Teacher Braids Student’s Hair At School, Reminds Why ‘We Need More Black Teachers’ – Video


Vanessa Sefa is a teacher at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy in Croydon, London. Purity Agyeman, a 12 year old dark skin tone girl came to Sefa and asked Sefa to help her make her hair braids. Due to rain, the hair of Purity had got all ruined. Also Purity had her class in next 15 minutes.

With so little time and no tools, Sefa managed to help Purity sort her hair. Sefa told to Good Morning America that she managed to braid the young girl’s hair. She later posted on social media that schools should have dark skin tone teachers so that they are there to help the kids with similar skin and hair. Sefa wrote “Black y8 girl came to me during br-eak, cr-ying, with her natural hair shrunk by the rain. In under 15 minutes and with the wrong tools I got the girl out with 2 rushed cornrows.

Being black and that age, hair can mean so much. This is one of the many reasons we need more #Blackteachers.” Sefa was able to make Purity stop cr-ying and make her comfortable and confident about her hair. Sefa also posted ‘before and after’ hair images of Purity Agyeman. Sefa says that it was important for Purity that someone should understand and support her. Most of the time Purity maintains and wears natural hair styles at her school. But on that day, her hair got ruined cause of the rain. Sefa says “With tears in her eyes, she expressed that she wasn’t going to go around school like this all day and would rather go home. Her hair had started to shrink and consequently tangle up as a result of the friction from her hood and the rain battering it.”

Sefa had just 15 minutes to sort Purity’s hair. She said “Halfway through a doughnut, I froze, I looked at her, looked at her hair, and then at the time, then with 15 minutes until lessons begin said, ‘ok, sit down, let’s go’.” Sefa says that she did not have any hair tools except a small toothed comb. She used her fingers to detangle Purity’s hair and then braided the hair into two cornrows. When Purity saw her hair all set and done, she was glad and overjoyed with the result. She thanked Sefa with a hug. Purity was happy that her hair was not a mess anymore. Purity had lost her mother when she was 9, so she knew how to do her hair-dos. Purity who stays with her father told Sefa that she did not how to care for her hair. Purity’s father thanked Sefa.

Sefa says that hair is an important thing for a black person. Sefa said, “For anyone, irrespective of gender and race, hair is often a major part of one’s identity. Black hair particularly is often pre-loaded with governmental or revolutionary theories and sentiments, even when if the individual is unaware of the context or is simply existing. Black hair is sometimes seen as ‘unkempt,’ ‘radical’ and even ‘dirty.”. “Due to these multi-layered narratives, Black people are often hyperaware of what their hair says about them.” Sefa added.

Sefa says Purity is at an age where she is now going to enter in her teens and this is the time she needs support. Sefa said, “I wasn’t going to turn her away, pat her on the back and tell her she looked fine when her self-confidence was temporarily fragile.

It wasn’t my place, and a pep talk isn’t what she asked for. I doubt anyone would want that response instead of actual help, if your outfit or makeup, for example, had been ruined by rain.”