Dominicans Con RIZOS – (Part 2) Meet Jackie and Addison

Posted on December 24, 2013

You are a first time mommy! Congrats! How has your routine including your hair routine changed?  My routine as a first time mommy has changed and sadly, not for the better.  Before returning to work full-time, I used to deep condition my hair on a weekly basis. I also used to wear the curls out all the time. Since becoming a mom, I’ve found that time is a precious and rare commodity when it comes to beauty/hair care. I noRead More

Ella’s Concoctions Review (Part 1)

Posted on December 22, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I received a package of goodies from a fellow naturalista Jess Brooks – owner of Ella’s Concoctions.  I was really looking forward to trying them because they are all 100% raw and organic hair, skin, and body products.  Also, they are all home made and safe for use on children! From the moment I opened the box,  there was a sweet aroma of butterscotch candy and mint (you’ll understand why in a bit).  I just couldn’tRead More

Dominicans Con RIZOS – (Part 1) Meet Belissa

Posted on December 18, 2013

A couple of months ago I had a conversation with my good friend Karen about hair- well our conversations usually lead to a hair discussion because what else is there really to talk about? Right? Haha just playing (not really). We discussed our hair routines, go to products, and her recent haircut experience at Devachan with my well, shoooot, OUR hair angel Nevila.  Our conversation got a little deeper and I started asking her questions about how she felt since going natural andRead More

It’s Brick outside! As a New Yorker would say

Posted on December 15, 2013

With the temperature rapidly dropping and already experiencing our first winter storm, I was filled with nostalgia for this beautiful fall day.   I met up with my friend Ari in DC (13th and U St. NW to be exact) and we took advantage of an unseasonable warm afternoon to take some pics.  She scoped out this spot and just started snapping away….  Ya’ll know I love a jumping picture!  Photos: Ari Jazmin Hugs, Mel

Quick Getaway- St. Pete Beach, FL

Posted on December 13, 2013

I was in Florida this past weekend for a much needed getaway.  I arrived at night so a lot of places I did see were not captured but we stayed at this adorable hotel called the Postcard Inn.  It is a hidden gem.  From the outside it looked sort of abandoned but check out how cool the interior is…. (Source) It felt GREAT to dig my heels in the sand and hang out in a bikini all day in the middle of December.Read More

Whoa Wednesday! Meet Chenoia

Posted on December 11, 2013

I’m going to cut to the chase and say I found this beauty on Instagram.  I just could not get over how awesome her hair is but after I asked her if I can feature her and read the answer to her questions- I was BLOWN away!! !!!  I’m not going to ruin it for ya so check her out! 1.    Name and where you are from? Chenoia Bryant, Birmingham, AL 2.    How would you describe yourself? A bit awkward, big hearted, andRead More

International News Network Encourages ‘ The Natural Look’

Posted on December 3, 2013

Arise News is an online and satellite network that broadcasts to Europe, Africa and the United States since April. The brain child of successful Nigerian Publisher Nduka Obaigbena.  Arise is not just covering international stories from a more colorful perspective, it is also encouraging the natural aesthetic of the African Diaspora to shine through.  One new hire, Safiya Songhai, was surprised to have her news director actually encourage her to wear her hair natural, in an all out Afro. Television news is often considered a placeRead More

Featured: Refinery 29!

Posted on November 27, 2013

Ok so I’m going to cut to the chase and say that I was SUPER elated when I received an email requesting to be featured on Refinery 29– one of my absolute favorite sites.  I experienced a lot of different emotions that day because to think the night before I was surfing the site searching for a new handbag and the perfect party look for an upcoming event and now I’m one of the editor’s picks!  A huge Thank You to editor Holly E. Thomas and photographer KateRead More

Nighttime Routine

Posted on November 20, 2013

Hola! I have been asked on several occasions what my nighttime routine is and I’m here to show you. Step 1: I use a satin pillowcase- it reduces friction to my rizos and aids in maintaining moisture.  Another benefit is that it reduces stress to your skin!   Step 2:  I lift my hair from underneath Step 3: I lay down with my curls over the folded over part Step 4:  SLEEP! Photos by: Jada Roams   Just that simple!Read More

Whoa Wednesday! Meet Jini

Posted on November 13, 2013

1. Name and where are you from? Mi name is Jini Lopez and I am from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. 2. How would you describe yourself? I would describe myself as a peaceful and happy person.  I also like meeting new people. 3. Tell us something about you that will make us say WHOA! I am a self taught makeup artist and now I am certified! I started doing makeup when I was 17 years old and just loved it.Read More