Name: Equane Aka EQ
Who is your Favorite model? : Tyson Beckford
At a workshop I met Yaa and I like to share her experience because I think a few of you can probably relate to her. This beautiful lady with an Afro Puff style was convinced that her hair couln't keep a coil let alone a curl. Knowing her hair and her texture, she was also very reluctant to try any product she wasn't familiar with.
Neco Williams is a 21 year old male model from Somerset, New Jersey who is enthusiastic about modelling, especially runway.
The cheerful model who choose to wear an Afro candidly shares his vision on the natural hair movement for the Going Natural Video Diaries.
This beautiful natural has been a member of the going-natural community for quite a while and she also has a youtube channel that focuses on natural hair care and make up! This is Nakia's Going Natural Video Diary
Joy has a Fan Page, a blog and a youtube channel that are all about inspiring natural women and women thinking about taking the plunge into natural hair with my personal natural hair journey. This is her Going Natural Video Diary.
You can learn more about Joy at The Boogie Down Beauty Facebook Page
Tafari Tribe has been famous for their exquisite handmade African Print creations for more than 20 years. Three years ago they finally opened a shop in the hip neighborhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn. This is not just great for their loyal customers but also for anyone interested in African prints and fashion.
I went natural for the 2nd time December 2010, I big chopped because it was a change of life for me.
What was the hardest part of your journey?
I must say I have no complaints I'm enjoying my hair
Every week you can see what is on sale right here on this page. From the Nappshop, Hair salons and .... Just stay tuned and keep visiting!
This tall, dark and handsome promising actor openly talks about his career, Hollywood and of course hair. Gifted with a knack for comedic timing he is as honest as they come.
It has finally happened. I have come to the point that denial no longer serves me. That the evidence before my eyes is stronger that the delusion of my mind. Still in denial regarding my declining eyesight, I concede that my hairline is receding. I am a full-fledged member of the male pattern baldness club. In a world full of problems, I understand that a middle aged man being distraught about going bald is trivial. I get that… however, I am not writing this article to save the world, simply to give you a black man’s perspective on stuff that pertains to hair. This article is an opportunity to get a peek at one particular way we men think about things. I don’t claim to speak for every man, just giving you another part of the puzzle. You know that your man is capable of asking deeper question than wondering what is for dinner.
You watch him sleep and you can see that he is always wrestling with something. For most of us, holding things inside is our nature. Men are intrinsically simple; we just have a lot of complexity and craziness that we hold inside.
Science tells us that male pattern baldness is passed on from our mothers. If I had tried to explain that to my mom, God rest her soul, she would laugh at me and tell me to get out of her face with that foolishness. She would tell me that all of the short comings of me and my siblings were inherited from my dad… so I’m going with that theory. When I confronted my dad about his recklessly passing the baldness gene on to me, he laughed, shrugged his shoulders and says, “Welcome to my world”. Somehow, I think there is a double entendre in there somewhere. Anyway, my dad resorts to his favorite tact with all his children. He reminds me of something he shared with me a long time ago, kind of a side-handed “I told you so”. He says, “Son, I told you that life is rough, and you will get beaten up with an ugly stick, but that’s ok because it’s what you are on the inside that counts.”
From the time we are young, boys are taught by society to deal with our fears and concerns internally. We are taught that no one wants to hear your problems… fix them and get on with life. However, there are many things that cannot be “fixed”. We age, hair turns grey, hair falls out, eyes grow dim… all those things that we took for granted in our youth, are now upon us, and like all of our problems, we will work it out on our own.
In a world that is unequal, where jobs are scarce and opportunity is far reaching, sometimes the only thing you have to hang your hat on is your youth and vitality. Watching it flee from you is not easy for the most successful of men, imagine how it affects the average Joe. In this Black History Month, we can remember that our forefathers and uncles who struggled thru life since we came to this country; hardly had the luxury that I do… to ruminate about something as trivial as losing my hair.
I think I have been in denial for about 15 years, and my denial has sullied many a decent barber’s reputation. To them, I apologize. I think I have made it clear that we men place much more value on our hair than we are willing to admit publicly. However, as time goes by, you body gets weaker, and you learn to depend more on your mind… I guess it is called maturity.
I can only hope that the two most important women in my life, my wife and my daughter, can look past my physical imperfection, and continue to see me as me. I forgive my dad for recklessly passing on these undesirable genes, and I thank him for teaching me… that what you are on the inside is what matters most.
Inspired by a photo shoot I did for Tafari Tribe I decided to giveaway an African Print dress for free this holiday season.All you have to do is tell us why you want to have an African Print dress for this season.
If you have tried one hair product after another but still have not found what works, look no further. This Holy Grail is what you have been looking for.
Going Naturals’ Curl Keeper is not hard to love. First, I love the light yet mesmerizing scent. It's fresh and smells like cucumber, hmmmm. Then this is the only product from the many that I've used that stays true to its promise of long lasting curl definition without leaving residue. I love it!
It makes my twists shiny and keeps the frizz out and then when I do a twist out, my crinkles stay in shape for almost a week. I have never had that with any product.
Have you looked in your sink or your bath tub lately and the amount of hair you saw worried you? Or maybe you looked at your comb and examined all the hairs, even tried to count them? Many women are concerned about the amount of hairs that they see. But it’s hard to tell what is normal and what is excessive. The thing about it is, no matter who you are, you will experience shedding. The first thing to look at is why your hair sheds.
I have been natural for 3 years and I wash my hair twice a week and braid it but my hair won't grow.
I'm not even sure of what products to use on my hair. Its nappy, dry, and short. Help!
We all have our fair share of tired-all-the-way and not-wanting-to-do-anything days. Then there are times when you simply hate the thought of washing your hair. Do you sometimes wish that someone else would wash your natural black hair while you close your eyes and relax? Well, guess what? You have already been granted that wish without even knowing about it. The cheapest service offered at hair salons is a walk-in hair wash. So if you have a lot of work at hand and are not getting the time or the will to wash your hair, just pop into about any salon at all and request a shampoo only for your Afro hair.
Let us help you find the best one for your special coils.
We have a directory listing of incredible stylists with tremendous experience who can turn any bad hair day into a fabulous billboard coiffure.
This wonderful style was created by Adenike aka he Natural Hair Whisperer from the Woven Wool Hair & Body Experience. No extensions are added at all.
Showing a bride expressing herself in an astonishing way by incorporating key elements from her own culture.
The Sunburst is no accident. A sunburst shine in a bridal natural hairstyle is to invite sun, light and warmth into a marriage to grow.
I can't believe it's already five months ago that I started my braid locs. There is so much going on that I hardly have time to think about my hair, let alone blog about it. The best thing about it is that I don't have to think about it. I am happy with my hair just letting it do what it wants to do. This is the easiest hairstyle ever!
One of the most common fabrics used for Gele by African women is Aso Oke, which is pronounced ah-SHOW-kay. Aso Oke originated in Nigeria, from the Yoruba people who live in the southern part of the country. This intricate fabric has a long history of use in traditional African clothing, and is still popular today worldwide.
By Terez Howard
I've held back from styling my Sisterlocks for two reasons.
1. Baby locs should not be manipulated too frequently. They need time to be allowed to fully loc without being stretched, pulled, tucked and curled. Constant manipulation keeps locs from doing their natural thing.
Invited by the wonderful Candace Kelley, Going Natural was invited to do a workshop at the Let your Hair Down event on Saturday, September 14. Although I've heard good things I was never able to make it to one of these events. So I was exited that my agenda allowed it this time to give a Going Natural Workshop in the city.
On the 4th of July, Going-Natural.com had the honor of opening the brand new stage of the African Arts Festival with a Hair Show.
Five of New York top salons were selected show the world their natural hairstyles; bridal and styles for the fall. The Woven Wool, Locks of Nu, Cowrie Shell Center, Naturally Beautiful Hair Care and Red room Salon are all Brooklyn based natural hair care salons with tremendous experience and qualities to create head turning styles that can turn any regular person into a femme fatal.
Have you rsvp-ed yet? I am telling you, it's going to be the hottest show this year. The creme de la creme of natural hair salons will show off the styles for next season, wedding hairstyles and more. If you want to be a model for the hair show, please send me an email. Include an image and your contact info.
Crown of Locs is choosen once more for a New York Exibition. This time out of 1,900 submissions!
Like so many daughters of the Diaspora, I had my hair relaxed when I was a teenager. I didn’t know any better than that it was a rite of passage and I was happy to have my Afro straightened.
The first time I shot this colorful diva was in 2005 at the BAM Dance Africa Festival. When I saw her again in 2009 I told her that she was part of my exhibition. She laughed and said: "I am a diva."
If you've been to a natural hair show in the passed years, it's very likely that you have seen this model who goes by the name of Mr. Golden Child. As model and an artist he uses his chest long locs to set himself apart from the rest. As an images says 1.000 words it's needles to say that it works. Always impeccably styled by Oraje his artistically sculptured dreadlocks never fail to turns heads.
This is one of the natural hair photos that waslon display in the UK in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology this Summer and Autumn. The picture was taken at the African Festival in 2010. This little beauty was lying in a stand that offered massages. She didn't mind me taking her photo and she didn't try to pose. Very often little girls strike a pose when they see a camera, not her. She was just lying comfortable as if not aware of her natural beauty.