Beauty, Fitness + Healthy Eating

Fitness Inspiration: #YogaAfterDark with Jessica Tara

When one of my long time curlfriends tweeted that @jesstaras was her best follow of 2015, I had to see what was up. After browsing through her pics for a bit, I found myself clapping in my head, raising the roof, and convincing myself to go to the gym, all at the same time. Her posts... Continue Reading

Does a Healthy Body Really Equal Long, Healthy Hair?

Source We often talk about hair as a fiber and how it can be handled and maintained to be able to achieve long hair. Less often, you will hear people talk about the contribution of exercise and clean eating makes to stronger, longer hair. Do you need to be a gym bunny to make your... Continue Reading

4 Top Quality, All-Natural Skincare Lines from Our Favorite Natural Hair Companies

Do you go hard in the paint looking at ingredient lists for your hair products? Are you sulfate-free, silicone-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, petrolatum-free, phthalate-free, artificial coloring-free, etc etc? Or perhaps you pay attention to the ingredients in your hair products because your current regimen experiment (i.e. Curly Girl method, Max Hydration method, etc) requires it. Regardless,... Continue Reading

3 Ways Baobob Oil Can Boost Moisture in Both Natural Hair and Skin

  Baobab is a tree native to certain regions in Africa. It produces a fruit with a powdery pulp that contains vitamin C and can be consumed as food or used for medicinal purposes. It is marketed as a “superfruit” because it is rich in antioxidants and it is believed that it can help protect... Continue Reading

6 Naturals with a FLAWLESS Makeup Game on YouTube

1. JackieO (of Makeup Game On Point) JackieO is one of my favorite makeup gurus on YouTube because she consistently demonstrates that bold colors can be worn on chocolate women. Throughout her channel, you will also find that she switches effortlessly between wigs and her own natural hair. 2. Lee (of Beauty By Lee) Lee... Continue Reading

3 Delicious Smoothie Recipes for Growing Hair and Vibrant Skin

Homemade smoothies have been my breakfast of choice for a while now.  (Shout out to Lina for introducing me to the world of green smoothies a few years ago.) You see, the benefits of these beverages are that you can load up on multiple nutrients in one batch AND get a good amount of water into your... Continue Reading

Top 10 Power Foods for Healthy Long Natural Hair

  Aside from the  quality of hair products and techniques we use on our hair, another important aspect of having healthy hair lies within the types of foods we eat. The quality of food we put in our body is reflective in the rate at which the hair grows, as well as the look and feel of... Continue Reading

Body Like Whoa! 10 Naturals to Follow on Instagram for Fitness Inspiration

1. Genetra We have to admit Genetra’s instagram makes us want to grab our headphones and rock out to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control” while taking care of business on the elliptical. 2. Jaz Stewart Jaz Stewart is one to watch as she is coming into her own as an evolving yogi. 3.Ashley Joi From calisthenics... Continue Reading

8 Foods for Healthy Hair and Beautiful Skin

Let’s face it: finding hair and skin products to bring out our inner beauty and  keep us looking forever young can get expensive. Between the BB, CC, and ZZ Creams out there, and a never ending selection of natural hair products making all sorts of claims, getting exactly what you need can be confusing and lead to extreme... Continue Reading

How I Keep My Skin Clean and Soft with Oil Cleansing

By Jessica Gray of I’ve been using Mary Kay’s skincare system since I was about 13. My auntie was (and still is) a dedicated and accomplished Mary Kay consultant who put me on so many years ago. I used Velocity back then and now faithfully use the Botanicals line for sensitive skin (let me know... Continue Reading

How I Lost 50 Pounds Without Going to the Gym

Re-posted from Curlies!!! You have all been SO supportive of my healthy changes and I thank you!!! Some of you have expressed wanting to give Weekday Veg a try and I am SO excited about it! However, many of you couldn’t imagine giving up meat for 5 days- “What would I eat? Salads everyday?!”... Continue Reading

Fitspiration: Zoe’s Before and After

Every Monday we will be teaming up with Black Women Losing Weight to share stories of naturals who are taking care of their bodies as well as their hair. College student Zoe lost 126 pounds by working out at home doing workout DVDs and eating clean. She is now full of self-confidence. Here is what... Continue Reading

5 Oils that are Great for Hair *and* Skin

via If you have oily skin and then you have probably been conditioned to believe that oil (whether it came from your own pores or from outside sources) is the enemy. And if you think about it, oil in reference to skin is not the only oil that gets a bad rap. Only recently... Continue Reading

5 Health and Fitness Habits that Lead to Stronger, Longer Hair

By Christina of The Mane Objective It’s almost the end of 2012 and everywhere you turn, people are once again drawing up laundry lists of resolutions for the new year. According to statistics from the Journal of Clinical Psychology, at least 45% of people make New Year’s resolutions. Some of the top ten resolutions include losing... Continue Reading

6 Nutrients that are Good for Hair Growth AND Body Health

By Christina of The Mane Objective I’ll be the first to admit, that a lot of my healthier habits are rooted solely in benefiting my hair. But as it turns out, many healthy habits, products, and supplements can be of benefit to your body holistically as well. Check out some healthy hair practices that have what... Continue Reading