After Fighting It For Years, UK Woman Grows Out Beard Resulting From Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

*Editor’s note: This article has been updated to make mention of Harnaam’s religious beliefs. This takes strength. Harnaam Kaur has opted to say ‘to hell’ with prevailing beauty and gender standards and keep her beard, which is a result of polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal imbalance which leads to, among other things, excessive levels of... Continue Reading

An Afro Pick with a Mirror? A Flat Iron That Steams? 5 Interesting New Inventions for Natural Hair

With more and more handsfree, super-powered, and specialized technologies being invented to make every aspect of our lives easier, there’s no surprise that the hair industry is looking for ways to bring innovative designs and technologies into products and tools. If you’re the kind of woman who is always up-to-date on the latest tech gadgets,... Continue Reading

Popular Afrocentric Jewelry Label Rachel Stewart Shutting Down Due to Chinese Plagiarism

If you’re a black woman who is active on social media you’ve likely come across Rachel Stewart’s designs. The talented 42-year-old, North Carolina based designer churns out unique and incredibly cool black-centric pieces under her eponymous label Rachel Stewart Jewelry. Countless women have purchased her jewelry, including actress Kim Coles, singer Nelly Furtado and Beyonce’s... Continue Reading

For the Styling Challenged: Easy Havana Twist Tutorial

Disclaimer: This style was the FIRST time I ever installed twists/braids in my hair. I mention this just to highlight that this is a great style for beginners and those who are a bit challenged when it come to adding extensions. A few weeks back I wrote about my failed twist out here. A few... Continue Reading

15 Pics From #NationalLipstickDay That Prove Black Women Can Rock Any Lip Color

July 29 was #NationalLipstickDay and women all over the country celebrated their love of lipstick. But the celebration had special resonance with black women, who are often told that certain shades are off-limits to us because of our dark skin. Well, the devil is a lie and these 15 photos prove that black women can... Continue Reading

Willow Smith Shows Off Her Growing Locs During a Mother-Daughter Vacay in Hawaii

A few months back Willow Smith shared that she wanted locs to embrace her natural self. Since then she’s started her locs and they are looking beautiful! During a recent mother-daughter trip to Hawaii, Jada rocked her semi-free-form loc look while enjoying some quality time with her mother. Jada took to her Facebook page to... Continue Reading

Black Women Are Sharing Their Stunning International Travel Pics Under the Hashtag #TravelNoire

Black is global. Not only are black people spread across the globe, we travel across the globe. A recent New York Times piece shone a spotlight on black travel, and particularly the black millennial women who are bringing visibility to it on social media. The group began in September 2011 on Facebook as a fellowship... Continue Reading

How I Maintain Bomb Natural Hair on a Lazy Regimen: Geniece

There is a common misconception that in order to have beautiful natural hair, you have to do a lot. But the natural gurus on our writing staff know better than that. Over the next several days we will share how our writers maintain incredible natural hair on very simple and basic regimens. Next up is... Continue Reading

Stylists Respond: Why Natural Hair Styles are So Expensive at the Salon

Last week Judith wrote about her frustration – which quite a few naturals share – about the inability to get our hair done at non-specialized hair salons, with some suggestions on how these salons can get our attention back. As you can imagine, one of the major concerns was the cost of natural hair styles.... Continue Reading

Baltimore Police Blocked Rihanna From Performing a Free Benefit Concert for Freddie Gray

In the wake of the April 2015 murder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore community members mobilized to protest senseless violence against black citizens by the police. Pop superstar Rihanna wanted to use her celebrity to bring attention to the cause by marching with protesters and performing a free concert. The Baltimore Sun reported on... Continue Reading

Blogger Andrea Pippins of Fly Girl is Publishing a Natural Hair Coloring Book for Adults

The I Love My Hair adult coloring book is the brainchild of Designer and Fly Girl Blogger, Andrea Pippins who we featured in 2009. The coloring book is due to be released on November 10. Pippins, most known for her beautiful, natural-centric designs and tastemaking blog has branched out into the growing market of coloring... Continue Reading

[Video] Get Down Now! President Obama Does a Traditional Kenyan Line Dance

We already know that President Obama can sing… But did you know that, when need be, he can get down on the dance floor? The President recently visited his father’s homeland of Kenya — he is the first sitting US president to do so — and during a state dinner Saturday night he did the... Continue Reading

It’s About Time Wash and Go’s Were Viewed as a Protective Style: Here are 4 Reasons Why

Nothing new to see here, folks: I live in a wash and go. If I had to say that I’ve mastered one natural hair style, this would be it. I know which techniques work best for distributing product in my hair, what gels or creams yield what type of results, how to make them last,... Continue Reading

13 Stunning Pictures from W Magazine’s All Black, All Natural Fashion Spread

W Magazine has come out the gate with a flawless fashion editorial that only features black models. The six models — Aya Jones, Binx Walton, Ajak Deng, Amilna Estevao, Tami Williams and Anais Mali — are all rocking their natural hair in the elaborately styled Fall fashion spread. The models donned everything from festive 70s-inspired looks... Continue Reading

Why The Women of This African Tribe Dress in Victorian Era Fashion

The Herero tribe inhabits much of Namibia and is known for its traditional Victorian era-style of dress. So how did the Herero come to develop such a distinct style of dress? In 1892, German colonists entered the Southern African country of Namibia and declared it “German South-West Africa” around 1904. This led to the first genocide... Continue Reading