Street Style Hair: Celebration of Beauty

At the Black Beauty Expo in Chicago, women of all shades, shapes and sizes gathered to celebrate the uniqueness of our beauty. Be inspired by these tress trendsetters who embody a wide range of style, class and confidence.

By Nicole Marie Melton via Essence.com

Chicago Naturals: Tracy Thornton McDonald attends the Black Beauty Summit presented by Curls Unleashed and Rachel O. Beauty in Chicago, IL.



Katanya Henry attends the Black Beauty Summit presented by Curls Unleashed and Rachel O. Beauty in Chicago, IL.
 
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How do you celebrate beauty and confidence?
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One Of My Healthy Hair Idols Just Went Natural (video)

Meet Fgrogan everybody. I have been following her on youtube since 2010. It was a shocker when I she decided to go natural. I did not expect her to big chop so soon, but she did it.

Do you think she should have transitioned for a longer period of time before the big chop?


By Fgrogan

I was doing my regular wash and decided at that moment that I wanted to big chop!! I love it so much! Can’t keep my hands out of my hair!! On a new journey to grow this out long and strong!!!!ENJOY!

Spring Is In The Air: Introducing the Island Trend From The Issa London Island-Print Spring Collection & Ninewest.com

 Take a trip to the Islands without living your city. The Island-print trend is everywhere. The bright patterns and colors are so catchy. This dress probably costs $500.00 at NeimanMarcus.com. Whatever the cost, or the replica, keep it simple when wearing this dress. Don’t go all tropical on me. Chose one tropical piece and keep the rest very, very simple.
Shoes:   Peep toe pump on 5″ wedge heel with 1 1/4″ platform

.Only $99 at ninewest.com. Available in all sizes except 9-1/2 wide. I am so upset:-)

Tell Us: What is the spring trend you cannot wait to try?

I Cut Off My Hair For My Daughter’s Sake

 
 

     Going natural has always been a dream of mine, but I had plenty of reasons not to do it. I told myself, that cutting off my relaxer will make my extremely thin hair look even thinner. It would not be acceptable in my majority white work environment. I was concerned my husband wouldn’t find it attractive.  So I continued to wear my relaxer, short hair cuts, braids, ponytails, and any other style that was considered acceptable, especially for my work environment. However, I still had the desire to do it…someday.

     That someday came about three years ago when I learned we were having our first child and it would be a girl. I knew instantly that I wanted her to embrace her natural hair. There would be no chemicals going near her head as long as I could help it. After having our daughter, my husband & I decided I would be a stay-at-home mom. He was new to the Army and would be away for quite some time during his training. While he was in training, I played around with twist-out styles to see what I would look like with a natural look. I loved it! But is this what my hair would be like without a relaxer?

Read the full article here>>>>>>Essence.com

In My opinion:
      Whatever you do in life you have to do it for a reason greater than yourself, or greater than what people might think. I believe that the birth of her daughter was what gave her the strength to do it. I knew that my husband would not like my natural hair, but I did it anyway because my reason for doing it was greater than the reasons he gave me to not do it. I went natural because I vowed to never relax my hair again, not because I missed my natural texture, or because it is a “trend” now. We all want to be our daughters’ role models. Seeing us with natural hair while growing up will show them that’s what’s normal, and it is beautiful. At least until they turn 13, anyway! That’s when they will want to try different things, including styling their own hair. You will never accomplish anything in life if you keep worrying about other people’s opinions.

The Natural Hair Debate Is Moot: My Coils Are None Of Your Business

Posted March 18, 2013 by Rachel Hislop for Global Grind Staff

We have been conditioned, permed and straight-laced to believe that anything that strays off the path of the beauty embodied by our historical oppressors is not only wrong, but also unkempt, dirty and in need of change. We’ve even coined phrases like the one made famous by Paul Mooney in “Good Hair” that state, “when your hair is nappy, White folk ain’t happy.”
Well apparently, Black folk ain’t happy either.
As a woman with natural hair, I believe that it is my freedom to flatten it, fro it up, twist it up or braid it down, and I sure am resistant to any overzealous lover of natural hair commenting on what a “real” natural woman is or should be. But this is a discussion that must be addressed; self hate is a real issue.
Movement?
This isn’t an army-clad assimilation of black women deciding to stick it to the man; this is simply women learning to love themselves as they are. This is women learning to limit the chemical involvement in their lives. This is women learning to love exactly what it is the Most High molded them to be.
In my opinion:  
       This is just a small portion of the article. You can read the rest here. It would have been embarrassing for me to cut and paste the whole article and throw it in your faces like that. The article is very interesting. “We have been conditioned, permed and straight-laced to believe that anything that strays off the path of the beauty embodied by our historical oppressors is not only wrong, but also unkempt, dirty and in need of change.” She forgot to say that we have also been relaxed. Paul Mooney also said, “When our hair is relaxed, white folks are relaxed.” Or something of that nature. 

     I must admit that I don’t think that words like “revolution” or “movement” are the appropriate words to use to describe what we are doing right now. Words like “big chop” or “transitioning” are probably new to some natural sisters (that’s what my husbands calls sisters with natural hair) because they have been natural their whole lives. How do you start something that’s already been around? I can’t remember how many times I went natural. I would go natural in September and relax my hair in June. Did anybody notice me then? No. Even though we are all wearing our natural hair, remember that each of us went natural for different reasons, not just because everybody is doing it. 




REVIEW: Okay 100% Pure Haitian Black Castor Oil




















       I am from Haiti. So it is needless to say that I have been using this product my whole life.  It is a great product because of so many reasons. I am not going to say too much about it because it works the same way as Jamaican black castor oil, which I already did a product review on. This product can be found at outerbeauty.com, amazon.com, Ohmybeauty.comThe average price for a 4 oz. bottle is $6.99. This is not a bad price considering how a lot of naturals are using castor oil these days. The only problem I would say that I have with this product is the smell. If you can bear the smell, then you won’t have any problem using it. You don’t have to use a lot to get great results. A little bit does go a long way. 

Product Description:

Okay 100% Pure Black Haitian Castor Oil can be used to: 
  • Stimulate hair growth
  • Thicken eyebrows
  •  Moisturize skin
  • Remove stretch marks
  • And it is an excellent hot oil treatment for hair. 

DIRECTIONS:

1. To use as a HAIR GROWTH GREASE:
Apply the castor oil directly on to the hair from the tips of the hair to the roots. Leave castor oil on as a grease. Repeat weekly for the best results.
2. To use as a HOT OIL HAIR TREATMENT:
Warm up the castor oil in a small cup or bowl. Warm up a sufficient amount to cover the entire hair. After applying the oil, cover the hair with a cap and let sit for 30 minutes. Repeat weekly for best results. 
3. To use as a EYEBROW/EYELASH GROWTH TREATMENT:
Apply the oil directly onto eyelashes and/or eyebrows. Be careful not to get oil in your eyes. Leave the oil on. Repeat this daily for the best results. Results should show up in about 1 month. 
4. To use as a SKIN MOISTURIZER & ELIMINATE STRETCH MARKS:
Apply an ample amount of oil directly onto the desired skin area and massage in. Leave the oil on, do not rinse off. Can be repeated daily or as much as desired.


INGREDIENTS:
100% Castor Oil
WARNINGS: 
For external use only! DO NOT INGEST!