Rihanna Calls Her Bantu Knots "Ghetto"


It's not much of a shock to us whenever rebellious Barbadian megastar Rihanna shows up somewhere with visually enticing hair, fashion, and make-up. The killer combo makes up what we adore about the edgy pop princess. But did she take her shock value a little too serious yesterday when she showed up at the iHeartRadio Music Awards rocking some bantu knots and captioned it on her Instagram page as "ghetto"?

Share Your Natural Hair Compliments!


We all get them...and usually when we least expect it! While walking out of the grocery store, primping in the ladies room, or ordering a drink at the bar, you've most certainly been stopped and told how amazingly awesome your natural curls are.  Besides putting some pep in your step, it confirms that all of your time, energy, and moola spent, has been well worth it!

So dish! Share your favorite compliments...

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Look Ma, I'm on Instagram!

Hey y'all!

 I reluctantly joined Instagram a while back but made nary an update.  I didn't get it.  Still don't.  Why in the entire hell do I need another outlet to share ish... between the blog, the facebook and the twitter, I imagine y'all would grow weary of me.  I would.   Anyway, at the urging of the homie Dr. Anderson, I'm doing better and updating regularly, attempting to share even more of myself with you. So follow me if you like... to witness the shenanigans and debauchery realtime.  

Beyonce's Enormous Braided Bun & Baby Blue Ivy!

King B's braided bun... RIDIC, but that baby though! OMG! The cheeks! 


You know, Michelle O won't take my calls.  Maybe B will... yeah... *puts on stalker shoes*

Naturally Blonde Hair Around the World

via naturallycurly

 Hair is simply amazing. The human body and the mechanisms by which it adapts to its environment are mind boggling, and our hair color, texture, porosity and everything else plays a massive part in how well we succeed in a particular environment (or at least it did before we started living in these air conditioned covered boxes).

We all love and nourish our hair, but it’s so easy to forget just how magical these dead cells growing from out of our scalp really are.

Enter the Melanesians, a native group of people living on the Soloman Islands northeast of Australia famous for their beautiful dark skin and naturally blonde hair. Yep, that’s right. They don’t sport weaves, wigs, extensions, permanent dye, temporary dye, some weird henna reaction, or whatever else anyone uses to get the blonde look that’s so typical of the caucasian persuasion. Ten percent of these islanders actually come by it naturally.

The odd combination has got scientists wondering about how such a color combo develops over time. According to the Global Financial Newswires, many scientists have long thought that their blonde hair was a result of a diet high in fish, perhaps bleaching by the sun and salt water, or a reminder of the island’s historic relations with people of European descent.

In fact, the blonde Melanesians have blonde that is unique solely to them. According to the study in which scientists compared 43 blonde hair islanders to 42 dark hair islanders, blonde Melanesians have a variant of a native gene called TYRP1 that plays an important role in the melanin biosynthetic pathway. This variant is completely separate from what causes blonde hair in Europeans, and doesn’t even exist in the European genetic set.

What’s truly beautiful in this fascinating discovery, as so perfectly stated by the study author Sean Myles, a geneticist at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, is that “it’s a great example of convergent evolution, where the same outcome is brought about by completely different means.”

And that makes hair of all textures, types and colors absolutely unique and absolutely beautiful.

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