All Articles Tagged "hair"

#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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Source: Instagram

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.

Teacher Does Student’s ‘Tangled’ Hair, Posts Photos On Facebook

January 6th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It seems that everyone and their mamas have an opinion about a photo that recently went viral. A teacher recently took to the Internet to share a before and after photo of one of her students. According to the teacher, she took initiative and styled the student’s hair after her parents sent her to school with a “tangled” mane. Her post reads:

“So one of my students came to school today with her hair full of knots, lint, and ridiculously tangled. It looked like it hadn’t been touched the entire holiday break…so my classroom became a salon. The photo on the left is before, and the right after. It just broke my heart so badly that I refused to let her leave school today the same way she came. When I finished she looked at herself and said “aww so pretty” … the beauty is that she is normally non-verbal. So now I’m crying lol. My day has been made!”

Of course, many criticized the teacher for not only touching the child’s hair, but attempting to get attention for the deed by posting a photo on social media. However, some felt that it was a very kind and loving gesture that she certainly didn’t have to do.

What do you think? Was this teacher wrong or are people simply looking for something to fuss about?

Hair Superfoods: Eating Your Way To Healthier Locks

December 2nd, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Ever seen a woman with beautiful hair and wondered what her secret could be? It could be what she’s eating.

Good hair nutrition starts from the inside out. Try these hair superfoods and you could maximize your locks’ potential they way topical products just can’t.

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Image Source: Shutterstock


Want long locks? Don’t skimp on the Starbucks. Coffee doesn’t just stimulate your body, it can stimulate your hair follicles too! A cup a day will increase circulation to your hair follicles working at their maximum potential.

Black Girls Run! Founders Give Advice On Hair and Working Out

November 24th, 2014 - By jade
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In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, the founders of Black Girls Run! Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey talk about their journey to get more African American women active and to not let your hair get in the way.


To sign up for a running group, visit their website.

Episode 1 – Curly Nikki 

Episode 2 – Missy Lynn 

Episode 4 – Black Girls Workout Too! 

Episode 5 – The Curvy Fashionista

Episode 6 – Series Extras


Get Rid of Dry and Brittle Hair! | Do The Wright Thing Ep 2

November 12th, 2014 - By jade
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On the last episode of Do The Wright Thing, we focused on maintaining healthy hair when coloring. In this episode, we’re officially saying goodbye to dry and brittle hair. With the Optimum Amla Legend Rejuvenating Oil, it will leave your hair moisturized, soft and healthy.

For more information on the Optimum Salon Haircare products, visit their website.

Click here for episode 1.