5 Cool Ways to Give Back

Giving back does not always require money… you can volunteer your time, skills and give your love.

1. Join the #HastagLunchbag movement (see video below), make lunches for the homeless/hungry peeps in your community.

*I will be joining the #HashtagLunchbag movement next Saturday, Feb. 22nd with my Echoes of Hope volunteer group. Join us! Details are posted on Echoes of Hope’s Facebook page. Donations are welcome. Feel free to ask me any questions.

2. Walk, play and take selfies with pups looking for homes.

 No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Animal Adoption Center is super clean, organized, and the staff is great.

photo 3. Decorate the visitor waiting area of a hospital and host a craft table for kids during the holidays.

Ask a local store for craft and decoration donations or gather a few friends that will pitch in.

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4. Join a group walking/running for a cause or volunteer to help with event registration.

The Los Angeles Brain Tumor Walk is free to register, unlike most walk/runs. However, donations are accepted. Events like these count on volunteers to help with registration and setup, look for “volunteer” links on their websites.

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The Great Urban Race is not free to register, but volunteers are needed at registration and scavenger hunt locations.

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5. Help prepare care packages for the troops.

Operation Gratitude sends out 150,000+ care packages to military veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers and  U.S. service members deployed overseas. All supplies are provided, just show up ready to work.

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Youngest Best Actress Oscar Nominee Ever

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild, allowing her to make history as the youngest individual to ever be nominated as best actress in a leading role.

Look out for this tiny force of nature in Twelve Years a Slave and Boneshaker.

Congrats Quvenzhané!!!

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Photo Credit: Mary Cybulski/Fox Searchlight Pictures

National Board of Review Awards 2013

Photo Credit: quvenzhane-wallis.com

Watch a clip of Quvenzhané acting in the Beasts of the Southern Wild trailer.

So, You’re Thinking About Going Natural?

So, you’re thinking about going natural? That means you’re researching and probably want to understand shit naturals say.

While researching, I had so many  WTF moments. By research, I of course  mean watching countless YouTube videos for days on end that teach you how to care for your natural texture. Sometimes I stopped 30 seconds into a video to open another window to find the meaning of some random term.  It can be frustrating like a foreigner giving you directions in Japanese when you clearly only speak English. To help minimize your WTF moments i’ve compiled a list of basic terms. I will continue adding to the list. You can find it under the Curl Talk tab titled Terminology.

A        

armpit length (APL): refers to hair length

B

baggy method: to cover hair with a plastic shower cap or bag while deep conditioning

big chop (BC): cutting off all the relaxed and/or chemically treated hair

bra strap length (BSL):  refers to hair length

braid out: a style achieved by sectioning hair, braiding it and unbraiding it once it has dried

C

creamy crack: chemical relaxer or perm product                         

co-wash: to wash hair with conditioner instead of shampoo

D

deep condition: allowing conditioner to sit in hair for an extended period of time

dust: a minimal hair trim (cut ends look like dust on the floor)      

E – M

extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): oil used to seal in moisture

hand in hair: a disease that causes one to constantly touch one’s hair

N

naturalversary: the anniversary of the day one became natural

P

pre-poo: to condition hair before shampooing to help maintain moisture through the shampooing process

product junkie: a person addicted to buying hair products

pineapple: a method of securing hair to preserve curls overnight. Hair is gathered in a loose high ponytail and the end result resembles a pineapple

R

rod set: using perm rods to set curls      

S

seal: to secure moisture in hair by applying oil or butter after applying a water based moisturizer

second day hair: hair that looks good when you wake up the next morning and doesn’t need much if anything done to it

shea butter: conditioning cream used to moisturize hair

shoulder length (SL): refers to hair length

slip: refers to how slippery a product is. Often used to describe a conditioner or detangling product

straw set: using drinking straws to set curls

T – Z

teeny weeny afro (TWA): refers to hair length often after a big chop

transitioning: the time period between your last relaxer and becoming fully natural

twist out: a style achieved by sectioning it, two-stand twisting it and untwisting it once dried

waist length hair (WSL): refers to hair length

wash n go: co-washing hair and going