Naomi Osaka talks about her “invigorating hair journey”
Texture Logs is a space for black people from all walks of life to reflect on their journey to self-love and how accepting their hair, in all its glory, has been central to that process. Each week, they share their favorite hair rituals, products, and the biggest lessons they’ve learned when it comes to asserting their beauty and owning their unique hair texture.
The ability to inspire others keeps someone as busy as Naomi Osaka. “I feel lucky to be able to use my platform to bring about positive change,” she says. vogue. The 24-year-old tennis star channels that attitude into everything she does. She advocated for your mental health to come first when she withdrew from the 2021 French Open. She sparked vital conversations about police brutality when she withdrew from the French Open. West and South in 2020 to protest racial injustice. Now she’s fighting to make sun protection more inclusive for black and brown people with her skincare brand Kinlò.
“I never liked wearing sunscreen because it always left a white cast,” Osaka says. But that changed a few years ago after she suffered a severe sunburn at the Australian Open. After that, she not only wanted to boost her sun protection, but also go a step further by launching her own line, which would fill a void in the market with an SPF for melanin-rich skin. A major new step in this mission includes Kinlò’s recent “Glow Outside” campaign, in which the brand partnered with five college athletes to drive home why people with darker skin tone should also use SPF. “For me, it has a huge impact when there’s more representation in the beauty industry,” she says.
For Osaka, another essential pillar of beauty is confidence. “You can’t please everyone,” she says. As a beauty boundary breaker, this mentality also carries over to the choices with her hair. “I had a very stimulating hair journey,” she explains. “I’ve been able to try so many fun hairstyles and colors over the years.” One of her favorite looks is her 2021 Met Gala look, where she paid homage to her Haitian and Japanese heritage with a sculptural, gravity-defying bun. Her trusted friend and hairstylist, Marty Harper, encouraged Osaka to step out of her comfort zone. “I trust her to bring my hair ideas to life in a way that keeps my hair healthy and growing,” she says.
When it comes to daily maintenance, Osaka turns to NatureLab’s Perfect Texture line, especially leave-in treatments and scalp scrubs. “I love how it cleanses the scalp,” she says of the latter. “After training and playing, I need that good feeling!” Speaking of training, when Osaka plays more often, wash-and-go styles are his jam. “I tend to co-wash more than I wash during these times,” she adds.
Lately, braids and locs have been Osaka’s favorite rock styles. “But I’ve always wanted to try Bantu knots too,” she says. She is always ready to let her hair reflect her inner evolution. “The confidence is visible,” she says. “You can rock any hairstyle as long as you’re confident.”