Sep 30, 2014

Hair Lust: The last days of summer

Yes, technically it's Fall. But have you walked outside? It's for real 88° in Nashville! Like dude! I'm drinking my Pumpkin Spiced Latte ICED! What the crap!

So, saw this fly photo on Pinterest and knew I had to post it for our Hair Lust segment. The fun of living in the south is that you can still do warm weather things, even if the calendar says otherwise. That includes rocking fly sunglasses and short hair. Try it! Happy fake fall! Lol! 

For actual fall style, check out Fab Glance!

Sep 25, 2014

Melissa's Hair: And then you get a weave …

So like, I got a weave. Why? I was tired of looking at my ears! Lol! NAW, this 'grow your sides out' struggle is REAL AND TRUE! I got so used to having such a tight fade ( to perfection!) so seeing my little 'fro pop out was tripping me out. I had to change something. Wah-la weave!

I kept it simple and bought some hair from the hair store (Kim's Hair Plus on Bell Road, Antioch, TN). I know a lot of people get hair off the internet - but I have to SEE and TOUCH my hair before I purchase it. And, don't let Instagram fool you, you can still buy good hair - in the package - at your local hair store. And it's ACTUALLY cheaper! I purchased Sensationnel 'Bare & Natural' 100% Brazilian Virgin Remi in natural black. It was 3 for $170. Right! Right!!

I wanted something with a natural wave that could be curled, dyed, and laid to the side. When I arrived at my stylist's house she was ecstatic to see the hair I purchased - it's her favorite hair to use. Score!
As far as hiding the fact that I don't have any sides; this hair has tremendous body and thickness. You can't even tell I have shaved sides. My hair at the top is braided and protected with a small bit of leave out. Now, I have to tie my hair down right to make sure it doesn't revert - but I shall not be using too much heat. We know my hair hates heat and will get heat damage faster than a toddler tears up a bedroom. The struggle is real keeping the African and the Brazilian hair looking like they get along!

So , here's to growing back my hair! As always, I'll keep you posted on my journey! 

The #PopUpMeetUp was a FUN SUCCESS!

"Why don't we have a surprise meetup at a place where there will be a ton of Natural Hair Girls rocking their natural in the most amazing way possible?"

That's the text I sent to the NIN team when I realized the 34th Annual African Street Festival was on the way. Usually, we go around taking pictures of the lovely ladies. But this time I wanted to do something different. 

So, gathered a bunch of samples and some extra NIN tshirts and we were on our way. I sent out the alert and I saw a great response. I knew this would be a great way to say "hey!" To all you faithful readers, give away some swag, and let you guys ask us some questions!  

And did we have a good time? Oh yes we did! There weren't many in attendance, but the few who came lucked out; they won free TSHIRTS.  The weather was amazing, the Festival was spectacular, and the questions were flowing. We had a good time!

We hope to do another big event in the coming months - but we might try this POP-UP thing again! It was spontaneously fun!

Sep 19, 2014

ROOTS & RHYTHM: Earth Wind and Fire - "September"

With Summer fading perfectly into Fall, I've been humming "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire for the past few days.  While we know and love them for beautiful horns and a wide range of vocal octaves, they are never short on style.

During the time they released "September" there were TWAs all around, but over the years they wore everything from full afros to locs.  Verdine White is most know for his pressed hair while Phillip Bailey eventually grew locs. Maurice White stayed true to the afro and now a closer cut through his illness.  Together these three anchored and guided the sound and (clearly) the style of Earth Wind and Fire.

Verdine White, Phillip Bailey and Maurice White.

Earth, Wind and Fire created a visual experience through their wardrobe as well.  The ornate detail and varying colors always seem to reflect their music beautifully.  Many of their live shows carried the futuristic energy of several artists during the time that inspired some of our favorites including Outkast and Janelle Monae.

For Earth wind and Fire, they managed to do it with an elegance that transcended the way they looked or dressed. With music and lyrics, their songs continue to speak to the heart and soul of those who love them.

Enjoy your September!

Sep 16, 2014

HAIR LUST: Hair We Grow Again

Today's HAIR LUST photo is a source of inspiration for me. Every since I cut my hair I've dreaded the day when I decided to grow it back. That day is now. I'm ready to have a bit more hair to play around with. However, my hair doesn't grow the fastest and like most, I'm impatient.

Luckily, Pinterest is a great way to give yourself some inspiration. I've found all sort of low, tapered, fro pictures to keep me patient and inspire me to grow strong healthy hair. I'm loving this look! It's so cool and stylish. This time around, I'm gonna enjoy my short fro stage instead of wishing for the big fro so soon.
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