We could rattle off a list of typical black girl hair struggles; like sitting in the salon too long or tying down our hair every night before bed. But the struggle often becomes more real for naturalistas with a 4C texture, as hair care practices take a bit more time and effort. Every curly girl with the tight, S-shaped coil has at least one story hair horror story to share. Those same stories, however, are often followed with techniques for the desired style and a sense of achievement. The struggle is real! The good news is you are not alone. Dive in to find out 10 of the most popular hair issues only 4C hair types understand and share your experiences.
All of us can attest to dealing with scalp issues and not knowing exactly how to go about managing them.
We love styling our 4C hair, but sometimes, it can be hard to find the products that will properly relieve the scalp. It can be thicker to the root, and maybe a little drier, so it’s important to find products that will properly cleanse and soothe our scalp while moisturizing the locks. Here are nine oils, serums and all natural products that promise to heal your tresses from root to tip.
The inaugural ESSENCE Festival in Durban, South Africa is well underway and as expected, beautiful black women are showing up and showing out! It's been a thrill to see attendees flaunt their natural textures during the days-long celebration. From full and fluffy afros to waist length braids and lengthy locs, there's plenty for the guy or gal in need of hairstyle ideas or a little inspiration. Prepare to be blown away by these street style hair moments!
Curly girls everywhere are creating more efficient and productive techniques for growing their tresses (and taking the hair care industry to new levels), but the buck isn’t stopping with DIY methods and YouTube vlogs. The ever-growing natural hair movement has created a new generation of naturalistas that believe black girl hair care should be just as mobile, personalized and rewarding as any other beauty regimen. Hair care connoisseurs are answering back with the help of smart phone technology, and creating divisive applications for the palm of your hand that track and maintain a healthy hair journey. Scientific hair analysis and customized products regimens are just some benefits of the downloads. The ground-breaking apps also serve as interactive forums in the natural hair community for fellow natural girls to chat or gather hair inspiration for that next new style! Bookmark these downloadable hair care apps as your new must-haves and get a leg up on achieving your next set of #hairgoals.
Back in April 2016, we were introduced to Shani Crowe by way of her amazing photography project, "BRAIDS." Fast forward some seven months later, and the Chicago-based artist is making headlines once again; this time, for the ethereal headpiece worn by Solange Knowles during her 'Saturday Night Live' debut. The braided halo, made by Crowe over the course of 50 hours, includes over 100 feet of braided hair and thousands of Swarovski beads. The one-of-a-kind look is not only a testament to Solo's incomparable style, but Crowe's undeniable talent. In celebration of this latest feat, take a look back at some of our favorite images from the BRAIDS exhibit.