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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Our History = Their History.

An experience worth experiencing! 


I have a deep love of history and an understanding that knowledge of the past helps us to make better decisions for the future. All of us should take the time and visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The history of black people in America isn’t solely our story. Other people’s know similar struggles just as much as other people placed us in situations where we as a people had to rise up and overcome barriers and obstacles and show that melanin is a gift for the strong. 


Through this museum you realize the strength, resilience and genius our ancestors possesed. I always make a joke about flipping negatives into postitives but that’s truly the attitude that was demonstrated here. 


I won’t give anything away because I want people to experience it for themselves and draw their own conclusions. What I will say is that you should definitely take the time to see what the museum has to offer! 

A Diamond Really Is A Girls Best Friend

If my love for old movies has taught me anything it’s that Marilyn had the right idea when she told us “diamonds are a girls best friend” in her 1953 hit Gentlemen Prefer Blondesit’s on Netflix go check it out.  It’s no secret that for some mysterious reason women, more specifically black women, have this weird obsessiveness with Marilyn Monroe.  I don’t know if it was her ability to con millions of people into believing she was just some dumb blonde, that fact that she was out here doing JFK or her apparent sense of style but whatever the reason her life and art are ingrained upon our society.  Excessive, Elaborate, Luxurious and Timeless are traits she inevitably portrayed and standards at which we try so very hard to maintain today.

It is the love for the finer things in life that have made quality a high commodity.  We want the best of the best in clothes, jewelry and of course hair.  Hair extensions and hair extension services are a extremely lucrative business.  Everything about the new generation is prototype beauty so to speak.  We all want to wear Chanel on a Andy, from The Devil Wears Prada, budget – before she got the makeover.  In a world full of beauty tips and tricks we want real insight on companies that can actually fit our high standard.

Diamond Dynasty Hair Co. deals with selling of weave.  You name it they got it bundles, frontals, closures, Indian, Malaysian, Mink, Brazilian, etc.  I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of YouTube tutorials and Love & Hip Hop celebrities, for lack of a better word, like Rasheeda Frost, who might I add slays on a daily basis, promoting this brand.  Well your girl bought into the brand and it’s held me down since November.  So I really don’t even have to say that it’s worth the buy.  I kept the same install from November 1st until a couple weeks ago on January 19th.  That is the LONGEST I have ever kept the same install.  Usually I get tired of the hair or I feel like the hair just isn’t holding up like it should be.  Now don’t get me wrong, you get what you pay for so my Bobbi  Boss hair lasted a good little while for the fact that it was $30 a pack.

I purchased the loosewave, Indian 14″, 16″ and 18″ for $195.00.  I prefer to buy Indian versus Brazilian or Malaysian because I feel it works better with my hair type. When I first got the hair it was that “natural” brown color.  I saw on several YouTube tutorials that the hair didn’t take well to dye.  My stylist dyed the hair black with ease. The dye rinses out with washes but not in a dramatic way where I have to redye it every wash.  The first dye job is still holding up even after the second install.  I’ll probably get it redyed with the next install if I have it put back in.  The curl pattern dropped slightly after being dyed but that wasn’t really an issue for me because I didn’t plan on wearing the hair in its natural state.  Diamond Dynasty products come with instructions for care.  If you purchase the hair be cognoscente of the instructions they are extremely useful for the maintenance of the hair.  As per the instructions, I washed the hair every 2-3 weeks with the OGX brand shampoo and conditioner.  This routine wasn’t hard for me to get into because I follow a similar regimen and I already use the OGX brand so I wasn’t out buying new product.


All in all I give the hair and the company a 9 out of 10.  Pretty high rating for pretty quality hair!

 

Here’s a look at my new growth after my first install!

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

#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.

 

Color Me … Uhh? 

So in 2015 and 2016 we’ve seen a lot being done with hair color. Gray, which looks so beautiful, green, pink, etc. All the colors pretty much look perfect when you’re glancing through pictures. 

  

But in reality color is still a CHEMICAL and it can be harsh on your hair without the proper care.  You have to be sure to take extra good care of your hair when you add color especially any type of color where you had to bleach your hair or add a developer (20,30 or 40 to lighten the color). Be sure to get a shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair and to continue with hair treatments-like those BKT’s we talked about. Keep your hair moisturized. Dry hair is bad enough on its  own but dry, colored hair has disaster and DAMAGE written all over it. Also, remember the golden rule don’t dye your hair again if it hasn’t been at least 2 weeks (1 if it’s a really bad color on you and you can’t wait another minute) 

  
Personally I don’t like to use box color it doesn’t really work for me. I go straight on down to Sally’s Beauty Supply and get the L’Oreal Excellence HiColor. This type of dye requires a developer and is permanent. My hair doesn’t take well to color so I’ve used a 40 developer. In this beautiful picture above is my lovely niece. She just got her hair dyed for the first time and it’s a box color. So box colors aren’t horrible and they probably work for most just not me. 

But box or permanent the same rules apply a and you have to maintain steady regimen to keep your hair healthy and intact. 

…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.

Does My Shrinkage Drag Me Down? 

Shrinkage is a topic of concern for most of the natural hair population, but that’s not the topic of today’s discussion.

Does natural hair and protective styling interfere with work and advancing in your career?  It’s sad to say that we live in a world that judges not on competency but appearance. For a woman, especially a woman of color, your appearance can make or break the bank account.  

Right now, we’re dealing with #OscarsSoWhite, #BlackLivesMatter and many other hashtags that express how racially profiled many people in America are. With that being said, it’s safe to assume that I, as an African American woman, am judged not only on appearance but also on my color. Now this isn’t true of everybody and it’s certainly not true of every company. But it is true of some. 

So that means when I walk into an interview with Howard Univeristy on my resume, a feat that speaks for itself, (#HowardStruggle) I’m not simply being interviewed for what I took from my education. I’m being interviewed on appearance meaning how well I dress, my manners, etiquette, how well I speak and my hair. Let’s just take a minute and break these things down.

  
First, what my interviewer doesn’t know is that since I stepped foot on Howard’s campus the School of Business has been instilling the importance of a black suit into my life every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:10-12:30. Second, the School of Business has instructed me on etiquette and manners as well as mock interviewers, resume critiques and CPD sessions with companies to ensure I’m qualified for anything. Lastly, my hair. With Howard being an HBCU you see pretty much everything by way of hair. There’s natural, transitioning, weaves, braids, wigs, relaxed and even bald. The Mecca truly teaches you to become intuned with your roots and yourself. Hair is a way that many females express that. So I can say that while Ms. Nash was strict on no piercings and covering tattoos, hair was never restricted. So here I am. I lived the last four years defining myself and my hair. Well now, I have to stop and think. Will this be exceptable? I mean it should be. It grows out of my head just like everyone else’s. What’s different about mine? 

The answer to that is in the question. Mine is DIFFERENT.  The tight coils that come out of my scalp infused with coconut oil are like magic! There’s no limit on what a naturalista can conjure up to display her curls. 

The moral of the story is you judge my hair because you can’t contain it. It doesn’t fit neatly in a bun. There’s a curl, or two, that’s a little out place. Like me and my opinions on your company. My hair shows growth by how it widens in its structure. This symbolizes that I as a person grow and morph into something more beautiful with every inch. You constantly seek volume to make your hair fuller. Mine is natural. My volume is never ending.