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This Flatiron Will Save Transitioning Tresses

This Flatiron Will Save Transitioning Tresses

Theorie's new flatiron gets unrelaxed roots sleeker than sleeker than SLEEK.

Theorie’s new flatiron gets unrelaxed roots sleeker than sleeker than SLEEK. Jourdan and Chanel- sleek.

Hey ladies,

My favorite part of being a Shake Your Beauty intern is the events. I get to meet new people, throw back some bubbly, and indulge in new product worship! A beauty blogger’s dream. But every now and then an event changes your life.

 

Remember when Carrie met Big? Or when Dwayne Wayne saw Whitley? You knew it was going to be something major. Well, I recently had that moment. Girls, my transitioning hair has been an issue in the heat – it won’t hold a Bantu knot curl or 2-strand twist long enough for me to snap a selfie! Plus, it’s too puffy at the roots to wear straight. So, it’s in a topknot, everyday. But last week it all changed, after I experienced Theorie’s luxe hair products at their launch event.

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What wasn’t luxe was the extreme humidity NYC was giving that day. I must have been fiddling with my pouf because a lovely stylist offered to give me a quick once-over with the Theorie Saga Collection Digital Flatiron. I declined (my unrelaxed roots laugh at flat irons), but she insisted. WELL. This flat iron took my hair from curly-kinky to bone straight in seconds. Never mind that I’d just walked six blocks through a wet blanket of humidity! Apparently, the iron has titanium plates that compress water molecules out of hair. It also comes with a textile cord that’s wrapped in fabric so it never overheats. Incredible! My hair had so much bounce and my roots were Dominican-salon-straight.

 

It’s like NASA went into making hair tools. Except spaceships don’t come in leather boxes with genuine silver labels.

xo,

LaToya

Should White Girls be Included in the Revolution? Hmm.

Should White Girls be Included in the Revolution? Hmm.

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Lily Cole, who is gorgeous.

Hey girls,

So. Hello Beautiful’s lifestyle editor Danielle Young write a fascinating piece on whether or not white women should be included in “The Natural Hair Movement.” I put it in quotes because…exhaustion. I don’t know if it’s because I live in Brooklyn, the natural-as-fuck capital of the world, or because I’m a jaded beauty editor, but I’m just tired of talking about it. But this isn’t about me. My fab friend Ty Alexander, Hello Beautiful’s beauty editor, asked me to give my opinion in the issue, so here it is. And this is not a critique of the woman mentioned in the article, not even a little bit — it’s a response to the question, in general.

In my all-white high school, there were two Jewish girls and a Greek one who had hair that was so tightly coiled they couldn’t do anything but chop into into short, puffy bushes. For a white chick in 1992, this was, well, tragic. There were no curl-defining products, or keratin treatments. Frizz-Ease had just launched (the formula hadn’t been perfected; it was too goopy), and Citrus Shine smelled like car freshener. I am not dismissing their struggle. Here’s the thing, though. They hated their hair because teen dreams Kelly Taylor and Kelly Kapowski had straight hair. They grew up on Disney princesses with straight hair. Our prom queen had straight hair. They didn’t look like the accepted standard of white beauty, and that sucked.

Victorian 'fro.

Victorian ‘fro.

The difference? Those girls were white. The implications of being black with unstraightened hair are so different. Their aunties weren’t going to tell them they looked like slaves unless they hot combed or relaxed their shit. The world wan’t going to write them off as dirty, uneducated, worthless or ghetto. Flash back to Savannah in 1835. Whether a black person had straight or kinky hair was often a matter of life or death. Quite literally. Darker skin, kinkier hair…in America, it’s low-key associated with violence and brutality; while lighter skin and straighter hair connotes education, prosperity, class. We all know why, no need to belabor it. Going natural for many black women is an issue of healing, it’s political, its giving a restorative hug to their great-grandmother who couldn’t do it. The point is, the “The Natural Hair Movement” is part of a larger historical context for us. It’s not only a surface conversation about “curl acceptance.”

[And while we're at it, "The Natural Hair Movement" isn't just about curls. This thing where kinky textures get quietly ignored? It's one of the reasons I tend to walk away from this entire narrative.]

White women, I get your curl frustration. And I love that you’re embracing your texture. Everyone should! But you choosing not to flatiron your spirals is not the same is Viola Davis storming the Oscars red carpet without her wig. Or Lupita’s oh-so-elegant fuck y’all on the cover of Vogue.

Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea are all female rappers. All three could tell you a thing or two about struggling in a male-dominated industry. And yet Iggy Azalea — Iggy Azalea — holds the record for the longest-running number one single by a female rap artist. We are not the same, kids. Please get into it and proceed accordingly with your revolution.

xo,

T

The Case For Sexy You-Pics

The Case For Sexy You-Pics

Wish I could show you the rest of this pic. Somehow, Kila and Drea coached me to arch my back  so seriously that it almost - ALMOST - made me look like I had an ass. Applause.

Wish I could show you the rest of this pic. Somehow, Kila and Drea coached me to arch my back so seriously that it almost – ALMOST – made me look like I had an ass. Applause.

Hi muchachitas,

Always thought they were corny. Like, why? Especially if they’re not for a man — who do you even give them to? Where do you PUT them? Do you matte and frame the hottest one, and stick it over your bed (noo…so Eartha-Kitt-in-Boomerang)? And also…what if you’re the most self-deprecating person on Earth? What if, even mid-makeout, you barely take yourself seriously as a sexy person? What if you’re holding your breath, waiting for him to discover that you’re really a seventh-grade-geek in a grown woman’s body, who can’t wait till he leaves so you can read Nabokov while eating Frosted Flakes and bacon?

What if you’re no longer twenty-four, with a winningly rounded face and boundless glowy vitality? What if you’re forty-ajacent? What if you’ve lost a zillion pounds due to health reasons (not a humblebrag…it’s gross, my ass is concave), can’t gain it back, and you feel that there’s nothing remotely soft or sensual about you anymore?

You take the fucking picture.

So, my friend Kila Lamadora is a fabulous photographer, you guys. She and my other girl Drea Wells, creative director extraordinaire, are getting into non-cheesy, cool boudoir stuff, so I posed for them. And it was so fun. Swear, this isn’t a thirst trap situation — we’re all girls (and even if we weren’t, I couldn’t care less) — I just wanted to encourage you to see yourself in this way! Especially if you’re a mom who’s usually in leggings and an ancient “Barack ‘n Roll” tee. And if you’re in Brooklyn, hit up my girl Kila! Empowering dot com.

Coincidentally, my curls were SO popping that day! I'm fairly certain that it's because it was the first day I used Miss Jessie's genius Defrizz Diffuser. I'm a diffuser addict, and this is the most effective one I've ever used -- I attached it to a basic blowdryer, flipped my damp hair upside down, and pushed the diffuser up into my curls for only about one minute. Then I let it dry naturally, and voila. It's genius...you know Miko and Titi at Miss Jessie's don't f*ck around when it comes to curl definition.

Coincidentally, my curls were SO popping that day! I’m fairly certain that it’s because it was the first day I used Miss Jessie’s genius Defrizz Diffuser. I’m a diffuser addict, and this is the most effective one I’ve ever used — I attached it to a basic blowdryer, flipped my damp hair upside down, and pushed the diffuser up into my curls for only about one minute. Then I let it dry naturally, and voila. It’s genius…you know Miko and Titi at Miss Jessie’s don’t f*ck around when it comes to curl definition.

 

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