Tag: black hair

Only God Can Judge Him: Yung Joc Etches Tupac into His Hair—Which Is Quickly Becoming More Famous Than His Music

Midufinga TV/YouTube We’re sure Tupac would be proud. Rapper and producer Yung Joc continued his follicular adventures last weekend, following up a series of increasingly unexpected lewks with an actual piece of art razored into his acid green-tipped, cornrowed updo: a Juice-era portrait of Tupac Shakur. The hair art was the creation of Rob the […]

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Naturally Next Level: Texturally-Focused Media Platform ‘Naturally Curly’ Joins Essence Communications

Photo: iStock Here’s some “big hair, do care” news for the curly and coiled community: TextureMedia, the company behind multicultural online hair mecca Naturally Curly, has been acquired by Essence Communications. The new partnership promises an even stronger, broader, multilayered platform for their community of over 17 million worldwide, per Naturally Curly’s Q1 Texture Trends […]

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‘If You Can Love Me, You Can Love Yourself’: Lizzo Won’t Shrink to Fit—and Says You Shouldn’t, Either

Image: Luke Gilford (Allure Magazine) She’s got a big personality, even bigger talent, and has never shied away from being a big girl in an industry that often prioritizes thin women with equally thin voices. But the rapper-flutist-singer-songwriter-bold and bodied badass-beauty icon Lizzo is finally beginning to get the recognition […]

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The Mane Attraction: For Queen Kelly Rowland, Her Hair Is Her Crown and Glory

“The first message that I honestly remember receiving about my hair was that it was hard to manage,” singer-songwriter Kelly Rowland told The Root. As a black woman who has hair that’s been referred to as “a rat’s nest,” I can relate. First question: Do rats even have nests?! Follow-up […]

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Black-Owned Beauty Month, Day 21: Hair Can Be a Tangled Web

On Day 20, we celebrated Rihanna with a face full of Fenty. As we head into the final week of our Black-Owned Beauty Month challenge, we’re untangling our relationship with hair.Photo: Maiysha Kai This Black History Month has been loaded this year—for a number of reasons. But here at The […]

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Teaching my biracial daughters that all hair is good hair is an act of self-love

February is Black History Month. There is an indeterminate amount of hope mixed in with the leave-in conditioner that I rub into my three-year-old’s hair. Hope for her successful future. Hope she will live a healthy life. Hope that she will love her hair as it is. When I tenderly gather her moisturized hair into […]

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Kelly Rowland Takes Us Through Her Iconic Mane Moments

One thing’s for sure: Kelly Rowland’s got lewks. From her pixie cut of the early 2000s, to her blunt bobs and now her natural ‘fro, Kelly’s hair has always made a statement. It is clear the singer-songwriter has a great sense of pride in her hair—in all of its forms. […]

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The SAG Awards Tale: The Handmaid’s Tale’s Amanda Brugel Talks #MeToo and Gets Gorgeous for the SAGs

Amanda Brugel attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Gregg DeGuire (Getty Images for Turner), Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images), Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images) If, like me, you’ve devotedly watched The Handmaid’s Tale (or sometimes hate-watched, because […]

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Baby Hair and Afros: Blue Ivy’s Natural Hair Grows Up, Out and Claps Back at the Haters

Blue Ivy Carter, Jay Z and Beyonce onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.Photo: Mark Davis (Getty Images) Some of y’all should’ve just sat there and ate your food. You know who you are; those of you who had […]

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In Another Case of Dreadlock Discrimination, Texas Elementary School Insists 1st Grader Cut His Locs 

Photo: iStock In a disturbing case of déjà vu, another six-year-old is being turned away from school for wearing his natural hairstyle. Texas-based writer T.L. Browning posted to Twitter in early January, understandably furious that her son Jonathan was ordered to cut his locs over the winter break before being […]

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Conk Fight: Days After Usher Debuts a New ‘Do, Yung Joc Says ‘Hold My Beer’

Young Joc looks on during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league on August 10, 2018 in Duluth, Georgia.Photo: Kevin C. Cox (Getty Images) Looks like 2019 is officially starting off with a bang—a blue, side-swept bang, to be specific. After Usher debuted a very retro pompadour […]

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Black Hair Matters: The Affirmative Power of Politicians Like Ayanna Pressley and Stacey Abrams

Photo: Getty When Ayanna Pressley got her Senegalese twists done for the first time about three years ago, it was a moment of affirmation and recognition. “I just really loved it,” she told The Glow Up. “I felt my most authentic and powerful self.” Speaking over the phone this past […]

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Fried, Dyed and Laid to the Side: Hazardous Hair Products Are Being Marketed to Black Women

From deep conditioners, to relaxers and gels, on any given day black women put tons of products in our hair. We don’t just wake up like this. Well, sometimes we do, but. Wait. OK. Back to the story. African Americans have tremendous spending power. In fact, according to Nielsen we […]

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International I Love Braids Day Brings Black Self Love to Brooklyn

Debra Hare-Bey is a proud and self-proclaimed “braider”—by trade and tradition. In fact, the Brooklyn native has been braiding for decades—she recalls being “that girl,” on the stoop braiding people’s hair. Years later, Hare-Bey decided to make a career out of braiding. After all, braids—and the rich culture and traditions from which the styles come—are […]

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Winner’s Circle: Serena Williams Scores Natural Hair Products at Target—Just Like Us!

Serena Williams celebrates after beating Germany’s Julia Goerges at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon on July 12, 2018.Photo: Oli Scarff (AFP/Getty Images) Picture this: You’re cruising the natural haircare aisle at Target, marveling at the selection, when you run into … Serena Williams? “Beauty wise, I go to Target, and they literally […]

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School Bans Durags Because They Turn Black Boys Into Bald-Headed Gangbangers

Screenshot: GQ A Massachusetts charter school has partially reversed its ban on durags after students convinced administrators of the rule’s unfairness, successfully arguing that the head covering isn’t a gateway drug that leads to gang-banging or even worse—male pattern baldness. According to the Daily Item, Kipp Academy Lynn Collegiate School had been issuing in-school suspensions […]

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Grab Your Girls and Celebrate Your Curls: CurlFest Returns to Brooklyn This Saturday!

Curly Girl Collective New York naturalistas, where you at? If you’re a devoted member of #TeamNatural, you’re hopefully already familiar with the experiential marketing group known as the Curly Girl Collective, but if you live in the New York tri-state area, this is the weekend to take part in the largest celebration of natural hair […]

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A Breakthrough for New Jersey Braiders: New Legislation Won’t Require a License to Practice

Photo: iStock Big news for braiding entrepreneurs in New Jersey: Legislation that would exempt hair braiders from the state’s current licensing requirements has received legislative approval and will now be submitted to the governor. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywomen Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) and Shanique Speight (D-Essex), would not only remove the stringent and expensive licensing […]

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