Ask The Expert: I actually don't know the difference between type 1 or 4 hair. Can you please explain?

Ask The Expert: I actually don't know the difference between type 1 or 4 hair. Can you please explain?

You've probably heard your fav vlogger talk about her hair type. But what exactly is the difference?

"I've just recently gone natural and after years of relaxing my hair, I actually don't know the difference between type 1 or 4 hair. Could you please explain the different hair types to me.”                       

Shola, 28, Birmingham

The difference between type 1 or 4 hair is determined by the curliness, straightness or coarseness of the hair surface. Really tight coarse hair will be type 4, while straight hair would be type 1. The different hair type is an easy to use reference that allows professional stylists and client to better identify hair types and determine its key characteristics and special needs.

Multi Award-Winning Hairdresser Charlotte Mensah, www.charlottemensah.com

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Ask the expert: "What is the best way to look after my hair under my weave or wig?"

 

Wigs are the ultimate in protective styling, but it's important that you look after the hair under the wig.

"What is the best way to look after my hair under my weave or wig?” 

Mellisa, 35 Manchester

“Moisture is essential when it comes to looking after the hair under your weave. Be sure to moisturise your scalp to help prevent build up and stop the hair drying out. You can use an essential oil, you can put it in a spray to get to the hard to reach places. Also if you plan on keeping your weave in for a while I would also advice to wash your hair and treat while in the weave every 2-3 weeks, even though you can't get to it properly something is better than nothing.”

Dionne Smith, www.dionnesmith.com

Ask the expert: I have relaxed hair, what is the basic hair regime I should follow?

Ask the expert: I have relaxed hair, what is the basic hair regime I should follow?

This week, we get to grips with relaxed hair and find out the best ways to look after it.

"I have relaxed hair, what is the basic hair regime I should follow?

Lorna 32, London

“With relaxed hair, you should be having a conditioning treatment every two weeks. And relax any regrowth on time to avoid breakage, this can vary depending on your hair type, but it's generally every 6-8weeks. Also be sure to trim the ends of your hair with every relaxer job or every two months. “

Dionne Smith, www.dionnesmith.com



 

Ask the expert: What is the best way to look after my hair under my weave or wig?

Ask the expert: What is the best way to look after my hair under my weave or wig?

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Welcome to 'Ask the expert', a weekly feature dedicated to helping you solve your hair questions. Each week we speak to industry experts and get their advice on your hair worries.

"What is the best way to look after my hair under my weave or wig?

Melissa, 21, London

“Moisture is essential when it comes to looking after the hair under your weave. Be sure to moisturise your scalp to help prevent build up and stop the hair drying out. You can use an essential oil, you can put it in a spray to get to the hard to reach places. Also if you plan on keeping your weave in for a while I would also advise you to wash your hair and treat while in the weave every 2-3 weeks, even though you can't get to it properly, something is better than nothing.”

Dionne Smith, www.dionnesmith.com

 

How To French Roll With Your Natural Hair

How To French Roll With Your Natural Hair

When wearing your hair out after time you can find yourself running out of daily styles and even worse… You can almost feel your hair looking messier by the day! 

At this stage we normally chuck it up into the standard bun, however, we also get bored of that too. Sometimes we just want to try something a lil different and  

Alas! The French roll up-do keeps your hair up and out of the way, is protective and a nice versatile style to try. 

You can rock your up-do in a sleeker, more conservative look suitable for weddings and work events, to even rocking out the front with a loud fringe (think Janelle Monae)! 

As well as taking only 10 minutes to create your own French twist up do – there’s really nothing stopping you from styling your own up-do! 

Get your Parisian hairstyle by following some of our fave tutorial video’s on French Roll hairstyles below: 

 Classic French Roll with KisforKinky

Straightened Natural Hair French Roll Tutorial with TJluvsbeingnatural

Janelle Monae Inspired French Roll Tutorial with Fashion to Live

The undercut braid  - One Style 5 Steps

The undercut braid  - One Style 5 Steps

 

The undercut was made famous in the late noughties from rock and roll model Alice Dellal, to glam RnB babe Cassie sporting the look. Even more recently the queen mother of daring hairstyles, Jada Pinkett Smith, rocked a shaved undercut on both sides of her head.  

 

A look we all admire but may not be willing to try or shave our precious hair for ?  

Don't worry, we've got you (and we don't blame you)… The braided undercut trend gives you that edge WITHOUT having to reach for the clippers  

Try this hairstyle for a night out and undo your braid when you’ve had enough of the rocker chic look. The braided undercut is the non-official  fun with no commitment hair trend. 

Some of our favourite badass female bosses from actress  Taraji P Henson to model Chanel iman and Nicole Scherzinger has rocked this look and now you can too! 

Follow our five steps below on how to execute your own undercut braid style. 

 Step 1 

Try to ensure hair is washed, clean and untangled before styling this look.  

 Step 2 

Depending on how you want to rock, blow dry hair (using hair moisturiser to smooth) until sleek and glossy. Or leave hair in its natural form, applying leave in conditioning cream so that hair is soft and shinning still !  

 Step 3 

When hair is dried, using a thing handle comb, part and leave out the section of hair you want to braid. You want to start at the baby hair of your left (or right) temple, growing in width till behind your ear and down to the nape of your neck.  

Make sure the parting follows the shape and natural structure of your face! 

 Step 4 

To keep the braid and parting sharp, tie up the remaining hair that you're leaving out up into a bun and comb through remaining hair before you begin braiding your undercut. 

Your braid is all about style! Either do a series of small Cameron's, a fishtail cornrow or one thick braid plaited back to the nape of your neck.  

You can even add hair rings into your braid for the extra edge to your look! 

Step 5 

After completing your undercut braid, let down and plump out the remainder of your hair.  

If you want a sleeker look, brush through and go over the remainder of your hair with a hot iron- again the styling on this part is completely up to you! 

You can also add some bendy rollers in before Step 4 so that hair has a loose wave after letting down!  

How to get the perfect Frohawk

How to get the perfect Frohawk

Make a statement with your hair this coming season by trying one of these Frohawk styles! 

As the final weeks of summer begin to wrap up and we’re thinking of our next new season looks, why not make it cutting edge 

The Frohawk is our answer to the Punks Mohawk and its as daring as it is stylish! Ironically, this fun statement hair do is also very protective for natural hair and doesn't require heat or straightened to create! 

 Whether your hair is dyed, has a shaved undercut or may not necessarily be “long” this is a look everyone can try!  

 Watch these videos below for ways for you can cut it up with your very Frohawk, including a no heat and no pins tutorial. 

 Peep below:

1) Natural Hair Frohawk with Samio

2) Frohawk on 4B with LaVidaRosa

3) Pony Hawk with TheChicNatural

4) Bun Hawk with TheChicNatural

How To  Create Goddess Braids fit for a Queen!

How To Create Goddess Braids fit for a Queen!

Just like Zoë Saldana and Jada Pinkett- Smith on the red carpets, you can feel like a Nubian Queen with this look too. 

The goddess braid’s thick shape frame your face in a beautifully elegant crown and can be styled in different ways, with your natural hair or adding in extensions 

These almost “oversized canerowshave multiple designs; whether you want the goddess braids plaited up in a headband braid, down into a tail or a low bun, the options are yours! 

Want to try but don't know which styles to try? 

 We’ve got you… Check out our fave How 2 videos below that cover the Goddess Braid crown style and then some!  

Goddess braids with extensions  - Kersti Pitre

Goddess braids with your own hair -  The Gabe Fix

Double goddess braid - LegatoGirlGlam

1 style 5 steps: Pun It

1 style 5 steps: Pun It

Get into the latest hair trend innovation of the half bun half ponytail this SS16. 

Think a messy topknot meets a low pony and somewhere in between the two you’ll find the pun hybrid! Debuted on the catwalks across the fashion week shows last year, this breakout hair trend is a definite look to try this summer. 

 

 

 Although simple, there are many ways you can add some fun to your pun. At Bottega Veneta the pun was pulled in slightly higher, above the nape of the neck with a messy- relaxed loop, whereas the Balenciaga saw the pun styled sleek, low and casual. 

The Phillip Lim show had an added detail with the coloured pieces of net/ chiffon pinned around the crown of the head. Rag & Bone even had a side-swept look with baby hairs swooping to one side of the face and the tail of the pun swinging the same in the same direction. 

 Difficult to style? Not at all! 

We’re pretty sure we’re half doing this a lot of the time anyway (or as that high top knot drops throughout the day) but here’s our 5 steps on how to execute your pun:

Step 1 
Using a wide tooth comb, either slightly part hair in the middle at the front or use to comb hair backwards.  
 
Step 2 
Dab some light moisturiser to your hair before picking up a paddle brush and brushing hair through thoroughly. 
 
Step 3 
With a hairband tie hair to the desired location- either tightly behind the nape of the neck or let the hair hang and secure a ponytail lower down. 
 
Step 4 
Pull the hair through the hair band twice and on the third time stop half way through the tail so half is secured within the band and half is hanging out. 
 
Step 5 
For a messy, relaxed look pull at the bun to puff up. For a slick, neater look leave a pinch of the hair hanging low and the rest pulled through in a tight knot. 

 

Remember you can customize further by pinning lace/ net detail around the crown of your head or using ribbon to tie around the neck of the pun and spritz some sheen for a high shine finish.  Now get punning! 

Festival Glitter Hair Afro Puffs - One Style Five Steps

Festival Glitter Hair Afro Puffs - One Style Five Steps

With glitter roots being one of the biggest emerging hair trends from 2015, we’ll show you how you can also recreate this look with your Afro’s for this festival season. 

We all know that festivals are low-key fashion parades where we flaunt our cutest summer looks, make-up and fun hairstyles.  

Without worrying about retouching throughout the day with this style, you can catch eyes whilst catching the beat to your favourite artists. 

Although glitter roots may look messy and tricky to apply, it’s actually fairly quick and easy to do! 

 Step 1 

With clean hair, separate your fro (or straightened hair) neatly down the middle into two sections.  

Step 2 

Using conditioning cream and a paddle brush, comb through your hair to separate any tangles and ensure hair is soft. 

Step 3 

Using hair bands, pull hair into sleek bunches and puff out or twist hair into two tight bantu knots – one on each side of the head. 

Step 4 

Place a ball of gel or edge control on the tips of your fingers and run down the middle of your parting, spreading out horizontally away from the parting. 

Step 5 

Pick up a small pot of glitter, any colour of your choice, and sprinkle across the middle parting of your head (whilst the gel is still wet) and spread evenly across roots.  

  

How to colour your braids this summer!  - 50 Shades of Braids

How to colour your braids this summer! - 50 Shades of Braids

With the growth of natural hairstyles back on the rise, natural hair enthusiasts are always trying to find new ways to remix and customise their looks. 

One of these natural hairstyles being braids and twists; protective hairstyles that you can do so much with!  

Style up in a big bun, or half up- half down, part canerow etc. the options for you to make your braids unique are almost endless. 

That being said… There is now a new hair trend set to change up the braiding game forever. 

Coloured box braids are on the rise! From candyfloss pink, to ivy green – the bulk hair packets literally come in every colour known to man! 

We’ve been spotting Erykah Badu, Tiny, to even your girl on the high street testing different hued braids and you can do it too. 

 Add a pop of colour to your braids, twits or canerows by either adding the colour to the roots of your braids for an ombre effect, or just by selecting a few singular braids to give highlights colour. If you really want to embrace the colour why not go for a full head? 

 Watch our freshly picked videos below to help your braids pop with colour throughout summer:

 1. Ombre braids with The London Curls

 2. Grey Ombre Twists - AskChan

3. Ombre Canerows - IncreeseMyPiece 

How To  Wrap Your Hair At Night

How To Wrap Your Hair At Night

There’s nothing worse than getting that fresh hair press and waking up to find your silky straight locks in a frizzy heap in the morning. 

Wrapping your hair to protect your style from tangling overnight, whether your hair has been naturally straightened or if you’ve just installed that new weave, is one of the oldest tricks in the book! 

Although we know the benefits of wrapping our hair overnight; stimulating hair growth, protecting our edges and keeping our hair soft etc. there is still many of us that are guilty of whacking a pair of tights on our head before bed. (Please put down the tights and pick up the silk or satin scarves ladies). 

There’s many different techniques that help keep your hair neat and are pro- growth. To help you protect your technique and find your wrapping style, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite hair wrapping routine videos here. 

Check them out below:

1) Wrap and keep your natural hair straight for longer - SincerelyTkeyahB

 2) Night time wrapping routine - Charisse Christine

3) Wrap your natural hair - Alyssa Forever

 

Wrap it up

Wrap it up

Head scarf styles for you to try this summer with our One Style 5 Steps! 

 

Headscarves and head ties are inherent in African cultures. The many different styles and fabrics you can use to create your head wrap is for the fashion, as much as it is a semblance of dignity to the intended culture, worn with pride. 

Head wraps are styled in different ways traditionally for different tribes, religions and occasions. This is similar for Arabic cultures, even down to Romani Gypsies, where women traditionally wear the “Diklo” headscarf after marriage. 

 In recent years we have seen the west take inspiration from the African fashion and head wraps with the colourful prints and patterns; from high-end editorial shoots in vogue to African American artists such as Alicia Keys rock a head wrap in her most recent album cover. With the growth of online black hair bloggers, as well as Muslim women sharing their head scarf styles, you’re not short of options! 

 With so many styles to try we’ve made a quick 5 steps to follow to help you create the simple Top Knot Turban with your scarves. 

Step 1 
Comb your hair back and brush down till it’s flat. If your hair is longer, use a night wrap routine (check out our How To blog post!) or pin down your hair with slides. 
 
Step 2 
Holding the fabric length ways, fold in half so that it is less in width (but enough to cover your head). 
 
Step 3 
Holding the fabric by length way in the middle, place this securely at the nape of your neck. 
 
Step 4 
Tightly bring the two ends of the fabric up towards the top of your head and combine together in one hand, making sure the rest of your head has been covered. 
 
Step 5 
Holding the fabric in your hands, slowly and securely twist (clockwise) the two ends together until they begin to knot. This should create one long fabric-lock, which you then wrap around until it creates a cute topknot style bun! 

 

 

The Polished Ponytail In 5 Easy Steps

The Polished Ponytail In 5 Easy Steps

We all love a classic ponytail. It’s a hairstyle that simply never gets old!

Whether your hair is natural or straightened- this is a staple hairdo that you can always rely on to look fresh. In this one style 5 steps, we’ll take you through a few small touches you can add to personalize your ponytail and why you should rock one for Summer ’16.  

The Balmain show saw super high, super slick, ready to whip and ready for combat.

Whilst at Dior we saw romantic, low pony's, styled over the models ears and tucked in at the nape of the neck, secured with ribbon.

Similarly at Oscar De La Renta models hair was parted in the middle and pulled neatly back behind the ears before being nipped into glossy pony's with velvet and lace ribbons.

 

Chanel had a different technique for the low pony – hair was completely swept back and fastening with an oversized clip before falling into a straight brush of hair.

 

If you're trying to find a whimsical look for that cute date or just in need of a simple, strong statement for the club tonight- the polished pony is your look. Want to know how? Follow these steps:

 

Step 1 - With either dry or damp hair, use a wide- toothed comb over your hair to free it of any knots and tangles.

 

Step 2 -  After combing, smooth some leave in conditioning cream through your strands before brushing hair up or down into your desired pony position.

 

Step 3 -  For style, part hair either dead in the middle or on the side approximately 2 inches with the handle of a fine-comb before pulling back and securing hair tightly into position with a hair band.

 

Step 4 -  Using a light moisturising cream, add small dabs across the temples of your head and nape of your neck, before brushing over with a smooth brush to create a glossy, polished look.

 

Step -  5 Either with a pony attachment or with your own natural hair, secure after the smooth brush and pull any additional strands in before fixing the ponytail by wrapping ribbon around the noose of the pony/attachment or by using a pinch of the tail to wrap around. 

 

You can also style without hair bands by fastening hair at the nape of the neck with a jumbo hair grip or Chinese style hair pins! Get creative!

How To Slay Your Baby Hair

How To Slay Your Baby Hair

Lay your edges and create the sleekest styles with our How To on Baby Hair!


The fashion industry recently having a huge, albeit late, love affair with the Baby Hair trend has seen this hairstyle gem reverberated across the world!

We all know baby hair styles have been major since secondary school
whether slicked down in waves and diamantes stuck down or a more conservative look, smoothed down with edge control- there has always been techniques (and levels) to mastering your style!

Whether your hair is in braids, in a topknot, straightened, or let down, to help you slay your edges we have pulled some of the best techniques and styles for how to bridle your baby hair below.

Don’t forget that hot towel to dampen the edge control after a few days.

You’re welcome girl!

1. Lay your edges with no gel - MartikaLAOfficial

 

2. Baby Hair tutorial with straighteners - Filthy Rich Tresses

3. Baby hairstyling with box braids - MileeMilanii

4. Slay the way, FKA Inspired - Poco Cocoa

Slick for summer in 5 simple steps

Slick for summer in 5 simple steps

Time to get out the mousse and slide down those baby hairs- wet look hairstyles are back for SS16.

This season we saw wet-look hairstyles make a prominent comeback to the fashion capital catwalks for SS16. At Missoni the models hair was “lacquered with mousse and hairspray”, the DSquared2 show saw wet look locks created by misting the models hair with product before being dragged through with a wide-tooth comb.  

  

We loved the washed up waves and oil-slicked hair! Inspiring a dreamy beach feel perfect for a hazy summers day and a striking look for those wicked summer nights. 

 This is definitely THE look we’ll be trying this season. 

 Here’s our GHC top 5 tips on how to do your very own sleek wet looks at home: 

Step 1. Begin with freshly-washed, semi-damp hair and run conditioning cream through hair from root to tip in small sections. 

Step 2. Run conditioning cream through hair from root to tip in small sections. 

Step 3. Section the hair in 3 parts and add two fingers of hair gel (or mouse) to the front, middle and back of the hair. 

Step 4. Work through the hair with a wide-tooth comb and drag down towards the back of the head in parts. *Hot Tip- have a conditioning water spray bottle to hand, in case hair dries whilst combing. 

Step 5. Style! For straightened hair you can pull hair tightly back into a ponytail, or let hang behind you. With curly hair you can create a parting and let the wet locks frame your face or pull to one side. Slick down the baby hairs into a pattern at the front or not- it’s totally up to you!  

 Products you'll need to recreate the look:

Crown Pride - Curl Control Styling Puree

Hug My Hair  - Hydrating Hair Mist

Anita Grant - Curl Conditioning Milk

 

How To Quick Wash Your Hair On The Go

How To Quick Wash Your Hair On The Go

No need to pencil out a whole day to wash your hair any longer as we have picked out our favourite 3 Quick-Wash videos from some of our favourite vloggers.

 

You can thank us later. Check them out here:

1) Pastaveia shows us how it's done in 7min 

2) Watch Naptural85 show us her 25 min technique 

3) Nia Knows gives us her step by step guide

Check out below, our product recommendations for your quick and simple wash day experience:

Sheabutter Cottage - Organic Coconut Oil

Big Hair - Coconut Cleanser Shampoo Bar

Crown Pride - Avocado Detangling Conditioner

Root 2 Tip - Triple M Moisture Milk

 

 

How to create the ultimate Bantu Knots

How to create the ultimate Bantu Knots

 

Bantu Knots are in to slay and here to stay! Popular amongst celebrities such as Rihanna to hair bloggers; this natural hairstyle is protective and serves a super edgy look.

All Afro hair types can rock the traditional South African hairstyle.
Not only are Bantu Knots a natural look, this technique can be used to create beautiful twist-outs when undone.

For style- inspiration and how to perfect the technique for your own Bantu Knots, check out these video tutorials from our favourite Bloggers!

Our Top 3 Videos

1. Glorian show us her methods 

 

2. Banto knots for straight hair? Watch Angelique Brown

 

3. If you're transitioning why not watch Sha'Kida lee do her thing

 

Want to find the product for this look? We got you! Scroll down for our product picks.

Anita Grant - Double Cream Moisture Balance

 

The Afro Hair and Skin Company - Bloom

  

Boucleme - Curl Defining Gel

 

 

Create classic braids in 5 easy steps

Create classic braids in 5 easy steps

The Simple Braid

Although hair braiding is not a new concept for many of us, the style has sure become a hot topic in 2016.

Different braiding styles including cornrows, not to be misnamed for “Boxer” braids, have been around for centuries!

From the “Braided Crown Pony” at the Herve Leger show, the classic canerow at Celine and the slick “Rope Braids” at Public School’s SS16 shows last September – designers everywhere were paying homage to the braid!

Not only is the “Simple” braid the hairstyle for this year; it’s a classic look, serving style whilst protecting your hair. With so many styles and so little time to try them all – this quick to do hairstyle has fast become one of our favorites to rock.

Here’s our 5 steps to how you can achieve your Simple Braids:

Step 1

Using a conditioning cream or hair butter apply to hair and moisture in small sections.

 

 Step 2

Comb the hair through to ensure hair is detangled and ready for plaiting!

 

 Step 3

Section hair, with a thin handles comb, into braid pattern to create the perfect lines for neat braids.

 

 Step 4

Whether adding loose bulk hair to thicken the braid or only using your natural hair start the braid of small and add more hair in smaller pieces, for the braid to thicken as it goes down.

 

Step 5

After completing and braiding the hair to your desired pattern, use serum or edge control to style the baby hairs to frame the face creating a fresh looking finish.





 

Behind the hair: Yinka Bokinni

Behind the hair: Yinka Bokinni

Welcome to our new monthly feature. Each month we'll meet amazing women from the world of fashion, music, business, art and so much more. We'll get to grips with their style loves, hair faux pas and get to know the woman behind the hair.

This month we meet Yinka Bokinni, fashion blogger and presenter on Rinse Fm. She takes us back to the the day's of Pink Moisturiser and Dax. 

I’m a presenter/ blogger. I work for Rinse fm and I blog at YinkaBokinni.com and it’s fashion for lack of a better word, but it’s mostly a lifestyle blog about feeling comfortable within yourself, whatever you wear. Showing people what I like and asking what people like, it deals with a lot of interaction and that’s about it.


When I was younger, my mum,  poor woman she used to put my hair in like one of those unicorn buns. My edges would stick out and my mum would just cut it to try and trim it into shape. I used to cry real tears. I don’t understand why she did that. I actually remember the first time I permed my hair, my mum took me to the hairdressers, it was the beginning of school term, I think I was going into year 7 and she sat me in the chair and was like I’m going  to the shop and I’ll be back. She explained to the woman that she wanted me to get my hair pressed. The woman then took it upon herself to perm my 11 year old head and then my mum came back in and looked at me and was like “why didn’t you say anything?” and I was like it burns. My mum went mad, proper mad like actually crazy.

I was left to my own devices from a young age, from like when I was 14. Cos when you’ve got 7 kids you can’t be looking at their hair, there’s more important things like making sure they are all diseased free.

I used to do weird stuff to my hair, you know when everyone used to gel the front of their hair. Well mine never used to gel like that but I used to try. I used to use Dax and Jamm, remember blue magic and pink moisturiser. That stuff is thick you know! I used to put Netto conditioner in my hair, 25p for some big litre bottle of apple conditioner.


I remember I had to shave half my hair, I permed my hair and left one side on too long. And you know when you’re washing it out and you expect that “yeah I look fly feeling”, nah mine was burnt and it had turned ginger cos it had stripped the colour off. It was awful. I had to shave it off and ended up with a some kind of Cassie hair do. Obviously I styled it out.  I gave myself a little shape up, I think I might have put some lines in their too.

One of my first hair inspirations was Kelis! I hate you so much right now. I thought I want my hair like that. It looked so free, like she didn’t do anything to it. Obviously it was orange. But that was just her hair. I loved like Alicia Keys when she first came out with the braids, she looked so sick being natural.


I try and do my own thing and listen to my hair as opposed to copying what somebody else is doing or try to emulate what somebody else is doing. So if I see something that I like, I’ll do like my hair’s version of it. I’m trying to learn what suits my hair has opposed to what suits others.
I get a lot of inspiration from looking at pictures of my dad and his family from when they were young. My dad’s from Nigeria and he’s generation were like pre perm. I take inspiration from accepting myself and then it shows.

My routine is to leave my hair alone as much as possible. Big Hair have this avocado butter or I think it’s almond butter. It’s a conditioner and a little bit goes a long way. it keeps your hair moist and soft.

 

 

Behind the hair: Meet Lakwena Maciver

Behind the hair: Meet Lakwena Maciver

Meet Lakwena Maciver, we talk hair, her infamous mural in Miami, Sun Ra and losing a tooth while getting her hair did.

My background is graphic design and illustration; that’s what I studied, but my profession, well, I call myself an artist.

It’s weird being described; I guess I'm creative, gentle, thoughtful, erm, a bit quirky. People say I’m gentle, I don’t feel it, but people always say that.  

I’ve always been into drawing and I’m good at it; I’m more into words than pictures of people. When I finished my A-levels, I was planning on doing linguistics at university, because I love languages.

But then I went to Brazil on a gap year, stayed with some friends and ended up painting a wall; I was like “wow” this is what I really want to do. And also I could learn a language better being somewhere than studying it. So I came back here and went on to do a foundation [degree or course] in graphics and I did well in that so I went on to do illustration at LCC. I found that I really cared about what I was saying and wanted to use it in a powerful way.

"I went to Miami in 2013 and I painted this really big wall and it was from there that I started getting more walls and kind of sealed it in people's minds."

On New Year's Eve in 2013, Beyonce went there and took a picture standing next to it but didn’t write my name on her post, but you know what, it was amazing.  I woke up and saw all of these messages; I was like, "what’s going on?" That was really special.

"As I child, I lost a tooth getting my hair combed."

I just hated getting my hair combed. My dad was combing my hair and he was being a bit rough and I ended up banging my tooth on a table. I don’t feel like I’ve got to Nirvana, you know with hair. I go through phases; when I was about 14 I used to go all the way to Woolwich on the 161, to this weird shop where I didn’t understand a word of what anyone was saying. They’d be speaking Patois and I’d just nod along. They would put my hair in this weird roller set, like an old lady. I used to come out of the salon with a hot face from the dryer and my hair would be in these tiny little curls. I’d walk out and go to these horrible toilets by Woolwich Arsenal station and then comb my hair out of the weird roller set and tie it back. 

 I was into natural hair early on, when only the Americans were doing it. It was a really difficult time for me.  I was in a predominantly white area and I went to a school that was predominantly white and I had this hair that didn’t fit into what was seen as beautiful. So I found this poem -   Afro Mile High Butter Pecan Chile this was back in the day, when I needed someone to identify with and gets who I am. Then I found the poem, this person who got it.

"I’ve never had a particular hair hero, but I think what Solange is doing is great."

I think she inspired me in a way to wear my hair out and in an afro. I never had the guts to do that before. It was actually my husband who said to me, why don’t I just wear my hair in an afro and I thought ‘nah’. But then one day I just put on some red lipstick and wore it like that. And it was a really big thing for me and now it’s my favourite hairstyle.

"I find black womens’ hair so exciting - we can do what ever we like."

For instance, I love dancehall styles. They’ll have a bleached bit here, some crazy purple bit there and I’m like, you’re clearly not pretending that’s your hair, you’re not trying to be ‘European’ you're just having fun. I find it so inspiring and bold.

"I love Sun Ra, how he dresses, he used to dress in the most amazing ways."

I just love the craziness of it all; I’m really inspired by it. He talks about his clothes being garments for the life to come; a life he had decided to hasten by looking the part.

I’m not following rules for my hair, my hair regime is just whatever I’m doing that week. When I get really frustrated with my hair, I just wash it, comb it and leave it out to dry and keep it in an afro for the whole week. And I feel really empowered and beautiful. 

 

Behind the hair: Yinka Bokinni

Behind the hair: Yinka Bokinni

Welcome to our new monthly feature. Each month we'll meet amazing women from the world of fashion, music, business, art and so much more. We'll get to grips with their style loves, hair faux pas and get to know the woman behind the hair.

This month we meet Yinka Bokinni, fashion blogger and presenter on Rinse Fm. She takes us back to the the day's of Pink Moisturiser and Dax. 

I’m a presenter/ blogger. I work for Rinse fm and I blog at YinkaBokinni.com and it’s fashion for lack of a better word, but it’s mostly a lifestyle blog about feeling comfortable within yourself, whatever you wear. Showing people what I like and asking what people like, it deals with a lot of interaction and that’s about it.


When I was younger, my mum,  poor woman she used to put my hair in like one of those unicorn buns. My edges would stick out and my mum would just cut it to try and trim it into shape. I used to cry real tears. I don’t understand why she did that. I actually remember the first time I permed my hair, my mum took me to the hairdressers, it was the beginning of school term, I think I was going into year 7 and she sat me in the chair and was like I’m going  to the shop and I’ll be back. She explained to the woman that she wanted me to get my hair pressed. The woman then took it upon herself to perm my 11 year old head and then my mum came back in and looked at me and was like “why didn’t you say anything?” and I was like it burns. My mum went mad, proper mad like actually crazy.

I was left to my own devices from a young age, from like when I was 14. Cos when you’ve got 7 kids you can’t be looking at their hair, there’s more important things like making sure they are all diseased free.

I used to do weird stuff to my hair, you know when everyone used to gel the front of their hair. Well mine never used to gel like that but I used to try. I used to use Dax and Jamm, remember blue magic and pink moisturiser. That stuff is thick you know! I used to put Netto conditioner in my hair, 25p for some big litre bottle of apple conditioner.


I remember I had to shave half my hair, I permed my hair and left one side on too long. And you know when you’re washing it out and you expect that “yeah I look fly feeling”, nah mine was burnt and it had turned ginger cos it had stripped the colour off. It was awful. I had to shave it off and ended up with a some kind of Cassie hair do. Obviously I styled it out.  I gave myself a little shape up, I think I might have put some lines in their too.

One of my first hair inspirations was Kelis! I hate you so much right now. I thought I want my hair like that. It looked so free, like she didn’t do anything to it. Obviously it was orange. But that was just her hair. I loved like Alicia Keys when she first came out with the braids, she looked so sick being natural.


I try and do my own thing and listen to my hair as opposed to copying what somebody else is doing or try to emulate what somebody else is doing. So if I see something that I like, I’ll do like my hair’s version of it. I’m trying to learn what suits my hair has opposed to what suits others.
I get a lot of inspiration from looking at pictures of my dad and his family from when they were young. My dad’s from Nigeria and he’s generation were like pre perm. I take inspiration from accepting myself and then it shows.

My routine is to leave my hair alone as much as possible. Big Hair have this avocado butter or I think it’s almond butter. It’s a conditioner and a little bit goes a long way. it keeps your hair moist and soft.

 

 

Behind the hair: Meet Lakwena Maciver

Behind the hair: Meet Lakwena Maciver

Meet Lakwena Maciver, we talk hair, her infamous mural in Miami, Sun Ra and losing a tooth while getting her hair did.

My background is graphic design and illustration; that’s what I studied, but my profession, well, I call myself an artist.

It’s weird being described; I guess I'm creative, gentle, thoughtful, erm, a bit quirky. People say I’m gentle, I don’t feel it, but people always say that.  

I’ve always been into drawing and I’m good at it; I’m more into words than pictures of people. When I finished my A-levels, I was planning on doing linguistics at university, because I love languages.

But then I went to Brazil on a gap year, stayed with some friends and ended up painting a wall; I was like “wow” this is what I really want to do. And also I could learn a language better being somewhere than studying it. So I came back here and went on to do a foundation [degree or course] in graphics and I did well in that so I went on to do illustration at LCC. I found that I really cared about what I was saying and wanted to use it in a powerful way.

"I went to Miami in 2013 and I painted this really big wall and it was from there that I started getting more walls and kind of sealed it in people's minds."

On New Year's Eve in 2013, Beyonce went there and took a picture standing next to it but didn’t write my name on her post, but you know what, it was amazing.  I woke up and saw all of these messages; I was like, "what’s going on?" That was really special.

"As I child, I lost a tooth getting my hair combed."

I just hated getting my hair combed. My dad was combing my hair and he was being a bit rough and I ended up banging my tooth on a table. I don’t feel like I’ve got to Nirvana, you know with hair. I go through phases; when I was about 14 I used to go all the way to Woolwich on the 161, to this weird shop where I didn’t understand a word of what anyone was saying. They’d be speaking Patois and I’d just nod along. They would put my hair in this weird roller set, like an old lady. I used to come out of the salon with a hot face from the dryer and my hair would be in these tiny little curls. I’d walk out and go to these horrible toilets by Woolwich Arsenal station and then comb my hair out of the weird roller set and tie it back. 

 I was into natural hair early on, when only the Americans were doing it. It was a really difficult time for me.  I was in a predominantly white area and I went to a school that was predominantly white and I had this hair that didn’t fit into what was seen as beautiful. So I found this poem -   Afro Mile High Butter Pecan Chile this was back in the day, when I needed someone to identify with and gets who I am. Then I found the poem, this person who got it.

"I’ve never had a particular hair hero, but I think what Solange is doing is great."

I think she inspired me in a way to wear my hair out and in an afro. I never had the guts to do that before. It was actually my husband who said to me, why don’t I just wear my hair in an afro and I thought ‘nah’. But then one day I just put on some red lipstick and wore it like that. And it was a really big thing for me and now it’s my favourite hairstyle.

"I find black womens’ hair so exciting - we can do what ever we like."

For instance, I love dancehall styles. They’ll have a bleached bit here, some crazy purple bit there and I’m like, you’re clearly not pretending that’s your hair, you’re not trying to be ‘European’ you're just having fun. I find it so inspiring and bold.

"I love Sun Ra, how he dresses, he used to dress in the most amazing ways."

I just love the craziness of it all; I’m really inspired by it. He talks about his clothes being garments for the life to come; a life he had decided to hasten by looking the part.

I’m not following rules for my hair, my hair regime is just whatever I’m doing that week. When I get really frustrated with my hair, I just wash it, comb it and leave it out to dry and keep it in an afro for the whole week. And I feel really empowered and beautiful.