Monthly Archives: June 2012

EXTENDED: Anniversary Giveaway: “Why I Love My Naps?” $50 Sally Beauty Gift Card and LYN Tee

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve been blogging. Having this blog has truly been a journey for me. I’ve learned so much about myself, about women and about this hair that unites us. I’m so grateful to be sharing this journey with you. The stories that each one of us has about our natural hair is so fascinating and inspiring. I have fallen in love again with my hair and I hope you have too. That is why to celebrate the anniversary of this blog, we are asking “Why do you love your naps (kinks and curls)?” We are giving away a “Love Your Naps” original tee and a $50 Sally Beauty gift card for all you beauty needs!
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Giveaway closes Saturday, July 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, August 2, 2012.

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Thank you Daddy for the little things, like trying to style my hair

One of my fondness memories as a child is of my dad styling my hair. Now he like most dads had ZERO experience in this area. In fact I have one word to describe my look for the that day…GREASY. My dad went the full nine yards. He pressed out my kinks with the hot comb and managed to slick my hair down into a side ponytail. By the end of that styling session, my hair and face was slathered in hair grease. You could easily spot me in room because I was glowing, you hear me?

This past Father’s Day made me think of that story and a similar story I had read about President Barak Obama. At a recent private dinner with four contest winners, he and Mrs. Obama shared memories of their young family. When talking about their children, the President fondly shares,

My favorite story out of this is Malia, when she was 4, she had a little dance thing. Well, Michelle was gone that weekend so I’m taking her to ballet. And I get her in her little leotard and her little stuff. I did her hair, put it in a little bun. We get to the dance studio and one of the mothers there right away comes up to Malia – she thinks she’s out of earshot of me and she says, ‘Sweetie, do you want me to redo your hair?’ And Malia who she’s 4 says, ‘Yes please, this is a disaster’ you know, she didn’t want to hurt daddy’s feelings.

Wow! Even at four years old, no daughter wants to hurt daddy’s feelings. We look up to our daddies and we only want to please them.Unfortunately, in some circumstances that image of “daddy” is stained and sometimes even shattered. When that happens we are left to pick up the pieces of the part of our identity. I can say that I am blessed to have had my daddy around, imperfections and all. It’s no secret that he struggled with and overcame drug abuse which at times made my childhood difficult.

So, I am grateful for the greasy forehead as I am sure Malia is grateful for that messy bun. We don’t ask for dad to be perfect–just be there. And moms, I know we do a lot, but let’s not forget to praise dad for the little things he does, even if he doesn’t do it “right.” Thanks, Daddy for little things that made a big difference.
Has your dad/male-figure ever tried to style your hair? What is the fondest memory of your dad or male-figure growing up?

The “Re-education” of Lauryn Hill: New hair, music and oh yeah, that tax evasion thing [+PHOTOS]

Performing in London source

As a young woman coming of age in the late 1990s, Lauryn Hill was one of my music idols. She is one of the original “queens” of natural hair, sporting locs before it became a trend. Lauryn Hill, an eight-time Grammy Award winner continues to be an “off-the-beaten-path” originator and thinker. Her 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is no question, one of greatest albums of all time. Her music and rhythms connected to your heart and soul while stimulating your mind. Ms. Hill has been in and out of the public spotlight since she went into seclusion in 2000 for various personal reasons. Since then, her public life has seemingly been surrounded by one controversy after another. Some of it is hearsay, other controversies stem from various actions and statements she made throughout the years. The latest incident is that of tax evasion charges for not filing taxes from 2005 to 2007. In a written statement on her Tumblr page, Lauryn “re-educates” us about who she is, the tax charges and why she went into seclusion. She states:

Old school Lauryn

Being a mom at the Highline Ballroom source
Being a mom at the Highline Ballroom

“I kept my life relatively simple, even after huge successes, but it became increasingly obvious that certain indulgences and privileges were expected to come at the expense of my free soul, free mind, and therefore my health and integrity. So I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it.”

Lauryn goes on to attack the music industry for “veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control.” Hill writes that, “Addressing critical issues like pop culture cannibalism or its manipulation of the young at the expense of everything, was frowned upon and discouraged by limiting funding, or denying it outright.”

Specifically addressing the tax charges, Lauryn states, “My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes.”

Lately, Lauryn has been regularly appearing at various venues. One of her latest venues was at the Highline Ballroom in New York a couple of weeks ago. In the intimate setting, she allowed five of her six children to come on stage and sing and rap with her. She also recently performed in London and made a surprise appearance at Hot 97′s Summer Jam concert. Sporting a new cropped afro and signature linen wide-legged pants, from the pictures, she seems joyful and rejunvented.

Lauryn Hill ended her Tumblr statement by saying, “To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.” For fans like me, that’s good to know. We are rooting for you Lauryn to put these issues behind you and allow your artistic gifts to shine again.

Highline Ballroom
L. Boogie returns at Summer Jam Concert

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Results of the Quick Hair Recovery High-Texture TWISTOUT (mini product review)

There are so many different ways to rock a twistout. You can achieve many different textures and looks just by adjusting the manner in which you prepare for the twistout. In this twistout, my goal was not to be super defined  or to smooth out my kinks.  I really love how my texture is on full display here. This twistout came about because a few days ago I did a style called, “puffy twists pinned back.” I created the style out of necessity because my hair had been in a puff for a while and was really dry and tangled. So, I had to figure out a way to add moisture and still be cute until it was time for a wash. Here are some additional tips and thoughts about this style.

Note: Since the twists were pinned back and some were twisted up, I had to correct some parts of the hair once I unraveled it. Some parts were sticking up or out and it was looking kinda crazy. To fix that, take the piece of hair that is sticking out and gently tug on it a few times downward. Kinky hair likes to intertwine within itself. So, pull apart pieces of that section and tuck them into the sections that are laying down correctly.

Another reason the hair is highly textured is because I used lots of water (which swells the hair). I also did not use a gel or pudding to smooth out the hair. I used SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and peppermint oil to seal in moisture. In my experience, the Smoothie is great at really enhancing my texture, but not so much for highly defined twistouts. That’s why it’s great to know your hair and just work with your unique texture to create different looks. Don’t get all bent out of shape over your hair…just go with the flow. #HappyStyling :)

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