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So Ricky’s Is Teaching White Girls How To Style Baby Hair Now

March 25th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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In cultural appropriation news, Ricky’s is now teaching non-ethnic women how to bedazzle their baby hair — not because Black folks have been doing this since the time of “Billy Jean” Michael Jackson or because TLC’s Chilli still has the baby hair game on lock — but because “It’s all over runways, and now in your own home (and later, on the dancefloor – get it, gurl!)” as Ricky’s targeted email newsletter relayed along with step-by-step tips to do what our mama’s did to us since the time we were 2 years old and barely had edges.

Step 1? Use a fine-tooth comb to find baby hairs in your hairline and around your face.

Step 2? Use a bit of pomade to smooth your baby hairs down around your face.

Step 3? Use a comb or soft brush on baby hairs with pomade to sculpt and shape. “Get creative!”

Step 4? Finish with another light coat of pomade to smooth flyaways and lock that style down.

To make matters worse, Ricky’s included a faux educational section in their newsletter explaining “what’s the big deal with baby hair?” that links to an article on i-D that essentially outlines why their promo email is a hot mess.  The piece starts out drooling over the “slicked-down curls that stormed the runway at Givenchy” earlier this month and how Katy Perry “worked gelled down waves and licks of her own at the same show,” then reveals the criticisms over this look that has suddenly become trendy.

“The complaint that fashion is taking something that doesn’t belong to it, and to which it has no right, is nothing new. But the crux of this particular debate has been what some see as the throwaway attempt of certain brands and celebrities to bring something ‘urban fabulous’ (as one Twitter user termed it) to their aesthetic, without any understanding of context,” author Alice Newell Hanson wrote. Uh yeah.

But because people will always find a way to justify their behavior when they’re in the wrong, Hanson managed to get hair stylist Tina Outen to point out that “Often, in the past, using gel was how you tamed hair that had been broken or damaged by chemical relaxers,” convincing the author to come to the conclusion that “fashion’s current use of styled baby hair has, in some instances, become something entirely different from the subcultural style it once referenced.” Oh, and “Isn’t that what fashion is about?” So basically, if we flip baby hair into something empowering (which, personally, I never knew it to be rooted in anything negative unless you had too much gel caked on the side of your face or were 30-plus rocking it) we can call it something new and claim we invented it, a la Christopher Columbus. Sorry, baby hair by another mane will always be Missy Elliott-Ginuwine-MJ-Chilli baby hair to me.

But truth be told, I don’t know who to be more upset for: Black people who’ve once again had a style we’ve been over for 20-something tears taken from us and allegedly re-invented without an ounce of credit or the white girls Ricky’s is gonna have walking around looking like 1993 Marques Houston in 2015.


Snob Hair Couture Giveaway: Win Two Free Bundles!

March 18th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Snob Hair Couture

With Spring on its way, we’re sure you want your hair to be on fleek!

Thanks to Snob Hair Couture, that wish can come true! Known for its long-lasting versatility, natural flow and movement, with minimal shedding, Snob Hair Couture is available in a variety of lustrous textures such as Brazilian (relaxed straight, loose deep, amazon wave),Malaysian (Curly), and Mongolian (Curly, Silky). With Lightweight and supple bundles, Snob Hair Couture is chemical free, guaranteeing a flawlessly natural and refined extension style. In order for you to get your hair laid to the gods,  founder of Snob Hair Couture, Doris Perry, and MadameNoire are giving away two free bundles and Snob apparel to one lucky winner.

To enter the contest be sure to follow Snob Hair Couture at @SnobHairCouture and @MadameNoiredotcom on Instagram and post a fierce selfie or photo of yourself channeling your inner alter ego with the hashtag #SNOBBIN

Check out Snob Hair Couture’s promo video from their latest hair shoot and good luck!

On Your Teeth? 15 Surprising Uses For Coconut Oil

March 11th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Coconut oil isn’t just great for your hair. From teeth whitening to chicken frying, these surprising uses for coconut oil are all the reason we need to buy in bulk!

Rejoice! Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Is Back

March 10th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Soft & Beautiful BotanicalsWe know you know you the name, but you might not immediately recognize the revamped look of one of our favorite tried and true hair product lines, Soft & Beautiful Botanicals. The premium — yet affordable — hair care brand has recently been brought back to life by Strength of Nature, the same manufacturer responsible for Beautiful Textures, African Pride, and our beloved Esasta QP, and they’ve added some amazing new products to the Soft & Beautiful line to keep your hair just that, with natural ingredients.

SNBB Coconut OilFans of the line now have a full line of products to choose from, all with renewed formulas. This includes Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Moisturizing Shampoo, Moisturizing Lotion, Leave-in Conditioner, Deep Conditioning Repair Masque, Crème Moisturizer and Shea Butter Edges for moisturizing edge control. There’s also a Sensitive Scalp Relaxer System and Texturizer Relaxer System for both regular and coarse hair and the Reversible Straightening Texture Manageability System™ that allows women to go from curly to straight and back again without chemicals in four simple steps.

Additionally, Soft & Beautiful Botanicals is also debuting three Ultra Nourishing® Oils which moisturize, detangle and provide shine, while also serving as effective heat protectants and providing frizz control. The three varieties – Tea Tree, Coconut, and Olive Oil – are all available for approximately $5.00 per bottle, and as a consumer who tried the Tea Tree and Coconut options this past weekend (more details on that to come) I can assure you they are worth every penny. And, as an added bonus, the oils can also be used to moisturize dry skin and nourish your nails, which is exactly what we all need with Spring and Summer rapidly approaching.SNBB Tea Tree Oil

“We are so excited to introduce Soft & Beautiful Botanicals to a new generation of beautiful, health-minded women,” said Charlene Dance, global marketing director for Strength of Nature Global, LLC in a news release. “We have breathed new life into a collection that not only offers stunning results for women of any texture, but enables them to develop healthier and stronger hair via the application of all natural, ultra-nourishing and premium ingredients – not harsh chemicals.”

The new and improved Soft & Beautiful Botanicals line will be available beginning this month at neighborhood beauty stores nationwide, including Sally Beauty Supply, for less than $10 per item.  For further information, visit and of course follow Soft & Beautiful Botanicals on Twitter at @SONSoftBeauty and on Instagram at @SoSoftBeautiful.



#StruggleDiaries: Hair Woes All Black Girls Understand

February 13th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Whether it’s fried, dyed or laid to the side, there are just some hair struggles every Black girl under the sun can understand — Like these.

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When The Relaxer Is In Too Long

And you have to decide between passing out and being silky smooth.

DIY: 2 Cute Ways To Style Your Marley Twists

February 10th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Last week, our sister site, StyleBlazer, showed you how to install marley twists, now this week they bring you two cute and easy ways to style your new tresses once you’ve got them in. Check out this quick DIY video and tell us how your styles turn out!

DIY: How To Install Marley Twists

February 3rd, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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Been dying to try marley twists but don’t way to pay an arm and a leg for someone to do it for you? We feel you and we’ve got the answer in this quick video guide on how to install marley twists from our sister site, Check out the quick video above, pick up some marley hair on the way home from work and let us know how it goes!

Hot Hair Or Hot Mess? Nia Long And Gabrielle Union Rock Cornrows

January 28th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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I think a summer style prediction for cornrows might be in order after seeing two Black beauties on their Pippy Long Stocking steeze on Instagram. Two days ago, Nia Long posted a photo of her rocking two straight back braids, which she called #MyNewestOldObsesion and just this morning Gabrielle Union uploaded a similar pic taking it way back with the same style, feeling #PippiLongstockingIsh.

Though braids are nothing new, I’d say it might be more than a coincidence that both of these gorgeous woman pulled out this throwback style in the same week, which leads me to believe we’re going to see a lot more of this look as the days go by. But is that a good or a bad thing?

Take our poll below and let us know whether you’re feeling the throwback cornrow look in 2015.

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Long Hair, Don’t Care: 15 Signs You’re Fresh From The Salon

January 23rd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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You’re fresh from the salon and your fresh new look has gassed your whole week.

Texas Federal Judge Rules Hair-Braiding Laws Unconstitutional

January 9th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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A federal judge in Texas ruled the laws on how hair-braiding stylists teach students how to braid were unconstitutional. The ruling was set in motion by salon owner Isis Brantley who filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Texas with the help of Institute For Justice in 2013. In the suit, The Associated Press reports, Brantley argued she was forced to take classes and exams that were unnecessary in order to receive a state-mandated license to teach hair-braiding.

Not only was the curriculum Brantley needed to study geared towards barbers when she wasn’t seeking certification for that profession, Texas also required her to convert her small hair-braiding business into a barber college and have 10 student workstations that recline, plus install a sink behind every two workstations. This meant Brantley would have to install plumbing in her salon although clientele is expected to have their hair pre-washed before braiding. The Root also notes Brantley had to spend “2,250 hours in barber school, pass four exams, and spend thousands of dollars on tuition.”

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks from Austin ruled the state regulations the excluded Brantley from receiving a certification in hair-braiding were unconstitutional and “absent ‘a rational connection with fitness or capacity to engage in’ hair braiding instruction.”

In a statement, Brantley said:

“I fought for my economic liberty because I believe there is a lot of hope for young people who seek to earn an honest living. This decision means that I will now be able to teach the next generation of African hair braiders at my own school.”

A spokeswoman from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation said she respects the judge’s decision.