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Watching Crazy Eyes in her iconic bantu knots on Orange is the New Black, it’s easy to overlook the fact that there’s a lot of hair on Uzo Aduba’s head. And since the actress typically wears weaves or wigs on the red carpet, we haven’t gotten much of a chance to bask in the glory that is her mane, until recently.
The photo the star posted on Instagram last night in support of Hillary Clinton solidified Uzo’s place in our book as our newest hair crush. Not only do we love the classic shape of her ‘fro with its smooth middle part, it’s the blue bobby pins that totally set the look off, providing just the right amount of detail to make both a hair and political statement at the same time. Although when is Black hair never political?
Just last month, Uzo stunned us with her voluminous ‘fro for the first time on the ‘gram, prompting us to take a look back at the Nigerian beauty’s best natural hair moments thus far. Be prepared to be inspired and let your own mane come out to play.
On Saturday evening I traveled back to New York City from Chicago and had an interesting, although common, experience in the bathroom at Midway International Airport. I was in the mirror fluffing out my ‘fro and applying edge control when I noticed I had an audience. A white girl of about 7 year’s old had come out of the bathroom stall, washed her hands, and stood wide-eyed and open-mouthed in amazement at my hair. As I separated and stretched my girls she dried her hands until there wasn’t a drop of water on them, starting at me the whole way through.
I felt the little girl’s eyes piercing on me, but I didn’t turn to acknowledge her. I was having a particularly good hair day and my ‘fro was larger than usual so I wasn’t surprised it captured an eyeball or two. Plus, she was a little girl and little kids stare. I wasn’t offended, but I was curious about what might be going through her mind as she watched me so intently.
Eventually, the girl’s mother came out of a stall and after catching her daughter’s behavior she told her, “Hunny you’re staring. I know her hair’s super cool, but don’t stare.” And then she patted me on the back and laughed as I responded with a half-hearted smile. I appreciated the mother’s acknowledgement — though not necessarily the touch — but more than anything I couldn’t stop mulling the same question over and over in my head: At what age do white people become obsessed with Black women’s hair?
It’s funny because even as I picked out my own ‘fro I became somewhat amazed at how my curls basically suspend in mid-air. Of course, I knew that long before Saturday evening, but like I said I was having a good hair day and on those days you tend to notice beautiful little intricacies more than you do on others. I wondered if the little girl had noticed the same and at her age simply lacked the proper social etiquette that would’ve prevented such an exchange between us. But I also thought back to my own childhood and even adulthood and how I couldn’t pinpoint a time when I had been so enamored with the characteristic’s of another’s race, specifically their hair, that I mimicked the type of staring this child engaged in. The kind of interest I predict will turn into questions like “Can I touch your hair?” when she’s older.
Honestly, it seems white people have always had an obsession with “others.” And considering this little girl’s mother appeared to have an understanding of the delicate nature of her daughter peering at my ‘fro, I’d wager her interest in my mane wasn’t taught but rather inherent curiosity born out of my “otherness” and her young recognition of whiteness and the characteristics that come with it as default. I obviously can’t and wouldn’t fault her for that. But hopefully her mother’s nipping of her staring in the bud now, will prevent other awkward interactions with Black women and their hair years later.
When do you think some white people’s obsession with Black hair begins and what are the roots of the interest?
Aside from her larger than life personality, Cardi B is never seen without a fabulous wig.
However, there are many times where we also see the Love and Hip Hop: New York cast member and rapper flaunt her naturally textured tresses. With an dope and empowering message, she posted a photo and a video on her Instagram. “When I was a little girl I used to hate my hair. Now I loooveeee it.” she captioned the photo of her fro.
In the video, Cardi B dances to a melodic tune, swaying her hips and flipping her mane, writing, “DONT TOUCH MY HAIR (Solange voice). My hair got me feeling soo seexxxyyyy OMG let me be conceited for a couple of hours before I put this Weave in again !!!”
We truly love the fact that Cardi B is her “regular schemgular” self 100% of the time, even embracing her natural hair on a platform that can influence many others to see the beauty in their mane.
When it comes to trying to achieve the perfect twist-out, a tried-and-true natural hairdo, there can be some challenges. From making sure your hair is clean, conditioned and detangled to having clips, a wide-toothed comb, a rattail comb handy,just to name a few, there’s much work to be done.
Thankfully, if you’ve been searching for a concise tutorial, hairstylist Pekela Riley partnered with MIZANI to create a kinky, coily twist-out using two products from their True Textures line: Twist and Coil Jelly and Curl Define Pudding.
To get the look, Riley first detangled the hair (major key!) with a brush and 25 Miracle Milk. After, she parted the back of the model’s hair hair into sections, layering on the jelly and pudding as a hair prep before actually coiling with a fine-tooth comb. Lastly, from the middle and up, she opted for three-stand twists that make sure an elongated and textured look.
Press play and get into the tutorial below.
In this episode of Did Y’all See? we’re speaking on Azealia Banks allegations against Russell Crowe, Nicki Minaj’s truth telling about Black Men and we’re also asking what would you do if a teacher sent home a note asking to stop using coconut oil in your child’s hair? Get into all this tea on Did Y’all See?
If there are any YouTube-obsessed ladies out there like myself, who have taken both their eagerness and frustrations of transitioning to natural hair, then you’ve certainly come across a wonderful lady named Taren Guy.
For the past seven years, Guy has been chronicling the ups and downs of her own natural hair journey, building a solid following on YouTube, teaching us all how to perfect your kinky curls, the importance of not using too much heat for the sake of the dreadful “d” word: damage, and even cutting her hair all off and starting again. Basically, Guy has become an extended family member if you will.
These days, Guy characterizes herself as “freer,” both in her hair journey and as a person. In a recent open letter-like essay, the vlogger shared how she how her hair had become a crutch, growing a dependency on a certain style: her “big and luscious” fro, writing:
“I noticed that my Afro eventually became a beauty crutch for me. I noticed that anytime I needed to show up to an event or function, I had to “show up” with my Afro in order to feel present. If I needed to go out to a social event, I would never wear my hair in an updo or wrapped up. My Afro, aka my pride and joy, now became a cover up and I found myself hiding behind my hair. This was something that needed to be addressed. Quickly.”
Guy went on to free form loc her hair, saying that it seemed quite off her radar, but they seemed to call out to her instead. “My decision to loc my hair was more of a feeling than a style choice for me. It represented ‘next level’ freedom for my personal journey and a healthy detachment from my old self. I courageously decided to go for it and chose to walk in my truth, even if it didn’t make any sense to anyone else,” she continued.
While she did receive an out pour of positive comments when she made the announcement, there was also a massive amount of hate. “I was blown away yet not surprised,” she explained, “Here we are tapping into a different aspect of natural hair and we have women who are natural and afraid to go natural.”
In particular, one occurrence that stuck with her was being canceled from a scheduled appearance at a natural hair event. “The cancellation was due to my hair change because I was told ‘doesn’t fit the demo and audience of the attendees’ and won’t sit well with sponsors,” Guy wrote. “This blew me away because my purpose was to speak on a panel about being a pioneer in the industry and I’m sure my contribution to the conversation would have been valuable. My appearance had nothing to do with my hairstyle. I’m almost 100 percent sure that if I chose to shave off all of my hair, I wouldn’t have been canceled — but we will never know.”
Guy rattled off a number of reactions she received like:
“Why would you loc that beautiful hair.”
“Hair isn’t that deep.”
“I thought you found Jesus.”
“You’re getting weird, I’m unsubscribing.”
“Oh no, you messed up your hair!”
“As you can see, the common theme was that my hair was “too pretty to loc” or that the spiritual connection I felt with my hair wasn’t real,” she continued.
Even with the backlash she’s received, Guy has continued to wear her free form locs. “I am here, happy with my immature freeform locs. Starting from scratch I’m truly embracing the process and ready to grow and mature as my hair does. Locs tell a story and I intend to be proud of mine.”
Ladies, have you ever experienced such negativity or backlash in regards to free form locs or locs in general?
Having thick hair is not a bad thing, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy thing. While full hair is beautiful, it can also be a hassle to take care of. Washing it becomes a task you have to set aside time in your calendar for. Trying to put it in a ponytail is like a fight, and there are always a few strands that don’t want to be rounded up. And humidity? What a jerk. These are just a few of the struggle bus moments that come with having thick hair. While it’s definitely a blessing, it can also be a curse when you’re just not in the mood.
Breaking ponytail holders
Whether the material is thinning or you literally just try to pull your hair tie and it snaps, trying to put all that hair in a ponytail holder is a nightmare. Even trying to make thin headbands work as ties can be a struggle once they start stretching to the max.
While in college, as a newly determined natural, I slowly became a hair product junkie. The addiction became so severe that I went on a detox and donated all of the products I never used or that didn’t work for my hair. I had an actual problem. And now that I’ve come to MadameNoire, it seems my addiction has resurfaced. Help me!
“This creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. it’s great on ‘naked’ hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle. for seriously protective hair experience, try using hair dew on moist hair (or over a quick spritz of one of our Juices herbal leave-ins) and then seal ends with one of the Sugar Pomades before gently manipulating hair into a protective style like braids, twists, or an updo. days of moisture, sheen, and hair happiness! pH level: 4.5”
The ingredients are also amazing, as they are majorly derived from natural products including;
“purified water, ricinus communis (castor) oil, olea europaea (olive) oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (organic), olea europaea (olive) oil, behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetearyl alcohol (emulsifier derived from colza oil), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cetyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol (and) caprylyl glycol (preservative), squalane (from olive oil), fragrance, and love!”
Who couldn’t enjoy a product that includes love as an ingredient?
After a test trial of the dew, here’s what I’ve learned and decided are the winning aspects.
I can’t quite determine what the conditioner actually smells like, but it’s reminiscent of a whipped yet burnt cocoa butter scent. Whatever the fragrance used, it smells absolutely delightful. It also reminds me of the wholesomeness of its ingredients.
The Lightness of the Dew
A complaint I have of many hair lotions, leave-ins, and conditioners is that they are either too heavy for my hair or lead to build up on my scalp. The weight of the dew is perfect because it’s light enough to penetrate my strands, but also strong enough to provide my hair with moisture, allowing it to feel soft and conditioned, even as the temperature drops.
The Effectiveness of the Dew
Overall, although my hair still needs a few extra products to keep it stretched or moisturized, I feel that the dew is highly effective in promoting manageability, moisture and softness for a natural who has a head full of kinks and coils.
Here I am washing, deep conditioning, stretching my hair and after I applied the Oyin Handmade Hair Dew. The sideways smirk in the mirror with the elongated neck is the tell-tale sign of a woman who’s satisfied with her hair.
I once read a very thought-provoking article on Black Girl Long Hair about how Black women are judged for the choices they make when it comes to their hair — particularly, when it comes to the colors they put in their hair. While White women are seen as fun and just being quirky and experimental when they decide to try a funky shade on the tips of their hair or all over, as the author pointed out, when Black women try to play with colors, we can be seen as appearing “ghetto.” Talk about a double standard.
But who has time the time or energy to stay a plain Jane? If you want to play with color, whatever your hair, the texture of it or skin color, I say go for it! There are plenty of women who have already thought outside the box when it comes to colors for their strands. Check them out for inspiration!
We told you late last month that a federal appeals court ruled in a 3-0 decision that refusing to hire someone because they wear locs is not a form of racial discrimination. The decision created quite a bit of uproar online and even spurred a hashtag called #ProfessionalLocs, where people shared images of themselves at work, proudly wearing the natural hairstyle
Still, it seems that certain employers are now going out of their way to let applicants and potential employees know that their locs aren’t welcome in their particular workplace. Like a movie theater in the south suburbs of Chicago. According to WGN, 16-year-old Tyler House has had locs for five years. She applied for a job at Marcus Cinema in Country Club Hills and was called in for an interview. It went well.
“I made her laugh and she said I had a nice personality,” House said of the interviewer. “Like a week later, I got an email saying, ‘Welcome to Marcus Theatre.'”
But when House went to orientation for her new gig on Monday, she wasn’t met with a warm welcome. She was told by the theater’s manager that her hairstyle was not acceptable.
“He called my name and brought me into the hallway and said, ‘Dreads are not allowed,'” House said. “I was like, ‘Sir, I was going to put it to the back in a ponytail with the uniform hat.’ He said, ‘Male or female, any form of dreads are not allowed.’ I was just in my head, confused.”
When House returned home and shared what happened with her family, her sister posted the story on Facebook (with the hashtag, #theworldwelivein). It received thousands of likes with some people calling for a boycott of the cinema, which is in quite a few states.
When interviewed by WGN, the teen’s mother, Darnetta Herring, stated that it makes no sense for a company to say locs aren’t allowed for employees, when many of the theater’s customers wear them.
“Why is it that dreadlocks are not permitted in your employees but it’s ok for us to spend our dreadlock money in your company?” she asked. “I don`t understand. They come to an African-American neighborhood but they discriminate against some of us. I don’t understand it.”
House agreed. “What do my dreads have to do with anything?”
“Change your policy,” she said. “My hair doesn’t affect my working skills or nothing. It’s just hair.”
Interesting enough, Marcus Theatres ended up having second thoughts about this alleged policy after (which sounds more like a preference since the interviewer had no problem with House’s hair, but the manager did). They issued the following statement:
This week we learned that a job candidate at our Marcus Country Club Hills Cinema was turned away because she wore dreadlocks. Some have expressed concern, and their reaction has led us to re-examine that decision. Marcus Theatres operates in many communities across the United States, and our success is due in part to our talented team. Our associates come to work each day committed to delivering a best-in-class experience to everyone who passes through our doors. Effective immediately, no job candidate will be disqualified because they wear dreadlocks. We are in the process of reviewing our protocols, and will update them to ensure that they reflect our professional standards and commitment to recognizing the diversity of our associates.
Sounds like House can get her job back, right? Well, as it turns out, the honors student isn’t interested in working at the theater anymore. AMC, a competitor, has reached out to her for an interview.