Saturday, November 12, 2011

Protective Styling

Here's a vid of the protective style I did on 11/7/11


Friday, November 11, 2011

Tip of the Day

Hey Chicas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recently I had a conversation with a few naturalistas at school (s/o to Natasha & Cass). So we were talking about the versatility, issues with and love for our natural hair. One thing that we all agreed on in regards to natural hair is the following:


And that's what makes us so beautiful. Sometimes as naturalistas we look @ others' hair and we have #hairenvy (I know I sure do lol). Now there's nothing wrong with admiring another chica's hair BUT when all is said and done find what works for YOU. Our hair comes in different textures, lengths, colors and all that good stuff, it's up to you to learn what YOU have and WORK IT!!!! I can give general tips and advice but the truth is that what works for me may not work for you. Despite that, one thing that will work for all of us is 


That's right a good 'ol glass of H2O. You're concerned about your hair being dry? Hair's not growing? Always looking dull? DRINK SOME MORE WATER. Oils, shea butter and creams are great (for the surface) but true healthy hair begins within. So if you want healthier LONGER hair, drink more water (and change your diet while you're at it). 

Did you know that the food you eat can also affect the health of your hair? It's true!!!! Change your eating habits for 30 days and see how it affects not only your body but your hair (and your skin too). 

Stay tuned for a post on 10 foods for healthy hair.....

Hair Stories: Nia

                                     Hair Stories: Nia

Nia thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview!!! So tell us, how long have you been natural?
I have been natural (technically) for the past 9 years.

That's a long time. What/who influenced you to start this journey?
My favorite teacher inspired me to venture out on this journey.  During my high school matriculation I would always ask her questions about locs and what it takes to start the process.  So, I decided that I would begin my natural hair journey before going away for college.  My choice was definite, and I was extremely excited.  I wanted it to be my “new look” as I embarked upon the next chapter of my life.  And so it began Saturday, August 17, 2002.  

Was it difficult for you to leave the creamy crack?
I am happy to say that it was not difficult at all. I was so anxious and actually looking forward to it. I had grown tired of perms and chemicals being put in my hair every other week/month.  My main concern was how my hair would react to the sudden change.  

That's a very valid feeling and a good point that many transitioners don't always think about. How will my HAIR react....Have you ever done a BC (big chop)?
Absolutely!  I’ve done the big chop!  Although my chopping process was gradual, it was big, nonetheless. I can be very impatient so I didn’t want to do it the long way and wait until all of the perm grew out of my hair. Only God knows how long that would have taken.  Overall, my attitude toward it was “it’s just hair” it will grow back, probably sooner than I anticipate. People responded better than I’d expected.  They loved it!  I am very meticulous about my hair. So even during the beginning stages with the twists, which is commonly called “the rough stage”, my locs were still neat and well-kept.  The typical recurring question from everyone was, “Why did you cut your hair?”  Once I explained the reason and sometimes the full story behind my decision, they seemingly understood.    

Now before you locked your hair what styles did you where? How did you transition?
Before I started locs I was the queen of doobies.  That was the easiest hairstyle for me to maintain on my own.  My transition:  My beautician at the time did everything in 3 steps. When I was a senior in high school she cut my hair a little right before the prom (May 2002).  The length was to my chin. Then she cut it shorter again the day before my graduation (June 2002). It was a very short, high maintenance hairdo. Finally, before leaving for college she cut the rest of the perm out and began the twists that would eventually develop into locs (August 2002).

How do you currently care for your locs?
The best haircare for my locs is to keep them consistently oiled and moisturized.  Especially in between visits to my loctician.  I get them washed and freshly re-twisted by my loctician once every 5 to 6 weeks (depending on the current style).  

What have you learned about your hair so far on this journey?
During this journey my hair has taught me a lot about patience.  Also, I’ve noticed that being natural it grows faster, it’s thicker, and the texture is better than it was when I used to get a perm.  Increasing my water intake also helps a lot, and makes it grow faster and fuller.   

What do you love most about your hair?
A couple of things I love most are the convenience and beauty of my locs.  I really don’t like to do my own hair.  I have gotten better at being creative with them as they’ve become longer. But if I don’t have to, I prefer not to do it myself. Even when it was twisted, I enjoyed the convenience to get up and go in the morning.  Before my natural hair journey I wasted a lot of time in the mirror doing my hair, and it was frustrating.  Locs are easy to maintain and very convenient for me.  And most of all, they’re absolutely beautiful. Well, mine are! Lol  There’s nothing like getting my hair washed, my locs freshly re-twisted and styled.  The best feeling!

LOL @ "well mine are" I hear that....What do you like least about your hair?
The thing that I like the least would have to be having such a dry scalp. That’s an issue I had even before going natural.  It’s good to keep your hair oiled, greased, moisturized, etc. in any case, but because of having a dry scalp it’s mandatory that I stay on top of it.    

Have you faced any challenges with your hair?
Honestly, I haven’t faced any challenges with my hair. I’ve never had an issue with breakage, hair damage, hair loss, etc… Nothing! Other than the dry scalp dilemma, all is well.  No complaints!

That's wassup....and if you could use one word to describe your hair what would it be?
One Word:  Enticing!

"Enticing" I like that. What’s the best advice you could give aspiring naturalistas?
The best advice I’d give to aspiring ‘naturalistas’ is to be undeniably sure about your decision and really know what works best for you.  Your personal sense of style in the world of being natural may vary from the one(s) that inspired you.  Be confident, be certain, be yourself, and have fun.  Enjoy the journey!    

What are 3 hair care products you can’t live without?
This is a little difficult because being in the beauty supply for me is like being a little kid in a candy store. There are so many amazing, natural products on the market. But if I had to narrow it down to 3 hair care products that I cannot live without they’d be:
-Glosser (by Luster’s Pink) which contains Shea butter, Jojoba oil, aloe, chamomile, lemongrass, & more
- Olive Oil Moisturizing hair Lotion (by Organic Root Stimulator)
-I make my own natural oils, but I also occasionally use Carrot Oil (by Hollywood Beauty)

Anything else we should know about you?
In March of 2006 I cut my locs off and sported a chic’ short hairdo. I did it because being a woman, sometimes you just want something new, something different.  So I gave in to temptation and made a drastic change.  It had to be sudden or else I would not have gone through with it.  So after cutting them, I went back to a perm and regretted my decision 2 weeks later.  About 6 months down the line I began my natural hair journey all over again. Smh. Needless to say, I learned my lesson and I can’t begin to fathom contemplating something like that again. This time around my locs have actually grown faster and even healthier than before.  I love my locs and I don’t regret anything about my natural hair journey!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Natural Hair Tee Giveaway from

If you love graphic tees like me...THIS is the perfect giveaway for you. 

Check out this vid from CharyJay for your chance to enter and WIN!!!

Good Luck Chicas!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Feature Friday: MissCleva of Cleva Collections

Feature Friday: MissCleva of Cleva Collections

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for 3 years and counting. It seems longer than that to me though.

What/Who influenced you to start this journey?
 My mom, she did 2 Big Chops. The first time was to cut off her jherri curls so she could get a perm. Then she cut off her relaxed hair to start her locs

That’s wassup. It’s not often that you hear of a mother influencing her daughter to transition to natural hair. Normally it’s the other way around lol. So how long did you transition before you cut all your hair off?
 I had kinky twists to keep a style as it transitioned but ONLY for one month. After that I had to get a chop. I was too excited, couldn’t wait any longer.

LOL wow….and what made you decide to just go ahead and do the big chop?
Watching natural hair journey videos on youtube. The videos inspired me to make that bold move and just chop all my relaxed hair off.  

How did you feel afterwards?
 Loved it!!!!  Doing the big chop helped me focus on just my face and realized how pretty I am.

That is AWESOME and quite a unique answer. What was your boyfriend’s reaction?
He was surprised and said I look like an island gal.

What about others? How did they react to the new you?  
They’d say “ OMG  you cut your hair, Why?” and I would reply “it’s just hair.”

LOL I love that answer. What has this hair journey been like for you? What have you learned?

It’s been pretty interesting. I learned that the longer it grows the more maintenance. I’ve also learned what hair products are good and bad for natural hair.

Which do you prefer relaxed hair or natural hair?
Natural Hair, I don’t need to go to the salon every two weeks to get a touch-up and no more burning scalp. Plus when it rains the humidity keeps my hair nice and moisturized.

And long hair or short hair?  
Short hair now right now, it’s easy for me to manage because I’ve been so busy. Plus I have a little one now, so maintaining long hair is not going to be easy.

What do you love most about your hair?
It’s low maintenance. All I need is water, shea butter and gel. My natural curls come out so nicely.

What do you like the least about it?  
Hmmmmm well when it was long I didn’t like having to braid it every night. 

Give us 3 hair care products you can’t live without.  
Shea butter, kinky curly custard and gel

So I know that you are a fashion designer, has your new look influenced your business at all?
It Sure did

In what way?
It helped me to become bolder and not to be afraid to take chances. Now I design and create attire without being nervous. I don’t care about the reactions or criticism anymore.

Tell us a little bit about your fashion line Cleva Collections How did you come up with the name?
First, the acronym C.L.E.V.A. means Classy, Ladies, Endear, Visible, Attraction. Cleva is also the title of one of my favorite Erykah Badu songs and the name Cleva describes my designs. It’s very unique. 

I like that. Who is your target audience?
My target audience is ladies who like to stand out and be different from others. It’s for women who enjoy fashionable attention.

And where can we find your products?  I’m also working on putting Cleva Collections in boutiques.

That’s  BIG!!! What’s the best advice you can give aspiring naturalistas and all those transitioning divas out there?  
Don’t be scared to go for that big chop if you’ve been thinking about it… its just hair, it’ll grow back… the time will come when you’re going to be tempted to relax it. BE STRONG DON’T GIVE UP!!!