Monday, May 30, 2011

Oprah Winfrey Over The Years

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

We Love Her Style: Inna Moja

Born in Mali, she lived in Nigeria, Togo and the USA with her diplomat parents before making Paris her home when she was 18.
Profession and passion make up the original that this singer from Mali is known for -- she's also a songwriter and fashion blogger and her music is beloved for its mix of folk and sweet sounds, and her blog, Rock'n Love, addresses fashion, beauty and music.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Do not use lace wig adhesives

Thanks to celebrities the lace wig industry has seen an unbelievable boom. This lace wig craze is being infiltrated with internet sellers, everyday salons, beauty supply’s and even unlicensed individuals selling and applying lace wigs. The good thing about this is, it drives prices way down for the consumer. The bad thing is now you have many providers applying or teaching others how to apply lace wigs with the education they received by watching a YouTube video, knowledge gained from a yahoo question or some hair forum-blog site.

Lace wig adhesives were not designed for individuals with hair. They were designed for those unfortunate individuals who suffer from hair loss such as alopecia sufferers, lupus, burn victims’  e.t.c.  These adhesives are very strong and are made to withstand perspiration and moisture of any kind.  Applying these adhesives to healthy hair will cause the hair follicle to be covered for extended periods of time. Your hair follicle is a living organism it will eventually circum to the lack of oxygen and die.

Now many providers will tell you that the hair loss is due to improper application or removal. This is partly true, but the hair you lose due to application and removal will grow back. The hair lost due to the death of your hair follicle will never grow again.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

African American Women Less Physically Attractive?

Psychology Today  was under pressure yesterday after it published a bog post by Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa titled "Why are African American Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?"

In response to the hit they received in a short amount of time, they tried to softened the headline by changing it to "Why are African American Women Rated Less Attractive Than Other Women, But Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?" which in result failed because by Monday afternoon, the publication had entirely removed the post from its website.

I managed to find the article online [read more here. . .]

SPEAK UP! Email Psychology Today or get your point across with 140 characters tweet and be heard!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

RECAP: Week of May 9

● ● Although Alicia Key's did a great job of reminding us and the fellas about A Woman's Worth.  Always maintain your confidence [read more. . .]

● ●  Former professional boxer, daugther of retired three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, Laila Ali launches a hair and skin line [read more. . .]

● ●  Looking for a new stylist.  Here are helpful tips to make your search easier [read more. . .]

● ●  Learn how to do a fish tail braid, it is simplier than it looks! [watch the video here. . .]

● ●  Spice up your natural twists! Great style idea [read more. . .]

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Your Baby's Hair

I have a new addition in my family - 2 bundles of joy as a matter of fact, a niece and nephew just 2 weeks apart.  While holding my niece over the weekend, I was intrigued at the fact that she had a lot of hair and wondered what her texture would be like 2, 3, or 4 years later.  I found this article online and thought you might be interested.

With so much attention paid to hair's appearance and growth, it's sometimes difficult to remember that hair serves a function. Hair protects the head from injury and insulates the body, explains Jena Renee Williams, author of "Kinki Kreations: A Parent's Guide to Natural Black Hair Care for Kids." Your baby's hair is very delicate, so handling it with extreme care and tenderness will help it to do its job--and grow.

Some babies are born with lots of hair while others may have very little hair. During infancy, the follicles are still developing and hair grows in gradually. African-American babies with hair may also have bald or thin patches of hair at the back of the head or around the sides; this is normal.

While it's a common perception that African-American hair grows slowly, this is a generalization. Genetics is the main factor in determining how quickly your baby's hair will grow. Some babies' hair will grow in very quickly, while others won't. The top of the hair grows fastest, but eventually all the hair will grow in, so be patient.

Between birth and 4 years old, your baby's hair texture can change considerably, states Deborah R. Lilly, author of "Wavy, Curly, Kinky: The African-American Child's Hair Care Guide." Initially, her hair is silky, straight or curly and very soft, but it can become coarser. African-American children's final hair texture can be tightly curled or kinky, loosely curly, ringlets or wavy. Natural hair texture is determined by genetics.

How you groom your baby's hair can affect its growth. There's no need to wash your baby's hair every day---every five to seven days is fine. Use just a small amount of a baby shampoo formulated for African-American children and use your fingertips---not your nails---to gently massage the shampoo into your baby's scalp. For simplicity, wash hair during bath time. Rinse out the shampoo completely with lukewarm water and avoid letting soap get in the eyes.

A common scalp condition in babies, cradle cap causes crusty white, yellow or red patches on the scalp. It's a form of seborrheic dermatitis that isn't likely to cause your baby discomfort or itching, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, don't be tempted to pick the scalp or scratch it to remove the flakes, as this can damage your baby's scalp and hair follicles. Williams recommends applying olive or baby oil to loosen the flakes before you shampoo.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

We Love Her Style - Kinky Extensions

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Princess Keisha Omilana

Keisha Omilana, a fashion designer and model who is known as the ‘Pantene Girl,’ she is the first African American woman to be featured in three consecutive commercials. Originally from Inglewood, California, she earned her fashion degree in Chicago and soon began a successful career as a fashion model.

Keisha is married to Nigerian born Prince Kunle Omilana, who is the CEO and founder of Wonderful TV which has become a powerful voice in the Christian TV industry reaching over 100 million homes.

Keisha has worked with major brands such as L’Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon and Cover Girl. In addition to her modeling career, Keisha is a mother and businesswoman. She along with her husband own Wonderful Brand, a multifaceted business encompassing fashion, television and the Internet.

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Tips for Finding a New Hair Stylist

Do you get a bit frustrated when you are looking for a new hair stylist?  

If you are very particular like I am, it could take a few weeks.  I have been there, oh yes! Getting my hair done has been a journey in itself.  Trying different hairdressers, traveling distances searching for "the one" that could nail that cut or sew in a full head, flat! Having a 5pm appointment and not leaving the hair salon til 12am, I could write a book on my experiences.

In case you're trying to find a new stylist, fear not!  Here are tips that will help you during your search.

TALK! - Ask and look around. If you see a person with a style or a cut that you like ask them who does their hair. Most people will be extremely flattered and give you the info on their stylists.

EXPERIENCE – This doesn’t mean that you want to look for the stylist who has been doing hair the longest. Sometimes a stylist who has been doing hair for a long time may not have kept up with the latest techniques and cutting edge technology. But on the flip side that stylist may have really honed their craft. What you want to look for is somebody you feel not only has lots of experience with hair like yours, but also is abreast of what is going on in the hair care industry.

EXPERTISE – You may not want to rely on one stylist for all the services you need. Rarely ever will you find a stylist that is great at everything. Finding a stylist that specializes in one service you need and another for the other services is also a good idea.  When you find them, stick to them.  Don't have too many hands in your head. For instance, find a great stylist for relaxed hair and then find another stylist who braids extensions well. It may not be the most convenient way, but we are talking about beauty not convenience here ladies.

TIME - I have experienced waiting over an hour before my turn in the chair or being at salon for 5-8 hours because the stylist is running way behind on her appointments.  I don't like my time being wasted.  I understand uncontrollable situation happen but if it is something that happens all the time, there is a problem.  To avoid spending my entire day at the salon, I book my appointment first thing in the morning.  I have had an appointment as early as 5am.

TRAIL RUN – When you decide that you have found a stylist that meets your criteria and is in your price range then its time to give them a trial run. Have them do a simple service like a wash and style or have them add a few tracks in at the back of your head. During this trial run, make observations on their technique and professionalism.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS - Even if they do a great job on your hair if you don’t feel like you would be comfortable letting them do your hair find someone else. Don't feel pressured to going back, it would be a waste of your time and money.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Laila Ali Launches New Hair and Skin Care Lines

Knockout Laila Ali, daugther of Muhammad Ali continues to show the range of her talents. The new mom is known for the boxing skills she inherited from her famous dad, but outside of the ring she's in touch with her feminine side and recently launched a haircare and skincare line.
Her skincare line Laila Ali Derm Essentials and hair care line Laila Ali Professionals are made of 100 percent organic materials and specifically created for women of color. The hair products are all professional grade quality and sulfate-free so that your hair won't be stripped of moisture. Both lines are budget friendly, priced from $13 to $18, and all of the products are currently available online now, but are scheduled to hit drugstores this fall.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

RECAP: Week of April 25

Rather late recap *_^ (blush)
● ● George Johnson started Johnson Products Company, the world's best-known black hair care products with a $500 loan from the bank 

● ● Who says you can't have fun with natural hair! Peep this natural up do (read more. . .)

● ● Getting frustrated with your relaxed hair? Tips on how to care for your relaxed hair (read more. . .)

● ● With everything else change begins on the inside and this includes your hair! (read more. . .)

● ● Read what Yves Saint Laurent, one of the greatest names in the fashion industry says about working with women of color (read more. . .)

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Worth Sharing

The woman came from a man's rib, 
not from his feet to be walked on.  
Not from his head to be superior 
but from the side to be equal.  
Under the arm to be protected and 
next to the heart to be loved

Happy Wednesday!

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