Nappturality has been online since 2002. Dedicated to all the women in the diaspora who proudly wear their highly textured hair naturally. Nappturality.com is the place to find photographs,, forums, information and links about the care, maintenance and politics of natural hair. Natural napptural hair. Here you will find photos of all natural styles, comb coils, two-strand twists, afro puffs, afros dredlocks (dreadlocks), locs and many other natural styles. Styled by natural napptural haired women on their own hair.


Blogs and stories written by Nappturality and Friends
Patricia Gaines

"Coating" Your Natural Hair

Can a coating of Shea butter be as beneficial to hair as for skin? It sure can!  Coating your natural hair with product gets too much of a bad wrap. The truth is, natural afro type hair is not the same a caucasian hair, which gets weighed down and oily when too much of a rich product like shea butter are used...
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Shaded Tree Organics

Learning to love my hair

From being a child with kinky hair I used to feel unpretty. Both siblings had the "good hair" that everyone wanted to have. The water and grease hair! I was given my first "just for me" perm at 4! at my pre k graduation. I spent every month and a half getting a perm. fast forward now I'm completely natural. It took so many years to feel beauti...
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Patricia Gaines

The Diluted Natural Hair Sisterhood

I want to say something about the current iteration of the "natural hair community" and I am going to be blunt. Fractured -- that term came to mind because of all the splits into tribal factions on Facebook and other platforms. Maybe it's more diluted than fractured - or maybe a combo of both. Everything changes and evolves, sometime...
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Patricia Gaines

Nappy: The Word Debate

A couple of times a year, this subject come around. Like a comet, it blasts through natural hair groups, discussion forums and social media. Is the word "nappy" good or bad? Should we use it or not?  20+ years ago it was unheard of to call yourself nappy. The word was that bad a connotation for hair. Also, 20 years ago it was rare to see a Bla...
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Patricia Gaines

Natural-Haired Job Applicants at a Disadvantage - New Study Shows

A new study conducted by Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, a management professor and a senior associate dean who conducted the research at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, has been released with not-so-shocking findings: Black women with natural afro hair are less likely to be offered job interviews. This study detected bias against Black women ...
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Patricia Gaines

The Toxicity of Hair Shaming

You know, people have ALWAYS been up in Black women's business when it comes to our bodies, our hair. Too skinny, too fat, short, too nappy, too whatever. And you know what? Leave us alone. There is a trend emerging in this *new* nappy hair movement. Yeah, another one. And it seems to be coming from OUTSIDE our regular women-space. It's coming from...
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Patricia Gaines

Understand Shea Butter

We all have heard the benefits of African Shea Butter for decades. Centuries. And it has rightfully earned its place at the apex of nut butters. But what is it, where does it come from and is it for everyone? What is Shea Butter?  Shea butter is the fat that has been extracted from the nuts of the Shea Nut tree which is native to Africa and sp...
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Patricia Gaines

Curl Definition on Afro Hair

Challenges of Texture Definition
Curl definition really isn't the right term for use with actual afro hair. Afro hair is more tightly coiled that curly. Curls are a loose pattern. Afro coils are a tight pattern. So, I am going to refer to this as coil definition. STEP ONE: DETERMINE YOUR HAIR TEXTURE First, you need to HAVE coils for them to pop. Some of us don't have co...
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Patricia Gaines

Going Natural with Afro Hair is a Big Deal

Afro natural hair
This natural hair revolution has meant different things to different women. For some it changed their lives by giving them a reason to stop destroying their hair. For others it didn't play a big part but created a little sense of more freedom and acceptance. For me as Nappturality's founder – it became my life's work to help empower Black women by ...
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Deecoily Nappturality

Zozibini Tunzi - Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi
"I am a daughter of the African soil and I am beautiful. See your face reflected in mine" Zobizini Tunzi Congratulations to Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019. Her beauty is strikingly honest, Earthly and natural. And it matters that she has won the 2019 Miss Universe crown.  Zozibini Tunzi is a force. She is bold, proud an...
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Your Natural Hair is NOT a Fad

Wearing natural hair is not a fad. It is not a fashion trend. It's the natural hair you were born with. So why can't you wear it?
Don't believe the negative hype..

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