Hair love for Halifax

Halifax's natural-haircare community sets the records straight on the art, science and history of braiding


Nadine Sparks, owner of Unity Hair & Esthetics, will showcase looks at the event. - SUBMITTED
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  • Nadine Sparks, owner of Unity Hair & Esthetics, will showcase looks at the event.

The Braid Couture Art Show
Feb 15, 8 pm
Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street)

From ombré hair to pastel colours, hair trends come and go. But braids, from cornrows to the French variety, have long been a hairstyle staple across cultures.

Tara Lynn Taylor is organizer of the Braid Couture Art Show, happening this Saturday at the Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen Street) and she wants to broaden everyone’s understanding of braiding and textured haircare. “It’s for us,” she says of the event, “but it’s also for non-Black people, so they can see we have our own versatility, we don’t need to look like them.” 

She hopes the event will shed light on the intricate details of textured hair, such as the importance of understanding porosity and density. “There’s a science to it,” says Taylor. “My products are designed in a way that takes the guesswork out of it.”

Taylor is also the owner of Carmalina Naturals, a Halifax-based company that sells natural-haircare products. Along with P3 Hair and Beauty Supplies, she’ll be selling natural haircare products in the venue lobby.

Stylist and creator of Braids By Tasha, Natasha Stephenson, will be braiding on Saturday night along with with her 12-year-old daughter, Na’siya. Stephenson believes the event will encourage more people to get educated about different types of hair and hairstyles.

Stephenson says she’d like the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia to place more emphasis on braiding. “It's not only Black folk that can braid,” she says. “There’s white people, there’s Asian people that may want to learn or already know how to do it. Taylor even points out that white parents of bi-racial children may benefit from better understanding how to care for their kids’ hair.

This show will also showcase local fashion designers, such as clothing by Hilary Taylor Sears, Hologram Designs and purses and bags by Jaziel Ugbebor. There will also be theatrical, musical and dance performances.

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