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Things We Saw Today: Olivia Anakwe Calls out Hairstylists Who Aren’t Trained to Style Black Hair

: Olivia Anakwe walks the runway for Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

In a fantastic piece from Teen Vogue, model Olivia Anakwe was interviewed by Jessica Andrews about the lack of knowledge regarding Black hair among professional hairstylists. Anakwe talked about her experiences with stylists who didn’t know how to do basic Black hairstyles like cornrows or understand the care that natural Black hair sometimes needs, and that a lot of damage can be done to the hair as a result.

“After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change.”

A lot of Black celebrities and others have taken to Twitter to discuss their own experiences, and I think it was a fantastic thing that Teen Vogue brought this conversation to the mainstream.

This is a huge issue and as we talk about more representation, that has to also mean having that representation and diversity behind the scenes, along with these skills becoming part of the primary curriculum for beauty stylists.

(via Teen Vogue, image: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

It’s Monday again. Ugghhh.

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(image: NBC)

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