True Story: I Got Pregnant & I Went Bald

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By Courtni Guevara

I didn't want to wash my hair. No, that’s not accurate. I wanted to wash my hair, but I was scared. My scalp burned as if it were on fire. The water would soothe it, but it would also cause so much more of it to fall out all at once. There were already the warning signs – like when I had thought that I dropped my washcloth in the shower and was horrified to find that it was a large clump of hair.

As it turned out, my fear didn’t matter; within two months I would be completely bald from head to toe.

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White Woman Gets Her Privilege Checked After Touching a Black Woman's Hair

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By Erickka Sy Savané

White women, or white folks in general, feeling the need to touch black women's hair is nothing new. Seeing them get busted right in the act is. Thanks to this guy who took this now viral video at a restaurant in Atlanta, and posted it to twitter, everyone gets to see how it goes down in all its white-privileged creepiness...

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Do You Ever Feel Guilty Choosing One Stylist Over Another?


By Veronica Wells

The lore of Black men feeling unhealthy and irrational attachments to their barbers is not reserved only for them. Black women have our own struggles separating from beauticians and stylists who have been doing our hair for some time. I’ve seen women tolerate bad attitudes, ugly styling, stagnant hair growth and even damage for the sake of loyalty…or fear.

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5 Deep Conditioners Your Curls Will Love

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By Kandice Guice

Just in case you missed the memo, deep conditioners can often be the curl savior your hair desperately needs. You might be surprised by the results you receive by simply incorporating the right products into your weekly wash regimen. Sometimes, knowing where to start is half of the battle. That's why I'm showcasing 5 deep conditioners that will help curly girls solve all of their curl woes. Here goes:

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The Best DIY Hair Mask for Definition & Hair Growth! Type 4 Approved!

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Okay, ya'll, our girl NickyBNatural went all in and tried this DIY Rhassoul clay mask and the results are just amazing! Now what is Rhassoul clay and what can it do for you? Check out the video! And drop us a comment 😊.

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Greying Gracefully? It's Complicated...

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By Tabitha A. Wiggins 

It’s another Saturday night in and I’m about to start my normal weekend routine of laundry, food shopping, and of course…wash day. For over the past 7 years I have proudly navigated my natural hair journey. I have gone years at a time without applying heat. I have had moments of being a strict follower of the Curly Girl Method.  I have washed and styled and washed some more. My journey has certainly been my own, and I have truly embraced all things “natural” about my curls. Well, all things except for the ever so noticeable silver streaks no longer sporadically placed upon my head.

10-Year-Old Boy Grows Out Hair to Shoulder-Length to Donate to Cancer Patient

Image Credit: Angie Polus (Moore's mom)
By Winnie Gaturu

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second largest killer in the world with millions of deaths being reported per year. The sad thing is that the disease affects both the young and old. Although it can be treated, especially when detected in its early stages, most types of treatment tend to take a toll on the patient. Perhaps one of the most known side effects of cancer treatment is hair loss which is mainly attributed to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. To most people, hair is an important part of their identity, so hair loss due to cancer treatment is devastating, especially to young kids.

This brings us to the story of Thomas Moore. When he was 8 years old he found his mother watching a video of a little girl losing her hair during chemotherapy. His mom went on to explain to him that the 5-year-old girl, Kyssi Andrew, was suffering from cancer and the treatment was responsible for her hair loss. At that moment, Moore was inspired to do something about it. He told his mother that he would grow out his hair and give it to Kyssi.

Why the Natural Hair Movement Has Been a Gift & a Curse to Black Women


By Arah Iloabugichukwu

I made it all the way from the Just For Me craze to the infamous wrap era without so much as a curling iron touching my head. Well, there was this one time for picture day in 5th grade that my mom decided to bless me with some Shirley temple curls. She made it about half through my mid-back kinks before throwing in the towel, tossing the entire middle section into a Bantu knot and sending me on my way. That 5th grade struggle photo, complete with Pebbles’ top knot, will forever encapsulate the relationship I have with my hair. Me in a constant state of “Really, Girl??” and my hair offering a boisterous “Really……period!” in return.

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Everything You Need to Know About Traction Alopecia


By Kanisha Parks

 Have you ever had bald spots, thinning edges, or a red and irritated scalp? Well read on, Sis, because Dr. Adeline N. of @brownskinderm is here with all of the information you need to know about Traction Alopecia, which is a form of hair loss caused by repetitive and prolonged tension on hair roots. TA is more prevalent than you might think, so it’s important to know how to prevent it, as it could result in irreversible hair loss in its worst case scenario.

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These Mattel Barbie Styling Heads are Selling Like Hot Cakes & There's Only 1 Place to Get Them

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By Sonya Eskridge 

Barbie is teaching young girls about the joy of playing with natural curls with a new deluxe styling head and it’s about time!

Black moms on Instagram were stunned to find out that Mattel has produced a Deluxe Barbie Styling Head with naturally textured hair. CocoaMochaKids found the doll perched on a shelf in the Barbie aisle at a New Jersey Wal-Mart earlier this month, and they couldn’t resist sharing it with their followers.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Natural Hair

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By Lydia Anglin

Once upon a time, there was a baby naturalista who used to sit in front of the mirror every night, with her arms held high for over 45 minutes, trying to complete the perfect twist out.

As she huffed and puffed, she wished for a fairy godmother who could end her misery and just grant her poppin' curls at the flick of a wand. But, this naturalista eventually came to her senses and realized: ain't nobody got time for that.

4 Lessons Learned from 1 Year Relaxed After 7 Years of Natural Hair

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By Kanisha Parks

Going back relaxed after being natural for 7 years has been nothing short of a major learning experience. The day of my relaxer, I was so incredibly happy and relieved to finally have hair that was easy to manage. But looking back, not all of my high expectations were met. Honestly, if you had asked me the day I got my relaxer where I wanted to be in a year, I definitely would’ve said something like, “Well, I plan to grow and retain at least six inches of hair.” Needless to say, that didn’t happen . . .

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The Secret to Why Benny Harlem's Natural Hair Products Sell Out in 59 Seconds

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By Winnie Gaturu

You've probably heard of Benny Harlem and his impressive hair. He was even featured in the 2018 Guiness Book of World records for having the highest high top fade ever recorded. His natural hair journey is nothing short of impressive. For him, it's not only about the hair, it's about nourishing the soul and spirit and using natural products.

Benny has been growing out his hair for the past 14 years, and like every other natural, it has taken time to fully understand how to nourish his hair. He's tried and tested many products while making all the hair mistakes you can imagine. Eventually, he started making his own natural hair products which he has been using together with his wife and daughter, and due to public demand (from his many social media followers), he decided to make the products available for people to buy. Now find out why they sell out in 59 seconds.

Take the Perfect Selfies With this Simple Tutorial

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Some of us completely suck at taking selfies...don't know where to look into the camera, no idea where the best lighting is...if you've ever wondered how to take the perfect selfie, vlogger Zara's got the perfect tutorial for you!

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True Story: I Removed My Weave in Front of My White Classmates


By Onicia Muller

In celebration of completing our freshman year, we’d decided to gather at a cohort’s apartment to watch one of the final World Cup matches.

The weeks leading up to that fateful day were epic. I’d figured out how to save costs on books so I could splurge during Spring Break. Florida was magical: we got T-shirts with custom airbrushing, ate some delicious BBQ, and had an authentic African American salon experience. My stylist argued with her baby daddy on the phone while doing my hair. Amazing! My leave out blended seamlessly with the highlighted wefts. Those feathered layers, ooh child, I was living!

Singer Leela James is a Naturally Glam Diva

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By Michelby Coco Whitehead

Leela James always remains consistent for the culture. Whether she’s giving us soulful hits or wearing her natural crown and glory, both are equally amazing. We recently chatted with the former R&B Divas star to get the scoop on her hair care tips, mommy duties, and the next phase of her career. Check out our latest Naturally Glam feature with the one and only Leela James!

This Refinery 29 Mini-Doc Examines the Truth Behind Where Hair Extensions Come From

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By Erickka Sy Savané

Some of us want to know where things come from. We want to know our genealogy, where our meat comes from down to the products we put on our body, which is why DIY videos are so important. If you do it yourself, there's no question about its authenticity. Some of us are curious about where hair extensions come from, but funny enough, there's not a lot of info. out there because the business is shadier than Donald Trump's taxes. Enter Refinery 29's gem of a mini-doc that gets out into these hair extension streets, traveling to multiple countries, to uncover the truth about human hair trafficking.  Now proceed with caution becuz once you know you can't not know. (Insert evil laugh) 

Is Letting Your Man Style Your Hair the Ultimate Sign of Love?

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By Erickka Sy Savané

Before this video I'd seen Wendy and Dan in passing. Every now and then they'd pop up on the side of my computer screen in a sponsored video, smiling like they'd just cashed a check. I even wondered if they were a real couple. Now I know. Dan Hennessey & Wendy Joseph are indeed a real couple who have been together for over 10 years (now engaged), with tons of youtube followers who tag along to see their escapades in places like Paris, Costa Rica or even the kitchen as the two chef it up. Wendy has also been known to post videos on her hair routine, which brings me to this video in which Dan attempts to get all up in her voluminous tresses to style her hair in a bun. I could count the number of times a man who wasn't a hair stylist has done my hair. One. My husband. So it made me wonder, is letting your man in your hair the ultimate sign of closeness?

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6 SPF Must-Haves That Ensure Your Black Won't Crack This Summer


By Kandice Guice

Contrary to popular belief, SPF products are a vital summer essential for melanin folks too.

Although darker skin tones are less susceptible to sunburn, they are still at risk of damaging skin effects without the proper protection. These effects include dryness, skin irritation, fine lines, and wrinkles. Such exposure may also result in more serious effects like skin cancer. Incorporating beauty products and sunscreen into your regular routine drastically lowers the risk of skin damage from excessive sun exposure. Here's a rundown of my SPF product bible for summer:

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