Natural Hair & Care

Challenging Hair August 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — R.D. @ 6:07 pm

From the NY Times:

ANTHONY DICKEY’S much anticipated salon, Hair Rules New York — an earthy-industrial space with high ceilings and oversize windows — opened last month in Hell’s Kitchen. The salon, which Mr. Dickey operates with his business partner, Kara Young Georgiopoulos, specializes in curly, frizzy and otherwise texture-challenged hair. It is the kind of hair Mr. Dickey, whose client list has included Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna, is quite familiar with.

On a recent afternoon, Mr. Dickey — who himself grew up with a bright red afro — discussed the relatively recent entry of professional techniques for styling African-American hair.

“We’re talking about an industry that was segregated,” said Mr. Dickey, speaking of the late 1980s, when he was working as a stylist in the fashion world. “The popular black models of the day — like Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell — mostly were given weaves so stylists wouldn’t have to struggle to figure out how to work with their natural hair.”

Mr. Dickey noticed a shift in the mid-1990’s when celebrities like the singer India Arie began posing for fashion magazines. “With hip-hop and R&B having such unique individual style, it forced the fashion industry to include ethnic hair stylists,” he said.

Ms. Georgiopoulos, a former model, and Mr. Dickey have been in cahoots ever since he helped her with her own high-maintenance curls.

Their Hair Rules product line, which came out last year, includes a sulfate-free shampoo, which, according to Dailey Greene, an assistant Hair Rules stylist, “doesn’t have the usual stripping agents that make my hair lock up.”

Haircuts at Hair Rules, 828 Ninth Avenue, (212) 315-2929, start at $65 for men and $100 for women.

The Buzz will stick with the dreads around the corner.


The Princess and The Frog August 12, 2009

Filed under: children,hair oil,hair products,natural,natural hair care — R.D. @ 5:14 pm


To celebrate the release of Disney’s latest film, The Princess and The Frog, Carol’s daughter has launched a line of hair products that are aimed at young African American princesses. The film, which will feature Disney’s first African American princess-Princess Tiana- boasts a casts that includes the voices of Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey. The line of products, which are adorned with scenes from the movie, includes shampoo, conditioner, detangler and bubble bath. Keeping with the company’s commitment to natural ingredients, the products include ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, cranberry extract, sunflower seed oil and olive oil. While the products will be launched in October, the film is slated for release on December 11th!


Lock Tutorial (Basket Weave Up Do)

Filed under: natural,natural hair care — R.D. @ 4:22 pm

At times, some of us can become lazy with our locks. We become complacent; easily satisfied to simply wash, twist and go. We forget that there are so many things that can be done with and to our locks. I am constantly experimenting with different ways to wear my crown (curls, crimps, up dos, buns, braided styles, etc.) and recently came across this video on You Tube. In this video, Shawnta shows viewers how to create an up do that I find to be quite elegant. Though easy to do, the end product is exquisite. Enjoy! If you try this hairstyle, please post a picture in your comments.


When Black Hair, Child Abuse and YouTube Meet August 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — R.D. @ 2:14 pm

When Black Hair, Child Abuse and YouTube Meet

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