True Life: I’m a Fan Of Mineral Oil On My Natural Hair

Before I became a bonafide natural (my definition for a natural who subscribes to a completely natural, wholistic way of living) my regular stash of hair products included the likes of Nexxus Humectress, Luster’s Pink Lotion mixed in with a little Dax and/or some Indian brand oil – all laden with mineral oil. For the... Continue Reading

Was it Racist? Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Beauty Guide Seems to Snub Women of Color

Cosmopolitan Magazine is at it again. First, they were claiming Kylie Jennie’s co-opted locs were “edgy” and on trend and now it appears as if they’ve snubbed women of color yet again. The magazine published a guide titled “21 Beauty Trends That Need to Die in 2015.” 42 images of women were shown to depict the... Continue Reading

The Curl Sponge is the Newest Way to Define Curls on TWAs

Recently, a buzz has been generated surrounding a new tool appropriately called, “The Curl Sponge.” Use of the sponge as directed promotes springy, coily curls. In the video above, you can see the Curl Sponge creator, Youseff the Barber demonstrating the tool on a client by applying a spritz then rubbing the sponge on the hair soft,... Continue Reading

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 4; Geniece’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life... Continue Reading

Empire’s Grace Gealey: I Didn’t Understand Light Skin vs Dark Skin Until I Moved to the U.S.

  Empire star, Grace Gealey immigrated to the U.S. from the Cayman Islands at the age of 18. In her latest interview with Details magazine, she explains the culture shock she experienced as a woman of color: For me personally, it’s the whole light-skinned/dark-skinned dynamic [for women of color]. I mean, there’s competition among women everywhere... Continue Reading

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 3; Elle’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life... Continue Reading

Natural Celebrities Stun at the Black Girls Rock Awards

The 2015 Black Girls Rock ceremony held this past weekend in New Jersey brought out black excellence at its finest. Janelle Monae looked oh so regal with a high puff and Jill Scott brought back her fab fro. Willow Smith is now donning the locs she mentioned in her latest interview. That suit is a... Continue Reading

‘If A White Person Posted This… Sh*t Would Hit the Fan': Michelle Obama Criticized for Speaking at Black Girls Rock

Apparently we’re in a post-racial world and Michelle Obama didn’t get the memo. The First Lady spoke at the 2015 Black Girls Rock Awards, held Saturday March 28, and she is coming under fire from fans on Instagram, where her team posted photos from the event. “I am all for the empowerment of disadvantaged groups,... Continue Reading

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 2; Chinwe’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life... Continue Reading

Artist Delivers Powerful Statement on Instagram’s Hypocrisy After Menstruation Photo is Removed

Does Instagram have a double standard when it comes to portrayals of the female experience? Poet and artist Rupi Kaur created a photoseries displaying the experience of menstruation. The photos display things most of us are familiar with or have experienced; using a hot water bottle to alleviate cramps, bleeding through clothing, and throwing away... Continue Reading

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 1; Ijeoma’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life... Continue Reading

TSA Officers Will No Longer Stop Black Women to Conduct Hair Searches in Airports

I’m sure we all remember when singer Solange announced that she had her hair searched publicly by TSA officers while traveling through the airport in 2012. Well, now thanks to two women the TSA has agreed to give up the practice altogether. Neuroscientist, Malaika Singleton of Sacramento, CA was on her way to an academic... Continue Reading

True Life: I Went to South Africa to Experience the Budding Natural Hair Movement

There have been a few spotlights on natural hair’s rise in popularity in different African countries, such as the Ivory Coast, but rarely do we get accounts of the movement from the perspective of folks who are familiar with the movement here. Luckily, I had the opportunity to visit Johannesburg, South Africa a few weeks... Continue Reading

Olivia from Detroit // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

What is your name and where are you from? My name is Olivia “Livey J” Johnson and I am from Detroit, MI, currently residing in Belleville, MI. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! I transitioned, and looking back I really wish I would have big-chopped! I started my... Continue Reading

[Op Ed] I’m a White Mom With Biracial Children, and What I Do With Their Hair Is No One’s Business

Writer Maria Guido is fed up with random folks approaching her with advice on how to care for the natural hair of her own children. Read on for her take on these awkward encounters: Maybe I’m just not the type of parent who likes unsolicited advice or people getting in my personal space, but one... Continue Reading