If you're not completely satisfied with the condition of your hair, now may be the perfect time to consider a change. You'll be in good company because in the last few years, a hair revolution has opened more black women's eyes to the beauty of their natural hair. The New York Times recently reported that "many women with Afro-textured hair have not seen it in its unadulterated state since childhood," and CNN noted the fascination with touching black hair in its natural state.
More women are ditching their relaxers to groom and accept their natural locks, boosting the popularity of black hair-care advice forums and outlets in the process.
There's a plethora of knowledge afforded to you by way of books like The Science of Black Hair and online forums like Black Hair Media. But if seeing is believing, watch these five YouTubers. They are some of the most popular natural hair vloggers because of their sound advice and personalities.
"Originally, I went natural at 16 years of age, in the late 1990's," Vlogger Vanisha Sapp, aka African Export, said. "I admired and saw myself in those women who wore what is now called a "TWA" an acronym for teeny weeny Afro. To me they were radiant, confident and beautiful...I wanted to imitate that. Now I am that woman I admired. YouTube allowed me to share my hair frustrations, personal breakthroughs and encourage women."
Check out all of the channels to see which one best helps you learn how to groom your virgin hair and create a variety of modern styles to leave the retro Afros in the 1970s.
The 34-year-old vlogger has more than 2 million channel views and is approaching 70,000 subscribers since joining the site in 2009. She is the owner and founder of LUV Naturals and hails from the Washington, D.C., area. Watch her document her hair-growth journey from ear length to back length flowing tresses.
This 25-year-old Southern hairstylist has more than 50,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel and is as adorable as her screen name suggests. She experiments with color and currently wears her curly mane in auburn and black, but she's maintained her hair's natural texture for four years and created a YouTube account to share what she's learned. Check out her channel for tips on how to create a braid-out, twists and even drop curls in your natural hair.
The 27-year-old St. Louis, Mo., vlogger stopped relaxing her hair in 2006 to prepare for her "big chop" in 2007. Since then she has made 176 YouTube videos for her 43,000 subscribers, documenting her hair-care regime and discussing everything from "good" and "bad" hair, light and dark skin, and her weight loss.
This single mom is not only a hair guru, she's also a mini-activist in her own right, creating amateur public service announcements against bullying and messages that encourage black women to embrace their beauty regardless of the controversial Psychology Today study that deemed black women to be the least attractive women of any race. 28- year-old Oakland, Calif., native has more than 30,000 subscribers who frequent her page. Visit her channel for product reviews, hairstyle tutorials and a dash of makeup and fashion tips.
Since 2007, this natural hair vlogger has highlighted the changes in her hair throughout her pregnancy as it's transitioned from relaxed to natural. For concrete tips to help you prepare to transition your natural hair or to get ready for your "big chop," visit her channel and join her entourage of 27,000 subscribers.