Madam C.J. Walker (1867 – 1919) – Black History Month

20 Oct Source: NY Times

Depending on your neighbourhood, there will be a beauty salon, hairdressers or hair product shop available for you to get your must-have hair products. But where did the idea of selling black hair products on a mass scale come from? And who looked at this niche market as a means of basing a successful business on? The answer is Madam C.J. Walker.

Born on December 23rd 1867 into a family of sharecroppers, Walker was named Sarah Breedlove at birth and turned an uneducated background into a hair product dynasty that can be highly admired today. Her name which has been largely documented in history, derived from placing ‘Madam’ before her third husband’s name C.J. Walker.

In the 1890s, Walker suffered from scalp ailments so decided to create homemade remedies as well as, also using products from the Annie Malone brand – a black female entrepreneur at the time. From growing up in humble beginnings, Walker became a sales agent in 1905 for the Malone brand, after moving to Denver – the place in which she met and married her third husband.

After her name change, Walker decided to found her own business in which she sold a formula which helped heal and condition the scalp. It is said that the idea for Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower came to her by way of a dream she had and by looking at these pictures here, you can see why this product would have been so popular at this time. Some of the ingredients used in the formula had to be sent for in Africa but because of the her dream, Walker took the necessary steps to get them in her possession.

Source: www.madamcjwalker.com
Source: http://www.madamcjwalker.com

To promote her hair products, Walker travelled throughout heavily populated black areas in and sold door to door. In 1908, Walker opened the Lelia College (named after her daughter A’ Lelia) as a means of training hair culturists, to help people learn how to care for their hair. Walker hired Walker Agents to help sell her products on a wider scale and created a national association and cash incentives for them in order to instil loyalty amongst them; she also did not want to be the only one benefiting from her success.

Walker was widely acknowledged and recognised for her entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy, as she can be regarded as America’s first female, self-made millionaire.

With pinnacle women in our history such as Walker, we can pave the way for even stronger, ambitious women in the next generation.

Madam C.J. Walker…we salute you!

Dreadlocks Crush!

13 Oct

Sexy man with dreadlocks

Source: @theisrealites

Beauty Across Africa

11 Oct

In African cultures and traditions, your hair says a lot about you. The variety of hairstyles among tribes and regions is so rich and versatile that we had to put them in the spotlight.

A lot of styles that we are rocking today come from Africa, but there they are not only decorative but also symbolic. In some communities, the top of the head represents an entrance for spirits to access the soul. Hairstyling is so sacred that it is only done by trusted people, such as friends or relatives, as it could be used for witchcraft spells.  

According to your social status or gender the style will be different. Also, many styles symbolise a stage in

Mumuhuilas girls traditional hairstyles

Mumuhuilas girls traditional hairstyles

someone’s life, such as birth, puberty, marriage or death. For instance, girls and women of the Mumuhuila tribe in

Angola wear 4 or 6 plaits. Each style is structured and has a specific meaning. 

Hairstyling is a form of art realised mainly by women, who is passed from one generation to another. They spend many hours decorating and creating these hairstyles.  

Among the most popular hairstyles we can name braiding, threading and weaving which are still used today, all over the world. They are often embellished and protected with jewelleries, beads, clay or oil.

Check out these handsome hairstyles that the African continent has to offer! 

Sakalava woman

Sakalava woman

Young Zulu woman braiding hair

Zulu women

Fouta Djallon hairstyle

Woman from Fouta Djallon

Traditional hairstyle of Eritrean woman

Eritrean woman

 

Photos sources:  beauty-of-africa.tumblr.com

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Sunday Grooming – Black History Month

5 Oct Source: Good Yard Hair Blog

During the 1800s, the product junkies that we have today would have been unheard of, as the slave trade meant that hair maintenance was left down to items that were readily available.

Bombarded with the mindset that straighter, longer hair was ‘good’ hair (otherwise known as the European look), many slaves took it upon themselves to experiment with goods that could be used for the same affect that relaxers gives us today. Some concoctions consisted of Lye mixed with potatoes, which often left the scalp burnt is not applied properly. Other methods of hair straightening, included oiling the hair and wrapping sections using pieces of material, not to dissimilar to the method ‘Banding’ that we use today. Many men also straightened their hair using a mixture of eggs, potatoes and Lye, which was known as a Conk. Conks were used up until the 1960s and could be done in the home or by a professional Barber.

The 1800s was a time when not as many ships carrying slaves were sent to America. This meant that slaves could not be worked as hard and came at a much higher price. Because of the hard hours enforced each week, slaves kept their hair wrapped up from Monday to Saturday in a rag, scarf or handkerchief. Sunday was the only day when slaves paid close attention to hair maintenance, as laws were introduced that allowed this day to be given as time off.

Hair was moisturised using the likes of butter, goose fat and other oils that could be located in the kitchen. To clean the hair, kerosene and cornmeal could be used, whilst coffee could be use to dye the hair naturally.

Contrary to belief, ‘wool’ hair as it was referred to by non African-Americans of this time, was was very soft and grew fairly long. This was due to the fact that the hair didn’t experience much manipulation and was kept covered for the majority of the time. Practices like low manipulation hairstyles can definitely be applied to lifestyles of today if we aim to promote healthy growing hair and with the use of the right products (natural or otherwise), our beautiful ‘good’ hair will definitely shine through.

Black History Month

1 Oct Source: Reunion Black Family

Hey Naturalistas!

Now that Black History Month is upon us (in the UK), make it count.

Take interest in a vibrant and thought-provoking history that is sadly forgotten about or referenced in our everyday lives.

Stay tuned for a month filled with Natural Pride’s take on black history.

Have A Little Patience…

27 Sep

…or maybe not? Most of us have been there. We want waist length hair within a 

month even though we have only just big chopped or we are not achieving that 

half inch of growth per month that the experts said we should have.

 

So what do you do when your patience is wearing thin and your on the brink of 

stepping back into the chemically treated side? Well word has it, you can now 

buy afro textured clip-ins to give you that boost you may be craving.

 

 

Kurly Klips offer customers afro hair using 100% Remy Human Hair. 

Take a look and let us know if you would rock these in your everyday routine.

 

Creativity Is Key

20 Sep

Hair styling does not have to be time consuming, especially when are lives are 

packed with work, kids and overall lifestyle. 

For those of you rocking a TWA (teeny weeny afro), word has it that there is a 

new ‘miracle’ product on the market. A good, plain ol’ sponge. 

Sponge you say? Yes! This household item has been making waves by allowing 

naturalistas with short hair to produce spiral-like curls without the hassle of

sitting for hours finger-coiling.

 

Check out proud2banurse’s tutorial for achieving this look…

Curls, beach & roller skates

20 Sep

Curls, beach & roller skates

 Source: @neeandra (Instagram) 

Hottie!!

15 Sep

hot man with natural hair

Source: @ogsmoke92

Keeping It Versatile

8 Sep

If you ever decide to have a break from your fro or your dreads, check out Jasmine Rose’s technique to hiding big/long hair under a wig.

Remember, as versatile as natural hair is, we all want a break sometimes – enjoy!

 

Monday Crush!

25 Aug

Monday crush

Photo source: @mrdfowler

Hypnotic Curls!

23 Aug

Big curly hair

Photo source: @staceyhashh

How To Create An Elegant Braided Updo

22 Aug

Quick and chic updo for anyone looking for a new hairstyle.

Yasssss!

19 Aug

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Super cute

Hot Monday!

18 Aug

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Good morning :)

Too Hot!!

11 Aug

Hot Monday natural hair

Photo source: @nappyheadartist 

As Nature Intended

9 Aug

Any naturals who read ingredients on hair products must have come across this ingredient: shea butter.

But do you really know what shea butter is? Do you know what its benefits are?

Shea butter

The shea nut comes from the shea tree which is mainly found in West Africa. The yellow natural butter, also known as Vitellaria paradoxa or Butyrospermum parkii, is traditionally handcrafted by the local population. The process to extraction is long and requires a lot of labour, indeed nuts are picked, boiled and crushed to obtain the oil.

It is often used for cosmetics products such as skin creams and soaps, for its hydrating, revitalising and protective qualities. Shea butter is also comestible and is used as a cooking oil in some African countries, such as Benin and Togo.

Apart from being a natural softening product for the hair, shea butter is high in vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids which keep hair strong, smooth and healthy. Moreover, it is an excellent sealant to retain moisture in your tresses, so it must be used only after moisturising your tresses.

Is shea butter part of your regimen? Share your experience.

Photo source: sublimebliss.com

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Braided Bun Hairstyle

5 Aug

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Kenya Moore Shows Off Her Natural Hair!

2 Aug

NaturalPride Kenya Moore

 

NaturalPride Kenya Moore Real HairPretty long huh?

Measuring at a full 10 inches it seems as if weave protective styling is working wonders for Kenya.

Does this method work for you?

More scoop on Kenyas mane over at Wetpaint

#MCM

28 Jul

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Morning :)

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We’ve All Been There…

27 Jul

washday

When He’s Feeling the Natural Hair

22 Jul

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I’ve made this face, I know you started to smile too😏

Ultimate Updo

21 Jul

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Don’t you just love it?!

My Hair, My Rules!

20 Jul

Oh, you don’t like my hair? So what?

My hair, my rules!

My hair my rules

 

 

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Mini Diva Time💁

19 Jul

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Luscious Lips

17 Jul

Vital may not be a brand familiar with most of you but,  their coloured lip glosses are absolutely amazing! 

Not only do they give your lips a fabulous shine but they are cheaper than all familiar brands, do not dry out your lips like many lip glosses do and provide your lips with a vivid colour. 

For those based in the UK, you are likely to find Vital in black hair shops for as little as 99p!!! So what have you got to lose?! 

It makes a nice change from wearing lipstick and with so many colours available,  you are sure to find one that tempts you.

 

Natural on TV!

16 Jul

Well look what has blessed our screens?!

Naturalistas, we are coming with a vengeance!

#TeamNatural

 

When You’re Married To A Woman With Natural Hair!

16 Jul

When You’re Married To A Woman With Natural Hair

When you’re married to a woman with natural hair… or a woman who wears her own hair…or a woman with any hair at all to be honest, you have to grow accustomed to certain things.
Let’s list a few, read on at Naijahusband

Cute Curly Updo

15 Jul

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Summer time fine👌

#HotMondays!

14 Jul

 

Hot Man!

Hot Mondays!

Isn’t he handsome?

Source: Instagram

The Basics: The Wash & Go

12 Jul

A lot of you have been asking about this one. So, here it is!

Let your hair be...

Let your hair be…

 

To achieve a “wash and go” you need freshly washed and conditioned hair, a styling product, your hands, wide tooth comb or a brush.

1. The first step is to section your hair into sections, once again, the number of sections will depend on the length and thickness of your hair.

2. The second one is to apply your product (a gel, cream,… anything that will work for you), while doing this, comb or brush your strands. Make sure that all strands are coated with product. Smooth the end with your fingers for better results.

Repeat step 2 until all sections are done.

In the videos below you can see the process on curly hair {IamNaturallyCurious} and on kinkier texture {AFRICANEXPORT}.

What are your best advice to succeed your wash and go? Any tips to reduce shrinkage? 

 

Photo(s) source(s): Pinterest.com

Nicole | A 4C Redemption Story

8 Jul

Nicole A Redemption Story

Allow me to Introduce myself, my name is:

Nicole. I’m 20 years old from Dallas, TX. I’m about to be a junior in college.

Have you always been natural? If not when and why did you decide to transition?

Sadly, I have not always been natural. :( I got my first relaxer when I was six years old. From that point on, relaxers became a part of my normal life. I made trips to the salon just about every six weeks to get more of that creamy crack saturated on my suffering hair follicles.

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Ciara Locs’d Up!

7 Jul

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What do you think of Ciara’s new look?

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Man Crush!

30 Jun

Man crush!

Product Free and Beyond

29 Jun

With all the products available on the market and us naturalistas not being able to fit into a ‘one-size-fits-all’ hair regime, wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to rely on any products at all?!

A vlogger by the name of WaterOnlyHairWash  (YouTube) has shown us a way of backing away  from the hoards of products we have and shows us how to rely on a technique which only involves the use of our own natural hair oil (sebum) to moisturise and style our hair.

 

Having tried this technique myself for a week, here are my observations:-

Pros

  1. There was little to no hair left in the shower/comb afterwards
  2. The naturals curls were more defined
  3. The hair felt completely moisturised
  4. The hair was much softer than before
  5. Twist/Braid Outs were very defined considering there was no product used
  6. The hair dried extremely quickly – roots drying fastest

 

Cons

  1. Having to massage your scalp/tedious daily is very
  2. The hair smelled like a bland oil but take into account I only did it for a week
  3. Washing the hair daily in the initial stages
  4. Not enough slick for the edges – yes I cheated with a little bit of EcoStyler #Don’tJudgeMe lol
  5. Personally, there was less flexibility for me to style my hair how I normally would

 

I would highly recommend you trying this method, just to see the difference it can make to your hair.

I personally did not continue for a long period of time, as I had to take a small trip and was not prepared to water wash only in 36 degree heat but, the thought of never having to rely on a hair product again is rather appealing. 

If you have attempted water only hair washing, drop us a comment!

Tamron Hall Rocking Her Natural Hair!

28 Jun

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Today co-host shows off her natural hair. What do you think?

Source: @tamronhall

What You Know About Style..

26 Jun

Updo Cornrow Hairstyle

Gorgeous or what?

Source: Facebook.com

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Hi Mister!

23 Jun

Hi mister!

Photo source: annnoire.tumblr.com

What Is That?!

22 Jun

‘Sleepovers’ can always be awkward when you are a naturalista. As much as men dating a natural girl will understand that your hair is going to be tied up at night (because Lord knows if we don’t, it’s going to look a hot mess in the morning), I don’t think all men are prepared for the look some of us females can conjure up at night.

Here’s the top 2 looks that are sure to always get his heartbeat racing:-

 

1. The Silk Bonnet – Giving you a cross between ‘I’m ready for the shower’ and ‘I can pick up FM radio’ look

 

2. The Headscarf – Available in any size/shape/colour and could be the same one used from 3 years ago

 

The things us females have to go through when we know that our pillows may suck the moisture out of our hair if we do not tie it up at night but hey, as long as there is a scarf, bandana, bonnet (anything that can provide me with complete coverage), he is just going to have to appreciate my cute face and forget the bulky attire on my head.

 

With that being said, let us know your headscarf stories ladies!

 

How-to Wash Natural and Transitioning Hair

20 Jun

Hello beauties,

It’s a fact learning how to take care of your own hair is crucial for healthy hair and, of course, length retention. Washing your hair properly will allow you to:

  • Get rid of all the products you put in your hair, during the week, and therefore avoid product build-up and breakage
  • Cleanse your scalp and let it breath
  • Avoid dry hair and breakage

Follow these few steps for clean and healthy hair:Shower-head-horizontal346

Step 1: Section your hair. It will be easier to wash and you will have fewer tangles            .

Step 2: Gently detangle each part to remove any knots and shed hair.

Step 3: Twist or braid your hair (If you have short hair or just big chopped, you can leave it as it is). 4 to 6 braids/twists should be enough, depending on the amount of hair you have on your head.

Step 4: Fully wet your hair with warm water.

Step 5: Apply a small amount of shampoo or conditioner directly onto the scalp. Massage your scalp delicately with your fingertips, not your nails, and let the product run through your hair, while washing the ends.

Step 6: Rinse your tresses.

(Repeat step 4 & 5 as needed.)

Step 7: If you used a shampoo in step 3, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your freshly washed hair. Make sure all your hair is saturated. It will condition your hair for styling. For a better penetration of the conditioner, use a plastic cap, and leave the product for a few minutes.

Step 8: Rinse it and make sure to remove all traces of product from your hair.

Check out Mymanemoves ‘ washing regimen. Simple, isn’t it?

Top tips:

  • Make sure your nails are clipped, you don’t want them to get in the way.
  • If you’re using a shampoo, use a sulfate free one, it will prevent your curls from getting excessively dry.
  • Use a moisturizer, i.e. cream, oil, lotion or butter to seal in the moisture.

What do/does your wash day(s) look like? 

 

Photo source (s): 4freephotos.com

The Beauty Project: A Return To Natural

17 Jun
You’ve got to check this out, a well put together video summing up popular views on the natural hair journey.
Less than 5 minutes long, watch it and let us know if you can relate.

Happy Monday ;)

16 Jun

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A little morning motivation :p

Photo source:
instagram.com/_locology_

Tiffany| Locs Style Alert!

14 Jun

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Allow me to Introduce myself, my name is:

Tiffany but everyone calls me Tip, my aunt gave me the nickname because I use to walk on my tiptoes as a kid so it just stuck with me.
I’m from Indianapolis Indiana.

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Monday Crush

9 Jun

Monday Crush

 

 

How can you not love Mondays??? 

Hair VS Body

5 Jun

Or should I say Hair & Body?

Wearing your hair in a natural state is not an excuse to avoid taking care of your body. By that I mean working out. 

The most common reasons stated by women for not working out are: avoiding itching and dandruff, as well as maintaining their hairstyle. But it’s 2014, so let’s put excuses to the side and #letsdothis!

Before the workout, to maintain your hairstyle, you can wear your tresses in a high bun, braids, twists or cornrows. I tried working out with a bantu knot out. It was a big mistake, I ended up with a lot of shrinkage! I learned my lesson, now I just rock a bun at the gym.

After that good workout session, to avoid itching and dandruff, you need to wash your hair to get rid of the dirt, toxins and salt.

Fit naturals

For the sceptics, these are a few reasons why you should exercise regularly:

  • It prevents hair from drying out, which is a major cause of breakage.
  • It helps to maintain a healthy body: in addition to a healthy diet (please let’s not forget what we put in our body), having a healthy body gives you a great chance to get healthier hair.
  • It releases stress: it reduces hair loss caused by stress. As we all know, stress is not really a good friend of our hair.

So now, no more excuses ladies and get the body and hair of your dreams!

 

Photo source: http://www.pinterest.com/aishatahirah 

Kaleidoscope

4 Jun

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Straight dope! 

Could you pull off this look?

Source: noelladiaz

Relaxed Days It’s a Wrap!

3 Jun

In My Relaxed Days

Lol true story or nah?

Source: allthingsammamama.com

#MCM

2 Jun

20140602-205014-75014630.jpgOmg! But why is he so hot, please someone explain

Source: @Naturalfitbody Instagram

 

 

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Chilling On My Throne

30 May

Chilling On My Throne

I’ll Rise

28 May

Gone but never forgotten RIP Maya Angelou

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