Vanity Fair’s “Fair-Skinned” Lupita Nyong’o

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I’m not going to go into a big, long diatribe here. But, I saw this picture of the STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS Lupita Nyong’o on IG the other day and immediately thought, “What the heck is that about?!?!? Why does she look so light?” The idiotic thing about it is that they featured her in a white dress, surrounded by white balloons. It seems pretty obvious that she often wears white and bright primary colors, because the contrast against her lovely dark skin is BREATHTAKING.

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I would assume that’s why they chose the white dress and balloons for the shoot. However, by lightening her skin, they watered down her beauty and the impact of this image. Stupid Vanity Fair. Stupid. And pathetic.

You can read more about the tweet from Vanity Fair and some of the resulting backlash in the Huffington Post article HERE.

#andthatsallIhavetosayaboutthat

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Where healthy hair begins……

Hey hey y’all,

I been a terrible blogger to you guys. I been MIA and right here at the same damn time. Lol!  I just keep saying, “I’m gonna update tonight, I’m gonna update tonight.” And I never do. But here I am, so HAPPY NEW YEAR. Peace and Blessings to you all,

NOW! Lets talk hair. My love. My passion. HAIR! 

Healthy hair does not begin with conditioning treatments, trims, gel, blah blah blah. Healthy hair begins with what you put into your body.  Your diet. Now I know for me, my diet is the worse. I don’t eat properly which in turn causes me to have to artificially maintain the integrity of my hair. I have to take supplements. I have to OD on conditioning treatments because I don’t eat properly. So I’m going to construct a quick list of hair healthy foods and supplements and I promise you that if you adopt a healthy diet, you will see a dramatic change is your hair, skin and nails.

1.) WATER, WATER, WATER – water is the number 1 healthiest thing you can put in your body. Your brain needs it, your muscles need it, your blood needs its, and most importantly your hair needs it. (Cuz we all know hair is the most important part of your body.) Lol.

2.) Salmon– Rich in protein, Vitamin D, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Surprisingly 3% of your hair is made up of fatty acids. Most fish have these vitamins but Salmon has the most.

3.) Walnuts– Rich in Vitamin D and Biotin. I live, swear and die by Biotin. Its so amazing for healthy hair which in turn causes growth. I will list some Biotin supplements below also.

4.) Oysters– I love love love oysters but I understand they are an acquired taste and not appealing to everyone’s appetite. But they are full of zinc which helps stop thinning and hair  loss.

5.) Sweet Potatoes– Now who doesn’t love yammmmmmmms.  I know I do and they have tons of Beta Carotene in them. Once ingested beta carotene turns into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps produce natural oils on your scalp to help keep it moisturized and non itchy.

6.) Eggs– Eggs are great source of protein, good cholesterol which hair needs and zinc.

7.) Spinach– Or any leafy green for that matter. The greener, the better. These carry all types of vitamins and nutrients. If you’re like me and HATE SPINACH, try juicing. Add a bunch of spinach and fruit with almond milk, you get the nutrients but none of the grassy taste. I love juicing my spinach,

8.) Greek Yogurt–  Protein, Vitamin B5, Vitamin D. I love greek yogurt on its own but this is a great addition to your juicing or smoothie if you don’t like the taste.

9.) Hair supplements– I take vitamins because remember I told you my diet is atrocious. Hairfinity vitamins are amazing. They provide all of the vitamins listed in the food above in a little pill. They can be ordered on hairfinity.com. But they can also be kinda pricey. So I found an inexpensive alternative at Walmart for $4.95 with comparable ingredients. Its called One Source Hair, Skin and Nails Multivitamin (pics below). Take 2 a day and you get everything your hair needs that you may be missing from your diet.

10.) WATER WATER WATER – Oh, I said this already??? Well its worth repeating. Water is the oil your body needs to function like a Jaguar and not a ’88 Honda Civic. Give your body what it wants.

Inside/out health is what its all about. I’m going to start a healthy challenge. Everything in moderation and make sure I add the healthy foods needed to have my mane shining like a diamond on a daily basis. Who’s with me? Based on the foods above, sounds like my first dinner is gonna be a spinach salad with grilled salmon, maybe I’ll add walnuts, boiled eggs and sweet potatoes. My hair should be down my back by morning for sure. Lol! Post your progress, ask questions, let’s do it together!!!! -MSH

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**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

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

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

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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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