Monthly Archives: August 2011

Makeup and Martinis…oh, my!

Hey Chicagoland naturalistas! On Saturday, September, 3, 2011, gather your girls for an amazing evening of Makeup and Martinis, hosted by professional makeup artist, Angela Lee. Join her and other professional makeup artists and vendors for a night makeovers, pampering, mingling, networking and perusing through some amazing handbags and accessories! Yours truly, Cj Harris will also be there mingling and answering questions. See below for more details.

Raffle prizes will also be given at the end of the evening. The vibe is: Glam, High Fashion, Sexy, Chic (Please dress accordingly). Cocktails and drinks provided. Cost, only $5!


Lakewood Prairie Clubhouse Subdivision
1200 Barberry Way
Joliet, IL. 60431

RSVP online $5 or $10 at the door.

Tips are also welcomed.

Birthday Hair: Flat-Twist Mohawk

So, last week was my birthday. I stressed and agonized over how I would fix my hair. Originally, I wanted to do a straight style, but a busy women like me just simple ran out of time. So, what’s a girl to do–a quick flat-twist mohawk/ pompadour style. This is a no-fuss, low-maintenance style. It actually lasted me for two weeks because I decided to do my hair a week before my birthday. Naturally, I was concerned that by the time my birthday came, my hair would look totally bogus, but it didn’t. Here’s some tips on how I achieved this look.

1, First I washed and conditioned my hair and applied herbal oil and shea butter throughout for extra moisture.Next, I divided my hair into sections. As with any elaborate style, you have to plan it out first. So, I looked in the mirror and I decided how wide I wanted my mohawk in the front and made parts on each side. Then I gathered all the hair on the top of my head and tied it with a scrunchy to keep it out if the way.(Note: I did not have to part all the way down to the nape of the neck.)

2. Starting near the temple of my head (more so on the side of my forehead), I parted a small section about the width out my finger, going on a curve. Then, I flat-twisted up toward the top on my head, but not quite all the way to the top. I stopped twisting at the part I made initially for the mohawk and secured it with a bobby pin. This twist is now the guide for the rest of the twist on that side of my head.

3. I flat-twisted the remaining hair so that each twist lined up with the first twist. The first twist will also be the longest. Each twist should gradually get shorter as you reach the nape of the neck or the front of your head. I repeated steps two and three on the other side. The mohawk should be the widest at the crown of head and narrow toward the nape of the neck and front of the head.

4. Now, at first I wasn’t sure what to do with the top. I could have done flat-twist in the front that go straight to the top of my head and afro in the back. Instead, I chose to pick out the top so that I could smooth it down and secure it with bobby pins (and lots of them). Because the hair is already puffy I decided to create a little pompadour hump in the front of the mohawk.

5. For the back, I inititally just ‘froed it out. (not shown). A few days before my birthday I put two-strand twist with loc and twist gel in the back to do a twistour which I took down the day of.

Mohawks can get very creative and they are quite versatile. I had a lot of fun with this style and I plan to do more variations of it.

Tell us what you think of the look!

The Top 5 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Black Natural Hair

We have been conditioned to believe that kinky hair is the worst type of hair. These lies stem from our roots in the slavery and Jim Crow era of our country. We were taught as little girls that straight is best. If you come from a religious background like me, then you probably heard that “a woman’s hair is her crown and glory.” Therefore the longer your hair is, the better right? Even with all the women who are going natural, there are still those of us who just can’t let go of the perms and weaves. Here are the top 5 lies I told myself before deciding to go natural all the way.

Lie #1: Our hair does not grow
Human hair grows at the rate of 1/2″ per month or about 6 inches per year…So, are black people like cursed or something? No! The top culprit for slow hair growth is breakage. Prevent breakage by not excessively combing and blow drying the hair. Take time to properly detangle the hair and seal your ends with moisture. The second culprit is dryness. So again, take time to moisturize. Don’t use petroleum based products to moisturize because they sit on the hair and block moisture which also inhibits hair growth.

Lie #2: Black men don’t like natural hair
Here’s an issue that keeps coming up amongst many women who are natural and finding the dating scene to be a little cold now that their hair is not straight anymore. A lot of women feel that finding a good man is hard enough and the wearing natural hair will only reduce her odds. Here’s the deal. A man wants anything thing with legs and a booty. What’s going on with your hair is a factor, but a good man will actually care that you can hold a conversation. Once a man gets to know the real you, hair becomes irrelevant as long as it’s neat and well-maintained.

Lie #3: Our hair is not unmanageable
SO NOT TRUE. The key here is that knowledge is power. You can’t manage something you don’t understand. Learn how your hair behaves and adjust accordingly. We have to change our mindset about what manageable hair is. No, it won’t lay down straight, Yes, is may frizz up. I’m not being insensitive. It took me a minute to look in the mirror and say my natural hair texture is beautiful the way it is.

Lie #4: “Good” hair is better than kinky hair
This topic is like beating a dead horse. I really wish the term “good hair” would just go away. I look forward to the day the whole conversation over good hair vs. bad hair ends (that may not happen until we all go to meet Jesus…) Truth be told, every hair type has pros and cons. We must learn how to work with what we have. The real issue is that there still needs to be healing from the division and confusion that racism brought within the black community.

Lie #5: Natural hair unprofessional
This is simply not true. Any look, style or hair texture can be unprofessional if you take it to the extreme. Not even a white person with straight hair going to show up for a corporate job interview with bright blue hair color. Hair that is neat and simple is best for corporate America (unless you are the boss). Do your funky styles on the weekends . I happen to work in a predominately white environment. I am well-respected because I carry myself with professionalism and treat others as I would want to be treated. I make it a point to stand out from the crowd, not by my hair or fashion, but by my work performance.

Share your thoughts with us! Can you think of any other lies we tell ourselves?

Tiffany’s Big Loc Chop: A New Beginning

I have the privilege of knowing one of the original Queens of Poetry, Tiffany, aka, Articulite. She is a phenomenal poet who has been on the poetry scene since 2004. Her signature poem, “Why Do You Call Yourself a Beautician?” is getting raves all over the nation. She is very humble and just a beautiful person inside and out. For almost as long as I’ve known her, she has had these beautiful, long flowing locs. So, to my astonishment when I read on Facebook the she cut them off, I didn’t believe it until I saw the pics for myself. See Articulite’s new look and read about her hair journey below.

Big chop date: August 16, 2011

Why did you decide to go natural?I decided to go natural because I wanted to see the effect my hair would have without a perm.

What made you go the loc route?I decided to get loc’s because that’s something I always wanted to try because I thought it was nice and easy to manage but little did I know i had to maintain that as well lol. 

How long did you have your locs and how long where they when you cut them?
I had my loc’s for 5 full years. My loc’s where pass my shoulders to the middle of my back.

Why did you decide to loc chop?I had a spirtual awakening and decided to cut my loc’s in the month of August. The month of August is the 8th Month which means new Beginning so I wanted to start fresh and I wanted to get rid of the negative hair-energy lol. 

A New Beginning
What are your next hair moves/goals?
My next hair goals for 2011 is maybe wear the fro or maybe be versatile with a few wigs here and there.

See more of Articulite at: Check back in for updates on her natural hair journey.

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