Starting today I want to showcase some of the AWESOME curly fros and curly girls (and guys!) that I see all over these interwebs. So every Friday from today on on this site, will be "Fab Fro Friday" because, why not? #HAIR :)
Janelle Monáe is the latest gorgeous face to grace the glossies of CoverGirl's advertisement campaigns, joining the likes of P!nk, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, Sofia Vergara and Ellen DeGeneres.
"I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them," said Monáe in a statement. "One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique."
She added, "Becoming a CoverGirl is truly an honor and a gift. It opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out." Superpowers aside, Monáe is the perfect star to encourage women to be artistic and embrace their own unique types of beauty. [via Billboard]
Pink is the latest star to join CoverGirl's roster of A-list celebrity spokeswoman, which includes Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift and Sofia Vergara.
"With the signing of Pink, COVERGIRL is celebrating 'Beauty with an Edge' and who better to deliver that message than someone who embodies art and attitude," the makeup brand said in a release. "Pink and COVERGIRL are looking to inspire women to celebrate their individuality and never settle for a single beauty standard."
If you missed MSNBC weekend anchor and New Orleans transplant (yay!) Melissa Harris Perry's show segment on "The Politics of Black Hair" no worries, because you can watch below! It was a super interesting two part discussion:
I love the look of winged eyeliner. When it's done right, it's near perfection on any face. A couple people who continue to get this beauty trend right are Nicole Richie and Adele. Fabulous. But enter stage left Megan Draper from AMC's Mad Men and this chick is kinda owning the look too. The video below gives one of the best tips on how to perfect winged eyeliner that I've ever heard, start with the wing! Wow! Groundbreaking (for me anyways, lol) I promise you I tried it, and it worked the FIRST TIME, no lie. So if you've struggled to capture the winged eyeliner look in the past (like me) watch and learn below:
As someone who has recently transitioned from relaxed to natural hair (check out my Tumblr for a glimpse into my hair journey) this new campaign from Carol's Daughter featuring Solange Knowles has me intrigued... check it below:
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These oils are all the oils in my hair arsenal right now. When I first decided definitively to go natural (March 2011) I went full steam ahead trying to learn what people used on their transitioning/natural hair. I visited hair forums, websites, Youtube channels, I bought books, got scared into staying away from using products with sulfates and parabens which I still largely do. But what immediately got me excited were all the oils. OILS. I know. It's like, why oils? I don't know really, but using natural oils had an immediate impact on my decision to go natural for whatever reason. I still to this day can't fully put my finger on why. I dropped a good amount of cash on all these oils 5 months ago, and the only one I've had to replace to date is my Sweet Almond Oil (it's light and velvety which I like so I use a good bit of it).
My essential oils are another whole breed of oils. My Sweet Basil Oil is front and center because it is my hands down favorite EO. I use it in my water/glycerin moisturizing hair spritz. I don't know why the smell of basil makes me so happy, but it does. When I first got all these oils, I turned into this mad scientist mixing different oils, conditioners and lotions. All I was missing was a white lab coat, lol. It still excites me to mix my own hair oils and conditioners. I think I have more oils than brand name hair products right now. So below are a few links to what I've learned about these oils and some of what I've experienced with them so far:
I've been "officially" transitioning from relaxed to natural hair since February 2011 when I finally decided I wouldn't get another relaxer. My last relaxer was October 1, 2010, one day before my cousin Brenda's beautiful New Orleans wedding. Dealing with my hair was a bit of a struggle at first, but once I discovered all the natural hair phenoms on Youtube, I was good to go with everything I was learning. I'm excited about my curly hair! Mostly because I didn't realize that I even had curly hair. I really didn't. Anyhoo, in my haste to get my vid uploaded to Youtube, I failed to do a spellcheck and I misspelled "transition" at the end, but you'll look past that won't you? And let me know what you think :)
The red lips at last week's Chanel show? According to the brand's global creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, they're a little bit couture and a little bit rock 'n' roll. In other words: Coco meets Courtney Love. This video definitely makes me wanna wear a red lip more often.
When is the last time you said, “Thank you hair for sticking around during all the mistakes and bad ideas I subjected you to.” Think about all the damaging processes, crazy colors and ridiculous styles you have put your hair through. And even through all of that, it stuck around (well maybe not all of it). Even when you cursed it for not “acting right today.”
Well its time to show your hair a little appreciation.
via People: Zoe Saldana, 31, has been named the newest face of an Avon fragrance, Eternal Magic, debuting in April, PEOPLE has exclusively learned. The fragrance “takes inspiration from the rare Princess Monaco Rose,” according to an Avon release. “It means so much to me to be associated with a company that shares my values and believes in empowering women,” says the actress, who is now best known for kicking butt as Na’vi warrior princess Neytiri in Avatar. In her first major endorsement deal since James Cameron’s blockbuster grossed a billion dollars, Saldana will also be featured in the company’s brochure as a face of Avon’s color cosmetics collection (no word on whether that includes ‘Pandora blue’!). Geralyn Breig, Senior Vice President and President of Avon North America, says of Saldana, “We are thrilled to have Zoe as the spokesperson for Eternal Magic. Every woman wants to be unforgettable and Zoe perfectly embodies that feeling. She’s a rising star in Hollywood — and has built a strong reputation for playing empowering characters that leave a lasting impression.”