Posts Tagged With: hair idols

Yarn Twists / Yarn Braids / Yarn Wraps / Yarn Locs / Genie Locs Hairspiration Part 1

I LOOOOVE yarn twists, braids, wraps, locs or genie locs. I think dreadlocks are beautiful and yarn twists, etc are beautiful too, especially after a few weeks and look like dreadlocks. I presently have yarn twists that I did myself so I looked for more inspiration for y’all to look at.

Enjoy…

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The World’s Biggest Afro…. And her regimen

The world’s largest afro officially belongs to… 38 year old social worker Aevin Dugas of New Orleans in the US with 4 feet 4 inches in circumference of natural hair.

Aevin Dugas and her huge afro

Aevin Dugas and her huge afro

Whoa, that’s less than a foot shorter than my height!

She’s had natural hair for now 13 years, so naturally, I was curious about her regimen:

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Her hair interview via Naturally Curly:

How long have you been natural and how did you wear your hair before you did so?

I’ve been natural for 12 years. I wore my hair in relaxed various styles before.

What was your transitioning process like? What spurred the change?

I transitioned for a year—getting my hair braided, rodding, etc. Then, after a year, I was comfortable with my length, so I finally cut the ends off. It was easy once I figured out how to style it, and then I was ready for the big chop.

Many women experience a negative reaction from friends and family when they decide to go natural. What has your experience been like?

I did have a negative reaction from one family member, but other than that everyone loved it! Needless to say, that family member’s spouse ended up going natural too! Haha!

What is your current regimen and what are you go-to products?

My regimen is pretty simple. I shampoo with Suave Clarifying, then follow with Suave Almond and Shea and Garnier Fruictis Triple Nutrition. Then I condition with Aussie Moist, Garnier Fructis Triple nutrition, Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance, Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Dove Intense Moisture. During the week I work out, so I leave the conditioner in and put my hair up into a donut or a French braid. Then by Thursday, if I have plans for the weekend, I’ll rinse the conditioner, shampoo again with the Triple Nutrition and then style.

Believe it or not, I use a lot of over-the-counter products. One of my favorites is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle!!

So many women struggle with the grow-out process: breakage, shrinkage, moisture, and even lack of ideas for hairstyles! How did you handle those issues?

 

Back then, there weren’t any sites that I knew of to help or offer advice, so I had to be creative. For styles, I would just think of a style and try it, and luckily it would always come out cute! Thank goodness!

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What are your go-to hairstyles, and how do you get your signature ‘fro?

My go-to hairstyle is either a donut, French braids or a two-strand twist. As for my afro, in the winter is the best time to wear it! My own personal earmuffs!

I shampoo, condition then put it into two French braids. Let them air dry, then take them loose, add a little moisturizer, then pick them out one at a time. I spray a little water on it to shape it to my liking.

Has your natural hair empowered you or helped you to find yourself in a way that relaxed hair never did? 

Actually, it has to a degree! I’ve gotten to a point where any black woman I saw, I was trying to convince her to go natural.

How do people react when you wear your Afro?

They love it, want to touch it and take pictures of it!

As far the touching, there is definitely a natural hair fascination in our culture! What are your thoughts on boundaries when it comes to touching without asking? 

I didn’t mind at one time, but recently I had someone pull it. With that being said, I don’t think too many people will be allowed to touch it anytime soon.

On a different note, this is the first year that the Guinness World Records has recorded the world’s largest afro category. Do you think that this is a major marker in the natural hair movement, reinforcing the idea that natural hair is not just a trend, but a lifestyle?

At first I thought it was just a contest. But now that I see how people responded to the record, I think it’s wonderful for the natural hair community! All races were excited about the afro and really showed a lot of respect for our natural hair.

What advice would you give women who are just beginning their own natural hair journey?

Patience, deep conditioning and creativity!

The key word I got here is PATIENCE!!!

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Hair Idol: Chiwoniso Maraire (RIP)

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A Zimbabwean icon passed away yesterday. Mbira musician Chiwoniso Maraire aged 37 died yesterday from a lung infection, and I’m absolutely gutted. Her music to me was an inspiration and she was a joy to watch live.

I wanted to profile her as a dreadlocked hair icon later on, but I’ve decided to profile her now in celebration of her life at her passing.

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Chiwoniso with her mbira

Chiwoniso Maraire was born in 1976 in exile in Olympia, Washington in the US. Her Zimbabwean parents, Dumisani and Linda Maraire were both musicians. Her father, ethnomusicologist Dumisani Maraire, taught marimba and mbira in America between 1972 and 1990. Chiwoniso started singing and playing the mbira at a very young age. Her family relocated after independence to Zimbabwe in 1990, where Chiwoniso attended high school. She was a member of a hip hop oriented ensemble, A Peace of Ebony, which won a number of contests and “Rebel Woman,” one of her songs finished second in an international song writing contest that had over 1500 entries.

In the mid-1990s she became a full-time member of the Zimbabwean group Andy Brown & The Storm. In 1999, she was a nominee in the “Best Female Vocals of Africa” category of the KORA Awards. Chiwoniso left Andy Brown & The Storm to concentrate on her solo career in 2001.

For the last fewyears, she has been working with her own band, Vibe Culture. Her last album, Rebel Woman, is a mixture of traditional Shona musical styles using traditional instruments and modern African dance music.

Chiwoniso created a music that reflects life as it happens in her experiences and yet remain rooted in her culture.

Chiwoniso performing live

Chiwoniso performing live

Dreadlocked Zimbabweans, like other nationalities, get dreadlocks for religious reasons, as a fashion statement or the apparent convenience. Chiwoniso Maraire wore dreadlocks as part and parcel of the traditional African culture celebrated through music.

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Doing a radio interview

Doing a radio interview

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Source: Tumblr

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Source: Nehanda Radio

Source: Nehanda Radio

Famba zvakanaka Chiwoniso, tichazokuona….

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Biography information and media is from Wikipedia, Listen to the Banned, Nehanda Radio, Tumblr, Youtube and Kalamu.com.

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Could you rock these – Hip length and more braids inspiration

tumblr_mn071rSKIA1r48yyao1_500Super long braids are beautiful and stylish to look at on other people’s head, but honestly I don’t think my strands or scalp could handle the weight. I might reconsider when I have longer hair, for now I’ll just admire:

 

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Solange Knowles has worn this hairstyle a few times already:

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And more inspiration elsewhere:

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Fro Spotting

So I spotted a few fros this past week, although it wasn’t in Africa. I get so excited when I see famous people rocking fros, I feel we don’t see enough of that here.

Jaden and Trey Smith with the Smith family at the After Earth premiere in New York

Jaden and Trey Smith with the Smith family at the After Earth premiere in New York

There were quite a few fros at the After Earth premiere in New York.

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Sophie Okonedo

Wyclef Jean with his wife Claudenette and daughter

Wyclef Jean with his wife Claudenette and daughter

Spotted on the Disney Channel, was Skai Jackson, the 11 year old from the show Jessie…

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Skai Jackson

On the red carpet

On the red carpet

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In need of some WOW inspiration

I have been feeling a little frustrated with my hair. It’s moodiness, products not working that used to, it changing (honestly does hair porosity change, because mine seems to) and just feeling a little impatient with my hair growth. I will definately post more on that and what I discover soon. To keep myself motivated and positive though, I decided to find some ladies with extraordinarily beautiful long hair that have been natural for ages. So let’s begin the fun:

American hairoine Cipriana who if I remember well is currently at waist length

American hairoine Cipriana who if I remember well is currently at waist length

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Chime Edwards

Chime Edwards

Chime Edwards

Chime Edwards

Stunning. Absolutely. I can only dream for now...

Stunning. Absolutely. I can only dream for now…

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Natural Hair Icon: Ammara Brown

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Ammara Brown

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Ammara Brown is a Zimbabwean singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of the renowned singer Andy Brown, with whom she had appeared on stage with before his passing in 2012. She competed in the Idols Africa contest in 2008 where she reached the top 5. She is a talented and upcoming singer with a beautiful head of hair. She has a cute sense of style too.

With her father Andy Brown

With her father Andy Brown

Performing at the Harare Festival of Arts (HIFA) a few weeks ago

Performing at the Harare Festival of Arts (HIFA) a few weeks ago

Preparing to perform at HIFA 2013

Preparing to perform at HIFA 2013

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In Europe

In Europe

 

Performing at Christmas with Bernie Bismarck

Performing at Christmas with Bernie Bismarck

 

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