They say that the hair is a woman’s crowning glory. But for our new model here, it took time for the world to realize how beautiful hers is.
Imaan Hammam have always had the hardest time with her hair since she was a kid. “I didn’t know what to do with all my hair,” she said. While she grows up in the Netherlands, she always asks her mother to help her brush and style her hair.
When she was 10, she saw a picture of her mom in her young age and found out that she has an Afro hair. That’s when she thought that she can just do the same and may not need to brush her hair as well.
But then, when she started doing this, the kids at her school started to tease her about her hair’s size. Some of them bullied her and said that she looked like a sheep. But Imaan didn’t care because that was her mom’s hair.
When high school came, she saw some of her girl classmates having their hair straight. “Nobody had big, groovy curls like mine. It felt kind of strange but also kind of cool; I didn’t look like anyone else,” Imaan said. It was also that time when she started working out with her own hair. She visited a few salons and tried some hair products. After a series of trial and error, she finally found the perfect product for her: Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Defining Curl Custard for only $10. It helped soften and define her curls.
She then entered modeling (which was five years ago), and the stylists would use different things for her hair, but they all just straightened her hair. Last year, when she did a photoshoot with Vogue, she had the chance to wear her natural hair. That was also the time that she made the people realize they don’t need to spend a lot of time straightening her hair, because they can leave it like that.
Wearing her natural hair made Hammam more confident. It reflects her personality and makes modeling a lot easier for her. Many photographers love her hair, too. It makes her feel really good, showing the real Imaan Hammam.