It’s 2016, people! And yet there are still plenty of folks who openly express shock about black Latinos’ racial, ethnic and cultural identities. Let’s face it, people can make some ignorant comments, and many still don’t seem to understand that being Latino has nothing to do with skin color. To that end, here are some things black Latinos are sick and tired of hearing:
Even if you were taught to embrace your natural hair from Day 1 navigating the world of natural hair will always be a journey. Mainstream brands rarely consider curly-headed beauties and when it comes to catering to people with coils that are of Afro-nature their support gets even murkier. Finding products that keep your hair moisturized while insuring health and growth can be tough. Fortunately, if you’re looking to stock up your hair products supply, you’re in luck.
We scoured message boards and review boards for top-rated and promoted products to try out and keep your hair thriving!
Palmers Olive Oil Formula GRO Therapy
“It’s a miracle product and a must buy I grabbed it randomly thinking that even this would be an addition to my shelf without any benefits but this actually works. I use this after my hair is dried and just a little bit otherwise it gets a little greasy wait for some time and the hair feels real good. Not for the wet hair though,”- Amazon review.
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Intensive Strengthening Masque Hair Treatment
One user by the name of Soleil on Amazon gave the product 5 stars and boasted that she’s been using this product for years, “Despite the propaganda, I’ve always loved and used SM products. Their masques are typically A1 for my mixed textured 3c-4b, mid-back length curly coils. I also henna on a semi-regular basis so I like to use SM masques to deep condition or leave-in afterward to style my hair. I loved and used the super fruit masque, but with the henna, I was getting protein overload and needed something that was pretty much ONLY moisturizing. I love their Raw Shea & Capuacu masque for a leave-in, but was still open to other moisturizing DC’s.I used this line’s leave-in and it did absolutely nothing for my medium-thick or mid-porosity hair. My hair drinks the milk so I don’t even mess with styling milk and leave-ins for the most part. I didn’t really pay this masque much attention since it says “strengthening” and I didn’t want to deal with protein overload again. But after a friend who also has thick curly hair shared she used it as her leave-in since it’s ultra-moisturizing, I had to try it. I LOVE this masque! I honestly think the “strengthening” piece is a misnomer, as it’s far more moisturizing than anything! Definitely recommend to anyone who’s looking for an awesome deep moisturizing conditioner to add their regimen. If you’re one who loves an ultra-moisturizing, thick leave-in, you’ll love this one for that just as well.”
Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter
“This whole product is great, from the color to the smell, to the way it just moisturizes your hair. This was a great deal for the money for 2 products which is very close to the price you pay for 1 product that they charge at target. Get it, spend the money they fill the product to the top and a little bit goes a long way when using the cream,” one user, who gave this moisturizing product a five-star review as well approval of the entire line, said.
Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel
“This is my favorite *affordable* natural hair product. there is slip, shine, and great curl definition. I use it for wash n go’s or to freshen up my curls after a few days. I’ve also had some successful twist outs. the product doesn’t make me or my hair feel sticky and it smells amazing too,” a Black reviewer with natural hair and devoted to the product shared.
Kinky-Curly Knot Today
“Let me start by saying I read reviews for everything before I buy it. That being said, bad reviews always stick out more than positive reviews and reading the negative reviews for this product I was hesitant to buy it especially considering the price,” a user wrote on Amazon about this styling leave-in conditioner. “So I went to Target to stock up on my Shea Moisture products. I saw this and I’ve heard a lot of good things about kinky curly from the natural hair community. I decided to read the Amazon reviews for it and went ahead and bought it even though I was hesitant. I went home, got in the shower used Shea Moisture moisture retention shampoo, conditioned with Shea Moisture Manuka honey conditioner, washed my body, then rinsed the conditioner out. When I get out the shower I squeeze the excess water out, dry off and wrap my hair in a cotton t-shirt while I get dressed. After all this, I put the KC Knot Today in, a good-sized glob for each half of my head, and just let it air dry. It is AMAZING. I actually get the curl definition I want and very minimal frizz. My hair is extremely dry and even on the second day my hair still feels moisturized.”
Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector
“Talk about a drastic difference!” a writer for the blog Naturally Curly wrote about the product “Because I didn’t know what to expect, I was completely blown away, by the way, OlaPlex elevated my hair color! It went from a dusty blonde color to a more vibrant copper tone. Imagine what this product could do to severely color-damaged hair? It is suggested that you use this treatment in your weekly hair regimen or twice a week if your hair needs to recover from extreme color damage. Personally, I think I’ll be adding this extra step to my routine. I love that my hair looks and feels stronger. That dusty layer that my hair held onto seems to have disappeared and I couldn’t be happier.”
Babassu Quench Leave-In Curl Primer
“This is my holy grail,” a reviewer from the review pages of Tepadora wrote. “My hair just is not right without this curl primer. Curls are glossy and defined with just a single pump. You can layer other products on top or just use alone. Nothing else compares.”
Netflix’s “Becoming” is one documentary everyone is talking about. The documentary, which follows former First Lady Michelle Obama on her 34-city book tour, was directed by Afro-Latina, Puerto Rican cinematographer Nadia Hallgren. It’s the excellence we all love to see.
Nadia Hallgren is the directing powerhouse behind Netflix’s documentary “Becoming.”
“Becoming” is Hallgren’s first feature-lengthed film and what a way to make a debut. The documentary follows Michelle Obama during her sold-out book tour promoting a book of the same name.
“I think the biggest thing was that it was a tremendous responsibility,” Hallgren told BlackFilm. “This is going to happen one time with Mrs. Obama. I wanted to make the thing and just whatever responsibility that was probably the thing that weighed the most on me.
Higher Ground Productions approached Hallgren to create the documentary.
“I was sitting at my kitchen table the way that I am now, and I got a call from Priya Swaminathan, who is one of the heads of Higher Ground,” Hallgren told Essence Magazine. “And she tells me that Mrs. Obama is getting ready to go out on this book tour and that they were kind of floating the idea of documenting it. Not being certain yet where that footage would live or if it would go anywhere other than her archives, but they were thinking about it. So, after a couple of phone calls, I get an email that says you have an appointment at the Office of Michelle and Barack Obama on this day.”
While filming Obama for the documentary, there was only one rule.
Hallgren says that she was given unprecedented access to the former first lady. She was backstage at every book tour stop, rode with Obama in her motorcades, and spent time at her home. The only thing Obama requested about the footage was that Hallgren not shoot footage of her and her daughters at home. Hallgren agreed because it seemed like a fair request.
However, we did still get footage of Sasha and Malia but one moment really stands out.
During the documentary, Malia comes on to the screen to congratulate her mom on another book tour stop. It was a rare and honest look into Malia and Michelle’s relationship.
“On tours, the same things happen over and over again—you travel, you do the thing, you move on,” Hallgren told Vanity Fair. “So it was pretty much any other shoot, and Mrs. Obama was signing books…And so I’m filming Mrs. Obama, and Malia—I didn’t even see her coming—must’ve walked behind me. She came around to talk to her mom, and just said this amazingly thoughtful reflection that she had in that moment.”
You can watch “Becoming” on Netflix now.
Congratulations, Nadia! What a special moment to be a part of.