"Don't remove the kinnks from your hair, remove them from your brain. ~Marcus Garvey
Hair Craft Project

Hair Craft Project

I got my hair styled.
Not “done”, because my hair does not need fixing, and is not broken.
Chaundra Lockstar styled my hair of Naturals Salon.
Here is the pic she posted of…

Hair Craft Project
Sasheer Zamata on SNL

Sasheer Zamata on SNL

I watch Saturday Night Live - I don't always get the jokes. The episode with Kerry Washington was hilarious! Let's admit it, diversity of any kind is just more interesting.…

Sasheer Zamata on SNL
Naturally Happy Hair

Naturally Happy Hair

So, have you seen it yet?  Naturally Happy Hair Magazine! Natural Hair & Lifestyle...

Look how happy my hair is while I read the pages...

The first edition is the spring edition-…

Naturally Happy Hair
The Truth Natural Hair Brunch

The Truth Natural Hair Brunch Review

What does the truth mean to you?

For me, the truth means finding an inner peace.  Our event on April 20th, used natural hair as a vehicle to help others find…

The Truth Natural Hair Brunch Review
Richmond Natural Hair Brunch

The Truth about The Truth Bruch (Richmond Vir…

Forgive me, i have not been completely clear about the intentions for The Truth Brunch.

See, it does not matter WHY or WHEN you went natural. It does even matter if…

The Truth about The Truth Bruch (Richmond Vir…
Hairstory Natural Hair Salon Rancho Cucamonga CA

Natural Hair Salon: Hairstory Rancho Cucamong…

Special Thanks to Imani Nash-Bey, Owner and Senior Certified Sisterlock Consultant of Hairstory Natural Hair Salon.  Ms. Imani took the time to answer questions and give us an inside look…

Natural Hair Salon: Hairstory Rancho Cucamong…
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Naturally Happy Hair

So, have you seen it yet?  Naturally Happy Hair Magazine! Natural Hair & Lifestyle…

Look how happy my hair is while I read the pages…

The first edition is the spring edition- and I LOVE IT!  Co-founders Crystal Knight and Chimere Norris laced the magazine pages with helpful information in an appealing way featuring beautiful naturals.  The cover features Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, and oh yeah me on page 10!!  (check out the image below).

Seriously, check out their site www.naturallyhappyhair.com

Satirical: Natural Hair Myths Dispelled

Thanks Shanika for bringing this to our attention.

It is a satirical short titled, Natural Hair Myths Dispelled, playing off of real and imaged natural hair questions.

What do you think Kinnks readers?

Web series Make Me a Naturalista

Make Me A Naturalista HostsWhat if you can snap your fingers to summon a natural hair fairy god mother?

One that can assist you with your natural hair transition, styling, confidence and swag!  What about two fairy god mothers?

Yardley Messeroux (The Coil Review), and Natasha Gaspard (Mane Moves TV) are you new natural hair – god mothers on the web series Make Me A Naturalista!  The series has already published “The Story Behind Make Me a Naturalista” and two episodes.

Check out their first episode…

Natural Hair Salon Los Angeles: Mahogany Hair Revolution with Dr. Kari Williams

Dr. Kari Williams is a definite mover and shaker within the natural hair community – especially on the West Coast. In addition to having advanced degrees in Trichology (medical and cosmetic study of the hair and scalp), she is also the founder of two salons in the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Kari believes that it is imperative to share knowledge with others, but she also understands how our hair is an important part of our self-image and also impacts our self-esteem.

Our interview with Dr. Kari…

Dr. Kari Williams of Mahagony Revolution Salon

What do you do at Mahogany Hair Revolution?
I am the founder and owner of Mahogany Hair Revolution. I am also a natural hair care specialist and hair designer and Master Loctician

How large is your team?
There are 5 stylists on my team

How long have you been doing natural hair?
I have been styling natural hair for 12 years. I have been a licensed stylist for 6 years

What inspired you to do so?
I have been styling hair since I was a child. It is a natural gift and talent of mine. The specific interest in natural hair derived out of the example and motivation my mother provided me. She wore her hair natural my whole life and she always encouraged me to be proud of my hair and to wear it natural also.

Mahogany Revolution Inside Salon

Inside Salon Mahogany Revolution

What makes your salons stand out from others?
Mahogany Hair Revolution is distinguished from other salons for two primary reasons.

It is an all natural hair studio where there are no styles created using chemical straighteners
or extreme forms of heat (pressing combs, flat irons or curling irons).

Secondly, it is a Trichology clinic that serves the needs of women, men and children who are suffering with hair loss, hair thinning, scalp discomfort and hair shaft disorders. Our focus is not only on providing hair styling services but also ensuring that we are keeping our client’s hair healthy and promoting
healthy hair habits.

When and why did you decide to loc your hair?
I am wearing my second set of locs. My first set I started in college and wore them for a year and a half then cut them off. I consider my first set an experimental set. The decision to loc my hair was easy. My mother wore locs since I was in 2nd grade. She was a beautiful example for me so there was no hesitation or misunderstanding about the style. This second set of locs I’ve worn for 4 years.

Two Strand Twist Up Do

Two Strand Twist Up Do by Stylist at Mahogany Hair Revolution

How do you think natural hair is received in your area, verses other parts of the country or world?
In Los Angeles, there are women who wear there hair natural but its not a concentrated population like on the East Coast in cities like New York and Washington DC. I work in Hollywood and the images that are prevalent are women with weaves and straight hair. So I am competing with those images and promoting a look that is contrary to what is popular in my area.

What type of suggestions do you have for healthy natural hair?
The best suggestion I will give is that healthy hair start from the inside. I promote healthy living. Your hair is a reflection of your health. Therefore, start with the basics of eating a balanced diet, supplementing the nutrients that you need, avoid bad sugar, alcohol and junk food habits, and drink plenty of water.

Contact info
490 S. San Vicente Blvd. #10
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9909
www.drkariwilliams.com
www.mahoganyrevolution.com
Follow on Twitter: @drkariwilliams
LIKE our Facebook Fan Page: Mahogany Hair Revolution

White Women Rock Afros Too

There are times when the African-American community makes complaints, and I cringe. I just do not agree and think people are being too sensitive.  Our world is more about class, and wealth.

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Most times, I can relate with the cries of injustice and share in the disappointment. Yes, there is still a lot of mis-educated prejudice people out there. I find myself having to explain my Blackness, and why I am different and it is just exhausting.  I want to ask, Don’t you know any other Black people?

Saturday, at my hotel job, a man went up to an omelet chef and asked him “Why do African-Americans continue to serve ‘our people’?” What?  Why?  Is there a guide out there to dealing with insensitive people?

Then I am absolutely confused when I hear the opinions of women like Amy Holmes, Crystal White of Conservative Black Chick or even Stacy Dash. Or reading books like A New Earth that says feeling like a victim is in your mind.

Any way, I am at a place where I am all mixed up.  I am not sure how racially sensitive I should be in 2012.

Then I saw this article For White Chicks in Afro Wigs by Linda Villrose. The article had my heart pumpin’… An afro wig, fried chicken and watermelon? Oh hell no.

But wait, Black women wear straight hair all the time?

Why can’t a white girl wear Kinnks? Black Face Lady, that’s why.

Okay, so I went straight to the source.

Michelle, a White woman has a blog called Before And Afro. From what I see, Michelle is working on being more racially sensitive, and has learned the sacredness and the importance of the Afro. I am glad she changed to a blonde Afro – it looks less buffoonery. I had to leave the site after reading prejudice comments from Black and White people.

Is it the Afro is no longer African-American?  It is now American like jazz, hip hop or pizza despite its original roots?

Any way – the more I looked at her blog, more I understood.  It is kind of weird… but from what I see Michelle is using an Afro to find herself.

Kind of the same way, we grow our natural hair to find ourselves.

What do you think?

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