Thursday, July 28, 2011



“Living Naturally You”
Real People Real Answers
 What is your name?

 Leola Anifowoshe

How old are you?

10 more than 3 times

Where are you from?

 I'm from Houston, Texas

What is your occupation?

 I am the founder of Nzuri Liquid Hair Vitamins - Hair Care From Within

How would you describe yourself?

 I am a very outgoing, fun loving person. I love meeting new people and inspiring them as well. I also like playing mad scientist and developing new products that are innovative and cutting edge with nutrition and wellness. I also love kids. I am the mother of 6 children 5 still at home and I like to work with all of them in business and in fun.
Ms Anifowoshe and her son

When did you first decide to go natural?

 I first decided to become natural in early 2008 after I began doing research for the Nzuri Elixir. It was through my research on what causes our hair to grow that I also discovered what was harmful. When I realized the severity of what we were putting in our hair and digesting through our skin it was alarming. However, since I created the worlds first natural liquid hair vitamin, I kept my relaxed hair on longer than I wanted to. I was experimenting with the length checks if you will. I watched my hair grow from just past my ear to just 1 inch shy of my bra strap in 24 months. That was fascinating to me because I am a Black woman who had serious challenges with hair growth. That was a major milestone to grow my hair to that length and I had a real challenge cutting it off. However, there came a time when the rubber met the road. Although I had eased up on the relaxers the new growth was over taking the relaxed hair and we all know what that looks like.

In addition to the two textures not getting along, I also was overwhelmed with the desire just to meet my natural hair. I say Meet my hair because as you may know that many African American women's hair is foreign to them. So I had to relearn my hair. When I did the big chop in February of this year. I actually did a "Welcome Ceremony" for my hair and welcomed it into my world. At this point I was more than convinced that the Nzuri Elixir would grow my hair as long as I wanted I had no reservations of cutting it and I realized there was no need to keep it because the photos would prove the length it had attained. I'm excited about how my hair has progressed just since February.

If there were one word to describe yourself what would it be?

 Confident or maybe even Elegant. I love Elegant.

Who are some of the people that inspire you most?

 Oprah inspires me because she makes her own rules. She is a pioneer and a visionary. Maya Angelou. She exuberates such strength and character. Diana Ross. She was not afraid to be a lady even when Society did not recognize the Black woman as the Regal Beauty She is. She also had her 5 kids while she maintained her career. Too many people hold off on having their children and look around and realize their child bearing years are over but the career could have waited or at least paused while we co-created. Dianne Carol, Joyce Meyer, a female preacher who defied all odds. I love women of strength who go against the status quo and do what God InSPRITation has called them to do.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I grow up I want to be whatever it is that God wants me to be when I get there. However, when I leave this Plane called Earth, I want to be remembered as the Lady who helped make a difference in the quality of people's lives. I try to do that through my foundation Shoes4School, through our beauty pageant Little Miss "Happy" Headed and through our Hair Showcase The Nzuri Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Showcase which is Texas' largest natural hair show; through our Sorority, The World Natural Hair Sorority which is a spin off from the natural hair society a non profit organization started in late 2009 to educate consumers on attaining healthy hair and lifestyles. The Natural Hair Sorority is on facebook and it is looking for 10K naturals. The number 10K is significant I believe because if you are one of the first 10K you will always be able to wear our signature shirt. After we reach 10K that color will change and retire. You can find us on fb at


What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle? 

If you want to go natural, evaluate your reasons why and then just do it. If you're doing it just because your friend did it that may not be the right course of action. However, if you do it because you feel it in your Spirit it is time then go for it. Also, if I could do it all over again, I probably would not have chopped off my 14 inch hair. I would have just gotten the Sister Locs. I think they are so regal, beautiful, sophisticated and you do not have to cut off all of the relaxed hair right away. I strongly suggest them to women who do not want to do a big chop. Also, consider what you are putting in your body as well as what you are putting on the outside of your body. Many people do not approach healthy hair from the inside and out. But just think the inside is the beginning, the outside is the manifestation of what is on the inside.

What is your favorite quote?

 My favorite quote is by Maya Angelou but not verbatim "In the end of the day, people will not remember what you said or what you did but they will remember how you made them feel". Another one is by Marcus Garvey "Get the kinks out of your brain before getting them out of your head". These are not verbatim but close enough. And this quote is by yours truly "If you can see it, then you can be it!"

Stay Blessed and Encouraged Naturals
Leola Anifowoshe
Founder of Nzuri Natural Hair Care and the Natural Hair Sorority


Natural home remedies to help you sleep easy:)

  1. Stick to a schedule.  Sticking to a schedule allows your body to set its internal rhythm so you can get up at the time you want, consistently, every single day. Also, make sure you try to keep the same schedule on weekends too, to prevent feeling overly tired.
  2. Sleep only at night. Avoid daytime sleep if possible. Daytime naps tend to hinder sleep needed for nighttime.. Limit daytime sleep to 20-minute, power naps.
  3. Exercise. It’s actually known to help you sleep better. Your body uses the sleep period to recover its muscles and joints that have been exercised. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.
  4. Taking a hot shower or bath before bed helps bring on sleep because they can relax tense muscles.
  5. Avoid eating just before bed. Give yourself at least 2 hours from when you eat to when you sleep. This allows for digestion to happen (or at least start) well before you go to sleep so your body can rest well during the night, rather than churning away your food.
  6. Avoid caffeine.
  7. Read a  book. It takes you to a whole new world if you really get into it. And then take some time to ponder over the book as you fall asleep.
  8. Have the room slightly cooler.
  9. Sleep in silence. 
  10. Avoid alcohol before bedtime. It’s a depressant; although it may make it easier to fall asleep, it causes you to wake up during the night. As alcohol is digested your body goes into withdrawal from the alcohol, causing nighttime awakenings and often nightmares for some people.
I hope this article helps everyone get to bed a little easier tonight:)   Kyles Natural Signing out!!

    My youtube role model JAHLICIA:) I love her hair her channel and how she Motivates ALL OF US TO LOVE OURSELVES:)


    Tuesday, July 26, 2011


    “Living Naturally You”
    Real People Real Answers

    What is your name?

    Joshua Williams -Joshua means God is my salvation.

    How old are you? 

    27 years young 

    Where are you from? 

    Baton Rouge,Louisiana.

    What is your occupation?

      I travel to different states doing Brand Ambassador work, Ripping the 
    Runway, being fearless for the camera, and showing off my acting skills.
    Personal Entertainer that's setting. The Natural Hair Industry on fire.

    How would you describe yourself?

    A GOD fearing MAN that shows respect to everyone that tend to flow to my own beat. A family man that like to see everyone happy.

    When did you first decide to start growing locs?

    I started my locs in 2003 which they have continue to grow.

    If there was one word to describe your style what would it be?

    Who are some of the people that inspire me the most?

    The people that inspire me the most are the ones that stand firm for a purpose and what they believe in. The ones that's making a positive change in their community and helping others.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    A world known gentlemen that have a Big Heart

    What is your favorite quote?

    "Do not be a follower stand firm and bold in what you believe in no matter what someone else say.
    Walking by Faith-Not by Sight"

     Booking info :
    Available for Brand Ambassador work, Commercials, Fashion Shows Movies, Photoshoots, Video Shoots , ect. For booking email or call 225.395.9986


    Natural Hair Detangelers and MORE : From US made by YOU!!!:) ENJOY

    Natural Detangler  Recipe for Hair

    8 oz. distilled water
    1 tsp. aloe vera gel
    2 drops glycerin
    15 drops Grapefruit seed Extract preservative

    Combine all ingredients in a bottle. Shake well before each use
    To Use: Apply a small amount to damp hair and work thru with fingers.
    Coconut Honey Deep Conditioner Recipe

    4 tbs Coconut oil
    2 tbs Natural honey

    Place coconut oil and honey in a small plastic bag and place the bag in a hot cup of water for 1 minute to warm. Apply to hair, wrap hair in a towel for 20 minutes. Wash then dry hair.

     ENJOY these Fab Recipes made by you;) And be sure to Stay tuned for more!!!

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Home Remedies for Acne

    Home Remedies for the battle of the ZITS;)

    Everyone past puberty has had a nasty dot on their face one time or another. Below are a list of habits and remedies anyone can use to battle that ugly sucker once and for all.

    (1) Eat healthy,
    (2) exercise regularly,
    (3) don’t sleep on your face,
    (4) get enough sleep,
    (5)wash your hands regularly,
    (6) manage your stress, and
    (7) use your home remedy for acne on a consistent basis.


    1) Tea Tree Oil

    1.  Pure tea tree oil is very strong and may cause an allergic reaction if placed directly on the skin; so you may need to dilute it depending on your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, take a tablespoon of tea tree oil and mix it with 9 tablespoons of water. If your skin is a little sensitive mix the tea tree oil with aloe vera gel instead of water. The gel will neutralize the chemical reactions to make sure you do not develop rashes.
    2. Before you use the tea tree solution, wash your face with a mild cleanser first. With a cotton ball, apply the solution to form a thin layer on your skin. When it’s dry, put on a moisturizer (preferably oil-free). Do that before you go to bed too.
    3. Experiment with tea tree oil for acne. Add a few more drops when you feel like your skin is reacting well to the solution. But if you notice some redness, dilute the oil a bit until you get the perfect solution.
    4. Once or twice a week, make a tea tree oil mask so you can control acne breakouts more effectively. Get a hypoallergenic green clay powder and add two or three drops of the tree oil. Pour water on  (little by little) until the solution turns in to a paste. Use the mixture as a facial mask and you are set.
    2) Honey

    You can use a honey mask like a regular mask and you can apply it every day if you have the time. Take a spatula of honey and spread it evenly on your clean face.  Let it dry for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. You will instantly feel that your skin is softer and it will look healthier and refreshed:). This remedy is very effective for scars left behind from acne


       Mix one part vinegar to 8 parts of water. Place the solution in a closed-lid bottle and mix a grounded tablet of aspirin. The salicylic acid in the drug can help dry-up your acne. Use the solution like you would your toner – wash your face like you normally do and apply the solution afterwards. Since apple cider vinegar has a really strong stench, it is best to use it at night before going to bed.

    Hope this article helps every make some more happy faces out there:) 



    “Living Naturally You”

    Real People Real Answers
    What’s your name?

    My name... Aevin Dugas.

     How old are you?


     Where are you from?
    Small town called Napoleonville, La.

     What is your occupation?

    I work in a family business with women with developmental disabilities

     How would you describe yourself?
    My style is just whatever I want, I always liked things that were different, no matte what other people thought!!

     When did you first decide to become natural?

    I decided to go natural 12 years ago. I got tired of the chemicals and just stopped!!!

     If there was one word to describe your style what would it be? 
      I would describe myself as kind of unique

    Who are some people that inspire you the most?

    My mother always taught me to be an individual, so she would be my biggest inspiration. Besides her I love looking at women of the past for everything from fashion, to makeup

     What do you want to be when you grow up?

    Lol, since i,m already pretty grown up, I just love giving women advice on how to deal with their natural hair. It truly is a journey to go from chemicals to nothing and I never mind giving my suggestions to help them get through it.

    What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle?

    I would say to be patient, learn your type and what your hair likes. Also remember every product or style that works for one, may NOT work for you, even if you think ya,ll have the same hair type. Where you live, medications, genetics, etc all play a part in how your hair responds

     What’s your favorite quote?

    My favorite quote would be " I love being a natural sista"!! 

    Official Hair Envy ALERT!!!

    HAIR SUPER ENVY PLus a great hair tutorial ...WOW Thats all her hair too!!

    Another GREAT Article about curly hair from CoCo and Cream

    Have you ever looked at your naturally curly hair and studied the way your curls look, feel and react to different products and hairstyles? If so, you’ve probably noticed that each strand of hair has a defined curl pattern of its own. Curly hair has several curl patterns, sizes and textures.
    You might see soft waves, smooth S-shaped curls, tight corkscrew curls, or tight Z-shaped coils throughout your head but what does all of this mean? It doesn’t mean that you have good or bad hair (whatever that is). This guide will help you identify your curl pattern so you can jumpstart a healthy regime for your waves and curls.

    Type 2 Hair

    Type 2 hair has more of a wavy curl pattern that’s shaped like the letter S. There are two subsets of wavy hair: Type 2a/2b. Type 2a hair is very fine while Type 2b hair has a thicker, medium texture (Think singers Chili and Mya.) Wavy hair warrants a variety of styling options. It can be straightened easier than tighter curl patterns but beware of frizz. Use light products to enhance to avoid weighing down the curls.

    Type 3

    Type 3 hair has a more defined, springy curl pattern with lots of body full of loopy curls. It’s very thick but isn’t coarse; it’s actually fine. Type 3 hair has a lot of body and is categorized as 3a, 3b and 3c. Type 3a hair has a loose curl pattern while type 3b is a little tighter with ringlets. It’s common to see a combination of type 3 a/b curls. Type 3c hair is very thick and looks a bit more like kinky corkscrew curls. Type 3 hair easily absorbs the water so shrinkage occurs when it’s wet but it is very springy. So when it’s dry if you pull it, it bounces back to the original curl pattern. Use light pomades and cream to enhance curls.

    Type 4

    At first glance, most assume that type 4 hair is coarse but it’s actually quite fine. It has fewer cuticle layers than the other hair types so when it is brushed or combed, the hair is more susceptible to breakage. That’s why keeping hair moisturized and conditioned is very important for all curly hair but especially tighter curl patterns like this.
    There are two subtypes: type 4a which is tightly coiled with a defined curl pattern and if stretched has more of an S pattern and type 4b which doesn’t have a distinctly defined curl pattern but bends in sharp angles like the letter Z. Type 4 hair type is prone to shrinkage of up to 75% of hair’s actual length. The hair can range from fine and thin to coarse with many strands densely packed together. Type 4 hair is versatile for styling and holds styles such as twists, braids and afros well without the aid of several products.

    Do you pay attention to “curly hair type” classifications? Why or why not? If you do, what type is your hair? What products have you found work best for your hair type?

    -Margaret Francois

    Mya was rockin her natural curls in 98:) Newer old school natural ;)

    Monday, July 18, 2011


    “Living Naturally You”
    Real People Real Answers
     What’s your name?

    Ferrari Elite Sheppard

      How old are you?


    Where are you from?

      A wet, dark tunnel

     What is your occupation?

    Artist. Writer. Cultural critic. Journalist. Painter. Web designer. 

      How would you describe yourself?

      A fully exposed nerve ending with the ability to see outside of itself when its not daydreaming or being self centered  .

      When did you first decide to grow locs?

    Around 2004

      If there was one word to describe your style what would it be? 


     Who are some people that inspire you the most?

    Tupac, Kurt Vonnegut, Kurt Cobain, dream hampton, Aja Monet, Saul Williams, Kimya Dawson, Mystic. 

    What do you want to be when you grow up?


      What advice would you give to others who wanted embrace their individuality?

      Being yourself is so easy you don't have to try.

      What’s your favorite quote?

    "the best often die by their own hand just to get away, and those left behind can never quite understand why anybody would ever want to get away from them" - charles bukowski 

    She is what hip hop should be YOU GO GIRL!!!! OUR SPECIAL FEATURE MS KNOXIE-TY

    “Living Naturally You”
    Artist Appreciation
    New Natural Stars on the Rise 
    What is your name ? 
    Where are you from? 
    I am from Jersey City, NJ

    Why as an artist have you decided to promote the natural/ conscious lifestyle? 

    I've decided to promote natural/ conscious lifestyle as an artist for a couple of reasons. Growing up in a harsh environment, I have seen first hand how your environment can shape you, and influence you in a negative way. So through music I bring awareness to show people that they can overcome, no matter what the situation or circumstances are.  I was always criticized for staying true to myself, and not being a follower or doing what all the other people were doing. Writing music became a comfort zone for me. I often write music about being natural, and about empowerment. I feel like people can relate to it, and benefit from it. It can be a comfort zone for them as it is for me. I promote consciousness and positivity so that the listeners can have something that inspires them to take charge and be an individual and express themselves accordingly.  

    How would you describe your style?

    I would describe my style as 90's conscious Hip Hop/ Alternative. Especially with the new music I have been working on, there are hints of Rock and Jazz, and a little contemporary. As a fan of many genres I try to incorporate much of the sounds I love into my music. As far as personality wise, I would have to say my style is a mixture of Hip Hop artist meets truth seeker/ freedom fighter. learning and spreading knowledge and empowerment through music. Giving the listeners something of substance, something that they can genuinely feel and relate to.

    What are some people that inspire you most? 

    I am inspired by many types of music, some people that inspire me the most are: Bob Marley, Billie Holliday, Phyllis Hyman, Mos Def, Michael Jackson, Lupe Fiasco. 

    What's the general mission of your music? 

    The general mission of my music is to promote awareness. Awareness of the harsh realities of the world. Awareness of Self, and to spread peace. 

    What are some of your accomplishments and describe in detail some of your most recent performances?

    I am fairly new to recording as an artist, and putting my music out there. My biggest accomplishments two collections of music that I released. My music release "R.M.O.I.T.S" with a fellow Hip- Hop artist Red Shaydez. and my latest mixtape entitled "The Academy"

    Where can we find the your music? 

    You can find my music at you can also view my videos at

    What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle? 

    Go for it! It will not be an easy task for some, it takes hard work and dedication but it is well worth it if it will make you happy.

    What's your favorite quote?

    My favorite quote is definitely "Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it." - JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE   From experience I have found this to be life changing and very true.

    She can really style those twists of hers:)

    8 Great Anger Manangment Tips

    Look we all get a little steamed from time to time. Sometimes being angry is warranted . This article seeks to help people express their anger in more civilized manner . People can't always put on the happy face...but in order to maintain healthy relationships we must find a way to be mad in a good way;)

    No. 1: Take a timeout

    Before reacting to a tense situation, take a few moments to breathe deeply and count to 10. Slowing down can help defuse your temper. If necessary, take a break from the person or situation for a while and let thing cool down a bit.

    No. 2: Once you're calm, express your anger

    As soon as you're thinking clearly, express your frustration in an assertive but nonconfrontational way. State your concerns and needs clearly and directly, without hurting others or trying to control them.

    No. 3: Get some exercise

    Physical activity can provide an outlet for your emotions, especially if you're about to erupt. If you feel your anger escalating, go for a nice walk or run, or spend some time doing other favorite physical activities. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out.

    No. 4: Think before you speak

    In the heat of the moment, it's easy to say something you'll later regret. Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything — and allow others involved in the situation to do the same.

    No. 5: Identify possible solutions

    Instead of focusing on what made you mad, work on resolving the issue at hand. Remind yourself that anger won't fix anything, and might only make it worse.

    No. 6: Don't hold a grudge

    Forgiveness is a powerful tool. If you allow anger and other negative feelings to crowd out positive feelings, you might find yourself swallowed up by your own bitterness or sense of injustice. But if you can forgive someone who angered you, you might both learn from the situation. It's unrealistic to expect everyone to behave exactly as you want at all times.

    No. 7: Use humor to release tension

    Lightening up can help diffuse tension. Don't use sarcasm, though — it can hurt feelings and make things worse.

    No. 8: Practice relaxation skills

    When your temper flares, put relaxation skills to work. Practice deep-breathing exercises, imagine a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase, such as, "Calm down." You might also listen to music or write in a journal o — whatever it takes to encourage relaxation.

    Friday, July 15, 2011



    “Living Naturally You”

    Real People Real Answers
    What’s your name?

    My name is LB Lacey.

     How old are you?

    I'm 40+ years of age. (Anything more is on a “need to know” basis. LOL)

     Where are you from?

    I'm originally from good ol Motown, but spent most of my adult life as a single parent in New England.

     What is your occupation?

    My MA is in Holistic Counseling. I am a consultant and a writer. I am currently working on a project with a natural hair care artist in Detroit named Allen Biggers. The project is called Hairitage.


    I am also a poet and spoken word artist.


     How would you describe yourself?
    I would describe myself as a Black Queen Loving, Laughing & Living Authentically, Unapologetically and Intentionally as the Being that God, the Creator of ALL sent me here to Be.

     When did you first decide to become natural?

    I first decided to become natural after a bad encounter with a man who was my supervisor whilst working as Academic Advisor to the Freshman Class of a private university in New England. The situation was stifling and soul crushing calling something deep within to be FREE. My hair broke the barriers to freedom for me. I followed and have never looked back.


     If there was one word to describe your style what would it be?


    Who are some people that inspire you the most?

    Christ, Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelou, Ken Wilber, Madam CJ Walker, Oprah, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela,Michael Jackson, Marianne Williamson, Iyanla, Mother Teresa, Krishnamurti, etc.

     What do you want to be when you grow up?

    eLLe Beah, Master Teacher, Healer & Servant

    SEE: Powerful Regardless:

    What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle?

    Do it. Turn a deaf ear to the programmed masses who will always try to mock you and tell you that you are out of step, wrong and even insane for not copying the mold manufactured for them to graze upon. Most people or “sheople” as I call them, truly have been hypnotized and are fully engaged by the lie that how WE are authentically is inferior, unattractive or unacceptable. Pay them no mind for they have no ‘change’. Go within for that is where the True You resides... That is where you shall hear the Voice of your Creator. Seek no validation from this benighted world. Embrace who YOU are.

    SEE: Lisa’s Dreadful Story published in Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul:

     What’s your favorite quote?
    "Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny" --Mahatma Gandhi

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Ya'll don't Know NOTHING bout no Lenny Williams ...sure His fro is nice but this CLASSIC is even better!!



    Welp:), you guys know im a natural everything fanatic :) So here are some more of my healthy obsessions with hair and being the natural you...EASY!!! Right from your very own hands at home;)

    Homemade Hair Gel Recipe
    1/2 to 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
    1 cup warm water
    2 drops of your favorite essential oil

    Dissolve gelatin in 1 cup warm water. When cool add the essential oil. Keep refrigerated.

    Natural homemade Hair Spray Recipe

    1/2 orange
    1/2 lemon 
    spray bottle
    rubbing alcohol

    Chop fruit into small pieces and place in a sauce pan with 2 cups water. Boil until reduced by half. Cool, strain, and place in a spray bottle.  Add one ounce rubbing alcohol to store at room temperature for up to two weeks.

    Natural Gel Recipe for Hair

    ¾ cup water
    1 tablespoon flax seed

    Combine the water and flax seeds in a small pan, and bring to a boil. Simmer 15 minutes. Will start to thicken slightly. Strain out as many seeds as you can. Store in Fridge.

    Natural Hairspray Recipe for Hair

    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 cup hot purified water
    1 tablespoon vodka (optional, acts as a preservative)
    3-5 drops essential oil of your choice (optional for smell) 
    Spray bottle

    Dissolve the sugar in the hot water. Stir thoroughly to dissolve, then add the vodka. Cool then add essential oil.

    Now that I've shown you a natural way to keep that hair assured knowing how to pronounce every syllable from home made GEL and HAIR spray made by YOU!!!;) Happy styling people:0)

    Monday, July 11, 2011


    “Living Naturally You”
    Real People Real Answers

     What is your name?
     Adrian (Loc Doc) Lamotte, Jr. I had a group of teens give me the nickname after some INTENSIVE repair work on one of their friends. It kind of stuck.

    How old are you?

    Where are you from?
    Baton Rouge,La

    What is your occupation?
     I'm an natural stylist specializing in the cultivation of locs.

    How would you describe yourself?  
     Seasoned in all aspects of life, cautiously optimistic, and faithful.

    When did you first decide to grow your locs?
     Feb 17th 2001 After having served on the military,it was an open declaration to the world that I wouldn't be simply following orders anymore.

    If there was one word to describe your style what would it be?
    Contrary. I tend to move in opposition to the masses.

    Who are some of the people that inspire you most?
     My mother, who taught me to work hard. My father, who taught me to play hard. My wife, who taught me patience. Christ, who taught me self sacrifice.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?
     Exactly what I am. A healer helping people rediscover the blessed natural beauty residing inside of them.

    What advice would you give others who wanted to embrace their individuality?
     Find yourself,love yourself, and don't be afraid to show others who YOU are.

    What's your favorite quote?
     "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies."

    I love the way she is so creative musically yet so Natural at the same time GONE head Janelle!!


    Protecting you're curls and Kinks

    Going natural can be a major step for most women. Many times once we get that glorious mane we want to do everything in our power to optimize its health and protect it's growth. This is where protective styles come in super handy. Protective styles are ones that don’t . Wearing the hair in a protective style requires that the ends, the oldest and most fragile part of the, are usually tucked away and sealed with some kind of moisturizer  Some ladies will prefer to stay close to rocking fully natural hair protective hair styles ( like bantu knots, twists/twist outs, braid/braid outs, buns... all on their own hair)and even unpicked afros , while other push the envelope and add in add on to get beautiful tresses ( like full sew ins, long braids, phony pony's, heck some even use wigs as a protective style). I say whatever floats your boat do IT in the name of protecting YOUR beautiful natural hair.
         This series seeks to teach advanced techniques of hair styling to protect the growth of your natural hair. Our first edition will cover techniques using your very own natural hair. A person should be able to take from this article how to bantu knot their hair, how to use a good moisturizing base to keep a healthy un picked afro/or defined curl pattern, and finally utilizing braiding or twisting your own hair to recreate a simple french roll that can be taken down later as a twist/braid out for longer natural hair. LET'S BEGIN!!!

    NOTE: For all protective styling options start with clean well moisturized hair .
    SEE Toolkit for Healthy hair sucess
    AND How to make your own natural hair conditioner

    Protective Style 1 BANTU KNOTS

    First begin with well moisturized clean hair  and part as desired as explained in " Twisting methods Part 1 the parts".
     Now proceed to two strand twist your hair with one of the parts as explained in
    "Twisiting Methods Part 2".
    Once you have one twist , begin to twist the single twist until you have tension in it and wrap it around itself in a circular coil . Do this until you have just enough left to tuck the end into the newly formed knot. For more secuity some may add a small black rubber band or bobby pin at the base. Repeat throughout entire head. BANTU FOR YOU now DONE!!:) After a couple weeks you can unravel your style to create beautiful curly waves as a second hair style. This style may last up to 6 weeks if protected by a satin bonnet or scarf.   For all you visual peeps here's a video of what I'm talking about.;)

    Protective Style 2 Wash, Well Moisturize, and GO AFRO

    This may be one of the easiest protective hair styles to do but also very useful. Sometime picking/combing/teasing. or roller setting that fro can do some serious damage over time . The best thing in this instance may be to wash and conditioner your hair and leave it be. You can opt to make your own hair gel to define some of the curls a little but thats it:) The best way to protect your hair is to leave it alone:) See vid below on making your own natural hair gel.

    Protective Hair Style 3

    First see How to Two strand twist natural hair
    or How to braid natural hair

    Now here's a fabulous video tutorial on how to do a simple french roll as a protective style for longer natural hair. After a couple weeks you can unravel either style to have a second beautiful style of wavy curly natural hair.

    note: This style can be done with individual twists or braids:)

    vid 2 example of twist out:)!!

    Well WHEW!!! This is just a sample of protective hair styles that can be done without extensions:) More to come. Look out for part 2 of our protective hair series where we add that add on right on !!:) See you guys soon!!

    By M Kyles of Kyles Natural

    In lieu of my up coming Protective Hairstyle series An cool article from Co CO and Cream:)

    Synthetic vs. Human Hair: Which Is Best?



    Although I have a fabulous curly natural coif, I love to experiment with weaves, wigs and extensions. Until recently, however, my weave world was limited to human hair.

    All that changed last Saturday. As I was thumbing through magazines looking for inspiration, I stumbled upon a picture of a lush curly hairstyle that was created using synthetic hair. My immediate reaction was shock because it seems like now-a-days everyone uses Remy hair and 100% human hair imported from India, Malaysia and Italy.
    Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued so I sent a text to one of my weave-connoisseur friends posing the question: “How do you feel about using synthetic hair?”
    “Ew! Don’t use that,” she responded. “I have used synthetic hair in the past, but I prefer human hair because it looks and feels more natural.”
    While that opinion is shared by many, I believe a large part of the hair experience is how you take care of your weave and wigs, not necessarily whether they are made of synthetic or human hair.

    Team Human Hair

    Celebrity hairstylist Amoy Pitters shared similar sentiments with my friend on synthetic hair being an “absolute no-no,” and she says she only uses imported human hair on her clients.
    Imported human hair can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars and with proper care (cleansing, wearing heat protectant when using heat and nurturing the hair like it’s your own), this hair could last for up to a year. But for some of the more frugal beauties, human hair from a local beauty supply store is the next-best-thing.
    There are many shoppers who stray from using synthetic hair because they want the luxury of hair that looks and feels more natural to them. However, anti-synthetic hair weave wearers should know there are loopholes in how human hair labeled.
    “People get confused and think that as long as a brand of hair has some type of human hair in it, they can say on the package 100% human hair,” Amoy says. “You should do your research because they could mix that hair with a synthetic blend.” This was especially fascinating to me because some of my friends who swear off synthetic hair, wear it without even knowing it.

    Team Synthetic Hair

    Celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen said she uses human hair on her clients but has no problem using synthetic hair from time to time, especially curly textures.
    “The best curly hair comes in synthetic form,” says Ursula. “Wearing a synthetic wig is a good investment in between weaves because it helps cut the cost of you spending so much money on your hair.”
    There are styling limitations to using synthetic hair so it’s important to be conscious of the amount of heat that’s applied. You also can’t brush it too much. “Heated rollers are great for styling and you should wash the hair in warm water and let it air dry,” Ursula says.
    I’m open to using either hair texture depending on the style that I want and the amount of care that I’m willing to dedicate to maintenance. I know that my synthetic hair needs a little oil sheen and good paddle brush to help me tame curls and I know that for bouncy human hair I should stray from heavy oils and let it flow. In my opinion, all is fair in wigs and weave.

    What’s your take on the human hair vs. synthetic hair debate? Do you prefer one over the other?

    -Margaret Francois


    Hair ENVY Just Beautiful ENVY ALERT for all you TWA's OUT there:)

    Friday, July 8, 2011


    “Living Naturally You”
    Artist Appreciation
    New Natural Stars on the Rise 

    1.What is your name ?

    My name is Rhonda ray

    2.Where are you from? 

     I was born & raised in Los Angeles, Ca

    3. Why as an artist have you decided to promote the natural lifestyle?

    As an artist it was easy for me to promote the natural lifestyle because that's a part of who I am and something that I chose for myself over 10 years ago.So it comes out in everything I do including my music, my art and my writing.  So it's not so much me promoting as me just being who I am.  Although I would advocate the lifestyle to anyone. I think it's a beautiful thing and I want people to see that in my music presentation. I wanted to show the world how beautiful black women are naturally and that's why I wrote the web series "Afro City" that features black women with natural hair.  You can check that project out at

    4.How would you describe your style?

      I would describe my style as bohemian meets trendy with an Afrocentric flare.  I like to mix the old with the new and experiment by mixing different pieces to
    create my own look. I call it Afro Chic.

    5.What are some people that inspire you most?

    I'm inspired by music, art and life. I can hear a song and get inspired.  I can see a painting and get really in spire or just my hearing someone tell their story.  Musically I'm inspired by artist like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, the roots, Anthony Hamilton, India Aire, Lauren Hill, Beyonce, Alicia Keyes, Amy Whinehouse and the new artist Adele.

    6.What the general mission of your music?

    The general mission of my music is to inspire all who listen in a positive way. I hope that by listening to my music some can relate, learn and just enjoy by listening. I especially would like to inspire young girls.

    7. What are some of the accomplishments and describe in detail some of your most recent performances?

    Some of my accomplishments are becoming a professional photographer and painter.  I love taking photos of people and things and and expressing myself on canvas with paint.  I also started a live talk show called "Afronistas" that airs every Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 PST 4:00 to 5:00 pm Eastern time on I am currently working on putting together a new band to perform my music around Los Angeles and looking forward to taking the show to other big cities. So I'm very excited about accomplishing that.

    8.Where can we find your music? 

    You can find my music at and on

    9.What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle?

    I would say to anyone thinking about going natural to look at other natural women and talk to other natural women with your similar look and hair texture and choose a hairstyle you like and start from there.  Once you get the hang of it it's just as easy if not easier to maintain as your previous hair regimes.  There is tons of information to go through on the internet...just Google any question you have.  I say take small steps at a time and you're be a natural at in no time.  And that's with hair, eating habits and lifestyle. The journey can be fun and very creative.

    10.What’s your favorite quote?

    One of my favorite quotes is "Success is nothing more than a few disciplines...practiced everyday" by Jim Rohn