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Victoria Beckham will open UK store as she juggles family and fashion

     The mother of three boys and a daughter has finally decided to open her own store after designing and co-designing countless sexy outfits for women. It is a big step for Victoria who wants to have the best of both world: Being a store owner and a parent. 

    The pop singer and the mother of David Beckham’s children finds it a little bit hard to juggle family and  her love for fashion. It’s good to hear a celebrity worrying about not being able to spend time with her children. Some of them have no problem hiring a new mommy for them. 

       I personally don’t care if she opens a store or not, whether it is in the US or the in the UK. You will never find me in it, but it’s a great thing to see a woman doing her own thing and not depending on her hubby’s money.

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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. 




Birmingham’s 2nd Annual Natural Hair and Health Expo treats women to new hair and wellness

Mia Watkins | mwatkins@al.comBy Mia Watkins | mwatkins@al.com 
on March 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM, updated March 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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Members of Birmingham’s natural hair community gathered Sunday, March 10 at the Cahaba Grand Conference for the 2nd Annual Natural Hair and Health Expo.
The expo, organized through Visions Beauty Distributors’ owners Victor and Jeffery Simmons, kicked off at noon featuring live hair demonstrations, hair product vendors and health and wellness outreach.
Valerie Simmons of Visions Beauty Distributors says the idea for an expo catering to natural African American hair came from a need the company saw in the community.
“The community’s been so phenomenal in wanting to learn more about natural hair,” she said. “We don’t only just provide services, we provide the training as well. We provide the support and the knowledge.”
The knowledge came by way of personalized hair consultations and classes that ran throughout the day ranging in topic from hair styling to makeup application. Attendees could also pre-register to receive free hair appointments onsite.
Mayor William Bell also proclaimed Sunday Natural Hair Day in Birmingham an a proclamation delivered to the expo.  
Deshonica Kerrie, global educator and stylist for product line Design Essentials, defines natural hair as “the coils you live with” or the hair that an individual is born with. She says events such as the expo help women learn how to care for their hair as well as their bodies.
“We find that people want to know what is good hair,” she said. “We find that healthy hair is good hair and it starts from the inside out. Your exercise, your diet, all of that is just on big lifestyle change.”
hair2.jpgNatural Hair & Health Expo model shows off her new up do.(courtesy of Brainchild Associations)     
Tenisha Finch came to the event to learn new things after wearing her hair natural for six months.
“For myself, just starting out, you don’t really know too much about natural hair, salons and all that kind of stuff,” she said. “They had all kinds of products you could buy and different salons. They even did hair in there. It’s a good opportunity for people that aren’t familiar to come in and learn something.”
Vendors such as AIDS AlabamaBody by Vi andMiBella OB-GYN were present to raise awareness regarding health issues that impact African American women.
Dr. Mia Cowan of MiBella says she chose to become an event sponsor because it serves her target demographic.
“This is my population and I always feel like I get to do a lot of teaching and prevention,” she said.
Cowan taught a class on weight loss and women’s health in addition to showcasing her practice’s other services.
“You get to reach so many people and give them valuable information that they likely don’t get from their physicians,” she said.
Birmingham resident Keeshna McKinney, who’s been natural for 13 years, said the event piqued her interest because it’s one of the few in the city.
“It’s good to see naturals locally and nearby,” she said. “You’d just never know that there’s this many naturals in Birmingham.”
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huffingtonpost.com: Natural Hair Movement Gains Momentum, Dark And Lovely Throws ‘Curl Power Celebration’ (VIDEO)

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Posted: 03/01/2013 5:46 pm EST  |  Updated: 03/01/2013 6:36 pm EST

As the natural hair movement forges on and more and more women are embracing their textured tresses, it’s become quite clear that beauty companies (or at the least the smart ones) are going to have to start catering to all these curls.
With bloggers, vloggers and celebrities like Solange KnowlesOprah Winfrey andViola Davis inspiring the masses to go kinky, it’s only a matter of time that the beauty industry catches up.
Carol’s Daughter got the message and debuted its “Transitioning Movement” line, and now Dark And Lovely is following suit with the launch of Au Naturale.
Last week, the SoftSheen-Carson company tapped Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius and curl connoisseur Nikki Walton, aka Curly Nikki, to host a shindig for the new product line. Over 600 #TeamNatural fans showed up to the “Curl Power Celebration” in New York City on Feb. 20. Attendees were treated to style consultations, food, drinks and body-moving music from VH1’s Amanda Seales, who served as the event’s DJ.
Thankfully we were on hand for the curl-crazy party and captured all the fun in an episode of “Style In The Wild“– our all-things-fabulous video series. We chatted with Marsha about her enviable mane, asked Nikki about the growing natural hair community and praised a bevy of beauties on their sickening hair ‘dos!

vibevixen.com: Mizani and Kim Coles Present Trends for Natural Hair

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On Tuesday night (February 26), vixens gathered at the L’OReal Soho Academy in New York City for Mizani’s “The Spoken Word,” an event celebrating the natural hair movement. Hosted by Kim Coles and DJ’d by Amanda Seales, the hair brand brought four looks to life, all of which encouraged fashionistas to embrace their natural tresses. In addition to a live performance from Abyss and guest appearance by Love and Hip Hop’s Olivia, alternative techniques were also showcased for the natural wearer’s changing lifestyle.
Mizani (which means balance in Swahili) was created in 1991 and offers a collection of hair care, conditioning and specialized treatments. MIZANI products are available online at Beautybrands.com, JCP.com and ULTA.com. To locate a MIZANI salon, visit MIZANI-usa.com.

Click here to take a peek at pictures from the festivities.

Photos Credits: Mizani 

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philly.com: Straightening out beauty politics of black hair

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/MSNBC)
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/MSNBC)

Oh, Lawd, not another conversation about black hair.
On the one hand, I can’t take any more comments about first lady Michelle Obama’s bangs. Bangs are trendy; she likes them.
Get over it, America!
But on the other hand, I can’t ignore the desperate need for continued, open-minded and intelligent discussions about the politics of black hair, especially in such cities as Philadelphia, where “boutiques” selling straight-from-India weaves mostly to black women are popping up as fast as Starbucks.
It bugs me that I still hear black women call their daughters “nappy-headed” as a form of verbal punishment. And it saddens me that sometimes even I look in the mirror and long for hair that’s naturally softer, easier to straighten.
We still have a long way to go.
So, in an effort to help black women and society at large understand the constantly changing dynamics of black women and their hair, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry will headline a symposium Friday at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to the beauty politic.
Panel members will discuss the history of black women and their relationships with their manes, and how societal pressure to straighten their hair impacts their self-esteem and health.
There is a tendency for society to brush off hair issues as insignificant. People say women – especially black women – are too sensitive about their hair and these things don’t matter. But, as Perry said in a JuneMelissa Harris-Perry show, how black women decide to care for their hair is part of their rite of passage into womanhood, shaping how they interact with one another, the men in their lives, and the rest of the world.
“For me, the politics of black women’s hair seems obvious,” Harris-Perry said as she introduced that segment. “But I realize it might not be obvious to everyone.”
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