July 2, 2022

Rising up in Harlem, Diarrha N’Diaye spent a lot of her childhood in her mom’s hair salon, the place she was “surrounded by tradition,” as she places it. 

“Black ladies from all around the United States and of all ages would come and get their hair braided,” she says. “I spent most of my after faculty days and weekends there, watching all these ladies are available to speak magnificence and rework with intricate hairstyles.” This instilled in her an appreciation and respect for magnificence’s place in Black tradition — and vice versa.

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