Thando Kafele possesses a clarity of vision for natural hair well-suited to the high priests of the old African religions. Quite simply, he is a revolutionary, a sorcerer who has been engaged in liberating natural hair for 25 years.
His mantra “Natural hair is not just about style; it’s about health” is a reflection of the ways in which his practice is a site for total healing. He follows the long tradition of West African spiritual practices that recognize the head and the crown as sources of the Divine. These spiritual practitioners knew well the significance of the crown; they saw hair as an adornment to the psychic and spiritual energies that protect and nurture the body, and, as such, hair required particular attention by anointed hands.
Kafele’s stylings are imbued with wisdom, meaning, and power; they are only legible to those who have been initiated into the visual politics of the Afro-centric. They are regal signifiers from the African past with messages of ethnic pride. They are meant to be donned unapologetically with dignity.