Why I Cut My Waist Length Natural Hair


Elle of CurlsUnbothered shares:

In the video I speak about my long hair being a confidence crutch and the freedom of cutting it. Check it out!

How A Brave 10 Year Old Overcame Her Obsession With Straight Hair



"Being around so many beautiful black girls and women who love dance really helped me feel super proud to be me."

Jade Jackson was just three years old when she stood on the toilet and declared, “I hate my hair!,” while frantically trying to pull it straight. It was the first sign that she and her hair were going to have issues.

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Don't Touch My Hair.


Zara writes:

This is a rant story time video about my experiences with people touching and/or trying to touch my hair. I talk about what I consider to be appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to hair touching/questioning and I invite my viewers to share their stories and opinions!

I'm sure every natural can relate! I hope you enjoy.

The Natural Hair Movement Failed Me





"I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expectations" - India Arie

When I was in middle school, a boy I had a crush on said that I was cute, but that he didn’t date girls with “my kind of hair.” I was not sure what was wrong with “my kind of hair,” but presumably he meant the short kind. Although I never really understood what he meant, that comment really stuck with me, because I’ve hated my hair for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wished it were just a little bit longer. A tad bit fuller. And much, much thicker.

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'Be you, love you and do it well.'- Miosha



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. 
Hi! my name is Miosha and I’m from Miramar, Florida

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural since April 2011. I did not initially embrace my curls because I couldn’t find the right products to agree with my hair.

Who motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
My motivation to transition came about because I was in a phase in my life where I was trying to find myself. My marriage was coming to an end and I was caring for my son who has cerebral palsy which is a full time job within itself. Life during that particular time was really stressful.  I needed a change and I just wanted to embrace who I really was. I think I transitioned for all of three months lol. Then one day I decided I didn’t want to transition anymore so I went to the salon and had them to cut it all off. It was a very emotional and liberating experience for me and I have no regrets
:)

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Wash Day with '90's Throwback Products



3 REASONS WE SHOULD ALL LEAVE OUR THROWBACK PRODUCTS IN THE PAST

by Jascmeen of Jascmeen.com

Throwback pics, vintage tees, and even the occasional retro makeup moment are all A-okay with me, but old school beauty products? Oh, HELL NO.

For some reason I thought it would be fun to use all throwbacks for a wash day YouTub video. I strolled down the aisles of my local beauty supply and 99 Cent store and scooped up every nostalgic product I could find.

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I Cut My Natural Hair... And I'm So Happy!



 by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

 Yes, it’s true I cut my natural hair, and I am so happy that I did! I began my natural hair journey in 2009. I transitioned for 24 months and I would say I was “fully” natural by 2011, when I cut the remaining relaxer from my hair. My hair thrived, it was healthy and super long. Many said my hair was “goals” for them.

2011

2014

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by Bianca Jones of www.missbeesblog.com

From as far back as I can remember, my hair has always been a constant struggle and a work in progress. My hair in its natural state was so intimidating that for a long time I only dealt with it when it was straightend. After trying product after product, style after style, and many beauticians, I finally found what works for me. Even though I have now cut my hair into a tapered natural cut, natural hair can still be a scary transition nobody what the length is.

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Real Talk: I'm Not Feeling My Natural Hair


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com 

So I’ll be honest, I’m not feeling my natural hair. My hair has been through some major changes over the past year. If you have been following me, you know that I had to learn to care for it all over again with new techniques and practices due to post-partum shedding and texture changes. Read my story here.

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Cree Brown- 'My Breakthrough Happened When I Became Loyal to My Hair, Not a Brand'



by Cree Brown

In 2010, when I started my natural hair journey, I was at the gym and a curlfriend recommended I try SheaMoisture products because the ingredients were better than what I was using. From 2010 until late 2015, SheaMoisture was all that I used. I had SheaMoisture erythang. But, in November 2015, I noticed what I believed to be a change in their product’s consistency, more specifically with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I was in panic mode because the consistency was so off I was afraid to use it. I had no idea what to do. The ends of my hair were becoming increasingly drier, and every bit of growth was being trimmed off because my ends were so dry and damaged. I had to do something, but what?...

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I Cheated... and Loved It!

 
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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved experimenting with different hairstyles.

My mom would send me to school with two neat plaits, and I'd step off the bus with a Solange-esque 'fro. In 8th grade, I'd rock my hair in a half up, half down style with the bang falling over my eye, like Aaliyah. In college, I colored it honey blonde in the dorm bathroom. I've always been impulsive with my hair, figuring if I hate it, I can always grow it/weave it/dye it/go bald and start over.

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Glam Idol, Brigite- "Dating while natural is amazing!"



Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, my name is Brigite. I’m from the Cape Verde Islands. It is an island off of the west coast of Africa! The best place in the entire world. I was born there. Now I reside in little old Boston.

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IG @abigail.martina

by Toia B. of luvtobnatural.com

We’ve all got those remarks that make us cringe when we hear them. Well, instead of the mini rants that I tend to do among friends or on my own Instagram page via perfectly-crafted memes, here’s a lil roundup of the natural hair comments many of us would rather not hear!

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by Dr. Aziza Glass of Azizaglass.com

There is something about a melanin infused woman who walks into a room and has the nerve to have hair that defies gravity. This woman can’t become a wallflower even if she tried. This is #BlackGirlMagic in action.

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My 4 Step System for Natural Hair Assailants


by Dr. Aziza Glass of Azizaglass.com

Just imagine someone walking up to you…and touching you…without your permission. **Can someone say “STRANGER DANGER?!”** This has happened to me on several occasions and each time I have to take a breath and decide how I will proceed.

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6 Natural Hair Stereotypes I Get All the Time


by Dr. Aziza Glass of Azizaglass.com

Since I became natural and started rocking my fro, I have observed some interesting changes in my interactions with people and their perception of me. Below is a list of just a few:

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Going Natural May NOT Be the Key to Helping Your Daughter Embrace Her Natural Hair


by Kirleen Neely PhD, LPC-S of http://www.richardsoncounseling.com/ 

In recent years natural hair moms have begun to unapologetically enter PTA meetings, playgrounds, and mommy groups rocking their curls. Many of them made a conscious decision to “go natural” as a way to teach their daughters self-acceptance and also help them learn how to navigate their kinky coils.

One significant off spring of their choice to “go natural” is for the first time in decades many little Black girls have grown up knowing that wearing their hair natural is an option. They have gone to weddings where the bride strolls down the aisle with kinky curls, had teachers who proudly rock a fierce twist out, and seen their moms do the big chop. Undoubtedly, in the last decade little girls have been exposed to a higher percentage of diverse hair images than in years prior.

A LIBRARY THAT BURNS...REMEMBERING MAYA ANGELOU


By Erickka Sy Savané of PopMomDaily.com

I just heard that my favorite library has burned. When I got the news I wanted to cry, "Why this library and not another? This library, though old and frail, had so much more to give. Just recently it was set to be given yet another award for its incredible contribution to the world. I can't help but wonder what my life might have been without this library.

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by Aziza Glass of www.azizaglass.com via BlackNaps.org

Black women’s transition to rock their natural curl is not a trend. It’s a movement. Now that Black women have reclaimed the pride of wearing their natural hair, the world has begun to take notice. How much so? Major hair product companies are launching more “curly,” “textured,” or “natural” lines with pictures of Black women smiling and dancing with their natural hair. A sector in the weave/hair extension market has emerged selling textured hair that will closely match your own curl pattern. Black women with haircare products are some of the fastest growing and successful entrepreneurs in the business sector. Conventional hair and cosmetic industry companies have had a double digit dip in profit, the first time in decades.

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Between (Reality) TV and Real Life: On Black Women and Abortion


by EricaThurman of EricaThurman.com

I was watching the Love and Hip Hop reunion last week and something occurred to me. Somewhere between Olivia Pope and Amina Pankey by way of Mary Jane Paul and K Michelle, Black women are having, and talking about, abortions on TV.

Round about last fall, near the intersection of reality tv and Shondaland, we saw a Black woman get on a table, have an abortion and then go back to her job and life without seeming to miss a beat (Olivia Pope). We saw a Black woman reveal the abortion she had kept secret from her family for years (Mary Jane Paul). We watched a Black woman express regret about having an abortion (K Michelle). And we followed along as a Black woman made the decision to terminate a pregnancy while simultaneously declaring that she did have a desire to have more children (Amina Pankey).

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