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Natural Hair Movement

Curlfest: Black Women Celebrating Their Natural Hair And Why We Need More

Erika Hardison | Posted 07.13.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

Image credit: Ike Slimster As seen on Fabulize Magazine: I'm so thrilled that in this day and age, black women can create spaces to celebrate ...

The 3 Types of Men All Black Women With Naturals Will Meet

Erika Hardison | Posted 06.16.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

Whether you've decided to do the big chop and get in formation with #TeamNatural or you've been walking on the kinky side for decades, all naturalistas can agree that there are a lot of people that make assumptions about you based on your hair.

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.

I Never Wanted to Go Natural... So Why Did I?

Mionna Henderson | Posted 06.01.2016 | Black Voices
Mionna Henderson

I was letting the relaxer sit, and I went to scratch my head. I looked down at my hand and I had strands of hair on my fingers. I felt around my hair some more, and even more hair was coming out. I knew something was wrong.

Why Model Ebonee Davis Chose Natural Hair

Gennette Cordova | Posted 03.26.2016 | Black Voices
Gennette Cordova

Last year, Angolan model Maria Borges made history when she walked in the Victoria's Secret fashion show with her natural hair. Ebonee Davis, who recently appeared in the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, has joined the ranks of black women who are embracing their natural hair and expanding society's beauty standards.

History Was Made At The 2015 Victoria Secret Fashion Show, With One Natural Touch

Melissa Mushaka | Posted 11.23.2015 | Style
Melissa Mushaka

MARIA BORGES is the definition of a true angel on and off the runway. With three Victoria Secret Fashion shows under her wings, Borges made history w...

Black Woman, White Movement: Why Black Women Are Leaving The Feminist Movement

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 11.15.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

Black feminists seek emancipation from the norms and expectations of typical white women. In a society where the Black female body is appropriated, Black feminists are clamoring to be seen as an everyday type of beauty rather than exotic.

Open Letter to Allure, The New York Times and Other "Lamestream" Publications: If You Don't Know, You Better Ask Somebody

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

You know the drill. One of you mainstream, aka "lamestream," publications publishes an article or statement perhaps about a "current" topic and diverse readers lash out against you all for cultural insensitivity, cultural appropriation, or general cluelessness.

Hair, Race, and Greater Understanding

Roxie Jane Hunt | Posted 06.09.2016 | Women
Roxie Jane Hunt

The subject of our hair, and the notion of 'taking it back' is something that we can all do, together.

E! Fashion Police Masks Racist Speech Towards Zendaya As Comedy

Ama Yawson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.

14 Beauty Moments From 2014 That Folks Are Still Buzzing About

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver & Chanel Parks | Posted 12.24.2014 | Style

It seems like yesterday everyone was swooning over Lupita Nygon'o's red carpet moment at the Oscars, and now it's the end of 2014, and we're rounding ...

Miss Jessie's Co-Founder Dies

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices

The beauty industry is mourning the loss of one of its stars. Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the natural hair care line Miss Jessie’s, d...

Are You Being Bullied About Your Hair?

Ama Yawson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Style
Ama Yawson

Do you feel as if you are being bullied about your hair choices? On one hand, there are Black women and girls who eschew dangerous chemical relaxers and instead rock their God-given afro-textured hair, and often experience bullying as a result.

Afro-Textured Hair: Beautiful and Magical or Nappy Heads in Need of Perminators?

Ama Yawson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

This type of hair-bullying is not just present in the media. It is present in our homes as learned self-hatred manifests in comments to little girls with looser textures that they have "pretty hair," while little girls with kinkier hair textures are told that they have "bad hair."

The 5 Biggest Natural Hair Mistakes

Ama Yawson | Posted 06.01.2016 | Style
Ama Yawson

The movement often fails to challenge the very paradigm that encouraged women to chemically process their hair and thereby prevented them from remaining natural, in the first place.

Is This Emmy-Winning Actress Responsible For The Natural Hair Movement?

OWN | Posted 08.06.2014 | OWN

In the '50s and '60s, many African-American women sported smooth, straight hairstyles, from sleek bobs to mile-high bouffants. As an emerging actress,...

How to Get Rid of Black Women With Kinky Hair

Ama Yawson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The trend of integration in the natural hair movement may contribute to the erasure of kinky hair textures in the media.

Sunne's Gift's: 10 Reasons Why All Little Black Girls Should Rock Natural Hair

Ama Yawson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

I have a four year-old and a one year-old and I can't imagine putting a relaxer in their hair because, like most kids their ages, they are busy-bodies. My mother relaxed my hair when I was four years old and my sister got her first relaxer when she was three. It really boggles my mind now.

Dreadlocks: Beautiful and Spiritual or Hideous and Unsanitary?

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

Let's be honest, many people view dreadlocks as "dreadful". I sincerely hope that change is on the horizon. Niyya Tenee, the founder of Locs Revolution, is on a mission to uplift the image of locked hair and as part of that mission she is promoting Loc Appreciation Day on June 28, 2014.

WATCH: Natural Hair Vlogger Domineque Banks' Beautiful Legacy

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices

Although it's been a few weeks since we learned that natural hair vlogger Domineque Banks passed away after battling lupus, the sad news is still weig...

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.

WATCH: Are Afros Always A Political Statement?

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices

Afros are making a comeback! Well let's be honest, they really didn't go anywhere. But thanks to the natural hair movement, Dante de Blasio's headline...

It's About Time!

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.09.2013 | Black Voices

If you've ever tried to find a black doll at your local toy store, you may have noticed they usually come with tamed, straightened hairstyles. But on...

WATCH: Rock Out With Your Curls Out!

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Black Voices

Hey naturalistas! Need a new feel-good-about-your-follicles jam? If so, we offer you "NA-TU-RAL" by Qu'ality. The Harlem-based rapper calls the tu...