ARGH ! This has ALWAYS been a pet peeve of mine. Before these jheri curl lookin satin bonnets,you saw the silk scarf covering up a doobie or flat wrap. Or those velcro net wrap headbands.
Look. I am all for convenience. A lot of us have busy lives… You gotta take care of your kids. Maybe you work out. Maybe you work in a hot kitchen all day. For most black women,our hair is a very important part of our lives also. Some wanna keep a blow out “fresh” . Some are just hiding a mess because we “can’t get it done right now.” I have been in the hair game for about 17 yrs now and I hear it all lol ! But MY CLIENTS know better ! I better not catch you in these streets lookin crazy lol !
Here are five ways to avoid covering your head in a rag in public:
Keep it clean. If you can at least find the time to keep your hair shampooed and fresh. It can easily be put in a neat puff or ponytail.
Keep a comb,pick,some hair ties,and hair moisturizer handy. In your glove compartment,purse,gym locker,etc. Throw in your imagination and you can easily throw together a quick 5-10 look. Hey it will beat looking like a lunch lady.
Wear a transparent net over a ponytail or bun,if you work in food service. In the gym,wear a head band and put your hair in a ponytail/bun.
Wear a cute hat or head wrap.
Change up your hairstyle. Some hair styles are too high maintenance and expensive to keep up. This is another major reason why a lot of woman keep their hair covered. If you have a lot on your plate,and can’t keep up the maintenance of a style,you should opt for something else. Braids,wigs,getting a low cut are all lower maintenance styles.
Well, it’s that time of the year and many women are turning to braid and cornrow styles. They are the most convenient way to keep your hair looking maintained and stylish in the summer heat. But even though this protective style is low maintenance, it still has to be MAINTENANCED. Protective styles should only stay in for a month at a time. 2 months maximum. Any longer than that and your new growth will stretch and damage. This completely negates the point of protective styling. In addition to this, your braided style will also need to be cleansed. Sweating,dust and dirt causes odor. Conditioning afterwards isn’t necessary. Masks and conditioners tend to loosen braids because of their silken qualities. Conditioners will certainly affect the wear life span and often times will cut it in half. Use hydrating shampoos and oils sprays on braided hairstyles instead. I attached a video demonstrating the cleansing of a braided style below.
Josephine Baker is the subject of today’s Google Doodle. June 3rd, 2017, would have been her 111th birthday. Josephine is best known for being the first African American to become an internationally recognized performer, and the first to headline her own film, Zouzou, in 1934. Today, she remains a defining cultural figure of the period. Jospehine Baker was an activist as well an an entertainer. She was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Baker’s hair also played a major in her brand. Her hairstyle was a crucial component within her constructed aesthetic. She wore it short, straightened and smoothed against her skull, with Medusa-like curls framing her face. She applied egg-white to give it its high sheen and stiffness. In October 1925, at her legendary debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, every jaw in the audience dropped at the sight of it.
FRANCE – CIRCA 1928: Josephine Baker, 1928-1930 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
“Her hairstyle had been done like a Greek boy’s,” recalled Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland, “and pressed into her flat black curls were white silk butterflies. She had the chic of Gay Paree.” Josephine Baker went on to become the first African American celebrity to their own cosmetics line.
A hair pomade called Bakerfix, which came in a toothpaste-style tube adorned her image. Josephine Baker marketed hair pomade so that women could copy her famous style. These were early moves within the culture of female African American celebrities extending their brands into hair and beauty businesses.
Today this has fully evolved with celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Being a cosmetologist,everyone seems to think you know all the tea about, the latest beauty treatment. So after being asked (and inboxed) about,and if I did, microblading I decided to do research. During the microblading process a special microblading pen is used to draw on individual strokes one by one. Unlike the sometimes Sharpie-like effects of permanent makeup, microblading is more like embroidery. The strokes look just like real hairs! It’s an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to complete. Since the results will last for up to three years before beginning to fade.
Microblading is perfect for those who want to define, cover gaps,fill-in over plucked brows,or add a slight arch. Results are a natural, undetectable fringe. Before the microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic. The smudge-proof solution will cost you anywhere between $700 and $800. Who can perform this service differs from state to state. I have found class registrations online that said they were open to cosmetologist and estheticians. But I also have read that only a tattoo artist can do it. Best thing I can tell you is look for the license. There must be a tattoo artist permit or they must be registered with the department of health.
They say what goes around,comes back around again. Just look at clothing trends,and even music. Hair is no exception. Check out these fly, vintage hairstyles. See how they have been remixed through the decades.
Solange. Present day.
Patrice Rushen. 1979
Josephine Baker. 1920’s
Jada Pinkett. 90’s
Toni Braxton. 90’s
Keyshia Cole. 00’s
Whitney Houston . 1988
Monica. present day.
Janet Jackson as “Penny”,on the 70’s tv show,Goodtimes.
It’s all about the greens, blues,blue greens,nudes,greys !
It’s a challenge for me trying to rock the various nail trends all the time. I do a lot of stuff with my hands. They chip. My nails are always in water,which can shorten the life of a manicure. When I was younger (not that I’m old now) I was big into acrylic nails. Now I just like a simple manicure with my own nails.You have to be patient to achieve a good manicure. Wait until the polish is thoroughly dry before you handle anything. The average wait time is about 45 minutes once done you could opt to dip you nails in cold water. Also apply a topcoat every other day to avoid premature nail chipping.