Laetitia Ky The Queen of Natural Hair

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Laetitia Ky doesn’t remember her as a child, with natural hair. In family photos, she is always relaxed or braided. On the other hand, you remember it to the last detail “first humiliation”. Arriving at the public college, she, like all girls in Côte d’Ivoire, had to shave her head completely. “We were told that a girl with hair might tempt boys…and teachers,” She said rolling her eyes.

It starts at the age of sixteen, right after the baccalaureate ‘special story’ of her hair. after treating them “Super Chemical Products”Her braids are separated one by one from her head. Her damaged hair is struggling to grow back. Broken, the young woman is looking on the Internet, “Very concerned” Answers and solutions to her hair problems. come across pictures “Natural African Society” Especially black women from pre-colonial, colonial and contemporary times who wear their authentic hair.

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A quick spotting plunger that acts as a “click”. In her room, a business class student at Yamoussoukro overcomes her boredom by reproducing what she sees, “Abstract or geometric sculptures decorated with gold, pearls and mother-of-pearl” These women wear it proudly on their heads. She remains anonymous on social networks, but her first hair sculptures have already been widely shared and elicited many comments from Ivorian netizens. In 2017, she made her braids Intricate first cut By cloning a fixed pair of hands. The photo goes viral and pushes Laetitia Ky into another dimension.

“Technician helps people”

Today, the 26-year-old is considered a hair icon. With 6 million subscribers on Tiktok, 500,000 on Instagram and 100,000 on Facebook, she is the most followed Ivorian artist on social networks. “At first, I was doing it for the sake of visual beauty, but I realized, inadvertently, that my art helps people,” She explained. She talks about those mothers, mostly African Americans, who told her to persuade their daughter not to straighten her hair thanks to her photos. Testimonials that are then used as fuel for this great pain.

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