You know, sometimes you wear your hair and you don’t really feel like yourself or it’s really not right. I felt really at home, I felt regal. And that’s something I like to capture with all the braids that I do freestyle. I always want it to be different, but I also want to show black people for the gods that they are. Not that just black people are gods, but I think everyone has a divine spark in them. I think that [divine spark is] not anywhere outside of yourself. Everyone has to start with the divine within and I really want to capture that with the braids that I do. I like to incorporate cowrie shells in my work as well, and they add to that idea of regality. Cowrie shells were used as currency at one point, so to me it represents creating my own value system. Money is valuable just because we believe in it; it really has no value outside of the paper and cotton fiber and ink that’s on top of it. So, this is just a way to declare my own value.


Tahirah Hairston is a style writer from Detroit who likes Susan Miller, Rihanna's friend's Instagram accounts, ramen and ugly-but cute shoes.