- World Afro Day has been observed on 15 September since 2017.
- The day aims to educate and celebrate Black hair in all its glory.
- Masasa Mbangeni's TWA, Thuso Mbedu's versatile styles and more - World Afro Day is for all curls.
World Afro Day is observed on 15 September, a day dedicated to celebrating our curls and coils in all their natural glory.
In 2017, the first ever World Afro Day was celebrated following Michelle De Leon's exasperation towards the passing of a law that allowed companies to deny jobs to people with dreadlocks. Since then, this day has represented a global statement of change, education and celebration of afro hair, Black culture and identity.
Ntombenhle Khathwane, the founder of AfroBotanics - one of South Africa’s leading brands in natural haircare - says, “Our hair is more than an accessory, it speaks to what is going on in our lives. It lets us know when we are not healthy, it lets us know when we are not okay emotionally and spiritually. Our afro is also about our self-acceptance and sense of self.”
Ntombenhle’s message to afro girls worldwide is: “As queens, our hair is our crown. How we honour and wear our crowns speaks to how we are creating and birthing in the world. We are creators, we birth nations. So, go on queen, hold your head and crown up high, flaunt your magic, you are a change-maker, a creatrix. Your every step is making the world a better place.”
World Afro Day is a special day that aims to make girls and women feel positive about their natural hair. So, we list some of our hair crush celebrities who have worn great afro styles: