Texture Diaries is an area for Black folks throughout industries to mirror on their journeys to self-love, and the way accepting their hair, in all its glory, performed a pivotal position on this course of. Every week, they share their favourite hair rituals, merchandise, and the most important classes they’ve discovered on the subject of affirming their magnificence and proudly owning their distinctive hair texture.
MoAnA Luu makes doing all of it appear easy. The New York-based, Martinique-born World Chief Content material and Artistic Officer at Essence Ventures oversees manufacturers like ESSENCE, Afropunk, Naturally Curly, and Ladies United. She’s additionally the founder and inventive director of ManLuu (creole for Madame Luu), a jewellery model impressed by Luu’s Creole tradition.
“I began [ManLuu] as a result of initially I needed to gather items and placed on an exhibit about Creole jewellery, as a result of I’m so obsessed with my tradition,” Luu tells Vogue through Zoom. “However as I used to be discovering the items for this, I spotted how a lot folks would find it irresistible and thought to begin making my very own.” Luu ultimately plans to develop ManLuu into a life-style model that may embody furnishings and residential decor.
Amid every busy day managing a number of initiatives, Luu makes time for self-care and haircare, from fluffy curls and glossy twists to braids and silk presses. However she didn’t all the time discover pleasure in her hair. “I simply bear in mind taking good care of my hair was a really disagreeable course of… it was simply numerous work,” she says. “I relaxed my hair actually early on [at age 10] as a result of it was simpler to handle on the time.” As she grew up, she started experimenting extra. “I received bangs. I dyed it each shade,” she remembers. At 23, she determined to cut all of it off. “I bear in mind the motion the place folks began changing into extra accepting of all textures,” she remembers of what made her really feel empowered to make the drastic change. “Slicing my hair off actually helped me to embrace my authenticity,” she says. “Although I develop it actually lengthy now, shaving it helped me to not be afraid to chop it once more.”
Lately, Luu takes a minimal warmth method. “I attempt to not use [heat] in my on a regular basis life, except I’m getting it minimize or in a photoshoot.” Luu washes her hair as soon as every week, utilizing merchandise from Alodia haircare. “I really like them as a result of they specialise in scalp care. Caring for my scalp is what helps my hair develop,” she explains. Her favorites from the road embody their Hair Cream, Warmth Fashion Cream, and the Deep Conditioning Masque. RegenePure’s Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner is one other favourite.
Other than discovering the appropriate hair merchandise, Luu has discovered that “loving your hair is like loving your soul,” she says. “It’s embracing who you’re. It’s okay to interrupt the mould and rejoice your variations.”