We all have those friends in our lives that just make us want to be a more fabulous version of ourselves. I’m blessed to have a few of them in my own. But a few weeks ago, I was reminded just how fierce my inner circle is when I spotted Sophia, my roommate and one of my best friends of over 10 years, on the cover and in the pages of Sophisticates Black Hair Magazine.
Before blogs even existed and prior to the first hair tutorial ever making its way onto YouTube, the place all of us curly girls turned to on a monthly basis to learn about the latest trends in the hair industry was Sophisticates Black Hair. And now my roommate is amongst the SBH beauties. I’ve always adored Sophia’s overall style. Watching her tend to her curly strands when we were just freshman in the college dorms at USC was one of the things that really helped me appreciate the versatility of black hair. Clearly Diadem Salon in Philadelphia realized it too, because master stylist Shemeka Smith-Spriddle asked Sophia to be her model for this gorgeous hair feature. This look was achieved with custom color and a good-ol bantu knot out.
Photography: Karim Muhammed