Showing posts from June, 2011

My hair growth in 8 Months!


 I do this blog to inspire women and men who choose natural hair! I want you all to know that our hair can and will grow...if you let it. You have the option to treat your hair with care, and by doing this you will see growth, and stronger healthier hair. Take a look at a few of my pictures. I hope it inspires you!
The first picture was of my big chop, and as you can see...there was still perm on the ends so I eventually cut all of that off.  

 ...and Now 10 Months 3 weeks NATURAL!

July 28th will be my 1 Year Anniversary, and I am excited! I LOVE MY HAIR!!!!

Look of the Day!

Simple, Unique, yet Chic!

Not the Look of the Day: The Simmons' Girls


Milwaukee Natural Hair Care Expo




Starting July 5th - 31st
Natural Expression will be hosting a Free Giveaway to win a pair of Handmade Earrings!!!
Made by the unique designer @CurlyandLovely! Just send a picture of your very own Natural Hair style to and a list of products you used to accomplish the style!!!!
You could be chosen to win a lovely pair of earrings for FREE!!! Please be sure to include "GIVEAWAY" in the email subject line as well!
You will be informed on your Win the last day of the "Natural Expression" Giveaway!!!

Thank you & Good LUCK!

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Beauty Tip of the Day!

Be fashionable. This one is a given, but a lot of people don't realize how wrong they are in the clothes they wear. Learn about your body type, height, skin tone and preferences. Discover yourself, and fashion will come to you.

Celebrity Hair: Jill Scott

I've written a few post about Jill Scott's hairstyles in the past & present, Here's just a few! (Click Here)
...But I am excited to see that she has recently chose the natural hair "look" again on her new album titled "The Light of the Sun" In stores Now! I'm going to get a copy today.

Celebrity Hair: Soulja Boy

I shouldn't even waste my time writing about this person, but I think there's a hair epidemic going on in the music industry and I'm wondering why...I may need your help to help me figure out why everyone thinks blonde hair is the way to go. Well, first singer Chris Brown. Now Soulja Boy, Really! What for? Not only does he look like a boy screaming for attention, but he looks like a copy-cat! I tell ya, these male rappers are doing some crazy things with their hair these days. I just blogged about Fifty's texturizer yesterday! lol
What do you think of this new look, Bleach or NO Bleach?

Celebrity Natural Look: Serena Williams

Serena was spotted in London last week with her new natural looking lace front wig. We all know she's not reported to have natural hair, but the look is fine. I'm not so sure of her new look though. I'm guessing since the break-up with rapper Common, Serena had to change it up a little...Do you like the new look?

Look of the Day!

I am a sucker for chunky shoes, so this look is a winner to me! I love it because it shows that your shoes and purse does not have to match to have an amazing outfit! Love it

My Growth! 8 Days to Being 11mths Natural!

As you can imagine, I am beyond excited...I will be 11 months natural on June 28th! 
I'm super excited because I'll be a 1 year natural in a month.
 During my journey I have not once thought about perming my hair.
That is the truth, I have not thought about quitting my natural hair journey whatsoever.
I know that I want healthy hair, and I know the way to get it now!
I will never go back down that road again, my hair was unhealthy, not thick, and wouldn't grow pass my shoulders...not cool!
Well, I want to show you my hair growth thus far. Take a look!  

 :-) Can you see the Growth!? Stay on your Natural Hair Journey!!! Our Hair DOES Grow

Beauty Tip of the Day!

Think of yourself as attractive. No one has the right to judge how you look but you, and if you decide to be good-looking, then that is what you will portray and that is what you will be!

50 cents Hair! Ewww

Looks like Fifty Cent may have a texturizer. I guess he wanted chemically treated curls, either way, it's just too juicy looking and who ever did it should have cut off the straight end pieces. Here's what he said about his new look.

“It’s still 50 Cent … I just want to create something that’s out of the box, that ain’t [my] same style of music or same kinds of music. I’m using different song formats…it’s still hip-hop music, it’s still 50 Cent content, it’s just written in a different way”
What do you think of Fifty's new look?

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Challenge!

Let the Challenge Begin! Yes, I'm starting a personal challenge for my hair...starting today. I will use a different hair regimen using Jamaican Black Castor Oil & Shampoo. I bought both products this morning and I washed my hair with the shampoo... I must say! I know that this product isn't going anywhere. I'm in love with the shampoo already. Right after applying / massaging it into my hair and scalp, I could feel my hair becoming softer. When I rinsed it out, it did not feel stripped AT ALL! It actually felt smooth and soft, very manageable w/o applying a conditioner. The good thing about this shampoo is that it is completely all natural, no sulfates, alcohols, etc. It's made from natural oils. It is so amazing, I'm glad I tried it. I will now use this product weekly to wash my hair, and I will use the oil throughout my hair every two days.

I will twist my hair every night while wet (w/ water) using African Golden Shea Butter! I'm going to do this for abo…

Castor Oil Challenge Results


Model Search in NYC!

TODAY! Wednesday, June 15, 2011
NYC Event: Dark and Lovely & Essence Model Search For a second year in a row, Dark and Lovely is teaming with Essence magazine to find the NEXT "Dark and Lovely" fashionista model. They're kicking off the nationwide model search in NYC with a live casting call at the Metropolitan Pavilion tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15th from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
If you feel like you have what it takes to be a fashionista model, come out and strut your stuff in front of Dark and Lovely ambassador, Bria Murphy, along with an esteemed panel of judges.

Natural Celebrity: Raven Symone

When I first heard about Raven Symone doing the "BC" a few months ago, I posted a story in no time. I was happy to hear about another celebrity taking this route towards healthy hair. Then not even two days later she weaved it up, I mean she put tracks in her hair and flat ironed it in no time. She didn't even let her hair breathe a little. Well, I'm here again to tell you that she is now showing her natural curls again and she's looking gorgeous. I actually can see the growth too...Go Girl!!!! :-)

Aloe Vera Juice down to the Science!


Aloe vera is basically prized for its medicinal properties. It has been used for a long time to heal a number of health conditions, right from burns, skin infections, digestive ailments like, indigestion, constipation and heartburn to joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Aloe vera, its gel, as well as the juice is highly valued for its benefits for the skin. It is widely used for soothing dry skin, skin rash, acne and for preventing wrinkles and fine lines. The benefits of aloe vera juice on hair are equally interesting. It can help to get rid of a number of problems associated with hair and the scalp. Let's find out some more facts on aloe vera benefits for hair.
Hair Benefits:

Hair problems like, excessive hair fall, dry and damaged hair are quite common these days, owing to high levels of pollution, as well as poor nutrition. Even injudicious use of hair styling products can also be held responsible for causing damage to hair. Aloe vera juice, with its exce…

Hair of the Day!

Don't be afraid to make a statement! Whether a fashion statement or whatever...wear your hair the way you want. Remember, It's okay to bring a style back. Especially if you're rocking it with confidence. Feel Free! Express yourself Naturally :)

Look of the Day!

June Ambrose at the Tracy Reese Flagship Store 5th Anniversary Celebration, this lady always get fashion / style correct...enough said!

Hide yo Weave!!


This Week: Celebrity Naturals

These Natural celebs were caught rocking their lovely curls the right way! Check 'em out.
I see you Ms. HILL

Look of the Day & Hair of the Day!

Both titles go straight to one of our favorite celebrity Naturals, Miss Solange Knowles. As she takes her son to the movies in style, she was spotted and looking as gorgeous as usual! Go Girl...I am loving the look!

Natural Expression's GIVEAWAY Season!!!

I will be giving away a  FREE pair of GORGEOUS handmade fashionable earrings (by fellow blogger & jewelry-line owner CurlyandLovely) to a lovely reader / follower of my blog, or Twitter! Keep visiting for Details!!!!

...a perfect gift for yourself, a friend, or relative!

Poll Time!

Hello Beautiful People!

You all know that I love asking you questions right! Sometimes I get answers and sometimes I don't...this one particular poll here on "Natural Expression" received 119 answers and I'm going to give you the popular answers. Okay, here we go!

The question I asked was, About How many products do you use in One Day?

51 answered 1 to 2 products in One Day! That's 42% 37 answered just Water & Oil! That's 31% 4 people actually said they used more than 5 products and admitted to being a product junkie. If you would like to answer this poll, feel free! It's right above under the tab area! :)

Beauty Facts!

Don't worry if you don't have a perfect figure or flawless skin. Beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes!

Selita Ebanks Hair

Some people call it a beautiful bang...I call it a soon to be damaged bang! I'm just keeping it real. As you may know, she is one of the new spokeswomen for Carol's Daughter hair line, and in regards to that title she should be cautious on what she do to her hair. The hair company promotes safe / healthy hair products. They do not sale hair dye, and hair dye / bleach is a chemical that is very damaging to hair. She is an adult and she can do whatever she wants to her hair, but come on girl!

...and I'm starting to think that these celebs aren't just choosing to cut their hair, they have too because of all the damage! You tell me.

Don't Confuse Hair Thickness w/ Hair Growth!

I do this often myself... then I have to realize the truth about Natural Hair! My beautiful friend Eureka has lovely long natural hair, in fact, I featured her "Hair Story" here on 'Natural Expression' (Visit Featured Hair Stories in the Tab Area), anyway I informed her that I wanted my hair to be thick, Really Thick like hers! She then put her fingers in my hair and said, "Girl, How thick do you want it? Your hair is already thick!" I looked at her, and said to myself, "Duh Shren, my hair is thick!" I didn't even mean that, I meant to say, I want my hair to be long. Like Yours!
I hear so many of us Naturals say, "Man, I wish my hair was thicker." We tend to confuse our thickness with growth. What we really want is growth, and we'll get that soon! You must be patient with natural hair, it'll get to that length in no time. So the next time you wash your hair, and it dries and your hair looks shorter than when you stretch it out…

Naturals Night Out June 4th, 2011

If you're a Natural in the NY area, HERE'S SOMETHING FOR YOU TO GET INTO!

Hair of the Day!


Love Naturals


Look of the Day!

Eve seem to get it everytime, but this right here is a really good look. She's comfortable yet chic all at the same time, and the tourban is making it all come together. I love the look she's going for...and that's why she takes it for "Look of the Day!"

Natural Look: Keri Hilson

Keri rocks the Natural-Look today in London! Looking good girl...I wonder how long this will be for, because she changings look every second it seems like!
And this outfit is FLAWLESS!!!

Carol's Daughter *NEW* Line & The Ladies

I failed to mention this a while back, but Carol's Daughter has some new faces to the product line (Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks, and Cassie), and it all started off a little controversial because of the ladies chosen to represent the hair-line. They're all light-skin and "not fully african american", said by a natural hair blogger...but who cares really! I don't, because I don't even use the products anymore, and I will probably never use them again, enough said!

Well, that's not going to stop me from reporting the natural hair news & truth.
 "After one use of the mask with the shampoo, your hair will be 96% stronger," said Lisa Price. "Plus, it'll grow longer because it's not breaking as often," says Price. So, There's a new product out there, but be sure to read the label! If you need to know what to look for while you're looking at the label...Click HERE! I got your back :)   More Information Below: From E…