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    Default Ebony Magazine's Top Ten Natural Bloggers

    Needless to say I didn't expect something like this from Ebony lol, so that right there is cool. Also the list has some folks other than "the usuals" which is nice. Some of these sistas I didn't know at all and one, WhoisSuga, I had no idea. I remember when she was an active poster here and I wondered what happened to her. Glad she's still in the napptural scene.

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    I follow a couple of these ladies. I love Sugar, sista is funny as hell. I've been loc'd for almost 7yrs so I don't really follow hair folks. Seems everyone is STILL obsessed with long hair...

    I really think Ebony is so late to this game they are trying to catch up. Pretty much they waited until nappy hair couldn't be ignored anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvJones View Post
    Seems everyone is STILL obsessed with long hair...

    I really think Ebony is so late to this game they are trying to catch up. Pretty much they waited until nappy hair couldn't be ignored anymore.
    THIS! It is crazy how length obsessed we are even when it comes to locs. I did a video about it some months ago because it is sooo prevalent!

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    So Kimmaytube has dropped off the natural hair world since she's had her baby huh?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Karibana View Post
    So Kimmaytube has dropped off the natural hair world since she's had her baby huh?
    I NEVER liked her. She always seemed so condescending and fake to me. I think I saw 2 of her videos and never watched her again. She may be a very nice person IRL, that didn't come across for me on her videos. She also seemed to feed into the fervor that a lot of WOC have for long hair. She jumped on that and feed her line to all them thirsty chicks

    She had a baby? I'm so out of the loop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvJones View Post
    I follow a couple of these ladies. I love Sugar, sista is funny as hell. I've been loc'd for almost 7yrs so I don't really follow hair folks. Seems everyone is STILL obsessed with long hair...

    I really think Ebony is so late to this game they are trying to catch up. Pretty much they waited until nappy hair couldn't be ignored anymore.

    No snark aimed at you.
    None taken and I agree. Again, I was *shocked* to see them running something like this...

    EDIT: yeah I was wondering where Kimmaytube was. I didn't know she had a baby since I don't follow her at all...

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    The link is titled "17 Natural Hair Bloggers You Should Know," which isn't the same as naming the top 10. Based on the comments underneath it, I'm wondering if there was an earlier version that ranked them.

    Karibana, funny you mention Kimmaytube since I recently came across one of the videos (by AfricanExport, who I'm surprised wasn't on Ebony's list) done a few years back concerning something between her and Taren Guy that I don't really recall the details of...

    In defense of Kimmaytube:

    I remember when Kim first came on the YT scene. Both in terms of production and content, her videos were a VAST IMPROVEMENT over the majority of other natural hair-related videos being presented at the time. She made a lot of other vloggers -- including several in that Ebony list -- step up their game. She did have a tendency to overenunciate, which is one reaction to being told you talk too fast. As someone who's done voice work in the past, I used to get that ("slow DOWN!") a lot. I think that's one thing that first led some people to peg her as condescending.

    By the time that other stuff blew up I'd largely moved on from her videos but from what little I do know about it I don't blame her for leaving YT. People can be really vicious towards people they see as too big for their britches. Kim had a nice home, a nice setup, and what looked like a pretty good life, so it didn't surprise me that haters would come for her.

    Re that list: If Ebony is highlighting natural hair bloggers, I guess it can be said that natural hair is now "mainstream." </heavy sarcasm>

    Compared to her earlier videos, Jess' (MahoganyCurls) current crop resembles hair porn in the true sense of the phrase, to the point where I find them (NOT HER) slightly annoying. Then again, she knows her audience: black women who are still stuck on "good hair" as the natural hair standard. Ebony knows that audience too, which is probably why they used her to lead the list. As I keep on saying: It takes a long time to turn a big ship, and just because black women are giving up the relaxers doesn't mean they haven't given up on the quest for long flowing down-the-back hair that's preferably of a looser texture. That said, I appreciate that they at least tried to represent lots of different hair types and lengths.

    As for the rest of these folks, the only one I didn't know about was Sporty Afros. The only one I sorta-kinda "follow" these days on YT is Whitney (Naptural85), whose hair videos are largely the opposite of MahoganyCurls' in terms of production and are less annoying (to ME). Her recent co-wash video (in which she applies generous amounts of conditioner to dry hair before getting into the shower) was really helpful and saved me a lot of time. As for blogs, the only one I visit on a regular basis is BGLH.

    Getting back to what I was saying about turning that big ship: I find the choice of LHDC2011, who advocates heat training (aka purposely burning out your texture), interesting but not surprising.
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    Heat training? I am truly lost in the NP sauce I guess? Folks think you can train hair? BWAAAAAH! It so sad what years of enslavement and european standards have done to a whole group of people. SMH

    Let me get this right...folk burn up they natural hair to the point it changes their texture just as chemicals do? Yeah we can do better. Folks still chasing that demon I see. Wow that's just...wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karibana View Post
    So Kimmaytube has dropped off the natural hair world since she's had her baby huh?
    I unsubscribed from her channel a few years ago so not sure what she's up to these days. I initially really enjoyed her scientific approach to hair and how educational, to the point and organized her videos were. I unsubscribed b/c I didn't like her attitude. I found her rude to subscribers and just generally didn't take to her condescending tone. It turned me off completely. It was nice seeing how far she had come in her own personal journey, but I can do that with other youtuber's who are more down to earth. Also, while at first it was interesting to learn about the science behind hair, I don't approach my hair in that way. I'm just all about using my gut and going off of the way it feels etc., so the science approach just wasn't for me even though I appreciate that others benefit from it. Especially those with severe damage trying to bring hair back to life.

    The only person I really roll hard for these days is Naptural85. And I more so watch her family vlogs than her hair ones, but every now and then I'll watch b/c I enjoy how creative she is with styling her hair. And she has a really sweet spirit which makes me want to support her. I also watch African Export, but she's not strictly about natural hair. She does wigs, makeup, clothes etc., so I could see why she may not have made the list.

    I still tune into CurlyNikki via FB, but to be honest I'm not a hardcore natural hair blog follower anymore. I been in this game for a minute and pretty much know what I need to know about my hair and don't find it as fascinating as I once did. But it's still nice to see the momentum natural hair education/appreciation still going. When I first went natural there really was only NP and naturallycurly.com to turn to. And I went natural a lot later than other folks who had even less resources than me! I think these online resources are great for newer generations of young black women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvJones View Post
    Heat training? I am truly lost in the NP sauce I guess? Folks think you can train hair? BWAAAAAH! It so sad what years of enslavement and european standards have done to a whole group of people. SMH

    Let me get this right...folk burn up they natural hair to the point it changes their texture just as chemicals do? Yeah we can do better. Folks still chasing that demon I see. Wow that's just...wow.
    Yeah gurl...thing is, I remember folks talking about "training" hair back when I was a kid. I think most people (stylists) knew it was purposeful hair damage, though, so it wasn't like it was very popular, but it definitely wasn't unheard of.

    Everything goes back to the search for "good hair"...let's just call it what it is...that long, soft, pretty Indian/mixed/white folks'/anything-but-short-nappy-and/or-beady hair. Long as I've been online I keep on seeing black women orienting themselves towards this hair "ideal." Maybe when I'm an old(er) lady things will change...I doubt it though. *sigh*

    I may be mistaken, but I think LHDC2011 used to be on NP under a different name long ago (circa 2004-2005). I remember seeing that name in a few other places as well. She struck me then as someone who was deeply dissatisfied with her natural hair texture. If we go by the technical definition of natural hair as "hair that hasn't had its texture chemically modified" then she's natural. *shrug*
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