As a contestant of America’s Next Natural Model Season 5, Lydia tried to see how the Going Natural Hair care products would work for her Fro-Hawk, one of her favorite natural hairstyles.
For this shoot, I knew (and still know) that I have A LOT of work to do to prove to the judges that I should still be in the competition. Our job this week was to try out, the curl keeper and show off our curls! Definition at it’s’ best! 🙂 We also were to rock a head wrap, and a colorful ponytail holder. To me, I wanted to create a shoot that showed off a variety of patterns, whether on the head-wrap, ponytail holder, or in my clothes. I like the play on words…
Hi Going Natural Fam,
I will be speaking at the event posted below! It’s a great opportunity to rock your natural and give to a good cause! If you are in or near the Hampton VA area, hope you can make it!
Curls for a Cause
Natural Hair Fundraiser
Presented By: Naturally Glam LLC (http://Naturally-Glam.com)
September 15, 2012 2pm-5pm
McGrew Towers Conference Center, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
Features: Vendor/exhibitor marketplace, music/spoken word performance, natural hair, fashion, and beauty exhibitions, respected guest speakers in the natural hair community
Featured Guest Speakers:
Karen Wilson, Karen Wilson Natural Beauty
The Monroe Sisters, MsVaughnTV & MeechyMonroe
Chassity Bynum, America’s Next Natural Model 2012
Geneva ‘Nevadeva’ Mitchell & Nina ‘Bald Head Queen’ Brewton
Black women, natural or not, are always on the look for that one product that perfectly defines the beautiful shape of uniquely coiled strands with a healthy shine and cheerful bounce. Still, this may not be as difficult as you may think. In fact, it can be fairly easy to make your curls happy.
LENORE – Best of luck to you in all your endeavors, Lenore. You are gorgeous and I am sure you will do fine. Just remember your angles when you are in front of the camera. Happy Holidays!
VALARIA – Valaria, you were by far the most regal of all the contestants in the America’s Next Natural Model Contest. Beautiful features and a camera presence will get you very far. Best of luck in your endeavors.
CHRISTINA – Wonderful step-by-step instructional this week. Clear & concise with fantastic photos. Very well done! Your hairstyles and pictures in the photo gallery are off the chain. FABULOUS!
TOSHIA – I think your intentions for this challenge were honorable. Your hair looks beautiful. But is very unclear to me, even after reading it, how to use the pipe cleaners to achieve the look you end with. Also, you should have applied make up for the instructional. You look washed out. Check out Christina’s entry to see a great example. I love the use of feathers and other accessories in your gallery photos because it looks very festive, however, you’ve had clearer and more engaging photos in the past. And I know you can do better.
SAFEEYAH – Safeeyah, I am so pleased with your tutorial this week. The photos are clear and detailed and I love that you decided to Go Green for this challenge. It’s a very smart & enlightened approach. I love your delicate features and broad smile, but your photos in your gallery never do you justice. And I think this is such a disservice to a young woman as lovely as you.
KARLA – Your tutorial was clear, well-written, and concise, but I am going to have to agree with the other judges that it did not give you the desired results. And ultimately, no one is going to want to follow your instructions because they are afraid thie hair will not end up with the curls/crinkles they wanted. But a very good effort. Although your pictures in the gallery do not show much range, I think you look very pretty.
TEESHA – Very well done instructional. I like that you point out that there are other options to achieve curls/crinkles other than heat. And I always love your gallery photos because they are so diverse and wonderfully thought out. Always a pleasure.
As we come down to the wire, each week gets more and more challenging. My choice for winner of this challenge is Christina. Job well-done!
Versatile, unique and fabulous are all adjectives that can be used to describe chic hairstyles that can be achieved with natural hair. As I am a loc’er, I will expound upon a few fanciful formal styles that can add pazazz and flavor to any evening soiree. Read More “Chic & Natural: Braids, Buns and Curls”
It’s very telling to see that only the strong or determined survive! We started out with 10 contestants and in a few short weeks we’re down to 5.
Toisha’s story was a little scary considering how dangerous the pipe cleaners can be. Despite those facts, she’s found a way to make it work for her and achieve the style she desired.
Toisha’s pics were full of curl and a bit quirky. I especially got a kick out of the photo with all the skin showing and a snow man in the background. Toisha’s smile is infectious and it seems she had a lot a fun taking her pictures.
Teesha’s story was written in a light, breezy but informative manner. The images used to show the steps were clear and crisp and made the technique easy to understand.
Teesha’s hair has a naturally large and loose curl pattern. As such her styling options should be more varied. Instead, Teesha seemed to just use the natural texture of her hair to represent this challenge. The pics didn’t really show defined curls. Still her pictures were evoked fun, beauty, and creativity.
Christina’s story was succinct, short and to the point with great accompanying pics. The draw back for me is that her choice of crimping the hair is a very well known and common technique. Still she executed her assignment in a very clear manner.
Christina showed us a number of different ways to style long, crimped locs. I was especially taken by the first pic with the fan and the up-swept Locs. Very pretty.
Before I could read Karla’s story I was stuck on the picture that accompanied the story. There was nothing about the style that made me want to read the story. I would not be interested in knowing how to achieve a style that I was not find interesting or attractive.
Karla is beautiful, no doubt and her sweet and charming spirit shines through in all of her photos. But this is a challenge about hair and curls. I found this style to have no shape or definition and no curls. It seems the technique she used is not a very effective one for her hair. I was really disappointed because there are a number of really effective styling techniques to curl the kind of kinky hair that Karla has. I would hate for viewers to think that kinky hair can’t be curled in a stunning and attractive way. Karla missed the mark on this one.
Safeeya’s story was complicated but well written. I liked that Safeeya used a technique that was both innovative and retro. I love how she wove environmental concerns into her story. She also offered insights into why this wash and wear material trumps other tools that become lodged with product and debris. Great job Safeeya!
Safeeya’s pics featured creativity, moods and many style changes with this simple but versatile style.
For challenge #5 my pics are:
Teesha for her easy to follow story with great accompanying pics.
Safeeya for creatively showing versatile pics of her style.
For the next challenge you are going to create curls with the twist n curl potion and use the flower from Ododo Originals that you’ve received. Ododo Originals is a one woman business who sells her flowers via www.ododooriginals.etsy.com. Your best picture will be linked to her shop to sell her flowers.
If you have locs you are amazed at the flexibility we have with styling. With that being said I want to share with you on how to spiral curl your hair using pipe cleaners that you can find at any craft store.For this tutorial I will use 15 mm sized bendable chenille pipe cleaners.
Love your locs and add some curls! Bouncy, free and especially for girls:)
For this challenge I’ve opted for an old fashioned approach; cloth rollers. An elder woman gave me the idea when she talked about how back during the Great Depression when money was scarce women used all kinds of different house hold objects for their beauty needs. I used just a few strips of fabric from an old t-shirt. I find this option to be very cost effective as well as enviormentally repsonsible.