Style

Blush. Braided. Crowned.

All images captured by @cathalyse

I have my final TOBI style look to share with everybody and I am so glad I had a chance to experience the West Coast clothing boutique as I showcased my East Coast vibes (if you missed my Fourth Day + Denim or The Shifted Sundress feel free to click on the links ;). This look was really fun but very different because I was able to team up with some pretty awesome people. I decided to go with a new hair style like braided extensions on the day of the shoot and I couldn’t have picked a better time to have everything come full circle! I honestly have been talking about getting my hair braided since last year but somehow never got around to doing so. Not to mention how I haven’t had cornrows since like elementary school so there was a lot of new stuff going on at once. However, this time I booked my appointment with Melissa Lane, “Da Braid Slayer,” and picked a braided style that I’ve never tried before: side braids which turned out nothing short of amazing!

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Hair + Care

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Shampoo

Caring for natural hair takes patience and requires some kind of routine to maintain kinks and curls. Women who wear their hair naturally curly have also become more aware of what type of products are being applied to their hair and scalp because of the delicate nature of our hair. The tight coils may look strong and durable from appearance but it’s truly fragile, yet, strong at the same time. Now that the entire world wants to cater to the natural hair community by creating products for textured hair it seems to be a gift and a curse at the same time. Yes, our hair needs moisture all the time, way more than other textures, because of how quickly it leaves the hair and requires gentle detangling or manipulation, but there are also products out there to help us keep these minor issues in check. Sometimes there are to many products to choose from and naturalitstas can often become ‘product junkies’ trying to find that one miracle product in a jar that really may not exist. One of the major perceptions hair care brands, marketers, and industry influencers (bloggers, YouTubers, etc.) have made women in our community paranoid over would be the use of shampoos. You may think I sound absurd if your someone who only sticks to co-washing but here is why you should not fear shampoos:

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Style

The Shifted Sundress

All images captured by @TheOliveWave

Dresses come in a variety of styles that can easily complement and accentuate your favorite body features: short mini dresses highlight stunning legs and elongates the torso, long maxi styles are perfect for comfort and on-the go ease, body-con dresses define the curves of each individual while straight shift dresses create structure. I always thought my shoulders were kind of broad and boxy until I started trying off the shoulder styles which is this season’s biggest style trend. The Bianca Off Shoulder Shift Dress easily combines the two styles I like into one: a shift style, although it’s a straight shape there is plenty of movement, with a chance to show some shoulder action. The dress is made of great quality and has a lining underneath it. There’s no peek-a-boo sheerness to worry about and the fabric allows the dress to be worn all year round because it’s not a flimsy piece of cloth. I’m already thinking of a few ways I can switch this look up for the fall season that’s a head of us….hmmmm! 

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Fourth Day & Denim

All images captured by @TheOliveWave

Now the weather has started to make sense of itself, I can finally shed a few layers of clothing in exchange for a sunny day. Besides, my last style post was back in January so it’s long overdue…don’t you think? But you might also be wondering what the heck does “Fourth Day + Denim” even mean? NOOooo it hasn’t been four days since I last washed my jeans– although you do get better results from washing your denim less often– but denim is my favorite piece of clothing to wear so that’s part of the reason. The real kicker is that the day I took these photos, my hair was a fourth day-old re-twist that I had set earlier in the week. I never really do like my hair when it’s freshly done because it’s just to neat for me. I LOVE messy, unintentional hair that sits all over my head after the wind blows it all around my face. It takes about 3-4 days for my fro to get massive like this! I literally wake up with a different form of a hairstyle every morning because naturally curly hair creates a new personality daily (I know you ladies know what I’m talking about)! A big curly fro, high waisted denim, and a distressed t-shirt just sounds like all of the good things in life meshed together. How could I couldn’t go wrong!

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Hair + Care

The Power of the Flower

There is something cool and unique about flowers during the spring. Maybe it’s the sweet light aroma of a flower or its delicate petals and various colors that resemble actual personalities. The other reason could be its symbolism for growth and new life if a newly blossoming flower comes to mind. Besides its pure beauty, flowers have potent medicinal benefits for the hair and skin that is often overlooked. This season, create new ways to incorporate floral essential oils into your hair or skin routine for healthy and strong tresses. Since many of these aroma floral oils have antibacterial elements that minimize infections and the growth of bacteria, using these oils during the course of protective styles, such as extensions and sew-ins, braids, or whenever the scalp is enclosed, will keep the scalp at a balanced pH level, cleansed between the use of shampoos, free of build up, and naturally fragrant. That way hitting the gym or swimming becomes less of a hassle when maintaining certain hair styles during the warmer seasons. Take a peek at these essential oils to see which flower would be most beneficial for you.

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Living, News

The Come Back: 2nd Annual Politics of Black Woman’s Hair Symposium

A few of you may remember that time, last year, I went to Rowan University (RU) in New Jersey to speak as their opening plenary during the symposium (if you have no clue of what I’m talking about no worries. Take a quick peek at the video from last year’s program!). This year the Politics of Black Woman’s Hair Symposium was presented by The Women’s Center, in collaboration with the Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program and Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. This year’s experiences topped the previous year’s symposium, all though it was ALLLL that and a bag of chips too, but I was more ecstatic to have the opportunity to participate once again. This time I was the keynote speaker, which added more pressure on my behalf than before, but the warmth and openness from the students and faculty at RU made it all worthwhile. Not only did the college students attend but the Student Mentoring Program gave a chance for the young adults at Glassboro High School to learn and engage with the topics so that was even better!

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Hair + Care

4 Easy Ways to Make a Blow Out Last on Textured Hair

Remember those tips for making a blowout last longer I’d mentioned in my Winter Vintage style post? Well the deets are here; the one great thing– well I would say (but you can agree with me too)– about naturally textured/curly hair would be its versatility. One moment it’s curly and the next moment it can be blown out straight, crinkled, wavy or spiral curled and all that good stuff. You really get the best of both worlds which is why I believe many women have started to learn and educate themselves on caring for their hair just the way it is. Acknowledging and accepting oneself just as you are is an empowering feeling and switching up your hair style from time to time gives a mood booster and makes life much more exciting doesn’t it ladies;) Now that its’ going on my 4th week of wearing my hair blown out and straight, with only 2x’s I reapplied direct heat to my hair, I have some really great tips that will help your blow out/press to last a little longer when you feel the urge to temporarily go straight commando!

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Living, Style

#OOTD: Winter Vintage Inspiration

It was a pretty great day on Sunday and you may have noticed how I rarely ever post full style images, but I wanted to try something new since everyday is an opportunity to go beyond ordinary, wouldn’t you agree? I’ve been wearing my hair blown out in a straight style since the start of January (which reminds me I’ll have to share my cool tips on maintaining a press and/or blowout for the Curly Sue’s out there…hold on to that thought!) and went for an elegant, yet, classic look for the day. Tell me how you enjoy the images below by leaving a comment and I’ll have the outfit details too!

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