‘ELLE Canada’ Celebrates Black Hair In ‘Natural Anthem’ Shoot [PICS]

ELLE Canada X Natural Anthem

Photo Credit: SATY + PRATHA // ELLE Canada

IDIL

On beauty in 2016 “I grew up in Toronto in a predominantly black community. Everyone had my hair…. I think our perception of beauty is changing. [The acceptance toward] sizes are changing, heights are changing. The look is changing. It’s really nice to see. It’s good to live in our time.”

On her hair regimen:
“I wash my hair every day. I use SheaMoisture. I comb it with my fingers. [After my shower] I leave a little bit of conditioner just on the ends. Then, I use coconut oil on the top of my hair and leave conditioner on the bottom so it keeps up that curly. I scrunch it up and let my hair air dry.”


On moisturizing:
“My mom told me to put olive oil in my hair. She tells me to sleep with it, and then in the morning wash it and it you have softer hair.”

ELLE Canada X Natural Anthem

Photo Credit: SATY + PRATHA // ELLE Canada

NARO

 

On her hair regimen:
“My boyfriend is a barber, so he just cuts it for me. I cut it every month or so. I like to keep it short.”

ELLE Canada X Natural Anthem

Photo Credit: SATY + PRATHA // ELLE Canada

KIERA

On her signature red hair:
“My sister has really dark, dark, dark hair. And she’d always be like, ‘Kiera you’re adopted!’ So, I’d cry. Nobody has red hair in my family. And nobody has freckles either so I was the oddball. I never really noticed my texture. I wanted it darker like my sister. But then modelling happened and then I got used to it. I’ve never coloured my hair ever! When I was younger I was super orange. Now it’s a dark auburn.”

On her wash routine:
“I never, ever, ever use shampoo. I always just condition and then sometimes I use a leave-in conditioner by OGX. Then I have this leave-in conditioner called Parnevu, which I’ve been using for years. And then a curl cream. When I’m off of work, I load up all my good products and that’s when I let them soak in. Sometimes for a week! I comb it out and then I twist it almost like little braids and then I tie it up. You really notice a difference; it’s so much softer.”

ELLE Canada X Natural Anthem

Photo Credit: SATY + PRATHA // ELLE Canada

CASSANDRA

ON SELF-ACCEPTANCE “Being multi-racial, I had mixed feelings about my hair. When I was really young, I wanted straight hair and I kind of resented my untamed hair. It was quite fuzzy, and it had a mind of its own. I used to get bullied for it a lot. The kids weren’t racist, it was just different and they didn’t understand. I didn’t know how to deal with my hair either, so it wasn’t the best kept. As I grew up and there was more awareness of how to do up my hair, I felt more comfortable. My hair is something that really launched my career, so I have begun to accept it and like it.”

On being part of the shoot:
“I’m happy it’s happening. I’ve never done anything like this…[In university] I want to study social science, race and ethnicity, and how race is just a social construction. We’re all humans.”

On her haircare routine:
“I have very dry and brittle hair. I wash it once a week, and I condition it a lot. I use a lot of natural products. SheaMoisture and Live Clean are the two brands that I use a lot. SheaMoisture is my favourite because it’s for people who have curly or coily hair. I use at least three tablespoons of conditioner and I finger comb it through my hair. I like SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It smells really good and it makes my hair lightweight. I feel like a lot of mixed girls put too much product in their hair and then it looks way too weighed down. Then I use coconut and olive oil on top of the curl cream and let it air dry because that results in the least amount of damage.”

 

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About The Author

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.