Jawara Wauchope is an editorial hairstylist and Contributing Beauty Editor of Dazed Beauty. Born in New York and raised in Jamaica, Jawara now divides his time between London and NYC, and credits being exposed to these different cultural worlds as opening his mind to the diverse possibilities of beauty. “Living in the cities and traveling on public transportation, attending different schools, I’ve always people watched and observed all different types of beauty, which has definitely had an effect on my hairstyling,” he says.
After graduating from the Aveda Institute in New York, Jawara became part of Sam McKnight’s core team, before setting out on his own. Now a highly sought after session artist, he is known in the industry for working with some of the music industry’s most prolific artists including Solange and Cardi B. In particular, his frequent collaborations with Solange have seen him create some of her most talked about hair looks, from her hand-braided hair halo at 2018’s Met Gala to the Rapunzelesque locks showcased in her latest music video Way to the Show. We caught up with Jawara to find out what has currently got him excited in the hair and beauty world.
Early on in your career you were part of Sam McKnight’s team. What would you say has been the most important thing you’ve taken away from these years? Just being able to look at hair in different ways, I learned how to work on multiple people without making them look the same, as well as have their differences still be able to shine through.