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A Braiding Renaissance ft. Mbiye Kasonga and Utibe Mbagwu

“It feels like love is being stitched into your head”


When it comes to Black beauty culture, braiding is arguably one of the most important rituals that we can participate in. Not only is it a form of wearable art, but it’s a way to build relationship and community with others. Tune in as I sit down with Naked Beauty producer Mbiye Kasonga and soon-to-be Douse founder Utibe Mbagwu to discuss their favorite braiding styles, what makes for an incredible braiding experience, braiding etiquette, braiding as a form of technology and luxury, and the value of having a good relationship with your braider. Enjoy! 


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