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Long before going natural was a fad, Lauryn Hill was rocking it!  Hill’s hair helped to define not only her own beauty and individuality but also that of the hip hop culture.  To this day it remains a beautiful expression of black woman everywhere!

Lauryn Hill

Long gone are just the European influenced weaves worn by woman of color.  More and more sisters are expressing themselves with amazing afros and kinky twists reminiscent of who we are and whence we came!

Thank you Lauryn for being one of the first to show us how our black is beautiful!

Lotta locs for Lauryn Hill


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On my recent journey back “home” to the chemically freed and natural hair that I lost so many years ago, I have had the pleasure of experimenting with some of the best natural hair care products on the market today. I was so pleased to see that I had many options to choose from.  The hard part was choosing just which one worked best for me.  I quickly learned that the key to selecting the best product for your hair is based solely on “knowing” your hair type.  Whether you are “transitioning” from previously chemically relaxed hair

Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding 16oz jar $38

(me), maintaining naturally kinky hair or looking for a product to lock your hair in twists, there is a product made specifically for you.  After much research, my search ended with Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding.

Not only did this product give me the perfect curl but it also provided a healthy shine that really complimented the highlights in my hair.  And the best part is my hair was neither greasy nor heavy, and the curls last ALL DAY!!!  Just a little bit goes a long way, so the hefty $38 cost for a 16oz jar is really well worth it!

Who’s Miss Jessie?

Miss Jessie’s was founded by sisters Miko and Titi Branch.  Being of mixed descent (Asian and African-American) the Branch sisters know first hand the challenges of managing and styling naturally curly hair. Using their paternal grandmother’s home remedies for hair care and her name for their company (Jessie Mae Pittman) the sisters began selling their products in and around New York City and have been a leader in the industry since 2004.  Their first product and still their most popular of their extensive line is the Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding.  I can attest that this product not only manages curls, but it also adds shine and definition without the greasy feel or look often found with other curling products.

Star Products:

My top picks from the Miss Jessie’s line are:

  • Curly Meringue– This light and weightless emulsion gives your hair

    Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue 16oz $38

    bouncy and behaving curls.  This product is best for use with:  Finger styles, 2 Strand Twists, spiral sets, relaxed hair with curly styling and transitioners and texturizers.

  • Curly Pudding-The world famous Curly Pudding is designed to smooth out your curls for more definition and shine. This product is best for use with: natural kinky curls that you want to elongate and define with shine!

Where to Buy

Miss Jessie’s award winning products can be purchased online at  If you are transitioning or already “natural” and you’re still looking for the right product for your hair, or even if you’re looking for some creative styles for your natural hair, (dry twists are my favorite) check out Miss Jessie’s website.  And as always, remember to keep it simple and stylish!

Before Miss Jessie's

After Miss Jessie's

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As a little girl, one of my worst memories was getting my hair braided.  This was because of two major factors: 1) I had very short hair, so my sisters would literally pull my brains out just to grab enough hair to braid; 2) Before you got your hair braided, it had to be straightened- “Kentucky Fried” straightened, with a hot comb that you heated up on the stovetop- Ouch!  Well thank goodness for modern times!  Stove top hot combs are a thing of the past- while they are still used today (they are now electric), they are no longer needed for braided hair styles!! 

My little girl loves braids and just how versatile they can be style-wise.  Just recently while we were out shopping at the local mall, we saw some young ladies wearing what appeared to be “Mohawks” but they were braided hair!  I have to say, it was just about the coolest thing that I had seen in a long time, so I decided to try it out on my little one, well not so little one- she’s 10 years old now.  Needless to say, she loved it! It’s now her signature style, and all the craze amongst her little girlfriends.  Not only is this style chic and fabulous, it’s also easy and virtually maintenance –free.  Are you already rocking this style?  Share your picture and story with us!

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