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Naturalista Chicery at the CurlBox Meetup

Karen Tappin and Myleik Teele, running thangs at their meet-up last night.


Hi girls! Last night, I found myself at what seemed to be the very epicenter of fab naturalista chic-ery — curlBOX’s soiree at famed Karen’s Body Beautiful in Fort Greene, BK. A little backstory: curlBOX, founded by my girl Myleik Teele, is a way to experience curly hair products at an insanely low price (for $20, subscribers received 5-7 samples a month). And Karen’s Body Beautiful spa carries a house brand of all-natural black hair products that are legendary among naturalistas (the Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in Conditioner is most coveted). Blended by the gloriously fro’d owner, Karen Tappin, the line is super-hydrating and restorative — and they smell divine.


Karen, Bobina and me! Funniest part of the event? A guy outside was banging congos -- and Bobina handed her doll to me so she could do a quick half-crump.


Naturally, I couldn’t wait to stop by — and I even brought my curly progeny, Miss Lina Bobina. I’ve covered a ton of natural hair meetups during my run at Essence.com, but I’ve never attended one as an almost-chemical-free chica, myself. I saw the whole thing with brand new, covetous eyes! There were hundreds of swaggy bombshells there, with some of the sexiest ‘dos I’ve ever seen — ringlets, fros, waist-length dreads, twist-outs  — and makeup game for days.


I meeaaan...


I saw two particularly stunning girls outside in the block-long line…and being me, I attacked them, demanding to know their beauty secrets.




How CUTE, right? Here’s the tee from the chick on the left, Sherena, who’s been natural for a year and a half: “I’m wearing MAC Eyeshadow in Steamy…I thought the teal was a pretty contrast with the yellow. The lip is MAC Lipstick in Bubbles. And I make my own blend of shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil for my hair — I use it as a moisturizer and a twisting cream!”

The cutie on the right, Ingrid, has been chemical-free since ’09 and loves a statement lip: “It’s Wet & Wild Lipstick in Stoplight Red. I love the pop, plus I’m trying to keep it cost effective! And I’m a huge fan of Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner and the Bee Mine Curly Butter.”

Sigh. Forget celebs and models, sometimes the most inspiring/aspirational looks come from the chick up the block. Ladies, what makeup and hair looks are inspiring you these days?


Bobina, finding inspiration at the meetup from her lovely new friend 🙂

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  1. Colleen
    June 22, 2012 3:56 pm 

    God, I love New York! Folks dare to be their fabulous selves with no apologies. On another note, Im headed to CVS for that Wet n Wild now!

    • Tay
      June 22, 2012 4:11 pm 

      Ditto on the Wet N Wild! I keep hearing good things, and I’m all for the cheap.

  2. June 22, 2012 4:03 pm 

    Great recap! So sad I wasn’t able to make it this event.


  3. June 26, 2012 4:29 pm 

    beautiful photos, such lush hair

  4. jenna
    June 26, 2012 11:46 pm 

    Yes I got 5 wet n wild lipsticks at rite aide! There my new favs. They last all day too.

  5. July 18, 2012 6:34 pm 

    I just want to comment on the adorable nickname for your daughter…I call my son “Stinka Stinka Bo Binka” and Bo Binka for short. I’m glad to see I’m not alone! Keep up the good writing.