History Lesson || Why Women Of Color In The 1800s Were Banned From Wearing Their Hair Out In Public

BGLH writes:

“Did you know that in late 18th century Louisiana, black and multiracial women were ordered to cover their hair in public?” My sister asked me.

“WOW. Really?” I replied.

I’d probably heard of this in one of my black studies classes in undergrad, but who remembers everything they’ve been taught? Besides, this information felt instantly relevant and I was absolutely intrigued.

With a little digging I found that there was in fact a “law” of sorts that demanded women of color in Louisiana to cover their hair with a fabric cloth starting in 1789 as a part of what was called the Bando du buen gobierno (Edict for Good Government).  What these rules were meant to do was try to curtail the growing influence of the free black population and keep the social order of the time. The edict included sections specifically about the changing of certain “unacceptable” behaviors of the free black women in the colony including putting an end to what he and others believed to be the overly ostentatious hairstyles of these ladies which drew the attention of white men, and the jealousy of white women. These rules are called the “Tignon Laws” A tignon (pronounced “tiyon”) is a headdress.

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Afro-Brazilian Women Flaunt Natural Hair At Carnival 

Fusion writes:

Hundreds of Afro-Brazilians took to the streets of Rio over the weekend in a Carnival street parade to encourage black Brazilian women to show off their natural hair and strut their curls.

The “curl power” parade was one of more than 100 street celebrations held in Rio ahead of Friday’s official start of Carnival, where street celebration themes can range from the playful to the more serious, touching on the country’s social or political issues.

The curl empowerment parade was sponsored by a Brazilian beauty salon chain. “We are telling women that they can leave their hair the way it naturally is, and feel confident and pretty, without denying their identity,” Leila Velez, a partner in the Natural Beauty salon told The Associated Press.

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Preventing Split Ends & Breakage For Longer Natural Hair

Anyasvida writes:

Have you been natural for a while yet you feel as if your hair is just not growing? I certainly felt like this for the first five years of wearing my hair natural – I am now seven years natural and I have started to pay more attention to the habits that were preventing my hair from retaining length. 

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The Oil Blend That Doesn’t Leave My Fine Type 4 Hair Oily

Naturally Curly writes:

Simple regimens are always the best regimens. They are effortless, less time consuming, and more affordable. 1-2 times a week I detangle, shampoo, deep condition, and wear a wash and go. The entire process takes approximately 1-1.5 hrs. I am satisfied with my regimen, but I will occasionally alternate my products when something grasps my attention. Although I have been able to maintain a proper moisture and protein balance with only damage from rough detangling (I’m impatient), I wanted to do something different: use oils. I have fine, low porosity, medium density, 4a strands and so the concept of cocktailing oils or sealing my hair never appealed to me.

Every product in my regimen is formulated with oils, so I never thought additional oils were necessary. I feared that adding oils would not make a difference and my fine strands would be left oily. After witnessing how well Naptural85’s and Curly Farrah’s strands flourished with incorporating oil, I decided to try it. Since my shampoos are gentle, a pre-poo was not necessary, so I considered deep conditioning and the LOC method.

Here are my results:


Ineffective Ways You Could Be Moisturizing Your Hair

“If you are experiencing breakage, you must find the cause. I came up with a list of ineffective ways you could be moisturizing your hair. I also discovered some I didn’t know from Black Girl Long Hair. They’re a great resource for natural haircare.”

Via Chime Edwards


Does your hair growth seem stunted no matter what you use? Are you struggling to keep your scalp moisturized and itch-free? Long, shiny and beautiful hair starts at the scalp! This video will show you my All-Natural Hair & Scalp Cleansing Regimen to help keep your scalp healthy and in turn help your hair retain moisture, length, fullness and shine. This 4-step beauty regimen will leave your hair looking lush and amazing almost immediately! You just need Unrefined Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, the White Camellia conditioner by Aubrey Organics and the Anti-Breakage Yucca Masque by Shea Moisture. Interested in hearing how and why? Watch the tutorial for more information!

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Natural Hair Breakage || 10 Reasons You’re Losing Length

Devry Velasquez writes:

Breakage occurs by a number of bad habits within your personal hair care routine. Chances are, you may not even realize they are bad habits. Give your hair a rest from the damaging practices and watch the luster restore right before your eyes–in time and with patience, of course.

1. You skipped your detangling session.
Detangling can be a daunting task, especially for curly and natural hair. It is so necessary, though. If you normally have coils and curls and start noticing actual locs forming, that is no good. When you finally decide to get down to the nitty gritty of detangling, you might pull and tug hair and break it. Hearing hair rip while detangling is a bad sign. Get into a nightly habit of creating sections and either doing bantu knots, twists, or braids before going to sleep. That way, you can prolong your next detangling session and not have to worry about more breakage or shed hair.

2. You use a sulfate packed shampoo.
Sulfates dry the hair and strip the scalp of its natural oils–causing the hair to be weak, brittle, and dull. This makes styling an extreme risk to the health of your hair, especially if you use a comb or brush, flat iron, or hair ties. Weaker hair means breakage prone. Next time, check the bottle of your cleanser to make sure it is sulfate-free. As I Am Cleansing Pudding is sulfate-free but still creamy, and includes moisturizing tangerine extract and aloe leaf juice for great slip.

3. You brush your hair dry.
If hair is breaking excessively, it is likely in need of extra moisture and nourishment. Using a brush on dry hair is a big no-no because curly hair tends to be weaker when it is dry. If you must brush, do so gently only after hair has been sprayed with a water bottle and a water-based refresher like Obia Natural Curl Hydration Spray has been applied thoroughly. 

4. You dry your hair with a terry cloth towel.
Haven’t you heard? Microfiber towels are all the rage–just ask your curls. Not only do they lessen the chance for unhealthy hair breakage, but they also reduce that pesky frizz halo you might get after co-washing. Use a DevaCurl DevaTowel for quick absorption on those rushed mornings.

5. You are still sleeping on a cotton pillowcase.
Cotton creates additional friction that hair can totally live without. Sleeping on it for hours on end isn’t healthy, so double up on your satin or silk intake–pillowcase and bonnet. Miss Jessie’s Night Cap was made for this. 

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Whipped Coconut Oil Pre-Poo Treatment

My Natural Sistas write:

Here’s a super easy and affordable Do-It-Yourself Pre-Poo (deep treatment before cleansing hair) for dry natural hair. Coconut Oil is great because it has been proven to actually penetrate the hair and reduce breakage by protecting the hair from hydral fatigue and protein loss during your wash regimen.

Natural Hair || How To Oil Cleanse For Stronger, Longer Hair

Black Girl Long Hair writes:

For many women with natural hair the most tedious part of their hair care routine is wash day. Now, while I haven’t yet figured out a way to shorten my 1-1 ½ hour routine to 20 minutes, I have learned to make certain steps much easier. Oil cleansing, for me, has been a great way to minimize both the time it takes to clean my scalp when washing and the oil needed for my dry scalp after washing. Oil cleansing can also be a great substitute for your full wash day routine when you’re strapped for time or simply want to quickly refresh your hair.

So what is oil cleansing? Simply put, you coat your hair with an oil of your choice prior to washing. You then rinse the oil out using only water (or a mild cleanser) so that some of the oil remains absorbed by your hair. The type of oil you use and the method you use when applying the oil can lead to varying levels of success.

Read more on Oil Cleansing natural hair here.


7 Things That Matter More Than Your Hair “Type”

Black Girl Long Hair writes:

When people ask me what my hair texture is, I typically give one of two replies: “3c” or “type 3-something”. In truth, I really don’t use the hair typing system (unless a blog post specifically calls for it), because I don’t find it to be all that useful. I just use those responses to satiate people’s need to quantify and classify. Really, if I were to use the typing system, my hair would be all over the place. Some parts of my hair act like they want to be 3b when they grow up, my crown has days when it thinks its 4a, I’ve got a cool little patch of 3c ringlets over my right ear, and then there’s the front of my hair, which does not compute on any scale. In fact, the more I look at my hair, the more I realize I’m a curl impostor. My hair has a range of tight and compact waves, to looser, more elongated waves that form a curl on (most) ends.

I say all this to say, that categorizing your hair by any typing system or anything else has its place in your natural hair journey, but it should not be your central focus. Particularly if you have multiple textures (which is fairly common among naturals). Because texture typing is more subjective, you can have a variety of curl patterns identify themselves as one thing (I get a headache every time I try to Google or YouTube something for 3c hair), and it does not take into account unique characteristic traits that are more valuable to the health of your hair, and the ease of your journey.

Here are 7 things that matter more than your hair type


Are you struggling to retain moisture in your hair? Is your hair growth “stunted”? Can’t seem to find the right combination of products to give you that long-lasting softness, definition and shine? This video shows you my 4-step wash & go regimen to help you achieve that beautiful lush hair you’re looking for! 3 super healthy, affordable and easily accessible products. Watch the video above for the explanation and step-by-step tutorial! Hope it’s helpful <3

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How Focusing On Hair Porosity This Winter Can Lead To Healthier Longer Hair

Black Girl Long Hair writes:

When I began researching natural hair porosity, it was like glitter rained down from the sky and I truly began to figure out my hair. I found focusing on porosity to be much more helpful than relying on curl pattern. For those of you unfamiliar, porosity is how well your hair absorbs and holds onto moisture.

As the seasons change, you might need to make some changes to your regimen due to lower temperatures and dew points. Low porosity hair often has trouble absorbing moisture, while high porosity hair has issues retaining moisture. This may become even more of an issue when it gets cold and dry outside. Modification of your hair regimen should typically depend on your local climate. For instance, in Los Angeles, I never really had an issue or needed to re-assess my regimen for my porosity because the weather is pretty mild year-round. But on the East Coast, the quickly falling temps (Seriously, 50 degrees in October? Sigh.) make some regimen tweaks necessary.

Read more info on Hair Porosity and Regimen Tips here.

TSA Changing Stance On Natural Hair Searches

Refinery29 writes:

Going through TSA security at the airport isn’t exactly what we’d call a pleasant experience. But, being asked to remove our shoes and walk through a metal detector is nothing compared to what women (and some men) with natural hair have been going through. Until just a few days ago, the TSA had been singling out African-American women and giving them “random” hair searches. That practice, though, is on its way out — thanks in large part to Novella Coleman, a staff lawyer at the ACLU.

Coleman herself has been the subject of profiling by the TSA. “The first time it happened, I didn’t know that the TSA was in the business of searching women’s hair,” she explains. After she stepped through the full-body scanner at security while traveling with ACLU coworkers, a TSA agent approached her even though nothing on her body triggered any alarms. “The agent said ‘I have to check your hair,’ and before I could question it, she pulled me aside and started squeezing it from top to bottom.” Coleman wears her hair in locs, which she had at the time of the incident.    

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How I Grew Long Natural Hair Using The Indian Oiling Method

Nappily Nigerian Girl writes:

My hair had been growing longer but I noticed that the older parts (the ends) would get dry and were prone to breaking off easily. Usually at this point, I’d trim my hair, but since I decided to challenge myself to grow my hair to waist length, just because, I decided it was time to adapt length retention techniques into my regimen. The henna and protein treatments had helped strengthen my hair and made it less porous overall, but it didn’t stop my ends from getting dry. And while the LOC method has proved effective in providing daily moisture, I felt I still needed more to reinforce my fine hair and make it stronger to withstand manipulation.

My quest for length retention led me to the ’Indian Oiling Method’. I’ve been consistently using this regimen since 2013 and have made changes along the way to better suit kinky, curly hair of different textures with the help of feedback from the naturalistas around me. This regimen is especially useful if you’re suffering from unexplained dryness, brittleness, breakage, hair shed and dullness. Where this is excessive, please see your doctor.

During the period of adopting this regimen, it has really helped my hair by:

- preventing breakage and improving length (I was able to finally grow my fine hair down to my waist!)– I have waist length hair!
- improving elasticity and strength
- improving sheen and softness
- improving moisture retention
- improving styling

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5 DIY Recipes To Help Restore Your Edges

Sedia Ngofa writes:

If any of you are like me, your concern always lies with knowing all of the additives in your favorite hair care product, and this is where ethnobotanical hair care comes into play! Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the interrelations between plants and humans on all varying areas. The area in focus here is hair care straight from the earth. No, I am not saying go outside and start rubbing dandelions and mums on your head, but I will be introducing a few recipes that your tresses will adore! For now let’s focus on natural blends of plants and their accompanying essential oils to restore those thinning edges and lacking napes! These five plants that I will introduce can have beneficial cosmetic properties extracted from every part of the plant, and with their origins spanning the Mediterranean region and the Northern Hemisphere, the different preparations or infusions will give your thinning areas and you a whole new meaning of life!

As women we love versatility with our hairstyles, but we never realize how much damage we have done to our beloved manes!

Here are some earthly jewels to keep your royal crowns looking their best.

6 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar On Natural Hair

BGLH writes:

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and women. The acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner, cleansing agent and an effective germ killer.

As a result, apple cider vinegar uses and benefits for the hair include:

  1. Vinegar hair rinse
  2. Hair Herbal rinse
  3. Essential oil vinegar hair rinse
  4. Dandruff and itchy scalp relief
  5. Natural hair loss treatment
  6. Home Remedy for head Lice

Find the 6 all-natural rinse recipes here.


New Video || DIY All-Natural, Raw & Organic Hair Butter For Winter

The temperatures have officially dropped! That means it’s time to pull out the thicker hair butters and creams to protect our natural strands from harsh winds. An even cooler idea would be to make our own at home, using all-natural ingredients and a blender! No stove. No heat. No fuss. And you’ll be finished in 5-minutes, tops!

This recipe focuses on hair growth, dry, itchy scalp, moisture and sealing.

I hope you love it! Let me know!

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This Is Why Braid Extensions Itch So Much

Black Girl Long Hair writes:

It’s happened to the best of us: you get a fresh set of extensions, be they Ghana braids, Marley twists or faux locs. You check the mirror, excited at how fly you look, and commence the itching. That ‘keeping you up at night’ itching, that ‘furiously patting your head’ itching, that ‘using a fork to get at the skin beneath the braid’ itching. Well, why is synthetic hair so itchy?

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