Ami McClure Gets a Baddass Baldie & Teaches Her Girls That "Hair Isn't Everything."

The McClure twins with mom Ami
By Mwabi Kaira

Ami and Justin McClure rose to YouTube fame when a video of their adorable twin girls Ava and Alexis went viral in 2016. Their family has recently expanded with the addition of son Jersey. Ava and Lexi have become little superstars appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres show and walking on fashion runways and their parents are behind the girls popular YouTube channel - McClure Twins Family documenting their family life as they grow up.

In a recent vlog, Ami talked about how she is tired of this climate of hair shaming. Commenters leave messages on their videos about Ami fixing her daughter’s natural hair but wearing wigs. They have issues with it, saying, "how can you teach your girls about hair and you don’t love yours,” when that couldn't be further from the truth...

Why I Started Rocking Box Braids in the Boardroom


By Chantal Kai-Lewis

Last week, Malia Obama was spotted out and about in NYC sporting box braids. That "event" made it to a Harper's Bazaar headline.

The blog and media flurry surrounding Malia's departure from her straight hairstyles brought me back to a conversation I had several summers ago on a balmy late-July day in the bustling café of my local Wegmann's. That day, I had a lunch meeting - not unlike many others I've had in recent years.

It was with a newly minted college graduate seeking career advice. In walks Lindsay, an incredibly bright, poised and (I soon learned) ambitious young lady. We talked about the ups and downs of college, our similar upbringings and, of course, plans for the future.

Roughly an hour had passed when Lindsay took a glance at my wind-strewn wash-and-go curls and after a brief pause said:
"Okay, so…this is my last question for you: How do you deal with wearing your natural hair at work?"
Admittedly, and with a tinge of embarrassment, I came to the realization that I was not qualified to answer. I never wore my natural hair to work.

Summer Just Got Hotter With These 7 Braid Styles!

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By Brenda Alexander

I’ve always loved braids because they were easy and convenient. But, I would get bored after a few weeks of having them because they were one dimensional. I started working as a teenager and in some places of employment, they were even considered unprofessional. And now that I look back, regardless of how insensitive that perception could be, I can see how it may have appeared that way.

With the styles available now, there’s no need to stress over a lack of choices or looking like a misfit in any setting. And, with summer in full effect, now is the perfect time for protective styling and hair that’s durable yet fashionable at the same time. Here are the top braiding options to keep your hair (and body) on guard from the heat while also slaying.

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.

DIY Sleek Feed-in Braids on short 4C Hair


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Alright Ladies, summer is coming and what better way to protective style or just switch up your look than with some sleek cornrows!? Here vlogger BeautyWithTy shows us how to feed-in braids on short 4c hair. But don't fret, even if you have longer hair, this video is still for you! Now if you really wanna go all out for summer, try using colored extensions!

Spring Forward With These Fun Fab Natural Hairstyles!

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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

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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

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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

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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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