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The Tea on Tap: A Hair & Beauty Podcast
30 minutes | May 18, 2021
E 31 | Texturism Tribulations: Are Some Black Women *Still* Ashamed of Their Natural Hair
When is the last time you wore your hair completely natural? No wigs, no braids, no tracks, no headwraps, no “personality pieces”, just...out. If you can’t remember, or the thought of it makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Even though we’re in the midst of a natural hair renaissance, Black hair is still discriminated against, legislated against, and heavily judged—and we all have to find ways to cope with that. Join Krychna, Sereine, and Lisa as they discuss questions like: Is natural 4C hair unkempt? Are women of color addicted to having hair of a certain length or apparent texture? Can your hair pass the pencil test? Tune in for the lively discussion as the Tap Team tries to untangle the roots of texturism. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
E 29 | Sorry, Mr. Jaxn. Are You For Real? (Part 1)
Well, well, well...since 2021 clearly needed more messiness (eyeroll), here comes Mr. Derrick Jaxn (né Jackson), a relationship guru who was outed as a serial cheater. Woo chile...MESSY!! The Melanin Trifecta (aka Krychna, Sereine, and Lisa), discuss “The Video”, the wife that nobody knew he had, bonnet politics (don’t even ask, lol), the “helmet of salvation”, the “breastplate of righteousness”, and the absolute weirdness of him doing a reaction video...to his own video. (Lawd have mercy...) There’s a lot to unpack and a lot of tea spilled. Tune in for the takedown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
E 28 | Entanglements - The Hair Edition: Tight Braids, Brassy Color, and other Bad Decisions
“Entanglements” became a thing last year with the whole Jada/August/Will situationship. (*Whew chile*...messy.) Well if we’re honest, we all get entangled sometimes—when it comes to our hair. The Melanin Trifecta – Krychna, Sereine, and Lisa – talk about their major hair entanglements, and discuss how they bounced back from their follicular faux pas. They also share tips to help women of color avoid common hair mistakes. Tap in for this helpful, but totally hilarious episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
E27 | WOC: Would You Become a White Woman If You Could?
The Tap Team is back in ’21 with some hot, hot tea! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a white woman? And if you had the chance to be one, would you? Would you trade in the melanin? Welp. As you can imagine, Krychna, Sereine, and Lisa have lots of strong opinions about the topic, and pull no punches in sharing them. Plus: now that they have thankfully made it through part 1 of the pandemic (cause part 2 seems to be coming in hot), the ladies are just glad that 2020 is over. Tune in to hear what they wish for us all for how the New Year should be set up. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
E26 | Crushed by Corona: Can You Imagine a World With No More Bundles?
Hold on to those weaves, y’all, a drought is a-comin'! China has been hit hard by the coronavirus, which means - among other things - that all exports of hair have ground to a halt. What’s a weave-wearer to do?! Who will protect the protective styles? What would a world without bundles, wigs, tracks, and hair care products be like? We’re about to find out. Also on tap: From the runway to regular life, black hair is STILL marginalized. Sereine highlights the struggles that models of color are still experiencing to this day. Many of them still have to do their own hair (and makeup), whereas “mainstream” models can just show up and be beautified. When will the beauty industry get to a place of true inclusivity? And when will designers start hiring stylists that can do ALL textures of hair? Plus: There’s a pandemic on, but beauty still matters! The girls discuss how they are maintaining their hair and beauty routines during the lockdown. Grab your Lysol, and let’s sip some tea and chat about it all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
E25 | Would You Bedazzle Your Baby Hair?
Want to take your edges to the next level? Add a little sparkle! Sereine spills the tea on blinged-down baby hairs, the latest trend being rocked by celebrities, bloggers and street style stars alike. Plus: It’s 2020 and textured hair is more mainstream than ever! The proof? WOC have an embarrassment of choices in the hair care aisle. Listen in as the the Tap Team talks about how our hair is being shown love by everyone from box box retailers to corner beauty stores. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
E24 | Racism on the Runway: Comme Des Garçons’ Ratchet Lace Front Wigs
File this one under: THEY TRIED IT. The famous fashion house exploits Black culture in one of the most egregious ways the Tap Team has ever seen. Lisa, Sereine, and Krychna discuss “wig-gate 2020,” and why putting white models in braided lacefronts could never be a good idea. Plus: The ladies sip some piping hot English Breakfast and P.G. Tips while discussing the whole “Megxit” situation. Has she been treated fairly by the British media, or have they done her wrong? Listen in as they unpack how it all went pear-shaped—and why Prince Harry was right to remove himself and his princess from the monarchy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
E23 | Would You Ever Go Back to the Creamy Crack?
Are you #teamnatural or #teamrelaxer? And if you wear your hair natural, would you jump back onto the relaxer bandwagon? The ladies spill all the tea about which team they’re on, if they ever backslid, and why all the judgment needs to stop. Plus: Is shrinkage your enemy? Sereine drops gems on heat-free methods straight from the motherland for stretching natural hair. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
E22 | Who Is That “Masked” Man, Anyway??
A VERY famous male celebrity reveals the secret to his “je ne sais quoi”: hair masks! He and the Tap Team encourage men everywhere to nurture their follicles, and prioritize self-care. Krychna breaks down natural ingredients – fruits, vegetables, eggs, oils, and more – that we can all use to nourish, treat, and enrich our strands. Plus: Season 2 starts off with a reminder to everyone that touching Black women’s hair is NOT OK. Lisa and Sereine share their stories about when people TRIED IT, and how they dealt with the situations. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
E 21 | TFW Your Hair is “Too Black”
Gabrielle Union was allegedly ousted from America’s Got Talent because her hair was considered to be “too Black” for viewers. Is there even such a thing? And why is Black women’s hair policed and judged so harshly? Tap in for all the tea as the girls talk about the trials of living this textured hair life. Plus: The Hair Love animated short about a dad styling his daughter’s hair has the Tap Team in their feels. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
E 20 | Grow the Hair of Your Dreams with...Affirmations? Hmmm...
Can you “manifest” the hair of your dreams using the Law of Attraction? Some of the Tea on Tap girls believe that you can, and some think it’s pure nonsense, lol. Needless to say, the conversation gets heated. However, if you believe that it is possible, they give you an affirmation that you can say to help your follicles flourish. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Dec 24, 2019
E19 | There’s a “Texture Tax?” What in the World?!
Have you ever had to pay more to get your hair done because it’s “too textured?” Welcome to the “Texture Tax.” Is it right? Is it fair? Is it legal? Is it racist? Listen in as the Tap Tribe discusses all that and more. Plus: want to “meet” a 12 year old entrepreneur? The Tap Team highlights Gabrielle Goodwin, creator and CEO of Gabby Bows, patented non-slip hair barrettes now available at Tarzhay. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
E 18 | Give the Gift of Fabulous Hair
There’s still time to get in a little holiday shopping! If you have anyone of your list with kinky, coily hair—the girls gotchu. Listen in for a list of picks perfect for giftees with tightly coiled tresses. Plus: The first thing many women of color think of when they’re getting ready for vaycay is “What should I do with my hair?” The Tea on Tap Tribe discusses how they prep their natural and protective styles when they’re living that #upintheairlife. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Dec 10, 2019
E17 | Can Y’all Just Let our Edges Live??!!
Whether it comes from outside the community, or within racial lines, criticism of afro-textured hair is rampant. For many WOC it feels like unless you have Becky-textured tresses your hair (especially your edges) is just not acceptable. But why is afro-textured hair such a big deal? Why does it provoke such strong reactions? And why do people feel like it’s ok to bully others - even young children - because they have 4c hair or unlaid edges? Tune in for the heated convo. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
E16 | 'Tis the Season to #BuyBlack
It’s the holidays! Time to get gifts for everyone on your list—and maybe a few for yourself, too. From children’s books and luxe footwear to satin caps and hair conditioners, the Tap Team has curated their favorite giftables, and best of all, the items are all made by brands and entrepreneurs of color. Let’s keep that Black dollar circulating! Plus: want to know 2019’s top products and tools for natural hair? Tune in for the download. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
E15 | Is Natural Hair Unprofessional?
The short answer is “Of course not!” That said, many women of color still feel that it is not “safe” to wear their unprocessed hair in the office. There is simply too much pressure to conform to a standard that was not created with textured hair in mind. Listen in as the Tap Team talks about natural hair discrimination, and gets to the root of the issue. Plus: things get political when the ladies discuss whether it’s ok for anybody - especially non-POC - to use the “n” word, or even the word “negro.” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
E14 | Black on Black on Black Excellence
From Traci Ellis Ross, to Zendaya, to Chaka Khan, so many people of color are doing big things – and creating great products – #fortheculture. The ladies highlight celebrities and hair crushes that they think are #tappedforgreatness. Plus: World Afro Day is a thing, and the Tap Team is a fan. Listen in as they discuss the importance of this annual event that celebrates, promotes, and de-stigmatizes afro-textured hair. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
E13 | Excuse Me, Your Racism Is Showing
Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle fame has been cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Some colonizers are protesting. Why? They claim that the fictional character “can’t be black.” (Cue collective eyeroll.) The Tap Team’s response? “Excuse me; your racism is showing.” Plus: Mattel’s Barbie Fashionista line includes a Black doll with afro-textured hair and the Tap Team feels represented. Tune in as they talk about why it is so important for melanated girls to see their image reflected—and considered beautiful. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
E12 | Man Weaves and Moses Parts
Would you date a guy that wears a weave? Or would you judge? If women can wear lacefronts, then why can’t men? The tea is hot, and so is the conversation, as the ladies discuss this controversial trend. Krychna, Sereine, and Lisa also advise how wide is too wide for a part in a wig or weave. Plus: 4c, 3a, 2b…what does it all mean? The Tap Team talks about the “standard” hair typing chart, and why they developed a categorization chart of their own that celebrates all hair textures. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
E11 | Don't Touch My Hair
What do you say or do when somebody tries to touch your hair? It’s a micro-aggression (or is it a macro-aggression?) that people of color deal with every day—and it happened to Lisa and Sereine. Tune in to hear how they dealt with “The Hair Touching Incident.” Plus: Have you heard about rice water for hair growth? It’s the latest fad, and we have opinions. Listen in to the hair-larious discussion about rice water “recipes,” and whether using the remedy can result in major hang time. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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