True Life

True Life: I Went to South Africa to Experience the Budding Natural Hair Movement

There have been a few spotlights on natural hair’s rise in popularity in different African countries, such as the Ivory Coast, but rarely do we get accounts of the movement from the perspective of folks who are familiar with the movement here. Luckily, I had the opportunity to visit Johannesburg, South Africa a few weeks... 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

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

by Portia of (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

True Life: My Hair Texture Changed Drastically During and After Pregnancy 

by Portia of (pictured above) Over one year ago, I was blessed to become the mother of a baby boy. Pregnancy was a new journey for me and I didn’t know what to expect. Granted, the experienced women in my life gave me a wealth of information regarding what may or may not happen during my... Continue Reading

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

by Portia of 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

True Life: I Was Diagnosed With Alopecia Areata

by Tori Typically, when people hear the term Alopecia the first things that come to mind are tight ponytails, tight braids, missing edges, etc. This is known as Traction Alopecia, a “small or localized hair loss area caused by repetitive or persistent pulling or force on hair roots” (Cole, 2014). General Information There are several... Continue Reading

True Life: I Chose Hair Color Over Length And I’d Do It Again

by Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks (pictured above)   For years when my hair was still relaxed, I begged my mother to allow me to get highlights, but she stressed that coloring my relaxed hair would damage it beyond repair. So when I decided to grow out my perm to see how my natural hair looked,... Continue Reading

Why I Used a Texturizer to “Transition” to Natural Hair

by Taylor Law of Klassy Kinks At the end of 2012, I decided that it was time to take control and go natural. No awkward moments of carrying two textures and trying to control my “puffy” edges. No more feeling like my hair never looked as good as that first week out of the salon.... Continue Reading

True Life: I Wear A Wig Even Though My Natural Hair Is Tailbone Length

by Cassandre of Huh? Who in the world is screaming at me?? I heard the voice again. “Your hair F*#!’in ROCKS!!!” I looked around. It was then that I finally spotted the Caucasian male who had to poke his head out from the driver’s seat window, in traffic, to pay me that compliment. It’s probably... Continue Reading

True Life: I’m a Type 4 Natural and I Haven’t Combed My Hair in 2 Years

by Kara, pictured above I haven’t combed my hair in almost two years and my hair is the longest it has ever been. If someone had told me two years ago I’d do this, I would gasped and fully expected my hair to be loced by now. But two years has gone by without a... Continue Reading

True Life: My Grandmother Went Natural at Age 67 After a Lifetime of Relaxers

by Tyra of Indigenous Curls Hope I Look this Good at 70! Almost 3 Years ago, my grandmother, Jen, unintentionally went natural. For years, she would sit at the edge of her bed with grease, a wide tooth comb and magnetic rollers. She would roll her relaxed, ginger-colored hair in perfectly uniformed sections and place a... Continue Reading

True Life: My Doctor Made Derogatory Remarks About My Natural Hair — Twice

By Taisha Feldhaus When you go to the doctor you expect many things: sitting in a waiting room thumbing through old magazines, getting your blood pressure taken, maybe having to put on one of those hideous gowns. But you probably don’t expect to have your doctor make fun of your hair. However, last year this... Continue Reading

My Disastrous Experience Taking Biotin Supplements for Hair Growth

by MJB of Trials N’ Tresses Back in February I did what most would consider the “big chop”. After 11 months of transitioning I took out my protective style and cut off all the remaining relaxed ends. I was excited and nervous but most of all I was impatient. I wanted my hair to grow... Continue Reading

3 of the Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes I Made in 2013

by Sabrina of Seriously Natural I am a big believer of learning from your mistakes.  I feel the best way to keep from repeating mistakes is owning them and then moving on. I did not have many Natural hair mistakes in 2013 but the ones I had were doosies worth mentioning and I am vowing... Continue Reading

True Life: A Stranger Asked Me if the Word “Nappy” Was Racist

By Chandra of Healthy Happy Hair I love this shirt for a few reasons, primarily because it’s comfortable!! Most of the time I forget what it reads. Saturday my hubby and I decided to tour our own city… (that was a great idea btw, we should do it more often!) As I was waiting on... Continue Reading