The Lego Movie makes everything AWESOME!

It is ok for three adults to see a “children’s movie” sans kids, right? If not, oh well! We proudly laughed, cheered and sung “everything is awesome” with the theater full of seven-year-olds.

The beginning started slow (we missed the first five minutes, so after that), but it quickly picked up. We might have enjoyed The Lego Movie more than the kids, because of jokes we caught that flew over their pretty little heads. I went with two guys, one laughed so hard that water fell from his eyes. In addition to laughs, there is a great message. Don’t believe me, just watch. Be prepared for the flood of product placement (not my fave), everything else is awesome.

I Reached Two Milestones This Week. It’s a Celebration!!!

happybirthday2Tuesday 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.

As for the hair… If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I cut my hair on August 31. I will reveal the reasons for the cut in a Youtube video on Monday.

Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo

Short Term 12 is “Raw & Honest”

“Remember you are not their parent, you are not their therapist, you are here to provide a safe environment and that’s it.” -Grace (Short Term 12)

Short Term 12 tells to story of Grace,  a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers.

This film sparked my interest because I was placed in foster care from about age 9 until I was adopted at age 16. I lived in a family home setting as opposed to the group home setting featured in the film. Hearing Grace say the quote above captured my attention. Those words are a reality for too many foster youth.

I thought, “This trailer just got real”. More often than not, foster youth are removed from what they know as home, for reasons beyond their control. To think that they are then placed in an environment where the staff are instructed to only provide a “safe” environment is horrible. How can youth reach their full potential? Without nurturing, love and support, the system is setup to produce few successful adults. I digress.

Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12 writer and director) presents a raw and honest depiction of life for staff and foster youth in facilities similar to Short Term 12. The relationship between the staff and youth warm your heart. Be prepared for the whirlwind of emotions you will experience.

At the end of the film, reflect on the beginning. Unfortunately, that reality is a continuous cycle for some.

Check out Short Term 12 now playing in select theaters.

I don’t lead, I follow.

As kids, being line leader was only thee most important job. When did we stop wanting to be line leader and settle for following?

Did it happened in middle school when most of us decided that fitting in is much cooler than standing out?  Maybe being a leader comes with too much responsibility. What do you think?

I wonder what the world would be like today if people like Dr. King decided not to lead.

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A special thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama for continuing to lead.

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Thank you for reading. Dream big! xoxo

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 

Avoid Frizz, Snags & Split Ends. Use a T-shirt.

Awesome Twist Out Tutorial- Part II: Untwisting

Street Food Cinema Summer Fun

List five places that are date appropriate, girls night fitting, kid approved, fido friendly, foodie pleasing and entertaining all-in-one. Oh! And cost 10 bucks to enter. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Are you still thinking? I have one for you, Street Food Cinema (SFC)!

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The Street Food Cinema experience travels throughout Los Angeles this summer from May 25-August 31 providing an awesome summer fun destination that includes movies, live music and food trucks.

On June 20, Mean Girls was projected on the SFC (40 feet wide by 22 feet high) screen at Poinsettia Park and I attended.

Before the movie, guests rocked to Elle Rae while mingling and standing in vendor and food truck lines. I grabbed mini donuts from The Fry Girl truck, then firecracker wings and bomb dust fries from the Belly BombZ truck.

The mini donuts and bomb dust fries were tasty, but the firecracker wings did not evoke sparks. I waited about an hour in the Belly BombZ line, the wings were not worth it and prices were deceptively raised.

Enough about that, guests competed in a Mean Girls Look Alike/Sound Alike contest to win a 76 gas card and a gift bag of goodies, it was pretty entertaining. Two thumbs up for the Street Food Cinema experience.

Next time, I plan to take advantage of outside food and beverages being permitted. A nice glass of wine with a movie? Why not!

For more information and to view the schedule, visit Street Food Cinema. I hear that free tickets are given away to @stfoodcinema followers on Twitter and Instagram.

As always, thanks for reading and feel free to ask questions. xoxo

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My Curly-Haired Daughter Wants Straight “Yellow” Hair!

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

Visit Cotton Candy Playground to check out the previously mention goodies and more! Follow @cottoncandyniki on twitter and @cottoncandyplayground on Instagram to connect and stay in the loop.

Feel free to ask any questions and thanks for reading. xoxo

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NU (2)Nicole Updegraff

(Mother, Wife, Friend, Writer, Illustrator & Graphic Designer)