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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Goapele, natural no more?

A comment on a recent post sent me on a hunt for some more up to date photos of Goapele. According to the comment Goapele is no longer wearing her natural hair. *gasp* We all know that natural hair is versatile so I am hoping that she just got it pressed because she looks absolutely beautiful with her God give texture.

When I first became aware of Goapele and her music she had some locs that made me want some so badly but I was scared of the commitment:


Since then she has gone through a number of looks:

A more recent photo shows her with straight hair:


At the end of the day, it is her hair and if it makes her happy that is all that matters (although if it were up to me I would bring back the locs).

In your opinion, when it comes to Goapele, 
which look is Her Best Hair?

Fitness In Your Workday

If you are like me you spend most of your day sitting. Sitting and more sitting. I sit for 7+hrs at my desk, drive for 45mins - 1 hour both ways and then sit again to unwind from the day.

I saw this article on CNN and thought it was a great way to incorporate more physical movement throughout my day:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Requested Tutorial: Another updo

As requested, here is the updo tutorial for a past protective style. I have not done a twisted up style in a while and this time was definitely a challenge. Styling longer hair is slightly more difficult because it is time-consuming and there is a lot more chance for my hair getting tangled while styling.

This particular style was done with Avlon KeraCare Leave-in conditioner and Avlon KeraCare Twist and Define cream. When my hair would begin to dry I would use Luster's S-Curl to re-wet my hair. Not a lot was needed to achieve this look and it can last at least a week.



What Makes A Good Blogger?


In your opinion what makes a good blogger? Is it someone that looks like you, shares your interests, is a good writer, or is it someone that simply interacts with you? Maybe it is a combination of all of those characteristics. Whatever your requirements may be, many of us are willing to share when we find that particular blog that sparks our interest.

After pursuing numerous sites and blogs, most individuals agree that good blogs and bloggers have the following characteristics [1][2][3][4]:

Good blogs make you want to start your own blog
Have personality
Good "non-post" blogs have style and organization
Post often
Good blog posts are made of paragraphs
Have knowledge

Here's a good resource regarding content → How To Write Great Blog Content

As for me, I believe that good bloggers interact with their audience, are humble, polite, and knowledgeable about the topic that they are blogging about. I highly respect individuals that are not afraid to admit when they are not familiar with a certain subject. Making up answers is a sure-fire way to turn me off.


Speak out: Who is your favorite blogger? 
Please respond in this format:
Blog:
Blogger/Owner:
Blog topic/content: (i.e. hair, fashion, spirituality, etc)




Note: commenting on this post is a way to win → My Birthday, Your Gifts

Monday, February 27, 2012

Get Elle Varner’s Bouncy Curls!

Love Elle Varner's hair? Get a similar look with some of the tips below:

Wash it and condition it properly — conditioner is one of the key elements to getting the hair to really swell up and be bouncy and healthy and shiny. I dry the hair with a diffuser. I don’t usually put any product in it until it’s fully dry. That’s also one of the tricks to keeping it from getting really heavy and weighed down. Once I dry it out and make sure the curl is really locked in, that’s when I start to work in a shine product, a polishing pomade really helps rejuvenate that natural shine it already has. And that’s really it! I use a light holding spray to give it a hold with a fluffy bounce.

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Try small rods while the hair is wet. This is a very simple and effective way to create a natural-looking curl pattern in the hair. Apply small rods at night after you wash your hair. Tie it down with a net and let it air-dry. In the morning brush it out, pick it out or wear it tight. It’s a very nice way to work with that natural hair that’s on the more tightly coiled side and can still be very healthy for the hair and help it stay very strong and gorgeous.
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At night grab medium-sized portions of the hair, wrap them around your finger and pin them down with bobby pins to help the hair stay springy without you having to wet it the next day. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look exactly the same as the day before, play with it for a little variety. I like to see women with natural hair taking more risks
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Can I just say that I absolutely love that orange jacket/tribal print dress combo. I want that in my closet now! A girl can dream...

Read more:
How to Get Elle Varner’s Bouncy Curls | BET

My Birthday, Your Gifts!

On March 5, I turn the big 3-0 {insert scream here} and I'm not sure how I feel about that...


But regardless of how I feel I plan to celebrate and have a good time with a few close friends. Can someone teach me how to Dougie? Seriously...I can't do that dance. I'm going to do my best, lol.


Moving on...I'm losing focus. The purpose of this post is to announce that to celebrate my birthday instead of only receiving gifts (and I love receiving!) I will be giving gifts to my readers. There will be (easy) contests each week and a winner every Friday.

I was hoping for a blog makeover for my birthday BUT that is something I can not pay for out of pocket so until Her Best Hair can pay  for her own face lift (or someone gifts one *hint*) it will have to wait.


ALL Contests rules:
• All participants must be 18+yrs or have the permission of an guardian to receive winnings
• Must be a subscriber to HerBestHair
• You can enter (and if you are lucky win) each week
• Must reside in the US

Good Luck!

All giveaway items have been purchased with monies obtained from ad revenue generated from HerBestHair.Your support is making this possible and is much appreciated.  The more you support the better the giveaway items. If you are interested in sponsoring a future giveaway please contact Her Best Hair at: herbesthair@gmail.com

Who is your favorite...?


One of the great things about the internet is that there is a vast number of resources for various topics. However, not all resources are reliable or up to date. So what I like to do, when I find a great resource, is save it and recommend it to others. I think a list generated by more than just one mind would be an awesome resource. Therefore, I want to let the masses speak!

With that being said... be on the look out for future posts in which you will nominate and vote on your favorite Bloggers, Vloggers, Tumblrs, Tweeters...etc.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Regular Features on Her Best Hair


Whenever I discover a new blog I am always overwhelmed with information and I find myself lost in a sea of awesome posts. Recently, there have been a number of new subscribers to Her Best Hair and I want to send you all a great big southern WELCOME!

I try my hardest to only post facts, simple hair care tips, and styles that you can do on your own. Unless otherwise stated, all opinions offered are my own and were generated by my crazy mind :)

If you are new here please check out some of the posts that appear regularly on the blog and please feel free to participate:

Also, Her Best Hair accepts submissions from its readers. Please review the guidelines here before submitting → Guest Posts

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lover's Tryst: Menu of Seduction - Tomato, basil, and olive bruschetta

Valentine's Day is over but that doesn't mean you shouldn't treat yourself or significant other to a few treats that seduce the tongue and soul. #EnjoyTheNow try this quick and easy menu I call Lover's Tryst - James P


Tomato, basil, and olive bruschetta

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Eden's forbidden fruit should have been the tomato. This nightshade fruit was once forbidden and is believed to be an aphrodisiac of seduction. Pommes d'amour (apples of love) what the French nicknamed the tomato. Its reputation as a potent sexual stimulant is worth testing. Eat this and there's no need for a cigarette afterwords.
Ingredients:
1 loaf of French or Italian bread sliced into 1/2inch thick slices.
1 heirloom tomato of choice. Brandy wine is a good choice because of the size and it can handle the job
1 garlic clove
Olive oil (cold pressed)
Whole pitted olives (as many as you like). Black olives are known to increase sex drive in women and Green olives make men more virile.
3 or more Fresh Basil leaves. Basil stimulates bloodflow, relieves fatigue, and awakens the senses
Pink sea salt or kosher salt (season to taste). Sea salts have the same level of sodium as table salt but it retains more nutrients the body needs.
Make it happen:
Slice bread and toast it on a cookie sheet under the broiler or place your slices in the toaster until crispy. Rub your toasted bread with the garlic clove and place on a plate to the side. Wash and dry your tomato. Chop the tomato and olives into desired size chunks. In a medium size bowl drizzle a 1-2 count worth of oil in the bowl. What I mean by 1-2 count...as you pour the oil count and pour. Ex. 1(pour oil stop) 2(pour oil stop). Mix your chopped tomato, olives, and then hand tear your basil to add in the bowl. Toss with a spoon and season with salt to taste. Spoon mixture on toasted bread and enjoy!

Olivia's Hair is Always On Point!

I don't know who her stylist is but she does a great job time after time:

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Check out a similar look I did previously: (38) Conceited

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Natural Hair & Vanity



Reposted with permission from:
Curly Sweet Life





Mirror, mirror on the wall...

It can be hard righteous living, with the freedom God has given

But we can live in the world and keep our sanity.
You might one day be a star, even drive a nice car,
But realize my friend it's all vanity.

- from the song "Overrated" by Sho Baraka

The following post is not a dig or a judgment against anyone, but simply an observation I find worthy of deeper thought and reflection. 
When it comes to natural hair and beauty, how do we know when we've crossed the threshold between the land of interest and enthusiasm into a place of self-absorption and vanity? This question might not resonate with everyone, but for me as a Christian pressing to walk by faith daily, hourly, and even minute-by-minute at times, I need the "flesh check." I need to see if what I say and do really lines up with what I believe, otherwise I risk slowly fading into a place I never intended to be -- distant from God.

It's all about priorities and what I truly value. If I spend most of my time online looking at hair-related sites (or a myriad of other things), but not a lot of time in the Word, in prayer, loving others, doing the work and using the gifts as He so desires, then really... can I call Him my treasure and my true love? Even if I focus more time and energy on my relationship with my husband than on my relationship with God, I'm totally out of order. In fact, I'm breaking the first and greatest commandment.

Wow, I'm guilty, Lord... help me, Father.

Vanity, as expressed in the Bible and via a quick check with my concordance, has several meanings: emptiness, worthlessness, falsehood, vapour/breath (as in, "there for a moment, and then gone"), that which is unreal. It also can mean "wilderness" or "place of chaos." None of these traits are pleasing to God, who calls us as Christians to...

Be filled by His Holy Spirit, not full of ourselves 

Speak and behave in ways which glorify God, because He values those who are godly Be guided by the Spirit of truth and keep our minds on what is true, just, honest, pure, lovely and admirable Through a quick search, I located this blog post about the subject, in which the natural hair author sums up her thoughts about vanity by saying,

Now, when do you draw the line?? When it consumes you! It is just like anything else. If all you can think about is hair, if all you can think about is styling it, etc, it is consuming you! This is why it is important for us to stay prayerful in our daily lives. If something is off, we will feel a check in the Holy Ghost. God will deal with us because we have the Holy Ghost. Keep in mind that, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1). If we are walking after the spirit, we won’t even mind the things of the flesh.

My husband and I just completed a 21-day fast, just for the two of us, in which we turned away from different things daily, including blogs on certain days, vlogs/streaming media on other days, mobile apps and games on other days, sweets/desserts, etc. We fast to separate ourselves from the world while also prayingabsolute hardest. When I "turned away" from all the hair and beauty-related stuff, I began to realize just how much of my time was spent on it... and how little time I was spending with God. to draw closer to God. I can only speak for myself, but what an eye-opener for me... the days when I had to avoid my favorite hair-related sites.

I'm so thankful for His grace and mercy, because I NEED God, and I didn't know how much I missed Him until I purposefully took myself out of my everyday "stuff."


 

Angel Taylor Has A New Natural Do

A few months ago I did a post on Angel Taylor, of Trin-i-tee 5:7, locs. Well, now she has a new look and she still looks awesome.

Then:

Now:
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Instead of wasting energy trying to fit in, Angel and Chanelle have learned to embrace their uniqueness. “From our performance style to our dress, we don’t try to fit into a certain mold. We like to go outside the box that so many people try to place gospel singers in.



What do you think? Which is Her Best Hair, Locs or a Close-cut?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kids Casualties of Overeating

12 yrs old and 250 lbs... This story is heartbreaking:



  • Children with an obese parent are 50% more likely to be obese
  • Childhood obesity can take decades off of a child's life
Ways to Help Your Children Stay Active & Healthy:
  • Put down the video games and pick up a bicycle
  • Take walks as a family
  • Encourage your children to get involved in sports and other physical activities
  • Assigned chores that promote physical activity (i.e. yard-work, washing cars, vacuuming)
  • Serve healthy snacks to promote good eating habits early in life
  • BE THE EXAMPLE!

What are you doing to prevent the occurrence of childhood obesity in your children?

Exciting News!


Her Best Hair now has two blog authors! What's so exciting about this? Well, I wanted to do something different with my hair blog and not just play follow the leader with the layout and content so I thought about this long and hard and decided to go with a MALE co-author!

I think is this needed because so many blog posts and vloggers touch on the male-female relationship and its relation to natural hair. What better way to get an opinion than to get it straight from the horses mouth.

Why did I chose to collab with James??
He is...
• natural, as in he has locs
• a husband to a wife that has natural hair
• a father of a little girl
• a family man surrounded by strong women
• spiritual
• a professional chef
• and an all around great person

Readers, his resume speaks volumes and this is just the tip of the iceberg. After reading his posts if you have questions for him you can send them by still using the contact me button at the top of the blog.

Please extend a warm welcome to James. His posts will be coming soon! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Clothes Make the Fashion Victims


A recent WSJ article connected our health to our fashions (every time I hear the word "fashion" I think of Marlo from RHOA, LOL). I know I am guilty of indulging in a few harmful trends. Skinny jeans and high heel shoes are my weakness. Check out the list and join me over in the guilty corner :)
 

Tight jeans: Squeezing into matchstick jeans with cheese-stick legs cannot only cause nerve compression, it can interfere with digestion, as the Archives of Internal Medicine noted in 1993. Over the years, jean styles have gotten even skinnier and have also been blamed for lower back pain, yeast infections in women and a rare condition called lipoatrophia semicircularis*, in which horizontal lesions appear around the thighs.

Undergarments: Lingerie experts say 75% of women wear the wrong size bra. A bra that is too big gives no support, which can cause breast pain and back strain. One that is too tight could presumably cut into the flesh.

Shoes: Heels higher than two inches have been linked to bunions, hammer toes, stress fractures and ankle sprains. Other ailments include "pump bumps" (bony protrusions on the back of heels), Morton's neuroma** (an injury to the nerve between the toes) and Freiberg infraction (in which some foot bones die due to lack of circulation.)

Handbags, hair extensions, and even body piercing are mention in the article. Click the link below to read more:
Tight Ties, Killer Heels: Clothes Make the Fashion Victims - WSJ.com


*Lipoatrophia semicircularis - (also known as "Semicircular lipoatrophy") is a medical condition in humans, commonly known as ribbed thighs.It consists of a semicircular zone of atrophy of the subcutaneous fatty tissue located mostly on the front of the thighs. Skin and underlying muscles remains intact. Semicircular lipoatrophy mainly affects office workers. The ribs in the thighs are typically between 2 to 4 cm high and are typically located at about 72 cm above the ground, which is the standard height of office furniture.
**Morton's neuroma - (also known as Morton's metatarsalgia, Morton's neuralgia, plantar neuroma and intermetatarsal neuroma) is a benign neuroma of an intermetatarsal plantar nerve, most commonly of the third and fourth intermetatarsal spaces. This problem is characterised by pain and/or numbness, sometimes relieved by removing footwear.


Health or fashion? Is it really that hard of a decision?

Top Detangling Tips


In a past post I mentioned that I am very particular about how my hair is detangled. The reason for that is because for years I was rough the detangling my hair and I was convinced that my hair was just not growing. The truth was, my hair was growing but snatching a comb through my strands was breaking and ripping it off as a result there were a number of years in which I was not retaining length.

Naturally Curly has some suggested tips on how to detangle curly hair as well a number of other sites such Thirsty Roots However, it is important to learn your hair so that you can effectively use the detangling methods that are right from you.

My Top Detangling Tips:
• Use a wide tooth comb
• Lubricate the hair with a "cheapie" conditioner
• As you detangle glide your finger down your hair to remove shed hairs
• Detangle in small sections and clip/twist them in place to keep the hair from getting tangled again
• Never ever ever start detangling at the roots, always start at the ends

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Stellar Awards: Canton Jones, Lecrae, and Da T.R.U.T.H.


Thandie Newton at the Good Deeds Premier

Her Best Hair did not want to become one of those blogs that post picture after picture of celebrities but there are so many Hollywood ladies now embracing their natural texture that it just can be ignored.

Check out Thandie Newton sporting her natural curls:


Thandie Newton with her straight hair:

Curly or Straight? In your opinion, what is Her Best Hair?

Study Shows Relaxers May Be Linked to Tumors


Recently, a very interesting article appeared on my blog feed via Natural Hair Rules!!! titled Study Shows That Relaxers May Be Linked to Fibroids.

Before posting this article I had to do some research to make sure that this was a true study and not another urban legend floating around the world wide web. It seems that Boston University has indeed been conducting studies focused on hair relaxer use but this particular study being discussed on numerous sites is yet to be cited. I will keep looking for the actual Boston University publication but until it is found please check out the other studies conducted by Boston University:

Other Hair Relaxer Studies done by Boston University


Rosenberg L, Wise LA, Palmer JR.  Hair relaxer use and risk of preterm birth in the Black 
Women’s Health Study [abstract].  Am J Epidemiol 2004;159:S91. 
We assessed whether hair relaxer use is associated with preterm birth (baby born at least 3 weeks
early) in the BWHS. We compared 497 babies born preterm because of premature rupture of
membranes or premature labor for no known reason with 5633 full-term babies, whose births
were reported on the 1997, 1999, and 2001 health questionnaires. There were no differences in
hair relaxer use between mothers of the preterm and full-term babies, suggesting that hair relaxer
use does not influence the occurrence of preterm birth.


Rosenberg L, Wise LA, Palmer JR. Hair-relaxer use and risk of preterm birth among 
African-American women. Ethn Dis 2005;15:768-72.  
Black babies are born preterm (premature) more frequently than white babies and known causes
do not explain the difference. Hair relaxers are often used by black women, and these
preparations contain unknown substances that might be harmful and possibly lead to premature
birth. Based on reports of babies born to BWHS participants from 1995 to 2001, we assessed
whether hair relaxer use was related to the occurrence of preterm birth. We found that use was
not related to preterm birth, even use that had lasted many years and was frequent.


Rosenberg L, Boggs DA, Adams-Campbell LL, Palmer JR.  Hair relaxers not associated with 
breast cancer risk: evidence from the Black Women's Health Study.  Cancer Epidemiol 
Biomarkers Prev 2007;16(5):1035-7. 
Hair relaxers have been used by millions of African American women, often at young ages and
for many years. Because these products may contain unknown harmful ingredients, we studied
their use in relation to the occurrence of breast cancer. Based on information provided on relaxer
use on the 1997 BWHS heath survey and and follow-up through 2003, we found no increases in
breast cancer incidence among users, regardless of the length of use, the intensity of use, or the
age at starting use. These findings indicate that hair relaxer use does not affect the risk of
developing breast cancer.





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Study Causes Hair Scare About Tumors
Boston University │ Black Women's Health Studies


If you have found this publication or study abstract from Boston University, please share the link below


--UPDATE--
The journal has been found, shout-out to "b" for the notification:
Here's a link to the abstract: http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/01/10/aje.kwr351.short

Abstract

Hair relaxers are used by millions of black women, possibly exposing them to various chemicals through scalp lesions and burns. In the Black Women’s Health Study, the authors assessed hair relaxer use in relation to uterine leiomyomata incidence. In 1997, participants reported on hair relaxer use (age at first use, frequency, duration, number of burns, and type of formulation). From 1997 to 2009, 23,580 premenopausal women were followed for incident uterine leiomyomata. Multivariable Cox regression was used to estimate incidence rate ratios and 95% confidence intervals. During 199,991 person-years, 7,146 cases of uterine leiomyomata were reported as confirmed by ultrasound (n = 4,630) or surgery (n = 2,516). The incidence rate ratio comparing ever with never use of relaxers was 1.17 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.06, 1.30). Positive trends were observed for frequency of use (Ptrend < 0.001), duration of use (Ptrend = 0.015), and number of burns (Ptrend < 0.001). Among long-term users (≥10 years), the incidence rate ratios for frequency of use categories 3–4, 5–6, and ≥7 versus 1–2 times/year were 1.04 (95% CI: 0.92, 1.19), 1.12 (95% CI: 0.99, 1.27), and 1.15 (95% CI: 1.01, 1.31), respectively (Ptrend = 0.002). Risk was unrelated to age at first use or type of formulation. These findings raise the hypothesis that hair relaxer use increases uterine leiomyomata risk.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Can Your Valentine's Kiss Give You Lead Poisoning?


Lead has been banned in paint since 1978 because of its toxicity at low levels, but it still shows up in small amounts in some of the best-selling lipstick brands.
"The FDA's independent study, which will be published in the May/June 2012 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Science, confirms that lipsticks pose no safety concerns for the millions of women who use them daily," L'Oreal said in a statement sent to Reuters. "The lead levels detected by the FDA in the study are also within the limits recommended by global public health authorities for cosmetics, including lipstick."
Read more:
Can Valentine's kiss give you lead poisoning? - TODAY.com

Hair Trend: Voluminous Curls

Grammys 2012 Hair Trend: Voluminous Curls

As if we didn't know.... and "they" need to realize, this is NOT a trend. I don't know about y'all but I fully intend on remaining the way God made me because I love every curly, kinky, big hair part about it!





Read more:
Grammys 2012 Hair Trend: Voluminous Curls



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Did you follow the "30 Styles in 30 Days" Challenge?

If you missed it or your are just discovering Her Best Hair, you can find all the posts here → 30 Styles in 30 Days


So I have learned that doing my hair in a different way for 30 days is a lot of work. I did not think it would be this hard. However, I probably made it harder on myself because I tried really hard to create some looks from scratch and to do something very different from day to day. It would have been easy to just do a few buns and change the position but that would not have been fun.

During this process I have learned:

  • some new styles for bad hair days
  • ways to style my hair faster and neater
  • how to translate styles done on other textures so that they work for me
  • some new websites to spark creativity
  • and patience...
I like participating in challenges (even all by myself) because they keep me from falling in a slump and slacking on my hair care practices. My next challenge...Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) and creating a signature twist-out.


But first....I have a tutorial to do.

30 Styles In 30 Days

Day 30!!! (I made it!!)
Day 30 arrived when my twist-out was due for a wash anyway. Perfect timing :) A high side bun got me through the day.



“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.” - Marilyn Monroe

Happy Valentine's Day





♥ HAPPY ♥ VALENTINE'S ♥ DAY!!! ♥



Song of Solomon 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

Monday, February 13, 2012

30 Styles In 30 Days

Day 29
More flat twists (on each side) and a tucked under bun:




“Music is the universal language of mankind.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


If first read this quote when I was in high school. I wrote it in permanent marker on the side of that radio. I still have that radio...something about that quote was so meaningful to me that it attached itself and I couldn't let it go. It's one of my favorites.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

30 Styles In 30 Days

Day 28
Loose flat twist with the ends tucked and pinned. One thing I like about pinning up a twist-out is that the texture hides imperfections. So if you are not great at flat twists or bunning, it doesn't matter. You can still make them work.




“I don't stand for black man's side, I don't stand for white man's side, I stand for God's side.” - Bob Marley

Saturday, February 11, 2012

30 Styles In 30 Days

Day 27
Twist out with a side part - Corrine Bailey Rae inspired




“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” - Maya Angelou

Gabrielle Union’s hair weave flagged by TSA


The actress said her "weave got 'flagged' by the bodyscan at security," on Twitter. "No lie. TSA required a hair pat-down."
The “Good Deeds” star, 39, expressed surprise that the "black female TSA agent" who stopped her was so na├»ve about her weave.
"If human hair and thread sets off the body scanner, a lot of folks just ended up on the 'watch list,'" added Union, who dates NBA player Dwayne Wade, 30. "It's a weave, not terrorism."


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Restoring Your Credit


Good credit...some people do not realize how important it is to have good credit until it is needed. By the time you get to that point, if your credit it bad, repairing your credit may take a lot longer than you expect. While you are waiting to improve your credit you may see things pass you by like the new house, the new car, and maybe even that new job. Yes, now employers are running credit checks more now than ever before.

Here are some lessons I learned (some of them the hard way) about restoring and maintaining good credit.
  • Pay Your Bills On Time!: This may seem like common sense but there are individuals that think as long as they pay the bill eventually that it's "all good" WRONG! Those late payments will show up on your report and may require you to have to put down deposits on future utilities, that is unnecessary money spent.
  • Just Say NO to free gifts/discounts When you APPLY NOW: When I was in college we would get free t-shirts, cups, stationary, etc when we would complete an application for a credit card. If your parents (or other adult) did not instill money management skills in your before you went out into the world, you are now a target. Companies know that people LOVE free stuff and the cost of that t-shirt is NOTHING compared to the hit your credit will take with unpaid credit card bills. A balance of $200 can easily become $1000 after the company adds on late fees.
  • Spend Wisely: Sure, that Gucci purse looks good on your shoulder but if you can use that money to pay off 2-3 bills - do that instead. THEN save up and get the purse. You probably won't even want it anymore and you would have saved your self some financial strain. Good credit is the flyest accessory.
  • Live Within Your Means: Once I got out into the working world, I noticed something that is really common. People with [old] money don't show it off. They will wear plain but neat clothes, drive inexpensive cars, and bring their lunch to work daily. People that are new to money are more flashy and as a result, the money doesn't last long. I would rather go home to a 3,000+ sq ft house than spend my entire paycheck at the mall. Walking into a 700 sq ft apartment wearing $500 shoes is not what I want for myself. I'll pass.
  • Beware Of Scams: You DO NOT have to pay someone to fix your credit. With a little math and discipline you can do it yourself. I did and I HATE math.
I can go on and on with tips (maybe I will do a part 2) but for now I am just going to list some resources below. It always pays to do your own research. Don't wait...get your credit straight now! Do you know your credit score?

Get a FREE copy of your credit report here → Annual Credit Report

Resources You Can Use
How To Restore Your Credit
6 Steps To Restoring Your Credit
The Importance of Good Credit
Raise Your Credit Score
Repair Your Credit

How to Wear a Blazer - 11 Outfits with Blazers!

Worth a share:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Link Share


BirchBox
Product junkie? Love to try things at a great price? I thought this was a pretty neat idea. I have not signed up but if you do try it please comeback and let everyone know how it goes for you. For $10 a month you'll receive a box of goodies including skin care, make up or cult beauty tools, from well-known brands as well as emerging gems.

Black Lifestyle Mag
Not too long ago I was contacted by a representative of this online magazine and although I can't understand half the words in some of the issues but I do enjoy looking at the pictures. I am loving this presence of online magazines - SAVE A TREE!

The Urban Daily
For your dose of all things in urban news :)


Have A Great Weekend!!

30 Styles In 30 Days

Day 26



“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” - Bob Marley

Thursday, February 9, 2012

30 Styles In 30 Days

Day 25


I did some mid-sized two strand twists but instead of wearing them plain 'ol down I thought it would be best for this challenge to style the twists.




“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”- Hermann Hesse

I'm Loving Kelly Rowland's Hair!!

Ok, first I will state plainly that I KNOW IT'S A WEAVE but I still love it. If I can figure out the technique I need to achieve this look on my hair regularly it will be my staple style. My favorite is the look she is wearing in the orange dress.

Kelly Rowland


The way Kelly recently wore her hair on Chelsea Lately was also cute but can you imagine how much work all this hair would be if it was real. Whew... It would be great to just put on this look like it's a hat :)


I'm thinking I just may know the steps to take to get this look regularly, time to experiment...

The Results are in: Hair Attitude Survey


Remember that survey being done by Sister 2 Sister and Sofn'free a while back? Well the results are in, check out a brief highlight below:

If it's true that "clothes makes the man," then what makes the woman? According to a recent survey conducted jointly by Sister 2 Sister and Sofn'free, females rank hair as the biggest determining factor in a woman's overall look. They judged it as almost three times more significant than clothes and nearly six times more than makeup.

The Naturals


Given the option to select one or more choices, an overwhelming 70 percent of the natural hair group selected the most compelling reason to opt out of the relaxer process was because they felt their route is healthier for their hair and scalp. Other reasons:
* 47 percent specified the chemical-free aspect
* 41 percent said that they preferred the look of natural hair
* 31 percent cited cost-savings as a reason
* 28 percent said natural hair is a way to show that they embrace their ethnicity
* 25 percent said natural hair gives an aura of confidence or a no-fuss, no-muss attitude

Read more:
Hair Attitude Survey: Finding Strands of Truth Behind Styles and Images


Do you agree? Is hair "the biggest determining factor in a woman's overall look"?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

30 Styles In 30 Days

Day 24




A bad braid-out (I mean it was UGLY!) Turned into a Southern Tease bun, I like it and it got a lot of compliments. This look took me all of 3 minutes to throw up.

“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.” - Hunter S. Thompson

In The News: Brazilian Blowout hair treatment ruled carcinogenic

Although most of us already know that the Brazilian blowout can be harmful, check out this recent news release:



"The makers of the popular Brazilian Blowout line of hair-straightening products - which can cost up to $500 per salon treatment - have agreed to change their labeling to warn consumers that the treatments can release formaldehyde gas, which is considered a carcinogen and can cause irritation of the eyes and skin, according to a report from USA Today."

Carcinogen: any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer


Read more:
Brazilian Blowout hair treatment ruled carcinogenic - Environment - MiamiHerald.com

20 Best Kept Hair Secrets

You can read blogs, watch YT videos, and purchase books and still learn something new on a daily basis. There is a lot of information out there and it is important to keep in mind that not all information will work for you because every head is different. Check out some common hair care secrets below:


Hair Care Secrets

Protect Shine with Lukewarm Water
Hot water can strip the scalp of sebum, which is the protective oil that acts as a natural conditioner and gives hair its shine. This doesn't mean you have to suffer through cold showers to avoid dull hair. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Pamper the scalp by massaging it while you shampoo.

Don't Treat Dandruff with Oils
Dandruff isn't caused by a dry scalp, but by an inflammatory process that affects the scalp. Rubbing oil into the scalp can make the inflammation worse, resulting in more unsightly white flakes. That's why medicated shampoos -- either over-the-counter or from a dermatologist -- can best treat dandruff. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly after using medicated shampoo.

Don't Let Brands Clean Your Wallet
What are you really getting for extra money spent on specialty products? They may contain natural botanicals, but that may not mean better style. Consumer Reports tested products on 1,700 ponytail samples and found that the more expensive shampoos didn't perform better than cheaper ones. What is important: Choose shampoos and conditioners designed for your hair type, such as those for oily, fine, or color-treated hair.

Keep Brushes Away from Your Curls
Curly hair is more likely to break and become dry and brittle. Gently using a pick keeps curls looking better than combing or brushing. Conditioners with polymers such as polyvinylpyrrolidone can smooth hair and make it more manageable. Don't overdo the use of flat-irons and relaxers, which can damage hair.

Give the Blow Dryer a Rest
Frequent blow-drying is hard on your hair and can actually lead to hair loss. When you do blow dry, turn down the heat. Finer hair is especially sensitive to damage from heat, but even thick manes need some tender care. Protect your hair before styling by using a conditioner.

Be Aware of Changes in Your Hair
Sudden changes in your hair, such as brittle hair or hair loss, could be a sign of a health problem. For example, hair loss can be caused by thyroid disease, iron deficiency, or an autoimmune disease. Some medications can cause hair loss, too. If you have a concern about changes in the condition of your hair, see a dermatologist.

Read more:
20 Best Kept Hair Secrets

Have you heard of most of these "secrets"?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February is...


February 1 - 29
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
Prevent Blindness America
www.preventblindness.org

February 1 - 29
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
Group B Strep International
www.groupbstrepinternational.org

February 3
Give Kids A Smile® Day
givekidsasmile.ada.org

February 7 - 14
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
tchin.org/aware

February 1 - 29
Heart Month
www.heart.org

February 1 - 29
National Children’s Dental Health Month
American Dental Association
www.ada.org/2714.aspx

February 3
National Wear Red Day
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth

February 14
National Donor Day
www.organdonor.gov

30 Styles In 30 Days

Day 23

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.” - Oscar Wilde
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