The essence of Black girl magic is complex. It lies in our resilience, it's apparent in our resourcefulness, and it shows in our hair, too. Who else can go from a big, fluffy 'fro to a sleek blowout, then back to Marley twists without missing a beat? I'll wait.
If Black girls are magic, then Laetitia Ky, a fashion designer from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, is a magician — but she doesn't use a wand or a top hat. Her mystical tools are simply her hands, her hair, and a few other props. Just take a look at her Instagram, currently followed by nearly 17,000 people. There, you'll see a series of braided hairstyles crafted to look like sculptures. Think: Hands, trees, dancers, an actual continent — and that's just the short list.
"They were giant, and I wondered how you could do that with hair," she says. The sculptures she creates be smaller, but she has Instagram to show them off — and just like her ancestors before her, she now has people in awe at how she manipulates hair the way that she does. Intrigued? Scroll on to see some of her styles — and to get a few secrets behind them, too.