Whether a press and curl, relaxer, Afro or weave, the relationship between African-American women and their hair has always been a complicated one.
As the first African-American First Lady, Michelle Obama has encountered her own share of scrutiny over the decisions she makes with her hair.
NPR’s Allison Samuels and celebrity stylist Marcia Hamilton explore the issues of African-American women, hair care, and the influence Michelle Obama has on many women today.
Born in Georgetown, Marcia Guyana ranks among the top celebrity hair stylists. Her clients include Kanye West, Brandy, Vivica Fox, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Paul, Jada Pinkett Smith, Pink, John Legend, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rowland, Minnie Driver, and Serena Williams. Marcia’s radically expressive styles have been seen in editorials for; InStyle, Jane, Flaunt, Essence and ESPN magazine. She works regularly with fashion photographers; Giuliano Bekor, Mike Ruiz, Kwaku, Raquel Olivo, Ellen Von Unwerth, and Chris, Voelker. On many occasions Marcia is enlisted to create make-overs for NBC, HBO, The Today Show, The Ellen Show, ABC and E Entertainment.
The interview is fairly long, but well worth listening to for some great professional insight on black hair in general and how it effects us in the corporate world. I believe all basis were covered with the issues and criticism black women compared to white women face with hairstyle choices, wearing weaves, etc. etc.
Marcia also shares a few beauty tips and digs up a few celebrity secrets 😉 and she also explains why people should back up off The First Lady.
To listen to the interview, click on the video image to the right. Excellent discussion and I agree with everything said.