Many people who have grown up in Australia with curly or afro hair have been told in schools and workplaces that their hair in its natural form is unacceptable. Some have even had their hair described as “wild”.
For people of diverse backgrounds, whose hair is a part of their identity, such words can weigh heavily on their sense of self.
Producer Karishma Luthria spoke to school students, graduates, business owners and changemakers to find more about their individual journeys to accepting their natural hair in a society where beauty standards have a history of eurocentrism.
Nii Laryea Tetteh, owner of NLT Carpentry and Construction
Rumbie Mutsiwa, founder of Rumbie & Co
Zarah Garbrah, senior stylist at Rumbie & Co
Ashoc, Esther and Tahsharn, students
Donna, Tahsharn’s mum
Rupert Vyvyan Kenrick Pope and Giles Edward Palmer, Wake Up
Grayson Voltaire and Rupert