Dana Knowles

I'm a Brooklyn-based writer who enjoys food, travel, dancing, and reading. Poetry is my first love but I also love to write about natural hair, self-discovery, and all things beauty. I’m also really passionate about inspiring young people through writing and volunteer work. 

Natural Styles: 35 Natural Updo Hairstyles For Any Occasion

Everyone loves a good updo. There are many different ways to style an updo on natural hair, making it the perfect hairstyle choice all year round. Updos are versatile, pretty, and usually very low maintenance. Formal updos are just the right style for special occasions: whether you’re going to the prom, a wedding, or a party. Updos can also be casual and playful: the perfect choice if you just want to switch up your look or if you have an active lifestyle and want a low maintenance hairstyle that will hold up for days on end. Here are 35 natural updo hairstyles for any occasion.

Coarse Hair 101: A Guide To Caring for Coarse Hair

There are many misconceptions about coarse hair. Often, the term coarse is used interchangeably with other terms such as thick, kinky, curly, and dry. But what does it really mean to have coarse hair? Different hair types have different needs, so knowing whether or not your hair is actually coarse is an important part of establishing a routine that’s best for your hair. Let’s take a look at coarse hair: what it is, the challenges and advantages that come with it, and how to take care of it.

35 Absolutely Beautiful Feed In Braid Hairstyles

Feed in braids are a popular protective style. As the name suggests, this style is created with hair extensions which are fed into each braid starting near the roots to add length, thickness, and sometimes color to the wearer’s natural hair. The results are neat, natural-looking braids that can be styled in a variety of ways. Feed in braids are also known as “invisible braids” because of their natural look. Cornrows are one of the most common braids created using the feed in method, but this technique can be used to create several different kinds of braids, including box braids and goddess braids. Here are 35 gorgeous hairstyles that feature feed in braids.

How to Grow Black Hair: Tips, Myths & The Hard Facts

There are a lot of myths out there that lead many people to believe that it’s difficult to grow Black hair. While there are unique challenges associated with caring for naturally kinky and curly hair (even if it’s in a chemically relaxed state), it is possible to grow and retain length if a proper hair care routine is established. Here are some common myths about growing Black hair and some tips for finding a routine that can help you meet your hair goals.

Weave Lengths Guide: Get a Super Natural-Looking Weave

Weaves provide a great way to change up your look temporarily and give your natural hair a break from daily styling. When installed properly, weaves serve as a great protective style and give you styling versatility. Different lengths, textures, and colors can be achieved without damaging or permanently altering the natural state of the hair. When it comes to choosing the right weave, there are many factors to take into consideration. Here’s how to get a natural-looking weave and decide which weave length is right for you.

Texturizer Facts: Texturizer Guide for Natural Hair

If you’ve never gotten a texturizer, you might be curious about what it is and how it differs from a relaxer. Some people believe that a texturizer provides the best of both worlds when it comes to relaxed and natural hair. Some will also argue that texturizers are better for your hair than relaxers. Not only that, with the way some products are marketed, you may be wondering if there is such a thing as a “natural texturizer” that can loosen the curl pattern of your natural hair. Let’s take a look at hair texturizers and see what they actually do to your hair.

35 Gorgeous Cornrow Hairstyles Perfect For All Occasions

Cornrows will probably never go out of style. Originating in Africa centuries ago, this timeless hairstyle continues to be popular today. Cornrows can be done on a variety of hair textures and they can be dressed up or down for both chic and casual hairstyles. There are endless ways to style cornrows, and their versatility no doubt contributes to the style’s longevity. In addition to being stylish, cornrows are also a great protective style that can be long-lasting and low-maintenance: perfect f