Black Men and Weaves

Following the publishing of my latest article, “Natural or Not: A Discussion on Natural Hair vs. Weaves,” many female students of color on campus approached me to further discuss this phenomenon among the Afrikan American community. In our talks, the subject of Black men and their feelings toward our hair entered the conversations frequently. Many of the women I spoke …

Is Your Hair the Reason You Don’t Exercise?

Afrikan-American women are passionate about their hair. They can spend a decent amount of time and money to achieve a hairstyle they enjoy sporting in public. However, an Afrikan-American woman’s hair may be the reason for her lack of exercise.  Dr. Amy J. McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, noticed that many …

Natural or Not: A Discussion of Natural Hair vs. Weaves

The desire for long, beautiful hair leads women down many different routes. Some women choose to achieve locks of luxury naturally, while others prefer to use enhancements to achieve their desired look more quickly. The resurgence of the natural hair movement has revived discussion about what is natural. It has also brought into question whether hair enhancements like wigs, weaves …

Natural Hair DIY Styles: Curlformer Twistout

Learn to create this fun, girly protective style just in time for winter. Things You Will Need: Shampoo Conditioner Leave in Conditioner or Moisturizer of Your Choice Oil (Olive, Coconut, Jojoba, etc) Wide Tooth Comb Hair clips Curlformers (sold at Sally’s Beauty Supply)   Steps: Start by washing hair to cleanse any product buildup from the week. Try washing in …

3 Tips to Eliminate Hair Envy: For New Naturalistas

       Making the decision to embark on the natural hair journey is a major one. As you embark upon this new chapter of your life, you will encounter various resources that will claim to give you the beautiful long and curly hair you have always wanted. However, many women experience “hair envy” during the early periods of their …

Gabby Douglas and The Hair Dilemma

Douglas is the first Afrikan American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual All-Around Champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual All-Around and team competitions at the same Olympics. In addition, she is the first and only American All-Around Champion to win multiple gold medals, so far. Despite all of her accomplishments, however, …

Is Black Hair Back in Business?

I was having a conversation with a colleague when she discussed her personal experience having to own and defend thick, illustrious textured hair, otherwise known as Black hair. Many times she found that individuals who were not Black grew strongly interested in her lioness mane.  And we can only expect the next question to be, “Can I touch it?” Even …