February 13, 2018
I met Kristy through mutual friends while she was attending Paul Mitchell The School Columbia. She became a client, friend, and my hair stylist. Working with Kristy on her engagement photos, wedding, announcement of her daughter, and now her passion for curly hair has been amazing. Her bright personality shines through in her work and I’m beyond excited for this collaboration.
Growing up as a multiracial kid with curly hair back in the 80’s & 90’s, I remember going with my mother to the hair salon. The stylists would ask my mom why did I have such a curly ‘mess’ and she had straight hair. I remember flipping through the hair magazines but I never saw anyone that had hair like mine or looked like me. The lack of representation really bothered me and that feeling of not belonging or fitting in resonated with me all the way until high school and my early college years.
I think that as people with curly hair there are so many similar stories like mine. The feeling of uncertainty, not feeling beautiful because we don’t look like society’s norm with long and silky hair, being self-conscious about what others think about our big curly hair, the pressure to straighten our hair because it isn’t ‘professional’, etc.
Photography: Alexis Schwallier Photography
Makeup: Shaunell Davis
Venue: Richland Library