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Unequal Sisters: How the Army Promotes White Womanhood As the Female Ideal

Ama Yawson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

"Finding out that the U.S. Army regulations seemed to be geared towards eliminating Black females with natural hair was heartbreaking for me... It pains me to know that an organization that I have sacrificed so much for doesn't accept me in my natural, yet professional state."

Why Do Black Women Have to Look Like White Women to Serve Their Country?

Ama Yawson | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Ama Yawson

Given the fact that military men and women sacrifice so much, I believe that all members of the military regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation deserve to be honored and respected. Sadly, black women of the U.S. army are being severely dishonored and disrespected by Army Regulation 670-1.

Yes, My Little Brother Steals My Beauty Products

Justine Kay | Posted 03.12.2014 | Style
Justine Kay

Christian is just fortunate enough to be my curious, needy, bothersome little brother. But I'll be honest, I also love having him as my lab rat.

This Makeup Artist Mixes Up The Perfect Red Lipstick

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 03.03.2014 | Style

The way our minds are wired, we can't help but notice a woman wearing red lipstick on the street. So, when we spotted Inglot makeup artist Nicole Jenk...

The Perks Of Having Short Hair

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver and Raydene Salinas | Posted 02.10.2014 | Style

While taking a break at Starbucks in between New York Fashion Week shows, we noticed this gorgeous short-haired gal. Amiraa Vee's piecey pixie haircut...

Dana Oliver

WATCH: This '90s Hair Commercial Song Is Stuck In Our Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Oliver | Posted 02.01.2014 | Style

When I was just a child and my mother grew tired of straightening my thick, coarse curls at home, she took me to the salon for a chemical hair relaxer...

Creating a Center Part

Jerrika Hinton | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jerrika Hinton

Do you know how hard it is to find a black girl with hair like yours? It was my first peek into the supposition that my hair does not belong to me but, rather, is part of some trenchant responsibility and deeply engaged in identity politics whether or not the body/mind attached to it desires such.

Stop Telling Me How To Style My Hair

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.02.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

As teenagers trying to figure out who we are, we naturally experiment with different ways to express ourselves. To be forced to manipulate our hair in a way that doesn't represent us just isn't fair.

PHOTOS: Check Out These Lovely Locks!

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Black Voices

Our hair is magical. We can transform it from year to year, month to month, week to week or even minute to minute. It's that versatility, no matter th...

Dana Oliver

17 Things Only Girls With Natural Hair Will Understand

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Oliver | Posted 11.02.2013 | Style

Many African-American women with natural hair view their locks as both a blessing and a curse. But ever since I stopped chemically straightening my ha...

Who's Your Hair Icon?

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices

What do Josephine Baker, Pam Grier, Halle Berry, Diana Ross and Solange Knowles have in common? Yes, they are all talented, beautiful and inspiring wo...

Hair Healing for All the Little Tianas

Jessica Joseph | Posted 11.09.2013 | Black Voices
Jessica Joseph

Mothers, tanties and teachers: It breaks my heart to tell you this but you unknowingly slipped something toxic in your home-cooked chicken soup for the soul and fed it to your daughters and granddaughters. You told us that in order to enter woman-hood and embrace all the beauty that comes with it, we must undergo a painful rite of passage called the chemical relaxer, perm or hot comb.

WATCH: My Tresses Get Tamed

Julee Wilson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Julee Wilson

After a lot of soul searching, tons of products, a few emotional breakdowns and plenty of prayer, I was finally able to embrace my natural hair. But like they say, "it takes a village" -- which is why my journey would not be complete without the awesomeness that is Anthony Dickey.

WATCH: Vogue-Approved Natural Hair Tricks

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.29.2013 | Black Voices

When Vogue wants to know your beauty secrets, you're doing something right. That's definitely the case for singer/DJ Kilo Kish, who recently dished ab...

'Why My Hair Started Breaking Off'

Justine Kay | Posted 09.25.2013 | Style
Justine Kay

"My hair was broken, extremely short and I developed patches of psoriasis on my scalp that never went away."

The Trick To Taming Curly Hair

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver and Raydene Salinas | Posted 07.22.2013 | Style

Humidity plus curls equals frizz (and a whole lot of frustration). However, we ran into a New York University graduate with a solution to this summer ...

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...

The Natural Hair Book We've Been Dreaming About...

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.02.2013 | Black Voices

We've been completely enamored with Glenford Nunez's ongoing "Coiffure Project" -- portraits of women modeling their glorious crowns of natural hair. ...

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.

Black Women's Hair And The Human Zoo: Are You Admiring Or Exploiting?

Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices
Gabrielle Dunkley

In the "You Can Touch My Hair" exhibit, the Others, black female participants, consent to the ogling in hopes of deconstructing the curiosity for mutual education. The exhibit and the exhibited are forced to confront each other's questions about race.

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...

How Raw Shea Butter Can Work Wonders For Your Curls

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver and Raydene Salinas | Posted 06.03.2013 | Style

It was a scorching hot day when we came across Andrea Thomas in Union Square. The model had been running around the city all day on castings, but she ...

Harlem's First 'Green' Salon Opens

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 05.23.2013 | Black Voices

Everyone is going green and Harlem is no exception. New York City's historically black neighborhood has just welcomed its first-ever eco-friendly beau...

Curly Nikki Talks Curls Across Cultures

Essence | Nikki Walton | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices

I’m in Spain for a multitude of reasons. The funny thing is, however, that for the most part this trip came completely out of nowhere. Don’t g...

Tippi Shorter Talks New Aveda Gig

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.19.2013 | Black Voices

We know and love Tippi Shorter for maintaining the manes of some of the world's biggest stars including Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson...