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Naza founder and CEO Natanya Montgomery in the salon. Naza. February has seen a fresh awareness and celebration of women of color's natural hair. Earlier this month, Hair Love , the animated film featuring a black father learning how to navigate his daughter’s tight curls for the first time, won an Oscar for best animated short film, and three new states—Colorado, Washington and Minnesota—have either introduced or advanced bills that ban hair discrimination in the workplace, an ongoing issue that even Hollywood A-listers like Gabrielle Union have endured. While the natural hair-care movement is just now picking up steam in mainstream culture—the industry is valued at $2.5 billion —the ... Full story

18 February