This Childhood Photo of Michelle Obama is the Cutest Thing Ever

Daaawwwww! Before she was First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, she was Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on Chicago’s South Side! Does Sasha Obama not look exactly like her?! #twins #withtheglovesandeverything Continue Reading

Melanin x Color: NY Photographer Poses Black Women Against Colored Backdrops for Stunning Photo Series

Culturally when we discuss black skin, it is often framed as problematic. It is “too dark” or “too light”, but New York photographer Chandler Easley of the Cherry Collab highlights the simple beauty of black skin by posing women of color against vivid backdrops. Check out some of the stunning pictures; You can find the... Continue Reading

How to Preserve a Perfect Twist Out for an Entire Week

When it comes to twist outs, the style itself is simple. You simply two strand twist your hair wet or dry with products. When you unravel your twists in the morning, you are greeting with large or small ringlets depending on the size of your twists. Simple. However, figuring out how to keep those curls throughout the... Continue Reading

From ‘Too Ugly to Adopt’ to a World Class Ballerina: Michaela DePrince’s Powerful Story

Privilege is everywhere these days.  Just turn to any reality TV show and no doubt you’ll be vicariously immersed in a world full of excess. A world where talent holds no value, and appearances are everything and more. But what do you do if you don’t have the luxury of money, power, and privilege? What... Continue Reading

Peppermint Oil for Hair Growth is FINALLY Backed by Research

The use of peppermint oil for hair growth is not new at all to the natural hair community. Search the archives of hair care forums and blogs, and you will find at least one thread or article devoted to it. Nonetheless, there has not been a concrete study on peppermint oil for hair growth … until... Continue Reading

Brandy: ‘I Would Loc My Hair If I Wasn’t an Actress’

We’ve enjoyed wtaching Brandy rock various natural styles, but who knew her love of locs was this deep! In an interview with Essence.com, the 36-year-old beauty spoke excitedly about the natural hair movement and her desire to loc; ESSENCE.com: I’ve noticed that you’ve worn afros and different big or curly styles. Brandy: That’s one of... Continue Reading

8 Naturals Rocking the Heck Out of the Fluffy 70s Style Blowout Trend

Many naturals use blowouts as a way to check their length progress, but for those who adore big hair, it can be disappointing to lose volume. A beautiful compromise is the 70s trend of feathery big blowouts rocked by iconic stars like Farrah Fawcett and Diana Ross. Instead of the flat-ironed bone-straight look, the fluffy... Continue Reading

10 Gorgeous Photos of Nigerian Aso-Ebi (aka Bridesmaids)

In Nigerian culture, families and friends often wear similar fabric at cultural celebrations to show unity and support. At traditional weddings, the women whom the bride chooses to wear aso-ebi can be thought of as the equivalent of a huge group of bridesmaids. Check out some of the most stunning aso-ebi groups for some African... Continue Reading

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

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

It Has Begun… Allure Magazine Provides Step-by-Step Instructions for White Girls to Achieve an Afro

From the August 2015 issue of Allure Magazine. First they laugh, then they copy… #blackwomenaretastemakers Ladies, what are your thoughts? Continue Reading

New Salon Chain Will Offer $65 Quick Services for Naturals

Naturals have a testy relationship with black salons. It seems that if they’re not overcharging us, then they’re providing poor service, or even trying to sneak keratin treatments into our hair! And although there are plenty of great natural hair salons, it seems the bad ones heavily outnumber them. But New York entrepreneur Folake Oguntebi is... Continue Reading

#BlackDontCrack: Olay Study Finds Black Women Age 10 Years Slower Than White Women

We all have that auntie who is 45 but look like she 32. Or a grandma well into her 70s who looks 50. Now we have the scientific reason why, and it has everything to do with our genes. Olay teamed up with Harvard Medical School Dermatology professor Dr Alexa Kimball to study the skin... Continue Reading

This Traditional Ethiopian Hair Whipping Dance Will Blow Your Mind

Videos of Ethiopian women whipping their hair have now gone viral. The women featured are apart of the Oromo nation. The Oromo typically live in western and southern Ethiopia and parts of Kenya and Somalia. The dance in particular is known as the “Shoa Oromo” or Oromo head twisting. It features fast and sharp movement of the... Continue Reading

The Bubble Nail/Hump Nail Trend is Breaking the Internet Right Now

“Hump Nails” or “Bubble Nails” pretty much broke the internet last week. With news of police brutality sweeping the nation it’s not wonder the images of the latest nail trend have popped in all of our feeds and timelines. Some might call these nails an intentional distraction from the more pressing issues concerning our society,... Continue Reading

Black Women Clocked Out of Work at 2:07 to Protest Unequal Pay on #BlackWomenEqualPay Day

The issue of unequal pay for women has captured the national conversation, and Atlanta Women for Equality is leading the charge behind the #BlackWomenEqualPay movement. On July 28, 2015, participants were encouraged to clock out from work at 2:07 pm and upload a selfie to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook while holding a timecard with the... Continue Reading