3 Tips to Ensure Proper Care for Natural Hair Underneath Box Braids/Faux Locs/Ghana Braids

We’ve written a couple of articles over the past few weeks about some trending protective styles for naturals, including bob box braids, colored box braids, faux locs, and ghana braids. It’s one thing to rock a cute protective style, but an entirely different thing to properly care for the style, so here’s some advice on... Continue Reading

Styling Inspiration: 10 Pictures that Show the Incredible Versatility of Locs

This past February, we posted an article on 10 Pictures that Show the Incredible Versatility of Natural Hair and a follow-up titled The Drooling Continues … 10 MORE Pictures that Show the Incredible Versatility of Natural Hair.  Though two loc’ed ladies were featured (amidst eighteen loose naturals), we would be remiss to leave you with just those two.  Today, we bring... Continue Reading

[Pics] These Realistic Looking Black Dolls Are Being Shared All Over the Internet

Dolls are a simple toy for children, but they are also very culturally loaded. There’s Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s infamous 1939 doll experiment where black children were presented an option of a black or white doll, and most chose the white. There are Barbie dolls, which follow a very restrictive beauty standard of tall and... Continue Reading

All-White-Male Indie Band Names Itself Black Pussy and Refuses to Change

Right about now, there’s a petition going around to stop this wannabe Stillwater-looking band (tired, Almost Famous reference, but whatever) that decided it would be real cool to name themselves “Black Pussy” from playing at venues across the U.S. So far, their shows in Raleigh, North Carolina and Winnipeg, Canada have been cancelled. The lead singer... Continue Reading

Woman Regrows Bald Crown Patch Using Sulfur-Rich Onion Mask

Just when you think you’ve heard and seen it all, someone uses onion juice in their hair. Yes, you read correctly, the same veggie that you use to flavor your salads and chicken, is being used as an ingredient in shampoo and hair treatments. Apparently, unbeknownst to some, onion juice has been used as a... Continue Reading

How I Minimize Frizz When Washing My Box Braids

So this morning, it was definitely time to wash my braids again. After being at the beach and outside in 90 degree weather, my scalp was screaming at me no matter how many times I sprayed it with refresher. I don’t think it’s hard to wash braids, but here’s what it looked like. I squeezed... Continue Reading

A Traditional African Style Remixed: 10 Gorgeous Photos of Naturals Rocking Septum Piercings

Piercings are growing in acceptance across the world. It’s not uncommon for some folks in the workplace to rock a traditional nose piercing. However, septum piercings (piercing in between the cartilage and tip of the nose) are quickly becoming just as acceptable as a traditional nose piercing with the added benefit of being able to... Continue Reading

I’m a Waist-Length 4B/4C Natural, and I Can Retain Length Without Protective Styling

On the hair-typing chart, my hair would be considered type 4. It is thick, dense, and has very coarse strands. My hair also tends to be naturally strong, even when I was relaxed. Up until recently in my hair journey, I used very minimal protective styling. While transitioning, I did several low manipulation styles, such... Continue Reading

The Mbalantu Women of Africa and Their Floor-Length Natural Hair Tradition

Near the Southern tips of Angola, reside the Mbalantu tribes of Namibia. Mbalantu women are known for their headdresses. At the age of twelve, young girls in Mbalantu tribes begin preparing their hair for the headdress. They cover their hair with a thick layer of finely ground tree bark of the omutyuula tree. This mixture is applied... Continue Reading

Zoe Saldana Finally Admits She Wasn’t a Good Choice for the Role of Nina Simone

Well, she sorta admitted it. In a quote from an upcoming feature in InStyle Magazine, the gorgeous 36-year-old actress affirmed what many have been saying for years… “I didn’t think I was right for the part, and I know a lot of people will agree…” But she goes on to explain why she took the... Continue Reading

Vixen Crochet Braids Are the NEW Crochet Technique

What happens when you combine the Vixen sew-in pattern with crochet braids?  You get the Vixen crochet braids! We first discussed the Vixen sew-in last fall in “Why the Vixen Sew-In is the Next Best Thing for Weave-Wearing Naturals“.  If you want to read more about the sew-in technique, definitely check out that article.  Meanwhile,... Continue Reading

How One Woman Regrew Her Edges in Under 2 Months With a Derma Roller

If you are into skincare and spa treatments, then you’ve probably heard of the derma roller or had a treatment yourself. For those of you who aren’t aware, a derma roller is a skin care tool used to treat acne, scars, cellulite, stretch marks, and other skin imperfections. The roller is filled with dozens of... Continue Reading

19 Rare Vintage Photos that Celebrate Black Womanhood

These photos are from the Vintage Black Glamour book by Nichelle Gainer, released this past January. The book curates images of black women throughout the 20th century. by Rachel Wilkerson Miller of Buzzfeed 1. Valaida Snow Snow is pictured conducting an orchestra in London, October 1934. 2. Pearl Primus Primus was a dancer and choreographer known... Continue Reading

#AskRachel is Black Twitter’s Hilarious Response to the Rachel Dolezal Controversy

News broke yesterday about Rachel Dolezal, the white NAACP chapter president and Africana studies professor who has passed for a black woman for a decade (and still insists that she is.) It was only a matter of time before Black Twitter blessed us with a hilarious take on this stranger-than-fiction situation. #AskRachel is full of... Continue Reading

Blac Chyna is Rocking Ghana Braids and We Love It

We recently posted about Ghana braids, an intricate take on cornrows that’s sure to be one of the summer’s hottest trends. Video model and Lashed Bar owner Blac Chyna is rocking a set, and we have to say they look beautiful. They do look tight, and if you plan on getting the style be sure... Continue Reading