African hair is fascinating. It comes in different textures, lengths and sizes- it could be curly, straight, silky and so on and so forth. There have been a lot of questions and misconceptions about the African hair and to be honest, it’s about time someone told our own side of the story. We have to shake off that ideology and put our own story out there. CRWN Magazine is here to do that.
The brains behind this innovation are Lindsey Day and Nkrumah Farrrar. In an interview with Dazed, Lindsey noticed that the true nature of the African woman’s hair was not well represented in most of the foreign magazines. They create a façade with airbrush and hair extensions. Lindsey and her business partner Nkrumah came about this idea as a way to immortalise the African woman’s hair movement.
Their publication is a result of filling the gap with publications that do not edify the real African hair beauty. The inception came out as a result of her looking into her own hair transition and realising this gap. The African woman’s hair for her is a reflection of our perception of ourselves in the world and how we place value on that. Thankfully, it has become somewhat of a fashion trend to see more African women accept this beauty and transition to their natural hair.
Looking around today, the world if evolving and we have to find our own stand in this sea of travelling ideas. No one can make us what we are, it all depends on us. This seems trivial but we have to be proud of every essence of our ‘Africanness’ and this can come to light though the media. The internet age has made it even more rapid and personal. Anyone anywhere can share this story and this is exactly what the CRWN Magazine is about.
I have gone through a lot of magazines and have no solution to some hair problems I may face. Some people would even feel like no one has hair like that and the best would be silky extension. But now, things have begun to change. We can be confident with every aspect of our African nature and it is amazing we will have people to share this story with. Be African and be proud.
Written by Nkem Ikeh
Images: Crwn Magazine
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