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Published on 25 April 2016 by Afrocks

16 Natural Hair & Black Cultural Events You Haven’t Seen on Buzzfeed

Too busy to look for some pretty cool Natural Hair and/or Afro-Caribbean cultural events and festivals around? Afraid not, the Afrocks team have put together a list of events happening around the world (for those who love travelling!) for you to enjoy! There are some pretty cool stuff so it’s time to get excited!

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Published on 23 April 2016 by Afrocks

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.

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Published on 12 April 2016 by Afrocks

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.

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Published on 29 March 2016 by Afrocks

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.

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Published on 24 March 2016 by Afrocks

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 !

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