Month: July 2014

The Fashionista Award!!!!

thefashionistaawardHello everyone,

Hope you all are having a wonderful day!

I have been nominated for the “Fashionista Award” by Kesia Claysie from Islandkynks: Styling Tips for a Natural Gal! Thank you Kesia! I truly appreciate it, you are wonderful!

 

1)  What motivated you to start blogging?

 

I really wanted to share my natural hair journey with other women that were interested in natural hair! I found it really helpful following the journey of others and I was inspired to begin blogging myself. I hope to help, inspire, and encourage women to continue in their natural hair journey and hopefully learn something from me and my failure and triumphs! I also hope this can be a platform for women to express themselves and continue to have conversations about natural hair and self image in general.

 

2) Favorite movies?

 

Selena, Brown Sugar, The Mummy, Love and Basketball, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Slumdog Millionaire

 

3) What is your dream career?

 

I would have to say my dream career would be an owner of my own natural hair care line!

 

4) Top wish list items at the moment?

 

Becoming fit and starting a healthier lifestyle, create the perfect hair care product that would work for all hair types lol, getting a job in engineering at a pharmaceutical company

 

5) Favorite television shows?

 

Scandal, Orange is the New Black, Suits, and CSI: Miami

 

6) What store do you find yourself shopping in the most?

 

Walmart, Walgreens, and Forever 21

 

7) Favorite fashion designers?

 

Don’t really have one, I’ll wear anything I think is cute no matter the label!

 

8) Describe your dream vacation?

 

I would love to travel to Greece and experience a different culture! I would love to learn about the history of Greece and visit the museums! I would also love to lie on the beaches all day and enjoy  the Mediterranean cuisine! I love to eat lol!

 

9) What are the goals for your blog?

 

My goals for this blog is just to give women a platform to speak about natural hair and anything else related to self image and self love! I also hope they can learn and grow with me in my natural hair journey and learn from my errors! I believe blogging creates an amazing platform to meet so many other amazing people, you can learn so much from other peoples experiences!

 

10) If you had the opportunity to interview a celebrity, who would it be?

 

Elle Varner, she seems so down to earth and I love her hair and her music!

 

Once again, I would like to thank, Kesia Claysie for nominating me! Your such a sweetheart!

 

My Nominees are:

TheLazyNatural

myetherealseas

curlycandace

curlyheaven

color me natural

fiercely fearless

coily head of hair

hey natural beauties

islandgirlcurls

curlycece

 

View instructions for the “Fashionista Award” here http://thatchicfashionblog.wordpress.com/the-fashionista-award/

FEATURE FRIDAY: KESIA CLAYSIE

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1. Tell us about yourself.
 Hello Girls, I live in the Caribbean with my family and work part-time. For the longest time, could not get my relaxed hair to grow past my shoulders, was super thin and unhealthy so after some time, decided to return natural and will never looked back. Love it, my hair is longer and healthier than ever and am happy.image

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?
Have been natural now for 2 years 4 months. Decided to return natural because I simply did not know how to take care of my own hair, she would never grow and could never achieve a style I wanted without my stylist. After being inspired by my aunt, and with support from the rest of my family, decided to go for it.
3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?
 
Not at all, did not even consider going natural because did not know anything about my own natural hair. Always had my hair relaxed every 4 months so never really knew anything about my natural texture until I started to transition, did that for 4 months, got impatient so decided to BC on February 28, 2012.
4. How would you describe your hair?
She has personality and is alive!!! My texture is 4C, very kinky, coily, zigly zagly. Length is 11″ to 12″. In the back, is more tightly coiled and in the front, is looser coils. She loves water, Tresemme & Aussie Moist conditioners, creams, oils of any kind, prefers to be left alone 90% of the time in protective styles.
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5. What is your natural hair regimen?
Wash Days are very 2 to 3 weeks, finger-detangle with VO5 Conditioner & Oil, then do 15-20 large braids, wash with ACV mix and do a tea rinse, let her air dry for about 15 minutes, on to my protective style, 2 Strand Twists, apply my conditioner mix and oil to seal in moisture. Do treatments when needed.
6. What products can’t you live without?
Water is absolutely one of them, Tresemme, Aussie Moist or VO5 Conditioner, Olive & Coconut Oil, scrunchies and my satin cap!!! As long as I have the above am ok. As time goes on, am trying to simplify my hair regimen, once I find what works, I stick to that. Ooh, of course, my fingers, they are my combs 😀
7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?
The best thing I can say is consistency, try my best to always keep tresses moisturized, wear a satin cap when sleeping, every single night, do treatments every 2 to 3 months. I use zero heat and keep her in protective styles 3 weeks, then rest for 1 week. If my hair does not like a product, will not use again.
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8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?
I have learned to appreciate and love my natural hair, how to take care of her and see that natural hair is not only amazing but extremely versatile in every way. I am amazed at other Naturalistas, how they take such great care if their own tresses and support ones going through a hard time, sweet community 😀
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9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?
 Please keep rocking your lovely tresses, whenever you see a natural girl, smile and compliment her about her lovely hair, trust me, you will make her day. Love your hair, she is unique and your crown of glory so smile and wear your crown girls. Wear your hair the way you choose to, it is yours so have a blast dolls!
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10. Where can we find you?
 You can find me at my blog on WordPress at: http://islandkynks.wordpress.com/Feel free to come by and check it out. If you have any questions, please post a comment or send me an email to: zion_areli@yahoo.com. Thank you for reading ladies and many thanks to Jai Nicole for featuring me.

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Thank you Kesia!!!

Curlynikki Controversy: Natural Hair and Race

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http://curlsandblossoms.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-curlynikki-feature-natural-hair-and.html?m=1

Let me just say that everyone, no matter race or gender, is welcomed on Hair A.D.D.  I, also believe, that women of color experience more backlash and negativity pertaining to our hair than any other race. I believe that women and men of any race can share their journey, but recognize, that people of color experience much harsher criticism than other races when it comes to standards of beauty. Curlynikki was never racially exclusive, or exclusive to women with only certain curl patterns or a certain texture of hair, which in my opinion, means it is a space for anyone to share their journey. Many women and men have their own stories to share dealing with self image issues and self confidence that can stem from looking different than the ideal standard of beauty. I do understand the arguments of “sharing our space” with different races, but in my opinion, as long as other races can respect “our spaces” without trying to falsely internalize our struggles, they are welcome to participate. Curlynikki’s site was created “to serve as an online hair therapy session for those struggling to embrace their naturally curly hair….as a platform for each of you too share your experiences, frustrations, and triumphs of being naturally glamorous,” (About Me page on curlynikki), she never claimed that her brand or website was eclusively for women of color, but of course it was very natural to make that assumption. I definitely feel like women of color need a space specifically for them, but it doesn’t hurt to allow others to participate, as long as they recognize why that particular space was created and respect it. Either way, I believe we can have an intelligent conversation about this matter! Please feel free to leave your opinions respectfully below in the comments section. Let’s have this conversation!