For black women, hair is often an art, a form of expression and a source of cultural identity. In the last month, we’ve been talking all about respecting our crowns! That means respecting our hair and its history in all its glory. It’s about us taking up space, wearing and embracing our hair proudly – and tuning out the criticism, unwanted questions and biases by other people towards our hair!
Up until the end of next month, we’ll be giving away 15% of the profits from our #DEARBLACKGIRL kit along with our Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil if you purchase them together. We’ll be donating the proceeds towards building other black businesses across the country that have been hit hard during this time. For us, putting the black dollar back into our community is essential, and we’re proud to be making the commitment to do so.
This kit is and serves as the ultimate hair care kit – perfect for all porosities. It features our Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask, Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask and Golden Sea Buckthorne Shine & Moisture Hair Butter, and works to repair damaged hair, treat split ends, promote volume and thickness, as well as seal in moisture. Wearing your hair in the innovative styles below requires your hair to be healthy and at its optimum best, as there will be lots of manipulation to achieve these brilliant styles. So we’ll also be breaking down just how to use some of the products in the #DEARBLACKGIRL collection.
Solange is known for rocking this style in shoots and live performances alike, and stylist Shani Crowe is at the forefront of bringing the style to the mainstream and reviving sculptural braids! However, it’s important to note that this style actually originated in African – specifically by Zaire women in the 19th Century who used bamboo to sculpt their braids. We love this style – its modern yet rooted in African history. Although it might not be possible to do it at home (unless you’re a hair braiding and styling connoisseur), we’re here for trying our hand at it for special occasions.
Pearls, rows of diamante and fabrics – this isn’t accessorising like you already know it. This is a whole other level! Pushing beyond the hair accessories we’re used to, these new styles aren’t just making use of accessories as add-ons, the accessory is the focus of the style. It’s elevated, creative and stunning! Check out this tutorial below by Tia Mowry featuring legendary hair stylist Kim Kimble as they create a simple look with fake pearls.
Last week, we wrote about baby hairs as an art form and they truly are. Black women and Latino women created the slicking of edges and have used it as a powerful tool for self-expression and cultural identity – despite the fact it is often appropriated by fashion brands and other groups. From pomade to gel to beeswax, there are a number of products we use to slick our edge, but one tool remains constant – the toothbrush. Read all about baby hairs, and the hair care that complements it here. However, in terms of avant-garde, we aren’t referring to regular everyday slicked edges. We are talking about baby hairs as an art form – going all out on how we do them. Creating swirls, curls, twists and expressing yourself solely through the front of your hair.
It seems like in the last year, these beautiful braids have been everywhere! From stars like Gabrielle Union to Jhene Aiko rocking them, we’ve seen Goddess braids become one of the most Instagram worthy styles! Although goddess braids are an adaptation of box braids, they are quite different as they feature loose curly tendrils either at the ends of the hair, or from the root of the braid, and they are usually rocked with gold hair jewelry – true Goddess style! But now, another new style sweeping through our feeds is the jumbo goddess braid. One big goddess braid embellished with everything from gold hair jewelry, colourful extensions, beads, and more. The style is reminiscent of mermaids and fantasy, and it’s so innovative.
Passion twists are the ultimate summer hairstyles – romantic and bohemian and effortless, the style gives us an ‘effortless beauty’ vibe. Passion twists are categorised by using braiding hair that has a curly texture to it, giving the twists a textured finish. To up the ante, many opt to use a multitude of colours of braiding hair – mixing golden blonde, blonde, copper and light brown – to highlight the texture of the braids, and the style can be rocked from big twists to smaller, more compact ones.
Although we love these amazing innovative styles pioneered by fellow black women, we know that taking care of our hair before and after installing these styles is key to maintaining the health of our real hair. Healthy hair ensures even better results for whatever style you choose to do so below let’s break down how to use our glorious #DEARBLACKGIRL collection, the ultimate kit for haircare. The kits features our Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask, Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask and Golden Sea Buckthorne Shine & Moisture Hair Butter. If you’re low porosity, we recommend using the chebe mask no more than once every 4-6 weeks, and if you’re high porosity, no more than twice a month.
Head here to find out all about our #DEARBLACKGIRL kit.