Lies or Marketing? Can We Trust Natural Celebs When They Discuss Their Favorite Products?

DISCLAIMER: Before I begin this post, I want to make it very clear that I am not bashing Tracee Ellis Ross or any other company spokesperson, in any way, shape, or form. My intention is to call out the practice of masked advertising and sponsored promotion as an educated consumer. I recall the first time... Continue Reading

Representation Matters: Why is DreamWorks Hiding Their First Black Main Character?

A few days ago, actress Teyonah Parris shared the following image on her instagram page: Representation Matters. A photo posted by Teyonah Parris (@teyonahparris) on Mar 17, 2015 at 4:42pm PDT If you’re unfamiliar, the little natural pictured is standing next to an ad for the new animated film, Home. The film is a product... Continue Reading

4C Love: 20 Stunning Photos of 4C Natural Hair

“It took a long time for me to accept and appreciate my hair texture. It’s so important that we teach our girls to love their hair.” – MsTanish1 4C hair has a long history of being considered “bad hair” — a history that is still very much the here and now in certain mindsets.  Nonetheless, more... Continue Reading

2 Ways To Embellish Your Box Braids and Twists

Box braids and twists are beautiful  on their own, but every now and then you may want to add a pop of color to those long extensions. I recently noticed that singer/songwriter Chrisette Michelle put a colorful spin on a set of box braids that she’d previously worn. She had a few braids in her hair... Continue Reading

‘Some People Just Look Like Animals': Raven-Symoné Defends Univision Host Who Compared Michelle Obama to an Ape

Yes, yes ya’ll. Raven-Symoné has opened her mouth yet again to let us know exactly how she feels about race. The Empire guest star has been hosting the popular daytime talk show, The View alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez. This week, the ladies went to task on the Univision host, Rodner Figuroa who was fired after... Continue Reading

Why I’m Not Feeling Dove’s “Love Your Curls” Campaign

When Dove first released their “Love Your Curls” video, it quickly went viral. I watched the video and was excited to see an ad that focused on accepting curls and wearing your natural curl pattern – and I can’t lie, I may have teared up a bit. But the skeptic in me was a little... Continue Reading

Chadran from Connecticut // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

What is your name and where are you from? C: My name is Chadran and I’m a Connecticut native. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! C: I’m an athlete, so workouts and relaxers didn’t mix for me. I had to stop perming and just let my hair do its own... Continue Reading

Miyamoto Eriana is the First Afro Asian to be Crowned Miss Japan

Miyamoto Eriana is the first Afro Asian to be crowned Miss Japan. The reigning queen will go forth as the first Afro Asian representative of the country in the Miss Universe pageant. Eriana was born to a black American father and a Japanese mother in Nagasaki. Nervous about how this would be received, she even voiced her apprehensiveness... Continue Reading

25 Tapered Fro Inspirations for Naturals of Every Length and Texture

Spring is right around the corner and since you’re ready to free your hair from the protective styles you’ve had in all winter, you might be itching to try something new! A lot of natural bloggers (myself included) have been chopping their hair off left and right over the past year, so there is plenty... Continue Reading

[Poll] Constant Tweaking? Less is More? What Type of Natural Hair Routine Do You Follow?

Style Icon Iris There is a general debate among naturals about how often you should wash your hair in order to reap benefits such as moisturized, breakage-proof hair. Some argue that hair needs water daily while others are happy enough with a weekly wash. The truth is there is no single right answer. There are... Continue Reading

Cartoon ‘The Winx Club’ Shows Black Character Having a Meltdown Over Her Afro, Calls Her Hair “A Catastrophe”

Editors Note: This post has been amended to reflect this episode of The Winx Club never aired on the Nickelodeon network in the U.S. The character featured in the clip is not the reoccurring character, Aisha. In today’s installment of the never-ending series “mainstream media insults natural hair,” I present The Winx Club. In season 1 episode 12... Continue Reading

4 Signs That You Need to Simplify Your Regimen

There is no real benefit to having an overly complicated hair care regimen. There are just the disadvantages of headache and time wasted. How do you know whether you need to simplify your regimen? Read on: 1. Your hair is not retaining length If your hair stops retaining length, this could be a sign that... Continue Reading

Appreciation or Harassment? Natural Vlogger Sparks Discussion After Filming Man’s Persistent Advances

The internet was abuzz this week when natural YouTube vlogger, MeekFro posted a video to her social media accounts showing a young man following her in a store as she was trying to walk away to shake his advances. This isn’t how you approach a woman … chasing after her like she owes you something isn’t... Continue Reading

5 Beautiful Natural Hair Styles for a Spring Wedding — 2015 Edition

Spring is approaching and so is the first wave of weddings for the year.  Whether you are a bride-to-be, a member of the bridal party, or an attendant, here are five natural hair style options for you: 1. Perm Rod Set Perm rod sets are really in right now, so of course this list wouldn’t be complete... Continue Reading

Snail Slime Is a Dominican Secret for Hair Strength and Shine, Treating Acne and Scarring

Nature is incredible, and it is fascinating to see how various cultures harness it for beauty and health. For decades Dominican women have used snail slime for everything from imparting strength and shine to hair, to treating acne, wrinkles and scarring. has the details: It is not the snail itself that has been the... Continue Reading