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Diaspora Style: Braids, Twists and Locs for the Summer

For some style inspiration, check out the standout braids, twists and locs that we've seen on women around the city.

DIASPORA—Braids, locs, twists and other protective hairstyles shine year-round, but they're especially great for the rapidly approaching summer months. These cherished looks offer durability and effortless glamor that will help our style continue to thrive as we approach sunnier days. They never fail us!


These hair styles exemplify the versatility of black hair and have become staples for so many of us—we can't wait to rock them non-stop this summer.

For some inspiration, check out the standout braids, twists and locs that we've seen on women around the city.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by David McDuffie.

Photo By David McDuffie.

Photo by David McDuffie.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by David McDuffie.

Photo by David McDuffie.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

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Photo courtesy of AYLØ.

Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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