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The Beauty that Black Panther Has Inspired

Posted by NI4TW on Feb 28, 2018 6:56:16 PM

 

For a little more than a year, Black theatergoers eagerly anticipated the release of Black Panther. This February, when it finally premiered, the film did not disappoint. Featuring a predominantly Black production crew and cast, the film broke ticket pre-sale and opening weekend box office records. To date, the movie has made $700 million in a mere two weeks and will likely reach the billion dollar mark in another week’s time. 

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Topics: African American community, natural hair show, World Natural Hair Healthy Lifestyle Event, Black Panther, Wakanda, African American culture, African culture, National Black Mens Health

The Thick of It: A Natural Hair Journey

Posted by Sheronda Gipson on Feb 28, 2018 11:01:30 AM

It all began because of a chemical burn from a home perm. The year was 1996. Up until then, I’d considered myself quite the kitchen beautician, purchasing box perms to do my own hair since college. In those lean college times, I couldn’t afford to go to the hair dresser, I’d go to Wal-Mart, pick up a relaxer kit, go back to the dorm and proceed to slather the white, noxious, cream on the base of my hair, careful not to get any, or at least not too much on my scalp or cover the entire shaft of my hair. After college, I continued this practice, when my coins were a little short.

But the last time was different.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Natural Hair Care Products, black earth products, going natural, transitioning from perm to natural, growing locs, maintaining locs, loctician

Don’t Throw That Wig: How to Protect Your Wakandan Crown Under Your Wig Cap

Posted by Tonesa Jones on Feb 28, 2018 10:32:01 AM

Black Panther introduced many never-before-seen black moments to the big screen, but no moment achieved peak blackness than Okoye (played by the fabulous Danai Gurira) using a lace front as a weapon, a skill that should be added to the venerable list of black hair versatility.

Whether used as a quick style change to protect your tresses or an impromptu defensive weapon, wigs can be a healthy part of your hair regimen, but just like any protective style, maintaining your real hair under your wigs is important.

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Topics: Protective Styles, Natural Hair Care Products, lace front wig, wig protective style, natural hair care regimen, care for hair under wigs

How to Breathe Life Into Your Curls Using Curly Curl Cream

Posted by Karon Leslie on Feb 28, 2018 10:09:14 AM

So, it happened to me on a Friday night. While hanging out with a few friends in a local restaurant, I was approached by a woman who graciously informed me that my curls were “popping.”

Now for all my 3c to 4c girls, you know this was likely a pivotal moment in my life, so much so that I immediately began raving to my friends about Curly Curl Cream in all of its curl-popping splendor. Just a few months prior, I was perusing the aisles of my second home, Target, when I stumbled upon this blessing. Since then, Curly Curl Cream has been adding all kinds of bounce and bravado to my curls, and the compliments have been nonstop.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care Products, Taliah Waajid, curly curl cream, curls waves naturals, curly hair maintenance, popping curls, curls poppin

Why We Must Not Buy Into Colorism

Posted by NI4TW on Feb 23, 2018 2:27:34 PM

 

By now, it is difficult not to have heard of Amara Le Negra, the gorgeous Afro-Latina music artist on Love & Hip Hop Miami. Besides having an epic head full of natural curls, her personality is larger than life and she has been quite vocal on the colorism she has experienced. In fact, throughout this season of Love & Hip Hop Miami, there has been an ongoing conversation about colorism from both ends of the spectrum from Amara Le Negra and Veronica Vega (another Love & Hip Hop Miami cast member). While Amara has questioned why the Latin image always is a singular depiction of fair skin and straight hair, Veronica recently asked the question of how black someone has to be to be considered black, and—citing the lack of aid in Puerto Rico as an example—notes that anyone who is not white understands inequality all too well.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Taliah Waajid, black history, black history month, black hair history, natural hair show, World Natural Hair Healthy Lifestyle Event, Amara La Negra, colorism

What is the Apple of My Eye? The Answer is You.

Posted by NI4TW on Feb 16, 2018 5:34:26 AM

This week we celebrated the various apples of our eyes—or our most cherished someone(s) —in observation of St. Valentine’s Day with heartfelt greeting cards, flowers, candy , teddy bears and dazzling dates out on the town or special evenings indoors. We usually think of Valentine’s Day as a celebration of romantic love but that doesn’t stop us from expressing love on the 14th for our family, friends and community.

For me, my community is very much the apple of my eye. And it’s this love for my community that constantly inspires to me to continue to innovate as I grow and build products in service of those who have naturally coily, curly, wavy and kinky hair. The way I feel about my community can best be described in this special kind of love poem written by the classic African American poet Marvin Wyche Jr.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Natural Hair Care Products, black history, black history month, black hair history, Marvin Wyche Jr., African American poets, Valentine's Day, apple of my eye, African American community, natural hair show, World Natural Hair Healthy Lifestyle Event, Atlanta hair show

The Past and Present of Addressing Itchy Scalp

Posted by NI4TW on Feb 5, 2018 7:32:31 PM

When I take a minute to look at the proliferation of the natural hair movement and the rise of the availability in products specifically suited to care for and manage naturally curly, coily, kinky and wavy hair, I am amazed. Historically, African-American hair care has come a long way and I am proud to have played a role in spearheading the efforts to respond to our beauty and care management needs. It’s also great to know that we are no longer separated from the knowledge or tools we need to care for our hair. Just thinking back to what the options for our hair care used to be always makes me appreciate where we are today.

 

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Natural Hair, Protective Styles, Transitioning, natural hair styling, natural hair moisturizer, Taliah Waajid, protective styling, prevent breakage, curly hair, coily hair, black history, black history month, black hair history

5 Interesting Historical Facts About Braiding

Posted by NI4TW on Feb 1, 2018 1:23:31 PM

My journey and career as a licensed Master Cosmetologist and Natural Hair Care Specialist began with hair braiding—which is perhaps one of the oldest and longest enduring ways to protectively style naturally curly, kinky and coily hair. In honor of Black History Month, I’d like to share with you a few fascinating facts about the history of braiding.

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Topics: Protective Styles, protective styling tools, cornrowing, african braiding, hair braiding, black history, black history month, Frances Harper, cornrows, black hair history

3 Key Ways to Protect Your Hairline When Wearing a Protective Style

Posted by NI4TW on Jan 28, 2018 5:20:16 PM

Image provided courtesy of @IAMCONNORRMRecently, I posted a video to Instagram sharing a few quick tips on how to take care of your hairline, or edges, while wearing protective styles. I shared three main ideas there on how to keep the finest and most fragile hair on your head healthy and growing—

1. Give direction on how you want your protective style installed.

2. Give your hair proper protection as well as a chance to rest.

3. Use products that will promote healthy hair growth.

Let’s delve a little more into these three points.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Protective Styles, natural hair styles, prevent natural hair loss, protective styling, prevent hair loss, natural hair moisture, hair strength, hair length retention, characteristics of healthy hair

Style Showcase: Naiv'asha Johnson's Fabulous Embellished High-Trio Braided Ponytail on Yara Shahidi

Posted by NI4TW on Jan 18, 2018 1:41:22 PM

Celebrity Stylist Naiv’asha Johnson just did us all a solid by sharing the 411 on how she styled Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi’s gorgeous ‘do  for the NAACP Image Awards using Taliah Waajid brand products.  Naiv’asha dubbed it the "Embellished High-Trio Braided Ponytail" and I am here for this beautiful look all day.  This elegant protective style can easily be worn for work, play or a night on the town and is super easy to do on medium to long hair. Here’s what Naiv’asha did to achieve Yara’s style:

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Topics: Natural Hair Care Products, Taliah Waajid, natural updos, leave in conditioner, protective styling tools, hair care tools, special occassion hair

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