Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cute kids styles by Betsy Foust


This pretty little girl is Taleigha, who is 6 years old.  I think her hairstyle is too cute.  Her hair was styled by Betsy Foust from Michigan.  Here are some more styles by Betsy -

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Style Photographer - Latrenia Bryant

"Fashion/Style should be fun. I love when clothes make statements and I think personal style is really cool. Personal style shouldn't be a hobby, make it your way of life. Live out loud." - Latrenia Bryant

I have admired Latrenia for quite a while.  She is a talented photographer, great at finding gorgeous styles at a bargain price and she is also a great model of her fashion finds.  Here are some of my favorite looks from her -

 

To learn more about Latrenia, you can check out her websites - Latrenia PhotographerTwitter & Youtube

Monday, August 24, 2015

Embracing my Kinky Hair

I recently decided to comb out my locs, and was able to complete the process within a three week period. 

I absolutely loved my locs!!  And will miss them.  But they were starting to get very thin at the roots and my hair was breaking off.  I tried just about every thing I could do to repair the thinned out roots, but nothing worked.

So I had to make choice to let go of my locs and transition back to my kinky curly hair. I've had my locs for a decade, so I now have to get use to a whole new texture of hair all over again. 

After removing my locs and washing my hair, I saw what a great texture my hair was. So I am excited about being able to try new styles.  One thing I did notice was that my hair has major shrinkage.  So I may try to experiment with stretching my hair without heat.  The style in the photos with my short hair is a twist out.  If you want to know more about combing out locs, check out these videos on youtube.

I will say that I have always loved locs.  Although I was not able to keep them for life as I had hope, I will continue to share and promote the beauty of locs and all natural hair styles & hair types.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Doll Giveaway!! NGU for Bold & Fearless Magazine

Check out my interview on Bold & Fearless magazine online. At the bottom of the interview, you can enter the contest for a chance to win this doll. You must enter the contest on the Bold and Fearless website. To see more dolls like this for sale, go to Natural Girls United.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Free Love Your Curls E-Book

I love this free E-book Love Your Curls by Dove. It's filled with poems, stories, quotes and beautiful images.  There is also an option to personalize your book by adding your childs name and photo to the book.  Love it!  Download your copy today.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Adventures in Dating: Single & 40


So here I am, newly 40 and now single again.  My last relationship ended on good terms - thank goodness. But it was definitely a loss.  If I think back to my 20's, did I ever imagine that at this point in my life, that I would be looking to date?  Hell no... ha ha.  But that's my reality now.

So maybe your wondering why am I talking about dating on a natural hair blog??   Well because there are so many women out there that are single later in life, and having to deal with starting over. That it's worth talking about. Dating is exciting, exhausting, painful, stressful and fun all at the same time.  And how is this possible?? Well it's kind of like being on a roller coaster. There are a lot of emotional ups and downs.  But I think with dating - all the disappointments you may experience make it that more special when you actually do find the guy that is the perfect match for you.

I have been single for 7 months... but it feels like it has been forever.  Dating has been a challenge.  Especially for someone like myself that is not to good with picking up clues when it comes to flirting. I can be a bit shy and don't always catch the clues that guys may give me that they want to talk or are interested.  So unless someone actually comes up to me and says hello - I may never connect with that person. And I don't exactly have the most exciting social life.  Not really into bars or clubs. So what is a girl to do? 

Well fortunately and unfortunately there is internet dating. I have not had a very good experience so far... ha ha.  Lots of bad communication, guys that want booty calls, catfishing, etc...  I also think
when people are trying to match through the internet, there is so much that is missing. It's very impersonal, you can't feel the vibe of the person, see their facial expressions, etc.  Although I am still on a couple of dating sites - I think I need to broaden my options for meeting people.  So tomorrow is my first meetup singles group get together.  Something that is laid back, not to much pressure. Just to get out and have some fun. I hope I don't sound lame lol.  But hey, I am a single mom with my own business and limited time.  So if I need to go to a meetup event for singles, to start meeting new people, that's what I am going to do.  

I look forward to writing more about my dating adventures (as well as beauty and hair topics).  And I would love to hear from all of you natural beauties about your dating experiences.  Whether you are single, in a new relationship, in a long term relationship or married - if you have a stories to share, email me at Naturalgirlsunited@gmail.com.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Update!!! Giveaway Winners of the Bad Hair Does Not Exist book.

Update!! Thank you to everyone that entered the Bad Hair Does Not Exist book giveaway.  The winners of this giveaway are:
  1. Afropean Queen
  2. Danielle Munro Blackshear
  3. Simone J
  4. GL Tomas
Please contact me at naturalgirlsunited@gmail.com to claim your prize.  Congratulations!!!

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Sulma Arzu-Brown, author of the children's book Bad Hair Does Not Exist!, is giving away copies of her book to 4 lucky Natural Beautiful Hair blog followers.

Bad Hair Does Not Exists is a tool of empowerment for all little girls who are black, afro-descendent, afro-Latinas, and Garifuna. It’s to enhance the confidence of girls who are beautiful, intelligent, savvy, witty, and have extraordinary hair. The book is intended to teach little girls how to define and describe their hair so that they don’t identify with the term “bad hair.” It gives you cool illustrations of gorgeous girls with examples of each type of hair. The book serves to educate and calls for all of us to work as equal partners to build our girls up by using proper terminology to describe their hair because it is directly linked to their essence.

"This book will help ensure confidence and self esteem in young girls of color."



To enter the giveaway, please do the following - 
  • Like Bad Hair Does Not Exist on Facebook
  • Be a follower of the Naturally Beautiful Hair Blog
  • Leave a comment letting us know why you would like this book
The giveaway ends in two weeks on April 27th, 2015, where Sulma will choose the 4 lucky winners.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Naptural's Traveling With Natural Hair Video



"This video was inspired by all the traveling I did last month! There were a lot of events, so I had to be prepared for any natural hair disasters I might come across! I've made some mistakes along the way, but I learned some great tips on how to organize my luggage and what to pack for my natural hair, as well as how to wear my hair to the airport! I hope this helps you pack for your next vacation or big event!" -  Naptural85

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"My Hair" by Desiray


I absolutely love this poem written by Desiray, who is 9 years old.  It is wonderful to read how much she loves her hair and how she describes the beauty of her hair.  Thank you Byina for letting me share your daughters wonderful poetry.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blog link of the Day - Why Some Men Despise Natural Hair

Check out this interesting blog post on Confessions of a Blog Vixen.

A Conversation Between Brothers: Why Some Black Men Despise Natural Hair
by West Parsons
March 8, 2015


by Ebrahim Aseem

“I love my thick nappy curls,” Eden confessed. “But I noticed when my hair is all laid & straight, I get approached way more by guys. Otherwise, black men treat me like my natural hair makes me instantly ugly. That’s kinda why I approached you first.”

She removed her headband & ran her fingers through her huge, natural curls, as her brown skin glistened in the daylight. I marveled at her beauty before replying.

“Some males who are hesitant to approach women with natural hair are intimidated by the confidence you’re displaying by wearing your natural hair & he cowers at the possibility of you rejecting him,” I explained.

“This is the same reason the corporate world does not fully embrace or always endorse women who wear their natural hair. You are seen as a threat. Too militant. Rebellious. Non-submissive.

An overly-macho, mentally fragile male can NOT handle a free thinking, conscious woman with her own mind. She does not even arouse him sexually. He needs a submissive woman.

A woman’s beautiful natural hair is a repellant for....  {See full article here.}

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Shemekascurls’s Natural Hair Journey


To start with, in my elementary school years my mom always kept my hair blow dried and in a high puff. The kids at school were fascinated with how thick my hair was. One time the rubber band keeping up my puff broke and my hair stayed straight up ( like frankenstein). As a child I never disliked my natural hair texture because I didn’t even know what it was myself. Ironically I saw a curly fro on tv and I thought it was a perm and asked my mom for one ( I was so confused).

Once I got to middle school it was a different story. I got my first relaxer in 6th grade. I loved my straight hair. I wore my hair up nearly everyday. My hair routine consisted of sulfate shampoos, blow drying (no product in hair), and leaving out a small bang which I flat ironed religiously. The hair in the ponytail did ok, but my bangs were horribly damaged. Furthermore, I knew nothing about healthy hair care. By 8th grade I became reluctant to get my next relaxer, but continued.

My freshman year of Highschool is when I really began caring about my hair. Natural Hair Youtubers became my TV. I watched tutorials endlessly and I was finally becoming confident about my hair. After taking swimming in P.E  I decided I was done with relaxers, and I went on a no heat challenge and protective style challenge for a year. My hair flourished and I retained a TON of length! On top of that I cut off my relaxed ends over the summer and had 8 inches of beautiful 4a hair. I was in LOVE!! I rocked twist outs, curly puffs, flat twist outs, banto knot outs, and flexi rods (all no heat).

Sophomore year I was on top of the world and ready to rock my curly fro. Then the... (click read more to see the rest of Shemeka's story)

Meet Nicole...

Name: Nicole W.
Q: What is your hair story?  What kind of hair styles have you rocked, before embracing your natural hair?
A:  My mother is a cosmetologist so my hair was always fried, dyed and laid to the side!  I had a Jerri Curl from 5th through 7th grade and then in the 8th grade I got my first relaxer.  I wore a relaxer from the age of 14 until 35 :o).  I had a perm for almost 21 years and I really enjoyed having straight hair.  While my hair was relaxed I would often wear my hair short or in a cute bob cut!

Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: I began to research natural hair in 2010 and I decided to go natural because I wanted to see what my natural hair looked like.  So in July 2011 I did the big chop and never looked back!

Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture?
A:  I really can’t say I had any fears I was just wondering how I was going to take care of my hair and what would I look like.

Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: I can’t live without my Design Essentials Curl Cleanser Sulfate free shampoo, my Design Essentials Stimulations conditioner and my Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting butter.

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: If you are thinking of going natural do so because this is what you want not because your friends etc. are pressuring you to go natural.  Going natural is a personal choice don’t mind what people will say just know you made a choice to have healthier hair.  Take the opportunity to educate them if they question why you went natural.

Q: How can we keep up with you and your journey i.e. blog, twitter, facebook, fotki, tumblr, personal or professional website? (Optional)
A: You can keep up with me at http://www.naturalnicole.com/ my website and on twitter @naturlnicole
 
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Natural Girls United celebrates Black History Month

Natural Girls United is happy to celebrate Black History Month. To learn more about the history of Black History Month, go to History - Black History Month and Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month. One of the goals of the dolls of Natural Girls United is to celebrate our beauty, our individuality, our beautiful tones and our beautiful textures. Love yourself for who you are. Natural Girls United http://www.naturalgirlsunited.com/