editorial series celebrates creative expression of black “heritage and hair”

July 18, 2017
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“Heritage and Hair Inspiration” is the editorial project by creative director and stylist Bee Diamondhead that celebrates the creativity and self-expression black women have always reclaimed through their hair. A tradition that, in a lot of ways, has helped so many black women find personal empowerment. “I think we’ve hit a hair revolution as black females. We’re unapologetic about rocking different styles and I am inspired by that,” Diamondhead told ElleZA.

Leading up to the production of the editorial, Diamondhead—who went natural earlier this year—had a chance meeting with Johannesburg hairstylist Tina Wiklund, owner of  Mmuja Healthy Hair Salon in Parkhurst. “There was an instant connection and great vibe, it felt like a sisterhood. It turned out that Tina and I are from the same city in Zimbabwe.” This shared connection made Tina an obvious choice for collaboration on this project. “Together with her team she re-created these iconic hair styles based on our heritage,” Bee continued.

Photography: Aart Verrips
Make-up: Zipho Ntloko
Photographer’s assistant: Simz
Production: Bee Diamondhead/Mmuja Healthy Hair
Production & fashion assistants: Don Zondo, Amy Zama
Models: Zandile Gangxa (unsigned), Bonolo Modingwana (unsigned), Eve Segone (Boss Models)