good hair

“natural” weaves and protective style propoganda

natural weavei recently had the most shocking experience of my life. scrolling through one of my favorite blogger’s instagram pictures, i noticed she tagged her hair stylist.  initially, i was surprised that she used a professional hairstylist to maintain her afro since it always looked like a twist out; however, a few swipes revealed something that made my mouth drop open. the blogger whose style i admire and natural hair i’d envied, was wearing a WEAVE!

as a black woman, it’s my duty to spot a weave from no less than 3.72 miles away.  how many times have i rolled my eyes when a white co-worker or classmate was dupped by a sista’s extensions? (no, shanika’s hair didn’t grow 5 inches over night). but now, i’d traded places with these less-cultured-black-hair spectators and failed to notice what was right in front of me. these perfectly coifed crowns skating down my tumblr, facebook and instagram feeds are in fact not natural but fake. (more…)

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goodbye 2013

2013 was amazing. cliche, i know, but i can’t think of a time in my life when i’ve been happier.  between a new job, living in a great city, an amazing family and friends and falling in (and out) of love, i’ve grown more during the past 12 months than the past few years combined.  thank you to my readers, especially those who have followed since 2011 — your support keeps me motivated to share my random thoughts on life. here’s a review of 2013 captured by politics and fashion:

1. thanks to michael idiokitas for his bomb photography skills and asking me to pose for his forthcoming streetstyle book.

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what’s for dinner?

a photo series by photographer nakeya b explores the obsession and consumption of “good hair” within the black community. by having the models literally eat hair, she equates our obsession to hair texture to food, something key to human survival.  i love the message, models and visuals.