One of the industry’s burgeoning icons, editorial hairstylist Jawara Wauchope (known professionally as Jawara) is the man behind some of the fashion (and celebrity) spheres’ most trailblazing moments; his unbridled passion, creative vision and technical dexterity manifesting across the realms of runway, red carpet and session styling alike.

Born in Brooklyn, and raised in Jamaica, Jawara credits his disruptive take on hair and beauty to his dynamic cultural background; a unique (and welcome) vision that continues to propel the young talent to new and unforeseen heights of creativity. And he’s only getting started.

Hairstylist to some of the biggest names in music (think Cardi B and Solange Knowles – to name a few), Jawara splits his time between NYC and London, sharing his remarkable talent across a string of editorial pages, fashion houses and digital platforms alike. Here we trace 7 of Jawara’s most inspired moments; from the Met Gala to NYFW and beyond.

Thanks to a keen eye for editorial styling, Jawara also holds post as a Contributing Beauty Editor for Dazed Beauty; a position that has seen him partake in a string of memorable cover-shoots and editorials. One such feat of editorial magic? This towering collab titled, ‘Higher Power’.

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Longtime hairstylist of soul superstar Solange Knowles, Jawara crafted this hand-braided hair-halo for Ms Knowles’ 2018 Met Gala appearance. Praise!

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Another epic moment? Jawara’s collab with Interview Magazine: ‘Traveling Through Time’, which saw him fashion a series of artful, intricate hair looks; drawing cues from 18th Century France all the way through to traditional hairstyles of the Hopi [Native American] tribe.

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One for the books. Enter Jawara’s first beauty feature with fashion bible, Vogue USA (circa 2017); a feature championing inclusivity, individuality and diverse beauty in the fashion sphere and beyond.

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An ode to his native Jamaica, this year Jawara unveiled a majestic collaboration with Nadine Ijewere: Tallawah’ (meaning ‘be strong and fearless’). The goal? To hero natural texture while platforming an incredible lineup of strong, fearless women of colour. Architectural magic.

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For his 2019 ID film collab titled, ‘The A-Z of Hair’, Jawara drew aesthetic cues from his African ancestry, creating this unforgettable, braided structure among a string of complementary gems. An homage to Africa’s multifaceted and persevering cultural identity.

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From bejewelled, faux beards (case in point) to roped, silk-organza ponytails and everything in between… Jawara brought the glitter-clad carnival to New York Fashion Week, curating a dazzling lineup of hair looks for Area’s dynamic NYFW SS20 showcase.

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