So much goes into making up our individual identities in this world – our clothes, our attitudes, our looks, our relationships. Even from a young age, being my real self was important to me and I saw my appearance as a way to fully express myself – then and now.

In black culture, hair is a crucial part of your identity from the day you are born, and mine is no exception. Even as a nine year old, I would make a statement and differentiate myself with different hairstyles. I drew crazy drawings in it, wrote my name in it and even bleached it! I was lucky to grow up with a mother who understood the importance of personal expression and allowed me to be me, even if that meant walking around with “Martial” on the side of my head.

True personal identity is a lifelong process and it often requires lots of experimentation. For example, my hair now is a perfect representation of my identity, but it took a long time to get there. Especially when I moved to SF, the language barrier and not knowing exactly how to explain what I wanted meant that I had to go through a lot of hair fuck ups on the road to getting the hair I have now – the hair that is a true expression of who I am.

If my hair told a story, it would be called modern tribal with a touch of versatility. The mohawk represents my African roots and plays homage to the beauty and authenticity expressed by Native and African tribes. But with my own modern spin making it more architectural and sculptural. Versatility in my hair is crucial too, as I love to change it with my mood and style so that it never looks the exact same way twice.

I created D’clic as an extension of myself. My look, my life, my identity came before the brand, so I could create something very personal to share with the world. It’s a lifestyle.