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af-Ro Socialite of the Week: LolaMack!

  

 

1.) How long have you been natural?

 One year and 7 months (yes I’m a newbie)

2.) What made you decide to go/ be natural?

 I’ve always battled with alopecia on my edges and thinning from over processing. I was planning on just stretching out my relaxer for a few months to let my hair thicken up. When my natural hair started to grow out my relaxed bits just broke off. After some research I decided I’d just cut what was left of the relaxer off and be natural. The crazy thing is the alopecia spot that was bald since I was in junior high is growing in. I never thought it would grow back!

 3.) What’s your hair regime?

 It’s so imperfect. I try to wash every Saturday and during the week just keep it moisturized with a water sprits and/ or Coconut oil. From there I usually two-strand twist it and go! I have to revamp my regime for these hot months. I’d really love to try a wash and go sometime soon. I haven’t done one of those since my big chop.

 4.) How has being natural changed/effected you?

 I feel like I’ve matured since my big chop. I use to feel obligated to relax or straighten my hair because that’s just what women did. “Ignore the burning from the perm because beauty is pain girl!” I’m much more comfortable with myself these days and I’m sure its apart of me embracing my hair.

 5.) Who is your Natural Inspiration?

Is it cliché to name a youtube personality? lol either way I’m gonna say curlychronicles. I don’t have the same hair texture as her but I do aspire to have a fro as big as her’s.

 

(b)How do you feel you’d be an inspiration breaking the trend in Mainstream Media?

 I feel like I’m breaking all kinds of molds by just being myself, a pierced tattooed chick with an afro and an opinion. I was never encouraged to conform to make other people comfortable, I was told to explore life and express myself.

 6.) What products do you use?

 When I first went natural I bought every product that had the word “curl” in it. Now all I use is a black soap shampoo with a little ACV in it. Giovani Direct leave in, Extra Virgin Coconut oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 7.) What is the one Hair thing you can’t live without!

 The ouchless headband and a beanie! I know its two things but if I’m in a rush the ouchless headbands actually make you look like you’ve made someone’s effort lol. I have a few beanies from Burton that I just love to pieces! Beanies are your bad hair day corrector I usually just leave in my twists and put the beanie over them to conceal the frizz.

 8.) What’s your signature style?

 Twist outs! I’ve been doing them for a few months straight now. Simple and versatile! You can switch it up with any hair accessory and its always going to be super cute.

 9.) Where can people go to Vote for you to become the first MTV TJ! 

Voting for the top 5 starts on July 7th you can vote for me then over at http://tj.mtv.com  and to get to know more about me check out my MTV TJ profile http://tj.mtv.com/2010/06/09/tj-bio-tomicha

 

Thanks LolaMack! We wish you the best!

Be Sure to log on and Vote for Cleveland’s Own LolaMack! She could be MTV’s First Twitter Jockey!

Rocakes :)

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Posted by on July 5, 2010 in af-Ro Socialite of the week

 

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Natural Hair: The Mainstream?

Once upon a time, natural hair was the “mainstream”. But being born in the eighties, in the midst of the “Jerri Curl” era, I know very little about that time. More women had perms, curls, wigs or weaves and women who didn’t have chemicals, pressed their hair straight. The only girls I saw ever wear their hair natural was the mixed or bi-racial females. But it was socially okay for them because they had “Good Hair”.  For the last two years of my life, I’ve researched natural hair to help me along with my journey and I’m starting to find that more and more people are accepting of African-American Hair. I was watching the BET Awards and I saw Janelle Monae, and Esperanza Spalding doing their thang on the stage but most importantly rocking their beautiful tresses! They were fashionable and sexy and confident, breaking all stereotypes of the natural woman being hard or boyish. I was proud. Now Chrisette Michele is natural just recently doing her BC. Everytime I go shopping and I see more women rocking the Fro.. The question is… Is it a trend? Here today gone tomorrow? It has been my experience that ladies with perms have been influenced by naturals to cross over. I have led 7 friends to the promise land on my own. What does this mean for hairstylist who don’t specialize in Natural Hair? Will everyone eventually go Natural or will there always be some who prefer the straighter side of life… Hmmm we shall see only time will tell.

Rocakes :)

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2010 in The af-RO Socialite

 

Can’t stand the Heat; then get that Flat Iron out yo kitchen!

To many times I see ladies who have grown beautiful natural curls, revert back to the comfort zone of straight hair. No, they don’t re-relax, they Flat Iron. And no, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with Flat Ironing your hair maybe once a year, I don’t use heat at all personally but I can understand why some may for various reasons, such as length checks and trims etc.. but anywho back to my point. There are excessive heat users that forget they can damage their hair by using heat without having a perm. How? You ask..by losing your curl pattern. Have you ever seen someone with great curls and then a few strands that are straight and wayward. They don’t really curl or wave for that matter. It’s called heat damage. And for those of you who continue to straighten your natural hair especially in the summer months when you may be tempted to do it everyday, sometimes twice a day just because you can’t stand that poof!…you will eventually wear it down your curl causing it to dry out and eventually to break. I’ve seen it happen and it’s sad because it means mentally they have not fully accepted their natural crown. Being natural is more mental than anything,…..just had to get that off my chest ..till next time.

Rocakes :)

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2010 in The af-RO Socialite