Meet the Hamilton stylist doing the hair of Grey Cup-bound players this week

She grew up playing with her dolls’ hair, but now Lohifa Pogoson-Acker is designing the manes of some prime-profile cats — the grey Cup-sure Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“Oskee Wee Wee,” the 36-year-vintage Nigerian yelled in her house hair studio, wearing a black sweater with a gold cardigan.

“All week i’m going to be dressed in those colors. All week. I don’t care if i’ve to put on the similar clothes all week, i want that power going, that profitable power going.”

With the grey Cup recreation in opposition to Winnipeg Blue Bombers this Sunday, she’s seen remarkable names walk via her front door this week, including Bralon Addison, Dave Watford, Don Jackson, Tim White, Papi White and Chris Frey Jr. — all gamers who may have ultimate group practices and the CFL awards Friday evening earlier than the large CFL game.  

Meet the Hamilton stylist doing the hair of Grey Cup-bound players this week

Papi White’s hair this week after seeing hairstylist Lohifa Pogoson-Acker and local barber Yoshi Al. (Submitted by Lohifa Pogoson-Acker)

Such A large week comes with the will for a unique ‘do. 

“i really like to think about myself a strong point stylist. What I do involves pattern styling, so we will do cornrows, we will do twists, some of them have dreadlocks … I style their locks, I interlock them or retwist them and do them with those,” she mentioned.

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At The Same Time As she could also be busy styling prime-profile purchasers, Pogoson-Acker has best been doing hair complete time for 2 years.

Before that, she grew up in Nigeria and the U.K., where she styled hair of family, pals and fellow scholars in boarding college. She said she additionally labored in circle of relatives salons and even ran her own out of her parent’s garage as a side hustle after they immigrated to Vancouver in 2000.

Her complete-time paintings integrated world construction and health-machine strengthening in another country prior to landing in Hamilton in 2012 to paintings as a venture manager at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

She said former Ticat Adrian Tracy approached Pogoson-Acker after hearing a glowing endorsement of her hairstyling.

She impressed Tracy, who later brought in then Ticat Nikita Whitlock.

Rapid ahead years. Pogoson-Acker made up our minds to take a look at hairstyling complete time out of her house on the Mountain, and said she’s worked with approximately 20 Ticats now, prior and provide.

After spending as much as 4 hours styling their hair, she sends them to local barbers Yoshi Al and Jayy Manner Fade, who reduce the players’ hair.

‘Simply a joy to be around’

Ticat working again Don Jackson, additionally known as hip-hop artist Don Jayy, called Pogoson-Acker “extremely talented.”

“She absolutely kills it — not only my hair, however so much of our men,” he said, after getting a recent taste this week. 

He praised her work on his Instagram account, thanking her for “pulling a last-minute miracle.”

“She’s simply a pleasure to be round,” he told CBC Hamilton.

WATCH: Lohifa Pogoson-Acker talks about hair-styling Ticats

Meet the Hamilton stylist doing the hair of Grey Cup-bound players this week

This woman is a hairstylist for Hamilton Tiger-Cat gamers

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For the past two years, more than a dozen Ticats have trusted Lohifa Pogoson-Acker with their hair. 1:06

Even As Ticat gamers paintings in a high-power surroundings, Pogoson-Acker said she tries to help relieve their stress via not talking too much about soccer.

Infrequently, she performs some of Don Jayy’s track, and other times they are cracking jokes and sharing life stories.

“we’ve got amusing over here … whilst you stroll in, certain vibes most effective,” she mentioned with a beaming smile.

“they come here taking a look a certain means and the leave right here taking a look so much higher, feeling such a lot higher, simply loving themselves so much more, feeling extra assured and that’s the reason my function for somebody sitting on this chair.”

Meet the Hamilton stylist doing the hair of Grey Cup-bound players this week

Pogoson-Acker holds her favorite ilarun — a wooden comb. She sharpens the comb with a razor blade and says she at all times tries to use it when styling. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

But Pogoson-Acker does have one more thing in not unusual with her Ticat purchasers — the desire to win the grey Cup.

She stated she hopes her styling offers them a confidence, power and attractiveness spice up ahead of Sunday’s ultimate.

“They’ve worked so laborious, they are so inspired, they are so, so able to get out there and win,” she mentioned.

“I see a logo-new power in this city surrounding the gray Cup … however i truly want everybody to inspire those boys as much as they can.”

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Meet the Hamilton stylist doing the hair of Grey Cup-bound players this week

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