Winterize Your Natural Hair Care

Cold, dry air can wreak havoc on your natural curls and coils!
Don’t let the winter weather brutalize your hair; switch up your hair care regimen to give your tresses a fighting chance against the changes to come!

Winter Tips for Natural Hair

What are some of the ways you change up your hair care routine for the winter?

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The Trouble with Blackface: A Scary Halloween “Tradition”

The Dutch tradition of "Black Pete" has long offended people of African ancestry living in The Netherlands.

The Dutch tradition of “Black Pete” has long offended people of African ancestry living in The Netherlands.

By now we’ve all seen this year’s brand new crop of horrific blackface Halloween getups, the most viral of which being an outrageous couple’s costume that was both racially insensitive and offensive to victims of domestic violence by depicting Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his battered wife, Janay. It seems that every year, Halloween brings out the worst in people who don’t quite know the difference between what’s funny or clever and what’s racist – because, well, they’re racists. Unquestionably, the desire to whittle a person or persons down to a set of racially-charged tropes and stigmatizing stereotypes for your own entertainment is indicative of a belief that members of non-White, non-dominant cultures are “less than” you.

Certainly Black people are not the only oppressed group in America who’ve been subject to this type of blatant public humiliation; when the sombreros, feather headdresses, and bindis come out on October 31st, there are very few brown people left unscathed in the U.S. of A. And it’s not just an American problem; people of African ancestry in The Netherlands are currently in the process of rejecting the centuries-old tradition of Zwarte Piet (or Black Pete) that rears it’s offensive head every Christmas season. While the general consensus amongst POC is that Blackface and other offensive forms of cultural appropriation are hurtful, there are White people, and some members of minority groups, who don’t understand what all the fuss is about. To be honest, it’s taken me quite some time and concentrated effort to be able to articulate just why seeing Blackface makes me so angry – so I thought I’d offer my personal perspective as fodder as we collectively work to eradicate this deplorable “tradition.”

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Oil Pulling + All Natural Toothpaste Recipe

My new DIY toothpaste made with baking soda, coconut oil, and lemon essential oil.

My new DIY toothpaste made with baking soda, coconut oil, and lemon essential oil.

A few days ago, I shared on Instagram that I had finally taken the plunge into oil pulling, an Ayurvedic dental care technique that uses oil (in my case, coconut oil, specifically) to kill mouth bacteria and promote tooth and gum health. I had been considering starting for a while – the health benefits touted by longtime oil-pullers were too good to ignore – but it was difficult to a) commit to 10-20 minutes added to my already hectic morning routine and b) get over the idea of putting 1-2 tbsp of raw oil in my mouth for that amount of time. However, now that I’m a few days in, it’s gotten exponentially easier to incorporate this simple step into my daily life. And I’m already starting to see the benefits! If you’re interested in trying oil pulling, check out my step-by-step instructions below. This is my personal regimen (subject to alternation over time), so feel free to change it up a bit to make it work for you.

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