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The Artist Behind Ebony Beauty – Kira

29 Apr

  

I came across some beautiful artwork recently and just had to reach out to the artist.  The artist is Shakira Rivers.  She’s an amazing artist and a naturalista at that!  I have posted two of my favorite prints, but please take some time to learn about Shakira Rivers and her art.   

The Artist

Shakira Rivers is known to friends and family as Kira.  This young artist was born and raised in Gainesville,Florida.  She’s 23 years old and has been creating art all her life.  She’s a self taught artist but is always learning new things from other artists. Kira gets ideas for her work from all around. Some of her recent work has been inspired by her natural hair journey and the natural hair styles she has seen. Kira has been natural for 1 year and locked for 7 months. This is evident in much of her work; for example: “Ebony Beauty”, The “Loc’d Beauty” series, and a t-shirt design of “Afro”.  

Her Work

Kira’s work is made with soft pastels,acrylic, oil paints,charcol, and digital mediums like photoshop. Since she enjoys experimenting it enables her to create all kinds of art. She likes to paint landscapes, fictional  and real portraits, abstracts, and t-shirt designs.  She loves creating art that can help people escape from the real world and just make people feel good.  

Where to find the Beauty

With out further ado, please stop by and view her artwork at Redbubble, ImagedKind, and Zazzle.
Redbubble http://www.redbubble.com/people/kiraj
ImageKind http://Kiratheartist.imagekind.com/
Zazzle http://www.zazzle.com/aahhbunny  

She’s even on Facebook

If you’re a Facebook Fanatic like me, become a fan at: Kiraj aka Shakira Rivers
  
 
So now that you have seen some of her work, be sure to check out her great T-shirt Designs, cards, and amazing prints! 
  
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Loc Inspiration – Valerie June

7 Apr

On this beautiful Wednesday morning in New York City…I realized…I MISS MY LOC’s.  So I decided that  this week’s hair inspiration would be a loc’d beauty.  Her name is Valerie June.  She’s a self-taught guitar player and composer.  She’s from West Tennessee and is well know in the Memphis music world.  Please check out her pictures below and her website here.

Picture Sources: Google Images

How I removed / combed out my dreads!

9 Mar

Hello Readers:  Keep in mind that I no longer update this site, the new updated blog can be found at www.uneautrenaturelle.com.  Thank you!

Here’s the deal…I combed out my locs and it took a LONG A** time!  I started the take down process on January 6th and completed it on February 24th.  I managed to do this with the help of my husband…and amazingly so, he decided to not divorce me.  Yeah, this may sound crazy, but it takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes to comb out ONE loc! No typos…1 hour for ONE LOC!

So how did I do this and still manage to stay married?  Well..can’t really discuss how I managed to stay married (this is a PG rated site) but I can tell you how we combed out my locs:

Let me first start by saying it takes a whole lot of PATIENCE! PATIENCE! PATIENCE! The take down process is really long and tedious. 

  1. Wash hair with a detangling / moisturizing shampoo
  2. Soak locs with a mixture of olive oil and conditioner (preferably a cheap condition, you will use ALOT)
  3. Begin picking out the loc – LITERALLY
  4. Have a spray bottle of water and cheap conditioner available, each time the loc gets difficult or dry, SPRAY, SPRAY, SPRAY!
  5. Day one complete, now repeat steps 1 to 4 tomorrow…

That’s IT!  OK – Not really.  Have you heard the saying “patience is a virtue”? – If you have combed out your locs then you and you alone are virtuous. 

Just as an FYI –

My locs were about 2 feet long, and I had about 120 locs

I used some dental tool, a rat tail comb, and a fine tooth comb to pick/comb out my locs

I shed one plastic shopping bag of hair – that’s not bad when you think about it – I haven’t combed my hair in almost 5 years, guess one bag isn’t that bad!

Tips / Challenges:

  1. Styling your hair while combing out locs can be tough; if you can get away with it, wrap your hair for the entire process
  2. Once you comb a loc out, be sure to condition the hair and braid it, so it doesn’t get caught in your locs
  3. Pace yourself – 1 to 4 locs per day
  4. If you decide to do this, believe in God, Jah, Buddha, something…because you will need strength!

Oh, for those of you who are interested…this was my hair after I combed out my locs.

Le début

28 Feb

Hello Readers:  Keep in mind that I no longer update this site, the new updated blog can be found at www.uneautrenaturelle.com.  Thank you!

In May 2005, while living in Boston Massachusetts, I decided to get my hair twisted.  I hadn’t permed my hair in over 5 months and I thought…”hell, why not try something new and loc your hair?”  That’s all there was to it.  No thought, no contemplation, no nothing.

I went to Muriel’s Natural Hair Care and explained that I wanted to loc my hair.  My stylist was really good.  Prior to twisting she talked to me about:

  • the texture of my hair
  • she asked about my desired results – lentgh, thickness, est
  • and she even discussed maintenance

I learned that due to the texture of my hair, the locin process would take a relatively long time (longer than I anticipated anyway).  I also learned that the size of my starter locs was important for my end result.  I wanted a medium size loc throughout my hair and I wanted a zigzag loc formation …basically I did not want perfectly parted locs in my hair.

Here’s a picture of me two weeks into the locin process…..I HATED MY NEW LOOK, but I refused to be beaten by unruly hair…..