Tuesday marked 1 year since the birth of kinkycurlsLA.com, yay (see the first post here)!!! And… Wednesday marked my 2 year naturalversary (see 1 year naturalversary post here)! It’s a celebration, I want a cupcake.
This journey has been awesome and I’ve learned so much. Kinkycurlsla will continue to evolve and improve as I grow and figure out how to better serve you guys. I appreciate you all. Thank you for your support! Please feel comfortable enough to share your opinions, content requests, and ask questions.
Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo
Quite a few people have asked me for natural hair salon referrals, so I’ve compiled this list. It will be permanently placed under the ‘Curl Talk’ tab as ‘Salons & Stylists’. Additions will be added as discovered.
So far, I have not been to any of the listed salons, but I’ve met a few stylists at events. I typically do my own hair. Feel free to ask questions.
Keep it kinky! xoxo
Mahogany Hair Revolution 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 200W Studio 14 Los Angeles, CA 90035 310.286.9909 www.mahoganyrevolution.com Capella Salon 12930 Ventura Blvd #216 Studio City, CA 91364 818.506.1450 www.capellasalon.com REHAB Salon 1515 N. Cahenga Blvd. Hollywood, Ca 90028 323.461.1777 www.rehabsalon.com I Love Lulu 733 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90036 323.934.5727 www.iloveluluhairspa.com Leos Curls 11900 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, Ca 91604 818.783.7734 www.leoscurls.com Devachan Salon 9355 Culver Blvd Culver City, CA 90232 310.904.0161 www.devacurl.com Salon of Curls 701B Venice Blvd Venice, CA 90291 310.701.9218 www.salonofcurls.com Oh My Nappy Hair 814 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.939.3999 www.ohmynappyhair.com
What would you do if your little curly-haired daughter, sister, niece or cousin cried desperately asking for straight “yellow” hair?
One mother, Nicole Updegraff, decided to search for a book as back up for the conversation she would have with her daughter. Unfortunately, she did not find a book with the message she wanted to impart.
From the void, I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair was born. I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair is a love letter written by Nicole to teach her 3-year-old daughter that she is absolutely perfect just the way she is. How awesome is that?
The story is ideal for children ages 3 to 8, but this twenty-something year old (me) is captivated. I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair crosses, age, gender and racial barriers and unites us all for a fun journey that promotes self-love. The narrator, Charlie, shares cool facts about her hair. She also brings her family and friends along by showing us the different beautiful hair colors and styles they wear.
Nicole said, “I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair rhymes its way into your heart,” it has crawled inside mine and buried itself.
Guess what? Aside from the love story, Nicole and her Cotton Candy Playground will be launching a kids apparel line, really SOON! Take a sneak peek at a few designs below. Great designs with even better messages.
Enter for a chance to win a copy of I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair and a “I LOVE my Cotton Candy Hair” tee, for someone special. Details are posted under “giveaways” click here
Feel free to ask any questions and thanks for reading. xoxo
(Mother, Wife, Friend, Writer, Illustrator & Graphic Designer)
Growing up, my definition of beauty was heavily influenced by media standards. I failed to embrace the differences that make us unique. My ignorance helped to create a perception that dictated my behavior and interactions.
Today, I am proud to celebrate images and attributes that I found embarrassing and/or bashed. Embracing my own natural beauty has changed my perspective and is one of the best choices I have ever made.
Honored to be part of this amazing movement, I love opportunities to connect with other amazing women redefining beauty.
On Thursday night, natural hair and beauty bloggers/editors gathered at the upscale Sofitel Los Angeles for a beauty chat hosted by MegaGrowth and Ebony.com. I had a blast chatting about hair care, makeup, fitness and philanthropy with those in attendance.
Guests enjoyed delicious gourmet hors d’ oeuvres, complimentary drinks and received MegaGrowth swags bags. The summer inspired beach totes included three full-sized products that smell yummy. Look out for a review.
Check out MegaGrowth.com for product details.
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Swag bag and products
Melanie Martin (Ebony.com), Judie Reyes & I
Tia Muhammad (NEONPinkMagazine) and I
Curly Cartel, a community created to encourage women to embrace their natural beauty, held its first event on March 3, 2013. The event, hosted by creators Miss Dunnie O and Ms. J Gray, was held at Confidential Beverly Hills and featured notable natural hair/beauty panelists, food and beauty vendors.
Overall, I’d say the event was a success. More than 100 women with different curl patterns, shapes, sizes and backgrounds were provided a positive space to experience, learn and grow.
Attendees were able to get answers to puzzling questions, while snacking on tasty treats and receiving complimentary mini makeovers.
Between stuffing my face with “Healthy Bites” and “Signature Sweets”, I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Dunnie O, Dr. Kari Williams (Mahogany Revolution), Chef Ameera (chefameera), Chef Vita Love (chefameera), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Actress), Tia Muhammad (Neon Pink Magazine), Rosalyn Lockhart (Fierce Phaces), Ferriss Mason (UrbnVntg) and a new curlfriend Corene.
Check out the photos below and feel free to ask questions. Oh! And I recommend you try the following…
1. Chef Ameera‘s kale salad and roasted herb & veggie quinoa
2. Strawberry Kouture‘s cheesecake covered strawberry
3. Creole Primas‘ chocolate cake pop
Miss Dunnie O (in pink top ) & Ms. J Gray(in white top) awarding raffle & door prizes
Creole Primas cake pops
Sheeq Cosmetics mini makeover station