Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Boulé Pin's - Great for locs & All Natural Hair


I am in love with my new Boulé Pin's!   My locs have gotten really long and are sometimes a bit heavy. With the Boulé Pin's, I can style my hair in different updo's with complete ease and no discomfort.  I was surprised at how easy it was to pin them into my hair. It slides right in to my freshly twisted locs without pulling or tugging at my hair.   I have the large Mona Boulé Pin (labradorite) and an extra large Jeanette Boulé Pin (botswana agate).  

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"Luxury, simplicity, and beauty are at the heart of Boulé. Our philosophy reflects a desire to celebrate curls, locs, and kinky hair with timeless designs that highlight our extraordinary aesthetic. Our Boulé Pins are an easy styling solution for busy lifestyles, evenings out, or warm summer days. They're a must-have for locs, a morning time-saver for women with natural hair, and safe for the tiniest coils or sisterlocks. Each one is handcrafted, made of bronze and features semi-precious gemstones or glass. Our pieces speak to a woman’s desire to treat herself beautifully, love her hair, and feature it proudly." ~  Boule Design.  To learn more about Boulé Pin's, go to:

Boulé Design
Boulé on Facebook
Boulé on Etsy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Introducing Double Dutch Aerobics

"I am Michelle Clark, owner of Double Dutch Aerobics. Double Dutch Aerobics is my hearts passion. Our classes are bringing Child like joy to fitness. As a world champion in Double Dutch, I have the skill to teach anyone who can jump up and down how to jump Double Dutch in less than 1 min! Teaching rate 100%. Our class consist of both street jumping and competitive style jumping which includes - jumping jacks, pushups, mountain climbs, popups and more! The smiles, high fives and laughs that happen during Double Dutch Aerobics reminds me that I must continue to build my Double Dutch Aerobics Empire. Currently I have Certified Double Dutch Aerobics Instructors in NYC teaching classes and I am currently certifying more teachers in Atlanta. Expansion across the world is 100% the next step.  As a working adult, we are super busy, but things that we have to include in our lives in happiness and fitness. At double dutch aerobics we combine the two. Our saying is "Double Dutch Aerobics, where fun is the experience and fit is the result"."

To see more about Double Dutch Aerobics, check out this article on MyBrownBaby.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kaneetra's Natural Hair Story

"I just started my natural hair journey before I did the 'big chop'. I deep conditioned my hair using Pantene sheer volume shampoo & conditioner. I wore my hair in twist outs or Bantu knot outs. Now that I've cut my hair, I've started to add Mane 'n Tail deep moisturizer, Africa's Best Herbal Oil & Olive Oil; and Mango Butter Curl Defining Pudding to my hair styling routine. When I style my fro using bantu knots or in defined curls, I use  using Moroccan Argan Oil Eco Styler Gel or African Essence Styling Gel.

The hardships I was experiencing before I did the big chop was trying to get my damaged hair to match my roots and for it to all be one texture. Initially when I would take my twist out and start to pick through my hair, I wasn't happy with the results, So I finally decided to start over by cutting the damaged hair off and  starting the process from there. So far I'm pleased with how it looks.

I really love my hair because for me its away to express yourself.  I don't believe that I could wear one
hairstyle everyday. I love to be different and I change my hair with every outfit, even with me having short hair I've found a lot of ways to style it. The first time I cut my hair off from a bad bleach and perm (Which I shouldn't have done), I just let my hair grow long enough to where I could get braids and from there I was back to perms. I want to get my hair back long & healthy, having healthy hair and seeing the change in my hair is making me want to continue the process. Any advice I could give on how to keep your hair healthy - even if your not going through the natural journey, is to keep it moisturized, and in between styles, let your hair breathe." - Kaneetra

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tia Talks About Natural Hair

Q: What is your hair story? What kind of hair styles have you rocked, before embracing your natural hair?
A: I initially began my hair journey wanting to learn more about growing long and healthy relaxed hair after my relaxed hair started breaking. While I was looking up how to take care of my hair, I learned more about natural hair and the great experiences others had with their natural hair. I saw the range of hairstyles that I could do with natural hair and its versatility, as well as how healthy and thick natural hair was. After reading lots of information on youtube, forums and blogs about natural hair, I was convinced that that was what I wanted to do.

Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: I decided to be long term transition-er after seeing how other ladies on youtube and forums were able to successfully transition and have a considerable amount of hair on their heads. My last relaxer was January 11, 2010 and I ended up transitioning for 18 months and. The last couple of months of my transition I was actually studying abroad in Spain, so that was definitely a challenging experience trying to manage the two textures abroad. About three months after I returned to America I cut the remainder of my relaxed ends off on July 24, 2011.

Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture?
A: Yes, I was traveling into unknown territory and something completely different than what I was used to. As a slow transition-er, I slowly became use to my texture, but I wasn't completely sure how it would look after I cut all of my relaxed ends off. I had some issues styling my hair at first but I eventually learned that braid outs worked more for my hair than twist outs. 

Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: I always use shea butter to seal in the moisture. I like the thick consistency of it and it’s ability to hold stretched styles like a braidout. I also like Darcy Botanicals Curl Smoothing Cream and Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Cream as moisturizers. I like the smell of both of them and I like their consistency and thickness.

Q: What would you say to someone who's thinking about embracing their natural hair, but scared about being rejected in various parts of their lives?
A: What really helped with my natural hair journey was focusing on what my hair and what I liked rather than what others were saying or doing. I read a lot about natural hair on blogs, forums and youtube and saw how great natural hair could be. I didn't see that many other natural women around me when I initially became natural, so I found positive inspiration on the internet.

To see more about Tia, go to her youtube page tiajonay.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tianna's Hair Story

"Before going natural I used to get a lot of perms and dyes to my hair. I got a perm every 4 weeks and my ends trimmed. That was back in highschool. Once I graduated I started to try weaves, sew-ins and wigs. My motto was "Big Girl, Big Hair". Couldn't tell me I wasn't Chaka Khan.
 
I decided to go natural in 2010. I was going threw a awkward phase in life. I felt a change coming and I knew my hair had to go first. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was still living at home with my parents and I felt like I wanted a new beginning. I wanted my independence back. I felt like the wigs became priority over my life. Like, I cant walk out the door with out a wig on because I wasn't happy with my self or my hair. So, I sat in front of my vanity and cut off all my hair. I didn't cry or nothing. I went to the barber and let him line me up and that was it.
 
I had no fear on my natural hair texture because I come from a family where we have long thick hair. Even when I was permed my hair was long. It was just chemically treated, I feel like if I had listened to my mom and not gotten a perm I would of had extremely long hair. I remember begging for a perm and she didn't want to do it. However, she was tired of my tears and she permed my hair.
 
Three products I cant live without is my oils. I mix Olive oil, Grapeseed oil, and Jojoba Oil in a bottle and I moisturize my hair with that. I can't live without a good scarf/hair tye because my locs are heavy and in the summer I just need them off my neck. My loc stylist also uses her own products on my hair that she has formulated called "Buttery Sensations" which she uses on my scalp that causes no flakes or build up. She can be reached @Butterysensations on Instagram
 
When talking to someone who wants to embrace there natural hair. I would ask them "Are you mentally ready?" Especially when you come from a phase where all you have to do is go to the Beauty Supply Store for hair. Natural hair is not a overnight thing. There is no instant gratification. I know that when my hair got to certain length I started my loc extensions. Once my hair reached a certain length with the extensions I cut them off. Then I still was not satisfied so I went back 2 more times for different sets. Now, I'm happy where my hair is being as though loc extensions are not cheap I will not be doing anymore cutting. Also, I would tell the person to be prepared for the words you might receive as well. Especially when people always seen you in weaves or wigs. Some want to know why you did it and what made you do it? I answered that question the whole 2010-2011. This was the best decision I ever made and I refuse to look back. Natural hair is versatile and its a free thing. Its, spiritual, loving and emotional. Once I let go, I really did let GOD." - TIanna
 
You can keep up with me on Youtube - Tiannalife;  Instagram - @Tiannalife;  Twitter - @Tiannalife; Facebook Page: Tianna Life  Blogger: tiannalife.blogspot.com


Friday, March 7, 2014

Great look!


I found this great photo on Pinterest.  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Latrenia Bryant


Great photo of Latrenia Bryant, who is a Nurse, Photographer, Stylist and natural hair advocate.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My First Written Magazine Article


I am excited to be a contributing writer for Naturally Happy Hair Magazine.  Check out my first article, titled "Fabulocs" published in the magazines 2014 Winter issue.  The model featured in the magazine article is Ebony Lunsford.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nika’s Hair Story

Q: What is your hair story? What kind of hair styles have you rocked, before embracing your natural hair?
A: I started out natural until the age of 10 yrs old. I got my first relaxer at the age of 11 yrs. old. When I was in high school I wore my relaxed hair long, short, in an asymmetrical bob, and then I grew it back long.

Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: I chose to return back to my natural tresses on September 24, 2011. I didn't like my relaxed hair because it was very thin. It never held a curl, and it would literally be stuck to my head from chemical burns. I didn't want to go through that anymore so I chose to transition for 7 months from February 5, 2011 to September 24, 2011, and I did the big chop. I really enjoyed my short natural hair. It was so easy to manage. I just did wash n go's. I'm so glad I chose to go natural.

Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture?
A: Yes!! I was always told the myths that natural hair can't be combed or detangled, and it was hard to manage. I was so afraid to go natural because of those myths I heard, but I went natural anyway. I found that I was able to comb, detangle, and manage my natural hair.

Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: I love Olive oil because it penetrates the hair strand, and it leaves my hair so soft. I love Giovanni Smooth
as Silk Conditioner because it has great slip, and it leaves my hair very soft also. I also love Eco Styler Argan oil gel because it lays my edges down really well.

Q: What would you say to someone who's thinking about embracing their natural hair, but scared about being rejected in various parts of their lives?
A: My advice to other naturals is to love the hair that grows from your scalp. Natural hair is beautiful. If you are thinking about going natural I think you should go for it because going natural is the best decision I have ever made, and my scalp is healthier. My hair has grown longer than it has ever been, and it's because I went natural. It's an awesome feeling to be a natural. You can go from curly to straight and right back to curly. Natural hair is very versatile, and that’s what I love about it. Natural hair is definitely not boring because you can do so much with it. I say go for it and tune out all negative opinions around you.

Q: How can we keep up with you and your journey i.e. blog, twitter, facebook, fotki, tumblr, personal or professional website?
A: You can find me on my YouTube channel named PiecesofNika;  Instagram: @MsNikaR Twitter; and MsNikaR


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Effortlessly Hunni


This natural hair beauty, "Effortlessly Hunny" shares her natural hair story - 

Q: What is your hair story? What kind of hair styles have you rocked, before embracing your natural hair? 
A: As a teen I had long relaxed hair, everyone would ask what I did to get it long, the reason it was long was because I didn't use heat on it much and stretched my time in between relaxers. Stretching soon led to me becoming fully natural.

Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: My sister went natural, and I thought it looked beautiful on her, I wondered what mine would look like, and also how fast it would grow without a relaxer. I had went through a "healthy" relaxed regimen for longer hair, but I wanted to see my potential with my own texture. My last relaxer was late Jan/early Feb 2012, I ended up transitioning long term because it was easiest for me. After my birthday (June 2013) I had my sister chop off the remaining relaxed ends and was left with the shortest hair I've had in my life(around ear length)-so I bunned and bunned. My hair now, in less than a year, comes past my collarbone again and I love it!

Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture? A: Yes! Unlike my sister I have very thick hair. I figured it would be too much for me to deal with and that I would end up giving back into relaxers. But I found out how to conquer the beautiful mass.

Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Cream, Coconut Oil and ORS Replenishing Conditioner.

Q: What would you say to someone who's thinking about embracing their natural hair, but scared about being rejected in various parts of their lives?
A: Never change yourself for anyone, or in favor of someone else's high opinion. Do all things to make you feel better about yourself! Also, don't you want to learn what your beautiful, natural, God given hair that grows out of your scalp looks like? If you don't like it, for whatever reason, you can always go back. Just give it a chance and do you!

Q: How can we keep up with you and your journey?
A: My instagram is Effortlessly Hunni and my blog is Effortlesslyhunni.blogspot.com

Monday, January 20, 2014

Aisha's 30 Day Updo


I love Aisha's 30 Days Updos!  If I didn't have locs, this would be something I would print out and put on my daily to-do board. Her looks are too cute. This photo was featured in an article on BHI.  To see Aisha's blog, go to My Fro & I

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Before Selfies was a Thing

I made this video about 4 years ago, in my office, when I was still doing corporate work. I was bored out of my mind and instead of getting up and going for a walk, I posed for a bunch of silly photos using my PC's camera. It was fun and I entertained myself for that moment in time. And who knows, when I am old and crusty, I can look back at this and laugh at my younger self.  
"Selfies", was voted by the Oxford Dictionary as the 2013 word of the year. Crazy as that sounds - I can believe it. Taking photos of yourself is nothing new, it is just recently that people have been really talking about it.  I for one, think it's harmless fun.  With social media being such a huge thing - Twitter, Facbeook, Instagram and more - selfies is just a one way for people to express who they are and what they are doing at that exact moment in their life.  A lot of people would say that posing for selfies is obnoxious and self absorbed. But I for one... love a good selfie, especially when I get to show of my gorgeous natural hair.  Have a good weekend everyone.

Update - Winner!!!! Fashion Accessory Giveaway!! The GirlyGoGarter®


I just received my new GirlyGoGarter® and I love it!  It is a cute way to keep your keys, ID, cash and more, with out having to carry a purse. I tried it on and it feels so comfortable.  Here is more about the garter belt that seconds as a purse -  "The GirlyGoGarter® is a sexy, lacey garter with pockets that adheres to your upper thigh with patented GentleFlex™ Grippers. There are two types of pockets on the GirlyGoGarter®: easy-access (on the outside, just within the lace) and lock-flap (on the inside, against your thigh). Both types of pockets keep your money, I.D., lip gloss, mobile phone, keys, passport and all of your essentials safe, secure and right at your fingertips." - GirlGoGarter

The GirlyGoGarter® is giving away one Hot Pink GirlyGoGarter® in size 1 (fits sizes 14 to 18).  To enter this contest, follow these two steps:
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  • Reply to this post telling us why you love the GirlyGoGarter®
The contest ends in two weeks on January 1, 2014, which is New Years day.  Good luck everyone!
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Thank you to everyone that entered the contest. The winner is BeauTi_Renee!  Please contact me at naturalhairbeauty@gmail.com to claim your prize and provide your shipping address.