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Antonia Opiah

Relaxers Won't Be Around for Long

Antonia Opiah | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

With a big chop, you become a woman with short hair in a world where so much sexuality and femininity lies in length.

The Changing Business of Black Hair, a Potentially $500b Industry

Antonia Opiah | Posted 03.25.2014 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

The shift from relaxers to natural hair, often referred to as the natural hair movement, is the source of many of the potentially major changes occurring in the market.

What We Can All Learn From a Hair Guru

Antonia Opiah | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

I've been a fan of one particular natural hair vlogger, Taren Guy, for a little under a year now. Guy began vlogging about her natural hair journey in June 2009 and has since continued, creating videos that cover a wide range of hair topics, as well as general issues facing women.

WATCH: 'You Can Touch My Hair' Short Film

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Black Voices

Remember that time a group of black women stood in the middle of New York City's Union Square holding signs inviting people to touch their hair? Yup, ...

The New Rules for Dating: Stop Looking for Love

Antonia Opiah | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Antonia Opiah

How do you get past the lack of authenticity that's innate in calculating your every step, like purposely waiting two hours to respond to a text message?

You Can Touch My Hair: What Were We Thinking?!

Antonia Opiah | Posted 08.18.2013 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

You Can Touch My Hair was a way of telling those who have stolen a touch how it makes me feel -- like an object put on display. But I also wanted to use it as an opportunity to further understand why someone might think that act or solicitation is okay and why black hair is such a novelty.

A Social Experiment, NOT A Movement

Julee Wilson | Posted 08.10.2013 | Black Voices
Julee Wilson

She gently touched my hair and gleefully exclaimed "it's so soft." While that was a sweet sentiment, I was left feeling of awkward and violated -- even though I allowed the touching. However, I loved that fact that opening myself to this opportunity in turn invited a very real and honest conversation with the woman.

Julee Wilson

Why Are People So Fascinated With Black Hair?

HuffingtonPost.com | Julee Wilson | Posted 06.08.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- For most women of color, being asked "Can I touch your hair?" (or the sensation of an uninvited hand already in her tresses) is irritating...