Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Curly Nikki Debuts Better Than Good Hair

By Tenisha Mercer

Time to cop that new book by Curly Nikki, aka Psychlogist Nikki Walton

Curly Nikki's new book, "Better than Good Hair," hit bookshelves on Tuesday.

Let's show Nikki some love and buy the book like it's a holy grail new hair product, LOL. It is the holy grail of natural hair, only it's in a book. This is big, ya'll. For years, Curly Nikki has given us hair advice -- for free.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Natural Celebs: Teyonah Parris At SAG Awards

By Tenisha Mercer

Teyonnah Parris' natural updo

Naturals showed up and showed out at the SAG Awards on Sunday, with Mad Men Actress Teyonah Parris taking the crown for the sky-high pompadour/tuck and roll/that gave me life!

Parris' twisted, rolled and tucked pompadour was perfect and oh so intricate -- a style that I haven't seen before. And Wendy Williams said natural hair wasn't "formal." #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat  Unfortunately, I don't look at Mad Men, so I was like Teyonnah who?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Shea Moisture BOGO At Target

By Tenisha Mercer

Shea Moisture is BOGO at Target
Product junkies stock up now: Shea Moisture products are Buy One, Get One 50% Off at Target stores through Feb. 23. I don't think this deal applies online; only in stores.

I saw the discount while shopping at my Target store recently, and I thought Id' pass it along. As if you need any more excuses to shop at Tarjay! If you haven't tried Shea Moisture, now is the time. The BOGO specials aren't all that frequent, and many of the folks who love Shea Moisture stock up during these special sale times at retailers like Target and Walgreen's.

Shea Moisture is a cult product, with many curlies loving the Hair Milk and the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. My eczema prone and sensitive skin loves their African Black soap.

Will you be shopping the Shea Moisture BOGO at Target?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Robin Roberts Wears A Bald Head on Good Morning America

By Tenisha Mercer

Robin Roberts during her trial run on GMA
After a bone marrow transplant in September, Good Morning America Host Robin Roberts has returned to the anchor chair as part of a series of off-air trial runs --- and she's sporting a bald head.

Roberts, who suffers from a blood marrow blood disorder and has battled breast cancer, is testing how her body responds to the studio environment and rigorous TV morning show host schedule. She looks great!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Music That Caught My Ears: Daley - Alone Together ft. Marsha Ambrosius

When I tell you that this song has been on constant repeat for 2 days! I LOVE this song. Seriously, could listen to it all day, again and again. First heard it on V-103 in Atlanta few weeks ago. Was driving in the car, but I tried to remember the title. Forgot about it, then found it on YouTube the other day (what did we do before YouTube, LOL).

The lyrics are sexy as hell. Daley, a soul singer from the U.K., reminds me of Simply Red from Back in the Day. His falsetto mirrors Marsha Ambrosius' voice perfectly. And of course, Marsha did her thing. Why am I just  hearing this song now, when it's been out for a year!

Love it!

What do you think of this song?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bey's Hair At The Inauguration

By Tenisha Mercer

Beyonce singing the national anthem at the Presidential inauguration
That color, tho!
Folks are talking about Beyonce's lip synching the national anthem at the Inauguration (I would have done the same thing, Bey and it's standard industry practice at important events), but forget about that: What about her hair! Bey debuted a thick, lush weave, slightly curled, that was so appropriate!

What did you think of Bey's hair?

What Michelle Obama was Wearing At The Inauguration

By Tenisha Mercer

FLOTUS in Jason Wu
Got the lowdown on what Michelle Obama and the first family were wearing at the Inauguration and the Inauguration. It included fashion designer Thom Browne and iconic brand J. Crew, as well as haute designer Jason Wu.

FLOTUS' inauguration ball gown was stunning -- a smashing red number by Jason Wu, which showed off her toned arms.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Michelle Obama And Her New Haircut at the Inaguration

The Obamas swearing in at the 2013 Inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C.
By Tenisha Mercer

Not to get all political on ya'll, but there's no more prouder moment for me, as a black woman, than to see the 2013 Inauguration festivities of President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C., today.

Sooooo wish I could be there. But since I'm here in Atlanta, blogging on a history making moment such as this, I may as well do what it do -- and check out FLOTUS! Looking classy as always, FLOTUS is wearing the heck out of her new Michelle Obama bangs, with a topper coat from Thom Browne and J. Crew.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Michelle Obama Unveils New Hairstyle on Twitter

By Tenisha Mercer

First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a new do -- a chic, tapered cut with bangs -- on Twitter last night. The news started out as First Lady's new Twitter handle, @FLOTUS, but it quickly turned to the tweet with the pic of her new hairstyle.

The look is so refreshing for First Lady, and I love it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Natural Uses Post It Notes In Video To Describe Transition

By Tenisha Mercer

Sometimes, your hair story isn't just about hair, but the journey itself.

Watch how KlaEngima used Post It notes in this video to describe her journey from relaxed to natural hair.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fashions At The Golden Globes

By Tenisha Mercer

Haute couture gowns, vintage inspired fashions and a sexy pants suit ruled the Golden Globes red carpet.

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez wowed the Golden Globes' crowd in a lace flesh-colored Zuhair Murad gown -- very sexy, yet covered up at the same time. I loved it. Not sure if it has the same appeal as the green gown cut to the navel that she wore eons ago with Puffy, but folks ARE talking about it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Taraji P. Henson Reveals Her Natural Hair

By Tenisha Mercer

If you needed any other proof that Hollywood actresses have lots of natural hair under all those wigs and weaves, look no further than Taraji P. Henson. The Oscar-nominated actress revealed her natural hair on Instagram recently.
I'd long heard that Taraji wears her hair natural, and this is confirmation -- long, thick, lush natural hair.

What do you think of Taraji's hair?

Healthy Eats: My Green Smoothie Challenge

By Tenisha Mercer

Simple Green Smoothies launched a 30-day smoothie challenge earlier this month and, inspired by their efforts, I'm launching one of my own beginning today, Jan. 14.

I've been smoothieing (is that even a word?) for the past week and I love it. Love isn't strong enough; I'm addicted to it! It has totally cut down on my caffeine cravings (I usually drink a 12-ounce bottle of Pepsi on the weekends (my guilty pleasure). Didn't want one this weekend. It's even decreasing my cravings for sugar (I'm a sugar addict).

And did I mention the health benefits? It's a good way to get my green veggies in, and the smoothies are DELISH! Green smoothies have really transformed my life, and see my green smoothie recipe here.

I'll post about my progress as well as smoothie recipes.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Eating Healthy in 2013

By Tenisha Mercer

So in an effort to eat healthier in 2013, I decided to incorporate more smoothies into my diet.

I've started -- and stopped -- the smoothie kick before. Usually because my smoothies would come out nasty as hell. I bought a Ninja over the summer and didn't touch the thing for at least 3 months. When I did use it to make a smoothie, it came out in chunks -- NOT the business.

I saw the Green Smoothie challenge on Facebook one day an became intrigued: The smoothies at Simple Green Smoothies looked delish. What the hell was I doing wrong? I tried her recipe and let me tell you -- I am in love.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Inna Modja Launches a YouTube Channel

By Tenisha Mercer

One of my fave natural hair icons, who is also a singer+blogger+model+style e'rythang, Inna Modja, has launched a YouTube channel.

Check out her channel, MissModjaTV, and show her some YT love!

                                          Source: YouTube

Target Launches A Price Matching War

By Tenisha Mercer

Besides hair and fashion, saving money is my other passion. I like to save money whenever and wherever I can; it's addictive, really, and (almost) nothing makes me happier than a good deal (maybe a good deal on hair productsk,maybe?).

Soo, you know there's no better than when my fave retailer -- Target -- gets in a virtual price war with other retailers. Yesterday, Tarjay announced it would match prices customers find on,, or

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What to Wear in 2013: 5 Ways to Look Good On a Budget

By Tenisha Mercer

I don't usually pay much attention to what supermodels wear -- half of what they wear on the runway isn't for your average chick, nor do we share the same body proportions or clothing budgets. But, I can take fashion advice from just about anyone, including supermodels.

Here a few budget-saving fashion tips from a recent Good Morning America episode on Secrets of the Supermodels: How to Look Your Best from model Crystal Renn.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

High Bun for Natural Hair

By Tenisha Mercer

When I'm wearing my natural hair in a straightened style, buns are my go-to style. They're easy, and keep my hair up and out my face. I'm easily able to extend my straight hair for weeks just by using a high bun.

straight natural hair in a bun
Straight hair in a bun

When my hair is natural? Not so much.

Dry Shampoo for Natural Hair

By Tenisha Mercer

Dry shampoo
One of the things I like best about wearing my hair straight is the relative ease of it -- no wetting it, no slathering products; it's simple and easy to do. Add a little bit of castor oil in my palms, style and I'm done. But what I hate with straight hair is that I can't cleanse it -- without going through the washing, blowdrying and flat iron process all over again. And let's face it, I'm not going to shell out $50 for a blowout  -- not to mention the time spent in the salon -- just to wash my hair all over again after just a week or so.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Straight Hair Revisited

By Tenisha Mercer

Got my natural hair straightened over the weekend at the Dominican salon.

The stylist chided me in broken English for not coming back for two months, but #aintnobodygottimeforthat! My  hair can handle heat, but since so much heat is used at the Dominican salon during the blowout process (even though they do use roller sets to cut down on damage) I can't see it as  a good thing to get my hair straightened with all of that heat every few weeks.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Trend Alert: Hot Fashions for Spring 2013

By Tenisha Mercer
H&M pairs a leopard top with a bold blazer, which is $34.95 I love those distressed jeans.

You probably aren't thinking about spring fashions yet, but H&M gives us a bit of insight about what's hot for the upcoming season.

This spring, think bold, graphic prints and strong colors.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Follow HairNista on Instagram

By Tenisha Mercer

Kicking and screaming, I took a seat at the Instagram table in July ... and really haven't promoted it much or even used it much at all since my initial sign-up.  Now, I love how other folks use it -- to capture in-the moment ish -- but me?

Not so much. I just haven't caught on to it yet. Maybe it has something to do with how I actually have to think for a minute or two about how to use it, get frustrated as hell, then move on to something else.

ADD, much?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What to Wear for 2013: Emerald

By Tenisha Mercer

A few ideas for emerald
The color-lovin' folks at Pantone have declared emerald as the color of the year. I think it's the perfect color -- a rich, jeweled tone that can easily be paired with black, khaki, gray, beige, white, denim and just about every color in between.