Posts By :

NaturaStaff

1024 683 NaturaStaff

Dove Hair: Love Your Curls (VIDEO)

Did you know that only 4 out of 10 curly haired girls think their hair is ‘beautiful’? Together, we can change that. Watch what happens when we show them how much we love curls.

Wear your curls proudly and help inspire the next generation of curly haired girls!
3

713 428 NaturaStaff

100 Years of Black Beauty in Under a Minute

 d2f4adca0e3b8d4ba3c995ec09d1454f07ea11b6

The history of black female hair is rife with politics—but it is also a space for empowerment and expression. Cut.com’s new video, “100 Years of Beauty: Marshay” is a time lapse of popular black female hairstyles and beauty looks from 1910 to 2010—in just under a minute. This is a follow up from the first “100 Years of Beauty” video, which uses a Caucasian model, and Cut.com even helpfully included a side-by-side comparison video to satiate our curiosity. We’re especially fond of the tight bobs of the 1920s à la Josephine Baker and the afros of the 2010s (hat tip, Solange Knowles).

“What made the first piece so easy is that white standards of beauty are never complicated by race,” director Mike Gaston told Yahoo Beauty exclusively. “This is one of those things I knew intellectually but had never really internalized as a white, straight, man—until I found myself making this video.”

read more here

480 473 NaturaStaff

What Would You Do?

What Would You Do? Teacher Tries to Help Her Student by Styling Her ‘Tangled’ Hair, Shares Before & After Picture on Facebook Photo

IMG_1018

What would you do if you sent your daughter to school with her hair one way, and it came back done completely different?

There’s a picture (above) floating around social media of a little girl who showed up to school after the holiday break with her hair looking ‘ridiculously tangled’ and full of ‘lint’.

The child’s teacher took it upon herself to style the little girl’s hair in an attempt to help the situation and make the little girl feel better about herself.

 

Do you think the teacher was doing too much — or do you think her ‘good deed’ was well-received?

200 200 NaturaStaff

Should You Try Marula Oil?

by Jenna Birch

5ddf490f43c2bc2139650b5e4d6185ef

Right now, everybody loves oils. Intensely hydrating and packed with nutrients, they can replace everything and the kitchen sink in your life — or at least everything from your moisturizer to your frizz-fighting serum in your beauty routine.The newest buzzy oil is marula, and if you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re about to see it everywhere. Here’s all you need to know about its origin and benefits.

What is marula oil?

marula

The oil originates from Africa, extracted from the kernels of the native marula tree, and we’re seeing the ingredient pop up more and more on shelves in its pure oil form, as well as in moisturizers, cleansers, and hair care products. According to Dr. Jenny Kim, professor of clinical medicine in the division of dermatology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, African women have used traditional botanicals like marula to care for babies’ super-sensitive skin for years. “We’re finding different components of the oil are really effective for health,” Kim says. “The monounsaturated fatty acids, especially Oleic acid, and the natural antioxidants in marula are great for the skin.”

more..

 

480 640 NaturaStaff

What’s Your Hair Type

Whats my hair type?… Am I a 4a, 3b,  or 2c?  Whether you just transitioned to natural, or you’ve been natural for years, knowing your hair type can rule out a lot of unnecessary problems when managing your natural tresses.  Knowing your specific hair type can help you determine what products and styles work best for your texture. This in essence will save you a lot of money spent on unnecessary products and headaches from styles that don’t last.  Experts from the Natura Staff  have composed a chart to help assist you in determining your natural hair type.

Im a 3C.. what are you?

Xoxo

Naturalia

to see the chart click here.

 

300 400 NaturaStaff

It Isn’t Okay To Compare Solange’s Hair To A Dog

By Phillip Picardi

633bdeee9057299d6e4e1a84465b8c7c4a233051

PHOTO: BRAD HUNTER/NEWSPIX/REX USA.

Today in Tabloids Being Terrible, a snap of an  In Touch page called “Creature Feature” is circulating online (h/t to  Bossip), featuring a headshot of Solange Knowles adjacent to a Yorkie-Poo named Jackie. According to the dog’s owner, Solange and Jackie are “basically twinsies.”

Obviously, this is an example of racism: It is ignorant to compare a poodle’s  fur to a woman’s natural hair texture. And, while we’re on the topic of Solange’s hair, it’s  always beautiful, no matter how she chooses to wear it.

Some people may be operating under the false assumption that “it’s just hair,” and that this comparison could possibly be construed as “funny,” which was obviously the magazine’s intention. But, there is history to hair — especially  Black women’s hair. In the  words of Michaela Angela Davis, an image activist and a woman far more eloquent than I could ever aspire to be, “We hold all this stuff in our hair…it is a repository of our history, of our heroes, of our happiness…it’s how we identify.”

Comparing a God-given, gorgeous, full head of hair to a dog is damning, triggering, and damaging in more ways than one. Given how many strides the natural hair community has made in recent years to be heard and appreciated, this is a very disappointing instance of ignorance.

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

500 345 NaturaStaff

Carol’s Daughter Founder: “Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Smart”

by Amber Katz

carols-daughter

Anyone who’s indulged in a confection knows that homemade goodies triumph over store-bought when it comes to desserts, but hand-mixed beauty products rarely work out so well. The founder of Carol’s Daughter—and Carol’s actual daughter, of course—Lisa Price proved her cottage industry an exception 20 years ago when she transformed her hobby of mixing up fragrances and lotions in her Brooklyn kitchen into a veritable beauty empire. A former writer’s assistant for The Cosby Show, Price started experimenting with fragrance in her spare time. In the early ‘90s, she started selling her homemade beauty items at flea markets and demand skyrocketed. In 1994, she established Carol’s Daughter, the line of hair and body products that went on to count Jada Pinkett-Smith, Erykah Badu, and Halle Berry as loyal customers. Last month, L’Oreal USA acquired Carol’s Daughter to live alongside its big-time brands like Maybelline, Clarisonic, Urban Decay, and NYX. We caught up with the mom of three to find out what she’s learned along the way, from the first product she created to dating mishaps to what she’d tell her 20-something self now.

When I was in my 20s, the idea of having a mentor was not even a concept. Instead, you looked at people that you perhaps would like to emulate. You may have looked up to a supervisor but it would have been too familiar to refer to them as a mentor. I learned a lot from one of my supervisors when I worked for the City of New York, I didn’t like her at first, because she was tough, but her tough love paid off and made me a better worker; she pushed me to develop skill sets I didn’t know I had.

read more

446 400 NaturaStaff

U.S. Navy Responds to Hair Controversy with New Guidelines

by:

Jessica Sims served in the U.S. Navy with an unblemished record for 12 years. For over 10 of those years, Sims wore tightly woven dreadlocks pulled back in a bun without comment from her superiors. Then Sims was asked to change her hair to fit in with the Navy’s longstanding regulations requiring a smaller bun size and banning dreadlocks. She was also given the option to wear a wig. When she refused she was given the boot with an honorable discharge this August. Sims felt that the problem wasn’t her refusal, but the Navy’s rigid hairstyle options for African American women.  Sims told the Navy Times, “I do think that it’s a race issue. The majority of the hairstyles that have the strictest regulations are hairstyles that black women would wear.”

This diagram aims to clarify the Navy’s controversial hair guidelines

df62c49b62ed885f8abb3b3592c5108246251dbcread more

1024 680 NaturaStaff

The Versatility Of Styling Natural Hair (Video)

The Versatility Of Styling Natural Hair is a video that represents women who are choosing to embrace their Natural Hair!
Created by Natura Magazine featuring educator and natural hair salon owner Lisa Fuller Of naturalstylesbylisa.com

400 593 NaturaStaff

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

f7be04c0-442d-11e4-b887-eb496a37e657_Dear-White-PeopleThe unexpected election of activist Samantha White as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks, son of the university’s dean, defies his father’s lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college’s influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins, an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture-a subject he knows little about-while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV. But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche’s outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its “unleash your inner Negro” theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side.

check out the preview here: