Many have heard of the pioneer natural hair community sites such as Nappturality, Motowngirl and/or Natural Hair Digest, but over the last few years there have been several more of these hair communities launched on the Internet. Those in search of and/or who are eager to share product reviews, hairstyles or even advice on life in general, now have a wide range of Internet communities to choose from, which also feature health and beauty advice, meet-ups, contests and discussion forums.
AfroGlitz – caters to curly and kinky haired beauties, both loose-haired and loc’ed. Within AfroGlitz, you can create your own profile, gallery, blog, submit your hair story and much more. AfroGlitz also has an online magazine – http://afroglitzmag.com/ which features articles and blog posts ranging from art, fashion, beauty, love and literature, as well as articles profiling members of the natural hair community. AfroGlitz’ CEO Gee – manages to find the most beautiful and rare natural hair pictures featuring hairstyles from African tribes, as well as those pictured on covers Jet Magazines from the 70’s.
YMIB is a beautiful online magazine, resource, and community for women of color focusing on health and holistics, inspiration, beauty, fashion, decor, creative living, literature, arts and crafts, and culture. The site features articles such as Crown Effects: Detangling Natural Hair, The Dream Factors: Reaching Your Goals, and The Invisible Mother. YMIB’s Inner Circle members can also post their pictures and blog entries.
This community created by the Afrobella herself, Patrice Yursik of Afrobella.com focuses on positivity, beauty, intelligence, and natural hair. Just like her website, the Afrobella community is composed of wonderful discussion topics on beauty, natural hair care, skin care, and more, but there you will be able to further explore the topics of her posts by sharing your views with members of the Afrobella community, as well as post your own pictures, videos and blog.
This community was created by Sunshine Abuwi who also sells her very own natural hair products – Peacelovesunshine.etsy.com. The site features helpful posts such as, How to Prepare Your Significant Other for Your Natural Journey, and interesting discussion topics such as Big Chops are Only for Beautiful Women, and Is Hair Just Hair? It also consists of groups such as Natural Vets, Newly Natural and I’m Transitioning.
This community was created by Singer, Songwriter, Artist, Rhonda Ray (check out her work at www.rhondaray.net). Napptural Sista discussion topics include, A Lesson Learned – Teaching Our Children to Love their Hair, Do You Know the Difference…Natural vs. Organic Products as well as those focused on health, hair tips and fashion. Groups include Napptural Entrepreneur Sistas and Sistas with Locs. Be sure to join to catch the next giveaway a copy of the book by Chris-Tia E. Donaldson, “Thank God I’m Natural”.
This community was created by Michelle Bryant, author of “Celebrating Natural Hair for Braids, Twists, Locks & Sisterlocks”, she is a Sisterlocks™ wearer and Master Trainer for Sisterlocks™. The site features wonderful hairstyle pictures as well as information, and discussions on products, recipes, shampooing tips and more.
This community is designed for entrepreneurial minded women of color who want to live life well and find natural balance in mind, spirit, family, business, beauty, hair, and health. Natural Success was created by Erin Shell Anthony, the ‘Nappturous Diva’
CEO of Live Life Well, NOW!, LLC and author of “Nappturosity: How to Create Fabulous Natural Hair and Locs” – http://www.naturalhairbook.com/. Groups include, Black Hair Can Grow, Sistah-preneurs, and Beautiful Healthy Skin. Among the discussion topics are Internet Marketing 101 and Roles Vs Place in the Family.
This site’s creator Mia has combined topics on celebrities and the latest fashion with natural hair. The site’s discussion topics include fashion and celebrity gossip, and span to topics such as society’s view on natural hair and AIDS Awareness.
CNHS is a community that inspires, educates and brings together Caribbean women who are proud of their natural hair. Groups include Rep Your Island, Trinabago Posse and Sxm Naturals (Reps of the Island of St. Maarten). The community also features videos, a hairstyle Fotki gallery and e-Magazine. I stumbled upon CNHS by lurking on (Mikaela’s) the creator’s Fotki album – www.fotki.com/msmikamika.
Keep It Simple Sista (created by Traycee) is a hair care forum similar to Hairlista – due to the fact that it is an inclusive site that caters to those with natural, texturized, and relaxed hair with the primary focus on growing and maintaining healthy hair. Groups include, Naturals Winter Strategy Support Group, Protective Styles and Product Exchange. K.I.S.S. also features various challenges from healthy hair/scalp to fitness, one-on-one hair consultations are also available.
Create your own Community: www.ning.com
Natural Site Directory: www.kinnks.com/directory
Natural Hair Online Support Groups: www.clutchmagonline.com/beauty/natural-hair-online-support-groups/