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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Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair in an effort to conform to deeply ingrained, yet outdated, standards of beauty.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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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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