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The Dress Code Is Discrimination? First Grader Denied His First Day of School for Dreadlocks

Imagine this: You escort your son to his first day of first grade, all buttoned up in his brand new uniform and eager to begin the school year, only to be turned away because your child has dreadlocks.

Bundles or a Bag of Chips? Would You Buy Hair from a Weave Vending Machine?

We don’t know if this is pure genius or just plain hilarious, but apparently there’s a niche market for weave-related impulse buys.

'I Really Stepped Into Myself': Lena Waithe Says Cutting Her Hair Liberated Her from Gender Norms 'I Really Stepped Into Myself': Lena Waithe Says Cutting Her Hair Liberated Her from Gender Norms

Lena Waithe doesn’t owe anyone an explanation for who she is, how she loves or why she cut her famous locs last month; but the writer, actress and producer graciously gave one to Vanity Fair’s cameras while on the red carpet for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet on Thursday night.

Nappily Ever After: Sanaa Lathan's Netflix Original Untangles Our Issues With Hair

A woman’s identification with her hair can be a powerful thing, but for a black woman, it is a tangled identity fraught with the ongoing effects of racism, respectability politics and beauty standards that have historically marginalized our hair along with everything else.

International I Love Braids Day Brings Black Self Love to Brooklyn

Debra Hare-Bey is a proud and self-proclaimed “braider”—by trade and tradition.

Naturally Beautiful: The Best of CurlFest 2018 Naturally Beautiful: The Best of CurlFest 2018

What happens when 25,000 natural hair aficionados get together? CurlFest, that’s what! On Saturday, July 21, #TeamNatural gathered in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Prospect Park for the world’s biggest—and most beautiful—celebration of natural hair.

Winner's Circle: Serena Williams Scores Natural Hair Products at Target—Just Like Us! Winner's Circle: Serena Williams Scores Natural Hair Products at Target—Just Like Us!

Picture this: You’re cruising the natural haircare aisle at Target, marveling at the selection, when you run into ... Serena Williams?

School Bans Durags Because They Turn Black Boys Into Bald-Headed Gangbangers School Bans Durags Because They Turn Black Boys Into Bald-Headed Gangbangers

A Massachusetts charter school has partially reversed its ban on durags after students convinced administrators of the rule’s unfairness, successfully arguing that the head covering isn’t a gateway drug that leads to gang-banging or even worse—male pattern baldness.

Grab Your Girls and Celebrate Your Curls: CurlFest Returns to Brooklyn This Saturday!

New York naturalistas, where you at? If you’re a devoted member of #TeamNatural, you’re hopefully already familiar with the experiential marketing group known as the Curly Girl Collective, and if you live in the New York City tri-state area, this is the weekend to take part in the largest celebration of natural hair…

Free Wigs 4 Kids: How One Woman Is Restoring Children's Confidence, One Wig at a Time Free Wigs 4 Kids: How One Woman Is Restoring Children's Confidence, One Wig at a Time

Hair is Quilla Bohannon’s passion; it has been since she was a schoolgirl, feigning attending after-school extracurricular activities so she could braid the hair of her classmates for extra spending money, as she told The Glow Up:

Fresh Cuts: Lena Waithe Loses Her Locs! Fresh Cuts: Lena Waithe Loses Her Locs!

Sometimes, you just gotta let it all go ... which is exactly what writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe did over the weekend when she traded her trademark locs with shaved sides for a low fade with a curved side part, created by Barber Doll the Slayer.

A Breakthrough for New Jersey Braiders: New Legislation Won't Require a License to Practice A Breakthrough for New Jersey Braiders: New Legislation Won't Require a License to Practice

Big news for braiding entrepreneurs in New Jersey: Legislation that would exempt hair braiders from the state’s current licensing requirements has received legislative approval and will now be submitted to the governor.

She Got That Glow: How Zendaya Got Slick for the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards She Got That Glow: How Zendaya Got Slick for the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

“Whenever I’m doing Zendaya’s hair, it’s always a collaborative effort between her, her stylist Law Roach and myself,” says celebrity hairstylist (and The Glow Up fave) Ursula Stephen. The hair aficionado has made a name for herself teasing the tresses of some of the best-known beauties around, including Rihanna,…

Bye-Bye, Heat Damage; Hello, Protective Styles! Bye-Bye, Heat Damage; Hello, Protective Styles!

The relationship a black woman has with her hair is ever changing.

Celeb Hairstylist Ursula Stephen Is Creating Magic in Brooklyn, NY, With a Brand That Won’t Bust Your Budget Celeb Hairstylist Ursula Stephen Is Creating Magic in Brooklyn, NY, With a Brand That Won’t Bust Your Budget

“Some people have hair that listens,” celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen tells me as I settle into the chair at her eponymous shop in the heart of the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

(Do) Touch My Hair? 2 White Brits Specialize in Celebrating the Artistic Potential of Black Hair (Do) Touch My Hair? 2 White Brits Specialize in Celebrating the Artistic Potential of Black Hair

A funny thing happened on our way to the royal wedding this weekend: We got waylaid by something else exciting on the other side of the pond. Namely, some of the most striking black-hair portraiture we’ve ever seen, courtesy of British photographer Luke Nugent and award-winning hairstylist Lisa Farrall.

‘Around the Way’ Barbie, Is That You? What’s Really Going On With This Black Barbie’s Hair? ‘Around the Way’ Barbie, Is That You? What’s Really Going On With This Black Barbie’s Hair?

It all began so innocently—just like a child’s toy should. Just three Barbies (or two Barbies and their black friend?), preparing to watch a documentary about ... themselves.

Comic Relief: Wash Day Captures the Radical Self-Love in a Hair-Care Ritual Comic Relief: Wash Day Captures the Radical Self-Love in a Hair-Care Ritual

When is your “wash day”? Saturday mornings? Sunday afternoons after church? However a black woman wears her hair, the wash-day ritual is one she undoubtedly knows well, with techniques sometimes preserved since childhood, or honed to perfection after starting her natural-hair journey.

Supreme Court May Have to Decide if Banning Dreadlocks Is Racist Supreme Court May Have to Decide if Banning Dreadlocks Is Racist

An Alabama woman who lost her job after her employer said that dreadlocks “tend to get messy” has petitioned the Supreme Court to decide if the company’s policy is discriminatory.

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