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The Secret Politics of Hair


Shining a light on the many nuances of daily discrimination inflicted on women of colour, these powerful artworks were created by Alexis Tsegba to accompany an article that explores the price of having black hair in a white world. 

Featured in The Economist, this piece exposes the lifecycle of trauma experienced by Black women on a universal scale. As young black children, girls learn that to be beautiful means having “good hair” that is easily managed, maintained, and controlled. This is further taught in the workplace, where the CROWN act is still not universally recognised.


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Despite the Black hair business being worth billions of dollars… prejudice persists, wreaking havoc on holistic wellbeing and shattering self-image.

From the anxiety and embarrassment experienced at failing the ‘comb test’ to the disapproval and policing of natural hairstyles within corporate and professional spaces, embracing our true selves often comes at great personal and/or professional cost.


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