For the past few months, you have been able to follow a Tumblr describing the development of a project initially called Mon Pari(s) Afro, authored by me with photography by Brigitte Sombié. Our idea was to publish 100 photos of Parisians, whether residents or visitors, of various origins, who have all chosen to wear their hair natural. The final title is Afro! and Editions Arenes is launching it on November 4.
We were undecided about the cover photo but my editor came up with the idea to have Brigitte photograph me and use my head shot as the cover. Taking into account the subject of the book, I had to put my hair in the best hands.
I made an appointment at my favorite salon, Polished Haircare where they know how to treat all types of hair. As unlikely as it seems, it’s a real trial to find a good salon for curly or kinky hair in Paris in 2015. Polished Haircare is where I located knowledgeable professionals for both treatment and styling.
On the day I went, Nicole Pembrook, hair stylist and salon owner, after an Aveda oil treatment, created a voluminous style for the book cover. One of the advantages of curly hair is that it can be worn short or straightened to play with its length.
My Hair finished, I went to the famous Make Up Forever, that created the Black Beauty Academy whose make-up artists are trained to bring out the best in black and non-white skin. The blogger, Fatou N’diaye was instrumental in its creation.
Fanny Miosotis was waiting for me at the shop located on the rue des Francs Bourgeois.
Noticing that I don’t use make-up very often, she chose a light and natural look. It was right in line with the Afro! spirit. You be the judge.