The Pursuit of Inches

Hair weave I spent the early years of my career as a social worker. I did everything from working at an alternative school to doing family reunification therapy for children who were formerly wards of the state. Though I no longer practice social work my passion has always been for youth and more specifically young women. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interact with young women in a multitude of arenas and one of the trends that I find so disturbing is the need to feel pretty or even beautiful based on having weaved hair. Now let me pause in this moment and acknowledge that black women have a long history of issues over “good” or “bad” hair, so I will not use this forum to beat that horse- what I’m talking about now has more to do with the accessibility of weaving hair and the pervasive need for “inches”- which refers to the length of said weaving hair. I was recently talking to a beautiful young woman, around 15 years old who did not feel pretty because she was wearing her natural hair. She went on to say that she had been asking her mother for more hair as she currently only had 24 inches and wanted 28. I reminded myself to fix my face during this conversation because I remember a time when black women though not ashamed of wearing weaves spent a lot of money to ensure that their hair looked as natural as possible- now the focus is on installations and the longer the hair the better. This way down to the nether regions hair has jokingly been referred to as stripper hair as longer lengths are de rigueur for those who drop down and get their eagle on.

I find myself completely at a loss for this affinity for stripper-like hair and the endless pursuit of “inches”. The pervasive issue of the pursuit of some young black woman seeking to be more mainstream in their appearance, while their white counterparts are doing everything they can to look like US. The Brazilian butt lift is an ode to the oft revered black woman’s bottom and lip injections? Well that clearly is deference to our succulent lips.

There is a responsibility for leaders, mentors and key influencers to let young girls know that they are more than enough, and the pursuit of inches has nothing to do with the beauty that is within.

#TeamMushiya DC Watch Party (Recap)

The rooftop of the Woodward Building in Northwest DC served as the backdrop for the #TeamMushiya watch party for WE Tv’s run away new hit Cutting It In The ATL. Mushiya Tshikuka, the shows resident naturalista and fan favorite is both authentic and beautiful with a confidence she exudes in immeasurable doses.

A select group of DMV naturalistas and fans of the show were treated to a private screening accompanied by a five course meal and the piece de la resistance? The meal was expertly prepared by Mushiya and gracefully served by “TheDamn Girls” who are the talented stylists from the salon.


I had a chance to sit down with Mushiya and asked her about her personal mantra- “I don’t dream, I goal” and the beauty was very clear about her vision- essentially affirming that while it’s  nice to dream, success comes from having a definitive plan. One of the expressions The Damn Salon has become famous for is the tagline- “hair that creates horny usbands” Mushiya emphasizes that she is not opposed to straight hair, she just wants women to realize that hair in its natural state demonstrates such a level of confidence and that is the essence of what men are attracted to- the confidence of a woman who is completely at home in her own skin… And natural hair.

Catch Mushiya on Cutting It In The ATL on Thursdays at 10pm.


Rooftop View, Woodward Building, DC

Rooftop View, Woodward Building, DC

Guests enjoying the rooftop view

Guests enjoying the rooftop view







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Book Your Runway Curls Glamover!

Runway Curls

Runway Curls

The Natural Hair Expo is taking place in Birmingham on March 28th and Runway Curls, the 100% textured, Ethiopian, virgin hair line is offering an opportunity for a complete Glam Over during the show. The Glam Over is a natural hair make over and includes hair, installation, styling, makeup and products. Spaces are extremely limited and this incredible package valued at $1,000 is a steal for only $325!

The package includes:

1 Ticket to the 4th Annual Natural Hair & Health Expo
2 Bundles Runway Curls Ethiopian Textured Extensions
Professional Installation and Styling
Design Essentials Natural Maintenance Kit
Professional Make-up
& Glam Photo

You can book your Runway Curls Glamover by visiting Runway Curls

#PerfectBlend Indique Hair and Beautiful Textures Contest

If you have been considering a protective style in the form of a weave Indique hair and Beautiful textures are teaming up for the ultimate giveaway- luxury hair extensions from Indique and a chance to try Beautiful Textures texture management system.

Indique is the first luxury brand of extensions I’ve ever had installed and the quality is some of the best I’ve used. I’ve been swimming in the hair, colored it, straightened it and the curl pattern has remained intact with minimal shedding or tangles. Trust me when I say this hair is worth the investment.

Here’s a pic of me wearing 2 tubes of Pure Wavy.

Me rocking Indique Hair

Me rocking Indique Hair

Want the opportunity to try the brand? Well here’s your chance!

#PerfectBlend Giveaway Rules:
-Use one of the badges below to state why you would love the opportunity to try the brand.

@lovinmytextures and @iloveindique and use the hashtag #Perfectblend

Sample caption/tweet: “I’m a naturalista who would love the chance to achieve the #Perfectblend with @lovinmytextures
#PerfectBlend Giveaway Includes ($600 value):
– 2 bundles of Indique Hair luxury extensions and complimentary install
– Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System

Contest runs August 13th-18th and winners will be contacted via social media

I Protect My Hair

I Protect My Hair

About Beautiful Textures
Enriched with soothing Aloe Vera, the strengthening power of Coconut, Olive, Soy and Argan Oils as well as softening Shea and Mango Butters, Beautiful Textures addresses the needs of consumers with kinky-coily, curly, wavy and frizzy hair patterns, providing solutions that will help them achieve versatile hairstyles. Beautiful Textures is comprised of 10 moisture-rich products (Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo, Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Control Defining Pudding, Curl Definer Mousse, Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème, Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, Curly to Straight Flat Iron Silkener, Shine & Silken Growth Oil, Naturally Straight Texture Manageability TM System and Edges to Ends Silkener) that prevent breakage, define curls, smooth tresses and promote maximum growth. Available in stores now, each product retails for less than ten dollars. The Beautiful Textures product line is now available at Walmart, Walgreens, Sally’s Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores.

About Indique Hair
With a winning combination of hair experts and stylists, and more than 25 years of industry experience, IndiqueHair International provides 100 percent virgin human hair that is natural and of the highest quality. With an impressive client base that consists of Lady Gaga, Lala Vasquez, Rihanna, Ciara, Jill Scott, Brandy and more,Indique Hair’s unique Indian virgin and natural human hair extensions are lustrous and tangle free. Indique Hair International is the only company that produces hair extensions at the source, with headquarters in India; IndiqueHair has free-standing boutiques in Brooklyn, Soho & Little Neck in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston. For more information visit Indique Hair

Style Item Of The Week- Kim Kimble Beauty

Acai Berry Brazilian Nut Serum

Acai Berry Brazilian Nut Serum

Silk elastic bands

Silk elastic bands

Kim Kimble has been on my radar for quite sometime; as the hair guru behind some of my favorite celebs looks I’m a huge fan of her work and the especially love the inside look of her life via WeTv’s L.A. Hair. Kimble is not only a highly sought out stylist she is always adding to her arsenal- striking the perfect balance between stylist and entrepreneur. Kim Kimble beauty offers a range of products with a focus on style and healthy hair. I recently had the opportunity to try Kimble’s silk hair ties and acai and berry serum; with the heat and humidity of summer in full swing Kimble’s hair ties are just what the doctor ordered for pulling back my tresses in the healthiest way possible. Because the ties are made with silk and are metal free- they are gentle on the hair and minimize the tangle and pulling that can often result from other bands. I am a naturalista currently wearing a weave with just a small leave out in the front; my natural hair is also color-treated so it’s incredibly important for me to keep my hair moisturized. The Acai Berry and Brazilian Nut serum provides equal parts shine along with moisture without heavy build up.

Interested in trying out the silk bands or serum? Ghetto Fashionista readers are eligible for a 10% discount their purchases. Visit and use code hair10 at checkout.

Want to know more about Kim Kimble? Visit her website 

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Lux Hair Wig Review


Let me preface this post by saying I have never been a *wiggy*. I’ve been known to don a weave when I wanted to add length, change my color or just needed an opportunity to give my natural hair a break. However, wigs have never truly been part of my hair arsenal. I always wanted to try them and viewed wigs as perhaps the step-sister to the weaves I’ve always worn. When the opportunity came to try a wig I was excited at the prospect of experiencing something I’ve always been curious about. Enter Lux Hair a new collection created by Sherri Shepherd. The collection is affordable ranging in price from $69-89.00 and offers versatility in style and color options. I opted for style #1103- the lace from curl-intense medium in light to dark auburn. The wig is made of keralon and has the ability to withstand heat up to 325 degrees. I found it relatively easy to apply and only needed to trim a bit of the lace around the perimeter in order to create a natural hair line.

When I first told my husband about the wig his immediate response was “oh we don’t do those” but the moment he saw me wearing it the look in his eyes told me we had a winner.

Sherri Shepherd will be showcasing the collection on QVC on May 17th. For more details on the collection visit The collection is also available at,,,,,, and

I was so excited to try the wig when I first got it, I snapped a pic and posted it to Instagram:


I took a few pics outside to the vibrancy of the color and the texture:



Style Item of The Week- I.McCleod Shea Butter

I. McCleod Shea Butter
If there’s one thing I have learned since I have fully transitioned to rocking my natural hair, it’s that there is no such thing as too much moisture- hydration and the right blend of butter, oil, or whatever your preferences may be is essential in order to prevent breakage and keep your natural tresses happy.

About a week ago the owner of the salon that helped me transition- India McCleod launched a line of products that include a shea butter that is nothing short of decadent. My stylist, Mica used it for my latest twist out and not only is the fragrance amazing, my hair loved the shea butter combination.

If you are considering transitioning your hair or are already natural and are looking for great protective styling options, check out the ladies at I.McCleod.
Follow India on Instagram- @imccleod or my stylist Mica- @mom_e_Mica for all of your natural ( or relaxed!) hair needs.

Ouidad Hosts Google+ Hangout THIS Sunday #FRIZZ101


Ouidad known as the “Queen of Curl” for her wildly popular range of products for curly girls of all types will be participating in her first Google+ hangout on this Sunday, March 23rd from 2:30-3:30 EST- an added plus? The hangout is being moderated by my boo Ty Alexander of you can submit questions in advance by using the hashtag #FRIZZ101 via Ouidad’s twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.

RSVP to the Google + Event:

Ouidads Google + Page-

Other beauty and style experts participating in the hangout include: Evelyn Lugo of, Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes, Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde, Crystal Tate of and Christina Patrice of Mane

Follow Ouidad in social media:
Facebook: Ouidad
Instagram: @Ouidad
Twitter: @Ouidad

Debunking Natural Hair Myths

Natural hair has become the great divide in the black community. From high profile media personalities like Wendy Williams claiming natural hair is not sexy, to folks who wear relaxers saying that women with natural hair look unkempt it takes great confidence to be happily nappy.

I for one have tightly coiled natural hair that is currently colored in a shade of red that does not exist in nature. When I have my fro unleashed I inevitably get compliments and even found myself having a 30 minute conversation with a random woman when I was in Rite Aid picking up a script. Her name was Stephanie and she was eager to know exactly what I had done to my hair to achieve the look. Here’s the dirty little secret of natural hair-One size does not fit all when it comes to the perfect product. Sure there are products that are my go-to’s but the reality is on a particularly bad hair day, I’m likely to look like Frederick Douglas-for real.

The bottom line is you cannot be lazy with natural hair; You have to find products that work well for you and once you find a routine that works- stick to it.

Here are some top myths about natural hair according to two of my girls who’s curls are enviable, healthy and just plain gorgeous:

Sherrie Wood, @victorie82 on IG

1. The biggest (myth) being that it is easier to maintain and is less expensive

2. It’s unprofessional

3. Men don’t like it and prefer straighter hair

4. It’s not versatile and you can only have a afro or braids

Trina Meggison, @iheartnaturals on IG


1. Because natural hair has no chemicals in it, you don’t have to take care of it

2. Your hair grows faster if it’s natural. No, hair growth is based on your diet, how you care for your hair, and genetics

3. Naturals can heat train their hair. Any excessive heat will cause damage and/or alter your curl pattern. What you called trained may just be damaged or weakened strands

What’s the primary myth you want to debunk around natural hair?

Women Crush Wednesday- Lupita Nyong’o And Her Natural Hair

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes Red Carper

Lupita Nyong’o Golden Globes Red Carper

I have been obsessed with Lupita Nyong’o since I first spied the gorgeous actress slaying red carpets for her role in 12 Years A Slave. Though Nyong’o did not win for her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years, her choice of a vibrant red Ralph Lauren gown for the Golden Globes cemented her as winner of fashions newest rising star.

Much attention has been given to the actresses gown for the evening however naturalistas everywhere were most definitely checking for her hair.

I was able to get the scoop on Nyongo’s gorgeous tresses, styled by celebrity stylist Larry Sims.

First he used Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Curl-Licious Mist to freshen up her natural curls.

Smooth and shine go pro curls mist retails for 9.99

Smooth and shine go pro curls mist retails for 9.99

Then he used a rat tail comb to add a dramatic part to her hair. He polished off the look by applying Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Butter Bouncin which added both hydration and made her coif easier to mold.




Smooth and Shine go pro curls retails for 12.99

Smooth and Shine go pro bouncin butter retails for 12.99


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