Saturday, April 30, 2011

What does your man think of your #naturalhair?

I have to admit when I first decided to go natural I wasn't sure if my guy would like the new look. To my surprise, he was very accepting and would give his opinion on what natural styles he liked most. A lot of my male friends are not digging the natural look. I have heard on numerous occasions " I prefer straight hair". Patti Stanger of the Millionaire Matchmaker, always encourages her curly girls to get their hair straighten because in her opinion " men find straight hair sexy".  What has your experience been in the natural vs. straight battle?

Friday, April 29, 2011

What are your thoughts on the Royal wedding? The Dress? Fairytale? Media Coverage? #teamnatural

Did you get teary eyed watching the Royal Wedding? I have to admit I couldn't resist thinking if there would ever be a natural haired black princess. What are your thoughts on the Royal Wedding? The Dress? The Ceremony? The Media Coverage? Fairytale?

Thursday, April 28, 2011


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Natural Hairstylist Interview: Jessica Stanton of Revolution Ego (Charlotte, NC)

Jessica's Bio: Jessica Stanton is a licensed cosmetologist who graduated from Aveda Institute Charlotte in 2010.
She earned the Deva Inspired Stylist certificate at the Devachan Salon in New York, NY
She is Revolution EGO's Cut & Color Specialist.

Question we asked Jessica: 

What hair care tips would you give to kurlees that have dry, brittle or dull looking hair?
Check your diet. Healthy hair starts from the inside. Increasing your water intake is the easiest way to moisturize your hair. Be sure to use alcohol free products and sleep with a silk or satin pillow or covering on your hair. 

How often should the hair be deep conditioned? Do you recommend oil treatments or cream based deep treatments?
How often you choose. You just have to listen to your hair. There's really no need to frequently do deep treatments if you treat your hair well regularly...unless you just like some spa time :) As far as oils vs creams, choose whatever you like. Just know that oils alone do not moisturize hair, they only seal it in. 

What do you suggest if your hair is not growing? Take vitamins, co-wash more, trim, etc?
Unless you are taking a medication or have a health/hereditary  issue, your hair is always growing.  Many think their hair isn't growing when its actually breaking off at the ends. Combat that by detangling your hair gently every time it gets wet. Frequent wash & go's on hair that is 5 inches or more causes single strand knots. These knots have to be trimmed off thus curtailing your length retention.  The rate of growth is about 1.25cm-0.5inches per month. As we age, hair growth slows down. Cell division is responsible for hair growth so in order to grow your hair long, you need to give your body the nutrients to help the cells divide. 
Exercise, and a diet rich in proteins like fish, eggs, beans and yogurt, Iron, B vitamins, and vitamin E will promote hair growth.  

It is difficult at times to maintain a healthy diet regularly so I do recommend vitamins. After some years of research I've chosen a proven vitamin complex (just 1 pill) that I will be retailing at Revolution Ego beginning in May. 

Are there any product ingredients that natural girls should avoid such as sulfates, parabens, etc?
Mineral oils build up on the hair shaft, clog pores, and weigh hair down. Alcohols found in most gels dry hair out. Sulfates are necessary if you are using the above listed products because they strip all that product out allowing your hair to be cleansed properly. If you only use naturally derived hair products, you don't need a shampoo with sulfates because it will strip your hair of ALL the natural oils in it. A paraben is a preservative to increase the shelf life of your products. They are in everything from toothpaste to food, not just hair products.  There are many alternatives to them if you choose to side with those that believe parabens cause health issues. 

How do you feel about straightening natural hair? 
Personally I prefer to wear my hair textured. As a stylist I don't offer any hair straightening services because our focus at Revolution Ego is to embrace your natural texture and all the  things it can do. 
Many women go natural thinking they can switch between curly & straight styles frequently. Most of them find out the hard way this isn't true. Very, VERY, few textures can flip flop without heat straightening their curls permanently.  There's nothing wrong with wanting to switch it up...that's what wigs are for! 

Does color hurt your hair if your natural? What are your thoughts on henna?
If used incorrectly, hair color can damage any hair. You should always seek the advice of a professional before attempting to color your hair. 

Many seek henna as a safe & natural alternative to traditional hair color. This is both true & false. Henna is a plant that contains a red dye molecule that is released when it is ground and mixed with an acidic liquid. In my opinion, henna is a great conditioner with a color side effect. When using pure henna, the color you receive is based on the color of your natural hair. It will always be a shade of red. It cannot lighten your natural hair color. Different herbs, & other ground plants can be added to the mixture to make the resulting color brown, black, copper, or more intense red. 

Important things to remember with henna treatments are:      
-Hair that has been previously treated with henna cannot be safely lifted with traditional hair color. It's more permanent than permanent hair color! 
-Hair that is currently or has previously been colored can be treated with pure Body Art Quality henna.
-Repeated applications will leave you with darker hair over time. 
-Henna is recommended for clients who wish to keep their hair well conditioned and strong but permanently dark red, brown, or black in color.

Can you give a short explanation of how long you've been a stylist and what made you fall in love with and specialize in natural hair?
I started doing natural hair in 2007. I transitioned that year and began doing styles on friends, and people I met out and about. My transition inspired my career change. So many people would ask me about my hair and how they could stop relaxing on a daily basis I decided to go to cosmetology school.  I realized there was a need for stylists who understand curly hair and know how to work with it. I've never had a desire to do straight hair, it's just not as fun as texture! 

How often should you trim your natural hair? 
Trims are recommended if you have uneven, split, or knotted ends. There's no time frame for this. Some people take really good care of their hair and never trim it. 

How often do you wash your hair? 
Weekly. Sunday or Monday is my wash day.

Do you shampoo or co-wash?
Since my hair is heavily colored currently, I use a treatment shampoo called Power Build from our Organic Color Systems line. I recommend Castile Soap or a gentle shampoo from Jane Carter Solution, Curls, Shea Moisture, Oyin handmade, or Qhemet Biologics rather than co-washing. Co-washing does not cleanse the hair. Not cleansing  your hair & scalp regularly can cause buildup and even fungus! 

What was the one thing that motivated you to transition from relaxed to natural hair?
I was bored with relaxed hair. It was long and straight, and just laid there.  So plain. So not me. Learning more about how relaxers will eventually leave you bald just solidified the fact that for me, curls, kinks, waves, and locs are where I need to be. 

Revolution Ego Contact info:
Located inside Sola Salons
2000 South Boulevard
Suite 120
Charlotte, NC  28203
Salon:  (704)  951-7386

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kurlee News: Tracee Ellis Ross & Malcom Jamal Warner in New BET Show

BET has recently announced that they will be airing a new show called "Reed Between the Lines". One of our favorite curlies Tracee Ellis Ross will be starring alongside Malcom Jamal Warner.

Tracee plays a psychiatrist and mother of  three who is juggling a busy career and family life. She is married to Malcom's character who is an English professor.

It will be nice to see this two back on primetime again.

Reed Between the Lines airs this October! I can't wait!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Who said guys couldn't be curly?

They must not have seen Troy Polamalu. His hair is fierce and his face isn't bad either. If I had Troy's finish the sentence.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What is your curl profile! #naturalhair #teamnatural

Does your hair fit the corkscrew profile? 
  • Has lots of small spirals.
  • Frizz is your middle name: First Name "Frizz" Last Name
  • Single strands are really fine but hair appears highly textured.
  • Deep Conditioner is a MUST regularly. Always thirsty. 
  • A spring factor of 9 to 12 inches.
  • Refuses to lay down but sticks out from the head.
  • Does not straighten easily. 

Does your hair fit the zig zag profile?
  • Hair is very dry and very resistant.
  • Wiry looking and densely packed together. 
  • Intense volume
  • Curls look like mini spirals or twizzles. 
  • Hair breaks easily and is very sensitive to rough handling especially tucking and pulling. 
  • Does not easily frizz or does not change with the season or weather. 
  • Hair shrinks up easily and appears dramatically shorter than it really is. 

Does your hair fit the wavy profile?
  • Hair develops a natural wave after a shower/beach.
  • Hair is easily straightened and appears straight at the crown. 
  • Ends are really dry. 
  • Low to no frizz. 
  • Requires little moisture and has a natural shine. 
  • Curls are big and loose. 
  • Spring factor of 2 to 4 inches. 

*Is it possible to have a combination of textures? YES*

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Natural Hair Stylist Interview: Aeleise J. (Chicago, IL)

About Aeleise:  Coil lover/curl therapist/kink whisperer/precision dry cutter/creative director of flyness masterminding awesome natural hair in a salon near you.   A Chicago native with southern exposure. Aeleise holds a Cosmetology Diploma from the Aveda Institute Tallahassee and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art from Florida A&M University. She cares about the integrity of your hair while educating you on the proper products and techniques to maintain the integrity and style of your hair away from the salon. She provides service that’s prompt, personal, and custom.

Style by: Aeleise J.
Photography by: Melisa Gin Photography

Questions we asked Aeleise:

Style by: Aeleise J.
Photography by: Melisa Gin Photography

  1. Do you have any special hair care regimens you would like to share? Everyones hair is unique so I hesitate to prescribe one specific regimen. Water both for your body and for your hair, is the one thing most people can increase in their daily routine. Also deep cleansing to remove product buildup and scalp debris is beneficial for the long term health of your hair/scalp.
  2. Does natural hair grow faster than relaxed hair?   All hair grows at an average rate of 1/2 inch per month.  That means some people's hair grows faster, some slower.  Many naturals experience what seems like increased growth while transitioning or after big chopping for various reasons.  Sometimes the scalp is freed from chemicals that strip nutrients and cause chemical damage to the hair follicle.  Sometimes the hair had been so chemically overprocessed that it had severe breakage.  And sometimes as we go natural we take better care of ourselves overall that our good habits can be seen in the length of our hair.
  3. If I have dry brittle hair, what do you suggest I do to improve my hair's health?  Everyone's hair challenges are different so I don't have specific advice, but generally I would encourage a client to increase their water intake, increase gentle cleansing/deep conditioning/water exposure, eat a balanced diet, avoid drying products, and avoid cotton pillowcases :).
  4. Are there any product ingredients that natural girls should avoid such as sulfates, parabens, etc? Don't believe the hype! Most ingredients are fine in small doses.  Mild sulfates are sometimes necessary to create a clean slate for someone who is heavy handed with products.  Deeply clarifying the hair and scalp every once in a while will actually improve the health of the fabric.  Parabens, mineral oil, silicones, and other controversial ingredients should be avoided if they don't work for your hair or your method of hair care. I personally avoid mineral oil because I don't like the way it makes my hair feel.  Do be wary though of isopropyl alcohol, it can be very drying
  5. Do you have any styling tips for our transitioning kurlees? Be patient with yourself. Know that what works for others may not work for you and that's alright.  You will have some days where you feel like an ugly duckling, but it's all a part of accepting everything about who you are.  Twist, braid, rod, and roller sets are your best friend. YouTube is great, but not gospel. Same applies to stylists. Finding a great stylist to partner with on this journey is hard but there are some of us out here when you have challenges or your arms get tired. 
  6. Does color hurt your hair if your natural? What are your thoughts on henna? Color itself is not inherently bad.  Permanent color is a chemical process where the cuticle of the hair is lifted up to expose the cortex which holds the melanin (color). Melanin is then removed and replaced with artificial color molecules.  What tends to be damaging about permanent color and lightening is that the cuticle of the hair remains raised and weak, making the hair shaft prone to mechanical and heat damage.  Starting with hair that is in less than optimal condition, hair that is inherently fragile, improper technique/product, and/or not caring for colored hair properly is the cause of color damage.  Being realistic about what your hair is ready for and what you're willing to do to maintain the hair is critical before embarking on a color journey. Henna . . . I'm not for it and I'm not against it.  To each his own, but there are some things to think about before trying it. If you ever want to or think you want to color your hair a lighter color, don't henna and also don't do semi-permanent color.  Both stain the hair and cannot be removed through a chemical process.  You will have to wait until the henna grows out.
  7. Can you give a short explanation of how long you've been a stylist and what made you fall in love with and specialize in natural hair? The short version is that I graduated from the Aveda Institute Tallahassee in 2006. I freelanced with makeup and salon management for some years before I got behind the chair in 2009. I fell in love with natural hair years before that while a sophomore (2003) at FAMU.   
  8. What are the most popular styles requested by your clients? My clients love double strand twists for their creativity and longevity.  They also love my kinky/curly blowout because they encounter no heat damage.
  9. How often do you wash your hair? Do you shampoo or co-wash? My hair is a whole notha story!  Truthfully, I can't stand to do my hair and the best style for me is 3/4in. and under. But since I'm at month 13 of my personal grow out challenge, I have to care for it.  I'm following a loose curly girl routine with Deva/Kera Care Natural Textures/Paul Mitchell Awaphui Wild Ginger.  I Deva No-poo and One Condition when needed and shampoo when needed with the Paul Mitchell.  I dc with Deva Heaven in Hair or Aveda Damage Remedy and then Kera Care Leave In. But if I am just not in the mood I let fellow stylist @afrosnbabyhair play in my hair. 
  10. What was the one thing that motivated you to transition from relaxed to natural hair? I didn't really have an aha moment, I was just hot. Summertime in Tallahassee, FL is no joke and my healthy APL relaxed hair was not the business.  I had a stylist friend give me a Halle Berry and two weeks later she gave me a cesar with a #2 clipper guard. Freedom! I've big chopped and relaxed again 6 times in 8 years with one short lived transition.  No more relaxers though for me, I think :)
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    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Do you have hair envy? #naturalhair

    Hair Envy- is a disease that lasts for about 2 minutes and is contracted when you see someone with fabulous hair and think to yourself "darn" I wish I had hair like that. 

    The good news about this disease is that it is not life threatening. It can be cured by simply taking better care of your hair. 

    Remember Rudy from the Cosby show or Ashley from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I am sure you do. As a child, I had always envied their hair. Now that I am grown and so are they, I have noticed that they still have beautiful hair. Watching both ladies grow has allowed me to  see their hair journey. Rudy would always have cute little braided puffs and Ashley would have a ponytail with curls in the back. Today, both ladies transition between wearing their hair straight or curly and they look fabulous doing it. 

    The one common denominator of both child actresses is that their hair were relaxer free. Maybe genetics played a vital role in their beautiful tresses but I am sure that not having a relaxer was just as important to maintaining their beautiful hair. 

    Whose hair do you envy?

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Ever looked in the mirror and thought "ugh my hair looks dry and brittle"? #naturalhair

    Other than your beautiful face, your hair is usually the second thing that people see when they look at you. Hair allows you to express yourself and change up your look. Whether your feeling classy or eclectic, it can all be accomplished through hair. A new hairstyle can make you look older, sexy, or younger. So it is very important to take extra special care of one of your most important assets. Here are some helpful tips for beautiful hair. 
    H20 (WATER)
    We are all guilty of not drinking enough H20...well I know I am. When your body is deprived of essential nutrients it tends to pull those nutrients from parts of the body that don't need as much and unfortunately the hair is one of them. Dry, brittle hair is a sign that your body is lacking water or moisture. Brittle hair appears dull and is easily broken with the least amount of stress. The sun, harsh chemicals and heat are also culprits of dry brittle hair. Natural oils (sebum) produced by the scalp have a harder time reaching the ends of curly because of its shape. Drinking lots of water can aid in sebum production. 
    About 8 8oz. glasses a day. Thats about 4 1/2 Deer Park individual size bottles. The summer is coming up which means your probably going to sweat more. You should always "up" your water consumption during times of excessive perspiration. 
    Protective styles are not just for when you feel like being lazy. They actually serve a greater purpose and that is to protect your hair. Frequent blow drying, teasing, tucking and pulling can do a number on your strands. Try and protect your hair as much as possible from stressful styles, the sun and harsh chemicals. The key to length retention is to protect those ends. 
    Nature has provided us with a ton of moisturizers that can leave our hair smooth and strong. Using oils and butters like argan oil (Moroccan oil), macadamia oil, coconut oil, and cupuacua butter are great ways to treat your hair. They can help protect it from the sun and strengthen strands. Well nourished and moisturized hair will not only look healthy but be healthy. 

    Saturday, April 16, 2011


    With summer just around the corner what summer styles are you rocking? Many of us natural kurlee's get very creative when it comes to our natural hair and with summer almost here it gives us warm weather to go with our creative styles. With all this cold weather many of us have been wearing protective styles just so the cold air doesn't dry out our hair. Palm trees, beaches, sundress, bathing suits, sunglasses, and wild hair is all I can think about right now as summer quickly approaches. Bantu knots, small twist, braid outs, twist outs, are the styles that I will be rocking this summer. If you're not sure how to do certain styles take your time on a Saturday or Sunday and sit in front of your mirror and just go for it. Try different styles, make up styles, and even write down different things you may have done so you can remember. What styles are you wanting to rock? Post pictures and give other kurlee girls motivation and ideas for the summer. HAPPY STYLING!!! :-) 
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