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From Relaxer to All-Natural Hair

Joy Adaeze | Posted 07.23.2015 | 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.

8 Times Black Hairstyles Have Been Culturally Appropriated

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices

On Wednesday, Elle UK called baby hair a "trend" and credited Katy Perry for inspiring it.  They were wrong -- black women have been ro...

Elle UK Thinks Katy Perry Inspired A Hair Trend Black Women Have Worn For Decades

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

Baby hair is nothing new to black women but Elle UK thinks it’s a "trend." New Trend Alert: Baby hairs. Here's everything you ...

The Most Important Lesson to Teach Children

Ama Yawson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Ama Yawson

The world has become a very uncertain place due to rapid technological and cultural change. We are reminded of change when we remember iconic companies that each employed thousands of people such as Enron, Pan Am, MCI Worldcom and Arthur Anderson. Those companies no longer exist.

The Haircut That Got A 5-Year-Old Sent Home From School

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Black Voices

Jalyn Broussard was excited to show off his haircut at school last December. It was the first time the 5-year-old sported a different haircut than his...

Dear Rachel, I Am Not My Hair, But I Am A Black Woman

Calvalyn Day | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Calvalyn Day

By choosing to falsely "go natural," you insult the women who are expected to wear a freshly-relaxed bob in order to keep their jobs. You've clearly never had your 3-year-old cut her hair off and say she wants "flat hair."

Ava Duvernay Blasts Man For Touching Her Hair -- As She Should

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices

Here we go again. Just last week an "old man" took it upon himself to touch "Mad Men" actress Teyonah Parris' hair without permission and now film...

Actress Blasts 'Old Man' For Inappropriately Touching Her Hair

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Black Voices

It's been said so many times, you would think it was common knowledge: Don't touch a black woman's hair, or a black man's hair, or anyone's hair at th...

Why #UnconventionalBlackBeauty Celebrates People Like Me

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

In the black community, we often celebrate those who are Afrocentric as long as they don't look "too African." The funny thing about the hashtag #unconventionalblackbeauty is that most photos were pretty conventional. But partnering these pictures with the word "beauty" has made them unconventional.

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 doub...

This Campaign Wants Young Girls To Embrace Their Natural Curls

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices

Dove's "Love Your Curls" campaign is taking its quest to inspire curly hair appreciation from feel good videos to the written word. In the latest iter...

The Hairstyle That Will 'Protect' Your Locks All Summer Long

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 05.12.2015 | Style

Crochet braids have reemerged as one of the most popular black hairstyles of the season. Though this hairdo dates back to the '90s, the modern version...

How One Mom Taught Her 7-Year-Old Daughter To Accept Her Natural Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices

When 7-year-old Natalie McGriff struggled to embrace her natural black beauty, her mom was the first one to encourage her to love her hair and her bea...

WeNeedDiverseAnimation# Because BlackLivesMatter#

Ama Yawson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.

Job Interviews, Diversity and the Feminist Woman of Color

Ashley Velez | Posted 06.28.2015 | Women
Ashley Velez

I have to acknowledge that my mixed Afro-Latina heritage has given me both a lighter complexion and a looser curl pattern than most Black women. These factors alone grant me privileges in the workplace, privileges that must be acknowledged in order to have an honest conversation.

30+ Natural Hair Haircuts For Any Length And Texture

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 04.23.2015 | Style

The possibilities of styling are limitless when it comes to natural hair. Whether your curls are loose and wavy or tight and coiled, experimenting wit...

Five Natural Hairstyle Ideas For Busy Moms

Imani A. Dawson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Style
Imani A. Dawson

These natural hairstyles are perfect for that moment of zen that occurs just after the morning coffee, and before the kids wake up.

On Black Women and Feminism in Brazil

Bianca Santana | Posted 06.06.2015 | Black Voices
Bianca Santana

Though we've made great advancements over the last few years, Brazil is still a very unequal and racist country. And the story of black women in Brazil is also the story of my life, although I have been more fortunate than many.

Julia Craven

TSA Says It Will Stop Touching So Many Black Women's Hair

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

No, you cannot touch my hair -- but it isn’t as if the woman had asked for my permission. An agent of the Transportation Security Administration...

Black Woman Details 'Intrusive' Hair Searches By TSA

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

Accusations of racially selective airport searches by the Transportation Security Administration have prompted officials to deem the practice discrim...

Part Ways From Your Split Ends

Kristen Colòn | Posted 05.27.2015 | Style
Kristen Colòn

Split ends are an all too common problem for us all. Naturally your hair type plays a role in how many and how often you get them, but certain habits are also responsible for causing split ends.

Airport Pat-Downs Of Black Women's Hairstyles Deemed Discriminatory

Reuters | Sharon Bernstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 26 (Reuters) - Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday t...

Dana Oliver

How To Get Curly Hair With A... Sponge?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Oliver | Posted 03.25.2015 | Style

File this ingenious product under "things that will make your life easier." We first heard about Curl Sponge back in 2014 while swapping natural ...

Zoe Kravitz Inspires Us To Embrace Our Natural Beauty

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 03.22.2015 | Style

You have to appreciate Zoe Kravitz for resisting society's standards of beauty. The 26-year-old attended the New York City premiere for "The Diver...

Finding The Right Time To Finally Go Gray

Claudia Luther | Posted 05.20.2015 | Fifty
Claudia Luther

My hair is gray. I know this. My husband knows this. Carmine, who colors my hair brown every few weeks, knows this. Anyone who looks closely at my roots a week or two after Carmine does her magic knows this. It is an open topic among my friends -- how almost all of us color our hair.