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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Author Zimkhitha Sulelo’s Hair Journey & Favorite Products

Three years ago I did the big chop and started my natural hair journey. It wasn’t planned and unlike a lot of unplanned things, cutting my hair turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.

While I watched my hair grow, something amazing happened.

I fell in love with my natural hair again which I haven’t really been since my first relaxer. It was thick and had a healthy natural glow. I realized that I have been paying good money to achieve similar results without any success.

If someone told me all I needed was a pair of scissors, and a brave hair stylist who wouldn’t argue against the big chop, I would have done it years ago.

It has been an interesting journey and I had to learn to be patient with my hair. Hair growth does not happen overnight and hair envy is a killer.

Go to those YouTube channels for inspiration, but don’t expect to achieve the same hair growth because we all have different hair types.

Here are my top 5 products that have been keeping my hair looking good.

1. Water

This might come as a surprise for some, but it is the most important for hair growth. Natural hair can be very dry at times, so, moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. Make sure that your natural hair products are water-based for added moisture. Read those labels like you would read food labels.

To make sure that my hair gets enough moisture I mix water with olive oil and spray m

Rhino Africa Author Zimkhitha Sulelo Stylin' On Em'
Author Zimkhitha Sulelo Stylin’ On Em’

y hair regularly before using any other hairspray. I choose olive oil because it is readily available in my kitchen, but there are so many good natural oils out there to pick from.

2. Tresemme Naturals Conditioner

Naturals hunt for a good conditioner like it’s gold, because shampoo is a bare necessity but a really good conditioner is a life-saver. With this conditioner the packaging grabbed me and I think the word NATURALS written in bold had something to do with it. On close inspection it got even better.

It’s silicone free which means my hair will not be left sticky and dull. And if you are into organic foods, you will be happy to know that this conditioner has organic orange extracts. It smells like citrus heaven too. When I am feeling too lazy to wash my hair I think of this as my reward for doing it anyway.

3. ORS Hair Fertilizer

After a protective hairstyle I find that my hair gets very dry and before I do anything I use this hair fertilizer and gently comb it out from top then roots to avoid further hair loss. My water bottle with olive oil is never too far away and I spray it whenever I feel like its needed. This hair fertilizer is water based, so it’s perfect for dry hair.

4. Dark and Lovely Night Wrap Cream

I have used Dark and Lovely products all my life and when I decided to go natural I didn’t find anything suitable for my hair. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this night wrap cream. I inspected it suspiciously because it looked so much like a relaxer tub, but anything with Amla Oil, is good to me. I decided to give it a try. I just love how my hair feels in the morning. It looks soft and has a healthy shine that makes the night wrap ritual worth it. I also use it when I am twisting my hair just to seal in the moisture.

5. ORS Olive Oil Spray

This is the only spray in a can that gives the instant healthy shine for my protective styles with a smell that I can tolerate. I used to use two different hairsprays, one for a healthy shine and one to mask the smell till I found this one. I am sure my pillows are happy too.

A lot of people are going natural these days and there are a lot of miracle products out there, but you can’t keep buying new products. It’s good to try new products, in fact its a necessity but always stick to the products that keep your hair looking healthy and strong. It’s all about good healthy hair after all.

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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6 Steps To The Perfect Wash Day For Natural Hair Sistas!

Featured Author: Tangela, Founder of NaturalRootSista

Hello my NaturalRootSistas! Here are a few of my healthy hair wash day tips. My hair texture is between 3c-4a.

We all have different textures of hair and we all like for our hair to look and feel a certain way. My hair has to have softness, shine, definition, but most importantly it must be healthy.

It had gotten to the point that I was sick of putting different products on my hair to achieve the look I was going for, so I decided to come up with my own hair care regimen.

Step 1- The day before I wash my hair I always mix-up a blend of rich natural oils.

Tangela is Founder of NaturalRootSista and an official OMG Army Member...
Tangela is Founder of NaturalRootSista and an official OMG Army Member…

You need to apply this special mixture all over your hair from root to tip and make sure you really massage your scalp.

Oils used: Rice bran oil, grape seed, and avocado oil. (Apply on wet hair)

Step 2- Section your hair into 4-6 big twists, now place a plastic cap over your hair and wrap it up with a hair scarf and leave it on overnight.

Step 3- The next day wash your oils out with a sulfate-free shampoo or whatever you feel your hair texture needs.

Step 4- I condition my hair with sulfate free conditioner as well, I leave it in for 20 minutes and use my Q-Redew Hand-held Hair Steamer.

Step 5- I wash the conditioner out with cool water. The benefits are that cold water retains your hair’s moisture and leaves your hair less prone to frizz.
Most people add moisturizer or whatever to style their hair. This is a mix I make to get my hair on the right track for the week. And yes I do add moisturizer (I make my own) sometimes on the third or fourth day. I keep my hair shiny and soft with this method.

Ingredients for my mix: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Black Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Gel.

I used 1/3 cup of each oil in equal parts.

Step 6-
I section my hair into four sections and apply this mixture from root to tip while the hair is damp. You may need to mist your hair throughout the process.

Now style as usual. Done.

Follow these steps and send me photos on your results!

 

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Natural Hair Movement Hits The Neglectful Hair Care Industry In The Pockets

CEO Jane Carter says she has seen “definite” changes in the hair industry as black women chose to spend money on nurturing their hair rather than disguising it.

Women no longer must bow down to straight hair and the perfection demanded of them in glossy magazines and celebrity culture and are making a statement, she says.

Women that really take a stance like this—whether it is political, or to say “‘I love myself,’—are making the same statement as those who moved forward in the civil rights movement.”teamnatural

She says that only in the last six years has she seen young women decline to relax their hair, making it smoother and silkier.


Lee’s Article Highlights:

  • It really is impressive to see the amount of support naturals have given each other through social media channels. Naturals have truly created a self-supporting and empowering beauty movement that is now starting to effect the big hair care companies in the pocket because of the years of neglect.
  •  This one isn’t exactly an article highlight, just my thoughts, I’m so proud to be a #teamnatural and #naturalhairmovement supporter. It really is one of the most exciting shifts in the psyche of black women that I’ve seen in my lifetime, the effects are nothing but positive. As your biggest male cheerleader, I must say, I’m proud of you!
  •  The best selling hair products for naturals are not being bought from the giants who ignored black women for decades.Now that they are losing money because of the movement, I can only think that we’ll soon see these same companies who’ve never put natural hair on display or even tried to make products for kinky textured hair jump on the band wagon in the next couple years. My question is, should you support them when this happens? (Leave a comment below…)

 

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What Exactly Is Hair Porosity? And How To Manage It…

hair porosity
Porosity is defined as your hair’s ability to absorb water or other chemicals into the shaft of the hair. All hair is porous but your level of porosity will vary based on genetics and the amount of damage that the cuticle layer has been subjected to. Processes such as coloring the hair, heat styling or relaxing are examples that can affect increase the porosity of hair. Also, daily maintenance such as detangling and shampooing can sometimes affect the cuticle layer.

Porosity is usually measured as being low, medium or high. Highly porous hair absorbs a lot of water, but it also means it released moisture fast, meaning it is harder to keep highly porous hair moisturized! Low porous hair will hold on to moisture longer, but it is more difficult for the hair to pull in the water.


Lee’s Video Highlights:

  • You cannot change the level of porosity you were born with but you can change how large the cuticles on your hair shaft enlarge by limiting the manipulation of your hair in its entirety.
  • If you have high porous hair it’s suggested to occasionally try an apple cider vinegar rinse in order to lower the pH of hair which will help to close cuticles tighter and trap moisture in
  • If you have hair with low porosity that is resistant to moisture you can help infuse moisture into your hair by incorporating a hair steamer into your hair care regimen.
  • Another cool tip for low porosity hair is to soak your hair in natural alkaline water for a few minutes just to slightly increase the pH of it, this helps open the cuticle more and infuses more moisture into the hair strands.

Curly Nikki’s “Better Than Good Hair” Book Gets Rave Reviews – 4.5 Stars

The fresh new handbook on how to achieve and maintain stylish natural hair, from one of the savviest and most revered expert on coils and curls

These days there’s a revolution going on. A natural hair revolution…

Relaxers are out. Weaves are so yesterday.

Tired of damage from expensive chemical treatments and artificial enhancers, women of color are going natural thanks to many natural hair enthusiasts and supporters, one of these people is Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki.com, the natural hair blogger and online hair therapy expert.

In Better Than Good Hair, this gifted “cblackhairomg - Lee torrey - curly nikkiurl whisperer” educates women on how to transition from relaxed to completely natural hair, with advice and styles for every length—from Fierce Braid-and-Curls to Fancy Faux Buns.

She also counsels those considering the “big chop”—cutting it all off at once to sport a bold and beautiful “teeny weeny afro.” Here, too, is essential guidance for parents of mixed-race children dealing with new and unfamiliar hair textures and styles.


Lee’s Review Highlights: First off, I love everything about Curly Nikki. She’s a beautiful and brilliant businesswoman who cares about her readers. To see her success makes me proud. So when I saw HUNDREDS of amazing reviews for her “Better Than Good Hair” book I was pretty geeked for her. Out of 260+ real person reviews, she only has 4 “haters”(people that gave her book 1 star), most of her readers are loving the book. In my opinion, you get more scientific and in-depth info from “The Science of Black Hair” book from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy but Curly Nikki delivers more entertainment value. I’ll share some of the customer reviews below…

5-Star Reviews from real customers… (5 out of 169 comments)

Positive customer review from Places2Love –

  • The Quintessential Kinky/Curly Encyclopedia: Whether you are an inquisitive newly natural beauty or a natural hair expert/goddess looking to give your friends some sound advice, Better Than Good Hair is it! There are great features from Nikki AND many of the hair bloggers and youtubers that the natural experts will be familiar with and the newcomers will glean from. I was discouraged when I first saw the reviews that said this book was just like the website (and I almost did not buy it). But in actuality the layout, conciseness, and illustrations make this a very user-friendly, quickly accessible MANUAL for readers of all ages, transcending just a website that can take hours upon hours to search. Moreover, it should be comforting to the natural hair experts that the quality hair principles you have experimented with and learned by trial and error are encapsulated in one handy reference guide. I just hope updated editions will be printed every few years :-). As a bonus, Kim Wayans adds a hilarious and fitting foreword that makes me wonder when her first book will be coming out because I would buy it!

Positive customer review from Chrishonda Davis

  • Loved It: I love this book It really breaks down how to care for your natural hair during all stages, not only that, it doesn’t ridicule those who prefer to relax or chemically alter their hair. It simply encourages you to take the right steps in caring for your hair no matter how you choose to wear it. Nikki helps you have confidence in your hair and yourself.

 

Positive customer review from SDO “Swtdrk1”

  • It’s Better Than Just a Hair Book: I have been natural for almost 4 years and what I love about this book the most is it is a guide, a source of information. As I was reading it I was nodding in agreement. I was laughing and I was intrigued. Even though I am going on 4 years I can always benefit from things I didn’t know or haven’t tried and that is what BTGH is for me…information that I don’t have to keep in my head. I can simply go back to that section of the book. I had to get my daughter her own copy, because there will be no borrowing. 🙂

 

Positive customer review from Angela P.

  • Very Informative & Good Read: I’ve been natural well over 5 years and was able to take away some very good tips from this book. Nikki never disappoints. She has been humble from the beginning and is extremely clear in the book that this is not about her, but about US. I bought 3 copies and plan to buy more just to give away. This is a Godsend for anyone considering to go natural or for anyone who has been natural for years. Not many hair books can accomplish that.

 

Positive customer review from Deborah Houston, TX

  • Amazing Book: It took me a while to finish this book (not because it’s not good) because I’m so busy. However, I finally finished the book and I just have one word AMAZING!! I was on the Curly Nikki forum for 2 years, and reading this book was just like being on the forum but better. I like the way the book was organized, the information provided, and how Nikki used ladies that contributed to the forum to share their natural experiences. I don’t know maybe it was just me, but I felt connect to the book and the articles. I have been natural for 3+ years, and the content of this book is still relevant for all of my natural hair care needs!! I only wish it had been around when I BC’ed!! Love you Nikki please keep up the good work!! Deb

 

1- Star Reviews from real customers (2 out of 4 comments)

Negative customer review from Bobby Ray 

  • Don’t Waste Your Money: I check this book out from my local library, save your money and do the same.
    All the information in the book can be found on CurlyNikki or any other natural hair blog. The photos & illustrations are in black and white and look cheap and tacky!
    The book covers big chopping, transitioning, 5yrs natural and natural kids but nothing for naturals that are regular folks with medium length strands. The book seem dated to me I wanted color photos of “hair porn” you get none of that.
    Bottom line dont waste your money, honey check it out if need be at your local library!

Negative customer review from Steph

  • Over-rated: It does not address enough about people with fine hair. Glad I was able to support a black author though. (Author note: Even the Science of Black Hair book got 2 bad reviews out of 400, someone will always complain, that’s life so take it for what it is. )

 

(See All of The Reviews for “Better Than Good Hair” Book Here)