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The Afro Marketplace Journal

6 Amazing Hairstyle Ideas for Afros, No Matter the Size

6 Amazing Hairstyle Ideas for Afros, No Matter the Size

BY Shanelle DrakefordSince the '60s, the Afro has been a marker of power, resilience, and pride in black culture. Today, it's comforting to see that 'fros are as prevalent now as they were back then — but, of course, we're wearing ours a little bit different than back in the day. Need evidence? Just check the red carpets, where you'll find celebrities like Lupita Nyong'o, Amara La Negra, and Jessica Williams rocking 'fros adorned with accessories or simply parted for a simple but impactful touch of flair. But no matter how you style it, the Afro still makes a statement, whether it's political, personal, or...

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OCTOBER HIGHLIGHT: Aretha Franklin Was Calling For Diversity In Fashion In The '80s

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHT: Aretha Franklin Was Calling For Diversity In Fashion In The '80s

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, Aretha Franklin passed away from pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit. She was 76. The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was not only a force musically during her six-decade career — she was a force in appearance, too. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, a time when girl groups and glitter reigned supreme, Franklin performed in slinky silhouettes often accompanied by fur or feathered accouterments. And while her hairstyles often changed to reflect the country’s political climate — she went from beehive updos to a short Afro during the Civil Rights Movement — Franklin...

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SEPTEMBER: World Afro Hair Month

SEPTEMBER: World Afro Hair Month

World Afro Hair Day: 10 Images Of Beautiful Black Hair Celebrate the sensational style and texture of our crowns with these images – and share your own with us on Twitter WORLD AFRO DAY: Black hair is being celebrated across the globe as part of the annual global day of change, education and celebration It’s World Afro Day today! Whether you’re showing off your locks in the iconic style or have your hair styled so your curly coils are tucked away, join us we celebrate the versatility, strength and beauty of black hair. Here are some afro looks that we...

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Afro Puff Bubble Ponytails Are My New Favorite Protective Style

Afro Puff Bubble Ponytails Are My New Favorite Protective Style

August 01, 2018 - We may have crossed the  halfway point of summer (insert all the teardrop emojis here) — but hair inspo for strand slayage beyond these blistering days abounds. One style that keeps popping up on the natural hair circuit is the bubble pony. While the style itself isn’t new — Instagram is filled with similar sleek versions of the look — this take uses textured hair to bring it to a new level of visual interest. With the right type of add-in hair and proper install instructions, this fresh protective style will carry you right through the rest...

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15 New Products for Natural Hair That Have Made It Into My Regular Rotation

15 New Products for Natural Hair That Have Made It Into My Regular Rotation

~ Plus all my tips to make wash day more bearable ~ By Jesssica Cruel, SELF Amber Venerable When I started in the beauty industry six years ago, it was my personal mission to find the best brands and products for natural hair. This is a completely selfish task because I have a coily Afro that takes hours to do every week. Anything that I can find to make my hairstyling routine easier, I want to let the world know about it (I know I'm not the only curly girl who dreads wash day). Back in 2007—when I first went natural—there were very...

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