Chapter I: My White Boyfriend Changed My View on My Kinky “Kitchen”

 From the writer: The original article (posted below) is about a boyfriend who saw the beauty in his girlfriend’s “kitchen”.  A follow up article, chapter II, will touch upon race and hair as it relates to this story. “The most important thing about our gas-equipped kitchen was that Mama used to do hair there. The hot... Continue Reading

Felisha from Atlanta // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! F: My name is Felisha Shugart and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia though Louisiana is somewhat a second home for me. Why did you make the decision to go natural? F: Initially was transitioning from really severe heat damage for about 6 months. I have never permed or texturized my hair. After... Continue Reading

Why My Attempt at a Roller Set Was a Complete Fail

Yesterday in the afternooon I solicited prayers for my latest undertaking — a perm rod set with the big, brown jumbo rollers. Y’all might have thought I was just joshing around, but I seriously needed my prayer warriors to surround me on this one. If you’ve been following me on the blog, Instagram, Facebook,YouTube, and... Continue Reading

3 Reasons Heat Damage to Natural Hair CANNOT Be Reversed

I get these questions quite often, so I am featuring this one today from blog reader D. She writes ‘So I feel like I have a unique situation. I have heat damage but it’s not the kind you just trim off. The stylist actually weakened and compromised the integrity of my hair. Now that it’s... Continue Reading

I Didn’t Draw a Picture of a Black Girl Who Looked Like Me Until I Was 12

I was 12 when my best friend at the time, a Jewish girl, noticed one commonality in all my drawings of women. I was a capable artist from my elementary school days right up until the end of high school. My artwork, which depicted everything from landscapes to animal sketches to clothing designs would often... Continue Reading

Indian Weave Companies are Finding Massive Success… In Africa

A few days ago we posted about a prestigious Caribbean high school banning dreadlocks. Now comes news that Indian weave companies are set to make record profits in Africa. From; Indian beauty firms, specifically human hair sellers, are racking up the big bucks in Africa.  Because Indian hair is popular for its strength and... Continue Reading

8 Top Professionals and CEOs Who Wear Their Natural Hair

We are so used to reading stories of natural hair being “rejected in the workplace”, that to be both a top professional and relaxer-free is almost unimaginable. In all actuality, that is far from the truth. Here are eight top black female professionals, including CEOs, who wear their natural hair. 1. Dr. Helene Gayle Dr. Helene... Continue Reading

Heatless Curling for 4C Natural Hair: 5 Tips and Methods for Flawless Curls

Taiwo of Naija Curls Let’s talk all about curling 4c hair. Specifically, I’m referring to manually curling the hair versus enhancing the natural curl without a tool. The goal is to achieve either big fluffy bouncy curls or a smooth (or smoothish because let’s face it, some kinks don’t want to be smoothed out!) roller set. These... Continue Reading

Are You the Next Madam C.J. Walker?

As a woman in business for herself, you might be faced with the following questions: How can you turn what you have into a million dollar business? What obstacles must you overcome? What do you need? Sometimes figuring it out can be so daunting. So what do you do? Read. There’s an answer to just... Continue Reading

[Video] 100 Years of Black Hair Styles in 1 Minute has set the internet a buzz with its titillating time-lapse video of black beauty through the decades. This is a follow-up to their previously released video from a month ago, 100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute which featured a white model. Starting in 1910, the video takes viewers on a journey of black beauty... Continue Reading

Raven-Symone: I Used to Tan 3 to 4 Times a Week to Darken My Skin

Highlighting an aspect of colorism that isn’t often discussed, actress Raven-Symone has spoken out about her tanning habit while starring in her hit Disney show, “That’s So Raven.” She made the confession in a teaser video for the documentary Light Girls, which will air tomorrow on OWN. “When I had my own show, I used... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Wear a Chignon on Natural Hair

Here are five different ways to achieve a beautiful chignon on natural hair! 1. Low Twisted Chignon This low, twisted chignon is really simply to create.  Start on hair that has been stretched via banding, blow dry, roller set, or African threading.  There is no need to apply additional product, unless desired. Description: Low chignon that incorporates... Continue Reading

[Pic] RHOA’s Porsha Williams Reveals Her Natural Hair on Instagram

These days Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Porsha Williams is busy promoting her new weave line, but she wants folks to know that beneath it all she has a healthy head of hair. She posted this photo to Instagram with the caption #AllNatural for 2.5 seconds???? @gonakedhair installed in 3…2..1 #Standby Stylist: @kellonderyck It’s... Continue Reading

Quecina from Houston // 4A/4B Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! Q: I am Quecina Burts Nute also known as Pinkstarnute in the natural hair world. I am a mother, military wife and teacher from Houston, Texas. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! Q: I transitioned into my natural hair journey instead of a direct “big chop” because... Continue Reading

3 Protective Styling Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Length Goals

One of the reasons I decided to follow a protective styling and low maintenance regime was because of the overwhelmingly positive effects I saw on women who used this method. Over the past five years, I have largely found that protective styling is indeed very effective in retaining length and allows for easy styling once... Continue Reading