Beautiful Textures “Fall In Love with Your Hair” – Chicago Recap” + Coupon

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Hey Naturalistas!!! So On October 28th I had the opportunity to attend the Beautiful Textures Fall In Love with Your Hair Event in Chicago. It was awesome!

From Beautiful Textures: “On Tuesday, October 28, women from all over the Chicago area gathered at CityPoint Loft for an evening filled with hair care tips for the fall season. The event included hands-on style stations, a live hair demo using a Beautiful Textures signature product, and product giveaways over food by the bite. A panel of beauty experts gave advice and tips on natural hair maintenance, how to achieve ultimate styling versatility with Beautiful Textures moisturizing products, and much more. Panelists included  Donna Neddo (Youtube bloggers of Donedo), Vaughn Monroe (Youtube bloggers of MsVaughnTV), Darya (owner and stylist at Darya’s Naturals Hair Boutique), and Kimberly Walker (Beautiful Textures Product Specialist). “

There was tons of naturalistas all with BEAUTIFUL HAIR!!

The atmosphere was very intimate! Lots of curltalk with curlfriends! I really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful naturalistas come out for a great event. The panelists were very informative and beautiful might I add! Check out some pictures from the event below.

 

Photo Credit: Pearson PR  Consulting – CHICAGO/Tony Wilhight

 

Check out The Beautiful Textures lookbook Here: http://vimeo.com/108873012

 

Also Enjoy a coupon for $1 off Beautiful Textures Products!!

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Naturalista’s Business Corner NHDC – Natural Hair Don’t Care: Carsa

Natural Hair Dont Care!!

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Tell me a little bit about yourself and your company. Share some of your natural hair journey.
Where is your company based? My company is based out of Chicago, IL.
How did you come up with the concept for company? I started my apparel line 2 years ago. I was inspired by my daughter who was born that same year. I wanted her to grow up loving herself just the way she was created and I wanted to be her best example of embracing the “natural” me. So I came up with the idea to create an apparel line to celebrate my natural hair loud and proud. I designed this line for women that want to make a statement about their natural hair without saying a word. I also wanted to be sure not to alienate women who choose not to wear their hair in its natural state, but rather to celebrate those who do. My tees are created to express the pride I have in my hair-itage and the joy I feel in sharing that pride with others in our community. All of my items are designed with the fashionable girl in mind. I understand that natural girls are fashionable too.
The name Natural Hair Don’t Care Tees LLC derived from the term “long hair don’t care” which was coined by Lil Wayne, the rapper. Natural hair don’t care simply means to have the audacity to wear your hair in its natural state.
What distinguishes your company from other companies like yours, whether large retail-chain or small? My designs speak bold simplicity with a play on pop culture. They are clean, edgy, and thought provoking yet playful at the same time.
What is your favorite product that you can’t live without? I actually don’t have a favorite product. I consider myself to be somewhat of a lazy natural lol. Whenever I’m doing my hair, I reach for the first product I see in my cabinet. My hair loves coconut oil though!
What is your most popular selling product? The black/gold “All Natural Everything” tee is our best seller. It sells out so fast I can barely keep it in stock. The Signature t-shirt is also a customer fave.
Are there any new products or accessories on the horizon for your company? Yes, I’ll be adding new t-shirt designs, sweatshirts, and beanies to my line as part of the winter collection.

 

Are you or your products making any appearances at anymeetups, or natural hair events anytime soon? I just  exhibited my line at the 3rd Annual Holiday Beauty Bazaar on December 7th at Kroc Community Center from 12p-4p.
Any transitioning or natural hair advice you’d like to leave with the readers? 1. Be patient with your hair. 2. Enjoy EVERY step of your hair journey. 3. It’s okay to like or even admire someone else’s hair but be your own hair crush. 4. If you love [on] your hair, I promise it’ll love you back.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for someone wanting to start their own company? Be clear on why you want to start a business, do your research, create a simple business plan, determine/know your target customer, and network network network! Most importantly, do what you love and love what you do.
Where can we find you on social media? You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @NHDCTees for updates on the brand, sales announcements, and to view pictures of our featured customers. http://nhdctees.bigcartel.com/

The Naturalista Pregnancy Chronicles Vol1.

LOL… Hey guys! Ok I am trying my best. I have been struggling keeping up with work and home. Its been really stressful at my job, I havent had much me time to do anything. I just wanted to check in with you guys to see how you all are!

I am doing well, baby is doing well. I am 22 weeks 🙂 We are so very excited to be welcoming our little princess into the wold!! Oh.. and yeah I have been planning my wedding reception as well, and that is a job within itself right!!

But other than that, I have a protective style. My fav Marley Twists because a sista don’t feel like doing her hair at all!! LOL

I also attended an event close to my home at my alma mater Governors State University. The event was called the Mane Event and it hosted some of my other blogger friends on the panel to discuss hair. As well as many vendors and hair stylists in the south suburbs.

Some of my blogger boos Parisade, Meechy, and Donedo and Nicole :)

Some of my blogger boos Parisade, Meechy, and Donedo and Nicole 🙂

I will be doing a few reviews soon so stay tuned for that. If you would like a topic to be discussed. PLEASE don’t hesitate to email me 🙂 I don’t bite. I want to know what you all want to talk about! Thank you all for being who you are! I couldn’t do this blog without you. I really do appreciate each and every one of you!!

 

Check out some pics 😉

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My mommy and I 🙂

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xoxo

Michelle

Curlfriends and Dallas!!!

Sorry I have been MIA!! Life has been busy!!! A few weekends ago was jam packed with tons of fun! I love the natural hair community!! On Friday September 20th, I got to meet some of my “friends in my head’. You know how you are following someone on IG and you meet them in real life, lol its like you aready know them? Well I finally got to meet Melissa Chanel,  Amanda G and NaturallyCreole and see my boo PRoy again!! Had a blast ladies. Check out their blogs too!! I love meeting new curlfriends who you can keep in touch with! 🙂

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Also I am excited because next weekend Ill be in Dallas!!! Where my Dallas Naturalista’s at?

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I will be in town! Hope to meet some of you there!!

Have a great day!! xoxo Michelle

Chicago Area: What-Cha Workin Wit Natural Hair and Fashion Show

WhtChWrknWt_flyr_v4Looking for something fun to do? An event that is also for a good cause? Check this event out!!!

Kurly Gurl Nation is hosting and sponsoring What-cha Workin Wit Natural Hair and Fashion Show for Hope 4 Children. This natural hair and fashion show will promote pride in natural beauty, self-love and self-confidence for females of all ages. We will be featuring natural hair styling demonstrations, a natural hair and fashion show and vendor fair. Listed below is addition information about our organization and the Hope 4 Children Charity.

ABOUT Kurly Girl Nation
Kurly Gurl Nation (KGN) is a conglomerate of women from different backgrounds with the shared vision and love for natural hair. KGN is a meeting place that provides support and helps examine theories and myths behind natural hair care. Through monthly meet-ups, women in all stages of natural come together to learn about natural hair trends, receive help, discuss hair care and hair acceptance topics, and make recommendations about products and styling techniques. It is our intent to equip women with the knowledge and skills to feel confident with their coils while realizing the connections between natural beauty, inner beauty, and cultural acceptance.
Hope 4 Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the total child. They offer financial, spiritual, emotional, and academic support by providing tutoring, counseling, school supplies and other services as needed. Together with Kurly Gurl Nation, our goal for this event is to collect school supplies and funds to purchase additional school supplies for area children that are in need.

Date and time: 7/21/2013, 3 -7 p.m.
Location: Joseph & Sarah Levy Center, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Requestor name & title: Kerrissa Murry, Organizer & Corporate Sponsor Liaison Company: Kurly Gurl Nation
Phone: 630.803.8504 Email:kerrissa.pole@advocatehealth.com
Event Cost: $11

Naturals Spotlight: Tiffany

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So excited to feature one of my favs!!! Check out her story ladies!!

1. Tell me about yourself. I am a 30 year old “Natural Hair Enthusiast” from OKC, OK. I work fulltime, but love to blog and vlog to help uplift, educate, and promote the beauty of natural hair.

2. Did you transition or big chop? I transitioned for 9 months. I received my last relaxer in June 2009 and did my big chop March of 2010.

3. How long have you been natural? I have been natural for a little over 3 years.

4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge? Initially my biggest hair challenge was learning to love my own hair. I received my first relaxer at a very young age and for over 20 years that is all I knew. When I returned back to natural I didn’t know what my own natural hair texture was like and I didn’t know what to expect either. When I starting doing my research the only images I could find of natural hair were either loose, bouncy curls or tightly coiled, kinky textured hair. I figured my hair would be one or the other. However, when my I did my chop and my texture was starting to reveal itself, I soon realized my hair was a mix of many different textures. It was curly, wavy, and coiled. It was definitely not what I expected or hoped for. However, I had to embrace what I was blessed with and I learned how to care for it and in doing that I have fallen in love with my hair. I would not trade my head of hair for no one else’s.

5. What is your hair regimen? My current routine is pretty simple. I mainly co-wash my hair instead of using shampoo. I will co-wash at least once a week and shampoo my hair maybe once every 4-6 weeks. I found that co-washing allows me to keep my hair moisturized, by not stripping my hair like shampoo does and it still gets my hair and scalp clean. My conditioner of choice is Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration Conditioner or Tresemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner. When I shampoo my hair I use Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. I will first put my hair into 4 workable sections and proceed to wash my hair one section at a time. After I am finished with each section apply my conditioner, detangle my hair and let the conditioner sit for about 10 mins. I will rinse it out one section at a time and then squeeze the excess water out. I will then use a cotton shirt to absorb any extra water. Next, I will apply my leave in which is Paul Mitchelle’s The Conditioner to each section and then I will apply my Moisture Butter or Curling Smoothie to my hair to add moisture. I will then apply an oil to seal it all in. My oils of choice are either Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil. I will then two strand twist my hair doing 3-4 twists in each section depending on the look I want. I will let the twists sit overnight. Lastly, I untwist my hair, separate with Coconut Oil on my hands, and fluff. My hair always looks moisturized and is defined when I do my twist out. That is my favorite go to hairstyle.
6. What is your favorite style? My fav hairstyle is Twist-out or an Updo!

7. What is your fashion style like? My fashion style is forever changing and I can adapt to whatever atmosphere I am in. I am currently really feeling the Urban Chic look!

8. Where can we find you on-line? What else would you like to add? To me being natural is a lifestyle change rather than a trend. It has opened my eyes and brought awareness to the products that I use on my hair and even the food that I eat, so it has made me more health conscious. Making the decision to return to natural was the best choice I could have made for the health of my hair. The overall health of my hair is better, it is thicker and longer now compared to when I had a relaxer. I love to share the knowledge I have gained by trial and error and by research with others, so you can check me out in the following places:

You can check me out on my blog: http://www.TiffanyNicholsDesign.blogspot.com

Watch me on my YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TiffanyNicholsDesign
Follow me on Instagram: @TiffanyNicholsDesign
Like me on Facebook: Tiffany Nichols Design

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March Length Check, Randomness, Plus How I Retain Length!

Hey Lovely Naturalistas! So this past weekend was so jammed packed for me whew! It was my Boyfriends birthday, My little cousins sleepover, My brothers last bball game of the season, my nephew came home to visit, Easter dinner! And I straightened my HAIR!!!!!!!!!

So the last time I straightened my hair was October: oct lenth check

Now March 2013 Length Check: ( My stylist dusted my ends. So It is slightly shorter) It grew some but I Cant tell now LOL but healthy hair is better than longer hair! Remember that ladies!! If you are in Chicago Looking for a natural hair stylist check out Salon Pressure, 1333 W Taylor, Chicago, Il 🙂

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Looks like the same picture LOL! But it’s not wow… I can’t tell the difference at all!

How I retain Length ( I guess my secret LOL) I don’t clip my ends often ladies!!! Maybe once a year! I have not had my ends clipped since last year! But, My stylist said my ends and hair was healthy because I take care of it and they didn’t need to be clipped often. I know many long-haired naturals that do this. There is also an article on it found here: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/08/4-lesser-known-practices-of-naturals-with-long-hair/

Here is a recap of my fun-filled weekend in pictures 🙂 Enjoy! xoxox Michelle

Any hoo Here are some pictures from my weekend!

Check my shrinkage yall CraZY!!!

Check my shrinkage yall CraZY!!!

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Me and the boo

Me and the boo

Happy Bday HUN!!! Love YA!! 29 looks sexy on you LOL!

Happy Bday HUN!!! Love YA!! 29 looks sexy on you LOL!

Happy Birthday Randy!!

Happy Birthday Randy!!

My boo and my lil brother in their championship game :) they lost but they played hard!! GO NETS!!

My boo and my lil brother in their championship game 🙂 they lost but they played hard!! GO NETS!!

My lil nephew and I he bigger than me!! LOL

My lil nephew and I he bigger than me!! LOL