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Coquine: The Beauty of Kinky Hair Realized (Part 1)

In the past few years, there has been a natural hair movement going on within the black community.  This movement is centered around women who are transitioning from wearing relaxed hair (hair that has been straightened through the use of harsh chemicals) to wearing their hair in it’s natural state which, for a lot of black women, tends to be very kinky and curly.  Black women across the country and world have made this transition and because of its wide reception, even I began noticing women in my region rocking some really beautiful natural hair styles.  The more I saw women embracing this style of wearing their hair, the more inspired I became to capture this movement through my own eyes.  That inspiration led me to create this portrait series.

 

The intent of this project is to highlight the beauty of kinky hair of all types.  This is done through a series of beauty portraits that I’ve taken of women of color from all walks of life.  These are women that I’ve met on the street, women that I’ve contacted on Instagram, and women that I’ve come across while in attendance at various hair shows and natural hair events that I attended in order to get a better understanding of this movement and the women involved.  The past 8 months of working on this project has taken me from New York City to Los Angeles and places in between.  This experience has been unbelievable and I have met some of the most interesting people because I decided to get out of my comfort zone to create this series.  Now that I’m ready to share it, I can’t lie; I’m a little nervous to do so because this project has been my baby for so long.  Maybe that’s why I’ve waited almost 9 months to “birth” it into the world!

 

Well ladies and gentleman, I now present to you, “Coquine: The Beauty of Kinky Hair Realized”.  Before scrolling down to see the images, I just ask that you watch this short video:

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Bianca Alexa / Instagram: @bummblebee7

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Bianca Alexa / Instagram: @bummblebee7

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Andrea Alexander / Instagram: @paging.dr.dre

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Andrea Alexander / Instagram: @paging.dr.dre

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Honour Drew / Instagram: @honourdrew

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Honour Drew / Instagram: @honourdrew

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Tausha Marshall / Instagram: @nimahwynee

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Tausha Marshall / Instagram: @nimahwynee

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Dayna / Instagram: @dayna_dane_

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Dayna / Instagram: @dayna_dane_

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Angela Walker / Instagram: @angelagonesocial

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Angela Walker / Instagram: @angelagonesocial

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Tichelle Squire / Instagram: @chelly_the_transformer

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Tichelle Squire / Instagram: @chelly_the_transformer

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Tia Goodson / Instagram: @concreterosegrows

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Tia Goodson / Instagram: @concreterosegrows

As stated in the video, I wanted this project to have a positive tangible effect on the community so I’ve partnered with Feeding America to start a campaign to raise money for this non-profit organization.  Feeding the hungry has been something that I’ve been passionate about for some time and when I saw the amazing work that Feeding America has been doing in local communities across the nation, I knew that I wanted to use this project to assist them in their mission of eliminating hunger.  If you would like to donate directly to the campaign or learn more about Feeding America, please click here to be taken to the official site.  I would greatly appreciate ANY amount that you can give.

 

This is an ongoing project.  I have more images and video to share so be sure to follow this blog to see more of the amazing women who have taken part in this series.  Special thanks to everyone who helped bring my vision to life, including all of the awesome makeup artists: Nakira, Shantel Pinnock, Tamika Patrice, and Akua Robinson.  I also want to thank Angela Walker and Nicole Walters aka Naptural Nicole for being my sounding boards and sources of inspiration throughout this journey.  Last but especially not least, I would like to thank my wife Jill for her support and patience during this entire and continued process.  I love you boo!

 

If you would like to be considered to take part in the project, please fill out the contact form here. I’ll be making stops in various major cities for the remainder of the year.

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