Do You Call Me ‘Chocolate’ Because You Don’t Want to Call Me Dark Skinned?

Having dark skin has always been somewhat problematic. Not necessarily for me, but certainly for the people in my life. When I was a young child I recall family members teasing my brother about his deep complexion, so I knew... Continue Reading

Nigeria Legally Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Before leaving office, Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan legally banned the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, saving millions of girls from undergoing the dangerous and excruciatingly painful procedure. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has a longstanding legal and cultural history in many... Continue Reading

Are More African American Women Self-Tanning?

“Keep that baby out of the sun!” It’s an all too common sentiment spoken to black mothers by well-meaning relatives. The thought is that brown-skinned babies should stay out of the sun so they retain the delicate pink, beige or... Continue Reading

11 Pictures That Show the Diversity of the 4C Hair Texture

When we discuss 4C hair it’s often cast as problematic, “It can’t do this. It needs to be made ‘presentable’. It can’t just ‘be’.” We assume that all 4C hair is thick, or coarse, or only grows out to a... Continue Reading

5 Natural Styles Ranked from Easiest to Hardest to Moisturize — 4C Hair Edition

When it comes to keeping my hair moisturized, certain styles work really for me and others not so much.  Let me start off by giving my hair stats:  type 4c (or tight kinks and massive shrinkage), medium (mostly) texture, normal to low porosity, and... Continue Reading

9 Natural Remedies for Hyperpigmentation

by Lisa Jean-Francois of Lisa a La Mode Very few of us are blessed to survive a pimple without some left over repercussions. Even if I don’t touch my pimples while they are alive, upon their eventual demise I am... Continue Reading

3 Tips to Ensure Proper Care for Natural Hair Underneath Box Braids/Faux Locs/Ghana Braids

We’ve written a couple of articles over the past few weeks about some trending protective styles for naturals, including bob box braids, colored box braids, faux locs, and ghana braids. It’s one thing to rock a cute protective style, but... Continue Reading

14 Times Naturals Rocked the Heck Out of a Flower Crown

Spring is winding down and we are recognizing e its impending passing with an ode to flower crowns. The flower crown or wreath has its roots in Ancient Greece and it’s endured through the ages. Today naturals have put their... Continue Reading

Nana from Virginia // Type 4 Natural Hair

What is your name and where are you from? N: My Name is Nana Agyemang. I am from Ghana but live in Virginia. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! N: I have been natural for... Continue Reading

[Video] Too Cute: Natural Mother and Daughter Duo Shut Down Ellen with Beyonce Routine

Four-year-old Heaven and her Mom, Tianne have made their way back onto the Ellen stage. Recently, a video of the two performing choreography to Beyonce’s “7/11” went viral on the net and the daytime host just had to get them... Continue Reading

4 Edge Pomades that Tame Wash n’ Go Frizz

For the past couple of years, it seems that several hair brands are incorporating “edge pomades” into their lineup. These products have a similar consistency to the Let’s Jam! Pomade of yesteryear, but usually without mineral oil and more natural... Continue Reading

How to Transform Your Ineffective Hair Products

Over the years I’ve accumulated quite a collection of hair products that made it no further than a storage bin in a closet or under a bed. Now that I know better I stick to a few staple products and... Continue Reading

Editor’s Note: My White Boyfriend Changed My View on My Kinky ‘Kitchen’

Recently our contributor Chinwe wrote an article about how her boyfriend changed her perspective on her kinky ‘kitchen’. Since the piece was posted it has ignited fierce debate here and on many hair forums. The main point of contention is... Continue Reading

6 Natural Curl Enhancing Methods

When I first went natural, I recall watching videos of people applying conditioner to hair that looked like mine to magically form clumps. However, mine did not. Of course, there is really no magic to it. Natural hair in its... Continue Reading

Chauntalia from Atlanta // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself. C: My name is Chauntalia Wise. I am from Atlanta, GA. Did you transition or big chop? C: I transitioned for 8 months (March 25, 2013-Dec 3, 2013) and then I did the BC. I chose to go natural... Continue Reading