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What’s Going on With Hair Story? (Hello, NY Times)

It has been a busy–no, the busiest–winter and early spring ever here in Hair Story world. The reception for the updated book has been incredible. And just when things seemed to be slowing down, the Army released its new grooming and dress code, which was discriminatory to Black women when it came to hair. Here, in case you…

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The Army Has Heard You! Black Hair Gets a Second Look

Who said it couldn’t be done? Yes, it’s too early to claim victory, but yesterday Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel officially announced that the Army would reconsider its new uniform policy, specifically the parts that reference Black hair. So, clearly the voices of our Black female troops, as well as many of you concerned citizens…

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My Hair Story: “I Owe Her My Hair”

  Often the beauty decisions we make–including hair–have little to do with beauty. They have to do with memory, identity and allegiance. Here, Hairstoryonline.com is excited to share an essay by a guest columnist, journalist Erin Williams, memorializing her aunt and the unexpected way she impacted her life.     It seems to be typical…

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The War on Black Women’s Hair — Part 2

Just to keep you up to date on the latest in the war on natural hair in the United States military, the website Tribe Called Curl has the latest on how the military is responding to the outcries of protest against their new policies restricting many natural Black hairstyles. Check it out and stay tuned.…

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Oyin Handmade Takes Over the World & Target!

In the revised edition of Hair Story:Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America we feature the inspiring story of Jamyla Bennu and her marvelous hair and body products line, Oyin Handmade. When we interviewed her back in 2013, Bennu was giddy about the possibility of her products being sold at a major retailer and…

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Uncle Sam Wants You (But Not Your Natural Hair)

Earlier this March, the US Army revealed some new rules. No, they weren’t on how soldiers should conduct themselves in combat…they were on how the enlisted men and women should wear their hair. Here, from a story on BET.com, is a summary of the new do’s and don’ts: For women, the rules in a new manual are intended…