*Onika, Onika let down your hair! Nicki Minaj reveals her natural hair.
Known for her bold, wacky, pink, and rainbow wigs the self-titled Barbie is flaunting her real hair, in a sleek high ponytail on her Instagram page.
Natural hair enthusiasts in particular have been finding camaraderie online by drawing attention to their hair, as demonstrated by the more than 6 million Instagram selfies labeled with a #naturalhair or #curlyhair hashtag.
To help the everyday woman and the digital diva alike put her hair on the map, the maker of Sofn’free Nothing But hair-care products has created State of the Curl Nation (www.nothingbuthaircare.com/map), an online gathering point that maps Instagram photos shared by the natural hair community across the United States. The interactive Google Map displays an expandable image for every geo-tagged photo uploaded by a mobile phone through Instagram’s photo-sharing platform and designated with a #NothingButHair hashtag. The map also allows women to focus on particular hair types and styles throughout the country by searching various hashtags that Instagrammers assigned to their photos, such as #Twistout and #WashAndGo. Each week through mid-October, Nothing But will award two participants on the map, each with a prize of a $50 Sally Beauty Supply gift card, a Nothing But t-shirt, and a selection of Nothing But hair-care products.
Do curls in Seattle look much different from curls in Miami? Are braids in Brooklyn more intricate than those in Los Angeles? “We’ll see some interesting regional trends in style, length and color as the map becomes populated by Instagrammers,” said Will Williams, Director of Education and Product Development for Nothing But. “Women will appreciate the chance to represent natural hair in their market and also the option to virtually tour the country, one curl at a time.”
Founder of International Natural Hair Meetup Day Adeea Rogers remarked, “This initiative aligns beautifully with the purpose of INHMD – connecting women across the country to celebrate the beauty and versatility of natural hair.”
The singer’s social media pages were being flooded recently with comments about her hair.
“My hair is not very important to me…so I don’t encourage it to be important to you,” wrote Solange in a series of tweets about natural hair.
“I cut my hair ALL off 4 times in my life all for very different reasons….I only reiterate this because this is nothing new for me…This 4th time did not define me, just as it had not the previous 3 times.”
One of the comments included a link to an article that questions the natural hair trend that appears to favor celebrities with more curly hair types like Tracee Ellis Ross, rather than women who have more tightly coiled hair.
Read more about Solange Knowles’ hair issues at Essence.
*Solange Knowles is the free spirit of the family – going here, doing that, chopping hair, and whatever else she does. She’s a bit older and more mature now, taking the reigns of her career’s destiny.
The singer and model is returning to music and ended her long-standing relationship with the hair care products line, Carol’s Daughter.
She recently posed for Lurve Magazine and discussed the latest in Solange’s world including her hair and business decision, in an accompanying interview. (You can see the full photo spread at Necole Bitchie.)
“I’m actually no longer a part of Carol’s Daughter, but throughout my entire time working with them, I was constantly fighting for the right message to be heard. The message that, the way we wear our hair is a personal choice, there’s no right or wrong way; one way doesn’t make us more intelligent, or more superficial, and everyone makes that choice for very different reasons.”
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Her hair has been the object of all discussions surrounding Solange, lately. She went off after learning of comments about her hair. Someone called it “unkept.”
“I dont want to talk about no damn hair…..no mo,” she ranted. “I never painted myself as the team natural vice president.”
In response to the departure, Carol’s Daughter released a statement to the Huffington Post.
“Carol’s Daughter celebrates women who embody beauty by nature such as Solange. We value our relationship with her and the women we were able to empower by partnering with such an authentic spirit.”
Well that’s quite nice, right?
Eh, maybe she saw it a different way.
*If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you probably use Instagram.
You probably use it more than you’ve ever use Facebook or Twitter at this point.
And one community that many check up on is the natural hair community. Many African American women have gained a strong follower as instagrammers on natural hair.
Check out this gallery of the top 100 natural hair instagrammers. Here’s the first:
*Is there a natural hair renaissance? The cosmetology industry trends show that more and more women are veering from harsh chemically treated styles in favor of a multiplicity of beauty statements achieved with virgin hair.
Atlanta based Bronner Bros™ products have taken note of the increase in natural hair trends and have presented to the marketplace 4Naturals, a complete line of hair care products that recognizes the beauty in all textures and addresses the needs of a variety of hair types from straight, to wavy, to curly and coarse. The 4Naturals family of products contains no petroleum, no mineral oil, no silicone, no harsh alcohol and the products are paraban and dye free.
Maggie E. Ocasio, VP of Retail Sales and Marketing for Bronner Bros™ states the vision of their new product:
“We are extremely excited about our newest product line. 4Naturals was designed to eliminate the need to purchase numerous products to meet the dynamic needs of your hair. Bronner Bros™ has been a staple in the hair care industry for 65 years and we recognize the beauty in all textures. We strive to provide the same level of quality to the natural hair community as we have done for all of our valued customers throughout the years.”
Natural Hair stylist and advocate Tanza gives her detailed assessment of the new product in this You Tube video.
4Naturals can be found at local Wal-Mart stores, and select beauty supply stores.