I Can’t Stop Watching This Video Of Lupita Nyong’o Braiding Hair

July 1, 2014  |  

Surely, by now you’ve seen this beautifully done, short documentary style video Vogue produced of Lupita Nyong’o braiding parting and styling her friends hair. It’s on all the black websites. And honestly, since it was everywhere I wasn’t going to post it here because it was a scene we’re all–or most of us are familiar with.

Many of us can remember a time we sat in between somebody’s legs or in the elevated salon chair and had someone work magic on our heads. It’s something we take for granted forgetting that this really is a beautiful ritual and, as Lupita’s narrative illustrates, one of our connections back to the motherland.

And I particularly like what Lupita said:

“Braiding just tells a story…Your hair is your frame if you jack someone’s hair up, the world sees it. For me, braiding hair is an intimate thing. It’s getting up close and personal and I like to do it for people that I know and love and trust.” 

So, if you’re like me you’ll watch this video again and again, noting the texture, colors and even elegant smoothness of Lupita’s voice as she maintains a time-honored, African and African diasporic tradition.

 

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