Friday, December 30, 2011

Full Moons and the Farmers Almanac: Best Days to Cut Hair in 2012

Old wives tales have played a large part of African-American hair care.  These tales have been handed down from generations and are still followed today with the same faith to their truths as when our ancestors first spoke of them.  One that I  heard over the years and recently spoke with a friend who actually follows it, is cutting/trimming hair only on a full moon and according to the Farmers Almanac there are specific days of the month that retard growth and other days that are supposed to increase growth.  I figured one like this could easily be done since I have to trim my hair anyhow, no harm, no foul.  I also heard from a fellow FB friend, actress T'keyah Crystal Kemah advises cutting hair on the new moon is best for growth. Although I'd never heard of it, I figured I'd add it to the list of dates.

The next upcoming date according to the Farmers Almanac to cut hair to increase growth will be December 30th and 31st, 2011, and January 3rd and 4th, 2012.  My goal is to start the new year off with a healthy head of fresh ends and bouncy curls. The second half of this year I didn't care for my hair as well as I did the first year and focused mainly on styling.  2012 I vow to make my hair care a priority each week like I did during the first 7 months of this year.  I can definitely tell the difference. 

Big Chop 2012
I never will forget being on Twitter during the first week of this year reading and looking at tweet pics of Sister's who took the plunge.  It felt so liberating even though I hadn't cut my own.  Just seeing how far we have come...black women voluntarily cutting their hair and in some cases shaving was unheard of even just 3 or 4 years ago.  For those of you planning to bring in the New Year with  BC'ing I wanted to share the best days to cut your hair according to the Farmers Almanac and Moon Phases calender.  When you visit the website you will find it not only lists the best days to cut hair for growth, it also lists the best days to start a diet to gain or lose weight, quit smoking, host a party, entertain friends, get married, retard growth (I guess this would be beneficial for eyebrows, underarms, legs, etc.), picking specific fruit or veggies for those of you who have gardens, and traveling. 

Best days to cut your hair for GROWTH:
(1st Quarter dates for 2012)
December 30th and 31st
January 3rd and 4th
January 25th - 27th
January 30th and 31st
 February 1st
February 4th and 5th
February 23rd and 24th
February 27th

Full Moon Dates for 2012
January 9th
February 7th
March 8th
April 6th
May 5th
June 4th
July 3rd
August 31st
September 29th
October 29th
November 28th
December 28th

New Moon Dates for 2012
 January 23rd
February 21st
 March 22nd
April 21st
May 20th
June 19th
July 19th
August 31st
September 16th
October 29th
November 13th
December 28th

I was hoping the Farmer's Almanac and Moon Phase Calender dates would coincide but unfortunately they don't.  So more than likely I'll follow the almanac and choose one of those dates (probably the 31st) to give my hair a really good cut to start New Year 2012 off with a BANG!!!

HHG!






Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Transitioning & Healthy Hair Care for Children

Teaching our children to love themselves just as they were created to be is the first brick that leads to a road of self pride and acceptance.  We lead by example and to me, there is no better example we show our young children that we love our hair then caring for it, naturally.  As a stylist, I meet women all the time with daughters who are transitioning from chemical relaxers and texturizers.  Most of them I find turned to chemical straightening either at the recommendation of their own stylist or just a lack of knowledge on how to care for their child's hair in its kinky curly state.  Growing up I loathed hair care day. I knew it would be an all day event of hair washing, detangling, conditioning and heat press styling.  Although my hair was not relaxed and never had heat damage, I was extremely "tender headed" and couldn't stand the detangling process more than other part of my hair care day.  The fact that most kinky curly headed children squirm at the thought of having their hair combed stems mostly from the fear of pain they will have to endure during the detangling process which in return, frustrates Mom or Dad, causing them to seek alternative hair care methods to make their little ones hair more manageable.  With the abundance of natural hair products now on the market, a large majority of them have detangling benefits to them.  So, before you go out and buy a kiddie perm kit for your little one, let's discuss some alternative resolutions to make caring for your child's hair a delightful experience he/she can look forward to.  Shifting the focus on how pretty or handsome they will look as a result of their grooming process, instead of on how painful it will be, will make a pleasant experience for both parent and child.

Seeking advice from your stylists or any stylist is one way of gaining insight on how to better care for your child's hair.  Just keep in mind, not all hair stylist are equipped with the know-how on handling and caring for kinky textures.  For this reason, texturizers are often suggested and parents are falsely advised they are less harmful then relaxers.  Most of the time they are suggested simply due to the stylist not being familiar with natural hair care.  If you desire to keep your child's hair kinky and curly let the stylist know.  Be up front, chemicals are not an option and go from there.  Should you decide texturizing/relaxing is the method you would like to move forward with, you can still learn healthy hair care practices to avoid as much breakage as you can. I am strongly against this option so I'm not going to go into it in detail.  I will say, avoid heat, do not apply 6-8 weeks as recommended on the product package or by some stylists and instead stretch them out by applying them no more than 3 times per year.  Deep condition your child's hair weekly and allow it to air dry while platited in braids to keep the roots stretched, then style.  Use natural detangling products such as Kinky Curly Knot Today to help ease pain during combing new growth.  If you are reading this, I assume natural hair is your preference for your child even if you are not wearing your hair natural yourself.  I find most parents I speak to prefer their child's hair to be healthy, regardless of their texture and just don't have the information needed to keep their child chemical free.

As I mentioned, the detangling process is usually the onset of seeking chemical relaxers for manageability.  There are other reasons as well. One being we, as the parent, have a distorted view of what beauty is.  We have fed into the good hair myth and inadvertently passed on those views to our child.  Good hair is silky, doesn't shrink up, it's curly not kinky, it's thin not thick, it's easy to comb, it's what bi-racial people have.  All of the above are false. Good hair is hair that is well taken care of and shows through its density, often the length it can grow to, shine, moisture level, and overall elasticity and texture, be it curly, kinky or which ever texture the child has, naturally.  Using terms like good hair or referring to your child's hair as being nappy in a derogatory manner even if you don't mean it negatively can have a huge negative impact in the way our children view their looks.  Remember children gain their sense of pride and who they are by what they learn from their parents first.  It's important we provide them with the knowledge of self love and understanding beauty comes in various forms...and God makes no mistakes :o)

Regimen Building

What is a Regimen?
A prescribed course of medical treatment, way of life, or diet for the promotion or restoration of health.
The primary purpose of creating a hair care regimen for you child is to either maintain the health or improve the health of their hair.  Most mothers who have natural hair themselves follow the same type of hair care regimen they use on themselves.  Although the products used may be different, the consistency and attention of care given is the same.  For those of you who have no idea on where to begin here is a sample regimen you can start using on your children.  Keep in mind it will vary with age and the amount of hair the child has. For instance with my middle son, he had hair to his shoulders by age 1.  Other children may not have as much or may have more, therefore the styling options and regimen may vary. Some children have drier scalps then others as well. Also keep in mind it is the consistency of the care that helps your child's hair flourish into good hair. Most parents being seeking better ways to make their child's hair easier to manage between ages 3-7.  If your child has very course hair keep in mind that is what he/she was born with and therefore it is BEAUTIFUL.  Changing the texture to bone straight from a relaxer will not make it any more pretty, it will only feed into the cycle of misconceived notions of what beauty is.  This is a very generalized children's regimen and depending on the condition of the child's hair can be done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, fully natural or transitioning.  One other note, if your child is not feeling up to hair care day don't force it.  We all have times when we really don't want to follow our regimen day and slack off...kids are people too! Ease up and try for another time of day or another day all together. 
Cleanse
1. Wash with luke warm water. If you run your wrist underneath the running water and its too hot...its too hot for your child's scalp as well.  Wet the hair first and apply a gentle sulfate free shampoo, concentrating on the scalp only. During the rinse process the cleanser will automatically run down the hair shaft and remove remaining product build up from the length of your child's hair.  Note: most "baby" shampoos are full of harmful sulfates and surfactants that create suds.  Just because it reads gentle or baby doesn't mean it wont be harmful.  Read the ingredients and labels on your child's products and when all possible stick to all natural products. Shampoo bars are another great alternative to using bottled shampoos and usually cost much less.
Condition
2. Apply a moisturizing conditioner to your childs hair concentrating on the ends. Allow the conditioner to sit on the childs hair 5 minutes or so prior to parting into 4 sections (using fingers or the pointed end of a rat tail comb from forehead to nape, ear to ear) so the hair is more manageable and detangles with ease. Since the ends are the oldest and most vulnerable to breakage it is important that they are the focus of your conditioning.  This will also help to retain your child's length and make them happy to see their hair CAN grow. Once the conditioner is applied, place a plastic cap (supervised by an adult to ensure the child doesn't remove it and try to play with it. If your little one is too feisty, skip the plastic cap and wait until he/she gets to be a little more mature) for  at least 30 minutes (weekly) to 1hr (bi-weekly).
Rinse
3. Rinse the conditioner with cool water.  This can be a bit tricky. Even I don't like cold water rinses but it is best to ensure their cuticles close to reduce frizz and promote natural shine.  If your little one isn't feeling the cool water you can always follow up with Aloe Vera juice or an apple cider vinegar rinse to close the cuticle.  The easiest way however would be to simply run your hands in a downward motion throughout the rinse and you will manually close them.
Detangle
4. Apply a leave-in conditioner that also provides detangling properties in it.  This is usually the part of the hair care process when little ones feel the most discomfort.  This part requires patience on your part as the parent.  DO NOT RUSH.  There are several options you can use to detangle.  Which ever way you choose ALWAYS detangle the hair in sections as described above in the condition section, starting at the ends of their hair gradually detangling up to the root.  You may use a wide toothed comb to detangle, a hair utensil specifically for detangling such as a Tangle Teaser, or your fingers.  When using your fingers be sure your nails are free of chips or tears that could potentially snag your child's hair causing pain and breakage.  After each section has been detangled, two strand twist or plait the section to avoid it from tangling again as it dries and shrinks to its normal state.


Moisturize & Seal
5.To ensure your child's hair stays moisturized for longer periods of time there is a method called sealing.  Using a water based moisturizer (first or second ingredient is water) is best.  Try to avoid using products that claim to moisturize yet when you read the ingredients, water is not on the top 3 ingredients listed.  You can moisturize using water only as well.  Keep in mind if you live in areas with hard water, your child's hair, no matter how good the product you use to seal in moisture with still wont keep the hair from feeling dry.  Once you find a good moisturizing product if you opt for that instead of using plain water, you want to follow up by using a butter like shea, mango, or avacado and/or and oil like castor oil, extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil.  Everytime you wet your childs hair you want to follow up with some type of butter or oil to lock in moisture for longer periods of time then using water alone.
Style
6.Not every parent is good at styling their child's hair.  For those of you who lack the confidence to style your child's hair in a way you feel is presentable, you may seek help from a natural hair stylist like myself.  The key is, you have already equipped yourself through preforming the steps above, to help your child's stylist know what works and doesn't work for your child.  You can also help the stylist with healthier hair handling of your child's hair if you  notice them reach for a small toothed comb and/or begin combing from the roots to the ends.  Speak up...don't let your baby suffer or become victimized by an untrained hair stylist , no matter how good she will make your child look in the end.  Your job as the parent is to make sure the trip to the salon is a pleasant one.

For those of you who are able to style always use 100% soft boar bristle brushes and wide toothed seam free combs.  The only thing a rat tail comb is good for is parting after the hair has been detangled.   Styles like twists, plaits, Bantu knots, cornrows, box braids, buns, and pony tails are great for little ones because they don't have to get their hair combed daily AND they still reap the benefits of looking presentable. 

This style was done by me...if you would like to make an appt for yourself or your child send and email to luvmykynxx@gmail.com!
Maintenance
8. Once your child's hair has been styled for the week or until you decided to style it over again, even if you take your child to a salon, you will still need to maintain the look.  Making sure your child's hair stays soft and moist  is very important to ensure there is no breakage from dryness.  Covering your child's hair at night is also very important.  You can buy a satin pillow case for them to sleep on or a satin scarf, satin DuRag, or satin bonnet.  Most children tend to sleep pretty wild and there nightly hair coverings end up somewhere in the bed instead of on their head by morning.  My recommendation would be to use a child size DuRag because it has strings that wrap around the perimeter of your child's head and ties in the back.
Trimming
9.If your child is transitioning from a relaxer or texturizer, trimming will be a very important part of the hair care process.  I had a client who was transitioning age 7 years old.  Her parents understandably told me big chopping wasn't an option so I kept her hair up weekly by shampooing, conditioning, and braiding her hair into different protective styles or cornrow braids with beads.  Needless to say, her hair flourished.

 Depending on your child's rate of growth, if average 1 inch every two months, I would cut 1/2 and inch every 2 months.  A trim is considered 1/4 inch. This means in one year you will have cut (depending on how long the child's hair is) 3 inches of hair.  The transitioning process is a time for your child to learn kinky hair grows just like any other texture. All it takes is caring for it and patience. 
This is the best way to stretch your childs hair without using heat; allowing it to air dry.
Once your child hair is fully natural, if you are not putting any heat on the hair, trimming 1/4 inch will probably only be necessary every 6 months or so. You will need to assess according to the condition of the child's ends.  If they are split, very light in color and thin in comparison to the color and thickness at the root of the hair, it's trim time.  If you find several knots at the ends, it's also time to trim.  You may find that keeping your child's hair stretched (braids, twists, or Bantu knots) after it has been cleaned, conditioned, detangled with moisture sealed in, will help prevent knotting ends. 

There are several ways you can trim hair. Wet, dry, or in small twists.  I recommend twisting the child's hair first into small size twists then cutting off any damaged ends you see.  You can part your childs hair into four sections, ear to ear, forhead to nape, and twist each section into several small to medium size twists.  Some prefer to trim or cut their hair on dry hair that has been blown out or straightened with a flat iron.  I don't  recommend this. You'll be taking a chance on permanently heat damaging your childs natural curls.  If you should opt for dry cutting, using grapeseed oil will reduce the chances of heat damage.

Product Suggestions




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You can also save money by making your own products. If you REALLY want more do-it- yourself hair care options by creating your own personalized shampoo's, shampoo bars, conditioners, leave-ins, detangling rinses, herbal rinses, hair milks, and gels...pretty much anything you want to make you can will a little research and knowing what your child's hair needs by taking care of it consistently.





HHG!





Monday, November 28, 2011

Naturalista's In The Military

 One of the reasons I wanted to attend last weeks expo in Kileen, was to see how many women in the military were wearing their hair chemical free and to assess the need for a natural hair stylist in the area.  I kept thinking if I were in the military, with such a huge responsibility of defending our country, would I even care about my hair?...and if I did, would I have time to take care of it the way I am able to now. Many enlisted soldiers and spouses are stationed abroad and have very little to no access at all to natural hair  products.  My love of hair care really made my heart sink at the thought of being in the military and not having access to products, what would I do?  I reached out to my pretty haired friend Victoria Teets who is the wife of an enlisted soldier currently stationed overseas.  She provided me with some insight on her healthy hair journey and some things she deals with being in the military. 

 Tell us a little bit about yourself:
 I am originally from Texas, currently living in Germany. I am the youngest of two girls. My husband is active duty military, & comes from a military dominant family. I practice Occupational Therapy, as well as a loving Mother to my son.
This time last year I gave birth to my handsome baby boy! I instantly began to experience post partum hair loss and excessive shedding. I masked the issue the best I knew how, as my hair was falling and breaking off right in the front. I cut bangs, wore side swept do’s...you name it, I tried it.
I remember watching a Dr.Oz show in Spring 2011 when he mentioned relaxers being extremely harmful and Black women should be relaxer free. I thought he had lost his mind! But as I listened, it all began to make sense!  My hair had always been thin in some areas & just limp and lifeless. I always desired fullness, but about 3 post relaxer I was back to limp & lifeless.  I was never aware of how much relaxers thin out the hair strands.  That show led my curiosity to YouTube.  I began watching videos & tutorials about caring for natural hair.  It really peaked my interest, but I just couldn’t do it.  So, I left the thought alone…for a while.  Around June the shedding and hair loss had not stopped.  I went to various dermatologists who verified, it was indeed due to post pregnancy hair loss & it would grow back eventually.  I noticed that when I relaxed, the thin areas were left nearly bald areas, which became terrifing so I prepared my husband.  I told him I would not relax my hair again in fear of being left bald. I have never had a bad relaxer experience and wasn’t ready to gamble with my hair.  I began to wear lace wigs, I did not use glue or tape, as I wanted to preserve as much of my hair line as possible.  Managing the two different textures was horrible for me.  On top of the shedding, my hair began to break horribly.  So, in September I decided to BC!  No one believed I would do it because I have always loved my hair but I believed what’s the point of having long hair if it is not healthy. I prepared myself mentally and emotionally and made the appointment...the rest is history!  I love my hair, short or not, its mine, I have claimed it, and I love it! I have not looked back.  My goal for my journey is HEALTHY HAIR! Of course who doesn’t want length? But I crave full, healthy hair.
2. How did you end up being in the military (in your case a military spouse). Where are you currently stationed? If overseas how do people react to your natural hair? My husband rejoined the military after we were married, I was in college and he was active duty. We are currently in Germany, hoping for a new duty station soon…very soon, lol.
There are actually many naturals here in Germany, so my decision to BC was not looked down upon, but I do get the occasional stares due to how short my hair is since the BC. It bothered me at first, but now I couldn’t care less. I feel free! My hair is so much more relaxed now!
3. Tell us about  your hair care regimen...shampoos, conditioners, fav style and products used. Since I am currently still at the mini TWA stage (about 2.5 inches) my go to hair style is a wash-n-go. Although I don’t actually wash-n-go. I recently started experimenting with accessories & hats.
I am a certified product junkie, lol But at the moment my regimen is pretty stable. I shampoo & deep condition weekly (Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla line) ACV rinse once a week (on wash day or mid-week).  Moisturize & Seal twice daily, using water, a water based moisturizer, then my Shea Butter mixture, and a hint of Aragon oil or Vatika oil for shine. For my water based moisturizer I use SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. To define my curls I use my homemade flaxseed gel… which I love! Once a month I do an avacado & coconut milk deep conditioner, & my hair loves this as well!!  At night I moisturize as usual with the smoothie & shea butter, then I seal with Jamaican Black Castor oil. I also massage the JBCO into my edges as well nightly.  I usually only co-wash once a week, sometimes two. When I do I use Avalon Organics Peppermint conditioner or Suave Naturals in coconut.
4. What are some issues you face obtaining natural hair styling services and products if stationed over seas include shipping issues and prices. If stationed in the States, include styling restrictions for enlisted females. The biggest issue I face with products availability is the shipping! Many, many, many sites do not ship overseas. Now even if one is stationed in Korea or Germany, it is still considered the U.S. because we are U.S. territory (government). Even with that being said many companies do not ship to us. Generally, when using your U.S. military address you are charged priority shipping and I usually receive my products in 1-2 weeks. When I find things that I must have & cannot get around the shipping issue, I simply ship to a family member, and have them mail it to me. There is a way around everything…you may have to pay a little more, but there is a way.
There are products on the German economy here such as Aloe Vera juice/gel, & select essential oils that can be purchased if shipping is an issue with those items.
5.What are some things those who are civilian Naturalistas can do to make your journey easier when stationed overseas (product drives, YT tutorials for regulated styling, stylists contracting with the
Government to provide on base salons?)
If we didn’t have access to You-tube here in Germany… I don’t know what my hair would look like right now! LoL There are some really great people on YT, that offer great advice and tips to Natural sistas! Too many to name them all, but I have my faves and Facebook is also a life saver. There are many natural hair groups/bloggers there as well that offer wonderful advice & style tips.
I absolutely love to see various groups/organizations having product drives for the naturals that are deployed. It is hard enough purchasing products overseas in general, so being deployed makes it that much harder. Not to mention what the extreme heat does to their hair, plus the inability to keep a stable regimen sometimes. So product drives are a definite plus. Having a natural stylist on post is something I would LOVE to see! There is a definite need for this service. Because not everyone can do African American hair and surely not everyone can style Natural African American hair. Fingers crossed on that one.  I am sure many enlisted Naturals would love to see that happen as well.
6. Do you feel men in the military respect women who wear their hair naturally? What have been one of your experiences in dealing with your enlisted peers/ spouses? I have not personally encountered any of these issues, but there are many natural spouses here in Germany. So many to where they have formed a new Natural Hair Group! We are on face book listed under: “My Crown N’ Glory-Naturals” As well as a natural hair salon that is American owned, which hosts Natural Hair meet-ups annually & sells some natural product lines. So there are a few support options for us Naturals way over here  ~The curls don’t define the girls~ ;0)
7. What is the most positive experience you have had being a Naturlista who is enlisted or spouse of an enlisted soldier? What impact do you hope embracing your natural hair has on others? The most positive experiences I have while being natural & a military spouse is going to various military functions and have my husband tell me “You look pretty” or “I don’t care what people think about your hair.”  His support throughout my journey has helped me a great deal.   I have always had a nice length of hair framing my face, so to not have hair at least ear length was a huge adjustment for me. I have since embraced and accepted the new me. I love my hair, and wouldn’t go back to relaxers if I were paid to do so.
8. Anything you would like to add in closing? Quotes, poems, enlighting passages? Prayers for others? Our hair is unique, unique in the sense that no other culture has kinks or curls like ours! I say embrace your natural kinks and curls. Embark on a healthy hair journey, because African American hair DOES grow!!


To all the enlisted Naturals and military spouses, being natural and stationed overseas can be challenging. Utilize the support that is available via internet and search for sites that will ship to us. There are plenty...Good luck & Best Wishes! Happy Holidays!

I heard you LOUD n' CLEAR Victoria...I'll be sure to make sure I participate in the next product deployment drive in my area.  I'm also working on getting more information about how to become a stylist on base for Naturalistas like you.  It would be my pleasure to give back for all the sacrifices you and other enlisted soldiers/spouses do to make life here in the States a better place.  I appreciate all of you!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy 2B Nappy Expo, Killeen, TX

 Luvina Ann Norwood-Sabree (center) founder of Nappy Headers meet up group in Kileen, TX

Last week I took a short road trip to Kileen, TX to attend another natural/health hair expo in Texas.  One of the things I hoped was that I'd see vendors  I didn't at the previous expo I attended.  There were plenty.  I had such a great time.  Here's a recap of my trip to Kileen...

Struck by so much beautiful brown beauty as soon as I walked in...as well as the Shea Moisture booth right at the entrance.

Goodies by Shea Moisture...


I stopped by to speak with Photographer Larry J. Stephens CEO of EncoreHD Hair Magazine come to find we were already friends on FB. EncoreHD Hair Magazine will feature natural hair styles and will be visiting Dallas, early 2012...I'm already signed up to participate!


Here's a booth I was happy to see again....these are the lovely Ladies of Lock Couture.  As I browsed earrings at her booth the pretty Sis (I forgot her name) standing in the center of the photo below approached me and thanked me for mentioning and showing her work in the last expo post.  That was sweet...feels good to know she got a chance to see it.
I love it!!
Shea goodies...I regret not taking a pic of the name of this booth but it was packed full of shoppers...I had to get in where I fit in just to get his shot.  


I love incense!! I used to make them back in the day so I stopped and spoke with the owner for a bit.  I tested a few scents and with the help from the owner, some he liked, some I liked, we both settled on Touch by Burberry.  Been wearing it ever since...it's niiiice...

MaX Oil and Incense Kileen, TX

I just love this Sisters Artwork...I didnt get her info...big regret.

It was cute seeing all the little ones walking around with their faces painted :o)

I learned A LOT at this booth, My Divine Delivery.  This Sister, Myquel Bender blends teas customed made with herbal combinations from customers request or she can suggest blends based upon what your own personal needs are.  I stood around and listened as she enlighted other visitor on an herb used for female mood elevating...you could'a heard a pin drop.

You can find My Devine Delivery online [HERE]


Beautiful Melissa owner of The Urban Rose home accesories....

 I'm a sucker for pretty packaging...Thanks Melissa!

You can check out more from or place orders from Urban Rose.com [HERE]



I HAD to patonize this Sister.  It was love at first sight with her long pretty loc's and she sold the prettiest pure horn jewelry I'd seen in awhile.  The company is called Earthbalisms.  Offering product from fair trade, natural, a nd sustainable resources. Handmade soaps, bath bombs and more...for more info about Earthbalism products go [HERE]



...and of course I stood around this booth for a minute. I stood in awe at her speed, again, when grooming this Sisters loc's watching  Malaika Tamu-Cooper owner of Dreads N' Heads Salon in Baltimore, MD.  She also held a workshop during the expo.



Where there's henna...there's me...had to stop and get mine in... ;O)

Cute!


Riyike Jewels by Anike Faleti...so pretty.  You can check out more of her designs when you visit her webiste [HERE]


400 Years Without A Comb showed on the big screen...nice.
I didn't catch this Brotha's name but he was the MC announcing the preformers and had major jokes..I was rollin'. 

You can tell his hands were movin'!!..and lil' mama's too.


Black is so beautiful.

I didn't attend any of the workshops but I'm they were awesome and very informative.  I stood in the lobby and on looked at the Sista's waiting for the next class.

I just love long loc's....

...and so I decided since I was in a city I'd never visted before which happened to me just next to the largest Army base in the world, I decided to walk around a bit.


 Enjoying the Artwork posted in the lobby of the Convention Center....


I stopped and picked up a few brochures just in case I return and need to know whats poppin' in Kileen ;o)
 On to Fort Hood. Luckily I was rolling with a friend who is an Army Vet and I was able to go on base.  I was hoping I'd run into a few Naturalistas on base...and I did...passed out a few cards.
 Army Headquarters


 Expo Hair Do...super simple.

Courtesy of EncoreHD


HHG!