More Unity in the Natural Hair Community (Cross-Promo)

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As you all are aware I am a member of the Natural Hair Blog Directory, a place where many bloggers like myself can first of all be found by all of you lovely people and secondly find one another and share knowledge. There are so many of us and we all have such unique experiences that it’s a wonderful thing to be sorted out to connect with readers that can best identify with our journeys.

Well this week I received a lovely letter from another natural hair site with a chance for you all to jump in the networking fun.

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NEW BLACK HAIR SITE CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL NATURAL-HAIRED WOMAN EACH WEEK

BlackNaturalHairstyles.Org Features a Naturalista of the Week

 

(New York, NY – April 14, 2014) – As a plan to introduce a new generation of women with natural hair as women who pursue positive achievements in business, entertainment and social justice, new natural hair website BlackNaturalHairstyles.org will feature a new “Naturalista of the Week” on their home page each Monday.

“We want people to understand that natural hair is beautiful hair,” said site co-founder Tiffani Knowles. “You can be a sensational actress, a cunning lawyer or a passionate public advocate all while rocking a mean twist-out.”

Brackenson and Knowles Enterprises, LLC (BKE), the company that five years ago gave birth to the online art and culture, faith-based publication NEWD Magazine, launched BlackNaturalHairstyles.org this year on the final day of Women’s Month –  March 31.

Naturalistas themselves, co-founders Yannick Brackenridge-Jackson and Tiffani Knowles, launched the site as a testament to the power that women have when they join forces to honor what is naturally theirs.

Over the past decade in the United States, women of color in business and industry have chosen to reject permanent relaxers and embrace their naturally curly and kinky tresses.

To celebrate this new movement, the website will honor a new woman each week who professes that she does not or is no longer using chemicals to maintain her hair and is also positively impacting her community and world.

The website will give each naturalista her own page with a collage of a few of her own stunning natural hair photos, a mini-biography with how they’re impacting their community and a chance to share their favorite doos and styling products with the world.

Ghanaian model Priscilla Dwomoh, an advocate for Looks for Books – a non-profit that improves education in destitute communities in Africa, is our first “Naturalista of the Week.”

To nominate yourself or a fabulous naturalista you know, send your biography and 5 stunning photos to info@blacknaturalhairstyles.org.

Press Contact:

Yannick B.-Jackson – Pres/CEO – Brackenson and Knowles Enterprises, LLC.  | mrsyannickj@gmail.com  |  786.443.3833

Tiffani Knowles – VP of Communications – Brackenson and Knowles Enterprises, LLC. | tknowles@newdmagazine.com | 305-799-3685

We love everything about what they are building and we hope to see some of your smiling/styling/successful faces grace the pages.

 

Keep Your Hair!

I do not promote our condone tight styling and never will. As you take this journey with me you will find out everything that your hair can do.

One of the most beautiful  features of naturally curly and kinky hair is the fact that it will conform into eclectic and fascinating shapes without the need for excessive products or pulling. 

I believe part of the issues that we face as a community is the myth that or hair must be wrangled and mangled to get the desired look.  It’s a lie! No matter the specific hair typing if your hair is curly the pattern itself will maintain your twist or braid.

Here’s the myth we tell ourselves.
“This style is tight but I don’t do this often so I shouldn’t lose any hair. ”

The truth:
We have become accustomed to damaging techniques and we associate quality with how many Advil we have to pop. 

Hair moves in its natural loose state and it should move when in twists or braids. (Unless it’s pinned up) If you can’t move your hair, that’s a problem.

Healthy hair/ Good hair, is hair that’s still on your head. If either length or fullness is your goal, you will have a hard time getting there yanking on it. Trust me.

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Life on the other side of my loc attempt

I have been having the time of my life since I took my locs down. There are days that I miss being able to just wake up and go, but not many. Locs are beautiful, on everybody else but me. 🙂

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I’m posting some pictures of the fun I’ve been having since taking my hair down, but I thought I’d share with you a moment that took place this weekend that changed my thought process on my hair.

I’ve done every type of style imaginable over the past decade, relaxer-free. Weave is my weakness, but it’s not a chemical, and I don’t use glue so I’m still on #TeamNatural.

Sunday evening I raced all over town, completely forgetting about the fact that during the Christmas shopping season the stores in the mall stay open until 8. I made it to a hair store in what I thought was the nick of time with only a half-hour to spare.

I paced the isles toggling between a full sew-in and long twists with Marley hair to hide away my hair in the cold. I never spend a lot of money on the hair I sew in because I rarely keep a style over two weeks, but the prices have changed dramatically. The cheap hair that hangs in the isles is $30/pack. For those of you that haven’t ever explored the Wide World of Weave, the isle is reserved for the synthetic, non-human or poorly conditioned hair and the price range for that is not much higher than $20/pack. I found myself asking a question that I’d never considered before.

Is it that serious?

How my hair looks is always important to me, let’s not confuse that. However, it’s not become important for me to achieve styles that my own hair isn’t designed to do. I have fallen completely in love with my curls and kinks. My new perspective on a good weave is one that accentuates my hair, not one that hides it away. Straight hair is fun, but not when I doesn’t feel like a straightened version of what I grow.

It used to be very easy for me to braid my hair back and take on a new personality, and now the thought of it gives me separation anxiety. During my short loc journey I was taken away from being able to play with my hair the way I’d become accustomed over the years. I’m not saying that I’ll never rock a wig again, but I believe my journey helped me appreciate my own hair so much more.

 

Live Styles… Where to Follow

Instagram in Instagram. Also: insomnia.

Instagram in Instagram. Also: insomnia. (Photo credit: thatgrumguy)

WE DON’T ALWAYS POST… BUT WHEN WE DO, THIS IS WHERE IT HAPPENS.

I’ve attached my Instagram below so you can keep up with each style change. I use the quick vids to gauge what styles need a tutorial. If you like it I’ll make a longer video. There are two styles up as of yesterday. Check them out!

http://instagram.com/marri76

Are you following on Twitter?

I Live Tweet when LAHair is on because we all love Mamma Kim Kimble. There are also links to hot styles we find all over the net. We love Ash the Painter so whenever she’s running a special on Natural Hair Art we post. Also random tips on hair that aren’t Full Post worthy get sent here.

https://twitter.com/OohMyHair

Have you Liked us on Facebook?

If it’s longer than 140 characters, but not worth a whole post. This is where it goes.

https://www.facebook.com/Oohmyhair

I appreciate every single follow, read, like, hit, tag, link back…so keep them coming, I’ll do my best to return the favor.

 

 

8-year-old bullied because she wore weave to school

This is why it’s crucial for us to first of all teach our children tolerance and non-violence, secondly how to fall in love with whatever we are born with. Nobody had the right to touch this little girl, nobody had the right to bully her either, however someone should have been available to step in and show her how beautiful she is in the midst of her having hair envy. Talk to your little girls, they need encouragement and empowerment as well.

Be Blessed.

What would you like to see?

We would hate to just hit you with information that you don’t want or need so now is your chance to determine the content on this site. We have a few ideas of how we would like to answer some of your natural hair questions, but we’ll leave it up to you to. Take the poll and forward the link to your friends. We’re here for you!