Pulling Off A Fade Haircut

5ef5da0977522cb35edfad9f088bfa26One of the hardest hairstyles (next to being bald) to pull off is the fade. Now that the weather is warmer many woman are looking for cooler style options. Also busy lifestyles and workout regimens play a part in a woman’s hairstyle choices.

If you have the confidence, you can pull off anything,BUT…. For some, having the right facial features and bone structure,can make the difference between looking too hard or incredibly sexy. Honestly, I have seen some women with a really nice fade,but it just did not fit their facial features. They had the right idea,and barber/stylist,but they just couldn’t “sell the look”. Makeup,and accessories also help A LOT. So if this is the look you have decided to rock,do you! Because ultimately at the end of the day,it is how the person who is wearing the look feels while wearing it. 94586cf68e0308a8ee9ed4b4b7cbc05d--shaved-hairstyles-short-natural-hairstyles

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Josephine Baker and Her Hair

Photo of Josephine BakerJosephine 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.85350209

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.

“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.

 

Early Black Business Woman:Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone

Annie Malone was one of the first African American businesswoman, inventor and philanthropist. In the first three decades of the 20th century, she founded and developed cosmetics for African-American women.5453debc138dd-image

Annie was born in 1869 on a farm near Metropolis in Massac County, Illinois. Her parents were slaves. Annie attended public school in Metropolis,Illinois. She took particular interest in chemistry. However, due to frequent illness, Annie was forced to withdraw from classes.While out of school, Annie grew so fascinated with hair and hair care that she often practiced hairdressing on her sister.

51090577_127127197747 With expertise in both chemistry and hair care, Turnbo began to develop her own hair care products. At the time, many women used goose fat, heavy oils, soap, or bacon grease to straighten their curls, which damaged both scalp and hair. By the beginning of the 1900s, Turnbo moved with her older siblings to Lovejoy, now known as Brooklyn, Illinois.While experimenting with hair and different hair care products, she developed and manufactured her own line of non-damaging hair straighteners, special oils, and hair-stimulant products for African-American women. She named her new product “Wonderful Hair Grower” To promote her new product, Turnbo sold the Wonderful Hair Grower in bottles from door-to-door.Her products and sales began to revolutionize hair care methods for all African Americans. One of her selling agents, Sarah Breedlove Davis (who became known as Madam C. J. Walker. 1004 When she set up her own business), operated in Denver, Colorado until a disagreement led Walker to leave the company.

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This development was one of the reasons which led the then Mrs. Pope to copyright her products under the name “Poro” because of what she called fraudulent imitations and to discourage counterfeit versions.

annie-malone-mar_1_15c-page-001 Poro was a combination of the married names of Annie Pope and her sister Laura Rober. Due to the growth in her business, in 1910 Turnbo moved to a larger facility on 3100 Pine Street. In addition to a manufacturing plant, it contained facilities for a beauty college, which she named Poro College.The building included a manufacturing plant, a retail store where Poro products were sold, business offices, a 500-seat auditorium, dining and meeting rooms, a roof garden, dormitory, gymnasium, bakery, and chapel. It served the African-American community as a center for religious and social functions. By the 1920s, Annie Turnbo Malone had become a multi-millionaire. Annie funded many programs and ensured that her employees, all African American, were paid well and given opportunities for advancement. Annie’s business thrived until 1927. She died in 1957,at the age of 87 in Chicago,Illinois.anniemalone-smallimage

Vintage Hairstyles Remixed

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.

Why Getting Your Hair Cut is the Best Thing For It

short-style-natIf there is one thing that I know,as a hairstylist of 16 years and counting. A lot of women (black and white) HATE to get their hair cut lol ! Even the ones who specifically ask for a short style?! Keeping your hair cut is the best way to keep it healthy and growing. A short style that looks clean and even. Looks better than long, “see through” strands. But you’d be surprised how many woman wanna hold on to those long straggly,thin,weak pieces of hair lol !trimming-natural-hair3 A cut will aid in keeping the ends from splitting and looking frayed, thereby giving the appearance of healthier and longer hair. When ends split and are severely damaged, they can cause breakage and that breakage travels up the hair shaft.maxresdefault It can be easy to skip hair cuts when the only goal is long hair, but this is when you should  be staying on top of it. Many people make the classic mistake of skipping trims because they are growing their hair long.cutting-starts-5-of-7-678x1024 I am not saying get a cut EVERY TIME you go to your stylist. Every 6-10 weeks is good. Hair takes a beating from heat and styling. For example, I see a lot of heat damage from blow outs and flat irons on natural hair. heat-damage-hairThose straight pieces that are at the ends of your natural,coily strands,need to be SNIPPED. It does not look cute. And no conditioners or hot oil will fix it.