Black-ish Star Tracee Ellis Ross Talks Hair, Black Standards of Beauty

Last week I published a piece on this site about how a white dude at the opera called me "disgusting" after I refused pull back my naturally curly hair. I wrote that my hair looked "more Tracee Ellis-Ross in Black-ish than Diana Ross's 1983 Central Park performance." Translation: I was having a tame hair day. And now,… » 1/24/15 5:15pm 1/24/15 5:15pm

When the Opera Acts Like It's Never Seen a Black Person Before

The man at the opera tells me I'm disgusting, but in a lot of ways, he's lucky. There is no moisture in the air. I slept the night before in braids. It's a matinee, so I'm holding a very strong day vibe: more Tracee Ellis-Ross in Black-ish than Diana Ross's 1983 Central Park performance. My hair is being tame for my… » 1/20/15 12:10pm 1/20/15 12:10pm

Defense Secretary Hagel Orders Army to Review Black Hair Bans

The Army and its complicated relationship with black hair are back! I’m sure before ordering the military to review its recent controversial hairstyle rules, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel probably needed several people to explain why banning locks and twists was a problem for African American soldiers, let alone a… » 5/01/14 5:10pm 5/01/14 5:10pm

Army Bans Braids and Twists Because They Don't Understand Black Hair

As if the military doesn’t have enough fires with all those sexual assault claims, the Army released an updated regulation banning twists and braids for female members. In response, African American soldiers have crafted a White House petition asking President Obama to order the Army to reconsider their new… » 4/01/14 5:30pm 4/01/14 5:30pm

Natural Hair Dolls to Celebrate Your Afro Puffs!

So, I was able to get Groupthink privileges a while back, but never posted because I never have anything important to say, really. But, I came across this site with tons of Black dolls with "natural" hair and now I'm wishing I was a kid in 2013 so I could play with dolls that had hair like mine. » 10/07/13 10:33pm 10/07/13 10:33pm

The Sights & Sounds of "You Can Touch My Hair"

Growing up, touching my hair was the sole province of the family caregivers who would wash, brush, braid, cornrow, pigtail, or hot comb it until I was myself old enough to manage its daily styling. As I entered adolescence, those family members were replaced by the professionals who'd relax it during the school year… » 6/11/13 9:00pm 6/11/13 9:00pm

Exhibit Asks People to Explore ‘Tactile Fascination with Black Hair’

Because you wouldn’t go up to a stranger (any stranger, really) and ask to touch that person’s hair without being justifiably throat-punched, un’ruly, a site that focuses on the experience of being black and having hair, is launching a public exhibit in New York’s Union Square called “You Can Touch My Hair.” Want to… » 6/06/13 9:15pm 6/06/13 9:15pm

The Blacker the Hair, the Rarer the Cut

From Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas's ponytail to Oprah's natural on the cover of O magazine's September issue, black hair — the final frontier of racial politics for black women — is a perpetually vexed issue. But for all the trend pieces, blogs, and news segments dedicated to the growing natural hair movement,… » 9/30/12 10:00am 9/30/12 10:00am

Oprah's Hair Stylist Pisses Off Kinky-Haired Folks

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Andre Walker — who was responsible for Her Majesty Oprah Winfrey's hair for more than two decades, said: "I always recommend embracing your natural texture. Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that's the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional… » 7/12/11 4:50pm 7/12/11 4:50pm