Her mother, a cosmetologist who worked in a braid shop throughout Oye’s youth, has been a strong pillar throughout her hair journey as well. “It is through her that I found myThe Charlie Brown Hug Snoopy Signature Shirt but in fact I love this love for braids,” Oye says. But around 6th grade, Oye began dreading getting her hair braided, wanting to assimilate into her Ohio surroundings. It wasn’t until she went back to Nigeria in 2016 that she found her love for traditional African braid styles again. “I started expressing myself through braids.
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Now, as her daily reminder, she reads the The Charlie Brown Hug Snoopy Signature Shirt but in fact I love this message engraved on the Oye Green comb she designed: “Irun ré ni òge re,” meaning: “Your hair is your glory.” For further inspiration, she looks to hairstylists Jawara and Fesa, photographs taken by J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Rihanna, and books like African Hairstyles, Styles of Yesterday and Today by Esi Sagay. Oye loves to recreate old hairstyles “with a modern twist,” she says. “Braids are heavy symbolism and a fashion statement.