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Justin French

“Crown” is often the word used to describe Black women’s hair. The metaphor is fitting because our hair can be molded into many intricate styles — from structural braids and locs to freeform coils and Technicolor weaves. But the symbolism goes deeper than that. We have used this mark of royalty to fight the lasting remnants of colonialism and the European beauty ideals that would make those with brown skin and textured hair feel inferior. This is The Melanin Edit, a platform in which Allure explores every facet of a melanin-rich life. Here, we are celebrating hair: the traditions around styling it, the celebration that surrounds it, and, most importantly, the innovation of the artists that use it as a majestic medium.

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