14 Sep Hair Portraits in Braamfontein by Phendu Kuta and Obakeng Molepe
Phendu Kuta (as creative director) and Obakeng Molepe (as photographer) took to the Braamfontein streets on a bustling Saturday morning to capture young people experimenting with bold and interesting hairstyles for Unlabelled Magazine‘s The Hair Story. While they were at it, they found out the inspiration behind them – whether it’s loving colour, preferring it natural, keeping things edgy or embracing constant change.
“I find that in black culture we often focus our energies on which hairstyle is more superior to the other or hair as a political subject, whereas I believe that our hair gives us so much freedom of expression because we can do so many different things with it,” remarked Phendu. Nowadays hair isn’t just about outward appearance, it has become a contentious political subject embodying ideologies that raises questions around freedom of choice, the definition of beauty and personal expression.
Photography: Obakeng Molepe
Creative Direction: Phendu Kuta