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Have You Ever Let Your Self-Esteem Sabotage Your Natural Hair?

April 1st, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From Hello Beautiful 

Hello Beautiful: When did you first fall in love with your hair?

Tamara of Natural Hair Rules: It was a Sunday afternoon…just joking! I don’t know the exact day and time. But I do remember feeling this sense of accomplishment because I had a natural hair breakthrough. I had just discovered the Denman Brush and Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner. With that duo I had achieved my first perfect wash and go. “This is what I went natural for…”, I thought to myself. I probably even screamed it out loud.

HB: What’s some hair advice you’d give to your 14-year-old self?

Tamara: My 14-year-old self had a professional stylist that she called mom. So I don’t really have any hair advice for 14-year old me but I do have self-esteem advice. “It’s ok to be…” At that time I believe my ‘be’ was to be unique. I tried so hard to fit in but I still stood out. Tried to be what I thought everyone else wanted me to be. I was the girl with long, pretty hair. I put a lot of pressure on myself and began to identify with my hair. It wasn’t until I decide to go natural, did I shred everyone’s perception of me. I also found myself delivered from other people’s opinions. (Or so I thought. You know, it’s a daily battle I believe all women fight.)

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Hotness! Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi Cover Essence’s Beauty Issue

April 1st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi cover essenceIf you want to see Black women’s true natural beauty celebrated, look no further than Essence Magazine’s May issue which features Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi on three different covers.

Appropriately labeled the Beauty Issue, inside the mag, these musical heavy hitters are discussing self-expression, personal style, and, of course, hair. Erykah told Essence:

“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”

And yet, Miss Badu does just that every time we catch a glimpse of her on a red carpet, performing on stage, or posing in an ad for Givenchy. Unsurprisingly, though, her take on her personal style is shared by fellow cover beauty Ledisi. Echoing some of the same sentiments she shared with us in a recent interview, the New Orleans-bred singer said:

“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”

The baby of the bunch, Solange, also shared her view on style, pointing out that everyone should be allowed to dictate what works for their own bodies, saying:

“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”

Amen to that. These three gorgeous Essence covers are available on newsstands today and you can check out each one solo on the next few pages. Which one are you picking up?

Werk! Are You Feeling Alicia Keys’ New Haircut?

March 26th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh, it’s a new daaay! And Alicia Keys has a new haircut.

Yesterday, Alicia Keys posted a pic on Instagram with a simple “Hi….;-)” showing off a new haircut. A. Keys still has a bit of a short pixie, but she updated it with shaved sides and a tail that makes us say we most definitely approve.

Proud hubby Swizz Beatz reposted the pic of his wife on his own IG page with the simple hashtag “#motivation” which we assume is supposed to be a message for the ladies out there. We’re not 100 percent sure what that’s about, but we’re happy to see him shout out his lady and we can’t wait to see more pics of Alicia’s new style.

Are you feeling Alicia Keys’ new haircut?

Happy 70th Birthday Miss Ross! Diana Ross’ Best Hair Moments Over The Years

March 26th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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Source: WENN

Legendary musical diva Diana Ross turns 70 years young today! Known for her head-turning beauty just as much as her beautiful voice, we’ve decided to pay homage to the talented and gorgeous Ms. Ross by recapping 15 of her hottest hair styles over the years. Whether the famous star has the help of waist length extensions, wigs, or a pretty floral accent, she manages to make each look her own.

Click through to view  images that prove why Ms. Ross is indeed The Boss.

#Laid: 5 Celebrities With Silky Smooth Hair

March 20th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Need inspiration to transform your mane from wild and untamed to silky smooth hair? Look no further than these five ladies who rock some of the sleekest tresses in Hollywood.

Source: WENN

Source: WENN


We don’t know what took Ashanti so long to trade in her 18-inch weaves for this sleek short bob, but all we can say is better late than never. We love the way this smooth blunt cut frames her face.

Happy 26th Birthday Ri Ri! Rihanna’s 26 Best Hair Moments

February 20th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

Happy Birthday Rihanna! Today the woman we know as Bad Gal Ri Ri turns the big 2-6 and one thing that’s for sure is the woman has about as many controversial hair choices as she does raunchy dance moves on stage and suspect magazine interviews. Since it’s Ri Ri’s bday we thought we’d focus on the good, though, so we’re counting down Rihanna’s best hair moments starting with her introduction to the world back in the mid-2000s. Let us know which look is your favorite.

Step Away From The Hot Comb: Men With Press N’ Curls Who Finally Let Them Go (Thankfully)

February 17th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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These are the men with press n’ curls who had no business having them to begin with and who, thankfully, have retired their free flowing tresses in favor of ceaser’s and other non-pimp-like haircuts more befitting of men of a certain age.

Source: WENN

Source: WENN


KCi tried to pull off this look at a time when PR people actually had some control over their artists so I don’t know who gave the green light to this Mary Tyler Moore flip mess, but thankfully it was short-lived.

Wiggin Out: 13 Wigs For Protective Styling This Winter

February 11th, 2014 - By Rana Campbell
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Burr, it’s cold (or should we say polar- vortexing) so why not….PUT A WIG ON IT?!


The author wearing one of her favorite winter wigs.

Wigs can be a women’s best friend. They are the ultimate way to experiment with hair color, style, or cut without having to manipulate your own hair. In the winter, they also serve as a great protective style against winter weather’s damaging effects. Personally, I’ve been experimenting with wigs as a way to let my hair take a break from the constant manipulating I do to it weekly. Here’s 13 different types of wigs from one of my favorite affordable wig companies It’s a Wig! Check out these really great units you can experiment with this winter to keep your tresses healthy and shielded from the elements.

All Images courtesy of It’s A Wig! 

#WeaveAndFlowLetItGrow: Gabrielle Union Wants You To Know She Has Long Hair Too

February 7th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Gabrielle Union Shows Natural Hair

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So before we peeped Nicki Minaj showing off her tresses on Instagram yesterday, apparently Gabrielle Union had done the same thing right before her. The “Being Mary Jane” star took to IG two days ago to give hope to weave wearers everywhere when she posted the pic above with this caption:

Ladies… You can achieve hair growth… With a weave! This is allllll mine, no clips, no extensions, hadn’t even been pressed…And it got this healthy thick length from responsibly wearing weaves. #weaveandflowletitgrow

This isn’t the first time Gabby decided to show all of us what she’s working with under all that long, silky yaky, but it appears the actress just wanted to give us a bit of an update on her hair progress. Too bad we never get to see her rock her real hair on red carpets, huh? At least we figure this pic will go over better than the one when she posted when she dyed her hair blonde for a movie role and people tried to revoke her black card SMH.

What do you think about Gabby’s IG post? Impressed she’s maintained this length underneath the weaves?

“No Perms, No Extensions:” Nicki Minaj Shows Off Natural Hair On Instagram

February 7th, 2014 - By Rich
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Nicki Minaj Natural Hair

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Nicki Minaj is really trying to make people jealous out in these streets. The rapper took to Instgram last night to show off her natural hair, pulling a Beyonce “Single Ladies” ponytail move, and most people couldn’t believe the length of the 31-year-old’s hair as she boasted “no perm, no extensions.”

Nicki Minaj natural hair

Source: Instagram

This actually isn’t the first time a Nicki Minaj natural hair craze occurred. Last year, the Black Barbie teased us with a pic showing the length and thickness of her tresses, but her face was out of the frame. This time around, Nicki appears to be owning her style and even rocking it in a photo shoot of sorts.

Nicki Minaj natural hair

Source: Instagram


After these makeup chair-type pics, Nicki showed off her hair again in a top knot and skimpy see-through body suit, and we have to say we think we could get used to this look — minus the pasties over her boobs and stuff. We wonder if Nicki is going to stick with this toned-down natural look or we’ll see her in a platinum blonde wig and over-the-top makeup again before the weekend is over. What do you think?

Check out Nicki’s other pics on the next page. Are you feeling her natural updo?

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