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Ley Uwera

Updated: Jul 27, 2021

(photographer)


It's all about the Hair

"Women Braiding hair in Bangui, Camp Beal"


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✐ This photo by Ley inspired a story.


How important is hair? I would say Very Important! It is often become part of our identity. It is our personal expression, and a public image.


Many women feel that a bad hair day equals a bad day: when a woman’s hair is too fine, too frizzy, too dry, turning grey or falling out, her self-esteem is seriously affected.


One of the greatest expressions in fashion and style throughout history has always been hair. In art the power of hair is certainly used to great effect, often describing or portraying a character’s hair in such a way that it tells us something about them.


Do you remember your first haircut? I do. I remember sitting in that chair, feeling excitement mixed with fear, and with a doubt. And I was only around 6 years old. I had an exceptional head of hair, and not being able to wear painful braids anymore was very exciting, but as well very uncertain - what if I don't look right? And I was only 6. So there you go - your hair has its own history and its own relationship with you!


If you fancy to explore further how the power of hair was depicted in Falk tales and Legends, visit:


Hair played a very important part in African ancient world. It symbolized a family background, tribe, spiritual believes, even a social status since as early as 15th century.


Until the modern days hair is a very important social activity.


How often do you go to a hair salon, and end up spending as much time there as you can, only because the conversation with your stylist rolls and hits a very personal point. So yes, IT IS ALL ABOUT THE HAIR:)


✐ Nataly Rader



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Rada’s story is so intense. Please keep us updated on her. Praying for her safety while she tells us the stories 🙏🏼

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Nataly Rader
Nataly Rader
15 jul 2021
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Thank you for your support! Will definitely keep an update with the next post sharing Rada's work.

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