Saturday, July 23, 2011

Nekesa's Natural Hair Loft

Nekesa styling my hair

I was honored to have Nekesa Smith, master stylist of Nekesa's Natural Hair Loft use me as a hair model. She is an experienced stylist with a beautiful shop in College Park, Ga. The shop offers a range of services including fitness classes and parties. Nekesa enjoys educating her clients about their hair and haircare and also has line of hair products, Natural Radiance.

My hair was lightly blown out the Natural Radiance Hair Nourisher was applied and then as each section was twisted the Moisture Mousse was applied. Medium to large two strand twists were left in for a day and then styled before the audience. The Moisture Mousse was amazing, it had a nice hold but not hard and is completely alcohol free.

Before & After

Each model showed their starting style and each style was then transformed before the audience.The ladies of Naturally Fierce-ATL were featured as models. Guests were treated to a hors d'ouveres buffet, several local vendors were in attendance thanks to People Unite and free hair consultations were available.

left: Tiffany, Leah and their stylist Theron right: Natalie, Lolita and their stylist Ianthy

Guest receiving consultations

Nekesa and Tifany of People Unite

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bronner Bros. & Clariol Professionals Art of Fabulous - Color Competition

Dwight Eubanks and Judge & Colorist Oliver Adams of Too Groovy Salon

I was honored to be invited as part of the press to this competition. It took place in a beautiful art gallery in downtown Atlanta. It was catered by Lush Life catering who offered a delicious array of hors d'oeuvres and trays complimented by the bar offering two delicious citrus based champagne cocktails. The cocktail hour was marked by models showing fantasy styles by James Harris.

The competition opened with introductions by Dwight Eubanks of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame. Specials awards were given to members of the Atlanta stylist community then the models were brought out covered. The stylist were given a short time to finish their looks and answer question before judging.

The judges

The most pleasant part of the experience (outside of the food) was speaking with Oliver. He has a head full of glorious locs and showed a great knowledge and appreciation for natural hair. He spoke with passion about coloring without damaging the hairs integrity, using as many natural ingredient as possible and how most color damage is because hair is being processed twice, relaxing and coloring. Oliver feels that "natural hair is like a blank canvas" for colorist and enjoys coloring it.

Mahogany Boisseau of Naptural Roots magazine & Oliver Adams of Too Groovy Salon

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Haute Hair Afffair - Atlanta

Yesterday I attended Karen's Body Beautiful Haute Hair Affair here in Atlanta. The downtown location was beautiful and elegant. We were treated to complimentary mini cupcakes of various flavors and fillings. Representatives from Hue-tiful steamers were present as well as Ms. Karen herself.

I learned that Karen's Body Beautiful has product ambassadors. An ambassador may live in your area and you can buy directly from them and not have to purchase online (no shipping). I discovered that I have an ambassador not too far from me. :D

Unfortunately because of the number of ladies, jovial atmosphere, background music and open architecture of the bar I was unable to hear any of Ms. Karen's speech when she addressed the group.

The "goodie bag"

I did leave with a "goodie bag", a full tummy and several compliments on my, unusual for me, wash-n-go style.

Bag contents: Hair Product Guide,Card explaining being a KBB ambassador, Pink paper names and has directions for samples, Hue-tiful product info card &
Samples of: Delicate Doo No Poo, Beauty Boss 101-Egyptian Musk scent and Super Hydrating Hair Cream- White Tea scent.

I have heard only positive comments about this product line and look forward to using the samples.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Natural Hair - not just for little girls

I just discovered an interesting blog called Tweeny Hair. The site is dedicated to styling hair for teen and "tweens".
Tweens and teens often find themselves somewhere between wanting to fit in and wanting to confidently embrace their own identities. So what happens when that naturally curly head of hair is suddenly too old for bows and barrettes, but not yet in need of professional adult styles? Step away from the relaxers and join us as we explore natural hairstyles that find the balance between individuality and the desire to fit in.
What a great concept. There are even post that feature the teens styling their own hair.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Toddlers & Tiaras

I recently watched an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras, the child pageant show on TLC, I was delighted to see a contestant with natural hair. I happily tweeted that she was on the show and placed in her age group.

Unfortunately, this child was not the featured contestant. The featured contestants were Alaska and her brother Dakota. Dakota is bi-racial. In a interview with his mother she spoke candidly about not knowing what her bi-racial child wold look like before he was born. She said she rubbed her pregnant belly each night and said, "Good hair, good hair, good hair". She was "rewarded" with a child she describes as "exotically attractive" with "pin straight chestnut hair". She describes her daughter as a classic beauty because of her blonde hair and blue eyes.

Dakota - age 4

**smh**I won't even comment I'll leave it to you ladies.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Natural Hair Events

This entire post was copied from: Young,Black & Nappy but I can't resist sharing good information.

Friday July 15th
Derby City Naturals Presents Curls & Cocktails Pt 2
Natural Alternatives Salon | Louisville, KY | 8pm

Saturday July 16th
Tennessee Natural Hair Care & Wellness Expo
Memphis Airport Hotel & Conference Center | Memphis, TN | 11am – 7pm

Saturday July 23rd
Respect the Kink Meetup
The Audubon Ballroom | New York City, NY | 5pm – 10pm

Nappyfest: Annual Natural Hair Expo
The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Columbia, SC | 10am – 7pm

Sunday July 24th
BGLH Chicago Naturals Meetup sponsored by Miss Jessie’s
The Little Black Pearl | Chicago, IL | 1pm – 7pm

Saturday July 30th
Do You Naturally: Hair, Holistic Health, Beauty, & Entrepreneur Expo
The Rock Austin | Austin, TX | 10am – 6pm

Natural Girls Rock Meetup Luncheon
Macaroni Grill | Dunwoody, GA | 11am – 2pm

Natural Hair Pandemic: Natural Hair Show
University of Houston | Houston, TX | 11am

Saturday August 20th – Tuesday August 23rd
Bonner Bros. International Hair Show
Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA

New England Natural Hair Care Expo
Crowne Plaza Hartford – Downtown | Hartford, CT

Friday August 26th – Sunday August 28th
Black August Weekend/ Happily Natural Day
Atlanta, GA

Saturday September 10th - Sunday September 11th
World Natural Hair Show
Georgia International Convention Center | College Park, GA | 10am – 7pm

Sunday September 18th
7th Annual Toronto Natural Hair & Beauty Show
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre | Toronto, Canada | 11am – 8pm

*Friday September 23rd – Sunday September 25th
‘Fro Fashion Week
Melia Hotel | Atlanta, GA

Saturday October 15th – Wednesday October 19th
3rd Annual Hairitage Holistic Hair & Wellness Cruise
Baltimore, MD – Bermuda | Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas

Saturday October 29th – Sunday October 30th
Wonderfully Made Natural Hair and Beauty Show
International Palms Resort and Conference Center | Orlando, FL | 10am – 7pm

World Big Chop Day @ the World Natural Hair Holistic Health & Beauty Expo
Georgia International Convention Center | College Park, GA | 10am

Saturday, November 5th
3rd Annual Nappiology Expo
Hurst Conference Center | Hurst, TX | 9am – 7pm

Saturday December 10th – Sunday December 11th
Nzuri Natural Hair Health & Beauty Expo
Reliant Center | Houston, TX | 10am

*I will be appearing on the bloggers panel during Fro Fashion Week this fall.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Today's Hair - "Cinna-bun"

This style was taken from the YouTube natural below and I think it turned out fabulous! Got lots of compliments on it at work!

I realized Monica also did a version of the Cinna-bun in December.

Style: The Cinna-bun

Time to Complete: 15 mins

Products Used: Water/v05 conditioner mix, EcoStyler Gel, One N Only Argan Oil(small amount)

Tools Used: Brush, Skinny Wrap(to tie hair back), Scarf, bobby pins

Reason for style: I had done a dry twist out the night before and my hair looked crazy in the morning.

Lessons Learned: Kept my ends SUPER moisturized, fast to complete than I thought, great go-to style on 'bad hair' days.