Published on Thursday November 15th, 2018 by Afrocks

Afro And Natural Hair Representation Matters

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Photo credit: Fiona Whyte Photography

For some, it has been a long time coming…for others, it is a shock to the eyelids! We like to think of it as ‘Afro Inception’. Out of nowhere (it seems) melanin magic is hitting the mainstream. You don’t have to be well read to know the importance of having your own beauty reflected in what you see in the media, and we are in a time where Afro is doing the most YAAASSSSSSSSS! Growing up, many of us did not have this amazing experience of seeing people on TV that looked like or represented our beauty, so this not an over reaction, this is curl appreciation at it’s finest.


Oti Mabuse

Photo credit: Fiona Whyte Photography

To our knowledge, Oti is the first and only black female professional dancer on BBC’s Strictly (not including background dancers). We love the way she is able to switch her style and show you can enjoy your natural hair and protective styles equally. Recently, she has been showing her #nofilter natural hair during their training sessions on the show, to that, we say #bbbrrrraaaaapppppp


Vick Hope

Photo credit: Insanity group

We don’t know how the Strictly judges were able to focus on Vick’s feet when all we could see was hair! Curls, curls and more curls…and then some more. The TV and radio presenter provides style inspiration for those of you with big hair – no need to straighten it, no need to tie it up. All you need to do is get your curls poppin #ReleaseTheLioness


Petula Langlais

Photo credit: Mirror

Ok ok, we know Petula was not on the show (her hubby, actor Danny John-Jules was competing) but when she was filmed in the crowd we could not help but notice how amazing her hair looked. Now you know Strictly is a formal affair but Petula gave them Regal! #Queenin


Finger snaps and chest pumps for this years X-factor contestants! Love or hate the show, you cannot hide from the style overload.

Shan Ako

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So, whenever Shan from Croydon walks onto the X-factor stage we find ourselves doing the Wakanda salute! From her inspirational earrings to her head wraps, she just oozes black beauty. Every weekend, not only is she smashing it with her great voice – she is ALSO showing the world that Afro is classy, beautiful and winning!


Olatunji Yearwood

Photo credit: Queenzofficial

Listen people, this man brought soca and style to ITV. While most were looking at his yellow suit we were all up in his mohawk locs. He had the cheek to up his fleek game by adding colour to his frontal locs. Swag all the way from Trinidad & Tobago!



Photo credit: TellyMix

Duo Stephan Benson and Jeffrey Okyere recently left the competition (boooo) but not before offering major style inspiration for the fellas.


Dalton Harris

Photo credit: Starbroeknews

Dalton is officially a quadruple threat; handsome, vocally ridiculous, that hair…and that hair (we gave him props twice for those curls).


Janice Robinson

Photo credit: Titopulpo

The queen of dance tunes may not have any hair but she represents and does so with such grace. Reminding us to adorn ourselves, be bold and expressive. Love it! Love it!


Armstrong Martins

Photo credit: Mirror 

These braids complimented Armstrong and show the importance and artistry in parting afro hair. Well done and thank you Armstrong, you and your braids!  


Acacia & Aaliyah

These girls have been showing the ‘big people’ how it’s done. So young, so talented, so brave and swimming in confidence; style savvy without apologies. Acacia is 15 years old, performing on TV with short natural hair. Consider, so many of us at 15 would not even leave the house unless we had passed the straighteners through our hair. We also went nuts when the girls revealed matching hair colour.


Charlene White 

One of our favourite newsreaders, Charlene is always representing in style. We are all used to her sleek and straight styles, however we are seeing a change of late 🙂 Recently she has been sporting her own hair and from what we can see, there appears to be a change in texture…as in less or little straightening…Is Charlene going natural? Even if she is just taking a break she sports a great transitioning style for those that don’t like additional hair.  


Jessica Creighton

Newsreader Jessica, educating the BBC viewers on Senegalese twists. Previously, black women with protective styles in the media had a tendency to, let’s say, ‘neglect them’ (mentioning no names at all #ShadeFree). We love that Jessica showcases the style in all its beauty; neat, shining and with even twists. Believe us, this is a Big deal.


Clara Amfo

Photo credit: BBC

Clara, we salute and bow at the same time! Flying the flag for Afro, the radio presenter always shows creative, bold ways of styling. From her cropped styles to long twists to space invading afros – she encourages us to embrace all that is different or unique about ourselves.


Dr Zoe Williams

Photo credit: NewsFromWomen

Dr Zoe has hair that is a tonic in itself! Have you in your lifetime ever seen a TV doctor that looks this amazing #TalkTheTruth



Sidney Sloane & Cat Sandion

Photo credit:mumazine

Let us put it out there, this man should be Sir Sidney for his contribution to services entertaining our children. As the longest serving Cbeebies presenter, him and his locs are well known to children EVERYWHERE.
Fellow presenter Cat, always has her curls poppin even when in character for the Cbeebies theatre productions (you ever seen a curly haired tinkberbell?)


Miranda Sarfo Peprah

Photo credit: IMDB

Definitely saved the best for last. This young lady plays Sam in the Cbeebies show, “Apple Tree House”. Even her animated character comes complete with 2 strand twist and bobbles #Awwww I do believe some of us got misty eyed when we watched an episode of the show which was focused on Sam’s hair (it caught me off guard, ok!) Not only was it great to showcase the beauty of afro hair but it was poignant watching the other children be educated about Sam’s hair #TeachThemYoung

This list, although small, brings so much joy and evidence of progression. We just know 2019 will see even more people embracing their Afros and we are so ‘hair’ for it!

If you need to find and book skilled mobile afro hair stylists and locticians in London head over to our website afrocks.com


Hello! My name is Simone, I am Hair & Business manager at Afrocks. I am a London-based self-taught natural hair stylist and braider. Available for booking across London on Afrocks.com
You can also review my work on my instagram page Hairpassion UK
Want to say hello? catch me on simone@afrocks.com.

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