Giveaway - Red Beaded Flower Hair Clip!

Today's giveaway is a Red Beaded Flower Hair Clip. It is five hand beaded petals using seed beads, held together with silver wire  and formed into a flower. The back has a duck bill clip attached.  Measures 3 1/4"  in diameter. The hair accessories is from Fatemeh's Jewelry & Accessories.

To win this item, reply to the post with your funniest hair experience as a child. This contest will end on March 11th, 2011 at 10pm. The winner will be chosen by Fatemeh, Designer and shop owner. Good luck!

Rearder Art - Painting by Anjula

Oil painting by Anjula Montgomery

Alexander McQueen Canvas Foldover Boot

Love it or Leave it!?! 
These shoes were featured on Fashion Bomb Daily today, and worn by both Beyonce and Nicki Minaj.  Thoughts?

Color Correction Tip from Nerissa

Model Nerissa Irving did a YouTube video talking about how she washes her hair. It is a two part video. I can't link the first video, because there is a shower scene... lol.  But above are a few screen shots of of the first and second video. Before Nerissa washes her hair, she does a color check/correction. She looks for any spots where there may be sun damage or embedded lint.  She then uses Bigen to color correct those spots.  I can link part two of the video where she shows how she moisturizes her hair and creates her big curls -

Thanks Nerissa!  I also did a blog a while back on an alternative color spot correction here.

French Native Beauty - Anaïse

Today's Natural Beauty is Anaïse (it sounds like "Anna-is", it's a french). She is from French Guiana.

Q: What is your hair story?  What kind of hair styles have you rocked, before embracing your natural hair?
A: I was 12 or 13 years old when I started relaxing, but I met problems with breakage, lot of length gone and damaged hair! I was 15-16 years old and I thought I would prefer a short and healthy natural hair, rather than “long” and damaged relaxed hair. Then I decided to do a big chop once. Unfortunately, it wasn't so easy at this time because I wasn't enough mature to embrace my natural hair. Indeed, relaxed hair is a standard for a lot of people. I decided to go back to relaxed, as it took a good length. 

Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: I was around 19 years old and I left my country to study in France. So it was easier to wear my hair in my teeny weeny afro again! Before going to the plane, I went to a hairdresser for the big chop again! No laughs, no unkind remarks… it was easier, new friends, new schoolmates, new life, new community! You know, living in French Guyana is like living in a small village, and it’s harder to correspond with a beauty standard or ideal because people like to talk, gossip, and give "advice". Obviously, in France there are many black people who don't like kinky hair and prefer relaxing but in general, "indifference" is the norm. I realized we can be pretty the way we are. Everyone has complexes and some unkind remarks that can hurt, so you can choose to pay them no mind even if it's not easy everyday!

Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture?
A: Hum...looking like a guy! But I found great ways to feel more feminine. Since the BC, I've tried to take care of my hair, my skin, make up, jewels, etc.

Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: Organic Root Stimulator's Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion, Curl Junkie's Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix, Bioshine Intense's aloe vera treatment (Brazil)

Q: What would you say to someone who's thinking about embracing their natural hair, but scared about being rejected in various parts of their lives?
A: Appearance isn’t the most important thing (humor, intelligence, temper, points of view are far more important in terms of relationships), but people sometimes act like is. Everyone wants to be loved and appreciated for who they are, but you also do your best to be an “attractive person”. I’ve never really felt ashamed about my hair but there was a gap between my natural hair (+ other things) and some TV idols. Today, I feel prettier than ever because I'm not challenging a beauty standard. I understood 

 there is difference between  "my beauty" and "the ideal of beauty".

Q: How can we keep up with you and your journey i.e. blog, twitter, facebook, fotki, tumblr, personal or professional website? (Optional)
A: I have a blog but if you don't speak french, it's difficult to understand!
Thank you Anaïse! Gorgeous pictures and I enjoyed reading your interview. ~ Karen

Thank you N.B.H. Blog Subscribers!

We have reached another great milestone! We now have 800 plus subscriber/followers. Thank you to everyone that has stayed with me and this great community. Your support and encouragement has made it all worth while. As always... this blog is for you and about you. Let's continue to have a another great year of celebrating our natural beauty...

Email Lost - Feature Request

Just came back from a long weekend trip.  I received an email request from a young lady who wanted to be featured on the blog. I did not have a chance to respond last week, because I was packing for my trip. Today, being my first day back, I went to check my email to respond, and I can not find the email.

So I hope the young lady see's this post. You have lots of hair, you are on Fotki, and you shaved one side of you hair for something fun to-do.  Resend the email when you can. I want to feature you on the blog this week if possible.  I rarely 'lose' an email... lol. So not sure what happened.  Thanks everyone!