Join Lekhani on her hair journey as she discovers that she can't wash her hair with 99p Alberto Balsam, that she has no clue how to cornrow and that everyone has something to say about her hair.

Lekhani grew up mixed race in Cumbria and she’s realised she doesn’t actually know what to do about her hair. No one taught her and YouTube just isn’t helping.

“I feel like there needs to be a support group for black and mixed-race girls that can’t cornrow their hair.”

Thank goodness for her hairdresser, who is in fact her longest standing relationship to date and ohh does she love getting her hair done. Trying out new hairstyles is all well and good but how do you cope with everyone’s unnecessary questions and comments?

“Is it real? Can I touch it?”

A bold yet humorous piece, this is an exploration of what cultural appropriation really means, microagressions, hair struggles but more importantly, the pride and acceptance of identity.


About Lekhani Chirwa

Lekhani is of mixed-heritage (Malawian and English) and grew up in Kendal, Cumbria. She is based in Manchester and trained at Identity School of Acting.

Screen credits include; Doctors (BBC, 2019) and Gbemisola Ikumelo's comedy pilot Brain in Gear (BBC, 2019).

Short films include; Hoodies of Boyfriends Past (UniDays, 2018) and I’ve Always Wanted to Work in an Office (Minty Fresh Productions, 2017).

Stage credits include; Burnout (ShyBairn Theatre Company, 2021), her one-woman show Can I Touch Your Hair? (VAULT Festival, 2019) and Bola Agbaje's Papa Don't Preach' in London's West End (2018).

Lekhani is also a writer, she has completed WoLaboratory's actor-writer course as well as Soho Theatre Writers Lab 19/20 and Soho Comedy Lab Sketch 20/21.

Writing credits include; Signal Fires (45 North, 2020), Better in Person (Burn Bright, 2020) and FAMALAM S4 (BBC, 2020).

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