#NYFW: The Maki Oh Runway Hair Was A Motherland-Inspired Dream

Maki Oh - Runway - September 2019 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows
Photo Credit: Yuchen Liao/Getty

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.

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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.


Maki Oh - Runway - September 2019 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows
Photo Credit: Yuchen Liao/Getty

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.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.