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photoblog image N.Kama ' Hairdo #1'. New York 2007

N.Kama ' Hairdo #1'. New York 2007

Something Different again : ) . Hairstyling is something I love to do, cos it's so much fun for me. As a little girl I practiced a lot with my dolls as I watched my hairstylists do mine, but never got it right. However, I still continued. I played around with my sisters hair, was getting better as I practiced often. I improved more in my high school days, we had to do each others hair in our senior days, every week a new hairstyle is assigned….so by the weekend we are all doing each others hair to look fresh with the new style for the following week. Each weekend I did at least 2 – 4 of my friends' hair… sometimes 2 when I so lazy…LoL… so with this it built me up learning more on different styles, and techniques.

Today, beside my job I make good money for it (Hairstyling). This photograph you see is of a client who came to me a few months ago and the name of this hair style is called "Loose Braids" which took about 4-5hours for me to finish. Loose Braids is a modern type of braid we wear, even though it's been known in the past...it's back in trend. I captured this even before I thought of looking into photography as a hobby. I mean, I record a few hairstyles that I do to show other clients but most clients that come to me, hear about me or see my work on another client and are interested. I think hairstyles are a form of artwork. So I'm starting this series of mine as another artwork of which I will be posting occasionally. Actually, the reason why am spirited about this posting is because of J.D Okhai Ojeikere.

About J.D Okhai Ojeikere: Ojeikere is a famous Nigerian Photographer who recorded different Nigerian traditional hairstyle of women (Plaited, braided naturally or with extensions, threaded up..etc) in their unique form of self-expression between 1968 – 1985, for over 30years to be precise. In Ojeikere's pictures hair reveals its sculptural uniqueness…plain, classically composed photographs that exhibit solely to the artistry of Nigerian hairstyling as a sheer play of forms-minimal, abstract, ephemeral afrotecture artworks. His artwork is known as a masterpiece from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Fifty One FA Photography and other places.  Click on links to know more about Ojeikere.

J.D OKHAI OJEIKERE.   EXHIBITIONS.   HAIRSTYLES.   MORE.

N.Kama ' Hairdo #1'. New York 2007

Something Different again : ) . Hairstyling is something I love to do, cos it's so much fun for me. As a little girl I practiced a lot with my dolls as I watched my hairstylists do mine, but never got it right. However, I still continued. I played around with my sisters hair, was getting better as I practiced often. I improved more in my high school days, we had to do each others hair in our senior days, every week a new hairstyle is assigned….so by the weekend we are all doing each others hair to look fresh with the new style for the following week. Each weekend I did at least 2 – 4 of my friends' hair… sometimes 2 when I so lazy…LoL… so with this it built me up learning more on different styles, and techniques.

Today, beside my job I make good money for it (Hairstyling). This photograph you see is of a client who came to me a few months ago and the name of this hair style is called "Loose Braids" which took about 4-5hours for me to finish. Loose Braids is a modern type of braid we wear, even though it's been known in the past...it's back in trend. I captured this even before I thought of looking into photography as a hobby. I mean, I record a few hairstyles that I do to show other clients but most clients that come to me, hear about me or see my work on another client and are interested. I think hairstyles are a form of artwork. So I'm starting this series of mine as another artwork of which I will be posting occasionally. Actually, the reason why am spirited about this posting is because of J.D Okhai Ojeikere.

About J.D Okhai Ojeikere: Ojeikere is a famous Nigerian Photographer who recorded different Nigerian traditional hairstyle of women (Plaited, braided naturally or with extensions, threaded up..etc) in their unique form of self-expression between 1968 – 1985, for over 30years to be precise. In Ojeikere's pictures hair reveals its sculptural uniqueness…plain, classically composed photographs that exhibit solely to the artistry of Nigerian hairstyling as a sheer play of forms-minimal, abstract, ephemeral afrotecture artworks. His artwork is known as a masterpiece from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Fifty One FA Photography and other places.  Click on links to know more about Ojeikere.

J.D OKHAI OJEIKERE.   EXHIBITIONS.   HAIRSTYLES.   MORE.

comments (52)

awesome. great hair work.
the composition i think is one of your best.
Nacha Kama: Thanks Buddy!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 01:39
I have a feeling I'm gonna get my education, NaCha! grin Good for you.
Nacha Kama: Whatever you decide Granny....i trust that you would make a good decision. Thanks for stopping by as usual....I appreciate you!
That is soooooo cool. I love it. Great composition and the tones, as always, are great.
Nacha Kama: Thanks Michael
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 24 Sep 2007, 03:09
Wow! That is a lot of work to do !
Nacha Kama: It is alot of work to some others...to me i have fun with it and in no time am done. That took like about 5hrs to do wink I forgot to include that in my commentary.
Thanks for stopping by Sidney
  • crash
  • NYC
  • 24 Sep 2007, 03:34
nice 'do ! cool lighting ...
Nacha Kama: Thanks Crash! I guess party is over now...hehehe
  • Ofon
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 04:15
Real nice n neat....artistry is ur stuff. U need to hook me up ASAP
Nacha Kama: No Whala Lady...see you soon. wink
No doubt this is a great piece of work ( Hair style ) By now, if not for the distance between us, Skee would be ringing your bell. smile

I like the fact that the picture is in b/w, which gives it very nice toning.

I would have loved to see a scenario that also had a front view and maybe a back view arranged side by side.

The top of the hair do is cropped off, is that intentional? A looser crop, i.e more space around the subject in this case would I feel enhance this photograph.

Btw, how long did this style take you to do? Looking closely at the ends of the single braids they are very neatly done, This shows very good finishing. smile

Keep up the good work smile
Nacha Kama: Like i said Mr. I took this even before I thought of Photography as a hobby...I would have gotten better shots if it now...wink. It took about 4-5 hrs to finish. You know so much about braids huh?...hmmmm I will braid ya and frame ya...so hold on to that smile
Thanks for pointers. 'ppericate 'em
  • Fia
  • Sweden
  • 24 Sep 2007, 06:39
wow, cool hair!! Makes a really nice image...
Nacha Kama: Thanks alot Fia!
  • Manuela
  • Germany
  • 24 Sep 2007, 07:28
Stunning hairstyling work!
And you caught it perfectly with your camera, SUPERB! wink
Nacha Kama: M3Rci Manuel.
Good work Nacha..on both the hair and the photo. I have seen J.D's work in a few books.
Nacha Kama: Thanks E. Awesome works his got.
Wow, nice bw! Good shot with an interesting angle.
Nacha Kama: Thank You Josef
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Sep 2007, 08:06
This is a great shot. I have a friend with a similar style, takes forever to wash and restructure.
Nacha Kama: LoL.
Thanks Tracy.
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 24 Sep 2007, 08:16
Girl you are multi -talented !!!
Nacha Kama: Thank You so much DEAR!
  • Grard
  • France
  • 24 Sep 2007, 10:16
Excellent cadrage et traitement du N&B, j'aime beaucoup.
Nacha Kama: M3Rci Gerard.
Good work for the both, photo and hair ;-)
Nacha Kama: Thanks so much Philippe.
  • kalyan
  • India
  • 24 Sep 2007, 11:18
WoW...thats a great shot...love the composition!
Excellent Creative Work!
Nacha Kama: Thanks alot Kalyan.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Sep 2007, 11:35
You have many talents. And if I read about the Okhai fella - there is some opportunity for you. Go get them.

Great picture showing off the hairstyle.
Nacha Kama: Thanks for encouraging me Mr.L
Glad you like.
you keep amazing me
Nacha Kama: Thanks Gentse. Am Glad I do....smile
  • Ronald
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Sep 2007, 13:37
Wow, quite a lot of work I guess, making this kind of hairstyles!
Great capture too,
Nacha Kama: Yes Ronald. But I have fun while i do
Thanks alot!
hey, this is awesome... you've got many good eggs in ur basket! smile how long did it take to do that, pal! smile
Nacha Kama: Hey Pal,
It took about 4-5hrs to do! thanks for stopping by anyways!
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Sep 2007, 14:22
so you handle a comb and scissors as well as you handle your camera! very cool indeed. all the best. mal
Nacha Kama: U forgot to include the Blow Dryer too hehe...I'm in love with both combo mal. Thanks for your wishes
  • Amir
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Sep 2007, 14:56
Beautiful crisp shot with nice lighting.
Nacha Kama: Thanks Amir!
  • don
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 16:24
A fabulous very specialized portrait. Interesting commentary and reference to this famous photographer. Nicely done.
Nacha Kama: Thanks Don, Glad you too out time to read my commentary.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2007, 16:38
Brilliant piece of work and the high key photograph does it justice. reminds me of the best of David Bailey's early work. Talent!
Nacha Kama: "David Bailey" will look him up...Thanks alot!
That must take a lot of time and patience, cool shot!
Nacha Kama: Yes, one must have patience to do this type of hair do....
Thanks for stopping by.
la qualité des tons que tu utilise est merveilleux!
Nacha Kama: Remercie l'alot
  • Nick
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 16:44
WoW! How long does this take to do?
Nacha Kama: 4-5hours for me
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 17:10
Well that is certainly a crazy hairdo! How long does it take to do something like this? It looks amazingly intricate.
Nacha Kama: M3Rci Martin.
Abot 4-5hours for me.
what a portrait, great shot! I love the scenario - cool show!
Nacha Kama: LoL...Thanks!
whew - that looks like a lot of work. Beautifully done tho And you created quite an interesting shot by not showing their face.
Nacha Kama: Thanks Lady!
  • Otto K.
  • Atlanta, United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 18:05
Strong image. Nice.
Nacha Kama: Thanks Otto.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 24 Sep 2007, 18:25
Wow ! Let just me say "WOW"... No voice to tell anything else !
Nacha Kama: LoL! Thanks Roland...
  • henri
  • France
  • 24 Sep 2007, 18:25
La coiffure est magnifique! Je ne sais pas comment elle tient ;-)
Nacha Kama: Merci pour le commentaire sur la coiffure. On l'a tenu avec des prolongements
Unbelievable!
Michael
Nacha Kama: Thanks for stopping by Michael. smile
Looks great! You are really good at it. Nice shot...
Nacha Kama: Thanks Marianne.
Great photo of a very artistic and skilful stylist. You must have great patience.
Nacha Kama: Thanks alot!
  • jelb
  • France
  • 24 Sep 2007, 18:48
Bonsoir,
Your link is below my last photo ! smile
Nacha Kama: Oh WoW!
Thanks so much for putting the link of my blog on your blog...how thoughtful...I appreciate alot. M3Rci
  • jump
  • France
  • 24 Sep 2007, 19:20
Great processing, and incredible hairs smile))
Nacha Kama: Thanks Alot!
  • Ladybug
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 19:35
Wow, this really is beautiful art! I used to love doing my dolls' hair, too. smile
Nacha Kama: Was fun wasn't it?
Thannks alot!
Wow - Beautiful management of lights and frames !
Nacha Kama: M3Rci Zeb!
  • Yannick
  • France
  • 24 Sep 2007, 21:49
nice shot smile Good night Yann
Nacha Kama: NaNa Nite Yann
Thanks for visiting...
Wow! So impressive style!
Nacha Kama: Thanks alot!
If you hadnt said you took this a while a go, I would have thought it was another excellent recent portrait, which seem to be getting better by the post.
Nacha Kama: Thanks for stopping by
The pride of the African woman. Like this smile
Nacha Kama: Na so oh! Glad you like smile
OK, the shot is ok, but I'm sorry I cannot see her face.
Shame.
Wow! Great work!
  • elaine
  • France
  • 25 Sep 2007, 16:56
this is realy cool, classy shot and white surrounding!
  • jezblog
  • New York City
  • 25 Sep 2007, 21:22
Cool pic.... the direct flash makes for great shine and contrast in the hair.... nice one both on the hair and the pic!

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXX
  • alex
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2007, 20:56
Great toning and composition. Losing the eyes gives a sense of mystery
Great hairstyle and pose, althought I have to say that I don't care too much for the shadow line on the right.
Good shot me lady.
Way to long to sit for getting your hair done! But the result is quite spectacular.

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