I alway heard great reviews about Drexel University’s Fashion Design program but this year I experienced just how phenomenal the students really were at the summer 2018 Fashion Show. Everyone gathered at the URBN Center on June 2, 2018 where students created designs ranging from experimental garments, tailoring, lingerie, swimwear, sportswear, evening wear, children’s wear and even a Korean collaboration with the Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea.
The Department of Design’s Department Head, Alphonso McClendon, invited me to participate as a hair stylist backstage, alongside certified National Redken Artist, Educator, and International published photo artist Diane Dugan + her team. It was an exciting night and felt like collections straight off of a New York Fashion Week runway. To compliment the looks for each collection, each model’s hair was styled into a sleek high ponytail. I had tons of fun and finally received a few photos from behind-the-scenes to share but be sure to check out the video highlights below.
My trip to Chicago in early July was a full adventure and I managed to sneak a photo session in with my PIC (Partner in Crime) Chauncia, who was down for the cause, and Rashima, an editor from Chicago. We all agreed to link up, came together as strangers, and left with new freindships established! All three of us used our GURL powers: Chauncia as the photographer, Rashima as the model, and myself with hair coordination. Rashima has a really bomb curly fro, however, she still had box braids in. It wasn’t a problem and actually added to the experience overall. I hope you enjoy our collaborative work, plus, learn a bit more about our muse Rashima too!
A few months ago I had no travel plans in mind. Then I saw an email from my Citi American Airlines AAdvantage card with a notification to redeem my points before expiring sometime in May. I’ve been a platinum select card holder since 2016 but was hesitant to redeem the points (don’t ask me why I have no clue!) until I actually HAD to. Soon after that Janelle Monáe dropped her Dirty Computer tour dates. I looked through the dates and sadly she wasn’t making her way to Philly but I saw Chicago and Atlanta on the list. Soooo that’s when my travel wheels started to churn. Continue Reading
The Politics of Black Women’s Hair Symposium at Rowan University (RU) continues to make an incredible impact within the student community, so much so that the Student Mentoring Program and the Women’s Center was able to bring this special program for its third year! The students at RU always show up ready to engage and share their thoughts which is super important within a campus setting.
“Beauty is Inherent; it’s what we do” -Dr. Deb Willis
I didn’t make it to the box office just yet to see Marvel’s action packed Black Panther movie, but last week I enjoyed an enriching Blackety, Black, Black history month experience at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)!
It was a night to remember and a moment to relish in for the vegan, cruelty-free cosmetic brand Pound Cake. With their roots based right here in the City of Brotherly Love, Pound Cake is ready to disrupt the beauty industry with their matte lipsticks made for your lip tone and is a “pro-black, pro-fat, and pro-trans feminist company” thanks to CEO and Founder Camille Bell, and Co-Founder Jonathan Velazquez.
It’s that time of year when September hits and many influencers, trendsetters, creatives, and style gurus are looking forward to what’s next in season during New York Fashion Week. Naturally Curly made its third appearance at NYFW, and took over Gotham Hall in New York’s Garment district to celebrate Real Women, Real Fashion, and Real Texture on Thursday September 7th and I was honored to be back on the scene again! The show was powered by international specialty retailer Sally Beauty and featured runway partners such as Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Creme of Nature, Curlformers, Shea Moisture, and Mielle Organics while Michelle Breyer, Naturally Curly’s co-founder, and professional stylist, Mo Knows Hair, hosted the night. Each of the runway partners had a theme which spoke to their brand’s essence so take a dive into their hair trends and looks below.
One thing about Philly is that it’s easy to find hidden gems in the form of restaurants, cafes, historic landmarks, and even alley ways for such a small city. This time I grabbed the homie Corb in search of a scenic view. Technically these images are B.C.– BEFORECOLOR– as you’ve probably noticed that my curls are currently an ash blonde. But hey! That doesn’t change the fact that these are dope photos so it still wouldn’t hurt to share them with you.
For a third time I was back at the Philadelphia Natural Hair Show! Not only was I able to team up with the plant and botanical based hair care brand Original Moxie, but I was able to serve up a Beyond Hair Typing workshop along with showing how the brand’s extra moisturizing products keep dry hair hydrated. I talked aboutunderstanding your hair with the Original Moxie unique 3-D assessment which looks at the hair’s dryness, density, and degree of curl to craft a solution for your hair. Take a look at a piece of the show’s experience below with Stylist Ve and I.