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Inspired by the Halo Code, a campaign fighting for the protection and celebration of Black hair and hairstyles, Halo explores young people’s experiences in schools and workplaces in regards to their hair.


The Halo Code is a campaign pledge, signed by schools and businesses, that promises members of the Black community that they have the “freedom and security to wear all afro-hairstyles without restriction or judgment”. This includes any child who wishes to wear their hair however they choose to in school.

Edwina Omokaro, co-Founder of the Halo Collective said, “No one should have to change their natural or protective hairstyle in order to thrive. Together, we will ensure that all Black people can learn, work, and live free from hair discrimination.”

Creative Team

  • Writer / Director – Keisha Thompson
  • Assistant Director / Choreographer / Video Designer – Al Conteh
  • Lighting and AV Designer – Tracey Gibbs
  • Sound Designer – Jonathan Hamer
  • Production Manager – Jehan Rizqallah
  • Supporting Production Manager – Liam Whittaker
  • Dramaturg – Yorusalem Okbamichael
  • Supporting Sound Designers / Musicians – Micah, Roxana Sayyad , Jayke and Princess Ari
  • Producer – Emmy Lahouel

Cast / Co-writers

(Alphabetical Order)

  • Ben – Waiting Customer Six / TikTok Influencer Five / School Peer
  • Chi – Joy Demi – Joy Halo
  • Luna – Becca / TikTok Influencer Four
  • Rochá – Joy Ancient Future / Goddess Viral
  • Ronnie – Waiting Customer One / School Peer
  • Sam – TikTok Influencer Two
  • Shakira – TikTok Influencer Three
  • Shyla – Waiting Customer Two / School Peer
  • Teni – Waiting Customer Three / TikTok Influencer One
  • TJ – Remiel

Special Thanks To 

  • The Halo Collective
  • Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury
  • Charlene Shaw
  • Curtis James
  • Melanin Markets
  • Black Owned MCR
  • Lekhani Chirwa
  • Gege at The Afro Hair Coach
  • Extant
  • Malandra Jacks
  • Playback Theatre
  • The Yard
  • Oldham Coliseum

Origami Afrocomb Instructions

  1. FOLD the A4 paper in half along the dashed line labelled “1. FOLD”. 
  2. FOLD the paper along the dashed line labelled “2. FOLD”. 
  3. Lift it back up or unfold 
  4. FOLD the paper along the dashed line labelled “3.FOLD”. 
  5. FOLD the paper along the dashed line labelled “4. FOLD”. 
  6. Once again FOLD along the dashed line labelled “2. FOLD”. 
  7. FOLD the paper along the dashed line labelled “5. FOLD”. 
  8. FOLD the paper along the dashed line labelled “6. FOLD”. 
  9. CUT out the Afro comb shape  
  10. CUT down the dotted lines to create the teeth of the comb 
  11. PULL the comb out  
  12. BRING the handles of the comb together 
  13. TWIST to create a stem to a flower 
  14. Voila – you have an afro comb flower 

In many Western societies, afro hair has suffered with labels such as “bushy”, “picky” and “nappy”.  

In many Afrocentric societies, especially pre-colonial times, afro hair was likened to rose bushes. 

This knowledge planted a seed in me that revealed itself as this origami afro comb flower. 

Happy language blooming.