The Afrocks Blog
The Words We Use: What Google Can Teach You About Unprofessional Hairstyle and Self Love
I don’t know if you have come across this little story that has been going around the internet lately. It started on Tumblr and then moved over to Twitter and claimed that Google Image Search is racist. The reason for this is that if you do an image search for “unprofessional hairstyles” it only returns images of black women but if you look for “professional hairstyles” it will return only images of white women.
10 Mobile Natural Hair Stylists or Small Afro Salons With Great Online Presence
A few weeks ago we wrote about the importance for afro-caribbean hairdressers to have a strong online presence as we firmly believe that the revolution will be digitised. Here are 10 smaller braiders, locticians or natural hair stylists that are doing things right by feeding instagram profiles, updating websites or Facebook pages. Because it’s not all about the big boys and big salons. Good news: Some of them have also already registered to be on Afrocks platform and will be bookable when we go live.
6 Tips to Make the Best of Muay Thai When You Wear Locs
Muay Thai has been and is still part of my life, even if I am not training at a professional level anymore. For those who are not too familiar, Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is the a traditional martial art, form of close-combat and (now) national sport from Thailand. It is also referred to as the art of 8 limbs (using 8 points of contact as weapon – fists, elbows, knees and feet). There are still debates over Muay Thai history and heritage but most sources agree that it was used back in the 17th century by Thai warriors on the battlefield.
The Problem with Natural Hair ‘Problems’ : 3 Things That Gets Me Thinking
That’s it, we have decided to put the relaxer away. We hardly wear weaves and wigs these days, and when we do, it is a protective method or a way to experiment with new looks or colours without damaging our hair. Yes, we are embracing ourselves, yes we are proud of our heritage and yes, we are beautiful black women… However, this newfound love for our hair needs to be alert and proactive because, I feel that the self-depreciating habits that we have all acquired through our socialisation or the constant exposure to the mainstream canons of beauty, can easily sneak their way on our path to self-validation.Read More
Happy and Nappy
The tidal wave of Nappy that is sweeping the world lately has certainly not passed you by. Black women started wearing and loving their natural hair, ditching the creamy crack and living their lives without lye.
If you were around when it all started and you decided you wanted to join, you probably did like most of us and joined a forum online to share tips and tricks, techniques and report on the latest products you tried. Maybe you had a blog where you documented on your hair journey, posted pictures of your daily routine, all your hair paraphernalia and pictures of your “hairspirations” (that’s the people’s whose hair you were inspired from). If you were lucky, you could even find your hair twin and you would start exchanging tips, emulating each other, encouraging each other because they could definitely understand !
11 Mind-blowing Figures to Understand the Women of Afro Hair Market [Infographic]
It is a fact universally acknowledged that a black woman, MUST be in want of hair care products. Whilst the market has been fluctuating with the latest trends, the natural hair revolution (yes we say it, a revolution) is drastically changing the economical dynamics for good. Because wearing one’s hair natural is not a fad, we have compiled 11 facts that should empower business minded people such as creative stylists, cocoa and Shea butter producers… black women and men altogether! Yes, you’re welcome.Read More
6 Ways for Freelance Natural Hair Stylists To Get More Clients
A few weeks ago we started the pre-launch advertising campaign for our Natural Hair marketplace platform and had a fabulous response from interested clients and stylists. With +500 sign ups and counting, I have to admit that I was genuinely surprised.
I also received a decent number of emails from stylists asking about ways to increase their client base and raise their profile.
Why I Wake Up Every Day
Welcome to Afrocks blog!
Ok, let me tell you a story. When I woke up this morning I asked myself: why do I wake up every day?
I usually wake up because my alarm clock gives me a hard time. I also wake because my second alarm clock – my 22 months-old boy – is usually up a 5.30am and doesn’t really appreciate when I am not sharing his fun (meaning running and jumping all around).
Ok, but why do I really wake up every morning? What drags me out of my comfy bed every morning?