Consulting Ba Donna; A holistic approach to styling natural hair

Kutowa Desgins Glam Squad

Kutowa Desgins Glam Squad

A couple of weeks ago we introduced an exciting project that we have now completed. ZedHair was approached by Towani Clarke of Kutowa Designs to style her hair for a special photo shoot that would launch her latest collection, Ba Donna.

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We decided to take a more holistic approach than we normally would and started by consulting with her about her hair practices and complete hair type before giving her advice on the kinds of products and practices that would work best for her as well as which hairstyles would be most suitable for her hair.

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After working out Towani's hair type we discussed hair styles that would work well for her.

After working out Towani’s hair type we discussed hair styles that would work well for her.

We took into consideration factors such as texture and porosity and encouraged Towani to try Henna as a protein treatment. She absolutely loved it and shared her experience on the ZedHair Forum.

Many of the meetings took place at Kutowa Designs store in Kalundu,  Lusaka.

Many of the meetings took place at Kutowa Designs store in Kalundu, Lusaka.

With the help of regular ZedHair Contributor Naomi Malambo of Kinks n Twists we carried out a hair style test a couple of weeks before the shoot and both we and Towani, the client, were confident about what we wanted to achieve on the day.

The photo shoot took place at Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka, it was styled by MaFashio, Nou Koncept took care of the Make-up and Fortress Media captured the whole process in pictures.

Our studio for the day. A room at the Pamodzi was a hive of activity.

Our studio for the day. A room at the Pamodzi was a hive of activity.

Nou Koncept Make Up

Nou Koncept Make Up

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MaFashio styled the shoot.

Mwanabibi of ZedHair undertook all the initial consultation, working on the concept with Towani and making sure the styling on the day of the shoot was just right. Hairdresser Hope Miyoba plaited Towani’s hair to set it before the shoot and Naturally Sammie who is regularly involved with ZedHair workshops, was part of the styling crew.

Naturally Sammie taking center stage.

Naturally Sammie taking center stage.

Look out for final shots on magazine stands and close ups of the hair on the blog next week.

This project was an absolute pleasure to work on, like Fashion Yapa Zed it was a great opportunity to showcase Zambian talent but it also encapsulated the ZedHair ethos so well, namely to take a holistic, scientific approach to achieving fabulous hair.

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