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My Trip to the African American Museum

My grandmother was a great storyteller when I was a child. I remember vividly the colorful stories she would tell me about the past. The hairstyles, the clothes, the drama. I remember her story about a Native American relative who would sit indian-style on the porch. I remember the stories of how my grandfather was a big jokester when he was in high school and how he used to play on a baseball team. I can clearly see my grandmother’s high...

4 Cocktails to Try During Essence Fest 2016

Summer is here and so is Essence Fest 2016! There’s so much to see and do in this one weekend before the 4th of July. Here at Manning’s Sports Bar, we came up with 4 drinks to help get you through the weekend. Whether your taking a break from the fest or trying to find a cool spot to escape the heat, come visit us on Fulton Street and try one of our specialty cocktails: 1 – Hennessy Halftime Punch...

Craft Cocktail #8 | Hennessy Berry Punch

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I’m the type of girl who loves a good cognac on the rocks, no mixer. Just the smell and taste of some E&J, Remy Martin, or Hennessy is enough to satisfy my liquid desires. However, summer in New Orleans is brutal, and I often crave fruity, yet refreshing drinks that will serve its original purpose and cool me down as well. Most of these dual-purpose drinks don’t include cognac, but if they do, the taste isn’t one to desire. So, I decided...

How to Use Shea Moisture Hair Masks Part 2!

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If you haven’t already, please check out the first part where I discuss six other hair masques released by Shea Moisture. This blog consists of the four newest masks added to the Shea Moisture product line and how I use them. I have definitely found a new favorite, and I hope to help you find one too! Also, if you’re interested in learning more information before you buy, your in the right place. ABOUT MY HAIR: I have type 4a-4c hair. I...

Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Collection Review

PSA: This review is not sponsored! I spent my own money on these products to give you an honest review because I love natural hair and I’m a product junkie who’s always on the search for the perfect hair products. I recently purchased the Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Collection because I’m always looking for products that help repair and protect damaged hair. I was mainly attracted to the name: Almond Milk. I know of the health benefits of almond milk...

Natural Hairstyles | How to Make Bantu Knots Look Cute & Wearable

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Bantu knots are a true catch 22. The end result – a bantu knot out – is usually BOMB, but dealing with the prerequisite can be problematic. Because they tend to take forever and a day to dry if you style on wet hair, wearing the knots outside the house is a necessary evil for a busy lifestyle. To a lot of naturals, wearing bantu knots outside is equivalent to wearing rollers outside the house. You’re not going to wear rollers in your head...

Natural Hairstyles | The Bun Wrap

This past week has been a LONG one. With the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras only being two days apart, I haven’t had much time to sleep let alone pay attention to my hair. Being a bartender in New Orleans during Mardi Gras can be a very lucrative opportunity, but it takes it’s toll on your mental and physical health due to long hours and little sleep (especially if you’re participating in festivities along with the everyone else). My lack...

Shea Moisture Releases Lines for Low & High Porosity Hair and Changes the Game

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I ran across a picture of the new Shea Moisture Low and High Porosity hair product lines on Tumblr and ran, almost literally, to Target to check them out for myself. I have many products that target a certain hair type, but I have never seen a product-let alone a whole line of products that targeted porosity. Knowing your hair’s porosity level is key to knowing how to achieve maximum moisture levels and how to choose styling products. Low porosity hair is usually...

Why I Stopped Using Shea Butter…

For the better part of two years, I strictly used Shea butter to style my hair. It worked well at locking in moisture and keeping my hair soft and shiny for DAYS. My hair always came out well-defined, and the style would last as long as the moisture would. It also isn’t very expensive: I can usually catch it on sale at Whole Foods. One tube, mixed with oils, can last me months. Shea butter is the real MVP. This...

#HOTD | Straightened Natural Hair

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I was in dire need of a trim and could not wait until Christmas. The shears were calling me… But, I never trim my hair curly, always straight. It allows me to see the raggedy ends clearer. And the weather was close to perfect for it. I am now 3 years 4 months natural, and I’m still loving every moment. Straightening my hair this time was a little emotional for me because I haven’t seen my hair this long and this...