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

Disney Princesses Reimagined as Members of Black Sororities

What do you get when you mash up Disney characters with black Greek culture? It might look something like this… Watch the Yard is a website dedicated to documenting black Greek life and culture and recently posted a photo series of Disney princesses reimagined as members of black sororities. Each character has a back story.... Continue Reading

Rachel Dolezal: ‘I’m Broke and Doing Braids and Weaves to Make Ends Meet’

Rachel Dolezal is paying a high price for passing as a black woman. The former Africana studies professor, who still insists that she is black, was released from her contract at Eastern Washington University and resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP. In a Vanity Fair profile Dolezal says she is working on a book... Continue Reading

[Video] ‘Calling in Black to Work': Vlogger Evelyn Hilariously Breaks Down the Toll of Police Brutality Coverage

Evelyn from the Internets is known for her hilarious natural hair videos. But the vlogger recently used her comedic skills for an insightful take on the emotional toll of the 24/7 coverage of terrorism and police brutality against blacks. Check it out; Ladies, what are your thoughts? Continue Reading

Nicki Minaj’s Fight to Get Anaconda Proper Cultural Recognition is Not One I Can Join

After blogging about natural hair and black beauty for 7 years, I’ve become uncomfortably familiar with how black women are erased from mainstream culture. A few days back I wrote about America’s penchant for jocking black women’s style without crediting us as tastemakers. So when I read about Nicki Minaj’s tweets, which plainly laid out... Continue Reading

4 Creative Cornrow Updos on Natural Hair

Simple and easy natural hair styles always save much-needed time, but every now and then it’s fun to get a little more detailed with your look. Here are four gorgeous braided styles you may want to try this summer! Layered Cornrows and Bun This style by natural hair YouTuber, EverythingEbonee, is gorgeous. Her braids are... Continue Reading

How I Maintain Bomb Natural Hair on a Lazy Regimen, Part 2: Elle

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

10 Times FKA Twigs Brought Baby Hair to the Next Level

The practice of smoothing and/or gelling down soft, wispy hairs at the forehead, ears and nape is a common practice in black beauty culture, but alternative R&B singer and dancer FKA Twigs takes it to another level by creating intricate and beautiful designs that many celebrities are now copying. In an interview last year, the... Continue Reading