All of my friends and family who wear their natural kinks and curls gave me a fair heads up about the maintenance and patience required when it comes to caring for natural hair. For my first twist-out ever, I had some assistance from celebrity stylist Vernon Francois (more on that later). My tired arms struggled to section off my thick mane for more uniform twists, and the lightweight cream that promised to make my curls pop?
For us ladies with curly hair, the process of buying products is a sport, hoarding them is a talent, and finishing them in a month’s time is a special skill that we’ve all perfected. But while stocking up on products is basically second nature to us, it’s obviously not the best use of our time (or money), especially if they don’t end up working. Every brand has a co-wash, styling cream, deep conditioner, and what have you. But they can’t all be the best. Sometimes, you just want something that’s going to perform, period.To help you cut down on your mass of products, we’ve chosen the most popular ones from 18 of our favorite brands; the ones that often-picky ladies with coils can’t get enough of. Click through to check them out — because marketing may lie, brands may exaggerate, but numbers (and customer reviews, most of the time) sure don’t.By Taylor BryantRelated: Add These Asian Products To Your Beauty PassportNatural Hair, ‘Do Care!Make Waves With These Hair Do’sThe Drugstore Beauty Products Celebs LOVE
Ethiopian supermodel and activist Liya Kebede has been on the cover of American Vogue twice — but her country has had a long history of iconic beauty looks. In this installment of Cut.com’s “100 Years of Beauty” series, the production team, working with model Feven G., explores beauty through the history of Ethiopian pop culture, from cornrows to big curls to slick-straight hair. Watch the first 12 videos of the “100 Years of Beauty” series here: 1, 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 10, 11, 12. Related: Moustaches and Man Buns: 100 Years of Men’s Grooming [Video] 100 Years of Beauty in Mexico [Video] Behind the Berlin Wall: 100 Years of German Beauty [Video
North West finally appeared on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, Season 11 premiere. (Photo: E!) Last night in the Season 11 premiere of our generation’s version of The Brady Bunch — Keeping Up with the Kardashians — two-year-old North West finally (!!!) appeared on screen with her mother Kim Kardashian West.
I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, and Doodle Dos by Andrea Pippins. (Photo: Schwartz & Wade) Hair is a physical space of expression and individuality, but it can also be a site of insecurity and body politics. A 2015 study from Dove, for example, found that only 10 percent of women with curly hair — one-third of the population in the United States — actually like their curls. 36-year-old illustrator Andrea Pippins wants to change our dialogue about our hair, with a little bit of creative expression. Her new coloring book for adults, I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, and Doodle Dos, aims to inspire people to not only read about hair confidence, but also experience it themselves through the visceral feeling of making the illustrations their very own.
Taraji P. Henson, shot by Bruce Weber for CR Fashion Book. “As women we put sooooo much emphasis on our hair!!! As if hair defines beauty?! I am always so grateful for women who are FREE AND BOLD enough to cut it ALL off,” she wrote on Instagram, calling out Lupita Nyong’o, V. Bozeman, Viola Davis, and Solange for inspiring. “I wear wigs a lot, especially for photo shoots,” Henson told CR Fashion Book. Taraji P. Henson and musician Jon Baptiste, shot by Bruce Weber for CR Fashion Book. (Photo: Instagram) It was a difficult decision for Henson.