(Gently) Guiding Your Guy’s Grooming Habits

The key to any relationship is communication, and the ability of either partner to listen (and retain!) the things their partner shares with them. That’s not a novel idea, and while it’s most often shared within the context of serious, introspective conversations, it can and does also apply to lighter, less serious situations — like when you decide to give your partner a friendly nudge in a certain direction regarding their grooming habits. From the male perspective, guys are typically only concerned with solving for two objectives as it pertains to their hygiene regimen: efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Or…more bluntly…is it easy? Is it Read More

Three Tips for Summertime Scalp Health

Temperatures are going up, and the sun is hanging out for longer — summer is here! Between cookouts, graduation parties, vacations, or just days out in the park with your family, your time outside is going to increase significantly. Of course, a major part of this fun is looking (and staying) cute! Many naturalistas use this time to install protective styles for the season, but there are other options as well. Regardless to how you choose to style during the summer, it will be important that you keep your scalp clean and healthy as you expose yourself and your curls to the elements. Read More

Charisse: Pressing For Growth

One of the most difficult aspects of adulthood is having to confront and unlearn some of the things we were taught as children. More often than not, life compels us to explore an alternative method or point of view. The practices and beliefs we became comfortable with in our youth don’t always continue to work for us as we age — such is the nature of growth. For Charisse, finding and experiencing growth in her personal life was hardly a problem. A native of San Jose, California, she flipped coasts and attended Howard University in Washington D.C. as an undergrad. After Read More

Cremes vs. Butters: What’s The Difference?

In the world of hair products, and especially within the realm of natural hair, there can be a lot of confusion and misdirection about what type of products one curlfriend needs for her tresses. Finding a brand you like can be a daunting project within itself, let alone choosing between between different products within the same brand — should you get a shampoo, a cleanser or a cowash? If you buy a deep conditioner, do you need a leave-in conditioner as well? Before you can answer any of those questions, the most important piece of information you need to know is your Read More

Jennifer: Pushing Your Limits

What is the meaning of life? It’s the most fundamental philosophical question to ever be posed, and one that can not only invoke several different answers, but even twice as many questions. We spend a large bulk of our existence trying to decipher and make sense of our behaviors, beliefs and principles. For Jennifer, taking up the practice of yoga opened her eyes to a new way of looking at herself and the world around her. Like many others, she took her first yoga lesson under the auspice of simply needing a way to decompress and relieve stress. Instead she found a Read More

3 Nutritious Foods Your Hair Absolutely Needs

Fun fact: March is “National Nutrition Month”! Not that we should need to designate a month to remind us that healthy and nutritious food is good for our bodies, but it does give us a chance to open up some dialogue about the subject. The cool thing about eating nutritiously is all of the neat benefits you can reap from doing so. You’ve surely heard a few of these tips passed around over the years, almost in the vein of old wives’ tales: carrots help your eyesight, milk builds strong bones, etc. And while, at least to a certain extent, these Read More

Beauty Boss Chronicles: tendrils and curls™️

Life is a perpetual cycle presented with a bevy of paths and choices to make, each bearing the potential to change your life in numerous ways. For Paula Chrishon, the option of following the road to a profession in the beauty world was ever-present, as her mother had made her own career doing the same. “I have really fond memories of my mother owning a beauty supply store when I was much younger,” Paula recalls fondly. Still, she initially resisted, as most children do, and sought to carve out her own path in the world. She earned her Ph.D. in Read More