Everybody loves luscious voluminous curls. They turn heads no matter your hair type but finding the perfect rollers can prove to be challenging. This is because most rollers on the market just aren’t made with natural hair in mind, let alone locs. Read More “In search of the Best Curlers for Braidlocs, Locs and Natural Hair”
One of the greatest things about the natural hair movement is the soar of women businesses. In an industry made by Black women yet owned by companies with no affinity for Black follicles, this is more than just promising. Read More “A tribute to all the natural hairstylists who kept Black follicles happy healthy and groundbreakingly stylish”
Day 1 of the Master Cleanse
It’s not easy. I know and I am already asking myself if I am going to make 5 days. Let alone 10.
So I am trying to focus on the goal here:
1) Fixing my upset stomach.
2) Getting rid of allergies.
3) Boosting my health
I am trying to keep busy. Not thinking about food.
With all the stories about bleach and other harmful chemicals being so close to our reproductive organs every month during our periods, I’ve been looking into alternatives solutions for years.
Liked more than 7,000 times and shared more than 4,000 times, made clear that this video was quite a hot topic. Yet, it passed on my wall several times before I watched it. I had no clue it was about hair or about a woman shaving her hair but I think you should see the story.
Hello there, I have been wearing my hair in natural styles for many, many years. I am 72 now. One reference to the style of wearing LOCS always feels insulting. My hair is not DREADful, so why do WE continue to call it so? DREAD LOCS was originally referring to black hair worn “locked” and the people who called the style so believed the hair was dirty, unkempt and dreadful!!!!!!!!!
The morning of the Royal wedding, I woke up to this message: Mireille, you know you look like Meghan’s mom right?
The last time I fell for a hyped up movie was Avatar. That film was great but Black Panther is even better! Where Avatar is a complete fantasy Black Panther is very much a real life story that interchanges between daily life and a futuristic utopian nation.
Black Panther has everything. The story is good but what makes the movie great is how the past is interwoven with the future and the many layers it conveys. Advanced technology kept up and protected by ancient tradition. African Djembe rhythm scores supported by Kendrick Lamar’s latest number one tracks, traditional spears and garments advanced with Vibranium, a high end element that keeps the traditions, the land and its people safe.
Wakanda, a fictional place that is I am sure now home to many, is an absolute beautiful idea. A perception of what Africa could have become had it not been stripped from its resources and its people. The most beautiful place on earth as Erik Killmonger, the villain played so well by Michael B Jordan calls it, is not just heaven on earth. Like every nation it has its own challenges. Fundamental questions from how to protect its citizens to what the nation’s responsibilities are when it comes to the rest of the world are only a few of the challenges that the new King T’Challa played Chadwick Boseman, has to deal with.
When you think about it Killmonger, although scary with a body full of marks for every person he has killed, doesn’t even fight for a bad cause. The villain’s idea to equip Black people all over the world to fight back on all levels, including socially, is a great but the attempt to take over by killing using the indestructible weapons of Vibranium, not so much. King T’Challa states his responsibilities clearly; he is king of Wakanda, not of the world. His job is to keep the people of his nation safe and their warriers only use force when absolutely necessary.
The Malcolm X versus the Martin Luther King arguments that play out in Wakanda are worldly questions not black and white issues with clear cut answers. As author Brooke Obie put it, “Self-preservation at the cost of everyone else lays the trap for self-destruction.”
The diversity of women in various key roles is not just strong, it’s fantastic. From chief warrier Okoye, brilliantly played by Danai Gurira to the James-Bond-like tech gadget developer super funny sister of the king, Shuri played by Letitia Wright, women are equals. There is no battle between the sexes, there are conversations. When W’kabi played by Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out” falls on his knees to submit to his great love Okoye, it’s after he looks around and sees what is at stake. An iconic moment they both choose Wakanda. Wakanda foreva!
What puts Black Panther in a league of its own is its unexpected side-splitting humor connected to profound cultural references that not everyone may get. Like this new heroic or better yet iconic hairoic moment that equals Pam Grier pulling out a gun of her fabulous Afro.
The whole building up to that moment when lead warrier Okoye walks into a casino bar with a straight wig to fit in, is seriously amusing. Then when she pulls it off her head in the midst of chaotic fighting scenes that puts you on the edge of your chair and uses the “the ridiculous wig” as a weapon, smashing it in the face of the enemy, it is just hysterical.
— Lohanne Cook (@BitOfRandmTruth) February 18, 2018
Although the whole theater burst out laughing, it may be a layer to deep for everyone to get. While Variety writer Peter Debruge sees it, wrongly in my opinion, as the most gay-friendly Marvel moment to date, the message should not be lost.
Given the fact that all styles of the lead characters are natural, from short shaven styles from the female warriers to Nakia’s (Lupita N’yongo) bantu knots, Black Panther also sends a clear message about beauty standards and natural hair. Even if people don’t get it, it is still great that the film planted a seed.
Black Panther is not just a film, like Avatar, it’s an experience. The costumes are vibrantly beautiful, the scenery is nothing like you’ve seen before and the cast just outstanding. The scenes take you to a beautiful even magical tech advanced futuristic place hidden in the mountains of Africa while sketching real world issues with a bright sense of humor. It’s an experience I hope everyone will have.
Also see the #WakandaStyle Gallery.
Did you know that all the hairstyles in the Black Panther film are natural? Hairstylist Camille Friend the visionary behind the fabulous hairdos rocked in Wakanda was really firm about keeping it natural and I for one are thankful for that. More than thankful, I am inspired and that is why I call for the #BlackPantherharstylechallenge calling for everyone to rock their #WakandaHairstyle!
In the wake of the recent killings of innocent Black men by incompetent racist police officers, the importance of how we use our $1.1 Trillion economic power has once again risen to the surface. Buy Black always comes up in light of these type of horrific racial crimes as many are convinced that marching can only do so much. It’s the money that talks that can bring real change.
My braidlocs are back!
It is no secret that I went through a seriously rough time when my sister passed away in 2016. Although there were plenty of happy moments at her bedside and I will always feel grateful for the celebration of her live on the day her body was laid to rest, emotionally it was a very stressful time. A time I honestly just couldn’t bring myself to care properly for my hair.
I did notice that my locs were thinning at the roots, I knew the time was due for retightening and in the end I did go to a salon but by then my hair was seriously damaged. The loctitian in Paramaribo Johanna, owner of Salon the Hair Box, did a great job fixing my locs but that was all she could do. When you know you’ve neglected your hair to the point that it starts breaking, it’s your personal responsibility to make sure it heals. A hair dresser can only do so much so I was really thankful that Johanna saved my locs.
The next visit to my staple loctitian here in New York was much tougher. Adenike from the Woven Wool didn’t see the need to keep my still stringy hair just pulled at least 3 thinning locs out. Ouch! It didn’t just literally hurt. It pained me immensely that my braidlocs were doing so bad but all I could do was watch. Months later, Adenike who has always done my locs, was really concerned. There was no improvement. She saw too much scalp.
Very aware that emotional stress can disrupt the normal cycle of hair growth, I began to worry that my hair wouldn’t grow back at all in those thinning spots. When I also started smelling mildew in my braidlocs, I had enough. Buildup only adds to hair stress because it makes your hair unnecessarily heavy, so I got into action.
Sadest day of my loc journey. 2 locs pulled out on this side.
Finding a remedy
I started cleaning my locs with acv and baking soda and it did work. All cleaned up, the smell was gone, my locs felt much lighter but extremely dry. My scalp was itchy and my braidlocs felt rough.
I desperately needed something to moisturize and soften my hair because with this dryness only more of my locs would come out or just break off my head.
What I really needed was a product that would nourish my hair back to health. A formula to heal my follicles and make my super dry locs feel soft but left no residue. Also a very important factor.
After months and months of research, trying things here and there, I came up with an all organic water based spray infused with essential oils. I started spraying it on my hair and scalp regularly which did make my hair feel much softer. Although I was happy with my moisturized hair, I was still concerned about my scalpy locs. That is until it was time for my next retightening appointment.
The formula worked!
Adenike who is also a Reiki practitioner and a raw food chef, became cautiously hopeful because she noticed that my hair was doing much better.
Another three months later, my loctitian was really surprised. “Your hair is really coming back Mireille, I see no more scalp”, she said. That is when I told her about the spray. Impressed by the hair growth, she’d seen up-close, Adenike who is very picky, ordered the first bottle. Needless to say, I was elated a new product was officially born.
Naming it after my sister Tineke
This new formula is super special because it feels like coming full circle. My sister Tineke, always had thick, very thick long hair and she loved her hair!
Even as her sister, I can’t recall ever to have seen her with messy hair. Rollers yes, plenty of times but messy hair, my sister, NEVER. Her hair was always healthy, always looked good and she never had a problem growing her hair.
So reminiscing about last year and what got this started, I could only name the spray after my sister. I named it Tineke’s Healthy Hair Growth Spray.
Now to start 2018 off with a good deed, I am giving a bottle away. Please share this article and comment on why you need to receive the first free bottle of Tineke’s Healthy Hair Growth Spray.
For those of you who don’t want to wait, you can order a bottle get $2 off as an introduction price. You can order at: Tineke’s Healthy Hair Growth Spray
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In a live Instagram video, hip hop recording artist and social media personality Cardi B. with nearly 15 million followers, used expletives that explain why America’s Next Natural Model, a pageant to promote natural hair, is very needed.
In her words, Cardi.B’s kids won’t have hair as nice as her little niece with long straight hair because her mom’s side of the family has f’—ed up hair. Although the hip hop artist said it in a so called funny way with a bright smile, the prejudice and violence expressed against natural hair is very real.
The notion that natural African strands are bad and any other hair type from curly to wavy is good hair, has been damaging to Black follicles for centuries. In our quest to meet society’s standards of what hair should look like, a shocking 73% of African American women suffer from relaxer induced alopecia.
African American baby girls often born with more hair than their peers of other ethnic groups, are the first to deal with hair breakage and often start wearing weaves in their teens.
Not only do African American women suffer disproportionately from hair loss, a recent study completed in February of this year by the Perception Institute and Shea Moisture found that a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias toward women of color based on their hair.
America’ Next Natural Model
More than just to challenge the biases, America’ Next Natural Model, an online pageant to promote natural hair and Black businesses, was created with the ultimate goal of changing the perception of natural hair.
In this pageant candidates compete by shooting photos or videos for sponsoring companies for seven consecutive weeks. The model with the most likes, comments and shares wins the title of America’s Next Natural Model, free products and a photo and video shoot in New York.
Since its start in 2008, all candidates shooting ads for companies like Iman cosmetics, Gruvi Juice and Jamaica Mango & Lime rocked beautiful natural hairstyles.
In season 7 which starts on February 1st of 2018, founder of the competition MSC. Mireille Liong and author of Bad Hair Uprooted, the untold story of Black Follicles plans to also take on the controversies we read about in the media. The how is still a secret but the theme will be Black Follicles matter. Stay connected and you won’t be disappointed.
For more information about sponsoring or to participate as a model visit AmericasNextNaturalModel.com.
At Goeaba, Maroon village in Suriname
As the year is coming to a close and the list of supporters for my mini crowdfunding is growing, I like to sincerly thank every one who donated while looking back on quite an eventful year. Like every year, there were downs but I am happy to look back on more ups. If the things you do are indeed rated by how much you contribute to society, I am even happier to see that I was pretty successful in 2017.
It all started with the Moroccan Magic Dress video that I recorded back in 2012 at the annual African Festival in Brooklyn, New York. With my new iPad, I taped the model showing the Moroccan dress for no other reason than to share its magic with the world and uploaded it to youtube.
After I finally posted a blog for one of my long-time followers to help me find that Moroccan Dress the video went viral on facebook with over 5 million views and the rest is history.
I ended up selling a record number of Moroccan Dresses which helped me to finally build FromUsByUs.com, a marketplace for Black Hair Products and Naturalista Fashion. This was truly exiting but of course there is more.
The Going Natural Hair Show themed Black Follicles Matter was another highlight at the International African Arts Festival on the 4th of July. I got out of my comfort zone to honor and present the natural hairstylists who are truly the foundation of this whole natural hair movement. It was such a blessing. A video is in the works but you can read and see the images at Black Follicles Matter Hair Show.
Thanks to the wonderful Marlynella Conception, I was allowed to be the keynote speaker and present Bad Hair Uprooted at Kuralicious, the Natural Hair, Beauty and Health Show at Curacao. Accompanied by Sabine Bellevue from Sabine’s Natural Hair Salon who I brought along to give workshops, we all had a great time. You can read about it at Bad Hair Uprooted a great success at Kuralcious Curaçao and see newly added photos at the Kuralicious Gallery.
In October, I finally also opened my own photo studio! You can take a look and even book at going-natural.com/photostudio/.
Then in my birthday month November, I went to Suriname to celebrate my birthday with my 81 year old dad and spend quality time with him. His daughter, my sister only just passed away a little over a year ago and we are somehow still coping with it.
Still, going home is always special. This time it seemed extra special. Not only did I get a chance to travel deep into the into the interior of the rainforest, I also let my followers talk me into organizing a natural hair pageant, Miss Kroeshaar, Suriname’s Next Natural Hair Model.
Yes, try setting up a real life pageant that usually takes at least three months, in two weeks. It was stressful, I am not going to lie and I thought about cancelling the idea at least three times but in the end, I was more than happy that I pushed through. Of course I didn’t do it myself. I am still thankful to the Feng Shui Garden, the people who run it, the judges, the models and the audience. The gorgeous garden just outside of the capital Paramaribo was the perfect setting and the rest just fell into place. Photos of the event and the winner.
This last month, I finally started working on what I’ve been contemplated doing all year: redesigning Going-Natural.com to be more of a social network. It’s still in the works but feel free to take a look. Feedback is welcome: going-natural.com.
All in all not a bad year. Now I have two wishes left for this year.
As it seems harder to reach my audience now via email, I hope you can add my email to your address book so it doesn’t end up unread in one of gmails obnoxious boxes.
From the bottom of my heart, I hope you support my crowdfunding to launch FromUsByUs.com, the marketplace for Black Hair Products and Naturalista Fashion. Please check it out and donate $10 if you can. I would truly appreciate it: https://BlackFollicles.com.
Thanks again to all my supports, near and far. May I say, you look extra beautiful on my supporters’ wall. Please check yourself out! Happy Holidays and see you next year!
Come, shop and have your photo taken!
The Festival is one of my summer staples. It’s espcially known for its family friendliness. Entertainment from happy kids activities to amazing performances and all they ask is a $5 donation.
My booth will be on the field on the left of the Muntu stage where the Hair Show will be held. The lot nr is 76. I will be there from Saturday Juli 1st to Tuesday July 4th from:
|Saturday 12 pm – 8 pm|
Sunday 1 pm – 9 pm
Monday 2 pm – 9 pm
Tuesday 12 pm – 8 pm
The Going Natural Hair products will be available as well as items the Going Natural marketplace: FromUsByUs.com. So come, shop and let your picture be taken! See some of the hot items. For those who can’t make it click to order online.
See an impression of last year.
The Going Natural Hair Show is at the Muntu stage at the IAAFestival located at
Commodore Barry Park
Flushing Avenue and Navy Street
Entrance for the Muntu Show:
North Elliot near the corner of North Elliot and Park
Bus B26 to Flushing Av/N Portland Av.
F Train to York Street.
Going Natural has a booth, on the field to the left of the Muntu stage: Lot number 76.
Sisters Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center
On Saturday June 10th, I had a book talk about Bad Hair Uprooted, the Untold History of Black Follicles at Sisters Uptown bookstore in Harlem. That colorful vibrant place where delicious healthy smoothies are also available, must be the coziest bookstore in the city. This beautiful space envisioned and owned by Miss Janifer Wilson that opened up in 2000 has been serving as a community center since June 2007.
Welcomed by the owner herself, a warm personality complimented with thick fabulous natural hair strands, made me feel at home instantly.
With over 100 RSVP’s and a couple of people who had called the bookstore to be on the waiting list, I was a little nervous that the space would be too small but even that single worry faded away. Not everybody showed up so there was room enough and it turned out to be a great gathering and book talk.
Friends from my home country Suriname; Sherida, Edmond and Sieglien. You can order the book at https://fromusbyus.com/books
Besides a few friends who came to support me, I found myself to be in front of a whole new audience. A showing of hands told me they weren’t familiar with going-natural.com at all. So as usual I introduced myself but this time I really started at the very beginning of my journey of when I went natural and why because ultimately that is what brought me there.
Not sure if all of you remember but I went natural because my hair was breaking severely at a time when I was living in Amsterdam the Netherlands with no information about natural hair at all.
As desperate as I was back then, when I look back now I see my hair breakage as a blessing. It was not just my hair but the universe slowly but surely swayed me to change course.
When I got to my first book Going-Natural started to ring a bell as one of the guests had bought the book back in the day, read it and even tried some of the styles. She tried the twist out among others but her favorite one was the flat twists because that lasted longer. It never fails to be a wonderful experience to hear a reader talk about how your book helped them.
Bookstore owner Janifer Wilson and Dervie buying Bad Hair Uprooted, the Untold History of Black Follicles.
The Going Natural Hair products were also a hit. Not only did Miss Janifer herself bought some, she will also carry them in her store. So from now on Harlem people, you don’t have to travel to Brooklyn anymore if you don’t want to order online, you can get the Going Natural hair Care products at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore.
Unfortunately I couldn’t catch all people on tape nor on camera but I still feel grateful, humbled and happy.If you want to hear the full story of why Black Follicles Matter, check the Going Natural Events Page. More book talks and a hair show are coming up!
Charene and Peter
It is called the magic dress for a reason. The magic with the Moroccan dress really never ends. The hidden pockets, the stash that you hardly see pictured offer countless other options to wear this dress. No matter what style you choose, you will feel comfortable wearing it.