Spring Forward With These Fun Fab Natural Hairstyles!

Bria Larine via xonecole.com
By Danielle Jennings

Whether you are newly a member of the natural hair community or a veteran naturalista, creative hair inspo is always welcomed. For spring, the temperatures are heating up and color palettes are brighter, so that means it's the perfect time to have a little fun and experiment with hairstyles that force you out of your comfort zone a bit. Try out a bold hair color, rock some intricate braids, or show off that gorgeous bone structure with a delicate updo. The options are endless!

ALL Little Girls Don’t Want Long Hair

Photo by Makho
By Erickka Sy Savané

It was my daughter’s 6th birthday and as a surprise I decided to get her hair braided. She never really asked for braids, but recently I thought that she might like to try something new, and when I casually ran the idea by her she said she’d like to try it. Now, my daughter has a short, thick afro. Honestly, the thought of having it cornrowed for a while so I wouldn’t have to fight with her everyday to ‘pick it more softly’ was as much for me as it was her.

Fast-forward to the big day. We’re sitting in the Senegalese braiding shop in my Jersey City hood.

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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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Here's Why Kim Kardashian Crediting Her Fulani Braids To Bo Derek Is Problematic

Kim Kardashian 
By Samantha Callender via Essence.com

Braids have long been the de facto hairstyle of the African diaspora. Originally a tribal signifier amongst African tribes, the technique was brought across the Atlantic during slavery and is now a go-to protective style for Black women.

There's no arguing that braids have played a critical role in Black hair culture, which is why when celebrities, namely Kim Kardashian, chose to credit the style to Bo Derek, a white actress, we have a problem.

5 YouTube Videos That Will Inspire You to Do Your Own Box Braids


By Siraad Dirshe via Essence.com

Protective style season is in full swing. Box braids are a no-brainer when it comes to protecting your strands against winter's harsh temperatures, mainly for their ease and longevity. For many of us, getting our favorite braided style involves several hours in a chair and a triple-digit price tag. However, we've noticed and heard more Black women opting to do their own braids.

Elle Magazine's Documentary On Braids Will Give You All The Feels!

Karrueche Tran 
By Erickka Sy Savané
Not all documentaries are created equal. But Elle Magazine's 'Braided: An American Hair Story' taps celebs like Lupita Nyong'o, Young M.A., and Karrueche Tran, as well as stylist to the stars Vernon Francois and author Ayana Byrd to give us an entertaining, political, and historic look at the hairstyle that is more than just a hairstyle but a staple of black culture. Produced by Angel Lenise, Bree Green, and Julie Schott, it's totally worth watching so click the link!

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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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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Why I No Longer Side-Eye Women Who Wear Braids, Weaves And Wigs


By Tee Elle
“I like your weave.”
I was midstride towards the register when the cashier greeted me, not with a “Did you find everything okay?” but with a flippant statement that was based purely on assumption rather than fact: The hair that tickled the middle of my back as lightly as a lover’s hand couldn’t have grown out of my scalp. “This is not a weave,” I retorted, appalled.

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