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:)

Ok afro Puffs I SO HEART THIS GIRL and her TUTORIAL!!:)

A great Article from Co Co and Cream

Since I’ve begun wearing my natural curly afro, I’ve had an overwhelming amount of requests from people who would like to touch my hair. Both friends and strangers of all ethnicities are completely fascinated with how it looks, how it feels, how it stays up, etc. I am equally fascinated, though there’s no mystery for me as naturally, it is growing out of my own head and I know the steps and care it takes to make it look the way it does. Sometimes the shock and awe is extremely flattering and other times, it is just plain weird.

CNN is discussing this phenomenon with touching natural hair in a piece named “‘Can I touch it?’ The fascination with natural, African-American hair” written by Lisa Respers France. In it, blogger Tamara Winfrey Harris of What Tami Said tells a story of how a middle-aged white woman reached out to touch her hair in a restaurant, which completely took her by surprise. Blogger Los Angelista also had a similar story in which a woman said: “Are you serious, I can’t touch your hair?”. Her response:

“Because my black ancestors may have been your ancestors’ property, and had to smile while they got touched in ways they didn’t want to, but I am not YOUR property and never will be so you’d best move your hand away from me.”

Lisa goes on to discuss the idea of straight hair being thought of as easier to care for in the black community, as well as all the ways natural hair is described from curly to kinky to nappy.

Keneesha Hudson’s company Urbanbella is profiled, which helps women of color embrace and care for their natural hair texture. Keneesha has been natural since 2002, when she did the “big chop” like so many women with natural hair choose to do instead of growing their relaxers out slowly. She is still met with salon visitors who want to touch her hair to make sure it is real and not a weave, as well as those who want to touch it just out of curiosity.

“For the longest time we black women have been wearing our hair chemically straightened to a point where most of us really don’t know what our natural hair looks like. There’s a generation of us who have never even seen our hair in any form but straight except for baby pictures.” – Keneesha Hudson

Issa Rae of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” believes that hair is a huge component of being black and I have to agree with her. Our beauty and bodies in general garner a lot of attention and always have. We are thought of as exotic and unique, from the hair on our heads, to our varied complexions, to our curves or lack thereof. Hair is an intrinsic component of femininity as well, thus we have another level of the curiosity factor as our hair comes in so many forms, especially when natural.

I am often now met with a hair pat or “Your hair is awesome” as opposed to the usual greetings I would get with straight hair, but I really am not bothered. I have gotten more shock and awe from black people (black men especially) than any other race. I think this speaks to the fact that even we as a people aren’t accustomed to seeing our own hair in its natural form. Everyday, the debate continues and hopefully it takes on a form of complete positivity. As long as those ignorant to the feel of natural hair maintain a healthy and kind approach, I guarantee this will only foster appreciation of it.

Visit to read the entire article.

What do you think of CNN discussing the obsession with touching natural hair? What are your experiences with it?

-Faith Cummings

Hair Envy is in the AIR!!!