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Black Hair Basics

The typical hair and hair follicles of those of African descent are tightly curled, thus producing hair that spirals. Black hair also typically has a larger diameter than Caucasian hair and retains less water, thus its relative “kinkiness.” The many styling methods utilized on Black hair cause concern with hair loss. Black hair is very strong, fortunately so because Black hair styles cause a great deal of stress on the hair and scalp. For example, using a hair pick to pic...
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ebony_robert_founder_hair_skincare_line_walmart-585x307.jpgMeet Ebony Robert, founder and CEO of Ebony’s Beauty Hair and Skin Care, whose handcrafted all-natural hair and skincare products are now available in Walmart stores nationwide. Ebony, a mother of five boys, launched the business two years ago, but says that her love for the beauty industry started at a very young age.

Based in Lafayette, Louisiana, Ebony built her business from the ground up and continues to fulfill her dream of being a woman entrepreneur. Last year, she grossed

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Rocking natural hair has been one of the biggest beauty movements in the last decade, at least in the Black community. After enduring monthly chemical treatments for so long, embracing natural hair is like a sigh of relief for many scalps! What once was thought to be a trend is now obviously here to stay. But be that as it may, many women still struggle to find attractive and modern ways to style our hair with minimal manipulation and breakage.

Protective styles are to tightly coiled

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The narrative surrounding Black beauty, specifically hair, is changing as Black women embrace their curls, coils, and kinks. Marketing research backs this shift, as Mintel reports hair relaxer sales fell 38% between 2012–2017. Conversely, the Black haircare market is growing each year and is valued at $2.5 billion.

But those who choose the natural hair route understand that it’s not as “natural” as you’d think ― there’s a lot of work, time, and money involved in caring for natural hair.

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With salons shuttered, it’s become particularly difficult to maintain styling typically done in the salon — whether it be braids, wigs, or otherwise. Many of us have found ourselves suddenly forced to learn (or relearn) how to take care of our natural hair, celebrities included. Everyone from Gabrielle Union to Cardi B to Tia Mowry have given up their typical looks in favor of letting their curls breathe. And while letting you

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How To Get 360 WAVES


From Jheri-curls to afro’s and everything in between, Black men have been rocking all sorts of hairstyles right along with Black women. One of the most popular is the clean shaven short haircut with waves that many brothers wear way into their older years.

Here’s how to get the same style no matter what kind of hair you have now.

3 Rules To Getting Waves
I. Only brush when hair is moist. One thing to avoid is brushing the hair while it is dry. Only brush when moisturizer has been applied to the

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Kobe Bryant went from pro athlete to Oscar winner thanks to his work on Dear Basketball, the animated short film that won in 2018.

Now, he could be joined by Matthew A. Cherry.

Cherry was a wide receiver in the NFL who shuttled between practice squads and active roster for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens after he had a great college career with Akron.

Since he left the league, he became a filmmaker who has directed music videos for some big

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Though goddess braids can be created with your own natural hair, you may want to add hair extensions if the length of your hair is short or you want thicker and longer braids. Make sure to use a wide-toothed comb and keep hair sectioning pins handy. Here’s how to create it:

1.Condition your hair thoroughly before braiding it and use a wide-toothed comb to detangle.

2.Using a rat tail comb, part your hairs according to the number of braids you’d like to create. Make sure to clip the remaining se

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How to Straighten Natural Hair Without Damaging Your Curls

Every once in a while, those of us who normally rock our curls want to show off a new look (because let’s face it: shrinkage is very real). However, straightening natural hair has always been a touchy subject since putting any sort of heat on it is usually a major no-no. In fact, it’s a big reason why many people have made the transition to go natural (so they can prevent heat damage and keep their strands healthy).

It also sparked a longstanding debate about whet

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I must admit that, a part of the reason why I kept my hair super short for as long as I did, is because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of wash day or styling it. But now that I’m on the quest of getting some real length back, it has been a longer journey of trial and error when it comes to figuring out what works best in the least amount of time.

As far as wash day goes, we’ll have to tackle that at another time. For now, if you’re a naturalista who’s past

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Here's a textbook fact: college is expensive. Even for students on scholarships, you've got the cost of books, housing, and your homecoming outfit to take care of. So ideally, hair should be the last of your worries.

However, naturalistas know that upkeep requires time and coins, too. Between getting acquainted with new dorm mates and settling into your fall syllabus, who has time to sit in front of a mirror and flat-twist every night? In order to alleviate some of that stress, try a protecti

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1. Braidouts:

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Braidouts were my go-to when I was transitioning because the style made it look like my hair was entirely natural! The products you use to do a braidout is important, because they help with definition, especially with your straight hair. I recommend the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream.

2. Bantu Knot Out:


This was my second favorite style to rock when I was transitioning. Like a braid out, bantu knot outs helps your hai

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So bae popped the question, and it’s time to start planning your wedding. Congrats! Your to-do list might be packed with purchasing your dream dress, securing your venue, testing out cake flavors. But brainstorming your beauty look is, hands down, one of the most fun parts of getting married, especially if you have natural hair.

You don’t have to straighten your curls to be a banging bride on your big day (unless you want to). The biggest perk of having natural hair is the versatility. You ca

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1. She didn’t work all night.

You know that line “She gets up while it is yet night…” (v. 15), and that other one, “and her lamp does not go out at night” (v. 18)? Judging by this combination, the woman never sleeps!

This is not what the verse means, however. That wouldn’t make sense for the long-term health of women, and it wouldn’t make sense for the Sabbatical culture in which she lived. No, God’s women take time for rest. They need Sabbath. So how come her lamp doesn’t go out at night?


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1. Straight back Goddess braids


As mentioned above, there are multiple ways to style goddess braids, if it is the first time you’re creating this hairstyle, go for straight back goddess braids. It is super simple and can suit almost any look and occasion. Straight goddess braids are nothing but a relatively thicker version of typical cornrows. Add golden beads to add some sparkle to your style.

2. Coiled Spiral


Create one large braid and loop it all round your scalp to get a coiled spiral loo

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Blonde box braids are a protective braiding style characterized by having a square or box-shaped divisions and by being colored blonde. There are plenty of edgy and stand-out ways to wear box braids, but going blonde surely beats them all!

First seen on trendsetting A-listers Solange Knowles, Angela Simmons, and model Eva Marcille looking flawless and super hot with extra-long pleats, these braids can take you anywhere.

Chicago braider and hairstylist Amarie puts up her version of blonde p

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The vast history of braids can be traced back to B.C. times, and are still an important aspect of black culture anywhere around the world. Lately, we have been seeing a proliferation of non-black individuals who don this style, which has caused a spark on the cultural appropriation conversation. The style and accessories of braids have been used as a form of communication all throughout the African diaspora, which is a point that is important to make when having complex conversati

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 Here are twenty braided hairstyles to think about the next time you're ready to try a new do.

Braided Puff

When we talk about braided styles for black women, we usually think of options that require an extended trip to your favorite braider. But, Fatou Diedhiou shows us that we can remix even the puff with braids. See her tutorial here.

Classic Box Braids

Classic box braids are always a good idea. Ashley Blaine shows us that you can rock them with dipped or no

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I used to be of the silly, silly belief that short curly hair was kinda limiting (I know). But after I went on an Instagram spiral in search of the prettiest short and curly hairstyles, I realized the limit truly does not exist—there are so many ways to style shorter curls, as long as you know what products to use.

So whether you’re in the mood to finally make the big chop and cut off all your curls (do it! DO IT!) or you’re just in a majo

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To the college curly-haired girls who constantly complain about their frizzy curls and give up by tying it up. To the curly-haired girls who spend a tremendous amount of money to rack up hair products in their dormitory to fix every hair problem. Hair products should be the last thing I want to worry about as a naturally curly-haired girl. Sometimes when I know I will have a busy week ahead, I take the time to blow dry and use my flat iron instead of leaving my hair natural.


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