Style File: Ethnic Priority

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Happy Black History month to my American and Canadian readers (“,). In the UK Black History month is in October… not sure why its different here but it is.

Anyway, as a result of the ‘season’ there have been loads of posts and articles across the internet centred around Black History. There are so many elements I could touch upon, but being a style blog, I decided to dedicate this post to the hair.

For centuries hair has been a major thing within the black community; and many different styles and techniques have influenced western trends in recent years. A big trend at the moment are cainrows (cornrows as some call it), celebrities from Kylie Jenner to Rihanna are sporting them like its ‘the next big thing’ or something new. Truth is, ‘women of colour’ (even some men) have been donning that hairstyle for decades, its not new, its just become ‘trendy’.

Another hairstyle that became a trend are what we call Bantu Knots, these are what I have in my hair in these images. The likes of Marc Jacobs featured them during the SS’15 fashion week, however, they were wrongly called ‘mini buns’. This miss information on the name of the style, as well as the lack of information given on what influenced the style; got a lot of people’s knickers in a twist. Bantu Knots originate from Southern Africa with the Zulu tribes, so today I wanted to pay homage to my fellow Africans with this bold and beautiful hairstyle.

If you are unfamiliar with the style and would love to try it out, here is a guide on how to do Bantu Knots. I added extensions to my hair to make it longer and fuller, giving me the ability to make my Bantu Knots really large.

Hope you have an amazing week Sugars!

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Shoes: Miss Guided – Jacket: Primark (similar here and here) – Dress: Miss Guided (similar here and in rust here )

Photo taken and edited by: J’ara Ami

Smooches, love and fabric xxx

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