Textured hair can have so many incredible details to it that it can be challenging to try and capture its beauty. From depth to the overall shape, you’ve got to know exactly what you’re doing to bring it to life in the salon and in images. “I wanted the background of this image to be something that stood out and made you stop and look at the model’s beauty, culture, and features,” explains Jada Jenkins, Sam Villa Ambassador, Mizani Artist and L'amour de Rose Salon Owner @jadajenkinsco, who offers tips for photographing textured hair. Hear more from Jada Jenkins below!
“This piece is actually a unit/wig I created years ago that I had just sitting around the house. I added some soft color to it to give it a slight pop and compliment her skin, and the background is dramatic yet keeps the focus on the model,” says Jenkins. “It’s basically a wash-and-go style brushed out and shaped.”
Tips for Photographing Textured Hair
- Before the shoot, add color and/or highlights to define curls better, so they don’t get lost behind the lens.
- Have a vision, and start styling that vision, but before completing the look, stop and see what it looks like in the lens. Looking at hair in person vs. through the camera can give a totally different perspective.
- When vision and reality are sorted, proceed to styling hair – it could mean continuing to work towards the original vision or pivoting more to what’s really happening on set with the hair.
- Understand when hair has good frizz or bad frizz. Good frizz is when hair looks lived in, but not too perfect…a few hairs out of place are ok, in fact, good. Bad frizz prevents hair from looking done at all…it’s dry and not appealing to the eye.
- Have a tail comb on set to place hair – it’s great for clean, strong parting and maneuvering hair meticulously without touching it too much to create unwanted flyaways.
“I love textured hair because it can be bold and make a statement. I truly believe all hair textures are beautiful and the world needs to see more of it!” she adds.