No Lye : Braids , Beads , and Shells

We are real creative souls. Shout to whoever came up with the idea to recreate the Stevie Wonder look from the 80s. Its Dope af

Sistas who are keeping braids, beads, and shells alive in our culture! No more relaxers or weaves , it’s nice to see its made its way back to the cornrows and decoration! No Lye! 


As summer officially sets in I couldn’t help but ask are y’all feeling the comback? 


 

Dope Exhibit Showcasing Traditional African Hairstyles

“I think it’s important to preserve black hairstyles…Black people, especially, should be charged with preserving their own history. ”

-Shani Crowe

“Rope trick,” “Rope twists,” “Boxer Braids,” are all hairstyles black women have been doing for centuries. We don’t “own” these hairstyles, per se, but they are significant and prevalent across the greater black culture. For many of us, it can be frustrating to see our styles paraded about without anyone acknowledging or paying homage to the originators.

That’s why Natural Hair Sculptor and Photographer, Shani Crowe’s photo exhibit, BRAIDS, is so powerful. Shani does an outstanding job of reclaiming and preserving Traditional African hairstyles, many of which, are still being used today.

(Photo Credit: Shani Crowe)

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ELLE Canada Pays Tribute To Natural Black Hair

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ELLE’s September issue, the highly anticipated annual bible of beauty and fashion, features black models in a tribute to black hair.

The “Natural Anthem” beauty shoot showcases six women of color rocking a collection of natural styles including afro puffs, sculpted baby hair and braids. The six models hail from Kenya, Burundi, and Canada. One of them was even discovered at a Beyonce concert in Toronto. In the article the models discuss what it was like being a part of the shoot, favorite hair care products, their day-to-day makeup routines, the relationships they have with their hair and their own treasured beauty icons.

The magazine’s beauty director, Vanessa Craft posted the following to her Instagram account:

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“I’ve never been in a photo shoot where it’s all black people. Usually there is one black person and seven Caucasian women. We all come from different backgrounds and we can share stories together. And I kind of feel at peace because at other shoots, nobody would talk to each other,” Aliisa says.

“My sister is a hairdresser. I started with braids. My mom wouldn’t let me wear a weave because she said it would be too grown-up for me. Grade 5 graduation was the only time I could wear one; it was a clip-on ponytail. In Grade 8, I got to wear a long weave. I loved it! I would get it sewn in. But I would have to straighten it and comb it out, or brush it out. In high school, I started wearing all natural. [Wearing a weave] is too much time. You have to maintain it,” she added.

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Major props to ELLE Canada for showing love to these gorgeous hairstyles and the black women who wear them better than anyone else ever could. Remember who STARTED this ish lol

The September issue is available on newsstands now.

Via ClutchMag

Different Ways to ROCK Natural Hair

Its safe to say that natural hair has taken over the beauty world, more and more women have fallen in love with their natural god given textures. I mean everybody and their momma going natural and staying away from the ” creamy crack.” Which means more creative and trendy hairstyles have been introduced.

Even Black women in Hollywood are continuing to show off new and innovative ways to wear their natural hair. From bold hair coloring, to fresh updos, curly locks, and twist and curls.
EMBRACE the natural honey it don’t hurt it may be nappy but it don’t hurt lol

Below are some natural hairstyles that I LOVE omg . Each one is different , versatile and can be worn on any occasion.

Look below to see a few you may LOVE and want to try

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Turban GLOW : Wrap it UP

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AFRO

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BRAIDS

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FLAT TWIST

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DREADS

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TWIST OUT

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TWA

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CROCHET BRAIDS

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TOP KNOT BUN

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“Around the Way Girl”

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There may be no other hip hop song on earth that lit my fire more than when L.L. Cool J sang his ode to the “around the way” girl:

“I want a girl with extensions in her hair — bamboo earrings, at least 2 pair. A Fendi bag and a bad attitude? That’s all I need to get me in a good mood.”

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Well, I feel this song was made for me. It took me a good long while to save money for the classic Reebok kicks and a fending bag , but I somehow talked my mom into the fake gold chain , bamboo earrings and poetic justice braids almost instantly. I wear them both regularly even to this very day.

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My definition of an “around the way” girl is a neighborhood babe who looks just as hot in a pair of sneakers as some girls do in stilettos. A girl who can hold her own with the dudes, who has street smarts and sass galore. That girl is POISON! Who wouldn’t wanna be her? “Around the way” girls also have a personal style that’s fierce, colorful, totally boss and includes copious amounts of GOLD.

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A pair of huge-ass gold earrings are the cornerstone of the “around the way” girl look, and the bigger, the better:
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Here are a few more ” around the way girl ” certified accessories

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