Wednesday, August 31, 2011


“Living Naturally You”
Artist Appreciation
New Natural Stars on the Rise 
Photo by Geraldine Rodriguez.

What is your name ?

Koku Gonza 

Why have you decided to promote the natural lifestyle? 

I love showing the true side of beauty without any additives. When I am in my natural state I feel more comfortable as opposed to a perm, pounds of make up or even extremely high heels. All of those things are considered to bring about a certain sex appeal, however, I like to thrive on my natural beauty.

How would you describe your style?

Elegant, Funky, Simple and Eclectic
Photo By Tony Smith

 Who are some people that inspire you most?

Ella Fitzgerald, Roy Ayres, Flora Purim, Van Hunt, Al Green, Wes Montgomery, Prince. 

 When did you start performing and in what city?
I started performing in Church in a small town south of Indianapolis called Terre Haute.

What is the general mission of your music?
I want to educate people and connect people through music. I have a track entitled "ONE" on my CD that displays this concept.

What are some of your accomplishments and describe in detail some of your most recent performances?
I have shared the stage with Roy Ayers, Yahzarah, Anthony David & Matthew Santos. I just released my first full length/self produced album entitled Radiozophrenic. My most recent performance was at the Silver Room Block Party in Chicago. World music and femaie artistry was in full affect! My band consisted of a drummer, keyboard player and percussionist. The drummer and keyboard player are twin sisters, Liza and Dina MIcelli. The phenomenal percussionist was Chris Paquette and of course I held down guitar and vocals. We performed my original songs of in the genre of world and pop music. We kept people dancing to our beat!

9. Where can we find your music?

10. What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle?
Do what you naturally would do without any assistance. Create as much as you can from scratch! You are the builder of your own home, what you put in it is how you will live with it.

11. What's your favorite quote?
You only live once, act like it.


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Home Remedy Treatments for Anxiety


While a certain amount of anxiety will creep into everyone's life, there are some easy home remedies you can use to help your body relax.

Home Remedies From the Cupboard


Almonds. Soak 10 raw almonds overnight in water to soften, then peel off the skins. Put almonds in blender with 1 cup warm milk, a pinch of ginger, and a pinch of nutmeg. Drink at night to help you relax before going to bed.

Baking soda. Add 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup ginger to a nice warm bath. Soak in the tub for 15 minutes to relieve tension and anxiety.

Oil. Sesame oil is great, but sunflower, coconut, or corn oil will work, too. For a wonderful, anxiety-busting massage, heat 6 ounces oil until warm, not hot. Rub over entire body, including your scalp and the bottoms of your feet. Use the oil as a massage before the morning bath to calm you down for the day's activities. If anxiety is keeping you awake, try using it before you go to bed, too.

Home Remedies From the Refrigerator

Celery. Eat 2 cups celery, onions, or a mixture of the two, raw or cooked, with your meals for a week or two. Both vegetables contain large amounts of potassium and folic acid, deficiencies of which can cause nervousness.

Onion. See celery, above.

Orange. The aroma of an orange is known to reduce anxiety. All you have to do to get the benefits is peel an orange and inhale. You can also drop the peel into a small pan or potpourri burner. Cover with water and simmer. When heated, the orange peel will release its fragrant and calming oil.

Orange juice. For a racing heart rate associated with anxiety, stir 1 teaspoon honey and a pinch of nutmeg into 1 cup orange juice and drink.

Home Remedies From the Spice Rack

Rosemary. Used in the Middle Ages to ward off "evil spirits," rosemary has a calming effect on the nerves. Make a tea by adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb to 1 cup boiling water; steep for 10 minutes, then drink. Inhaling rosemary can be relaxing, too. Burning rosemary incents can also ease anxiety.

Not every remedy works for everyone but all are worth a try to beat the worry blues NATURALLY;)

M Kyles Signing Out:)


“Living Naturally You”
Real People Real Answers

What’s your name?
Ashton Janae Terry

How old are you?

Where are you from?

Originally from Detroit but I reside in Miami, Fl

 What is your occupation?

How would you describe yourself?
Intelligent, trustworthy, but silly at times

 When did you first decide to become natural?
I was natural most of my life, but I had a perm for a few years. I did my big chop in May 2009.

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


Who are some people that inspire you the most?
Thierry Baptiste, Lena Horne, My Mother, and My Grandmother.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to wear many hats. I want to educate young children in the arts, I want to run my own business selling my artwork and etc., and I want to educate women and men of color on their natural hair.

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

 What’s your favorite quote?

Ars longa vita brevis (Latin for "Art is long, life is brief")


This Is a reall cute Profesional Updo for ALL YOU CURLY AFRO PUFFS OUT THERE:)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sorry guys had to repost HAIR ENVY!!!!


“Living Naturally You”
Real People Real Answers
 What’s your name?
Jamarriss Lamont Shorty
 How old are you?
Where are you from?
New Orleans, La.
 What is your occupation?
Yayyyy!! I am now a receptionist at Salon, even though it may knot be the ideal salon it's some form of exposure to art, hair, make-up and FASHION!!!
How would you describe yourself?
 Hmm, very forgiving, sincere, and quite loving and humble..But I try to love and live each day as if it were my last..

 When did you first start growing your locs?
.Hmm well I always had long hair ( a kinky fro would be the most i would go ) But I would honestly say the September 2004

If there was one word to describe your style what would it be?
I would definitely say ''Majestic"
 Who are some people that inspire you the most?
God is my up most inspiration.. I do look to him for alot of things because I would knot be here to share this story if it wasn't him.. But in my life I would say my mom, and fiance' and my new lil baby on the way!! *YAYYYYY* so excited by the way.:)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I wanna be someone's dream.. I want my life to be their muse..their inspiration.. But a stay at home dad would be nice... Lol, hehehehehe
 What advice would you give to others who wanted embrace their individuality ?
Love and be yourself first..Then the rest of life will fall into place.

What’s your favorite quote?

Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Bonus question: Because most black men's hair is in its natural state do you think when it comes to self expression it is easier for them to stay true to their "roots" :) What do you think about women and natural hair?

I think women and natural hair is the greatest things since the formation of woman herself.. Point blank



Not all people are huge fans of lipstick..but a cool middle ground may be a  inexpensive home made lip stain. All the color none of the mess right from your kitchen:)

  1. Kool-Aid 


    Though not the most natural lip stain choice, Kool-Aid is simple and inexpensive, offering several color choices, including violet, berry, and various reds. To use, simply mix a packet of Kool-Aid with enough water to form a paste. Apply using a cotton swab or lip brush, taking care not to stain outside the lip line. Leave the paste on the lips for three to five minutes to allow it to absorb, then remove the excess with a wet tissue, or lick the residue away. (A word of warning: licking unsweetened Kool-Aid from your lips is not as tasty as you might imagine.) To add a bit of glossiness to the look, top with petroleum jelly, beeswax or your favorite lip balm.



    For a more natural option free of artificial dyes, Janice Cox, author of "The Herb Companion," suggests this recipe using dried beet root. Melt two tablespoons of sunflower oil and one tablespoon of grated beeswax in a microwave or saucepan. Though the mixture may separate at first, it will congeal as it cools. Gradually add beet powder and mix until you've attained your desired shade, which may take anywhere from 1/8 to a full teaspoon. With this recipe, you should be able to create shades ranging from pale pink to deep red. It makes approximately an ounce of lip stain.

    Variations on this recipe include applying juice from canned or mashed beets directly to your lips with a lip brush or cotton swab. Let the juice absorb for three to five minutes before blotting away the excess. As with Kool-Aid, take great care not to apply outside the lip line, as beet juice can stain quickly and be difficult to remove. For a natural, glossy look, top with beeswax or aloe vera gel mixed with a bit of vitamin E oil.



    Other natural lip stain options include fresh berry juice collected from cherries, strawberries or raspberries. Either apply these juices directly to your lips or mix with beeswax or petroleum jelly for a glossier look and feel.

Friday, August 19, 2011


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

    Sherita King
    How old are you?

    I am 30yrs Old
    Where are you from?

    I was born in Rome, GA but currently reside in Greenville, SC
     What is your occupation?
    I am the Owner of Sherita's Hair Temple that is currently home based so I can take care of my 4yr old daughter.
     How would you describe yourself? 
    I would describe myself as down to earth, quiet, treat others with respect, love my family and number one love the Lord with all my heart soul and mind and don't mind sharing His Word with anyone!
    When did you first decide to become natural?
    I actually wanted to be natural a long time ago! But I felt like alot of relaxed girls feel, that I just couldn't do it! I would try then give up! But the main reason I wanted to be natural because I lost my mom almost 8yrs ago due to cancer and it caused me to do alot of research on products out here that were filled with toxins but I never acted upon it until 1 year ago June 1 2010. Which is my Natural-Toxin-free-Versary!
    If there was one word to describe your style what would it be?
    I would say glam-chic
     Who are some people that inspire you the most? 
    Who inspire me the most is ofcourse Jesus Christ! The things He did for us and is still doing for us makes me want to live a better life for Him, give to others and show love and compassion towards others. The other person who inspire me was my mom because she was a great example of a Christian and I have learned so much from her.
     What do you want to be when you grow up?
    When I grow up I want to be a successful business owner. I want to have my own organization catering to woman of all age, size and race providing them with naturally treated wigs and hairpieces to help them deal with the different types of ailments such as cancer.
     What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle?
    The advice I would tell them is to find out why it's best to go natural and live a more natural lifestyle. Research your ingredients. Alot of the products sitting on our selves are filled with toxins! Especially the relaxer. Alot of these products are cancerous, toxin and mutagenic. So mixing these products with other products are causing a toxin soup on your hair, scalp and skin. So they would know going natural and living a more natural lifestyle will save your life! I would also let them know they also need to embrace who they are as a child of God so the process can be easier!
     What’s your favorite quote?
    Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He shall direct your path.

    and Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

5 ways to fight Depression Naturally (Vitamin and Herb edition)

 5 Ways to Fight Depression Naturally

Everyone gets a little down sometimes. Below are some herbs and actions we can all take to help us stay out the sadness slump. Each item can be found at your local health food / vitamin store.

1. Exercise

Aerobic activity boosts the body’s natural pain-relief system, which can relieve depression as effectively as anti-depressant pills. Regular exercise works to fight depression by stimulating the release of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that affects mood. Exercise also works to boost levels of endorphins, the chemicals that are responsible for what’s known as the “runner’s high.” To make this work, you need to do a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week.

2. Vitamins

More than 35% of people who suffer from depression are nutritionally deficient in folic acid and B-vitamins. Ward off the blues by eating food rich in vitamin B-6, such as chicken and potatoes. B-vitamins, particularly B-1, B-2, and B-3 work by converting the carbohydrates into energy, while B-6 helps release mood-enhancing brain chemicals. Vitamin B-12 keeps the body’s whole nervous system in shape. Take B-complex vitamins and 400mcg of folic acid daily.

3. Essential fatty acids

Studies reveal that omega-3 oils, essential fatty acids found in flax seed and deep-se fish, fight depression. Omega-3 oils keep nerve cell membranes healthy, so they can absorb the mood-boosting neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Unhealthy nerve cell membranes keep the brain from processing these neurotransmitters. Take 1 tablespoon of flax-seed oil or 5 oz. of deep-sea fish daily.

4. 5-HTP

Extracted from the seed of an African plant, 5-HTP is an essential building block of serotonin. A Swiss study compared 5-HTP with fluvoxamine, an antidepressant similar to Prozac, and found 5-HTP to be more effective. 5-HTP works by being converted directly into the serotonin in the brain, and helps boost endorphins and other neurotransmitters that reduce depression. To fight depression, the suggested intake is 50mg and 100mg three times daily.

5. St. John’s Wort

Nature has its own Prozac in the form of hypericum perforatum, also known as St. John’s wort. Clinical studies have proven that it has fewer side effects than Prozac. Hypericum slows the breakdown of serotonin in the brain, which helps maintain the proper chemical balance that is needed in order to combat depression. The suggested intake is 300mg (0.3% hypericin content) three times daily.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


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

 Justin Ifill-Forbes, long I know lol

How old are you? 

27.. sounds scary when you realize why you have gray hairs coming in

 Where are you from?

  Brooklyn, NY .. my family is Bajan and Jamaican

 What is your occupation? 

 These days in this economy, you need more than one stream of income, professional photographer/AT&T rep/Licensed bartender

 How would you describe yourself? 

 Laid back, funny, spontaneous kinda guy who's always looking for the next photo
* (there was no number 6 lol)

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

My clothing style.. Comfortable.. oxford shirts, fitted shorts, boat shoes/Toms … my photo shooting style.. changes daily.. I refuse to be stuck in one direction with my art.

Who are some people that inspire you the most? 

Sebastiao Salgado and Annie Leibovitz… truly inspiring work…

What do you want to be when you grow up?

  A photographer, whether as a bum on the street or a successful world known photographer.. I'll always have a camera in my hand lol

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

The hardest step is actually becoming an "individual", rather than being a follower.. society, family, and friends play a huge part on decisions we make.. whether it be life choices, the religion you choose to follow, what your love interest "should" be… its all influenced and in some situations chosen for you! But… when you can say I'm going to do this particular thing, at this particular moment.. regardless of fear of the unknown result, regardless of judgement from others... to have that courage... you've won the battle and you can go forward knowing that this result happened because of "MY" choice.. good or bad.  Thats a victory in my opinion.

What’s your favorite quote? 

 Something I've been saying for years when I embraced my own individuality that has become my mantra… WAKE UP AND EVOLVE! … people become stagnant and comfortable with their daily routine that they forget to embrace life for what it offers
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My fav artists of all time The ROOTS feat Ms BADU :) Naturally real hip hop:)

How to make your very own Natural Eye liner:) YAY!!

 Create your own Eyeliner!



Why pay for eyeliner when you can make your own homemade eyeliner using organic and natural ingredients? This recipe for homemade eyeliner is inexpensive and will last through anything - weather, sweat or tears.


2 Application Sticks or Cotton Swabs
2 Packets of Natural Fruit Extract Powder
1/4 Cup Distilled Water
2 tbsp. Cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp. Pure Cane Sugar

Picking the Shade

Pick a natural shade that you want to use for your homemade eyeliner. This is the purpose of the powdered fruit extract. If you like orange shades, use orange or tangerine flavored extract. If you like dark purple or blue, go for a blueberry powder. It's a matter of personal taste, any fruit extract powder will do. Make sure the label says "No Artificial Ingredients" you'll be fine.

Add the Colors

Pour the distilled water into a medium sized cereal bowl. Add the fruit extract powder, sugar, and coconut oil. Stir this mixture with a fork until well blended, leaving no chunks of coconut oil. The sugar will work as a base to resist evaporation, while dissolving the coconut oil and making the eyeliner last longer. Refridgerate for 2 hours until a thick layer has formed on top of the mixture.

Stir, Freeze, Stir!

Stir the mixture and put it in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. Repeat this process several times until the liquid has hardened throughout the eyeliner. The thick layer of film needs to become consistent throughout the eyeliner. This way, you'll be able to use the homemade eyeliner to the very bottom of the bowl instead of only getting 2-3 uses out of it before tossing it out! The color of the mixture now is what the eyeliner will turn out looking like in the end.

Create an Applicator

Now that you've got a hard solid that will easily rub off onto the smooth surface of your skin, it's time to create a method of application for the make-up. 25 cent capsule containers from toy machines work perfect. You can use whatever you like as long as it has a lid that snaps in place. Use the cotton swab or applicator stick as an eyeliner pencil and enjoy!

This is a really cute style:) I may try this!!!:)

10 ways to stay motivated


Sometimes life can make us feel overwhelmed . We may lose track of our goals because of stress, or just being in an overall slump. This article is intended to refresh our ambition for reaching our goals. Hopefully these tips can help everyone stay on track for their goals:)

 1. One Goal. A lot of times many of use feel like giving up because we simply have too much to do or too many goals to accomplish. Focus on one thing at at time and watch those motivation energies started back up.

2. Find Inspiration. Some of my biggest inspirations are other people who are successful in what I would like to do. Some people find inspiration in day to day life. Find what inspires you and regain motivation instantly.

3. Get excited. This sounds obvious, but most people don’t think about it much: if you want to break out of a slump, get yourself excited about a goal. But how can you do that when you don’t feel motivated? Well, it starts with inspiration from others (see above). 

4. Build anticipation. . If you find inspiration and want to do a goal, don’t start right away. Many of us will get excited and want to start today. That’s a mistake. Set a date in the future — a week or two, or even a month — and make that your Start Date. Mark it on the calendar. Get excited about that date. Make it the most important date in your life. In the meantime, start writing out a plan. And do some of the steps below.  By delaying your start, you are building anticipation, and increasing your focus and energy for your goal

5. Write your goals down. Print out your goal in big words. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra (“Exercise 15 mins. Daily”), and post it up on your wall or refrigerator. Post it at home and work. Put it on your computer desktop. You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. 

6. Commit publicly. Often times when we let others know our goals too it kinda hard not to stay motivated because of self instilled peer pressure. 

7. Think about it daily. If you think about your goal every day, it is much more likely to become true. To this end, posting the goal on your wall or computer desktop (as mentioned above) helps a lot. Sending yourself daily reminders also helps. And if you can commit to doing one small thing to further your goal (even just 5 minutes) every single day, your goal will almost certainly come true. 

8. Get support. It’s hard to accomplish something alone. . Find your support network, either in the real world or online, or both. Often times just know that you have someone in your corner can help keep you motivated with your goals. 

9. Realize that there’s an ebb and flow. Motivation is not a constant thing that is always there for you. It comes and goes, and comes and goes again, like the tide. But realize that while it may go away, it doesn’t do so permanently. It will come back. Just stick it out and wait for that motivation to come back.  

10. And Finally...Stick with it. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Even if you aren’t feeling any motivation today, or this week, don’t give up. Again, that motivation will come back. Think of your goal as a long journey, and your slump is just a little bump in the road. You can’t give up with every little bump. Stay with it for the long term, ride out the ebbs and surf on the flows, and you’ll get there.

Hope this artice helps everyone stay motivated out there:)

M Kyles of Kyles Natural

HAIR ENVY...Just way too ENVIOUS of her HAIR!!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


“Living Naturally You”
Real People Real Answers
 What’s your name?
My name is Tazia Armstead 
How old are you?
I am 26 yrs old 
Where are you from?
Im from Decatur, Ga. Born and Raised. 
What is your occupation?
I work in Home Healthcare and also own my own business, HoneyChile HairLove

  How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as Friendly, Warm, Inviting and a natural Nurturer.
When did you first decide to become natural?
I decided to Go Natural in August of 2009.

  If there was one word to describe your style what would it be?
One word to describe my style would be romantic. I love rich colors like purples, golds, browns, blacks and emerald hues.

  Who are some people that inspire you the most?
 Some of my inspirations are My mother, India Arie, & Jill Scott. I love them all because they do not conform to society. They do what makes them happy, my mother included.

  What do you want to be when you grow up?
lol! When I grow up I would like to inspire others to live a God fearing and happy life. To love the Lord with all of their might and be rich in His blessings.

  What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based 
When going natural, the best advice is to erase what you already know about hair, learn yourself and learn to listen to your hair. Also its a waiting game and you have to be very patient.

   What’s your favorite quote?
My Favorite Quote is "I Love you because God first Loved me"

Thank you for the opportunity! check me out on also

I really like this song by ms Bailey she and her hair are so Beautiful to me:)

Monday, August 8, 2011


“Living Naturally You”
Real People Real Answers
 What is your name?
 I am A.R. Crown. 
How old are you?
 I'm old enough to know what I'm doing and young enough to do it all night.
Where are you from?
 I am originally from Augusta, GA and now reside in Atlanta
What is your occupation?
 Barber Extraordinaire, Model, Fashion Style and Image Consultant
 How would you describe yourself?
  I would describe myself as "FREE!!!" Free in my thinking, free in my beliefs, free to express myself through my style of dress (regardless of the latest fads,) free to not succumb to the latest "group think" opinion, free to wear my hair however I see fit, free to dream, free to inspire, free to be inspired. Just be me!
If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be?
  I do not think "Webster" has found that word yet.
Who are some people that inspire you the most?
  This person is not famous, but to me, she is everything. My Mother, Gearldine Ross. As a child, she was 44 for at least twelve years straight but I won't hold that against her. Also, as a child, it never seemed as if it was just "our" house. She would always take in relatives who were doing bad and even our own childhood friends who were in bad situations, that was because of her heart of gold. Because she cared. She has taught me to be selfless. To actually extend my hands for the aid of others. She has taught me love and be the man I am today. I can go on forever but yes, she is the most inspirational person I have ever known.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I (brace yourselves, it's going to sound funny) would like to be a Father to a son and a great Husband to an honest woman. 
What advise would you give someone who is trying to embrace their individuality?
 Go for it! It starts, however, with knowing who "you" are. 
What is your favorite quote?
When life knocks you down to your knees, remember you're in the perfect position to pray.

RIP Barry:) Your music is timeless and so was that hair:)


Well the dog days of summer make us wish for rainy days to cool off. Unfortunately their is a price to pay for everything ..and by price I mean MOSQUITOES.  I hate those bloodsuckers just as much as next person. Here is my ode to getting rid of that horrible itch they leave, and making your summer a little better:)

 The compounds in the tea combined with the coldness of the bag allow for great relief of mosquito itch:)

Honey and ALOE VERA has a natural antiseptic properties to heal the bite faster.

Basil has actually been shown to repel mosquito

Drink 2 teaspoons in one cup of water has been said to repel mosquitoes as well:)

Hope these remedies help you with those little miniature vampires out there:) I'm M kyles signing out:)