We couldn’t help but be mesmerized by this compelling editorial from London-based Something About magazine to be featured in an upcoming issue. As of late we’ve seen a a trend toward beaded hair, a style over the years that has waxed and waned within black communities and saw its first big crossover to U.S. mainstream culture with tennis players Serena and Venus Williams when they first burst on the scene in the early ’90s. (Shouts to early day Alicia Keys too!)
If this look is coming back, we are so here for it, though we implore fashion magazines not to create some jaunty new term, as was done recently replacing the descriptive “boxer braids” for cornrows. Whatever the intent might be in creating fresher ways of describing things, the end result is making the people from the culture that originated this look feel a variety of bad feels, and who wants that??
Also, it helps if magazines make an effort to hire hair stylists who have history and expertise with the art form, as opposed to someone who learned it two months ago just because it’s a popping look. It should go without saying (and yet…), that shoots featuring hair beads should include black models.