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Miss Rizos Is the Natural Hair Guru 'Untangling the Roots of Dominican Hair'

Afro-Dominican salon owner Carolina Contreras aka Miss Rios, talks natural hair in the Dominican Republic in this clip for "Great Big Story."

The Dominican Republic has had a long and complicated history with natural hair. The wearing of afros, and curls has long been shunned in the country, in favor of straighter tresses (I was a faithful "Dominican Blowout" recipient myself growing up...thanks, colonialism).


A shift in beauty ideals is presently taking place in the nation, however, thanks to people like Carolina Contreras—the natural hair guru helping "detangle" hair politics in her home country. She promotes the embracing of afro-textured hair through her Santo Domingo-based salon, Miss Rizos.

In a new video entitled "Untangling the Roots of Dominican Hair," she chronicles her hair journey, and shares how she learned to love her curls, despite the naysayers. In doing so, she's opened up a space for others to do the same. "There was this huge thirst and hunger for a space where women would be validated," says the stylist. "It's been the most amazing activism I've done all my life."

Here's the video's YouTube description, via Great Big Story:

In the hot and humid Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair in an effort to conform to deeply ingrained, yet outdated, standards of beauty. But Carolina Contreras is slowly changing this societal norm. Not only does she proudly rock her big curls, she’s helping other women do the same at her natural hair salon. Fondly nicknamed "Miss Rizos," which means Miss Curls in English, Carolina has come to embody self-love and acceptance on the island.

Catch a glimpse of the magic that's happening around the natural hair movement in the Dominican Republic with the clip below.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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