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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16-Year-Old Devian White is a Naturally Glam Georgia Peach

Devian White
By Mwabi Kaira

Look at most young girls and they are busy mimicking the looks and actions of older women they see on social media. Everyone looks like the next girl; same hair, same make up, same clothes, and that's why it’s so refreshing to see 16-year-old Georgia Peach, Devian White, so comfortable in her own skin!

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Nape Hair Giving You the Blues? Here's How to Strengthen & Grow It!


Discovering Natural 
Just like our edges, the nape area can have a lot of breakage, but also a lot of growth. These tips for strengthening and growing nape hair from Discovering Natural are so practical that even a child can follow them!

OVERNIGHT Hair Growth? 1 INCH in 12 hours With the Popular Egg Mask!

EfikZara 
Hi Z-Stars,

I’d like to share this video of me trying out the very popular egg mask that alleges hair growth of an inch overnight...You have to watch to find out what happens, but the results are definitely shocking! 

Enjoy and Best Wishes,
Zara “EfikZara”

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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...

Zeena Has an Unconventional Career as a Chaplain and She's Naturally Glam

Zeena Regis
By Mwabi Kaira

I met Zeena Regis over a decade ago in Kentucky. We were black girl transplants to Lexington and excited to meet since we had such similar interests. I immediately loved her hair, I had locs at the time and she had the healthiest natural hair I’d seen that she styled beautifully. Our hair was just one more thing we bonded over. I was fascinated that she had lived in Alaska and ended up in Kentucky after graduating from Agnes Scott in Atlanta. Here we both are living in Atlanta now and Zeena is a hospice chaplain and was recently ordained into the Sacred Order of the Holy Rascal, an international network of spiritual creatives using laughter and love to reclaim a compassionate and creative religiosity and to reveal, resist, and reverse the growing trend in big religion toward fascism, tribalism, ignorance, arrogance, violence, and hate. I love watching Zeena work in her field and still being fabulous while doing it.

DIY Kinky Twist: Super Easy, Super Cheap, Super Adorable & Just in Time for Summer!


NapsAreTheNewBlack
By Erickka Sy Savané

Let's face it, there's nothing like a great protective style for the summer, especially if you're active. When this video surfaced by NapsAreTheNewBlack we clapped our hands because it's everything she said: "Super easy, super cheap, and super adorable!" Plus you don't have to be an expert to install. So do yourself a favor and peep this tutorial because it's less than five minutes! Also, leave a comment, like her page, and if you really like this video subscribe to her channel!

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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!

IG @marihsantosss
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.

5 Game-Changing Natural Hair Moments of the Past 10 Years

Solange Knowles 
By Kristin Denise Rowe

It’s hard to put an exact start date on the natural hair movement, as it began organically online between Black women. However, folks who write about the movement often mark its beginnings to the late 2000s—perhaps around 2007 or 2008. During these early years, newfound social media usage, an interest in organic products and going green, DIY culture, and natural-haired celebrities all opened up a space for the movement to spread.

Over the past decade, a number of natural hair-related moments have made us smile, scream, and think. Here are 5.

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8 Go-To Hairstyles for 4C Hair

Photo via Un-ruly
By Ellen Haile
We all have those moments when we have no idea what to do with our hair. Sometimes we’re simply just bored or have forgotten what our options are. Luckily, for our 4C readers, we’ve put together a curated list of go-to hair styles courtesy of the gram!

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4 Do's & Don'ts for Maintaining Healthy Locs

photo via google
By Locslife

Whenever you start something new, you’re bound to make mistakes. However, there are some issues we can avoid with a little research. Read below to see my opinion of what NOT to do with your locs (based on either my own experience or research), and what to do instead.

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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20 Black Beauty Bloggers to Know!

@brihallofficial
By Ashley Renee

As a woman who has been addicted to YouTube for the past several years, I must give credit to the amazing youtube gurus for teaching me how to do my own box braids, faux locs, search and destroy trim method, a wide array of makeup looks and giving me a ton of vegan and vegetarian meal ideas. Not to mention teaching me how to make some bomb vegan nacho cheese!

While I've always looked to YouTube for hair and makeup styling tips, I must say there are hundreds and thousands of YouTubers out there that have amazing content, we just probably haven't heard of them. With YouTube often offering suggestions to watch beauty bloggers with well over 50K views per video, it's no wonder why so many talented, quirky, and informal beauty bloggers go unnoticed.

After realizing that I was literally watching the same people day in and out, I decided to start searching for less known YouTube beauty gurus and I'm glad I did because I came across some gems (and some ladies who aren't quite so green, but deserve a shoutout too.) If you too have never heard of these ladies, it's time you did! Click through the gallery below to check out 20 of my new favorite black beauty gurus.

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3 Super Easy Ways to Make Aloe Vera Oil


Discovering Natural
By now, many of us have figured out that doing it yourself (DIY), is easier on the pocket and we also know exactly what's going into our products. In this video, Discovering Natural teaches us 3 super easy ways to make aloe vera oil. Now aloe vera oil can be used as a skin moisturizer, for eczema, as a hot oil treatment, for edges growth, dry scalp and more! Peep this video and show Discovering Natural some love by liking her page, subscribing to her channel, leaving a comment below and sharing! 
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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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Advice to a Mom Whose Daughter Gets Teased for Her Short Afro Hair



By Erickka Sy Savané

As the managing editor of CurlyNikki I read a lot of comments, especially on the Facebook page where folks nowadays seem more comfortable, or maybe it's just more convenient, to sound off. This particular comment and question from a reader was tough to read, and I think anyone would agree, whether a parent or not: My daughter has 4c hair and the shrinkage is real! She gets teased at head start by her peers. They call her bald head and ugly because her hair isn’t long and silky. I try my best to instill in her love for her natural self. She doesn’t feel pretty unless she has crochets in. I was teased a lot in school, and it still has an affect on my self esteem. I’m afraid she’s going to end up the same way. How do we teach our kids to love themselves when we have other kids out here telling them they’re not good enough?

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Hair Wars: "Where Hairstylists Can Go Crazy."

Photo of Wishbone with his models via vogue.com
By Lauren Valenti

Inside the labyrinth of corridors at MoMA PS1 on a recent Sunday night in New York City, there is human hair, cast in supernatural shapes and ceiling-bound heights, at every turn.

With one hour to go before Hair Wars’s showtime—at 6:05 p.m. sharp (to ensure punctuality, no exceptions!)—stylists are putting last-minute touches on their painstakingly detailed creations. Every nuance counts; this is, after all, the free-form traveling showcase that has, for three decades and counting, fought to put fantasy hair design on the beauty map.

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