Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Maya Angelou Docu. to Loving Your Natural Hair, and Walking by Faith

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Challenges followed me this week, one after the other, but I remained determined to seek out inspiration.

Here’s the weekly list:

Cannot wait to see this documentary on the colorful & prolific writer Dr. Maya Angelou. Democracy Now’s background coverage of it is excellent.

My blogging friend Afrotastic Lady has a lovely online space. She regularly features posts from other writers and creatives. Check out this beautifully-layered piece by talented singer Jessi Hughes about loving your hair, and how this connects to faith and personal growth for her.

Jessi I. Hughes, Photo via Afrotastic Lady Blog

Every moment of every day, God’s grace wins! You tell em’ Matthew West! 

No matter what your situation looks like in the physical, It Ain’t Over, because God is in control! Close your eyes and take in this powerful message from Isreal Houghton featuring James Fortune and Jason Nelson.

These kids are my heroes! They stood up for a child with special needs being bullied. I could not stop crying; their courage is so utterly moving!

Angela Davis and her sister, Fania  talk about self-care and how it’s tied to our larger struggles for social justice.

Your Easy Holiday Hair Style Guide!

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So you have received either the anticipated or dreaded invitation to dine with your boyfriends’ family, that annual holiday company shindig, or you and the girls are determined to bring glitz and glitter to a New Year’s Eve party. Wherever you are headed, I’m sure, like me, your first question is simple: “What am I going to do with my hair?”

Well, hold tight, beauties. We will lead you down the yellow brick road of fabulous! Your holiday hair guide is here, complete with photos and easy steps you can do at home.

Hair styled by Valencia Pearl
Hair styled by Valencia Pearl
Photo Courtesy of Panache Photography

Romantic spirals set the mood for an evening of smooth talk, pointed toes, flirtatious giggles and mistletoe. Give your flat, straight, and smooth tresses a splash of curls. This look can easily be achieved with a wand curler or rod set. Spiral curls will pair beautifully with a pant suit, or gown for high-end events.

Hair styled by Valencia Pearl  Photo courtesy of Panache Photography
Hair styled by Valencia Pearl
Photo courtesy of Panache Photography

All hail the bun! Simple, classic, beautiful, sleek, effortless, and definitely an elegant compliment to your holiday dress, or sequenced blouse. It can either be worn with or without a bang, and is perfect for both the day at the office, or later at happy hour. Pair this style with a red lip, and rhinestone studs or diamonds, and you have made your mark in the book of holiday perfection.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Photo credit: Pascal Le Sergretain / Getty Images

Spice life up a bit, and shock everyone with a new cut and color. Make it an occasion few   will forget. Going short does not limit glamour and versatility. Short tresses are easy to maintain, and may give you more flexibility traveling from party to pub crawls. It compliments any holiday ensemble! Oh. Don’t be shy when you beat your face! Add some lashes, smoke those eyes and use bold color on your lips. Work it!

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Hair styled by Valencia Pearl
Photo courtesy of Panache Photography

Rock old Hollywood glamour!  Waves were beauty staples in the 1920’s; flappers wore them to announce their femininity, beauty and strength. Fast forward to 2013, and it still sends the same message. Soft waves are an ideal choice for festive evenings.

Photo credit: Getty Images
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Photo credit: Getty Images

Deep side parts, and hair set to one side, bring red carpet Hollywood pizzazz to your local holiday dinner. As stunning as this hair creation is its not difficult to achieve. Part your hair deep on one side, curl each section, smooth those edges with a styling aid, and bring the hair all up to one side. Finally, secure it with pins to complete the look.

Photo Source: Instagram
Photo Source: Instagram

You know I did not forget about my gorgeous naturals!! The holidays are a special time in style and beauty. Why should you all miss out? Add sparkle to your locs with an ornate headband, create an amazing up do, or try a semi-permanent color. The possibilities are endless!

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What’s your favorite holiday style? Are you going to try some of these looks?

Talking Hair with our new Beauty / Style Editor, Valencia Pearl

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Valencia Pearl, Beauty / Style Editor at Live In Color blog
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By now you know Shannon and I love style, but we cannot write about it all the time (yes, we wish we could, too). So, we decided to add another member to our team. Say hello to Valencia Pearl, our new Beauty / Style Editor.

This hair stylist and fashion maven is a one-woman dynamo and working mother; she effortlessly juggles a busy life, while looking stunning. We thought who better to talk about all things beauty? She’ll be posting regularly (bi-weekly and/or monthly).

For today, she is answering your questions about hair. There are still a few others to respond to so this will be an ongoing series.

Read on below, and feel free to leave comments!  We love hearing from our readers.

Live In Color! – Valencia, Emelda & Shannon

Q: My teenager has two different textures of hair as a result of a texturizer from a year ago. It damaged the hair, and we did not texturizer again. Now she has natural coils with 1-2 inches of textured straight ends. Should we cut the texturized hair, or just trim it?

What is the best daily routine for natural hair? Where can we find age appropriate hairstyles for naturalistas?  

A: In my opinion, texturizers are more harmful than chemical relaxers. If the ends are weak, frizzy, or split, I would recommend cutting it. If the ends are in tact, a trim would have the same effect as cutting. Eventually,  she will have a head of healthy natural coils.

Natural hair (hair that is void of chemical straighteners) is extremely diverse and resilient. But remember my mantra: “Hair is Hair.” You must take very good care of it; coiled hair is also extremely fragile. Some natural divas do wash n’ go, co-wash, flat twist outs, and then with a spray of  leave-in-conditioner, and finger manipulations, they are off!

As the hair gets longer, styles become more complex. Combing, brushing, pulling and stretching are all things we do on a daily basis, but protective styling will help relieve your scalp, and hair of this tension.

You can find beautiful, free ideas on Pinterest, and tutorials on You Tube. Feel free to check out this helpful article for cool teen natural style ideas that are age appropriate.

Q: What are the best “box relaxers” on the the market?

A: Before my huge plunge into “professional beauty/cosmetology,” I’ll admit, I tried a variety of relaxer kits from Dark and Lovely to African Pride. I substituted what I thought I knew about hair care for professional expertise. I was a “box relaxer queen,” and it looked like it, too. My hair was dry, dull, and severely damaged.

It may seem like a simple process, but it is very complex. Chemical straighteners should be left to beauty professionals. Nairobi and Design Essentials are great relaxers, but shop around for stylist pricing and get referrals. Spoil yourself and book an appointment with a cosmetologist today!

Photo Source: Design Essentials
Photo Source: Design Essentials
Photo Source: Nairobi Professional Salon Systems
Photo Source: Nairobi Professional Salon Systems

Q: What is the best way to treat a dry scalp?

A: Your scalp is home base for healthy hair. Maintaining a clean, healthy and moisturized scalp is imperative to the vitality of your tresses. Shampoos strip your hair and scalp of natural oils. Limit the number of shampoo washes to no more than twice a month, and use a sulfate free shampoo, e.g. Organix Moroccan Argan Oil. Condition, condition, and condition. Still, don’t over do it. Another recommendation is Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner.

Avoid hot blow dryers and other heat tools. A light product like Kemi-Oyl is a excellent emollient. If the scalp is extremely dry, flaky, itchy or inflamed consult a physician.

Photo Source: Organix
Photo Source: Organix

 

Photo Source: Giovanni
Photo Source: Giovanni