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Our Doll on Display for the Month of November:Sadiya Sassine

1 Nov

Sadiya has a quiet confidence that I admire. She also has one of the prettiest smiles underneath the coolest afro that I have EVER seen. Our doll on display for the month of November is a woman of purpose, serving our community in a unique and very needed way! Read on!
1. Where do you live and what do you do? I live in Tampa, FL and I work at a non-profit, drug abuse rehabilitation facility. I work in the HIV department teaching about HIV prevention in terms of sexual practices and drug use. I also do HIV testing as well as stay on top of the clients to make sure that everyone is seeing their doctor at least once a year.

2. What were your family’s reaction to you going natural? My dad wasn’t too interested about it, as long as I still looked like a nice young lady. My mom was hesitant at first, because she was worried about my hair being short. “A woman’s hair is part of her beauty” she told me. She also worried that I wouldn’t take care of it. (I’m not known for wanting to invest lots of time in my hair!) I tell myself, it’s not that I’m lazy, just laid-back and understated. Eventually though, I convinced my mom to be the one to give me my big chop!

3. What is one hair product that you cannot do without? My hair absolutely loves Lutrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol. It’s ridiculous because this stuff is SO CHEAP but it literally works wonders in my hair. I use it sparingly as a leave-in.
 

4. Do you have any hair wisdom you’d like to share with other natural beauties? I will have to go with a quote from my cousin: “Just let your hair do its thing.” In other words, don’t fight with your hair. If it wants to be big and noticeable, let it be big and noticeable. Don’t hide from it. If your hair wants to be curly, don’t argue with it. As long as you keep yourself looking put together and carry yourself with dignity, you can pull off any hair style you want.

5. What is your original hair regimen? My regimen is to use some mild and natural shampoos, such as Hask Placenta Shampoo with Olive Oil. I usually wash twice, and then condition with Creme of Nature Chamomile and Comfrey Healing Conditioner. The shampoo/conditoner choice is not as important as the Lutrasilk with Shea Butter that I apply to my hair after it has been washed. I use just a little bit and rub it through my hair while it is still wet to define my curls and make my hair SUPER SOFT and shiny. At most, I have just wrung out my hair, but certainly not towel dried it. Also, I only comb or brush my hair while there is conditioner in it in the shower, or right after I apply the Lutrasilk. Because this product makes my hair so manageable, I think it has contributed to my hair growth and minimized the hair damage over the past year. Occasionally, if I am doing twists, I also apply coconut oil to hair while I twist it, just to keep it shiny and in place. I don’t use coconut oil all the time, though, because it can make my scalp itchy after a 4 days or so.
Word of warning: I AVOID Pantene products (sorry Pantene!). Even the shampoo made “for women of color” dries leaves my hair unbelievably dry.


6. What made you decide to go natural? Honestly, my cousin had been natural for years but I never gave much thought to it. I was too busy thinking about college classes and exams to worry about hairstyle. Letting my mom give me a perm every 8 weeks was easier for me, even though I didn’t take care of my hair like I should have (by setting it in rollers, etc.). All I ever did was pull it back in a ponytail. One day, just before I graduated, I woke up and thought “bump that” and I just decided I wasn’t going to perm my hair anymore. For one thing, my hair was so dead and damaged. For another, I absolutely DETEST putting rollers in my hair, sitting under the hot dryer so long that my bum is hurting, and having to worry about new growth every 8 weeks (although for me it was more like 10-12 weeks…) Not to mention the fact that I wanted to embrace my blackness and stop fighting with my hair. It was my good friend Priscilla from work who inspired me to do the big chop as early as I did (about 7 months after new growth). I figured, when will I have another chance to have my hair this short? So I went for it, and it was magnificent. My big chop was in Thanksgiving 2009, and I have loved my fro ever since. Although I do have to take care of it more consistently, the process is a lot more fun and I have the freedom to play and experiment on my natural hair. I don’t have to depend on chemicals or other people anymore. I guess you could say that we get along now.


7. Who do you look up to for hair inspiration if anyone? I look up to my friend Priscilla who inspired me with her all natural vegan, organic, natural hair lifestyle. I also look up to one of her idols, a young lady on the youtube channel “Kimmaytube.” She has an amazing wealth of knowledge and it shows in her consistent hair growth. Plus, she’s creative and helps me find styles that don’t take hours to do.

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Our Doll on Display for the Month of October: Angela Mickens

1 Oct

There’s something very sexy about a woman who’s not going to appologize for being fabulous….that’s Angela! Angela’s big, gorgeous hair is as large as her life, personality and smile. Angela carries herself with the kind of confidence and attitude that will inspire any doll who loves herself. Read on! Oh, and btw, this doll’s purse collection is INSANE! You better work it Mrs.Mickens!

1. Where do you live and what do you do?
I live in and represent my hometown of beautiful Tampa, Florida! Other than being a full time Queen, ;), I am a drug and alcohol prevention counselor in four different public schools. 

2. What were your family’s reaction to you going natural?
My family was very supportive of me going natural. Due to being biracial my texture and type of hair is quite different from my mother’s, so although she encouraged me to go natural she was unable to aid me in my transition, as she never had the personal experience of my grade of hair. I can’t think of any negative comments or reactions from my family members, thank God!
 
3. What is one hair product that you cannot do without?
Hmm…that’s a good question. I’m not really partial to any products in particular. I have been natural for about twelve years now and I swear I’ve used EVERY product for curly hair during that time period! LOL! If I had to name one…probably Blue Magic hair grease. The coconut scented one! My scalp gets extremely dry and this works wonders on my scalp!
 
4. Do you have any hair wisdom you’d like to share with other natural beauties?
Well, the most important thing is this: Natural does not mean lazy! I never worked so hard on my relaxed hair as I do my natural hair. It is a lot to manage, but it is worth it. Keep up with the care of your hair. Even though it is natural, if you don’t properly maintain it, it will damage and break. Represent us well! Do your damn hair! Lol! I also want to say, the choice that you made to be natural is just that; YOUR choice. I don’t feel that because I am natural that anyone else should be. This was a personal decision that I made and I don’t try to impose my ideas or thoughts on anyone else. Next time you’re ready to chastise someone for not “keeping it real” think about this: Is everything you do totally “natural”? Let that marinate

5. What is your original hair regimen?
I try to keep things as simple as possible. I wash my hair while in the shower with any basic shampoo such as Suave, Pantene, V05, etc. After I rinse out the shampoo I apply a generous amount of conditioner. Right now I’m using Suave Aloe and Water Lily. I comb through my hair at this point; to get all the tangles out. After that I rinse about 1/3 of the conditioner out, wrap my hair in a towel and get out of the shower. Next, I take my hair down and apply the Blue Magic Coconut grease to my scalp. Lastly, I apply a small amount of gel to my hair and brush it through with a Denman brush. Don’t use too much or your hair will be crispy and crunchy! I’ve been using the yellow L.A. Looks gel here lately, but I’ve also used gels by Suave, Aussie, etc. Pretty much anything will work as long as it has a good amount of hold and control to it. I usually diffuse my hair afterwards and I’m done! My curls are always soft, supple and bouncy. It sounds like a lot, but the entire process only takes about 40-45minutes. That includes my shower!  
6. What made you decide to go natural?
I went natural after I began to notice significant hair loss over a period of a few months due to the relaxers I used to get. After that I was like ok, no! Lol! The transition period was nothing nice, but my hair grows EXTREMELY fast, so I had a head full of mid back length beautiful curls in about 9 months.
 
7. Who do you look up to for hair inspiration if anyone?
You know, when I went natural there was no YouTube, Miss Jessies, Mixed Chicks, DevaChan, etc. I had to experiment on myself and learn what worked for me through trial and error. A LOT of trial and error! Lol! I admire others that are natural, but I am my own inspiration. Thank you and goodnight! 😉 

PS: If anyone wishes to contact me I can be found on YouTube. Type in the search bar my username, which is TheMrsMickens. I have videos on natural hair that I’ve shared on the site! Check me out! 

Here’s the link to Angela’s Blog y’all! http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=themrsmickens&aq=f

Our Doll on Display for the Month of September: Nerissa Irving

1 Sep

When you think about the tropical island of Jamaica, you may also think about its white sandy beaches, turquoise ocean and exotic foods. But others may also see it for its exciting tourist attractions and exotic women. Case and point, Nerissa Irving aka “ Imperial Goddess!” With her beautiful caramel skin and gorgeous cascading locs, this model/ writer/actress expresses natural beauty at its best! So for all our natural viewers who rock locs … we got you! We love and appreciate all our natural divas!!!

1. Where do you reside? Miami, Florida…I’m a model/ actress/ writer

2. What were your family’s reaction to you going natural? My whole family has natural hair (locs). Hair that isn’t natural is abnormal to us lol.

3. What is one hair product that you cannot do without? I must have my Island oil or olive oil.

4. Do you have any hair wisdom you’d like to share with other natural beauties? Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to be different.

5.What is your hair regimen? Hmmm. My hair regimen is laziness lol. I wash it, oil it, and leave it. I’m very tender headed.

6. What made you decide to go natural? My mother started my hair. I grew up in a Rastafarian home. My hair represents my life and my roots.

7. Who do you look up to for hair inspiration if anyone? My mother is my inspiration : )!

 

You can see more of Nerissa by visiting her site at http://nerissairving.com/

 

Our Doll On Display for the Month of August: Bisola

1 Aug

Hey dolls! We are proud to present our very first natural and unapologetically fierce doll on display, Bisola! I met Bisola when I was a student at USF and always loved how beautiful and glowing her skin was. When she smiled her entire being just glowed from the inside out. Bisola has been natural since then and is currently working on a book that will document her natural hair journey. I am so proud that she has agreed to be our first face of natural beauty!

 Where do you live and what do you do?
I currently live in Michigan and the question is what don’t I do. I am a woman of God, wife, mother, student, worker, hair connoisseur, activist, soon to be business owner, friend, and sex kitten (oops should have left that one out lol).

 
What were your family’s reaction to you going natural?
I had great support from my family, this is the second and finally time of me going natural. My sister was a little hesitant because I use to be a weave queen. All in all I had great support from the family. The only shocker to them was I did the BIG BC and they were not use to me having no hair.

 
What is one hair product that you cannot do without?
Coconut oil I absolutely adore this.

 
Do you have any hair wisdom you’d like to share with other natural beauties?

Yes, Naturals be one with your self, wearing your natural hair is like having the sexiest pair of heels on. It make you feel good strut with confidence. Embrace the hair that God gave you, you should never compare your hair let along yourself to others. Being an individual is most important. Research and be one with your natural hair.

 
 What is your original hair regimen?

In the beginning I was a PJM (product junkie maniac), I soon found out that my hair didn’t really need certain ingredients. My weekly regimen consist of

Shampoo my hair (using SheaMoisture or Curls) Before shampooing I typically use tea tree oil with deionized water and spray it all over my hair for a prepoo. Next I would use my Giovanni Conditioner to saturate and detangle, then shampoo. For my hair now I prefer sulfate free shampoos and shampoos that are more creamer like conditioners.

I use three types of leave in conditioners (depending on the weather and hairstyle)

Homemade Leave-In

I mixed in a 12oz spray bottle aloe vera juice, grape seed oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, deionized water, coconut oil, and any leave in conditioner of my choice.

Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In

SheaMoisture Leave In Conditioner

Sealants for my ends:

I am a big fan of my coconut oil, castor oil, and honey mixture. I find that my ends are healthier and less vulnerable to breakage.

Deep Conditioning:

I typically alternate every week. I use mostly homemade deep conditioning treatments:

Raw sheabutter (melted)
Coconut Oil
Avocado Oil and 1/2 Avocado
Olive Oil
Aubrey Rosesuckle Conditioner and/or Oyin HoneyHemp Conditioner (this homemade I use a lot during the winter months)

My hair loves protein so a lot of the regular conditioners I use on alternating weeks are protein based:

Aubrey GPB
Or SheaMoisture Deep Conditoner Hair Mask (with egg/mayo)

I do overnight deep conditioning or if I am lazy I typically set under my hooded dryer or steam for 20 to 30 minutes

What made you decide to go natural?
I just got tired on the mundane. I mean growing up I didn’t start perming my hair until the 7th grade, but it was tortuous. I never healthy when it was permed, but when I became learning about the chemicals that it take to make perms, certain shampoos, weave glues I just about died. I’m not stating everything I put in my hair is 100% natural but I try to come as close as possible.

Who do you look up to for hair inspiration if anyone?
When I went natural the 2nd time I was working for a place called Natural Trendsetters (I was permed then I know a big oxymoron) but all the natural women that came in there, there was a certain confidence they carried and I admired that completely. I was still a little scarred. November of 2008 I stopped perming and February of 2009 I BC’d!!

Bisola's 1 year anniversary puff...GIRL YOU BETTER WORK IT!