Transitioning to Natural Hair: 10 Mistakes To Avoid

When you make a change in lifestyle, you also make sure that you make some changes in your habits, thoughts and overall life choices so that you can get the desired results.

Insanity is described as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I have seen many naturals struggle in their journey because they just can't figure the natural hair thing out.

Some have even gone back to a relaxer because their hair just won't cooperate.

At the same time, many people won't even give the natural hair route a chance because they don't know how other naturalistas do it.

When asked how I manage my hair...

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5 of the 10 Things to STOP doing:

  1. Stop coveting other women's hair.
  2. Stop thinking your natural hair texture is an affliction.
  3. Stop worrying about what people will think of your beauty and hair.
  4. Stop straightening your hair with relaxers.
  5. Stop using heat on your hair.

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4 Black Women Discuss Professional Hairstyles for Natural Hair In The Corporate World

Here’s the deal: Professional hairstyles for natural hair are becoming a very big topic of conversation lately.

With the up-rise of the natural hair movement and the large number of black women working in corporate America, it was bound to become a topic of conversation.

Do you work in corporate America?

Do you have plans to work a corporate job and keep your natural hair?

Well these women do and they talk about the challenges they face, silly questions they answer and the mental strength needed to be comfortable in their own hair when many people are not yet accustomed to seeing it or even understanding it.

Professional hairstyles for natural hair in the corporate world is often a matter of opinion, but when most of those that surround you have opinions based on lack of knowledge or exposure, how would you handle yourself?

That's what makes this video interview about corporate hairstyles for natural hair interesting.

The questions that these women have to face on a daily basis are quite revealing and has caused some to shy away from enjoying their natural hair to the fullest. Check out the video below and let me know in the comment section if you have any ideas of corporate hairstyles for curly hair that you will be rockin' while you're clockin' dollars.





 

Lee's Video Highlights:

  • One of the women expressed her frustration about not being able to just "go to work and do your job" as a natural in corporate America.
  • Although the women are proud to be natural, they do admit that it can be a challenge. Especially when having to answer questions like, "Do you wash your hair everyday?". It's not always comfortable answering a million questions.
  • One of the corporate women was told while going through law school that "You're never going to make it natural", but years later she still is and happy for it.

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Black Girls Rock! Give Us Your BGR 2015 Review!

Black Girls Rock had Twitter on FIRE!!! Everybody was talking about the great performances, Will Smith's loving speech towards his beautiful wife of nearly 20 years, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

The ladies were loving how Fantasia was tearing the house down with her powerful voice and Michelle Obama repeating for a second and for emphasis, that "Black Girls Rock!".

I couldn't even keep up with all of the reaction and feedback on twitter. They are talking about it on the new Natural Hair Facebook Group, you basically can't go anywhere without hearing about the Black Girls Rock award show gala.

Black Hair OMG was on top of it all, and we expect a lot of reviews to be coming out all this week from just about everybody with a voice.

But we want to hear what you had to say? Specifically, what was your favorite moment of the night?

What do you think about the controversy and backlash over the event? Do you think an event like this is needed?

Here is an interview with the creator of the Black Girls Rock Even, CEO Beverly Bond and two young women she's mentoring, Sage Adams and Kathie Duperval. They join Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC to talk about the Black Girls Rock awards show on BET and why affirmation and representation are so crucial for black girls and women.

The interview above touched on some important points. It's good to hear affirmation of your worth when you have been neglected and disregarded for so long. The ladies are not trying to slight anyone else, they just feel it's important to encourage those who have been lacking it for so long as a group.

If you haven't seen the Official BGR Pledge, check it out below....

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Ok, so again... What was your favorite moment of the night?

What do you think about the controversy and backlash over the event? Do you think the Black Girls Rock event is needed? Comment below right now.

The Natural Hair Movement Goes To Facebook!

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: The Natural Hair Movement is on the move...

BlackHairOMG is taking Facebook by storm! If you don't know about this website, you're one of the few. It's one of the ABSOLUTE HUGEST social websites in the world but it has been notoriously lacking a big natural hair presence...

Until we came along.
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With almost a billion visitors per year (yes, billion with a B) it had to happen. So we were able to get our own little Facebook group home for naturals a couple of days ago  and now we are inviting everyone over to the house, click here to visit the new natural hair care Facebook.

I suggest that you get in and just start posting links to your favorite natural hair stories and commenting right now, you'll figure it out as you go. (It's kinda like jumping rope, it takes a couple of tries to figure it out but it's super-fun once you get the hang of it.)

Do you often share natural hair articles, black hairstyle pictures, and your opinions with your friends online? Facebook is a place where your friends can vote your posts up(or down), and when you get a lot of up votes your questions, pictures, thoughts and articles get TONS OF ATTENTION and stay on top of the other posts. .

If you often share your thoughts on natural hair, this is the perfect place to share your favorite websites, videos, photos, questions and personal opinions.

If the stuff you post is good, you'll be rewarded with lots of upvotes, attention and conversation.

We literally JUST started our very own Facebook group yesterday, so you are the first to know about. A year from now, you'll be one of the "Ol' Gs", one of the Originals that sparked the hugest natural hair Facebook group on the planet. Start posting right now.

When this Facebook group hub has tons of article links, comments and photos, it will play a major part in bringing the natural hair movement to the forefront. Join today or at least bookmark this page...

The natural hair movement is now on Facebook! Join us!

Experts of Natural Black Hairstyles Reveal 3 Favorite Moisturizers

Natural black hairstyles are taking over and as more products come out you probably want to use the absolute best. Right?

Good, we've got tips from 50+ expert naturalistas about the best natural hair products on Earth. Some products that you've heard about, others that you will be discovering today.

BlackHairOMG is bringing you a never-been-done-before expert panel interview with some of the most widely-known and successful natural hairstyles experts on Earth.

We heard your concerns after we made the top 50 best-selling hair products for black hairstyles article. You wanted to know about the specific products your favorite natural women had on their cupboards. Well, we are going to give you what you asked for, I guaran-darn-tee you that, we got the best of the best for you.

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We have natural CEOs, popular black hair bloggers, film producers, published authors, star YouTube vloggers and even a couple of scientists! They’re all naturalistas, and all are spilling the beans on the products they use that have helped their natural black hairstyles become inspiration for thousands and thousands of women across the globe(literally)!

Many of these 50 natural hair gurus have been featured in Essence, Ebony, The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, BlackEnterprise.com, Dr.Oz and on The Today Show.

I asked these 50 celebrated naturals an interesting question:

“If you could only use 3 moisturizing hair care products FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, what would they be?”

The question was designed to cut through the fluff and extra stuff and get straight to the best natural hair products. Period.

 

Click Here for the full article and answers from 50+ Experts of Natural Black Hairstyles

 

Our experts include....

Abiola Abrams, Afrobella, Aisha M., Alexandria Williams, Alma Ruddock (BlackHairInformation.com),

AlleySinai, Amber McKinnon, Antonia Opiah, Ariane Williams, AsToldByAllie, Atilola Moronfolu,

Audrey Sivasothy, Cassidy Blackwell, Chimere Norris, Chris-Tia Donaldson(TGIN), Christene Carr,

Christina Patrice, Courtney P., Crystal Michelle, Del Sandeen, DeLaurian Burton, Felicia Walker Benson,

GlamTwinz334, I Am Posh Syd, Imani A.Dawson, Janna Peterson-Waddell, Jenell B Stewart, MS ED,

Jenni J., Jessica Gray, Jocelyn Reneé, Jolie Luvlee, Karen Tappin, Kcurly, Krystle Sims, Lisa Irby, Louisa Kiwana,

Lucindy Lumu, Miko Branch, Miss LaLa, MsJGray, MsVaughnTV, Nicia Alston, NikkiMae2003, RazorEmpress,

Renee Morris, Sista WithRealHair, Tarin Boone, Taylor Bryant, The SistahChick, Vashti Patrick-Joseph,

Victoria Olubi and Who Is Sugar

They went ALL OUT to give you tips for your natural black hairstyles....

 

Click here to read the full interview from our natural hairstyles experts!

An Education On The Natural Hair Movement - Past & Present

I couldn’t see the cold, unfamiliar hands disappear within my thick patch of curls claiming ownership over my head. But I felt them.

Seemingly everywhere I looked — long, straight, luscious hair spilled down the backs of women. Meanwhile, my hair barely kissed my shoulders, and despite my efforts, it wouldn’t grow.natural black hair

I spent the next 10 years attempting to alter and hide the natural texture of my hair. And as each new weave and hairstyle gracefully obscured my natural roots, I felt beautiful.

And I was addicted to the feeling.

I wasn’t alone. Since slavery, African Americans have altered and changed their hair in attempts to mimic whites’ hair.

Today, it can be seen as a personal struggle and a struggle shared by many within the African American community.

Despite changing fads throughout the decades, the Natural Hair Movement, a movement that encourages individuals to wear their natural hair, is becoming popular once again.
I, and many others, are reclaiming the beauty of natural hair.

 


Lee's Article Highlights: This was a really great article, Darrah Perryman gives us her modern day hair journey and the article is loaded with history regarding black hair and society going back to slavery times.

    • In the 1500s, slave traders from Europe captured African slaves, then they cut they slaves hair off as a way of stripping them mentally and physically of their identity and culture.

 

  • Until this article, I had no clue that women could get a migraine from the weight and pulling on the roots that comes with wearing some types of weave. The writer's description of the pain sounds like a nightmare. The worst part is thats it's done in order to hide the natural beauty.

 

 

  • This write-up shows that natural beauty has to be realized before it can be embraced. This realization has been happening in a big way recently.

 

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Target Stores Embracing Thank God I'm Natural (TGIN) Hair Products!

On March 1st, the tgin Moist Collection for Natural Hair rolled out to select Target stores nationwide. We are in the process of updating our store locator with a list of stores, but it should be available for viewing by this Wednesday.

Note, some lucky customers have been fortunate enough to find us on March 1st. If you recently visited Target and didn’t see us, please be patient as it may take up to 2 weeks to find us at YOUR store, but we promise we’re on the way!


Lee's Article Highlights:

  • Chris-Tia Donaldson is the curly Harvard-grad CEO of Thank God I'm Natural hair products, her company's products have been picked by Target as they turn towards embracing the natural hair movement.
  • If you want major companies like Target to cater to naturals the way they should it's important that you buy these products, just because a product makes it onto the shelves doesn't mean it stays. They care about sales, so buy TGIN products to show that there is a buying public that wants natural hair embraced by the corporations.
  • I will do everything I can to support Chris-Tia's company, especially since she's a Detroit girl, we Detroiters gotta stick together! She also will be one of my featured guests in an exclusive expert panel interview that will soon be released on this site, stay tuned!

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4 Natural Hair Black Doll Companies That Boost Black Girls' Self-Esteem

Black dolls with curly to kinky natural hair were virtually non-existent when I was growing up.

These days, they are still a challenge to find, but I’ve done some of the homework for you with this post. Here are four places you can purchase a natural hair doll for your niece, daughter, yourself, or another special girl in your life.

 


Lee's Article Highlights: It's extremely important for young black girls to see reflective images of themselves when they are happy and enjoying themselves in free-time activities.

It should be normal to see beautiful representations of black faces and black hair in order to know that it's not only normal, but good, just like everything else that is promoted.

As imperfect humans, we place more value on what have been pushed upon us. I'd rather black parents place beautiful reflections of little black girls in front of their daughters than to promote the status quo standards that have beaten down the very psyche of so many women walking the streets today. Here are your 4 companies to buy black dolls from.

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How To Rock Killer Crotchet Braids In 2015

Crochet braids have really made a comeback more than ever and has made an impact as something that woman can do themselves. You have seen successful stories on Instagram, numerous pictures in groups on Facebook, and many pictures on Pinterest being pinned to our “styles to do” boards.

We all want to know how to make this style look as sleek and natural as possible, so we ask many questions and try different tips to make sure that the install is just that. Keep these tips in mind when doing your crochet braids install:


Tips for getting the look you want:

  • Have a "hair inspiration" photo for the hairstyle you want to have.
  • Detangle your hair with a paddle brush.
  • Use hot water for a tighter curl.
  • Keep in mind that crochet braids are a protective style and shouldn't be permanent.

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Natural Hair Is Going Mainstream - Why Isn't It Going Hollywood?

More and more black women are shunning wigs, chemical straighteners and flat irons in favor of wearing and celebrating the hair they were born with—but you wouldn't know it from the hairstyles shown on television.

In primetime, nearly every black female character—from Kerry Washington's high-powered handler on "Scandal" to Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon on Lee Daniel's new series "Empire," plus Nicole Beharie ("Sleepy Hollow"), Gabrielle Union ("Being Mary Jane") and Alfre Woodward (playing the president in "State of Affairs") —wears a wig or weave. hollywood natural black hair

It is also nearly impossible to find real hair on reality television.

 


Lee's Article Highlights:

    • The natural hair movement movement is so big that major corporations are taking notice, businesses like Target, which has shelves dedicated to natural hair products for black women.

 

  • Fewer of today's shows are truly for us, by us, with black writers and producers and creators

 

 

  • According to image activist, Michaela Angela Davis, many actresses still think that natural hair means they're making a statement or that they need to be playing a character who is political or some kind of bad girl. Most actresses want to appear neutral so that Hollywood sees them as a candidate for any role.

 

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