Click to read: 9 Essential Steps for Maintaining Braids or Twists
  10/21/14  by Reakash

9 Essential Steps for Maintaining Braids or Twists


Picture this: You wake up, get out of bed, and head to the kitchen to make yourself some breakfast. On your way to the fridge you glance out the window and…snow. You roll your eyes in slight annoyance. Time to protective style.

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Click to read: HerStory: Portia Clark
  09/29/14  by Reakash

HerStory: Portia Clark


Portia Clark is a mother, writer, and wife. She is a clever radio personality for CBC, the oldest broadcasting network in the nation, and a household name. Portia aptly divides her attention between her passion for public broadcasting and her deep love for her children.

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Click to read: HerStory:Jen Holmes
  09/20/14  by Riyah

HerStory:Jen Holmes


Hers is a story that many women can relate to, but few have had the courage to step out of. Jen has a confident voice, contagious laugh and a distinctive head of hair thanks to her Jamaican and English/ Scottish heritage.

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Click to read: Rebecca's Journey to Acceptance
  09/12/14  by Rebecca

Rebecca's Journey to Acceptance


My journey with my hair has been a long one. As I think it is with many young African children. To me, the “black hair” struggle began the minute I was old enough to have my beloved momma twist my hair into braids and curls. I recall growing up around girls with light skin and pin straight blonde hair. Man, was I jealous.

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Click to read: Why Finger Detangle Natural Hair
  08/24/14  by Hanan

Why Finger Detangle Natural Hair


When I was first told that finger detangling can be the healthiest and most organic way to get through the knots in my coil-prone and thick head of hair I was skeptical. I could not let go of the love/hate relationship with my ruthless hairbrush that got me through so many hard times.

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Click to read: Expert Opinion: The Risks and Benefits of Henna
  08/23/14  by Asha

Expert Opinion: The Risks and Benefits of Henna


Henna is actually not a hair dye it only stains the hair. Henna has been around for over 5,000 years and originated in Egypt and the Middle East. Red henna is the original "true" henna.

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Click to read: Expert Opinion: The Best Way To Cut Curly Hair
  08/21/14  by Buster

Expert Opinion: The Best Way To Cut Curly Hair


Wet cutting has been the norm for years. I work with many different hair textures and have found after years of cutting curly hair both wet and dry, that better results are achieved when I cut curly hair dry.

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Click to read: Elements of any good weave: Hair Weave Types
  08/12/14  by Shweat

Elements of any good weave: Hair Weave Types


With my grade nine grad around the corner, I remember begging my mother for long lush locks. My first weave was long, thick and strawberry blonde. I absolutely loved it, back then anyways. I look at the pictures of that day now and all I think is I wish I knew then what I now know about hair. At the time my knowledge about the vast variety of hair was minimal, maybe non-existent.

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Click to read: The Bigger the Better
  08/11/14  by Hanan

The Bigger the Better


I’ve been pulling, pinning and brushing out the poof from the puff of my hair for as long as I can remember. When I was in grade school I unashamedly told my Mama that I needed her to use gel in it to hold everything down and “against my head.” Mama laughed and replied, “Hun, who told you what gel is?”

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Click to read: HerStory: Sintra Lewis
  08/07/14  by Reakash

HerStory: Sintra Lewis


Put together. Stylist. Fit. Beautiful. Those are some of the words I would use to describe Sintra. For fourteen years, Sintra was a dedicated track and field athlete. Then one day she decided she was over the tomboy look. She started searching through various blogs online and suddenly found herself waist deep in clothes, shoes, jewelry—and a modeling contract.

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Click to read: The Knot-Proof Way to Detangle Natural Hair and Retain Length
  08/05/14  by Reakash

The Knot-Proof Way to Detangle Natural Hair and Retain Length


I’m a bit of a hippy. One of the reasons I love natural hair so much is because to me, natural hair feels closer to just being human. I like to embrace my humanness in ways that sometimes make people uncomfortable. My edges are never "laid." I usually don’t shave my legs or wear make-up because—why deny my beautiful humanness?

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Click to read: Natural Hair Essentials
  08/03/14  by Riyah

Natural Hair Essentials


One thing that I have learnt with trying to take care of my natural hair is that without my weapons of choice, I would be fighting a losing battle. I get asked a lot about my routine- most people think that it’s extremely difficult maintaining my hair. The truth is, its not too bad!

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Click to read: Tackling Washday: 8 Essential Tips for Washing Black Hair
  08/01/14  by Whitney

Tackling Washday: 8 Essential Tips for Washing Black Hair


For all the curly-haired ladies out there, I’m sure some of you can relate to this quote on some level when it comes to the relationship you have with your hair. A good shampoo and conditioner seemed sufficient at one point: slap those onto wet hair, rinse out, and go to town, but the more time I spent caring for my hair I realized that wasn’t enough.

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Click to read: HerStory: Krystle Dos Santos
  07/31/14  by Reakash

HerStory: Krystle Dos Santos


The air feels electric as Krystle Dos Santos winds down from the second-last song in her set. It’s only 10.30 on a Sunday morning and a horde of blues-lovers have gathered in the streets to dance away the afternoon. They are completely taken by her music. Her groove.

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Click to read: How To: Safely Straightening Coily Hair and Avoiding Heat Damage
  07/29/14  by Whitney

How To: Safely Straightening Coily Hair and Avoiding Heat Damage


One of the things I love about being natural is the versatility I have. I am in no way obligated to maintain one look in particular, and I find that my whole style changes as I go from big curly hair to sleek polished hairstyles. I've absolutely fallen in love with my hair, and I can't say I miss the creamy crack.

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Click to read: HerStory: Asha McLeod
  07/23/14  by Reakash

HerStory: Asha McLeod


Asha is an award winning hair stylist whose style work has graced the pages of Vogue, Essence, Passion, Modern Salon, American Salon, and Shop Talk. Asha's story of how she opened her salon, Jazma Salon, is start studded and filled with obstacles

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Click to read: Expert Opinion: An Argument Against DIY Protein Treatments
  07/22/14  by Asha

Expert Opinion: An Argument Against DIY Protein Treatments


For protein to work it has to be hydrolyzed and then it has to be quatronized. Otherwise the protein is just laying on the surface.

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Click to read: How To Avoid A Ratchet Weave
  07/16/14  by Rea-Anna

How To Avoid A Ratchet Weave


Have you ever wondered how some women keep their weave looking fresh for months? For those of you who are looking for weave advice, this one's for you.

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Click to read: My Top 5 Natural Hair Moisturizers
  07/15/14  by Hanan

My Top 5 Natural Hair Moisturizers


If you don't mind the very thick smell of coconut this is probably the most lasting oil I use in my hair. From my experience coconut oil keeps my hair well oiled for as long as two or three days after initial application. That being said it also depends on what state your hair is in when applying the oil.

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Click to read: The Accidental yet Unapologetic Politicized Crown
  07/14/14  by Amoye

The Accidental yet Unapologetic Politicized Crown


Back in 2009, with my three high school friends, I started an organization that led to an annual exhibit called AfroChic celebrating black beauty manifested through fashion, art, hair, music, and businesses in a safe community space.

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Click to read: 5 Things I Didn't Know Before Going Natural
  07/13/14  by Riyah

5 Things I Didn't Know Before Going Natural


Going natural is no easy task--it wasn’t easy for me, and it probably won’t be easy for you. Being healthy in all respects is so necessary, and that includes having a healthy head of hair. Ridding your hair of harmful chemicals, heat and unnecessary manipulation is important and good for you in the grand scheme of things, but it doesn’t mean it is a smooth ride.

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Click to read: Naturalista to Hairlista: 6 Amazing Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair
  07/12/14  by Cheri

Naturalista to Hairlista: 6 Amazing Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair


I was natural for 24 years and then decided that I wanted a change and on a whim I relaxed my hair. It was such a freeing experience, not because my hair was now relaxed, but because I realized that I was not bound anymore by anyone’s expectations for me.

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Click to read: 5 Tips & Tricks for a Great Looking Weave!
  07/02/14  by Hope

5 Tips & Tricks for a Great Looking Weave!


Last month, as l was sitting down for my monthly weave in with my sister, who happens to be a weave expert. We started chatting about weaves, and how difficult it can be for woman of color to maintain great looking hair. Especially weaves.

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Click to read: Go Natural or Go Home
  06/27/14  by Hanan

Go Natural or Go Home


The trend to go natural has gone viral. Women rocking natural hair feel successful; women wanting to rock natural hair feel motivated and ambitious.

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Click to read: HerStory: Lily
  06/24/14  by Reakash

HerStory: Lily


A quick glance at Lily’s shining blue-green eyes, fair skin and light freckles does not tip you off about the shades of her history. But if you let your eyes wander to the delicate dirty blonde coils of her hair, you just might guess right.

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Click to read: Breaking News: I Know Nothing About My Hair
  06/24/14  by Reakash

Breaking News: I Know Nothing About My Hair


In my first year of university I went natural and became obsessed with black women’s hair. I watched all the youtube videos I possibly could and read all of the articles I could find all online. I thought I knew something about black women’s hair. I knew I at least understood my own hair. Then I spent a few hours in the inHAIRitance Salon and realized…I know nothing about my hair.

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Click to read: My Natural Hair Journey
  06/01/14  by Riyah

My Natural Hair Journey


With big hair comes big responsibility. The weight of the curls brushing against me was too heavy a burden for my shoulders to bear. My natural hair journey is one filled with ups and downs--disappointments that shook my self-esteem to the core then bounced me back up. My entire being moved to the bounce of the spiral texture that is my hair.

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Click to read: My Heat Damage Diary
  05/18/14  by Reakash

My Heat Damage Diary


As much as I love my natural hair, sometimes I just feel like telling shrinkage to eat it and go back to straightening my hair. The problem is that for most curly haired women, regularly applying heat can be very damaging to our hair.

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Click to read: A Head Full of Wool: The History of Black Hair in North America
  05/04/14  by Reakash

A Head Full of Wool: The History of Black Hair in North America


Where did the story of black hair begin? Too often we begin black people’s story with slavery—when we know full well that the African story began in Africa.

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