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Seraya is a Surinamese mother living in the Netherlands. Her Instagram page, dedicated to her daughters’ hair, is part celebration part tutorial. Her older daughter, Shanillia, has a kinky texture while her younger daughter, Janelle, has loose curls. The styles she does are a testament to her skill, precision and love for their hair.

Shanillia
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/
Janelle
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/

It is not uncommon for hair texture to differ from sibling to sibling in black families. Unfortunately it is also not uncommon for a subtle hierarchy to develop, where preference is shown for the looser and presumably “easier” hair texture.

Shanillia
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/
Janelle
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/

Seraya, however, deftly pivots from Shanillia to Janelle, creating styles that are visually astounding and unique to their textures. Many looks are derivative of traditional African styles.

Shanillia
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/
Janelle
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/

Whether she intended it or not, Seraya’s Instagram page is a deep affirmation of the beauty of diverse blackness.

Shanillia
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/
Janelle
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/
Shanillia
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/
Janelle
https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/
Janelle, Seraya and Shanillia https://www.instagram.com/shanillia26/

Gorgeous!

Ladies, what do you think of the styles? Check out Seraya’s Instagram account here.