Celebrity hairstylist Ashanti Lation talks about the healing power of hair care

Texture Logs is a space for black people from all walks of life to reflect on their journey to self-love and how accepting their hair, in all its glory, has been central to that process. Each week, they share their favorite hair rituals, products, and the biggest lessons they’ve learned when it comes to asserting their beauty and owning their unique hair texture.

Behind every iconic hairstyle is an amazing hairstylist. For singer Normani, the talent behind her sleek waves at the Soul Train Awards and the high-end bun she wore to Variety’s Hitmaker Brunch is none other than New Orleans Ashanti Nation. “Normani and his mother contacted me because they heard I was known as a hairstylist in my area,” says Lation, owner of VIP Lux Salon & Hair Boutique and who launched the VIP Luxury product line. Haircare in 2009. “Normani really wanted to thicken her hairline, then she discovered my healthy hair drops. But Lation’s passion for hair started long before she started working with big names. : from the fourth year, she redesigned her cousins.At the age of 15, she began to take on clients.

With a sensitive scalp and eczema, Lation also learned to do her own hair partly out of necessity. “It made things so much easier for me because I knew what was going to irritate me and what wasn’t,” she shares. “I also have type 4 hair, which wasn’t always celebrated growing up, so it was definitely a process of coming to terms with it. But once I realized that’s the only hair I I will never have, it helped me to love them.

Photo: Courtesy of Chris Foster

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