Locs styles in BAD Hair Uprooted, the photo exhibition that showcases the Untold History of Black follicles

BAD Hair Uprooted: The Untold History of Black Follicles Returns to Brooklyn!

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BAD Hair Uprooted, the photo exhibition that showcases the Untold History of Black follicles, is back home in Brooklyn, New York, and I am elated to invite you! 

On October 10th, all hair textures are welcome at Restoration Plaza in Bedstuy to celebrate Black hairstyles that portray the beauty of natural hair and highlight the social injustice of unequal hair rights.

Styles from BAD Hair Uprooted, the Untold History of Black Follicles

The Exhibition

Featuring never-seen-before braids, cornrows, Afros, and locs styles, this exhibition makes a compelling case that equal hair rights are essential, not just for healthy hair, but also for a healthy mind and economic prosperity.

The detrimental ramifications of not being allowed to wear hairstyles natural to our God-given texture have not been limited to our hair. The recent lawsuit against relaxer companies that revealed the link between fibroids and hair relaxers is proof of that. The generational trauma of not having the fundamental human right to wear natural hairstyles in society’s institutions like workplaces and schools has yet to be unpacked, as does the economic impact.

Source of Inspiration

I started taking portraits of natural hair at BAM Dance Africa back in 2002, where, for the first time in my entire adult life, natural hair was not only prevalent, but the styles were also breathtakingly beautiful! Never had I seen styles like these before.

It was mind-blowing to see my own type hair in a whole new light. Two years into my natural hair journey, I saw visible evidence of what my hair could actually do! Baffled by the beauty and versatility of natural Black hair, suddenly "bad hair" had a new meaning; these styles were BAD! Like super BAD. Michael Jackson BAD.

To share this unforgettable, overwhelming experience with everyone who would ever have the slightest interest in Black hair, I captured as many of the amazing styles as possible. And to this day, I shoot natural hairstyles wherever I go.


Click to download the digital version

The Goal of the Exhibition

The goal of this exhibition is to create awareness and share the love so that Black women everywhere on the planet regain the humanity to wear their God-given tresses natural.

The exhibition opens on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 PM with a talk from yours truly and the release of the photo book, BAD Hair Uprooted: The Untold History of Black Follicles.

Hard copies of the book can be preordered and digital versions can be downloaded at What Naturals Love online store. Your support is welcome.

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Event Details:

BAD Hair Uprooted: The Untold History of Black Follicles
Date: October 10, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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LaGuana Platt
LaGuana Platt

Great info

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