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?
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.
- 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
- Mixing spoon
- Air tight storage container
|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.
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.
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.”
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
|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:
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
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 shares her top 10 products of the past year with Onyx Rose:
via Thy Black Man:
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?”