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It’s Hard to Be Persistent When Dating

Photo via Kohlerphoto from Getty Images Signature Though dating is supposed to be an exciting experience. As it’s the chance to socialize, meet new people and ultimately form beautiful connections. When people tend to ask me about dating, I always let out a BIG sigh because for me personally dating has been trash.  It’s honestly…

Nevertheless, They Persisted

Images via their respective Instagram accounts “I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t hide anymore, “Jazmine Sullivan proclaimed at last year’s Soul Train Awards. In her speech, she talked about how she is learning to show up for herself even when she does not want to. Jazmine Sullivan has to be one of…

The Bloody Samaritan Remix Took Me by Suprise!

Photo via Bloody Samaritan Remix Official Music Video As a Yorùbá and Delta Igbo girl, I have been listening to Afro-Beats since day one. And it is interesting to see this genre go from being niche (especially in the West) to steadily becoming mainstream in the present day. Nevertheless, it is not surprising that we…

Tips for Your Self-Love Journey

Photo by Arina Krasnikova from Pexels The concept of “self-love” has been around for a while, but recently people have been coming around to it again. Our “insecure era” is over and the girlies are getting on the “healing” train! So today, I’m going to talk about my self-love journey and the ways in which I have been…

Accurate & Diverse Portrayals of Dark Skin POC Improved My Awareness of Colourism

Photo by Juan Vargas from Pexels,Photo by Trung Nguyen from Pexels,Photo by Riya Kumari from Pexels,Photo by Jermaine Ulinwa from Pexels,Photo by Muhammadtaha Ibrahim Ma’aji from Pexels,Photo by Anna Tarazevich from Pexels, Photo by Tisha Vassel from Pexels, Photo by Aviz from Pexels Although it’s necessary to read, listen and watch content that will educate you on colourism. In my experience, I’ve learnt that if I didn’t seek out an accurate representation of dark skin Brown and Black people,…

Where are The Romance Stories for Dark Skin Women, Non-Binary People and Trans Men?

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels Valentine’s Day is literally around the corner, and although it would make sense for me to recommend you dark skin friendly romance films/TV series, instead I felt it would better to use this opportunity, to bring awareness to the lack of fair and accurate representation dark skin women, non-binary people and trans…

9 Best Self-Love Practices for Valentine’s Day

Photo by Tim Mossholder from Pexels It’s easy to live through each day of the year wallowing in the pressures and difficulties that come with being human and thus neglecting ourselves. It’s also easy to crave things such as love, pampering from others, the feeling of being special, plus being thought about. Now, while these are valid and…

There is a Time and a Place For Romantic Relationships!

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels So in the year 2022, I think I’m finally ready to date 😝 Since the beginning of Uni, I’ve been pressured to date. I was always asked by friends, acquaintances and even co-workers questions such as ‘why are you single?’, ‘don’t you want a boyfriend?’, ‘why aren’t you dating?’. Now although they…

Three Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day While Single

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels Valentine’s day is a perfect day to celebrate love. However, who says that you have to celebrate it with a romantic partner or partners? So, to all my single people out there who are not in the mood to mingle, here are three ways you can enjoy Valentine’s day this year. Me, Myself and…

#DarkHuesChats With @timinepre_

Hey everyone and welcome to our first #DarkHuesChats of 2022 🎉🎉 In today’s chapter, we had the chance to interview a very special individual. Not only do they have impeccable fashion taste but they are also a super talented writer who has even been featured on Teen Vogue! So without further ado, may we present…

You Can’t Enjoy Christmas Without These Festive Films

Photo via TVInsider IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEARRRRRRR!!!!!! December is upon us which means it is time for the Christmas movies. I don’t know about you, but I live for sitting in front of the TV screen accompanied by a mug of hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. Not to…

Perfect Christmas Gifts From Black & Brown Owned Businesses

Photo by Olya Kobruseva from Pexels With Christmas just around the corner, It’s safe to say that many of you are on the hunt to find the perfect presents for your loved ones. So to make this process easier for you, here is a mini directory filled with fabulous Black and Brown owned businesses with the perfect Christmas…

TeaMarrr is a Name That is Synonymous With Talent

Photos by Jabari Jacobs So I’ve known of, the RnB artist, TeaMarrr for a while but it was only recently where I ACTUALLY took the time to listen to her music. And one thing I can say is she is TALENTED! The first thing I admire about this artist is her voice. TeaMarrr’s voice is…

How to Consume Less Fast Fashion

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels We’re all well aware that fast fashion is TERRIBLE for the planet. But for many of us, who are from lower-middle to working-class backgrounds, we don’t have the luxury to shop from sustainable brands as they can be expensive. So for those of you who want to reduce harm to the planet…

The Black British Music Artists Who Shaped My Childhood

With a little inspiration from my partner, I decided to put together a little list of Black British music artists (mainly 90s with a couple 00s thrown in), I grew up listening to who still gives me all the feels! Heather Small (M People) Kicking it off with Heather Small from the band M People.…

Greasy Hair x Noughty

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels I discovered Noughty Hair by hairfluencer @HanzCurls and the collection has slowly been growing! I have fine Type 2C/ 3A hair combined with an incredibly greasy scalp meaning my wash days can sometimes only last two days but since using Noughty products, my hair’s health has improved dramatically. So, If you are…

Really Love is a Romance Film Worth Watching

Header image via IMDB Before we get into the review, can we give a round of applause to the casting director, because every cast member is beautiful, (especially Kofi Sirboe’s fine self😜).  Thank you 💗 Now, about a week ago, I decided to watch the new Netflix movie called Really Love. This film was directed…

Black Joy is a Sweet and Precious Experience

Photo by nappy from Pexels This article was inspired by the wonderful book Black Joy which we highly suggest you purchase Though we celebrate Black History month every month here at Dark Hues. We decided to still do something special because ultimately why not? So to honour Blacktober the beautiful and talented Black team members chose to use…

What To Pack For The Ultimate Camping Trip

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Camping is exciting! It’s the adventure that leaves you having the best daydreams of what you’ll get up to. Sometimes, we get so excited that we forget the little details of our packing. Especially, when it’s our first time going on a camp trip – your excitement is valid! But, you want to…

Beauty Products Every Nude Make-Up Lover Should Own

Photo by Ottun Abdulmalik from Pexels I know colourful make-up looks are beautiful and look flawless on dark skin. But we can all agree that sometimes we want a more toned down natural look. If nudes (not the naughty kind) are more your thing, here are some make-up products you will absolutely need in your collection, especially if you’re a…

3 Brush Sets You NEED in Your Make-Up Collection

Photo by freestocks.org from Pexels If there is anything I have learnt from my experience with make-up is that quality matters when it comes to your brushes. If they’re trash, then you best believe that your make-up look will be too! So for those of you that are considering getting an upgrade, here are some suggestions that I…

#DarkHuesChats with @itsallkirakira

Welcome back to another chapter of #DarkHuesChats! It’s been a while since we did one of these but as the world has been opening up again, we’ve been working our 9-5’s and socialising! (Don’t worry we’re double jabbed and wearing masks!) Alas, we digress, here is the return of the series and we’re interviewing the…

Is Modest Fashion Boring? | 3 Times People of Colour Have Disproved This

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels When I first heard of modest fashion I was sceptical. As from my experience modesty and style did not go hand in hand. However thanks to the increasing representation of people of colour SLAYING in their modest fits. My opinion has completely changed. So here are three examples of People of Colour…

It’s Official Raya is a Badass!

Header via IMDB I had the opportunity to watch Raya the weekend it first became available on Disney+ (shout out to the father because I was not paying to watch that). Overall the film was interesting, and I did enjoy it! So, for those of you who are debating whether to give this film a chance.…

Jae Stephens is an Artist I Never Knew I Needed

Header Image from Jae Stephens’ Facebook Page I officially became of fan of Jae Stephens after hearing their EP ”f**k it i’ll do it myself”. Now after listening to her two new singles I completely understand why I stan her music because these songs are good! Already On It – (feat VanJess) So, when I…

Lockdown Led Me To Attempting Box Braids

For the most part lockdown to put it simply, has been trash! However, it has hopefully given us all more time to try out new things such as recipes, make-up, becoming plant parents etc. With all this free time, I thought it was a great opportunity for me to play around with my curls. Around…

“Curly Cut? Tell Me More…”

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels What Hairdressers Can Do Next Hair appointments come with a level of uncertainty and can be an anxiety- inducing experience for people, even when they are largely catered to. With much of the hairdressing profession being focused on straight hair, many are stuck with very few options than to have their hair cut in the same way. The slow emergence of curly specialist salons in the last…

4 Orange Blushes that are Perfect for Spring 2021

Photo by Juan Vargas from Pexels Spring is the season of rebirth, the Sun is out again, days are getting longer and flowers begin to bloom. It’s a prelude to summer adventures and with Covid-19 restrictions starting to lift, this Spring promises more than ever before. One colour I associate with Spring is orange – it’s joyful, vivid…

Dark Skin Representation We LURVE and NEED More of!

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels Now that we’re experiencing our third lockdown (if you are in the UK) I’m sure that at this point you’re bored in the house and in the house bored. You’ve probably scoured the Internet, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney Plus to find something to entertain you. Well I’ve been able to…

‘Lowkey’ is a Song I’ll High Key be Playing on Repeat

Header Image from Empawa YouTube Page I first stumbled across this song via Industry Official’s Instagram and honestly once I initially heard it, I was hooked. The song starts off with a soft tropical beat that instantly had my mind transport me to somewhere warm with an amazing beach. This was great because I need…

Puff Puff Alone is Good But THIS! 😍

I present to youuuu…..my peanut butter and chocolate puff puff 🍫🥜⁣⁣⁣⁣For those of you who don’t know what puff puff is, think of it as a Nigerian doughnut (it’s also eaten in other West African countries). Once you get it right, it’s honestly so easy to make! Plus, Puff Puff on its own is totally…

“Did you brush your hair?”

(L-R: @linnygd, @shaskiajohn, @veemz and @danayogan_) Attitudes towards curly hair in the South Asian community “Even though 60% of the world’s population has either curly or wavy hair, [South Asians] have always considered straight hair the ideal type. The irrational obsession has over the ages manifested itself in the society’s perception and cinema’s projection of…

African Pear and Black Pepper

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels A platonic embrace.Wait. Transition. A sensual embrace?Why do I want to kiss you?Your cheeks, your neck, your chestI want to bury myself in youInhaling you and your scentI feel it through my whole bodyNostrils alight, my body aflameI don’t want to let go,But I have to buy this for myself Is it weird that…

Dear Colourism

Trigger Warning – Colourism, Racism How violent of you to take ownership of my skin,How violent of you to laugh at my innate love for it,How violent of you to say it needs lightening,How violent of you to take away the sun,How violent of you to tell me my skin is ugly,How violent of you…

Water Breathing

Photo by Dazzle Jam from Pexels I wanna write about love, but I’m drowning…I wanna give more love, but I’m drowning…I wanna complete this chapter, but I’m falling,Floundering,Thrashing in the water,Trying to come up for air…The water between my fingers feels thicker with each second that goes by,Falling in slow motion,Alone, but peaceful now,Moving how I please…Under water,I…

Yellow and Blue

Photo by RF._.studio from Pexels We were at the park during a warm autumn as evening was approaching, and we were smoking a blunt, laying on the grass, when I looked at you, like really looked at you. And you looked in me, and I could tell that you saw me. You were seeing me, and I was…

#DarkHuesChats with Rebekah Phillip

Hey lovely people and welcome back to another chapter of #DarkHuesChats! We honestly hope you enjoy this series as much as we do. As we have had the pleasure to talk to some cool individuals. Today’s interview features the fabulous Rebekah Phillip whose fashion is not only impeccable but also environmentally friendly. 1. The first…

Party Jollof Rice is a West African Staple

Jollof rice is a classic and warming West African dish that’s bursting with flavour. Growing up, my family looked forward to eating Jollof every Sunday, where it would be served with delectable side dishes such as fried plantain, coleslaw and moin moin. I would venture to say that it is near impossible to attend any…

Who Needs Restaurants When I Can Cook at Home?

Now although lock-down is easing and restaurants are now starting to open up. Understandably, some of you may not be thrilled by the idea of going out to eat. Since the number of people with COVID-19 is still dangerously high and if you’re not in the mood to venture outside to have your favourite treats…

#DarkHuesChats with Rachel Isabel

Hello lovely people and welcome welcome welcome back to another chapter of #Darkhueschats! Today’s interview features the lovely Rachel Isabel a talented artist and overall sweet soul x 1. So first and foremost your art is amazing! You are truly talented. What inspired you to become an artist? I have a very creative family, my…

I’M BLACK Y’ALL

Trigger Warning: Colourism, Sexual Assault “Nobody loves a black girl. Not even herself”― Nicole Dennis-Benn The recent and ongoing Black Lives Matter protests have acted as a catalyst for necessary conversations that are long overdue. Conversations about institutional racism, the effects of white supremacy, the dangers faced by Black trans people, White privilege… and so much more.…

Cheap Doesn’t Mean Ineffective

Blog Banner Photo by Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels Now we’re all aware that natural hair products can be pricey. So, I decided to test out and review some cheaper alternatives to see if you can be natural on a budget successfully. Dudu-Osun I decided to use Dudu-Osun to clarify my hair (based on @esirishair suggestion, definitely check her…

#DarkHuesChats with @babesabouttown

Welcome or welcome back to #DarkHuesChats! In today’s chapter, we had the opportunity to talk to award-winning blogger, screenwriter, digital consultant and now the author of their new book ‘Bringing Up Race’, Uju Asika. 1. So apart from being a screenwriter/author can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? I was born in…

4 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Mental Health

Mental health is something that will always be important, but it’s especially important right now for the Black community. There is so much going on and it’s all going on at once. Police brutality and protests are the current centres of attention, and it’s a lot!  A couple of years ago, I could watch a…

#DarkHuesChats with 5th of a Kind

Welcome to #DarkHuesChats a series where we interview amazing Dark-skinned people of colour from all walks of life. In today’s chapter, we had the opportunity to talk to the lovely 5th of a Kind. 1. So we’ve had the chance to check out your content, especially your Instagram feed. Overall, we think it’s amazing! What inspired…

Has My Deep Conditioning Routine Upgraded?

Since my previous deep conditioning cap exploded in the microwave, I was forced to buy a new one! After searching the net for hours, I stumbled on this website Simply Moi, I then decided to purchase the Pydana Deep Conditioning Thermal Heat Cap after reading some good reviews. Important Info Retails for £33.99Comes in four stylesSuitable…

Affordable Beauty Products to Try During Quarantine

Photo by Anderson Guerra from Pexels With the Covid-19 affecting many people’s finances. Many of us are likely to be a bit more frugal when it comes to shopping. So, if you still want to buy makeup during this epidemic but are in no position to break the bank. Here are some affordable beauty products that in my…

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