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4 Ways You Could Be Hindering Your Own Natural Hair Journey

  If you’ve been relaxing your hair for years and recently decided to rock your natural texture, getting your routine down might be a little intimidating. Who am I kidding? It’s definitely intimidating! When I stopped relaxing, I had to completely relearn my hair, which took some time. Here are some culprits that may be... Continue Reading

Luna from Phoenix // 3A Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself. L: Luna from Phoenix Arizona. I lived part of my childhood in Mexico where my mother is from. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! L: I transitioned, I did relaxers for years because I wanted smooth straight “good” hair. Of course my idea of good hair was... Continue Reading

Microscope Photos Reveal Bentonite Clay Works Better than Conditioner for Curl Clumping in 4C Hair

After the last post on clumping curls in 4c hair, many of you wanted to see a strict conditioner only vs bentonite only set of results.I have now had the chance to repeat the experiment and this is what I did. The Experiment – My own hair – 7 inch segment cut from the crown... Continue Reading

4 Lesser Known Oils That Promote Shine in Natural Hair

Love them or hate them, oils are here to stay in most women’s arsenal of hair products. Finding the right oil for your hair could make the difference between a perfectly moisturized coif or a dried out mess littered with white specks of hardened butter. Naturals the world over use oils to achieve all kinds... Continue Reading

How to Do a FLAWLESS Curly Set on ANY LENGTH of Natural Hair

The learning curve when using flexi rods, rollers, perm rods or bantu knots can be a bit high for some naturals.  If this sounds like your situation, check out these innovative ways to get the same flawless curly sets: 1. Twist and Curl (for a rod set alternative) Description: Twist previously stretched hair, apply perm rods, let the style... Continue Reading

Why the Vixen Sew-In is the Next Best Thing for Weave Wearing Naturals

Ever heard of the “Vixen sew-in weave”? If you follow various protective styling or weave-magic Instagram or Pinterest pages, you might have heard of this look. Essentially, the Vixen sew-in is a newly popular weave installation method that applies tracks in 4 different sections, rather than the single “hive” method that is traditionally used. There... Continue Reading

3 Unconventional Ways to Detangle Natural Hair

About a year after beginning my healthy hair journey, I was fairly certain that I had successfully mastered growing my coily hair. However, I had yet to figure out how to detangle my fro without it being an all-day affair. Perhaps, that’s an exaggeration, but it lasted much longer than I felt necessary. So for the... Continue Reading

3 Tips to Manage Multi-textured Natural Hair

If you’re like me, the process of “going natural” followed years of wearing your hair relaxed. When my hair was first relaxed, I was only 12 years old and had relatively little experience styling my own hair. Moreover, I never managed my hair while wet. That was sole responsibility of my mother and the styling... Continue Reading

Chole from Atlanta // Multi-Texture Natural Hair Style Icon

Introduce yourself! C: My name is Chole Ike. I am originally from Columbia, SC, but I have been living in Atlanta now for over 10 years. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! C: I decided to go natural because I was bored with my hair. I found myself... Continue Reading

Viola Davis Reveals Her Longtime Struggle with Alopecia

The Oscar nominated actress and star of the newly debuted Shonda Rhimes series, How to Get Away with Murder, Viola Davis revealed in a recent interview with Vulture that she has endured an ongoing battle with alopecia areata since the age of 28. “I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash... Continue Reading

Fake it Til You Make it! 4 Faux Styles for Long and Short Natural Hair

There are so many hair styles for naturals to try, but sometimes your own hair may be too short or too long to pull some of these looks off. We can all appreciate an awesome updo, goddess braid, TWA, and flexi rod set. Now, you have hope to achieve these styles without cutting your hair... Continue Reading

Scalp Care: How to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis

I have previously discussed seborrheic dermatitis which is also known as seborrheic eczema or scalp eczema in some detail and I would highly recommend some extra reading links here and here for those of you who want some extra detail. It remains a very popular topic as it can be difficult to tackle and can... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Get Past Protective Styling Frustration and Boredom

As a long-time protective styler, I can relate to those who get bored or even frustrated with keeping their hair bounded and off of their shoulders or backs. That is when these suggestions come into play: 1. For you twisters (or braiders), leave some hair untwisted (or unbraided) This is something that helped me survive... Continue Reading

Kapri from Alabama // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

What is your Name / Where are you from? K: Hey everyone, I’m Kapri! :) I’m originally from Maryland, but I currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama. Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us! K: I was inspired to return natural by a good friend of mine, and went on to... Continue Reading

More Natural Hair Businesses are Crowdfunding — But Not All Are Finding Success

Crowdfunding is the new black. Almost every day, I receive another alert for a Gofundme, Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign with people asking me to donate for anything and everything, from funding weddings to medical procedures, to business endeavors. Businesses are finding ways to capitalize off of these initiatives, which may not necessarily be a bad... Continue Reading