Essence.com: The Hair Politics of Natural vs. Permed

This morning, I saw a post from Essence.com that my cousin shared on Face.book. Black women’s hair will always be cause for discussion whether you are wearing a weave, relaxing your hair or wearing your hair natural. My sister-in-law and I were talking about some very backwards guys that she has encountered who say they…

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Hair politics: Is kinky hair sexy?

I was trolling around my Goo.gle Reader as I do each morning, and I came across a number of natural hair bloggers discussing whether natural hair is seen as sexy or not. The issue came from a post written over at Afro-punk. She wrote about her own experiences and then posed this question: “Will kinky…

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Hair Politics: Is my hair ‘good’ enough?

I love my hairdresser – like a cousin or a good friend. We’ve been together for at least six years and she helped my hair stay relatively healthy and strong while it was relaxed. When I decided to go natural, she encouraged me and would enthusiastically talk about my hair whenever I was in the…

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I blame Chris Rock…

Yesterday, I had an ergonomic assessment done on my desk and chair. I suffer with lower back problems and carpal tunnel syndrome, so it’s becoming necessary for me to have my cubicle refigured to alleviate some of the pain. So, the woman who does our assessments came to my desk and we talked for about…

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Hair politics: Hair at work – Part 3

I know that there has been a lot of discussion about natural hair at work and how that can potentially impede your career success. I was at a volunteering training session for Black Pearls Community Services, Inc. — an organization that I work with — and another woman was talking about how a friend of…

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Hair Politics: Hair at work – Part 2

*Ed. note: Sorry for the super long post — I had a lot to say :)* I’ve been wearing my hair naturally at work for about a year and three months. This isn’t the first time I’ve been natural — about seven years ago, I chopped it all off. At that point, I got mad…

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Upcoming hair events happening in Toronto!

One of the things I truly enjoy about living in the Greater Toronto Area are all the interesting events that you can get involved in. I grew up in Montreal, which is a very different beast. I hope that things have changed in that city… but I digress. Today, I wanted to let you know…

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BP Uncensored: Real Beauty

I’m part of a great community service group, Black Pearls Community Services, Inc. It’s a group of Black women who are working to help other Black women and girls build self-esteem and further their education in the Greater Toronto Area. Next month, the group is putting on BP Uncensored: Real Beauty. Peep what it’s about:…

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Good Hair opens today in Toronto!

I know many of us have been patiently waiting for Chris Rock’s docu-comedy Good Hair to open in Toronto. Well, it opens today on three screens in the city. (Three screens? Chupse! Hopefully, they’ll extend it when they see the turnout.) Sorry ladies from other parts of Canada — I don’t have any information for…

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Hair Politics: Where should I buy my hair products?

A few weekends ago, I decided to do some wig research. There is a large Black hair store not too far from my parents’ place. I had never gone in there before, but they had a lot of wig and weave advertisements outside the store. I went in and it was huge – just like…

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