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#OwnYourCrown: 'Discrimination Against Black Hair in Africa Confuses Me'

Fashion blogger and visual creator Lulama Wolf shares her hair journey

In the October issue of COSMO, we talk to five local influencers about their personal hair journey. Fashion blogger and visual creator Lulama Wolf opens up to us about her favourite childhood hairstyle and what she hates most when it comes to her hair.

What were some distinctive hair experiences you had growing up? How have they influenced how you perceive your hair now?

My mom would do this cool hairstyle they used to call ‘Benny and Betty’. Cornrows were also used to keep our hair neat because our school did not allow us to keep our natural hair, which didn’t make sense to me. This really stuck out for me because I really hated braiding my hair at the time. As I’ve gotten older, I now understand why my hair is the way it is and I’ve learnt how to style and treat it the way I want. Braids and any protective hairstyle also made it easier for me to embrace why certain things were done to my hair.

Photo Credit: Aart Verrips.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your teenage self about your hair?

I would tell her that it is okay to have natural hair without relaxing it.

What is your attitude towards society’s continual bias against black women’s hair, particularly in the professional realm?

Discrimination against black hair in Africa confuses me. In my opinion, companies should tailor their health and safety policies around the African person.

What’s your go-to hair product?

Cantu Shea Butter Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel.

Do you have any hair-disaster stories to share?

I have an endless list of hair-disaster stories that I can share! But my worst moment by far was when I thought I dyed my hair black and it actually turned out purple! If you know me, you’d know that I HATE colour on my hair.

Photo Credit: Aart Verrips.

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