Texture Talk with Tyrone Edwards: The ‘Etalk’ Host on His Signature Locs

Photography by Naskademini. Design by Kyleen DiCangco.

This is Texture Talk, a weekly column that delves deep into the dynamic world of curly hair, from crowns of curls that flow free from strands pulled away in a protective style.

There are many things to love about the Canadian television broadcaster and etalk Co-anchor Tyrone Edwards with his magnetic ability to easily engage celebrities in the candid conversations of his campaign to speak publicly on behalf of the black community. But the one thing you can’t easily miss are the incredible dreadlock (commonly referred to as folk) that reaches up to his shoulders. This is a natural hairstyle rarely seen on-air.

Toronto-bred pop culture Epicionado started shaving off her hair 10 years ago – shortly before she landed her dream job on Muchmusic. For Edwards, Lok is a protective hairstyle (one that lasts, encourages hair growth, and does not require chemicals to make it) that is long enough for its Afro texture. is believed. But he admits that during his early television audition days, he hesitated to move forward with his now signature look, as well as his many tattoos. Why? Already against him for fear of adding systemic gases and risking his opportunities, he shares. “It’s crazy for me to say, but I haven’t shaved off my hair or got a tattoo for a long time because I thought, ‘I’m already a big black man, and if I add dreadlock and tattoo, So who the hell is going to hire me – very little work on TV? I just knew where our society was, and as a black man looking for a job that didn’t sound like a smart approach . “

It wasn’t until after several failed TV auditions that Edwards decided to overcome those arrogant stigmas and social pressures and embrace the location – a hairstyle that he said allowed him to come into his own. “I really believe that there is a lesson here: I shaved off my hair as I tried to get it on television and only a few months later I got a cold call from Mikmusic,” he says. “Once I decided to be my true self, then the universe blessed me. I love my hair. It means a lot to me.”

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Edwards is no stranger to showing up for hair and makeup only to be greeted by ill-trained professionals. She said, “I have never been to a set where the hair is laid out for me and the hairstylist knows anything about my hair.” However, after pulling something in the biz, Edwards now brings his own squad to set, such as longtime hairstylist, textured hair expert Nakisha Strucker. Here, Straker shared the go-to steps and products he was using and recommended Edwards’ hair to be camera-ready.

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