RIP: Natural Hair Community Comes Together To Remember Hair Guru And Vlogger, Domineque Banks

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April 12, 2014 ‐ By La Truly

Domenique Banks

After a long battle with Lupus, natural hair guru and YouTube vlogger, Domineque Banks, aka, “Long Hair Don’t Care2011” passed away on April 9, 2014. Banks suffered a heart attack and was placed on life support, not being able to breathe on her own. She passed away with her partner by her side.

There is no doubt that Domineque Banks has touched the lives of so many with her inspiring natural hair journey that she so thoroughly documented on YouTube, spanning more than ten years. Her words of wisdom about appreciating one’s own hair and style, as well as her tutorial videos, have garnered millions of hits on YouTube and inspired many women of color to consider going natural. She is considered by some to be one of the first natural hair vloggers to do their thing (and do it well) on YouTube.

The loss of such a beautiful cornerstone to the natural hair movement has greatly impacted the natural hair community – to the point that the GiveForward online fundraiser, started by Banks’s partner and friend to cover funeral costs, surpassed its original goal of $10,000 in a day.

Natural hair and health vloggers including HeyFranHey, Jouelzy, Afrobella, KimmayTube, and CoachPCare eulogized Banks on social networks like Twitter, recalling her beautiful spirit and how incredibly young and vibrant she was. This outpouring of love and remembrance has shown, yet again, how much bigger the natural hair community is than just a focus on hair. It is so much larger than aesthetics. Where there is hurt, the spirit of the community rushes to heal. Where there is need, the community rushes to aid. The silly, would-be rifts and rivalries between hair textures and curl patterns fall by the wayside when it comes down to what is most important. Domineque’s legacy lends itself to that spirit of care and sisterhood in a very big way.

That in itself is a huge lesson, today, when women of color are constantly being thrown curveballs, constantly pushed to seek division. We can learn a huge lesson from these women in their fervent support of Banks and her family. At the end of the day, all we have is each other. At the end of the day, sisterhood is a large part of what sustains us. And at the end of the day, honoring one another in word and in deed is what will continue to strengthen us for the road ahead and the life left to live.

May Domineque rest in peace and know that her mission to encourage women to embrace their own natural beauty will not fade, but has been taken up by those she impacted and will continue on, held high as our banner and the tie that binds us, in sisterhood.

La Truly is a writer, college professor and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences  to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly and check out her site: www.hersoulinc.com.

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  • rainbow

    Miss you Domin!! You were awesome!!!!!

  • MizCaramelVixen

    RIP… This was such a beautiful article, thank you for sharing.

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Oh wow, I followed her on youtube. That’s really unfortunate . . .

  • Lisa

    She has such a great spirit, I will really miss her, this made me very very sad.

  • fujoshifanatic

    So sad. She was so young. All that she accomplished in such a short time, she could have done so much more. May she rest in peace. My prayers go out to her partner and the rest of her family.

  • coolyfett

    Man..this sucks. Now she can do the hair of black angels. Word up.

    • Latasha Ware

      That’s so sweet

  • Reese

    RIP to this beautiful young woman. I didn’t know lupus was fatal or could cause fatal complications.

  • IDontTrustWhitePpl

    I loved her, she was ALWAYS my favorite, and she was the first sister doing it on YouTube as far as I’m concerned when it came to natural hair care with beautiful results, period. Rest In Peace beautiful Sister Girl!!! You will be missed, but never forgotten!

  • mmmdot

    My god, how terrible. She was too young. I watched some of her videos back in the day and I always thought she was such a stunning woman! And considering that she managed to inspire and help other young black women who were struggling with their hair and self-esteem while she was struggling with her own health…there are no words. I can’t imagine what her family must be going through and the world has truly lost something beautiful.

  • currvalicious

    First the news of Karyn Washington’s (For Brown Girls) passing, now this, it’s really devasting to the community as a whole. Both Ms. Banks & Ms Washington were the champions of pride among us African American woman. Both carrying the mantle for two different causes, yet they both go hand in hand. Especially in our community. RIP to both of these inspirational women.

  • donna

    R. I. P.

  • Realtalk

    This was beautifully written to convey an oh so sad message. I loved this young lady’s videos and watching updates on her beautiful hair and spirit. Damn; this hurts. RIP LongHairDontCare2011. Mission accomplished.

  • Dystaney Kimble

    She was an extremely beautiful woman , rest in peace

  • MarriedMomOf2

    I loved her videos on YouTube and she was so young. My heartfelt condolences goes out to her family, may this angel RIP. :’(

  • rainbow

    OMG, I am so hurt. I know her personally. OMG, rest in peace!!!!

  • Just saying!!

    I’m glad you all decided to dedicate an article to her. I also followed her on YouTube and it feels strange that she’s gone. She was so young–what a tragedy. People are here one day and gone the next. But I’m happy she was able to create a name for herself in the virtual world so a piece of her will always remain there and with us. May she rest in peace.

    • Realtalk

      Beautifully said. I concur wholeheartedly.

  • lazy2010

    RIP condolences to the family. We need to figure out this LUPUS too many young people suffering and dying from it

  • Shawndrea Rachelle

    She was sooooooo gorgeous R.I.P

  • TrillProphecies93

    God bless her and her family! Sad to see such good people gone.

  • nss

    Aw no..I’ve seen a few of her videos a while ago. Never even knew she had lupus. RIP

  • NVAdamzz

    That’s too bad. RIP Lovely…T__T

  • candy cane

    R.I.P

  • 1Val

    So sad another young talented black life lost! Condolences to her family.