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Fake It Until You Make It: My Official Fake Afro Bun

       So I have been getting a lot of compliments whenever I wear my $9.99 faux bun. I was training a new girl the other night and she seriously thought it was my hair until a nosy co-worker asked me if it was my real hair. Don’t you just hate when they do that? Anyway, I wanted to show you guys that I am not quite there yet after chopping off my hair a year ago, but my goal is to wear this little bun until I can rock my big natural Afro bun.

My arms are getting too big. It’s time for a new diet.

       This style is for special occasions only. I only wear my bun when I am not wearing any other protective styles like braids or weaves. I have been looking forward to straightening my hair, so I am taking a break from hurting my scalp for now. I already bought my hot comb and I cannot wait until my birthday to do a complete length check. Until then, I will be rocking my fake bun.

Hugs and kisses!

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Can Braiding Damage My Natural Hair?

       Yes. After braiding my hair for so long and experiencing hair damage myself, I can honestly say that braiding can damage your hair if not done properly. You know when somebody is doing your hair the person puts so much pressure on your skull you can’t even breathe, I have done that to myself.

  1. If you want to avoid damage caused by braiding you have to avoid tension to the head.
  2. Use a leave-in conditioner or hair oil while braiding the hair to keep it smooth.
  3. Use a gel like (Let’s Jam) to avoid fly away and make the braids last longer.
  4. Don’t pull too hard on the hair when putting the braids in a ponytail.
  5. Don’t use too much braiding hair  and too little of your own hair when getting braids.
  6. If you are getting cornrows and braiding them from the front to the back, have somebody hold the braids for you so you don’t pull too much hair from your edges.
  7. Moisturize the hair, as braids can dry up your natural hair.
         Getting braids can be good to the hair if it is done properly and if it is well cared for. I get braids as a protective style a lot because the style keeps my hands away from my hair. Most of the time it is a little uncomfortable after getting fresh braids, but if you can stand the discomfort for a few days it is well worth it. Remember to keep your braids fresh by conditioning your hair, oiling your scalp, washing your braids with cool water if it’s possible, and wrap your hair with a silk scarf before going to bed. 

Street Style Hair: Curl Power Celebration via Essence.com

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Sonya Spann attends the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Curl Power Celebration in New York City.

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Shan A. Gillis attends the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Curl Power Celebration in New York City.

GET THE LOOK: Teyonah Parris’ Fierce Pompadour At The SAG Awards

Teyonah Parris Natural Up-Do
“Mad Men” actress Teyonah Parris sported a marvelous pompadour natural up-do for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. If you’re not watching this sitcom, you totally should! Teyonah plays Dawn Chambers, who was the first black person to be hired at the firm. For the role she normally wears a wig, which unfortunately covers all of this gorgeous hair that we didn’t even know existed.
MUST READ: 2013 SAG Awards: The Absolute Best (& Worst) Dressed
Teyonah Parris 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ArrivalsAfter a bit of stalking (and thanks to Afrobella), I found out what stylist was responsible for this creation, how this up-do was done and what products where used on Teyona’s mane.
We can thank Felicia Leatherwood from Loving Your Hair for this fabulously sculpted look. Felicia is known around the natural hair community as the “natural hair whisperer” — for obvious reasons. She gave Afrobella the exclusive on creating her look:

“That’s a variation of a fold and tuck that I like to do – it’s a variation that worked for her and was red carpet ready. This is all her hair. I shampooed her hair with Dr. Miracle’s new cleanse and condition shampoo. After that I used LRC’s leave in and serum, then I blew her hair out – she was so amazed at how fast I blew her hair out! And then basically I used Hicks Edge Control, and then I used Entwine’smoisturizing, hydrating styling product, and then I sprayed it with LRC natural holding spray and cinched it with Fantasia IC mist – it finishes everything perfectly!” says Felicia.

It absolutely warms my soul when I see a brown girl on any red carpet sporting her natural hair. To me it’s a far bigger movement. We have to urge networks, producers, and the talent for these shows that the characters we see on the big screen can have natural hair too. No matter the storyline. Natural hair shouldn’t take away from the role, but rather add a dose fabulousness.
Soon there will be a day where Olivia Pope will ditch the weave and grab her afro pick–I pray!

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