What Does Natural Hair Mean to You? Leaders in the Industry Answer

Walking into a room full of women donning impeccable curls and natural styles is an indescribable feeling. Some wore articulate braided styles and twisted updos, whereas others let their curls lay and fall freely. Every woman confidently wore wavy, curly, kinky, curly, coily, and loced styles however they pleased. There was a celebratory atmosphere at the Texture on the Runway event in Atlanta hosted by NaturallyCurly in collaboration with Smooth 'n Shine. Texture on the Runway, which began in 1998, was dreamed up by Michelle Breyer and Gretchen Heber to celebrate natural hair.

Frustrated by the lack of representation on the runways, for nearly 20 years, Texture on the Runway has created a league of its own with a runway that showcases stunning natural styles in all of their glory. This year, celebrity stylist to the stars Larry Sims, who has worked with everyone from Gabrielle Union to Zendaya, SZA, and more, created gorgeous naturally curly styles at the show. Breyer hosted the event along with Smooth 'n Shine's brand ambassador, Nikia Phoenix. Texture on the Runway is about more than just hair—it's a nod to natural hair and how empowering life is when you embrace what you were born with. Here's what the leaders of this movement have to say.