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White Women Just Discovered Showercaps And Are Wearing Them In The Streets

August 18th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Yes, that is me in @nytimes in a shower cap. Pick up the print version tomorrow! And feel free to snicker.

A photo posted by alywalansky (@alywalansky) on

If a Black woman has at least 3 inches of hair on her head, you can pretty much guarantee she owns two things: a showercap and a silk scarf. If you’re a white woman in 2016, there’s a good chance you’ve only now been introduced to the former, simply because another teeny bopper company came along, changed the name of the product, and deemed the item en vogue.

Enter New York Times’ profile of “street showercaps” and the women who wear them, like Aly Walansky above. The 35-year-old writer told the newspaper she feels no shame pulling out a shower cap and putting it over “coarse, Jewish Eastern European, curly” hair to keep it intact when rain and humidity threaten the “expensive” $30 weekly blowouts she gets — on top of the $400 she spends annually on smoothing treatments.

“I’d much rather embarrass whomever I’m with than arrive where I’m going with bad hair,” she said.

And now that (certain) companies have made street showercaps a thing, we should all be prepared to see more women like Walansky walking down the street. For instance, Drybar has created a Morning After showercap to keep customer’s hair pristine on their way to the office post-blowout. And Jacquelyn de Jesu has launched an entire company called SHHHOWERCAP that sells “waterproof turbans.” Forty-three dollar waterproof turbans.

Personally, I don’t really care about seeing white women running errands in showercaps, though I do agree with hairstylist David Lopez who told The Times, “There are better ways to publicly preserve a blowout.” I just don’t want to hear anything about Black women out and about in silk scarves being called unkempt when we do the same thing.

 

Are You Washing Your Hair Wrong?

August 17th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Lather, rinse, repeat? We all know that washing African-American hair isn’t always that simple. Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, washing your hair and doing it the right way can take up a big part of your day. But do it the wrong way with the wrong types of products and you could do some damage to your hair.

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to know what the wrong way is. Proper hair care can be complicated. So we’ve simplified it a little by putting the most important steps here. Follow these instructions to the letter and you will protect your hair from damage, keep it clean, and promote growth.

But we know everyone has their own tips. If you have a hair care secret that you want to share that saves time and nourishes strands, let us know in the comment section so we can all add it to our routines.

The Black Girl Magic Continues In The Latest Colored Girl Campaign Photos

August 14th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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It was just two months ago that we reported about a campaign on a mission to celebrate the beauty of black women of every size, shape and skin tone — the “Colored Girl” campaign (TCG).

“I wanted to highlight and celebrate our unique beauty: our eyes, our lips, our cheekbones. I wanted women from different social and cultural background,” said TCG founder Tori Elizabeth in an interview with Essence a few months ago. “I wanted women with angular eyes, women with freckles and fair skin, and women with really rich, ebony skin. It’s so important to be proud of who we are and showcase the beauty of blackness.”

In their latest TCG campaign, in-house photographer Joey Rosado serves up yet another beautifully striking photo series featuring gorgeous ladies of all different flavors with their own unique look. The focus of the campaign this time around? Hair.

“We stand before you in nothing but our hair. The hair that we were once taught to hate. We wear our hair as CROWNS… && intricately intertwined as garments to protect our thrones!! How can you not love the part of you that grows towards the universe!?” one of the photos is captioned of a trio of ladies rocking varying lengths of kinky, curly, coily tresses.

“OUR skin absorbs the sun’s rays and OUR hair defies gravity. You can’t tell US WE’RE not magical.” It shocks US that the beauty industry has still not fully embraced US. Daily as black women we’re faced with subpar choices/treatment due to the ignorance of others. To bring us to the table isn’t enough…when we’re fed left overs. If you are going to call yourself an expert in any field, you should be well informed and readily equipped to deal with the full spectrum of ALL women. We want to be INCLUDED, ACCEPTED & CELEBRATED…not just RELEGATED to the “ethnic” section!! 👑✨👑 ✨ Photographer: @islandboiphotography Hair Stylist (both crown & body): @jayhairbigga Models: @stylebytori @jayhairbigga @srvj #TCG MUA @25thandjane

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We see you, TCG.

Ledisi Sends Empowering Message To Gabby Douglas Regarding Hair Criticism

August 14th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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The 2016 Olympics have been one of epic proportions with gals of color making groundbreaking strides in their respective sports. 20-year-old Gabby Douglas made history as the first American gymnasts to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions.

However, her achievements were overshadowed by something so silly as her hair. Apparently, social media trolls could only focus on the young lady’s hair and not her strong performances with a number of hateful comments referring to Douglas’ hair as “unkempt.”

While some used the moment to tear down the gymnast, others bonded together to show their support for her including singer Ledisi.

“Dear Gabby! I love your hair but most importantly I LOVE your talent and spirit!” she wrote. “Keep winning. God Bless! Love @ledisi.”

Shout out to Ledisi for speaking out and uplifting a young, black woman during what we can only imagine as a stressful time as the world is glued to her every move.

Natural Product Switches You Should Think Twice Before Making

August 12th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Is everything that’s “all-natural” necessarily good for you? It seems like more people than ever are opting to go natural, from organic parenting to organic food. Of course taking care of your body and the environment are great things, but not every natural move is the right one.

Even when something says that it’s 100% safe, it’s always a good idea to do a little extra research just to double-check. So we’ve looked into these natural products, foods and trends. And we found that it’s a better idea to skip out on these natural moves — or at least pause to make sure that they’re the right ones for you.

My Boyfriend Wants Me To Obtain His Permission Before I Change My Hair

August 8th, 2016 - By Theresa Ukpo
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I’ve always been pretty easygoing about my hair. I abhor anything that I perceive to be relatively high maintenance or restricting. I love the versatility of my hair, hence the reason I’ve been natural since 2007. I moved to New York City many moons ago to be closer to my then-boyfriend, and at the time, I had worn my hair natural. He’d seen me in braids, twists and a bevy of other protective styles with my natural hair. Never once did he complain, and in fact, he complimented me often and would occasionally play in my braids.

Fast forward to a few years later. We planned a weekend rendezvous in another city where he was stationed. It had been weeks since we saw each other and the excitement of seeing him was at an all-time high. I decided that it would be a good idea to get gussied up for our dinner date and headed to a salon and completely changed my hair: I got a pixie cut. Everyone thought I looked cute–except for my boyfriend. When he came to pick me up, the look on his face was certainly not what I expected. It was a strange mix of excitement, dread and sadness.

Throughout dinner, he kept mentioning my hair and the fact that I’d cut it. He kept asking why I did it, when I did the cut, and why so short as though I had willfully mutilated myself in some way. It got so bad that he couldn’t bring himself to be intimate with me later that evening. Any other sensible person would’ve probably given him a piece of their mind after such a reaction, but morning came and I wanted to get a better sense of why he felt the way he did.

He said to me that changing my hair was a drastic adjustment. He’d been so used to seeing me with my natural hair, and that was the image he was looking forward to when he picked me up. He then went on to say that I should have asked him before going so short (as I came to find out, he has a thing for long hair that he was trying to work through with me) before worriedly asking, “How long is it going to take to grow back?”

Throughout the course of our relationship, I became very aware of his preferences and subconsciously tailored my hairstyling decisions towards them. I wore longer weaves and braids more often than not, even becoming slightly obsessed with the length retention of my own natural hair. It just seemed like an easier way to avoid a fight. One time I challenged his preferences and said that if he wanted me to wear my hair a certain way, he should sponsor my hair endeavors financially. The argument then turned into one around the idea of women needing to tailor their grooming and beauty habits to appease men’s preferences. You know, on account of that whole “men are visual creatures” and “unless you want to date yourself” way of thinking he (and other men) had going on.

I am way older, and much wiser since I parted ways with that man. I’ve learned to do what feels right and comfortable for me while bucking convention and undue pressure about my hair. Women are visual creatures, too. We like what we like. I have my preferences – I love men with beards. But you will be hard pressed to find me turned off if my significant other decided to switch it up and shave his beard off for a bit. Hair comes and goes, people shouldn’t – not over such insignificant things.

Have any of you been in this situation? Does your boyfriend or girlfriend really get a say in how you wear your hair? Do they factor into your grooming habits?

Bye Razor Bumps, See Ya Later Scars: Surprisingly Easy Fixes For Hair Removal Struggles

August 5th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When your hair is coarse and curly, hair removal can be quite a pain in the — well, pretty much everywhere. Ingrown hairs don’t care where they pop up and inconvenience you, or if they leave scars behind. Thankfully, if letting you hair grow out isn’t your style, there are plenty of ways to keep the hair at bay all year ’round without suffering the painful consequences. And they’re surprisingly simple switches to make. From changing your lotion to rinsing razors differently and some professional options we didn’t know we had, we wish we’d known about these tricks before. But we’re dropping them on you just in time to stop bumps and scars from ruining your upcoming beach (or bedroom) plans.

Summer Workouts That Are Easiest On Your Hair

July 25th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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If you’ve skipped gym day because you don’t want to sweat out (or have to redo) your hair, then join the club. When you can barely squeeze a workout into your day, trying to find even more time to to fix what an hour at the gym can do to your hair seems like a big chunk of the day that will be lost. Who has time to pencil all of that in?

And while protective styles and dry shampoo can make workout hair presentable, there’s another option: You can just change your workout.

These summer workouts will help you burn calories and tone up without sweating out your hair. So if you’re tired of choosing between keeping fit and keeping cute, or want a way to squeeze in a workout without a wash and dry too, read on.

Struggles Only Women With Thick Hair Understand

July 13th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Thick hair can be a blessing. It can pull off styles that look pretty amazing, it looks luxurious when well managed, and it’s the envy of everyone with thin, fine hair up there. They may not say it, but it’s the truth.

Still, having really thick hair doesn’t always feel like a blessing. In fact, it can feel like quite the burden. Every girl born with more than enough on top of her head has experienced everything from waiting forever for it to dry it after a wash day, spending hours upon hours at the salon getting it untangled, cleaned and dry, to struggling with home styling.

Like anything worth having, thick hair takes work. And even though your arms are exhausted and your neck can feel heavy, having thick, healthy hair is a great thing. It just doesn’t feel like it when you’re going through these struggles that only women with thick hair understand.

Is This Petty? He Shaved His Beard And Now I Don’t Feel As Attracted To Him…

July 1st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I know you read the title and already came to the conclusion that this is not just petty, but enough to win the title of Queen Petty of Pettyville. Still, hear me out.

A friend of mine met a guy not too long ago, and they hit it off quite well. He’s smart, funny and he is pretty handsome. Or at least he was. They have gone on dates every week for the last four months, spent a lot of time together and were making a lot of progress in terms of getting to know each other. And then summer came.

My friend lives in Arizona and you already know it’s hot all year round, but it’s become especially stifling now that the sun is ablaze. So, after months upon months of going strong with a full and very attractive beard, my friend’s prospective boo decided to cut it and let his skin breathe because he was sick and tired of being so hot. Unfortunately, the change was just a little too drastic. During one of our catch-up calls my friend said the change is so extreme, he almost looks like a totally different person.

“I feel like I’ve been bamboozled” she said as I broke out into a laugh. According to her, he is missing the sex appeal that his beard, well-kept and long, gave him. She knew all along that underneath was a sweet guy, but as she would eventually find out, a sweet guy with an “okay” face. She’s since tried to go on outings with him but feels like the fire is becoming harder to keep alive.

I know it sounds pretty ridiculous, the idea of someone possibly having a change of heart about a person or being less attracted to them due to a hair change. But, if we’re being honest, they haven’t known each other that long for such small things to end up being a big deal. And, considering that men give women all types of crap for major hair changes and big chops after meeting them with extensions and longer strands, it’s really not that absurd after all when you compare such esthetical changes.

And, if I may add, ever since #NoShaveNovember became a big deal a few years ago, many women have become pogonophiles and remarked on the reality that a good beard can do wonders for an average-looking guy. I mean, just look at NBA star James Harden (literally look up). There is all kinds of mystery going on behind his beard. When you get rid of it? Well, you end up with a guy who looks like the kid in high school who used to come around asking, “Where’s my hug?”

But at the end of the day, we all know that surface stuff is nowhere near as significant as the way a person, beard or no beard, long hair or TWA, makes you feel internally. I told my friend during our chat that while I could understand her feeling like she was sold a Benz and a car dealership pulled up to her with a refurbished Ford Pinto all of a sudden, it’s the ride that matters. And considering all of the things she told me before he cut his beard, he seems to be a pretty good catch. Plus, a beard can easily grow back. But a good man? We all know hard that is to conjure up…

But as always, that’s just my opinion. What do you say? Is it petty to be turned off by a major esthetic change made by a person you’re dating? Or are major changes in appearance not a good idea when you’re getting to know a person?