Does Constant Washing Make Natural Hair Grow Faster?

I am definitely not the first natural to notice what appears to be faster hair growth with more frequent washing. In the beginning of my journey, it was a question that came up periodically on the hair care forums I visited. A recent video by Naptural85 (Whitney) made me revisit that question again. In this... Continue Reading

How to Use Water Based Moisturizers on Flat-Ironed Natural Hair

So, when you flat iron your hair, water is your enemy, right? The natural’s motto is, “Oils and butters only! Prevent reversion!” This was so me until I flat ironed my hair and discovered how to use water-based moisturizers. I’ve tried to do textured styles with my flat ironed hair using oil-based products and they... Continue Reading

Worst in Show: 14 Products That Left Our Natural Hair Feeling Terrible

Figuring out what products work for you is something all naturals go through. And sometimes a product leaves your hair feeling so bad that it is forever seared in your memory as an ultimate fail. Our writers discuss their fail products and why they suspect they didn’t work. Keep in mind that this list is... Continue Reading

‘I’m Tired of Apologizing for My Blackness’ Sudanese Model Writes Open Letter to the Fashion World

Sudanese model Nykhor Paul has had enough. The 25-year-old beauty, who has walked in runway shows for Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga and Rick Owens is calling out the industry for treating dark-skinned black models like unwanted stepchildren when it comes to makeup. “Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don’t take this the wrong way... Continue Reading

30 Headwraps for the Long, Short and Loc’ed Part 1

by Lisa of Lisa a la Mode Headwraps aren’t new. I’m sure many of us have seen women dressed in traditional African attire, including elaborate and intricately designed headdresses. Today we’re seeing more and more women in western cultures donning these head wraps as both a fashion statement and protective style. Let’s face it, if you’re... Continue Reading

Tamera Mowry-Housley Addresses Rude Comments on Why She Doesn’t Post Pics of Her Black Mother

A few weeks ago actress, Tamera Mowry-Housely, posted a photo of her white father on Instagram with an endearing caption wishing him a “Happy Father’s Day.” Within minutes, The Real talk-show host received comments asking why she didn’t show the same gratitude for her black mother on Mother’s Day. Someone even questioned if Tamara’s mother... Continue Reading

4 Non-Inverted Yoga Techniques for Hair Health

I already know what you’re thinking…”Elle, what’s new about this article? We’ve already filed the inversion technique under the ‘doing too much’ files.” And I thought the same thing – think yoga and hair growth, and you’re automatically thinking of headstands and the like – hanging upside down to increase blood circulation to your scalp... Continue Reading

Why Loc’ed Jamaican-German Tennis Star Dustin Brown is Turning Heads

On July 2, German-born, Jamaican-bred tennis star Dustin Brown beat world number 10 Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon. The victory was shocking because Brown is currently ranked 102nd in the world. Unfortunately he was knocked out in the third round, but he still has folks talking for quite a few reasons; 1.... Continue Reading

4 Reasons Styles Work for Other Naturals But Fail For You

About three weeks ago I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across an image that stopped me in my tracks. It was a before and after photograph of a woman with natural hair wearing a beautiful flat twist out. Vlogger NaturalNeiicey What struck me most about the style was how few flat twists were... Continue Reading

All American Girl: First Daughter Malia Obama Turned 17 on the Fourth of July

The eldest daughter of the first family, Malia Obama, turned 17 on the Fourth of July! The 17-year-old has already got some incredible things lined up like her internship with the HBO series, Girls. Let’s take a look at the ever-evolving style of Malia Obama: “Having these tall, beautiful, strong-willed girls in my house never allows... Continue Reading

Perfectly Normal Haircut Gets Black Kindergartner Sent Home from School

What do you see when you look at this picture? To many this is a neatly groomed black boy ready for school. But to the Immaculate Heart of Mary school in Belmont, California this hair style was “distracting” and resulted in little Jalyn Broussard being sent home half an hour after he arrived at school... Continue Reading

11 Stunning Vintage Portraits of Congolese Schoolgirls

These stunning portraits of students at a Protestant secondary school in Mbandaka, Congo were taken by American photographer Eliot Elisofon in 1972. Beautiful! Ladies, what are your thoughts? Continue Reading

Teen Vogue’s Unexpected Black August Cover

This is the cover of Teen Vogue‘s August issue. Yes, this is the same Teen Vogue that came under fire just last week for excluding more women of color in a black hair-centric editorial. The cover features 3 up and coming models of color (Imaan Hammam, Lineisy Montero and Aya Jones) and the same editor behind... Continue Reading

Black Woman Artist Poses Nude at Former New York City Slave Trading Sites, Including Wall Street

New York has a reputation for being a melting pot, but it also has a strong history of slave trading. For her photo series, White Shoes, artist Nona Faustine wanted to call attention to that history and its enduring legacy. “As a time traveler I’m very invested in the past and our future. I see... Continue Reading

The Tribal Trend of Metal Snap Clips in Ethiopia

The Bana tribe of Omo Valley Ethiopia takes everyday hair accessories to a new level. The use of the metal snap clips is primarily to keep the hair in place, but the bright colors and patterns also promote individuality and a bright, happy appearance. The metal clips (which were super popular in the US in... Continue Reading