Monthly Archives: February 2012

10 Tips for Rocking Your Natural Look on Valentine’s Day

I find that many women who are newly natural or even have been in it for a while struggle with feeling sexy in their natural hair. In my experience with dating with natural hair and now marriage, hair comes secondary to all the other many facets of who you are. However there are some things you can do to enhance your natural look.

  1. Don’t go overboard on the accessories. Your man wants to see you, not ten pounds of jewelry and accessories.
  2. Accentuate your best features. Eyes, lips, hips…whatever your gimmick is.. work it!
  3. Don’t feel pressured to dress naked just because your hair is natural. I’m not saying don’t get your sexy on…lol but do it with class!
  4. Loose curls and twistouts can be very alluring. Leave your twists in until it’s time to go out. Tip: Pull your twist apart a little for extra volume without disturbing the curl definition. A little volume is sexy.
  5. Don’t forget your ends scraggly ends distract from the style. Trim them, gel them or curl them with rollers depending on the style.
  6. Is their a particular style your man really likes? Give him what he wants..even if just for one night.
  7. Don’t forget your eyebrows. It’s amazing what perfectly trimmed eyebrows can do to frame your face. Get them trimmed professionally. If you don’t have eyebrows…like me, shade them in lightly with brown eyeliner or brow correcter.  
  8. Pin-ups and updos are sexy. Why? Because they reveal the nape of your neck…enough said.
  9. Short hair don’t care! Dazzle him with a little something unexpected and girly like a small flower or hair pin. Also check out my post on styling options for your TWA.
  10. Wear your confidence. This cannot be said enough. If think you are pretty or sexy, then it will show to others with your body language. Your confidence (not cockiness) will make you even more alluring. Most all just be you. After all, that is who he is hanging out with, right?
Do you struggle with feeling sexy with natural hair? Or, what are some of your tips for natural hair fierceness?

11-Year Old Entrepreneur and Natural Beauty–Truly an Inspiration [VIDEO]

Little girl, big hair, big ideas. At the tender age of 11, Maya Penn, from Georgia, has turned her ideas into a lucrative business. She has already been featured in Forbes magazine. When I first saw this story on the Grio, I was immediately taken by her natural look. As I read the story, I realized the she is more than just “fluff” (no pun intended). This girl is the real deal. Her drive and poise is truly inspiring and her designs are fabulous. 


You want to know the secret to Maya’s success? In a Fox News interview, Maya stated that when she is not studying she is creating. Her business is making elaborate headbands and accessories. She is now CEO and owner of her own online company called Maya’s Ideas. Maya notes, “I love wearing different kinds of headbands and decided that would be a good way to start.” Sometimes, all you need is a start. It probably also wouldn’t hurt to have a pair of awesome parents like Maya’s who home school her. Maya has also learned at early age that it is important to be a giver. She donates 10% of her earnings to charity, which also a savvy business move. Maya hopes to someday become a digital animator. She wasted no time pursuing that dream as well and showcases her animations on her blog.

This story is a reminder to parents that we need to invest our time and attention in our children’s future. (Notice, that investing does not always mean money, but yes some money is needed.) It’s also a reminder to ourselves that we have to invest in ourselves and our dreams and never give up.

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Never mind Viola Davis’ new natural hair…she’s got even bigger plans!

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At the 2012 SAG Awards, upon accepting her award for female actor in a leading role, Viola Davis inspired us to “Dream Big and Dream Fierce.” Now, she is inspiring us with her fierce and new, short natural look featured in the LA Times magazine spread! If you didn’t notice that Viola is absolutely stunning before, there is no denying it now. But, wait…did you guys read the LA Times article? Viola Davis is the quintessential renaissance woman. She has risen from the depths of obscurity and small-time roles to a leading lady in mainstream Hollywood. And that is not all she has to offer.

In the LA Times article, Viola expressed that she is not bitter for being overlooked all these years as a Black actress.

Viola states,

“That really is our plight, especially as women of color,” she says. “You can have all the training in the world (says the former Julliard student), come from a respectable background and yet never get that big opportunity that breaks you out—never.”

Viola is a game changer and a true visionary. Instead of wallowing in the bitterness of the past or just basking is the glory of her new-found prestige, the article states,

“Her next target isn’t another lead role. It’s producing, a task she feels she must undertake if she and other black actresses are to get more fulfilling work. Young people need to be mentored to aspire to something fulfilling.”

Viola states,

“I am doing this out of necessity,” she says. “If I am not the instrument of change, I can meander through this business and be the black woman who always has two or three scenes but with fabulous actors around me.”

Way to go, Viola!! Up next is the Academy Awards. I truly do hope to see her new look on the red carpet accentuated by a golden Ocsar!! As for the question of whether or not Hollywood will except natural hair…Hollywood will not except it until we except ourselves.

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