Josephine Baker is the subject of today’s Google Doodle. June 3rd, 2017, would have been her 111th birthday. Josephine is best known for being the first African American to become an internationally recognized performer, and the first to headline her own film, Zouzou, in 1934. Today, she remains a defining cultural figure of the period. Jospehine Baker was an activist as well an an entertainer. She was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Baker’s hair also played a major in her brand. Her hairstyle was a crucial component within her constructed aesthetic. She wore it short, straightened and smoothed against her skull, with Medusa-like curls framing her face. She applied egg-white to give it its high sheen and stiffness. In October 1925, at her legendary debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, every jaw in the audience dropped at the sight of it.
FRANCE – CIRCA 1928: Josephine Baker, 1928-1930 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
“Her hairstyle had been done like a Greek boy’s,” recalled Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland, “and pressed into her flat black curls were white silk butterflies. She had the chic of Gay Paree.” Josephine Baker went on to become the first African American celebrity to their own cosmetics line.
A hair pomade called Bakerfix, which came in a toothpaste-style tube adorned her image. Josephine Baker marketed hair pomade so that women could copy her famous style. These were early moves within the culture of female African American celebrities extending their brands into hair and beauty businesses.
Today this has fully evolved with celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Wearing a short natural style takes bravery. Many women opt for braids and wigs until their hair gets a decent length.But after a while of wearing hair extensions and your weave repeatedly, your hair needs a break.
Growing out your hair can be a long and tiresome process, and it’s easy to get super excited about it right at the beginning, only to realize it sucks later on when your hair isn’t growing as fast as you’d like it to, and your hair won’t style quite the way you had intended either.
*Tip 1: Get your hair professionally cut and shaped up! There is nothing like a nice cut. And people can tell if your hair has been cut. Your ends look crisp and hair looks healthy overall.That alone is something to take pride in.
*Tip 2: When your hair is freshly shampooed and wet. Play around with styling ideas and techniques. Your hair is much easily played with when it’s wet. You’ll find your locks will easily move, twist, braid and curl into a number of different styles.
*Tip 3: If your hair is already dry and damaged, or brittle from years of heavy hair extension use, using these heated tools won’t help your hair, it’ll just hurt it. Give your hair a break .Depending on how short you go, you won’t need heated styling tools to get the look you want but if you are tempted to grab the hair straighteners, don’t. Use creams,gelee’s,mousse,etc. when doing twist outs and sets,to gain styling control instead.