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9 Ways To Curl Afro-Textured Hair Without Heat

Whether you want to switch up your natural curl pattern, further enhance your texture, or simply try a new 'do, there are plenty of methods for achieving a gorgeous, voluminous fro. Just a word of cau...
By Summer Arlexis

15 Leave-In Conditioners For Natural Hair

If there ever was a do-it-all concoction for natural hair that fights dryness, prevents breakage, and supports healthy growth, it's a good leave-in product. There's an option for every kind of struggl...
By Summer Arlexis

9 Dry Shampoos For Natural Hair

Natural black hair and dry shampoo are two things you don't usually hear mentioned together. Although they're generally geared towards those with non-Afro-textured hair types, that doesn't mean there ...
By Summer Arlexis

19 Natural Hair Products Under $10

Your curls may be your crowning glory, but they can cost a pretty penny to maintain when you're slathering your strands in the best of the best. Fortunately, not all grade A curl-friendly products cos...
By Summer Arlexis

17 Curl Enhancers For Natural Hair

As much as I love a good twist out, finger coil, or flexi rod set, there's nothing quite like rocking my own corkscrew curls. Equipped with my go-to curl enhancers for defining natural hair, I can tra...
By Summer Arlexis

9 Ways To Sleep With Natural Hair Without Ruining Your Curls

When the stars align and the hair gods work their miracles, the result is a glorious frizz-free curl day that skyrockets your mood to cloud nine. That high quickly comes crashing down, however, when y...
By Summer Arlexis

The 7 Best Hair Dyes For Natural Hair

Natural Afro-textured hair is absolutely beautiful all on its own, but there's nothing wrong with giving your locks a makeover with a new color if that's something you want to do. Before you go forwar...
By Summer Arlexis

13 Natural Hair Do's & Dont's For Women Of Color

Whether you're a rookie on team naturalista or you've been rocking a chemical-free fro for years, there's no shame in not having all of the answers when it comes to natural hair care. To ensure your m...
By Summer Arlexis

#WOCMostBeautiful Is A Necessary Reminder About Beauty

Twitter is at it again: Flooding social media with captivating photos and GIFs of actors, models, and entertainers, the #WOCMostBeautiful hashtag is trending for a positive reason. The tag originated ...
By Summer Arlexis

13 Places To Buy Natural Hair Extensions If You're A WOC

With hair care lines geared towards natural haired women of color popping up more and more, it's not surprising that the hair extensions market has expanded to cater to naturalistas too. Places to buy...
By Summer Arlexis

I Tried Finger Coiling My Natural Hair & The Results Were Incredible

To say I suck at hairstyling is an understatement — I've tried every weave, braided, or twisted style I could think of during the first couple of years of my transition. Never did I picture myself tak...
By Summer Arlexis

9 DIY Hair Masks For Natural Curls

I could spend hours in natural hair care aisles obsessing over product descriptions and ingredients, trying to find that holy grail cream that literally does it all: moisturize, detangle, de-frizz, de...
By Summer Arlexis

Mented Cosmetics Just Launched Nude Lipsticks For WOC

From Lancome's extended shade range to KoVoca's focus on medium to deep skin tones, the beauty industry is seeing major improvement in the foundation department. When it comes to the perfect pout howe...
By Summer Arlexis

The 10 Best Foundations For Dark Skin

Choosing the right make up for your complexion isn't supposed to be rocket science, yet it sure feels that way sometimes. As if color matching isn't already a mega struggle, hunting down the best foun...
By Summer Arlexis

15 Natural Hair Care Products Perfect For Transitioning Curls

As the natural hair renaissance continues, kinky-coily manes stay winning. The decision to trade in relaxed tresses for a natural texture isn't an easy one to make, but thanks to all of the amazing na...
By Summer Arlexis

Marjani Beauty Company Caters Exclusively To WOC

Although progress is always being made, the beauty industry could always stand to be more inclusive when it comes to its makeup and skin care offerings. Here to be part of that change is Marjani Beaut...
By Summer Arlexis

8 Common Natural Hair Myths, Debunked By The Experts

A natural mane can be a great source of strength and beauty, but it's the hair texture that comes along with a ton of widely believed misconceptions. With so many natural hair myths floating around, o...
By Summer Arlexis

17 Celebrities With Natural Hair To Inspire Your Next Look

A-listers are known for adding clip-ins, weaves, and extensions to their hair to grace red carpets and brave the paparazzi. While there's certainly nothing wrong with the weave it to achieve it approa...
By Summer Arlexis

Pantene's Gold Series Campaign Celebrates The Beauty Of Natural Hair

Hashtags like #blackgirlmagic" and #blackgirlsrock are trending more than ever — and the most glorious images of mega blowouts, kinky-coily fros, and majestic goddess locs are spreading like wildfire....
By Summer Arlexis

Target's Expanded Lingerie Collection Is More Inclusive Than Ever

Major things have been going down at Target in 2017. The mass retailer kicked things off by introducing an impressive K-beauty selection, soon Honest Beauty will be available at Target, and it doesn'...
By Summer Arlexis

The Best Drugstore Makeup For Brown Skin

Affordable beauty gems allow makeup lovers to get that instant high without destroying their budgets. Places like Walgreens and Target keep those dollars in check a bit easier than higher-end stores, ...
By Summer Arlexis

11 Glitter-Free Holiday Makeup Tutorials

Every season has its makeup clichés— summer time is all about that dewy glow, you couldn't do fall glam without deep hues, and glitter everything is essential during the holidays. If glitz isn't your ...
By Summer Arlexis

13 Places To Buy An Ugly Christmas Sweater

There are just some things that get some of us in the holiday mood every year without fail. For me, the list includes steamy hot cocoa, classic carols, and of course, ugly knitwear.  If you have no cl...
By Summer Arlexis

11 Holiday Hairstyles For Natural Hair

'Tis the season for all things glam, from festive makeup to over-the-top party dresses. For my fellow WOC, it's time to go the extra mile with styling your natural curls by trying gorgeous holiday hai...
By Summer Arlexis

21 Cult Beauty Buys That Make Great Gifts

There's always some new, mesmerizing highlighter or miraculous foundation swarming social media feeds and taking the beauty world by storm. As exciting as it is to test out different products, there's...
By Summer Arlexis

11 Makeup Vaults That Are Absolutely Incredible

Of all the recent beauty set reveals, the Kylie Cosmetics 2016 Holiday Edition Collection Box will definitely be one of the most sought-after goodies. Given the brand's reputation for selling out with...
By Summer Arlexis

Ulta Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales Are Massive

As the ultimate beauty destination combining hair, skin, and makeup products from both prestige and drugstore brands, Ulta Beauty routinely offers unrivaled deals. With Thanksgiving right around the c...
By Summer Arlexis

Deck Of Scarlet Is A Cool New Beauty Subscription

You don't ever have to get out of bed to supply your makeup stash now that beauty box subscription services like Birchbox and Ipsy provide curated boxes of samples to your door.  Deck of Scarlet's new...
By Summer Arlexis

15 Beauty Products With Major Unicorn Vibes

Much of the beauty sphere went into frenzy when images of Unicorn Lashes new unicorn brushes were revealed. Although you can't buy these beauties with golden handles and pink tipped bristles yet, othe...
By Summer Arlexis

How To Get Rid Of Scalp Buildup

If you've developed a habit of skipping regular washes, or you've been going crazy with styling products, you've probably noticed gunky flakes making themselves at home on your scalp. Rest assured tha...
By Summer Arlexis

7 Hacks To Make Your Boots Slip-Proof

Now that sweater weather is in full force, boots of all styles will soon make their way out of the dark depths of your closet. If your shoes aren't quite winter ready, hacks to make boots slip-proof w...
By Summer Arlexis

Gabriel Zamora Is Ipsy's First Male Artist

The beauty sphere buzzing last week when CoverGirl announced James Charles as their first male CoverGirl, but there's another beauty influencer making major waves — Gabriel Zamora, the first ever male...
By Summer Arlexis

11 Kyshadow Burgundy Palette Dupes

If there's anyone that knows how to build hype for a product launch, it's Kylie Jenner. The newest gem to join the Kylie Cosmetics family isn't even available for purchase yet (it drops Oct. 20) and t...
By Summer Arlexis

11 Best Highlighters To Give Brown Skin Major Glow

Highlighters aren't a one-glow-fits-all kind of deal. What gives fair skin a sun-kissed glow could easily make a deeper toned babe look like a glittering ghost. Luckily, finding the best highlighter f...
By Summer Arlexis

7 Things That Could Happen During A Waxing Session

When it comes to visiting your waxer (especially for those full-blown Brazilians) there's really no room for modesty or embarrassment. It turns out that some pretty strange things can happen at a waxi...
By Summer Arlexis

WOC Makeup Artists You Should Def Follow On IG

A trip down the makeup aisle can leave women of color with a sour taste of disappointment in their mouths. Often, there's a serious shortage of makeup shades for deeper skin tones, and even less infor...
By Summer Arlexis

Where To Find Affordable Halloween Makeup

Halloween can get pretty expensive, and although there are fanatics who wouldn't mind investing their savings into amazing costumes and makeup, not everyone wants to splurge on a look. Partygoers on a...
By Summer Arlexis

11 Nude Bras Perfect For Women Of Color

For women of color, finding the right nude colored anything is often easier said than done. Whether it be lipstick, hosiery, or a bodycon dress, neutral shades can be the hardest to match to your skin...
By Summer Arlexis

15 Kylie Jenner Wigs Perfect for Halloween

Kylie Jenner is one of the most talked about members of the Kardashian clan. Considering how relevant she is, don't be surprised if you spot dozens of Kylie clones this Halloween. And while her makeup...
By Summer Arlexis

9 Uncool Things Your Mom Wore In The '90s

Arguably nothing beats flipping through a giant album of baby pictures and seeing your mom's crazy wardrobe from back in the day. Sure, you're probably always going to be the star of the photo, given ...
By Summer Arlexis