#Haircrushwednesday: Natural Hair Movement EDITION!

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@bwatuwant

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Ok , it is Wednesday so I couldn’t pass up the chance to do a Women Crush Wednesday post… with a little bit of a twist! Today I’m putting a spotlight on this gorgeous lady @bwatuwant, but I also wanted to talk about the increasing natural hair movement taking over.

Now…let’s just take a brief moment to fully appreciate this girl’s hair, on fleek right? Here are a few more just because I’m obsessed with her and her hair at the moment!

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Model. Photo from @bwatuwant
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@cocaine_lorraine
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@kaylabella_

Sorry about that…back to the blogging. Can’t you tell how much I’m loving natural hair?!

Ok, so if you haven’t been living under a rock or better yet lazing about behind a computer screen binge watching Netflix, then you might have begun to notice girls/women in general appreciating their hair in its natural state. (The Natural Hair Movement/Community) More and more girls are going for the natural unprocessed look instead of relaxing their hair every month.

I can’t say that I haven’t been guilty of this. I mean, if you’re a black girl or bi-racial girl like me then you’ve felt the pressures of having hair that is different from most other ethnicities. Damn near all except ones of African-American decent and some islanders,Brazilians,etc. I’ve had to reevaluate myself and my hair on many occasions and I’m still learning about it and pushing myself on how to accept it. It’s tough.

It’s even worse when you have multi races courses through your veins. Growing up I was always thinking, “since I’m light-skinned why isn’t me hair more like white girls?” I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one and it’s been a long 22 years and I’m still trying to figure out what my hair’s natural texture is. But I’ve been going about it the wrong way and a lot of other girls have too. Through the years I’ve highlighted it, bleached it, cut it numerous times, and relaxed it dozens of times…none of this helps and doesn’t really solve the problem that we girls try to avoid. And that’s dealing with our raw,natural hair and accepting that it is beautiful. Straight hair is not the only way to go. Models like Stacey Hash and Miss Brit (@bwatuwant) along with many others (@kaylabella_, @cocaine_lorraine) are showing us how beautiful natural hair can be and the proper ways to take care of it.

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Model Stacey Hash

A big misconception is that this is a problem for only black girls but women of all skin colors and hair types need to be able to love and accept their natural hair. If you are thinking of transitioning or have been for a while but haven’t had the guts to do it because you don’t want to make that “big chop” there are other ways. *I’m in the middle of transitioning and I’m doing it w/o the chop.

Below is a list of YouTubers that have great videos on transitioning hair,etc. 

1.@kaylabella_

2.Summer Kellsey

3.NatuarlNeiicey

4. My Natural Sistas

GET CREATIVE: Henna Ideas

Dreaming of a new tattoo design? Looking for something trendy, creative and temporary? What about Henna? Using Henna allows you to mark your body however you please and you can use that creative flair that we all have! It’s super inexpensive, so go right ahead and get yourself some and get designing.

When you’ve got your Henna paste in your hot little hands, start off with some practice runs on a piece of paper. The purpose of this is to get yourself used to holding the applicator (cones are usually best) and basically getting into the flow of drawing with paste. When you’re ready to draw on your skin, draw on your design with an eye/lip liner first if you want to be extra cautious. You can then trace the liner with your Henna paste for a perfect outcome!

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ANKLET
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FLORAL
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You don’t have to be the next Picasso to be able to create rad Henna designs. All you need is a little inspiration and those creative juices and you’re good to go! Make a day out of it – invite some of your best girls and guys over, come up with some amazing Henna ideas and offer free Henna’s for all! Enjoy x

Alissa xx

DON’T SWEAT IT BOO!

Five days into the new year and I know everybody be on that “new year, new me” sh/t but lowkey don’t wanna say it cause you don’t wanna sound basic… am I right? LOL anyway! I am inviting all of you to join me on my resolution to read more books this year AND finish them. We all get caught up into the hustle of life and forget what it means to really relax. So to start the year off… Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff… and it’s all small Stuff by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. I have most of his books in his Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff series but for some reason, and with any book I’ve tried to read last year, I never finished ’em. So now you can see why I added finish them as a resolution.

I think reading it while we’re in the first month of the year may actually inspire someone to learn ways to de-stress their life and carry it on as a habit. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff is broken down into little numbered sections with explanations. What I have read so far is pretty damn good.

So if you wanna be on this “new year, new/better me” sh/t please join me in reading it this month and let us know your thoughts on it. If you have your own way of de-stressing let us know what helps you.

In peace& love,

Cherie

CLAWS OUT: DIY Marble Nails

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 10.57.29 amWho wants the most on point and on trend nails to start the year? You, obviously. It’s time to get those nails all glammed up with some lovin’ because you deserve it. There’s absolutely no doubt that people will be jealous of your new claws so get ready for some serious nail aesthetic. You’ll most likely already have everything that’s needed for this DIY, so if you’re ready for an oh-so easy (but very, very messy) manicure, get excited and get started!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

What you need– A shallow cup of water
– 2 nail varnish colors (your choice)
– Clear Top Coat
– Nail Polish remover
– A few Cotton Pads
– Toothpicks

Untitled-1STEP 1 Start off with fresh nails. Cut and clean how you like it.

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Untitled-4STEP 2 Pour your two nail varnish colors into the water.

Untitled-5STEP 3 Using a toothpick, mix up the nail colors together in a swirling motion.

Untitled-6STEP 4 Dip your fingernail into the water face down, making sure your whole nail touches the nail varnish. Do the same for every nail.

Untitled-7What did I say? Very, very messy.

STEP 5 Let your nails dry for at least 2-3 hours.

Untitled-8STEP 6 Remove the excess nail varnish that ended up on your skin with the Nail Polish remover and Cotton Pads.

Untitled-9STEP 7 Put on 2 coats of your Clear Top Coat.

Voilà!
Bitchin’ new nails for a bad gal like you. With a nail look as good as this, those claws need even more lovin’. Treat yourself to some new cute as f**k bling from Gold Soul to seriously turn heads and drop jaws.

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– Alissa xx