Dija Ayodele’s Afro Hair Heroes

Facialist and thandiekay contributor Dija Ayodele looks at how to keep your hair in top condition this winter. My hair and winter have never been the best of buddies, and how successful my mane comes out of the season is always in direct correlation to the amount of time and product investment I make. In the past, finding the...

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Our first shoot together

I came across Thandie for the first time when she was the teenage love interest in the Australian coming of age film ‘Flirting’, which also showcased 2 other then-unknowns, Nicole Kidman & Naomi Watts. It’s been years since I saw this movie (it came out in 1991) so perhaps I’m describing that particular form of embellishment that can...

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Kay gets Thandie ready for Chanel

Very few brands have the allure of Chanel, and last June, even the most seasoned of guests were in awe as the new flagship store opened in London. Modelled on Mme Chanel’s apartment, designer Peter Marino created the most beautiful environment for a fabulous night of glass-clinking, camera flashing and a chance to get dressed and made-up to...

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Oyin Akande Talks To Lynette Nylander

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...

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Lacy Redway – Standing Ovation!

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. Jourdan Dunn, Amandla Stenberg,  Lupita Nyong’o, Jill...

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Interview with award winning Charlotte Mensah

Charlotte Mensah is an award-winning UK Afro Hairdresser of the Year (2013 & 2014). The success of her Portobello Road salon, HairLounge 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...

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Lui: Anais Mali’s Sexy

French model Anaïs Mali has featured in many editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and many other international titles; she has walked down the runways for Michael Kors, Balenciaga, Jason Wu, and more. It would seem to most that her success in the industry, at the very least, is a confirmation of her widely accepted perfection. Yet, after landing...

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Emeline Talks to Jackie Taiwo of “Melariche”

Melariche (pronounced as ‘Mel-uh-reesh’) came to Jackie Taiwo when finding the right foundation colour for her complexion became incredibly difficult. Less than a year later, the site boasts four makeup brands and six skincare brands. Emeline Nsingi Nkosi speaks to the founder of the future “Sephora for women of colour”. Who is the woman behind Melariche? An African-American woman originally from...

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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.