Bobbi Boss

For the past three weeks, I’ve been wearing a long, blunt cut bob using Bobbi Boss hair.  Bobbi Boss is a premiere brand that I came across in the beauty supply store.  I know “premiere” and “beauty supply don’t exactly go together.  With a field, in marketing, I’m well aware that price and place often effect the perception of the product and the value it has in our minds.


Anyway, I took a trip to the beauty supply store because I just wanted some cheap hair for the style I wanted to try.  As I said before, it’s long, blunt cut bob.  I figured that since I wanted to cut the hair for the bob I didn’t want to shell out a lot of money, and I only wanted  like 12 or 14 inches, keep it simple. Now when I say cheap hair I don’t mean synthetic, nor do I mean shed my life away.  So off jump, at the beauty supply store options are limited.  I browsed and saw the Bobbi Boss Blaze brand.  Just for clarification, Bobbi Boss has several brands and several different types of hair.  The Blaze brand is one of the cheaper brands and is characterized as Human Hair (Yaky) not Remy, which is known for being more premiere and of a higher quality and grade.  I purchased two packs of the Blaze 12 and 14 inches for like $36 each.  Each pack has two bundles.


I went and had the hair installed by Tea (go check her out).Since the hair was being cut and it was cheap I expected to see a lot of shedding in the days after my install.  Nope! There has been like no shedding at all in three weeks! Except for the natural shedding when you brush, that your natural hair experiences.  Because I’m used to always getting Indian, Remy hair because it matches best with my real hair I wasn’t sure if the texture of the Blaze was going to blend well.  Well it does.  The Blaze brand did an extremely good job at looking just like my real hair, it blends wonderfully.  I was also skeptical that because it was so cheap that after a few days wear and tear it would start to tangle up.  Not the case.  I only experienced some tangle when I curled the hair and constantly put holding spray on it because I was redoing the curls. But there’s a quick remedy for that.  A nice shampoo, conditioning and blow out and the hair is back to its normal glossy state with no tangles and no shedding as promised by the companies tag line.


The Blaze brand is the only brand I’ve tried under Bobbi Boss but I intend to try more.  This brand surpassed my expectations and is a great way to look good without breaking the bank.  But my sister and I always say that its not how much you pay for your hair but how you take care of it.  I always try to treat any extensions like my own hair.  That means wrapping, washing, etc.  And let’s not forgot that a bomb stylist can make anything look good.

 

 

The Natural Hair Bar: An Entrepreneurial Experience

Good Afternoon Lovelies,

Today I have a favor to ask of you.  I want to know if a professional service dedicated to all things natural (products, styling, education) would be worth an investment.

Here’s the concept:

The idea behind this concept stems from the rising natural hair movement in the African American community.  The Natural Hair Bar will educate and preform the maintenance, health and growth of natural hair.  The products and services available will include: protective styling (braiding/weaves/wigs/etc.), protective styling tools (diffuser, etc.), imported hair, natural hair products (Jireh/Miss Jessies/Coconut Oil/etc.), Barbie dolls, flatirons, flexi-rods and stretching plates.  Partnerships with natural hair brands will be important as well as securing 100% remy, human hair imports.  There will also be certified natural hair stylist and education persons to ensure the highest quality for clients.  The Natural Hair Bar will be an upscale environment inclusive for women and men.

After reading this, what do you think? Would you enjoy something like this? Would you pay for it? How much?

Let me know, the good and especially THE BAD! Comment, comment, comment!

Stylist Alert!

Over the summer, I did a little bit of experimenting.  I got my first frontal! Being that this was a momentous occasion that deserved and required nothing but the best I had to get a stylist.  Hair is very important to me.  In my opinion it makes or breaks vision on any given day.  Also, I never let other people touch my hair, except for my sister (i.e. the person responsible for my custom colors) and the lovely Ms. Tina.  With that being said, the hunt was on to find a stylist. 


I believe the secret to successful hair is the right stylist (or at least a guiding hand).  Don’t flake on me and stop reading cause I said you need a stylist. In all actuality you don’t need a stylist but sometimes an expert opinion can be helpful even for the best do-it-yourselfers.

Trust me! I speak from experience. Your stylist is the person that’ll hit you with that reality check (ex. “cut them ends”).  A stylist isn’t there to scam money out of you or to hurt you in any way. You have to think of a stylist like your annual check up at the dentist. It’s your job to take care of your teeth but the dentists job to tell you you’re on the right track. The same goes for a stylist. They lay the ground work and you keep it going for the next three months.

Anyway, back to me so thanks to the lovely StyleSeat I was  able to find my stylist with no hassle at all.  When I tell you that Tea is heaven sent, I mean it! Y’all know all the black hair salon clichés, late, talking, ninety-nine kids running around, your hair is never dry, you don’t leave till forty-eight hours later etc.  There is absolutely none of that with Tea.  You have the salon and the chair all to yourself.  But that’s just icing on the cake, I found a stylist wth knowledge and skill.  The experience was cenetered around healthy, growing hair from the products used to how she layed the braids and the frontal.  Appointments every two weeks are insisted upon espeacially with a frontal not only to ensure that your hair slays but also for the care of your real hair, mainly those edges.

The tricky part about a stylist is finding one that has your best interest at heart. When I tell you quality over quantity you better believe it. You have to become the FBI when looking for a stylist. You dig up all their hair dirt. You can’t just take pictures you need testimonials and a trial run. Don’t just stick with anybody because there cheap. Cheap isn’t always better! Don’t stick around because of loyalty either. “She’s been doing my hair for years,” well that’s why it looks awful. Maybe you need to find somebody to put some redirection in your life. Your stylist should be just the right amount of wonderful in all aspects of hair, whether it’s natural or permed, braided or in locs, sew in, wig or lace. And you know you’ve found the right person when they hit you with “we’ve got to think about your edges”.  Truth is the most important factor in a stylist.


I’ve seen dozens of women with no edges and balding hair due to lack of hair care and a terribly indecent stylist. Moral of the story, if you don’t have a stylist get you one.

Do We Have A Problem

One thing that every natural girl knows is that she’s going to face some indefinent problems. Whether it’s that never ending struggle with shrinkage or someone just not understanding the motives behind her big chop.

  

1.Why can I never have a consistent curl pattern

           Maybe it’s just me but my curl pattern has never been consistent. The back of my        hair has always had a tighter curl than the sides and the top.  It can make life really difficult when you’re trying out new YouTube tutorials.

2.I’m not baldheaded! I’m reconstructing my curls!

           Just because someone decides on a big chop it does not mean that she has no hair, nor does it mean that she can’t grow hair.  Sometimes the most refreshing and helpful thing you can do for you hair is cut it.  Besides who doesn’t like trying out the cute short looks. I mean I live for @thecutlife on IG.

3.BAA (Big Ass Afro) & Long Hair Don’t Care are Equivalent

          Tight coils don’t always mean short hair.  Shrinkage is really real and it lies.  Shrinkage is basically the devil.

  

4.4C Hair Is Not Nappy

           There’s a strong perception in the media that loose curls are everything.  Don’t get me wrong they’re beautiful on the girls that have them.  But you know how society is if there’s a positive image there has to be a negative image.  So tight curls and kinky hair have been negated and to those persons who aren’t as culturally “woke” as others 4C hair can be seen as bad. Simply NOT true!

5. When Your Ends Dry Faster Than Your Roots

My own personal problem! Roots stay lying to you.  Wash days are tragic.  You think you’re all dry and that protective style is about to be lit.  Lies!  You’re roots have a different story.  Go ahead and two strand twists those bad boys back up.  You’re not going anywhere but to sleep until those roots dry.  Hopefully! Even in the morning you can be taking a chance.

6. Why Can I Never Just Use a Full Line of Products

I have never understood why I can’t use a complete product line.  At the most, I can use the same shampoo and conditioner, but then you add the oils, the hair milk, the holding gel, and my fav the edge control.  What is life without edge control?  Like why do companies even make full lines.  I know the technical reason I’ve learned about it in school but as a natural chick I just don’t see the purpose.

 

 

 

Izzy & Liv

Umm so what’s up with Izzy and Liv? I stumbled upon this black woman’s’ paradise a while ago and I had to share. If you didn’t know well now you do. You ever wonder where people get those tees that make you want to step back into the 90’s? Those tees that give you that old school Martin & Gina, Dwayne & Whitley, Love & Basketball kind of feel. Well Izzy & Liv is the place to get em!

Izzy & Liv, a should be cultural landmark. whose motto is “confidence, culture, soul, apparel you can relate to”, hit the mark when it comes to their products.  Not only are the products relatable to the fact that you’re black, they’re reminiscent of the one and only decade that changed the game-the 90’s of course! I mean not to brag or anything, but no other decade gave “relationship goals” like the 90’s.  You don’t believe me? Love Jones, Love & Basketball, The Best Man, The Wood, Brown Sugar, Poetic Justice, Boomerang, Soul Food, Waiting to Exhale (rock with me on this one, you know Gloria had a good man at the end), just to name a few.  But in all seriousness, Izzy & Liv is good for slaying your ethnic roots.  They even pay homage to our handsome young black men like Mr. Michael B. Jordan (talk about a Glo Up).

Nicole Brown launched this little ray of sunshine only last year.  Her inspirations were her two daughters.  The brand is the namesake of her daughters Izzy and Liv or Isabel and Olivia.  Brown reiterates what is constantly being said in the media that representation matters, specifically positive black representation.  She created her products to show her daughters all the wonderfulness that comes out of being black.  What a great way to never forget that your melanin is everything!

 

Lets be clear the ORIGINAL Ant Viv

Twinning!


In the words of Queen Bey herself


 

One time for the 90’s, T-Boz, Left Eye, Chilli

   

If this ain’t real!


#Goals (Jeans: H&M)

 

Be sure to go check out the site izzyandliv.com and follow on Instagram @izzyandliv