My hair has always been my identity. When I moved back to east London after spending most of my childhood in the Netherlands, I was different. Everything about me was, from my accent to my hair, but I never let it faze me. I've never been one to tone things down to try and fit in, as you can probably tell. You can’t overestimate the power of good hair, whether I'm on stage or off, it's my armour. It helps me to assume a certain attitude, one that I wouldn't be able to without it. When my hair is done, something just switches.
As for learning about my hair and how best to care for it, my career has afforded me the best education. Plus, access to the best stylists who think and work so creatively, and in turn hook me up with the best wigs and weaves, which is something that I'll never take for granted. I work with my team to ensure my hair is serving me, as an extension of my outfit, my presence and performance. My hair has grown, literally and figuratively, with my career as I've explored new colours, lengths, cuts and styles. The main thing is I just like to have fun with it.
If there’s a wig I’m desperate to wear, we'll style my whole outfit around it. For the video for my single 'Move' for example, we did rainbow braids for the album artwork and a sleek platinum 60s ponytail with loads of hair clips to add edge for the video. The song is a return to my roots so I wanted my look to have a feisty energy about it.
My inspiration comes from all around. From Lil Kim, whose styles and willingness to experiment with colour I love, to my stylist @SnobbStylist who comes up with looks such as this, a 26 inch electric blue wig.
If you hadn't gathered, I'm pretty partial to blue. It's a colour that bolsters my confidence no end, making me feel loud, strong and empowered. My more conventional go-to, however, are my platinum blonde wigs. I love the ones with slick and swooped 90s fringes. As long as they are glam, give me anything to flick around on stage and I am happy.
I try where possible to use natural products as I find they work best for my hair and skin. Aveda shampoos feature regularly in my routine, and at the moment it's this one from their Shampure range. I have 4a/3c hair and I find this to be pretty perfect for it.
I use the conditioner from the range too, but when my hair feels like it needs extra hydration and moisture I bring out the big guns:
When we’re styling a sleek look or a ponytail for a show, we always smooth down any flyaways with argan oil. It really adds polish.
I use coconut oil for everything – cooking, skin, my hair, the list goes on. When I have a day off I run loads of it through my hair and then scrape my hair back, and leave for as long as possible. I try and do it at least once a month to keep my hair heathy.
I can’t even tell you how many of these bottles we get through when I’m on tour.
This is simply the best.
Can’t Let You Go, featuring Tiwa Savage and Rema is out now.
Images | STEFFLON DON