For Our Head Wrap Lovers!

Head wraps or head ties originated in Sub-Saharan Africa and have survived, in multiple cultures, through colonial and post-colonial times. They go by different names in different cultures. For instance, in Nigeria, they’re commonly known as  ‘Gele.’ In Ghana and Malawi, a ‘Duku.’ Just like our numerous traditional hairstyles, head wraps are used to symbolize culture, social status, spirituality, marital status or even age. They come in different styles and are made with a wide range of colors and fabrics, each with their own significances. It is often said that a head wrap can tell you a lot about the Read More

Michelle Holmes: Sticks and Stones

In a perfect world, people would always be nice to us. They’d always be understanding and accepting of our choices and circumstances, and would never waiver in their support of what we want. But of course, we don’t live in a perfect world. We’re subject to the criticisms and judgement of those around us, be they verbal or nonverbal, intentionally hurtful or simply clumsily worded. Case in point – as naturalistas, many of us can attest to hearing less-than-flattering things during our natural hair journey. It’s one thing when we hear it from co-workers or acquaintances or even strangers; when Read More

Helecia Williams’ 7 Tricks to Treat Your Hair

Hair, regardless of color, texture or length, needs all the tender loving care you can provide, and then some. Trust me, your hair will certainly appreciate the gesture! So, in the spirit of Halloween, let’s get into seven tricks for treating your hair.   Deep conditioning is always a good idea. No matter the weather or season, hair needs to be strengthened. Deep conditioning is one of the easiest methods to restore it. All you have to do is simply use your normal conditioner (hint hint: Richee Rich Moisturizing Conditioner), add a plastic cap, and let it sit or apply heat. Read More

Zandra Stovall: Loc’d Into Freedom

As many Funky Junkies will certainly attest, the decision to wear our hair in its natural state, or in a protective style is hardly ever just as easy as talking about it. There are a number of factors we must take into account before making the life-changing leap into the natural realm – how will the look alter my overall appearance? Will my family, friends, significant other, employer, etc. accept my new look? It’s a lot to consider, and our concern about the answer to these questions can make a huge difference in the trajectory of our journey. But sometimes, as Read More

Helecia Williams’ Summer Hair Protection Tips

With August wrapping up and the kiddos heading back to school, the realization that summer is drawing to a close is setting in. But, there’s still a few weeks of heat left to deal with – especially if you live in Houston like I do, where it feels like the summer can last well into October! I enjoy the outdoors as much as the next girl, but the sun is unforgiving, and can definitely take a toll on your hair. To help combat this, I created a DIY Hair Mask using Uncle Funky’s Daughter Richee Rich Conditioner and other common household Read More

5 Tips to Prepare Your Hair for the Winter Air

Winter has arrived! In the same manner that we change up our wardrobe to adapt to the harsher, colder weather, we also have to change up our hair routine and products. If you don’t know how to care for your hair during this time of year, or if you need a refresher, here are few tips on how to keep your hair winter-ready! Because our natural hair tends to be a bit drier during the colder months due to the dry air, heaters all around us keeping us warm, winter knit hats covering our tresses, and a host of other reasons, it’s important to Read More

Styling Tips to Wash and Style Your Wig Unit

Recently, Haute Kinky Hair (HKH) teamed up with Uncle Funky’s Daughter for an amazing opportunity to test out their products on the HKH natural hair extensions. I wanted to take a moment to share with you a few tips on how you can use your Uncle Funky’s Daughter products on the HKH hair or any other natural hair extensions you may have. Prepping the Wig Unit Before wearing your wig unit, you need to wash, detangle, and condition the unit. A light, moisturizing shampoo such as Rich & Funky Moisturizing Shampoo works well. I recommend detangling the hair while shampooing Read More