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Education, Not Discrimination: NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asks Florida Schools to End Biased Hair Policies Education, Not Discrimination: NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asks Florida Schools to End Biased Hair Policies

As children returned to school this fall, new teachers and classmates weren’t the only things that greeted some students. More than one story surfaced of children being turned away, or sent home from school, because of culturally-specific hairstyles like braids or dreadlocks. One such child was six-year-old Clinton…

Watch: Amara La Negra Shares Her Natural Hair Journey

Amara La Negra is a proud Afro-Latina who “embraces her truth.” For La Negra this means that rocking her hair in its natural form—an afro. But the pop star’s striking hairstyle hasn’t always been so well received.

Celebrating the Natural Hair Journey: Behind the Scenes at Texture on the Runway

New York Fashion Week is well under way, and models with various textures of hair sashayed down the runway to represent. Why have a show dedicated to showcasing coils, curls and kinks, you say? Because natural hair matters.

Loc’ed Out: In Jamaica, a Battle for Equality Rests on a 5-Year-Old Girl’s Head Loc’ed Out: In Jamaica, a Battle for Equality Rests on a 5-Year-Old Girl’s Head

Come January, Jamaica’s highest court will hear the case of “Z,” a little girl with dreadlocks who was told she couldn’t attend a prestigious public school unless her hair was cut.

Grab Your Girls and Celebrate Your Curls: CurlFest Returns to Brooklyn This Saturday!

New York naturalistas, where you at? If you’re a devoted member of #TeamNatural, you’re hopefully already familiar with the experiential marketing group known as the Curly Girl Collective, and if you live in the New York City tri-state area, this is the weekend to take part in the largest celebration of natural hair…

Meet 21-Year-Old Nia Imani, CEO of the App Hair Days Meet 21-Year-Old Nia Imani, CEO of the App Hair Days

Meet 21-year-old Nia Wellman, known as Nia Imani on social media. Nia is a jack of all trades. She became a YouTuber back in ‘07, then started the college service-based organization Campus Curlz Inc., and now she’s the CEO of a hair growth-tracking app called Hair Days.

For Colored Girls Who Tried Braided Wigs and Clip-in Afros When Sitting in a Chair for 12 Hours Was Too Much For Colored Girls Who Tried Braided Wigs and Clip-in Afros When Sitting in a Chair for 12 Hours Was Too Much

Yasss! Box-braided and cornrow wigs are a thing. So are curly and kinky Afro clip-in hair extensions that fluff up like clouds. Meaning: Naturalistas, rejoice if you are looking to make your protective styles even more protective this summer.

Is the Mainstream Ready for 4c? Mane Traces the Evolution of Natural Hair On-Screen

Online media company NowThis turned heads at the top of 2018 with the launch of Mane, a web series focusing on the intersection between hair and culture. On Tuesday, Mane kicked off its second season with a closer look at how the presentation of naturally textured black hair has evolved on-screen, tracing the current…

Bye-Bye, Heat Damage; Hello, Protective Styles! Bye-Bye, Heat Damage; Hello, Protective Styles!

The relationship a black woman has with her hair is ever changing.

Rihanna on Loc: The Style Secrets Behind Ocean’s 8 Rihanna on Loc: The Style Secrets Behind Ocean’s 8

Much has been said of Ocean’s 8, the all-female reboot of the franchise (which originated in 1960) made famous for a new generation over a decade ago by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and a crew of other male stars. With the latest installment starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna in a diverse…

Zazie Beetz Is the Only Thing That Matters in Deadpool 2

“I know white superheroes aren’t your thing,” The Root’s resident Suge Knight, also known as our deputy managing editor, Yesha Callahan, said to me as she tasked me with writing about Deadpool 2. No, white superheroes aren’t my thing, but Ryan Reynolds is my thing, and even more so, Zazie Beetz as freakin’ Domino!

Met Gala 2018: Issa Rae Gets Regal and Red-Carpet Ready  Met Gala 2018: Issa Rae Gets Regal and Red-Carpet Ready 

Last night, all the sexy people strutted their red-carpet stuff at fashion’s biggest night out: the Met Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Issa Rae was ready to shine as usual, giving the evening’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic…

Comic Relief: Wash Day Captures the Radical Self-Love in a Hair-Care Ritual Comic Relief: Wash Day Captures the Radical Self-Love in a Hair-Care Ritual

When is your “wash day”? Saturday mornings? Sunday afternoons after church? However a black woman wears her hair, the wash-day ritual is one she undoubtedly knows well, with techniques sometimes preserved since childhood, or honed to perfection after starting her natural-hair journey.

Janelle Monáe Is Serving Lewks on Lewks on Lewks ... and We Like That

Another day, another Janelle Monáe drop. This time it’s the accompanying visuals to “I Like That,” which we declared The Glow Up Anthem of the Week on Friday.

Monday Motivation: Get Out of Bed and Have a Good Hair Day!

As beauty and fashion editors, we’ve seen some impressive heads of hair, but few are more astounding than Instagram star, and Guinness World Record holder for the highest high-top fade, Benny Harlem and his daughter, Jaxyn (Mom Kourtney’s got a pretty impressive mane, too).

Putting Their Heads Together: How Facebook’s Natural Hair Group Became Over 250,000 Strong (and Growing) Putting Their Heads Together: How Facebook’s Natural Hair Group Became Over 250,000 Strong (and Growing)

There are groups, and there are “supergroups.” At over 253,000 members—and growing daily—the Natural Hair Facebook group definitely qualifies as the latter.

This Is Me: At Home With Susan Kelechi Watson  This Is Me: At Home With Susan Kelechi Watson 

Susan Kelechi Watson wows us every week on the hit NBC show This Is Us. Her natural beauty—from her bouncy curls to her tight curves—is the perfect embodiment of her character, Beth Pearson, who is, well ... perfect.

Tennessee Has Fined Residents Almost $100,000 for Braiding Hair Without a License ... Seriously Tennessee Has Fined Residents Almost $100,000 for Braiding Hair Without a License ... Seriously

Getting your hair braided is something I’ve always taken for granted. You grab your bundles (if you want added hair); you go to your favorite salon, family member, friend, friend of a friend or acquaintance; you may or may not drop some coin; and you walk away feeling like a million bucks.

Unmaking Mary J.: Hairstylist Lawrence Davis Talks Dressing Down the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul for Mudbound Unmaking Mary J.: Hairstylist Lawrence Davis Talks Dressing Down the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul for Mudbound

On Sunday night, Mary J. Blige will attend the 90th Academy Awards not as a guest, presenter or simply a performer, but as a dual nominee for best supporting actress and best original song for Dee Rees’ gripping post-World War II drama, Mudbound. It’s a remarkable first-time feat for a first-time nominee; no other…

Naturally in Fashion: #TeamNatural Took Over the Runways at Fall Fashion Week Naturally in Fashion: #TeamNatural Took Over the Runways at Fall Fashion Week

There were lots of exciting trends walking the runways last week during the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 collections. Come fall, there’s saturated color, ’90s-inspired silhouettes and a fair amount of fur to look forward to, so get ready.

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