Wednesday, July 27, 2016

3 Professional Semi Protective Natural Hairstyles for Work

Use the photos below as inspiration for semi protective natural hairstyles that you can wear at work as a teacher or in the office.

Flat Twist Bantu Knot Out Up do

Recommended hair length: Short or Medium
Suggested materials:

  • Rat tail comb, Foaming mouse, Hair butter


  • Part and flat twist the back of your hair going up, bantu knot the ends. Bantu knot the front of your natural hair.

Flat Twist and Twist Out Combo

Recommended hair length: Medium

Suggested materials:

  • Rat tail comb, Foaming mouse, Hair butter 
  • Part and flat twist the front of your hair, twist the ends. Twist the back of your natural hair.

Side Flat Twist 

Recommended hair length: Long

Suggested materials:

  • Rat tail comb, Foaming mouse, Hair butter


  • Part and flat twist the side of your natural hair going to the left, twist the ends towards the front. Flat twist the back going up, bantu knot the ends.

How will you use these natural hairstyles for work?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lupita Nyong'o Salutes Africa, Not Whoville, With Her Met Gala Hair

The hit of Monday night's Met Gala was clearly actress Lupita Nyong'o's hair.
Nyong'o, who was raised in Kenya, styled her hair into what some outlets described as "Whoville hair," a reference to the quirky hairdos in the town Dr. Seuss invented in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Nyong'o's hair was piled tall and straight, with four segments, each sculpted into a bubble. It instantly was filed as a meme, with comparisons to The Simpsons' Marge.

"We wonder, what is going on underneath all of the hair to keep it up?" a USA Today reporter asked. "How did she travel to the event with that on top of her head? Or, maybe those should just remain fashion mysteries."

Lori Tharps, an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University and co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, finds this sort of commentary "insulting ... as if Africa fell off the map."
"I've been looking around, [and while] I don't definitively think [the hairstyle] has resonance in Kenyan culture, it's African," Tharps says.
In the African past, sculptural formations of hair signaled status and wealth. 

"There's that sense of adornment, but it can have meaning," Tharps says. A towering hairdo has historically signified a person's tribal background, rank in society — or a wife's ability to live a life of leisure because of her husband's wealth. Some of these styles can be seen in the late Nigerian photographer J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere's anthology of nearly 1,000 Nigerian women's hairstyles: elegant, braided, complex, architectural masterpieces.
The design of the hair itself is an arduous process, involving hair extensions and styling to sculpt the hair. Nyong'o's hair is usually cropped short, so Tharps believes extensions were used to erect her Met Gala showstopper.
Hair extensions themselves are deeply ingrained in African society: In Hair Story, Tharps and her co-author, Ayana Byrd, wrote about extensions in the 1400s, when men would cut off their wife's hair and weave it into their own to impress others in society with their hairy power.

Today, tall hairstyles like Nyong'o's aren't an everyday phenomenon in most parts of Africa — "it's costly and not necessarily the best thing for one's hair," Tharps notes — but it's a tradition that continues in many African societies.
So Tharps is surprised that the conversation around Nyong'o's hair hasn't paid much attention to its African origins. Indeed, Nyong'o herself has shied away from referencing her African background as a fashion inspiration, pointing to Audrey Hepburn and Nina Simone as role models in a red carpet interview with fashion critic Andre Leon Talley.
"It strikes me as crazy," Tharps said, wondering why people seem oblivious to the roots of Nyongo's Met Gala coiffure.

Ladies, what's your take on Lupita's hairstyle?

Friday, February 19, 2016

DIY Double-Sided Head Wrap Tutorial

LaTonya of A Beautiful Mess shows you how to sew your own head wrap, a perfect accessory for the transition between these last Winter days and the coming Spring.

Hi guys! LaTonya here with another easy and fun DIY to share with you all! I love wearing head wraps. It's something that has become a style comfort zone for me, and instantly brings a bit of color and happiness to my outfits. Wearing a head wrap can truly be a stylish addition to any wardrobe. Some head wraps are quite expensive to purchase, but with this DIY, you can make your own double-sided head wrap in just a few minutes. Half the cost, double the wear! 
First, choose your fabrics. This is the fun part, besides wearing the wrap of course. Since the wrap will act as two wraps in one, choosing fabrics that are total opposites and can be worn with completely different outfits is key. I chose a plant-based fabric and a blue floral fabric. Each fabric should be cotton. 

- sewing machine
- scissors
- measuring tape
- two yards of each fabric (I always like to purchase more than enough fabric just in case.)

Step One: First things first, measure and cut your fabric! The fabric length is the most important part. For your head wrap to be fully functional, each piece of fabric needs to be measured and cut to 62" x 17". Depending on your hair, you'll end up having a lot of extra fabric to wrap, or you'll just have enough to tuck under after you wrap. The more of the wrap you have after tying the better. You want to be able to create large knots if you would like to in the future.

Step Two: Now for some easy sewing! Lay your two pieces of fabric down so the back sides are facing out and pin. (Before pinning, I also suggest that you iron your fabric. This isn't necessary, but it makes the fabric look so much neater). Sew completely around, leaving one of the width sides open. Flip the double-sided wrap right side out and finish sewing the gap.

My Fair Hair Tip: Choose 100% cotton, silk, or satin fabrics, as these will be less likely to snag your hair. Satin and silk are best, as they help the hair retain moisture.

What pattern of fabric will you choose for your head wrap?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Tired of Your Natural Hair? Try Mini Twist for a Much Needed Break

We’ve all been there. You are tired of having to restyle your natural hair, or you are in desperate need of a winter protective hairstyle. 

Jenell of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe suggests Mini Twists as a solution and we agree! Watch the video below to learn more about her suggestions, then read our posts about Mini Twists for information about washing and general maintenance.