Overweight black woman
Controversial, Health and Lifestyle, Uncategorized

It’s Time for Black Women to Break Up with Obesity

When I was a slightly younger woman, I worked a miserable office job for pennies. Much of my days were consumed by morning and evening commutes to and from said hellhole. The same faces and the same places sped by me each day, but few of them had as much of an effect on me as a young black woman who appeared to be in her early twenties and frequented the same bus route as me.

Happy Black Couple
Controversial, Uncategorized

My Partner Doesn’t Like My Natural Hair. What Should I Do?

Well, here we are. Some thirty-odd days into 2018. Just because we've entered a new year, however, doesn't mean we've left all of our old hair-related questions in 2017. And the one question that just won't die in natural hair forums all over the internet? That almost age-old question about whether or not our various boos or baes like our natural hair and the heartbreaking follow-up question about what we should do if they don't like our kinks and coils. So what should we do in these situations?

Roll, Tuck, and Pin
Hair Care, Uncategorized

6 Natural Hairstyles That Just Don’t Look the Same on Fine Hair (And How to Tweak Them)

There is an unspoken rule about black natural hair, a myth that persists despite every trichologist's and hairdresser's attempts to debunk it. The myth maintains that black hair is "thick" or "coarse," and is often cited as the reason black parents put caustic chemicals on their children's heads.

curly hair is moisturized hair
Controversial, Hair Care

How to Actually Determine Your Hair Type (Or How to Get 3c Hair)

Now here's a question that we hear way too often these days: "How do I determine my hair type?" The question has worn some of our nerves so thin that many of us just respond by assuring the askers that their hair's other properties are much more important than their hair types. And that's pretty solid advice. Still, that answer isn't necessarily productive. These women did, after all, ask a specific question, so maybe they deserve a specific answer.

woman with natural hair
Hair Care, Uncategorized

Shampooing Vs. Co-Washing: Which Is Better for Your Natural Hair?

Shampoo has been given a bad name in the natural hair community. Many women with curly or kinky hair often accuse it of being too drying for their hair types. Conditioner, on the other hand, has been put on a pedestal. As a matter of fact, some of us think so highly of it that we clean our hair with it instead of shampoo. Some of the logic behind cleansing our hair with conditioner is technically solid. Our natural hair is dry by nature. Shampoo is drying. And when you mix dry with dry, you get a desert.

women with natural hair
Hair Care, Uncategorized

Nafrobelle’s Ultimate Guide to Detangling Natural Hair

I had originally planned on covering a more controversial topic this week, but after some consideration, I decided to write a post about detangling natural hair instead. Though the topic has been covered and recovered several times over by now, many naturals still struggle with detangling, so (apparently) you can never have too many vlogs/blogs dedicated to the subject.

fail
Hair Care, Uncategorized

How to Avoid DIY Hair Product Fails

DIY hair products are fairly common in the natural hair community. We whip up everything from deep conditioners to gels in our kitchens, and we're usually darn good at doing it. Sometimes, though, things go a little haywire in the kitchen. We walk away from those failed DIY projects lamenting the fact that we ever wasted quality ingredients on them.

Controversial, News

Should Natural Hair Vloggers Do Sponsored Hair Product Videos?

Late last month, popular natural hair vlogger Whitney White, also known as Naptural85, posted a video in which she shared her frustrations about how her decision to do sponsored hair product videos had affected her relationship with her viewers. In this video, Whitney revealed why she began doing these types of sponsored videos, and she even allowed her viewers to have the final say in whether or not she would continue doing them.