A short film that showcases the beauty of natural African hair and encourages African women to be proud of their roots is set to be displayed in Ghana.
“The Hair Appointment” focuses on “the beauty of African braiding and the community surrounding getting your hair braided in a salon versus doing your hair at home,” explains Helena Koudou, Brooklyn based Ivorian hair dresser whose braiding skills inspired the film.
“The stylist-client bond is such a beautiful connection. We talk about everything in the chair.”
The film also seeks to celebrate the natural hair community at a time when women still face discrimination for their hairstyle and appearance.
“To me, rocking braids means protecting your crown,” 23-year-old Ivorian braider and model, Koudou says of her passion.
She started braiding at 13 years old, the youngest person in her family’s shop, Alima’s Hair Braiding in Brooklyn. Ten years of watching her aunts, while practicing on her little cousins and clients, made her capable of creating intricate, artful braided looks that she showcases on her Instagram, as well as in the short film.
The film has now made a second exhibition at Peckham Palms in London this weekend.
“It’s really just a magical moment of men and women coming together to celebrate our culture, hair, and one another,” Koudou says.
The Hair Appointment is going next to Ghana, where Koudou will help host a 10-day exhibition this December.
“I just want people to know that having braids in the workplace, or wherever they go, is okay. I want people to continue to embrace their hair and continue to teach the younger generation that braids and natural hair is just as beautiful—don’t let society tell you otherwise.”