Thursday, July 24, 2014

Andrea's Beau Acessories - Free Shipping!



Andrea's Beau is a company that offers cute accessories for women and girls.  Their headbands are great because they come in both hard hair bands and soft hair hands. So they will work with any hair type.   I have the soft headband in the large photo called the Mosaic Stone Headband and my youngest daughter loves it so much that she has already claimed it as her own.  :-)

For a limited time, Natural Girls United readers are being offered free shipping on purhases of any amount until June 30th, 2014. To take advantage of this offer, use code FREESHIPNBH.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

1940's Landgirl Hair Tutorial from Willow B


Check out Willow B's 1940's vintage inspired hair style how-to video for natural hair. "You can rock this look to work, while running errands, on a night out - so quick and easy I just ♡ it!"


Monday, June 30, 2014

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL - A short documentary


She Is Beautiful is a short documentary by Denise Francis. "I am in pursuit to change the definition of beauty. I made a short documentary to find what the true definition of beauty is. I explored New York City and interviewed 100 people asking them two questions. "Why are women beautiful" & "Why are you beautiful" Their answers were amazing! This is beauty redefined, the true definition of beauty is YOU."  To learn more about Denise or to see more, go to LiveNaturallyLove on youtube.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Traeh's Big Chop


"In [the video below], I will be showing you a portion of my journey from relaxed hair to natural hair. I did my big chop January 28th, 2014. I've been transitioning since Summer 13' (not sure of the exact date). Initially I was going to transition but I got tired of having thin relaxed hair and trying to deal with two textures so I just decided to do my big chop. I am also on a no heat journey so that I can improve the overall health of my hair. I hope my journey inspires you to go natural whether you decide to transition or do the big chop. In my experience, I believe the big chop was the best thing for me to do. The only regret I have is that I wish I did my big chop sooner :)"  ~ Traeh



To learn more about Traeh, check her out on -
Instagram - @Iamtraeh
Youtube - www.youtube.com/iamtraeh 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o On The Cover of Vogue


Congratulations to Lupita for her Vogue Cover!!  More on Vogue.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blue Ivy's Natural Hair


I have been trying not to comment on this whole topic that has been circulating on the web, about the state of toodler's Blue Ivy's hair (daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z).  Because I did not want to bring attention to such foolishness. But to hear recently that an irresponsible and thoughtless person started a petition to get the famous couple to comb their daughters hair, has gotten me a little fired up.

I am so deeply offended by this petition. For one, you are bringing negative attention to a child.  That in itself is horrible.  Internet bullying is no joke and that is what this is.  Second, it is not your child - so it is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.  Third, there are so many people constantly criticizing Beyonce for wearing weaves, wigs and hair extensions. But she allows her child to wear her hair in a natural state and people still get angry.  I am sure that Blue Ivy is a healthy rambunctious child. I, for one, have a toddler at home.  I know first hand that when I do my daughters hair, she often messes it up with in a half hour of the style being done because she loves to play, wrestle, jump, cuddle, roll around, etc...  No toddlers hair is going to be perfect all the time.

I just think that internet bullying is so horrible. And for the creator of the petition to play if off as being a joke, is her not taking responsibility for doing something that could be hurtful to another person and family; and to focus on a child in any negative shallow way, is hideous.  To read more about this petition, check out the NY Daily News.

Blue Ivy, you are beautiful not matter what your hair looks like.


 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Fight for Braiding Freedom

Is your stylist an outlaw? Probably not, but if she braids hair for a living without first obtaining acostly and time consuming cosmetology license, she may be running afoul of a troubling policy trend requiring licenses for professions that are perfectly safe.

No one should have to go to work with the fear that they could be fined or arrested. Unfortunately, for thousands of natural hair braiders, that fear is very real. That's because twenty-four states regulate hair braiders as cosmetologists, despite the fact that they do not use dyes, caustic chemicals or dangerous tools. In fact, the only tools they *do* use are their hands, which these laws effectively regulated as dangerous weapons.

 Today, that fear ends. The Institute for Justice, a nonprofit law firm that has represented hair braiders for more than two decades, is launching a national legal and online initiative to defend natural hair braiders' right to work free from over-zelious licensing laws. Those laws require that braiders take upwards of 1,500 or more hours of course work and take two exams—neither of which test their braiding ability—before they can accept their first paying client.

You can read more about the initiative at http://www.braidingfreedom.com." - J. Justin Wilson, Director of Communications, Institute for Justice. To support this cause, hashtag #braidingfreedom on your social media pages. Check out the video below for more information.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Beautiful Natural Elizabeth Smith


My name is Elizabeth Smith. I've been natural going on two years in June. I absolutely love my natural hair! It is the definition of freedom. Its nothing like embracing the look that God himself has given you. I encourage every woman to be no one but yourself. There is nothing wrong with your hair.  
Love it. Own it. Wear it!





Friday, May 23, 2014

Nico & Vinz Music Video - Am I Wrong

I am  in love with the new song and video from Nico & Vinz called "Am I Wrong". Not only are they singers talented with a great song, the video is also visually appealing and unique.

"The video for "Am I Wrong" was filmed in Botswana. It was put together in a deliberate effort to present a positive side of Africa when the image of the continent is too often mired in negative news stories." - Wikapedia. The song also has a great message of thinking outside of the box and not following the crowd.   To learn more about the singers, go to their website Nico & Vince.

**Updated - Giveaway Winner!! The New Braiding Handbook

I am excited to talk about a new book called The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith.  This is a great book that shows you step by step how to create 60 modern twist, braids and hairstyles. Each picture is detailed, in color and easy to understand. Perfect for moms or just any one looking to do something new. Although the styles are shown on straight hair, some of the style techniques can be adapted to use on ethnic natural hair textures as well. 

"Braids, knots and buns, oh my! Introducing “The New Braiding Handbook,” a full-color guide that will help you master the trendiest twists, fishtails and updos. With easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos, you’ll master gorgeous new looks, including the Waterfall Braid, Fishtail Bun, Twisted Bohemian Updo, French Braided Pompadour, Celtic Knot, Topsy Tail High Bun and so much more. This book will give you the perfect look for every occasion, whether you’re meeting your besties for brunch, attending an important meeting or walking down the aisle! It’s also packed with tips for eliminating pesky hair problems—split ends, slow-growing tresses, oily hair, etc. With “The New Braiding Handbook,” you’ll have locks to envy!"


Abby Smith is giving away one book to one lucky follower of the Naturally Beautiful Hair blog.  To enter this contest, in the comment section below, tell us the following -

- Why you enjoy creating new styles?
- What style you like the best from this page that shows styles from the book?
- The winner must also be a follower of the Naturally Beautiful Hair blog.

The contest ends in two weeks on June 6th at 10 pm.  To learn more about Abby and her book, go to Twist Me Pretty.


 
**Update!   The winner of this contest is Betsy Foust.  Thank you for entering the contest. Please send your shipping information to naturalhairbeauty@gmail.com. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Thanks Total Beauty!

Thank you TotalBeauty for including me in your highlight of Bloggers You Need To Know Now.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pro-Healthy Diet and Life Change

It's that time again. My birthday is approaching quickly and I am not looking forward to it.  I will be turning the big 4 0 this year (and my heart drops).  The reality of it is that I can't do any thing to slow down the clock. So I just have to embrace my age and getting older.  But one thing that I do not want to embrace or take into the next phase of my life is my major health problems and unhealthy eating.

I have hired an awesome personal trainer and I have also decided to try eating Vegan for 30 days.   After my 30 days, I will see how I feel and what adjustments I want to make to my diet. But so far I am excited.

While researching, I found some great channels on YouTube of woman that are educating the public on how you can transition into eating Vegan, tips, recipes, information and more.  The first YouTube page I want to highlight is Food Heaven Show with Wendy & Jess.  Their Facebook page is also full of information and meal ideas. "Food Heaven Made Easy with Wendy & Jess is a web series with a mission to bring healthy cooking to your kitchen. The show is hosted by Nutritionista Wendy Lopez and Registered Dietitian Jessica Jones, who both hold Master's Degrees in Nutritional Science. These nutrition nerds demonstrate how to cook nutrient dense, delicious and affordable plant-based recipes, while providing scientifically sound nutrition information you can trust."

I also want to highlight another great youtube page FullyRawKristina.  Kristina's page also has great colorful, vibrant videos full of information, recipes and more on how to transition into a vegan or healthy eating lifestyle. Check out her Facebook page here.


I will be checking in every once in awhile to talk about my experience with trying the vegan diet and if I have experienced any benefits.