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Congrats to Power star Naturi Naughton on welcoming her baby girl. Naughton gave birth to her daughter on Wednesday, July 19th.

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"This is the best experience of my life! Myself and Benjamin are so honored and happy to welcome this beautiful girl into the world!"

Her daughter arrived at 8:48 p.m. and weighed in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.


She told Essence in an interview, "Everything that my parents imparted to me. When I was coming up we didn’t have the movement of Black Girl Magic or Black Girls Rock, but my parents made it their business to make sure I saw positive images of myself and celebrated images of Black women. I want to implement those same things but thank goodness today there’s a movement that celebrates all of our hues, our shades, our beauty, our lips, our noses--there’s a celebration surrounding Black women."
J. Countess/Getty Images for The Chamber Group

Congrats to Power star Naturi Naughton on welcoming her baby girl. Naughton gave birth to her daughter on Wednesday, July 19th.

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"This is the best experience of my life! Myself and Benjamin are so honored and happy to welcome this beautiful girl into the world!"

Her daughter arrived at 8:48 p.m. and weighed in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.


She told Essence in an interview, "Everything that my parents imparted to me. When I was coming up we didn’t have the movement of Black Girl Magic or Black Girls Rock, but my parents made it their business to make sure I saw positive images of myself and celebrated images of Black women. I want to implement those same things but thank goodness today there’s a movement that celebrates all of our hues, our shades, our beauty, our lips, our noses--there’s a celebration surrounding Black women."
IG: Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair

Ariane Roberts saw the stories of little brown girls bullied and teased about their natural hair. Girls like Vanessa VanDyke, who faced expulsion over her bountiful 'fro. Girls like Tiana Parker, sent home from school because of her lush locs. Girls who needed to be embraced, celebrated, and reaffirmed of their natural beauty.

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The natural hair enthusiast and blogger BlackNaps.org decided to write a book that would help build their confidence and teach them self love--and set a goal to raise the money she needed to create and publish her work.

"I thought why not teach kids from the beginning that who they are is just fine. Vanessa has such a strong sense of self, but there are many young girls her age who don’t," Roberts wrote in her Kickstarter campaign. "Even more troubling, this is not the only incident where young girls of color are told by their schools that their hair is unacceptable. This led me to the decision to create a character that would encourage children to embrace who they are."

Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair is the story of a young girl who realizes that her hair is different --so she loves and accepts who she is.



Jamie knows her hair is uniquely beautiful. It isn't like the other girls' in her class, her teacher's, or her favorite characters, but that's okay. She's positive and confident, and accepts her hair in all of its glory.

"What I love about this project and what differentiates it from others in its niche is the positivity that radiates from the character. At no point does she view her hair as unruly or hard to manage," says Roberts. "This is a book with an important message and value; teaching our children the beauty of self love."

The campaign brought in donations from hundreds of people who believed in Jamie's story of self love, raising almost $600 over the goal amount. You can support and inspire a little girl by purchasing the book here.

What do you think about this book? Was there a time you were teased about your natural hair?
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Tiffani Greenaway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.

by Mary Wolff
We all want our curls to look their best. When split ends pop into the picture, it can be a real nuisance. Many naturalistas have questions about splits ends and how to best solve them. What causes split ends? Do split ends mean my hair is unhealthy? Can I remove split ends without cutting? Well, let’s get to the bottom of these questions!

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What Causes Split Ends?

Split ends are when the cuticle of the hair shaft becomes raised and causes the hair to split in two. While this usually is found at the bottom of strands, if left untreated, the keratin bonds can continue to weaken up the shaft all the way to the root. Split ends are caused by a few different factors. Basically, anything that is damaging can result in split ends so you want to be careful how you treat your hair.  From brushing with a rough brush and rubbing strands with a towel or overusing heat tools, anything that causes damage to the keratin bonds can create split ends. For most people, this pesky problem is hard to get to the root cause because there are so many different factors at play.

Do Split Ends Mean Unhealthy Hair?

Based on what a split end is, it is usually a sign your hair is under some distress. Do split ends mean your hair has reached new levels of unhealthiness? Not necessarily.  Does it mean your hair is more vulnerable to further damage? Yes! Hair that seems to get split ends on a regular basis is probably hair that needs to be handled with more care. Maybe a gentler brush is needed or a keratin building protein mask. It will depend on the person as to what type of solution is best suited. While split ends are a sign of a problem, there are ways to prevent them from happening. The best way is to make sure your hair has a routine that is gentle and non-damaging. Avoiding the use of rubber bands in your hair or daily heat tool usage, will reduce these pesky hair worries.

Can I Remove Split Ends Without Cutting?

The first line of defense for most people is to simply snip the split ends until they reach the healthy part of the hair shaft. While this is a quick solution, you may lose precious length, which is a real concern for curly hair. Unfortunately, if the split end is at the bottom of your strands, cutting will most likely be the only option. You can hide them or make them less noticeable with the use of a sealer such as coconut oil, but the underlying problem will still be there.