When you have, you give, and when you learn, you teach,” Favour Jonathan tells me, sitting on a green velvet stool (which she made) in her bedroom. The 21-year-old, Central Saint Martins fine art student and multidisciplinary artist never stays with one hairstyle for too long. Having spent years transitioning from having no hair to growing out her Afro and experimenting with intricate braiding patterns, Favour decided to document this lifelong journey by taking a series of vibrant 'passport photo selfies,' highlighting the versatility of textured hair.
"Hair looks fabulous when it's well-moisturized, well-nourished, and the natural pattern of kinks and curls can shine because it’s not weighed down with heavy product," says Vernon François.
Rapper and comedian John Whitfield — better known as DC Young Fly — recently attempted to give his little girl a curly new 'do and shared it on social media.
As natural hair is celebrated more now than ever before, it’s exciting to see beautifully textured strands show up front and center during the 2017 Emmy Awards. All eyes were on Uzo Adubo and her lovely large Afro, along with Yara Shahidi and Gabrielle Union, who went with pulled-back curly looks.
The energy from the World Afro Day conference spread onto social media, where women, men, and children shared stunning photos of their 'fros.
"Once you learn how to properly care for your hair and you discover your true curl pattern, it boosts your confidence out the roof!" says Koby Lomax.
Cynthia Andrew, blogger of SimplyCyn, shared photos taken two years ago in Italy of an elderly couple touching her naturally curly hair and smiling.
The key to Zendaya's effortless hairdo is using the right products. Having a well-proportioned haircut helps too.
"People used to tell me 'your hair has stayed the same length for years, why doesn't it grow?!' Well there's that theory debunked," wrote beauty blogger Jackie Aina.
Women, men, and children rocking curls , braids , Afros , buzz cuts , and many other different hairstyles flocked to Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday to attend Curlfest , an annual festival where natural beauty is celebrated. Now in it’s fourth year, Curlfest has grown into one of summer’s must-attend events, where major brands like SheaMoisture , Iman Cosmetics , and Palmer’s give out free beauty swag and demo tutorials on the latest hair and makeup trends. According to Simone Mair, co-founder of Curly Girl Collective — which hosts Curlfest — today’s political and social climate makes events like this even more important. It provides a safe space and environment of inclusion for many who often feel excluded. “I think we are here to encourage anybody who feels left out of the beauty conversation to come and get a big ol’ hug from us,” Curly Girl Collective co-founder Tracey Coleman tells Yahoo Beauty. “It doesn’t matter what your hair is — it’s who you are inside. Whether you’re wearing cornrows , no hair, blue hair, or straight hair , you’re welcome here. We’re trying to change the conversation of what beautiful looks like.” Yahoo Beauty was on the scene in Brooklyn capturing all the stunning street style. Click through to see 23 of our favorite looks. Photos: Priscilla De Castro Read more from Yahoo Style + Beauty: • We Can’t Get Enough of This Woman’s Gorgeous Butterfly Braids • #HairTies Video Series Gets to the Root of How Black Women View Their Hair • 14 Things You Should Never Say to a Woman With Natural Hair Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyle and @YahooBeauty .
Filmmaker and former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry has created an animated film on the topic of fathers, daughters, and natural hair that's sure to be a touchdown.
All of the stars are stepping out for Paris Couture Week 2017, and among them is Zendaya, who has been effortlessly stunning fans. Just a sweatshirt really…casual @viktor_and_rolf @luxurylaw @mireyacierto A post shared by Zendaya (@zendaya) on Jul 4, 2017 at 6:48pm PDT
Professional dancer Najla Gilliam saw the gorgeous Allure magazine cover shoot featuring Zoe Kravitz and was inspired. Channeling the butterflies stylists decided to add to Kravitz’s braids, Gilliam adorned her own hair with butterflies. “I was inspired by mother nature and the beauty of the butterflies,” Gilliam tells Yahoo Beauty.
There was a need among South Africans with big hair like Nomvuyo Treffers's for larger swim caps that fit. Thus, Swimma Caps were born.
Viewers loved the natural hair sported by new Miss USA Kara McCullough on Sunday night, especially since last year’s winner also displayed that look.
A school in Australia has done a complete 180 after asking twins girls of South Sudanese descent to remove their braids. The heartbroken and embarrassed girls, who have worn their hair in braids since they were babies, said the request felt like an attack on their African culture.
A tweet from Lilah Parsons, a former model and a host on London’s Capital Radio, may help further illuminate why hair appropriation is such a sensitive issue: It included screenshots of casting-call policies for models that explicitly banned Afros.
Aside from sitting on the edge of our couches watching the drama-filled Season 3 midseason premiere of Empire, we also got a first look at Pantene’s latest commercial. In as little as one minute, the new Pantene Gold Series video showcased beautiful women of color of all different ages flawlessly rocking everything from Afros and angled blowouts to dreadlocks and textured updos. The mane master behind the glorious styles is Pantene’s celebrity stylist Chuck Amos.
Are fashion week runways really becoming more diverse? Despite a Feb. 23 report showing that diversity at New York Fashion Week has been on the rise in recent years, that doesn’t mean it’s even close to where it should be. Neal Farinah, Beyoncé’s go-to hairstylist, isn’t at all impressed with how far the fashion industry has come.
At only 20-years-old, Zendaya is well on her way to becoming a hair and beauty icon. If you ever wanted to know the difference between tracks and clips, or what type of wig to wear when you’re looking to get dramatic, let Zendaya be your guide. Zendaya isn’t shy about the work she’s put in to love her natural hair, and she’s encouraging others to do the same.
Viral stories about dads and their daughters’ braids are typically heartwarming — like the one about Michael Worthington and the precious styling sessions with his 4-year-old, or of Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony, whose videos of them lovingly undertaking their kids’ hair and other morning rituals landed them a spot in a Nikon campaign. Harris, a Delaware-based barber, posted screenshots of his back-and-forth texts with the unidentified mother on Facebook on Dec. 4. Seemingly knowing what the problem was, Harris answered, “Is that seriously your response?