Texture Speak with Tyrone Edwards: The ‘Etalk’ Host on His Signature Locs

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That is Texture Speak, a weekly column that deep dives into the dynamic world of curly hair, from crowns of curls which might be free flowing to strands which might be tucked away in a protecting fashion.

There are various issues to like about about Canadian tv broadcaster and etalk co-anchor Tyrone Edwards, from his magnetic capability to ease celebrities into candid conversations to his drive for talking out publicly on behalf of the Black neighborhood. However one factor you merely can’t miss are the unbelievable dreadlocks (generally known as locs) that attain previous his shoulders. It’s a pure coiffure not often seen on-air.

The Toronto-bred popular culture aficionado started locking his hair greater than 10 years in the past — solely a short while earlier than touchdown his dream job on MuchMusic. For Edwards, locs are a protecting coiffure (one which retains ends tucked away, encourages hair progress and doesn’t require chemical compounds to create) that he has lengthy considered cool for his afro texture. However he admits that in his early tv audition days, he hesitated going ahead along with his now signature look in addition to his a number of tattoos. Why? For worry of including to the systemic biases already stacked towards him and jeopardizing his probabilities, he shares. “It’s loopy for me to even say this, however I didn’t lock my hair or get tattoos for a very long time as a result of I believed, ‘I’m already an enormous Black man, and if I add the dreadlocks and tattoos, who the hell goes to rent me for a job — a lot much less a job on TV?’It wasn’t a matter of me not loving my Blackness. I simply knew the place our society was, and looking for a job as a Black man with dreads didn’t sound like a sensible method.”

It wasn’t till after a number of failed TV auditions that Edwards determined to relinquish these smug stigmas and societal pressures and embrace locs — a coiffure that he says has allowed him to return into his personal. “I actually imagine there’s a lesson right here: I locked my hair as a result of I used to be finished making an attempt to get on tv and simply months later I bought a chilly name from MuchMusic,” he says. “As soon as I made a decision to be my true self, that’s when the universe granted me that blessing. I like my hair. It means quite a bit to me.”

Loc upkeep 101

Edwards is not any stranger to exhibiting up for hair and make-up solely to be greeted by ill-trained professionals. “I’ve by no means been on a set the place the hair is catered to me and the hairstylist is aware of something about my hair,” he shares, including that for years he would come ready along with his personal merchandise. After incomes some pull within the biz nonetheless, Edwards now brings his personal squad to set, like his longtime hairstylist, textured hair knowledgeable Nakisha Straker. Right here, Straker shares the go-to steps and merchandise she makes use of and recommends to maintain Edwards hair wanting digicam prepared.

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