Saturday, January 14, 2017

Natural Girls United 2017


New hairstyles, diverse dolls and more...

I am excited to be staring a New Year with you all, and sharing in on the celebration of cultural beauty.  Natural Girls United continues to work hard to bring the best selection of ethnic dolls. With both style and grace, these dolls bring something new that no store brought doll can provide.


Currently on sale is a posable Arabian doll, with long braids. It is my goal to celebrate all cultures that are not represented in local toy stores. Check out Natural Girls United to see the 100 plus dolls for sale today!



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kiana's Hair Story

India Arie said it best. Hair or not, it doesn't define who you are as a person. I decided to start my hair journey over after being three years natural. Previously my hair was shoulder length and recovering from a blonde dye job. I dyed it jet black and shaved the sides off, leaving a little patch of hair.

Tired of that style, I walked into a Hair Cuttery and told the stylist to cut everything off. Now, I have completed my second big chop and it's back to the TWA (teeny weeny afro) lifestyle. Why did I cut my hair off after being shoulder length for so long? Well, my hair was very dry and brittle. I have dyed it multiple colors since my first big chop and that put a lot of stress on my natural tresses. My curl pattern remained the same but I had a few strands of heat damage.


I tried different styles but everything seemed time consuming and let's face it... as a college student you don't have time to constantly do your hair. Studying and working were my main focus, not my hair. I finally got tired of it and told my friend to cut it. We tried to DIY a tapered cut (thanks YouTube) but failed miserably, so I had to go to a barbershop to it fixed. I liked the shaved sides look but as usual I got bored with it. The only thing left to do was cut it and well here ya go. I'm not so consumed with my hair being long anymore because I look good without it. I'm comfortable in my own skin and no one can take that away from me. Actually, short hair is the new "trend" amongst my age group. There's a weird feeling of satisfaction watching your hair go through different growth stages. As for hair products, I stick with natural oils (Coconut and Olive Oil) and Camille Rose Naturals. I recently discovered Camille Rose Naturals while on Youtube. I found similar hair bloggers with 4a hair (natural hair types) and it worked well for their hair. I tried their moisturizing butters, leave in conditioner, moisture milk, and a variety of other products and I LOVED IT . My hair was brought back to life and honestly you couldn't tell that it was dry or somewhat damaged. So during these next couple of months, I will definitely be using the Camille Rose Naturals line for my hair. I also plan on deep conditioning every Sunday and massaging my hair. Sadly, I won't be able to use my favorite clip ins from KRS Hair Group. That was my to go to style when I wanted to rock a few inches and strut my stuff. It's funny because a lot of people thought that was my hair... " OMG Kia na, your hair grew so much" or " Girl, your hair looks so good." I would laugh because I had clip ins in my hair, but I'll take a compliment any day. In my opinion, protective styles are a must when growing out your hair. I choose to wear wigs because you can switch up your hairstyle without ruining your real hair. Once my hair gets to a decent length, I'll go back to sew-ins. Protective styles for me are fun and I love the versatility that comes along with it.

I'm happy that I cut my hair off again because I feel free. It's nice to know that I don't need hair to feel beautiful or complete. Everyone in my family has cut their hair off at some point so that inspiredme to do it. My sister actually inspired me to cut all my hair off the first time. I thought it looked cute on her and I knew I could pull it off. It also came in handy because I needed products to use for my short hair and well she had them LOL! For anyone who's thinking about going natural or cutting their hair short, just do it . You'll feel better in the end and also be more confident. Hair is hair and it will grow back, with patience and time. Also, watch YouTube videos, follow hair bloggers on Instagram,or go on Pinterest for inspiration.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Link of the Day - Newlyweds Touissant and Yoofi



I love this story of newlyweds Touissant and Yoofi's wedding, that was shared on Natural Hair Bride.  She wore a unconventional wedding dress that was a perfect fit for her. And she wore her hair in a twist out. Congratulation's to the beautiful couple.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Meet Eleanor

"Hello I'm Eleanor "L" Chisolm and I would like to share my hair journey with you. It all began when I got terminated from my job. I was then taken on a life journey about myself, about who L is, the good, bad, and the ugly.
Through this journey I discovered some things about me internally that needed to change and saw how those things attached itself to me some were even self inflected. As God began to deal with me, my health came into play also.
I suffered from acne really bad, even went to the dermatologist a number of times but still no improvement. This journey had me to change my diet and go from relax hair to natural. Well due to my personality I Had to have some color for a pop because my natural hair color is really dark.

Once I made those changes and began to live from the inside out. My skin cleared up and I began getting in shape. Now I hardly wear any make up due to loving my skin now and my hair, doing what it do! I'm loving my big hair don't care with my natural curls. My healthy hair had always been my signature I've been told and since I have gone natural I can't go anywhere without being stopped. My hair I found has been the main attraction until I begin to tell my story of how I became natural and what it did for me.
I hear women shy away from their natural hair when I speak with them and I always get, "You have that good hair." I would ask the question, "What is good hair?" Then I explain that "Good hair" is the natural you, your hair you must embrace because it's all you. Beautifully and wonderfully made.
We as women, women of color must stand up and embrace our natural beauty, we must deal with our brokenness on the inside, and not allow society to define their perception of beauty for us.​

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gorgeous New Dolls

New dolls available!


More dolls have been added to Natural Girls United! Kinky hair, curly hair, braids, twist, Afros and more.

With great fashion from handmade dresses, wedding gowns, jeans and fun dresses. To see more - go to www.naturalgirlsunited.com.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Flaxseed Collection

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils has a great new hair care line called the Flaxseed Collection.  The Flaxseed recipes are formulated for healthier, more manageable, and beautiful hair. The Flaxseed  Collection is the ideal solutions for: protective styling, chronically dry hair, multi-textured hair and multi-ethic hair. "Flaxseed: Nature’s Super Supplement for Strong, Healthy Hair! Flaxseed, is one of the richest forms of Omega Fatty Acids & Vitamin E. It has been used throughout the ages to nourish hair follicles and improve the overall health of the roots, shaft, and scalp. With essential nutrients for strong, healthy, voluminous hair, Flaxseed is often ingested or cocktailed in hair products to help stop and reverse thinning, shedding, split ends and breakage, and to give hair a lustrous look and feel. Aunt Jackie’s™ is proud to introduce these amazing Flaxseed-infused therapies for 1c-4c hair textures."





The line includes -

Purify Me Co-Wash
Fix My Hair Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque
Half & Half Hydrating Silkening Hair Milk
Seal It Up Hydrating Sealing Butter
Soft All Over Muli-purpose Oil Therapy
Don't Shrink Elongating Flaxseed Gel
Curl Mane-Tenance Defining Curl Whip

My Favorite product so far is the Purify Me Co-Wash!!!  Usually when I wash my hair with other
products, I can feel my hair being stripped of its moisture and turning into a big mess of kinky hair that will need to be detangled. This is the first time that I have used a product where I can feel my curls forming while my hair is being cleaned. It was an awesome feeling and that's never happened.  The Purify Me Co-Wash will be the only product I use to wash my hair from now on. Love it! 

You can also find Miss Jackie's Curls & Coils on Facebook.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Classic Man"


Great haircut!!  Photo shared on Instagram by Thecutelife. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Caresse's inspirational story


Hi my name is Caress Wilson, I can remember  being three and not liking how I look. As a little girl I would pick myself apart I hated everything about the way I looked. There was this one time I was riding in the back seat of my dads car staring in the rare view mirror at myself and I hated what I saw I was eight years old. When I turned about 12 I started to defined how I felt about myself based on how I thought my hair made me look.  There fore, I constantly changed my hair style causing so much damage to my hair. Two years ago at the age of 24 I had started to do some soul searching and also had just had my second child. 

At this point of time I no longer knew what to do in regards to my hair I had been doing my own braids and sew-ins but with two kids I no longer had the time or money to do my own hair or pay to go to the beauty shop.  Then something told me to give dreadlocks a try. I was scared so I went to YouTube and Googled some images of women with dreadlocks as well as instructions on how to do them. So after a month or so of contemplating on rather or not to do dreadlocks I decided to do dreadlocks in my hair. I can say that the journey of my hair was one of many paths but I must say I do believe that I absolutely love my hair now and not just because it makes me beautiful.
 

 

Meet Anaya!

Name: Anaya

Q: What is your hair story?  What kind of hair styles have you rocked, before embracing your natural hair?
A: I was born with naturally curly hair. If I were asked what hair type I was I would have to say a mixture of 3c/4a hair. I have used a relaxer since I was 6 years old and fried and dyed it since. From braids to weekly wash and sets. I practically lived in a hair salon.

Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: I decided to wear my natural hair when I was 20 years old. I was just tired of my hair being unhealthy so I completely stopped using a relaxer but was still straightening my hair as I transitioned. I became obsessed with my new growth and then one day I just chopped all of the processed hair off. Best decision I’ve ever made.

Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture?
A: Of course. I knew other people would have a lot to say. Which they did and still do. Most of the time its negative but Ive been able to turn the other cheek and remain unbothered.

Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: LEAVE IN CONDITIONER! Omg. I cant not use it. Also, I love my hair masques. As far as styling, Im completely obsessed with Shea Moisture and Miss Jessies hair care lines. Their products love my hair! From the Pillow Soft Curls to the Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

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 youre thinking about embracing your natural hair then you are already half way there, just do it! It can be intimidating at times, but it is worth it for more ways than one. Its YOUR hair. If you love and take care of it it will love you back. I promise!

Q: How can we keep up with you and your journey i.e. blog, twitter, facebookfotkitumblr, personal or professional website? (Optional)
A:  You can follow my Instagram. I always have a hair update on there @anayalatr
 
 


Kris's gorgeous hair!


Thank you for sharing Kris! Lovely.  :-)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

#NaturalIsProfessional


"#NaturalIsProfessional is a photo campaign collaboration with Professionals with Natural Kinks & Curls and Happy Hair Boutique. “Natural Is Professional” aims to show that many high-demanding career women rock natural hair in their workspace.

In February 2016, a number of high school students received backlash about their natural hair being “untidy, un-groomed, unkempt and looking like it hadn’t been combed for days.” Also February marks Happy Hair's 3rd Annual 'Love Your Natural Hair' Month. It only felt natural to join the two. 15 Natural Hair Professionals and four up and coming Natural Hair Young Professionals, including a medical engineer, a dentist, a CPA, a future doctor, a business owner and more, came out to show their support for these students and to prepare them “for today’s job market.” The result is countless stereotype-breaking, positive black hair images flooding social media timelines to make people rethink what professional hair can be." - #NaturalsProfessional

 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Model Marie Frederick


Marie is a gorgeous aspiring model. She is a natural hair model of St. Lucian heritage. Her goals is to see diversify in the fashion world. "Being the change I want to see." 

To contact Marie, go to Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/mariefrederick.



Monday, February 29, 2016

Meet Veronica!

I was born with tight fine curls. As a young child, mom believed in getting my hair pressed for special occasions and rarely allowed me to wear my hair out. At the age of 13 I convinced my mom to let me get a jehri curl and after two years, hated my hair. Against her better judgement, she allowed me to convince her to relax my and it broke off terribly, leaving with damaged hair and a bruised ego.

At the age of 18 I joined the Air Force and learned to care for my hair using low end box relaxers, because I couldn’t afford nor did I want to save for regular salon visits. Overtime, my hair became thin and damage.

When I turned 40, after going through postpartum shedding twice, I decided that maybe I could get back the hair I once had as a child. In June 2004, I made the decision to never relax again. I was afraid to ‘big chop’, so I found a local stylist who cut off my relaxed ends every 6-8 weeks until all the relaxer was gone. Slowly, I saw my hair change, into the hair that I remembered as a child.

Today, I am 3 years and 11 months (flat iron free) and my hair is blossoming and healthier than it’s ever been.