I appreciate the support you continue to give me in my business; and I'm honored to partner with you as we take this hair journey together. I have three important notices to share with you:
First, I am conducting a few classes, that I'd like to invite you to attend. These should help with your hair maintenance:
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. If you--or anyone you know--are interested, you can register by sending payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second, I am now heading a mentoring program for up and coming natural hair stylists who will work very closely with me. I shall also be on work travel from Nov.1, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015. In an effort to accommodate your hair needs while I'm away, I'll provide you with names of some of my very capable mentees who can care for you in my absence. That being said, for your convenience, let's try to schedule your appointment prior to my leaving or after my return.
Third, due to increases in product prices and operating expenses, I'm forced to raise the cost of services, effective Sept.1, 2014. Though higher prices are never exciting, the possibilities of what lie ahead for you and me are. And, as I look forward to finding better ways to serve you, like introducing online scheduling in the weeks ahead, I'd appreciate your suggestions, thoughts, and feedback as well.
Where did the summer go? I was just enjoying a lovely pool party with friends and now I look up and fall is literally around the corner. September 23rd is the Fall Equinox which marks the second day in the year where day and night last the same length of time. It is a wonderful time to renew and recommit to those goals that we set to take our lives to the next level. It's a great time to hold grateful reflection for what has passed and warm welcome to what is to come.
Fall is also a popular time for weddings. My client recently renewed her vows and is rocking the lovely asymmetrical natural look. The hair? The dress? The flowers? The mate? Flawless! As many of you know, I'm a stylist and fashionista at heart, but the most gorgeous accessories in this photo are they're beautiful smiles. Can you feel the love?!?
So how will you take the time to renew and recommit this fall? Start that new healthy lifestyle? Go on a trip? Organize your office? Get a new hair cut/color? Whatever it is, make sure that you take the time to honor what was before you begin to embrace what is yet to come. And remember to love the present moment that's in between.
I am overjoyed and humbled to say that I won the 2014 Sisterlocks Master Stylist competition in San Diego on July 12th! I am the fourth Sisterlocks Master Stylist ever, and my parents in Kenya are so overjoyed and proud of me. It took a great deal of hard work and there were a couple of setbacks, but in the end it was worth it.
I have been a natural hair stylist for over two decades, and I became a trained consultant for Sisterlocks four years ago.
I decided to enter the competition in early June. I submitted three photos and an essay and a couple of weeks later, I learned that I had been selected as a finalist! I was elated. I encountered some difficulties preparing for this finalist competition, but I got through it all with a little perseverance. I was determined to make it happen. Below are my three Sisterlocks models and me, taking a victory picture:
The Homecoming event was truly amazing. There were many fun activities, including a nice game of “Pin the Afro Puff on the Sister”!
My two competitors in San Diego, both native Texans, were excellent stylists who both brought something new to the table. I feel blessed and honored to be counted among such talented ladies. Every single lady in the Styling Showcase had a beautiful style. The entire Homecoming was a celebration of black women’s natural hair, the art of styling it, and especially the art of Sisterlocks.
I believe that winning the competition is only one blessing of many to come, and I look forward to being able to spread my passion for the art that is natural hair with women everywhere, especially here in Baltimore, from my new place on the Sisterlocks team.
Her unique black-and-white look has caught the attention of many, surrounding her in speculative mystery. She is unapologetically herself, and that definitely is something I can get on board with. In her song with Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.,” she says, “Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.” She sends a very important message in her deliberate rejection of the mainstream’s idea of beauty.
We all should know that the tuxedo queen has been wearing her natural hair in signature styles for years! Her iconic pompadour has graced several magazine covers. She has been on Elle, Jet, Vibe, Essence, and more than a few others. It is great to see a fellow black woman getting so much attention. Janelle Monáe is a very talented performer and is an inspiration to many young black women with natural hair.
The updo she likes to wear is very versatile, and can be worn just about anywhere. Often, Janelle pairs her hairstyle with earrings that pop, as seen in the above picture.
The older picture below shows a softer side of Janelle with a nice twist-out fro. Once again, she accessorizes with eye-catching earrings. And, nice big earrings are always a great way to dress up your natural hair.
But her pompadour style is truly versatile. In the picture below you can see Janelle wear it with a nice hat, and you can do that too or even don a colorful headscarf for a very chic look!
Hope to see a lot more of her in the future!
P.S. There are lots of instructional videos out there for achieving this style, including this one:
Sometimes we let go of the outer as we release the past. My client recently cut her locks as she a means of renewal. As she sets off on a new journey, she is letting go of any baggage that could hold her down and her locks were a representation of that for her.
I think that she looks great with her new style. And it is always important to remember that with every ending there is a new beginning.
What are you trying to let go of? What's your new beginning? And how is your hair involved?
Let's start with the best shampoos to use. It is best to look for those that have words like moisturizing or hydrating next to the main label. I personally like the Joico Moisture Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner. It's great for loose natural hair. When the conditioner is left on the hair longer with a plastic cap and added heat, the cuticles expand, allowing moisture to penetrate the hair shaft which makes combing a lot more manageable.
Once the shampoo and conditioner are rinsed off and the hair is towel dried, add a little Bain de Terre Volumizing Foam or inother words known as "mousse" through the hair. This prepares your hair for styling.
Once you begin to part the hair for the two-strand twists, use a drop of the AG Styling Gel(Canadian-made). Excess of this gel will cause flacking so less is best.
Finally the Tea Tree Grooming Pomade by Paul Mitchell is great for laying down frizzy hair, mainly on the hair line. This product has flexible hold and lots of shine. Excess of this product may cause hair to appear limp or weighted and may even leave your locks with build up.
I like using these products because they wash off easily during a shampoo, and leave the hair looking great, healthy, and with a lively shine.
And for those of you looking to add a little more umph to your own natural hair, try Havana Hair for natural hair extensions. Many of my clients love it!
Last Saturday, May 3rd I had the wonderful opportunity to display my fashion talents in a Pin-Up Show in Washington, DC! Partnered with Ruth Ellen Styles, Malindi Designs (my fashion line!) dresses and outfits were featured at Zawadi on U Street.
I want to thank all of my clients for their love and support as I expand my talents and further fulfill my purpose. It feels so good to give life to a dream and I certainly recommend that each of you take some time to dream and then to give it life!
In addition to my love of styling hair, I have always been really into fashion. Beyond the way I dressed, I always had an eye for design and could draw each dress or outfit that I envisioned.
Below are a few Kenyan-inspired printed jumpsuits that I designed. Paired with the right accessories, these could easily be worn to work or a night out with your love!
The printed dress below has brillant colors that can make any spring or summer day a little bit brighter!
And of course the accessories are very important. We paired each style with African handbags and jewelry to really set the looks off.
Last but not least a few of you may have seen the jacket below (obviously I just love it!). Now, paired with a pencil skirt, it really just marries the African print with the American style quite beautifully, don't you think?
Each of these outfits is HANDMADE and no two dresses or accessories are alike. Every person who purchases a piece from Malindi Designs will be getting something truly unique that will suit them in every walk of life. I look forward to sharing more designs with you soon!