Politics of Black Hair

From Angela Davis’ ‘fro to Rastafarian dreadlocks; black hairstyles are weighted with the cultural histories and struggles of the liberation of black people. As a black woman, I’ve come to learn that our hair will often be a bone of contention; something to ogle at and discuss at great length. Whether braided or wearing a twist-out, my hair is one...

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Perfect DIY Blowdry

I stopped chemically straightening my hair 4 years ago. The final release from relaxing addiction came when my friend Zadie Smith said “But if you want to wear it straight you just blow it out, right?”. Zadie is mixed heritage and makes hair wrapping, natural, or a smooth blow-dry look effortless. Of COURSE, I didn’t have to chemically straighten my...

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Anna Cofone’s work with Lana Del Rey

I first met the super talented Anna Cofone in the days when she assisted the legendary hairdresser Sam McKnight at the shows. I had no idea that I’d been admiring her work for some time without even realising- for she’s been doing Lana Del Rey‘s hairstyling for, well, pretty much everything ever since Lana blew up with her beautifully melancholic single Video Games. Anna got in...

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Global Neighbourhood Hair+Beauty Supplies

Thandie and I often discuss a particular type of large hair and beauty supply store, usually Asian-run, that seem to be found on the perimeters of most city centres in many of the countries we visit. They’re the jam-packed, no-nonsense kind, with ranges of hair and beauty goods designed especially for ethnic communities who are presently not catered...

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My Fitness in The Big Apple by Amerley Ollennu

With over 10 years experience in the field of beauty and lifestyle journalism, Amerley Ollennu has built a reputation for intelligent, creative, and award-nominated writing and has a real knack for capturing the Zeitgeist-that’s why we got her to live-tweet for us when we did a panel at Selfridges on diversity in the beauty industry which she then...

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Edible Gardens LA

Love Thandie I want to share this email with you, from my dear friend Lauri Kranz. Lauri is an angel whose feet touch the ground. Our friendship was soldered at the Venice Film Festival (her then-husband had produced the movie I was promoting). Dolce Gabanna had lent me a suitcase of clothes, and I asked Lauri if she...

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Eat Yourself Beautiful

I’ve had the amazing good fortune of being a client of naturopath Elizabeth Peyton Jones for a number of years. Her holistic approach to wellness includes nutrition, kinesiology, and vast experience in the power of the mind-body connection. Elizabeth is now focusing her energy on making her wisdom available for all – her first book ‘Eat Yourself Young’...

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Unconventional Canvas: Kione Grandison on Black Hair

We have the pleasure of introducing you to our new features editor Oyin Akande with an inaugural piece on talented young artist Kione Grandison. Whether it is wood, denim, hair or nails, Kiones’ creativity is not limited by materials to mould and paint upon. Oyin has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from King’s College London and is currently...

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Spring into Spring!

Yes the streets of London are dotted with canopies of pink blossom but shall I tell you how I knew that Spring had arrived? I’ve got spots! Or zits as y’all say across the pond. Just when I thought I was too old to get them, the pimples are having a last hurrah, sprouting up like dandelions on a Spring...

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About Me

Thandi Kay

Actress, Blogger & Traveler

Actress Thandie Newton and make-up artist Kay Montano met nearly 10 years ago on a shoot for UK Vogue (see ‘Our First Shoot Together’ post here). Since then a strong friendship has grown out of countless professional collaborations in fashion, beauty, red carpet, on stage and screen.

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