Braids formed into a large silk fan; extra-long, lacquered strips radiating up and out like sunbeams; a twister of platinum, swirling simply so — the imaginative (and infrequently towering) works dreamed up by hairstylist Cyndia Harvey have a means of trying extra like sculpture than hair. “Creativity is a muscle it’s a must to train. It doesn’t simply occur,” says Harvey. And within the power of her work, that reveals.
I grew up in Jamaica. My mom was a hairdresser, so I’ve at all times been round hair. Since I used to be a baby, hair has been an necessary a part of my way of life, spending most evenings in my mom’s salon, and Sundays on the veranda of my childhood dwelling, solar gazing and getting my hair braided.
I began hairdressing professionally after I was 17, in London. I’ve at all times cherished the tactility of hair; I’m fairly a tactile particular person. I like making issues. I like utilizing my fingers. I wish to really feel issues. That is why I used to be drawn to hair from a younger age.
There are issues from my upbringing I incorporate into my work each day. It was the abilities from my early years working in a hair salon specializing in Afro-textured hair that gave me that edge backstage: figuring out how you can work with a large number of textures, expressive artistry corresponding to braiding, and having an expansive imaginative and prescient of the limitless potentialities of hair. I knew issues that nobody else knew how you can do. The very best education was working for years in a Black hair salon.
However the technical a part of hairdressing would not encourage me. I am impressed by telling tales. It is simple to do a extremely slick pony with a middle half. What’s not simple is to make somebody really feel one thing after they have a look at an image. What conversations may occur [from a look]? Hopefully, whenever you have a look at my photos, you get a visceral response, greater than something.
I’ve gone from working within the salon to spending years helping [hairstylist] Sam McKnight, touring, and dealing alone, defining my voice. My work is all about an phantasm. The [glossy, bejeweled] hair at Simone Rocha’s spring 2022 show was closely impressed by the rituals of baptism, wetting the infant’s head. I wished to seize that actual second in actual time — a freeze-frame of water droplets dripping down onto the hair. These runway reveals are very spontaneous and really high-adrenaline.