3 Things Every Natural Should Do At Some Point


Being natural is a LOT of fun: learning and loving your hair, trying new products, meeting other naturals, and just enjoying the endless possibilities that come along with having natural hair. We all have different hair types, textures, backgrounds, personalities, etc., but choosing to wear our hair natural is a common thread that unites us […]

What to Do When Your Hair Won’t Let You Be Great


We’ve all been there: you set out to execute a flawless style, you have the perfect combination of products and the best tools, you make preparations regarding how much drying time you’ll need, etc., and yet- the style just doesn’t turn out right. Other times, your hair seems like it just wants to behave badly […]

TWA Chronicles: Ayanna

Ayanna James TWA Natural Hair

What’s your TWA story? I don’t think I really have a story. I rocked a shaved head for about 5 years, then one day I decided to grow my hair out. I was inspired by all of the versatility I saw on the interwebs. I kept shaving the sides when I first started, but over […]

Reader Question: How Much Hair Growth to Expect in a Year

how much hair growth in one year

Black Naps’ reader Ashley asks,  Hi, I am 15 years old and live in London, England. My question is: How many inches of natural hair can I roughly expect in one year? Also my hair never seems to grow past my neck, it doesn’t even touch my shoulder. What should I do? P.S.  I’ve been transitioning […]

Natural Spotlight: Sylvia


How long have you been natural? When I was younger, I did not get a relaxer. However, I did have my hair hot combed and flat ironed from time to time. It wasn’t until my freshman year in college, with encouragement from my mom, that I began to research how to care for my natural […]

Stretched Styling With: @CurlsandCouture


Up next in our Stretched Styling series, we’re excited to feature Courtney Danielle, who has a thing for big, fabulous curls! I have been natural a little over 1.5 years. This upcoming january will be my 2 year naturalversary! I had a relaxer since I was in the 4th grade and although I wanted to […]

The Benefits of Castor Oil

benefits of castor oil

Let’s talk about one of my favorite oils-castor oil! This oil is enriched with benefits-especially vitamin E which is important for healthy hair growth. Although this oil has a plethora of benefits, it is sometime difficult to love and use because of it’s strong scent and thickness.  How to use castor oil Use oil moderately: […]

Are You Hurting Your Tresses? 5 Poor Hair Habits to Kick Now

Poor Hair Habits to Kick Now

We’ve all done one, more, or ALL of the habits on this list. Poor hair habits are practices that hinder hair growth or harm the health of your hair. By continuing to partake in these poor habits, you can stunt your hair’s growth or cause damage that is irreversible. Examine your own treatment of your hair […]

Before You Color Your Tresses…Is It For You?

color-treated natural hair options

Color is beautiful and adds flavor to sometime boring hair, however, it may also be damaging depending on the time you are willing to invest. What happens when you color hair? Hair consist of three layers: Cuticle Cortex Medulla When hair is colored, the outer cuticle is damaged which leads to hair loss due to […]

TWA Chronicles: Rebekah Hislop

Rebekah Hislop Twa Chronicles

Meet Rebekah Hislop from Trinidad and Tobago! What’s Your TWA Story My TWA story has a mere timeline of three weeks. I started using chemicals in my hair when I was 12 because my hair was tremendously thick and my mum was never versed in styling and maintaining natural hair. I had long straight hair but every […]