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Why I DON’T Consider My Hair Heat Damaged… Even Though My Ends Won’t Revert

 by Kelsey (pictured above) of Lifewithcoco2 Some say that if your hair will not revert back to its natural pattern after straightening, then it is heat damaged, while another person considers it heat trained. I never really thought about it much until it happened to me. When my ends wouldn’t revert, I would just automatically declare... Continue Reading

How Long Does It Take For Natural Hair to Show Its Length?

If you are in the process of growing long natural hair, you are likely aware of how much your hair grows each month and mindful of practices that limit length retention. If your hair is regularly retaining length then you should never be impatient about seeing the fruit of your labor, correct? Well, I can... Continue Reading

How Hair Grease (Yes, Grease!) Can Help Retain Length in Natural Hair

I’m sure many of you remember the days of being a young girl sitting between your mother’s or aunt’s legs to get your hair done. Dax, Blue Magic, Doo Gro, or another hair grease was on the scene to replace that dry look and feel with smoothness and shine. It was a necessity. When there... 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

5 Edgy Natural Hair Styles for a Night Out on the Town

You and your ladies are headed out for the night or maybe you and your significant other have plans to hit the town. Whichever the case, you know you want to stand out from crowd with an edgy hairstyle. Well, here are some looks you can try at home! 1. Twisted Braidout Bang with French Braid... Continue Reading

How to Safely Remove Crochet Braids

by Portia of huneybflyy.com Last week, we told you how to get 5 amazing styles with crotchet braids. As you gaze into the mirror and admire your new crochet braids, taking your hair down may be the farthest thing from your mind. However, the day will certainly come when you’ll have to figure out how to... Continue Reading

3 Ways to ‘Repair’ Heat Damage Without Scissors

by Cassandre of Cassandrebeccai.com (pictured above) So you took that flat iron to your luscious mane and after 2 weeks of rocking a semi-straight look turned blow-out (cuz you know how our hair starts to swell), you wash your hair and then…those few strands at the crown of your head just won’t curl. Seeing your hair... 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

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

by Portia of huneybflyy.com 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

6 Ways to Get the Perfect Twist Out on 4C Natural Hair

Mastering the twist out on 4C natural hair can be a bit of a challenge for some, but these videos will help you overcome any obstacles. 1. Side Flat Twist Out on Stretched Hair For this twist out, Pure Estrogen started on stretched hair via threading. The flat twists were left in for about a day... 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

How to Achieve Heatless Bouncy Curls in 6 Easy Steps

 by Kelsey (pictured above) of Lifewithcoco2 Natural Hair is so versatile. One of my favorite looks is huge bouncy curls. In the past, (permed hair days) I had to use a curling iron in order to achieve the bouncy curl look and then consequently had to worry about my curls falling. Since going natural, I have... Continue Reading

Get the Look! Two Naturals Who Chopped Length for Shorter Do’s

by Portia of huneybflyy.com The natural hair community is larger than ever and long, luscious, strands are what most women covet. Every woman is watching and waiting for any product that can help them grow their hair to unimaginable lengths. There’s always a company toting a pill, oil, or cream that will allegedly give their consumer... Continue Reading

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