May 28, 2015

YouTube Love: Issa Rae + Felicia Leatherwood in Head Cases

Everyone's favorite Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae (@IssaRae), has teamed up with celebrity hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood (@lovingyourhair) to create the new YouTube Series Head Cases.

Issa Rae serves as Executive Producer while Felicia brings her styling talent and knowledge forward to help women find balance with their natural hair. The format includes education and service and when combined with Felicia's approach to her clients, it really brings to light how lifestyle and personal satisfaction are the foundation for wellness.

Issa Rae

May 27, 2015

READER Review: Aunt Jackie's Don't Shrink



READER REVIEW submitted by Kenya M., Nashville, TN:

I was surprised recently when I saw a clear gel in the Aunt Jackie's line of products. The Don't Shrink label touts flaxseed gel (skeptical) and both curl elongation AND definition (oxymoron).
I'm not really a fan of Aunt Jackie's products but I'm willing to give almost any clear gel a try. 

The scent was pleasant, although a bit strong. But, the scent fades quickly so it's not annoying for long. The weight and density of the product is unlike flaxseed gel but helped my curls to clump for definition. The consistency might provide elongation for finer hair types. From application (wash-n-go) to fully dry, my hair was very shiny. The hold is strong enough to keep my style without being stiff. I've refreshed my wash-n-go for up to two weeks with no flaking, drying, or tangles. 

Kenya's hair, using Aunt Jackie's 'Don't Shrink'


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May 26, 2015

Natural Celebs: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURYN HILL!


Today, Lauryn Hill celebrates her 40th birthday! We couldn't let the day go by without wishing her the happiest birthday. The sometimes reclusive music maven has been an inspiration to many. From her musical accomplishments to her style, I don't know anyone who doesn't have love for Lauryn! 

The mom of six, YES, six children seems to be everyone's sister or that cool cousin that just does her own thing. And if we've learned anything from Lauryn, doing your own thing is the best path to finding your very own form of happiness.


She was the first of many artists to rock her natural - her way! She made locs cool! She made dark lipstick coo! She made big hoop earrings cool! She made hand stitched denim cool! Lauryn was just cool! It's really crazy that Lauryn has only two albums but is listed as Hip-Hop's top influencers. Goes to show that sometime just creating a space that provides quality is what makes the difference.


To Celebrate Lauryn's birthday, take a listen to one of my FAVORITE Lauryn Hill songs, 'Everything is Everything':

HAIR LUST: Full Body Beauty


Why do we always want what we don't have?! I'm looking at her hair and I'm lusting like crazy! She has that wonderful thickness that allows for styles that have a ton of body. I'm sure her hair has challenges, but man, it's nice to dream. This style looks like the result of an easy twist-out. Sigh, the irony of being natural; always wanting someone else's hair, while someone looks at you and wants your hair!

May 22, 2015

ROOTS & RHYTHM: Kiya Lacey - "I Know" featuring Petty

Summer is coming and Music City will come alive.  Concert series are on their way, the Bonnaroo line up has been announced and our favorite local artists are tuning up to bring us their best.

Kiya Lacey
Kiya Lacey is one local artist I hope to see soon. At 19, her voice has elements of jazz, R&B, and hip hop that can remind you of a time before she was even born.  As a singer/songwriter, Kiya delivers love and joy in the same way she delivers the harsh realities of society: with passion and depth.
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