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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: Aisha Asamany

How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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