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This Is What Happens When NFL Players Do Their Daughters’ Hair

February 5th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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If you’re dad’s ever tried to do your hair in the morning before school you know the end result can be disastrous, but the effort loving fathers put in to making their little girls look their best is adorable. Pantene captured that moment perfectly with a new “Dad-Do” campaign featuring Pittsburgh Steelers’ DeAngelo Williams,  New Orleans Saints’ Benjamin Watson and the Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten.

The video series is part of the hair care brand’s “Strong is Beautiful” campaign, focused on the importance of daddy-daughter time and it’s benefits. Pantene noted in a press release:

“Research shows that quality time spent with dads is key in raising daughters who are more self-confident, self-reliant and more successful in school and in their careers.”

Looking at these short vignettes it’s clear these girls will reap all those benefits and more. Watch these short “dad-do” clips to see what happens when 6-foot, 200-plus men have to make pigtails and turn their little girls into princesses in just a few minutes.

Let It Grow, Sis: Reasons To Keep Your Pubic Hair

February 4th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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The end of winter is the season of The Great Hair Removal for most women. Once the temperatures rise and bikini season approaches, salons are backlogged with requests to get rid of it all. But when it’s cold? The more, the better for most of us.

If you wax, shave or cream your hair away, you’re definitely part of the majority. Roughly 80 percent of women report doing something to tame the mane down there. But most of us are opening ourselves up to some pretty funky complications when we do.

Most of us are willing to put up with the occasional ingrown hair. But when it comes to removing hair the wrong way, you can open yourself up to infections, sexually transmitted diseases and worse. So before you end your winter hibernation with some significant hair removal, take a minute to read these very good reasons for leaving your pubic hair alone — or, at least, changing the way that you deal with it.

12 Girls Who Look Gorgeous With Gray Faux Locs

February 4th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Faux locs were a big trend this summer but you can bring the protective hairstyle into the winter too with a cool hue like gray. We know, it sounds a little out there at first, but we promise once you see these 10 gorgeous girls with gray faux locs you’ll be making appointments with your hairstylists in no time.

Zendaya Brings The Bowl Back

February 2nd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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29 January 2016 - Hollywood, California - Zendaya Coleman, Zendaya. “Daya” By Zendaya Shoe Line Launch Party to be featured on an upcoming episode of WE tv’s David Tutera’s CELEBrations held at Raleigh Studios. Photo Credit: Parisa Michelle/AdMedia

29 January 2016 – Hollywood, California – Zendaya Coleman, Zendaya. “Daya” By Zendaya Shoe Line Launch Party to be featured on an upcoming episode of WE tv’s David Tutera’s CELEBrations held at Raleigh Studios. Photo Credit: Parisa Michelle/AdMedia

Zendaya Coleman changes hairstyles like she changes her underwear, but this latest look is one we hope she’ll stick with for a little while.

Over the weekend, the newest face of Cover Girl debuted a blonde bowl cut at the launch party for her new Shoe Line “Daya” and, truth be told, we e haven’t seen a bowl cut this cute since Rihanna debuted her jet black T boz-esque style in 2010.

From the looks of her Instagram, the 19-year-old actress is enjoying her new look quite a bit as she taps into her inner ’90s Halle Berry. We also love how she’s already found a way to switch up her bowl cut, alternating between wearing the look sleek and straight and adding soft waves in the crown.

We hope Cover Girl includes this style in one of their upcoming campaigns. What do you think of Zendaya’s new bowl cut?


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Glow In The Dark Hair — Would You Try It?

January 31st, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Glow in the Dark paint job!!! @manicpanicnyc #manicpanic #Glowme

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Trends come and go, and for the new year it’s apparent that glow in the dark hair is replacing candy-colored tresses that conquered 2015.

We first spotted this trend gaining traction via social media on Instagram, proving that glow in the dark isn’t only meant for Halloween or over the top occasions. Now, ladies can spice up their day-to-day hairstyle with a dope, non-damaging night time look that will definitely turn heads.

“Glow in the dark colors are temporary dyes and are completely gentle and safe for your hair,” Matrix SoColor Stylist George Papanikolas told Essence. “The only thing is that they look best over highlighted and previously lightened hair.”

Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Hair Color Cream, Splat Glows in the dark temporary hair color, Iglow Temporary Glow in the Dark Hair Gel, and UV Hair Color Rinse all are great products to use to achieve the look without spending tons of bucks. And what we love most about this daring look is that it can be achieved on all hair types. So whether you’re natural or relaxed, you’ll be able to get in on the action too.

For the maintenance that come with such a bold ‘do, Papanikolas recommends refreshing the color on a regular basis to maintain its intensity because the colors tend to fade quickly. And when you’re ready to move on to your next hairstyle, the dye can simply be washed out.

So, would you try it?


What’s Your Biggest Hair Mistake?

January 28th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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hair mistake memeBefore I went off to college I had the brilliant idea to dye my hair red. It was 2003 and a particular manufacturer had recently released a two-in-one relaxer highlight kit that swore you could perm and color your hair in one day and be good. They lied. By the spring I went to unwrap my hair after washing and letting it air-dry and my shoulder length hair had turned into a a barely chin-length bob.

You’d think that experience would’ve been enough but 10 years later I felt ready for color again. This time I wanted to be blonde. I ended up being more copper the first go ’round and, determined to get the color I wanted, went back for another session about three months later. The color still wasn’t right, but I tried to rock with it for another three months before asking my beautician to lighten it once more. By the next morning it was clear my hair, as I knew it, was dead. Actually, I had an inkling the night before when I was getting my hair lightened and the attempt to take my hair completely white and add color to it ended up involving adding shades of violet for tone and I could see the bantu knots I was sent home with were shades of brass, purple, white, and black. The color did not improve when my hair dried as she told me it would and when I called my stylist the next morning I told her something had to be done (before my 3 pm flight that same day no less). I wanted to do a black rinse, she told me I would have to add more color on my hair before I could do that unless I wanted to add green to my techni-color mess, so one red rinse, one black rinse, and one blowout later by hair looked like half of what it used to be. And then the middle broke off and back to bob land I went.

September 2013 vs June 2014 vs Now

September 2013 vs June 2014 vs Now

After that I chilled. I let my hair grow out. I stopped relaxing; I even did the big chop last fall. But when I blew my hair out for the first time since that cut I thought, “my hair is the same damn bob length it was more than a year ago” and then I saw this meme and it was the realest thing on the internet for me at the moment and I thought surely, I can’t be the only one out here envisioning the hair that could’ve been had I knew then what I knew now.  So, make me and everyone else out there with hair set backs feel better and share your biggest hair mistakes — and how you overcame them — in the comments section. You’re appreciated!


Zendaya Shares How She Nursed Her Damaged Hair Back To Health

January 23rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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When your mane behaves

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If there’s one word most women hate when it comes to their hair, it’s the definitely the “D” word. Damage! And as luxurious lives that celebrities seem to lead, they too aren’t granted immunity from being plagued with dry, dull, split-end-laden tresses either.

Recently, CoverGirl’s new face and CHI spokeswoman, 19-year-old starlet Zendaya, spoke on how her own head of hair that many envy had been damaged for years. “I’ve experienced hair nightmares,” she told PeopleStyle. “On the first season of the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, heat-styling destroyed my hair. I was only 14 years old, and I didn’t know how to protect my hair, so it took over two years to grow it back, which really sucked!”

These days however, the triple threat who has become a red carpet staple due to her daring and eye catching hairstyles and wardrobe choices, has learned through trial and error — as most of us have — about how taking care the utmost care for her hair. “Over time, I learned how to properly care for my hair, and I partnered with Chi because the brand has so many products that protect it. I use the Argan Oil line because it’s really moisturizing. I condition my hair every day, and I shampoo it every other day.”

Zendaya also shared that when she’s not doing press work or hitting a red carpet, she avoids heat-styling at all costs. “Day-to-day, I wear my hair as natural as possible to minimize damage,” she explains. “To define my curls, I use a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment and Chi Styling Cream Gel, which helps me crunch my curls up.”

What Stereotypes Have People Assumed About You Because Of Your Hair?

January 22nd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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What does your hair say about your spirituality?

“Nothing, because it’s hair.”

That’s a funny exchange Lala Hathaway relayed in an interview with Essence this week discussing her decision to dread her hair and the funny stereotypes that come along with having natural hair — like people assuming she’s deeply spiritual or a vegan just because she has locs.

As I watched her interview I was reminded how a reader once called two of our editors “herbal girls” simply because of their locs and it got me thinking about other stereotypes we hold about each other just because of how we style our hair day to day. Though I’ve never been given a label — to my face at least — because of a particular hairstyle, I most definitely felt the “she’s not woke” shade during my last relaxed days as I was constantly bombarded with questions about why I still permed my hair whenever someone found out. Now that I’m natural, and a majority of Black women are as well, I’m treated like one of the crew which is cool but still leaves me feeling a way about my pre-natural days; sort of how straight naturals feel a part of the team but not really all because of their choice to flat iron rather than flat twist.

Check out Lala’s quick interview on her hair journey below and share your experiences in the comments section. Have people assumed different stereotypes about you because of your hair or are you guilty of stereotyping others?

Let Me Tell You About The New ORS Black Olive Oil Collection

January 20th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Every other day a new oil is being touted as a miracle product — amla, coconut, argan, tea tree, avocado, jojoba, — the list goes on, but the one oil that’s remained a mainstay is olive oil. And thanks to ORS, the hair staple has just gotten a major upgrade.

This month Organic Root Stimulator, aka ORS, is releasing a new line of Black Olive Oil products perfect for your winter hair care needs. The premium line features a Sulfate-Free Shampoo, Rinse-Out Conditioner, Leave-In Conditioner, Leave-In Treatment and an Oil Elixir that works on all hair types from curly to natural, straight, wavy, and relaxed. If you hair has been damaged from thermal heating or improper styling this is an ideal product line to repair and restore your hair by providing nourishment, moisture and also protection for future styling.

As soon as I tried the shampoo, I could tell ORS upped the quality factor with this product. While some shampoos leave my hair dry after washing, this creamy option actually made my hair feel really soft to the point I could comb through my hair before applying the rinse-out conditioner, which was also just as luxurious. I’m a fan of creamy leave-in conditioners so I was less enthusiastic about this spray leave-in from ORS but because of the Olive Oil infusing, my hair felt moisturized enough with just this product and the leave-in treatment which has a light, creamy texture. All five items in the line boast these 7 benefits:

  • Thermal protection
  • Shine
  • Frizz control
  • Anti-breakage
  • Strengthens
  • Reconstructs
  • Adds body

I washed and styled my hair with this line before meeting my beautician for a sew-in and she actually remarked how soft my hair felt, which is a testament to the quality of this line.

The ORS Black Olive Oil line will only be available in select Target Stores. For a list of Where To Buy, Click here.

The Book Every Little Girl In Your Life Needs

January 19th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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You can never have too much positive reinforcement when it comes to little brown girls and their self-esteem which is why we’re so excited Casey Elisha created Love Thy Fro.

The book, written for girls between the ages of 5 and 8, tells the story of a young girl named Kemi who is in love with her big, beautiful, curly afro hair. “A simple book with a simple message, the book aims to teach girls the importance of loving themselves and embracing their ‘non-typical’ hair from a young age,” the book’s website states.

In a press release, first-time author Elisha explained her motivation for publishing thes book, saying:

“My decision to write Love Thy Fro was a very random one stemming from my realization that, if I were to become a mother to a daughter anytime soon, I would have a really hard time teaching her to be comfortable in her own skin due to the images of beauty that society constantly throws at us. I wanted my future daughters to know and appreciate their unique beauty, so I chose to create something that I felt would help show them this.”

Within the first two days of the book’s launch December 6, 2015 in Deptford, London, the first batch completely sold out, demonstrating the need for an uplifting message such as this one. To purchase your own copy of Love Thy Fro, click here.