Instagram and Youtube are inspirational places for all things natural afro curly hair & beauty. If you have natural black afro curly hair and enjoy using Instagram or YouTube, then you’ve probably have already followed or double tapped a post from one of these 13 natural afro curly hair bloggers.
Not all bloggers are treated the same as we all have our favourites. Each lady has a unique style, presentation, and sophistication when looking after and styling their hair. You can drool over their pictures and see they really enjoy presenting and displaying their natural tresses. If you are not already following these natural hair bloggers, then we’d recommend you check them out!
Following this sista on Instagram is a pure joy – she represents real hair goals! Without doubt she has the longest Afro curly 4B hair we have ever seen. Her hair is over 30 inches long and sits at hip length! Her content is informational, with a bohemian, alternative twist. Great if you after a more grown up feel. And if you have kids, she has bonus videos that will help you look after their hair. She shares her home, work life, along with kids.
If you are a natural girl all the way, rest assured this lady is for you. She has some of the best black natural hair care information on the internet! She repeatedly makes it clear that hair health is her number one goal, which means you can feel safe with the information she provides. She grew her long afro curly hair using length retention techniques and African threading. She is fun and always a pleasure to listen to on YouTube, and her Instagram channel is full of valuable information and useful hair care tips. From the information placed on her channel, you will learn the main tricks to growing long hair – through length retention and African threading.read more
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be more than aware that we have recently started production in Nigeria! This has been a dream of ours for a while, so it’s all very exciting at Grass-fields HQ right now.
Amidst all the madness, we managed to have a sit-down with the design team to chat all things fashion, and learn a little about how this collection was created.
What was the inspiration for this collection?
We base part of our influence off customer feedback, and we know that a lot of our customers want to make a statement with their outfits. So for this collection, a lot of the focus was on intricate details, and overall femininity. We looked at our most popular pieces over the summer months, and evolved them into more modest, autumnal pieces.
What drew you to these patterns in particular?
The factory in Nigeria where we’re producing these designs actually send over the fabric options – over 100! – and we pick our favourites from them. Narrowing them down has been very hard, but we generally went for the most bold and beautiful. A lot of our designs are quite detailed, so we have to ensure that the fabrics don’t detract from that too much.
Were there any difficulties in production?
Surprisingly not! The factory we’re working with are very thorough. They have sent us samples throughout the process, and have generally exceeded our expectations with manufacturing.
What is your favourite piece from the collection?
We all have different preferences, but we think the gathered shirt dress from the first collection is gorgeous – it’s very flattering, and all the intricate details should make it a standout piece.
The matching sets are also great – very versatile, very feminine, and they look incredible on all sizes!
Who would you say this collection is for?
It’s typical to say, but we really feel there is a mixture of styles for every woman! There is work-wear, statement occasion-wear, more every-day styles… we have blazers, matching sets, dresses, skirts – there is truly something for everyone.
Due to the striking fabric used, we can confidently say this is for women who like to express themselves through their personal style.
Will there be future Nigerian designs?
Of course! We are currently working on some new designs with the Nigerian team. For the next set of designs, we are pushing ourselves to create more individual, creative pieces, and really give the customers something innovative that they have not yet seen before from us.read more
One of the most exciting aspects of working for a fashion company has to be the shoots! Ours take place once a month in London, and we always have so much fun. Today we’ll take you through a little run-down of how our August shoot went down.
7:20AM We left our hotel and hopped in a taxi to take us to the studio in East Greenwich, bleary-eyed and in desperate need of caffeine.
7:50AM We arrived at the studio! At this point, only our photographer and assistant Lola had arrived.
8AM Our videographers, makeup artists, and of course our gorgeous models, Gina and Jerriturned up! They started getting their makeup done, while we watched in awe of Dolly and Toni. True artists at work! I will never know how Dolly gets the eyeliner so dark and smoky but I won’t rest until I find out.
8:30AM Ever the professionals, we were still working on some last-minute bits of content planning. It’s difficult to know exactly how things will work until you arrive on set, but we like to plan pretty in-depth beforehand just in case!
9AM The girls were ready, and our new model Rebel arrived! As she got her makeup done, Gina helped our videographer test the lighting and camera settings.
10AM Lola got Jerri and Gina dressed into their first outfits of the day, and we were good to go! The shoot had begun.
11AM The shoot was in full swing when our manager called to let us know that half of the outfits wouldn’t be arriving! We have recently started production in a super secret location (to be revealed soon), and this was our first time co-ordinating their package with our shoot. It was not an ideal situation, but we had to work with what we had! Plus, we tried to see the positives – this meant we had more time to shoot the clothes we did have.
12PM We broke for lunch. Half the team got Five Guys, while the other half got Wagamamas. Team Waga’s all the way!
1PM Lunch either energises you or makes you super tired. Which one are you? We’re definitely sleepy-after-lunch kinda people, but we had to get straight back to it! There was still one video to shoot. Two down, one to go!
3:30PM We finished in record timing. Yeah, that might be due to some of the clothes not arriving on time, but let’s pretend it’s because of our amazing time-keeping! As we had a bit of room, we managed to re-shoot some of the outfits we weren’t 100% happy with, and were still finished by 5!
5PM That’s a wrap! The end of the working day arrived, and we all said our good-byes… until the next day that is! Our shoots typically work that we shoot videos on a Friday, and photos on the Saturday, so we all work together for a whole weekend. Of course our manager Christellecame to the rescue and drove up the next day with the clothes from the super secret location, so we were able to shoot those on the Saturday, and the day was saved!
Did you enjoy reading about a typical day in the life of a fashion shoot? Well, from our perspective at least! Maybe we’ll get the models to give their point of view next time… not sure they’d be quite as relaxed and chilled as we were!
All pieces that we shot in the August shoot will be released weekly during September and October, so keep an eye out every Wednesday for our new arrivals on our Instagram and website.Africalove April 10, 2018 LookbookArchitecture, Combo, Creative, Fashion, News
Welcome to our woman-run business spotlight. Here at Grass-fields, we believe in the power of ethical, empowered entrepreneurs. Our founders Christelle and Michele Nganhou have created a strong foundation and we want to celebrate other women business owners around the world who are doing amazing work.
Africa Jackson: How long did it take to create the first issue?
Nay Marie: Ha! Maybe a week. On November 1st of 2014, I decided I was going to create a magazine and, on December 7th of 2014, I was having the launch event. [I had] zero industry experience, zero market research. I just knew my community needed a publication that exuded our true essence and provided a platform for positive narratives and imagery. This was a few months after the Mike Brown execution and everything involving the Black community felt hopeless. On August 19th, I created a Facebook group, ‘Black Owned Business Collective’, for Black businesses to promote themselves because I was tired of the ‘I would support Black businesses if I knew of any’ narrative. Through that group, I discovered so many amazing businesses and extraordinary people that I knew I had to share all of the community love I was experiencing. BOOM. A magazine.
AJ: Were there moments when you wanted to stop pushing? If so, what/who helped you survive that doubt?
NM: Chile. Yesterday. Every day! Whenever I feel like throwing in the towel, I remind myself of why I started Taji. I think of the people who’ve told me they didn’t appreciate being Black until they read through our magazine or stalked our Instagram page. I think of the two little Black girls who almost bumped into their mother’s behind because they were staring so hard at our models, who were giving them Black Excellence live and in-person. If that’s not enough, I go hug my partner, Will Focus, and he’ll give me some super uplifting version of “You got this”.
AJ: What is the worst business advice you ever received when creating Taji Magazine?
NM: “You can’t build a business just focused on Black people.” Tuh. Watch me.
AJ: In addition to the magazine, your Black business directory (Our Black Web), and a successful photography career, you support emerging Black entrepreneurs. What made you decide to go even further and offer the Black Business Grant?
NM: I applied for a grant and didn’t win, but imagined how I would have felt if I did win. I constantly see posts of people speaking about the struggles of entrepreneurship and the difference it would make if they just had a little help. By offering a cash award, a branding award, and an advertising award, we’re creating a springboard for the winners. I’ve learned that a lot of Black businesses don’t have all of the tools they need to be seen. The grant helps with that, but it’s just a start. We have to put in the work to receive the attention of our target markets.
AJ: Why do you continue to put out quality stories about Black folks? You already have close to 40,000 followers. Is there a temptation to just be like everyone else out there?
NM: That number looks crazy when it’s fully typed out. Thank you for that reminder. This is multi-layered.
1) Taji refutes all of the negative doubts and stereotypes we’ve been taught to feel about our people.
2) When we see people who look like us doing it (whatever it is), we believe we can do it or even do better. How many children learned about the beauty of Africa through the Black Panther? How many young girls became interested in STEM after seeing Hidden Figures? How many doors has Serena Williams and Simone Biles kicked down for the next generation? How many people are now dedicated to there never being another #ExoneratedFive after Ava snatched the water from our tear ducts? We tend to think of the hurtful side of media (nightly news, reality tv, etc.), but the media has the power to shift mindsets and plant seeds.
3) I don’t have the luxury of being like everyone else…Taji has a communal core that keeps us grounded. We’ll feature big names, but they have never been our focus. Don’t get me wrong, it feels amazing every time our star contributor, Felipe Patterson, tells me he’s going to be on some red carpet or at some screening repping Taji Mag, but that’s mostly because I feel he’s being a necessary presence and paving the way for Black writers. I’m happiest when Taji is helping the community it was created to serve. When a feature or an advertiser tells us they received an influx of orders or followers, that’s when my chest puffs out.
4) I re-watched Living Single recently and was hella inspired. I would love for Taji Mag to be the breathing version of Flavor magazine; employing a full office staff and helping them to create generational wealth (without the debt and owing the printer of course).read more
They say that not everything that glitters is gold, but this rule does not apply to Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Everything she touches becomes gold. The live-action adaption of The Lion Kingwas released on the 19th July 2019, and while most people were revealing in seeing Rafiki lift up newborn Simba over Pride Rock and mentally preparing themselves for the trauma of seeing Mufasa die, again; Beyoncé gave us a literal present in the form of The Lion King Soundtrack, The Gift.
This album has done an excellent job of elevating artists, and a genre of music that is growing in popularity but needs an additional push forward into mainstream music. African’s artists featured on The Gift includes Nigeria’s Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Mr. Eazi, and Wizkid. Beyoncé also recruited Shatta Wale from Ghana, Salatiel from Cameroon and Moonchild Sanelly & Busiswa representing South Africa.
The Queen B described this album as a “love letter to Africa”, and I appreciate and applaud the efforts. However, I would personally describe this album as more of a love letter to the African Diaspora. We should not forget that this album features her co-star Childish Gambino, as well as Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z.
On this album, Beyoncé speaks about the love & appreciation of blackness. She repeatedly invokes elemental imagery to affirm her African lineage. On the “Circle of Life” redux track “Bigger,” she sings, “I’ll be the roots, you be the tree. Pass on the fruit that was given to me.” On “Nile”: “Darker the berry, sweeter the fruit. Deeper the wounded, deeper the roots, Nubian doused in brown, I’m lounging in it, fountain of youth, I said I’m drowning in it.”
We cannot forget about the wonder that is the track “Brown Skin Girl” where Beyoncé addresses colourism in the Black Community. She affirms dark-skinned women, who are so often told that their beauty is less than. Despite the vagueness of the term ‘brown skin,’ it was crystal clear which skin tones she was referring to, when she shouted out Kelly Rowland and Lupita Nyong’o on the track. It also comes as no surprise that Beyoncé would have her daughter feature on a song celebrating Black women; for many years people made fun of Blue Ivy’s ‘nappy hair’ and skin tone. There are many little girls out there who need to know that their blackness is beautiful.
The Lion King soundtrack will serve as a reference point to many people who are still unfamiliar with Afrobeats, but will be willing to listen to anything that Beyonce puts out. Essentially what Beyoncé has given the world is an Afrobeats starter pack, to which I say thank you.
The Lion King Soundtrack also comes at an advantageous time to many of the African artists on the album. Yemi Alade has a new album, Woman of Steel, arriving before the end of the summer. The same is true for Burna Boy, who will release African Giant this week, and DJ Lag, who released the Steam Rooms EP with Okzharp on the same day as The Gift.
My only criticism of the album would be that I would have liked to see more East & Southern African representation. However, I will never condemn an album that celebrates the diversity of The Motherland by inviting artists to dance between English and their native tongues, from Swahili to Twi to Bambara to Yoruba.
With The Gift being a good blend of African Diversity as well as traditional Disney tropes, there is no doubt that Beyoncé is coming for the Oscar’s Best Original Song nomination. I say more power to the Queen; I hope we see more collaborative albums like this in the future.read more
Hello to our wonderful customers! We always love to hear from you, so when we sent out our survey last week we were thrilled to have so many responses. We want to thank you so much for giving us valuable feedback that will help us to grow as a business.
So because of your responses, we’ve been inspired to make some changes here at Grass-fields which we hope will make your shopping experience more enjoyable. Keep reading to see what we’re changing starting from September this year!
WE’RE FOCUSING ON OUR SIGNATURE DESIGNS
We found out that, more than anything else, you love our unique designs. While each design might look simple, achieving this beautiful simplicity is a time-consuming process. After creating a new design we test many fabric combinations before deciding on the perfect match. By reducing the total number of designs we make, we’ll have more time to create the signature designs you know and love.
EACH COLLECTION WILL HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY OCCASION
We will ensure that each collection offers occasion, casual, and workwear pieces. Our garments will be on-trend, whilst still providing modesty and comfort; we’ll ensure that at least 80% of our garments can be worn with a standard bra. Of course, we’ll continue to offer a small range of more revealing designs for ladies who enjoy feeling sensual in our garments.
OUR SIZES ARE CONSISTENT ACROSS GARMENTS
We realise that sizing is extremely important to our customers. All patterns have been officially updated to ensure there is consistency across all our designs. This means that if you are a UK size 12, and you order 3 different size 12 dresses from our website, all three dresses will fit you perfectly!
WE’RE UPPING THE QUALITY AND USING 100% RECYCLED COTTON
The quality of our garments will improve tremendously. Since June 2018, we have been using recycled cotton to print our designs. You might not have noticed the difference, but we think the planet will definitely benefit from this difference. Using recycled fabric costs a bit more, but we believe it’s an investment worth making. What’s more, all garments that require lining will now be lined with 100% recycled cotton. This means your favourite designs will last much longer
FREE SHIPPING AND EXCHANGES FOR THE US AND ACROSS EUROPE
We want you to receive your order as quickly and simply as possible. As such, shipping will be free to the UK, US, and most European countries. We will also offer reduced shipping fees to customers ordering from Australia, and Asia. Free shipping applies to our new arrivals available from September 2018. In addition, we will not be charging a handling fee if you decide to return your order for a refund. We will also be offering free exchanges (store credit), which will allow you to repurchase an item without having to pay an additional shipping fee.
EXCLUSIVE NEW GRASS-FIELDS CONTENT IS COMING
We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our ‘How To Style’ and ‘Behind-The-Scenes’guidance for customers. As of September 2018, we will be showing you how to style your favourite pieces from our collection. We’ll also be providing detailed behind-the-scenes content on how we make each collection come to life!
WE’RE AMPING UP OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE
Customer service is extremely important to us and we will be working hard to improve our service standards. We will spend one day every month training our customer service agents to answer your questions thoroughly and to solve your enquiries as quickly as possible (no excuses!). Trustpilot will also be installed on our website from September 2018 so you can share your reviews with others. Unfortunately, we do not currently have the resources to provide 24/7 customer support. We sincerely apologise to any customers who had to wait a little longer than usual to receive a response; we hope the above changes will prevent disappointment in the future.
PRICES ARE GOING TO CHANGE
Because we’re making so many exciting improvements to our business, we must alter our price list to ensure we’re still making a profit. Our updated price list reflects the fact that all of our garments are made with premium-quality fabric, every worker involved in the production process is paid a fair wage, and many of our customers will enjoy free shipping. Rest assured, the website will be updated to ensure your checkout process is as smooth as possible.
Since we started in March 2013, we’ve established a loyal following of customers. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for all your support. We promise to keep growing as a business and will continue to act on the feedback you provide us!Africalove April 10, 2018 Featured, OutdoorDesign, Life Style, News, Niceread more
We are so excited for you all to meet Markele DeJa’nae. A hair and beauty blogger from Dallas, Texas, Markele has amassed a following on social media through posting tutorials and sharing her tips with the world.
Grass-fields sat down with Markele to find out what inspires her to keep working hard, her vision, and what advice she has for any of you aspiring bloggers out there.
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging for 2 years going on 3.
What’s your favorite topic to blog about?
My favorite topic is beauty products. I feel as if you can express yourself in so many different ways through it!
What is your vision?
The vision for my page is to show the world what TRUE beauty really means. The physical side of beauty is just a small part of what makes us truly beautiful. True beauty should be based on an individual’s inner qualities.
How do you hope to inspire people?
I hope to inspire people to embrace their uniqueness, be themselves and to love themselves as they are! God created each one of us differently and that’s what makes us beautiful. Be who you are, the way God created you!
Describe yourself in three words
Three words that describe me are: goofy, caring and unique!
Who would play you in a movie about your life and why?
Jurnee Bell would be perfect to play me in a movie because of her goofy personality.
What motto do you live by?
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” This statement resonates with me because it motivated me and is ultimately the reason I continue to make progress in the beauty blogger industry. I live by this motto and also use it as my tagline.
How has your heritage or cultural background influenced what you blog about?
My cultural background taught me to be accepting of all people, which is why I use my page to compel others to love themselves and others no matter what.
Tell us your favorite holiday destination and why
My holiday destination would be Cali! The weather is always nice!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself hopefully blogging full-time, traveling while living my best life and meeting new people and still making a impact on people’s lives!
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with Jesus because he’s my hero.
What have you learned from being a blogger?
I’ve learned that becoming who you really want to be as a blogger takes time. It’s definitely noteasy as people make it seem. It’s a roller coaster ride that you may not be prepared for, but if it’s something you really want you’ll put in the hard work to achieve it!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in blogging?
If you feel that God is calling you to be a blogger then do it! Just start! Find your niche! Believe in yourself, even when things get tough. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Everyone has to start somewhere. Us bloggers started at the beginning, we all didn’t get to where we are overnight.
Any final words of encouragement for our Grass-fields family out there?read more
There are so many hair styles for black women but it can be hard to find one that suits you. Natural afro curly hair can be hard to style. You can find yourself needlessly damaging your coil and curls while trying to style your tame-less natural afro curly hair fro!
You can try and say to yourself “I promise that I will leave my natural hair alone to grow” Just like the natural hair vloggers say! but we all know we never keep our promise.
Here at Grass fields, we promise to give you that helping hand to find the best natural afro curly hair styles; that will suit you.
So here are 7 timeless styles to try on afro curly hair.
For a casual look, you really can’t beat a natural rounded bob for African hair. It will give your hair just the right amount of bounce and volume. For a great look that’s really on-trend right now, have a little balayage highlighting done to give this timeless look a modern update.
HALF BRAIDED, HALF DOWN
Natural afro hair can look amazing when cut and styled to make the most of its volume. A half up, half down style gives you the power to control your hair whilst still looking natural and effortless. Simply divide your hair front to back in order to box braid half the hair. Braiding the front sections of the hair will create a neat and stylish finish to frame your face, whilst still keeping your hair wild and free at the back.
BRAIDS WITH BEADS
Fully braided hair is such an elegant look and allows you to keep your hair neat. You can style it in so many different ways once it’s braided – Even with beads. It’s not only a trend! This style has been a part of African culture for many years.
SHORT AND POPPY
We just love this short and sophisticated style, with just enough hair to give height and volume. Styled at the sides, then keep your hair long on top to enable your natural curls to shine through. This is the perfect pixie cut for all you heart-shaped faces out there.
Using a chemical relaxant on afro hair can be a great way to inject some glamour into your look. It creates smooth shiny hair which can then be curled gently using tongs or rollers. Make sure you use a generous amount of hair product to keep the shine and curl in place.
FULL FRONTAL BRAIDS
This stunning braided look is so glamourous it will take you from work to a night out seamlessly. Clip your hair up at the front and leave some tendrils falling down the back for added glamour.[antive_products_owl style=”style-2″ owl_navigation=”true” owl_loop=”true” owl_margin=”16″ ids=”83, 96, 50, 60, 40″ products_owl_custom_id=”antive_custom_css_1075522095″]Africalove April 10, 2018 Bath, Men, Sale, WomenDesign, Fashion, Life Style, News, Nice read more