When people ask me how long I’ve been natural, I usually give them the short answer- that I did my big chop in October of 2009. What I leave out is that that was actually my SECOND big chop! Yep. I went natural once before… but I hated it!
We’ve all had times when we try out a new style or even attempt one that we’ve done before and, for whatever reason, it’s a complete fail! Thankfully, there ARE a few ways to save a failed natural hair style. Here are some suggestions…
Here’s an easy, sleek high bun for you busy moms, you girls on the go or anyone looking for a quick style for any occasion!
Just three years after the success of her best-seller Better Than Good Hair, CurlyNikki.com founder Nikki Walton partners up with Dark and Lovely to release the FREE e-book When Good Hair Goes Bad! Yaaasss boo… F-R-E-E!!
We’ve all got those remarks that make us cringe when we hear them. Well, instead of the mini rants that I tend to do among friends or on my own Instagram page via perfectly-crafted memes, here’s a lil roundup of the natural hair comments many of us would rather not hear!
Ylang ylang. What is it? What are the benefits of its fragrant oil and uh… how in the world do you pronounce it?! I’ve been wondering about this oil for a while so before I add to my regimen, I thought I’d do a little research. Here’s what I found.
I, for one, am a lil more than tired of hearing women with kinky textured hair complain about all the things their hair can’t do all while panting over the looser curls of another natural. It’s sad, really. Meanwhile, one of my workmates, who has much looser curls than I have, always compliments my hair. One day she exclaimed,” I LOVE all the things your hair can do!” So, why is it that we often want what we don’t or can’t have? While catching up on my YouTube video-watching this morning, I caught this one by AskProy. I’ve talked before about embracing your kinks, sharing a PSA from vlogger CharyJay. This is yet another great expression of that message! PRoy is definitely in my head as she breaks down a few reasons why she loves her kinky textured hair (often referred to as “Type 4”) and why you should too! I’m with her on every single point! Have you battled with really embracing your hair texture? Do you now share PRoy’s enthusiasm about all the wonderful things our kinky textured hair CAN do?! I sure hope so! xoxo Toia B.
Well, hello there, gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that you can head on over to Natural Hair Rules!!!™ NOW to learn about my favorite deep conditioners to help get you through this harsh winter in my latest contribution. Click the graphic to go directly to it! Go on! Read it, share your comments on the site and lemme know what you think! As always, thanks so much for the love and support. xoxo Toia B.
Sooo you guys remember how I was working on something with BK Independent Media? Welp, the not-so-secret secret is out. The premiere of BK SuperNaturals, a new BK Live segment, aired last month aaannd I forgot to alert you. My bad. But, hey, I have it for ya right here! Tadaaa! 😉 You’ll catch a couple snippets of me in the opening montage along with vloggers Ahsiek1118, Brittania718, stylist Deneice C., model/actress Brigid Turner, natural hair enthusiast Ericka Pierre and others. Great times at the Brooklyn Promenade! In this first installment of BK SuperNaturals, natural hair care pro Diane C. Bailey, Jenell Stewart of Kinky Curly Coily Me!, Imani Dawson of Tribe Called Curl and filmmaker Rhadames Julian kick off a discussion surrounding the current natural hair movement. Make sure you also check out the second episode so you don’t miss a thing. ENJOY! BK Live 12/9/14: BK Supernaturals from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo. xoxo Toia B.
I haven’t done one o’ these in a minute so, I thought it was only right that I come back and give a big ole shout out to the mainstay of textured natural hair: the Afro. Whether neatly patted down with every strand in place or finger-combed and slightly “undone”, the Afro will forever be a natural hair fave around these parts! Yes, I love my updos, twists and buns but I just adore the funkiness and downright FUN of wild-ish hair. Stylist Frédérique of I Go by Frankie never fails with her effortless cloud of kinks to match her super eclectic fashion. When she throws a side part in that Afro… *swoon*. LOVE a side part! We can’t get enough of Afroista! Her larger-than-life, untamed Afro makes me wanna do a little dance every time I see it. Trust… photos do this mane no justice! A stunner in person. GAAAH! Regular followers of her blog may be used to a beautifully defined twist-out or high puff from our June Natural Fashionista Cynthia so this was a switch. Whether it was a twist-out-turned-Afro or what, I don’t care. Hey, with natural hair, sometimes, accidental styles are the best kind! It seems Solange’s wedding day do caused a bit of a stir as far as the standards of “bridal hair”. Ugh! Welp, as stated in my last post, I think she looks beautiful! Who says you have to wear a sleek, carefully pinned up style for your nuptials? In true Solo fashion, this screams “I’m gonna be me!” This Afro is tastefully done and complements her fashion for the day. DO YOU BOO! And then there’s lil ole me! I almost never aim for a perfectly defined twist-out or braid-out. If I do get a defined look goin’, I’m not bothered if…