A Black & Sexy Summer

Black folks and our representation in media has taken an interesting turn throughout the 2000’s. In the 80’s and 90’s black and brown folks were speckled across big and little screens like a neutral toned rainbow. With shows and movies like A Different World, Martin, Living Single, The Best Man, and Crooklyn the everyday experiences of being a black person in America were pretty well illustrated, not to mention we were killing it in other media arenas including music and print magazines (because be honest Vibe hasn’t been the same since 03’ and the 90’s-early 2000’s provided us with the quintessential rap and R & B collabo’s).

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But than came the mid 2000s when black and brown folks became scarce in TV line-ups, and our favorite minority actors and actresses were deduced to being the token friend in the means of “diversity”. Needless to say, the lack of black stories has not gone unnoticed. Many years and think pieces later, there has been a rise in black directors and actresses taking things into their own hands by creating venues for media content featuring black voices, one of those being the crew behind YouTube TV channel, Black & Sexy TV. Dennis Dortche, Jeanine Daniels, Numa Perrier, and Brian Ali-Harding have come together over the past 3 years to tell the comedic, romantic, intelligent, inspiring, and sometimes unfortunate everyday stories of black twenty-something’s, and it makes for brilliant television. I live for Black & Sexy TV because it peels back the stereotypes of blackness and in turn provides real life stories that I can directly see my friends and myself in. Black & Sexy TV provides me with great narratives, awesome music, eclectic aesthetic, and surprisingly a host of amazing hair crushes. In celebration of the  July 4th season premiers of two of my favorite shows on the channel, “Hello Cupid” and “RoomieLoverFriend,” I wanted to share some of my favorite naturalistas of Black & Sexy TV.

Ashley Blaine Featherson
Whitney (Ashley Blaine Featherson)

Hello Cupid is probably one of the best shows on Black & Sexy TV. The cinematography, editing, and styling are amazing for such a noble production company. While falling in love with the show, I also fell in love with leading lady Ashley Blaine Featherson, also known as Whitney. On “Hello Cupid”, Whitney is the queen of effortless chic. She can usually be seen rocking a sleek puff or twist out. She makes a little go along way with her hair and it constantly makes me jealous. One of my favorite styles from her is featured in the double date episode (which was sponsored by Kinky Curly products) where she has a high bun accentuated with added in Marley hair.

Jeanine Daniels/Deon
Deon (Jeanine Daniels)

You ain’t never seen a Caesar cut rocked by a lady so fly until you have seen Deon of “That Guy”(except maybe Erykah Badu, but she’s THE Erykah Badu…she’s in a league of her own). Jeanine Daniels plays Deon, a fun loving, attitude having, big earring wearing girly tom-boy who is the third musketeer to leading men Mike and Judah. Mike and Judah are the guys your mother warned you about, but Deon attempts to keep them humble. She keeps her hair closely cut and neatly edged up, and occasionally accentuates her features with flashy earrings or simple make-up. I love the fact that she can make a low cut so versatile and feminine.

Chick (Numa Perier)
Chick (Numa Perrier)

“The Couple” features the cutely dysfunctional nameless couple, Chick and Dude. Of the 8 Black & Sexy TV shows, “The Couple” has been the most tangibly successful as it is currently being developed into a series for HBO. Chick, played by actress/director/co-creator of Black & Sexy TV, Numa Perrier, is another Black & Sexy girl who does a lot with a little. Her hair is often worn in a twist out, parted on one side, or pinned back. It’s very grown up, but also very care free and fun. Chick is most notable for her ability to make a simple hairstyle look formal as seen in the premier episode of “The Couple” and the Valentine’s Day episode.

Nia (Shawanna Davis)
Nia (Shawanna Davis)

Shawanna Davis is Nia in “That Guy,” Deon’s best friend and the mother of Judah’s child. Up until recently she was referenced more than we actually saw her in the show, but now she is getting her own spin off this Fall. Nia is a fashionable, conscientious, and sassy single mother who goes between protective styles and allowing her natural hair to fly free. My favorite style from her so far has been her long brown highlighted Marley Braids, which she usually wears down or in a bun. Check out BeBeautifulLA.Tumblr.com, Shawanna’s beautifully curated blog.

Robin (Hayley Marie Norman)
Robin (Hayley Marie Norman)

 Robin is the other leading lady in “Hello Cupid” and a total opposite of Ashley Blaine Featherson’s character, Whitney.  Robin is a vegetarian, yoga aficionado, who probably serves on Solange’s e-board for the Coalition of Carefree Black Girls. Her tresses are usually worn in a simple curly fro, and occasionally pushed back with a headband. Her golden blond hair color makes her stick out in a crowd and compliments her skin tone beautifully. Her most memorable look is her picked out fro at a 70’s party in the most recent episode of “Hello Cupid.”

You can watch all the Black & Sexy TV series on YouTube here. Don’t forget to check out the recently premiered episodes of “Hello Cupid” and “RoomieLoverFriend” that premiered on July 4th.

Naturalista Spotlight with Udodilim Nnamdi

Name and Age?

Udodilim (U.d.) Nnamdi, 19 years old

Why did you decide to stay natural?

I didn’t really make a conscious decision it all just worked out that I’ve always stayed natural. It was more of my mother’s decision. She didn’t have time or energy to take me to the salon, to relax my hair, and take me for touch ups while growing up, so I rocked box braids or puffs all the time.

I used to whine and complain, and ask her [my mom]  to straighten my hair but she told me that when I got to college I could perm my hair if I wanted. When I came to college I realized I wasn’t ready for the hair commitment, and the whole “natural movement” was already sweeping college campuses. I saw girls chopping off all their relaxed hair to attain the natural hair I’d taken for granted, so I didn’t perm my hair.

How has your natural hair journey been? (childhood til now)

My natural hair journey has gone from unimaginative protective styles (box braids), to a period of flat ironing my hair regularly in high school  (which caused my hair to break off because I did nothing to protect it), back to box braids, to experimenting with my first weaves senior year of high school. Now I constantly mix it up. I’m finally comfortable with letting my natural hair out for long periods of time as I try out natural styles (bantu knots, braid outs, twist outs), but 70% of the time I’m trying more adventurous protective styles (marley twists, crochet braids, diff weaves, etc).

When was the moment you fell in love with or accepted your natural hair? Explain.

The moment I accepted my natural hair was when I tried my first braid out because I was bored one day. I actually had amazing definition (to this day I have been unable to replicate that perf twistout ). I threw some makeup on, put on a cute outfit, and made the picture my profile picture. This was a big deal for me, and I was stunned by the overwhelmingly positive response from friends and family.

What have you learned about your hair since you’ve been in college?

I’ve learned a lot about my hair since college. I’ve experimented a lot more with products, and done my research by watching my favorite natural hair gurus. I learned things like: I have 4c hair, my hair is naturally very soft, which is a blessing and a cure (less combing but doesn’t hold styles as well), bantu knots or wash and go’s don’t work for my hair, and so much more.

 

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What is your biggest hair challenge?

My biggest hair challenge is trying to achieve the natural hairstyles I see from the gurus without breaking the bank, or spending so much time making my own concoctions. Learning not to get frustrated and give up when I cant get my hair to match another naturalistas is a constant struggle.

Why do you love your hair?

The thing I love most about my hair is how soft it is. I like how I always get a response or reaction out of people when I try new creative styles; it’s like a conversation starter.

Who is your hair crush?

My hair crushes would be YOU [Brianna M. Williams], Naptural85, and Taren Guy, to name a few. I follow so many inspiring naturalistas on Youtube & Instagram that it’s hard to pick a few.

What are your go-to or staple products?

My go-to hair products are the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner and Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Creme. Oh and perm rods!

How do you feel about the natural hair community?

I have a love-hate relationship with the “natural hair community” on one hand they’re always willing to share tips and tricks, and are very encouraging of people transitioning. And they’re also very knowledgeable about products and natural hair remedies.

However, I feel there is a condescending nature that pervades the community. Some naturalistas have a tendency to look down on any woman who chooses to have relaxed hair or wear a weave, etc.

Introspection:

As a black woman I believe we have to be accommodating of all hairstyles, and not pick and choose who to support and who to look down upon just because of hair choices and texture. The outside world already looks down upon black women for making certain hair choices, so why should black women continue to participate the vicious cycle? We need to acknowledge that our beauty, value, sense of worth, and self-esteem are not tied to our hair choices and stop viewing women as sell outs if they have relaxed hair or as “more authentic” if their hair is natural. Also, just because a person doesn’t have natural hair doesn’t mean their hair is unhealthy (and vice versa), and we need to stop acting like “natural hair journeys” are the equivalent of some path to enlightenment, self discovery, and emancipation. For some, it is that deep. For others (like me) it was just an easy choice. Finally, just because I use products that are not all natural (because of money, time , etc) does not mean I’m not natural. We need to stop using a million and one different hair products in an attempt to get our hair super shiny, defined, bouncy, etc., if that’s not out how our hair NATURALLY is. There is a lot of hypocrisy in the natural hair community.

 

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Tips For Transitioners

Transitioning can be the hardest phase when going natural. Here are a few tips to keep you encouraged along your natural hair journey.

– Line of Demarcation Definition

– First Look At Your Natural Hair

– Don’t Join The “Natural vs. Relaxer War” Train

– Accepting Your Hair Pattern

– There ARE An Abundance Of Transitioning Styles

 

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Line Of Demarcation

The point where natural hair and relaxed hair meet is called the Line of Demarcation. At this point lies the weakest part of your hair. Don’t be freaked out when your relaxed hair starts breaking off from your natural hair. Some people can keep their relaxed hair throughout their natural hair journey until they’re ready to cut it off, and some can not. The way to cut down on this type of breakage is to treat your relaxed hair just like your natural hair. Deep conditioning treatments will especially help! Your natural hair needs this much attention and your relaxed hair will benefit from it as well.

 

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Don’t Join The “Natural vs. Relaxer War” Train

Countless times, I’ve heard “ natural isn’t for everybody.” Now does this make any sense? How can something that naturally grows out of someone’s head not be for them? Even if you’ve said this without intentionally meaning to tarnish someone’s view on their own natural hair, don’t discourage others who are trying to go natural or are considering it. Also, whether you’re a new natural or a long time natural, don’t talk down on people who choose to wear their hair in a processed state. Everyone has a choice and as a natural hair community, we should support each other no matter what.

 

 

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Transitioning Styles

There are plenty of styles to test out before you fully go natural (meaning to big chop or occasionally trim off your relaxed hair.) I recommend you to actually wear your hair in natural styles so you can get a glimpse into what being natural is all about. It’s better you know before your natural hair journey what you’re getting into instead of finding out later and becoming discouraged on your hair journey.

 

 

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First Look At Your Natural Hair

You’ll never be able to fully see your natural hair until your relaxed hair is cut off, although you will have a good idea of what it’ll look like. When your hair still has relaxed hair attached to the ends of it, the relaxed hair weighs down the hair therefore stretching the hair pattern out making the curls look more elongated. The fact that the relaxed hair weighs down the natural hair is a reason why the hair experiences breakage sometimes. Also, a lot of new naturals want to see their hair pattern immediately and choose to big chop. Not every natural wants to big chop their hair – which means cutting off all of the relaxed hair – but some choose to.

 

 

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Accepting Your Hair Pattern

This subject may be touchy, but it needs to be discussed. When some people go natural, they have expectations of how they want their hair to be and how it should be. They see other family members and think their hair will turn out just like their family members’, etc… Don’t be discouraged when you don’t have the kinkiest or curliest hair. All textures of hair can achieve the same styles, even if different methods have to be performed.

 

Why You Should Be Using Rosewater On Your Hair

Every natural has a spray bottle containing some DIY moisturizing concoction perched somewhere in their room. Usually equal parts water, leave in, and oils, having a simple moisturizing spritz for your hair is just something you must do. Because of its moisturizing and healing properties, aloe vera juice or gel is often a frequent ingredient in DIY moisturizing sprays. Many naturals swear by aloe vera juice, but I never felt that it was benefiting my hair when I used it in my spray bottle mixtures. Because of the magical wonderland that is Pinterest, I stumbled across Rosewater which has been a great addition to my moisturizing spritz.

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Rosewater is an easily accessible super ingredient with many beneficial properties for hair and skin. I originally went on the search for a bottle of it because I read that it worked well as a light fragrance and morning refresher for the skin. I found an 8oz bottle of Heritage Store brand Rosewater at Vitamin Shoppe for $6. I started off spraying a little on my face in the morning or throughout the day, but after more research I found that Rosewater could work even better for my hair. Not only is Rosewater moisturizing, but it is also conditioning, antimicrobial, and stimulates blood circulation. After getting my hair braided, I mixed rosewater and castor oil in a spray bottle as a moisturizer and it worked amazingly for preventing my hair from feeling dry and brittle. I always go a little longer between washes while I have my hair braided, and the rosewater mixture was great at refreshing my hair and adding a light fragrance. Its antiseptic properties helped kill some of the germs and reduce product build-up that I had. Rosewater can also help reduce dandruff and stimulate hair growth by promoting blood circulation. Its like super water for your hair! There are various brands of rosewater that can be found online and in most health food stores. I encourage you to give it a try in one of its many uses and share your results with us.

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Below is the recipe for my Rosewater Moisturizing Spray. It’s great for braids and protective styles, as well as general everyday use.

Rosewater Moisturizing Cleansing Spray:

¼ cup Rosewater

1.5 Teaspoon of Glycerin

2 Teaspoons Coconut Oil (Or oil of your choice, I recommend a light oil)

Additional tap or distilled water as needed

Play around with the measurements and see what works best for you

Protective Hairstyles for Summer

There are two times of the year when natural hair seems to not know how to act (other than the regular, everyday struggle), and that is winter and summer. These two times of the year, many naturals find it helpful to switch, change, and try to new products to help their hair acclimate to the harsh weather changes. The winter brings dry hair because of the cold air. And summer brings frizzy hot messes because of the heat. It is a lose lose situation in these seasons if you do not have to right products or the patience to deal with your hair. I have worn my hair out in these two seasons, but I typically prefer to wear a protective style, just so I don’t have to deal with the craziness, that is my hair, during summer and winter.

Protective styles are just alternatives to wearing your natural hair, that are supposed to protect your hair underneath, and stimulate growth because of low manipulation. Personally, I like to get braids or twists, that’s just my style. In the summer I like twists or braids because they are low maintenance, and require little style effort, unlike weaves (This is my personal opinion). There are other types of protective styles, such as weaves and wigs.

Here are different types of protective styling that you can try this summer:

Kinky Twists

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Kinky twists are usually the shortest of the twists. They can be done with kanekalon hair for your desired look. Also, to differentiate these twists from others, they usually are spiraled or curls at the ends as opposed to being straight.

Marley Twists

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Marley twists are one of the longest desired length twists because they are supposed to emulated dreadlocks. Marley twists are named after the famous reggae artist, Bob Marley. Marley twists are done with Marley braid hair, and are straight all the way down to the ends. They can be done in the invisible roots style method, which allows the twists to look like your actual hair.

Havana Twists

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Havana twists are similar to Marley twists, as they are often grouped together. Havana twists are thicker in volume than Marley or kinky twists. They are usually medium length (in between kinky and Marley twists). They have a more effortless and carefree look. Even Solange has rocked havana twists!

Senegalese Twists

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Senegalese twists are the thinnest in volume of all the twists. They can also be as long as Marley twists. Senegalese twists are done with kanekalon hair for a more sleek and polished look, and are straight all the way down to the ends.

Box Braids

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Box braids are one of the oldest protective hairstyles in the book. They can be long or short, whatever length or volume one desires. Some people have even brought back the box braids, a la Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice.

Cornrows

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Now, who didn’t get their hair cornrowed when they were a child? It’s a simple solution to a protective style if you don’t have the time to get one of these other styles, or if you want to be really low maintenance. You can cornrow your natural hair, or you can add hair for length.

Sew-in Weave

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A weave is another protective style alternative. It gives you the chance to have a more versatile look, a little more fun. Weaves can be straight, wavy, curly, long or short.

Wig

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Who said wigs can’t be natural? Just like weaves, they give you a different look to play around with. Wigs are the easiest to install if you do not want to wait hours to have your protective style done.

 

Tips For Maintaining Natural Hair While Wearing Braids Or Twists

 

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This summer, plenty of naturals are giving up their weaves and extensions as protective styles, and are wearing braids. Not only are braids easy to manage and versatile, but they are trendy and unique to each individual’s preference. Although braids are an easy protective style, after enduring the long hours it takes installing them, your natural hair still needs to be taken care of. This article will give you tips on how to get braids and how to maintain your natural hair under braids.

 

A Tip When Getting Braids Or Twists

 

Make Sure Your Edges Aren’t Braided Too Tight

– A lot of us feel that when we get braids, our edges should be slicked into a braid and that the hair braider should braid up hair we didn’t even know we had! Not only is that painful, but it’s harmful to your hair. If you look at the braids along your hairline and see hair with little white bulbs at the roots, then your braids are too tight and you’re unintentionally pulling out your hair- causing you to not retain length and potentially setting yourself up for central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (which centers on the crown, or hairline, of the scalp and spreads along the edges).

 

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Tips For Maintaining Natural Hair With Braids & Twists

 

Don’t Neglect, Just Modify, Your Hair Regimen

– Yes, being able to get in the pool, or going to the beach for a day, without having to worry about styling your hair the next day can be fun – and a relief- but don’t forget your regimen. A hair regimen is basically just a routine you follow when it comes to your hair. Some people’s regimens include detangling, conditioning, hot oil treatment, etc… Well when you have braids, you can’t particularly do everything you did to your hair in it’s natural state. Find out what’s best for you, and stick with it. Only you can determine what works for your hair and what doesn’t.

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Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!

– Seawater and Chlorine can dry your hair out. Salt, which is abundant in seawater, automatically dries out your hair. Sebum is a natural oil produced by the hair, and chlorine, commonly found in swimming pools, removes the sebum from your hair causing your hair to not be protected by natural oils, inevitably leading to split ends. Ways to tackle the negative effects of seawater and chlorine are to shampoo and deep condition your hair as often as you do when its in its natural state. For those of you who don’t use shampoo, practice the co wash method. As long as your hair is maintained, and moisturized, you will retain length and  experience hair growth while protective styling for the summer.

 

Eau de Curly Girl: Perfume For Your Hair

       Thanks to Andrea from one of my new favorite YouTube channels, AndreasChoice, I have recently been on a dedicated search for a hair perfume. I didn’t even know hair perfumes existed, but now that I do I most definitely cannot pass up the opportunity to have a fragrant fro. As of late my go to body scent is Bath & Body Works Amber Blush. I’m all about warm scents with hints of citrus and amber, so I want a hair scent that falls in line.
Selecting a hair perfume is a little different than selecting a body fragrance. For one, you definitely have to make sure the fragrance doesn’t clash with any of the hair products that you use. If you’re not, you could end up emitting an overwhelming or unpleasant scent. I have also been cautious of the ingredients that they may contain, aiming mainly to avoid alcohols, sulfates, and parabens. I want my hair to smell lovely, but not at the cost of dryness or extra build up. You can find various brands of hair perfumes at stores like Ulta and Sephora, as well as online. I have found that many popular perfume lines include a hair fragrance, including Angel by Thierry Muegler and Pink Sugar by Aquolina. I have yet to select the perfect scent, but below are a few options that us curly girls balling on a collegiate budget can afford.

UO Apothecary Hair Perfume (Urban Outfitters,$6.95)

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Urban Outfitters has a surprisingly dope selection of natural hair and body products. Their hair perfume is alcohol and cruelty free, plus its comes at an awesome price! It comes in various scents such as Red Currant and Woods & Turberose. You can purchase an 8oz bottle in Urban Outfitters stores or from their website.

Mane Teeze Hair Perfume Collection (Mane Teeze, $35)

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The women behind Mane Teeze offer a diverse collection of hair perfumes that come in three scents: Haute Mess, Black Widow, and Social Butterfly. The line is sulfate, paraben, and cruelty free and they claim that the fragrances are subtle enough not to conflict with your body fragrance.  They are sold individually in 50mL bottles for $35 or in a set of three for $85 on ManeTeeze.com.

Black Amber & Lavender Scented Hair Perfume (Sugamommy, $14.95)

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Black Amber & Lavender scented anything is right up my alley, so I was excited to find Sugamommy hair perfumes on Etsy. There are various other scents and they are full of great ingredients such as Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Ecocert Beet Sugar Extract,  and Algae Extract. This line of perfumes is also awesome because they are custom made to order and you can add in various finishes including oil, hydrating mist, or shine.

No. 5 The Hair Mist (Chanel, $68)

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This is definitely a splurge item, but I decided to include it because Chanel is such a classic fragrance, plus we should all treat ourselves every now and again. This hair fragrance comes highly recommended by various beauty bloggers and Oprah’s beauty team because it has a light but lasting scent, and its oil based and alcohol free. Chanel offers their hair mist in many of their other signature scents including Coco Mademoiselle and Chance. If I ever feel like embodying Marilyn Monroe, but with a fro, I’m sure I’ll reach for this.

Delicieux Hair Perfume (Yummi Hair Care, $10)

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Yummi Hair Care’s Delicieux hair fragrances come in various scents including Pomegranate Daquiri and Raspberry Splash. They are filled with healthy ingredients such as grapeseed oil and silk amino acids. It’s reasonably priced and alcohol free. You can purchase a 4 oz bottle at the Yummi Hair Care Etsy store.

Werk It Out, Frizz It Out Playlist

Listening to music is a crucial part of working out nowadays. It sets the mood for the workout, and pushes you harder. Not being able to find the perfect playlist or songs for your workout is a thing of the past. There are tons of pre-made playlists on Spotify, or you can pick your own station on Pandora. I recommend the Beyoncé station, it’ll bring out your inner Sasha Fierce. Here are a few songs that I recommend adding to your playlist that will give our workout a little bit of an edge, and help you get in the zone.

Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) – Ariana Grande

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She’s been dubbed the mini Mariah, but when Ariana sings, “I’ve got one less problem without you,” it’ll have you agreeing that you’ll have one less problem without that extra [insert trouble area here]. This song will give you the energy to keep going and put you in a good mood with the jazz vibrations and saxophone in the background.

 

 

 

Lemonade (feat. Tyga) – Danity Kane

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They might be called “DK3” now, but Danity Kane is back and telling their haters to drink lemonade. And soon you’ll be telling your haters to wipe that sour look off their faces when they see how good you look from working out to this song. Like Tyga says, “Are you mad, my chick bad?” Lemonade will make you wanna get up and dance those pounds off.

 

 

 

Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz) – Jason Derülo

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No matter where you’re from, Jason Derülo wants you to talk dirty to him. And what better way to talk dirty to someone than to train dirty. Speak the language that the boys love. I mean, who doesn’t love a girl who can hold her own in the gym. Talk Dirty has the upbeat vibe that will allow you to go harder and train dirty.

 

 

 

My Girl (feat. Trevor Jackson) – Diggy

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Little Diggy Simmons is all grown up, and he’s looking for his girl. But in case you haven’t seen his Instagram page lately, I’m pretty sure he’d love a girl who can workout with him in the gym – be his “swolemate.” My Girl has that smooth, easy on the ears sound that is perfect for your cool down. It’ll keep you on pace, yet relaxed, bringing your workout to an end.

 

 

Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) – Iggy Azalea

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Now what female doesn’t wanna be fancy? Iggy Azalea will have you focused on being the fancy and fit girl inside of you. The hip-hop sound of Fancy will help you keep your eye on the prize while you’re in the gym. It’s so catchy that you’ll leave the gym singing it. Like Iggy said, “remember my name,” which people will from all the hard work you put in at the gym.

 

 

Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg) – Jason Derülo

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Yes, Jason Derülo is so good that he’s on this list twice; his songs are made for the gym. This time he gives words of reassurance when he says, “you know what to do with that big fat butt.” Of course you know what to do, do some squats! Wiggle will have you focused on gaining or maintaining the perfect lower backside which is most girls dream (especially since it’s bikini season). So get to it!

Should You Totally Ditch Shampoo?

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Constantly I hear the pros and cons of people raving about co-washing your hair vs. shampooing and conditioning your hair. In this article I will discuss the my point of view on co-washing your hair vs. shampooing your hair.

Why I Support Shampooing Natural Hair

 

  • Some people only wash their scalp with shampoo and allow the shampoo to clean the rest of their hair when they rinse their hair and the water/shampoo slides down the hair shaft.
  • Eventually you have to do do something to decrease product build up on your scalp whether you use shampoo or a cleanser.

 

Why I Support Co-Washing Natural Hair

 

  • Who doesn’t love the idea of constantly conditioning their hair?
  • With this method you may not experience that squeaky clean feeling you have after washing your hair with shampoo because the essential oils in your hair, produced by your sebaceous glands, didn’t get removed.
  • Might promote hair growth by increasing length retention.

 


People On YouTube That Only Use 1 Of The Methods Above & Their Results

iKnowlee: http://youtu.be/mMqJhV372mE

Jaleesa Moses: http://youtu.be/mMqJhV372mE

Alicia James: http://youtu.be/clONWsJIsS4

Yolanda Renee: http://youtu.be/JK5OmwDZMy0

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Using the Co-Wash Method only or the 2 step process of using Shampoo and Conditioner, is completely your choice. Some people experience product build up quicker when using only cowash method and some people experience tangling and more knots when using shampoo. As long as you keep your hair’s moisture and protein levels balanced, choose whatever method suits you best.

Hairfinity Hype

Length. Length. Length. It’s one of the most coveted things in the natural hair community. There’s articles upon articles, and remedies upon remedies on “how to achieve long natural hair.” But the question is, do they really work? There is also the excitement over Biotin, which is a vitamin that has proven to be beneficial to promote hair health, and more importantly length. But, I’m sorry to say that Biotin is a pill of the past.

The natural hair community has moved on to hair vitamins that have been said to promote hair health, thickness, and length. Let’s see, there is Hairburst, formerly known as HairVits, and the oh so popular Hairfinity. Now Hairfinity is said to nourish your hair from the inside out. It’s the newest craze in not only the natural hair community, but the hair community in general. If you peruse their Instagram page, you’ll find women of all colors, textures, lengths, and backgrounds confessing their love for this product.

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Hairfinity not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. There are testimonies overflow on their website and their Instagram. But I think their greatest testimonies are in the celebrities and natural hair bloggers that have jumped on the bandwagon and proven its success. Just to name a few: Kendra & Kelsey Murrell (check out my article “Curly Qs: Natural Hair Bloggers & Gurus), Angela Simmons, Naturally Neiicey, Taren Guy, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Toya Carter Wright.

Now, with all this, how could one not fall into this trap and want to see what all the hype is about? Well, I fell, and I ended up on the Hairfinity journey. I started in January of this year, and I am currently on my sixth bottle. I started the Hairfinity journey with the hope of gaining length. So far, I’ve seen my hair increase in health, but also in thickness. My hair was already thick to begin with, but now it’s even thicker! I have also gotten way more compliments about my hair since taking the vitamins.

I’m hesitant to say that I have not received length because I have, but not as noticeable as I would have thought, or liked it to be. I also cannot say no because with my type 4 hair, shrinkage is real. But let this not discouraged you, I do believe Hairfinity does work. Patience is key. We all know natural hair can be a pain sometimes, but it doesn’t hurt to try new things.

Once I finish my seventh bottle, in celebration of not straightening my hair or using heat for seven months, I’ll straighten it to see how much growth I have gained. And then I will truly be able to see if I have gained the length I have been striving for.

So in conclusion:

  1. Hairfinity does work! But like anything else, it works different for different people
  2. Keep up with me and my Hairfinity journey! Follow me on Instagram: @MoneBrianna

So are you game to join the Hairfinity journey?

 

 

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