“Your Hair Just Grows Like That!? Okay, But Are You Mixed?”

By Cassidy Blackwell Here in the States I’ve never once been asked that question. I believe this is because the answer upon taking a casual glance at me is rather, well, black and white. I’ve got brown skin and natural... Continue Reading

This Is Why Braid Extensions Itch So Much

It’s happened to the best of us: you get a fresh set of extensions, be they Ghana braids, Marley twists or faux locs. You check the mirror, excited at how fly you look, and commence the itching. That ‘keeping you... Continue Reading

Inspiration: 13 Black Style Bloggers Who Are Killing the ‘Fall Work Style’ Game

If you’re in the Northern states, you’re probably hanging onto these final dog days of summer for L-I-F-E. But alas, the summer days are drawing to a close. With summer’s end arrives fall, and with it pumpkin-flavored everything, changing leaves,... Continue Reading

4 Chic Back-to-School Styles for Natural Hair

School is about to start (or has already started) and you want a style that is simple and chic while putting most of your hair away.  Well, keep on reading because we have five looks worth trying! 1. Rocker Chic Updo... Continue Reading

Women are Using Makeup to Re-create the Look of Model Winnie Harlow’s Vitiligo

Is this homage or is it doing way too much? Women on Instagram are using makeup to re-create the look of model Winnie Harlow’s vitiligo. Some say they are doing it to challenge societal beauty standards. Others say it is... Continue Reading

April Kae from Austin // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! A: I go by April Kae and my creative project is called Imani Gold.  I’m originally from Austin, Texas and just moved to Harlem from Portland, Oregon. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with... Continue Reading

3 Sulfate Shampoos That Won’t Leave Your Natural Hair Feeling Stripped and Dry

I’ve long been a fan of sulfate-free shampoos. For afro-textured hair types, it just made the most sense because it was frequently touted as significantly less drying than its counterpart. While many non-sulfate cleansers are actually less drying, there are... Continue Reading

Kru People: The Africans Who Vigilantly Refused to Be Captured into Slavery

The Kru people are indigenous to Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Kru were most known for seafaring and their strong resistance to capture by European enslavers in the Transatlantic slave trade. The Kru would fight vehemently and even take their own... Continue Reading

This Photo of Oprah Getting Her Hair Braided on a Stoop is Everything

Raise your right hand if you can recall your childhood days of sitting between your Nana’s, Mommy’s, or Auntie’s legs while she greased your scalp, braided your hair, and laid your edges down good and proper.  Okay, put that hand... Continue Reading

27 Photos of the Overwhelming Black Woman Beauty at the AfroPunk Festival

Since the annual AfroPunk Festival wrapped up in Brooklyn on August 23 there have been hundreds of photos circulating on social media of the strikingly beautiful attendees. Women of all shades of brown graced the festival rocking colorful hair, traditional... Continue Reading

Nicki Minaj’s Madame Tussauds Wax Statue Prompts Lewd Behavior From Guests

Las Vegas celebrity wax museum Madame Tussauds recently unveiled their latest celebrity statue — hip hop artist Nicki Minaj on all fours ala her record-breaking Anaconda video. While many, including Nicki herself, loved the statue, others felt the positioning was... Continue Reading

Stylist Develops Technique to Instantly Create Fully-Formed Locs on Loose Natural Hair

What if you didn’t have to wait months for your twists or braids to loc up? What if, in just a day, you could go from loose natural hair to locs? Well, Dubai stylist Kris McDred might have discovered a... Continue Reading

Photographer Seeks to Document Afro-Caribbean Gingers

London-based photographer, Michelle Marshall has set out to document people of color who carry the MC1R gene, which is responsible for red hair. Since the MC1R gene is recessive, it requires both parents to be carriers for it to be... Continue Reading

Black 90s Pop Culture in 14 Illustrations

Ahhh nostalgia… In a series of illustrations artist Xavier Payne captures elements of black 90s pop culture. Check it out. Ladies, what are your thoughts? Does this bring back memories? Continue Reading

The Futuristic Dress of South Africa’s Xhosa People

South Africa’s Xhosa people are known for their intricate bead work. The heavy use of lines, angularity and the color white in their dress gives it a look that is both traditional and futuristic. Wow. Ladies, what are your thoughts? Continue Reading