Monday, October 31, 2011

New Afro Texture Hair Typing System


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I'm sure many of you on this natural hair cyber world have heard of Wild Sunshine Bliss' afro hair typing system. I first learned of it over at Natural Sunshine.

Although it's not as descriptive as the LOIS system, I like this one too. According to it, my hair type is Medium, C2-3. What do you think ladies? Do you like this system? Are you still anti hair typing? Just try to remember whatever your stance, hair typing is what YOU make it. You can make it devisive or you make a tool for education and empowerment. Even the diabolical Andre Walker hair typing system helped me when I first went natural. You're better able to work with your hair and take good care of it when you know its properities and characteristics.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

LOA Thursdays:: Celebrate Every Day


July 2011 - I call this a "humidity fro"




As if it's your birthday! Because today is mine! :D

People have been asking me since last week, "what are you doing for your birthday?" I told them nothing out of the ordinary because I celebrate my life every day. Don't wait till your birthday to enjoy life, dance, laugh and smile. Do that every day and give thanks for your life every day.

When you expect the best, you get the best. ;D

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hair Products 101 Review and Giveaway!



Remember when I was saying that I was going to read this book and share my thoughts with you guys? Shortly after I wrote that post and before I could purchase the book, the lovely Chicoro sent me a signed copy. She also sent me 3 additional copies to giveaway to some lucky ladies. Details on entry will be at the end of the post.

So I like to keep my reviews now as short yet to the point as possible. Because at the end of the day people want to know your overall thoughts on if a product is worth buying. This book is worth buying to add to your hair care library. If you are familiar with Chicoro's first publication, Grow It!, then you know her writing style is very encouraging, understandable and practical. She didn't veer from that approach in this book either.

Ever look at the ingredients on a product and outside of water, you don't know what the heck any of those fancy scientific terms for ingredients mean? This publication will better help you understand "what all that stuff" is and how they all work to create different effects on hair. I believe Chicoro's mission with this book like her other one is to continue empowering you to take your hair care into your own hands and make better and informed decisions. Hair Products 101 gives you the run down on the structure and characteristics of our hair, the general make up of hair care products and talks in detail about what ingredients are commonly used in different types of products like shampoos, conditioners, etc. and why. This is not a book that talks about how bad, good, organic or toxic ingredients are. It's simply an explanation to what the heck is in your products and what they do. It's empowering to be privvy to this type of information b/c it makes you, as a consumer, better able to shop for products more effectively and have an idea of how they will perform for you. I also like how this book was detailed yet very understandable. You won't feel like you are reading an organic chemistry book.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Things That Can Mac: Dream Job Creative Business e-Course



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For $38, I'd love to hear what gems of knowledge are shared in the Dream Job e-Course by Red Velvet. Most of us don't want to "work for the man" forever. I'd be interested to see what worked for them and their entreprenuerial success and how I could apply it to my own. The course covers a lot important components that are a recipe for success  from branding your product/name to creating and maintaining steady growth for your business and more.

I plan to budget for this e-Course next month or the month after and will talk about it either during or once I have finished it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Coffee Table Reads: Real Talk Tips by Cherise Amber Charleswell


Real Talk Tips: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers and Suggestions: For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them

Early this summer I was sent this book, Real Talk Tips: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers and Suggestions For the Morally Challenged, Socially Inept & the People Who Love Them, by the lovely author; Ms. Cherise Amber Charleswell; to give it a read and share my thoughts on it. Life got hectic and I wasn't able to review it right away but after reading it and literally "laughing out loud" many times reading the book, I really should have shared this one with you guys sooner! Real Talk Tips provides tips, words of wisdom and common sense with a humorous tone many times. Like I said, I had many "laugh out loud" moments reading this. The tips cover various aspects of life including health, personal grooming, relationships, child rearing, finances and life.

Some of my favorite lines in the book that had me laughing so hard, I was crying as I re-typed them on this post:

"Basic tip: Do not to attempt to 'drop it low/drop it like it's hot' etc. unless you are physically capable of getting back up on your own." (page 77)

"If one's ponytail is thinner than a pencil's circumference, and the edges along one's hairline are eroding, one should promptly make the decision to opt for another hairstyle." (page 21)

One should consider picking up a few cookbooks if one's children don't view going to bed without any supper as a form of punishment." (page 16)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

LOA Thursdays: Expecting the Best





Most of us have been taught to "expect the worst" so then if the worse doesn't happen we're not as let down. In theory, that sounds like a good plan but it's really not. When you expect the worse, you don't expect the best either. So while a situation may not have turned out to be the worse, because you gave so much energy to prepping for the worse, the situatuion wasn't the best either; it was just "eh". Who genuinely wants to live in "eh" consistently for the rest of their lives? The Law of Attraction will really force you to think about what you think about. Remember, we have more control of our thoughts and feelings than we realize many times. We can't feel any way about anything without our own consent to feel it.

So if you didn't get approved for that loan, then look at/learn why you didn't and what you need to do to get approved for it; sometimes that even involves taking a different approach than you may have in the past. Put in the effort, get creative and expect the best the next time you apply for it and don't be suprised if you get it! If you want something bad enough, never get detered. You read my story on how I got here to NYC. I didn't get here expecting the worse. I got here because I kept trying and with each "let down", I let it fuel me to continue expecing the best and that's what I got! My life isn't perfect but it's very good b/c I choose to expect greatness for it.

Expect the best because that's what you deserve!

What things equate greatness for you life that you need to start expecting?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NYC Natural Hair Happenings: Honey B. Natural Event this Saturday



NYC area kurlies, my girl and soRHOr, Kris, is hosting the Honey B. Natural event this Saturday, 10/22,  from 7:30p to 10:30p in the city.  They have goodie bags, giveaways, a product swap (so bring your products that you don't like or want), a mini hair show and a panel discussion with some notable ladies in our natural hair community. It will be a great time, there is lots to learn and lots of naturally fly hair will be in the building.

Entrance fee is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.honeybnatural.com for more details.

Books That Can Mac: Got to Testify by Pearl Cleage






If you like to read vampire fiction mixed with a "love can conqeur all"/happy ending twist to it, then you may enjoy this read. In Just Wanna Testify, author Pearl Cleage takes you to small town, West End, Georgia that is the last of "safe" towns. Men tip their hats at women and hold doors, people leave their doors unlocked and children play outside without concern of getting kidnapped. The town's peaceful hum gets shaken up a bit when a group of Amazon , Black vamp models blow into town on a special mission....

You can find the book at your local library or purchase a copy by clicking the image below:



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Toni Daley Shows Us How She Rocks Her Natural "Professionally"


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Every now and again, you get that person who doesn't know/believe if natural hair is professional or not. It most certainly can be! The versatility of natural hair is bananas. It can be loud and disrespectful one day and conservative and about business the next.

If you're pressed for some conservative hairstyling ideas, check out some of Toni Daley's vids she did recently. She shares some ideas on how to rock your natural professional style. I like that they're all very simple to create and even the most hairstyling inept can create these looks.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

I Like The Damn Salon


http://www.thedamnsalon.com/

I'm diggin the creativity the ladies of The Damn Salon have. I've got their theme song stuck in my head now too and their videos are quite entertaining. Those urban twists (seen in the picture above) look haute. I wanna do them but crochet them in instead. Stay tuned for how it comes out.

East Coast ladies, they'll be in (Washington) DC October 27th to the 31st for their Taste of Damn event. Watch the video below for more details.




Both videos from The Damn Salon

Friday, October 14, 2011

Adventures in NYC: Teedra Moses at SOB's




Teedra Moses rocking it out at SOB's in NYC



Wednesday, October 12th, night me and some friends went to see Teedra Moses perform at SOB's. Teedra is one of my favorite music artists ever so I was really excited for this. I've loved her and her sound since Complex Simplicity back in '04. I made sure my camera was charged up and that my SDHC card close to empty. We were there right when the doors opened so we could secure our spots right at the stage.

She performed all the jams from Complex Simplicity all the way up to her latest mixtape that dropped this summer, Luxurious Undergrind. She looked effortlessly fierce in a tangerine colored, mini sheath; sparkly gold sandals and red lips. Teedra's an awesome performer, connected with her audience and sounds incredible live. I was right in the front and loved every minute of it. I know all the words to all Teedras songs and sang along (so much that I lost my voice!) so she sang in our direction a lot and she held my hand for a couple seconds. Teedra just rox. Her music speaks to me and real life things we as people/women go through. It's the way she expresses herself in her music too is how I express myself talking to people. I just love how she's classy and raw all at the same time. She's soooo talented.

Check out the video footage below I took of some of her performances for the night. Pictures coming soon!

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Hair:: Apply Leave Ins on Wet Hair




Twist Out done on damp hair





Hey kurlies. Hope you all chose to have a fabulous weekend. The weather was absolutely beautiful here in the Big Apple. I was truly thankful for this Indian Summer that we are experiencing. Yippee! What a week I had last week. I'm behind schedule on posts so please bear with me as I get back up to speed is week. Onto the topic at hand...

My hair continues to keep me on my toes. For a long time it liked my leave ins, after I had conditioned and washed my hair, to be applied on damp hair. It has flipped the script on me and now it responds better when I apply my leave ins on sopping wet hair.  It retains moisture and softness better this way now. My hair has spoken so I have to pay attention.


WHAT I DO:
On sopping wet hair.....

* Apply aloe vera gel onto my hair in sections first
* Apply Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk (or Shea Moisture Raw Organic Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner) to seal in moisture
* Optional: An extra step I sometimes take is to seal my ends with my shealoe pudding
* Let air dry completely and style as desired

The result I have is soft and moisturized hair. I will keep up this method until my hair tells me other wise.

What has your hair been telling you that you have no choice but to pay attention to?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

LOA Thursdays: Choosing to Have a Good Day

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I remember once in my childhood, one of my siblings said something that made me really upset. I was crying and really torn up about it. I cried to my mother and she told me, "No one [or thing] can make you feel any kind of way without your permission." I didn't understand it right away back then but I always kept that nugget of wisdom with me and as I got older I came to understand it.

This relates to today's topic because, having a good or a bad day ultimately is your choice. You can't have a good or bad day without your permission. I know you may be thinking but something bad happened the start of the day and it just threw my whole day of course or I was having a good day till this thing happened to me at the end of the day thus ruining my day overall. The short answer to that: it didn't have you to. You let it throw your day off course. The phrase, "Dont' sweat the small stuff" rings so true b/c bad things happen to everyone. It's all in how you CHOOSE TO RESPOND to them that shapes what kind of day, week, month, year and life you will have. We can't control everything that happens to us but we can control how we respond to things and if you want to feel good, then choose to feel good; dust yourself off from the bad incident and choose to reset yourself back to feeling good. Maybe it listening to your favorite song to get you back in happy space, taking a few deep breaths, a short prayer to God for some positivity, ect. Happiness doesn't just fall into lucky people's laps, it's a choice. Happy people actively pursue happiness and emit positivity so that it finds them more readily, easily and often.

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