Mane & Chic is not your ordinary natural hair blog – it’s an eclectic mix of hair and fashion. Don’t get me wrong, if you are in need of natural hair advice, Mane & Chic by no means falls short – under the Hair tab – you will be able to find extensive information on transitioning, washing techniques, roller setting, twist, braid, banding, Bantu knot and coil settings, organic hair care, scalp help, hair tools, books, products overall health and much more.

But, once you find that perfect hairstyle, you can also click on Mane & Chic’s Fashion tab to find that perfect outfit. Along with the latest fashion trends Mane & Chic provides runway finds for $100 or less, fashion advice and spotlights brands that feature curly-girl models. Mane & Chic’s – Question of the Day and Contest are also popular with it’s fans. Not only is Mane & Chic a blog, you can also follow Mane & Chic on Twitter as well as join its popular Facebook Fan Page.

The creator of Mane & Chic, Kai Chic shared with Clutch, her hair journey and inspiration for the site.

My last relaxer was in February 2007. I transitioned from then until July 2008. It was about a year and a half before I decided to chop off the relaxed ends. I did it myself on July 4, 2008: Independence Day (in more ways than one). I’ve been natural since then – roughly a year and a half.

I decided to go natural for a few reasons. I wanted to be different. I wanted to grow my hair out. I was tired of feeling like my hair wasn’t progressing and I felt relaxers had a lot to do with that lack of progress. Most of all I wanted to disprove some myths I heard from former stylists. Myths like ‘you have to get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks in order for it to grow’ and ‘if you want to go natural, you’re going to have to shave your head bald’. I knew there was a better way. I began reading books and online forums and just drowning myself with knowledge and I’ve never looked back.

The inspiration behind Mane & Chic…
It was the perfect marriage between two of my passions: hair and fashion. The only “hair blog” that I knew of at the time was targeted towards women with relaxed hair. I knew of other websites, but they weren’t my speed. I’m a very visual person. I needed to do something different. I thought it would be cool to document my journey from relaxed to natural. I’d never seen that before.

Also, I’d never seen a fashion blog featuring women with my hair type that were fly and stylish. I wanted that to change. Mane & Chic came from my own yearning and thirst. I wanted to see it, so I figured other women would want to see it. It was also inspired by street-fashion blogs. The idea that you could get inspiration from other women you see walking down the street. You see that element manifested in the “Featured Curls” posts on Mane & Chic.

Mane & Chic is a living breathing being. She is the sum of all of her readers. She is that fly, natural/curly-haired chick one day, pressed straight the next with an edgy but chic sense of style. She is highly intelligent, curious, worldly and conscious.

Future outlook for Mane & Chic…
More. More perspectives from other women, crisper visuals, more depth. Mane & Chic will never settle or be complacent and will always push itself to the next level, take on more challenges and listen to what the readers want.

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  • I have a love/hate relationship with the thought of going natural. For one thing, like Lala mentioned above, too many natural hair sites I’ve visited focus on those who have the spiral ringlets of biracial folks and how everyone who goes natural can achieve them. It makes me skeptical of the “natural” crowd because I question why care and maintenance of our natural hair is solely to get that “curly/spiral” look. Plus, there is still an emphasis on growing long hair–isn’t that the same reason why black women continue to wear weaves and wigs and relax their hair? And I always feel this pressure that I’m not “celebrating” my true looks and that I’m “killing” my hair when I visit these sites. I don’t get one iota of this pressure when I visit sites/forums focused on general black hair care, whether you relax it, loc it, wear it natural, etc.

  • I used to like the blog about a year ago. Not so much now

  • Felicia Conrad

    Mane & chic is about the only blog I read. I look forward to bigger and better things in the future. As for the negative comments STFU stop complaining about what you don’t see and make your own blogs featuring women you want to see. In reality I hardly ever see any women with kinky hair wearing it in a natural state so I am always shocked and intrigued on where maneandchic finds all those gorgeous women. I think she does a great job of finding what’s out there and sharing it with us though she could just focus on her hair type I see the effort she makes to be more inclusive. She could have taken the easy route and focused on just curly hair.

    Happy to see it featured on clutch.

  • Twisted

    I think the focus on growth is more about maintenance than anything. The desire for long hair has nothing to do with weaves and wigs – it’s more about goal setting, committing yourself to something and frankly showing that it can be done.

    I’ve been reading maneANDchic since its humble beginnings (along with others like & and yes the blogger seems to post more pics of “curly” light-skinned naturals as opposed to “kinky” dark-skinned naturals. That’s probably because the “kinky” naturals are harder to find AND the fact that people are drawn to others who are like us. Since she’s a “curly” light-skinned natural, why wouldn’t she be more drawn to other “curly” light-skinned naturals for HER blog?

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Kai!

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