Embracing the Nature Within My Hair


Fatima Daniel produces an autobiographical work that questions perception and self-awareness. In Embracing the Nature Within My Hair, Daniel uses a video with animation that utilizes an ASMR audio format to explore the experience and symbolism of a black woman’s hair. Seen in the video is a black woman’s hair being touched and styled by Daniel, highlighting the individual and communal aspects of style, acceptance, and pleasure. Daniel’s work as a licensed cosmetologist, her awareness of personal attachment to hair and cultural stigma towards specifically black women’s natural hair influences this gentle work. In Embracing the Nature Within My Hair, Fatima Daniel creates an accepting, loving space for black women’s hair that viewers can imagine beyond the screen, recreating the association of the black woman's natural hair from denial to enjoyment and acceptance.