Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chanel Iman September Vogue

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Deja Vu Spotlight - Tasheia KinkCurly Dunn (FroTastic Tresses)

Lately I have been so busy an trying to keep up with everything but am trying my best. I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Tasheia Kinkcurly Dunn-FroTastic Tresses. I love the work that she is doing to empower and educate naturals. It is very inspiring and am happy to share with you.

 1) what inspired you to start and join this movement of naturals?

My inspiration to be a voice in this movement was due to me having many questions that had a variety of unclear answers and having the desire to help others that were searching just like I was to narrow down regimens, advice and styles for their hair. I also wanted to develop a group that focused on inspiration first. I found it hard to get support from those who did not understand my choice to go back natural, so I wanted to create an environment that would make every woman in my group feel like the beautiful queen that she is.

2) what do you hope to accomplish with FROTASTIC?

Frotastic Tresses was formed to empower, encourage and educate ourselves and others (creamy crack users) on the benefits of being a Kinky Curly Coily Woman.
I hope to accomplish an enviornment of knowledge and inspiration.
Our Moto is: Embracing our Natural FroTastic Tresses in all of it's GLORY.
Ultimately I want to start a line of Inspirational Tee’s that flow along with our Tresses!
But if one person walks away feeling beautiful and lifted up, I will feel accomplished.

3) when did you decided to go natural?

I originally started the natural hair wear in the summer of 98. I had just graduated from high school and went off to college. I already wore my hair really short and just needed something with lower maintenance. For my freshman year I kept a TWA and loved it. I came home in 99 (back to GA) and it really wasn’t received well by my friends and some family members so I went back, temporarily to the perm a.k.a creamy crack.
While I maintained the perm look I felt it needed some spunk after a recent perm. I decided to allow my cousin, who was an aspiring hair dresser to color it for me. Well when I went to the bowl to wash my shoulder length hair, it came out by the handfuls! I was devastated and vowed never to put a perm in my hair ever again. I have been Natural ever since.

4) What is your hair regimen like?

My hair regimen is fairly simple but varies depending on the time of year.

5) What are some of your favs products?

My glamour room must haves would have to be Miss. Jessies Curly Pudding, Smooth n Shine Curl Gel, Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie and Crème of Nature dry hair systems or shampoos and conditioners.

6) What is your best protective style?

Puff has to be my most favorite protective style, If I had to pick a second it would be twists or braids

7) When did you fall in love with your hair?

I fell in love with my hair about 5 months ago, that’s when I looked at myself in the mirror. I make it a point to fall in love with myself and my natural hair every time I’m in front of a mirror ;-)

8) What inspires you the most about having natural hair?

My inspirations come from the Bonds that are created by a smile or a glance from that sistah with locs or a fro that you pass and give that sorority type acknowledgement…
Second inspiration is how I feel about myself and how much I am in tune with me know. Being natural has brought about a new wave of how I treat and view myself.

9) If you could give advice to anyone wanting to go natural and not sure where to start what advice can you offer them?

I would encourage anyone thinking of transitioning to talk to people that are inspirational and knowledgeable about natural hair. Visit a natural hair care salon and speak with a stylist that is willing to give a consultation and inform them of their options while transitioning. And give them my Frotastic Tresses Facebook page to stay connected with positive people who are just like her.

10) There are many women going natural where do you think this is going to take us as black women?

This natural hair movement is taking us as ethnic women to a level of power that we are tapping into and makes us thirst and hunger for truth in our souls, spirit, and mind.
Its making us more aware of self love and self respect. We are soaring into a higher realm of who we are and that’s Strong, Beautiful, Intelligent Vessels. Its Awesome

FroTastic Tresses Via Facebook

 Empower, Embrace, Create, Unite

Curling your weave

I know that it's cold outside and lots of you are wearing a weave now, so
here is a video to help you because we all want to look fabolous all the time

Stay Beautiful

Protective Styling-No glue invisible part

Cae across this great video ...Hope this helps many of you with your stylin options....enjoy!!



Saturday, November 6, 2010

Last day for the Teak earrings Giveaways

hey guys it's the last day for the teak earrings giveaway make sure to enter to win!!

click on the label giveaway and enter

SPEAK YOUR MIND....New Music ***Chrisette Michele*** I'M A STAR


Everything to love about LOCKS!!!

I love locs but love to have my hair out, so I could never get the courage to it. I do admire it and love when people are creative with theirs. Here are some great pics, some also i decided to revisit because i love them...enjoy and keep it funky, sexy and sophisticated.


sources: naturalhairrules, blackgirlsrocks, f**kyeahcurlscurls

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fashion fridays: Different ways to wear your scarf

If your like me you have a collection of scarves especially because it's fall, I love to wear scarves.I came acoss this video that should help you have fun with your scarves and try something new...Happy fridays!!

Quick check list for you skin

Use the Right Cleaser
- wash your face no more than twice a day
- do not use anything to harsh on our skin
- use body wash with vitamin E to keep skin soft

-2-3 times week
- gently remove dead skn

Moisturize daily
- after showering apply moisturizer if you like me use natural oils
- moisturizer wth hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, milk, jojoba oil,
- use antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E to protect the skin from environmental pollutants
- moisturizer daily with SPF 15
- grape seed oil is also a great fast moisturizer for your face and skin

Prevent Skin Irritation
- apply skin soothng products
- aloe and chamomile are great astringent to keep away acne

Check list for unhealthy skin
- feels dry or rough
- it's flaking or peeling
- it's irritatd or red from acne or other skin disorders
- it's showing signs or aging prematurely, age spots, fine lines

Simple Life changes
- get plenty of sleep
- regular exercise
- remove makeup before exercising
- bathe right after your workout
- stress relief
- eat a balanced diet
- stay hydrated
- eatgreasy foods in modertaion
- limit your intake of iodine rich food

Using the right foundation

If your looking for that flawless look using the right makeup to help on occasions when you just want tat extra glow is always a great idea. Iam ot suggesting you wear it all the time, you do not ant to clog your pores. However, once in a while it is nice to look your best and have fun doing so. Make sure your makeup ist to obvious, or to heav, you want founation close to skin tone, and that will giveyou that natural look you desire. When you have a great foundation you can cover up breakouts and under eye circle. You want to choose the right foundation by choosing to match yor undertone so whether it is dark, olive or pink it will match your skin. Always apply to your cheek near your jawline not your hand an always test in natural light.

Always wash your face and hands before apply your makeup and apply a light moisturizer, this will lay down a nice base for you foundation. Apply your concealer after your foundation to cover up acne and blend the edges onto the foundation.

Tps to remember
- clean your makeup brusches every week or if you have spare time every da
- wash your face after you have finish apply products to hair
- chang pillowcases often


Embrace, Empower, Unite an Create


Speak your mind: Bilal-Robots

Today I came across Bilal new video, it explores the use of manipulative propaganda y corporate media. If you pay attention to this video he really digs deep and allows us to think twice about what is happening aroud us.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vitamins: All thats good for your Hair

Lately I have been very intrigued by what eating health and pay attention to my body will lead to. I Know I discuss a lot about paying attention to your hair but just imagine how much the both work hand in hand. Our bodies allow the function, the growth and the health of our hair to be possible. I am currently on my way to a healthy lifestyle and thought I give you a push to help you achieve the same of course that doesn’t mean you need to just give up everything but stay conscious of what your body needs.
Hair loss: When there is a deficiency of B vitamins; B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid, this leads to hair loss. Our bodies crave vitamins to function and to be healthy.
Specific hair growth vitamins: B5 (pantothenic acid), B3 (niacin) these are natural specific sources just for hair growth.
Vitamin A
It is an antioxidant which aids in the making of healthy sebum in the scalp. It is also a fat soluble, disposing of any excesses taken in through diet in much harder form.
Food sources: fish, liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots, peaches, kale, pumpkin, egg, mango, milk, cantaloupe melon and papaya
Toxicity: When taken in high doses Vitamin A toxicity such as  excess alcohol intake can lead to nausea, jaundice, irritability, anorexia (not the eating disorder), vomiting, blurry vision, headaches, weakness and drowsiness. Stay away from excess alcohol intake as well.
Vitamin C
They work towards maintaining hair health. It is antioxidant since it protects the body against oxidative stress and also acts as a pro-oxidant.
Food sources: citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, and dark green vegetables.
Toxicity: When taken in high doses may cause indigestion and also causes diarrhoea, iron poisoning.
Vitamin E
It helps in improving the scalp circulation. It is a fat soluble antioxidant that stops the production of reactive oxygen species formed when fat underdoes oxidation.

Food sources: vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds, nuts, dried beans, pumpkin, mangoes, sweet potato, broccoli, and leafy green vegetables.

Toxicity: It is recommended that you do not over dose on vitamin E


It works as an anti-aging agent by preventing greying of hair and hair loss. It is necessary for call growth, the production of fatty acids, the metabolism of fats and amino acids. Biotin also assists in various metabolic reactions and the transfer of carbon dioxide. Biotin deficiency is rare because our intestinal bacteria produce biotin in excess of the body’s daily requirements.

Food sources: whole grains, egg yolks, rice, milk and supplements

Toxicity: Biotin deficiency can be caused by the excessive consumption of raw eggs. This can cause hair loss (alopecia), conjunctivitis, dermatitis and neurological symptoms.

It helps in keeping hair follicles healthy. It plays a major role in preventing the collection of fats in the liver. While doing some research I came across a few articles and people that said that using Inositol to treat cancer has help them and continued to do so well into and after their treatments.
Food sources: whole grains, liver, citrus fruits, red beans, kidney beans, and oranges,
Toxicity: Lack of Inositol can lead to constipation, high cholesterol, problems with visions, and hair loss
It aids in promoting scalp circulation. It is one of the 8 water soluble vitamins, and is used to produce energy.
Food sources: wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey, and meat
Toxicity: Niacin toxicity happens when it is taken in mega doses some side effects include skin flushing, itching, dry skin, skin rashes. Alcoholism is the main cause of niacin deficiency.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
It helps in preventing greying and hair loss. It is a water soluble vitamin and helps to convert food to energy, improves the body’s resistance to stress, fighting infections by building antibodies, reduces the effect of environmental damages and improves skin condition and hair.
Food sources: whole grain cereals, organ meats, egg yolks, avocados, multi-vitamins,
Toxicity: It is rare to be pantothenic deficient however it is seen in victims of starvation.
Vitamin B6
Prevents hair loss and is a water soluble vitamin part of the vitamin B complex group. It is key nutrient that they body needs to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food for healthy blood, skin and nerves.
Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats, bananas, legumes, and egg yolks.
Toxicity: Vitamin B6 over consumption result in painful and ultimately irreversible neurological problems, pain, numbness and difficulty walking.
Vitamin B12
Prevents Hair loss, is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and the formation of blood. It is involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body.
Food sources: chicken, fish, eggs, yeast and milk
Toxicity: Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system. You can experience fatigue, depression, poor memory
Keep in mind I did not include the negative side effects to scare you away from eating helps or taking multi-vitamins. I did this because I want you to be aware not to over dose thinking if you take more your hair will grow more. Take the recommended dosage and consult your doctor always. 

Stay beautiful


Am back!!...Well I have been for the last few days but did not update yesterday. The past two weeks have been hectic but am back ontop of my game. A litte inspiraton goes a long way and some rest yes, I feel great. Can we just discuss Willow for a second, I know alot of people are saying she will be Rihanna number two I beg to differ. Simply because I believe she has great parents that will not only guide her but make sure that she keep her head on right. I mean there is nothing wrong with Rihanna, I dont personally know her but they refer to Willow at times becoming like Rihanna as a monster waiting to unleash, well enough of that. I actually wanted to share the charity photoshoot, am always about the positive so here goes:

These two are so cute. This campaign is geared towards keeping a child alive, a non-profit organziation dedicated to providing treatment, care and support services to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India by directly engaging the global public in the figth against AIDS

To visit or make make a donation go to BUYLIFE.ORG

Alicia Keys

Swizz Beatz

Serena Williams

source: concreteloop.com

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Reminder giveaway

This friday is the last day to enter the giveaway prize for the Teak earrings. I have not gotten any entries yet!!!...Remember to enter just click on the conest giveaway section click the title and enter your comment as to What inspired you? and post it.....so enter enter enter..this friday I will have a two new giveway prizes..

Getting Rid of Dark Spots (Part 1)

Over the past week I really needed a break to just write some new material so I have been posting here and there but I just had to breathe for a minute. I was also tired and ill so I needed much rest. It was so nice to receive email asking if I am okay, thank you guys made my days. I am back now and have some great material for you guys to come and great giveaways. Am Excited!!. I try to answer questions I am asked and also share what I am currently researching. I came up with a few tips, advice, and home remedies to get rid of those stubborn dark spots. The reason being even though my skin has cleared from the acne, it is taking a long time for my dark spots to go away. Now they aren’t as visible as I may lead you to believe. I don’t have that much, however, looking at my face I can see them. If you’re like me and on this journey for a beautiful healthier you it will bother you the way it bothers me.
In my label entitled SKIN CARE  I discuss ExfoliationFace care: Acne, Oily Skin, I briefly discuss dark spots. If you’re having problems getting rid of acne that could be a number of reasons why I advise to refer to the past article where I also briefly discuss dark spots In this article I will go into more detail about dark spots in his article and so much more to come
We all want a smooth, even and clear complexion. Although you may be cleansing your skin often, it does not prevent hyper-pigmentation or dark spots. Dark spots are characterized by pockets of discoloured skin that remain even after pimples have disappeared. It can be caused by internal or external factors, illness or hepatic problems.
·       Iron
·       Hormonal changes during pregnancy
·       Menopause
·       Deficiency in certain vitamins
·       Minerals (such as calcium)
·       Increase In melanin (occurs after the skin is inflamed or irritated
·       Over exposure to the sun.

Many dermatologists suggest that you consult with your dermatologist to make sure that your spots are benign before applying creams or sun block. For others, a skin peel may also be required. I have never done this myself but that is what is recommended for some cases. Dark spots can be remedied at home as well.
Tips to get rid for those persistent dark spots:
·       Sunscreen daily with SPF 15 or higher (use sunscreen to block the sun that darkens the skin, and prevent skin cancer)
·       Leave your face alone, do not pick at pimples or zits, this will cause scarring
·       Drink lots of fluid and water
·       Eat foods such as; cucumbers, lemons, tomatoes, and oranges, these help in purifying the blood and removing toxins from the body.
·       Exfoliate the skin at least once or twice a week

Flaxseed oil is a great supplement it is rich in vitamin E and boosts blood flow and circulation to support healthy skin cell growth.
Chamomile and lemon juice are natural bleaching agents and will lighten the dark acne spots. You can use chamomile tea bags and add lemon juice, refrigerate the solution every time you use it. Do not keep each batch of solutions for more than 2 weeks. This can be used as often as desired.
Vitamin E oil is a personal favourite; apply this after your chamomile and lemon juice solution. Vitamin E encourages cell regeneration, vitamin E can be thick and oily so it is best absorb at night. Massage your dark spot for about 1 minute, this will help your body absorb the oil and circulate new skin cell growth under the scars.

This was actually suggested by a makeup artist for those of you with dark spots, acne or freckles.
Freckles-select a foundation that is as dark as the freckles, however you can get a masked look so even though it is not the most recommended some prefer to do this.
Select a sheer foundation you can see some of your skin through, get a colour of your freckles, or spots and colour of your tone, this will give you a clean look and won’t appear ashy.
Remember that you have to care for your skin as much as you care for your natural hair, yes it requires the same amount of work to maintain healthy glowing skin.

Stay beautiful

Protective Styling-Crochet

I came across this great video featuring ToniDaley the sponser for The teak earrings giveaway.
The stylist is founder LovnLocks she was also featured in the Toronto Natural Hair Show and the video DejavuNaturals video. Below is a  detailed great video I will definitely be trying this protective style in the near future.