Beauty

Every woman cares about beauty! Here, we can have heartfelt conversations about beauty as a concept and beauty as in how we tend to ourselves!

13 02, 2017

The Beauty Shop: There’s Still Bias Against Natural Hair

By | February 13th, 2017|Beauty|0 Comments

Natural hair still faces opposition in the workplace, but what does that mean for black women?

4 01, 2017

Q&A Wednesday: How Do I Stop Saying Negative Things to Myself?

By | January 4th, 2017|Beauty, Body Image, Q&A Wednesday|1 Comment

Q: Erika, you said something about having an internal tape that plays negative thoughts over and over in your head...

2 01, 2017

How Playing in Your Makeup Can Help You Leave the Self-Hatred Behind

By | January 2nd, 2017|Beauty, Body Image|0 Comments

So many women say, "I hate looking in the mirror," "looking in the mirror makes me want to cry." You'd be surprised how easy it is to change that.

3 10, 2016

Supermarket Swindle, Beauty Aisle Edition: How Legit is Your Face Cream?

By | October 3rd, 2016|Beauty, Body Image|0 Comments

Not very legit at all, really. Phrases such as “clinically proven” or “dermatologist approved” have little meaning, because...

18 07, 2016

It’s Time We Talk Honestly About Gyms and Locker Room Culture

By | July 18th, 2016|Beauty, Body Image, It's All Mental|3 Comments

There are some cruel and inhumane people in this world, like Dani Mathers, and unfortunately you are likely to meet at least one or two of them at the gym.

30 06, 2016

Want to Know How I Grew My Long Hair? Tips Inside!

By | June 30th, 2016|Beauty, Black Hair|23 Comments

A collection of the most common questions I get about my thick natural hair, but the answers would help whether you're natural or not.

25 04, 2016

Lil’ Kim is Not a Freak Show, She’s What We Should Expect

By | April 25th, 2016|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|4 Comments

We tell women it is important to be beautiful, and being beautiful requires fair skin. Shouldn’t we expect women to go to great lengths to become beautiful?

11 03, 2016

When it Comes to Plus Size Models, We’re Asking the Wrong Questions

By | March 11th, 2016|Beauty|1 Comment

After Cheryl Tiegs' shady comments about Ashley Graham, NBC and ABC reject her Lane Bryand ad? Something's fishy.

9 11, 2015

Just Say No to Waist Trainers

By | November 9th, 2015|#ScaleFreeBaby, Beauty, Body Image, Conscious Consumerism, Debunking The Myths, Fad Diets, Fat Loss, Standards of Black Beauty|7 Comments

Your waist trainer causes UTIs, incontinence, temporary heart failure, indigestion, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and more. Read how inside.

31 03, 2015

When Woman Dies From Booty Injections in Salon, Salon PACKS UP AND LEAVES

By | March 31st, 2015|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|4 Comments

Stop doing this. Stop your loved ones from doing this. Staple them to a seat and force them to stay there, for all I care.

10 03, 2015

The Beauty Shop: Losing Weight, Losing Hair – What Happens, Why it Happens, and How to Fight It

By | March 10th, 2015|Beauty, Black Hair|2 Comments

"Also, my hair is really shedding. Did you have trouble with hair loss while losing weight?"

10 03, 2015

4-Year Old Teaches You How to Silence a Hater

By | March 10th, 2015|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|0 Comments

I'm going to avoid taking the natural bait of "why would a little boy be calling a little girl who, ostensibly, looks like him... 'ugly?'" I mean, I'm going to try. Miss Cici A beautiful little girl was caught on camera with her Mommy having a discussion about how her day went at [...]

3 03, 2015

It’s Time to Just Say NO to Trendy Body Parts

By | March 3rd, 2015|Beauty, Body Image|1 Comment

For some of us, it's not a trend -- some of us were born this way, and calling our bodies a 'trend' is gross.

25 02, 2015

Who Should I Allow To Call Me Fat?

By | February 25th, 2015|Beauty, It's All Mental, My Journey, Standards of Black Beauty, The Op-Eds|15 Comments

A little while ago, I asked the wonderful, amazingly awesome readers of this site who they allow to bring their weight to their attention. Lots of great comments, with a couple of standouts below: I think people who really have your best intentions at heart are allowed to express their concerns to you about becoming [...]

12 02, 2015

The Beauty Shop: Protecting Your Edges From Breakage During Training

By | February 12th, 2015|Beauty, Black Hair|4 Comments

How I protect the edges of my hairline from breakage during training, and what you can use to keep your hairline healthy!

20 01, 2015

On Colorism, #LightGirls, #DarkGirls, and Complicated Beauty for #BlackGirls

By | January 20th, 2015|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|2 Comments

My questions and thoughts on colorism, inspired by the recent chatter surrounding the recently-released documentary, Light Girls.

16 01, 2015

This Girl Can, Campaign Promoting Fitness for All Women, Meets Criticism

By | January 16th, 2015|Beauty, Body Image, Running, The Op-Eds|11 Comments

An empowering campaign met with criticism from people who call themselves feminists? Ya don't say.

8 01, 2015

Brazilian ‘Slave to Beauty’ Shows Negative Side Effects of Booty Surgery

By | January 8th, 2015|Beauty, Standards of Black Beauty|3 Comments

Woman injected with chemicals that made her body rot from the inside out; my thoughts on when enough will be enough.

4 12, 2014

My Thoughts on Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe

By | December 4th, 2014|Beauty, Latest News, Standards of Black Beauty|43 Comments

I tried really hard to leave this topic alone because, quite frankly, I don't think my opinion matters much. This ties into another post that I have coming up behind the "Who's Allowed To Call You Fat?" topic but really... I have no stock in neither her successes nor her failures, so my interest is [...]

28 11, 2014

Rant: Model Arrested For Booty Injection-Related Homicide

By | November 28th, 2014|Beauty, Body Image, Standards of Black Beauty|63 Comments

Pebbelz is King/Smooth/XXL/Booty mag alumni, right? She lied, for years, about having injections...