Everything You Need to Know About Protective Styles for Natural Hair

Natural hair trends are finally pushing the beauty industry to look for safer, more natural hair solutions for curls. Research into chemical styling products and processes is also picking up as an increasing amount of scientists are taking on the task of testing hair product ingredients often found in straightening relaxers and colorants.

Your Complete Guide to Transitioning to Natural Hair

If you're wanting to make the transition to natural hair, it is essential to understand the value of patience. Transitioning to natural hair isn't going to happen overnight, but it can be well worth the wait! And fortunately, there are several tips you can follow to make the transition as smooth as possible. Here's the ultimate go-to guide for transitioning to natural hair.

IT’S ABOUT TIME WE HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH; I’LL GO FIRST

Four years ago, I experienced my second miscarriage in as many years. The first loss caused me great anguish. I kept wondering why. What had I done wrong? What was the matter with my body? But I carried on and became pregnant again. The second miscarriage was devastating. It happened a mere three days after my last doctor’s visit—a visit in which I’d heard my baby’s heartbeat and took home an image of the sonogram. I’d never known pain like that before and I will never get over it.

SCHOOL DAZE, HAIR DAZE: 30 YEARS OF PROGRESSION OR REGRESSION?

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s movie, School Daze. I was in high school (I’m dating myself), when this movie came out, and I fell in love with it immediately. Not just because my homegirl, Cassie Davis, from the House of Payne and the Paynes debuted in it, but the depiction of black college life felt so natural and real to me. This movie, along with A Different World, helped me make my decision to attend, Southern University and A&M College, an HBCU.

HOW TO BREATHE LIFE INTO YOUR CURLS USING CURLY CURL CREAM

So, it happened to me on a Friday night. While hanging out with a few friends in a local restaurant, I was approached by a woman who graciously informed me that my curls were “popping.”

WHY WE MUST NOT BUY INTO COLORISM

By now, it is difficult not to have heard ofAmara Le Negra, the gorgeous Afro-Latina music artist on Love & Hip Hop Miami. Besides having an epic head full of natural curls, her personality is larger than life and she has been quite vocal on the colorism she has experienced. In fact, throughout this season of Love & Hip Hop Miami, there has been an ongoing conversation about colorism from both ends of the spectrum from Amara Le Negra and Veronica Vega (another Love & Hip Hop Miami cast member). While Amara has questioned why the Latin image always is a singular depiction of fair skin and straight hair, Veronica recently asked the question of how black someone has to be to be considered black, and—citing the lack of aid in Puerto Rico as an example—notes that anyone who is not white understands inequality all too well.