Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Natural Hair: 2016 INHMD Indianpolis Overview

Hey Curlies,

I am so overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude. International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Indianapolis this past Saturday was amazing! Over 90 people were in attendance and I couldn't have asked for a better turnout. I was actually turning people away because we were sold out!

BIG thanks to everyone who attended, those who had intentions of attending and those who helped support this event in anyway possible. It was a great, great success! For those who missed this year's event, stay tuned to this blog and my natural hair group, Indy's ClassyCurlies, for details on upcoming events. I am planning one as we speak!

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Here are some of the event highlights. More photos and videos will be add soon so keep checking back to see if you made the highlights!

Note: The following photos were taken by KKNS Photography/Graphic Design.

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Ebony Chappel leading the Live Tutorial: Faux locs & Crochet Braids
101 workshop

Swag bags!

Whipped shea butter from our DIY worship with VIP ticket holders

The ladies of KKNS Photography/Graphic Design along with myself

Note: The following photos were shot by me...random photos from my phone.

Posing with one of our vendor partners- The Strength of SHE 

Our vendor- Kurly Koils

Note: The following photos were taken by Tiffany Shackelford

author Carmen Glenn
Author Carmen Glenn shows off her book Overdrive to attendees.

Juanita, owner of Chocolate Kinks & Kurls explains how a product works to promote healthy hair.

VIP attendees during the DIY whipped shea butter workshop.

That is officially all of the photos!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

3 Things to Tell your Friend who wants to go back to Relaxers

Hey Curlies,

We all have that one friend or family member. The one that does something just because everyone else is so they can fit in. If this describes your friend, family member or even yourself, you may need a little encouragement when it comes to caring for your natural hair.

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No doubt, this journey to healthy hair and overall wellness can be frustrating at times but I have some advice you may need to pass on if needed. For that friend (or inner self) that is ready to give up on natural hair and go back to the creamy crack (relaxer), here's what you need to know. Three things to tell your friend (or yourself) when they want to go back to relaxers.

1. Health comes first. Yes, we want our hair to appear a certain way but healthy hair and bodies are the overall goal here (well...on this site it is). When you feel like slapping that creamy crack in, think about all the damages it does to your body. From my research relaxers have harsh chemicals (like the same ones found in drain cleaners), have an insanely high pH rate–some over 12 although our bodies are around a 7. They burn on contact with the scalp and they smell weird. Ultimately, your skin is your biggest organ (this includes your scalp) and you are absorbing all of those chemicals into your body...think about it!

2. Narrow down the real problem. Are they frustrated because they can't find the right hair products? Have they not found the right styling tools? Hair styles? That is what online communities like this blog and other natural hair resources are for. Tell them to be patient and seriously consider their options. Figuring out the key to natural hair is easy once you breathe, relax and simplify your routine.

3. I'm not pretty enough. Have they done the big chop lately and simply just aren't feeling it? Maybe they don't feel like themselves or their hair texture isn't what they expected. That's truly the joy of natural hair and are moments you learn to enjoy along the way. This is why big chopping when YOU are ready is vital. Don't do it because it's trendy, do it because you're ready to accept and embrace (even if its not right away) the natural you. You'll have to look yourself in the mirror and say "This is what I've got and this is how I'm going to embrace it." Remember this is nothing wrong with being you. It is what you were made for so conquer being your best self.

At the end of the day, your friend should do what's best for them.