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Ask the Experts: The Real Reason Your Hair is Falling Out (Throwback)

by Nicole Marie Melton

It’s no secret that sistas love rocking every hairstyle under the sun. But while our ever-changing tresses allow us to rock versatile ‘dos, weaves, chemical processing and too-tight hairstyles are also causing premature hair loss at alarming rates.

A recent study found that permanent hair loss among Black women is directly the result of braids and weaves that are done improperly. But are there any other reasons why you could be noticing more hair in your comb than usual?

We sat down with Dr. Kari Williams, owner of Mahogany Revolution Salon and an expert in the study of hair and scalp disorders, to discover key causes of hair loss and breakage.

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Werk at Work!

Via Essence

Dress the part in any industry—and take your career to stylish new levels—with finds under $100.

Art Curator

Art Curator

Take advantage of the creative freedom you have in the office, and go bold whenever possible fom head to heels.

Dress, Topshop, $90, Earrings, Kendra Scott Jewelry, $80, Bag, Marshalls, $35, marshallsonline for store locations. Pumps, Heart Soul, $45,

Media Pro

Media Pro

Keep it conservatively chic in clean lines and fuss-free patterns if you’re in front of the camera.

Top, Asos, $56, Skirt, Eva Mendes Collection for New York & Company, $60, Earrings, bracelets and rings, Charmed Circle, $75-$95, Satchel, Mark., $50, Pumps, Aldo, $90,



Spruce up casual pieces by using pops of color and subtle prints that’ll bring much needed energy to your classroom.

Sweater and pants, Talbots, $70 and $90, Shirt, American Apparel, $58, Glasses, Eyebobs, $75, Earrings, Carolee, $32, select Lord & Taylor locations. Necklace, Anna & Ava, $30, Shoes, G.H. Bass & Co., $98,

 Marketing Rep

Marketing Rep

Business attire doesn’t have to be so serious. Whenever possible replace your your typical office style with one that adds a splash of unexpectd color.

Blazer, GoJane, $65, similar styles available Top, Spiegel, $49, Pants, Zara, $80, similar styles available Earrings, Olive + Piper, $22, Pumps, Heart Soul, $55,

 Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer

Get graphic! Contrast colors in classic styles give the young professional a fresher feel.

Top, Vince Camuto, $79, Skirt, Foreign Exchange, $32, Necklace, BaubleBar, $28, Watch, Isaac Mizrahi Live!, $36, Clutch, Melie Bianco, $73, Pumps, Sole Society, $60,

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The Ultimate Natural Hair Gift Guide

By Nicole Marie Melton

939163-jane_carter_nourish_and_shineNeed holiday shopping help? We’ve enlisted some of our favorite natural hair bloggers, YouTubers and Instagram crushes to select their top gift-giving picks for curly girls. From miracle-working gadgets to so-chic accessories, these hair treats are sure to delight every naturalisata on your list. Ready, set, shop!

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Kimberly Elise on Learning to Love Her Hair

via Essence By Kimberly Elise as told to Nicole Marie Melton

When I was growing up, I couldn’t wait to get a relaxer. Back then, mamas believed that young girls couldn’t get them until they went through “the change.” Well, once that phase happened for me, I was so excited to get my first perm. I wore that for several years until the Jheri curl became popular. Believe it or not, I loved my Jheri curl and thought it was beautiful on me. It actually made my hair grow like crazy. What they didn’t tell you back then was that once you get the Jheri curl there’s no way of getting rid of it, so when I was over it, I ended up having to cut off all my hair and start all over again.

In my college days, I went wild with my hair. I dyed it every color in the book and quite naturally, my hair would break off from all the damage. When our hair breaks off, of course there’s only one thing to do —braid it up. I wore braids for a while and would always feel like I just never knew what to do with my hair. I was always trying to figure out this “hair thing.”

Around 2000, after years of color, relaxers, weaves, you name it, I had finally had enough. I had enough of the burning scalp and scabs on my ears. I stopped putting chemicals in my hair altogether and went back to wearing a press-and-curl and would add in extensions for different styles. One day, I saw a photo of myself on the red carpet wearing long, straight hair down my back and I realized that I didn’t even look like myself. I said to myself, “Who is that? That’s not me.” I thought to myself that there’s nothing wrong with my own hair and I started to feel like I no longer wanted to wear my hair in these long, straight styles.

I decided to start embracing and wearing my natural hair but there was only one problem; I didn’t know what to do with it or how to style it. Growing up, all I knew was my relaxed, processed hair so I had to go through this learning phase. I remember going to hair stylists to help me with my hair and all they wanted to do was straighten it. Fed up, I decided to figure it out on my own. I went on YouTube, started reading all the natural hair blogs and just sat on the Internet for days soaking up all this newfound knowledge about my hair. These girls were loving their hair and caressing it gently with all kinds of butters and oils. I was amazed and knew I wanted to treat my hair like that, too.


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Is It Okay for Strangers to Touch Your Natural Hair?

By Nicole Marie Melton via essence

I have big, fluffy, type 4 hair, so when I read about the “You Can Touch My Hair” exhibit in New York City, I wasn’t particularly shocked by the motives behind the topic.  It appears I’m part of a small minority. Since its debut last week, the exhibit has actually become a hot-button issue and come under fire as a “petting zoo” of sorts.  To be honest, I don’t see it that way at all.  In fact, I can easily relate to people wanting and asking to touch my hair. All. The. Time.

I’ve had my hair stroked by complete strangers, Black and White, wishing to cop a feel of my kinky halo. And every time this happens, the gesture is accompanied by compliments on my hair’s soft texture and unique style.

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Would you allow a stranger to touch your hair?


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Curly Commentary: Goapele’s Natural Hair Journey

By Nicole Marie Melton/ Via Essence

Many of us are fans of Goapele’s rich vocal and soothing sound, but there’s something to be said about the singer’s intricate hairstyles, too.  Over the years she’s worn nearly every hairstyle in the book, from bone-straight strands to intricate cornrows.  Nowadays, Goapele is rocking a one-of-a-kind asymetric look as she transitions back to natural.

We sat down with the star to gain insight on her hair switcheroos and chat about how she came to embrace her hair.

ESSENCE: How are you wearing your hair now?

GOAPELE: I’m going back to natural now. Now I’ve tried locs and then, I was flat-ironing my hair and trying all different kinds of styles and it was fun doing up-dos and ponytails and trying different kinds of styles that I couldn’t do before. Then, I just felt like I was ready for a change again. That happens to me every now and then after I feel like I’ve done everything I can. Also, my hair wasn’t as healthy when I flat-ironed it all the time. I wanted it to be back to a state where it felt like it was thriving. I think that my hair’s happiest natural so I just cut it off recently.


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Angela Burt-Murray Launches Cocoa Fab

Angela Burt-Murray has stepped into the digital landscape with her new site This is a website for women of color that covers everything from pop culture, celebrity news, style, and beauty. The site is a part of Cocoa Media Group, a company led by Burt-Murray along with her business partner and leading digital media strategist Shelly Jones Jennings. Although digital is Burt-Murray’s new venture, the award-winning journalists has quite and extensive platform when it comes to the business of publishing.

It was her grandmother that initially piqued her interest in books and writing. “I remember spending summers at my grandma’s house. She was a voracious reader. She has an extensive collection of books. I remember black history books, books on culture and stacks of magazines including Ebony,” she reminisces. From an enjoyable root in books, Burt-Murray continued her journey and moved to New York after college exploring all facets of the publishing business including her position as editor-in-chief of Essence as well as editorial positions at Honey and Teen People. Having a strong eye for trends, dynamic content and the seeing the need Burt-Murray felt it was time to expand into the digital space.

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