The Pursuit of Nappiness; Bad hair at its best!

The Pursuit of Nappiness; Bad hair at its best!

This photo exhibit is a must see for every one who ever thought Black people had “bad” hair. It pictures a hardly exposed world, in which natural African hair is the rule rather than an exception, to reveal the new meaning of “bad” hair.

Struck by the beauty and the versatility of natural styles at the annual BAM Fair in Brooklyn, Mireille Liong realized that this was the first time in her adult life that she entered a community where African hair was so dominant that it seemed normal. She started to take pictures to reveal this amazing experience. The result is an unprecedented collection of over a 1000 photos that illustrates bad hair at its best in the Pursuit of Nappiness.

A compilation of these images will be on display at the Casa Frela Gallery in Manhattan New York from November 1st to November 30th. It’s the photographer’s hope that exposure to her collection leads to more natural choices as well as a broader acceptance of afro-centric hair in a society where straight hair is the norm.

The openings reception on November 1st will be followed by special events scheduled on Sundays. Besides the screening of the award winning documentary My Nappy Roots, there will also be a hairstyling and head wrap demonstration. The Pursuit of Nappiness will stylishly come to a close with a natural hair show on the last Sunday.

Mireille Liong is the author of the groundbreaking book, “Going Natural, How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair, currently ranked number one at” She is also the owner of, a natural hair portal where visitors can learn all about natural hair care, styling options and catch a sneak peek at Liong’s work.

The Pursuit of Nappiness

Openings reception: 11/1/2008 at 7:00 pm
Casa Frela Gallery 11/1/2008 – 11/30/2008
47 West 119th St.
New York, NY 10026

From Downtown Manhattan by Subway:
Take the “Uptown #2 or #3” train to 116th Street. Exit onto Lenox Ave and walk 3 blocks to 119th Street.