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Top 10 Curl Definers for Natural Hair

Curl definers are a great way to bring out your hair’s natural texture and curl pattern. The best curl definers are those that moisturize your hair while adding shine and taming fly-a-ways. There are a ton of products out there for you to…

What is the LOC Method?

The LOC Method: Everything You Need to Know For some of us kinky-curly beauties, maintaining moisturized hair can feel like a relationship that just isn’t working - we end up frustrated and our tresses thirsty for a lot more TLC. Which is…

Issa glam look! Our top 3 favorite Issa hairstyles

Issa Rae hair style review by Black Hair Spot We’re super excited for ‘Insecure’ star Issa Rae on becoming the newest fresh face of Covergirl. Issa’s personal style is just as savoury as her personality and we love watching this stunning…

Laura Mvula: You are going to love this Phenomenal Woman

Laura Mvula hair style review by Black Hair Spot British R&B/Soul singer, songwriter and producer Laura Mvula is truly a “Phenomenal Woman to. Mvula’s music is so powerful and inspiring, the late great Prince would listen to it…

Tessa Thompson is the cutest thing in the West at the 2017 Emmys

Tessa Thompson hair style review by Black Hair Spot Sometimes you dress for the show and sometimes your hair dictates your choice of dress. We think the latter was the case for the modern, chique look of Tessa Thompson, from the Emmy-nominated…

Uzo Aduba is the new natural at the 2017 Emmys

Uzo Aduba hair style review by Black Hair Spot Uzo’s gorgeous hair is nothing short of magnificent. The generous wealth of natural curls is as big and as grand as her iconic grin. Symmetrically arranged in a heart-shaped coiffure, with…

Hair Stories

Portia Clark

Portia Clark - TV Personality 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…

Jen Holmes

Jen Holmes - On Natural Hair and Standing Out 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…

Sintra Lewis

Put together. Stylist. Fit. Beautiful. Those are some of the words I would use to describe Sintra Lewis. For fourteen years, Sintra was a dedicated track and field athlete. Then one day she decided she was over the tomboy look. She started…

Krystle Dos Santos

#BHSHerStory, with Krystle Dos Santos - Krystle's Branded Fro 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…

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. Check…

Lily Lynch

Lily connects with her roots - through her roots. 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…

Salon Profiles

Jazma Salon Profile

Interview with Jazma Salon owner, Asha MacLeod Why did you open your salon? Read the #HerStory of why Asha MacLeod opened her award-winning salon here What keeps you motivated? Kids. Kids who are passionate about hair. When I teach young…

Amorphous Salon Profile

Interview with Amorphous Salon owner, Buster Berkely Why did you open your salon? I was in transit between New York and Toronto. I was styling hair in Brooklyn & Manhattan. I wanted to displace some of my creativity, inspire others,…

inHAIRitance Salon Profile

Interview with inHAIRitance Salon owner, Abisara Machold Why did you open your salon? I started inHAIRitance 2 years ago because I saw a great need. I moved to Montreal, Canada 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany. I was used to not finding…

Hair Talk

Top 10 Curl Definers for Natural Hair

Curl definers are a great way to bring out your hair’s natural texture and curl pattern. The best curl definers are those that moisturize your hair while adding shine and taming fly-a-ways. There are a ton of products out there for you to…

What is the LOC Method?

The LOC Method: Everything You Need to Know For some of us kinky-curly beauties, maintaining moisturized hair can feel like a relationship that just isn’t working - we end up frustrated and our tresses thirsty for a lot more TLC. Which is…

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. Whether…

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…

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…

Expert Opinion: The Risks and Benefits of Henna

Guest blog post from: "Asha MacLeod is an award winning stylist and owner of Toronto's Jazma Hair Salon" 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…

Expert Opinion: The Best Way To Cut Curly Hair

Guest blog post from: “"Buster Berkely is a stylist and owner of Toronto's Amorphous Salon" At Amorphous, we prefer to use the phrase "Shaping Hair" as opposed to "Cutting Hair". Our concept is that hair is shaped and not cut. Wet…

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…

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…

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."…

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…

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…

Celebrity Corner

Issa glam look! Our top 3 favorite Issa hairstyles

Issa Rae hair style review by Black Hair Spot We’re super excited for ‘Insecure’ star Issa Rae on becoming the newest fresh face of Covergirl. Issa’s personal style is just as savoury as her personality and we love watching this stunning…

Laura Mvula: You are going to love this Phenomenal Woman

Laura Mvula hair style review by Black Hair Spot British R&B/Soul singer, songwriter and producer Laura Mvula is truly a “Phenomenal Woman to. Mvula’s music is so powerful and inspiring, the late great Prince would listen to it…

Tessa Thompson is the cutest thing in the West at the 2017 Emmys

Tessa Thompson hair style review by Black Hair Spot Sometimes you dress for the show and sometimes your hair dictates your choice of dress. We think the latter was the case for the modern, chique look of Tessa Thompson, from the Emmy-nominated…

Uzo Aduba is the new natural at the 2017 Emmys

Uzo Aduba hair style review by Black Hair Spot Uzo’s gorgeous hair is nothing short of magnificent. The generous wealth of natural curls is as big and as grand as her iconic grin. Symmetrically arranged in a heart-shaped coiffure, with…

Gabrielle Union parts ways with conventional glam at the 2017 Emmys

Gabrielle Union parts ways with conventional glam at the 2017 Emmys One of our favourites, the effervescently beautiful Gabrielle Union, had us looking twice at the Emmy’s this year. Always subtle, yet sparkling, Gabrielle’s hair…

Thandie Newton does a twist on a classic at the 2017 Emmys

Thandie Newton hair style review by Black Hair Spot Sweet, simple, understated, but unsurprisingly satisfying. Thandie Newton’s updo is as elegant and classy as this “Westworld” star herself. Nuanced and wispy, a Hollywood classic…

Viola Davis 'Murders' it at the 2017 Emmys

Viola Davis hair style review by Black Hair Spot There is something so up about Viola Davis. Her smile, her career, her rousing speeches, and—at the 2017 Emmys - her hair, everything about this ageless beauty is so ascendant. We’re…

Arisa Cox

Arisa Cox hair style review by Black Hair Spot What more can we say about it besides it's big, bold and au naturel! This look is so reminiscent of the classic afro mixed with a touch of the trendy deep curl and a hue of brown tying all…

Fefe Dobson

Fefe Dobson hair style review by Black Hair Spot The pixie cut, the cut of all cuts that most black women wouldn't even consider. Fefe Dobson made the chop her own. This could have been bad but in this case the final look was worth…