If you have kinky hair, getting the right cut (and stylist) can be complicated. Even though those with tightly curled strands can go longer without a trim (about three to four months opposed to four to six weeks), it's still imperative to take care of fluffy ends to prevent dreadful knots and tangles. But if you have hair in the more coiled variety, should it be cut curly or straight? Decide which method is best for you when you keep reading.
Dallas hairstylist Isis Brantley was shocked when TSA agents came up to her on the platform of the interterminal train at the Atlanta airport and told her they needed to check her Afro for drugs and explosives. TSA hair checks aren't unheard of, but they are invasive, and this is certainly the first case we've heard of a search so far from security. The TSA claims that Ms. Brantley simply walked off before her security screening was over, and that they offered to take her to a private area for the pat down, but Brantley disputes both those claims.
If you've ever been to the Atlanta airport, you know that the terminal trains aren't really anywhere close to security, and it seems truly odd that TSA agents would have let someone who wasn't done with her screening wander halfway through the airport before they thought to catch up with her. Ms. Brantley says it isn't the search she objected to, it was the public humiliation. Do you think it's reasonable for TSA agents to check people's hair (especially outside a checkpoint), and would you feel violated if this happened to you?
Now this is big. Aevin Dugas, 36, a social worker from New Orleans, has just been named the 2012 Guinness World Record holder for largest afro, which measures four feet by four inches in circumference. While Dugas gets her hair trimmed about three times a year, it's taken her 12 years to grow it out to its current length. Though she admits her voluminous hair can cause problems now and then, she loves her hair — as she should, because she wears it beautifully.
Remember how cool Janet Jackson looked with long box-braids? Or the versatility of Brandy's microbraids? We do. A braided hairstyle can make afro-textured hair look really fly, but did you know it can also protect it from feeling really dry? Just as your skin needs to be protected during winter, women with afro-textured hair should protect their delicate strands from ice cold weather, and braids are a stylish option for hair hibernation. Here, some tips and inspiration.
You've probably seen, or maybe even worn, an afro. But do you know about the history of this hairstyle? This natural look became widely popular in the late 1960s to 1970s, during which the Black Power and Black Is Beautiful cultural movements were in play. The style became a personal-is-political statement from African-Americans who wanted the world to see that their natural beauty (both hair texture and skin color) should be considered equally as beautiful as that of Caucasians.
Afros are maintained by using a hair pick, and compared to the stress and pain of relaxing hair, many people find it's easier to go natural. Even though afros are less common today than they once were, curly-haired people continue to wear them proudly — including Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, who sports a version of the afro in the new Tom Ford ad campaign.