Am I the only one feeling the synergy of the return of the Afro? The Afro, for the culturally uninitiated, is wearing one’s hair in its natural state sans chemicals or straightening. For those of African origin (Although, I have seen a Caucasian or two rock a mean Afro) springy to tightly coiled hair with dense volume are the ingredients for a nicely textured Afro.
Afros have rocked loud and proud in recent fashion editorials and on the Spring 2016 runways on models Lineisy Montero, Imaan Hammam, Maria Borges and Karly Loyce. A quiet storm of change in an industry where black models coifs are styled to the narrow standards of beauty ideals of flowing European locks courtesy of wigs and weaves.
It’s a refreshing change to see a wider prism of beauty on display- evoking an authentic individuality that’s representative of society. And I must say- it’s oh, so damn refreshing to see. Power to diversity in all its beautiful glory. – Laina Whitney Faber
Photo Credit (top): Karly Loyce,styled by Alex Carl, Photographer Quentin de Brey, for Rika Magazine.