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Chole from Atlanta // Multi-Texture Natural Hair

Introduce yourself! C: My name is Chole Ike. I am originally from Columbia, SC, but I have been living in Atlanta now for over 10 years. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! C: I decided to go natural because I was bored with my hair. I found myself... Continue Reading

Viola Davis Reveals Her Longtime Struggle with Alopecia

The Oscar nominated actress and star of the newly debuted Shonda Rhimes series, How to Get Away with Murder, Viola Davis revealed in a recent interview with Vulture that she has endured an ongoing battle with alopecia areata since the age of 28. “I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash... Continue Reading

Fake it Til You Make it! 4 Faux Styles for Long and Short Natural Hair

There are so many hair styles for naturals to try, but sometimes your own hair may be too short or too long to pull some of these looks off. We can all appreciate an awesome updo, goddess braid, TWA, and flexi rod set. Now, you have hope to achieve these styles without cutting your hair... Continue Reading

Scalp Care: How to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis

I have previously discussed seborrheic dermatitis which is also known as seborrheic eczema or scalp eczema in some detail and I would highly recommend some extra reading links here and here for those of you who want some extra detail. It remains a very popular topic as it can be difficult to tackle and can... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Get Past Protective Styling Frustration and Boredom

As a long-time protective styler, I can relate to those who get bored or even frustrated with keeping their hair bounded and off of their shoulders or backs. That is when these suggestions come into play: 1. For you twisters (or braiders), leave some hair untwisted (or unbraided) This is something that helped me survive... Continue Reading

Kapri from Alabama // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

What is your Name / Where are you from? K: Hey everyone, I’m Kapri! :) I’m originally from Maryland, but I currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! K: I was inspired to return natural by a good friend of mine, and went on to... Continue Reading

More Natural Hair Businesses are Crowdfunding — But Not All Are Finding Success

Crowdfunding is the new black. Almost every day, I receive another alert for a Gofundme, Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign with people asking me to donate for anything and everything, from funding weddings to medical procedures, to business endeavors. Businesses are finding ways to capitalize off of these initiatives, which may not necessarily be a bad... Continue Reading

History Repeating: Texture Manageability Systems On the Rise, Will Relaxers Make a Comeback?

Okay, before you think I’ve absolutely lost it, hear me out. I think that my thought process starts with most of us (well, me at least) considering the moment we began to “reject” our natural hair as the instant we received our first perm. When in fact, we were exposed to hot combs and pressing... Continue Reading

Semi Permanent Hair Dye and Clear Rinses for Natural Hair

Style Icon Shenique Most of us will know about semi permanent hair dyes which stain the outer shaft of the hair but wash out over time unlike some permanent hair dye that can get right into the cortex. Some naturals use semi permanents for coloring gray hair but others use it for shine/gloss…….as seen in... Continue Reading

5 Times the Natural Hair Community Went Too Far

You know what, I love us. The natural hair communiity online, at meet ups, and even the random ladies I give head nods to on the street because they have dope hair, makes the journey so much more enjoyable. But too much of a good thing can go wrong, so these are five times when... Continue Reading

Microscope Photos Reveal That Gels Have Little Effect on 4C Hair

Hair gel is a product that some naturals love and can’t leave without but for others, it is beyond useless as they may find it drying and damaging in addition to not doing anything at all visibly to the hair. I recently experimented with a number of popular hair gels on swatches of my own... Continue Reading

How to Prevent the ‘Dry Hair Feeling’ After Washing

If I were to ask you the top three rules for keeping natural, curly hair soft and healthy, I bet one of the answers most of you would say is: “Keep it moisturized, of course!”. Well then, isn’t it ironic that your hair can feel most dry shortly after it has been washed? For years... Continue Reading

6 Naturals with a FLAWLESS Makeup Game on YouTube

1. JackieO (of Makeup Game On Point) JackieO is one of my favorite makeup gurus on YouTube because she consistently demonstrates that bold colors can be worn on chocolate women. Throughout her channel, you will also find that she switches effortlessly between wigs and her own natural hair. 2. Lee (of Beauty By Lee) Lee... Continue Reading

Is Long Natural Hair Still the Ultimate Goal?

When I first went natural almost a decade ago, I was definitely the odd one out in many of my circles. If you know anything about my story, you’ll remember that my own mother was not really supportive of the “natural thing” I was doing. She once stood in front of the door, while I was... Continue Reading

Alesha from Nashville // 4A/4B Natural Hair

Introduce yourself. A: My name is Alesha Sullivan. I am from Memphis, TN and currently reside in Nashville, TN. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! A: I decided to go natural in March of 2011. I felt that I had mastered my hair in its relaxed state. I... Continue Reading