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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

4 of the Best Brands of Marley Hair for Crochet Braids

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When it comes to Marley hair, all brands were certainly not created equal. Plus, every local beauty supply store doesn’t carry the same brands of hair. It isn’t wise to purchase just any brand of Marley hair because some brands are tough to work with and/or do not yield as sleek a result as other […]

Protective Styling Season: Mini Twists + Ways to Style

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Mini twists are a wonderful protective style: though the installation tends to be time consuming (anywhere from 8-12 hours), the style itself is simple, easy to execute, and well worth the time spent. Plus, they look absolutely stunning, can be worn for 4-5 weeks, and can be styled just like loose hair while still giving […]

TWA Chronicles: Kenvi


What’s your TWA story? I’ve been natural almost four years & I decided to trade in my long tresses for an edgy tapered cut. I absolutely love it! How do you typically maintain your TWA on a daily basis? To maintain my tapered cut, I do twist outs if I want a more stretched look. […]