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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Thanks for your participation in the Urban Hydration Coconut Oil Hair Care Bundle Giveaway! We loved reading what you want to see on CurlyNikki because, ultimately, we are here for YOU. So without further ado, this week's winner is.........

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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

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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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Check Out CurlyGaisha's Secret Home Remedy To Overcoming Dry Dull Hair!

CurlyGaisha
Looking for a conditioner that will leave your natural hair soft, curls defined and scalp feeling fresh like a morning breeze? Here's natural hair lover CurlyGaisha's secret home remedy that will surely give you the results you want and then some!

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A Plea To End The Black Barbie Doll Look

By Erickka Sy Savané

Every time I see my beautiful black queens with long, straight hair weave I take a sigh. Their beauty is undeniable. Let’s get that out of the way, first. But it’s not the hair. It’s the skin tone. Dark skin is majestic, regal and refined. There’s a presence to it. But it gets covered up with excessive hair. Sometimes I want to scream, "Give White people, Asians, and Indians back their hair- We Don't Need It!”

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Kid/Teen Friendly Silk Press For Natural Hair

Video tutorial by She'kia Renea
Looking for a kid/teen friendly way to straighten natural hair using a silk wrap? Look no further than this video tutorial by beauty & lifestyle vlogger She'kia Renea! Here she breaks down everything you need to know for how to achieve a bone-straight look on natural hair!

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How to Wash Braided Hair, the Right Way



By Mary Wolff

When it comes to hairstyles that make life easier, braids are a top choice. They look great, last for weeks, and protect strands from damage. When it comes to care, some curlies are confused about washing braided hair. Let’s break down the basic and put your mind at ease.

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This Dad's Hair Braiding Skills Give New Meaning To The Term "Snatching Edges!"


Chad Milner with daughter Cydney
By Chad Milner

One Sunday afternoon, when I was 16 years old, I had a random-yet-intuitive premonition. I looked at my then-months old little cousin in her bassinet and thought to myself “My first child is going to be a little girl,” as my grandmother weaved cornrows into my teenage scalp.

I didn’t give the credence much thought until a decade later. My long-time girlfriend was in her first trimester and we conversed about the gender of our first child. Without hesitation, I told her we were having a daughter and I wanted to be the kind of father that did her hair.

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