February 13, 2020

Years ago when I was in middle school my class did a pin-pal event so that we could learn what school was like for kids in other parts of the world. I was obsessed with all things Japan while in the 6th grade and had to have a Japanese pin-pal. My teacher actually didn't allow me to send a letter to a non-English speaking country, but I was determined to have a Japanese pin-pal anyway.

So, I researched a random school in japan...

December 19, 2019

It's safe to say that there is no one size fits all approach to moisturizing natural hair. While the rule remains that in order to have soft, healthy hair, you must moisturize and seal, with low porosity hair, it is not that simple. If you are a Natural with this hair type, you may find that despite following the rules, your hair remains dry more often than not. 

The lack of moisture may not be caused by having the wrong produc...

December 12, 2019

If you are a woman with dark brown skin, consider yourself blessed with a beautiful complexion. Dark skin isn't in the least bit rare or exotic, but it is still precious. Beyonce even wrote a song about your skin, likening it to pearls, and saying it's the best thing in the world. You already knew what you were working with, though. 

On its own, your skin is a gem, so it's no surprise that you wear it with pride. When adorned,...

December 11, 2019

Everyone wants perfect skin. For some, this is something easily achieved by maintaining a simple, easily implementable skin care routine and simply having great genes. For others, obtaining great skin means going through a strict, extensive routine and always being vigilant about what goes on their skin.

Lastly, there are those of us who despite trying every method in the book never seem to be able to have our skin cooperate w...

December 4, 2019

Wintertime, with its frigid temperatures, has a less than stellar reputation when it comes to its effects on the skin. This season's cold air causes the skin to dry out and become susceptible to irritations, like blisters and rashes. And for those already dealing with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, 'tis the season for flare-ups.

Of course, the common-sense solution to alleviate these unwanted problems...

November 21, 2019

Dark skin is one of the most precious gifts a woman could possess. Rich and active melanin keeps skin healthy, protected, and youthful. Dark skin “is less susceptible to sun-induced damage” which is the leading cause of premature aging. Darker skin is also thicker and thus keeps its elasticity better than any other group. This also results in a more youthful appearance. Despite all the magical things dark skin grants the beare...

November 13, 2019

Protective styling is, hands down, one of the most effective ways to grow tightly coiled hair. This hair type tends to be very fragile due to the nature of how the strands are constructed. Every bend of each coil presents a point of weakness along the hair shaft that may lead to breakage if not treated with care. Protective styles are great for mitigating mechanical damage caused by frequent styling. Plus, they are a huge time...

November 4, 2019

Having natural hair can be difficult, especially for those of us with curls and kinks on the tighter end of the spectrum. Even with a wide array of products from which to choose and years of experience of taking care of your hair, natural haircare can still be a bit of a struggle. With that being said, add moving abroad to the mix and you end up with a scalp crisis.

The thing about moving abroad, and moving to a new place in ge...

November 1, 2019

Wintertime is quickly approaching, and its effects are already being felt. Temperatures are dropping, the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing, and the Christmas classics are steadily making their way to the airwaves.

Unfortunately, the effects are not all positive. For many naturals, the cold winter air means dry and brittle hair. If not carefully treated, hair left in this state can become damaged. Fortunately, most naturals toda...

October 29, 2019

Whether one chooses to wear it or not, makeup has become more accessible and plays a part in countless people’s everyday routine. In some countries, it is standard for women to wear makeup every day, whether natural or glam. In others, very little to no makeup is the standard.

I happen to be from a place where all ends of the spectrum are embraced.

This year, I mostly only wore makeup for special occasions and barely wore any d...

October 28, 2019

So you have yet to hear about skin roller systems (aka microneedling) being used on your edges to assist hair growth? Piercing your scalp with hundreds of tiny needles to assist hair growth is the latest treatment that’s touted as allowing better absorption of products into the skin.

I recently watched a YouTube video where this young black woman was talking about using a skin roller system to regrow her edges. My initial thoug...

October 14, 2019

It's no secret that many of us naturals dread wash day because of how time consuming it can be. This is the day that us coily girls will spend thoroughly detangling, pre-pooing, shampooing, and deep conditioning our hair, among other things. After we have made it through all of that, we are then tasked with figuring out how we're going to style our hair.

Some of us opt for blow drying to achieve sleek, stretched hair, and then...

October 8, 2019

Having acne is not for the faint at heart, especially when it's compounded with a host of other skin problems. If you are anything like me, you have hormonal acne, combination oily skin, and pores that are larger than life.

Like me, you have visited just about every drugstore location nearest you, searching the aisles for the latest product that promises clear skin, hoping against hope that it will be the one.

You finally get yo...

September 30, 2019

As a natural with high porosity hair you may find that it is a bit of a challenge to retain length and reach your growth goals due to constant breakage. Having high porosity hair means that your hair strands have raised or damaged cuticles which can lead to chips and cracks along your hair strands.

The damage incurred could have been the result of chemical processes like dying the hair, or it could have been the result of ove...

Nails designs have evolved tremendously and are now considered to be just as important as the perfect accessories to accentuate your feminine attire. The key to perfect nail selection is: nail shape, choosing a design based on not only what is trending, but what is also, flattering to your nail bed, finger shape/length, and considering color shades that compliment your skin tone.

Contrary to popular belief; bright col...

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