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Afros in Bloom: How to Rock Hair Flowers This Spring

Posted by Tonesa Jones on Apr 6, 2018 11:38:56 AM

For me, spring is wash-and-go season. After a long winter of doing a bunch of protective styles to hide my ends from low temperatures, I’m leaving braids and twists alone for a minute. I just want a fat afro to complement the closet full of sundresses I’ll keep on rotation until it dips below 60 again. Low manipulation doesn’t have to be boring or routine though. Flowers have always been my go-to for adding some glow to my hair. A bright pop of color always looks super cute with fresh curls or a picked-out afro. (Thank you, Sammy at FlowerBattBlog for this awesome image of how to do it right!)

 
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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Protective Styles, natural hairdos, afros with flowers, tonesa jones, afros, natural hair spring looks

School Daze, Hair Daze: 30 Years of Progression or Regression?

Posted by Sheronda Gipson on Mar 9, 2018 6:06:29 PM

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s movie, School Daze. I was in high school (I’m dating myself), when this movie came out, and I fell in love with it immediately. Not just because my homegirl, Cassie Davis, from the House of Payne and the Paynes debuted in it, but the depiction of black college life felt so natural and real to me. This movie, along with A Different World, helped me make my decision to attend, Southern University and A&M College, an HBCU.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Taliah Waajid, black earth products, colorism, African American culture, black hair care, School Daze, black film and television, spike lee

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

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

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

5 Key Tips to Keep Your Hair Rockin' While You Work Out

Posted by NI4TW on Jan 5, 2018 3:25:33 PM

The first week of 2018 is over and I’m sure you’ve been hitting the gym like clockwork to work on that New Year’s resolution of healthier eating and exercise…or something like that. I'm definitely guilty of hot starts and cold finishes, so just remember to pace yourself and take your time. Focus more on a healthy lifestyle change instead of that diet or gym routine because you may fall off, and that’s okay. I totally understand how adapting to a new fitness routine can have its challenges but I’m here to tell you that your hair doesn’t have to be one of them. Don’t avoid being your best self just because you’re afraid your ‘do won’t hold up. Here are five tips to keep your hair looking right while you work on the rest.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Hair Care Products, Natural Hair Care Products, moisturizing natural hair, health, exercise, working out with natural hair, fitness

How to Eat Better for Optimal Hair Health

Posted by NI4TW on Dec 21, 2017 8:01:22 PM

With the holiday season in full swing, comfort food-eating is in full effect too. Workday potlucks. Company Christmas parties. Family dinners. Weekend holiday gatherings. Everywhere you turn there is pasta, cakes, pies, cookies, soda, wine, cocktails and lots of other “goodies.” And let’s not forget the fast food you might grab while holiday shopping. All of these foods are delicious and are a big part of celebrating the season—so I understand how difficult it can be to completely avoid them. While moderate and smaller helpings here and there are perfectly fine, there are many reasons your hair would appreciate collard greens, greens beans, salads, fruit platters and green tea instead.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Natural Hair, Taliah Waajid, hair strength, healthy hair, healthy food for hair, dieting for hair

5 Characteristics of Strong, Healthy Coily, Curly & Wavy Hair

Posted by NI4TW on Dec 14, 2017 1:01:20 PM

When hair is healthy, it is the ultimate accessory in and of itself. It doesn’t necessarily need to be whipped into some gorgeous updo or decorated with ornate barrettes. Healthy hair does what it is supposed to with little to no fuss—it simply looks good as is. Many believe that long hair is indicative of healthy hair, and that simply is not true. Long hair can be damaged hair.  Healthy hair, no matter its length, has several telltale signs.

 Healthy hair is soft to the touch. A healthy head of hair feels luxuriously good. It does not feel rough, dry or brittle. It is practically irresistible to touch. In fact, it’s hard not to want to play in a head of healthy hair all day.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Relaxed Hair, Natural Hair, Hair Care Products, texlaxed hair, curly hair, coily hair, healthy hair, strong hair, characteristics of healthy hair, wavy hair, signs of healthy hair

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