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If you are looking for Pimp Your Beauty, it has merged into The BrownFace BEE. Come and see what's buzzing over there!
I first noticed this model before I went natural and couldn't help admire her hair and how beautiful she was rocking her short, natural do! She had a spread in Essence and I couldn't stop staring at her. Looking at this video makes me want to cut my hair all over again. I will be doing it again in the future, just not sure when. Find out more about the Bajan beauty in this video.
The Coil Review Re-Launch
Check out the relaunch video of the Coil Review. The Coil Review is an online magazine all about natural hair information, styles and beauty. This has got to be one of the most creative videos promoting natural hair in a long time.
Why I Went Natural - Atlanta 2009
It was truly inspirational being around so many beautiful napptural sisters and brothers at the Atlanta World Natural Hair, Health and Beauty show. Being natural is a beautiful and freeing experience, but it is also a journey and sometimes can get discouraging. Are you natural or thinking of going natural? Check out my last video from the show. I can honestly say this is one of the best videos I've done. If you haven't already, please subscribe to BrownFace TV!!
I've been wanting to try products from the Komaza Hair Care Line since last year, but everytime I went to order something always came up. As soon as I received my tax money this year, I was on to ordering. I must say that other than Victoria's Secret, they have the fastest shipping time ever! I ordered on a Monday and received my products two days later. Here is a little info about the line:
"Komaza Care products are designed to provide excellent protection and optimum health for African American hair. Our products are made with natural ingredients. We do not use harsh chemicals, mineral oil or petroleum which cause split ends, clogged hair follicles and slow hair growth. Komaza products are beneficial to ethnic hair by supplying the essentials known to increase hair growth, improve hair texture, and provide a healthy scalp and balance moisture, all necessary for beautiful hair. Great for all types of African American hair colored, relaxed and of course natural."
I received my samples a few months ago which gave me ample time to review. I have a video review all ready to go, but have not been able to upload as yet, but here are my thoughts on the products that I've tried. I'll start with my least favorites...
Olive Moisture Mask
This is a deep penetrating moisture conditioner, that has a great scent. When I first used it as an after shampoo treatment, I really did not feel any difference in my hair. I tried it again as a pre-poo conditioner and was more pleased. My hair felt very soft. For me, this conditioner serves best as a co-wash conditioner. My hair is super dry and needs a bit more oomph. For curlies and kinkies with a looser texture, this may be perfect for you.
Coconut Curl Lotion
This product helps to define your natural curl. Since I don't have a pronounced curl pattern, this did not work that well for me. Again, I think this will work better on those with a looser curl pattern. I will try this product again, to test it's moisture retention.
Shea Butter Hair Lotion
I LOVED this product!! I am always looking for healthier alternatives to mainstream products and I needed a natural heat protectant. This left my hair so silky and smooth after blow drying.
Herbal Tea Rinse
When I first went natural, I tried mixing up my own concoctions because I saw other naturals doing it and they had great results. Me, I wasn't so lucky. I am not a mixtress, so I opt to buy. This is a great cleanser for your scalp. It has Apple Cider Vinegar (please look up all the health benefits of ACV, I also have a post on it) in it and great herbs to aid with hair growth (nettles, horsetail, rosemary, peppermint and sulfur, which my hair adores). My scalp never felt better. I would advise to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. This product will be added to my regular rotation.
Protein Hair Strengthener
Are you looking for a more natural protein version of Aphogee or Dudley's DRC?? You will find it in this product! You use this under a warm dryer sans plastic cap (your hair will get uber hard, so please refrain from manipulating strands), rinse and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. My hair did not feel as dry as I thought it would, as with most protein conditioners and there was little shedding after rinsing out. This is another product going in rotation with my regular routine.
All in all, I was very impressed with this line and I would highly recommend it. I can't wait to try some more products in the future. Stay tuned to BrownFace TV for the video review. Get your samples today at Komazacare.com.
My Natural Hair Idols
Tracee Ellis Ross is not only my hair idol, but my fashion and body idol, as well. And yes, I know that our textures are very different, but once I get some more length, it's nothing a blow out with some huge rollers can't imitate..lol
Lauryn Hill where art THOU?? What an amazing talent. Not sure what is going on, but we are pulling for your comeback. Your album and hair will continue to inspire us, until you return.
More Natural Inspiration
Pics by Moi!
Harlem Heights: Meet Brooke
Harlem Heights is a new docu-drama on BET. It follows the lives of young, up and coming, African-Americans who live in (where else) Harlem. I had a lot of hope for the show, but it all seems so contrived and a little dry? The show seems like something that should be on PAT (public access tv). is it just me? The only reason I'm still watching is for the SERIOUS fashion!! If I had to pick a favorite on the show, it would be Brooke (I'm feeling Ashlee, as well, but more for personality). Brooke reminds me of myself in my 20's. She's FABULOUS, pretty and eventhough seems to have it all together, really seems lost out of all the cast members. Me in a nutshell. I was really looking for pics of her hair, when I ran across this clip. Her haircut is awesome. It reminds me of Spring. I even like the blonde tail, at the back.
BET, do you need me to come and work for you? Let me upgrade, upgrade, ya.
SPIKE LEE TO KICK OFF BLACK ENTERPRISE ENTREPRENEURS CONFERENCE
Two-time Oscar-nominated film director Spike Sheldon Jackson Lee has been confirmed as the featured speaker at the 2009Black Enterprise Small Business Awards Luncheon hosted by Ariel Investments on Monday, May 18. The luncheon is an annual high point of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by General Motors & ExxonMobil. This year's conference will take place May 17-19, 2009 at the Detroit Marriott atRenaissance Center, in Detroit, MI.
Long considered one of America's most influential filmmakers, Spike Lee is also a celebrated entrepreneur who has produced more than 35 films through his independent production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. His acclaimed work includes She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, He Got Game,Malcolm X, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Summer of Sam, Get on The Bus, When the Levees Broke, and Miracle at St. Anna. In our exclusive one-on-one forum, Lee will share his business philosophy, life lessons, and give motivational guidance to aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike.
The 2009 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by General Motors & ExxonMobil features three days of business, motivational, and leadership seminars designed to empower and profit emerging and established minority businesses. The conference consistently attracts up to 1,100 of the nation's most prominent business power players and leaders. Additional sessions include Securing Capital in a Tight Credit Market, What It Takes to Land the Big Contract, New Opportunities in Emerging Businesses, and the BE Small Business Success(TM) Boot Camp.
Registration is available online at www.blackenterprise.com/beec or by phone at 800-209-7229. The $295 registration fee includes an event bag; continental breakfast and lunch (Monday and Tuesday); and admission to sessions, workshops, networking receptions, the Small Business Awards Luncheon, the BE100s Awards Gala, the Town Hall session, and the expo hall.
The 2009 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo is hosted by General Motors & ExxonMobil. Presenting sponsors include OPEN from American Express, Ariel Investments, EMC2, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart. Platinum sponsors are IBM and Wendy's International. Corporate partners include Cisco, Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau, Google, Kodak, UnitedHealthcare, and YUM! Brands.
Taken from Blacknews.com
Product Spotlight - Taliah Waajid's Enhancing Herbal Conditioner
My hair is kinky, that is no surprise. But sometimes it is very hard to find that perfect conditioner that works well with these beautiful napps. After returning from the hair show two weeks ago, I decided to try one of the products my husband purchased at the show. The Taliah Waajid booth was having a 3 for 10 special just for the show and we got 6 full sized containers for only $20 (some of my products in my bathroom alone cost that much). Something told me to throw in her herbal conditioner. I used it in the shower to lightly condition and detangle my hair. This product has AMAZING slip. Because I have switched over to using more natural ingredients in my hair and skin products, slip is hard to find when you are not using all of the mainstream products with their unpronounceable ingredients. Can I tell you, detangling was a BREEZE!! I was complaining of shedding for awhile now and I had minimal when I added this conditioner to my regimen. If you want to check out more of my review, visit my Taliah Waajid Product Review on BrownFace TV and I also introduce a special guest :-)
Question of the Month
Why the heck is Heidi Klum so fertile??? Or maybe it's Seal...lol She is pregnant with baby number four?!! I need to ingest whatever it is she is eating ASAP! I wish them the best and can't wait till I start my own family.
Spring and Summer Make-up Trends
1. Bright lips are back. You can officially dust off your red lipstick from way back. You might want to upgrade to all the delicious colors that are now carried by multiple brands. If you're too afraid to try red, opt for a bold pink like Show Orchid by MAC.
2. Don't be scared of blush. Contrary to popular belief ethnic women can wear blush and it looks stunning on us. To start out, try a peachy shade which is perfect for a natural and spring time look.
3. Hair accessories. These are always in for me, so maybe I shouldn't cite this as a trend. The bigger the better to me.
4. Huge earrings. Unless you're going to work or an interview, put the studs away!
5. Pastel colors on the eyes. You can pair this with your bold lip for a fun daytime look. Purples look great on everyone, you just have to find the right shade for you. For more tamed eye color looks, try brands like Clinique. For the bold and beautiful, I would pick up #92 from Make-up Forever.
6. Dark rimmed eyes. I must admit, I'm so scared of putting eyeliner on my waterline, but I will attempt once or twice for that dramatic sexy look.
Trend Alert - Jumpsuits are IN!
I already forecasted this one (check back to the June-July 2008 issue of The BEE). I have three waiting to be worn and all for under $15! Jumpsuits are so easy and all you have to do is coordinate your shoes and accessories.
Marsha Gauntett-Kirby (soon to be celebrity...lol)
These are on my wish list.
Bubblegum pink silk sleeveless jumpsuit has draped shawl collar neck. ADAM jumpsuit has two pockets at front, a plunging V-neck and a gathered waistband. 100% silk. Dry clean.
Haute or Not?
Ciara is quickly becoming one of my fav entertainers. No one can hold a candle to Beyonce in my book, but she comes in a possible second or third. No doubt she can dance her a** off. Her look here is simple, yet cute. The sunglasses are HOTTT! I think I'm feeling the shoes, but not sure?? What do you think? Would you don these?
Side note: Her toes look a little too long for these shoes??
I'm already claiming this spring coat as HAUTE!!
I'm going to give this dress a Haute. Not sure about the hair, though.
'Good Hair'... we've all heard the term at one point in our lives. I've heard this term all my life and even used to use it from time to time. I, of course was brainwashed by society. The term was even thrown around in my own home and used by my parents. Before I went natural, I used to look at my husband's hair as 'good hair' - he hails from an African-American, Chinese and Dutch background. He has soft hair, with these beautiful curls and I used to envy his wash and go's...lol. Then I went natural and looked at my own locs and didn't know what to think. There were no bouncy curls, no shine, no baby hairs in sight and there was no such thing as a wash 'n' go for my hair. But as time went on, I grew to love my kinky hair. And although my hair is kinky and takes a little more work, I consider it GREAT HAIR! It reminds me of an African Queen. The very funny Chris Rock has put together a documentary that adrresses this subject, after one of his daughters came to him crying asking why SHE didn't have good hair? I cannot wait to see this documentary and I know it will take time, but I cannot wait for these classifications that are set to divide the African-American community are dissolved. Check it out...
Event Date: April 4-5 2009 Event Location: AmericasMart | 240 Peachtree Street N. W. | Atlanta, GA 1 day general ticket $15.00 1 day professional ticket $25.00 Professional tickets include the exhibit hall and all the free workshops General ticket includes the exhibit hall and consumer classes Show Description: The original 15th annual World Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Show (WNHHBS) is a two-day natural hair celebration held in a plush 80,000 square foot convention center complete with an entertainment stage, separate classrooms, a hair styling center and a spectacular view of Atlanta. The event provides the opportunity to attend workshops, develop new skills, experience cutting-edge technologies and network with like-minded individuals. The event showcases natural hair stylist, natural product lines, and holistic health care providers. Natural hair stylist are inspired to exhibit their styles, skills and services. Attendees will have an opportunity to receive complete natural hair services from the industries finest. The show offers workshops on natural hair, health, marketing and community relationships. Review braiding, barbering and locking competitions. The natural hair show entertainment stage offers drum, dance, spoken word, celebrities and a exotic natural hair fashion show that keeps show participants intrigued! The WNHHBS attracts professionals and consumers from around the globe. T here is something for everyone including activities for children. The WNHHBS offers businesses a unique arena to network with their core consumer audiences. All those who attend will literally experience the Red Carpet Treatment. With your participation this event will be a great success for natural hair lovers everywhere! For show exhibits, sponsorships, competitions, classes or tickets use one of the following contacts: Contact Name: Bob Johnson email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.naturalhairshow.org Office: 770.716.9056 Cell: 678.629.2180
I just wanted to throw this in there.
I was not going to address this situation because I get angry every time I think about it. The thing is I was a really big Chris Brown fan, before all this went down. No, I do not know the facts of what went down that day, but I do know the facts of what her face looked like after the incident. Anywho, I will go on no further with my opinion. I thought this guy had some really interesting things to say. Let me know what you think.
One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing a woman who's dipped from head to toe and her eyeshadow is all over the place..UGH!! Funny enough I went to MAC and one of the artists had on the prettiest eye color I've ever seen, but it was a hot mess! There was creasing and bare skin peaking through. I was cringing as I spoke to her. Yes, I cringed. Let me help you. Here's my video on the best eyeshadow bases that can help with this beauty issue. No moving allowed,ladies and gents!
Y'all know I had to throw my MAC post in this issue. Like last year, they are killing me with all these collections. Don't they know a sistah is unemployed? I will beg, borrow and steal for my MAC fix...well just from my hubby...lol I am very excited about this collection. There are some re-premotes, but who cares: IT'S SPRING!!! Collection in stores NOW! Visit maccosmetics.com for more information or stop in a store near you.
Haute or Not?
My Spring purchase. Yeah, yeah, I know I shouldn't be shopping, but I couldn't help myself. Besides the DH hit me off with a nice sum of cash (ahh dreams do come true). What else was I supposed to do? Excuse the ashy feet, but what do you think? Not sure why this did not rotate?
Bringing back Passion and Romance are imperative to getting your "Sex Life Back on Track". Along with those two things must be adventure, spontaneity, being able to let your inhibitions go and last but not least, communication. Yes I said communication! You have to let more than your bodies do the talking, that's why it's OFF track now. Ask your lover what he/she likes. It doesn't have to be right before you do the act, but you could ask at dinner time, during a commercial break, even watching a porno together! Talk about favorite positions, what time of day they prefer sex? what time of day they are at their sexual peaks? what turns them on? what fantasy would they like to act out? Be prepared for unexpected answers and most of all try to keep an open mind. This is for the both of you to enhance your love-making, so make it happen! The more you know about your mate's likes and dislikes, the higher the Pleasure-0-Meter raises leaving you guys both wanting more!!!
Part 2 coming next month....
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