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Sia Amma: A One Woman Show

Sia Amma braids a weave into her clients hair at her salon, SF African Hair in the Tenderloin district on Wednesday, March 7. (Amarah Hernandez/ Xpress)

Kaila Taylor

April 15, 2018

The streets were a perfect balance of calm and chaotic, the air was cold, and the sound of a new apartment complex being built echoed throughout the shaded street. Sia Amma’s hair salon, Best Hair Braiding Salon, is in the middle of it all. Amma was a feminist to say the least; in every sense of the word...

Between the Old and New School

Between the Old and New School

Alex Kofman

December 6, 2015

Photographs and story by Alex Kofman Coffee shops, bars and restaurants are typically places people have in mind when considering where to meet their friends. They want a place where they can all come together to catch up, share a few stories, and spill the latest gossip. The barbershop, just lik...

How I Learned to Stop Tripping and Embrace My Natural Hair

Ivane Lund-Soyombo

December 8, 2014

Hair is an integral part of the black female experience. Black women spend tons of money on weaves, relaxers, and various hair and hair products every year. So much money in fact, that the African American haircare industry will be worth an estimated $761 million by 2017. I have done it all; I have had a weave, braids, and a year and a half ago I finally ...

‘No Shave November’: put down the razors for charity

Anais Fuentes

November 1, 2014

November is finally upon us, and for most people this means getting mentally and physically prepared to gain tons of weight during the holidays. But November is much more than just turkeys, elections, and veterans, the month has been re-named ‘Movember’ or ‘No shave November’, giving men and w...

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