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The day in the life of a “dread” can be interesting to say the least. I should know.
People Are Going to Touch Your Hair
For some reason when you grow dreads, people think you no longer need your personal space. Be prepared to feel a tug or two when you’re in line at the grocery store or sitting on the bus. Yes, I can feel that. My hair is attached to my head.
At this point in the game, most Love & Hip Hop fans are aware that K. Michelle changes her hair just about as often as she changes her drawers, so I’m not 100% sure where Rashidah Ali is going with this, but the former redhead recently accused her new co-star of jacking her signature hair color.
“Well, I changed my hair color K.Michelle did come to New York and swagger jacked my whole entire hairstyle,” Rashidah told VH1 during the Love & Hip Hop season four premiere party.
She went on to say that the leader in her wouldn’t allow her to share a hair color with K.
“I’m a leader. I’m a person who likes to be separated from this rest. I don’t wanna be the other girl on the show with the red hair. So I intentionally changed my hair color just to be different.”
Rashidah adds that she will gladly allow K to rock the red tresses.
“She can have that. The red was last season. We’ve moved on to new and better things. So kudos to her. Rebellious Soul, right? There you go,” she sarcastically added.
We definitely sense some shade there, but maybe she was just joking? Though we could understand why some of the other ladies might resent K, as she made it quite clear that she’s not interested in shooting scenes with any of them.
Watch Rashidah’s interview on the next page. What do you make of this?
When offered the opportunity to interview our favorite childhood friend, Rudy Huxtable from The Cosby Show, we were excited to catch up with the lovable Cosby Kid.
When she’s not auditioning or making sure her body is right and tight, Keisha Knight Pulliam can be found mentoring teenage girls through her non-for-profit summer camp, Kamp Kizzy, or promoting Hairfinity, a hair growth product everyone from Toya Carter to Regina King is raving about.
Known for her flawless skin and unbelievably laid hair, Pulliam shared an important secret with us that many women overlook when determing their health and beauty regimens. Check out what the big secret is in our Q&A below.
Why did you decide to become Hairfinity’s brand ambassador?
I decided to become the brand ambassador for Hairfinity because I believe in the product. I would never sell something I didn’t already use. Prior to becoming brand ambassador, I used the product to see how I really felt about it. Since I began using it, there is a huge difference with my hair. It is thicker, longer and it sheds less. Initially I didn’t tell my friends I was using the product and after a while they began to tell me how great my hair looks and that’s how I knew Hairfinity was working.
What’s your personal hair care regimen?
I usually flat iron my hair, but when I’m working out I will make it curly; I go with the looks of my lifestyle. I take my Hairfinity vitamins daily along with my other vitamins; I make sure to drink lots of water and eat good fruits and vegetables. I also make sure to not put too much heat on my hair, too, when styling it.
What’s your number one beauty tip for black women?
Honestly, at the end of the day, it starts from the inside so you need consistency. You have to be consistent with your own personal hair care or fitness regimen. You cannot expect miracles overnight; it’s important to commit and give things time. As black women, we are not homogeneous, so you must create a routine based on your individual needs. There are so many vitamins and health products out there but you have to think about your body’s chemistry. Go to a really good nutritionist or find natural remedies to help maintain your health.
Why did you create Kamp Kizzy?
Kamp Kizzy is my heart. It’s a non-profit I started for 11-16 year old girls. We focus on empowerment and self esteem. It is important for girls to dream big and accomplish big — understanding there is nothing outside of their reach. We host programs throughout the year, but in the summer we host usually 100 girls for free. This past summer we had 105 girls join us. They come from all across the country to Atlanta. We have different workshops based on vision boards, sexual and reproductive health, yoga and respect. We create a very safe place and judgement-free zone for the girls. Kamp Kizzy is based on who I am as a woman; I realize not everyone will have the same experiences as me. Kamp Kizzy is about broadening another person’s horizon.
Click on the link to see Keisha in action with some of the Kamp Kizzy campers!
In case you were looking to try out another reality TV star-branded hair extension line, look no further. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Marlo Hampton recently celebrated the launch of her new hair line, Select Extensions, this past weekend in Atlanta.
Celebs like Marlo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta cast mates, Tameka Raymond and Funky Dineva were in attendance of the event, which took place at Atlanta’s My Fair Sweets. According to FreddyO, some drama also went down between Marlo and one of NeNe’s estranged sisters. The nature of the altercation is unclear, but witnesses say that Marlo was unhappy about the sister attending her event and eventually hair went “flying.” NeNe’s sister was eventually escorted out of the party.
What’s interesting, however, is the fact that Marlo’s hair pieces were being showcased on wooden hangers. Currently, there aren’t many details available about the line, but according to attendees, the outspoken reality star showcased multiple premium pieces from the collection.
Katt Williams, comedian extraordinaire, has been anything but shy when talking about his hair. He’s lauded himself as a perm wearing, faux pimp with “luxurious” hair. Let him tell it. Yes, there have been times where Katt’s hair has been fabulous. But there have also been times where his hair, and we’re sure Katt would agree, looked a hot mess. Check out the highs and the lows along the way.
People always have something to say. So although the latest controversy surrounding Gabrielle Union isn’t surprising, it’s still pretty annoying. Back in July, the 40-year-old bombshell dyed her hair blonde for a new movie role. While most of us felt that the pop of color was adorable and super flattering on her, some folks felt otherwise. Now it’s perfectly okay to dislike the hair color on her— to each his own. But y’all know that the peanut gallery took it a step further and used the Being Mary Jane actress’s temporary hair color as an opportunity to question her blackness.
According to Glamazons Blog, during Essence Magazine’s first ever upfronts breakfast, Ms. Union participated in a panel alongside Iman, Bethann Hardison and Afrobella founder Patrice. During the panel, the ladies explored a plethora of topics including racism in fashion, natural hair and plus-sized women in fashion. Interestingly, at one point in the discussion, the ladies began discussing Black women and weaves, which is when the Think Like A Man actress revealed that when she dyed her hair a few months back, she received a ton of backlash.
“It was a brouhaha when I changed my hair to blonde for a movie and [I received] questions about my character and my blackness! I was like, ‘umm, I thought that it was pretty clear that it was for a job.’ But even if it wasn’t for a job, it’d be my choice. It feels like my choice — or what they thought was my choice — to be somehow closer to white reflected on everybody,” Gabrielle admitted.
People are always doing the most.
What do you think of Gabby’s revelation? Were people overreacting or can you see where they were coming from?
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE Who doesn’t love a great wedding? Especially when the Bride-to-be looks like a million bucks. We’ve surprised one lucky Bride to be with the ultimate wedding makeover. You’re in for a treat as this fab beauty story unfolds on “I Dream of a Glam Wedding.” In this episode, you get to hear the story behind proposal of Nina and Ed and she will also receive a hair/make-up consultation by a celebrity hairstylist/makeup artist. Make sure you watch the full video to find out how you can win a $500 gift card for your own hair and makeup products.
ABOUT THE BRIDE-TO-BE Nina Kenny is a 28 year old Private Voice Instructor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently engaged to 33 year old Edward McCray who recently proposed to Nina on her 28th birthday. To here full story of how they met and more make sure you watch the video above.
ABOUT THE CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST Pat Sumpter Davis has styled numerous celebrity personalities such as Gayle King, Tamron Hall, Nene Leakes, and Tamar Braxton. She recently founded Vanity Mane, luxury line of hair extensions, wigs, and accessories. As one of the leading voices in the beauty industry, Pat’s experience and knowledge has allowed her to identify the void in the market therefore presenting a product to customers that she can stand behind. For more information visit: http://www.vanitymaneextensions.com/
ABOUT THE CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST Patricia Ambroise is a born and bred New York Celebrity Makeup Artist. Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue Italia, Essence, GQ, Ink Magazine, and Ebony. She has worked with companies such as K-Mart, NIKE, and Eylure USA Cosmetics. Her work with celebrities include Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, J. Cole, Trey Songz, Bridget Kelly, Nina Sky, Wynter Gordon, Big Sean, Rihanna, Spike Lee, just to name a few. For more information visit: http://www.patriciaambroisemakeup.com/
What does your hair mean to you? For some of us it’s important enough; but for Asha Mandela the woman with the world’s longest dredlocks, her hair is life itself.
Mandela, 50, began growing her locks out 25 years ago in spiritual quest to change her life. Initially, her family didn’t support her decision but in 2009 when she earned the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest dredlocks and started gaining notoriety, they warmed up to the idea. (Ain’t that the way it goes.)
Since 2009, her hair has gotten even more impressive. Today it’s 55 feet long and weighs 42 pounds. When she goes out in the street Asha has to wear a baby sling on her back just to carry it all.
Being the black Rapunzel might sound like a cool title, but having this much hair comes with its drawbacks. Health side effects actually. Doctors have advised Mandela to cut her hair because it has already lead to a curvature in her spine and could lead to neck spasms in the future.
But cutting it is not an option. Mandela says she and her hair are connected now– not just by the root, but spiritually. She credits the growth of her locks for helping her to overcome cancer, two strokes and two heart attacks. In fact she says, “If I ever gut my hair, I’d really be taking away my life.” So instead, of taking a pair of scissors to her hair, Mandela is going to keep living the life she’s adapted and grown accustomed to, which includes washes once a week, (which can take up to two days to dry), and that baby sling.
Check out Asha and her hair in the video below.
Black women and their hair: it’s a hair story that’s more unique than that of most groups. Sometimes, extremely coarse and curly in texture, women usually do a great deal of processing to their hair in order to make it controllable. The politics of black hair is initiated during childhood, when manageability is addressed, and when cases of “good hair” and “bad hair” are sadly diagnosed by people inside of and outside of the race. For most black women, the process of hair management and styling is a journey, cycling through styles, moving through textures, and finally settling on a style that makes you comfortable and happy. For some, that’s bone-straight, and for others, that’s natural curls. For the rest, that includes a variety of other unique styles and looks.
New technologies and accessories have developed, continuing the daily evolution and versatility of maintenance, styling, and management of black hair. As we apply these advances to our hair from week-to-week, transitioning from Senegalese braids to loose coils to long locks to dreadlocks to short bobs to natural curls, we are baffling white folks. While most techniques have been a mainstay in the black woman’s toolbox for years upon years, white people are still asking “How does it twist like that?” “What happens to your hair in the rain?” and “Can I touch it?”
I’ve had more non-consenting white people touch my hair than lovers, which echoes the sense of entitlement that white people sometimes have when it comes to space, information, the usage of the ‘n’ word, and jokes about cotton, watermelon and chicken. The challenge of understanding black hair for some of them makes it seem as if it it isn’t the norm; and the stigma that I, as a black woman, should want hair that looks more like their own. While a black woman straightening her hair is popular, there are whole groups of women who don’t elect to utilize those processes and are then picked and prodded at like science experiments for their long, short, coiled, locked and even shaved looks.
Two years ago, I went to a barber college and got the big chop, ridding myself of shoulder length hair. And, within recent months, I’ve opted to grow my hair back out, getting Senegalese braids for a few months, and then removing those braids, uncovering natural hair. As I’ve transitioned from style-to-style, I’ve transitioned from job to job. Two months ago, I left an elementary school on the east side of Harlem where the ethnic make-up of the school was 99 percent black/Hispanic. I went on to a school on the southwest side of Brooklyn in an area known as Bensonhurst, where the ethnic makeup of the students at my work is 97 percent Asian/two percent White. This change in environment, as it relates to hair, reminded me that there are whole groups of children and adults who motor through their whole childhood/lives without meeting/knowing very many black people, especially if they live in racially divided areas. So, of course, they’ll know nothing about blackness or black hair aside from what they see on TV. Because of that, any changes in personal styling by me brings on an assortment of questions from teachers and students alike, each asking questions like, “How does it do that?” which usually garners a lofty explanation or a shrug. After all, my hair isn’t a trick pony, it holds no great secrets.
When those Senegalese braids were removed and my short natural was revealed, the widespread confusion and brigade of questions concerning my shift in hair style, texture and length was comical. And, being a good Samaritan who likes to answer questions when they are asked, it sometimes becomes difficult to explain things to people who don’t understand how something as basic as hair can be different. Honestly, being asked questions like “Why do black people have to straighten their hair?” and “Can I put water in your hair?” in a singular breath can become tiresome and cumbersome.
The questions aren’t as bothersome as the lack of intelligence or forethought that is sometimes put into the questions asked by some. When questions like these are asked, and it elicits a negative/uncomfortable reaction from black people, the notion that black hair is taboo is perpetuated. Some questions can happily be answered about black hair, but if a silly question or too many questions are asked, then that’s the verbal equivalent of overstaying a welcome. Also, Google is a good source for providing answers, when all else fails. But I will say, questions are preferred to unwarranted touching, and making an effort to understand my hair and in a way, my culture, is actually a positive thing. Now if only that effort was used for more serious and important issues and matters…
It’s not easy to always be on point in Hollywood. Virtually anybody can look their best on a red carpet — if they want to — but these women here have managed to keep their manes perfectly coiffed whether they’re going to an event, chilling on the beach, or picking up groceries up the block. They know the hairstyles that work for them and whenever they switch up their styles it’s a win. Here are the celebrity women who we’ve never seen have a bad hair day.