8 Beauty Struggles Black Women Can Relate To

Beauty Struggles Black Women Can Relate To

Black women are blessed with amazing unique features such as their hair and skin tone. However, there are a few struggles that black women can relate to when it comes to beauty. Whether it is going out for shopping or getting their hair done, there are a few things that get in the way.

Chances are you’ve encountered at least a few of these issues. Here are 8 beauty struggles that all black women can relate to.

1. Finding A Salon That Can Do Afro Hair Right

Black woman annoyed about her hair

It seems that there aren’t enough salons that can handle the complexities of black women’s hair. Finding a salon that will actually do your hair right can be quite a struggle. However, once you get a salonist that knows what to do with your hair, the feeling is magical. It can be a dreadful experience when you move to a new area or your go-to salonist is not available. This means undertaking the whole ‘looking for a salon that can actually do your hair right’ endeavor all over again! It’s enough to make any woman think about trying a short hairstyle.

2. Finding A Nude Bra That Actually Matches Your Brown Skin Tone

Nude bra

So, apparently, nude bras come in shades that are way too light for dark skinned women. To find the right nude bra can take ages. You might actually have to stop looking for a nude bra at the nude bra section and venture into the section with darker bras. If you do get a nude bra that works for you, take care of it with all you’ve got. It might be the first and last nude bra you get that actually matches your skin tone.

3. Buying Makeup For Black Women Is Like A Treasure Hunt

Makeup containers and brushes

Buying makeup should be easy right? Well, that is not entirely true for women with a dark skin tone. It is literally impossible to get makeup for darker skin. First of all, the models advertising the makeup are usually white so it is difficult to judge how the makeup looks on your skin. Second, finding foundation and concealer that blends in well with your skin tone is absolutely impossible. When you do, you find yourself noting down every detail of that product so that you can identify it easily the next time round. In most cases, black women end up delicately mixing different shades of makeup, like a pro, to get a shade that works for them.

4. That Moment When A Random Person Wants To Touch Your Hair

Black woman touching and looking at her hair

“Wow! Your hair looks amazing! Can I touch it? Is it real?” Black women know these kinds of questions all too well. Apparently, black women’s hair just gives most people the urge to touch it. “It looks so unreal!” By now, you have made a couple of phrases to answer people who make these kinds of comments. Not only strangers do that, even close friends get curious. Although, these people normally don’t have any bad intentions, the questions can get really annoying sometimes or most of the time. You just have to find a way to deal with it.

5. Getting The Right Lipstick Color


Buying lipstick is like a walk in the park, there are so many colors to choose from! That is usually the thought every time a black woman goes out to buy some lipstick.

This thought changes when you try on a lipstick color you thought would look great on you and it looks terrifying.

That is when it hit suddenly hits you, getting the right lipstick for dark skinned women is not so easy after all. Thankfully, we’ve written a helpful guide showing the best lipstick color for black women.

6. Taking Ages To Try On A New Hairstyle

Black woman styling her hair

So, there is this new hairstyle that you want to try out because you think it will look amazing on you. However, when it gets to the nitty gritty of getting everything going to the right place, it can take quite some time. Actually, it might take several hours or maybe days. Don’t worry, with the help of YouTube videos and step-by-step instructions from online beauty blogs, you are bound to get it right, eventually.

7. Carrying Snacks, Magazines, Etc While Going To The Salon

Black woman carrying luggage

For a black woman, getting your hair done can take ages especially if you are getting micro braids. That is why you always go prepared. I mean, trying to make yourself a little bit more comfortable during your long stay at the salon is not a crime. That is why black women arm themselves with all the things they will need, snacks, magazines, a fully charged phone plus a charger or an extra phone battery, etc.

8. Your Skin Still Ends Up Being Ashy Despite Applying Tons Of Lotion

Black woman applying lotion

Vaseline is a black girl’s best friend. It seems that despite the amount of lotion you apply on dark skin, it ends up looking ashy at a certain point during the day. The only thing that works well is Vaseline, especially on problematic areas such as the elbows and knees. Vaseline is always present in a black woman’s handbag. There is nothing more annoying than ending up with ashy skin by lunch time despite religiously carrying out your 20-minute morning routine of carefully applying several layers of lotion on your body. It seems that Vaseline is here to stay for black women!

8 Beauty Struggles Black Women Can Relate To

It is your turn now. Which beauty struggles do you face on a daily basis as a black woman? Which of these beauty struggles mentioned above can you relate to? Tell us more about it. It will be great to hear what you have to say about this. Let’s get this conversation going!

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