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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.

How Zendaya Handled Racism Like A Boss

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 06.02.2016 | Style

As the pendulum of fashion diversity continues to swing upward, time after time stories emerge about less-than-ideal on-set experiences that women of ...

Introducing HuffPost’s ‘My Natural Hair Journey’ Blog Series

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Spatola | Posted 06.01.2016 | Black Voices

We've made a lot of progress when it comes to embracing what makes us unique, but there's one thing we seem to forget about: our awesome natural hair....

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.

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.

How I Fell in Love With My Natural Curls

Vecoya | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices

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.

Here's Why Coloring Your Natural Hair Isn't A Big Deal

The Huffington Post | Shonitria Anthony | Posted 05.13.2016 | Style

So you're natural, and you've been playing around with the idea of color, but you don't want to end up with fried hair and a matching horror story to ...

I Quit Using Shampoo... Yes, Really

Tre Harrington | Posted 05.10.2016 | Style
Tre Harrington

So, how do you go no poo? It is really easy and safe for dyed and grey hair. You will need the following items to begin.

The Politics Of Lupita Nyong'o's Hair

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices

There's an art to the classy clapback, and Lupita Nyong'o perfected that art earlier this week after Vogue published an article on Tuesday stating tha...

Natural Hair Isn't Lovely and Amazing, it's Simply Normal

Ezinne Ukoha | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Ezinne Ukoha

I loved my natural hair when I had it because it was mine.

Why I Keep Going to the Dominican Salon, Even Though They Damage My Hair

The Cut | Posted 04.27.2016 | Style
The Cut

I didn't let it faze me that they were out of hot water, or that she was using cheap shampoo. Maybe it was the blaring bachata that drowned out any concerns I should've had. Whatever it was, I knew I'd be back.

Why Bouncy Blowout Hair Is Over

The Cut | Posted 04.27.2016 | Style
The Cut

"The new rich is the natural," Palau says. "You can get all these different quirky hairstyles out of it, like you see on the runway. But women just want to wear their hair simply nowadays." It's true.

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.

5 Things to Ask the Next Person Who Calls Your Natural Hair 'Unprofessional'

Tajh Sutton | Posted 04.11.2016 | Black Voices
Tajh Sutton

The irony of being forced to change our aesthetic to be deemed 'professional' in the workplace as trends that started in our communities walk down runways and grace the pages of international publications attached to fair skin, slim bodies and straight hair could not be any clearer.

Three Reasons I Love Being A Black Woman

Adiba Nelson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Adiba Nelson

Can I take a minute and tell you about the lip-smacking loveliness that comes with being a Black woman?

Regina King On The 'Fascinating' Beauty Of Black Women's Hair

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices

Regina King believes that the many different textures and styles of black women's hair is truly phenomenal. The Emmy Award-winning actress made this ...

Portraiture: Artist Tim Okamura Reveals Inner Strength of Women

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 03.14.2016 | Arts
Sheryl Estrada

I first wrote about contemporary painter Tim Okamura in 2013. He had two solo exhibitions that year, This Story Has Not Yet Been Told...The Work of Ti...

Asian Travel, Natural Hair and Sarees: Diversity Bliss For a Naturalista!

Patti R. Rose | Posted 03.09.2016 | Travel
Patti R. Rose

I find, when I travel internationally, especially in Africa and Asia, whatever that feeling is that I have at home--that feeling of being other, as a Black woman, doesn't exist. There is curiousness but not consternation. I walk comfortably in my difference, knowing that I am adding diversity, vibrantly, to the place where I am visiting.

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...