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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,Continue reading “Accurate & Diverse Portrayals of Dark Skin POC Improved My Awareness of Colourism”

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

A board with the words you are worthy of love

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 andContinue reading “9 Best Self-Love Practices for Valentine’s Day”

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 theyContinue reading “There is a Time and a Place For Romantic Relationships!”

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 andContinue reading “Three Ways to Enjoy Valentine’s Day While Single”

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 ChristmasContinue reading “Perfect Christmas Gifts From Black & Brown Owned Businesses”

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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 areContinue reading “Greasy Hair x Noughty”

A dark skin Black person running in the rain. They're wearing denim shorts and a blue front tie top and a camel hat

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 useContinue reading “Black Joy is a Sweet and Precious Experience”

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 aContinue reading “Beauty Products Every Nude Make-Up Lover Should Own”

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 ColourContinue reading “Is Modest Fashion Boring? | 3 Times People of Colour Have Disproved This”

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“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 lastContinue reading ““Curly Cut? Tell Me More…””

A dark skin black person smiling while laying on grass with various flowers. they have long straight hair and a nose ring and are wearing a butterly shirt

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, vividContinue reading “4 Orange Blushes that are Perfect for Spring 2021”

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 toContinue reading “Dark Skin Representation We LURVE and NEED More of!”

Brandy is wearing a red leather jacket and a black top and black trousers. She is sitting on wooden stairs in a red room. She is giving a sultry expression

You Can’t Love RnB If You Haven’t Heard of Brandy

Blog banner from http://thebrandyblog.com/ If you’ve never listened/ nor heard of a Brandy song then today is the day that you will! In this article, I’m going to be sharing some of Brandy’s, aka the vocal bible, phenomenal tracks. I Wanna Be Down Kicking off with Brandy’s debut single ‘I Wanna Be Down’, released inContinue reading “You Can’t Love RnB If You Haven’t Heard of Brandy”

A poster of the song Lowkey by Xenia Manasseh

‘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 needContinue reading “‘Lowkey’ is a Song I’ll High Key be Playing on Repeat”

A collage of dark skin south asian women with loose curly hair

“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 ofContinue reading ““Did you brush your hair?””

A green pear lying on a black wooden surface

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 thatContinue reading “African Pear and Black Pepper”

A dark skin Black person closing their eyes in a dim lit room

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 youContinue reading “Dear Colourism”

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,IContinue reading “Water Breathing”

a dark skin black person with yellow eyeshadow giving a neutral look

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 wasContinue reading “Yellow and Blue”

Toni is standing behind a green bush. She is wearing a green top and giving a neautral expressio

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 muchContinue reading “I’M BLACK Y’ALL”

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