Meet identical twins Cipriana Quann and TK Wonder – the girls that make heads turn when they walk the streets. A while ago, the now fashion models hated their luscious hair: “I was beginning to actually hate my hair and seeing it as a huge obstacle,” Cipriana said. But as time passed, they decided to stop straightening it, and start embracing it. Which eventually led the photo models to be recognized as the queens of natural hair, bringing Instagram envy all around the world.
But the sisters aren’t just pretty faces. Along with their friend Nikisha Brunson, they are also the girls behind the natural hair blog “Urban Bush Babes.” “I think it came to a point where it was derogatory toward people who wore their natural hairstyles, and there was a certain stigma around people who wore their hair natural or in an Afro,” TK Wonder said. “It was about breaking down stereotypes and derogatory perceptions that people had about natural hair.” Now, whatever the twins do, they do it with ambition, confidence, passion, and, of course, great hair.
Cipriana said “I have been natural for almost eight years now. The journey was a long one, but to keep it short, I just became more comfortable in my natural identity. After years and years of modelling and struggling with my physical image regarding my hair of trying to mold it into someone else’s idea of their “ideal beauty,” I’d just had enough! I wanted to represent the kind of beauty I felt most comfortable with and idolized when I was younger, which was my mother’s image.
I was done with masking my identity to represent a false beauty to please the standards of others. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and at the end of the day, I realized the most important beholder was me”.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil as part of Cipriana’s haircare regime
Ciprana says “My hair continually stays in loose twists no matter what the style, so I will take down my loose twists at night from whatever style I am wearing at the moment and braid it into six or seven large braids or Bantu knots, placing a little extra-virgin olive oil on the strands as I braid. Then I wrap it with a silk scarf. In the morning it just consists of undoing my night-time routine and placing back into my updo style.