Image Slider

#INHMD 2016

This past weekend I attended an event for International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Las Vegas (presented by Made Beautiful and hosted by Curly Corner). I have been wanting to attend a natural hair meetup for years, but it seemed like all of them were occurring in Atlanta or New York - never in Vegas. So, when I found out about this event, I bought my ticket immediately!

This meetup gave me the opportunity to connect with other naturals in my community and it also gave me the opportunity to learn some tips about natural hair. I met so many beautiful and confident women, at different stages of their hair journeys. I also was able to meet some of my online hair crushes.

Did you attend International Natural Hair Meet Up Day?

Wistful Wonders

Las Vegas Fashion Blogger - Thrifts and Tangles
(Photo by Tattu Productions)
While creating this post I felt a sudden urge to share my deepest wants, dreams, and desires with you. I thought it was strange because I do not feel this way when posting a photo of a colorful outfit. I don't know what it is about black - something about it is so deep, so wistful. In the end, I decided against pouring my heart out. I will save that moment for an even darker outfit.

   Dress - Nasty Gal (Similar Here)
* Ankle Boots - Dr Scholl
   Necklaces - Charlotte Russe

| * = Thrifted |

Rewear, Reuse, Recycle

Reuse, recycle

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. The majority of these discarded clothing items could have been reworn, reused, or recycled. Textile waste is a growing problem, that can be prevented. Don't let fashion go to waste!

Watch the video below:

Here are some ways you can help:

Donate your used clothing: Please think twice about throwing away your used garments. Approximately 95% of textile waste is actually recyclable. Please do not contribute to this waste. Instead, consider donating your used items to a thrift store, shelter, or even H&M. Donated items will be resold secondhand, recycled into raw materials, or sold for salvage to third-world countries. (There is no such thing as an item that is too worn or too torn; Even the dingiest of items can be remade into something new).

Shop secondhandAccording to Value Village, the world consumes more than 80 billion pieces of new clothing each year. We can reduce this number and extend the life of clothing items by shopping secondhand. Consider visiting your local thrift, vintage, and consignment shops before going to the mall. Not only will you find unique pieces, but you will also save a ton of money. (If you prefer to shop online, check out Depop and Thred Up for secondhand clothing).

Host a swap party: Invite your most fashionable friends over to trade clothing with one another. This is a great way to socialize with friends, while adding new items to your wardrobe. Most importantly, it is free! (Don't forget to provide food and beverages, since it is a party).

How will you help to prevent textile waste?

$1 Haul - Buffalo Exchange Earth Day Sale

I am back with yet another haul video. I wanted to show you some of the items I picked up from Buffalo Exchange's Annual Earth Day Sale. Each item was $1 and 100% of the proceeds were donated to the Center for Biological Diversity to support protecting the environment. I hope you guys enjoy and thanks for watching.

Watch the video below:

Have you ever been to Buffalo Exchange's Earth Day Sale?

The Curl Files - Feat. Ashlynd

Everyone, meet stylist and businesswoman Ashlynd. In this week's Curl File, Ashlynd, the founder of theNEWDlabel, discusses her hair journey. She has worked in the corporate world and transitioned into becoming her own boss. Luckily, she has not experienced any biases towards her natural hair in either work setting. She has been rocking her natural hair since 2012 and has never looked back.

The Curl Files Ashlynd's Hair Journey

Please introduce yourself.
Hello! My name is Ashlynd and I’m born and raised in the fabulous city of Las Vegas.

How long have you been natural?
I started wearing my hair curly in October of 2010. From October of 2010 to February of 2012 I texturized my hair. February of 2012 was the last time I put any chemicals on my hair (with the exception of hair dye).

What made you decide to go natural?
Laziness! Haha ☺ I just didn’t want to straighten my hair one morning.

Did you do the big chop or did you transition?
I transitioned for a bit from the texturizer then in October of 2012 I cut off 7 inches. Man, my hair was SO SHORT!!

What was the hardest part of going natural in the beginning?
The hardest part was definitely the length in the beginning. I had cut my hair to neck-length. It was an adjustment to get used to because I was used to having anywhere from shoulder to waist length hair.

Did you care what others would think about your hair? Do you still care?
I’ve never been the type to care what others think of me, so that never crossed my mind. And no, I still don’t care.

How did others react to your hair in the beginning? How do they react now?
When I first cut my hair, I had a few comments of how short it was, but none of the comments were necessarily negative. Now, I do get compliments on my hair in general. Back in middle school was a different story!! Oh man, the kids were cruel! But now it’s all positive remarks.

Have you faced any struggles from being natural in school or in the workplace?
Middle school was particularly tough. I remember two girls in 7th grade always talking about how I had a bird’s nest on my head. I would go home crying from embarrassment. Now that I’m older and working in the corporate world, my hair has never been an issue or struggle.

What is your current hair regimen?
I used to have a solid hair regimen but I’ve been slacking lately. I do shampoo once a week and cowash the rest of the week. I alternate between “Curly Girl Friendly” products and silicones/sulfates. I try to deep condition weekly but that doesn’t always happen so I’ll go to work in a bun with deep conditioner in my hair some days.

What products do you love?
I absolutely love love love Kinky Curly Knot Today. That product is my styler/leave in all-in-one. I just apply and diffuse. Lately I’ve been experimenting with several different brands and learning that my hair is very very picky. It likes leave ins; everything else is a hit or miss.

What is your favorite hairstyle?
I like my hair down, full, and voluminous.

What is your hair motto?
“Try it!” You never know until you try.

What's the best part about being natural? What is the hardest part?
The best part is how simple it is. I apply products and go about my business. The hardest part is the tangles when I go 2 days without touching my hair…ugh I hate tangles!

What tips or advice would you give others that are starting their natural hair journey or thinking about
Don’t give up! It’s challenging and frustrating in the beginning but it is worth it! Pay less attention to growth and more attention to a solid routine and before you know it, your hair will be where you want it to be.

(See more from Ashlynd on Instagram: @Ashlyndthestylist & Facebook: @AshlyndTheStylist)

What part of Ashlynd's journey inspired you the most?

Goodwill Clearance Center Haul

Here are some items I picked up from the Goodwill Clearance Center. This store always has a great selection of clothing and great deals. I would definitely recommend checking it out! Did I mention they charge by the pound?! Needless to say, I lost my mind in here.

Watch the video below:

Have you been to the Goodwill Clearance Center before?