Stein was inspired by hairstyles and decided to take a closer look at the hairstyles of kids of Caribbean- and African-descent in her neighborhood, reports the New York Daily News. She features the intricate and often technical hairstyles worn by the children in her photo series Hairdo.
“The purpose of the project was to celebrate charismatic kids with equally charismatic hairstyles,” Stein told the Daily News. “Children are bombarded by images on social media and this syncs into their psyche.”
Some of the hairstyles Stein snapped and included in the photo project are cornrows, Bantu knots, box braids, and buns, which were oftentimes adorned with plastic beads, barrettes, and bows.
After asking parents’ permission, Stein would photograph the children right on the street, with a piece of colored paper serving as backdrop. Since she wanted the children, ages 3 to 8, to be, well, natural, she would instruct them to move as they wished.
“I wanted the children to be in charge, so I asked them to move as they wanted, which resulted in them yawning, hiding, or lavishing in the moment,” Stein said to the Daily News.
The photographer has plans to use the images in a limited-edition photo magazine of 200 copies.
My Fair Hair comments: Hi Ladies, I wanted to share this article because one of the goals of My Fair Hair is to eliminate the idea that natural hair is unpolished and unprofessional. I think once we, as adults, understand this and demonstrate this idea, it will encourage children to love their hair as well. Enjoy!
Check out all the Hairdo images on Stein’s website.