Sophisticated Box Braid Updo (Bunning it up)

Braids have been in heavy rotation, because I decided to grow my tapered cut out (I want my hair back!).  Awkwardness of the awkward-length stage is more awkward when your hair is uneven, so braids have been my crutch.

Growing up, I believed that braids were not appropriate for sophisticated occasions, but it’s all in how you style them.  I attended a few events that required a fancy upgrade from the basic everyday top bun I wore.

The video above by Jennifer Olaleye inspired the braided bun i’m rocking below on the left. I added my own twist to the style by crossing a few braids from each side and clamping them with a thin metal barrette. Instead of wrapping the ponytail with hair (as shown in the tutorial), I used a hair tie for a more secure ponytail. I also used a rubber band to secure the final bun and a few bobby pins to hold the bun in place. Pictured on the right is an alternative to the braided bun, I created a regular bun by wrapping the hair in a circle, then pinned it in place.

Make sure that your braids are not pulling your hair, especially around the edges. Loosen hair as needed to stay alopecia free.

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Style Is Always In Fashion

Happy Friday!!!

Style Is Always In Fashion” is the title of my Pinterest style and fashion board. Have you checked it out? I will be adding new pins over the long weekend.

Let me know if you find any inspiration. xoxoStyle Is Aways In Fashion

Natural/Curly Hair Salons

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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 

Awesome Twist Out Tutorial- Part II: Untwisting

A Dedication to Trayvon Martin “Little Black Boy Wonder” by Omari Hardwick

Stuff My Mouth w/ Blu Jam

IMG_2860 Breakfast Quesadilla $14.95 & Crunchy French Toast $12.95

That moment you close your mouth and hear the angels sing as your taste buds party like Paris Hilton in 2004.

Yes, Blu Jam Cafe’s Crunchy French Toast are that delicious (as my mouth waters), the breakfast quesadilla is not too bad either. The servings are huge. We went halfsies and there were a couple leftover French toast. It is safe to say that this could feed two adults and one small child.

The tasty goods outshined the service, our server seemed a little preoccupied.

Blu Jam in located in Los Angeles on Melrose and in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. (We chowed there).

Thanks for reading! xoxo

Natural Hair, Beauty, Fashion & Entertainment Events

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Event recaps and coverage will still be posted here. Be sure to follow the blog via email by clicking “follow” to the right.

There will be a giveaway soon, don’t miss it!!! In the mean time, check out the events below.

xoxo

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Curly Cartel

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

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Miss Dunnie O (in pink top ) & Ms. J Gray(in white top) awarding raffle & door prizes

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My First Great Twist Out

Fingers crossed, I attempted a twist out for a James Bond themed party. My goal was to resemble Naomie Harris in Skyfall. Did I achieve it? You be the judge!

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Get The Look

-Start with stretched hair (I started from an old Curlformers set)

-Finger detangle hair by section (I created 6 sections) using a small amount of water (apply water using a spray bottle) followed by Cantu Shea Butter (avoid adding moisture at the root to minimize shrinkage)

-After detangling a section, add a little more Cantu Shea Butter making sure that all strands are coated (give your ends a little extra love)

-Two-strand twist the section and continue the process until each section is twisted

-Allow twists to COMPLETELY dry

-Once twists are dry, add a small amount of light oil (I used coconut oil) to your finger tips to avoid frizz while separating twists

-Separate the twists from the root, then separate the subsequent sections (one twist becomes 4 sections)

-Use a pic at the roots of your hair to create volume

*If you are not satisfied, continue to separated sections and pic until you achieve desired volume & look