Monday, April 13, 2015

Giveaway!! Bad Hair Does Not Exist

Sulma Arzu-Brown, author of the children's book Bad Hair Does Not Exist!, is giving away copies of her book to 4 lucky Natural Beautiful Hair blog followers.

Bad Hair Does Not Exists is a tool of empowerment for all little girls who are black, afro-descendent, afro-Latinas, and Garifuna. It’s to enhance the confidence of girls who are beautiful, intelligent, savvy, witty, and have extraordinary hair. The book is intended to teach little girls how to define and describe their hair so that they don’t identify with the term “bad hair.” It gives you cool illustrations of gorgeous girls with examples of each type of hair. The book serves to educate and calls for all of us to work as equal partners to build our girls up by using proper terminology to describe their hair because it is directly linked to their essence.

"This book will help ensure confidence and self esteem in young girls of color."



To enter the giveaway, please do the following - 
  • Like Bad Hair Does Not Exist on Facebook
  • Be a follower of the Naturally Beautiful Hair Blog
  • Leave a comment letting us know why you would like this book
The giveaway ends in two weeks on April 27th, 2015, where Sulma will choose the 4 lucky winners.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Naptural's Traveling With Natural Hair Video



"This video was inspired by all the traveling I did last month! There were a lot of events, so I had to be prepared for any natural hair disasters I might come across! I've made some mistakes along the way, but I learned some great tips on how to organize my luggage and what to pack for my natural hair, as well as how to wear my hair to the airport! I hope this helps you pack for your next vacation or big event!" -  Naptural85

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"My Hair" by Desiray


I absolutely love this poem written by Desiray, who is 9 years old.  It is wonderful to read how much she loves her hair and how she describes the beauty of her hair.  Thank you Byina for letting me share your daughters wonderful poetry.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blog link of the Day - Why Some Men Despise Natural Hair

Check out this interesting blog post on Confessions of a Blog Vixen.

A Conversation Between Brothers: Why Some Black Men Despise Natural Hair
by West Parsons
March 8, 2015


by Ebrahim Aseem

“I love my thick nappy curls,” Eden confessed. “But I noticed when my hair is all laid & straight, I get approached way more by guys. Otherwise, black men treat me like my natural hair makes me instantly ugly. That’s kinda why I approached you first.”

She removed her headband & ran her fingers through her huge, natural curls, as her brown skin glistened in the daylight. I marveled at her beauty before replying.

“Some males who are hesitant to approach women with natural hair are intimidated by the confidence you’re displaying by wearing your natural hair & he cowers at the possibility of you rejecting him,” I explained.

“This is the same reason the corporate world does not fully embrace or always endorse women who wear their natural hair. You are seen as a threat. Too militant. Rebellious. Non-submissive.

An overly-macho, mentally fragile male can NOT handle a free thinking, conscious woman with her own mind. She does not even arouse him sexually. He needs a submissive woman.

A woman’s beautiful natural hair is a repellant for....  {See full article here.}

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Shemekascurls’s Natural Hair Journey


To start with, in my elementary school years my mom always kept my hair blow dried and in a high puff. The kids at school were fascinated with how thick my hair was. One time the rubber band keeping up my puff broke and my hair stayed straight up ( like frankenstein). As a child I never disliked my natural hair texture because I didn’t even know what it was myself. Ironically I saw a curly fro on tv and I thought it was a perm and asked my mom for one ( I was so confused).

Once I got to middle school it was a different story. I got my first relaxer in 6th grade. I loved my straight hair. I wore my hair up nearly everyday. My hair routine consisted of sulfate shampoos, blow drying (no product in hair), and leaving out a small bang which I flat ironed religiously. The hair in the ponytail did ok, but my bangs were horribly damaged. Furthermore, I knew nothing about healthy hair care. By 8th grade I became reluctant to get my next relaxer, but continued.

My freshman year of Highschool is when I really began caring about my hair. Natural Hair Youtubers became my TV. I watched tutorials endlessly and I was finally becoming confident about my hair. After taking swimming in P.E  I decided I was done with relaxers, and I went on a no heat challenge and protective style challenge for a year. My hair flourished and I retained a TON of length! On top of that I cut off my relaxed ends over the summer and had 8 inches of beautiful 4a hair. I was in LOVE!! I rocked twist outs, curly puffs, flat twist outs, banto knot outs, and flexi rods (all no heat).

Sophomore year I was on top of the world and ready to rock my curly fro. Then the... (click read more to see the rest of Shemeka's story)

Meet Nicole...

Name: Nicole W.
Q: What is your hair story?  What kind of hair styles have you rocked, before embracing your natural hair?
A:  My mother is a cosmetologist so my hair was always fried, dyed and laid to the side!  I had a Jerri Curl from 5th through 7th grade and then in the 8th grade I got my first relaxer.  I wore a relaxer from the age of 14 until 35 :o).  I had a perm for almost 21 years and I really enjoyed having straight hair.  While my hair was relaxed I would often wear my hair short or in a cute bob cut!

Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: I began to research natural hair in 2010 and I decided to go natural because I wanted to see what my natural hair looked like.  So in July 2011 I did the big chop and never looked back!

Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture?
A:  I really can’t say I had any fears I was just wondering how I was going to take care of my hair and what would I look like.

Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: I can’t live without my Design Essentials Curl Cleanser Sulfate free shampoo, my Design Essentials Stimulations conditioner and my Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting butter.

Q: What would you say to someone who's thinking about embracing their natural hair, but scared about being rejected in various parts of their lives?
 A: If you are thinking of going natural do so because this is what you want not because your friends etc. are pressuring you to go natural.  Going natural is a personal choice don’t mind what people will say just know you made a choice to have healthier hair.  Take the opportunity to educate them if they question why you went natural.

Q: How can we keep up with you and your journey i.e. blog, twitter, facebook, fotki, tumblr, personal or professional website? (Optional)
A: You can keep up with me at http://www.naturalnicole.com/ my website and on twitter @naturlnicole
 
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Natural Girls United celebrates Black History Month

Natural Girls United is happy to celebrate Black History Month. To learn more about the history of Black History Month, go to History - Black History Month and Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month. One of the goals of the dolls of Natural Girls United is to celebrate our beauty, our individuality, our beautiful tones and our beautiful textures. Love yourself for who you are. Natural Girls United http://www.naturalgirlsunited.com/

Friday, October 10, 2014

My First Locs Hair Cut


I finally got the hair cut that I have wanted for almost a year now.  I hesitated in cutting my hair because I had worked so hard at caring for it so I cold reach a healthy long length.  But I learned that having long hair can be overrated. I loved the way it looked. But my hair became very heavy, hard to style and was always in the way.   After my hair cut, I felt so much lighter. It was a great feeling. 

The good thing about my being open to cutting my hair, is not only is it a bit of a fresh beginning. But I can have fun styling it in more ways, with out it giving me a headache (old length was heavy).

Next!  Hoping to play with some color.  Updates soon.   Any one else thinking of making a change with their natural hair - color, length or style?

Monday, September 15, 2014

T.S.O.B.H. Talks Hair Color


Great article on The Science of Black Hair about things to consider when thinking about coloring your hair.

Color Smart: 4 Things You Should Consider Before You Color Your Natural Hair
By The Science of Black Hair

"Taking your hair to the next level with color can be a really exciting experience. Color can jazz up a boring puff, add dimension to locs and twist outs or really turn heads as a simple statement piece on TWAs. While going darker, adding lowlights or coloring within your natural color range won’t cause you too many problems—the drastic color leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural color) can really take a toll on your hair. Before you engage in any hair altering experience, first understand and weigh the risks. Never ever color your hair on a whim or without a gameplan for aftercare. Finally, decide if you trust yourself enough to do it yourself. Be honest with yourself and say, Self— do you really know what you are doing? What if this color is unsuccessful? Am I prepared for breakage? Am I prepared for a weird color result? Before you take the color plunge, here are some things to consider. You May Experience:

1.Curl pattern changes. Yes, coloring textured hair can sometimes result in temporary, unpredictable changes in your hair’s curl pattern. Sometimes, the changes are permanent. Whenever you alter or manipulate the hair’s protein bonding arrangement a slight relaxing effect can occur. These curl pattern changes are less likely to occur in coarse hair textures (coarse refers to the diameter of the hair fiber, not the feel of the fiber), and are more likely to occur in those with fine to medium hair textures. Prior damage may also influence whether or not you experience changes in your curl pattern. Using a protein reconstructor after coloring may help some lost curls find their way again.

2.Increases in hair porosity. Products that lighten the hair always require direct access to the hair’s cortical layers. When the hair’s cuticle is breached in this manner, the hair’s natural porosity increases leading to a dryness that hardly ever lets up. When porosity increases, dryness becomes a major complaint because moisture is next to impossible to hold securely within the fiber. Your hair

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gorgeous Hair and Color!!


I love the color of her locs! It may even be two toned - which is a great way to had depth and light to to a your hair. 
Such a great look any time of the year.
Model's name unknown.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Andrea's Beau Acessories - Free Shipping!



Andrea's Beau is a company that offers cute accessories for women and girls.  Their headbands are great because they come in both hard hair bands and soft hair hands. So they will work with any hair type.   I have the soft headband in the large photo called the Mosaic Stone Headband and my youngest daughter loves it so much that she has already claimed it as her own.  :-)

For a limited time, Natural Girls United readers are being offered free shipping on purhases of any amount until June 30th, 2014. To take advantage of this offer, use code FREESHIPNBH.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

1940's Landgirl Hair Tutorial from Willow B


Check out Willow B's 1940's vintage inspired hair style how-to video for natural hair. "You can rock this look to work, while running errands, on a night out - so quick and easy I just ♡ it!"


Monday, June 30, 2014

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL - A short documentary


She Is Beautiful is a short documentary by Denise Francis. "I am in pursuit to change the definition of beauty. I made a short documentary to find what the true definition of beauty is. I explored New York City and interviewed 100 people asking them two questions. "Why are women beautiful" & "Why are you beautiful" Their answers were amazing! This is beauty redefined, the true definition of beauty is YOU."  To learn more about Denise or to see more, go to LiveNaturallyLove on youtube.