How “Bel-Air” Highlights the Significance of Hair in Black Tradition

BEL-AIR -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey, Akira Jolie Akbar as Ashley, Olly Sholotan as Carlton, Jabari Banks as Will, Cassandra Freeman as Viv, Adrian Holmes as Phil, Courtney Coco Jones as Hilary -- (Photo by: Kwaku Alston/Peacock)Picture Supply: NBC

The “Recent Prince of Bel-Air” was an iconic ’90s sitcom that, fairly merely, shifted Black tradition. The lighthearted TV show made folks each giggle uncontrollably and shed just a few tears when an episode hit near house. Its affect has grow to be all of the extra obvious within the 25 years because the ultimate season aired, with the characters and storylines nonetheless being referenced today in pop culture. It additionally made huge contributions to the Black beauty trends on the time.

Haircuts just like the “Recent Prince” fade, a high-top fade haircut made widespread by the sitcom, dominated mainstream media for years after its premiere. Ashley Banks (performed by Tatyana Ali) grew to become synonymous with bangs and confirmed the flexibility of the fashion with each season, and Vivian Banks (performed by Janet Hubert) completely captured the quintessential hairstyles that Black folks throughout generations have come to like.

That is why, with the show’s reboot “Bel-Air” dropping on Feb. 13, hair division head Araxi Lindsey wished to pay homage to the unique present whereas additionally introducing the modern hair trends of at the moment.

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After absolutely becoming a member of the sequence mid-season, Lindsey needed to juggle “mimicking the continuity of prior stylists” with naturally displaying the development of every character. Her largest aim for the hair? “I wished to have a good time the evolvement of Afro textured hair,” she tells POPSUGAR. “I had a temper board of that ranged from Janet Hubert to at the moment’s Afro textured girl, dwelling in Los Angeles.”

With that, some key characters within the present would possibly look a bit of totally different than their authentic counterparts (past the actors who play them). “I wished to reintroduce the character Vivian Banks,” she says. “Visually, Aunt Viv performed an necessary position in my life as a younger teen. Viewing a creative, profitable girl much like my mom in complexion on display screen felt reflective. I wished to create that very same imagery for the kids at the moment. Permitting [her hair] texture to visually reveal Aunt Viv’s private progress and evolution as an artist grew to become a private need.”

The Significance of Black Hairstyles and Stylists

Understanding the “Recent Prince” fade’s affect on Black youth within the ’90s, in addition to seeing visible illustration of characters with related pores and skin tones, Lindsey determined to spotlight a sector of hair artists that always go ignored: barbers.

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Male grooming shifted Black tradition. I wished to have a good time Black male hairstyles.

“Male grooming shifted Black tradition,” she says. “The ‘Recent Prince of Bel-Air’ was one of many TV packages showcasing iconic haircuts of that point. Primarily, I wished to have a good time Black male hairstyles. My key hairstylist and barber Tayari Edwards and barbers Micheal Russaw and Robert C. Mathews lll laced our male characters with precision.”

Making a degree to spotlight Black hairstyles and artists is vital to bringing illustration of Black magnificence to the forefront, and the small particulars on TV exhibits, like making the intentional option to fashion pure afro hair versus having characters solely put on extensions, would not go unnoticed.

As for what Lindsey used to create the appears to be like you will see all through the sequence, there was quite a lot of Noggin Oil and Original Blends Styling Gel ($15) on set, plus merchandise from Noggin Oil and Layrite and instruments from Babyliss, Conair, and T3.

Along with her artistry gracing different iconic exhibits like “Black-ish” and “The More durable They Fall,” you realize you may anticipate Lindsey to whip up some hair magic on the set of “Bel-Air.” Fortunately, you solely have to attend just a few extra days to see for your self.



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