It is with heavy hearts that members of the natural hair community mourn the loss of fellow vlogger and Black Girl with Long Hair contributor Domineque Banks, who passed away due to complications from lupus. She was 27.

Not only was Domineque a staple on YouTube and BGLH, she was also an avid participant in forum communities like Black Hair Media. Due to her illness, Domineque began taking a serious interest in caring for her tresses. She documented her amazing natural hair journey from 2004 onward, with readers and subscribers enamored, impressed, and inspired by the growth of her tailbone length mane. Beyond dispensing tips and advice using her personal experience, Domineque was also a cosmetology student in Los Angeles.

According to her personal friend Macy Jimenez, Domineque had been a longtime sufferer of lupus, and had in recent months taken a turn for the worse. On the night of April 7 Domineque fell out of consciousness and later in the hospital was placed on life support. She passed away on the afternoon of April 9 after suffering a heart attack. Domineque is survived by her partner, sister, and a host of friends and family.

Currently, Domineque’s family is aiming to raise $10,000 to help with funeral and cremation costs, along with flights to California for her sister and nephew who cannot afford the travel expenses. So far, the GiveForward fundraiser has raised over $5,300. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

Please join us in sending your prayers, condolences, support, and positive vibes to the family that Domineque leaves behind. She left a lasting impression on the natural hair community, and most certainly will not be forgotten.

Young black women are at the highest risk for lupus, read about our unique risk here. If you or a friend has the disease, or if you want information on testing, start here.

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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117 Comments on "Rest In Peace: Natural Hair Vlogger Domineque Banks aka LHDC2011 Passes Away"

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Nicole W.

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OMG! I watched her jumbo flat twist video a few days ago. 🙁



Is there an obituary available online or printed, BGLH? I’m curious if you guys have found any other information on her death because I can’t find anything on it outside of haircare forums. Very sad.

ida voyder

I saw a link about a fund for her burial. I think it was by naptural85 either way it was a link underneath the video(I looked at quite a few videos) but I think it was naptural85 . i’ll see if I find it again.


Hey Ida, thanks for the response! I understand that there’s a fund, but I’m wondering if there’s an actual obituary, or rather, a news article reporting the death and those who survived her. It seems that people are primarily reporting the information that her friend posted on haircare forums, but no blogs have posted an official obituary that would give us funeral information/an adress.

Nicole W.

Domineque has broken out of her cocoon and now has her butterfly wings and can fly away.

Peace and condolences to her family, friends and fans. Please support Lupus awareness and research, not just for her and all the other’s we’ve lost…but so we can stop this from happening again and again…
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So sad. RIP beautiful. I encourage all black women to get their vitamin D levels checked. One of the precursors of lupus is vitamin D deficiency and it hasn’t yet been established if it’s a cause/ effect or correlation. Due to extreme exhaustion a few years ago, I took the ANA antibody test and tested positive. This is an antibody in people with Lupus; however I did not have any of the other symptoms besides exhaustion. I was also very deficient in vitamin D. My doctor recommended I supplement with 50K IUs every two weeks and the exhaustion eventually went… Read more »
Mary in Md

Oh my goodness. Thanks for this bit of information. I am VERY deficient in Vitamin D and I haven’t been diligent in addressing it. I’ll definitely give this greater attention.


Tragic indeed. We are given life, but it can be gone in an instant. RIP beautiful queen.

Love JAH

Wow. Such a beauty. I’m sure she will evolve into a beautiful flower…RIP


May her soul rest in perfect peace and may God comfort, bless and continue to take care of her family Amen.


Prayers and condolences to the friends and family.


This beautiful, young lady made me feel so inspired and watching her beautiful long hair was so enjoyable and informative, she definitely wiped away the myth that black women can’t have long hair.


I was just wondering why I hadn’t seen any posts from her.

She was such a beauty.

I’m saddened to hear this.

RIP sweety.


Such a sad news.Breaks my heart. Lupus is a terrible disease. RIP Domineque.


RIP earths angel. Such beautiful hair and features. But I hope the world looks beyond that and understands what a difficult disease you persevered through with nothing less than grace, class and courage-these characteristics are true legacy that you have left the world. Thank you for your great gifts. ????


It was one of her videos on YouTube that inspired me to go natural years ago. Soo very sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

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I still can’t believe this, I don’t want to believe it. My eyes swelled up in tears last night as I was scrolling through my news feed and came across the news of her passing. RIP Domin <3


My heart is filled with sadness upon seeing this. She was very beautiful, knowledegable and so young. She definitely will be missed. May God comfort her family and friends during this time. My prayers are with them and all others in the youtube family. Thanks for sharing, Christina.

Mary in Md

I am so sad to hear of Domineque’s passing. She was definitely an inspiration in my natural hair journey. My sincerest condolences to her family and all who knew and loved her.


This is really sad!!


This is really sad and it’s a shame that there isn’t more that can be done in the way of preventing Lupus from taking so many women of color. My prayers and condolences go out to her family and friends.


There is more that can be done both to prevent the disease in the first place and to treat it. It’s just lack of widely dispersed knowledge. This is so painful.

Shaneka G.

She will truly be missed!!!