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The Curly Girl Commandments for Fabulous Natural Hair

The Curly Girl Commandments for Fabulous Natural Hair

Embracing your natural hair is all about loving those curls and waves you’ve got and taking the care necessary to keep them in the best possible health. Following these 10 Commandments for curly haired girls will help you to do just that… 1. Thou Shall […]

Can White Girls Join the Natural Hair Movement?

Can White Girls Join the Natural Hair Movement?

Can White Girls Join the Natural Hair Movement? When you think of the natural hair community, images of beautiful Black hairstyles come instantly to mind. To most people, the term ‘natural hair’ is synonymous with Black hair, but is the movement really just for Black […]

Etsy Vs. Amazon Handmade: Let the Smackdown Begin

Etsy Vs. Amazon Handmade: Let the Smackdown Begin

Etsy Vs. Amazon Handmade: Let’s get ready to ruuuuumble!!

In the red corner, a website founded in 2005. Weighing in with 1.4 million active sellers and 19.8 million shoppers, it’s Etsy — defending their title as the currently undisputed handmade marketplace champion of the entire Interwebz.

But hold on…

In the blue corner, an emerging subsidiary of the largest Internet based retailer in the United States. Weighing in with the force of the 7th-highest Alexa page ranking (that’s an internet popularity meter) and more than 244 million customers to market to — it’s the challenger — announcing, Amazon Handmade!

It’ll no doubt be a fight to the finish. Who will emerge victorious?

It could be anyone’s game.

While Amazon and Etsy’s CEO’s are likely to don proverbial boxing gloves, it’s clear that there is about to be a serious rumble underway between the two companies. If you haven’t heard yet, Amazon has announced intentions to launch their own take on a handmade marketplace set to compete directly with Etsy. There hasn’t been any word yet about when the site will launch, but some Etsy sellers have already received an email from Amazon inviting them to preview the new program.

A few years ago, Amazon may have struggled to entice sellers away from Etsy. Prior to drastic changes made to the site’s policy in 2013, Etsy was more than just an e-commerce site.

Sellers considered Etsy to be a community, a place where artisans and artists could sell their wares and works of art, inspire one another and give each other tips for success.

In fact, many sellers were able to make full-time incomes from their sales on the site, and you didn’t have to search long to find success stories about seller after seller in Internet search results.

Do a search for Etsy news now, and you’ll see a dramatically different story. It began in October 2013 when Etsy tightened seller restrictions and allowed factory-made products to be sold on the site, provided they were “unique.” What followed was a flood of low quality items from overseas factories.

Long-time sellers saw traffic to their pages and orders plummet as the new overseas sellers undercut their prices. Message boards became abuzz with complaints, and there have been countless articles and blog posts from sellers lamenting the current state of Etsy.

With the state of Etsy presently, the time truly couldn’t be better for a competitor to emerge, and it seems that Amazon Handmade will be that competitor. While it would likely be difficult for a brand new site to be a serious threat to Etsy at this point — Amazon might just have what it takes. After all, Amazon’s brand is known around the world, and if the company can manage to lure enough frustrated Etsy sellers away, they could recreate the sort of site that Etsy once was.

The fight between Amazon Handmade and Etsy will likely go longer than 12 rounds, but it will be interesting to see if one can take the other out with one swift knockout punch.

What do you think about the idea of Amazon’s new Handmade site? Could they give Etsy a run for their money?

Are you a supporter of the Maker Movement? Why does it matter? Share your thoughts in the comments below…


Hair-Raising Hair Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Hair-Raising Hair Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

When you’re purchasing hair care products or paying for single salon visits, it doesn’t really seem like you’re spending a lot of money, does it? If you were to save up the receipts from everything that you buy, though, you might be pretty shocked at […]

What Every Natural Wants: Awesome Natural Hair Gifts!

What Every Natural Wants: Awesome Natural Hair Gifts!

The holiday season has arrived, so it’s time to put together your holiday gift list, check it twice and get to shopping. If you have a naturalista (or two) on your holiday shopping list, a natural hair gift is sure to be a hit. No […]

Overall Decline in Relaxer Sales Tell Product Manufacturers To Get With the Program

Overall Decline in Relaxer Sales Tell Product Manufacturers To Get With the Program

Don’t Tell Me To Relax B’Cuz My Hair Ain’t Stressed Out: Natural Hair Status Report

The natural hair movement is growing. You can see evidence of it on the street where it’s apperant that more and more Black men and women are rockin’ twists, kinks, locs and curls, foregoing relaxers altogether in favor of embracing and showcasing their hair’s natural texture. More and more reporters, news anchors, celebrities and other media figures are joining the movement too, further encouraging a return to natural hair.

What’s even more encouraging is that in addition to the visual evidence all around us, sales statistics for the ethnic hair care market also reflect the growing interest in natural Black hairstyles and natural products.

Mintel recently published a market research study that highlighted the trends. For the purposes of the report, the ethnic hair care market is made up of companies that produce beauty products specifically for Black men and women.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways and key statistics from the 2014 Mintel report:

– The current total value of the ethnic beauty market is estimated to be $774 million, marking a 12 percent increase since 2009.

– Since 2013, the value of the ethnic beauty market has grown by 2.5 percent.

– Anti-aging beauty products are a concern for Black consumers, but their interest lies more in anti-aging hair care than in preventing facial lines and wrinkles. I guess the old adage is true that “Black Don’t Crack” because Mintel found that only 36 percent of Black men and women used anti-aging moisturizing topical products and that 40 percent didn’t use any type of age-fighting skin care formulas; however, 42 percent had used some type of anti-aging ethnic hair care products or were interested in them.

– Black consumers who expressed interest in anti-aging hair care products were most interested in products that would address thinning and hair loss and that would cover gray growth.

– When surveyed about their top hair care concerns, Black consumers stated that promoting healthier hair and reversing signs of damage were more important to them than anti-aging.

– Black men and women indicated a preference toward ethnic hair care products that contained natural ingredients.

– About 67 percent of Black women and 77 percent of all Black survey respondents had tried a natural hairstyle in the last year or were consistently wearing one on a daily basis.

– While men were more likely to state that they planned to continue to wear a natural hairstyle or intended to wear one in the future, 58 percent of women expressed similar intentions. A little more than 25 percent of these women planned to forgo the use of extensions and all types of chemical treatments, while roughly 20 percent said they would still use chemical color treatments.

– About 30 percent of survey respondents indicated that they would wear their hair in twists, natural braids or long dreadlocks with about 10 percent of the participants preferring each of the three hairstyles.

hair relaxer sales plummet?

The Mintel report suggests that the interest in natural hair is fueling the ethnic beauty market; however, the study authors also site the increased availability of ethnic beauty products in major retail chain stores and a decreased interest in salon treatments as additional factors driving growth.

Source: Mintel Market Trends Ethnic Haircare

What do you think of these statistics? True or False? Hype or Hell Yes?! Leave a comment and let me know…

InsaLoc Hair Tool for Dreadlock Maintenance | How To Use

InsaLoc Hair Tool for Dreadlock Maintenance | How To Use

The “Original Ouchless, Snagless InstaLoc for Dreadlock Maintenance” has everything you need to create and maintain your locs in one, simple to use tool. Whatever stage you’re at in your loc journey, this handy hair tool is going to take the ‘ouch’ out of your […]

Who’s Leading the Natural Hair Revolution

Who’s Leading the Natural Hair Revolution

Yes, times are a changin’… stop in any beauty supply store around the way and just take note of the all the windows and top shelves that used to only feature wigs & weaves of long flowing tresses that have now made space for braids, […]

Kanzashi Hair Flowers Get A New Kente Twist

Kanzashi Hair Flowers Get A New Kente Twist

Kanzashi Inspired Hair Pin Designs with a Kente Twist

In ancient Japan, women used “Kanzashi” to adorn their hair. This adornment was once reserved only for Japan’s elite and socially upper class women called “Oiran.”

At Loc•cessories, today, you can see a little bit of the Kanzashi design in our hand-crafted hair pins. Modeled after a style traditionally referred to as  “Tsunami Kanzashi,” these hair pins bring a new flavor to an old tradition. This is our new line of Kanzashi hairpins are reminiscent of artisans that have mastered the art of folding fabric into unique and colorful floral patterns. The Kanzashi clower hair clips are made with lightweight African-themed fabric that is folded into flowers. Traditional Kanzashi Hair Clips are Japanese folded flowers fashioned out of silk.

The Kanzashi hair clips were ornaments used in classical Japanese society which some people believe are also usable for defensive arts in emergency situations (bearing in mind that ancient Japan was full of samurais, ninjas and other dangerous groups of people). Nevertheless, traditional Japanese society still valued ornaments like most other groups of women elsewhere during the same time period. Kanzashi flower hair clips are traditionally seen as clips with beautiful and intricate folded flower designs. In Japan, an artisan needs to even have five to 10 years of training in order to achieve the best folds. This is what inspired K. Hill to infuse this proud Asian tradition with that of the Loc hair accessory traditions.

kanzashi-flower-hairclipsKanzashi Flower Hair Clips: It’s Like Art for Your Hair

Unlike other hairpin accessories stores online, at Loc•cessories, our hairpins are more like works of art for your hair. They’re priced affordably priced and make a great gift for that special someone in your life, such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or other special events.

The Loc•cessories collection of Tsumami Kanzashi hair ornaments often draw from authentic African designs, such as Kente cloth, brocade and mudcloth fabrics. The fabric patterns are often worn by African royalty, and  the material for them is often not found in stores, but has to be imported from Africa.

African cloth Tsumami Kanzashi carry the hallmark of being doubly unique, since they feature both a specialized category of hair accessories for a differentiated hair style, while also bearing the distinction of folded cloth that typically signifies the mother of civilization.

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Hey Hey Naturalistas! Natural Hair YouTube Roll Call

Hey Hey Naturalistas! Natural Hair YouTube Roll Call

Natural Hair YouTubers Are Turning Heads… To transition hair from processed to a natural hair style, get dreadlocks or find hair care regime, most women visit Youtube. There are many Youtube users who focus solely on natural hair and who have produced an engaging  Youtube […]