In a recent interview with Refinery 29, celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway told the fashion and women's lifestyle outlet that Harrier's hair was an homage to blaxploitation actress Pam Grier, award-winning acting icon Cicely Tyson and music icon Diana Ross.
Harrier plays an activist named Patrice in the latest Spike Lee joint, which is about a black officer infiltrating his local Ku Klux Klan chapter.
The proof is in the pudding. If you scrolled through Redway's Instagram feed, you could get a glimpse of some the looks Harrier channeled. On the first red carpet appearance, Redway styled Harrier after Grier's kickass character Foxy Brown.
Day 1 of #BlackkKlansMan movie 🎥 🍿 press with @lauraharrier. We are Channeling and celebrating some iconic women of color on our press run. Today we are feeling very foxy and start by celebrating the original #foxybrown ....Pam Grier ( Swipe) Styled by : @daniellenachmani Makeup: @ninapark Hair by Me 🙋🏾♀️#HairByLacyRedway #lauraharrier
Redway styled Harrier's hair into cornrows as a way to show her commitment to the natural hair movement.
"More often than not, young people aren’t aware of where things originated from and how important some things are as far as preserving history within a community," she said. "With social media and lack of education, you can easily have braided hairstyles — identity symbols for tribes in Africa — be dwindled down."
Did you know that #CicleyTyson helped inspire the Natural Hair movement in the 1960’s ? She later wore her hair in cornrows in the film #Sounder as a commitment to the character, Rebecca (who she played in the film). As I continue to celebrate the iconic women of color of the past ... #lauraharrier and I celebrate you today with cornrows on our #blackkklansman press day. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Day 2 @lauraharrier x @blackkklansman Film Styled by @daniellenachmani Makeup @ninapark #hairbylacyredway #braidsbylacyredway #braidgang
Not all of the hairstyles came from the 1970s. Some were inspired by the Himba woman in northern Namibia, Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice and Brandy from her time playing the title character on the TV show Moesha.
Most of us remember iconic moments from the 90’s of seeing Janet Jackson with box braids in Poetic Justice or Brandy in Moesha ...but how many of you guys know that Braids can be traced back more than 5000 years ago to about 3500 B.C. ? Braids started in Africa among the Himba Tribe in Namibia Who have been braiding their hair for centuries ( see slide ) . Braids were used to symbolize your tribe , marital status , wealth, or power . Historians have also found traces of box braids on a woman buried in Egypt 3000 years ago . Today we love and wear braids as a protective hairstyle or just because they are beautiful 😊. Tonight at the LA premiere of #Blackkklansman, @lauraharrier celebrate the history and culture of box braids . Makeup @ninapark styled by @daniellenachmani #braidsbylacyredway #hairbylacyredway assisted by @ladawndozierhair #lauraharrier
See Harrier in the Spike Lee-directed film, BlacKkKlansman, currently in theaters.
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