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How Black women choose to style their hair is a hot-button topic. From corporate women feeling pressure to straighten their hair to artistic women feeling pressure to stay au naturel, hair has always been a trending topic in the Black community. Noted photographer-turned producer Drexina Nelson recently launched her web series, “Kinky Conversations,” tackling the often…

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Photo credit: www.KiaraLanier.com Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, Kiara Lanier is a hybrid of grit and groove. Rolling out recently spoke with the up-and-coming artist, who has performed for President Barack Obama, about loving herself, her unique style and her soulful sound. Check out the interview below. How would you describe yourself as an artist? …

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Dana White is a disruptor in the hair care industry. She’s the owner of Paralee Boyd Salon and she has mastered and applied the principles of lean manufacturing to what she calls the Paralee Boyd process. White is in the process of launching her national brand and recently held her grand opening of the second…

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J. Crew is suffering from a severe backlash from urbanites over their decision to not style a Black model’s hair in one of their recent posts and, instead, left her curly hair unkempt. Needless to say, some Black women angry with J. Crew. While many were outraged, others said that if Black women want people to…

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Hair Issues barber and beauty salon is widely known as the hub for Chicagoland’s best hairstylists and barbers. From entertainers to reality stars, Hair Issues is often patronized by Chicago’s elite. Owner Yvenetta “Midge” Welch is one savvy businesswoman with a heart of gold. Each year, Hair Issues gives away fully stocked bookbags, free haircuts, and hairstyles…

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Karonda Cook lives and breathes the beauty industry. “Beauty is in my DNA,” she says. “I grew up witnessing my grandmother, mother and aunts style their hair, apply makeup, etc. and aspired to do the same when I became of age.” Cook currently leads Sally Beauty’s multicultural hair care category as director of merchandising, which…

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Namaste CEO Shawn Tollerson is passionate about Black women and Black hair, and she, along with a dedicated team of hard working Black women created the No Stereotypes campaign to address the often maligned and politicized issue of Black Women’s hair. Tollerson says, “You’d think in this day and age we’d well beyond these negative…

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Walking around the 70th annual Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, you meet some very interesting people who’ve built successful careers and are willing to share their trade secrets. Hair guru and founder of Boss Your Business, Teneshia Forts, says she has the secrets to becoming successful in the hair industry. Forts filed bankruptcy,…

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There are several beauty shows around the country each year that draw thousands of people. Every person comes for different purposes, but here are some reasons attending a hair show is a must: Networking: With thousand of people coming from all different areas of the country, it is easy meeting and talking with people. If you…

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