my hair my story natural hair narrative lysa africa

My Hair My Story

Hair is a significant part of your identity. It reveals your ancestral origin, race, ethnicity, culture, persona, DNA… Natural kinky hair, what is your perception of it?

“I cried, I cried… it was such an emotional experience and it wasn’t just about hair. It was what my perception of beauty was and had been for all of my life and then I look at myself in the mirror and I’m like, ‘That doesn’t look like what I thought was beautiful.’”
-Teyonah Parris on her reaction to going natural

Credit: Indie Wire Teyonah Parris

However now we are going back to your roots, why? Why do you love your hair?

Kevin Tosh is a photographer based in Nairobi. He doesn’t do it full time; during the day he is in video production and translation of farmer videos into local languages in Africa, South Asia and South America. Come evenings and weekends or when he is travelling, he becomes a photographer. A photographer who decided to come up with a collective of natural hair narratives called ‘My Hair My Story’.

#myhairmystory

my hair my story natural hair narrative lysa africa

!The hair project under the hashtag #myhairmystory started as a conversation with a friend
about her hair because I noticed many women have adapted to natural hair now and change their hairstyles every now and then.

my hair my story natural hair narrative lysa africa

I then came up with the thought of asking several women about their hair story. At first I thought it was very weird for me, as a man, to ask.

I first started with a friend who later brought in more friends and so on and so forth. The number of hair narratives on my hair my story I am receiving is gradually growing. The guiding questions have been ‘Why do you love your hair? What is the story behind your hair?’

my hair my story natural hair narrative lysa africa

The scope has moved from women alone to incorporating men with interesting hair (hairstyles).

my hair my story natural hair narrative lysa africa

Currently I have a collective of around twenty something narratives. My aim is to have 200 narratives and hopefully have an exhibition.

Here are other narratives I have received;

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#myhairmystory – If you may want to be part of the narrative, drop a DM on Kevin’s Instagram @kevin_tosh.

 

  • Angwenyi Mark

    Natural hair is adorable, more people should embrace it and spread the love

    • Oh yes! Kevin Tosh is showing us the new found love for natural hair is growing!

  • Lydia Laol

    Natural hair is oh so beautiful

  • Paula Josphat

    Such a great cause.I love all those narratives i cant wait to read all the 200

  • wangari wairenge

    Natural hair is statement piece on it’s own… Crown like no other

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