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While researching the appropriate age for hair weave, I came across an article by Briana McCarthy on

McCarthy recalls seeing a young girl at her son's school, wearing really long hair weave. She wondered if the hair weave wasn't doing damage to the young girl's self-esteem (not to mention her edges).

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Riqua Hailes

You are probably among the millions of black women who buy your hair weave extensions from a salon, beauty supply store, or out of the trunk of a car. It's no surprise that beauty supply stores that cater to black women are the #1 importers of hair weave from China.

But have you ever stopped to wonder where your hair weave extensions come from?

After noticing inconsistencies in the hair extensions she purchased for her clients, Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions hair extension bar in Los Angeles, decided to go on an odyssey to Asia to see for herself where the hair comes from.

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Nicki Minaj long hair don't care

After teasing her Stans for a year with promises of revealing her natural hair, Nicki Minaj finally revealed her long tresses on yesterday. Yes, her hair is real and growing from her scalp. Let the hating begin, because you have good reason to hate this woman. The 31-year-old rapper has the full package: the looks, the talent, and the hair that many women can only dream of. Black women will give their firstborn to have Nicki's long, luxurious hair.

If it helps you feel any better, her butt is fake.

Thanks to loyal reader Robyn W. for the tip.

Pastor Bans Hair Weaves in His Church

A Waco, Texas pastor is making waves for giving a fiery speech about the women in his flock. Pastor A.J. Aamir has grown wary of looking out over his congregation at Resurrecting Faith Church and seeing a sea of Yaki hair weave.

"Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I'm saying," Pastor A.J. Aamir told

Pastor Aamir isn't the only one who thinks hair weave is associated with black women who have low self-esteem because they can't grow hair like other races. But it is probably the first time that a notable preacher has spoken publicly about the "false image" of wearing hair weaves.

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Beyonce removed her lacefront wig to let her own thinning hair breathe -- and her Stans lost their collective minds. The 32-year-old mother-of-1 posted a photo of her short hair on her Instagram account. Of course, the accolades from her Stans are over-the-top. What is wrong with them? She took off her wig! It's not like her own hair was long and she cut it short.

Beyonce should be praised for finding the confidence to take off the ridiculous lacefront wigs and wear her own hair for once. Maybe her Stans will follow suit and cut off their hair extensions. Aren't you ladies tired of imitating another race?

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  • Guess who

    All of these women are high maintenance beauties who go to great lengths to make sure their hair and nails are always on point when they step out in public. The last time I made a post like this some of you had problems guessing the names. This time I will try to make the descriptions a little easier.

    1. Let's begin with this reality TV star and mother of one who is struggling to repair her marriage to an NBA superstar (at least publicly). She writes on her Instagram page: "Bob Marley Nail Art hand painted by @naominailsnyc...SICK!!!!!"

    What's her name?

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    All of these women are high maintenance beauties who go to great lengths to make sure their style game is always on point when they step out in public. These women pay extra attention to their hair and nails, because that's what most women criticize for some odd reason.

    1. Let's begin with these Chanel inspired nails. This woman is living a lie. Her marriage crumbled months ago, but she's keeping up public appearances until her reality TV show goes off the air. Then she will be heading to divorce court. Who is she?

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    Holy Goldie longest Weave in the world

    Comedian Alex Thomas recently caught up with the chick who boasts the longest weave in the world. Holy Goldie answers all of your most pressing questions after the break! Don't try this at home, ladies. That much weave will break ya neck!

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    A Sikh woman with a full beard and sideburns became an overnight Internet sensation after she wrote a mature, thoughtful response to an evil post on

    Unbeknownst to Ohio State University student Balpreet Kaur, another student snapped a photo of her and uploaded the pic to social news commentary message board in the website's "funny" thread.

    When Kaur found out what the prankster had done she wrote a thoughtful comment under her own photo.

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    Singer Tamar Braxton is not a big fan of rapper Nicki Minaj's hair choices. Braxton was a guest on Anderson Cooper's revamped 'Anderson Live' syndicated show (the episode airs Monday, Sept. 17).

    Tamar, who has been accused of biting Beyonce's weave style, went in on the neon wig Nicki Minaj wore for her "American Idol" announcement.

    "I love Nicki and I feel like I can speak about it because I've had a couple of bad wig moments myself. That is an atrocity!" said Tamar.

    "Put her back in the box and put her upstairs, boo!," said Tamar.

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    Loyal reader Demarco writes:

    What up Sandy,

    Love your site... Just passing along a few pix from Gabby's Instagram account. For all of the ignorant haters choosing to hate on a kid's hair during competition, she is hooked up with Ted Gibson of I never heard of dude but seems as if he's in the fast lane in his field based on his website. Take Care.

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  • Olympic darling Gabrielle Douglas isn't bothered by ignorant comments about her hair. She knows that people who talk negatively about others are hurting inside.

    In an interview Sunday, the 16-year-old said she read some of the comments on the Internet after winning her 2nd gold medal in the London Olympics.

    "I don't know where this is coming from. What's wrong with my hair?" said Douglas, the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in team and all-around competition. "I'm like, 'I just made history and people are focused on my hair?'"

    Douglas says she uses gel, clips and a ponytail holder to keep her hair in place while she competes in the Olympic gymnast competition. She's worn her hairstyle -- a combination of synthetic sew-ins mixed with her real hair -- for years.

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    Gabrielle Douglas, who won 2 gold medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics, covers today's Washington Post. The 16-year-old, who is nicknamed "the flying squirrel," wowed the crowds with her incredible athletic prowess.

    In any other culture such amazing achievements would be a source of pride. But in the black community, there is a raging debate on the style and texture of Gabby's hair -- and the media is lapping it up. As a race we are already scraping rock bottom in America, but who ever thought we could go even lower?

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    Oprah Winfrey's struggling OWN Network has commissioned a new reality TV series featuring Michael Jackson's troubled sister, La Toya.

    OWN's cameras will follow La Toya, 56, as she focuses on her relationship with her famous brothers and sisters in a show titled, Life With La Toya. This news comes on the heels of a very public war between Michael's daughter, Paris, 14, and her aunts and uncles who are battling for control of Michael's millions.

    "I am so pleased to be working with television legend Oprah Winfrey and to be a part of the Own family. This will be one of the most exciting adventures of my life," La Toya said in a statement.

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    Fashion designer Rachel Roy and her daughter Ava Dash attended the screening of 'The Campaign' at the Landmark's Sunshine Cinema in New York City last week. Ava's dad is New York socialite Damon Dash.

    I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Ava's two-toned hair was heavily influenced by style setter Tameka "Tiny" Harris's long tresses. Scoff if you want, but Tiny is influencing personal styles all over the globe!

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    Comments Off on Tiny’s mother, Dianne Pope, wants you to know…

    Imagine a world without color, where the landscape is stark black and white with muted shades of gray. Imagine a world where everyone looks the same, where there is no creativity or originality; we all dress the same and wear our hair the same. How boring would life be?

    Women look to celebrities like Tameka "Tiny" Harris for their fashion inspiration. Others tear her down because they lack self esteem, and Tiny has a life that they can only dream about.

    Over the weekend, Tiny's mom, Dianne Pope, emailed me her response to this poison pen post on a little known blog. The post was written by a miserable chick with too much time on her hands -- who shamelessly admits that she lusts after Tiny's man, rapper T.I.

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    Music producer Swizz Beatz tweeted pics of his wife, singer Alicia Keys's new hairdo. Keys, 31, chopped off her hair to promote her latest single, "New Day" off 50 Cent's upcoming album Street King Immortal.

    Not everyone was pleased with Keys' new look. One loyal reader emailed me to say: "Can we discuss Alicia Keys new haircut? I don't like it."

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  • Superstar Rihanna debuted her new natty dreads hairstyle Wednesday night during the 2012 American Idol Final Results show. Rihanna whipped her butt length dreads back and forth while performing her hit single "Where Have You Been" during the Finale.

    Earlier, Rihanna tweeted a pic of her new dreads extensions, shocking her fans who doubted she was really making the transition to dreads.

    Rihanna told her fans on she long wanted dreads since she was 14, but her mother wouldn't allow it. Another follower asked Rihanna if her new hair was heavy. Rihanna responded: "as Goliath's balls."

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    This is getting ridiculous. Just when we thought the recent arrests of weave thieves meant the weave stealing spree in Atlanta was over -- they strike again.

    WSBTV reports that brazen hair weave robbers stole a U-Haul truck, and used it to crash through the storefront of J&J Beauty Supply store on Sylvan Road early Wednesday morning.

    After crashing through the window, the thieves abandoned the truck and made a beeline for the high priced weave before fleeing in a second vehicle.

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    Cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj was spotted leaving London's Heathrow Airport, wearing a Boy London pink t-shirt, pink and black leggings and Transformer boots. Nicki is in London promoting her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The troubled rapper cussed out a reporter for calling the album pop. But isn't the album pop? And isn't that why her fan base shied away from buying it?
    Photo: Splash News Online

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    Remember Hype Hair magazine? Unlike most urban hair magazines, Hype Hair has survived the economic downturn and is still going strong.

    Tameka "Tiny" Harris and her daughter Zonnique, of the OMG Girlz, cover this month's issue of Hype Hair.


    It seems like yesterday that Tiny gave birth to Zonnique 16 years ago. As some may remembered that Tiny was pregnant with her baby girl Zonnique in a few our favorite Xscape videos. Can’t hang, keep on keep keeping on, and do you want to. While i take you guys down memory lane don’t for get to pick the issue of Hype hair magazine and get the secrets of Tiny & Zonnique hair regimens on how the duo take care of their hair. I would like to to read how Tiny maintains her Chameleon style hair styles because she changes colors every week.

    A movement back to natural hair is underway in the U.S., and Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles is at the forefront of that movement.

    Solange and the "Transitioning Movement" wants to help black women to return to their roots and embrace their natural hair. So Solange created a video to promote a new website started by Carol's Daughter called

    In a chat with Lisa Price, Solange, who usually wears afro wigs, talked about her decision to go natural. “To me, [it's] just another outlet of expression,” she explained. “It’s funny to see the social response, their interpretations of what a haircut, what a hair change means.”

    The Transitioning Movement website -- which launches this spring -- will offer tips, product recommendations, photos, expert Q&A sessions and more for women transitioning from relaxers and weaves back to their natural wavy or curly hair.

    This is good news for women like Kiyah S., who has already started the transitioning process on her own. Kiyah grew out her perm this year after wearing weaves for most of her adult life. This past weekend, she wore her soft, tight curls in an afro style to a lunch date. She grinned from ear-to-ear when a man complimented her on her afro. It isn't often that women get compliments from men on their hair weaves.