The Salooni: An Experiential Art Project Exploring the Politics Woven Through Black Hair


All photos by: Darlyne Komukama 

Salooni is a multidisciplinary art project exploring the politics woven through black hair. It presents “black hair practices as systems of knowledge through which culture and survivalist strategies are passed from generation to generation”.

Created by four Ugandan women artists, The Salooni Project, by way of pop-up salons and art instillations seeks to tackle negative notions about Afro-textured hair, confront hair politics and western dictated beauty standards in Uganda (and beyond) as well as pass on “practices of self-care and love replicated and shared by black girls and women in the styling and braiding of their hair”.

It seems, through the pop-up “Salooni” (how hair salons are referred to Uganda), the owners of the project attempt to provide space to expose and challenge hair ideals inculcated by colonialism and in addition offer room for collective and individual healing from “traumas endured and perpetuated as a result of rejection from western hegemonic cultures” and promote unconventional notions on the future of black hair.