By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / director: Marcus Hessenberg
Producer: Danny Baggott, Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote
Editor: Thom Johnson
Farouk James Miller from Fulham, London, has a head of hair which has sparked a successful modelling career.
His two-foot high, afro curls have caught the eyes of clothes brands and even get him paid Instagram advertisement jobs.
His mum, Bonnie, told Barcroft TV: ““His hair is 60cm in length coming to the top of his thigh. I trim an inch every quarter of the year.
"You know we do collaborations like they all do on Instagram. And sometimes we get a little bit of money as well. And sometimes we can travel."
As soon as Farouk was born, Bonnie knew he was destined to have incredible hair.
She said: “When he was born his hair was very straight, very black and it was just immediately long, at least a inch and a half and it just turned curly at about four months old.
"Then the colours started to come in, the blonde, and auburns and the browns, and his hair just grew up and out.”
With great hair, comes great responsibility - and Farouk’s hair requires a lot of time, patience - and not to mention products - from Bonnie.
She said: "When Farouk James wakes with braids, I begin by adding a little oil to his hair - this is called pre-shampoo, and releases the knots and smooths out the curls
"After at least 30 minutes I then finger detangle and then brush through with the detangling hair brush. Final rinse is always with Evian or filtered water. Then I add leave-in conditioner whilst hair is still quite wet.
“Farouk's hair has low porosity and therefore struggles to hold water or product so I often have to keep adding water from a spray bottle when styling. Once out of the shower I use a micro fibre towel to catch any dripping water.
"To style I try to keep the natural curly pattern so I will gently section and pick out each curl, lightly ravelling it around my natural product covered finger. I do this throughout the whole head with either a soufflé, leave in or curling creme depending on who his hair is behaving that day."
The entire process can take up to three hours, but Bonnie sees it as valuable time for the pair to spend together.
She said: “People may think this is a long process but it’s our bonding time, I mean so many parents complain that they don’t spend enough time with their kids but this is our time where we can talk and Farouk has my full attention."
It was four years ago when Bonnie decided to post a photo of Farouk on Instagram and it quickly gained attention from hair movements.
Bonnie said: “I started Instagram, and I took a couple of great pictures of him. And everyone just start reposting them. All the hair pages, curly hair pages, natural hair movements."
Farouk’s follower count quickly rose, and with over 200,000 followers, he is frequently getting modelling requests - having even modelled at London Fashion Week.
“We get companies approach us generally and they already know what he looks like. Generally they are looking for something very unique”
Recently, Bonnie asked her son’s followers if he should have an epic new style and the majority agreed. The six-year-old went ahead and transformed his big afro curls into sleek braids.
Not only has Farouk’s hair helped him gain work, but Bonnie believes it’s enriching his life.
She said: “It’s life changing honestly. It’s really life changing. His hair is like a golden ticket.
"His life’s been enriched. I mean the things that he got to do. And it all started from his hair."