Corporate Hair Challenge: How do you wear your do?

23 Apr

It is rumored that a natural woman has it harder at work because it is hard to have what is considered a suitable hairstyle. Is this true? How do you wear your hair to work? Email me your pictures (uneautrenaturelle@yahoo.com), I’ll post them on the website! Remember: let’s be a resource for all other natural ladies out there!  In the meantime, here’s how I’ve been wearing my hair..

BTW – The first picture is Claudia Gordon the first deaf African-American female attorney in the U.S.

Hair Inspiration: The Marinho Sisters

21 Apr

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!

Last night I stumbled upon this great PBS video discussing the racism in Brazilian Media.  Because of this, I feel even more obligated to choose the Marinho sisters for this week’s hair inspiration. Two beautiful Brazilian models..look at their gorgeous Afros!

This is Moara Marinho

 

Here is sister, Dara Marinho

The Natural Woman is Everywhere!

20 Apr


I did my daily ritual of checking my Facebook, Twitter, and email.  My last stop was my personal Yahoo account, and right there was a picture of a natural woman, with a great twist out to boot!  OK  – so Yahoo is writing about performance reviews in the workplace, but for all those ladies who are always concerned about being natural in corporate America, this picture says it all.  Check out what people are saying about the performance review process here. Happy Tuesday!

Question – how do you wear your hair to work?  Let me know, send me a picture, I’ll post it up on the site! uneautrenaturelle@yahoo.com

Hair Inspiration – Wakeema Hollis

14 Apr

Today’s hair inspiration is Tennessee born model

Wakeema Hollis

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For more information on Wakeema Hollis, check out these sites below.

Stlye.com

The Fashion Model Directory

New York Magazine

Product Review – Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Mask

12 Apr

 

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!

Back in February I had a wonderful opportunity  to visit the Karen’s Body Beautiful store in Brooklyn, NY.  Shortly after that, I started this blog, so this first product review is actually another Hallmark for me.  Before I begin, I think it’s important to let you know my hair type – I’m what people would categorize as type 3c/4a combination.  You will not hear this type thing again – because I really hate the typing system, but I guess it’s important when discussing the results of a hair product.  Let’s begin:

Product Information:

Karen’s Body Beautiful

Luscious Locks Hair Mask

8oz jar

$25

Where you can Purchase:

In store: Karen’s Body Beautiful

436 Myrtle Avenue

Brooklyn, NY  11205

On-line:  www.karensbodybeautiful.com

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Aloe Butter, Jojoba Oil, Agave, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Arnica, Shikakai & Amla Extracts, Vitamin E & Natural Enzymes.

Website Product Details:

The Luscious Locks Hair Mask is a wonderfully nutritious conditioning treatment that you can use as often as your hair needs it.

Conditioning doesn’t get deeper than this because everything you need for your hair is in this jar.  Detangle, soften, strengthen, grow.  Saturate your strands with this rich blend of herbs like shikakai and rosemary which are known to promote hair growth, arnica and nettle to strengthen your hair follicles and aloe for much-needed moisture.  It is called Luscious Locks for a reason.

Product Directions:

Use it after you shampoo instead of your regular conditioner. Coat your hair from root to tip and leave it in for 20 minutes.  If you can apply heat that’s a great way for the nutrients, herbs and other ingredients to penetrate your hair and scalp really well.  Gently rinse and style as usual.

My Experience

I used this product four times before writing this review.  I must admit, I fell in love with this product from the first application.  This deep conditioner does exactly what it says it will do:  detangle, soften, strengthen.  Each time I used this deep conditioner, I utilized it a little differently. The first time I left it in my hair with a plastic cap for a few hours (no heat applied).  The second time, I was in a rush, so I left it in for 20 minutes but went under the drier for those 20 minutes.  The third time, I left it in my hair for about an hour plus an additional 20 minutes under the drier.  And this very last time, I left it in my hair overnight.  I found that the product worked wonders every time regardless of how long it stayed in my hair.  I did find the deep conditioning a little more effective when I used it with heat.

What does it look like?

This hair mask is white in color, unscented (very light herb scent), and has a thick creamy consistency.  A little goes a long way, which is good since this product cost $25.

What does it really do?

This conditioner provided a lot of slip with just a little product.  Once I applied this to my freshly washed hair, I was easily able to detangle with very little hair shedding – basically excellent slip factor.  The conditioner washed out very easily, regardless of how long the product stayed in my hair.  Once the product was rinsed out, my hair was super soft and moisturized.  Another plus was that my hair was still clean; have you ever used a conditioner and no matter how many times you rinsed your hair it still felt weighed down?  Well this conditioner doesn’t do that.

Any cons?

Honestly, I felt that there were no cons with this product.  My only issue (which is a rather silly one) is the fact that the packaging / jar has no directions on how to use it.  When I went to the store, Karen explained how I should use this product, but to be honest, I forgot what she told me.  It would have been nice to have that written somewhere on the jar.

Rating?

This product is AMAZING!  $25 well spent!  My rating, three naps and a curl! So, go out and buy this product yesterday.

Disclaimer:  I am not a hairstylist or beautician.  I bought this product on my own, and these are my opinions.

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

Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics

6 Apr

Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Came across an article I wanted to share…

Skin Deep

Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS
Published: August 26, 2009
 

SILKY straight hair has long been considered by many black women to be their crowning glory. So what if getting that look meant enduring the itchy burning that’s a hallmark of many chemical straighteners. Or a pricey dependence on “creamy crack,” as relaxers are sometimes jokingly called.

Getting “good hair” often means transforming one’s tightly coiled roots; but it is also more freighted, for many African-American women and some men, than simply a choice about grooming. Straightening hair has been perceived as a way to be more acceptable to certain relatives, as well as to the white establishment.

“If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed,” the comedian Paul Mooney, sporting an Afro, says in the documentary “Good Hair,” which won a jury prize at the Sundance film festival and comes out in October. “If your hair is nappy, they’re not happy.”

The movie, made by Chris Rock, explores the lengths black women go to get long, straightened locks, from a $1,000 weave on a teacher’s salary to schoolgirls having their hair chemically relaxed.

In the face of cultural pressure, the thinking goes, conformists relax their hair, and rebels have the courage not to. In some corners, relaxing one’s hair is even seen as wishing to be white.

“For black women, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” said Ingrid Banks, an associate professor of black studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “If you’ve got straight hair, you’re pegged as selling out. If you don’t straighten your hair,” she said, “you’re seen as not practicing appropriate grooming practices.”

Anyone who thought such preconceptions were outdated would have been reminded otherwise by some negative reactions to the president’s 11-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, who wore her hair in twists while in Rome this summer. Commenters on the conservative blog Free Republic attacked her as unfit to represent America for stepping out unstraightened.

Please take a moment to finish reading this New York Times article here:  Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics

By the way…look at Malia Obama sporting a great natural look!

A Possible Product Junkie in the Making

5 Apr

This natural hair thing has become quite a process.  I went from simply palm rolling my hair every two weeks with water and a little olive oil to co-washing, conditioning, and moisturizing every other day.  Hey – did I say styling ????  Sorry, I digress; but, to add insult to injury, there are SO MANY natural hair products available.   So my goal is to find those particular hair products that work for my hair.  In order to do this I will need to try several products until I find the “ONE”.  What does this mean for you, the reader?  It means I will provide a detailed product review of everything that I try – until I decide what works best for my hair.  Hopefully this  process will cure the potential product junkie in me as well as provide readers with some great information.

Here is a list of products I have tried with product reviews to come:

Here is  a list of products I have purchased – product review coming after I have tried the product at least three times.

  • Darcy’s Botanical NEW Herbal Tea Leave-in Conditioning Spritz
  • Darcy’s Botanical Coconut Cupuacu Butter Natural Hair Pomade
  • Darcy’s Botanical Organic Coconut Butter Styling Pomade
  • Yes to Carrots Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Mud Mask
  • Yes to Cucumbers Leave-In Conditioner

Here is my wish list of products:

The Badu Controversy

31 Mar

They who play it safe are quick to assassinate what they do not understand. They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another. They feel most comfortable in groups. Less guilt to swallow. They are us. This is what we have become. Afraid to respect an individual. A single person or event or circumstance can move one to change, to love ourself, to evolve.

These are the last lines in Erykah Badu’s new hit song “Window Seat”.  These line represents the importance of maintaining one’s individuality and what it is we sacrifice for our own individuality.  I guess that’s why Erykah Badu chose to film this video at the Kennedy Assassination Site.  So now, not only has she expressed her individuality through this video, she has also caused a great controversy around her latest video – why?  Because she took her clothes off in front of people who had no clue….yes she took all her clothes off through the streets of Dallas.  But whats the real issue – she does this without a permit in front of children.  Before I go on, let me state – I LOVE ERYKAH!, but if she took her clothes off in front of my kids, I don’t think I would be cool with that.

In-spite of all this controversy, her album is making it big.  She is all over the internet; as a matter of fact, the top rated google search.  But due to the nudity and copy right infringements, this video has become a “hard find” on the internet. It’s even been removed on YouTube!  But what would this post be, if I couldn’t find the video somewhere on the net and share it, so sit back and enjoy…

Erykah Badu – Window Seat (Official Video) She Gets Butt Naked In The Video!

Update: you can also see her newest video directly on her website: http://www.erykahbadu.com/

Great Giveaway – Princess and the Frog

25 Mar

By now many of you have seen the Disney movie –  “The Princess and the Frog” – right?  If not please go out there and watch it with your daughter, niece, mom, or grandmother.  Also please support this new princess by purchasing the movie.  Let’s be real, how often do our little one’s see someone who looks just like them on the front cover of a Disney CD or DVD movie!  But, if you still don’t want to go out there and buy the movie – there is a great giveaway offer by none other than Disney Family Fun Magazine.  Please find the details below:

Twenty Reasons to Be Hoppy!

Now you can bring Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, swingin’ alligator Louis, and lovelorn firefly Ray to your bayou.  The Princess and the Frog Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is in stores March 16, and we have 20 copies to give away.  For a chance to win, send an e-mail by April 30, 2010, with your name, address, birth date (entrants must be age 13 or older), and phone number to contest.familyfun@disney.com, with “The Princess and the Frog” in the subject line.  One entry per household, please.

If you are questioning the parent/child experience of this movie, check out this post:    The Princess and the Frog: No Complaints Here

If you have no idea what The Princess and the Frog is about, click this link to the official trailer.