Contained in the Bronner Bros. Worldwide Magnificence Present 2020

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Since its inception, the hair care business in America has been rooted in the concept that Black hair, in its pure state, is unacceptable. Our great-grandfather Garret A. Morgan, an inventor referred to as “the Black Edison,” was one of many first folks to find chemical relaxers. His firm, G.A. Morgan’s Hair Refiner, marketed merchandise with phrases like “Struggle declared on dangerous hair!” Translation: dangerous = pure. Traditionally talking, relaxers, perms, weaves, and wigs have been utilized with a view to assimilate to white magnificence requirements. However solely Black folks might take the oppressive nature of this ideology and fully reframe the narrative. Nowhere is that reframing extra obvious than on the Bronner Bros. Worldwide Magnificence Present.

Based by brothers Nathaniel and Arthur Bronner in 1947, the Atlanta-based present is the unique mecca of haircare, the place folks of all textures collect to have fun Black hair’s power, magnificence, and flexibility. The primary occasion, attended by roughly 300 folks at a neighborhood Y.M.C.A., is now the biggest multi-cultural magnificence exhibition within the nation. Annually, greater than 30,000 consultants and lovers convene for 3 days to discover new developments, merchandise, methods, and improvements in Black magnificence.

Clockwise from high left: Leia Jones fashions a braided fo-hawk by Tiffany Thames, proprietor of Most important Attraction Hair Studio. Thames is that this yr’s champion of the Bronner Brother’s Weave Competitors; Nail tech Earlene Bushong in self styled bantu knots; Latoria Harris Boggan fashions for her husband Ricky Boggan. The husband and spouse duo are co-owners of Rick B’s Upscale Barbershop and Salon; Mannequin Mary White styled by Jay Slay.

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“The significance of the present lies within the information it supplies and the encouragement and publicity it provides to stylists and homeowners” says Shadida Patterson, proprietor of Distinctive Hair Salon in Bogart, Georgia. She’s been attending Bronner Bros. since 2010. Whereas the commerce present is famend for its suave hair competitions (as seen in Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair), its scope extends far past hair to cowl the whole lot of the sweetness business and consists of hands-on courses and panels for the following technology of stylists, estheticians, and entrepreneurs.

All through its 74 yr historical past, Bronner Bros. has helped Black stylists reclaim the Black hair care business by selling the people who’re pushing the boundaries and inventing new processes, whereas additionally paying homage to the Black brothers and sisters who obtained us right here. (Previous Bronner Bros. audio system embrace Madame C.J. Walker, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr.) Each present provides limitless interpretations of conventional kinds: finger waves forged in sonic blue, cornrows constructed to a crown, and Bantu knots jolted with alluring equipment, similar to our ancestors however with a 21st-century spin.

Future Kilgore fashions a glance by Elijah Cohen.

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As second-year attendee Prisca Ubah informed us, “I used to be amazed by each vendor, the full of life environment, and the Black excellence that stuffed the room! It’s like a celebration of life yearly! It’s actually one thing. I am going to plan to go yearly so long as they’ve it!”

Magnificence present attendee Jasmine Useful styled her personal hair, experimenting with weaving yarn.

Final February, we traveled to Atlanta to {photograph} what could be the ultimate in-person Bronner Bros. present—at the very least for some time. Earlier this month, the corporate introduced that as a result of Covid-19 pandemic it will be presenting the present just about.

Current graduate and and up and coming stylist Prisca Ubah.

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Nakia Griggs fashions Twyling Baugh Rosharon’s look titled “Topped for This” for the Fantasy Competitors. Rosharon of Hair Illusions by Chelle took house second place.

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Attending Bronner Bros. offered us with a uncommon expertise to witness Black hair being honored in ways in which would have been inconceivable throughout our great-grandfather’s period. As twin sisters, with 4a/3c curls, we all know that textured hair is usually a ache level. It’s time-consuming, arduous to handle, and up till lately, its existence has even been regulated. Because of the Crown Act, which the Bronner Bros. has used its platforms to advertise and assist cross, pure hair discrimination in housing, workplaces, and halls of schooling is now unlawful in 7 states. (To finish hair-based discrimination in your state and all through the nation, signal the petition at

LaTesha DeJohnette, a stylist from Jackson, Mississippi fashions a glance by Althia Bell.

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Leah Pierson fashions a side-swept, Ghana braid look by stylist Shadida Patterson, proprietor of Distinctive Hair Salon.

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However what was much more uncommon is that within the Bronner Bros. world, we—Black creatives—have been a part of the bulk. We have been in a position to let our guard down and deal with creating work with out the dangerous creep of racial bias. Our topics wholeheartedly believed in our ability and trusted our imaginative and prescient with none second guesses—a privilege not often afforded to Black ladies.

Dallas based mostly make-up artist, Zaquisha Barksdale is the founder and proprietor of Melanin Uncovered Magnificence Room, a salon-like service that focuses on bringing out the richness of her shoppers pores and skin tones via correct make-up utility.

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The kinds, developments, and coverings offered at Bronner Bros. at all times wind up in mainstream popular culture—from music movies and wonder campaigns to luxurious vogue shows.

Ariel Bone fashions the “Queen Bee” look, styled by Sheleta Smith for the 2020 Fantasy Competitors. Sheleta got here in third place for her artistic ingenuity.

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A few of the appears we captured have been wild, created particularly for the present’s Fantasy hair competitors, some have been profound ruminations on the previous, all have been unforgettable.

​Katherine and Mariel Tyler (aka The Tyler Twins) are skilled photographers specializing in celeb portraits, live shows, and occasion images. 

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