One of the greatest things about the natural hair movement is the soar of women businesses. In an industry made by Black women yet owned by companies with no affinity for Black follicles, this is more than just promising. Read More “A tribute to all the natural hairstylists who kept Black follicles happy healthy and groundbreakingly stylish”
To mark the 15th anniversary I am publishing a special edition of Going Natural, How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair. To celebrate this milestone I offer you a special edition of the book with a free gift! Check it out. Read More “Get the special edition of Going Natural, How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair and get a Free Roller Braid”
Black people are the only human beings on planet earth who need to go to court to obtain the right to wear their god-given tresses natural. Locs, Afros, Cornrows, all perfectly natural styles for black hair as it grows out of follicles, are stigmatized to the point that they are declared unacceptable. Not only in the corporate world but even in schools as we have recently seen in a wrestling match. Read More “Celebrating New York City’s ban on hair discrimination to transborder”
On November 3rd, I had the honor to moderate a panel at DBUFF, the Da Bounce Urban Film Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. DBUFF, celebrating its 5th anniversary, featured 35 movies from Black directors. One weekend long an audience could enjoy a wide variety of films from Hollywood to independent productions covering themes from racism to Black literature and of course comedy.
I couldn’t wait to watch and moderate The Big Chop and Changing Women, two films by women from the Dutch Diaspora. Both films were inspiring in their own way, yet they were also quite different.
Changing Women is a short, sharing the journey of director Rachel Tokromo coming to self acceptance by doing the big chop ceremonially. As short as it is, it is deeply touching, inspiring and uplifting celebrating the freedom of self love. A beautiful poem lovingly yet powerfully carries the message we see on the screen ending with: I am splendor and glory if I candidly accept the love that I give. Natural or not, a highly recommended must see!
The Big Chop
The Big Chop is a film by an enthusiastic young journalist named Sherina Leerdam. Inspired by her own journey she follows three women to find out the reason behind their hair choice. Not only do these women have interesting stories to tell that are undoubtedly relatable and inspiring, the movie also revealed a topic we hardly talk about: Shame.
Remarkable is this woman in the film who chooses to solely wear weaves. To her weaves are an accessory like some women who love makeup or nails. Yet when her short natural is cornrowed just before crocheting in extensions, she adamantly says that she will not be on the street like “that”.
As she explains herself, one can clearly see that she is very uncomfortable wearing her natural but at the same time you can’t escape the feeling that she is deeply ashamed of her hair.
This is the story of so many of us. With 73% of hair breakage in our community we may need to look deeper into these issues before telling women to just be happy and accept their natural strands for what they are.
Youtube, instagam and facebook are full of inspiring natural women which is great. All send the message to accept yourself for who you are but the part that is missing is how do you overcome these uneasy feelings, micro aggressions and how do you get there, to self acceptance?
My book Bad Hair Uprooted the Untold History of Black Follicles explains where our undefined feelings related to our hair stem from and may even help one overcome them but in general the steps to overcome issues like shame are often overlooked.
So it definitely deserves praise that Sherina used her coming to self acceptance to make this documentary of which she personally shares a bit of in the film. Also watching two of the featured women extensively share their journey throughout the film is interesting, joyful and relatable to watch.
The Facts and minuses
Although the stories are revealing and I did like the theme the film touched upon, the Big Chop movie can’t be called a documentary. This is because the facts are off. According to the film the relaxer lost popularity during the 60’s. The fact is that the relaxer came on the market after the 60’s and now looses ground because of this new natural hair movement that started with sites like Going-Natural.com and Nappturality.
As a natural hair advocate who knows we still have a long way to go it is painful to watch statements like these delivered as facts. There were a few more statements that should have been fact checked. Needless to say this raises serious questions. If we can’t get the story right, can we be mad when others like the white dominating media don’t?
What was also disappointing is the fact that the random people interviewed on the street all happened to be non-black people. This doesn’t only give the impression of the need for approval of “the white man”, it also implies that Black hair issues came out of nowhere and that it is just a Black people’s problem. By now anyone writing or documenting anything about natural hair should realize that Black people are the only people on planet earth who don’t have the human right to wear their god-given tresses natural.
When I asked the filmmaker about the why, she answered that she did go into a Black barbershop to interview men but felt the footage was weak, not good enough, to make the cut. Although this might be understandable from a practical point of working within a budget and time frame, my worry is that if we don’t put in the extra effort to go after our own stories, can we really blame others, like again the white dominating media, when they don’t?
There was enough that was good stuff in The Big Chop to hope Leerdam continues to make films. My only hope is that the debuting filmmaker but especially the journalist in her learned that it is important to state facts and go after a story to make sure that at least both sides are heard and represented especially when it comes to sensitive topics like Black hair.
All in all DBUFF is a great inspiring event that I highly recommend. I do hope to be back next year and I hope you all travel to Amsterdam to go see, support and enjoy what might be the only Black/Urban Film Festival overseas.
This is a perfect style for naturals, transitioners and even non-naturals. All you really need is a little patience and the right products so these tricks can help you to create these beatiful coils in your your hair.
What you need:
Make sure that your hair is at least damp. If your hair has completely dried use a spray bottle to moisturize while finger coiling your hair.
If you do this yourself, it is best to have your hair parted in sections then work each section. Just like in the video.
After: Finger Coiled with Going Natural Silky Shea Hair Butter.
Sectioning your hair before you start in 6 to 12 big parts will make this a lot easier. Work in sections by taking a part out then start taking real small pencil size sections.
For each little section, add a little Silky Shea Hair Butter to the needles of your comb or brush and brush it through the full length of your strands.
Once a section is tangle free roll it around your finger just like in the video and let it go. You will see a nice curl twirling. Repeat until all sections are done and your head is full of beautiful coils. Your hair will be very moisturized and that is good but to keep the style you have to make sure that your hair dries this way.
You don’t have to let it air dry. Wind may disturb the coils so you a hair drier bonnet. The great thing about using the Silky Shea Hair butter is not only that it smells so good. Even better is that the heat will allow all the nutritious ingredients to penetrate the strands and condition them while you get your style on.Just make sure the dryer is not too hot.
Once your hair is completely dry you can rock these as style or you can separate them to look fuller. Just make sure to take them out when the hair is completely dry and viola: you got coils! Coils work in every environment, work, a night out and even casual. Tie your hair up at night and you should be able to wear them for a week.
If you want to restore some off the coils after sleeping on them, use a little Silky shea and coil your hair arount your finger. Good luck and send us your style!
Besides family, love and health, happy hair is one more thing to be grateful for. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show your gratitude with gifts that will only reciprocate love and make your hair flourish. Best of all, all of these gifts are shipped to your for free.
Easy Foam Rollers
Whether you rock your 4C natural hair or locs the one thing you need this season are these foam rollers to get your curls on!
They are super easy to use, heat resistant, super soft, flexible, don’t pull your strands, don’t dry out your hair and best of all, you get the most amazing curls!
One pack is usually 9.99 but now you can get them for only 6.99. Click to watch the video and be convinced.
Shower head filter
Not only your hair will be thankful but so will your skin. This amazing filter prevents buildup, dry hair and itchy scalp by filtering out chlorine and other elements that are harsh to your hair and skin. What makes this shower head exceptional is the four different types of nano ceramic balls to create a healthy experience, including Germanium, Far Infrared Ray and Tourmaline;
A great gift for yourself or a loved one. It ships for free! Get the Shower Head now.
There is no better towel on this planet to dry your hair faster than this over-sized 80 x 140 cm microfiber towel. This quick drying towel is perfect to dry Locs, 4C Hair, Afro and big voluminous Curls instantly without disrupting the natural curl pattern of ones hair.
To cut your hair drying time in half just wrap your head in the towel so the hair friendly microfibers can do their job absorbing the water from your strands while you just chill.
Made from medical silicone rubber this electric waterproof scalp massager is the tool everyone who cares about their hair needs. Whether you grow your locs, 4C or 3A curls, the vibrations of this scalp massager feels healing, relaxing and soothing at the same time. Beyond that it also gets rid of an itchy scalp in the most gentle way and stimulates blood circulation to promote hair growth. Get the Microfiber Towel at WhatNaturalsLove.
Electric Scalp Massager To Relieve Stress, Itches, Promote Blood Circulation And Hair Growth
And the best thing: if you suffer from an itchy scalp this is the perfect way to tackle that! It gets rid of the itches and stimulates blood circulation.Get the Electric Scalp Massager.
Oil Mister Sprayer For Afros, Braids, Locs, 4C Hair
Mister Sprayer to easily and evenly distribute oil on your strands. Whether you have an Afro, Braids, Locs, 4C Hair or big bouncy curls, this Mister Sprayer made from stainless steel, will help get your hair moisturized from root to tip.
No more endless rubbing and still skipping parts. Just fill this beautiful sprayer with any kind of liquid oil then start misting and spraying. Your hair will thank you too! Get the oil mist sprayer at WhatNaturalsLove.com.
Three years after my natural hair book debut in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws, a national news TV station from the Netherlands, approached me to talk about my purpose while visiting Suriname to do a Natural Hair Day.
Brooklyn, New York — August 8, 2018 — On August 18, 2018 Locks of Nu Natural Hair Spa will celebrate 15 years of service with a free community celebration. This celebration not only marks a milestone anniversary but also celebrates the salon’s grand re-opening since its recent move into a larger space that mirrors the vision of the salons growth. The new salon space is located at 2000 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY.
Ebony Tynes, owner and founder of Locks of Nu Natural Hair and Spa, is absolutely not your average woman. Even if you have a bit of an idea of what it takes to run, manage and own a natural hair salon, it would still just only be a fraction of what this smart, talented, multi-tasking soon to-be psychologist is capable of.
Hello there, I have been wearing my hair in natural styles for many, many years. I am 72 now. One reference to the style of wearing LOCS always feels insulting. My hair is not DREADful, so why do WE continue to call it so? DREAD LOCS was originally referring to black hair worn “locked” and the people who called the style so believed the hair was dirty, unkempt and dreadful!!!!!!!!!
Overall the Roc A Natural Expo is a great concept because more than just natural hair, it has wellness and health incorporated.The space was beautiful. One of the best locations I have seen were a natural hair expo was hosted. A nice spacious building with high ceilings and lots of light nearly everywhere. That was perfect.
The annual Going Natural Hair show is coming up so we are looking for talented models, male and female, who can own the stage while rocking their beautiful natural crowns. If you feel like this is you, or you know someone, please contact us or pass it on.
Did you know that all the hairstyles in the Black Panther film are natural? Hairstylist Camille Friend the visionary behind the fabulous hairdos rocked in Wakanda was really firm about keeping it natural and I for one are thankful for that. More than thankful, I am inspired and that is why I call for the #BlackPantherharstylechallenge calling for everyone to rock their #WakandaHairstyle!
@myckelle Yesterday I received a call from my youngest daughter screaming and crying on the phone, for me to come and get her from school.
Apparently, some boys had taken a $5 BET about pulling her wig off in front of everyone.
Lulu has a scalp condition that causes severe dryness and hair breakage and loss, and had been so ashamed of her appearance that she had taken to wearing wigs in an effort to still feel beautiful. We all know how easy it is to feel insecure at age 16.
This month marks my 6th month Sisterlocked and right before my installation in August, I had a moment of nostalgia and decided to document the last 10 years of my hair journey on my YouTube channel. I took a step back for the sole purpose of commending myself on how far I’ve come, in regards to understanding that I am not bound by society’s standard of hair and have found freedom in expressing this truth.
Going Natural’s exhibit featured in the international newspaper Amigoe
The first annual natural hair and beauty fest on the island of Curaçao was a great success. Direct TV’s Germône de Lima, a natural herself, not just interviewed team Kuralicious on her morning show Mainta, she and her co-host Maurilhio Nobrega Jr. also visited and even participated in the event.
Kuralicious opened on Saturday September 9 with Going Natural’s exhibition Bad Hair Uprooted. Founder Marlynella Conception started the evening by welcoming invited guests and sharing the vision of the very first natural hair, beauty and health fest on Curaçao.
Miss Conception followed up by introducing salon owner and Natural Hairstylists Sabine Bellevue. Miss Sabine, all the way from New York, didn’t just show case her incredible talent but also showed the endless versatility of natural hair. Three beautiful local models each with different textures got complete different hairstyles. The audience watched the locs sculpture, intricate cornrows and bouffant hairstyle in awe while enjoying the served tapas and a drink.
Soon it was time for the keynote of the evening by M.S. Mireille Liong, the woman behind the exhibition Bad Hair Uprooted. Fascinated by the untold history of Black Follicles, the guests silently listened while Miss Liong, who was also invited from New York, brought the story to live. The evening came to close with an engaged audience who could individually relate to the portraits, the book and getting rid of the idea of bad hair by uprooting the history of Black Follicles.
With Team Kuralicious on Direct TV
Kuralicious; the expo
Sunday was the day of the expo with a marketplace, workshops and gatherings. It was one of those very hot days on Curaçao but all workshops were full and the constant flow of people visiting the marketplace, workshops and networking, made Kuralicious a great success.
Going Natural Workshops
I personally truly enjoyed the workshops because people were truly engaged and asked questions they clearly had been struggling with.
As usual when I do workshops, I gave a set of products to a model who was willing to try them out and share her experience, just like with Cherelice for demonstration purposes.
As Sheryl shows, washing with the Going Natural Herbal Shampoo followed by treating your hair with the Detox Conditioner then twisting with the Silky Shea Hair Butter, never fails to give beautiful curl definition that lasts. This package is called Going Natural Simple Start and you can order it at FromUsByUs.com, the Marketplace for Black Hair Care Products. Just watch the video of a woman who said that her hair couldn’t keep a curl.
The workshop Intro Locs was also a success. Despite the fact that not many people in general wear locs on the island, it was a full house. And not only that, I got a lot of questions. Still only three women were contemplating locing their hair. Their main obstacle was acceptance. You will definitely not get a job in banking or other conservative areas on Curaçao if you have locs. That is an issue. We got a long way to go all the more reasons to share Bad Hair Uprooted, the Untold History of Black Follicles. We can’t know where we’re going if we don’t know where we’ve been.
I am happy that I also had the opportunity to watch Sabine at work. The workshops were also full and people were as engaged. Not just as a teacher but also as a stylist Sabine did an amazing jobs styling hair on the spot.
The marketplace was absolutely impressive. From locally produced hair products with unique ingredients from the island to amazing accessories and home accents were available for very reasonable prices.
Too busy with my own workshops there was no time to visit all stands. Still, I did have the chance to purchase infused water from from Elly Sambo of It’s Yummy, attend a headwrap workshop by Inonge of Inonge’s Fashion & Designs and meet with the Sabria Mahawat Khan who is interested in joining the FromUsByUs.com marketplace with Safa Organics. Stay tuned!
Kuralicisous came to a close with a panel discussion. The panel moderated by Elianthe Trinidad consisted of Salon Owner/Natural Hairstylist Sabine Bellevue, Miss Belkis Osepa, the news reader who was belittled because of her natural hairstyle, Maurilhio Nobrega Jr, a lady who used to have long locs and purchased my very first book Kroeshaar Wat je Moet Weten en Meer and myself. We had a wonderful dialogue with the audience that would not have ended any time soon if Marlynella didn’t give us notice that all good things come to an end.
Clearly natural hair lives on Curaçao and there was definitely a need for a fest. With Kuralicious Marlynella managed to fulfill the need beyond just show casing hair products. With the exhibition, the documentary and the workshops, the event was a complete educative engaging cultural treat.
Amigoe, the international newspaper for Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao , featured Kuralicious with the headline There is no such a thing as Bad Hair quoting my words from the Untold History of Black Follicles. I couldn’t wish for more and already look forward to the next one.
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