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Calypso Realness for Spring

Calypso Realness for Spring


That’s Lela Rochon on the right, btw.

When I was eight, Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” was everything. The video came out, and everybody was partying in these preternaturally bright, primary colors. There was tribal-ish dancing and floral hair accessories. There were brown boys playing steel drums. I remember asking my mom to explain the video, and — I’ll never forget this, it was while she was giving me a homemade mayonnaise deep conditioner in the kitchen (vomit) — she distractedly said, “Calypso.” Calypso! She was referring to the genre of music, obviously. But I decided that “Calypso” meant…tropical. And in my head, whenever I saw ads for Hawaiian vacations, or wore jams (remember jams?) with day-go flower prints, I decided I was giving Calypso Realness.

From conditioners to toners, this spring, every brand is getting into Calypso Realness with their packaging. With a side of Boho. And it’s so good, that I almost don’t even care what’s in it. Lucky for me,  Shu Uemura, Davines, and Pacifica’s Indian Coconut Nectar Body Wash are good.


Shu Uemura Mika for Shu Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil is a work of art. This huge, limited edition bottle is too fancy and luxurious to be believed. Truly a work of art; so pretty on your counter. But that’s besides the point — it actually houses a lightweight, gently moisturizing cleansing oil that leaves your face squeaky-clean (eye makeup and mascara, obliterated)…but softly hydrated. I also use it to clean my brushes.


As I’ve mentioned before, my blowouts are SO dead. Lifeless. Lately, I’ve been using Davines NaturalTech Replumping Shampoo to help add some much-needed lushness! It contains something called petit gran oil, which helps give hair elasticity and volume. Totally works — my hair ends up fluffy to a fault. Plus, it smells like the Tuileries Garden.


So, Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Wash. Let’s talk about the scent. It’s a summery, honey-vanilla-fruity fragrance that’s entirely edible. You’ll want to bite yourself. Blended with natural ingredients like tea, pomegranate, and chamomile extract, it’s totally gentle and sulfate-free — and yet the lather payoff is serious. I’m on my second bottle.

These Calypso Realness products aren’t just pretty faces, guys. You’ll love!



My Big, Bodacious Hair Secret!

My Big, Bodacious Hair Secret!

There are a few things no one tells you about pregnancy. For example, if you’re a brown woman, there’s a good chance that in your eighth month, your stomach will turn completely black. Like burnt toast. I named mine Le Belly Noir. It was horrifying. No one tells you that your hair will break off around your hairline when you’re baby”s about four months. My post-Bobina delivery “bangs” were not a choice. No one tells you about the shedding. My hair was crazy long at this point — way past my bra strap (pregnancy hormones) — and it was all over my house. In the cereal box, Lina’s sock drawer, the drying rack. Heinous. And I don’t know if this is happened to anyone else, but my daughter is five years old and my hair still hasn’t bounced back from the shedding. It’s sooo much thinner now that it was pre-pregnancy. Even though it’s natural, it feels really limp (which seems so wrong). And since my blowout spirit animals are the massively coiffured  Shahs of Sunset women, this will not do. I need it to be BIG.

christy brinkley

That first pic was taken thirty-five years ago. Can you believe this woman? Btw, she’s wearing her 16 in Clip-In Extension in the second one. So natural and lush.

In November, I went to the launch of Christie Brinkley’s line of Hair2Wear wigs and clip-in extensions (I hadn’t started up SYB again, so I couldn’t rave about it). It was a breakfast event, and Brinkley herself swanned around the room, passing out her 16 in Clip-in Extensions while a room full of starstruck beauty chicks nervously picked at their pecan-encrusted French Toast. I eyed it suspiciously. I’ve never worn a clip-in, and only tried a weave once (migraine suffers CANNOT do the cornrows. And as gorgeous as great weaves are, I just need to get to my scalp).


Anyway, it was one ear-to-ear track with a tiny comb on each end and one in the middle. The hair was bouncy and gorgeous — and bizarrely exactly the golden-streaked copper shade of my new dye job. I shrugged, and without even looking in the mirror, I lifted up a layer of my hair at the crown, clipped it in, and let the top layer drop. The room gasped. Two bloggers took my picture. When I looked in the mirror my jaw dropped. I think North West was born at that precise moment. Friends, my hair was laid. Laid, laid, laid. Never looked better. And it was so damned easy — no mirror! No brush!

tia williams



tia williams

After. Can you believe it? Again, no mirror. FYI, my shade is Dark Brown with Copper Highlights.

Long story short, I live for it. I love the versatility. I love that I can wake up, clip this thing in when I want to slay — and all with no commitment. So good if you’re in-between cuts, or growing out your hair, or just need a boost of volume or length. So good!


T. Trilliams


Little Girl Curls: Lina Lina Bobina’s Curl Cocktail

Little Girl Curls: Lina Lina Bobina’s Curl Cocktail

kiddie curls

Q: “I follow you on Instagram, and Lina Bobina’s curl pattern looks a lot like both mine and my niece’s. I need to know what you put in her hair. Even if it’s kiddie stuff. My curls are so dry and frizzy…and my sister always puts my niece’s hair in braids, because her spirals are too overwhelming. So whatever you use on Bobina, we need to get into…asap!” – Jeanine

A: Hi Jeanine! Lina Lina Bobina has a ton of hair. A TON. I understand you and your sister being flummoxed. It took me ages to find the perfect hair cocktail to get us through wetting, washing, and detangling sans tears.

little girl curls

The little girl…with the temper tantrum-inducing curls.

Lina’s hair is thick, with a fine curl and about four inches of shrinkage (a lot). Let’s cut to the chase. In her five years on Earth, I’ve tried everything…and the two product lines that prettify her curls most brilliantly are the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus collection (organic; paraben-free; made of gentle, soothing, kid-friendly botanicals…so fancy, and yet SOLD AT TARGET!!!), and the new CurlyKids Mixed Hair Care collection (also super-gentle, paraben-free, and shockingly inexpensive). I’ve found that these products are moisturizing enough to keep Lina’s ultra-dry hair hydrated for a good three days…but they’re also lightweight, non-sticky and don’t leave a residue. Hence, the bounciness. These are the three we keep in heavy rotation:

sheamoisture cowash

STEP 1: We skip shampoo, and just use SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser, which geennntttly strips away product buildup, while leaving her curls moisturized and luscious. It’s loaded with silk proteins to strengthen and nourish her ringlets.


sheamoisture detangler kids

STEP 2: The Co-Wash does a great job of getting rid of most of Lina’s tangles (as long as I apply it by running my fingers downwards through her hair, not roughing it up, shampoo-style, at the roots). But there’s always a few tangles left after I rinse. So, I spritz the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangling SPray from scalp to ends and use my fingers to gently separate her curls.


STEP 3: Finally, I squeeze dry her hair with a towel, rub a dollop of CurlyKids Mixed Hair HairCare Gel Moisturizer between my hands, and run it throughout her hair. I don’t COAT her curls with it, just squeeze it in, lightly. I don’t want her to have Top Ramen spirals…you can’t get a good bounce if the strands are weighed down with product. Extra tip? On the second and third day, I spritz her curls with the Detangling Spray for extra moisture and frizz-fighting definition.


And there you have it, Jeanine! Lina Lina Bobina’s hair regimen. Hopefully this helps you and your niece. Send me a pic so I can see results!


Ms. Trilliams


 curlykids mixed hair haircare