The client takes a seat on the floor. She may use pillows to make herself comfortable between the hairstylist’s legs. Depending on the desired hairstyle, the two women will sit in this position for many hours. In this sacred space, the two women share a mutual trust. The hairstylist trusts her client in the comfort and privacy of her home, while the client trusts that her hair is in good and caring hands. They pass the time by telling stories, laughing and sharing wisdom with each other. Hair becomes a sort of bridge that connects these two women. As the black woman sits on the floor to get her hair done, she reveals a sort of vulnerability that is scarcely seen elsewhere. The conversations that take place in this environment promote the love and care between a community.

 

Hair Stylist: Fabiola Fung
Video: Jackie Batsinduka
Music: Jay Sherwood 
Photography: Kirubel Mehari