When you think about something of which you’re proud, whether it’s raising a child or getting a college degree, chances are that it involved pushing your own boundaries and struggling to overcome some pretty significant challenges. The same can be said of our sense of self-esteem and personal identity. Often, it’s the very things over which we obsess that are, in reality, the features that make us unique and truly beautiful. As such a visible signifier of identity, attitude, and self-expression, hair is a common focal point for the struggle to embrace our most authentic selves.
We wanted to explore the connection between hair and identity with a project we’re calling ‘I’m an Original.’ Working with Portrait Photographer Carolyn McCarthy, we are documenting the personal hair journeys of some of the inspiring and amazing individuals whom we serve. Through these intimate and moving narratives, we hope to encourage further understanding and acceptance of one another and ourselves. Each month we’ll feature a new individual as they share with us what makes them an Original.
Charnika, a Detroit-based Youtube Vlogger known as ‘Charyjay’, is our first subject. She shares some of her personal hair journey in our first video. We hope you’ll watch, comment, and share what makes you an Original!