Felicia Leatherwood Loves Natural Hair – Part 1!

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From the minute I interviewed Felicia Leatherwood, I had a feeling that we’d get along really great if we met in person. At the time I had no idea she’d be coming to Chicago to host her Loving Her Hair With Natural Care workshop. When she told me she was coming to Chicago, I was […]

American Apparel Has Policies About Black Hair

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Originally posted this morning on BV Hair Talk. The litany of complaints about American Apparel’s advertising and hiring policies are so long, we could write a book about them. The company is known for chic, trendy, affordable locally made clothes yes…but they’re also known for being sexist, judgmental, and discriminatory based on the aesthetic attractions […]

Yet Another School Hair Controversy

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Our hair is unique. Our hair is beautiful. Our hair requires the use of products that give it moisture and nourishment. And yes, some of those products have fragrances that are remarkable. But it seems to me that a certain teacher at Seattle’s Thurgood Marshall Elementary School is overreacting in a troubling way right now, […]

What’s Your Best Natural Hair Advice?

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Today on Twitter, there’s a concerted effort by the natural hair community to get the hashtag #naturalhair as a trending topic. The initative was started by amazing loctician Camille Reed AKA NoireBoss1, and My Hairitage, to increase awareness and appreciation for natural hair. I absolutely LOVE the idea! So I decided to ask my friends […]

On Hair Towels and Pillow Cases

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Originally posted on BV Hair Talk. Shampoos, conditioners, and styling products are important parts of hair care…but it doesn’t stop there, especially for women who are serious about taking excellent care of their hair. If you’re truly dedicated to taking your haircare game to the next level you need to think about the fabrics you […]

Spring Into Summer Sof N Free Giveaway!

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This has not been a stellar week for Chicago, weather wise. As I write this I’m looking out at low lying fog, wet streets, and breath-chilling cold. In May. But tomorrow it’s predicted to be in the 60′s or 70′s again. And so it goes. When the weather is this schizophrenic it’s hard to know […]

A Little Natural Hair History

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I spend so much time looking forward, sometimes I need a reminder to look back, marvel, and appreciate how far we’ve come. I got a wonderful reminder from esteemed Caribbean-born author Nalo Hopkinson, who sent me a link to Yale’s online Beinecke archive of rare books and manuscripts. In the Randolph Linsly Simpson African American […]