Da Kink in My Hair is taking the salon on the road. The stars of the popular Global TV show, set in a Jamaican-run hairdressers in Toronto, are bringing the “Kink Cam” to visit real-life hairdressers across the country.
“We’re here to connect with our fans. We’re going into barber shops, hair-dressing salons, schools,” Trey Anthony said yesterday. The England-born comedienne and actor wrote Da Kink in My Hair as a play before it was turned into a TV show on Global.
“Everyone’s been really excited to see us,” she said. The show, which examines “black ‘womyn’s’ issues,” has struck a chord with viewers, she said.
Ordena Stephens stars as Novelette “Letty” Campbell, the Caribbean-Canadian owner of the hair salon. Anthony plays her sister Joy.
Da Kink had a local guide for the Halifax stop of the tour. Newcomer Eli Goree plays Malik, a 19-year-old sent to work in the salon to keep busy — and out of trouble. Goree, who hosted the CBC show Street Cents and has appeared on Sesame Street, was having a blast introducing his new friends from Toronto to his old friends in Halifax.
“It’s good to be home. We’re going around seeing my family and friends,” the Halifax native said. He made sure they brought the Kink Cam to his own barber, Derek at First Cousins. “He’s been cutting my hair for years,” laughed Goree.
“It’s great being on the show and seeing so many different aspects of the Toronto culture, and then to come back here and see how receptive people are to the show.”
After a successful first year, Global renewed Da Kink for a second season, which started on Feb. 12. Da Kink airs Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m. AST.
The cast is in Halifax until Sunday and will be at the North Branch library today.