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Empowering Productions: Supporting Models and Actors with Textured Hair
In the world of film, TV, and commercials, where the spotlight is unforgiving, and every detail matters, it’s crucial that every actor or model feels empowered and confident.
For those with textured hair, this can often be a hurdle rather than a given. With narratives emerging from the fashion world, it’s evident that this issue extends far beyond runways.
The Underlying Problem:
For too long, the back rooms of many production sets have lagged in reflecting the diversity seen on the stage. One glaring oversight has been the lack of understanding and expertise in handling textured hair.
This isn’t merely a question of style; it’s a matter of representation, respect, and professionalism.
Black actors and models, among others, have vocalized their experiences – instances where they’ve felt the unease seep in as soon as a hairstylist touched their hair.
This immediate realization that the stylist may not be equipped to handle their hair can be disheartening. It’s not just about a single bad hair day; it’s about feeling overlooked and undervalued in an industry that thrives on visuals.
In the glamorous world of fashion and entertainment, it’s alarming that an issue as basic as hairstyling can become a concern for models with textured hair. It’s not just a whispered issue behind the curtains; it’s being voiced loud and clear.
Even esteemed platforms like Vogue have highlighted this pressing concern.
In a revealing article, Vogue detailed the experiences of textured hair models who felt underserved and, in many cases, had to style their own hair because the backstage professionals lacked the knowledge or tools to do so.
This isn’t just an isolated incident; it underscores a widespread industry challenge that requires immediate attention and resolution.
Consequences of This Oversight:
The repercussions extend beyond individual discomfort. A lack of expertise can lead to long-term damage to the actor’s or model’s hair. But more immediately, brands and productions risk their reputation.
In an era where social media offers real-time feedback, one misstep can lead to widespread criticism, affecting both the brand’s image and the hairstylist’s credibility.
Additionally, when talents don’t feel their best, it can reflect in their performance, diminishing the overall quality of the production.
Shaping a New Narrative
Consider this: Recent data points out that by around 2045, minorities will become the majority in America. This shift underscores that what’s perceived as a ‘niche’ today will soon reflect the mainstream.
As storytelling evolves to mirror our communities, it’s crucial that the diversity we see around us is authentically captured on screen.
So, how can production teams rise to the occasion?
Educate Yourself (The Right Way) and Your Team: Dive Deep into the World of Textured Tresses
First and foremost, defy convention! Textured hair isn’t just a ‘type’; it’s an expansive galaxy of curls, coils, kinks, and waves, each with its unique charm and care needs. Dive into this world with voracity:
Understand the science, the techniques, and the art. Bring in experts who have been in the trenches of textured hair – those mavens who can share their wisdom, mistakes, and successes.
“Sometimes leaders focus on the symptoms rather than then cause” – Ginny Clarke
Did You Know?
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2. Encourage Open Dialogue: Actors and models should feel comfortable voicing their concerns and preferences regarding their hair care. This feedback is invaluable in bridging gaps in understanding and service.
3. Prioritize Hair Health: Using the right products tailored for textured hair can prevent long-term damage. Ensure the availability of these products on set.
4. Audit and Adapt:
Review Hiring Practices: Audit your hiring processes. Are there gaps in expertise, particularly when it comes to textured hair care? By ensuring that your team is well-equipped to handle all hair types, you’re not just ticking boxes but genuinely valuing every talent.
Evaluate Representation Metrics: Take a critical look at your representation metrics. Is there a balanced representation of those with textured hair in both the foreground and background of your productions?
Celebrate Textured Hair: The front of the house may have evolved, but the back of the house also needs adjustment. It’s time to normalize and celebrate the beauty of textured hair in its entirety, ensuring everyone feels seen and valued, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
By acknowledging the issue and actively working towards an inclusive solution, production houses can ensure that every talent, irrespective of their hair type, feels valued, confident, and ready to shine.