Recap: DCN Present Curls & Cocktails Part 2

With Curls & Cocktails Part 1 under our belt, I was amped and ready for session two which would focus on cutting natural hair.  Like the first, this event was sponsored by the Natural Alternatives Salon and was planned by Red Carpet Events.  My goal of this session was to showcase a live big chop where one fabulous natural would be ushered in to the natural hair community surrounded by her curlfriends.  I also wanted to showcase stylized natural hair cuts and provide inspiration passed the traditional fro.

The night was gorgeous and we expanded the event to the upstairs private patio for cocktails, music and mingling while the downstairs salon area was open for interaction with the stylists and to network with other curlies.  The cocktails were sponsored by Rhythm liquor and there were giveaways courtesy of Go Natural Hair & Body Boutique  and DCN.

Stylist Shaha with Big Chop Models Ieesha (left) & La-Tisha (right)

I am so proud to say that in front of a full capacity crowd we watched not one, but two live big chops and a layered cut by stylists Shaha and Dakota.  I had the opportunity to meet many new naturals still early on their journey who were looking to see what the natural hair community has to offer and I am glad to say that we did not disappoint!

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My Bad Hair Habits

Ok, I’ll admit it.  Just because I know better doesn’t mean I always do better.  While I have no problem consulting others on going natural, what to do with their natural hair, what products to use, etc. I myself don’t always follow my own advice. *gasp*

So I am confessing my bad hair habits, will you forgive me?

  1. While I have said numerous times never to scratch your scalp as you will only further irritate, spread and/or introduce bacteria [and whatever else is under your finger nails] to the area; there is always one spot in the back of my head that itches and I scratch it like crazy.  I know that by scratching I am only making it worse but dang it those 10 seconds of relief are worth it.
  2. I cut at my hair for no reason at all.  If I see a frayed end, a curl that doesn’t quite fit or I don’t like the way my hair is laying: I cut it.  The problem is I rarely let a professional do it so there are some parts of my head that are uneven due to my recent scissor attack.
  3. I hate SSK’s which I get often regardless of what I do to prevent them and if there are not any scissors around I snap them out of my hair.  Yes, I know this is horrible and leads to split-ends, but I can’t stand knowing that they are there.
  4. While I moisturize my hair daily I don’t always seal.  Why?  Well cuz some days I just don’t care, other days I’m just too lazy.
  5. I don’t always protect my hair when sleeping.  When I’m at home I use a satin pillowcase so I don’t have to wrap up my hair.  I will remember to take it with me on vacation, however if I am just staying the night at a friend’s home it’s not happening.  I own over 5 head scarves and I could put one in my car for this kind of situation but I won’t.

So those are my current bad hair habits you can read my previous confessions here.  What are some of your bad hair habits?


Cuzzo Ro Chopped & [Cork]Screwed

This is my Cuzzo Ro aka Queen of the Fluffy Hair

On the regular, when talking about her hair I quote Agnes from Despicable Me, “It’s so fluffy!”  She is constantly complimented wherever we go for her awesome corkscrew curls and gravity defying volume.

Lately we’ve been talking about chopping our hair as both of us transitioned for about a year and have not worn our hair short in quite some time.  Also with Summer approaching we have been talking about cute cropped styles to change up our look. We also talked about experimenting with color; highlights, lowlights and everything in between.

It was all talk.  Or so I thought.

Cuzzo Ro called me and said, “OMG I have a surprise for you!”  I just knew she was going to show up with a bright Rihanna red or cool Beyonce blonde.  I opened the door to find her fluffy bangs have been tamed and defined while the back and sides had been trimmed close in a tiny ocean of swirls.  We both screamed and laughed in excitement!

Her hair was styled by Dakota of Natural Alternatives Salon who we consider to be the BADDEST in the Derby City.  Ro was washed and conditioned in the bowl then her hair was gently blotted with a micro fiber towel.  She was then cut using shears and taken back to the bowl to rinse and apply product (Kinky Curly Knot Today and Curling Custard).  Lastly she went back to the station to clean up the cut and for finishing.  She was lightly blown to set the style.

Fierce Cut – Side View

Fierce Cut - Back View

One word: FIYA!  If you are looking for a hot summer look and are here in the Derby City check out the stylists at Natural Alternatives Salon by calling 502.473-8882.

Summer Hair Make-Over

Summer is here and we are finally shedding away those winter blues.  Goodbye tucked-ends and protective styles hello wash-n-gos and huge fros.  And while we get ready for all that fun in the sun it’s common for naturals to want to change up their look.  If Ricki Lake was still around she would have a show titled, ” Winter’s cold has been shook, so give me a hot Summer look” or something like that, lol :)

So I posed the following question on twitter,

#NaturalHair ladies if you were going to have a make-over would you rather they cut, colored, or straightened your hair?”

The answer was a resounding: color.  Interesting enough that was my choice also.  So I mulled over the results I received to try and figure out why.

If you have ever watched a make-over show they ALWAYS want to flatiron women with curly hair for a dramatic effect.  It has always irritated me especially because they have the model look all frowny and depressed in the curly hair before then vibrant and happy in the straight hair after as if her curls were holding back her joy.  *fuming*  This also irritates me because it is not a practical style choice as straightening requires way too much work for day to day styling.  And its not as if straight hair is some new invention like the lady didn’t know she had that option.  She obviously chose to go low-manipulation with her natural texture and now you  gave her some redic ‘do that’s good for a few day? Cheated.

There are a few naturals who responded back that they would like their hair cut into a cute curly style.  I can get with that as when I saw Taren’s big chop vid I kinda wanted to grab some scissors myself.  However, most naturals are anxious to grow out their natural hair to at least shoulder length (if not mid-back length) you would have to fight them to do more than a trim.

But then there is color.  I have colored and highlighted my hair in the past both relaxed and natural.  However, I know that a lot of relaxed women avoided color out of fear of breakage (chemical x chemical = danger).  But now that that they are natural, they want to venture and explore with color.  While coloring hair is not without challenges, it is a chemical process so there are risks and measures you need to take, however it is like a whole new world.  You can color your hair naturally with henna, use 5 foils to highlight the crown, go multi-colored with high and low lights or just get some all over color.  There are tons of color options out there.

So my question for you all is if you were going to get a summer hair make-over what would you change?