December 25, 2011
December 20, 2011
Chime Edwards talks about the damage that can be done to black women’s hair if you’re not careful.
December 17, 2011
For all the things that black women go through with their hair, perhaps these tips can have you looking good for the holiday season.
December 12, 2011
Chime Edwards from Your Black World describes her journey toward natural hair.
December 8, 2011
Do you ever wonder why none of the Barbie Dolls really look like “us?” A woman seeks to answer this question with a new and exciting product.
November 1, 2011
August 16, 2009
Supermodel Naomi Campbell was shot by world-renowned photographer Jean-Paul Goude for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar:
In a spread titled "Wild Things," Campbell is running with a cheetah, jumping rope with monkeys and riding a crocodile and an elephant.
The black-woman-in-the-African-wild theme is one that crops up frequently in fashion and has been in vogue since the press pegged Somalian-born model Iman as a goat herder discovered in the jungle. She was, in fact, a university graduate and the daughter of a gynecologist and a diplomat.
Wearing leopard or zebra print, and being accompanied by animals, seems to be the easiest pigeonhole for black models.
August 13, 2009
Someone asked me this question recently and it took me some serious thought to come up with an answer. Why? Because when I started Afrobella.com, I signed on to try out and review just about every hair product that came my way.
Having said that, I must admit that I don’t recommend this strategy to anyone.
I miss having a fixed regimen of hair products that I stick to, and switching products on a weekly basis can create buildup which leads to scalp flaking. In my experience, the products that work the best are those without bad-for-you hair ingredients like alcohol, mineral oil and petrolatum, and SLS.
August 9, 2009
One could say that she’s been campaigning as hard for this as her husband did for the presidency, but Michelle Obama did it with a lot more ease. After nearly two years of wowing the fashion world, the first lady has earned an honor she so rightly deserves — landing on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed list.
From Jason Wu to Michael Kors, Obama’s chic-clectic choice of designers anddesigns has set her apart from just about every other first lady in U.S. history. Below are a handful of legendary looks worn by Mrs. Obama that have solidified her as an icon in my book:
The cream-colored frothy one-shoulder Jason Wu stunner she wore for the inauguration galas was regal and feminine — and just right for the occasion.
Her dual-toned knee-length Narciso Rodriguez sheath dress, which she paired with flats on Independence Day, screamed sleek, smart and totally sophisticated.
August 4, 2009
Grand dame, great beauty and pioneer in the fashion industry Naomi Sims has died of cancer. She was 61 years old.
"Naomi Sims was an incredible role model – a trailblazer who helped to define black beauty and open the doors for all of the African American models we see today — and a savvy businesswoman," a shaken Beverly Johnsontold Black Voices. "Mostly, she was a friend and someone I greatly admired. We lost a truly dynamic woman."
Sims was born in Oxford, Miss., on March 30, 1948. An awkward teen — 5-foot-10 by the time she was 13 — Sims and her family left the segregated South and moved to Pittsburgh, where she completed high school.
Sim’s mother took ill, and the gangly teen and her two sisters were placed in foster care. After graduation, the ambitious beauty moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Because of financial constraints, Sims left school and began modeling in the big city. She broke through at the age of 18 when she appeared on the cover of Ladies Home Journal. She was the magazine’s first African American cover model. In 1969, Sims appeared on a simple yet striking cover of Life magazine.
June 12, 2009
From Lady Drama at www.YourBlackGossip.com.
May 24, 2009
"Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty. But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther. When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you. If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age."
August 16, 2008
August 8, 2008
L’oreal is denying that they lightened Beyonce’s skin. Hmmmmm.
July 14, 2008
“African-American women have a wide variety of skin tones – from lighter to darker and everything in between. And while makeup lines have improved vastly in the last five years, it’s still a tricky undertaking to find the right shade for your skin tone. So finding the right makeup for your personal skin tone can be a tricky thing. If you choose the wrong color family, you can find yourself with a flat complexion or an ashen look. With a little guidance and some trial and error, you can find a color combination that works for you.
Here are three simple steps to help you on your way:
1. Pay attention to your undertones. Look beyond your skin’s color (overtone) to find the undertones that give definition to your features. For instance, rich ebony complexions often have cool undertones (look for colors in the blue family). Brown and caramel complexions may have warmer undertones (look for golden colors). Once you determine which colors are yours, use them as accents – especially around your eyes.
2. Find your color family – not just what you think is your color family. You might be surprised at just how off many women are when it comes to an accurate assessment of the colors that work for them. You may need to enlist the aid of a makeup specialist or your local cosmetics counter. In fact, you should consult a second opinion. And remember that foundation can look very different on your face than in the bottle or on that thumbnail palette, so be sure to test it on your jawline or on the inside of your wrist to see if it will work for you.
Tip: If your complexion is uneven, you may need two different colors of foundation that can be used together. When spread correctly over the right areas, a two-color approach can give you the even skin tone you’re looking for.
3. Use blush to contour your cheekbones. Here is one area where less is definitely more – especially if you use a more exotic color. A simple brush of currant or mauve can really set off and flatter a medium to dark complexion, while a sweep of caramel, honey or apricot can give definition to a medium to light complexion.
Tip: Bronzer can be used as an effective alternative to blush if you have a warmer complexion. Try dusting a light coating over your face, concentrating contoured strokes at your temples and cheekbones.
Something to Think About:
When selecting a makeup, color should not be your only concern. Remember your skin type. If you have normal to oily skin, a water-based liquid foundation and a cream blush may work best for you. On the other hand, normal to dry skin can benefit form an entire line of cream formulas.”
Posted By Chiderah to Your Black Beauty – Where Black Women Keep Looking Good at 7/14/2008 03:30:00 PM
Over the years I have done a lot of hair and met a lot of people. With that has come some incredibly false information about how to take care of our black hair. I know the feeling, after a while we just don’t know what to believe or what works. Well, here are at least 5 things you can be sure about:
Top 5 Black Hair Care Myths: True or False?
1. Relaxed hair will NOT grow.
– This is FALSE. Relaxing the hair does present a lot of chemicals that your hair may not be used to, but that doesn’t necessarily hinder growth. Proper upkeep after a relaxer can maintain hair growth. By not applying too much heat (blow dryers, straighterners, etc.) and other chemicals closely after relaxing, you can prevent a lot of damage. Further help with relaxing hair will be featured in this blog soon.
2. Black Women should NOT wash their hair.
– This is definitely FALSE. Black women should NOT wash their hair EVERYDAY. Unlike our white friends, Black hair is much more dry and excessive washing can lead to excessive breakage. We should not wash it every day, but instead once every 3-7 days depending on your level of dryness. A mistake often made is not washing it for extended amounts of time, such as every 2 weeks, or even months while hair is braided or weaved. Instead, very dirty hair can slow down hair growth.
3. Herbs help hair growth.
– This is TRUE. Some herbs such as rosemary, chamomile and ginkgo are as good for the hair as they are for the body. Our friends at Kristen Lock detail the herbs myth on their site. (Check it out here: http://www.kristenlock.com/Herbal-Remedies-For-Black-Hair-Growth)
4. Leave-In-Conditioners DO NOT work.
– This is FALSE. Leave-In-Conditioners provide hydration and nutrients necessary for hair health. In fact, you can use leave-in-conditioners often without shampoo, especially after washing or quick rinses to maintain curls (for those of us with natural waves).
5. Massaging the scalp regularly stimulates hair growth.
– This is TRUE. Massaging the scalp regularly can stimulate hair folicles to grow. A daily 5 minute massage can help your hair grow (in addition to proper hair care), and make you feel better and calm while you’re at it!
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This spray is easy to use, and leaves hair managable, fresh and detangled. It is about $5 at hair supply stores.
There are many myths, do’s, and don’ts to black hair care, and I will make sure to tell you what I know, what works, and what just doesn’t! Some of it will come from my own personal experiences with doing hair, and others will come from questions and comments, so feel free to leave some!
Many women of African descent all over the world have stopped relaxing, straightening, and playing with their hair, and have started embracing the natural look. There are many different reasons why people decided to go natural, whether it is because of hair damage from chemicals, scalp problems, illnesses, finances, hair loss, being tired of spending hours at the beauty salon/weaving lady’s house….or simply curiosity. Or, if they’re anything like me, others are just looking for something new and interesting to try when it comes to black hair.
No matter why we choose to go natural, it is a very convenient choice when it comes to maintenance, and it is definitely something that our wallets will thank us for.
The site Nappturality.com is a website dedicated solely and specifically to the woman who chooses to go “au natural”. The site was created to help those who were simply looking for healthy, beautiful and painless hair solutions, and those who needed to see things that actually worked for others.
Nappturality.com provides photographs, Black natural hair articles and journals, links to websites, forums, other information and links about the care, maintenance and politics of natural hair.
The site is also a community where people discuss and upload their own photos, so if you’re already wearing it natural, check the site out…and then come back and tell us about your experience!
Weaves and wigs are now about as common as MacDonald’s cheeseburgers. White, Black, Asian and Hispanic women alike can revamp their do’s with adding weave.
The well known methods for applying weave are:
Hair Clips- simple and quick way to attach weave by a clip (can easily fall out, not for long term)
Hair Bonding- using hair glue (which I absolutely hate, since it does major damage and is sticky/hard to get out)
Sew-Ins- using a hair needle and hair thread to sew in weave to cornrows (I usually do this method for my clients)
Hair Fusion- the use of a keratin based polymer (cold fusion) or a hot glue (hot fusion) to tightly bond and blend weave to hair (although this is quite costly).
Now there’s a new method called Flexi-Strands. They’re simple, you just braid it into the hair, and they last long. I don’t know much about this method yet, and it doesn’t seem readily available yet. If you’ve had this done, please leave feedback!
Check out the Flexi-Strand website
For a tutorial/visual, check out this YouTube video: