Kelley Eubanks

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Natural hair curlfriend gone rouge

On June 13, 2014 a young lady named Jasmine Toliver, who has natural hair, decided to create a petition with the Change.org page asking Beyonce and Jay-Z to comb their two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy’s hair. The petition reads: “As a woman who understands the importance of hair care, it’s disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. ‘The parents of Blue Ivy, Sean Carter aka Jay -Z and Beyonce, have failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy’s hair. This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let’s get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy’s hair.”

To my surprise, Ms. Toliver had over 3,000 people who joined her by signing the petition stating their reasons why they supported her petition. Continue Reading →

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Hair loss or damage — did I do that?

How many of you have heard people say, “Sometimes you endure the pain to be beautiful”? Is the consequence behind the pain truly worth it? There are many health issues one may encounter that can cause hair loss and damage that are totally out of our control. However, there are many actions within our control that can cause hair loss and damage. Practicing bad care techniques over time resulting in hair loss or damage, a suitable reflection might be that of the nerdy sitcom character Steve Urkle’s favorite saying, “Did I do that?” Here are my top five observations of how we can contribute to hair loss and or damage. Continue Reading →

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Hair it is: Straight or natural, learn to love it

Why does it seem like such a challenge to enjoy our natural abundance of strands growing on top of our heads? Doesn’t it seem odd how we can perpetuate the division amongst Black women down to the very follicle? It’s nearly impossible to make collective cosmetic changes without society and others forcing their social issues into the situation. How we “rock” our hair should not be a political issue, but merely a choice on how one styles one’s hair. Sesame Street gets it with their quote and song, “I REALLY Love my Hair.” That song was conceived by a father who wanted his daughter simply to “love her hair.”

It is true that most Black women have a naturally kinky hair type; some have curls that are more tightly coiled than others. Continue Reading →

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Don’t stress the tresses in cold weather

Conditioning, protection help hair bear the winter
 

 

What is predictable, cold and lasts long? If you said a Minnesota winter, you got it right. You can feel the fall season in the air, temperatures dropping giving us cooler air that will ramp up quickly into our blustery winter very soon. Different seasons require different hair care techniques to maintain healthy hair. Cooler temperatures, dry air outdoors and dry hot air indoors can result in increased breakage to our hair. Continue Reading →

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Sistah Owned Hauls: tresses and bling

 

 

Being on a natural hair journey has allowed many women to take an amazing path on their self-exploration process. We learn to uncover our inner creativity. It shows up in our desire and eagerness to be authentic.  

The use of being creative can also be a collaborative means of fostering unity, especially in the natural hair community. I ran across a “Canadian Curly” named Toni Daley. Continue Reading →

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‘Good hair’ is healthy hair

Hats off to the May Sister Spokesman event with the theme of “Loving Your Hair.”  Many women shared the feedback that bringing attention to hair care in that forum was fun, educational, informative and appreciated. I was in the house as well, and the panel had the women engaged, responding to questions from hair history to learning the value of understanding product ingredients going into the body internally and externally, all in pursuit of having healthier hair. Loved that! I have to admit, I was very surprised, yet pleased, that I did not hear anyone comment or ask about “good hair” or “bad hair.” It gives me hope that we are releasing the old tapes and negative stigma of “Afro-textured hair” as being unmanageable, not beautiful, and un-kept. When asked my definition of “good hair” or “bad hair,” I ponder the question each time. Continue Reading →

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