8 Awkward Things About Natural Hair I Have to Explain to My White Boyfriend

By Ashley Reese of TheGloss “Wow, I…didn’t know your hair was that long.” These were the first words out of my boyfriend’s mouth when he saw me with my waist-length box braids, a big transition from the gravity defying afro I’ve rocked since our first OK Cupid date. My middle school and high school days... Continue Reading

Are Natural Hair Salons Too Expensive or Do We Undervalue Stylists?

Times are changing in the natural hair world. An increasing number of salons are offering at least one natural hair specialist while a host of others in large US cities like NYC, Chicago and Atlanta offer exclusive natural hair services. Here is a sample price list based on services provided by top-end natural hair salons... Continue Reading

6 Photos That Bring Back Hair Memories

We are loving these photos from artist Nakeya Brown’s Hair Stories Untold series. And an objective of the series, according to Brown, is to invoke memories I wanted to look at the different ways in which we visualize group identity. Through womanhood, through process and rituals, and through the practice of doing and handling one’s... Continue Reading

What’s It Like to Be an Afro-Latina Natural in the Hispanic Community? Vlogger Melshary Explains

“There were 11.2 million Africans that we can count who survived the Middle Passage and landed in the New World, and of that 11.2 million, only 450,000 came to the United States. That’s amazing. All the rest went south of Miami as it were.” – Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., “Black in Latin America” A lot... Continue Reading

3 All-Natural Ingredients that Provide Incredible Slip for Detangling

For women with tightly coiled hair, a conditioner isn’t worth its weight if it doesn’t facilitate the detangling process. The measure of a product’s ability to aid in detangling is called  “slip” and many women are willing to pay top dollar for products that promise to turn their tangles into manageable coils. Now, what if... Continue Reading

Disney Is Making Its First Movie About An African Princess… But She Won’t Be Black

*Sigh* In today’s, ‘who told them this would be a good idea?’ news; Disney is working on a film called The Princess of North Sudan… but it’s not about a Sudanese girl. It’s based on the true story of Jeremiah Heaton, a Virginia farmer who, after discovering that Bir Tawil in North Sudan is the... Continue Reading

Interracial Relationships Aren’t Magical, So Stop Fetishizing Them

by Ashley Reese of The Gloss Tumblr knows that I’m in an interracial relationship. As I scroll through my dashboard, I’m regularly met with posts from blogs Tumblr wants me to follow. Most of them are blogs about interracial relationships, full of photos of happy mixed couples being happy and, er, mixed. Good for them,... Continue Reading

How I Keep My Ends from Tangling, Knotting and Breaking Pt. 2 Elle’s Advice

Our second feature is from Elle. Be sure to check out our first feature from Chinwe. When I had a TWA, I didn’t really think too much about my ends knotting, tangling or breaking. Detangling was a breeze and since my hair wasn’t rubbing on anything, I didn’t think friction was an issue. However, when... Continue Reading

#TBT: Can You Guess These 12 Natural Celebs from Their Throwback Pictures?

Are you ready to take a walk down memory lane? Can you guess these celebrities? This ridiculously gorgeous little girl would grow up to become an award winning neo-soul singer. These girls have been twinning it up on and off screen since they were little girls. This breakthrough actress recently penned an essay about insecurities... Continue Reading

The Ivory Coast Has Banned Skin Whitening Creams

This past Wednesday, Ivory Coast officials announced the ban of skin whitening creams after concerns of long term health issues were raised. The ban specifies creams and lotions which contain mercury, hydroquinone (in 2% or more), cortisone or Vitamin A. Christian Doudouko, a member of Ivory Coast’s pharmaceutical authority cited widespread concern over the use of... Continue Reading

10 Photos of Stunning Black Women Across Social Media

I am of the belief that black women are beautiful, no matter the complexion or hair type.  Here are just ten (of millions of) photos representing our natural beauty! 1. Abenaa (Pinterest) Abenaa Acheampong’s face is popular on Pinterest. 2. Taycred (Tumblr) Her face has been all over Tumblr and Pinterest.  She goes by Taycred on social... Continue Reading

10 Powerful Quotes About Beauty and Natural Hair From Black Women We Love

“I love my hair because it’s a reflection of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, it’s textured, it’s difficult, it’s easy and it’s fun. That’s why I love my hair.” -Tracee Ellis Ross “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when... Continue Reading

Your Comb Could Be the Split End Culprit You Haven’t Noticed

When we think of things that cause split ends, I mainly think of rough handling, chemical treatments, and dryness. But when I was a natural hair “newbie,” so to speak, there was one factor that I literally never even considered when I had a relaxer – the mold of my comb/detangling tool. I was always... Continue Reading

“I Was Too Dark, Too Curly, Too Fat.” OITNB Star Danielle Brooks Discusses How Low Self Image Led to Suicidal Thoughts

Orange is the New Black star, Danielle Brooks, recently opened up about her struggles with body image to Glamour. In the self-penned post, the star divulges how discomfort with her size, hair texture and skin tone led her to contemplate suicide: I wasn’t able to wear the flared jeans and cute tops the other girls... Continue Reading

Texturizer vs Keratin Treatment: Which Is Harsher on Hair?

A few weeks ago, it became evident that I’m not the only natural who’s ever felt the creamy crack calling out to them in the midst of failed attempts at learning how to take care of their afro-textured hair. It was a few emails in, after going back and forth between questions about hair management... Continue Reading