New Business …. Who This?

Hey lovelies!!!!!

I know it’s been a while, like a whole year. I’ve been experiencing life after Howard and the whole adulting world. However, I plan to be back in full effect. New hair, new outfits and new topics.

Now that I’m 24. I want to start something that has always been on my heart. I’ve always been obsessed with hair and everything that comes with it. I want to own my own thing and make something magical out of it. I want to be classic like Fenty Beauty and leave a legacy for my kids like Jay and Bey. So here it is or the start of it anyway…..

Heir Extensions. Virgin Brazilian and Malaysian bundles and wigs for sell. I’d like to add more pieces so tell me what you guys think. Buy and try some pieces if the spirit moves you. Let me know things you’d like to see and send in some reviews so I know how to perfect the brand.

Thanks for listening! I hope you share and click and buy and all that good stuff. I’ll be back in a few days with an update from my closet. 💋

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#UnfairAndLovely 

Unless you’re hiding under a rock, you’ve seen the recent hashtag #unfairandlovely. The hashtag and campaign were launched by three “unfair” students, of the University of Texas.  An extremely creative, Pax Jones photographed a series highlighting two of her fellow classmates, Mirusha and Yanusha Yogarajah. I don’t have to say it, the images speak for themselves.  These two ladies are more than stunning! The motive behind the campaign is to put an end to the whole dark is inferior stereotype and skin bleaching.  So many women not only African American but also South Asian, Indian and African women have to deal with society and media projecting the “light is right” image.

  

Being African American, my family has a multitude of shades.  However, my older sister and two out of three of her children have a lighter complexion.  My oldest niece and her oldest daughter, has a darker complexion than her sisters and mother.  Her twin, as I stated, is lighter but she’s also a lot more outgoing and loves to be the center of attention.  Her love of popularity, and the constant amount of people around her waiting to praise her with attention can be misconstrued to seem like she’s the prettier twin.  I’m not bragging but my nieces are the definition of beautiful.  Just because one has more likes on a photo than the other doesn’t take away any beauty from the other.  I’m dedicating this post to my niece because she, like me doesn’t like popularity or excessive attention.  I’m dedicating this post to her because even though she hears it at home one more time doesn’t hurt.  I’m dedicating this post to her because it’s completely ok to be what’s different in your environment.  I’m dedicating this to her because she’s truly beautiful.

This hashtag really hit home for me as I think it did for many people.  In a world, where selfies rule the day and self love is key, there are still so many that feel inadequate.  I completely support #unfairandlovely and everything it stands for.  I hope that this campaign touches the lives of many and shares the importance for beauty for the unfair with millions of little girls that struggle with it every day.

 

…MIA 

MIA? Missing In Action? Nope, not at all. MIA= My Inante Afro. 

In recent years, there has been a spike in natural hair and everything that goes with it.  We’ve seen celebs drop the weaves and the wigs and embrace that natural stuff that grows out of their heads. People like Solange, Viola Davis and even the YouTube vlogger Alyssa Forever have made the ‘fro’ popping again. 

  
People spend hours on YouTube and online searching for natural hair inspirations. All us naturalistas want that big fro that resembles a mountain of curls flowing with the wind. The fro has become a trend but that’s not all it’s become. The fro has become a positive image for African American women. 

  
We look at the fro and see a strong, beautiful women. Whereas before, the fro could be seen as unkept or untidy an example of women with no guidance. Well not today. The fro holds the highest awards and esteem. Just think. Viola Davis won an Oscar. Beyoncé and the Super Bowl (need I say more). What’s scarier than a group of #flawless fro’s standing for a cause. Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson often flaunt their #blackgirlmagic.

  
 The point is natural hair has become more than hair it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that says I’m on top and I own my life, my struggles and most importantly my success! 

Porosity, BKT & Other Strange Things 

For all those curly girls, who think their hair is just dry, I have news for you. There’s a word for it. For all those curly girls, who hopelessly describe their curls as tight and curly, real tight and coily, etc. Guess what?  Your curls have names. No lie! It’s a thing. I promise.

 

Porosity. Seems like a big word. Kinda. It’s big in terms of its importance. The porosity level of your hair is something that you should always know and check for.

  1. A strand of CLEAN hair
  2. Drop strand in glass of water
  3. Levels:High= Drops to BOTTOM                                                                                                                  Normal= Sinks to MIDDLE                                                                                                                   Low= Floats at TOP 

Porosity has three levels: high, normal and low. A high porosity means that your hair happily absorbs water and oils. Normal porosity means that your hair absorbs the water and oil it needs and low porosity means that your hair rarely absorbs water and oils. For African Americans, low porosity is usually the card we draw. I complain a lot about how I constantly have to keep adding products to my hair when wearing it natural. Knowing your porosity level saves you a lot of trouble. When you know your level you know the products and ingredients to look out for and you can start a plan on maintaining happy hair.


Curl pattern. Ladies there are three curl types 2, 3 and 4, and there are three sub types for each type A,B and C. Let me explain. Type 2 hair ranges from loose waves to loose curls the types include: 2A, 2B, 2A.  Type 3 hair ranges from curly to tight curls and include: 3A, 3B, 3C. Type 4 hair ranges from tight curls to extremely coily. Most people have a mixed curl pattern. For example, I have a mixture of 3C and 4A hair. Learning your curl pattern can teach you a lot about your hair. Type 4 hair usually has a lot of shrinkage. Knowing this saves you the trouble of thinking your hair isn’t growing. You know that your hair type is prone to shrinkage.

BKT. Brazilian Keratin Treatment. A BKT is a helpful term to know. These type of treatments are great for restoring hair. They’re like those expensive shoes you bring out ever so often to quietly stunt on a couple people. BKT’s revive the hair and ensure that the right ingredients like keratin get into the hair follicles.

These are just a few or the many terms of the natural hair world. Exploring these terms and there meanings will be beneficial to you and your natural hair journey.

I Grow, I Slay 

  
#BlackGirlMagic is powerful, but we don’t always see it working. 

The most annoying thing after a big chop is waiting on the results of your drastic decision. It seems like your hair never grows, even an inch. Spending time looking at pictures of gorgeous girls with gorgeous curls doesn’t make the process any better. 

But believe it or not, hair does grow and much faster than you think. I cut my hair in September and I kept it cut at that length until November. It’s now February, and the length is visible within a couple short months.  My hair went from a pixie to a short bob! 

This is just a little piece of encouragement ladies. Patience and faith are two key items. Drinking your water and eating right weigh in as well. Remember, your hair needs water just like a plant. Lastly, and most importantly for me. protective styling plays an important role. Keeping your hair in a style where it can be left alone for at least a few days is the best thing for your hair. When you’re constantly messing with it, it can leave room for split ends, heat damage and other undesirable things. 

Keep the faith. Your melanin pops and you have the black girl magic.