Culture

5 Men with Crushworthy Natural Hair

Although this is Black Girl Long Hair, we have to quickly acknowledge all the fellas out there who are proudly representing for the male side of the natural hair movement! Check out these five guys’ and their regimens for loose, luscious hair.   Wolfgang Lisborg Leading the guy pack in length, West African natural man, Wolfgang... Continue Reading

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 NY Times Reports That Black Women are Regaining Market Share in the Beauty Supply Industry

  Source: New York Times One of the major ironies of the multi-billion dollar global beauty industry is that sometimes top consumers of certain products are not the producers. Case in point: black hair care. According to the market research firm Mintel, black women spend approximately $500 billion on hair care. To put that figure... 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

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

Why It Bothers Me That People Assume I’m Mixed Because of My Hair

by Portia of huneybflyy.com (pictured above) One of the things I love about my natural hair is its versatility. I can wear a kinky twist out one day and the next day I can be seen wearing shiny, smooth curls. Manipulating my hair has always been fun for me. On the rare occasion that I do wear... Continue Reading

5 of the Most Natural-Hair Friendly Cities in the World

by Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks   New York Many New York naturals will say that the current movement was born there, particularly in Brooklyn. The original natural hairstyling gurus – before the days of YouTube – such as Diane C. Bailey, Anu Pretoria and Tulani Kinard who have been doing natural looks since the 80s, are... 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

They Still Want Your Money: 5 More Relaxer Companies Rolling Out Natural Hair Products

In March of last year, I wrote an article for Black Girl Long Hair about 6 relaxer lines with natural hair products. The article came on the heels of reports of declining relaxer sales, and I very much felt that the reason these natural hair lines even came about is to recoup some of the... 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

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

The Awesomeness of Natural Hair Expressed in Gifs

Natural hair is nothing new. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s, Black women and men sported shiny, soft, gravity-defying afros. But as the 80’s rolled in, Afro Sheen got swapped out for Soul Glo and jheri curl juice — until curls, kinks and coils slowly faded into the background. But in recent years, natural hair has... Continue Reading

#GetWellMeechy: Popular Natural Hair Vlogger Meechy Monroe Diagnosed with Brain Cancer, Suffers Multiple Strokes

In 2010, Tameka “Meechy” Monroe of The Monroe Sisters made waves in the natural hair community as a natural hair vlogger, dispensing detailed tutorials and information alongside her sister MsVaughnTV. A popular presence in the natural hair community, Meechy has traveled and participated in campaigns, meetups, and panels across the country and parts of Europe.... Continue Reading

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