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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

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