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LBS Kickin’ It: Curl Fest 2016

This weekend, while Christina was at the LA installment of the #BrownGirlSLoveBrunch, I had the pleasure of attending the annual celebration of confidence, style, and self acceptance that is Curl Fest. Founded by Curly Girl Collective, Curl Fest is an amazing opportunity for the women of the natural hair community to connect with brands, local businesses, and each other at an amazingly over the top picnic in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Missed out? Check out the curls and street style that were on display below!

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Ouidad Curl Immersion Collection – Why All Curls Are Important

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Back in March I had the pleasure of sitting on an expert panel discussion with the Ouidad team about the importance of curls and the evolution of curl care. In preparation for the launch of their newest curl collection, the Ouidad team asked me to sit on the panel and share my experience with editors of top publications about the important things YOU all want to know when you come to blogs like mine about taking care of curly hair. I was joined by the founder of the salon chain-  Ouidad herself, as well as celebrity hairstylist Tiffany Daugherty, dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry, Ouidad R&D Melanie Fahey and Ouidad Marketing Director Melka Davis.

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Ouidad was the first string of luxury salons specifically catered to curly hair and the specific needs of curly hair. And as a result of their success with salon treatments, they’ve developed a line of amazing curl care products that have catered to many different curl types, but now specifically address coarser, kinky-curly curls. My first introduction to the Ouidad line was at a blogger event a few years ago. I came home with a bag full of samples and instantly fell in love with their Cowash Cleansing Conditioner which is a low-poo, super moisturizing, smells amazing and really conditions the hair completely. It instantly became my one-stop-shop cleanser & conditioner in one. It never left my hair feeling stripped like other cleansers and it really made my hair soft & easier to manage.

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Dove’s New Campaign – Why You Should Always #LoveYourHair

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Growing up, like most women of color, the ideal picture of beauty included long, straight hair. “Good hair” (no Becky *insert Lemonade shade here*) was what was manageable and what society viewed as beautiful. That meant it had to be long, straight and typically relaxed if your hair was naturally curly like mine.

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So like most young girls with kinky-curly hair in the late 80’s/early 90s, once I was old enough I got a kiddie relaxer and so started the cycle of chemical straightening every 6-8 weeks until adulthood.

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Thankfully over the years, many of those traditional beauty ideals have started to shift. There are evolving conversations about what beauty really means and what it looks like, and now when my daughter Cadence watches television I’m confident she’ll see women with curly hair, deeper skin tones and curvy shapes just like hers being lauded as beautiful. But we have a LONG way to go.

Do me a favor. If you’re reading this right now, open another tab or window in your web browser and go to Google.com. In the search bar I want you to type in the words “beautiful hair”. When you’re done come back here and continue reading below.

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Brown Girls Love: SunKissAlba

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Momprenuer SunKissAlba manages meal prep, curl care, and more with a bronze tinged smile. The popular vlogger is known for her bright personality and effortless personal style.

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Starting her YouTube channel as a response to not seeing herself represented on the platform’s most popular beauty videos she has expanded her hair tutorials into a full fledged lifestyle brand that focuses on health as well as beauty.

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She sat down with LoveBrownSugar founder and editor-in-chief Christina Brown to discuss the separation of business and family, her affection for natural beauty products, and the importance of having something unique to say.

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BrownGirlsLove: Nomzamo Mbatha

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From her stellar skin to her colorful style South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha is unapologetic about the things that make her stand out. And as the 2015 host of the BET Experience Black Girls Rock Beauty Lounge she used her public platform to encourage others to do the same. 

The brand ambassador for Neutrogena and Puma and her fabulously fluffy curls recently sat down with LoveBrownSugar founder Christina Brown to discuss her beauty routine, career goals, and personal style.

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Check out their conversation below!

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LBS Beauty: Get Cassie’s Braided Bun

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Perfecting a Cassie look can be tricky, but not impossible. A couple weeks ago the beauty took to instagram and posted this look. I immediately said to myself, “That hairstyle is so cute! I can do that!” This is where I thought I would master this style in 5 minutes or less. I was wrong, but click below to see how I finally got it together.

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4 Ways to Organize Your Natural Hair Products

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The bathroom: The only place—outside of your bedroom—where it’s possible to create an utter and complete mess while making it out unscathed and ready to slay. If you’ve been leading the naturalists lifestyle chances are you’ve accumulated enough natural hair care products to start your own beauty supply. And even if you’re not into rocking two-strand twists or wash-and-gos, you can follow the tips below to organize and declutter your space.

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LBS Kickin’ It: Wonder Curl and Wesley Styles NYC’S NYFW Style Event

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It’s been frigidly cold outside this February, but that didn’t stop me from attending a fabulous New York Fashion Week event hosted by the creator of Wonder Curl Scarlett Rocourt and Master Stylist and Barber Tamika Wesley. I witnessed these two super talented #curlybossladies showcase their passion for natural hair. I got a chance to see Tamika showcase the hottest natural hair styles for the spring season on live models!

Find out more about this awesome product line and the styles you can create with it below.

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Join Me at #TextureOnTheRunway

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Happy New York Fashion Week! As you guys know, I’m very committed to supporting and participating in only the shows and events that make me happy and proud to be part of during Fashion Week. Ever since reflecting on The Truth About NYFW I’ve shifted gears and I’m choosing to focus on shows and brands that really cater to women who look like me!

So it gives me great pleasure to be the Social Media Hostess for today’s Texture on the Runway fashion show presented by Naturally Curly with Exclusive Retailer Partner Target. Brands like Cantu, Design Essentials, Garnier, Creme of Nature and Dark and Lovely will be pulling together fierce textured hair looks and debuting them to an exclusive audience of the beauty industry’s top editors, celebs and influencers. It’s going to be a BLAST.

Read more about this amazing event below!

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On the Market: Mane Hair Society

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While successful blow dry bars are appearing all over the country it can often seem like women with textured hair are an afterthought of this booming business trend. Time restraints and poor training techniques can be a major hassle for someone whose hair requires more than a paddle brush and a plucky attitude.

Fortunately for us celebrated hair stylist Tippi Shorter has teamed up with entrepreneurs Ashley Harrington and Gordon Williams to launch Mane Hair Society, a one stop shop for fast and affordable hair styles that are curly girl friendly.

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with the Mane Hair Society founders at their inaugural pop up shop find out more about them and their brilliant new business below.

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