14.11.10

Afro girls in the limelight @ Hnm







































Left to right
Keswewa & Adowa,
























































and Liya Kebede (far right)

4.9.10

Just because I'm natural doesn't mean...

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Just because I'm natural doesn't mean...
...I should always rock my Afro out
According to the natural haven in the past African women managed with the Afro by braiding the hair. You need to find a balance, your hair needs a break from manipulating, combing and heat damage. Especially if your a busy girl you need to Take beautiful Solange Knowles for example, she is natural at the mo however she is rocking a beautiful shoulder length kinky weave/ wig. However remember to keep in weaves or extensions in for no more than a couple of weeks, take breaks in between and use light oils to moisture.

...My hair is healthy and strong
Afro hair especially type 4 which is also known to be the most fragile because it lacks moisture, why? Oil that comes secretes from the scalp cannot roll down type 4 hair ( z pattern) as much as straight hair. So if your natural you still need to keep it strong...
  • When combing start from the ends and work your way to the roots to avoid breakage
  • Avoid using tense, tight hairstyles all the time including Afro puffs, weaves etc
  • Drink water and have a good balance diet
  • Plaits are a great way to lock in moisture, keep hair soft and avoid daily manipulation (My mum always told me that)
...I don't have to maintain and have a regime
You actually need a lot of time and patience, especially when you do your own hair. At least everyday it needs moisturizer like our skin, it needs regular treatments, . Because every inspiring Afro miss puts maintenance and effort into their manes. TBH it may seem like the obvious but it took me a while to learn that about my hair. 



17.8.10

Autumn/Winter 2010 BEAUTY TRENDS: No more Fake Lashes/ mascara, get Red Lips, Thick Brows, Eye lined

Ditch the Fake Lashes, Bin the Mascara



From Christopher Kane A/W Fashion Show 2010


Bold Prominent Eye Brows, Red Lippy





Lined Eyes, Natural Matte Skin

From Gucci A/W Fashion Show 2010

Pale, Oval long nails

From Christian Dior A/W Fashion Show 2010




I hope you like my new blog design!

I am making some changes to the blog, small ones...I hope you love it...if not to bad, because it is sticking for a while please follow me if you have not. This will be a lot my bolder, more visual rather than words...its more like let the images and afro styles speak for themselves.

Reason being is that although I also will try giving product ratings/ reviews, advice/ tips... there is a lot of this already out there sooooo I may just post links, and reviews. I just want to be different, and not add to what already is avaliable but add something new especially for the black afro girls there is hardly any natural inspirations out there for us! Anyway hope you visit again!

16.8.10

CELEB NEWS: Shingai Shoniwa - " Don't need straight hair to be sexy!"

Pride mag
Pride magazine identy issue, out now! Shoniwa looking stunning as ever! With hot orange nails and is wearing a deenola dress.

Source: Pride mag + Beauty contest

29.7.10

AFROSPIRATION: Gemma Cairney

Brit girl Gemma Cairney (born 19 March 1985) is a radio presenter and fashion stylist, known for co-hosting on the BBC 1Xtra Breakfast Show with Trevor Nelson.

In autumn 2008 and spring 2010 she was the roving reporter for T4's Frock Me, hosting alongside Alexa Chung and Henry Holland. Watch her here!


23.7.10

LINK LOVIN: Natural Sunshine

If you have not joined this yet, do it now! It is like Facebook but for naturals...


http://naturalsunshine.ning.com/

WE LOVE: Syesha Mercado :)

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15.7.10

DIY: Mayonnaise hair treatment

Hmmm mayonnaise? In my hair? really?

WELL it contains egg yolk (packed full of protein), vinegar (restores shine) and lemon (great for cleansing) which are the main ingredients within the mayo which help to nourish the hair. This mixture is great for frizzy, brittle, damaged or dry afro hair.


If you have ran out of conditioner, and need an emergency intensive treatment after shampooing you can make the perfect batch within minutes.

You will need

1 small cup of mayonnaise
1 tbl spoon of olive oil

Shampoo your hair (it needs to be clean!)
Apply a small amount to hair, comb through for even distribution (concentrate on the ends)
Leave on for 15-20 minutes with plastic cap (for even better results go under a dryer or use a pre heated towel)
Rinse throughly with luke warm water (if you need to use shampoo use a tiny amount)
Towel dry

Do this every 2 weeks for extreme damage, or 1 to 2 month for regular treatment

9.7.10

AFROSPIRATION of the WEEK: Ajuma


From: Kenya
Random Fact: shoe size 9
Most highest moment: participating in New york fashion week, face of Vivienne Westwood

Hair Type: Type 4....b
Common hairstyle: Full Shaven
Hair colour: Black

HOT TREND: Blooming gorgeous




Accessorize your hair with beautiful big bold flowers, such as these ladies @ South Africa Horse Racing Event

5.7.10

CELEB NEWS: Solange talks about her new do


"When I was recording, I was staying in a house with five guys and two showers. I knew there would be a shower wait everyday and with my natural cropped hair, it's mandatory that I wash it otherwise it gets stuck to my head like glue! I wanted to get something that I could literally roll out of bed without looking nuts. I watched so many Chaka Khan YouTube videos and became sort of obsessed with her during the process. I went to my stylist and said 'Give me the fro.' I walk differently now, sing differently; This hair has spirit and soul." (Refinery 29)

29.6.10

How to care for hair when wearing braids and weaves


Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with weaves, sometimes you do need a break from your own hair. However used incorrectly or excessively it can cause severe hair loss. Hair loss can be reversed, and grow back healthily if caught in time.

WEAVES AND EXTENSIONS (BRAIDS)
  • Avoid tight tension which can lead to inflammation and scarring.
  • Never keep a weave or braids in for more than two months
  • Have breaks in between - never ever put chemicals straight in after taking out your weave let it breathe and repair for at least a week.
  • If your weave is glued in make sure you use bond remover.
  • Use light scalp oils instead of petroleum based products to prevent build up

LACE FRONT WIGS

According to essence magazine, they advice women to get it professionally done women such as Beyonce and Tyra Banks have all the money in the world to get their tresses done correctly. "Lace fronts heavy hairpieces glued to the fragile hairline aren't intended to be worn for more than a few hours, much less days and nights on end." Quite disturbing knowing that from research afro kinky hair can be the most fragile of all hair types because of lack of moisture.



9.6.10

NEWS: Janelle covers 944, Willow rocks pomp frohawk

Willow and Jaden Smith

We love 9 year old Willow Smith as she rocks a pompadour fro hawk, at a brothers movie premiere Karate Kid. She is so young but yet so daring with her style. We look at her past natural hairstyles

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