Monday, October 24, 2016

PHOTOS: Curls & Canvas 2016 | Indianapolis

Hey Curlies,

Let's just say Curls & Canvas 2016 was fabulous! Thank you to all of the ladies who joined me for this year's event. We had a packed room full of gorgeous ladies (and a lengthy waitlist).

I truly had a good time and our paintings came out wonderful!

Following are some of the event highlights! If you have any photos you'd like me to add, feel free to email them to me at

If you missed this year's event and want to attend next year, be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you'll be the first to know when tickets go on sale:

The lovely group of ladies!

Tajuana Hill (owner of Mimosa and a Masterpiece) and I.

My aunt, mother and I 

Silly faces
Giveaway table

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Natural Hair Events: Curls & Canvas 2016 Today!

Hey Curlies,

So excited about Curls & Canvas 2016 happening today! Again, thanks to everyone who purchased tickets, wanted to purchase or even thought about purchasing. This is one of my favorite and signature natural hair events to host in Indianapolis.

If you weren't able to make this year's event, please stay tuned to the site for more information on upcoming events, also sign up for the email newsletter so you can hear about them first:

Again, thanks and I'll see you all this afternoon!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Healthy Living: How to Increase Energy Levels using Coconut Oil

Hey Curlies,

This week's Healthy Living post is all about the many benefits of coconut oil and one of my favorite brands. We all know you can use coconut oil for your hair and skin, but I've been using it another way to increase my energy levels.

(click photo for details, or visit the section to read up!)

RELATED | Healthy Living: Beauty and Household Products to Try | Review: My Experience Using Green Chef

Not sure where the Healthy Living section is? Check out the photo below:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Natural Hair: Puffin' it Out

Hey Curlies,

Just wanted to give you all a quick update on what my hair is doing these days. I originally planned to wash and thread my hair then put in two strand twists.

Well that never happened because I got busy earlier this week and truth be told, I just wanted a day to relax.

I washed my hair last week and wore it in a slick bun so this week, I just made a transition to a puff. I let the shower steam my hair, added some product, then created the puff...nothing fancy.

For Sunday's event, Curls & Canvas 2016, I plan to wear a Curlformer set, which I will start Saturday night.

Be back with details and a video!

Monday, October 17, 2016

PHOTOS: Madam C.J. Walker Museum

Hey Curlies,

Madam CJ Walker. We all know the impact she has had on not only the hair care industry, but the Black community in general.

Some time ago I took a formal tour of the Madame Walker Theater Centre in downtown Indianapolis and captured a few shots during our walk through the Madam C.J. Walker Museum.

The items in the photos are all original.

RELATED: Wash n Go with Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Hair Gel

Following you'll see a few of the highlights:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Curls & Canvas 2016 Sold Out

Hey Curlies,

Tickets to Curls & Canvas 2016 are officially sold out!

I want to thank everyone that purchased tickets and I can't wait to meet all of you next Sunday. If you still would like to attend, feel free to join the waitlist and if a ticket becomes available, instructions will be given on how to purchase them.

Want to catch the next event? Sign up for the email newsletter:

Thanks again ladies!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Reading Hair Care Product Labels 101

Hey Curlies,

Now days it's pretty hard to weed out the "fake" from the real. Let's be honest. The natural hair industry is changing fast and many of the companies who were known for one thing, are now restrategizing and rebranding to cater to us.

This is why knowing how to read a product label is so important.

Sure, the front of that brightly-colored hair masque may look appealing. It may even say "organic" or "all-natural" on the front, but believe it or not, these words mean absolutely nothing. This is the same rule for food, but that's a whole different chat for another day in the Healthy Living section.

RELATED | Where Do I Shop for Natural Hair Products: Online v. In-Store

This is why I'm introducing Reading Hair Care Product Labels 101. Following are some tips to separate the real, wholesome ingredients, from the fillers and chemicals.

Keep reading for examples.

Realistically, you want a product with only ingredients you can pronounce. If you have to Google the ingredient or ask someone how to pronounce it, you do not want this in your hair. PUT IT BACK...NOW!

But unfortunately, we can't always live in that world of literally, "all natural ingredients." My rule of thumb is:

  • Choose the product with the shortest list of ingredients as this leaves no room for chemicals and fillers
  • Be sure you can locate the "good stuff" like those mentioned above in the photo
  • Ingredients are listed in what I call "more to less." Those at the beginning of this list make up more of the product than those at the bottom. You may want to look for some of your favorites here like water, coconut oil, castor oil, shea butters and others

Back to this whole "organic" or "all-natural" on the front of products. Yes, those words mean nothing. Companies are able to slap those labels on even if their product it pumped with chemicals.

The only way you can tell if something is organic is by the USDA Certified Organic green and white stamp of approval. If you do not see this label, chances are the company is lying to you. 

For example:

First 5 ingredients listed: Organic Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Vitamin E oil, Hempseed Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax Coconut Cream, Coconut Oil

If you are looking for a product with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, the ingredient list should have this listed at the very top of the list.

First 5 ingredients listed: Deionized water, biotin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Peppermint Oil, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Niacin

In this case, the above product is a "biotin shampoo," so it makes sense to see biotin listed at the top of the list.

So make sure next time you purchase any hair or skin care products you aren't being fooled. Flip over that product and see what you're really using on your body.