In the Baby Heir SpeaksSeries, we rep the baby hair set: a coterie of beauty girls who are entrepreneurs, artists, and all around interesting and intentional human beings. Here, we ask 9 questions focused on edges, rituals, self-care and all the details that make them meaningful. Next up is our friend & conceptual visual artist Jazmin Samora. Jazmin's work is rooted in exploring the textures, humanity, depths and nuances of black identities across the diaspora through the natural elements and bright vivid colors as her signature.
When did you first style your baby hairs? Who taught you?
I was in the 3rd grade. I had 4 twisted braids with barrettes at the end. My best friend Zariya taught me to slick my edges with castor oil.
Who’s the first person you remember styling their edges?
The first person is my sister! I would watch her get ready every morning and [she'd] slick her hair down like Aaliyah.
What edge products do you use?
Castor Oil, Shine n Jam, Aloe Vera, Flaxseed Gel
How do you use beauty as self care?
It helps ground me. When I incorporate beauty into my self care it really soothes me in the moment as I tend to my vessel. Movement, dance, nurturing my skin centers me.
Tell us your beauty ritual.
Early morning stretches. Exfoliation. Warm tea. Moisturizing creams. A bomb playlist.
What songs are you listening to when you’re doing your beauty ritual?
Solange - Binz, Bilal - Soul Sista, Oshun - Blessings on Blessings, Lizzo - Soulmate, IAMDDB - Urban Jazz
Define what elevation is to you.
A constant state of evolution. Remaining a student. Maintaining a ferocious curiosity. Allowing room for humanity, error learning. Elevation to me means humility.
Describe your highest self in 3 words.
Effortless. Full. Rooted
Tell us 1 really surprising detail about yourself.
The act of eating seafood (crustaceans) really scares me, thus I cannot be around when people order crab legs or anything that requires a tool to eat like scissors, snappers etc. I know, just the thought is enough.
I remember being in about the second grade. I didn’t like the way my mom would Combe my hair so I started doing it myself. For me slicking the edges meant doing my hair at night and tying a scarf around it. When I got ready the next day and removed the scarf—them edges was slick.