Going backstage for New York Fashion Week almost always involves some sort of mixed emotions when it comes to hair. The very few melanated beauties — and their often textured tresses — getting ready to grace the runway often seem like an afterthought.
But nothing could have been further from the truth than at Nigerian designer Maki Oh’s S/S 2020 presentation on Monday (Sept. 9). Led by celeb hairstylist and Unilever hair expert Ursula Stephen, textured hair was front and center — with an Afro-futuristic twist.
Pulling inspo directly from the continent, we saw everything from structured, parted afros and African threading to Nollywood-inspired wigs with flipped curls and long AF wrapped ponytails with swirled up baby hairs.
Ursula, who worked as TRESemmé lead stylist, said that most of the looks could be finessed for everyday wear. “It’s just a matter of taking away the costume part of it and making it more realistic,” she told Hype Hair.
It was even more exciting to see the models loving and selfie-ing it up once their ‘dos were done! And we were just as obsessed. Swipe through to get into the looks from the presentation.