Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Like me on FB

I've decided that a better way of keeping in touch with all of you was to create a Facebook page for myself!

Feel free to join and post any of your updates or questions for me there so we can all share! See you on FB ladies ;-D

I'm going to add this like link to my FB page on the right hand column of my blog for future use!!

Inspirations and blessings,

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Locked Style of the Month: Cassie Inspiration

I know this look isn't for me, but I think it's really funky and hot on others! I liked this edgy cut on Cassie and when I saw a pic of someone who tried it with long locks, I truly feel in love and had to share the look!! I venture to say it looks even HOTTER on locks!!! lol

What do you think?!?

Inspirations and blessings,

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Beauty Within...

I'm absolutely LOVING this song!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The count down begins...

I've decided to go to Montego Bay, Jamaica for my birthday, which falls on Memorial Day weekend (as always)!!!

I CANNOT wait!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nubian Kinks Locing Pomade

I've watched plenty of the Nubian Kinks styling videos on Youtube, but was never really tempted to purchase their products until recently. I typically make my own concoction for twisting my locks, but I found that I need a bit more hold than that provides now since my locks are getting longer, so I ordered their Locing Pomade. It is on a slight back order, so be warned in advance. It took about a week and a half to arrive, but I wasn't pressed to get it, so I wasn't put out by the wait. It's also very affordable, I got the 8 oz jar for $15. That jar will probably last me a while since a little goes a long way with this product!

I just washed and styled my hair last night so I decided to use the Nubian Kinks locing pomade. Due to it's creamy and light color appearance I wasn't sure it would work in my locks, but it isn't heavy and simply melts into your lock. It doesn't contain any mineral oils, beeswax, or petroleum that typically cause build up or residue on hair. They don't lie in their advertisements that it provides shine and hold. It's absolutely great stuff. It's definitely Haitian_Hunny/Nat approved!!!! I think I'll try their Liquid Hair Vitamin and Hair Oils mixture next!

If you decide to try it, please let me know how it works for you!

Here's a video from their Youtube Channel that shows how to use this product while braiding your locks to achieve the crinkled look:

Inspirations and blessings,

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Summer Music

Ok, I've decided that since I've had enough of the cold weather, I'm just going to start playing and posting what I consider warm weather music in hopes that it will encourage the weather to warm up!! Are you guys with me?!?

Ok, here goes!! Get your warm weather dance on folks, I am!!!

Inspirations and blessings,

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Locked Style of the Month: Bantu Knot Mohawk

Here's a great lock style that I came across on a lock group on Facebook. It's a flat twist/bantu knot faux-hawk style. I love it, what do you think? I'm sure it yields great curls when it's taken down as well, which makes it a whole new style, bonus!!!

Here are some additional shots from the back and the other side:

Gorgeous style, no?

Inspirations and blessings,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lociversary Pix!

So my gifted photographer Vicki took some shots of me on MLK's holiday to celebrate my locks 5 year anniversary. I had my locks styled in bantu knots a couple weeks ago and these curls are the result of the bantus. They are the best way to get perfect spiral curls and the bonus is the bantu knots can be worn as a cute style as well. So it's like having two hair-dos in one!!

I've posted the update photos on My Fotki Photo Journal, feel free to check all of them out! Enjoy...

Thanks for all the support and great comments over the years ladies! I still look forward to seeing where this journey leads and every year it gets better and better!


Inspirations and blessings,

Monday, January 10, 2011

Locked Hunk of the Month: Ryan Gentles

This sexy brother is an actor, model, personal trainer, and our locked HUNK of the month. He is just gorgeous and he rocks those locks with stylo and moxy!! Check Ryan's website out!

I'm loving it, how about you ladies?!?

UPDATE: I saw this Jennifer Hudson video this morning and realized that Ryan played the role of her love interest (even though he was semi-stalking her.. lol), so I thought I'd add the video for your viewing pleasure!!


Inspirations and blessings,

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My 5yr Lociversary!!

Wow ladies... I can't believe that it's already been 5yrs since I started my locks. They have only brought positivity into my life and I'm so happy I decided to take this journey years ago. I am still enjoying my journey and still look forward to what's to come along this path!

Thanks so much for your continued support and stay beautiful!

Inspirations and blessings,

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 is coming...

Monday, December 06, 2010

Locked Style of the Month: Janelle Monae'esque

Recently, I've seen a lot of fellow locked folks attempting to recreate the Nappy 'Pompadour' look that Janelle Monae has made so popular of late. None I've seen look as good as the sister pictured above, don't you agree?

Who is her stylist/loctician you ask... Thierry Baptiste!! He is one of my ULTIMATE favorite stylists and lock colorist! I definitely plan on treating myself to having his hands in my locks one of these days, it's on my bucket list (lol).

For those of you who don't know who Janelle Monae looks like, here's a photo. Isn't the locked version SASSY/FUNKY?!?

Tell me what you think readers....

Inspirations and blessings,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Comparison time again...

So here's a quick comparison of my locks from last year to this year. You can definitely see a difference in length and the color is so different as well.

More photos to come soon!

Inspirations and blessings,

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Locked Beauty of the Month

I'm not going to lie and say I remember who this is, but I found these pix of this sister in my collection of locked beauty photos and I love her stylo so I thought I'd chose her for the locked beauty of the month.

Going forward, I'm going to take a spin on this theme and not only post locked beauties of the month, but alternate with locked style of the month. I'll post a photo of a sister or brother rocking a bangin' locked style. I know you guys will love it!

Inspirations and blessings,

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Locked Beauty of the Month: Luna Angel

The locked beauty of the month is Luna Angel. Luna is a singer and she models her mother's clothing designs. She's based in LA and is working on her sophomore album release. Luna comes from a longtime musical family. She wrote, produced, arranged, and released her first album in 2005 called 'Move With Me'.

Luna Angel is a beautiful example of natural beauty and more importantly, locked beauty!

Autumn in New England!

I went to New England this past weekend to visit family and had a blast. Autumn in New Hampshire is a beautiful thing! I went apple picking with my second cousins and then we went through an 8 acre corn maze. It took us an hour to find the end, but we did it (lol) and I got my exercise for the week in that hour. I'm posting a few photos for you to enjoy. Just click on the photo to enlarge the view!

Enjoy the photos..

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sweet Almond Oil

I recently purchased some Almond Oil for my skin and hair. It's a natural moisturizer and is often used for aromatherapy and massage. Here's some more information about almond oil...

Almond oil has become one of the most popular vegetable oils due to its many uses. However, there are two types of almond oil: sweet and bitter almond oil. Bitter almond oil is extracted from the bitter almond plant, and can actually be quite harmful so consumption is not recommended. Sweet almond oil on the other hand has some wonderful applications and has become more and more popular in the beauty industry. Extracted from the sweet almond seed, almond oil can do wonders for our skin, health and even our hair.

Skin Emollient:
Almond oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, and as a result is great for the skin. Almond oil acts to balance the moisture in our skin and helps to nourish the skin. It is easily absorbed and is most effective for combating dry and irritated skin. Also, almond oil has a fine texture, so as a result it will not leave your skin feeling greasy or block your pores. As a result of its moisturizing qualities, it is now being used in many soaps and moisturizers. It’s great for the complexion and can even help with the removal of dark circles under your eyes.

Healthy Hair:
Almond oil’s properties even extend to having benefits for our hair. Massaging a few drops of almond oil into your scalp adds a healthy glow to your hair. Also, it helps make your hair stronger, thicker, and adds shine as well as nourishing and smoothing hair cuticles. Almond oil has also been known to facilitate hair growth.

I've already used the oil on my locks and it feels and smells great. I can't wait to see the benefits in the long run. I'll be adding it to my skin care regimen as well! I hope this information is helpful/useful to you. Let me know if you start using almond oil and how it works for you.

Inspirations and blessings,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hair Steamer Review Pt II

So I've washed my hair twice since I got my steamer at full working status and I must say that it's made a big difference for my babies!!! My locks have always been very healthy, but now they're extremely moisturized and oh so soft!!

I've colored my locks twice in the past couple weeks. First, I colored the lower half of my locks black. Then, I colored the other half of my locks black to the root. Both times I used the steamer. I sat under the steamer for approximately 15mins with the deep conditioner in my hair and then after rinsing the conditioner, I sat under the steamer for an additional 20mins after applying my oils.

With the summer heat in this area, my babies needed that moisture. Having done both the color and steam treatments, my locks have a great sheen about them. I venture to say that my babies have never looked this good before. I think I've found a new way to keep my babies looking and feeling their best!

I'll be posting pix of my newly fully black and shiny locks very soon!

Inspirations and blessings,

Monday, September 13, 2010

Updated pic...

Hi guys, I know I promised that I would post more photos from my recent shoot, but I have to admit that I don't like the way most of them turned out. I was outside and sweating in the sun, so it's just not a good look. I've posted the few shots that I actually liked in my Fotki album, so feel free to check them out.

I've posted my favorite shot of the day above, hope you like it!

Inspirations and blessings,

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

8 Mile

The subject of this blog entry is a pun... I'm in the city of 8 Mile, Detroit Michigan. I just posted a quick sharing vid on youtube, so I thought I'd post it here too!

Check it out guys:

Monday, September 06, 2010

Black locks!

My girlfriend and my photog, Vicki, took some update photos of me today. I'll post more when they're available, but here's a sneak peak. You can definitely see how rich and black my locks look with this new color. I think I'm going to do this color from the root because I think it will look very dramatic and compliment my skin tone.

What do you think?


Sunday, September 05, 2010

Hair Steamer & Dreadz-n-Headz Review:

So, I just washed my hair this weekend and finally had a chance to use my steamer afterward. First let me tell you about my color dilemma.... I had honey colored highlights in my hair from years before I began locking. It just so happened that when my locks condensed and matured, all the color was concentrated in the tips of my locks, so they naturally looked like brown tips. I wanted to have burgundy tips for the longest time so a few years ago, after much apprehension, I dyed my tips burgundy. Nothing too dramatic and since it was a rinse, over time, it faded back to a honey color. I didn't bother to color it again.

I didn't feel the itch to color my hair again until this year. I finally decided to make an appointment at a local hair salon named Dreadz-n-Headz because I'd met the owner, Malaika Tamu-Cooper, at a natural hair show years ago and was impressed by her professionalism and the dos that her hair stylists were providing at the show. I don't know anything about coloring hair, so I figured that I needed to go to a professional to color my locks. Bad idea, at least for this salon.

To make a long story short, it was THE worst salon experience I've ever had. I was overcharged, it took all day (I was in the salon for over 6hrs), my hair color was on more than the tips of my locks and they were varied colors of burgundy (light & dark orange as well), the stylist ruined the shirt I was wearing by getting bleach and color on it, and my hair was never conditioned afterward. I could go on and on about how upset I was with this experience. I had befriended Malaika on FB when I joined a couple years ago, so I thought I would just write her a letter via email detailing the unprofessional and unacceptable experience I had at her shop. This woman NEVER responded to my email!! Like she just couldn't be bothered. I was and am still appalled. She then proceeded to remove me from her friend list. I've since spoken to a few people that were unhappy with their experience at the shop, so I'm not alone and although I don't normally say things like this, I hope her business fails because this isn't how a serious/good business person approaches customer service & complaints in general.

Needless to say, I've been trying to repair the damage done ever since the end of June when I went to the shop. I've colored my tips a true burgundy via henna and Adore (a popular hair color brand). Nothing worked because after just a couple washes, my tips would turn a dull brown again and now that the color was covering much more than just the tips of my locks (3"-6" at the end of my locks), I wasn't at all happy with the results.

I promised myself that if the last attempt to color my tips didn't work, I would simply dye them black and be done with it, so that's what I did. I decided to just put my locks in a pony tail and color the entire pony. I used L'Oreal Feria 21 bright black and I have to say I'm in love. I don't know why I hadn't colored my locks black before.

I sat under my hair steamer for approximately 20mins after applying the conditioning treatment that came with the coloring kit. And I again sat under the steamer after rinsing the conditioning treatment out of my locks. I first moisturized my hair with extra-virgin olive oil, Oyin handmade burnt sugar pomade for my scalp area, and some Nexxus leave in conditioner. My locks feel so soft and moisturized. The color is so rich and my locks have an amazing shine which I'm sure I can attribute to both the steamer and the color. I have a lock update photo shoot scheduled this week so I'll post those photos when they're available and you'll see how gorgeous the results are!

I also did a steam treatment for my face again after doing my hair and my skin feels great. I think this steamer was an amazing investment and I'm already profiting from the benefits!

Inspirations and blessings,

Friday, September 03, 2010

Bun Pic

I found a pic I took of myself in Charlotte, NC while on travel for work. There's just something about a bun that I love so much. I find that since I have very chunky ends to my locks that it usually presents a problem in trying to form buns because it's not at all easy for me to tuck my ends in and hide them (lol). Hopefully as my locks get longer, this will become easier for me and I can do my buns more often!

It's a cute pic, so I thought I'd post and share it!

"Human Touch" by Kem

I'm a huge fan of Kem and I'm so excited that he has a new album out called Intimacy. The link will take you to Amazon where you can listen to a snippet of all of the songs on the album. Kem has a very laid back, jazzy feel about his voice and music. I think his voice is very reminiscent of Al Jarreau in my opinion, but with an updated sound of course.

I'm absolutely LOVING this song called "Human Touch". This link will take you to a vid to hear the entire song. Check it out and tell me what you think....

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Locked Beauty of the Month: Lenise Safi'Yah Smith

Lenise Smith is a model, poet, and actor. She rocks her gorgeous locks with style and flair. I found this gorgeous locked woman via Facebook thru a mutual locked friend. I haven't seen a bad photo of this locked beauty.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lint.... The New Frontier!!!

Ok, I have a confession to make... In the beginning years of my locking journey, I read a lot about folks needing to find ways to get lint out of their locks on forums and elsewhere. I was confused since I never had any issues with lint in my locks and assumed that would always be the case. Little did I know...

Now that my locks have some true length to them, I've had my first encounters with lint in the past few weeks and I'm not at all pleased (lol). I can now empathize with all those that went before me in the process and have been dealing with this issue for some time.

I guess I'll just have to wear my hair up when I want to wear certain fabrics, especially in the winter months when I love to sport soft and fluffy sweaters that would most likely wreak pure havoc on my babies (lol).

I am open to suggestions and guidance on how to avoid lint, so if anyone has any, please share!! smile

Inspirations and blessings,

Monday, August 30, 2010

Good news....

There was a part missing on my steamer and all has been resolved, so I plan to wash my hair ASAP so I can enjoy the great benefits for my locks!!!

I have already done a steam treatment for my face and it was heavenly!! My skin looked and felt better immediately afterward! I'm so happy I can now make this a part of my regular facial treatment routine!!

I'll be sure to post my review next time I wash my hair!!!

Inspirations and blessings,

Monday, August 23, 2010

Womp, womp, womp......

Ok, I have to post a big sad face because I washed my hair this past weekend and I was so incredibly excited to use my new hair steamer and it was a total bust since it didn't work :-(

For some reason, although the unit had no problems producing steam, it never made it into the hood. Everything was assembled correctly and securely, so I'm assuming I got a lemon. I will be exchanging this unit for another in hopes that the next one will work as designed!!!!

I have to admit that I rigged it in a way that it would work to some extent, so my babies did get some of the benefit, but there was a point where I just gave up, so I'll still provide a review once I actually use it as it's meant to work and be used ;-)

Inspirations and blessings,

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Still loving my journey....

I took a few photos of myself the other day and thought I'd post one of them. I'm four and a half years into this journey and I am still completely in love.

I'm still look forward to what's to come...

Inspirations and blessings,