News Reporter Who Rocks Natural Hair On-Air for the First Time Proves the Struggle is Still Real


By Erickka Sy Savané

When news reporter Dana Whyte of Michigan recently took to her twitter account to profess that she had worn her her natural hair on-camera for the first time, ending an internal struggle that had plagued her since the beginning of her career, I thought, "Whoa, baby, we still got work to do!"

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The Blow-Up on Twitter About Beyonce's 'Natural Curls' Proves We Still Have a Long Way to Go With Our Hair

Beyonce via Neal Farinah IG
By Veronica Wells

I’ll never forget my homeroom teacher Mr. Litz and the thoughts he shared one day about Black hair. In addition to home room, Mr. Litz, a White man, was also my middle school art teacher. And during his explanation of how he recreates Black hair, he told us, his predominately Black class, that Black people’s hair was inherently thin and weak.

I remember us, the Black kids, looking around at each other like, “Ain’t this some sh*t.” But none of us said anything to address his ignorance.

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The Mbalantu Women of the Namibia Know the Secret to Growing Hair to Incredible Lengths

Eembuvi braids worn by women of the Mbalantu tribes from the Namibia
By Mwabi Kaira

The versatility of our hair and all of the hairstyles we can pull off is just one of the many reasons it's great to be melanin. I recently wanted a cornrow style and searched images to show my stylist and ran across an image of eembuvi braids that left me breathless. The black and white image was of three women with their backs turned and braids down to their ankles. Eembuvi braids are worn by women of the Mbalantu tribes from the Namibia. It’s a style that requires preparation from a young age when Mbalantu girls use thick layers of finely ground tree bark and oils– a mixture that is said to be the secret to growing their hair to such lengths.

Alopecia: How I Learned To Find the Beauty In My Baldness


By Kaila Boulware

I am a 23-year-old African-American woman, and for the past ten years, I have been dealing with alopecia. My condition is one that is not uncommon, but given societal expectations of beauty, it is one that is rarely, or never talked about--and when it is talked about, it is demonized to the fullest. I mean really, who wants to be bald, right?

I have been hiding and lying for the past ten years, and now I am finally deciding to OWN MY BEAUTY, even if I am bald.

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#BlackHairIs...Having the Tough Conversations Between Relaxed & Naturals

Photo via Un-Ruly.com 
By Erickka Sy Savané

Many of us would be lying if we said that we don't hold any judgments or bias when we see a woman with relaxed hair. The same could be said when a relaxed-haired woman sees someone natural. Nobody's saying it's right, it just is. Black Hair Is (#BlackHairIs)...a project by Un-Ruly.com in conjunction with hair care line Smooth 'N Shine seeks to have the tough conversations between relaxed and naturals. In a series of 12 short videos, women on both sides talk candidly about biases, stereotypes, whether a mom should perm her daughter's hair and more. Hopefully, a lil' open and honest dialogue will make it a better place for us all!
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This Video on the History of Black Hair Proves Our Hair is Definitely Our Crown


We can't know where we're going until we know where we've been. This video highlighting the history of black hair dating back to Africa, through enslavement, to today, can give us the perspective we need to walk powerfully through the world, knowing that our hair is truly our crown. As Marcus Garvey said, "Remove the kinks from your mind, not your hair." Peep the video and drop us a line in the comment section!

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Why Your Black Hair Appears Brown & What To Do About It


By Winnie Gaturu 

When I was younger, my hair color was an enviable jet black color. As a matter of fact, people often asked my mother whether she had died my hair black and when she said no, many would still not believe her. However, over the years, I've noticed that my hair appears to be brownish in color. In fact, it seemed like I had brown highlights. To get on the same page, I've never colored my hair but it was relaxed at some point. Currently, I've cut it short but it's usually black in the morning and gets a brownish tinge as the day advances. If you've also noticed the same thing with your hair, here are a few possible reasons why this might be happening. 

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How to Prevent Shrinkage in Natural Hair

Via naturalhairslays on instagram
By Mary Wolff

Curls are beautiful in all their variations. While they are beautiful, they may require a good amount of care to stay healthy and looking their best. One of the biggest problems in curly hair, especially for those with thicker hair, is shrinkage. Shrinkage can make your strands look smaller, shorter, and flat. When it comes to preventing shrinkage in natural hair, here are a few tips to help you keep hair looking its best.

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Naturally Glam Is Back With Shea!

Shea Scott Edwards
If you've been rolling with CurlyNikki for a while then you're familiar with Naturally Glam, where you, the reader, got to share your natural hair journey with the rest of us. Well, we're bringing it back, this time with a focus on hair and the other aspects of your life worth highlighting. Are you in school, do you have a business, blog, products, advice, or even photos of your family to share? If you'd like to be featured in the Naturally Glam reboot- whether you live here or abroad- submit your photos and answer the questions inside this post!

First up, we have Shea Scott Edwards, originally from Richmond, VA, currently living in the City of Lost Angels. Yes, Shea's hair is gorgeous, but we also love her commitment to giving back through her online ministry, blog, lifestyle brand and YouTube talk show, "Faith Rocks." Find out why Faith may be just what you need in your life!

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Why Thinning Edges Happen & The Two-Product Combo That Can Save Them


By Bukky Ojeifo

For Black women, the term "snatched edges" is one of endearment, used to highlight a particularly amazing moment or describe thinning edges in a friendlier way. But if you've personally experienced hair loss near the temple area, there's nothing funny or amazing about the struggle to grow them back.

Keep reading for prevention tips and the winning combination that made my growth journey a lot easier.

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5 Signs You’re A Natural Hair Nazi


By Kanisha Parks

Lurking in the comment sections / dropping shade left and right
Mad at the world / always ready to fight.
They think they run the hair scene / their way or none
Natural Hair Nazis / mad since day one.


Seriously, cheesy poetry aside: Natural Hair Nazism is real and thriving. It’s unfortunate, really, because ultimately, it really is just hair. But Natural Hair Nazis take this hair thing to a wholeee other level. While being natural for seven years, I heard the term “Natural Hair Nazi” thrown around pretty consistently but since returning relaxed, the term instantly became personal. I never knew how much women cared about other women’s hair!

What’s more is, Natural Hair Nazis don’t just discriminate against relaxed ladies—they get mad at the hair choices of other naturals too! They feel as though “being natural” should be conducted a certain way, and anything contrary to their opinion of what it means to be natural is frowned upon.
So the question is (and be real)—are you a Natural Hair Nazi? Let’s find out!

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Why We Take So Much Ownership Over Other People’s Hair


By Veronica Wells

When I was first hired on at MadameNoire, I quickly learned that if we needed a traffic boost, all I had to do was write something about hair. It got to the point where I started feeling like I wrote, almost exclusively about hair. And eventually, I got burnt out. As a result, I vowed that I would no longer spend my days writing about something so “trivial.” I pulled a Solange. I said I wasn’t talking about no damn hair no mo only to continue talking about hair; Solange in the single from A Seat At The Table and me by writing for this Black women’s publication that focuses on our hair.

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5 Heatless Natural Hair Styles

 Finally Fiona
By Mary Wolff

Heat can be useful in achieving certain styles. However, heat often comes at a price to your strands. When you overuse heat tools, you can weaken your hair and dry it out leaving it a frizzy, damaged mess. Whether you are going totally heat free, or just looking to cut back on your usage, these heatless natural hairstyles give you great looks without compromising on the health of your curls.

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Does Length Envy Keep You From Dating A Man With Longer Hair Than You?

Steven Jackson is #hairgoals
By Veronica Wells

Once my locs got to a certain length, after nearly a year-long awkward phase, they immediately became a topic of conversation for the Black women I’d meet out and about. Years ago, as an after work mixer was winding down, one such Black woman told me how much she admired my locs. She asked a few of the standard questions about maintenance and how long I’d been growing them. But the conversation ended differently than most of these encounters.

“I love the way locs look on men too. I just don’t think I could ever date a man with locs.”

What's Your Fav Gabrielle Union Textured Hairstyle?!

Gabrielle Union 
By Madamenoire
Gabrielle Union is undergoing a major transition career and image wise. In the past year, we’ve seen the actress become an activist and author, speaking out on sexual assault and race matters and publishing her first novel, We’re Going to Need More Wine. The 45-year-old also became an entrepreneur, debuting a line of hair care products under the brand name Flawless. And on that front we also saw Gabby makeover her own mane, ditching the straight styles she’s known for in favor of rocking more natural textures and, in some instances, her own hair.

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Does Zinc Help Hair Grow Longer

Photo: nftips.com
By Mary Wolff

We all want long, healthy hair. When it comes to generating new growth, it can feel like a slow, painful journey. Many naturals turn to supplements as a way to get the results they want with a little more speed. However, a lot of what you read online may just be hype or hearsay, neither of which really do you any good. When it comes to supplements, there are several which are touted as hair miracles. What about zinc? Does zinc help hair grow longer?

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5 Inexpensive Ways to Freshen Your Hairstyle

 
 By Mary Wolff

Choosing your next hairstyle can be tricky. You obviously want something that is stylish and easy to care for, but you probably also want a look that will last a few weeks. When it comes to these 5 inexpensive ways to freshen your hairstyle, make your look go the extra mile without spending a lot of money.

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5 Tips To Help You Nail That Cornrow Style You Saw Online

Issa Rae 
By Winnie Gaturu
There are tons of amazing cornrow styles online, especially on Pinterest and YouTube. The problem is, the style might not turn out the way you pictured it once you get it done. The truth is, you might fall in love with a particular style and have it replicated by your hair stylist only to have less than pleasing results. It's happened to most of us, but it doesn't always have to go the wrong way. Here are some tips to help you nail those cornrows you saw online and look like a million bucks.

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