**Blog Quickie** Heatless Curls

Unless you have conditioner or a hydrating mask in your hair, HEAT IS YOUR ENEMY!!!!! For Heatless, beautiful curls that can last a long time, Flexirods are KING!!!!! They come in all different shapes and sizes and can produce tight curls to loose sea sick waves. Whatever style you choose, you will be promoting healthy hair as these require no heat and very little effort!!!!!!!! -MSHImage

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Beyonce: Entertainer or Artist? (And Why Does It Matter?)

Beyhive members, watcha think??? I love my Bey and I believe her art is entertaining!!!

Velociriot!

TW: racism, sexism

1372788533_beyonce-knowles-concert-467Since Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s surprise album release last week, she’s been the focus of a lot of conversations in my life. Judging by my Facebook feed, she’s been the focus of many others’ conversations, too. One interesting word choice keeps coming up again and again: entertainer. In the search for a concise way of describing her, we’ve collectively fallen on that one. The appeal is quite understandable, as one site attempts to summarize what she does by listing her as “an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer and fashion designer”. “Entertainer” is a much simpler way of acknowledging her various talents and loads of hard work without obviously forgetting anything.

And so that’s the word we’ve increasingly chosen to stand alone for what Beyoncé does. From CNBC to L.A. Reid, talking about Beyoncé primarily — if not exclusively — as an “entertainer” has become the norm. To…

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Black Girl Lost……..

Somebody told me today “Be thankful that you’re blessed with good hair.” Yup, she said that. As a matter of fact, somebody ALWAYS SAYS IT. The beauty and intrigue of the African American culture is that were so different, versatile, diverse. Yes, diverse. Is my hair “good” because it’s thin and curly? So that means I’m too assume my moms hair is “bad” because it’s thick and hard to manage? My mom gets perms, I don’t but I’m not “natural” enough for the natural community because I’m not nappy. I’m fair skinned, hazel eyes, so to the world I can’t POSSIBLY be black. *slaps forehead*. As black people, we can be some of our toughest critics. We judge each other, classify each other by hair texture, skin complexion, nose size, hip and butt size, and I think it’s insane!!!!! I am proud to be a diverse black woman because I look like I can be a little bit of everything. But it doesn’t make me any less black. Can we as a people be more tolerant of each other? Love each other? Support each other? Stop hating your own brothers and sisters because you think they’re something else? I have a 12 year that looks like me but has different hair than me. I have to remind her how beautiful she is because people tell her “too bad you didn’t get your moms hair.” Yup!!! The shade. The miserable ass citizens of this world. Ignorance. There’s no such thing as good hair or bad hair. So stop!!!!! And maybe that can be the first step in people no longer questioning my ethnicity. I guess well just have to wait and see, huh? Le sigh. -MSH

Moisturizing your hair (weave and natural hair)

Hey hey hey,

MOISTURIZE!!!!!! That is the answer to 9 out of 10 hair problems. I always get asked, “How can I keep my hair from being frizzy?” Or “Why are the ends of my hair breaking off so much?” “Why is my hair shedding like a big dog?” And my answer is always, ITS DRY!!!!! And then here come the “nails on a chalkboard” reply…….”But I grease my hair everyday, I don’t understand!!” *slaps forehead*. OIL DOES NOT MOISTURIZE HAIR!!!!! Water moisturizes. Oil then seals in the moisture. Proclaim line has an Argan Oil hydrating mask which is just a deep conditioner. This will provide essential vitamins and moisture that your hair needs. You wash your hair as normal and apply the hydrating mask. You have to let it sit for at least an hour with a shower cap on. If you have a hooded dryer, even better. 15 minutes with a dryer should be good. YOU CANT OVER CONDITION so don’t worry bout all that!!!! Once you’ve sat and you feel confident that your hair has soaked up all the goodies it needs, rinse with COOL WATER. That part is key. Warm water opens the hair follicles to receive the moisture and cool water slams em shut locking it in. Lightly towel dry and grab the big guns aka the sealant. Seal your hair follicles with a light oil creates a Fort Knox type of hair environment. The weightless oil I use is by Organix and it’s called Argan Oil and Shea Butter(pictured here). Oil in the palm of your hand and lightly finger thru your hair focusing on the tips of your hair. This process can be used on natural hair and weaves and is essential to both. I hate oil sheen. I really do. I promise, once you adopt this regimen (at least once a week) you’ll never need that mess in a can. Try it!!!!! Get back at me. Tell me what happened cuz I wanna hear about it!!!! Peace y’all  -MSH

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The price of beauty…Is it worth it?

Ladies is it worth it??? All the shit we go through just to be pretty? We wax this, pluck that, shave here,  poke there….I just sat in a hair salon yesterday for 4 hours to get my hair done. Like wtf!!!!! Not a one time thing. We do this every day, week, month….But why? Do we not think were pretty? Does society tell us were not pretty enough? PERSONALLY, I think I’m fabulous but I can’t step out the house unless my hair is done. Vain much?! I don’t think it’s my fault tho. Society, social media, MY MAMA, has all brainwashed me into thinking regular isn’t good enough. God forbid I step out without my lip gloss poppin I’m liable to have a damn meme on Instagram made about me and laughed at for weeks. The pressure is women have on is to be near perfect is insane and actually not fair. I gotta check all social media before I put a outfit together or else ima b called a hoe. And if I respond back, YA MAMA A HOE, I’m wrong? Can’t wear my uggs, my comfy leggings, my VS sweats, nothing. And WEAVE?????? Fuggetaboutit!!! I’m called everything under the sun cuz of weave. So I, like many women, keep up with society’s standards of what’s ok. And that’s bullshit!!!!!!  But how do I reprogram myself? How do women get from up under the microscope of society? *shrugs*. Be pretty ladies, be fabulous girls. But also, FUCK THE WORLD!!!! Best advice I can give. *whispers* but keep that hair done tho lol. -MSH

My HAIR!!!! Who doesn’t love their own hair….

So lets start with a little background on MY hair. Honestly I hate my hair lol. Its very thin and stringy and doesn’t hold curls well. I do not get relaxers but I am a black woman. I get that question all the time!!!! I’m usually a ponytail or doobie kind of girl with my natural hair. But for the most part I do wear weaves. It’s a great protective style, easy to manage and give me the fullness and life that I don’t get with my natural hair.

So currently I am wearing 16/18/20(inches) of Brazilian Body Wave hair from justglammiami.com. Brazilian is a little thick for my hair and I usually wear Malaysian but nothing holds a curl like Brazilian hair. Later on, I’m going to do a really good blog of the origin of REAL virgin hair. You will be surprised to know there aren’t many REAL origins. But I digress…….As a base on my hair before I get an install(sewn in weave), I use Jamaican Black Castor Oil. It’s great to keep your edges from breaking off. I also use Simplicity Oil which helps keep the hair under my weave. Its food for your hair. It adds moisture and shine. Before my install, I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS co-wash my hair. Co Wash means to wash your hair with conditioner. All hair needs MOISTURE or it won’t survive. So I use Proclaim Hydrating Mask and Silicon Mix. I condition the hair with cool water and place in the microwave for 2 minutes with the conditioner in it. YES, the microwave. It simulates a deep condition and forces moisture into the strands. Once the microwave is complete, I rinse one more time in cool water. In order to lock the moisture into the hair, you need to seal with a light oil. Here is where I use the Simplicity Oil again. Let your hair air dry. You want to stay away from heat as much as possible if you can. This process adds moisture and repairs any split ends if your hair has any. Next, you’re going to want to purchase a weft sealant. Hairextensions101.com has one or you can go to your local arts and crafts store and purchase FRAY CHECK. This is used to help stop any shedding. You run this product along the front and the back of the actual track to prevent excess shedding of the hair. Now you’re ready for a professional install……….. -MSH