Allow us to introduce you to Danish-Somali photographer, Amaal Said who is only 20 years old but already an international sensation. She has documented various African women on her Instagram account and her portrayal of African women is quite empowering. We love how her pictures are so dynamic and depict women of colour in such a unique manner! Check out the hair poetry through the lens of Amaal Said.
Braids have been deep rooted in African culture and have been worn by African women for centuries. Often used to express kinship, religion, ethnicity and status in the olden days, today braids have today become a style statement. These jumbo box braids can make every woman look nothing less than an African goddess and Amal does poetic justice by capturing the natural movement and light weightedness of these braids in her pictures. This picture pushes us to try this style with Darling One Million Braids.
With the ongoing natural hair movement, that beautiful natural afro is finally garnering its much deserved attention. Amaal captures African women who have been blessed with lovely coily hair and rock those curls with a voluminous afro! If you’re donning braids at the moment and want to switch things up, give your hair a break from styling of any kind. Why not give the afro a try! A natural ‘fro does great to frame your face and leave you with a new look. Make sure you DC regularly with Profectiv Mega Growth Deep Conditioner.
While the head wrap seems ideal for the days when you’re running late or on those days when managing your hair is the last thing you want to do. Amaal’s collection of images are proof that a head wrap has a lot more history to it! Originally used by African women to protect their locks against environmental damage and harsh conditions, the head wrap today is the perfect style accessory! And may we say it is a super easy alternative too!
Amaal’s photographs also show how the pineapple hairstyle has come to be quite popular among African women. It is quick, easy and offers so much protection to their naturally kinky hair. We love how Amaal has captured the essence of the hairstyle in this picture. Although the model has worn the pineapple hairstyle with dreadlocks, you don’t necessarily need the dreadlocks!
Those make shift pig tails are super chic! Beauty is all about self-expression and creativity and that includes using a headscarf when in doubt about which hairstyle to pick, but of course in a creative way. To achieve this look, all you need is a long scarf and all but five minutes. The key is to separate your hair into two sections, place the scarf in line with your forehead, both ends in line with your hair on either side, then instead of bunching it together, coil them upwards and just knot it together close to your ears. Voila! And you’re all set!