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For The Black Girl Who Wants To Show Off Her Curls For Homecoming, Try Out These Curly Hair Looks

When it comes to homecoming season, picking the right date, clothes, manicure and makeup don’t even compare to the trouble you will go through to pull off a dope hair look. For naturals, this truth is doubly true. Particularly because our fabulous curls allow for even more options. Of course, straightening our locs have long seemed to be the most viable option for special occasions such as these but there are tons of options for our natural hair too, whether they be for 3C or 4C curl patterns. Whatever look you choose, a key matter of importance is making sure that it not only looks good throughout the entire night as you tear up the dance floor but makes you feel fly as hell.

Whether you’re gearing up for prom or a night out on the town, these formal styles for natural hair will have you vibin’ to your Black Girl Magic and rockin’ your natural locks.

1. Break out the big guns with a set of bantu knots that are the cutest.

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If a silk press was once The Expected Look of Black girls Bantu Knots are the proven Ol’ Reliable. Whether your locs are transitioning her full-blown natural, bantu knots are undeniably the perfect protective style for all Black hair. Plus, not only does the look give ultra 90s vibes they’re super easy to achieve as well. To get the look, part your hair into square or triangular sections around your head. Then, twist your sections tight bunds and pin them down with a bobbi pins. For the ultimate homecoming look that will surely steal the crown, braid colorful yarn or twine into your hair or add flowers, pearls or hair cuffs.

2. Do the ultimate braid and wrap with the cutest braid bun.

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For a slick and stylish look that is also extremely classic, go for a slicked-back ponytail and wrap-around braid. To obtain this look reach for your everyday styling conditioner. slick your hair back into a high ponytail and then braid out your hair (add extensions if you need to!) and then wrap the braid around your ponytail so that it sits high on your head. You’ll have your very own braid crown.

3. Be the ultra Black queen with the most divine crown.

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Let’s be real, of all of the looks on this list, this one will cost you a good amount of time and money but it’ll be so worth it. For this look, you’ll want to start off with a slicked-back pony tail and the longest extensions you can find. Build out a set of four pre-rolled buns and you’ll be good to go one you’ve added a chain of pearls. Pro-tip: If you want this look to be indestructible and done quickly, go to a salon.

4. Show up all of the looks on the floor with the ultimate twist out and go.

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These slicked-down baby hairs will undoubtedly make you the belle of the ball for your homecoming night. What’s more? Achieving this look is actually pretty easy. To do so, section off a portion of the crown of your head and scoop the rest into a ponytail. For your ponytail get a good defining conditioner on your ends and then use your favorite edge cream to twirl out your baby hairs.

5. Show up the group with the ultimate afro proof.

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Shrug off and stick it to every dress code that ever dared to tell you that you and your curls weren’t “well-groomed” or “classy.” For this look, wash your hair, pick out your curls and hit the ballroom with a stylin’ look that exudes melanin dreams.

7. Go all the way in on the fall bob trend with a set of locs that do the look justice.

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Remember: because your hair is so epically amazing, there are tons of ways to rock your Black Girl Magic + a bob. You can go with a deep part and section of your hair into braids, locs or twists or go for an edgier look and part your hair in the center. Either way, girl, this look will have you stylin’.

8. Lock down the crown with the ultimate pearly locs.

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Break out your fave box braid style with a look that flows past your shoulder or stops at your chin. Looking to go for a curly mermaid look? Braid your hair and apply light heat with a curler to your edges to channel your inner sea spirit.

9. Do the ultimate best with hair done in mambo twists and some layer swifts.

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For a different twist on locs and braids, nothing compares to a mambo twist out. For this look you’ll want help from a stylist or friend who knows how to do a great version of this look and extensions, extensions, extensions.

The Animated Short “Hair Love” Is Officially An Oscar Nominee and the Internet Is Ecstatic

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The Animated Short “Hair Love” Is Officially An Oscar Nominee and the Internet Is Ecstatic

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Internalized self-hatred within communities of color is real. Throughout Latinidad, and in areas with large Afro-Latinx populations especially, the term “good hair” is phrase that is used to promote white supremacy and further oppress people of black descent. Young Latinas are often pressured by their families to look a certain way in order to project an image of perfection. It takes positive representation and the celebration of black features to eradicate anti-blackness from the culture. 

On Wednesday, it was announced that the wildly popular animated short film, “Hair Love” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, and the internet rejoiced. Issa Rae–who actually voices one of the characters in the film–announced the film’s nomination with a marked note of pride in her voice. After the movie’s nomination was announced, the film’s director, Matthew A. Cherry, posted a video of his team’s reaction to his Twitter account. 

The touching and adorable story of “Hair Love” follows the trials of a black father struggling to style his young daughter’s hair. The movie is a story of how self-love is accomplished through patience and attention.

The story begins with a little girl named Zuri who has dreams of having the perfect hairstyle when she visits her mother in the hospital. Struggling to do her hair herself, she recruits her father for help. Unfortunately, her father becomes quickly overwhelmed by not only the myriad of products and tools at his disposal but by the expertise and patience required to style black hair. 

Through the course of the movie, we see as Zuri’s father panics and struggle to become confident at handling his daughter’s hair. In the end, they both learn that love is expressed through both care and attention. 

Cherry has been truthful about why he wanted to tackle the issue of hair-care and self-acceptance among the African-American and black community.

“You know, media is so powerful,” Cherry told NPR. “And when you grow up and see magazine covers and TV shows and movies and you don’t see yourself represented, but you see every other type of hairstyle represented, you know, that can really affect your self-confidence” 

Interestingly enough, “Hair Love” was funded via a Kickstarter campaign. Initially, Cherry’s goal was to raise $75,000 for his passion project, but the campaign quickly gained a life of it’s own. The campaign went viral, and soon enough, celebrity champions like Jordan Peele and Gabrielle Union came on board as producers. All in all, the campaign raked in a total of $280,000–smashing Kickstarter’s short-film financing records. 

For many people, “Hair Love”’s nomination has been a bright spot among the bleak roster of very white Oscar nominations.

As has become customary, film fans and movie critics have decried the Oscars for the lack of diversity among their 2020 nominees. Not only is there only one black performer among the 20 nominees for acting, but assumed shoe-in Jennifer Lopez was snubbed for a Best Supporting actress nom. To make matters worse, there were no female directors nominated at all for the second consecutive time.

Even Cherry himself has vocally criticized the nomination roster, blasting the Academy for snubbing both Eddie Murphy and Lupita N’Yongo (for their performances in “Dolemite Is My Name” and “Us”, respectively). He called the day “bittersweet” and expressed his wish for “more black folks and POC” to be nominated along side of him. 

But Cherry has not been immune to the excitement surrounding the nomination, actively expressing his pleasure on social media.

“It feels like a dream,” he Tweeted out after the nomination announcement. “Huge thanks to our great team, our Kickstarter backers and @SonyAnimation for believing in us.”

Of course, social media was over the moon at the announcement of “Hair Love”‘s Oscar nomination.

Not only is the story touching and brilliant, but hundreds of people feel invested after initially donated to the project via Kickstarter.

Some people admitted that the movie brought them to tears when they first watched it.

Same, girl. Same.

Issa Rae’s co-announcer John Chu admitted a teeny bit of bias for the film.

This move is just so gosh darn easy to root for.

This person pointed out that Rae herself looked more than a little happy when the nomination was announced.

Tweet 3: https://twitter.com/ElijahjWilson_/status/1216745262435139584?s=20

We all know where Issa stands when it comes to whom she roots for.

Some Kickstarter contributors were already calling themselves Oscar-nominated producers

https://twitter.com/TimothyDeLaG/status/1216716372111024128?s=20 Where’s the lie, though?

Watch “Hair Love” here:

Women Are Sharing All Of The Ways That They Healed Their Damaged Hair

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Women Are Sharing All Of The Ways That They Healed Their Damaged Hair

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Split ends, dulled shine, lack of elasticity. These are just a few of the many many signs that your hair is damaged and just some that will undoubtedly send you into a spiral of panic when you’ve realized it has happened to you. The truth is, curbing and getting rid of these symptoms once they begin to crop up on your strands and ends can be hard to do. BUT not impossible. Here’s some great advice from women who have started at square one with damaged hair.

Try a good hair treatment.

“I started eating a lot of organ meat (mostly liver) and also more fish. I also use Oleplex step 3 treatment as a leave in on my ends after washing. Talking of washing; I only wash my hair twice a week, where before I would wash it every other day. Finally, I invested in better hair ties. I wear my hair in buns and braids a lot for work so I switched to the crease-free hair ties (they’re like stretchy ribbons) or silk/satin scunchies. I never blow dry, and don’t heat style my hair too often, but when I do, ALWAYS use a heat protector and the lowest heat setting you can get away with.” – NotYourMPDG100099

Sleep on silk.

“Silk pillow cases or a silk hair wrap at night are also great, and if you’re going to go the heartless curl method of styling, a silk hair wrap will keep it from getting roughed up at night. (Also good for “plopping” your hair, if you’re doing the curly girl method).” – NotYourMPDG100099

Splurge on Olaplex 

“I 1000% recommend Olaplex. For years, my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders because of breakage and split ends. After doing olaplex treatments 3x/week, I have hair that reaches mid back.” – brockielove

Start with your insides.

“B Vitamins, drink lots of coconut water (really does help!), and Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning mask here and there. I also rub argan oil on the ends after showering sometimes. My hair grows half an inch or more a month. I have color treated hair and hadn’t had a hair cut in 9 months. When I finally started getting split ends, I went in for a cut and a lighter toned bayalage. My hair stylist was amazed in the condition my hair was in and said to keep up whatever I was doing.” – sunny_deee

Eat veggies. 

“I went from eating the standard American diet to much much more veggies and I noticed a tangible difference in hair growth ever since. What really transformed my hair was to only use heat on it 3-5 times per year. This allowed me to go months and months without seeing a split end at all, meaning I could go almost half a year without a trim and my ends would be fine.” – prepamaddy

Cook up a concoction of your own.

“I have a mix of Castor, Grapeseed and Almond Oil in a bottle. I soak my hair in that mixture and sleep with it. Wash hair with clarifying shampoo in the morning, then condition and style as normal. I do this a couple times a month and it’s really helped my hair grow and repair itself. I use hair masks every so often too but nothing beats pure oil. My mum used to use Amla (gooseberry) oil on my hair as a child and my hair was down to my knees at one point, and so healthy! Try using different oils, it’s usually a trial and error situation until you find the mix that suits your hair and scalp.” – dictatemydew

Dust and trim.

“Ironically? Getting it cut. Taking off a few centimetres every few months had my hair MUCH healthier than when I’d put it off for 6-12 months at a time and needed to lose a few inches just to even out the split ends.” –lightningspree

Hair vitamins. 

“I took hair vitamins – a simple one purchased from a pharmacy. I also stopped using heat on my ends. This made the biggest difference. When my hair was drying I put argan oil on the ends. This combination was simple and my hair grew like crazy.” – trashtal

Clean your scalp, dust your ends.

‘You really cannot repair damage just grow it out , make it look better and damage hair less in the future. The below tips help achieve that.

  1. stop regular trims and dust only major split ends at home
  2. Brush hair constantly with brush that stimulates scalp ( I like wood bristles )
  3. Make sure scalp is VERY clean when washing, personally I use a clarifying shampoo every time I wash end never put products close to my scalp. I even add salt to my shampoo or do clay treatments on the scalp . The cleaner the scalp the healthier the hair IMO
  4. Do a treatment the night before washing every time you wash. If you want to save money just use coconut oil and some tingly essential oil to stimulate the scalp and then wash out in the morning. This for me really minimizes the damage of wash and styling day
  5. spray a scalp stimulator/scalp astringent when hair is damp ( I like BB tonic but you could make your own with essential oils) . This should be the only product to make contact with the scalp
  6. Do a protein treatment once a week again to save money you could use beer or an egg
  7. Take biotin if your skin can handle it ( mine can’t)
  8. braid or bun hair at night to avoid damage from pillow friction
  9. only use dry shampoo if you absolutely need it . It really clogs follicles on scalp
  10. eat more protein and drink more water also working out helps. If you are really serious you can increase blood flow by hanging your head upside down a couple times a day” –  sarahergo