At home with Cyndia Harvey

At home with Cyndia Harvey

Following the launch of her haircare line for texture-rich hair, THOM, visionary hairstylist Cyndia Harvey talks about magnificence, inventive course of, managing ‘low durations’ prior to now, and her thrilling current 

‘Hairdressing has all the time been a means for me to get misplaced,’ says Cyndia Harvey. Indeed, flipping by means of her kaleidoscopic portfolio of hair creations can simply really feel like slipping right into a reverie. It is figure that has earned her a repute as one of many business’s most progressive skills, with collaborations that span cultural icons akin to FKA Twigs, Michaela Coel, and Frank Ocean, in addition to manufacturers together with Simone Rocha and Bottega Veneta.
Now, Harvey has launched her personal haircare line, THOM, alongside artist and pal Remi Ajani. Designed particularly for texture-rich hair, THOM takes its title from Harvey’s 2017 quick movie This Hair of Mine, which celebrated the great thing about afro hair by means of fashionable interpretations of conventional afro hairstyles. The line debuted in May 2022 with a plant-based Scalp Serum designed to revive and detoxify the hair and guarantees extra product launches within the coming months. 
At home with Cyndia Harvey

Cyndia Harvey. Courtesy of Cyndia Harvey

Just as her model launched, Harvey spoke with us from her London home, for a considerate dialog on embracing inventive slumps, studying from failure, and rather more. 
Wallpaper*: Where are you in the meanwhile? What are you able to see? 
Cyndia Harvey: I’m at home, at present prepping all of the product to be mailed out to our THOM neighborhood in time for the launch. Our launch occasion was final evening and I’m surrounded by packing containers, combs and bottles of our most beautiful Scalp Serum.

THOM Scalp Serum. Courtesy of Cyndia Harvey

W*: Why did you develop into a hairstylist? 
CH: My curiosity was first garnered in my mom’s salon; I then determined to pursue it professionally as a route of escapism from a very troublesome interval in my life. Hairdressing has all the time been a means for me to get misplaced. I like the tactility of being a hairstylist. I’ve all the time cherished the method of creating, utilizing my fingers to bodily problem-solve.
W*: How do you outline magnificence? 
CH: I outline magnificence as a radical sense of self. 
W*: What mission are you most happy with? 
CH: This Hair of Mine, the movie, in its first iteration, and This Hair of Mine in its present evolution, as a haircare model for the texture-rich hair client. The authentic movie was an ode to who I’m, and the folks/tradition which have influenced my being, my work, every little thing I stand for. The model takes this identical sentiment, elevating our neighborhood and placing it into merchandise: clever options delivered as luxurious magnificence rituals for the texture-rich hair client. THOM is an ode to anybody who has needed to work more durable and in flip has come to count on higher.

Behind the scenes of Harvey’s wig creation. Courtesy of Cyndia Harvey

W*: Can you speak us by means of your inventive course of?  
CH: The technicality of my work is after all necessary however the factor I worth most is the best way the viewer feels, the visceral connection. The latter is the place I all the time start. Building out a narrative, then integrating the technical side into that world. It was the identical course of when creating THOM. Every factor of the model started with a narrative. A visible explosion of every little thing that has influenced us from tradition to artwork to the long run. Our emblem was impressed by an previous African writing system, our color palette was impressed by [educator and activist] Angela Davis and particularly her interview recorded while wrongfully incarcerated [in 1970-72].

Our formulation are future-facing, fusing plant intelligence with excessive science. The first ritual is a scalp serum, as a result of, in addition to being the primary important step in direction of the healthiest hair, having your scalp groomed and brought care of sitting between your mom’s legs is one the earliest recollections of haircare for many individuals in our neighborhood. Scalp Serum is that ritual bottled and delivered as a more practical answer designed to offer distinctive outcomes.
W*: What are your splendid circumstances for creating? 
CH: I like house and time, I generally must disconnect from what I’m creating to be able to see it. My studio is subsequent to my home, a tranquil house that makes me really feel as if I’m miles away from the bustling streets of London. Numerous what I do is absolutely intuitive, having a second of disassociation from the logical fosters my instinct and permits me to attach with the inventive course of and greater concepts. 

Behind the scenes of Harvey’s wig creation. Courtesy of Cyndia Harvey

W*: How do you get your self out of a inventive stoop? 
CH: I’ve learnt to not give myself a tough time for having a inventive stoop, so now I embrace them. Those breaks are wanted. Some of my greatest work and inventive concepts have come out of quiet moments, maybe boredom, not considering or forcing myself to create. I by no means really feel strain to create one thing, I benefit from the gradual course of, notably a private mission. I’ve allowed myself to belief the method.
W*: What is your favorite magnificence pattern proper now? 
CH: Radical self-expression. And this doesn’t essentially imply that you’re sporting a full face of glitter. It’s within the unassuming expressions too. 
W*: What is the very last thing that made you smile? 
CH: Our launch occasion for THOM at Isabel’s Mayfair, a room filled with pleasure and radical beings. 

Behind the scenes of Simone Rocha. Courtesy of Cyndia Harvey

W*: What do you flip to for consolation? 
CH: I’ve confronted many difficult and low durations through the years and each time these moments come up, it’s nearly as if I am going on autopilot and start to obsessively nurture and take care of myself. I embark on impulsive and radical acts of self-care. Whether that’s [practising] vipassana, climbing to Everest base camp, or just simply having mini silent retreats within the consolation of my very own home. 
W*: What murals modified your life? 
CH: I wouldn’t say that there’s a definitive piece of labor that modified my life. But I’m deeply impressed by the works of Louise Bourgeois, Zanele Muholi and Remi Ajani.
W*: What are you obsessed with proper now? 
CH: I’m obsessed with attending to 150kg on a hip thrust. 
W*: Do you retain a pocket book or diary? Can you share one thing from it? 
CH: I take advantage of the five-minute journal. The very last thing written is ‘thanks Cyndia for making the time to write down this’. I’m nonetheless rising and cultivating a constant follow. 

Boxes of THOM Scalp Serum. Courtesy of Cyndia Harvey

W*: What makes you nervous?
CH: I used to get actually nervous and full of hysteria when asking for the assistance of others. I’ve needed to be fairly individualistic and self-reliant from a younger age. Having skilled some vital disappointment from a younger age, subconsciously I developed some sort of trauma response merely asking for assist. That’s altering now. 
W*: What’s been your largest failure and what did it educate you? 
CH: I’m consistently failing on daily basis, huge and small. Key classes I’ve realized are being a greater communicator, being a greater chief and exercising my empathic muscle.  §

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