Monday, 4 July 2016

DEAR BANTU...

Dear Bantu, welcome to the renaissance of  fashion-In Africa, a marriage of the prefect blend...

“Spongy”, “woolly", "kinky", "nappy", or "spiralled" all very fascinating adjectives used to describe the hair type peculiar with mostly Africans-  natural afro-textured hair. It is no distant knowledge that some African perm their hair to make it more tameable or in lack of a better word, bearable. The natural hair trend has rocked the hair scene for a while now with more than one trend emerging for the clan from twists to the fro (a reinvention of the 90’s and total timeless) to crochets, simple corn rows and to the most tribal, Bantu Knots. (Can I just say that Bantu Knots remind me of cinnamon rose? How I would love to chew on that now…lol). Easy and flexible to wear, Bantu knots can be worn by anyone but of course have an African origin and according to Amanda Moore-Karim on her piece of the hair style wore by models in Valentino's pre-fall 16 look book affirms that "bantu knots, a hairstyle that can be traced back to West Africa, carry substantial meaning in black culture and are representative of black pride”

 
Rose Palhares an Angolan designer incorporates the easy hair do in her Spring/Summer 2016 look-book titled New African Aesthetic.”  The collection features pieces made with a beautiful mix of African fabrics. While the collection plays around colour palettes varying from blue, green and pink tones, along with others to crown edgy and modern silhouette, Bantu knots gives the collection a vibe of African-ness in the age of fashion evolution in the continent-THE NEW AFRICAN AESTHETIC.  The Fashion Princess as she is so called in her home country, has bagged multiple awards including “Fashion Designer Of The Year 2013”,as well as chosen to represent Angolan culture at Milan’s Expo 2015.Her Spring/Summer 2016 collection New African Aesthetic was a prefect protection of the evolutionary usage of the African fabric. The African print has taken a front roll in the fashion industry as designers both local and international (Stella Jean) craft out new ways to express it beauty, vibrancy and diversity.
Indeed there is something very tribal, elegant, fearless, intrepid,daring, unflinching and deliberate about this hair trend.
Tried it? Dare to trend (or join the revolution)

 

“I love my hair because it’s a reflection of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, it’s textured, it’s difficult, it’s easy and it’s fun. That’s why I love my hair.”
-Tracee Ellis Ross

 
“Relaxing your hair is like being in prison. You're caged in. Your hair rules you. You didn't go running with Curt today because you don't want to sweat out this straightness. You're always battling to make your hair do what it wasn't meant to do.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmericanah
"People act like Black girls are born with a little tube of relaxer & a note that says, ‘My bad.’- God.” -Jermaine B

"I have a dream that beautiful black women and pretty black girls would stop messing with lyes and embrace their curls."-Unknown
“The beauty of a girl can’t be mimicked, fabricated, or created by human means. It only occurs naturally.” -Unknown
"Is it my smile that annoys you? My confidence? Or the fact that I rock my own hair better than you’re rocking someone else’s?"-Unknown

                                                                                                                       
                                                                       Bantu, taking Africa to hall of fame....
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                    http://www.kissmycurls.com/