Sunday, May 20, 2018

Amber's Natural Hair

If you have not seen Amber Ruffin on Late Night with Seth Meyers you are missing out. She is clearly one of his most talented writers.

She is a semi-regularly feature and in my opinion the best part of the show.

She addresses in a very relate-able way the thoughts of women and people of color that Seth Meyers may miss looking through the lens of white male cis-gender able body heterosexual privilege or felt uncomfortable addressing. Most notably I enjoy, Amber Says What and Amber's Minute of Fury.

Oh! and she's natural. 😤

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Just loving all the normalizing of natural hair in advertising

A little girl chases a frog through her muddy backyard and into the kitchen, determined to catch it "one way or another." Unfortunately, her escapade leaves dirty footprints all over the hardwood floor and ruins her princess dress. Her dad isn't worried though -- he uses the Swiffer WetJet to wipe the floors clean.

Jay knows that he's forgetting something as he and his little sister go for a drive. She knows that he forgot to start the laundry, but with Kenmore's Smart Washer and Dryer, she can start it from her phone. It's just like being able to send a hologram home to push the button. But somehow, Jay gets all the credit.

Isn't nice that girls see themselves in mainstream advertising?

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Lil Better Butter Return Giveaway

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Kinky-Curly Clip-Ins: Good or Bad ?

I risk sounding like a Natural Nazi but I feel conflicted about natural-looking weaves and clip-ins. to be fair, I am also conflicted on weave in general, I have NO problem with protective styling, versatility or hair as a flexible accessory, however I cringe when I think of those who do not understand how to properly care for their hair. The people who still believe that their hair does not grow.

In one instance, clip-ins and weaves are fun, a way to experiment with color or length. Hair is the ultimate accessory, changing it to match an outfit, occasion or mood is wonderful. your hair can be the utmost form of individual expression.

But in another instance, the additional hair can be an expression of insecurity. I fear people add the hair to cover their perceived flaws saying to themselves, "My hair can't/won't grow. I will add this hair to cover/fix it.". I fear they are natural but haven't made a transition. They haven't learned to embrace or care for their hair, the hair just isn't processed any longer.

What do you think?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Natural Hair on Top Chef

This season of Top Chef boasts its second head of natural hair, Joy Crump. Thus far I haven't been wowed by her performance but there are still many challenges ahead.
Joy Crump
Her predecessor Carla Hall was very impressive, She made it to the top five in her original season, returned for Top Chef All Stars and has gone on to host The Chew on ABC.
Carla Hall
Win or lose booth ladies have beautiful heads of  hair and offered no explanation or excuses for it. I would be curious to know if they were questioned about their ability to "control" their hair in terms of hygiene in food preparation.  in the same way it is often implied and directly stated that natural hair isn't professional.

Shout out to Tiffany Derry, who rocked her season and now hosts her own restaurant themed reality show Hungry Investors. She is often the consulting chef on Bar Rescue.

Tiffany Derry

Friday, March 21, 2014

EcoCo...We love them & they love us

In the past I have always endorsed the use of economic products. I want people to have positive experiences with their hair and cost is a concern. I wrote in the past about my ( and many others) love for V05. I questioned whether or not V05 valued our business.

I believe that EcoCo does value the business of its natural haired consumers.Their motto: Ecoco, Inc. is a global innovator in beauty products. We offer a truly multicultural approach to the science of hair care. Initially. many praised EcoStyler Gel but wished it was more moisturizing, many bloggers and vloggers suggested adding oils. EcoCo responded by introducing a line of gels with added olive oil and argan oil. The natural hair world rejoiced. Then those with still dry hair lamented that it was not a pudding. Many make your EcoStyler gel into a custard blogs and vlogs followed. EcoCo responded by creating a line of custards based on their oil infused gels.

This smells great too.

I think this is a clear indicator that EcoCo values and responds to what they see as their core consumers, us. This brand is widely available at most drug and grocery stores and is economically priced. It is a winner on many fronts.