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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

4 Throwback Hairstyles that Naturals are Bringing Back

by Christine of Amor Artistry Trends always repeat themselves. Here’s a look at some hairstyles that are being repeated and taken over beautifully by naturals! Box Braids Let’s start with most obvious trend: box braids! This is one style that is certainly not new. Our ancestors have been rocking braids for years, but the box braid craze... Continue Reading

Parody Video Shows How Awful Many Natural Hair YouTube Tutorials Can Be

With the rise in popularity of natural hair comes the proliferation of blogs and YouTube channels dedicated to the subject. I dare you to Google “twist out tutorial” and see how many results pop up with a plethora of products and methods for just this one style. By and large, YouTube is an incredible asset,... Continue Reading

10 Celebrities Who Look Better With Natural Hair

by Ijeoma of KlassyKinks I’m a firm believer that natural hair IS for everybody. The hair that grows out of your scalp is meant for you! However, there are some people (myself included) whose natural hair looks so much better on them than straight hair. Sometimes those people happen to be famous, so here are... Continue Reading

No Curl Envy Here: Why I Love My Type 4 Natural Hair

 by Tori (pictured above) My type 4 hair gets tangled and knotted easily. It gets dry and matted. Detangling can take forever. It can look dull and dry even when it is isn’t. Shall I go on? Well I won’t, because this article would end up being way too long. Like many naturals with type... Continue Reading

5 Ways To Make Money in the Natural Hair Industry

by Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks Research has recently shown that big hair and beauty brands are losing money due to drops in relaxer sales. It’s clear that naturals are spending their money elsewhere. If you’re so inclined, here are some ways to responsibly cash in on the natural hair movement: 1. Sell Your Own Products... Continue Reading

Shocking History: Why Women of Color in the 1800s Were Banned From Wearing Their Hair in Public

by Cassandre of cassandrebeccai.com Woman in Tignon credit “Did you know that in late 18th century Louisiana, black and multiracial women were ordered to cover their hair in public?” My sister asked me. “WOW. Really?” I replied. I’d probably heard of this in one of my black studies classes in undergrad, but who remembers everything they’ve... Continue Reading

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