Culture

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

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

A Response – Why #TeamNatural is for Everyone, Not Just Black Women

BGLH writer Jc presents a different point of view about who deserves to be represented in the natural hair movement. Check it out; Show of hands – Do you agree and advocate that there should be spaces reserved for black people to discuss thoughts and ideas central to our culture and that these spaces should... Continue Reading

#TeamNatural is For Black Women… And That’s Okay: Why Exclusivity is NOT Racism

African women at a natural hair gathering in Cote D’Ivoire Photo Source One of the most dynamic things about the natural hair community is the unashamed celebration of the diversity and dopeness of our hair. The sense of pride involved in making a conscious decision to embrace one’s God-given mane is an accomplishment worthy of... 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

Are Shrunken 4C Fros Considered Unattractive in the Natural Community?

“Ironically I’m sitting here with a “wash’n go” in the literal form. I washed my hair, put some leave in conditioner in that joint and walked out the door. 10 years ago I would’ve NEVER done this. I at minimum had to put it in a puff, but today I was 100% good on this... Continue Reading

“Is That Your Real Hair?” Are Natural Weaves and Wigs Skewing Perceptions in the Natural Hair Community?

by Portia of huneybflyy.com Heat-free Hair Founder Ngozi Opara It’s no secret that the natural hair community is probably the largest it has ever been right now. Social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are overflowing with natural sistas and their manes. Inspirational hair photos are everywhere. There are women who are pulling in... 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

The Surprising History Behind Why Black Women Grease Their Scalps and Cover Their Hair

Early 20th Century African American Woman Photo Credit by Alondra The natural hair world is like one big university. What an interesting way to start off a blog, right? I’m serious though, it’s as if I wake up every morning and report to class of some sort. Every day, thanks to beloved social media, I’m... Continue Reading

5 Natural Hair Artists and Illustrators We Love

Aside from the bloggers, vloggers, natural hairstylists and businesses who are working hard to enlarge and expand the natural hair community worldwide; there are also a group of creative women who are using their unique talents and abilities to encourage others. In a day and age where we are constantly bombarded with so much information... Continue Reading

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