Hair Crush: Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress, comedian, online sensation, and my personal girl crush is this week’s hair crush, Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross. Tracee not only gets her curly q’s from her famous mother, Diana Ross, but she rocks and embraces her curls too. She’s a free spirit who didn’t let society define her. Her big personality is only complemented by her big hair, which makes her a powerhouse, and overall crush worthy. In an industry that “celebrates” straight hair, Tracee embraces her “different” hair. Her hair is now her trademark, it’s what she’s known for. What’s peanut butter without jelly, or Tracee Ellis Ross without her big hair.

Check Tracee’s video on her hair journey, and loving and accepting her own hair.

CurlyinCollege Summer Reads

Daughter of a Librarian and “wannabe” intellectual that I am, there are always a myriad of books on my list to read during the summer. In my opinion, Summer time is the perfect season to kick back and expand your perspective by reading great books. Here is a peek into what’s on my Summer 2014 reading list.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is a story of love, life, and cultural relations as it follows Nigerian blogger and academic, Ifemelu. Reviews on this book have been done to death in the blogosphere, so I wont give you any of that, but I will say that reading Americanah was an unforgettable experience for me. I actually read it last summer and recently started re-reading it for a reading circle. I had never read a book from the perspective of an African woman living my experience. I could connect with so many of the characters and see the scenes as if they were scenes from a movie illustrating the lives of me and so many woman I know, All in all, it’s a great read and I have been encouraging everyone I know to read it.

Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry

By no means am I vegan, but foodie, food justice advocate, and nutrition enthusiast are all things I call myself. All of those things in addition to being a proud Liberian American, made Chef Bryant Terry’s book, Afro Vegan right up my alley. Afro-Vegan is a recipe book that reads like an engaging non-fiction history book. It shares an infusion of vegan African, Caribbean, and Southern recipes that are vegan. Terry presents a great narrative about food in the history of the Diaspora, and I adore that he gives readers a dose of culture by providing a song and/or book recommendation for every recipe. My favorite part of the book thus far are the first two chapters, which are dedicated to recipes for making your own spices and sauces. Plus the recipes look so tasty that even non-vegans will enjoy them. I’m looking forward to testing out many of the recipes during cookouts and parties this summer.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amorusa

This summer I’m apart of the tribe of young women around the country who are reading Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amorusa’s new book, #GIRLBOSS. There’s been a lot of hype around #GIRLBOSS for months and I was very excited to pick it because I wanted some inspiring and empowering words post graduation. Although it can come of a little cheesy at times, its been one of my favorite reads of the year because Amorusa has had a fascinating experience finding her way in this world and she does a good jobat telling her story. The book tells the tale of how she came to start and sustain her online clothing store, Nasty Gal. Early on she states that this book isn’t meant to be a memoir or a self-help book, but it definitely comes off as such. And that’s not a bad thing. The format of #GIRLBOSS makes it an easy read that still offers substance to readers. All in all it’s fashionable, empowering, and inspiring and I have been enjoying reading it.

When To Apply A Protein Treatment

After countless sew-ins, u-part wigs, and hair color- one’s hair can become extremely damaged. Yes, these styles are looked upon as harmless Protective Styles, but are they really?  Continue reading When To Apply A Protein Treatment

Curly Qs: Natural Hair Bloggers & Gurus

Everywhere you turn another girl is natural, turning natural, attempting to be natural, etc. But being a naturalista isn’t just a fad, it’s a lifestyle. I, myself am natural, and I love my hair, but it took a long time to get to loving my “beautiful monster”. She (as in my hair) tends to do her own thing most days, but that’s what makes everyone’s hair different, and special, and quirky. The versatility in the natural community never ceases to amaze me. Here is a list of a few naturalistas I follow on social media on a daily. Now these naturalistas aren’t just well versed in hair, but also in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. They have also helped me learn to love and appreciate my hair, as well as become the naturalista that I am today. Hopefully, they can help you too. Continue reading Curly Qs: Natural Hair Bloggers & Gurus

The Life of a Curly Graduate

Naturals go through many phases, especially when we decide to make the transition in college.  I decided to cut off all my relaxed ends during at the start of my Junior year of college. Needless to say, during undergrad I was often busy, stressed, and broke which aren’t exactly the best ingredients for getting to know your hair.  Although I could not dedicate a lot of time to taking care of my hair, I made my way and figured out the basics to take me through the next two years of college. Continue reading The Life of a Curly Graduate

Detangling Your Natural Hair: Fingers vs. Styling Tools

One of the most important steps, if not the most important step, to retaining length is detangling properly. If hair is not detangled properly, not only will hair not retain length, but hair will be left with untreated knots and tangles, making it very hard to manage. To find the right method of detangling for you, you have to assess your hair needs. Here are a few tips to help you along the way. Continue reading Detangling Your Natural Hair: Fingers vs. Styling Tools