May 28, 2016

Why Does My Natural Hair Always Look So Dry?

by Sabrina Perkins of

When it comes to maintaining moisture in your hair, sheen is one of the main characteristics you are told to look out for but what if your hair doesn’t have “sheen?” The reason being is straight hair reflects light, while highly textured hair with its curls and and bends actually refracts light, giving it a dull appearance.

There is a difference between our hair's natural less-than-sheeny look and being dry. Yes, it is possible for your hair to be lacking luster, but it doesn’t always mean that the hair is dry or lacking moisture. There are many reasons as to why some natural hair seems to look more dry than others, but here are 3 main reasons why your natural hair is lacking luster:


May 28, 2016

How to CUBA

Hola Chicas!

I don't usually share how I put these trips together because (1) there's no formula, and (2) I have a flare for the dramatic. But as this epicness comes to a close, I thought I'd do y'all a solid and provide you with a how-to manual of sorts.

Obviously there are other ways to get to and 'do' Cuba both legally and illegally (i.e. Mexico or Canada, groups, cruises), but I visited Cuba both legally and on my own terms.  I didn't get herded around in large groups, or have to pretend to be doing anything.  So if you're like me, do it like this.  

May 27, 2016

Living NAOMI: Not Afraid Of My Imperfections

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By Mike Orie of

Think of your biggest fear or insecurity. Take a deep breathe. Now imagine what it might take to not only embrace it, but to in fact proactively work towards overcoming it. This is what Stacy Ike is working on. She calls it, “Living N.A.O.M.I.” N.A.O.M.I. is an acronym for not afraid of my imperfections.  It’s an idea that she embraced several years back, but recently decided to re launch through her blog after overcoming a tough stint in LA.

By Mike Orie of
For quite some time, day parties and brunches have gathered hundreds of young Black millennials in cities such as Atlanta, New York, Houston and DC. With large Black populations, college graduates and a strong presence of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO’s) this community was only natural to happen. But while these cities have developed a strong Black community, other cities like Los Angeles have struggled to create something similar. “CAN LA Kick It” is Mike “Orie” Mosley’s answer to this problem.

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May 27, 2016

5 Easy Homemade Natural Hair Gel Recipes

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by Jonna via

Hair gel is a staple product for everyone regardless of your hair type or texture. Gels provide hold for sleek styles, and define curls for those who want to rock their natural texture. However, gels have gotten a bad rap for being drying, and leaving the hair flaky and crunchy. Because of that, many have opted for natural, homemade option for gels.

Not only are these DIY homemade hair gel recipes easy to make, the ingredients are also relatively inexpensive. Here are 5 DIY homemade hair gel recipes that you can try yourself at home:


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