Ursula Stephen, her treasured hands, and her TRESemme toolkit struck again just hours after creating hair magic at Maki Oh during New York Fashion Week. The lead for the hair at Studio 189, a brand founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrimah Erwiah in 2013, Stephen is shaping some of the hair trends we expect to see in the coming seasons.

“Having different pieces and extensions gives you options. It’s how I keep it interesting. I’m just making it up today and getting creative with different shapes,” she told ESSENCE. “That’s what I love about natural hair. You can do so many cool shapes and just have fun with it. You can never get bored with creating shapes. {For this show} I’m keeping the cultural aspect of the collection with the hair, and keeping it high fashion.”

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While the glitter colored brows were an impactful part of the beauty look, it was the large and over the top hair that really stood out. There were bantu knots formed out of micro-braids, faux locs twisted into geometric shapes, locs shaped into mushroom cuts, and reverse braids with afro bangs, just to name a few.

“I think the reverse cornrow is so cool I would love it to be everywhere. That’s how you switch it up. You change the direction, play with the parting, and keep having fun with it,” Stephen finished.

And if the hair wasn’t fun enough, the runway show to spotlight it was like a big party in Lagos, or Accra, or Bamako, or Ouagadougou. Erwiah’s West African background shined through in every way, from the prints in the clothing to the representation of the models. We haven’t see this much texture on the runway since, well, Texture On The Runway. It’s a beautiful thing when Black hair in its natural state and any other forms it takes on can be celebrated and highlighted as aspirational beauty.


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