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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.

'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.

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?

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.

Is the Mainstream Ready for 4c? Mane Traces the Evolution of Natural Hair On-Screen

Online media company NowThis turned heads at the top of 2018 with the launch of Mane, a web series focusing on the intersection between hair and culture. On Tuesday, Mane kicked off its second season with a closer look at how the presentation of naturally textured black hair has evolved on-screen, tracing the current…

What We’re Talking About This Weekend What We’re Talking About This Weekend

This is what The Glow Up is buzzing about this weekend: a world of curls; multiethnic, natural-hair care; ’90s-throwback, female-dominated streetwear; and traveling like royalty. Happy weekend!

(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.

Putting Their Heads Together: How Facebook’s Natural Hair Group Became Over 250,000 Strong (and Growing) Putting Their Heads Together: How Facebook’s Natural Hair Group Became Over 250,000 Strong (and Growing)

There are groups, and there are “supergroups.” At over 253,000 members—and growing daily—the Natural Hair Facebook group definitely qualifies as the latter.

Curl Hunting: Nai’vasha Johnson Is Young Hollywood’s Go-to Hairdresser  Curl Hunting: Nai’vasha Johnson Is Young Hollywood’s Go-to Hairdresser 

OK—did you die over Yara Shahidi’s hairstyle when she walked down the red carpet at this year’s SAG Awards? I died. Did you die over her “Weekend In Wakanda”-perfect bejeweled ’fro-cornrow extravaganza on Essence’s latest cover? I died. Hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson is the one slaying the trendsetting actress’s…

Leave Tamar Alone! People, Can We Stop Equating Hair With Femininity? Leave Tamar Alone! People, Can We Stop Equating Hair With Femininity?

Grammy-nominated singer, reality-television regular and Braxton-family baby sister Tamar turned heads this week when she took to Instagram to post footage of her having her head shaved with the chorus of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” playing in the background.

A Tale of Time-Traveling Tresses: Star Hairstylist Kim Kimble Weaves
Magic for A Wrinkle in Time A Tale of Time-Traveling Tresses: Star Hairstylist Kim Kimble Weaves Magic for A Wrinkle in Time

Some reality stars are just reality stars. Kim Kimble was a star hairstylist long before her WeTV show L.A. Hair debuted in 2012, and she’s still one today. Her receipts run deep: Yes, she’s even slayed Queen Bey. Multiple times. On tour. Lemonade. Going way back to Austin Powers in Goldmember.

She Got That Glow: Octavia Spencer Proves That Ingenues Don’t Corner the Market on Hollywood Glamour She Got That Glow: Octavia Spencer Proves That Ingenues Don’t Corner the Market on Hollywood Glamour

The 90th annual Academy Awards were full of glamorous surprises, but perhaps one of the most pleasant ones was how beautifully turned out perennial fave Octavia Spencer was Sunday night. Appearing for her third supporting actress nod for eventual best picture winner The Shape of Water, the actress and …

She Got That Glow: How Zendaya Served Simply Stunning Glamour at the Oscars She Got That Glow: How Zendaya Served Simply Stunning Glamour at the Oscars

We’re going to be honest about something: We don’t really know where Zendaya came from. I mean, we know she’s an Oakland, Calif., native, and a child model-turned-Disney starlet. We know she appeared on Dancing With the Stars before scoring the coveted role of M.J. in the latest installment of the Spider-Man franchise

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