When you look at this picture what do you see? Richard Louissaint is a New York based photographer who shared the above picture of his grandma on his Instagram @Haitianrich.
The picture quickly spread throughout the natural hair community like wild fire. As a matter of fact I saw it on 5 other natural hair Instagram pages that I personally follow before I even heard of Richard Louissaint.
There was no question about why the picture was so popular, on the surface it is just a woman getting her hair done by someone much younger than she is.
Below the surface there is so much more to it. My Grandmother did not look like his grandmother but her hair was similar to hers, it was long and thick and always protected. I remember being very young and thinking, I wish she would let me brush her hair, I just knew I could handle it all and give her a great style.
The day she let me touch it and play in it I was in awe, it was so soft, but I never saw her take care of it. I wasnt around for her wash day and I do not ever remember seeing a cabinet filled with hair products like the one I have now. She had a few things scattered on her dresser, she had a very soft bristle brush and oil, that’s all I remember.
When she finally let me play in it I remember her being detangled, and it had oil in it, a ton of oil. It also had a smell, a good smell, just like what grandma’s always smelled like when you hugged them or they hugged you. I knew her hair was long but I was shocked at just how long it was. The color was the same as the lady in the picture, black and gray, now fully gray but still super soft and super long.
I loved when my grandma put her hair in a bun, a nice slicked back bun with her little diamond hair clips and church hat, it was classic and it was beautiful.
Then during the week she would have it braided and covered, putting away they mystery of her hair until Sunday came around again.
I suppose that is the essence behind the picture, it brings back a ton of memories it makes you want to go give your grandmother a hug and kiss for being so special.
In addition to that beautiful photo Richard Louissaint takes pictures of all aspects of Haitian culture, documenting it on his website and on social media. Check out his work here.
Sasha Smith says
‘soft bristle brush and oil’ this is so true….
Raymond Batiste says
Well alrideddy then. I have no more tissues.
Wanda Combs George says
This reminds me of my Grandma, whenever I visited her, she’d ask me to grease her scalp and roll or braid her hair…Rest in Power Lottie Mae!
Audrey Brown Wilson says
Lottie Mae, that is my deceased grandmother’s name. Nice name.
Kiki Ford says
Back to basics
Maya Dennies says
Awesome picture. Reminds me of being a young girl and my granny would ask me to scratch her scalp and put it in plaits. I loved doing her hair gorgeous long silky soft and pretty silver.
Laura AV Ellis Bowen says
Wow, same here!!
Veronica Callahan says
Reminds me of my grandmothers hair
Vedejah Scroggins says
Lol my meme always had the prettiest hair even with cancer she didn’t lose her hair more came out with the comb but it was still there beautiful and the way it greyed was the ends were still black but from the roots were grey so it looked like a crown when she’s curl it really pretty she would always get compliments when she was in the hospital your hair is so pretty you’re so cute I love you Mrs.lucille you’re leaving again who am I going to play with all day when you leave me I miss her so very very much and she would tell me to put a perm on my hair and I’d say meme you don’t have one shed laugh but the keep to growing and keeping hair is to not mess with it every lil old lady I know who has gorgeous hair says they do the exact same thing comb it, keep it greased and put it up that’s all momma did when I was young and it would grow down my back
Richard Louissaint says
that is also what i called my maternal grandmother. this photo is my paternal
NiaEishia Brodus says
He Posted It Saying It Was HIS Grandma.
Maimuna Ba says
My Grandma, the picture reminds me her. GOD BLESS
Suzette Hinds-Riddick says
I inherited my grandmother’s baby fine, extra soft hair….ughWhen I was a young girl my mom was the only one she’d allow to do her hair. My mom would go over to my grandmother’s apartment to cornrows her hair so she put her wig on for church. I miss you, abuela!
Keicah Tribue Rouse says
Reminds me of my mom and grandma Ozel, RIP my angels.
Shamelia Bright says
Where was this picture taken? This is exactly my grandma and she lives in Costa Rica
Richard Louissaint says
In Miami Shamelia last year