Black Women, White Women, and Natural Hair

The burn of a relaxer on my tender scalp.The hiss of the hot comb against my untamed roots.The fear of moisture in all of its iterations: rain, sweat, ocean.The anguish of getting the most minor trim because length--not health--was paramount.These are the memories I carry of the never-ending battle to hide the state of my kinky hair. It's an experience belonging to sisters all over the globe, this fight to make our hair submit to societal standards of what is acceptable and proper....more
Congrats and empathy from my different experience of automatically straightening my curly Jewish ...more

Come & Participate: '14 Cutest 4th of July Hairstyle Contest

 Hello everyone... Fourth of July is quickly approaching ! When family and friends come together to celebrate the day of freedom, light fireworks and eat good food! Why not show our cutest hairstyles! Come, join us and participate in our latest contest for a chance to win $50.00!! For more information on how to submit your photos, please click: www.caramelcurlz.blogspot.com...more

My Natural Hair Journey and Then Some

I was inspired to cut my relaxed hair and start afresh with my natural hair in 2009.  At the time, I was reading one of the books in The Nappily Series by Trisha R. Thomas. She's a great author.  I felt like the main character Venus Johnston was like me.   A complex woman, trying to make it in the world.   She felt heartache and pain, she was articulate, smart, successful and vulnerable. Just like me.  So like Venus I began to question why I processed my hair.  I realized that I relaxed my hair because I was conditioned to....more

6 Things About Teamnatural You May Not Have Known

  Nobody KNOWS everything. It's just not possible and if you are not included in a particular group then more than not you truly don't know much about it. So, this post is really for the non-members of #teamnatural but I'm more than sure some naturals may not know some of these either so stick around and see what you DON'T KNOW.  ...more
Thanks for posting this article.  I noticed that you don't include women who wear extensions ...more

Believe in Yourself

Tomorrow we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In school and in our homes, we all learned about what this visionary stood for…peace, justice and equality for very race of people.  Today, I can appreciate the significance of his legacy more than ever. There are many memorable quotes that Dr. King made in his lifetime that are notable. As I ponder the gravity of them all, I think of this one that reminds me of my natural hair journey that I embarked on many years ago....more

Hair Growth & the Moon's Phases

As the year began, many of us made resolutions or goals for 2014…lose weight, start a business, have better relationships, etc. I know because I made them too. But I also made “hair goals” for myself…healthier and longer hair. So I decided that in order to have healthier, longer hair there were some things that I wanted and needed to do....more
I am a hair person, I cut my hair when I want something different. My beautician, cuts it. I ...more

When Should You Cleanse Your Natural Hair?

The natural hair journey is completely different for each individual. Some naturals shampoo their hair each day (yikes!).  Some shampoo every few days or so, and others cleanse their hair about as often as they did when they went to the salon as a relaxed beauty. Is there a right way or wrong way? Well, there certainly are some fundamentals to it all....more

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair During Winter?

 *Canva.comCleansing our natural hair is one of the most important regimens we do for our tresses. For obvious reasons we need to cleanse our hair to remove pollutants, dirt, product build-up and in some instances smoke and odors.  It’s a part of good hygiene but ask any natural and she will tell you it’s the best way to maintain healthy, happy hair. Most of us need structure in our lives so we have a routine or a schedule we follow on how often to wash our hair but do we need that schedule in the colder months?...more

Making winter hats Natural hair friendly

 Hey Naturals!  This is a real quick post about the ugly weather many of us are facing....more

Has it happened to you? Natural hair women deceived into getting texturizers

I'm sure just about every Natural has had 'the dream'.  The dream (well, really a nightmare) is about a natural going on about her life and for some unknow reason she gets her hair relaxed.  You may become aware while still in the dream and freak out or your awareness may only occur once you wake up.  It seems so real, so vivid that when you do finally wake up you are sweating and in panic mode at the thought.  You reach out to touch your hair and slowly close your eyes as the realization that it was all a dream.  You cannot WAIT to tell someone, anyone that you had the dream and so grateful it wasn't real.  Well, what I'm about to discuss is no dream and it should be against the law....more