What Does "Blackness" Look Like?

Blay: So, upon meeting you for the first time, what do people usually assume about your identity?

Casey: If I wear my hair straight, I know that some people mistake me for being white. Or, if I wear my hair curly, then I'm Latina.

Blay: What is it about you-- why do you think people look at you and say, "Oh, she's Latina, she's biracial, she's something else?"

Casey: It's the hair, it's the nose, it's my features. People want to make certain assumptions and put you in a box because of how you look physically.

Can you relate? 
Will there ever be a time when people's perceptions change, and defining what it means to be "black" is no longer an issue?


Guest Blogger: How to Make Herb-Infused Oils

By Candy

I make my essential oils from olive oil, rosemary, lavender and nettle-- using heat as the infuser. This can be used as a pre-poo treatment/hot oil treatment, deep conditioner or just a daily treatment and sealant.

Things needed:
  • Double sauce pan (If you don't have a double sauce pan 2 pots can be used instead. Just ensure that one pot can be placed into the other without falling in.)
  • Herbs (nettle, rosemary, lavender...any herb of your choice can be used when doing this infusion.)
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • Strainer
  • Mixing spoon 
  • Air tight storage container 

 Infusion Instructions:


Countdown with Celebrity Stylist, Felicia Leatherwood

Natural Hair on the Catwalk

Source: Modern Salon

via Modern Salon:
The spotlight is on texture in the fashion industry, and we don’t mean tweeds, wools and ruching. Curls, kinks and waves are front and center on the runway this season. Sleek, flat locks are a thing of the past on the runway as fashion designers and hair stylists draw inspiration from the textured-hair revolution taking place around the world. Together, they have resurrected the art of the curl and are putting it center stage in fashion shows everywhere.


Guest Blogger: That's Knot A Good Bobby Pin To Use!

By K of Kinky Kinetik

Snag! Yup, that's what some bobby pins do to your hair. Just because you have them laying around, doesn't mean you need to use them. I do a search and 'throw out' of my bobby pins when I am either using them to create a hairstyle, when I see them laying around somewhere in the house and/or when I'm going through my stash of products and tools. "Well I don't know which ones to throw away, Kinky!"  Have no fear, Kinky is here!! (cue superhero music while Kinky stands with her hands on her hips, cape blowing in the wind). Hehehe.


'Look, but do NOT touch, My Awesome fro'

In a very entertaining, yet insightful article, comedian Aisha Alfa describes the up's and down's of her natural hair journey. Towards the end of the article, she states:


Save the Date: Fro Fashion Week!

This year's 'Fro Fashion Week is quickly approaching! Expect 5 action-packed days of events including:


Sh*t Naturals Need to STOP Saying

via Madame Noire:
[...]there is a right way and a wrong way to hold court. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how this bickering over hairstyle choices is a lot like the whole good hair versus bad hair debate we’ve been having since our ancestors left the confines of the plantation. We have to stop characterizing all women, who wear perms and weaves as adopting “slave mentality.”

Featured Onyx Rose: Nadia


3 Reasons Why Your Transition is a Pain

Transitioning: one simple word with SO much involved--optimism, frustration, joy, obstacles, and triumphs. The first time I transitioned to natural hair, it was quite frustrating, which is why I ended up throwing in the towel. My number one issue was dealing with the two textures. Becoming discouraged during your transition--to the point of wanting to relax again-- is the last thing that should happen, especially if you truly desire to be natural. The following are tips to make your transition as stress-free as possible:

Natural Star: Solange in V Magazine

Source: My Dojo

Kreativ Blogger Award

The lovely Stephanie of Simply Marvelous Hair Care awarded me with the Kreativ Blogger award! I am honored (yes, I know this isn't a Grammy, but still!)

These are the rules for the award:

1. Link back to the person who gave you this award
 2. Complete the form below
3. Award 10 other blogs and let them know in a comment or email
4. Share 7 random thoughts about yourself

My answers:


Wash 'n Go Success!

Hair with no product.

Yesterday, I decided to co-wash my hair-- something that I only do when my hair needs some extra moisture, or I want to rinse out a product without going through an entire wash day's worth of steps. In this case, my hair needed moisture bad...real bad...Michael Jackson. As I was co-washing in the shower, I decided that I might as well finish the rest of my Eco Styler gel, and try a wash 'n go. The last time I tried a wash 'n go was almost a year ago, and although it came out OK, it was an utter waste of time. I spent an hour and a half raking gel through and trying to sculpt every little curl. Not yesterday, though!

What I did:

Link of the Day: Melissa Harris-Perry on Stereotypes of Black Women

via The Huffington Post:


Natural Hair Care: It Ain't All About Products

Your scalp suddenly becomes dry and extreme itchiness ensues. You're baffled as to how the scalp that you nurture and cleanse once a week is now as arid as the Sahara Desert. What's the first thing you do? If you're like most people, you run to the nearest beauty supply store and look for a product with the most promising claims ingredients.

Blossoming Onyx Rose: Angel

About my progress:

Sh*t Naturals Say


Biz Spotlight: Urban Vibe, Inc.

All of my natural, handmade earrings--hoop and dangle earrings-- and accessories, are all with a natural centerpiece and yarn. Let the beauty of nature handmade make you even more beautiful! Add a pair (or two) of my earrings to your natural jewelry collection and accessories. The only regret you'll have is that you didn't buy more.


CharyJay's Top 10 Products of 2011

In case you don't know of natural hair Youtuber, CharyJay, allow me to describe her in a few words-- fierce, creative, vivacious, and fierce...wait, I already said that. Her Youtube videos display her ingenuity and passion for helping others, as well as her ability to create some mean updos--she effortlessly puts the "fun back into natural hair care!" CharyJay is also the face of the highly-acclaimed Huetiful Hair Steamer (which is currently on everyone and their mama's wishlist).

CharyJay shares her top 10 products of the past year with Onyx Rose:



Link of the Day: "...Could you possibly style your hair something like Tyra Banks?"

 My sister and I recently sat down to watch a show that we enjoy quite often called Millionaire Matchmaker.  The host of the show was setting up a session for a rich and distinguished black man and was in the process of considering black women who she thought would be of interest to him.
One stood out from the rest.  She was tall, medium brown–and simply beautiful.  Her hair was in its natural state and styled in a neat mini-Afro.  The host asked her, “You have a beautiful face, but could you possibly style your hair something like Tyra Banks?”