Tag: natural curls

Historical Black Women and Hair

Hola! I hope that you all are well rested from your long weekend as I am trying to get back into the swing of things.  Going on this natural journey has made me think back to alot of women who paved the wave for black hair care and cosmetics.  Please read about the three women below, as they were pioneers for us all whether straight or natural.  However, I have to wonder why these women sought the need to invent something to straighten the hair–could it have been the times and they felt the need to conform with society or was it just a personal choice of their own.  Please do tell what are your feelings about their inventions?

1.   Annie Malone– Born in 1869 she was the 10th child out of 11.  She was always fascinated with her hair and her sisters (all of which she would style).  Her extreme interest in finding a way to straighten it lead her to become one of the most successful inventors, businesswoman, and philanthropist of the 20th century.  Read more here.

2.  Madam C. J. Walker– “I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.”  A recruit of Anne  Malone in the 1900s, she went on to become a one of the first successful black woman businesswoman.  Some tend to believe that she invented the first hot comb but that isn’t necessarily true.  She did have a lavish business in which she started with her first product ‘Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower’.  Read more here.

3.  Majorie S. Joyner– “If I can take pot roast rods and have a one-of-a-kind invention, believe me, people can do what they set their minds to.”  In 1926 she created the first Permanent Wave machine that could curl or straighten hair by wrapping them on rods and allowing them to cook in order to set the hair.  Just think of it as the first curling iron.  Read more here.


got curl envy?

Hola!  I hope that everyone’s work week is going well, as for me it is the same as usual.  However, I was out browsing (hum well shopping) during my lunch hour on Tuesday and the young lady that was ringing up my merchandise asked me—“How do you get your hair like that?” It kind of caught me off guard because by that time I was pondering whether or not I really needed to buy that shirt….she then said “or is it natural?” So the conversation went on and she proceeded to tell me that she would like to go natural but she wanted her curls to look like mine. She said that she had been natural before but hated her curls because they were tight and she didn’t like the way her hair looked.  I told her the short version of my hair story (which is coming soon) that I transitioned for 1yr and did mini chops up to the very last which was on Oct. 12, 2009 . ( This journey that I am on with my natural hair is eye-opening, as I tend to experience and notice things that I hadn’t before–it is actually a lot more about self-awareness then hair to me. )  Sorry I tend to veer off….but long story short she still insisted that her hair would never look or curl like mine and for that she is hesitant to get off the creamy crack.  

 So have you ever had or experienced curl envy?  Do tell…

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Curly Girls in Ads

Hola!  Ok is it just me or are curly ladies popping up in ads everywhere–online, mags, tv, and newspapers!  I am very happy to see that the media is showing more natural haired ladies in ads today.  I was checking my email and to my delight this was in my inbox…

Apple Ad

Her hair is just so cute!  Tell me have you noticed more curly ladies in ads lately?

Name Your Top 5 Hair Products


Hola!  Ok, as a newly natural kinky/curly girl there are certain products without fail that I run to in my deepest darkest hour….these products get me through my rushed mornings, midday frizz attacks, and late night outings.  Since I can only pick 5 then you must do the same (click the links to buy)…what are your top 5 products?

1.  EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel

2. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

3. Carol’s Daughter Tui Leave-in Conditioner

4. Denman Classic Styling Brush 

5. Satin Sleep Cap

**Yes I know that these aren’t all products but they are essential to keep my hair looking fresh throughout the day ;o)

Happy Birthday Grace Jones

Hola!  Feliz Cumpleanos Grace Jones!   Today she turns 62 but looks 25 years younger.  Her androgynous style and flair for all things outrageous has her labeled as one of the greatest fashion icons ever.  Even today she has influenced the style of young artists such as Rhianna and fashionable chicas like Amber Rose.  Check out my looklet  “Ode to Grace Jones” ….gotta love her!  Enjoy!

My Natural Hair- On the Go

Hola!  I am sorry that I have been neglecting to talk about hair but as I get the blog more organized I will definitely post more.  I will be adding a page to focus on natural hair and the journey that comes with it.   If you have a hair story (good/bad/new natural/transitioner) then please do send them to me and I will share with everyone…in the meantime check my pics.  Enjoy!

My Regimen for this look:

– Washed with Organix Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner

–  Sprayed with my own “Refresh Mix” which consists of various oils (Vitamin E, Tea Tree, Shea Butter, Grapeseed, and Olive Oil) and water

– Gave my hair a little shake then added a bit of EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel

– Pulled the back in a banana clip and let the front curls free fall

I try to keep it really simple as I am usually rushing in the am so this is a quick and easy style for me to do when I have to run out the door.  As far as my hair type I think that it is a mixture of 3c/4a/4b, but really it doesn’t matter to me.  My main concern is to keep it moisturized and healthy all else comes last.  Do tell….what is your fav go to style when you are on the go?                                                                                                                    

Sass ‘n Curlz Muse- Tracee Ellis Ross

Hola!  If someone asked me who’s closet I would want to raid and who’s hair that I lust for my answer would be Tracee Ellis Ross.  She is none other than the epitome of chic style with a side of sass *well to me that is ;p* I have always admired her way of mixing and matching patterns and textures, always on trendy but never trendy–just perfect.  The “hair” is definitely a thing of its own, she can be seen rocking loose ringlets, long curls, or natural kinks.  Tell me do you have a style and hair muse- do tell?