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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!
To Enter:
  1. Share in the comment section below or on Facebook: “Why I love my naps (kinks or curls)?”
  2. You must be a fan on Facebook (post a comment on FB letting us know you entered the giveaway).

(You must do both to win.)

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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1. For an extra entry follow us on Twitter @LoveYourNaps and share this tweet:
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And the award for best natural hair goes to a wig…2012 Billboard Music Awards [PHOTOS]


I wonder how many celebrities are secretly transitioning or have already transitioned to natural hair? I look forward to a day when celebrities everywhere will stand united with wigs in hand and shout with one voice, “NO MORE!” (You know I’m kidding, right?) Until that day, I will settle for Brandy Norwood’s fabulous natural hair wig! She was stunting on the red carpet this past weekend at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Brandy gets a lot of criticism for practically anything she does, says or wears. This time I think she got it right. See more pics below.

Brandy wore a Herve Leger by Max Azria Spring 2012 bandage dress pair with rose-gold metallic Christian Louboutin bow-accented ‘Lady Peep’ slingbacks. Her accessories included a gold leopard-print clutch and London Manori statement jewels. The hair was big and voluptuous with a nice angled cut. (Note: Someday, I would love to cut my real natural hair at an angle…) The volume reminds me of Kelly Rowland’s natural hair weave. Surprisingly, Kelly wore her hair super sleek and straight for the awards.

Also receiving an honorable mention is Alicia Keys beautiful braided bun. Her look was pure, simple elegance. Singer, Monica also wore a very pretty braided style. As for Brandy, today we love her curly hair, next week we’ll be analyzing her long, straight hair. It’s okay. Go ahead girl, have fun. 
What do you think of Brandy’s new look and the other featured celebs? 

Hanging at Chicago Natural Beauty Expo

I finally caught a moment to post some pics from the Chicago Natural Beauty Expo hosted by Miko and Titi Branch of Miss Jesse’s Products and Rachel O. of Chicago Naturals Meetup which now has over 1000 members. What an exciting time! There was a fashion show by the Double Stitch Twins (phenomenal crochet divas…)and Essentials Elements Boutique a one of a kind boutique on Chicago’s South Side. Keeping the show popping was the hilarious and talented MC, “The King MC” and DJ Cruize Control. The event was held at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago. I had a fantastic time mingling with all the beautiful naturals. Check out the pics below and view more pics on our Facebook album.

How to Rock a Headwrap with Style [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

Have you ever had to run out of the house for a short errand but didn’t want to take down or style your hair? Do you:
a) Just stay in the house until you are ready to deal with your hair
b) Say fit forget it, step outside with your do-rag on, looking like you are about the clean the house
c) Spend time styling your hair only to have to re-style it again
d) Or, rock a headwrap with style and class?

Let’s go with answer “d”. Sistas, please stop coming outside on the block with do-rags, shower caps and bonnets on your head. You can find used fabric at the thrift store and it only takes minute to tie a cute headwrap, throw in some bangle earrings, jeans and a shirt to have a fashionable look. This a great look if you are transitioning or just need a break from styling. Check out African Export’s video below on how to tie a headwrap. Share your headwrap photos with us on our Facebook page.