Good morning and Happy Friday!
It’s been a few weeks since the release of one of the most groundbreaking superhero films of all time was released, and all signs are pointing to it also being one of the most successful. We are talking, of course, about Black Panther. And, if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry, we’re not going to spoil it for you. We’re just going to talk about the hair in the movie. You heard correctly, yes. The hair.
Often when we watch movies, whether on the big screen or at home, we’re captivated by many things: the acting, of course, be it good or terrible; the story/plot, the characters themselves – are they believable, do we like or despise them. We also might include things like the music. The soundtrack of any film is crucial to setting the mood, creating suspense, tugging on heartstrings. We might even go so far as to notice costuming, what the characters are or aren’t wearing. Particularly if it’s a period piece, sometimes the costumes can make or break a film.
But have you ever come out of a theatre thinking to yourself “Wow, the hairstylist on that film was incredible!” No? Well, you’re probably not alone.
Living Aveda sat down to chat with Camille Friend, lead hair stylist for Black Panther, about all things hair, and you can read the interview in its entirety here:
Camille makes some amazing points about the importance of natural hair for the cast of Black Panther, and what it represents onscreen and for young people watching, and we really like this quote in particular:
“Natural hair in the movie, and really the whole natural hair movement, I think, is about self-realization. Self-actualization. It’s people looking in the mirror and saying, “I love myself. I love my own, natural hair. I love and accept myself.” I think that’s a big part of it. And for me, from a design standpoint, I wanted to see texture. Curly texture, kinky texture. I love texture. We kept the natural components of the hair and achieved textured looks through braids, dreds, locks and twists.”
Self-realization, self-actualization. These are powerful words indeed, and loving yourself for who you are, what you look like, can be hugely empowering – especially for people who don’t often see themselves represented in film.
The Cut also has a great interview with Camille if you want to read more about her vision for hair in the world of Wakanda, and the article also includes some fantastic photos of all the gorgeous hair (and costume) looks: Black Panther is a Beautiful Showcase for Natural Hair.
So, our advice? Well, first of all, go see Black Panther if you can! Honestly, it’s fantastic on so many levels – hair included! And second? Do your very best this weekend to love yourself for who you are, accept yourself for you. We know it’s not always easy, but a conscious effort to say simply “I accept myself” can go a long way to making it happen. And, WE think you’re amazing, friends. And hopefully, that helps too!
Enjoy your weekend, and for those of you who are about to head into the March Break, we hope you get some great r and r, whatever your plans are.
See you Tuesday, friends!