The Hairdresser

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Hair grows through the echo of the past and the movement of the future. The hairdresser is a place of transformation, care, and conflict, where feelings weave like curls and rumours spin on the stool. Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ delves into the intimate story associated with type 4c hair, the tightest curl pattern variation in black hair. This story unfolds through a series of vivid memories: a wide tooth comb, lotion, car rides, an open-air veranda, and a line of recalcitrant little girls. The hairdresser’s tender touch evokes a ritual characterised by both playful pampering and resistance, all accompanied by shared snacks. This intimacy twists an emotional journey from childhood to adolescence, encompassing experiences with hair relaxers, gloves, a bathroom’s sink, wigs, and a motorcycle. Have you heard of the legend of the ghost girl? The voice of Ayọ̀bámi sheds light on how this deeply personal aspect of hair is woven into identity, beauty standards, and the most delicate dreams.

Written by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀. Introduction and outro voiced by Johnny Vivash. Editing and sound design by Tobias Withers. Artwork by Karel Martens. Curated by Justine Gensse. Produced by the Extra Extra team.