Beauty Boss Chronicles: The Business of Salons & Hair Shows with Angela Walker

As women in business, it’s always important to set and maneuver goals like the “big boys.” We eat, sleep and breathe our brands, and have an innate ability to grow and nurture things and people. It’s not often we get to sit and gab about the business aspects of our lives with each other, share tips on how we build our own successes and help others do the same. We were able to do that this past weekend. Angela Walker is the owner and founder of N Natural Hair Studio and The Natural Hair Institute, a school she opened to Read More

Find Out Why They Call This Woman @VotedBestHair!

Open. Honest. Insightful. Those are three words describing what people look for in those they listen to for advice. There are also three words that describe natural hair blogger and YouTuber Alicia, better known as @VotedBestHair (clever right?). She started her YouTube channel in 2012 with the mission to evaluate her own passions and share them with the world one video at a time. Things that some may view as too personal or wouldn’t dare share, Alicia has shared with grace and humility in hopes that sharing pieces of her life to viewers would not only be relatable, but also Read More

Shimere Williams Sherwood: The Beginning of a Bond

There’s an immediate, almost universally-felt camaraderie among the women of the natural hair community. Seeing another naturalista anywhere in public is an instant jolt of pride for many curly girls; smiles and compliments can turn into fifteen-minute conversations about regimens and products in the blink of an eye. Likewise, it’s more than commonplace for curlfriends to discuss and exchange products between themselves. In the already vast and ever-growing market of natural hair products, word of mouth is the ultimate tool for naturalistas looking to take their look to the next level. So when Shimere Williams Sherwood, a then-transitioning natural was Read More

The Great Debate: LCO vs. LOC

In many ways, the life of a naturalista is a full-time job — accompanying the one that actually pays for your monthly beauty care expenses. Much more than just committing to a certain type of maintenance, there’s an extensive amount of research and education involved, all in pursuit of discovering and understanding the unique complexities of your hair. Finding the styles and treatments that work — and maybe most importantly, the ones that don’t — is truly a tall order. The well here runs deep. One of the most critical concepts that some of us tend to struggle with is knowing the Read More

Demetris Anderson Walker: Just Keep Living!

For as long as she’d been wearing her hair natural, Demetris Anderson Walker openly longed to have marvelous, beautifully defined curls, just like those of her mother. And for as long as she’d been expressing that desire, her mom, channeling the true essence of maternal wisdom, would simply tell her “just keep living.” For a while, that seemed like that may be Demetris’ only option. A naturalista for over twenty-five years, she first made the decision to go natural after realizing that maintaining a perm was not only time-consuming, but markedly ineffective. “Dealing with those chemicals, people assume it’s easy. But Read More

Self Love Discovered Through the “Big Chop”

Five years ago at a professional conference, two ladies were thrown together as roommates. Like newfound friends, the ladies stayed awake all night chatting about life and getting to know one another. In the midst of this late night pow wow, one roommate shared with the other about her natural hair journey and the struggles she was facing during her transition. The next day — still giddy from staying up late — the two ladies hurried to nearest salon, grabbed styling scissors and clipped away the relaxed hair. Before they knew it, the “Big Chop” was complete, the transformation was Read More