Controversial Topics

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

True Life: I Revealed My Natural Hair at Work and Now My Co-workers Won’t Speak to Me

by Portia of huneybflyy.com When Tashay Manning decided to embrace her natural hair over 2 years ago, she didn’t expect her decision to affect the way her co-workers treated her. Manning’s motivation for wanting to go relaxer-free began when one of her daughters was admiring her bone straight relaxed hair. “She said that she wanted her... Continue Reading

Just For Me Brand Shifts Focus from Relaxers to ‘Texture Softeners’ for Young Girls

  I’ll just come right out and say it: I think there is something terribly wrong with any product designed to chemically alter a child’s natural hair texture. It’s not even about bone-straight relaxing anymore, either. With the development of their Texture Softener, companies like Soft & Beautiful (Just For Me) are unashamed in their... Continue Reading

A White BGLH Reader Responds: Why ‘#TeamNatural is for Black Women’ is NOT Reverse Racism

Who should be represented in #teamnatural? It’s a debate that’s raged for days now — here on BGLH and on other natural hair and black women’s blogs and vlogs. BGLH writer Christina gave our official response — while we understand the need for multi-racial spaces celebrating curly and textured hair, we also feel strongly that... Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Believe in Using Hair Vitamins for Growth

by Tori (pictured above) When you go to a pharmacy or supplement shop, you can find a supplement for pretty much anything. And, if you ask someone who is on his or her hair journey what their goals are, it would probably be to have healthier and/or longer hair. With the increasing desire for longer... Continue Reading

When Naturals Attack! Popular 4C Vlogger Glamfun Discusses the YouTube Backlash She Received After Re-Relaxing Last Year

Karen Constant aka Glamfun made waves on YouTube with her witty lyrics and infectious personality, gaining popularity via natural hair parodies and providing tips and information for 4c natural hair. But when she began experiencing breakage and thinning late last year, she turned to a dermatologist for help — and relaxed her natural hair as... Continue Reading

MESS!! Dr Oz Doing Big Chops and Giving Natural Hair Styling Tips on National Television?!

Another day, another instance of cultural appropriation folks jumping on the natural hair bandwagon to gain popularity. On May 28th, the popular daytime doctor Mehmet Oz sprang head first into a two-part show segment called Style Your Natural Hair. Here’s a brief rundown of parts 1 and 2: Part 1 Dr. Oz opens talking about a... Continue Reading

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