It didn’t take long for this young adorable model to win over the population. 7 years on the planet, this girl from Suriname gained over 50,000 combined likes and shares on Facebook. Suriname is a small tropical country full of forests and a variety of flora and fauna off the coast of South America. Cherelice’s mother shared some information about her and gave insight into why she is such a heart-capturing little thing.
Although her career as a professional Hairstylist never took off, Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, still enjoys braiding hair. That becomes very clear when watching her create Bantu knots and sculpting locs for a couple of her friends in a video shared by vogue magazine.
Going-Natural.com presents “BAD Hair Uprooted”; an exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of a Natural Hair movement by picturing Hairstyles that defy the stereotypical ideas of Black Hair.
Interested in everything natural, I decided to go to the famous World Natural Hair & Beauty Show in Atlanta. What a trip it was. It was great to connect with fellow nappy heads and especially with the ones I had met on the forum of Nappturality.com.
If you have long locs or braids then you understand the frustration of trying to fit all of your hair into those tiny shower caps that are sold in beauty supply stores or in the hair section of neighborhood pharmacies.
I haven’t been able to easily fit my hair into these caps in years. I guess I should be totally honest here. The problem isn’t only that I have a lot of hair, I have a lot of head as well. Unless it’s knit, I buy hats from the men’s section of the department store. Ladies hats just don’t fit.
To protect my hair before bathing, here’s what I do. Before showering, I bend over bringing all of my hair to the front before tying it into a top pony tail. Then I cover the hair with another big scarf. This technique is okay for making sure I don’t get any soap in my locs when I bathe. Soap that gets caught in locs can cause visible buildup.
America’s Next Natural Model is celebrating its 5th anniversary by taking the online competition to a social community level where everybody can win. To offer contestants more prizes, sponsors more exposure and voting members and facebook fans enticing perks, America’s Next Natural Model goes Indiegogo.
My Journey to Beauty! I received my very first relaxer in the fourth grade. By the time my fifth grade year had ended I already suffered from breakage and dryness. The worst damage that I had ever faced was when a quick-weave hairstyle tore out my edges along with other sections in my head. It was so bad that when you turned the stocking cap that the tracks were glued to, inside out, it looked as if there was enough of my hair attached to the glue and stocking cap to create a new wig! It was absolutely horrible and very painful.
Whether it’s your first time round or you’ve been here before, it’s always a big decision to transition to your natural hair.
Ebony, America’s Next Natural Model 2011
Congratulations for making it!
If you’re anything like me at all then you’ll find that when you’re making that transition to all natural hair (or even when you’ve been there a while) you want to switch things up a little and come out with a different look.When that feeling moves us, most of us turn to either braids or weaves. These looks are great because they’re so flexible. You can go all out with waist skimming extensions or rock cornrows, micro braids or even faux locs. Whatever suits your pocket, mood or lifestyle. None of these styles last forever though, and a common complaint is how badly hair gets damaged once the extensions (and I’m using that term to include braids as well here) have been removed.
What Is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is a golden yellow oil with that natural nutty scent that comes from the kernels of the argan tree. Originating in south west Morocco, the argan tree (argania spinosais aka argania spinosa) was cultivated for centuries by native people for the oil which served health, culinary and beauty purposes. The thorny tree bears a fruit that contains a nut with kernels. The kernels inside the nut produce the oil. The oil is mainly a product of Morocco, but it is also cultivated from argan tree orchards in Israel.
In Morocco, women of the Berber tribe traditionally harvest and prepare argan oil. They collect the nuts and use sharp stones to crack the shells to remove the kernels. The harvesters then place the kernels between two slabs of rock and grind them into a paste. They knead the paste by hand to begin the oil extraction. The collected oil is sent to local factories where a press extracts additional oil. These traditional methods are still practiced today for the collection of argan oil, although some manufacturers use machines. The production of true Moroccan argan oil comes from traditional cooperatives run primarily by women.
The argan tree is endangered and under the protection of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The sale of argan oil helps encourage the healthy cultivation of the argan tree and helps protect the endangered species.
Argan oil compares to jojoba oil, coconut oil and shea butter in terms of its compatibility for skin and hair. The nongreasy oil penetrates skin without leaving a residue and is non-comedogenic for scalp health. The oil’s high content of vitamin E and essential fatty acids give it excellent moisturizing qualities for dry or damaged hair. It can also seal the hair cuticle to prevent moisture loss, prevent split ends and impart shine. The oil also provides good slip for detangling hair. The natural nutty scent of the oil does not linger in hair and fades quickly.
Argan oil works well on straight, wavy, curly and African hair. Only a small amount of the oil is necessary for all hair types to improve hair appearance and health.
Using Argan Oil on African Hair
Argan oil can be used on African hair as a daily moisturizer and finishing product. The oil is an effective daily moi sturizer that can prevent moisture loss. Small amounts of the oil can als o smooth away frizzies and add shine to a hair style. It can also lubricate the scalp when used for massages and for conditioning locs or braids.
Here are some tips for using argan oil on natural hair:
- Mix a drop of argan oil with conditioner. Apply the conditioner and oil mixture to freshly washed hair. Let the oil and conditioner mixture sit on hair for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
- Add a favorite essential oil to the argan oil to create enjoyable scents. Use the scented oil to massage the scalp. Use some of the oil in a spray bottle with distilled water to moisturize hair during the day.
- Coat fingers with the argan oil before fingercombing hair to make it easier to detangle and to prevent breakage.
- Seal moisture in hair by applying argan oil over a leave-in conditioner.
- Use argan oil on braided hair styles or locs each day to prevent dryness and provide shine.
Tips for Buying Argan Oil
Be sure to understand what you are buying before purchasing argan oil. Not every oil labeled as “100 percent argan oil” is genuine. Pure argan oil should be yellow with a slight reddish tint, making it a golden color and have a distinctive nutty scent.
Due to the complex process to manufacture argan oil and limited distribution, the 100 percent or pure argan oil is expensive. Many argan oil products are mixed with other oils or included in hair serums or conditioners. Many of these mixtures are quality products but just be sure that it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, such as drying alcohols. The food grade oil can also be used on hair and skin, but tends to have a strong scent. Cosmetic grade argan oil has a milder scent than the food grade version.
Buy argan oil from reputable sources, such as Moroccan cooperatives, known hair websites and established retailers to ensure oil quality. One great source is right here – the NapShop sells Argan Oil Pure and Argan Hair Serum.
Inspired by his race for the White House, Going-Natural.com offered President Obama the centerpiece of its exhibition “The Pursuit of Nappiness” as a gift for his birthday last year. The colorful framed portrait, chosen as a favorite during the exposition at the Casa Frela Gallery in Manhattan, shows a beautiful woman with a cheerful smile and a striking Afro.
The kinky coils of my hair tighten to enlighten my natural beauty.
Confidence I wear it well. Can you tell?
Make –up doesn’t define me.
I am not a human Barbie doll.
Don’t put me on a pedestal.
Don’t make me out to be a sex symbol.
Just acknowledge my natural beauty. I am dark, I am human.
I am loved from inside out, without any doubts.
From that I am sure it defines my natural beauty.
©2009 by Nakisha Hicks All Rights Reserved
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My father and I frequently have conversations about my hair. Where I live very few people are natural and fewer still are my age (21). Having natural hair is percieved almost as a lack of hygiene or finesse. To him relaxed hair is beautiful and more manageable: acceptable. Besides this is in America, looks matter; why go against the norm? My mother puts a “hassle free” relaxer that needs not the conventional hooded dryer or even roller sets. My father once said, “Look at your mother’s hair, it looks like a white woman’s hair.” (without a second thought !) I don’t expect any reparations.
He did point out that natural hair is more time consuming and very limited. I don’t have a rebuttal for those ones yet. I am learning as I go along! Lately, I’ve been avoiding SLS and SAS in shampoos and all forms of petroleum.
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As a new college student I love going out on the weekends with my friends and I love stand-out looks! Read More “Natural Beauty”
An exhibition and lectures about black hair.