While many across the country were knee-deep in mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, Avenue Music Group (AMG) was giving back to their community and Going-Natural had the pleasure to support the venue.
Pheli Dlamini, creatively expresses her love of African fabrics through her company Khokho Designs. The Swaziland native supports BlackFollicles.com because black products are unique and there isn’t a platform for them right now.
Returning Natural & Self Love
Excerpt from my journal 1 year natural and struggling to love my natural appearance:
I don’t even know where to begin – as usual. Do I just hate myself? It shouldn’t be this hard to just love and accept myself for who I am. I keep coming up with excuses for why I feel this way. Its not even really excuses, the reasons why are clear and pretty accurate… The solutions I’ve come up with seem to work on the surface, but deep down something isn’t allowing the love to reach the core. It’s so f***’d up knowing everything I know and feel about life, yet the most significant piece of the puzzle hasn’t been found.
Brooklyn, NY March 31st – The book Going Natural, How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair by author Drs. Mireille Liong-A-Kong ranks nr. 1 on amazon.com in the category “Hair Care and Styling”.
Found this on my facebook this morning. Beautiful and inspiring to start off the first work week of the new year. Enjoy!
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Wow! I can’t believe that this was the last challenge of the competition. I am sad to see it all come to an end but I had so much fun along the way. Even though this challenge was the most difficult because there was so many different components to it, it was definitely my favorite one.
At first, I was hesitant about this week’s challenge. I only knew Jamaican Mango & Lime as a product line for dreadlocked hair and I knew little about ‘dreads. I had always assumed dreadlocks were a counter-cultural fashion preference. So before my package of Jamaican Mango & Lime products arrived in the mail I began to do a little research. I realized in the process that dreadlocks can also be symbolic of spiritual conviction (as with the Rastafarians) or ethnic pride (as with the beautiful thin, red dreadlocks of the Maasai of Kenya). I cut off my chemically straightened hair in high school because I wanted to learn to accept and take pride in my natural beauty. It was as much a personal statement as a style choice, and I found new kinship between that choice and the choice other make to develop dreadlocks. I thought it would be fun to arrange a photo shoot with someone whose dreadlocks were representative of this, which is why this week’s entry features my friend reggae DJ, Q Bwoy, who knows the products well!
I have wanted to make the transition to natural for a while now, but due to much discouragement from others, I was intimidated to make the move. I was told everything from my hair wouldn’t look right to it would be more expensive to upkeep.
I wanted dreads but then about a year ago I noticed sisterlocks but thought they were a smaller, thinner form on dreadlocks. After reading the article on sisterlocks vs dreadlocks, I determine I needed to do my own research.
I found the pros and cons of both, and desired the sisterlocks more. I dreaded the cost but said its worth it. I saved the money because it was costly. My hair went through an 8 month transition without a relaxer. I cut all of my hair off believing it would be more managable, but it was more expensive to upkeep my haircut than when I had longer hair.
I have loved my sisterlocks since my installation was conducted in March 2012. My hair has grown alot and it’s easy to manage. I don’t put anything chemicals or cremes on it, and I wash it every two weeks.
The only downfall to my sisterlocks is dandruff. I wish I could wash my hair more, but due to the necessity to upkeep style, don’t overwash and follow consultant’s instructions. My consultant is great. If anyone is considering sisterlocks in the future and lives near the area, Stella Walker does a great job. She is located in Charlotte and you can go to her website at www.lockjourney.com. I have had my sisterlocks for four months now and continue looking forward to further progress along the way. One of the best decisions I ever made.
This was my favorite challenge so far. I never had a wedding because my husband and I eloped. His family refused to accept our relationship because of racial, cultural, and religious differences. Yep, we picked the trifecta of star-crossed love. We were secretly engaged for 5 months before saying our vows and we see all the drama in a positive light as amazing stories to tell our future grandchildren. Despite the stress that such opposition can cause to flourish, we’ll be celebrating our 10th year (tin) anniversary this May.
For this challenge I tried to think outside of the box. I pondered on what it would be like to be engaged or married and drew my inspiration from the pure joy and happiness I would have.
Ideally I would like to be outside for this type of shoot, but with four inches of snow on the ground and Michigan’s chilling temperatures I decided to go with the next best thing. After doing research for the challenge I found a lot of the same type of wedding styles.
A Day To Love
For this Challenge, we were told to talk about a Romantic Style for Valentines and Natural Brides. Valentine’s Day to me means showing the people or that special person in your life that you love and appreciate them! I feel this should be done every day, but Valentine’s Day is just that one day out of the year to pay extra special recognition to the ones you love and to show a little love to yourself! When i hear the word “Valentine”, I think of my husband and I think of my kids!
I personally feel that love should be celebrated daily! However, Valentine’s Day is a great day to set everything aside and focus on the one that you love.
Life tends to get in the way and time is so short these days, it tends to be a little difficult to remind your Love that they are important to you on a daily basis. Many couples designate Valentine’s day as their wedding day.
What Do You Love About Your Natural?
- My Uniqueness
- My Coils
- My Texture
- My Kinks
- My Fullness
- My Shrinkage (yes I love my shrinkage)
- My Curls
- My Funky Styles my hair can do
- My Products
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Well i am wearing my hair out 2day i didnt plant to but hey what the hell!!! I am rockin braids in the front ann twists in the back;) I love being natural
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