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

6 Creative Protective Updos to Wear on Your Natural Hair This Summer

If you are protective styling this summer and need some style inspiration, then check out these six creative updos! 1. and 2. The Faux Updo – 2 Ways Naptural85’s creativity never ceases to amaze me.  In the following tutorial, she shows you how to create faux updo —  one with a large braid and one... Continue Reading

A Proud #NoShave Armpit Hair Movement is Growing Among Young Women

A new trend among young women is growing right underneath their shoulders: armpit hair. What was traditionally seen as unclean, unkempt or unladylike by the masses has been reclaimed in the name of womanhood and radical self love. Of course magazines have highlighted celebs such as Madonna and Miley Cyrus show off their hair as... Continue Reading

NAACP President and African Studies Prof Has Been Passing Herself Off as Black Woman For Years

Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane Washington chapter of the NAACP and Africana Studies professor at Eastern Washington University, has been passing herself off as a black woman… for years. The elaborate lie includes public claims that she has a black father, black sons, natural hair, and has been the victim of hate crimes. Rachel’s... Continue Reading

Jill Scott’s Natural TWA is Back!

Yes, Jilly from Philly recently tweeted a selfie to none other than Erykah Badu, showing off her perfectly cropped coif. @fatbellybella it’s @missjillscott when all else fails… Let cho fro do what it wan tu pic.twitter.com/BnFTHGFKxi — ?Jill Scott? (@missjillscott) May 27, 2015 We know Jill has rocked everything from braids, fros and she even... Continue Reading

Barbie Releases a New Line of Dolls with Wider Variety of Skin Tones and Facial Structures

It’s 2015 and Mattel has finally stepped up their doll game. A new range of dolls were debuted under Barbie’s new Fashionista line. The dolls will feature 8 different skin tones, over 14 different facial structures, 18 eye colors and 23 different hair colors. The reasoning behind the switch up is in effort by Mattel to “represent the world girls see... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Avoid Heat “Damage” from the Sun this Summer

Summer is finally here! In your eagerness to get out and enjoy the sun you put on a cute pair of sandals, shorts and that all important sunscreen. You’re now ready to go, right? Well, that depends. Have you taken any extra steps to ensure that your hair won’t be a dried, fried mess at... Continue Reading

Orange is the New Black Cast Split by Race on Magazine Covers

June is an exciting time for fans of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, and with excitement building for the show’s June 12 premiere, the cast is hot on the press trail. Magazine interviews and covers are all a part of the game. But the separation of the cast by race on two magazine... Continue Reading