Twisted Loc Bangs

I had some fun with my loc's last week. I was inspired by Thierry's curls, and came up with some cool styles. On Wednesday, I was just testing it out and had some cute locs that where twisted, and pinned up.  On Thursday, I pumped up the style a little bit and got some height.   I am hoping to get a chance to do some loc tutorial video's (if any one is interested) sometime in the future.

Interview with Teri LaFlesh

Check out my interview with Teri LaFlesh, author of the book Curly Like Me.  Teri talks to Naturally Beautiful Hair Website & Blog about what motivated her to write her book and to reach out to others.

"I didn't want to see anyone else with hair like mine, have to go through with theirs, what I did with mine."
~  Teri LaFlesh

On Teri's website, she talks about her book, and why it can help:

"Curly Like Me is the off-the-grid, do-it-yourself owner's manual for tightly curly hair. Within the book you'll find:
* How to wear your own curls in their natural curl patterns
* Complete curly hair care guide, with simple, easy-to-follow instructions and over 250 original photographs and illustrations (done by yours truly)
* The best products, tools, and ingredients
* Pain-free techniques on how to comb and style your curls, or your child's curls
* Over 30 easy curl-enhancing hairstyle ideas, tips for growing out your perm, and more
* How to avoid costly treatments, products, marketing misinformation, and frequent salon visits so you can enjoy your natural curls, without pain, chemicals, or the use of weaves or extensions
* The story (with photos) of Teri’s passage from hair broken by relaxers, texturizers, improper care, trying to force it to conform, and fighting her weave addiction—to finally understanding her own curls. Now cherished and happy, her natural hair reaches well past her waist.

End your struggles with broken, damaged hair and begin your journey to thriving natural curls. Applying the ideas and information in this book will end the frustration and heartache of the past so you can love your hair the way it really is. Curly Like Me empowers you to take back the care of your hair so you can let your own beautiful curls shine."

To see Teri's interview, go to Naturally Beautiful Hair's Website Interview Page.   You can also find Teri on the following websites:

Website - Tightly Curly
Book - Curly Like Me
Blog - Former Mushroom Haired Child
Her readers Before & After pictures 

Ben & Phoebe's Daybed

I recently helped my cousin and his gorgeous fiance {they just got engaged on the weekend} with the cushioning on this lovely daybed which they purchased from Cotswold for their beach house. We selected an array of brightly coloured exterior fabrics for the scatter cushions and a trusty navy and white stripe exterior fabric for the seat cushions and voila this is the result. I just love it and apparently they do too!!

Crocheted earrings from Fatemeh's Etsy Store

I meet Fatemeh, creator of Fatemeh's Jewelry and Accessories at the San Francisco Natural Hair Event I attended in SF last month. I had a chance to see her beautiful handmade collection of earrings and hair accessories. I received my pair of beautiful blue crocheted earrings from Fatemeh last week, and wanted to share it with you. I think they are so cute and very unique!  They definitely stand out from any other earrings that I own.  To see more of Fatemah's collection, check out her Etsy Store:


Friday Flowers

This morning, whilst running very late for school drop off, I raced around my new old garden and cut some foliage for an arrangement I was wanting to create for the shop today. Here is the result above. The arrangement sits on a beautiful oval Antique table which actually just sold to one of my lovely clients this afternoon. I am loving big glass vases filled with masses of leaves at the moment. Luckily my garden seems to have the perfect plants for this type of arrangement.

Nicole Renee Boisseau

Nicole Renee Boisseau talks to Naturally Beautiful Hair about what has inspired her to stop perming her hair & embrace her natural texture. And what her how she maintains her natural hair.
"My children inspired my natural journey. As a mother of 7 saving time and money was very important to me so I decided to stop relaxing my hair. My natural hair enlightenment came as a result of a store visit. A woman in the store asked me about my hair (it had only been 4 months natural at that point) and she told me about a study that was done on deceased African American women with chemically treated hair. Studies showed their autopsy results listing these women with a neon green slimy substance under the scalp and on the brain. Having heard that, there was no turning back for me. I'm the daughter of a naturopathic doctor and for health reasons alone that was enough. After extensive research linking health problems to chemicals in skin care products and cosmetics I studied to become a Holistic Health & Beauty Specialist. Health and beauty go hand in hand.

Because of the health problems linked to chemicals in daily products that we use regularly as well as supporting other entrepreneurs in their endeavors, I strive to find organic and all natural products of the best quality that is also reasonably priced. Hair can become immune to the products with constant use so I try to switch up between 2-3 different brands of shampoo and conditioner. My favorites are Total Body Black Earth shampoo and Enhancing Herbal conditioner, also Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Restorative Conditioner sold at Target Stores. For moisture I use Olive Oil moisturizer, and Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist. To twist and hold the curl pattern in my “natural” red curly ‘fro, I use Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Crème Wax.  It is important to use the best products, but remember beauty radiates from the inside out. Nurture your spirit and soul with meditation, replenish your body with water, and get outdoors and exercise breathing in fresh air. Rid yourself of overly stressful situations and people; eat fruits, vegetables, and foods that are conducive to your own body type and lifestyle. Live, laugh, love and do all things in moderation."

In her professional field Nicole Renee Boisseau is a Holistic Health & Beauty Specialist/Entrepreneur. Her background is in the field of cosmetology; a graduate of John Amico School of Hair Design and Taliah Waajid trained in natural hair. She studied Energy Healing under her mother, renowned Dr. Sunni DNM, and also Queen Afua. Nicole Renee Boisseau has a Research Fellow Degree in Divine Metaphysics. She lives with her husband and 7 children in Chicago, IL. Creatively she is an Artist.

Black & Spiro Today

We installed a new window display at Black & Spiro today. There's lots of pretty colour in the lovely fabric drop we have hung and a beautiful Antique piece of furniture sits in front with a few bits on top including my favourite Staffordshire Dogs. Also a few people have been asking about the fabric on our lovely Antique chairs. It is a Mexican embroidered Otomi. We have this textile in quite a few colourways. It is divine.

Natural Hair Event - Atlanta, Georgia

For anyone living in or near Atlanta, Georgia - there will be a Natural Hair Event on August 30, 2010. Here are the event details:

Who:   Seraphin Cognac Couture celebrates natural hair with Tress Talk and GlamBar
What:  Celebration of natural hair & the ladies who rock it!
When:             August 30th, 7pm- 9pm
Where:            Glam Bar
                        244 Peters Street
                        Atlanta, GA 30313

**Event Highlights: Seraphin Cognac Cocktails, Natural Hair Experts, Q&A Sessions, Live Demos and Much More

About Tress Talk
Tress Talk is the brainchild of three ambitious curly girls, Sheronda Campbell, Benita Brown and Kimberly Walker. Their passion for multi-textural hair led them to become beauty consultants at one of the top natural hair salons in the nation. After identifying a lack of knowledgeable  multi-textural hair care specialists in the beauty industry, they decided to form a consulting firm to share their styling techniques. Tress Talk models its modern approach after some of the top multi-textural stylists and leading cutting edge retailers like Miss Jessie’s and Anthony Dickey’s Hair Rules. Their mission is to provide women and men with practical tips and affordable ways to style their kinky, curly and wavy hair.

About GlamBar
The GlamBar is located in the trendy, art district of Castleberry Hills. It is a lofty full service salon with all the fabulousness that the glam girl needs. They carry the latest in beauty secrets and products from across the globe. GlamBar provides you with all that a glam princess needs to get on her way (visit

Thalia's Hair Jewelry

I just received my beautiful hair jewelry from Thalia's Creations, and I am in love! Each piece that I received is beautiful in its own way and is very well made. I can tell that I will have these unique loc adornments for a long time. I am so excited to get a chance to wear these pieces, to really show of my loc's.
To see more jewelry from Thalia, go to her website Thalia's Creations. All of the jewelry is designed for Loc's, Sisterloc's and braids.

Chairs I Covet

If I lived in America I would snap up this pair of fabulous orange painted chairs from Lyn over at Paris Hotel Boutique immediately. For some reason I can see them recovered in something Lilac. DIVINE!

Update for Beads, Braids & Beyond

Nikki, creator of Beads, Braids and Beyond, has a beautiful blog where she highlights hair styles for little girls. I just recently noticed that Nikki has started adding step-by-step instructions on how to create each style. Wow! Thank you Nikki for taking the time to give us so much information on how to create beautiful hair styles for our little girls.

Kem Juan Simmons

I had the honor of interviewing Kem Juan Simmons of the Bare Canvas Natural Nail Spa and Studio. Kem is a talented loctician,  and a savvy business woman. To see her interview, go to the Naturally Beautiful Hair Interviews page.  Look below, for photo's of styles she created, for some of her clients.  Kem works out of Oakland, CA. Here is the contact information to her salon:
Bare Canvas Natural Nail Spa and Studio
1470 MacArthur Blvd, 94602

Russian Beauty at the Lake

Bright, vivid, breathtaking, Just Beautiful ... And might I add spectacularly masterful as well?... (Or is that perhaps just laying it a bit thick cool)...

Regardless, when you've managed to achieve capturing such a beautifully stunning Russian day on camera (complemented of course by a stunning model in the foreground cool), truly... well, there's a good possibility you've might've finally arrived as a master photographer... as I like to put it mrgreen.

And when you managed to take said model complementing a gorgeous day... and quite literally transform him into a living work of aquatic art... well, I believe at this point lift-off has been achieved.

Although perhaps not one of the more well-known photographers here in the US, I think it's safe to say that 27 yea-old Russian Photographer Andrei Vishnyakov one of the most awe-inspiring photographers I've come across as of late... Like sometimes jaw-droppingly so. (I've actually posted a couple of his shots prior, dealing with this model Anatoli/Tolik, but I think quite easily this photo-set might be my favorite thus far as of yet cool...)

Just stunning work all-around... So much so you could almost swear some of these were meant to be stills from magazine ads mrgreen...

Suffice to say photographic fantasy perfection has been achieved... indeed Just Beautiful cool...

"Hairings" from Sheebaz!!! Very cool....

Sheebz Belgrave created an interesting pair of earrings made from two loc's! What a cool and unique idea...  This is the comment I left for Sheebz on her facebook page regarding these earrings:

" Even when broken loc's fall, I can not let them go. What a great way to preserve the beauty that grows from our crowns." ~ Karen