Seraya is a Surinamese mother living in the Netherlands. Her Instagram page, dedicated to her daughters’ hair, is part celebration part tutorial. Her older daughter, Shanillia, has a kinky texture while her younger daughter, Janelle, has loose curls. The styles she does are a testament to her skill, precision and love for their hair.
It is not uncommon for hair texture to differ from sibling to sibling in black families. Unfortunately it is also not uncommon for a subtle hierarchy to develop, where preference is shown for the looser and presumably “easier” hair texture.
Seraya, however, deftly pivots from Shanillia to Janelle, creating styles that are visually astounding and unique to their textures. Many looks are derivative of traditional African styles.
Whether she intended it or not, Seraya’s Instagram page is a deep affirmation of the beauty of diverse blackness.
Ladies, what do you think of the styles? Check out Seraya’s Instagram account here.