Tuesday, December 24, 2013

What to get the HairNista who has everything

By Tenisha Mercer

What's on your Christmas list? Your hair Christmas list, that is. There are a few gifts that are perfect for the girl that has everything! And what HairNista wouldn't be thrilled to find this under the Christmas tree tomorrow morning?

  1. Huetiful steamer. This hair steamer is on the top of my gift list. Why? It's something that I might not buy for myself, but would get it as a splurge or like it as a gift from somoene else. For you deep conditioning addicts, it's a MUST! $116.95

2. Curlbox - A monthly subscription of curl goodies? Yes, LAWD! This is the perfect gift for the product junkies in all of us. And I promise it will be the best $20 a month you ever spent (do you know how fast you can blow a $20 on absolutely NOTHING?) that's chock full of 5-7 products for natural hair from brands such as Karen's Body Beautiful, Hair Rules, Brown Butter Beauty and up and coming natural hair brands.

3. A gift card to your favorite natural hair salon. Let's be honest, some natural hair salons can cost a grip. But that still doesn't mean that they aren't worth every penny -- an enviroment that your hair is affirmed in, that stocks products you actually use, where you don't get the sideeye for finger combing your hair and your stylist knows the lingo -- pre poo, co-wash, APL, BSL, etc.

 What's on your natural hair Christmas list?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

HairSpiration: Short Natural Hair

By Tenisha Mercer

I love a short cut -- whether relaxed or natural. But these actresses' natural cuts are so beautiful that even. I'm eyeing the clippers! I love it when a woman with natural hair wears -- and owns -- her short hairstyle. Not because she has to (big chop as a transition) but because she chooses to (not grow out her hair).

Essence.com profiled some of the best short natural hairstyles worn by Hollywood entertainers and models.

Couldn't agree more!

12 Years a Slave Lupita Nyong'o natural hair
Love ery'thang about this pic -- her hair +makeup -- of 12 Years A Slave breakout star Lupita Nyong'o

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The Walking Dead actress Danai Guirra wearing a splendid short cut

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Model Alek Wek is a short hair veteran, with her signature style gracing countless magazine shoots and catwalks

Viola Davis short natural hair
Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis has one of the most recognizable natural hairstyles in Hollywood

Best Man Holiday Monica Calhoun short natural hair
Best Man Holiday actress Monica Calhoun looks absolutely STUNNING in her short curly do! I wish she would banish wearing wigs/weaves in her acting roles forever; they do nothing for her natural beauty and all the hair covers her beautiful natural features.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Erica Campbell of Mary Mary Responds to Criticism over Form Fitting Dress

By Tenisha Mercer

Erica Campbell of Mary Mary has responded to criticism about her body hugging dress.
"I’m taking it in stride and I’m keeping it moving,” Campbell told ESSENCE.com, after plenty of online backlash.  “When we took the picture I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt sexy and I felt strong.”'

“I thought I looked cute,” she says jokingly, “but it obviously offended some people, which was never my intention.”

Erica Campbell wears body hugging dress

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Naturals in the snow

a snowman made to look like natural hair
That hair pick, tho!

Holiday Hair

By Tenisha Mercer

I don't know about you, but Christmas parties and family get togethers and such are usually on the agenda this time of year.

And what to do with your natural hair usually comes up. You want something festive, chic, special and just a bit over the top. I got you.

Here are a few YouTube videos to get your holiday hair ideas flowing!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Erica Campbell of Mary, Mary shocks church in tight dress

By Tenisha Mercer

If you want something to talk about, get the church folks riled up. In this case, church tongues are wagging about the dress Erica Campbell of gospel music duo Mary Mary wore --  a skintight, white number. I'm a shoe person, so I noticed those first. FIYA! Forgive me.

Now back to the dress...

The chuch  -- not a typo -- is all on Facebook, social media and the blogs talking about this dress. And the comments are none too good. Some say the dress is too tight (now, 41-year-old Campbell doesn't show a drop of skin; she's covered from head to calves).

Gospel singer Erica Cambell wears a tight dress
Erica Campbell of Mary, Mary, via Essence Magazine

Is it appropriate?

I'm not mad at Campbell. She's got kids, and she looks great. I'd wear the dress, but I'm no gospel star. Mary, Mary has always pushed the fashion envelope (I like most of their clothes) along with the now defunct group, Trinitee 3: 5-7.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Man weaves: Would your man rock one?

By Tenisha Mercer

Who knew?

Seems as if Black women aren't the only ones getting weaved up; apparently, Black men are too, and pictures of their weave work began showing up on Twitter recently as reported in this Clutch Magazine article.

Let's be clear: These aren't the long, flowy Katt Williams' type of weave, but more like the fill-in-a-fade type of hair accessory. Now, I've seen some pretty good looking hairpieces, err, weaves on bald men in Hollywood, like Bruce Willis and Woody Harrelson. But they are white; I've never seen one on a Black dude.

Or have I? Steve Harvey's box top hairline on the Steve Harvey Show in the 2000s looks mighty suspect: Might it have been a weave?

Hmm ... All I know, dudes bettnot say nothing about disliking women's weaves if they get one!

They look good, I have to admit.

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More kinky weave?

 I guess I'm just thrilled that we're seeing weave with a natural texture that blends. None of these dudes -- at least not yet -- is rocking a weave with a completely different hair texture. But it leaves oh so many questions:

Who is their supplier? Where do they buy them from? How much does it cost? How do they install it?

Genderless weaves

Shoot, this could revolutionize weave for women, too. Just did a big chop but want to fill in hair? Got alopecia? Get it weaved up.

Seems like most of these man weaves try to hide a thinning or an absent hairline. Know what? I'm not mad at 'em. Women straight trip over thinning edges, bald spots and receding hairlines. Why wouldn't we expect Black men too as well? Hair Club for men may always not work for brothas. And not every man can rock a bald head.

What do you think about man weaves?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Woman Sues BP over Natural Hair, Ethnic Attire

By Tenisha Mercer

We love to say, 'it's just hair.'

But ask Melphine Evans, and she'd tell you otherwise. Evans alleges she was fired as an executive at BP Oil for wearing braided hair and ethnic attire -- yet another story of a corporation discriminating using hair or ethnicity in its employment practices.

Melphine Evans is suing BP Oil over her natural hair and ethnic clothing
Melphine Evans is suing BP Oil for firing her for wearing braids and ethnic attire

We've said it before and we'll say it again: No one should be fired for wearing natural hair -- or ethnic clothing, for that matter. Still, it's a common theme. We've seen it plenty of times before, whether it's a TV station allegedly firing a TV reporter who wore natural hair or a school threatening to kick out a 12-year old girl in Orlando, Fla. with natural hair.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Michelle Obama Wears Marchesa

By Tenisha Mercer

FLOTUS turned it up wearing a beautiful off the shoulder Marchesa gown and a headful of bouncy curls at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Awards. A very elegant yet flamboyant look for Michelle Obama.

Her Grecian chiffon gown is an on-trend color that's beautiful. And she's no longer wearing the bangs that she debuted about a year ago.

Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Friday, December 6, 2013

Does Beyonce need to comb Blue Ivy's hair?

By Tenisha Mercer

She's a celebrity baby, for sure. And she's as adorable as she wants to be in photos on Beyonce's Instagram account, but there seems to be a common thread about Blue Ivy Carter -- her hair.

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Blue Ivy Carter and her Dad

Increasingly, commenters bash Beyonce's hair combing skills and criticize Blue's free form afro. We knew Blue would be subject to criticism, but really tho? These are some of the comments from a recent Huffington Post article: 

Huffington post article on Blue Ivy natural hair
Comments on Huffington Post

More comments about Blue Ivy's hair

What is the name for this mess? Hairism? Texturism? Kinkism? Because, essentially, these commenters invariably point out that Beyonce needs to comb Bey's hair and point out Blue's hair texture. They all seem to say the same thing -- that Blue's hair texture isn't "good" enough.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Blue Ivy Sighting at LAX

By Tenisha Mercer

Adorable Blue Ivy was spotted in her famous momma's arms at LAX Airport on Sunday, taking a nap.

Bey be killin' it in those heels. Not sure how she's lugging around a sleeping 2-year old AND walking on stilts, but go girl! Photos courtesy of NecoleBitchie.com.

Blue Ivy Carter and Beyonce, Blue Ivy hair

Peep the curls:

Sasha Obama and Those Shoes

By Tenisha Mercer

Move over, Malia Obama.

Your lil' sis, Sasha, is coming for you on the style front.

Almost taller than Malia, the 'she has grown up before our eyes' Sasha was spotted on the White House lawn with these shoes. And they are banging! You'll be pleased to know they're from Asos and cost $72.60.

Sasha isn't a cute little girl anymore. At 12, she's putting her fashion foot forward -- literally. The cut out Oxfords are an age appropriate look for the pre-teen. We love the stacked heel, leather loafer look, because they're a style that many age groups can wear.  Metallic? Not so much. Black, please and thank you!

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Sasha Obama puts her best foot forward

You just know that the Obama daughters are going to be fashionistas -- just like their Mom!

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A closer look at the shoes