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Some Poor Woman Existed Her Whole Life Not Knowing Hair Wraps Were A Black Girl Thing And Then Tried To Make It Her Own

When Sarah Marantz Lindenberg was preparing for her wedding, she “wanted everything to be perfect”, but unfortunately, her skin had other ideas. She was suffering from pesky breakouts, so, at the advice of her dermatologist, she started tying her hair back at night to prevent oil and dirt from clogging her pores. And it worked–Lindenberg immediately noticed a positive change in her skin. The silk scarves she was using, however, left much to be desired: “They didn’t stay on,” Lindenberg said.

In fact, Lindenberg didn’t like any of the night hair-wrapping solutions she found on the market. “None of them had a functional and fashionable solution for me”, she told Fashion Magazine. “Synthetic fabrics that I felt did more damage or horrible colors that I felt silly going to sleep in.” So, Lindenberg decided to take matters into her own hands, or as she said, “create something of my own”. Being the Director of Marketing for the Canadian fashion line Pink Tartan, Lindenberg was already well-versed in entrepreneurship, so she decided that she would fix the problem herself.

Lindenberg got to work and created a ground-breaking new product: a silk hair bonnet.

But not just any bonnet. This one is made of “beautiful materials” that a woman can “merchandise with all of [her] products on a nightstand”. That’s right, Lindenberg “invented” a product that would help with “promoting growth, preventing breakage, preventing frizz” and aid in prolonging hairstyles. Sound familiar? That’s because it is. Silk hair bonnets have a long and storied history within black hair-care culture as any Afro-Latina raised around any female figure (literally any) knows.

According to NiteCap’s website, the product is intended to ” extend the life of your blowout and style, ending bedhead, frizz, damage and bad hair days, once and for all”. Lindenberg said that not only did NiteCap help her hair become shinier and thicker, but it helped “support the regrowth of all the little baby hairs” she had (aka edges).

Needless to say, this woman’s claim to have invented a silk bonnet to prevent hair breakage is not sitting too well with the online black community.

Additionally, the fact that Lindenberg’s so-called “invention” was featured in an international publication is further proof that there is a massive double-standard when it comes to the media’s treatment of white vs. black entrepreneurship.

To POC, it’s not only irritating that Lindenberg has claimed to invent the silk bonnet, but it’s also annoying that reputable, high-fashion publication is using their platform to perpetuate this myth. To many POC, this is just further proof that black beauty trends are only accepted by the mainstream if they’re presented to the public in a way that’s digestible for a white audience.

This seems to be just another instance of white culture appropriating and re-packaging black trends for their own economic benefit.

And to add insult to injury, Lindenberg admitted to Fashion Magazine that, before inventing NiteCap, wearing the regular-shmegular hair bonnet she found at the store made her feel “silly” because of the “horrible colors” she was forced to choose from. And another point of contention for the black community is that Lindenberg’s NiteCap retails for $98. In the same Fashion Magazine interview, Lindenberg compared wearing her bonnet as “sleeping in silk pyjamas” as opposed to “sleeping in an old dirty T-shirt” (which, we’re assuming, is what a regular Beauty Supply hair bonnet would be viewed as). Again, this is further proof that the high fashion world only accepts black beauty trends if it’s white-washed and presented as “haute” like the recent phenomena of baby hairs, “Bo Derek braids”, and locs.

Since the viral uproar against Lindenberg’s claim of “coming up” with the idea for a silk hair bonnet, she has since taken to her Instagram page to apologize for her faux pas, admitting that she “failed to connect [NiteCap] back to the broader historical context”. She also stated that she is “committed to honoring the historical significance of hair wrapping” and pledged to incorporate it into her business approach.

Needless to say, the black community on Twitter has a thing or two to say about NiteCap:

This woman made an on-point comparison between this instance and another notable white person who claimed to have discovered something that POC had known about for a while.

This woman isn’t too happy with the exorbitant price tag attached to Lindenberg’s “invention”.

But really–why in God’s name is a simple silk nightcap retailed at $100? It can’t really be because it was invented by a white woman, can it? Sigh.

This woman wanted to make it clear that we can all do something to help fix this problem instead of just complaining about it on Twitter:

She has a definite point. Positive action towards solving a problem will definitely make more of a difference than negative, passive complaints.

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Top Reviewed Brushes for Naturally Curly Hair

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Top Reviewed Brushes for Naturally Curly Hair

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Every curly-haired girl knows that to ensure strength and growth in their tresses, staple items are needed. From a moisturizing deep conditioner to a perfect leave-in conditioner, these staples are vital for the care and keeping of our natural hair. With the right brush, curlies can stop breakage, put an end to split ends, and see growth if that’s what they’re seeking. We searched the internet for the best brush tools for Curly Hair and put them on a list for you.

Here’s a look at the top brushes you’ll want for detangling your natural hair.

Ouidad Double Detangler Comb

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Users say Ouidad’s Double Detangler is perfect for those with curly, thicker hair. The brush features double rows of comb teeth and is perfect for tackling tangles without being too forceful or rough.

“This is the best comb that I’ve ever used for detangling my hair. It detangles with ease and with a speed that I’ve never experienced and I couldn’t be happier. I have a range of 3c, 4a and 4b hair and this comb handles all of it with ease.” Amazon.com user.

Denman Brush

Curly Hair brush

An absolute classic, the Denman Brush has long been touted as the fairy godmother of brushes. Loved by 3c to 4 hair types the Denman brush has been known to dentangle its way through curlier hair pattern with a stroke of the brush.

Ladies and Gents do yourself a favor and get you a brush! My boyfriend is so shocked at my curls too! Honestly, I had never thought I could have a consistent curl pattern. The pics are 6 weeks apart but my curls never were this defined as they are with the Denman brush. I had 3B but now I am full 3C hair curl type.

I didn’t remove any rows and combined my curls with Shea Moisture Hair smoothie and some eco gel to style. Watch some youtube videos to help see how to properly brush hair out. I sectioned it into layers and even tried out bangs for the first time since the curls are so tight and I am seeing consistent coils!” – Amazon user.

Remington Detangle Brush for Curly Hair

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According to reviews, this electric styling tool really lives up to its name. The brush’s description says the brush’s teeth rock back and forth to loosen knots and tangles from hair without snagging or breaking your hair, working to cause less shedding. Users say that while it takes longer, the process is worth it.

“Love this detangler. I’ve been natural on and off for almost 40 years and this is the best detangler I’ve come across. It takes me longer to detangle with the vs a wide tooth comb. However, there is less shedding and breakage. I used my on wet hair with conditioner in it. My hair is more elongated after styling using this brush. I will be buying 2 as gifts,” wrote on Amazon user.

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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In 2009, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that almost 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis. Still, despite how common this is, few people understand the condition of paralysis and how it affects a person’s daily life. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Tawil, of New Jersey, recently set out to explain the experience on TikTok last year.

Since her first post in November, the TikToker has garnered over 1 million followers with content that focuses on her experience of being paralyzed from the waist down.

In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil explained an exercise that might give people a chance to understand the sensation of being paraplegic.

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In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil shared an exercise with her followers that demonstrates how it feels to not be able to move a ligament. In this case, it’s your finger. According to Buzzfeed, Tawil came across the exercise after looking through posts related to disabilities. “I remember feeling so blown away because my legs felt the exact same way as my finger did,” she said.

“Not many people know too much about paraplegics and their capabilities, so I wanted to be that light to inform, educate, and even entertain people,” Tawil explained to BuzzFeed. “I want people to know what it’s like to be paralyzed … so that they can be a little bit more appreciative of what they have and remain humble.”

Tawil’s video demonstration currently has over 12 million views.

Tawil explained that a kidnapping and car accident led to her paralysis when she was in her teens.

Tawil explained that the accident took place on Nov. 15, 2014, when she went to a friend’s house in high school. When she arrived, Tawil discovered that men were present and instantly felt uncomfortable when she further learned that they had brought drugs and alcohol.

“When I eventually asked them to take me home, they took me to an abandoned road instead. When we got to this road, the driver stopped the car and put his foot on the gas and brake at the same time, doing a burnout with his wheels. He lost control of the car and crashed into a tree,” Tawil explained. “It was at this moment that I got whiplash, split my head open to the point where my skull was exposed, and sustained a spinal cord injury — leaving me paralyzed the moment we crashed,” she said. “Paramedics said that I lost the equivalence of a ‘Coca-Cola bottle of blood’ out of my head, and didn’t think I’d make it if they drove me to the hospital. So they drove me to a nearby soccer field where a helicopter airlifted me to the ICU. From there on, I went through seven months of rehab and remained permanently paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.”

Speaking about her injury, Tawil says she was “robbed of my ability to use the bathroom normally (I depend on catheters and enemas).”

Sadly Tawil says her experience led to her reclusiveness and weariness to trust others. Still, she finds that her disability comes with positives. “On the positive side, I have become a lot more spiritual and grateful to have been given another chance at life,” she told BuzzFeed. “My accident has emphasized the fact that we are not promised tomorrow, and that we should always be grateful for the simplest things in life… I also want to show people how I live my life in the present day — what is life like as a wheelchair user? — and devote my channel to being a blog where people can get to know me on a lot more of a personal level.”

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