Posts Categorized: Chai’s Picks

November 18, 2011

Shop Curl Mart’s Biggest Sale!

I know many of us are excited for the upcoming Black Friday sales on some of our favorite hair goodies, but starting today & for two days only CurlMart is offering a sweet 25% the entire store. The usual exclusions are of course Miss Jessie’s, Kinky Curly, Wen products & Curly Cocktails. But if you haven’t already checked out the revamped CurlMart & all the new goodies they’re carrying, head on over and stock up!!

Full deets on any upcoming Black Friday deals will be posted this coming week;)!

August 10, 2011

Cue Black Girls: A HairStory

Let it be known, that I am not a person who condones violence of any kind….even when it’s in straight defense of one’s natural hair. I know…I KNOW! What’s the big deal if someone…a stranger even, decides they want a piece of your FRO action? Who wouldn’t want to explore the many textures and folds of our strands. Of course, this is one of those topics that can easily excite a heated debate no matter your stance, but for once I was excited to put the verbal defense gloves down and have a good laugh…at my expense no less. A few days ago I stumbled upon this hilarious vid from the talented Renee Threatte, an actor/singer/dancer & overall fun person to watch. Inspired by the Kim Coles & CurlyNikki Grow Out Challenge, Renee decided to put her own spin on the traditional ‘HairStory’ and share this awesome sketch with the curly haired community!

Hairstory from Cue Black Girls on Vimeo.

Check out more from Cue Black Girls by clicking here and stay up to date by visiting their Facebook Page.

July 29, 2011

Lusting After LUSH! Let’s Talk Hair!

I’ve made it no secret my still growing love of all things LUSH cosmetics, so this here was a no brainer after a recent trip into the city. Could this have been another impulsive buy? Well, yeah. BUT, this is also a case of responding to the Fro’s immediate needs (re:recent dry heat = DRY hair/scalp). So with the help of a LUSH professional, I settled on one of their limited edition Head Case Hair kits specially formulated to nourish and restore dry hair back to it’s natural form!

Protect & Nourish was beyond ideal, allowing me to sample a handful of goodies that work amazing on textured hair! Kit includes:

This is really a great way to introduce newbies to the world of LUSH without breaking the bank. The kit retails for about $25 and each container is sizable and would easily last a few applications. I opted for the Protect & Nourish regime, but Balance & Repair + Volume & Shine both come with great hair goodies as well. I’ll be trying out the Jasmine and Fluff-Ease Hair Treatment this weekend along with my new Huetiful Steamer!!
*Any Lush Heads out there? What have you tried & loved?!*
July 28, 2011

My New MAC Obsession!

I’m not sure how it happened, but over the years I’ve slowly morphed into a woman who secretly steels away into the confines of her local Sephora, sampling, spraying & hoarding beauty goodies back to her home. Up till this point the ‘situation’ has been under control…relatively. There seem to be countless endless brands to choose from within the pink walls of my wee l’il Sephi to hold my attention…that is until a few weeks ago when a huge announcement was made via MAC! Many of our favorite beauty bloggers that we’ve grown to love, respect & turn to for tips and advice were teaming up with the leading makeup gurus to form the Blogger’s Obsession Collection!!

Make no mistake,  I am truly a MAC newbie, often perusing their collections online & even in stores always hesitant to commit. But after seeing the beautiful shades that came together from this collection, and the amazing fact that our brown beauty godmother, Afrobella was contributing, I had.to.have.

I’ve literally been wearing All of My Purple Life since it arrived at my doorstep a few weeks ago and snagged the other beauty, Lovechild as  my numero uno for daytime quick wear -anywhere. Both are gorgeous colors for both daytime and evening & I couldn’t be more happier!

Decided to forego any makeup except for a touch of LoveChild due to the heat, love the light coverage! The first run of All of My Purple Life sold out in a matter of days upon it’s release, and is thankfully back in stock as of yesterday! Now’s the time to stock up if you dare…and trust me, this is a shade made for just about any gal.

July 9, 2011

Brooklyn Exposed…

love the colors!

There are so many advantages of living in Brooklyn these days, and the Summer months really are the best days to experience all this borough has to offer. Last week, a friend & I hightailed it to the African Arts Festival downtown after hitting up the Huetiful Pop-Up event, and strolled through booths filled with memorable art pieces, striking jewelry and product demonstrations that drew an eager crowd.

A great tool for those who’ve recently BC’d or starting locs

vibrant earrings

my new treasure, did I mention how much I adore colors!

I’ve been a HUGE fan of this designer’s work since her line debuted, so great to meet her in person

Look out for new prints by staying up to date on her FB page!

To keep up on what’s going on this Summer in BK, check out Brooklyn Exposed, the L Magazine or Visit Brooklyn

July 8, 2011

New Natural Hair Magazine – Natural Bloom

This is probably one of the best ideas to come into fruition in the natural hair community…in my opinion at least. I’ve always been a fan of magazines since the time I picked up my first issue of “YM” mag over 15 years ago, subbed to my first issue of Honey Magazine & hid away for safe keeping all of my back issues of Suede Magazine. I LOVE magazine editorial, and JC from The Natural Haven has just fueled my passion even more by launching Natural Bloom, a natural hair magazine that focuses not just on hair, but lifestyle as well.

Strongly encourage you to check it out, support and share it with others! I’m honored to be contributing to a future issue and looking forward to what JC has in store. A few highlights in the current issue include a thoughtful interview with Jamyla Bennu of Oyin Handmade, Curly Chronicles shows you an awesome vintage inspired hair style, and Monique from Sofull Sista has an sweet fashion spread…and graces the cover as well! There really is so much to digest, so definitely check it out.