17 August 2017
United Minds addresses in a talk-workshop the history, versatility, trends and care of Afro hair
The evolution and trends of Afro hair during the last decades, its versatility, how to look after it and how to comb it are the points that Deborah Ekoka of the United Minds collective has approached this afternoon at Abha (House of the Word), during the talk ‘History of the Afro hair and its daily care’.
This review of the history has delved into the hair straightening of the top model Naomi Campbell in the 90s, Beyoncé’s wigs or the natural look of Alicia Keys’ hair, “who has regained her Africanism becoming an icon to me”, said Deborah Ekoka. She has also referred to the actress Lupita Nyong’o, “an example of beauty that has helped a lot to the empowerment of African women”.
The talk has also addressed the “physical and psychological consequences” of hair straightening and the fact that “there is nothing you can identify with, until there comes a moment when you say: I have this kind of hair and it is beautiful “. Many hair straighteners “are corrosive and share the same alkalinity as ammonia”.
And finally, the session has focused on the versatility of Afro hair and its wide range of hairstyles (braids, dreadlocks, with handkerchief…) and on its care: a hydration of a 200%, making sure it does not get dry using products such as shea butter or coconut or avocado oils, how to comb and untangle it and the best way to define curls.