Hello everyone. Ok, so I know the show was two weeks ago but I’ve been so swamped with hair clients that this is the first chance I’ve had to post anything about the show. So here it goes…… I had a blast!! I hadn’t been to the show in a few years and was excited to get back in the mix. Thankfully this time i was invited back as part of a class that was taught by my mother, Juliette Samuel (esthetician/aromatherapist of Nyraju Skin Care) and Delbra Morris (aromatherapist of Aromatherapy Essentials). The class was Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Natural Hair Care. We had a great amount of attendees for both our Saturday and Sunday classes. Class got so good at one point that Delbra ended up doing a reflexology demonstration with essential oils as well 🙂 I’m excited to let you know that we will be back with a class for the show in April 2015. I will of course keep you all posted on the dates as I receive them. Below are some pics from our class.
In between classes i had the chance to walk the show floor a bit and saw Lyfe Jennings perform for a bit. I also had the pleasure of meeting the inventor of the Q Redew. Her name is Heidi Schmid. Its a fantastic styling tool for all hair types but especially 3b-4c. It helps to add moisture to your hair and gives you the chance to reshape it in between shampoo days. Below are more photos from the show itself.
If you attended the show leave a comment and let me know what you thought about it 🙂
Big thank you to one of my clients Belinda for this glowing review of our Nyraju hair care products ! If you have used our products (hair care, skin care or body care) and would like to share your story, please email me at email@example.com and include a photo 🙂
“Ok, this one is the best yet! Herbal hair shampoo and conditioner, then tropical hair butter made these beautiful twists on my little almost 2 year old princess! Did i mention that i soak the hair ties in a little hair oil before i use them to prevent breakage? Just don’t stop making your products! :-)” – Belinda Gaston
Avoid rubber bands or clips that will easily tangle your hair. Rubber bands are especially good for putting stress on your hair and ripping it out. After your hair has experienced breakage, rubber bands are the last thing that you want to use.
Stop over manipulating your hair. Give your hair a resting period with a protective natural hair style. You can wear twists, box braids, cornrows, buns, or pretty much anything that protects the ends of your hair. If you don’t mind wearing wigs, cornrow your hair, moisturize it every day and wear a quick wig for a couple of weeks. They are great for easy styling, can be purchased in kinky-curly textures; giving your hair a well deserved break.
The debate over Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas’ hair shouldn’t come as a surprise. The controversy surrounding her ’do, which some African-Americans thought was poorly-styled, speaks to how passionate the topic and imagery of black hair has historically been within the culture.
The debate over Douglas’ ponytail certainly got more ink because of the Olympics, but at the same time, social media sites were debating Oprah Winfrey’s decision to wear a natural hairstyle on the September cover of her magazine, O.
In Rochester and across the country, more African-American women — including powerhouses such as Xerox CEO Ursula Burns — have embraced “au naturale” hairstyles, abandoning more popular relaxed styles.
Once seen as an anti-assimilation declaration, “going natural,” or no longer chemically straightening one’s hair, is coming full circle as a less radical and increasingly popular trend among African-American women, who are embracing their naturally “kinky” or “tightly-curled” manes instead.
At first glance, afro textured hair would appear resilient. It’s thick, it’s full, it’s cottony, it looks pretty darned tough, but looks can be deceiving. Natural African American hair is actually one of the most delicate hair textures that there is. It doesn’t take much to damage it at all, so if you want to maintain a head full of beautiful curls there are a few general safety rules that must be followed.
Wrap it up
A large majority of our hair’s damage occurs while we’re sleeping. We toss, we turn, and all the while the delicate ends of our hair are being ripped apart by the friction of it rubbing against a cotton pillow. To prevent splitting ends while you slumber, wrap your hair up in a silk or satin scarf before bed, or purchase a satin pillow case.
Maintain Moisture African American hair needs moisture to thrive. A spray bottle full of water is your hair’s best (and cheapest) friend. Condition your hair regularly, and if you feel it drying out throughout the day, give it a quick spritz of water. For added moisture add a tiny amount of your favorite conditioner to the bottle as well for inexpensive leave in conditioning.
This video by Zina Saro-Wiwa made me shed a tear of joy. I know it’s a little sappy and extra of me to be so moved by it, but it really made me proud to the point of tears. In the video Zina talks about her 7 month journey to loving her natural hair after wearing extensions for a long time. Zina and the other “naturals” in the video are absolutely beautiful ! If I wasn’t already 17 years natural myself I would be getting a big chop tomorrow after seeing all the beauty on display here. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
I cracked up laughing when I found this article because there are a lot of little natural hair codes that are a bit much to take in when you’re transitioning 🙂 I hope this article helps the natural newbies and long time naturals who want to know all the latest natural hair codes. If you have some that you don’t see in the article please leave a comment and share them 🙂
Are you a PJ who BC’d and loves a good WNG? There’s a lot of jargon thrown around on natural hair blogs and forums, and if you’re new to the conversation, it can be quite puzzling. Well, you can (TMN) thank me now because I’m about to help you decipher the word play, so you can get clear on what it all means for you.
A is for APL (Arm Pit Length) which refers to length. BSL (Bra Strap Length), CL (Collar Length), MBL (Mid Back Length) and WL (Waist Length) are all common descriptors.
B is for BC (Big Chop). This is the courageous act of chopping off your relaxed hair. Some opt to do the Big Chop with only an inch or so of new growth remaining on their heads leaving them with a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro). Another option is the (LTT )Long Term Transition where you cut the relaxed hair out gradually. Either way, the first day you step out with your freedom hair (relaxer free) is a milestone moment. Relish it.
I can’t wait to see the full version of this documentary when it is released. It looks like it’s going to be very informative from every angle of hair care. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the trailer 🙂
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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com