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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Porsha Williams' Natural Hair Is BOMB - and Hidden

Hairstylist Kellon Deryck shared the same photo and added, "@porsha4real got hella hair but it's time to put that #flawlessillusion back in"

So what exactly is Williams using to get her hair so grand? What do you know, she has her own hair extensions line. Her high-fashion hair line is described as "premium quality virgin human hair extensions," the products promise to give any women that Real Housewives style.

 


Natural For a few Seconds Porsha Williams Shows Off Her Real
Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I'm loving that Porsha's natural hair is looking so beautiful, Natural For a few Seconds Porsha Williams Shows Off Her RealI'm hating that she only shows it as a teaser to the next weave. I agree with Porsha's stylist, the constant weave is an illusion, I'd disagree that it's flawless though. The flaw is acting like your own hair isn't acceptable and not good enough to be seen in public.
  • Porsha looked naturally beautiful in her shortly-lived natural hair moment. Genuinely beautiful, but.... She feels the need to... Ahhh forget it. Do what you wanna do Porsha.
  • Porsha Williams is definitely a weave queen, it'll be interesting to see if that changes one day. Sometimes I have to wave the white flag and hope for the best, this is one those moments.

 

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Black Hair & The Twisted Politics Behind It - Video

This was a truly profound and REAL conversation about the way Western and American culture views and treats beauty that sits outside of it's typical standards.

Actress Nicole Ari Parker of Broadway's Streetcar Named Desire, University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler, cultural critic Joan Morgan, and CurlyNikki.com founder Nikki Walton, sit down with Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about the political messages behind black hair and hairstyles.

 


Editor’s Note: This set of videos is a classic throwback journalistic piece, in case you haven't seen it they talk about how more women have turned towards going natural since 2007 and are changing the economy of black hair.

The ladies really lay it out on the line in this heartfelt conversation, they speak very honestlpolitics of black hairy about their feelings, how having children changed their perspective on their own hair and how America's view on black hair impacts the psyche of black women in their own self-perception.

They talk about the importance of telling little black girls how beautiful their hair is when doing their hair instead of saying derogatory remarks, like "you look a mess", "you ain't going outside looking like that" and "let's work on that kitchen". Here are our video highlights:

  • It's amazing that it's considered "revolutionary" to wear your hair the way it grows out of your head.
  • They talk about worrying about if black men will find them attractive, will employers want to hire them.
  • Black women have literally been dying of poor health because they don't want to workout and mess up their hair.

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Women's Natural Black Hair 10-Min Mini-Documentary

10-minute mini documentary that discusses the historical context of African-American women that are on television and natural hair. The doc highlights Oprah Winfrey, Melissa Harris-Perry, Rochelle Ritchie, and Rhonda Lee.


Editor’s Note:beautiful dark skinned black woman This was a nice and quick 10-minute documentary with a panel of four professional black women talking about the pressures of needing to constantly worry about how they and their hair are seen in the eyes of Western society.

The panel discusses experiences of prominent black women in the media and Professor Yanela Gordon raises an interesting point when she says that in the United States black women and black hair has been portrayed as the opposite of beauty and that tactic was used in order to create and develop an inferiority complex which was required to enable slavery to work in the first place. Finally, there was a point that I couldn't agree with more, and that was that little black girls need to see black women BE black women in order to feel pride in themselves. Here are our article highlights:

  • The panel of black women talk about how they have tried to fit in with the majority "white" look when interviewing for jobs.
  • A lot of times women don't want to associate with their natural selves because they don't know the history behind it and that it's something to be proud of.
  • According to Melissa Harris-Perry, dreadlocks are "locs" not "dreads" and not something to be dreaded.
  • The panel of women thinks that more and more young girls will embrace their natural hair in the future.

Natural Black Hair On The Big Screen In 2014

The film (Dear White People) is partly about the black characters coming to terms with the white characters, and partly about the black characters coming to terms with each other—with the many different possible ways to identify as black.

The characters’ hair becomes a stand-in for their relationship to their identity. As the story unfolds, each character chooses to transform their hair in some way—except for Troy, who tellingly chooses to not change his hair at all. The superficiality of appearance is directly connected to our deepest notions of identity. Olivia Pope from “Scandal” has walked in and out of the White House for every episode of the show without ever revealing to its interior what her hair really looks like.


Editor’s Note: Sonia Saraiya does a good job of highlighting the big year that natural black hair had on television and films in 2014 in this year end review, I'd actual never even heard of "Dear White People" before reading this article, but I'd like to give it a look now and I think I will. It's good to see more of natural black hair on display, I look forward to the time when it won't be so rare that it needs its own article. More than that, I look forward to it being shown in a good light more consistently and presented as beautiful because it is. Here are my article highlights:

  • Without a doubt, the defining moment for natural hair this year was Viola Davis’ character Annalise Keating taking off her wig in “How To Get Away With Murder.”
  • If there's one way 2014 introduced texture and variety to the cultural landscape, it's in the realm of hair.
  • Olivia Pope from "Scandal" finally showed off her natural hair in the fourth-season premiere.

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