“Beauty school drop-out, go back to high school.”
Please readers, spread the word. A couple of more uploads on YouTube and our beloved beauty and hair care professionals may be outsourced. The video-sharing phenomenon has become a modern day beauty school: providing a litany of hair style tutorials, product reviews, and transitional testimonies that have empowered black women globally to take their hair into their hands, many of which for the first time. As the rolodex of loc, weave, hair cut, and natural hair tutorial uploads increase exponentially by the hour; a few modern day transitions are safe to presume: You’re going to subscribe to a channel (if you haven’t already), Leticia, your beautician may need to find a moonlighting gig, your faithful fedora (infamous for concealing the past antics of uncompromising hair) is in for a much needed retirement, and that malnourished piggy bank of yours may soon start eating something other than clanking copper.
And as the growing practice of self-hair care spreads like wildfire, we at Coco and Creme couldn’t possibly sit back without putting in our two cents (thanks to YouTube, we got money to blow-ow-ow-ow). So here’s 10 of our favorite YouTube black hair care channels, bonafide to sprinkle something new about black hair care you may have never known prior to reading this. Click now and thank us later.
The Power Regimen
Channel: DPrincess28’s Protecting Your Crown & Glory
Specialty: Natural Hair Regimens for the Every Day Woman
These easy tips from a former damaged hair veteran are exactly what hoards of us are missing in our daily hair regimens. Princess teaches viewers how to cultivate healthy hair, vitamins to enrich the process, products do’s and don’ts, and inventive maneuvers to accelerate results- like how to conduct a quick deep condition in the sauna at the gym! Well researched, resourceful, and well rounded – Princess show’s the modern day woman how to keep a healthy head of hair on the go, wherever she goes.
Embrace the Lace
Channel: Ms Lola’s 4Designer’s
Specialty: Easy Full Lace Wig Installation
It’s in our humble opinion that this woman, Ms Lola, receives a lifetime achievement award for single-handedly combating the wild epidemic of “Lace Disgrace” one video at a time. We’ve all either seen or unfortunately, bore victim to it: That abrupt hair line and/ or pseudo baby hair residue – a dead give-away of the lace front wig; virtually erasing the practicality of a hair piece designed to be undetectable. Back when lace front wigs were only in the world of celebrity glamour- it was an intriguing and glorious hair piece. But now, as word of its accessibility trickled down to the streets, becoming mass produced and mass- misused, that revered glamour has indubitably lost its luster. Ms. Lola, a lace wig guru and valued teacher, takes us into her living room and gives viewers the clues and tips toward maintaining and reclaiming that mane – in all of its glory.
Long Hair, Don’t Care
Channel: Donna Mac’s “TheMakeupVirgin’s Channel”
Specialty: Growing Long, Healthy Hair
Emphasizing her full blooded African- American ancestry, Donna debunks the myth and fallacy of stunted black female hair growth among other stereotypical folly that asserts only women of mixed or influenced heritage can grow lengthy, cascading locks. Donna encourages women reaching for that Repunzzle mane, like the one that dangles inches shy of her elbows, how to achieve and maintain in real time. No mystic sorcery, no magic beans, no sacrificial promises of first born children; just good old fashion TLC, like a black woman does best.
Dark & Lovely
Channel: Black Onyx77’s “Natural hair is Divalicious”
Specialty: Versatile and Funky Natural Hair Do’s
Black Onyx twinkles and gleams, shining the true versatility of natural hair with her comprehensive tutorials. She walks viewers down a slew of user-friendly options toward managing stretched or shrunken natural hair. She also features a buffet of videos on skincare and fashion forward solutions that radiate nothing short of true natural black beauty.
Cuts that Kill
Channel: Alsmillion’s “Average Barbers Making Above Average Money”
Specialty: Low Cuts and Fades
As Alek Wek, Amber Rose, and the western hemisphere of Cassie’s dome have so eloquently portrayed, there is a unique and careful art to achieving the bald fade. Master barber Alsmillion provides all ladies out there that keep it lovely and low, how to achieve clean crisp line- ups, intricate cuts, and perfect hairlines with clipper happy precision.
The Huxtables of Hair Care
Specialty: Loc and Natural Hair styles for the Family Tree
Through their natural hair care forum, this familial crew has officially one-upped the Huxtables. Granted, there are no James Brown renditions or funky jazz theme songs; but their tutorials on locking, strand twists, and natural hair how-to tutorials, certainly take the concept of family bonding and group hair care to a place no other black family has ever gone before.
We Still Believe in the Weave
Specialty: Glamourous Styles with Weaves and Half Wigs
Despite popular Tyra Bank mantras and satirical box-office documentaries, some of us are not letting go of our weaves. We’ve found a place of comfortable residence under them, and really don’t want to move. For those of us, happy at home – you will also find comfort with Ms. Adrianna- the weave and half wig expert that sits cherry top above all other YouTube track stars.
The Extreme Loc Queen
Specialty: Loc Styles for the New Age
Paneled by her own idiosyncratic flair and sporadic quirks, Chescaleigh is a loc rocking maven. She takes viewers down the 6 year path of her loc growth, and gives intricate how-to’s toward achieving the Lady Gaga Hair bow, stylized up do’s via locs, and any other daring style she musters up in that uber-animated mind of hers.
Keep It Simple Sweetie
Channel: Kimmaytube’s “Medium Maintenance Women”
Specialty: Thoroughly researched fact-based solutions
Kimmy Love offers tutorials that are rich in content, research, and practicality. Aside from providing clear and affordable solutions, this humble hair guru prides herself on being a “Medium Maintenance Woman” and bares true testimony to her own personal motto: Grow longer and stronger hair through facts and education.
Public Service Announcement
Channel: Ateyaaa’s “Smuve Complexions”
Specialty: Preventative Hair Care Solutions
Ateya keeps it realer than most: walking viewers step-by-step through the grim places of black hair care via her own personal hair scares. From 5 hour sew-in weave removals, the painful aftermath of matted unsolicited locks, how to therapeutically part with damaged hair, and even being bitched-out by a disappointed beautician: Ateya holds nothing back from her viewers. She’s genuine, personable, and a whole lot like that sister/home-girl/cousin you can always count on to teach you what not do! We love her and you will too.
- Guerdley Cajus