Tired of the same old look?

Myself, like many other naturals sometimes get bored with our hair styles. Check out this video for ideas on how to make your next braid out funky and cool!

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Heat Training is stupid

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The idea of heat training your hair is completely ridiculous. For those who do not know what heat training is, heat training is repeatedly straightening your hair over time until your curl pattern is either loosened or permanently straight. Heat training is stupid because it is only a cute way of saying heat damage. Applying heat to your hair in hopes of diminishing your hairs natural pattern is essentially frying and destroying your hair. Heat damage prevents your hair from reverting back to its natural texture, creates dry and brittle hair and also makes your hair more susceptible to breakage. What I don’t understand is if you want straight hair or a looser curl pattern, why not just get a relaxer or texturizer? Why go through all of this work just to jump on the bandwagon and fake claim the natural hair movement?

Am I a lazy natural?

Am I a lazy natural?

I guess I fall under the category of a “lazy naturalista.” You are most likely not going to find me spending every waking moment stressing about or doing something to my hair. I am not going to spend countless hours … Continue reading

@Pharrell interview with @breakfastclubam – A blind eye to #colorism

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Preview of Pharrell’s Interview with The Breakfast Club .

Pharrell said that the racially ambiguous girl next to him was a black girl….For a person to talk about not perpetuating the “ridiculous standards and images the media puts out for women” and then be conservative in his approach by not putting a “clear” black women on the cover, seems like, at least to me, that I have to be a light-skinned black women to be considered marketable. I think Pharrell gets it but is copping out to the “bigger issue of women’s right” to avoid addressing it. Colorism is a real issue in the black community and ignoring it’s existence causes the issue to fester. If you didn’t want to put a Lupita on the cover, cool, but don’t pretend that dark-skinned black women have the same level of exposure as light-skinned black women. That’s a lie. Admit it’s…

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“@SpikeLee doesn’t ‘rant’, he tells the truth about white folks gentrifying Afrikan neighborhoods” – @rwinbush

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“Spike doesn’t ‘rant’, he tells the truth about white folks gentrifying Afrikan neighborhoods all over the nation because crime, drugs and long commutes plague the ‘burbs. ” – Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of The Warrior Institute (TWI) at Morgan State University

Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn’t picked up every motherfuckin’ day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o’clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something.
Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning. It’s…

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Is your hair worth breaking the bank?

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Natural hair salons are the biggest scammers. In an age where beauty salons seem to be found on every block, only a small few of these cater to kinks and curls. Natural hair salons who profess that they are experts on how to take care of natural hair seem to be the main ones trying to capitalize on this market.

It is a well known fact that natural hair salons are very hard to find due to the fact that for years black women have been conditioned to chemically treat their hair to appear more Eurocentric. With the natural hair movement currently on the rise, natural hair salons have been popping up but very few of them exist due to lack of knowledge on how to take care of natural hair.

Because of this huge gap in the market for natural hair, a lot of natural hair salons take advantage of this by charging high ridiculous prices for simple things that one can do at home for 1/3 of the price they charge you. It is bad enough that the same hair care companies that were once telling us not to be caught dead without a relaxer are now trying to capitalize on natural hair by revealing “natural hair products,” but now our own natural counterparts are doing the same.

It really all comes down to making money. What wonders can your $200 wash do for me that I cannot do at home for free? I would love to know.

If you wear dread locks, you need not apply

Image In the year 2014, it is still shocking to see that wearing dread locks in the workplace is still considered a taboo. A lot of people still view dread locks as unprofessional, or associate it with heavy drug use such as marijuana,

My purpose in posting about this is not to continue beating a dead horse, but to instead ask all of you readers a couple questions. Why is the way in which we wear our hair so important to others? How can we change the dynamics so that way every hair type can be accepted?

“I am not a Rastafarian”

dreadlocksI cannot speak for American culture, but I have noticed in West Indian culture, if a person chooses to wear dread locks, they are automatically a Rastafarian. For those who are unaware, a Rastafarian is a person who practices Rastafarianism, a religion originating in Jamaica. People who follow this religion abide by certain criteria such as wearing dreadlocks and refraining from consuming pork. In Jamaica, Rastafarians are rejected in society and are considered to be low class citizens. Because of this stigma, the majority of Jamaicans do not wear dreadlocks so they will not confused with Rastafarians.

Even with West Indians who have migrated to other parts of the world, the stigma of wearing dread locks still resignates with them. Many West Indians automatically consider a person who wears dreadlocks to either be dirty or poor and thus a Rastafarian.

As a member of the natural hair community, I have to defend my fellow brothers and sisters. I don’t believe that it is fair to pass judgement on the way in which a religious group or anyone decides to wear their hair. It is not fair to the religious group, nor to the individual. I understand that with old ways of thinking, it can be hard to break the stigma, but it is in no way excusable.

Natural does not always equal curly

The majority of natural hair care seems to be achieving a ‘curly’ look with braids and twists. We are all aware that these methods are used to combat shrinkage, however, there are other ways to combat shrinkage without manipulating your hair. We need to embrace other textures besides curly and I feel that the African hair threading method does that. If you are tired or bored with braid outs and twist outs, you can always use this method to stretch your hair into a blown out style. There are other options out there, we just have to find them.