Dear Marc Jacobs and All Appropriators of Black Culture

Normally I start letters off with a positive and celebratory compliment of your work, but let’s cut to the chase. I’m tired of you using and rarely acknowledging the black culture you so often borrow from. When I saw photos from your latest Spring 2017 collection featuring models with faux locs, I must admit I immediately gave you the side eye. I thought, hmm maybe Marc is making a political statement or paying homage to Rastafarian and black cultures. Maybe he enlisted the help of hairstylist Dr. Kari Williams, known for creating goddess faux locs on celebs like Meagan Good, Tyra Banks, and most recently Retina Wesley from OWN’s Queen Sugar series. Maybe you were inspired by Zendaya’s locs at the 2015 Oscars that Guiliana Rancic ridiculed saying  “Like I feel like she smells like patchouli oil. Or, weed.”  I waited to hear your inspiration. When it finally came my animosity was justified.

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How to Lay Your Baby Hairs

Let’s talk about baby hair for a second. They are definitely having a moment. Whether you’ve got natural coils, braids, or a sleek straight top knot, making sure your edges are laid is tré chic. But seriously, is it that important? The answer for some of us over here … YES!

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SheaMoisture is Breaking The Walls


When you walk into the beauty or haircare aisle of your neighborhood store, you’ll see a very clear divide. Ethnic beauty, as it’s called, is on the sideline with its own tiny section. If you’re a woman of color this separation has been our norm for decades. Sometimes our particular section is little to none depending on what store you venture to. We haven’t had the luxury or convenience that our counterparts have enjoyed. Without even saying it, the message has been loud and clear: our beauty was not part of the entire beauty conversation. SheaMoisture is changing that with the #BreaktheWalls call-to-action.

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Braids Out! (Video)

Goodbye summer. Hello fall! My cornrows were such a relief from having to style my hair on a regular basis. I know I said I was only going to keep my Ghana braids a few weeks, but that turned into months. You know how the summers are. It’s too hot to want to bother to do your hair. So, yes… I kept my natural hair plaited up. That time away was such a blessing to my curls, but it’s time for a new ‘do. Or shall I say, the return of the mack?

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Protective Pretty: Ghana Braids

When I was little, cornrows were a staple hairstyle for a wide-eyed curious girl. My mother would sit me down on a Sunday and twist and weave my hair into the tightest braids. Because I was tinder-headed, my scalp would ache but my hair was on point for at least a week. I could run around and play all day without mom having to worry about my hair looking crazy. Decades later, I started to miss that carefree style. It’s the summer and I certainly don’t feel like doing anything to my hair. I know what you’re thinking. Her hair is short so she doesn’t have to do much to it anyway. I feel you, but even I grow tired of having to give a crap about my TWA. The solution: braid it up!

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Why I Shampoo

Hi. My name’s Nikia, and I shampoo my hair. I know that many natural hair care communities advise against this, but not washing my hair isn’t something I can do. With all the styling products I use for shoots and the dry climate of LA, my short stuff needs to be shampooed, conditioned, and drenched in moisturizer. It’s not like I wash my hair everyday, I’m not that crazy. My texture needs natural oils. I’ve tried co-washing. Sure, it works for about a week. Apple cider vinegar. Nope, can’t get past the smell. To tell you the truth, I just really like the feeling of a nice, clean head of hair.

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Wash Day with Marula

My hair and I have experienced many ups and downs in our relationship. From cuts to color even switching from straight to my natural texture, we’ve been through thick and thin literally. While I try to stick to a regimen to help perfect my curls, sometimes my hair just doesn’t act right. The usual go-to shampoos and conditioners don’t work anymore and my styling pomades stopped doing the trick. I even tried getting my ends trimmed more often to see if that would make a difference, but alas… this stuff on top of my head has been responding like a bad little kid. So when I heard Carol’s Daughter created a new line to re-train your misbehaving curls, I had to test it out.

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