it is not only about ethnic diversity; It is about diversity in skills. It is the job of every professional to learn how to style black hair. “I am not saying that they need to specialize in highly textured hair. They need to learn how to do it – that’s how they learn to do everything, “she expresses. “Let’s be our part [as hairstylists] To ensure that everything is proceeding optimally. “
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