Nikki Nelms & Arthur Jafa collaborate on a hair story

The legendary hairstylist, who has worked with Solange, Zoë Kravitz and Yara Shahidi, explores gravity-defying styles in the Arthur Jafa guest-edit of i-D.

by i-D Staff
17 November 2021, 6:21pm

This story originally appeared in i-D’s The Darker Issue, no. 365, Winter 2021. Order your copy here.

model with brown hair all combed over to one side and styled into a wave.
model with black hair in a heart shape.
model with black hair parted and styled into two buns.
model has black short waved hair with a gold earring.
model has a black curly beehive hair style and green stone earrings.
model has a black side facing beehive hair cut.
Model with black hair that stretches out horizontally into a rectangle.


Concept and hair Nikki Nelms
Photography Arthur Jafa
Make-up Cherish Brooke Hill for Pat McGrath Labs
Photography assistance G Askew, Cris Ian Garcia and Coy Gutierrez
Hair assistance Jordana David
Production Melinda Nugent, Amanda Leya Andrews and Kaley Pearce
Production assistance Maryam Eldeeb, Alex Jeter and Anthony Corleto
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING, Models Isis V
Chavi St Hill at Muse NYC. Lara Adekola and Sara Ochieng