Being Kutowa Design’s Glam Squad

Depending on how long you’ve been following ZedHair you will know it as; a blog chronicling Masuka’s natural hair journey from big chop, a Facebook page, a source of information on hair care through workshops or a business that provides products for natural hair care.

Masuka at the first ever Natural Hair Show, an event that marked the beginning of ZedHair's transition from blog to business.

Masuka at the first ever Natural Hair Show, an event that marked the beginning of ZedHair’s transition from blog to business.

We’ve had a sort of metamorphosis from a one woman hobby to a business run by three women Masuka, Nkem and me, Mwanabibi. We successfully ran the first ever Natural Hair Show in Lusaka in 2013 and have been holding regular workshops and meet ups ever since. We supply natural butters, oils and African black soap to various outlets across Lusaka as well as online at www.shopzed.com.

ZedHair Shea Butter, African Black Soap Shampoo and Mafura on sale at our workshop in March this year.

ZedHair Shea Butter, African Black Soap Shampoo and Mafura on sale at our workshop in March this year.

What you might not know is that ZedHair also provide, personalised, one on one consultation that equips you with the knowledge and products to take care of your natural hair. We work with you to come up with a practical regimen based on your individual hair type.

Fashion Designer Towani Clarke of Kutowa Designs is a long time champion of ZedHair. She featured on the blog when it was in its infancy and has continued to support us through various collaborations.

Last year at Kutowa Designs store. Towani (left) and Mwanabibi showcasing Kutowa Designs hair accessories.

Last year at Kutowa Designs store. Towani (left) and Mwanabibi showcasing Kutowa Designs hair accessories.

Towani is currently working on her next collection and when she reached out to us, we jumped at the chance to work with her again. She has decided that this collection would be a treat to herself for her birthday and she will model all the garments herself for the launch. In true Devil Wears Prada style she has opted to get her very own glam squad together and as well as ZedHair she has asked MaFashio, Zambia’s most stylish siblings, think cutting edge Olsen’s, to style the fashion shoot, Nou Koncept, a fabulous make up artist and Fortress New Media, who you’ll know from our Fashion Yapa Zed competition, earlier this year, to document the whole process from start to finish.

Mwanabibi styling Fashion Yapa Zed's winner Asimbuyu's hair. The image was captured by Fortress New Media.

Mwanabibi styling Fashion Yapa Zed’s winner Asimbuyu’s hair. The image was captured by Fortress New Media.

Towani with MaFashio ladies Sekayi and Khii during our first meeting discussing the concept of the new collection.

Towani with MaFashio ladies Sekayi and Khii during our first meeting discussing the concept of the new collection.

Kapesa of Nou Koncept Make up brainstorming ideas with Towani.

Kapesa of Nou Koncept Make up brainstorming ideas with Towani.

Searching for inspiration.

Searching for inspiration.

When we worked on last year’s special Jubilee collection fashion shoot with Towani we went through the concept, joined forces with a hair stylist and immediately came up with a couple of styles for the models.

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One of the models who big chopped in on the day of this shoot so that we could achieve the popular “shaggy look”.

This hairstyle was a combination of mukule (cornrow), flat twists and an exaggerated ponytail. The model had relaxed hair but we decided to demonstrate some popular natural hair styles.

This hairstyle was a combination of mukule (cornrow), flat twists and an exaggerated ponytail. The model had relaxed hair but we decided to demonstrate some popular natural hair styles.

This was an updo created on braided hair. The same hairstyle can be achieved with locs.

This was an updo created on braided hair. The same hairstyle can be achieved with locs.

This time we wanted to do things differently.

We began with a session on hair types and regimen building to get Towani started on a healthy, systematic approach to her hair care as well as to help determine the type of hairstyles that are achievable for her hair type within the stipulated brief.

Towani and Mwanabibi comparing hair strand thickness.

Towani and Mwanabibi comparing hair strand thickness.

We will go on to choose and test some hairstyles before the final shoot on Towani’s birthday. We will document every aspect of this project and get you all involved in helping to choose the hairstyles before revealing the final collection right here on the interwebs. Social media to be precise.

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One response to “Being Kutowa Design’s Glam Squad

  1. Pingback: Consulting Ba Donna; A holistic approach to styling natural hair | ZedHair·

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