In the hot and humid Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair in an effort to conform to deeply ingrained, yet outdated, standards of beauty. But Carolina Contreras is slowly changing this societal norm. Not only does she proudly rock her big curls, she’s helping other women do the same at her natural […]
In this awesome video from Allure and StyleLikeU, mother-daughter duo Raquel Cepeda and Djali Brown-Cepeda talk about combating identity stereotypes, embracing their natural hair, and advocating the importance of being comfortable in one’s own skin.
By SANDRA E. GARCIA On my first trip back to the Dominican Republic in 10 years, as I wandered down the streets of La Zona Colonial, I noticed how their names were weighted with history. Calle de las Damas, a street made specifically for the wives and daughters of noblemen from colonial times to walk […]
By Jorteh Senah Black salons and barbershops, which serve as local hangouts, are pillars of the Harlem community. One relatively new resident enters one for a haircut for the first time. In central Harlem, the ratio of blacks to whites is roughly 6 to 1, but the clientele of the area’s businesses can make it […]
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A Word From Miss Rizos My name is Carolina and I am the creator of MissRizos.com, a community and online platform that celebrates and promotes afro-textured hair! Miss Rizos’ vision is to change our societies standards of beauty through facilitating individual self-acceptance for women and girls through their hair. We’ve created this campaign to increase […]
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Locs Revolution has teamed up with Unveiled Unlocked and the FOLLICLE film production team, to bring you a Natural Hair event like none other. Saturday, Feb. 8th the event, Know Your Roots: Natural Hair and the “Movement”, takes place at Dinosour BBQ in Harlem. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for the film project. Support Here: […]
BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Over a decade ago, when I first decided to leave my hair in it’s natural kinky state and free of chemical relaxers, the response from many in my mostly-Dominican community was outright negative. If you didn’t notice, hair and beauty are a big deal in Washington Heights and the fact […]