Controversial Topics

True Life: I Let a White Woman Touch My Hair

by Portia of huneybflyy.com  Source: Tankmonster Often, naturals are met with stares and curiosity about their hair. For years, most black women were wearing their hair relaxed or pressed. The kinky, curly, coily and wavy phenomenon is still very new for the world. It only makes sense that you are asked questions about something that wasn’t very... Continue Reading

The Blogs Made Me Do It: Some of the Worst Natural Hair Advice Online

    (note: This is in no way a jab at The Blogs Made Me Do It, a wonderful DIY blog. Try her orange pound cake sugar scrub recipe –it’s amazing.) The internet is a beautiful monster. We have instant access to a wealth of knowledge, information, people and resources. Getting the word out about... Continue Reading

The Struggle Continues: A Timeline of Natural Hair Discrimination Over the Past Year

by Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks As the natural hair movement gains ground, there is also increasing media and community awareness of the unfortunate times when natural hair becomes an issue at one’s school or workplace. The most recent instance of discrimination against natural hair inspired me to compile a timeline of the past year’s setbacks... Continue Reading

Uncle Funky’s Daughter vs. Hello Curly: What’s Really Going On Behind this Popular Natural Hair Care Brand?

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl     Sometime ago, I wrote about the annoyance of natural hair companies changing their ingredients, and named Uncle Funky’s Daughter (UFD) as an example of changing a cult product and upsetting several curly girls. However, the original UFD Curly Magic returned in the form of Hello Curly’s... Continue Reading

True Life: He Only Dated Me for My Hair

by Tori Before I started my hair journey, my relaxed hair was about shoulder length. After starting a healthy hair regimen, my hair quickly responded to the TLC and increased in length. Right before I decided to big chop, my hair was healthy and at bra strap length. With that being said, let me tell... Continue Reading

BET Insults Blue Ivy’s Coily Fro at the VMAs… As it Runs Ads for Natural Hair Products

I’m not a member of the Beyhive. In fact, I don’t own a single Beyonce album. Personally, I’ve been a fan of Jigga since my parents let me get my first “Parental Advisory” labeled CD. But that’s neither here nor there. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know who Blue Ivy is. You... Continue Reading

Natural Hair Product Ads Using Wigged Models?

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl It’s no secret that the natural hair product business is booming due to the increase in women choosing their natural hair over relaxers. Even several companies that traditionally catered to relaxed and straight hair have come out with lines for natural hair. Countless ads featuring big, coily, curly and... Continue Reading

The Gray Hair Trend: Would You Try It?

There is an abundance of pressure for us, as women, to look beautiful – and forever youthful. Commercials and reality shows bombard us with “solutions” ranging from anti-wrinkle creams to botox to plastic surgery in order to eliminate any face and neck wrinkles. To cover up the graying of our hair, “fixes” range from hair... Continue Reading

Why I Stopped Doing Growth Challenges to Retain Length

  In the beginning of 2014, I was a little length obsessed. …No, I was TOTALLY length obsessed. Fresh off my big moderate chop, I no longer had the additional length that my heat damaged ends provided. And although I loved my new natural hair, I couldn’t wait to grow it out more. So when The... Continue Reading

Double Standard? Why is It Considered “Hood” When Black Women Experiment with Color?

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl Justine Skye (left) Katy Perry (right) I’ve had a thing for colored hair for as long as I can remember. In middle school, all the skater chicks and alternative girls dyed their hair every color of the rainbow after seeing celebs change their hair color on a weekly... Continue Reading

Are the Letters on the Hair Typing Scale Really that Significant?

by Tori Let me preface by saying, that I have a love/hate relationship with the hair typing system. On one hand, I do believe the system can be beneficial to help individuals understand how their hair type typically operates. It can help in identifying hair techniques and products that will or won’t work with each... Continue Reading

The US Army Rolls Back Regulations Against Natural Hair After Months of Backlash

In March of this year, BGLH broke the story on the proposed U.S. Army Regulations (AR 670-1) and the subsequent disparate impact on women with natural hair in the Service. As the issue gained traction among ladies of all background, articles, petitions, letters and forums dedicated to calling out the discriminatory nature of the regulations emerged.... Continue Reading

Hair Cuttery’s “Look Smart” Hair Straightening Ad: Innocent or Offensive?

by Alondra   The national salon chain, Hair Cuttery, sent people of the natural hair community into an uproar last month with a brow-raising advertisement. As a part of their Look Smart campaign, they included the “Straighten Up Package,” which apparently was created for those of ethnic decent. Just as the package title suggests, this... Continue Reading

Why Are Academics Ignoring the Natural Hair Movement?

During my junior year of college, I approached my professor and discussed my interest in studying the rise of the natural hair community as a topic for my senior thesis. This professor was perplexed and gently directed me towards another area of study. I had no idea when I initially approached the professor in 2004, that the... Continue Reading

Can’t Win? Natural Hair Vloggers Face Backlash for Both Big Chopping and Relaxing

by Tori As I scrolled through my YouTube subscriptions list recently, I stumbled upon two new videos that came as a surprise. Two of my favorite YouTubers and long-time naturals made a change.  Africanexport, who had at least mid-back length hair, big chopped. Simplyounique, who had disappeared from the YouTube world for a while, now... Continue Reading

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