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After A Black High School Wrestling Student Had His Hair Sheared Off, New Jersey Passes Law About Hair Discrimination

Get ready New Jersey! Your workplaces just got a whole lot more inclusive and curly.

Natural hair discrimination or discrimination based on hair texture has been one of the greatest forms of social injustice against Black people for much too long. Found worldwide, hair discrimination targets Black people with afro-texture hair. The issue strikes at afro-textured hair early in school and unfortunately follows us into the professional world where Black curls have often been deemed unprofessional, ugly, and unclean. 

New Jersey is throwing out hair discrimination with the trash this month.

The state is the latest in the United States to join the ranks of other states working to banning natural hair discrimination. The new bill makes the state of New Jersey the third in our country to enforce a law that requires workplaces to allow hair of all types in the workplace. In the past two years both California and New York have instituted the changes.

The measure, legally known as S3945, alters the state’s Law Against Discrimination, which protects people from discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race or other categories.  In its changes, the measure works to prevent discrimination of people on the basis of  “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.” You can bet your bottom dollar this protection includes like twists or braids which means say hello to more locs at your local Starbucks, chicas!

New Jersey is a state that has dealt with issues related to Black hair discrimination frequently.

Last December in 2018,  Black high school wrestler Andrew Johnson in New Jersey was forced to cut his locks by a referee just before a match. The news made national headlines and prompted outcries of discrimination throughout social media. This month, the state legislature introduced a bill that would similarly update New Jersey’s discrimination law to include protection for “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.”

Democratic State Assemblywoman Angela McKnight said she felt compelled to push for the change when she saw the humiliation and discrimination that Johnson endured during a meet. 

Speaking to NJ.com, McKnight said she cried when she first saw the images of Johnson’s hair being cut off.  “He had to choose between, do I move forward with something that I love to do versus with my hair that I love. He had to choose which one. That should not have been a choice,” she said. “This is a movement to protect Black citizens from systematic discrimination because of a hairstyle. We’re more than that. This is a civil rights issue.”

Black men and women are too often forced to change their looks and behaviors to account of the Eurocentric standards that we have enforced to forcefully in our country. As more Black people embrace their natural hair and beauty, it’s important to allow space for this. Particularly in education- associated institutions related to after school activities. Mostly because doing otherwise will only prompt more kids to try to conform to impossible to achieve standards.

To keep up with the movement Check out these curly chicas and their spot-on tips!

“Find a natural hair salon.” – Vilma Peguero

When you need your wisdom teeth removed, you don’t go to a philosopher, do you? Same logic applies to hair. Black Latina Negra Bella co-founder Dania Peguero would had never begun her natural hair care journey if it hadn’t been for the salon experts who taught her how!

“Give your hair some loving.” – Alba Ramos

Having beautiful, healthy, shiny-looking curls takes time and love. But it is totally worth it. Sun Kiss Alba was the first person to share with me the basics of curly hair care, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love her videos, too! She covers everything from maintenance and cleansing to cute hairstyles, just for curly hair.

“YOU ARE NOT ALONE.” – Carolina Contreras

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Cada palabra que coloco en este y todos mis espacios lo hago con mucho cuidado, amor, integridad y honestidad porque la verdad es que uno nunca sabe hasta donde pararán esas palabras. Las coloco sin comprometer mi etilo y quien yo soy, y sin sentir que debo de complacer a todo el mundo. Este mañana vi una publicación sobre lo que paso con la joven en el colegio en una de las páginas de noticias más populares, The Huffington Post. No se pueden imaginar las cadenas de televisión y radio que me contactan cuando pasan estas cosas y yo siempre digo que NO. No me gusta ir frente a una cámara o detrás de un micrófono a menos que tenga algo concreto que decir. No obstante, esta publicación, que originó de otra que hicieron Remezcla, una página Latina que me ha mostrado muchísimo apoyo y cariño este año, cubrieron el tema sin ser sensacionalistas y simplemente documentando los hechos como los puse aquí, sólo que los tradujeron al inglés. Ustedes no quieran imaginarse las cosas que nos llegan al salón que nunca llegan a las redes sociales. Por suerte cuento con un equipo que más allá de ser estilistas y administradoras, están constantemente siendo entrenadas para poder manejar estos y otros casos. Dándole a la mujer un espacio seguro para que se desahogue y las palabras de aliento y herramienta para que se defienda y se empodere ante su esposo, madre o jefe. Estamos a tan sólo días de darle la bienvenida a nuevas integrantes de Miss Rizos Salón y más allá de enseñarles a como cortar cabello rizado o hacer una definición de rizos, me emociona que las chicas y yo tendremos nuevas aliadas quienes nos ayudaran a continuar erradicando la discriminación por el cabello o cualquier otra cosa que nos identifique como lo que somos. Gracias a estos medios de comunicación por hacer eco de esta problemática y de hacer un reportaje con un tono de esperanza. Cc: @remezcla @huffingtonpost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/miss-rizos-stands-up-teen-shamed-by-school-for-rocking-natural-hair_us_5785596ae4b0867123dec85c

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Miss Rizos isn’t just a beauty blogger, she’s an activist who works day and night to educate women from all over the globe on how to care for their pajones (she heads up a natural hair salon in Santo Domingo), as well as how to embrace who they are, culturally and racially, with absolute pride. Not always an easy task, but definitely a rewarding one.

“Clap your hair.” – Ona Diaz-Santin

Wait, what? Yeah, clapping your hands with your hair between you palms after styling and when your hair is fully dry is Ona’s, a.k.a. The Hair Saint’s, secret for bouncier, fuller, lovelier curls. This woman is a true curly hair magician!

“Use your fingers.” – Bianca Alexa

Ditch your comb! It’ll only mess with your natural hair structure. Your very own fingers are actually your best friends for detangling and styling your curls.

“Forget shampoo.” – Rocio Mora

If you must shampoo your hair, go for a paraben-and-silicon-alcohol-free option. Better yet, stick with natural hair products and ditch your shampoo altogether. Let conditioners and deep scalp managers take care of your cleansing and moisturizing needs without stripping your beautiful hair of its natural, protective oils.

“Chop it.” – Mel Burgos

We curly chicas can sometimes feel like our hair just isn’t growing fast enough, which makes us super afraid of cutting it. The thing is, the only way to keeping curls healthy, in shape–and YES, longer–is by trimming it every every eight weeks or so.

“Mix and match.” – Ada Rojas

Lose your fear of natural products; your hair will forever be grateful! Also, because each chica’s curls are created differently, it’s best to experiment with different hair product cocktails until you find the ones that work the best for you.

25 Witchy Tattoos To Wear Your Magia On Your Skin

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25 Witchy Tattoos To Wear Your Magia On Your Skin

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If you’re a mystical mami looking for some ink inspo, we got you covered. From tiny crystal balls and Amethyst to sage and potions, these bruja-inspired tats will always remind you of the intuitive goddess you are.

Whether you’re a spell-casting badass, a tarot reader or simply a spiritual boss, these are the perfect designs to adorn your skin with magia.

1. This brujita soldadera, though.

(Instagram: @themexicanwitch)

2. We only see beauty in this witch’s hands.

(Instagram: thehoodwitch)

3. Explore your vision.

(Instagram: @charlie_crayons)

4. It’s in the cards.

(Instagram: @witchpoison)

5. Instill a sober mind with Amethyst.

(Instagram: @lethal.red)

6. Gaze into the crystal ball.

(Instagram: @anahiroart)

7. Femme brujita aesthetics.

(Image: @authenticarttatoo)

8. Cleanse the air of impurities.

(Instagram: @ebtattooing)

9. Heartbreak is inevitable, but you will heal.

(Instagram: @katiecaintattoos)

10. Eye of Horus

(Instagram: @l.lia.i)

11. Sage and Amethyst, what a lovely combination.

(Instagram: @sammiestattoostudio)

12. Magia is beautiful.

(Instagram: @cosmicjourneytarot)

13. Good ol’ Liquid Luck

(Instagram: alexiscraneart)

14. Amantes

(Instagram: hanahelizabethtattoo)

15. Grow every single day.

(Instagram: @twiglingss)

16. Bruja de nopales

(Instagram: @harmony805)

17. Complexities of the heart.

(Instagram: @gabrilandia)

18. Light your velas.

(Instagram: @dannibeebooth)

19. That tarot is sacred.

(Instagram: @alejo_artt)

20. Cleanse your aura and clear your space .

(Instagram: @billiejean_tattoos)

21. Look into your future and see choice.

(Instagram: @lamalart)

22. Floral witch.

(Instagram: @blacklanterntattoo)

23. Charmed for life.

(Instagram: @catsandlotls)

24. Last quarter.

(Instagram: @wwzacaria)

25. Peace and balance is ahead of you.

(Instagram: @kiarnatattoos)

Read: These Brujas Will Turn Your Instagram Feed Into A Space For Healing And Spiritual Guidance

Show us a photo of your bruja tat in the comments!

Not Even Danny Trejo Has A Celebrity Face Tattoo

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Not Even Danny Trejo Has A Celebrity Face Tattoo

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It’s 2020 and face tattoos are the new normal. While the distinguishing ink has a rich history that traces all of the ways back to Ancient Greece and China, today’s tattoo du jour is notably born from some mutual understanding that subversive acts like a spiderweb tatt on your elbow or bleaching your heard are no longer enough.

Amber Rose 

The mother of two has said she truly took the death of Kobe Bryant to heart and was inspired to tattoo her children’s names on her forehead.

Presley Gerber

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Thanks homie 😈 @jonboytattoo

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When Cindy Crawford’s son and model Presley Gerber tattooed the lower part of his eye fans were shocked. Mostly because as it turns out, no matter how much they liked him they were “misunderstood” about him. The young model’s choice to tattoo the word on his face was baffling decision.

Post Malone

Post Malone might just be the reason why face tattoos took flight this year. The American rapper has a number of face tattoos including the words “Stay Away” on his forehead, and “always tired” under both of his eyes.

Aaron Carter

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview, the pop star explained that his face tattoo was done in honor of his career. According to Carter his tattoo is an image of Greek monster Medusa who Carter sees as his protector.

Justin Bieber

Yep, the once cleaned up teen hearthrob also has face ink. Though his are a bit more discreet Bieber does have a small cross under his left eye and the word “grace” above his right eyebrow.

Halsey

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👽👽 WICKED THING 👽👽

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Halsey also has a small tattoo that is very difficult to recognize. It’s very discreet and hard to spot. Her face tattoo is made up of a red diamond with a “Q” above it. It’s just in front of one of her ears.

These are just some of your favorite stars who have face tattoos that mean something very important to them. They’re very unique and it is one of their ways of expressing themselves.