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Political Afrofuturist Hair Art Designers

Political Afrofuturist Hair Art Designers
Laetitia Ky ▒ Nakeya Brown ▒ J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere
Black hair art twisted locks
Black hair art twisted locks

Political Afrofuturist Hair Art Designers




Afrofuturist West African Cote d'ivoire designer Laetitia Ky uses wires and hairpins to make hair sculpture art on Instagram; Ky photo series shows how she transforms her hair into all kinds of political, funny and odd shapes to showcase her designing mind.





African Hair Art

African Hair Art, Life is too short to have boring hair. Just as the human body is outfitted and decorated to look sexy, professional or devout, human hair is a reflection of a person’s outward identity. Hair is looked at as an accompaniment to an outfit; an essential accessory that glams up the whole look. African hair art is also a political statement, big, curly natural hair on full display unnerves the establishment who have dictated the hairstyles of millions of African women for centuries. Unapologetically wearing natural hair revels an uncomfortable truth about racist hair history. Natural hair is indeed political.

Braiding hair Hamar Tribe Ethiopia
Braiding hair Hamar Tribe Ethiopia

African Hair identity Why Hair Is Important

Pay attention to your hair because everyone else does. Hair is considered a person’s crowning glory and when a bad hair day happens upon them, some believe they are unattractive and ugly. For centuries, African hair was treated as an artist’s canvas. Unique African hairstyle art are a political, fashion and status statement for women and men. Hair is the thing that makes a person unique.


Modern and Ancient African Hairstyle Artists

Nakeya B (Nakeya Brown) is a abstract photographer who uses African hair to explore themes of natural beauty. Her work Hair Stories Untold explores her own family’s hair rituals through conceptual portraiture and still life.
African braids
African braids

Cote d'ivoire modern hair artist Laetitia Ky uses her hair to create art, piled up high on top of her head. Sometimes it’s political, sometimes it’s beautiful and sometimes it’s simply bizarre.

One of the most famous and talented photographer of Nigerian Hairstyles, Johnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere also known as J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere highlighted modern and traditional African perspectives of the art of hair design. Each African hairstyle had its own uniqueness giving a glimpse into the talented camera of a legendary Nigerian photographer.

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