Coiled

Coiled

By Leanne Alie

Welcome to Coiled! The documentary podcast that explores Black Afro Hair in all it’s forms and textures. This podcast follows the journey of the host, Leanne Alie as she transitions from chemically straightened hair, back to natural and through this journey she also explore the history of afro hair, where is human hair sourced, who owns the Black hair industry, what’s actually in the chemicals that we put into our hair as well as shining a light on those who are working towards better representation of afro hair in the UK. Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast Use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo Artwork designed by @shai.digital

Episodes

8. The Next Generation

The ban on Olympic swim caps for afro hair shows that we still have to fight for the protection of afro hair, however there are some brilliant Black changemakers that are changing the narrative when it comes to afro hair. In this episode Leanne speaks to Michelle DeLeon founder of World Afro Day, Lekia Lee of Project Embrace, Serlina Boyd of Cocoa Girl and Cocoa Boy magazine and Zine Alfa, member of the Halo Collective who is petitioning for the discrimination against afro hair to be added to the 2010 Equality Act. All of these women are paving the way for better representation of afro hair and are educating the next generation about afro hair so that they can grow up to embrace their natural hair.  You can sign Zina’s petition to add the discrimination against afro hair to the equality act here: https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-ban-hair-discrimination-in-the-uk  You can find the Halo Toolkit here: https://www.dove.com/uk/dove-self-esteem-project/help-for-parents/my-hair-my-crown.html You can find more about World Afro Day at: https://www.worldafroday.com/ You can find out more about Project Embrace at: https://www.projectembrace.org.uk You can buy and find out more about Cocoa Girl magazine at https://www.cocoagirl.com/ Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
19/11/2150m 3s

7. Black Men Don’t Cheat...On Their Barbers!

We cannot underestimate the relationships that Black men have with their hair. Getting a fresh trim is very important and it is criminal to cheat on your barber, but the relationship that Black men have with their hair and what really matters to them is something that isn’t discussed as widely. In this episode Leanne explores the changing relationship between Black men and their barbers and the importance of the barbershop space to the Black community by speaking to Dr Karis Campion from the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Mark Maciver, founder of Slider Cuts, as well as exploring some of the newer technologies for men’s hair maintenance such as male weaves, PRP and hair transplants.  If you’re thinking of undertaking a medical procedure to stimulate hair growth, make sure you consult a medical professional and do your own research.  Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
12/11/2151m 19s

6. The Science of Afro Hair and Tips & Tricks

Welcome to the Coiled School of Black Hair Studies! In today’s class, led by Trichologist Ebuni Ajiduah  we cover the science behind how afro hair is structured and how this differs from Caucasian hair, the fundamentals of what afro hair needs to be healthy as well as the easiest and simplest wash day routine you can follow.  We also get a lesson in Black hair hacks from hairstylist Mimi Kone from how to keep your hair moisturized, to how to protect your crown when wearing protective styles. You better take some notes because you’re going to learn today! If you do anything after listening to this podcast, make sure you share this with a younger, sister, brother, cousin or friend so that we can empower the next generation to fully embrace their natural Black hair because all hair is good hair.  Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
05/11/2148m 32s

5. The Natural Hair Movement, Texturism and The Big Chop!

The Natural Hair Movement has thrived online in the last 10 years which has empowered Black women all around the world to wear their natural hair with pride but this movement was born out of political unrest in the 1960s in the USA. To understand the origins of the Natural Hair Movement and how this has grown today Leanne speaks to journalist and writer Valley Fontaine as well as three natural hair influencers, Curl Lea Travel, Stephy Lately and Yaa Yaa Asare. They touch on the extent to which the Natural Hair Movement is representative of all hair textures today, the way that texturism is still present in our day to day lives and they share some tips on how Leanne can have a successful transition from chemically straightened to natural hair. Also in this episode you’ll hear the whole experience of Leanne’s big chop, by none other than friend of the podcast Derek Clements.  Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
29/10/2157m 6s

4. The Truth About Hair Relaxers

Hair Relaxers; a way to chemically transform your hair from curly to straight but are relaxers a modern cosmetic science or a health risk to Black women? As someone who relaxed her hair from a very young age, in this episode Leanne goes on a journey to discover the truth about the chemicals that are in relaxers and the effects that this can have on our hair and health by speaking to trichologist Shirley McDonald, as well as finding out whether you can have healthy relaxed hair by speaking to relaxed hair YouTuber Fayola Douglas.  Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
22/10/2146m 18s

BONUS: Black Owned Hair Brands We Think You'll Love

If you listened to the last episode we learned that Black people own a really small percentage of the Black Hair industry and that there is so much power in buying Black as Black businesses are more likely to hire Black people, have Black supply chains and are more likely to serve the Black Community.  We wanted to spotlight some smaller Black owned businesses that we think you'll love so that you can buy Black owned for when it comes to your hair products.  Brands featured in this episode: @niyohairandbeauty @hairpopp @maallure_ @thewashdayco @tiwaniheritage @ataji_hair_care @newshelluk @mojiskinclinic @Oriallure @kiyacosmetics @eternalrootsco @kinkyapothecary @laidlocs Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter. Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
21/10/2113m 30s

3. Who Owns The Black Hair Industry?

The Black hair industry is worth an estimated £88 million in the UK, with Black Women spending 6 times more on hair care than their white counterparts, yet Black people only own around 5% of this industry. It is widely thought that the South Asian Community dominates the ownership of the Black hair sector but how did this come about and was this always the case? In this episode of Coiled Leanne explores the evolution of the Black hair industry and how the UK’s first afro hair care distributor, Dyke and Dryden, set the foundations for the industry that we have today. She explores the importance of buying Black owned when it comes to hair products by speaking to Rudi Page, former Marketing and Sales Manager of Dyke and Dryden, Sandra Brown Pinnock of XSandy’s and Khalia Ismain, co-founder of Jammi UK, as well as Peter Mudahy who is the CEO of Pak’s Cosmetics who expresses that he sees ‘no real value of Black owned businesses.' Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
15/10/2159m 52s

2. Where Does Human Hair Come From?

Black women have been wearing wigs for centuries and today the human hair trade is big business. Black women can spend hundreds of pounds on human hair wigs and weaves, but have you ever thought about where this hair comes from? In this episode Leanne explores the different ways that human hair is sourced, how ethical the hair trade is and which communities benefit the most from this industry. To explore this she speaks to Sandra Brown Pinnock who manufactures her own human hair extension range called XSandy’s as well as Professor Emma Tarlo whose research specialises in the trade of human hair.  Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha Music credits:  Mirror Mirror by Diamond Ortiz  All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
08/10/2140m 21s

1. The History of Afro Hair

‘How did our African ancestors look after their hair? I’m sure they didn’t use 5 products!’ Black hair is a lens that we can use to discuss culture, race, identity and history, and in this first episode of Coiled, join host Leanne Alie as she starts her transitioning journey from chemically straightened back to natural and explores the evolution of attitudes towards Black hair throughout history. To start this journey she speaks to Dr Kadian Pow to explore the history of Afro hair, how attitudes to Black hair changed with colonialism and how these attitudes still present themselves in our society today. She also speaks to world renowned, award winning hairdresser Derrek Clements who talks about the changing trends and attitudes towards Black hair from the 1970s to the present day, as well as speaking to her childhood friends to discuss how their school experiences influenced their attitudes towards their hair today. If you do anything after listening to this podcast, make sure you share this with a younger, sister, brother, cousin or friend so that we can empower the next generation to fully embrace their natural Black hair because all hair is good hair. Follow us on Instagram @coiledpodcast and use the hashtag #coiledpodcast to join the conversation on Twitter.  Hosted and Produced by Leanne Alie Twitter: @leannealie Instagram: @leannealie_ Assistant Produced by Sylvie Carlos Twitter: @sylvie_frizzy Instagram: @frizzandgo The theme music and closing music was composed by Ony Iroha All other music was sourced from Uppbeat.io
01/10/2157m 32s

Welcome to Coiled

Join Leanne Alie in this 8 part documentary series as she goes on a journey to transition from chemically straightened hair back to natural as well as dispelling the myth that Black Hair is complicated. You can listen to the full series from 1st October 2021.
13/09/214m 15s
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