Whether we care to admit it or not, hair plays a starring role in our lives: “Flow it, show it. Long as God can grow it.” I have a mild obsession with hair. It feels shallow to spend too much airtime on it, but it is what it is. Since the beginning of time, hair has been central to tribal rituals and religious constructs, and is an indication of a person’s professional or social standing. Never underestimate hair. There is actually a lot of fabulous hair in art. When I ponder art and hair, the immediate visuals that come to mind are Kehinde Wiley’s women and Frida Kahlo’s braids. Kehinde’s women almost always have exaggerated braids, hair piles, and a regal sense of glamour. And, we have rarely seen images of Frida sans iconic braids with intertwined ribbons. Having recently enjoyed Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at the Brooklyn Museum and Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at the New York Botanical Garden, I felt obliged to create “Hairy Pairings.” With the help of top Hollywood wig and hair stylist Mitchell Cantrell and makeup artist Christina Henry, I brought Kehinde Wiley’s Bound and a modern-day, urban Frida Kahlo to life. Enjoy the results, as well as my model’s secret sauce for maintaining healthy, frequently styled hair.
It is always best to clip dead ends monthly. Bimonthly, bust out your blender and combine the following ingredients:
1. Olive Oil
5. Banana (for extra kinky hair)
Mix it all in a blender. Let it sit on hair for up to 1.5 hours, then rinse thoroughly.