Ghana Hair Chick's Letters: Tributes to the Fallen

Hello everyone! I hope your weekend has been good. This weekend came with bad news for the natural hair community.

First, Dominique Banks, also known as Long Hair Don't care 2011 on youtube, died from kidney complications. She had Lupus for a long time, and finally died at age 27. She began documenting her hair journey after being diagnosed with the disease. You may recall Dominique from the Heat Training post I did. Her video was the one I posted talking about how to use heat on your hair.

Dominique Banks

As if that wasn't enough, Karyn Washington, creator of For Brown Girls, died from suicide. Karyn had reportedly been struggling with mental health issues and died at age 22.
These ladies were both wonderful contributors to the natural hair community and it is so sad that they died at this time. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

Karyn Washington

In light of this news, I thought it would be important to point out that The African Naturalistas team and community is not here for only hair related issues, but also issues concerning your health and your life. If at any point in time any of you, our cherished readers, would like to talk about anything bothering you, please feel free to contact anyone of us and we will be more than happy to help. Your health and your life are very important to us, and we hope that this message is clear to you in every post we write or share.
Best wishes for a great week and thanks for reading!


  1. Beautiful sad, may their souls rest in peace

  2. Cosigning! We should all support each other as women.

    1. Thank you very much! We definitely should support one another.

  3. Wow so sad.. May God comfort and keep their families in there time.

  4. My sympathies and prayers go out to their families. May their souls rest in peace. We are not always as happy as we may seem, and sometimes all it takes is a kind word, or a listening ear to turn someone's life around.


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