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Erykah Badu rocks a new hi-top fade [PHOTOS]

This is a whole other level of dopeness. Erykah Badu debuts her new hi-top fade on Twitter. I have to say I cannot wait to see where this fade shows up next.

On twitter she writes: Im Faded.. High


In showing us the back view she writes: Pyramids and Vortices



I don’t know about entering the Vortex, but can I please have that ring? LOL

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10 Awesome Back-to-School Natural Hairstyles for Children, Teens, Young Adults

As we know, back-to-school time and can be a crazy, stressful time. We have to put behind us the care-free days of summer and get into gear with new schedules and homework, along with the demands of styling our hair daily. We want ourselves and our kids to look cute, but really who has time to put forth that type of energy on a daily basis? So, below are a few styles that are low-maintenance yet fabulous to inspire you for back-to-school.

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On Taking the Risk: Brandy’s New Afro! [Photos]

For anyone who thought Brandy wore wigs and weaves because she has no hair…well…here it is!! Singer and actress, Brandy Norwood revealed her natural hair and gorgeous afro on Instagram. Of course, not that it matters to us what she does with her hair, or how much hair she has. The measure of a woman is not her hair. However, this pic is refreshing. Brandy looks so happy and pretty.

She tweets (in the pic below):

“Thank you @kimblehaircare for my Afro puff!! We finally took the risk!!#bighairdontcare #afropuffpuff#brownskin #glowwwrraayy”

On taking the the risk

One commenter on the picture wanted to know. “What’s the risk?” I’m assuming they asked that question because they were trying to provoke a response, saying there is no risk, or as if to ask the question, “what are you afraid of?” I don’t know what Brandy’s reason is for saying “risk.” But let me tell you, the risk–at least in our mind–is real. For celebrities it could potentially mean not getting cast for a role or being ostracized by your fans (sometimes fans can be rally harsh when celebs showcase a new look). For the average woman, (as is my case) it could mean being looked down on by your family, not getting a job, not getting a man (I’ll tell y’all that one later…), etc.

With that being said, more black women are realizing that the risk is not a big as it once was. Our community and the media are becoming more accepting of textured hair. So much so to the point where we are seeing more and more black women celebrities dipping their toe in the waters of Instagram and Twitter and revealing their natural hair. Well, I say go’on head, Brandy! Don’t just dip your toe in, go for a swim…the waters are safe!

Tell us…
What do you think of Brandy’s new do? Do you think the risk to go natural is still real?

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Fab Twisted Cinnabuns with Cornrows

Protective. Fab. Fly. Dope. Fierce. EVERYTHING!

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Super Sexy Coiled Mohawk


If you have short to medium length natural hair this is the perfect style for you. The sides of the hair are flat-twisted up into a very small curved pattern. The top and back are finger-coiled. You could alternate this look with comb twists or mini two-strand twists. This is not really a DIY style unless you have a few hours to spare, and are extremely patient. This is definitely a must try.
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EDEN BodyWorks Launches New Coconut Shea Collection with “Style”

Alecia Tucker answers the ladies most pressing hair questions.

To celebrate the launch of the new Coconut Shea collection, EDEN BodyWorks has hosted a series of events entitled “Style with EDEN.”  Infused with pure coconut oil and shea butter, the Coconut Shea product line, promises to change the way you manage your hair. I had the pleasure of attending the event along with many other style mavens in the Chicago area. The event was held at the hip, south loop venue, City Point Loft.  A major highlight of the evening was the panel discussion, a fusion if you will, of hair and fashion.


The panelist included Chicago favorites: Aramide “Dee Dee” Esubi of The Sassy Peach, Alecia Tucker aka “Afros N’ Baby Hair” of Thrive Beauty Bar (Salon) and Autumn Merritt of Sir and Madame Boutique with hair and clothing models Tanikia Thompson of Nikki in the City and Rachel Odem of Rachel O. Beauty. I was so inspired by the passion with the panelist shared their wisdom. Alecia Tucker gave us a breakdown of how she used each product to style models’ hair. Armed with new knowledge, I can’t wait to share my own experience and results of the new product line with you.

Here are some more photo highlights of the evening. Enjoy!

Stepping out with style

Ylorie Anderson, our host for the evening
Renae Bluitt of In her Shoes Blog, Ylorie Anderson, Aramide Esubi of The Sassy Peach,
Autumn Merritt of Sir and Madame.
Photo credit Chuckstr Photography

SWAG!! Each attendee received a full-size product to try.
(In case you are wondering…that’s my hand on the right…lol)
Photo credit: Chuckstr Photography
Hair models Tanikia Thompson and Rachel Odem, Clothing styled by Autumn Merrit
and hair Alecia Tucker
Can we get an ‘Amen’ for the shoes!?

About the Collection

Pudding Soufflé:
A lightweight soft hold styling formula perfect for setting, twisting and
defining hair. Great for elongating and stretching curls. SRP: $8.99 (16 oz.)

Leave-In Conditioner: A creamy detangler used to soften hair and improve manageability. This sulfate-free formula is safe for color-treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair. SRP: $8.99 (8 oz.)

Co-Wash: A no-suds, moisture-rich, sulfate-free cleansing conditioner that leaves hair silky, soft, and frizz-free while removing build up. Ideal for those seeking daily hydration without the concern of drying hair out from excessive shampooing. SRP: $8.99 (16 oz.)

Curl Crème: Eliminating curl shrinkage and fly aways, this humidity-resistant formulation refines and separates curls and waves while providing maximum hold. SRP: $8.99 (16 oz.)

Edge Gel: Smooth and tame hairline edges with an emollient rich, frizz-fighting
formulation that eliminates unruly tresses. SRP: $8.99 (6 oz.)

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Wicked Single Flat-twist Spiral Style

Well, shut yo’ mouth honey! This single flat-twist style is fierce! (It’s actually two single flat twists going around her head.) This is one of my favorite go-to styles when I have unruly hair or an old twist out and I want a pulled together look. I’ve never seen it spiral in back like the young lady has it here. Would love to meet her! Great style. Definitely a must try.
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Open Your Gifts! With Kim Coles

I had the pleasure of meeting Kim Coles at the 2013 Black Women’s Expo in Chicago. If you don’t know Kim Coles, you must have been living under a rock for the past two decades. She is an actress and comedian who starred on the hit 90s African-American sitcom, Living Single for five seasons. And now, you can find that show in syndication all hours of the day and night. What I really enjoyed about Ms. Coles’ presentation was that she was so open. She gave us a bit of her life story and how she, after leaving that show, hit sort of a low place. Perhaps “low place” is not the right phrase. Maybe we say, she hit a place where she had to redefine and rediscover who she was. Kim took us down memory lane on her journey to self-discovery. She took us through some of the highs and lows of her life and shared how she overcame them. She had us laughing the entire time (even on the sad parts).
Kim’s new mantra is “open the gifts.”

“Open the gift that is inside of you, so that you can share it with the world. Each one of us is a gift and each one of us has a gift. What if the world is waiting for you to open your gifts and share?”

Her gift, she shares, is love and laughter.

GIFTS, is also an acronym which stands for: G=Gratitude, I=Intention, F=Forgiveness, T=Triumph, S=Self-love.

After presentation, she asked members of the audience to raise their hand and share what they feel their gift to world is and a takeaway from the talk. Well, I found myself entertaining fear, wondering, “What’s my gift? Should I raise my hand?” Then a friend sitting next to me nudged my arm and whispered, “You should talk about your blog…” Then it clicked, “Oh, yeah! I do have this really cool blog, called Love Your Naps. And, yes I believe my gift is encouraging and supporting others while sharing my gift of creativity.” Of course, by the time I “got it” it was too late and Kim had already moved on to her closing. I didn’t feel bad about it. My blog is one of the platforms through which I share my gifts with the world, and for that I am thankful.

Posing with the Traveling Naturalista Meetup Group

This experience left me thinking about the “T” in GIFTS, and that is “Triumph.” Kim’s concept of triumph is that we need to celebrate ourselves. Once we identify the “gifts,” celebrate them! Celebrate yourself and your achievements no matter how big or small. Let the world know how awesome you are. Many times we dull our shine because other folks aren’t shining or we are afraid people will think we are arrogant. When we dull our shine, we are actually doing a disservice to ourselves and to others who may need what we have to offer.

I made a pact with myself a while back to bring all of myself to the table and to not hold anything back. I heard Marie Forleo say, “Courage is a muscle and you build it by doing something you are afraid of.” One thing I’ve learned about fear is that it’s stubborn and it usually doesn’t leave. However, you have the power to choose not to entertain and engage with it. The more you focus on your fear, the more power it gains over you.

Thank you Kim Coles for sharing your gift of laughter and love! Be sure to check out her new book, Gratitude Journal.

Please, share with us, what did you takeway from this post? What is your gift and how do you plan to share it with the world?

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Workday Low-Maintentance, Low-Manipulation Hair: Side Twistout Updo

Spending all day on my hair? Ain’t nobody got time for that!!


I know some girls spend a lot of time detangling and smoothing out their kinks. The number thing I don’t worry about is texture. First-day twistout hair for me is always the kinkiest with hardly any length. As I retwist throughout the week the hair will continue to stretch and become less kinky over time. I’m big fan of just learning to work with your texture. This style was achieved after I washed and conditioned it. Part of my detangling process is to put my hair medium to large twists. I left the back in twists and flat-twisted then up and pinned then down at the top with a bobby pin. I only took down the twists in front and swept the hair up and over to the side (my signature move…lol) and secured it with a hair pin.

Day 2
That night, I moisturized and retwisted with moisture cream. The next day, instead of wearing my hair out, I left the twists in the back pinned up. Then I retwisted the twists in front and secured then with a bobby pin over to the side. Any stray pieces were tucked in.

My hair is so kinky, people often think I have locs…lol (Love my naps…)

Easy breezy style. I think I will moisturize the back and retwist and keep the back twists pinned up and just continue to wear it out or twisted in the front until time for my next wash.

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Fly Natural Hair: Simple, Chic TWA Headband


Short hair doesn’t have to be boring. This beaded head band is the perfect accessory to add a little flirty pazzaz to your natural look. The model in this pic really lets her natural beauty shine with minimal makeup. Her curls are finger-defined with product. This look can be achieved using a twist defining cream or a gel, water and oil mix. Her earrings and necklace provide a feminine and sultry touch. She is killing this TWA!

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