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Embracing My Authentic Self

Krystle Bell | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices
Krystle Bell

My natural hair journey has taught me that my beauty is not defined by my hair texture. I am beautiful because I have the courage to celebrate and embrace my authentic self.

Natural Hair Chose Me

Diane C. Bailey | Posted 07.14.2016 | Black Voices
Diane C. Bailey

I blossomed when my hair was growing and full. To me, healthy means beautiful, -- whether it's healthy skin, healthy teeth or healthy hair -- it all equates to being beautiful. Healthy hair is beautiful.

Natural Hair Creates A More Inclusive Beauty Standard

Jenell Stewart | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices
Jenell Stewart

Collectively our voices are effecting changes in creating a more inclusive standard of beauty. Everyday that we learn more about our hair and document our experiences publicly is another day we support a Black woman who is nervous about finally coming into her own and accepting her natural hair.

My Road To Being A Black Woman With Natural Hair

Arriel Vinson | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Arriel Vinson

I know that once I begin my career search, my natural hair will be frowned upon. But then again, why would I want to work for an employer who can't appreciate my race and all it has to offer?

Madam C.J. Walker's Black Beauty Legacy Lives Through Her Great Grand Daughter and Now Sephora

Erika Hardison | Posted 06.15.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

Who could have predicted that a daughter of slaves turned self-made millionaire would have her namesake and products in a Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy brand like Sephora?

Your Natural Hair Should Not Be A Mystery

Candace Howze | Posted 06.10.2016 | Black Voices
Candace Howze

It's been two years since my final relaxer and 16 months since my big chop and I couldn't be happier! Seeing my thick, dense, coarse and kinky hair was like meeting myself for the first time. My hair is a lovely deep black -- nowhere near the light brown, reddish color I'd always believed it to be.

Why My Hair Journey Is Spiritual

Briana Whiteside | Posted 06.09.2016 | Black Voices
Briana Whiteside

I grew into the woman I am today. I've reached a level of freedom and it all started with me cutting away the pieces of me that once hindered me: self-deprecating thoughts and my relaxed hair.

How Embracing My Natural Hair Led Me to Beauty School and Beyond

Aishia Strickland | Posted 06.09.2016 | Black Voices
Aishia Strickland

I had been told numerous times in my adulthood that I should have gone to beauty school. I didn't know natural hair would lead me into the business of educating the masses on hair care, but I'm so glad it did!

I Took My Natural Hair Journey With My Teenage Daughter

Simone S. Gray | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Simone S. Gray

Having natural hair has inspired me to be more conscious of what I put in or on my body and most importantly it has help me to be free. I feel so liberated knowing that I am a beautiful, kinky curly black women who understands that beauty comes in many forms and my hair is just one example of it.

Loving My Hair Has Allowed Me to Love Myself

Shanice J. Douglas | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Shanice J. Douglas

My hair is no longer my crutch in a dark state of self-loathing, neither is it my crowning glory. Loving my hair as it is, has allowed me to love myself as I am, and this natural hair journey was the perfect catalyst for this state of introspection.

My Daughter Needs Me to Be Natural

Shannon Thompson | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Shannon Thompson

As a black woman, I have internalized so many messages that are vicious, and often subtle attacks on our subconscious and our entire being -- our skin, our bodies, and our hair. I have to fight against these messages for my daughter -- and yours -- every single day.

What I've Learned as a Natural Hair Veteran

Rachel Odem | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Rachel Odem

All women are beautiful, but I want my daughters to see that their beauty and their voice matter. Stand out and be who you are, and society will have no choice but to accept women of all colors with curvy hips and curly hair.

To the Little Kink-Haired Girl

Candace Peterson | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Candace Peterson

Little kink haired girl, you inspire me. Sitting with your texturally diverse friends while wearing your puffs and braids with casual confidence makes me feel so proud. When I was your age, I didn't know my hair. I only knew my relaxer.

If I Could Control My Hair, I Could Control My Life

Tanya Wright | Posted 07.14.2016 | Black Voices
Tanya Wright

With a busy career as an actress on "Orange Is the New Black," my life sometimes feels more out of control than ever. At the same time, I know that the opposite is also true: That I am the captain of my ship; I am the master of my fate. And I would never have known that if it were not for my hair.

Why I Stopped Wearing Wigs

Antonia Opiah | Posted 06.01.2016 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

I cannot and I will not say that I 100 percent adore my hair and feel great in it. The struggle is still very real for me. But I know that in time, maybe a couple years from now, I'll be at a different part of my journey and telling a different story.

How I Fell in Love With My Natural Curls

Vecoya | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices
Vecoya

Fall in love with your texture and your natural curls. Do not compare yourself to others, because this is your journey. That applies to products as well, what works for me may not necessarily work for you and vice versa.

A Journey to Never Having Big Curls and Loving Myself Anyway

Shanae Wildgoose | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices
Shanae Wildgoose

Whether this 4C hair seems to twist on command or not, it's mine. It's beautiful and loving it means loving myself. Embracing my natural hair journey was freeing, exciting and worth every minute.

A (Self) Love Story About Embracing My Natural Hair

Deja L Jones | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices
Deja L Jones

My choice is tempered with self-understanding and a healthy dose of self-love. The tale of my mane is a love story. It is a radical and political declaration of the love I have for myself. It's a sisterhood within me. My hair has history.

How My Husband Encouraged Me to Go Natural

Katherine Shorter | Posted 06.01.2016 | Black Voices
Katherine Shorter

My husband didn't want our daughters to grow up thinking that they had to have permed hair to feel beautiful and accepted. He wanted them to see that they could be beautiful with all of the style and grace that God gave them.

5 Things Black Women With Naturals Need To Do When Preparing For A (Sexy) Nightcap

Erika Hardison | Posted 04.13.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

So you are ready to have a nightcap with your boo but there's one problem - you just washed your hair! Don't let the idea of ruining your twist-out, 'fro or locs prevent you from engaging in extracurricular adult activities.

6 Natural-Hair Models on Their Favorite Hair Products

The Cut | Posted 03.08.2016 | Style
The Cut

By Kathleen Hou Over the last few Fashion Weeks, designers have started to let go of the idea that their models all need to match, embracing the conc...

6 DIY Hair Treatments That Actually Work

The Cut | Posted 01.21.2016 | Style
The Cut

For oily hair, turn to salt for this monthly treatment. Mix two tablespoons of coarse salt with shampoo to create a paste. Apply the mixture to your scalp and scrub vigorously for about a minute.

How The First Black Woman To Own A Natural Hair Product Patent Uses It As A Wealth Generator

Ginger Dean | Posted 10.05.2015 | Business
Ginger Dean

If you're a small business owner, intellectual property is an essential resource. However, because it isn't a physical tool, many people tend to forget its necessity or are just unaware of its importance.

From Relaxer to All-Natural Hair

Joy Adaeze | Posted 07.23.2016 | Black Voices
Joy Adaeze

It took a lot of trial and error during this journey but one thing I learned is that you should never give up on your hair. Love it, embrace it, find out what she likes. Your hair is unique and beautiful, just like you.

Meet The Women With The Flyest Afros On Instagram

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 06.02.2015 | Style

Black hair -- in all of its complexities -- is beautiful. When we see women wearing Afros on Instagram, our fingers can't move fast enough to double t...