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Rose Talks To Nia Pettitt AKA FroGirlGinny

Nia Pettitt is a force to be reckoned with. At the tender age of nineteen, the half-English, half-Zimbabwean model has built an online community of young women who share her passion for honouring and embracing the beauty of natural Afro hair. Her fans are spread across the world, united by a shared celebration of natural beauty and a mutual adoration of Nia’s own golden mane. As FroGirlGinny, she shares tales of her adventures and hair care tips to over 330,000 Instagram followers, part of a growing movement inspiring a generation of young brown girls to defy Western beauty standards and nurture their natural Afros.Read more...

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Oyin Akande Talks to Deputy Editor of i-D, Lynette Nylander


1 of 2 i-D Fall 2016 Covers: ‘The Game-Changing’ issue featuring Stormzy

Not many people can command a room like Lynette Nylander can. Confident, self-assured and fashion-savvy, the 27 year old navigated her way amongst the world’s fashion elites to become the deputy editor of i-D magazine, the 36 year old fashion title.

Tell us about yourself.

So, I grew up in East London (far east) and I went to school in Essex. It was really kind of strange and not very exciting because there weren’t many people who were creative. I was really starved and I bonded really closely with the people who were creative and different.… Read more...

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Women. Who. Wrap.

By Rose Miyonga

Lupita Nyong'OWith the prominence of smart, beautiful women of colour in the pubic eye wearing head wraps, it might seem like head wraps are having a renaissance. But i would argue that they never went away. Phenomenal women like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lupita Nyong’o and Zadie Smith deserve credit for wearing their head wraps with such style and grace, and their power is only enhanced by the fact that the history of the garment makes them part of a long tradition of women of African origin defying the conventions of Western beauty standards and standing tall and powerful at the intersection between tradition and avant-garde.Read more...

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From Mother and Daughter to Sisterhood (via Hair)

Deborah, still smiling one month after 'that haircut..'

Deborah, still smiling one month after ‘that haircut..

By Deborah Johnson

When I was four my mother traumatised me in a way in which I thought I could never forgive her.

Tired of my consistent resistance and whinging whenever she attempted to thread my hair she had, unbeknownst to me, decided to cut it all off.

The morning of a school trip may I add.

Naively I sat in the bath with my eyes closed as instructed and offered no question as to what the sensation of feathers falling over me was.

When I was allowed to open my eyes, I hopped out of the bath innocently and headed over to the sink to brush my teeth as usual.… Read more...

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Emeline talks to Ibi of The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

I am a sucker for natural skincare so as soon as Ibi of The Afro Hair & Skin Co. reached out to me, I knew I’d want to try her products. Having suffered my own woes of adult acne, I understood the benefits of a natural skincare regime. I was curious to see how her products performed and secretly hoped her hair oil could also sort out my bundle of dry curls.

Ibi has produced three products: a facial oil, hair oil and a hair butter only using ingredients sourced from the UK, making her range organic, natural and sustainable.

So who is Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka?

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Identity and the archetypal myth of Ophelia by Patricia Ekall

Patricia Ekall is a freelance journalist, editor and blogger based in Bristol, U.K.  She has “shameless curiosity”, is an enthusiastic storyteller and spends the majority of her time contributing to print and digital publications. Welcome to ThandieKay Patricia!

I think about identity a lot.

The word itself implies strength. The notion of an ‘assured sense of self’ is after all an attractive one.


A young Patricia Ekall

However, for all of it’s clearly defined allure, I think identity, and identifying, can also make a person vulnerable. I’ve come to see how the confusion, curiosity and subsequent projections of others can affect our view of ourselves.… Read more...

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Interview with award-winning hairdresser & salon owner Charlotte Mensah

Post by Kay

Charlotte Mensah is an award-winning _DSC8395UK Afro Hairdresser of the Year (2013 & 2014). The success of her Portobello Road salon, Hair Lounge is now complete, for Charlotte has introduced a luxurious line of Hair products called the Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Haircare Collection. Free from SLS, Parabens and silicones, the range is designed to deliver moisture, softness, definition and shine to Afro, mixed-race and curly hair types in general, whilst still allowing weightless movement. I confess I’m very scent-driven, but Charlotte, ‘she had me at sniff’. So many hair products have (dare I say it..) a ‘cheap’ fragrance, but these carry a scent I’m very happy to waft about! Read more...

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Culture Deep

By Rutendo Wazara

Rutendo WazaraThey say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but when one culture imitates another is that a line that shouldn’t be crossed or political correctness on overdrive?

I’ll begin with my own experience. When I was about 8 years old, my family moved to Lagos, Nigeria. Although it was the third country I had moved to, Nigeria was the first place where I experienced a steep learning curve in cultural exchange, bordering on culture shock,-and I loved it!

I was at an international school and one of my favourite traditions was the school’s annual Nigeria Day.… Read more...

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The Real ‘Fro Woe

Post by Emma DabiriEmma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri is a Teaching Fellow at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. She’s written for ThandieKay in the past on race representation in beauty and we’re delighted to have her contribute her thoughts again, this time on the necessity of afro hair. Over to Emma…. 


Society commends itself on being progressive, multicultural and diverse. We are told that we are equal, that we are lucky to live in this century, in such a tolerant environment, with access to these privileges.

When we try to interject this narrative with the realities of our lived experience, to articulate the challenges and complexities of navigating society in the body of a black woman; the varying degrees of injustice, violence, pain and disrespect that we are subjected to, often for no reason beyond the fact that we are black women, we are frequently met with resistance that spills over into venom.… Read more...

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Lacy Redway – Standing Ovation!

Posted by Kay:

Lacy Redway – bringing all that swagger and attitude from Jamaica. At 14, in New Jersey salons, she was already making her fingers fly – by 22 she was assisting uber cool Didier Malige in NY. Her talent beat the path all the way to a galaxy of stars, where she now reigns supreme.

Lacy Redway thandiekay.comJourdan Dunn, Amandla Stenberg,  Lupita Nyong’o, Jill Scott, Lucy Hale, Zoe Kravitz, Yara Shahidid, Nicole Bahari, Lady Ga Ga, Aja Naomi King, Carmen Ejogo, Willow Smith (Thandie Newton…NOT!!!! WHY????????? Ha Ha ha ha … maybe now we’re BFFs on ThandieKay eh Lacy? Smooch, Thandie x)

We’re completely in awe, in crush and in envy of every look she busts.… Read more...

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