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Did Somebody Say Good Hair? Part 2/2 Women Who LOVE Their Natural Hair!

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com


Part 2 of that great video from earlier.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Do the chemicals in hair dye change the curl pattern in natural hair?

This is a good question. I would say it depends on the persons hair and if they’ve had color in their hair recently or if it’s their 1st time adding color.  I’ve never seen a persons curl pattern change when i’ve colored their hair, but then again i aim for the more natural dyes or little chemical as possible dyes when i color my clients hair.  I have however heard stories of women who’s hair wasn’t as curly or thick once they used a permanent hair color on their hair.  What many don’t realize is that using a permanent hair color with amonia & or peroxide in it can be just as harmful as using a relaxer on your hair depending on how sensitive your hair pattern is to chemicals being introduced to your hair.


I would also say that the blond treatments are definitely going to cause damage over the darker colors because of the bleach involved which means you’re going to have to do a conditioning treatment on your hair to help it bounce back from the bleach trauma.  Sometimes though, your hair is too sensitive to bounce back after a trauma like bleach and will need to be cut off and regrown from scratch to get it back to normal.

If you’re doing your color yourself i would definitely recommend doing and small section of your hair and seeing how it turns out before you use permanent color on your whole head so you’ll know what to expect.

Your best bet is going to be using something like Henna or a Henna based color treatment because it’s natural and you’ll have less chance of damage occurring to your hair & your scalp.

Leave a comment & let me know what you think 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel- Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Exclusive VIDEO Interview: Les Nubians On Their Childhood, Their Sound and Their Style



I remember when I 1st heard music from the group Les Nubian and I loved it !  When I saw what they looked like i was even  more excited because they are two beautiful sisters who keep it natural  🙂 I just found this interview of them done recently and wanted to share it with you all.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com


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Shanola Hampton – Loc Star !


One of my favorite new shows of 2011 is Shameless which airs on Showtime, Sunday nights at 10pm e.s.t .  I’ve always enjoyed William H Macy’s movies so I was really looking forward to seeing his new television show.  It’s better than I expected it to be, which is always a plus 🙂  The big bonus was seeing that one of the main characters on the show, Veronica, is a sista with a beautiful healthy head of locs !  Shanola Hampton is the actress that plays Veronica on the show.  I must admit I don’t remember her from anything before Shameless, but I will definitely be supporting this Loc Star on all her future endevours.  Keep up the good work Shanola !

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com


Natural Hair Care

In order for you to have healthy hair it is not just important to take care of your body from the outside, it is also important to take care of your body from the inside.  Below is a great article full of healthy tips on how to have healthy hair from the inside out. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com


Natural Hair Care

Everyone οn thіѕ earth іѕ fond οf natural hairs. Bυt іt’s nοt possible fοr everyone tο maintain thеіr natural hair bесаυѕе οf thеіr busy life аnd unhealthy eating habits. Tο mаkе уουr hair look naturally bеаυtіfυl, уου yourself hаνе tο take gοοd care οf іt. Here аrе ѕοmе οf thе tips thаt mіght hеlр уου tο maintain уουr natural hair:

1.    Eating healthy: Thіѕ іѕ one οf thе mοѕt іmрοrtаnt points tο bе considered. Fοr many οf υѕ wіth fаѕt moving lives, wе grab whatever wе саn lay ουr hands οn through ѕοmе drive thru аnd οftеn eat іn thе car. Lеt’s gеt back tο basics bу eating fresh fruits аnd green leafy vegetables (collard greens count tοο) аѕ thеѕе wіll provide уου wіth thе appropriate vitamins аnd minerals. Vitamin B, C, аnd E encourage hair growth аnd mаkе thіѕ growth sustainable аnd healthy. Water intake аlѕο removes thе toxins frοm уουr body аnd provides уου wіth shiny, bouncy hair nοt tο mention glowing skin.

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Chrisette Michelle Speaks On Her Decision To Go Natural…

I LOVE that Chrisette Michele has chosen to go natural.  I saw the photos for the 1st time when I was at Derek Blanks studio doing a photo shoot for Nyraju Skin Care.  I really hope that she is feeling empowered and that she is ignoring all the idiots out there who have something negative to say about her decision.
Below is an interview that she did with necolebitchie.com that I found very interesting.  It was nice to finally hear her speak out about her decision and how she’s feeling with her new do. Welcome back to the Natural Family Chrisette ! We love you girl !
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Nyesha Samuel – Publisher for healthylocsblog.com & Master Loctician
Chrisette Michelle Speaks On Her Decision To Go Natural…

R&B singer Chrisette Michelle has been through many transitions with her hair during her time in the spotlight. Just last week, she made headlines after photos of her “shaved head” leaked online . I chatted with her briefly over the weekend and she explained to me her motivation behind going natural as well as her reaction to the photos that leaked on the internet. Check out our interview below:

Necole: Thanks for speaking with me. I wanted to talk to you about those new photos of you that hit the internet.

Chrisette: It was crazy! I never get weird pictures or anything like that on the internet. That’s not my claim to anything so my Dad hit me up and he tells me there is a picture of me on the internet with my head shaved and I’m like “Oh MY God! that’s not good”.

Necole: You revealed your new hairstyle at a show at Albany State University right?

Chrisette: I didn’t really plan to reveal it. I was at a show and I had a hat on so when I went backstage there was a bunch of kids with cameras. They saw the front of my head and since it was so light blond and close to my skin complexion they made headlines that I had shaved my head bald. I was a bit disappointed. I did cut my hair off. It’s a quarter inch. It’s not shaven but I was so over the hair damage and everything I was dealing with having the other hair style so I said that I was going to go back natural.

Necole: When I posted your photos to my blog with the quote from you on why you decided to go natural, there were over 200 Comments. I didn’t expect that. I remember one comment in particular said that “Women who have natural hair look down on women who prefer to relax their hair because they secretly hate their own hair” and so forth. It was like a battle between those who prefer natural hair and those who prefer relaxed hair.

Chrisette: It’s so interesting to me because my thing is I always want to bring unity. For me it’ll never be a battle between a natural sister and a relaxed sister. It’ll always be what’s best for you and what’s best for me is having the healthiest hair possible. I’m a girl who has always had healthy hair and getting into the music industry has ruined my hair care regimen because you have to be on 10 all the time. So the easiest way for me to be on 10 is to be on 10 naturally.

Necole: Someone made the comment that shaving her hair off was the most liberating experience she has had as a woman. Do you feel the same way?

Chrisette: It definitely was liberating because people told me that my style; who I am as a musician, who I am as a person, and who I am as a body type would never fly in this industry. 1) because I’m too thick 2) because my hair was nappy 3) because I wasn’t singing about what everyone else was singing about. I am not interested in really selling sex, that’s not really my brand so I’ve faced a lot of challenges so far and wanting to go natural for 6-7 months now was a challenge. People that I asked (not from my label) was like “You can’t do that. That doesn’t match fashion. You can’t be high-fashion with nappy hair”.

Necole: You actually had a natural hairstyle when you first signed to Def Jam. Did your music label encourage you to change your image?

Chrisette: Well, the cool thing about my label is that they don’t do much at all. They are free-spirited with me and they’ve always been very gracious watching me change my hair all the time. Even when they signed me, it was kinky. They signed me with nappy hair.

Necole: In the past few weeks, I feel as though a lot of artists have been stepping out and making statements in the name of “creative freedom” and expression. What was your initial reaction to Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” video?

Chrisette: The day the album was released I went to her album release party in Los Angeles. I have always been her biggest fan. Her video definitely inspired me to be comfortable being myself and to be honest with myself. She said “this is me, this is who I am, lets think outside the box” and that’s definitely what I am saying with everything I am now and everything that I am doing now. So I am so proud of her for being so brave and courageous.

Necole: I saw her video and it actually made me sit back and evaluate everything in my life and everything I was doing. Like am I a part of this “group think”? I go through stages with my hair just like the next woman. Do I want to be straight..do i want to be big and wild..how will people react to this or that? Like I feel at times we use our hair as a security blanket. The longer my hair is or the “bigger” I wear it, the more I hide my insecurities. And then sometimes I just feel like India Arie “I am not my hair”

Chrisette: But the truth of the matter is, everyone keep saying to me “I am not my hair”. I AM my hair. Whether I wear long tresses on my head or short naps, that’s me. And when you say something crazy about it or disrespect it, you hurt my feelings. Artists like to make believe that nothing effects them and that they love haters and haters make them stronger. That’s a load of bullcrap. I think that Haters are mean and that’s all that’s to it. So…I am my hair.

Necole: I was told you have photos of your new hairstyle. When do you plan to reveal them?

Chrisette: Me and Derek Blanks did a photo shoot titled “For Freedom Not For Beauty” because the main reason for this is not about being beautiful. It’s about being free from the status quo and from being in the box and from being what everybody thinks one person should be. And really just liberating oneself and becoming what that person wants to be. I also wrote a poem that goes with it.

For Freedom Not For Beauty

There’s a beauty that lives so deep inside each of us.

There’s a fickle eye
that doesn’t believe anything it sees.

There’s a benefit in love that erases all doubt and believes good intentions.

There’s an ear that isn’t free enough to give the honest man the benefit of the doubt cluttered by lies not-mentioned.

Since when is creativity subject to criticism?

When is honesty subject to a jury of fears who wouldn’t believe rain if it fell, or sun if it shined?

Sometimes a flower grows when no ones watching.

Sometimes a bird sings and no one hears.

There’s a meadow no one runs on and a cloud no one names.

And what would the sky be with out the sun?

What would the earth be with out its rose?

They’d still be the sky and the Earth.

So perhaps there is a peace in becoming.

Perhaps the meaning is in the experience and not the sight.

Maybe a flower grows because it suffocates under ground.

Whether or not she is always noticed, beauty must become.

She doesn’t look for an eye.

She doesn’t listen for a voice.

She just becomes,

For Freedom Not For Beauty

-Chrisette Michele

Necole’s note: A friend of mine actually text me the other day and wrote:

“Chrisette’s picture inspired me to go back natural. I have 6 weeks to grow out my roots before I chop it all off. Pray for me!”.

You never know who you inspire…

Marsha Ambrosius hair journey

This is a wonderful article that Marsha Ambrosius wrote about her hair journey.  I enjoyed it so much that I had to share it with you all. I love that despite all the death and rebirth, trials and tribulations that her hair has been through, at the end of it all she made the wise and healthy choice of going natural again. Yay Marsha ! Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel – Publisher of healthylocsblog.com & Master Loctician

I Am Not My Hair

by Marhsa Ambrosius

If I knew then what I know now 🙂 I was chillin’, letting it air dry… With the vicious side part… I think I have roughly the same outfit on right now as I do in this pic lol what I don’t have is innocent hair! That untouched, pure, loved hair! And I’m ok with that! I don’t regret one single thing I did or didn’t do to my hair, except maybe that bleach! No good can come from bleaching!!! But I learned 🙂

Yes, the ever so touchy subject “Is that all yours???” aka HAIR!!! My response… “Most of it!” LOL I have done my hair every which way possible, relaxed, natural, every color possible, colors you’re not supposed to have, I DID IT ALL!!! 1st relaxer when I was 11. Chopped it all off to go natural when I was 22. 10 years later, hmmmmmmmm what didn’t I do to my hair??? What I didn’t do is grow my natural hair all the way out till it was out of control long. Yes I had a very large afro but it was also bright orange. I’d used so many chemicals to color it, it still didn’t feel like I owned it. Let’s have a look 🙂

WOW!!! I loved my afro but it was so chemically treated, I may as well have had a relaxer which I ended up getting right before I went on vacation in ’07. Thought that would be easier but NO!!! I was right back to where I didn’t wanna be! Had to maintain it!!! My natural hair is somewhat manageable lol I can’t leave it to air dry OH NO!!! I’d have issues tryna brush that out without doing some kinda damage. What I do have is A LOT of hair. It’s crazy thick and when it is long its frikkin HUGE!!!

My hairstylist of the past 2-3 years knows that of me. Ava-Gaye who works at The Beauty Studio W400 Chelten Ave in Philly KNOWS I LOATHE the dryer, I’ll be asleep under that thing even if I’m not tired. I DO NOT wrap my hair even when I’m supposed to. I tried. That thing is off in the morning, not even in the bed. Like, do I get irritated in the middle of the night and throw it off??? There was a commercial back in the day when a “Hair Monster” came into someones room and started messing up their hair while they were sleeping. Could be the “Hair Monster” *shrugs*

Well, after endless sew-ins, glue-ins, curls, presses, afros, twists, braids, colors colors colors (in Ice-T voice) I’m ready to let my hair down 🙂 I’m off the relaxer aka creamy crack, my hair is growing at a rapid speed, with the fine touches of ‘that hair’ added to my hair, I now just have BIG HAIR!!! Thanks to a blow-dryer and some kind Brazilian’s 🙂 leave-in conditioners, a brush and twisting it up at night 🙂 I’m good 🙂

I look forward to where this hair takes me 🙂

The infamous Ron Artest hair cut of 3-7-2010 LOL

Ok so the big talk today was about Ron Artest’s new hair cut that he wore for the Lakers vs Magic basketball game. In case you haven’t seen it yet I have a picture of it below. To me, his hair looks a hot mess and probably jinxed the game because the Lakers lost LOL I’m all for being creative and expressing yourself, but I said it before and I’ll say it again, Black folks should not be bleaching their hair blond ! And don’t get me started on the purple accents.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the hair do. Peace 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel – Publisher for healthylocsblog.com & Master Loctician

“Good Hair” – Oprah, Chris Rock & Solange chat it up about African American Hair Care !

Ok so the opening scene with Chris Rock “rooting” (running his fingers through her scalp to prove it was her real hair) Oprah was hilarious ! I loved it. I thought it was funny though how defiant Oprah was right off the bat about her hair. Like “uh uh, you not about to call me out on some weave and embarrass me today Chris” LOL

But let’s be honest, she wouldn’t have to be so defensive had she not had the weave and perm before. She just recently (like the last 2 seasons) started leaving the weave and the perm out. Because back in the day she would wear her own weaveless yet permed hair. So now it turns out that she is back to the weaveless yet permed hair. Which for me is backwards because why take all that time to go natural and grow out your hair just to put the creamy crack back in it that had it messed up to begin with ?

I think it’s beautiful that his daughter was the spark for this project of his. According to Chris, His daughter Lola, was a little too in awe of her white friends hair in the car one day. This bothered him enough for him to tackle the topic of why we as Black Women and Black People in general are so obsessed with the idea of “Good Hair” .

For those of you who are familiar with me and my work, you know I feel the nappier the better. But in all honesty, whatever hair you have on your head, no matter what the texter, is “Good Hair”. I mean let’s face it, there are some out there who have no hair at all and would give almost anything to have any kind of hair on their head.  That alone makes it silly for us to be out here worrying about whether the texture of our hair is “Good” or not.

By now we hopefully all know that this whole “good hair” issue is something that is a direct result of slavery and we as black people being told that our hair, features and culture as a whole were ugly, savage and unacceptable. We were trained to think that all things White are right. Because of this, we grew to hate our own hair texture and features.

As a natural hair stylist , I know for a fact that 80 – 90 % of African Americans don’t have “nappy hair”.  The most common texture that I have seen is between a very soft curl to a sponge like texture. As a loctician I can tell you that the “nappier” a persons hair is, the easier it is to loc.  Locs are the one style where people wish they had kinkier texture so that the locks could come out a certain way.   Now again for me locs are beautiful no matter what the texture of the persons hair is.

Ok so back to the Oprah show 🙂 So when they started to show clips from the movie I had an irritating moment, because there was a scene where Nia Long was speaking about perceptions of women who wear their hair straight vs those who wear it kinky.  When she mentions the woman who wears Dreads (which is a word I don’t like either, call them Locs / Locks people) they showed a woman with extension braids in her hair. NOT a woman with Locs / Locks.  I am soooooo tired of people calling Locs / Locks,  Braids. They are not now, nor have they ever been the same thing.

So my next favorite part of this interview is when Oprah and Chris Rock point out the fact that White Women wear weaves and bleach their hair out also.  See for those of you who don’t know Black Women spend hours on end trying to get their hair to look like what they think is White Women’s natural hair.  The reality is that they don’t have all the “good hair” that you think they do. White Women spend just as much if not more money than Black Women do to make sure their hair looks long and luxurious.  And the blond hair thing is just as much of an epidemic for them, as the relaxer “creamy crack” is for Black Women.

Just like slavery did a number on us, it also did a number on White Women as well when it comes to how they want to be viewed. For them the goal is usually to be as pure and white as the driven snow, which means Blond hair and Blue eyes. Now due to all the racial mixing that has taken place throughout history, it is nearly impossible for all the women you see with blond hair to be natural blonds. So at the end of the day you have this ridiculous circle of us trying to look like White Women when they aren’t even trying to look like their natural selves anymore. Crazy huh ?!

I found out that over 14 billion dollars are spent in hair color every year mostly in White Hair Salons !! And it’s mostly on blond dye. I mean I knew that White Women colored their hair, but $14 billion just blew my mind.

Is it not also crazy that Black Women get perms to straighten their hair, While White women get perms to curl their hair ? Black Women bleach their skin to look White, while White Women tan their skin to look Black. It’s just straight up insanity people !! It’s a circle of sheer nonsense. I don’t care what race you are. Women in general need to learn to love their own, NATURAL selves.

Now the weave segment was crazy LOL Did you know that there are women who put their weave on layaway !?! Blew my mind. Now I wasn’t mad at the woman who flew from Colorado to New York to get her hair done. When you have a good stylist price and distance usually won’t stop you from getting to them LOL.  Seriously though, I have had and still have clients who waited until they got to Atlanta to get their hair done by me and they live in Chicago, Alabama & Florida. Yes, I’m that good 😉 LOL

I think it’s horrible that the people in India who shave their heads in order to get rid of vanity and offer their hair to the temple and their Gods, don’t know that their hair is being sold for thousands of dollars by the church.  There is an underground market in India that takes the hair offerings from the temples and sells it around the world to different exporters/importers. It’s horrible #1 to exploit the spiritual beliefs of the people in order make money, but #2 it’s even worse that you don’t even share the profit with the people you are taking the hair from in the 1st place.

The Solange Knowles segment, was great for me ! I love that she has gone natural (for now) and that her reason was because she wanted to be free of all the stress that comes with the perms and weaves that she had worn most of her life. She said that her 1st perm was at 4yrs old ! That is insane !! But she came to a point where it was too much and she wanted to be free of it all, no longer being a slave to her hair and embrace her natural beauty. I love it !!

I also Loooooove that Oprah made it mandatory that all the girls at her school in Africa wear their hair natural and braided so that they wouldn’t have to wake up everyday worrying about what to do with their hair so they could focus on their school work. Bravo for that one Oprah !

Cudos to Chris Rock for telling Black women “do your hair for you ! don’t worry about what this white person thinks, or that man thinks.  do your hair for you and you will be happy”.  Good stuff Chris !

There was also a part of the show where a mother named Vanessa, wrote in about her 3 year old daughter who cried because her hair wouldn’t go down like the girls at school. Her daughter was the only african american child in her class, so she wanted to look like the white girls she was in class with.  In order to show her daughter that her hair was beautiful and that she should want to look like herself and not the girls in school, Vanessa decided to cut all of her permed hair off and go natural in order to set an example for her daughter. Bravo Vanessa !!

In the Final Thoughts, Chris Rock said that he feels that “kiddy perms” should be abolished. I couldn’t agree more. It’s bad enough that adults put chemicals in their hair, but it’s even worse when you are putting it in your kids hair. Many girls got perms put in their hair at such a young age that they have no idea what their natural hair actually looks like. I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve had that swore all black people had “nappy hair” without the perms. It’s sooooo not true. As I said before, most have a curly to soft spongy texture.  And so what if your hair is “nappy” !?! As I said earlier we have all got to start loving ourselves in our NATURAL state no matter what race we are or what texture your hair is !

This is all my view on the matter.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs !

Nyesha Samuel – Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

African American Hair Care – Natural Hair? Natural Dye!

Because our hair is precious to us, many of us would much rather use natural means to color it, than harmful, commercial means that would damage our hair. Many commercial products generate negative side effects such as hair loss, burning, itching, redness, itchy or raw skin, swelling in the face, and trouble breathing, and should be avoided at all costs. Fortunately, there are herbal recipes that can help us achieve the desired results that we wish, without the annoying chemicals.

It must be noted that these natural products are not without side effects. In fact, you may experience the same, discomforting sensations from the natural hair dyes that you would from the chemical versions. When in doubt, leave it out! If you feel that you will have an allergic reaction after using these herbs in your hair, do not proceed any further until a medical professional has alleviated your fears. Also make sure that your herbs are authentic. There are many false imitations of henna, for instance, that are harmful.

To begin, test and see whether the herb recipes will give your hair the desired effect. This can be done by trimming off a bit of hair and applying the recipes to that portion. If your hair color reacts unfavorably with the recipe, then you should forgo using the treatment. One thing that you should understand before this process is that herbal dyes are usually “progressive dyes” and only manage to enhance or change the hair in subtle ways. Still, you do not want to give herbs the benefit of the doubt, only to wake up the next morning with orange hair!

To lighten your hair, you may want to consider using lemon juice. Take juice from 2 lemons and strain that in 1 quart of water. Shampoo your hair, prior to using, and add the mixture to dried hair. For peak results, dry your hair in the sun.

Use henna if you would like to get an auburn look. Henna is a considerably healthy herb, known for thickening the hair. Because of its strong properties, it is wise to use henna with a lighter herb like chamomile. First, take 2 parts of henna and 1 part of chamomile powder and mix them in a nonmetal bowl with bowling water so that the mixture becomes pasty. When the paste is lukewarm, use gloves to apply the mixture to your hair. Then tie a plastic bag over your hair and wrap it with a towel for 30 minutes to 2 hours so that the henna mixture will work better. Rinse out your hair and let it air dry in the sun.

If you are concerned about gray hair, you should use a sage rinse. Boil a half cup or so of the herb in water and strain it. After the substance cools, you can pour it through dried, shampooed hair 15 times and then let rinse it in cool water. Sage is a progressive dye, so this process should be repeated weekly until you get the results you want. You should then proceed to repeating the process every month to maintain the desired color.

There are many more ways to color your hair naturally. Continue to experiment and find which method works best for you.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel- Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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