Sunday, August 19, 2012

Take the natural plunge...but read this first!

Contemplating the big step of whether to go natural or keep your relaxer? One really big question is how will you look? You’ve had a relaxer since you were in fifth grade and can’t even remember what your kinks/curls look like. For you the benefits of letting go of the “cream crack” definitely out way the cons, but you are in Cooperate America, you work on high profile cases, your colleagues are mainly non-minorities who may not "get it" and frankly you cannot take the chance of losing your creditability just because you have decided to be true to your own creed.

Fear is associated with any major change in life, even if the change is a good one. Think back to when you got married or had a child, graduated from college or decided to go back to school. All those decisions were for the better but involved a certain amount of risk. Similarly, the choice of whether to maintain a relaxer or free your natural locs can be a source of anxiety.

Unfortunately, all risk cannot be removed from a controversial choice, but here are a few suggestions that may make going natural (if that’s what you really want to do) just a little easier.

1.     Try to ensure that you keep your transitioning tresses as healthy as possible. Keep your hair moisturized and manageable. For tips on maintaining moistrure in your natural locs click here or for products that promote healthy hair click here.

2.     Don’t want to go from long relaxed locs to a super mini fro, which may be all the new growth you have developed in the process. Don’t chop it all off. Maintain your two textures by seeking out a professional who is well versed in helping to make the transition from relaxer to natural. Let yourself get used to the curls first, give it time to get some length to it and then (when you are absolutely ready) cut the relaxer and enjoy your natural freedom.

3.     Finally, get a preview of how you may look once the relaxer is all gone. Some natural seekers are going for dread locs or twists. Some want a bountiful afro still other are searching for cascading curls. You may not have noticed but there is a wig to simulate all those looks. Pick one up, try it on and get a feel for how you will look with a “natural”. The wig is a fairly inexpensive, non-committed way to see if this is what you really want and if you will really “love” yourself in curls as much as you think you might love yourself in curls

My own little experiement with natural locs!

The fact remains, this is a big step. It is an affair that must not be entered into lightly. BUT if you do decide to take your look back to Eden, stay empowered, be informed and keep it healthy!

For all sorts of tips on all hair types and updates on what’s hot for fall 2012 click here.

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Fashion week unveiled some interesting new trends that can make getting through fall not so “ho hum”

1.    The high bun: Reminiscent of your days as a ballerina at your first recital this spin on the bun can be achieved several different ways. Pull hair up into a high pony, tease then tuck. Do a loose, effortless “just left the gym” look. A tight top not with long fringy bangs looks cute as well. Just remember, the higher the better!

2.    Bangs: Bangs are really not a new style, stylist just keep re-inventing the look to make it fresh and new each season. Thick, blunt, wide bangs are back in as seen on the run way at Marni. Layered and pixie-ish are still all the rage for short hair. A high bang, way above the brow, defined by long hair on the sides can make for a dramatic look. Be sure to choose a bang style that best fits your face.

3.    The braid: Braids just won’t stop! Summer time boasted all sorts of fancy frocks filled with braids. The fall continues the trend. Braid head bands are in. Messy side swept braids are in. Braided bangs are in. French braids, cornrows and twists of all sorts are in.

4.    Color: No more is outrageous color reserved for the fashion misfits or anti-fashionista. The run way was flooded rivers of color! The Haider Ackermann show demonstrated bold, colorful hairlines on wet, slicked back hair. Katy Perry- esque color chunks showed up as well. Locs that looked as though they had been dipped in water color made an appearance too. It seems anything goes as far as personal expression and color is concerned.