Natural hair struggles? Not anymore for these young girls | Nancy's Workshop

Published 2019-08-27
One Sunday a month, Nancy Falaise closes the doors of her hair salon to lead an empowering workshop for young Black girls struggling with their natural hair.

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One Sunday a month, #NaturalHair specialist Nancy Falaise closes the doors of her Montreal salon to lead a private workshop for young Black girls struggling to love their natural hair. Step-by-step, she teaches them how to wash, detangle, style and care for their respective hair textures, while also creating a safe space for them to bond over their shared experiences and forge meaningful friendships. Nancy’s Workshop is an intimate and immersive exploration of this journey.

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All Comments (21)
  • CBC Docs
    Get Nancy's best tips in our new series! First up: a full tutorial on shampooing natural hair — from how often to do it, to the importance of doubling up, and why you should always start scrubbing in the middle.
  • Joy Blue
    We need women like her. What she’s teaching these girls is wisdom. She’s teaching them to take back their power and recognize their beauty
  • Marissa
    I’m loving the mixture of a French and English. So beautiful.
    I love that she has girls with different textures together, teaching them to respect and do each other's hair. Some have looser, longer curls and some shorter 4c hair... But she has not elevated one girls hard above the other. Sometimes hair insecurity comes from within the community, and it's taught at a young age. She taught these girls that they have to respect and uplift not just themselves, but each other
  • Stori Brooke
    “ it’s better to cry, there’s more room outside than in.” The hairdresser seems very knowledgeable and wise. I’d love to get my hair done by her just to sit down and have a conversation. The vibe she gives off is so warm and welcoming.
  • Human Form
    Here I am, a ball headed black man, sitting down and watching this. This lady is an inspiration. There should be hair workshops like this everywhere. And not just for black girls, but for black women.
  • Samah
    Who cried when she said "your hair is not difficult. Okay? (....) Don't speak negatively about your hair. You just have a different texture ". You can tell the girl was uplifted in the way she smiled afterwards. Her perception of her hair just shifted for the rest of her life. Thank you for being the lady you needed when you were growing up Nancy.
  • Lu Pereira
    " Never say anything negative about your hair or yourself..." What a good heart this woman!
  • FriendlyFire2830
    "When I started high school, I saw several older girls who were a little older than me wearing their natural hair. And it amazed me." Alicia, I was (and still am) the same way. I’m 23 and I feel instant relief and comfort when I see other black women wearing their natural hair. I have an afro and love seeing other afros (: !
  • Errol Legister
    This woman is an excellent role model for young girls. Black girls need to know their hair is beautiful and a blessing.
  • kayla song
    “I teach you guys. Now you go home and teach others.” That about made me cry! We don’t even know how beautiful we are!
  • Corinne CS
    Who is giving this a thumbs down? This is so positive
  • Curstin W
    Notice how they’re all around pre-teen/teen age, that’s a really important stage of life! That’s when we usually start hating our “imperfections” and feeling insecure about ourselves! I’m glad they’re learning this at a CRITICAL age
  • Daschund
    As an Indian girl with extremely curly hair in a Chinese country where they broke my hair apart, I love this
  • Tiamo Mphale
    I love how she didn't just teach them to love their own hair but each others as well. This was beautiful ❤
  • Brianna McCree
    Now that I’m older, it’s crazy to look at these young girls and realize that I was just like them! Growing up, there were five of us and my mother worked full time, so she did what she was taught and believed was the best option for my hair: relax it. When I was about 17-18, I chopped off all my hair and learned how to properly take care of my hair. I’m just very grateful that I know how to properly take care of black hair, especially having a daughter of my own now. I can now pass down my knowledge to my daughter.
  • Booh
    i felt so ashamed when she asked the girls about people touching their hair because i was doing it with on of my black friend. Now i understand that racism is not only about words, i can also be about gestures and still to this day i feel bad about the times i was doing it
  • Nadyushka
    My children are mixed race and when I had my daughter I didn’t just give up . Researched and researched . Wanted to know how to care for my daughters hair. I have curly hair but completely different texture from my daughter. I have 4 children and I learned how to understand all my children hair types. I’m sorry, the only thing I cannot understand mothers saying they don’t understand their kid hair. You r the mother you have to go above and beyond for your kid. I spent endless hours , weeks and months researching and practicing. Even learned how to corn row and braid. I now do all my children hair and many of their black friends at school think that their mom is black because of the way their hair is braided and maintained. And they are surprised when they find out I’m white. Where there’s a will there’s a way.