Traveling Through Time With The Hair Expert Jawara

“I think hair has changed even more throughout history than clothing has,” says Jawara, who was raised in Jamaica and now divides his time between New York and London. “There was once a lot more detail—certain tribes would take weeks to do hairstyles that would be worn for months. This particular style is inspired by a traditional hairstyle of the Hopi [Native American] tribe.”

Dress by Gucci. Hair Stick by Corey Moranis. Feather Earring by Tuleste.

“This is also from the 18th century, but it’s from a French painting that I saw. At this time, the hairstyles were very poodle-ish, and I thought it would be great to recreate that—and add a touch of ratchet!”

Bikini Top by Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Earring (worn in hair) by Carolee. Body Chain by Fallon.

“At many points in history, men actually had more elaborate hair than women, especially in African cultures. This hairstyle is based on one that dignitaries and judges would wear in the 18th century.”

Dress by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Earrings (worn in hair) by Alexis Bittar.


Models: Noah Carlos and Naomi Chin Wing at IMG MODELS, Unia at NEW YORK MODELS
Makeup: Kanako Takase
Casting: Walter Pearce and Nico Mao at MIDLAND AGENCY
Production: Leonel Becerra
Photography Assistants: Jerry Ashlee, Max Hemphill
Fashion Assistant: Brittany Lovoi
Hair Assistants: Shamicka Williams, Karla Serrano, Robert Price, Felicia Burrows
Makeup Assistants: Megumi Onishi, Tomoyo Shinome
Manicure: Eri Handa using CHANEL LE VERNIS at MAM-NYC
Production Assistant: Stan Jouk
Lighting Assistant: Chad Hilliard