natural hair on tv

Back2Basics: What's Your Hair Type?


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on hair type. Review the following strands of thought to understand your type of hair. Hairstylist Andre Walker is responsible for the Read more

Never Have You Ever Tried a Mayonnaise Hair Mask?


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The beYOUtiful Life: Orange You Obsessed with this Nicki Minaj Hair Color


In this edition of the beYOUtiful Life, let's look at one of the hair colors Nicki Minaj rocked to usher in the start of a new season. We just have to ask, orange you obsessed?  We confess this color Read more

Transformation Day: The Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Hair!


According to registered dietitian and healthline.com contributor, Rachael Link, flaxseeds provide many health benefits and flaxseed oil, made from flaxseeds that have been ground and pressed to release their natural oil, has a wide variety of uses, ranging from Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Rihanna's Short Bob


In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let's take a look at Rihanna's latest hairstyle, the short bob. There have been plenty of hair transformations this summer, but this one might just be the best one yet. As Cosmopolitan found, Read more

Hair Transformation Testimonies: The Journey from Relaxed to Natural


In this Transformation Day post, three women share their hair journeys from relaxed to natural. If you are thinking of or ready for a hair transformation, these true stories will inspire you. Michelle Thompson Personal-Finance Counselor and Coach, Washington, D.C. “I started Read more

Back2Basics: Summertime Care for Relaxed Hair


  Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for a lesson on summertime care for relaxed hair.  Review the following tips and strands of thought to keep your relaxed hair healthy during the Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In — The Mohawk


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Hair Inspiration: Gabrielle Union's Beautiful Natural Haircut


Gabrielle Union's latest natural haircut is perfection. If you have ever feared the big chop or switching it up, worry no more. This hair transformation empowers and gives us life! Refinery29 went behind the chair with Gabrielle's stylist for Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Hair Notes from the 2018 BET Awards


In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let's flashback to the 2018 BET Awards with a few hair notes and observations.         Every year, black women and men illuminate the BET Awards red carpet with an array of gorgeous beauty looks, Read more

Now Showing in all of its Glory: Natural Hair on TV

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What 8 shows are doing to positively promote natural hairNow showing in all its glory, natural hair on television.  Mashable takes a look at what eight shows are doing to positively promote natural hair. In this post, let’s take a look at four of our favorites.

Shows like ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Insecure’ are changing the way natural hair is depicted on mainstream television. We’re seeing an emergence of leading ladies on television showing off natural hairstyles and it’s about damn time. For years, women of color have been challenging the societal norms around “professional hair” in the workplace, schools, and pop culture. The Cosby Show, A Different World, and Living Single are a few past shows that set the stage for popular black hairstyles to make their way onto current sitcoms and dramas.

Now more than ever, powerful characters are showing off their natural hair on TV shows and continue to break through negative connotations that have followed black hair for years.

1. This Is Us‘s Beth Pearson & her daughters

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Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson) showcases different natural hairstyles from braids to curls on the show. Pearson’s daughters represent how black hair plays a pivotal role with the younger generation.

2. Insecure‘s Issa Dee

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Issa Dee (Issa Rae) opens the door to prove 4C hair type has the same opportunities to be creative as any other hair type.

Issa Rae’s HBO show represents many experiences black women face, so it’s no surprise different hair types are featured throughout the series. Issa Rae has type 4 hair, according to the universal hair chart that categorizes hair types by texture and density through numbers and letters (i.e. 2A is wavy hair, while 4C is thicker hair). Rae embracing her type 4 hair helps dismantle negative views against women with thicker, shorter hair.

3. Game of Thrones‘ Missandei

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Missandei (Natalie Emmanuel) is just one of the few characters of color and the only person to showcase natural curly hair on the show.

While we all gush over Daenerys’ long white hair, Cersie’s pixie cut, or even Jon Snow’s luxurious curls, we should also praise Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). She may be a minor character to some, but Missandei has made a significant breakthrough as being a translator and confidant to the Queen. She’s not only one of the few characters of color, but she also has had the opportunity to wear her curls on screen while portraying Missandei.

4. Atlanta’s Vanessa Keefer

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Vanessa Keefer (Zazie Beetz) plays on-and-off girlfriend to Earn (Donald Glover).

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discover how popular Atlanta has become in the last three years. Donald Glover’s FX series has received praised (and a ton of awards) for the portrayal of his characters and how they navigate in and around their lives in Atlanta. Glover didn’t waste time showcasing the importance of protecting, working, and maintaining black hair in the first episode of the series. Vanessa (Zazie Beetz) removing her headscarf and showing her hair in twists seems normal for many women of color, but it was still a big deal for viewers of the show.

May these shows motivate others to continue representation of diverse hairstyles on television.

 

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