I got made fun of a little when I cheered for Saaphyri when she won Charm School. Yes, it was shameful reality television, but I really enjoyed Charm School (unlike the other Flavor of Love spinoffs). One of my resolutions is to cut back on reality TV this year. Except for Celeb Rehab and American Gladiators. I digress.

Anyways, Saaphyri vowed to start her own business with the $50,000 she won, and I’m so happy to report that she followed through on her dream. I learned this via the Celebreality blog, which is penned by the ever-brilliant Rich, BTW.

Behold, Saaphyri’s Lip Chap.

It comes in five flavors, including cookie dough and mojito (random, but interesting) and at $7 a pop, it might not be a bad deal just for the hilarious “girl, look what I got” factor.

What I like about Saaphyri is, she’s a hustler. She’s not looking to get back on TV every chance she gets to keep the funds flowing. She’s keeping herself busy by coming out with products! Besides Lip Chap, she’s selling all kinds of merchandise, from baby onesies to women’s thongs. And let’s not forget Saaphyri’s Ultimate Indian Hair. And looking at the prices — starting at $384 for the Straight Hair Closure — I sure hope it’s ultimate.

Speaking of celebrity hair products, the ever-fabulous Patti LaBelle has put her name on a brand of wigs. Get that paper, Miss Patti! Shoot, you can buy those Jessica Simpson extensions at Macy’s, why can’t Patti get some of that action? At least you KNOW Patti knows good hair days from bad.

Patti’s bad hair days = oh, any day in the Eighties. Miss LaBelle had the kind of divatastic fashion moments that define the excess of the era to a tee. For example, check out this sombrero-sized teased to the max style. Or, crazy rooster of the future, as she wore her hair for an absolutely riveting performance of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at the Apollo — fast-forward to 1:48 for Eighties hair madness at its best. If you’re a fan of Al Green, Mavis Staples, and Little Richard, you’ll love that whole video. Her big blowout in the Oh People video reminds me so much of my mom’s style in 1987. And lo, hair explosion, 1989.

Nowadays, Patti’s toned down the look. A LOT. The over-the-top days stayed in the Eighties, and judging from the photos I’ve seen, Patti LaBelle’s wigs will be classy and understated. Click here to check them out. Not a spiky updo in sight. But a girl can dream of some New Attitude-era hair, can’t she?

That would make you feel good from your head to your shoes!
If you were a celebrity, what product would you want to endorse? What celebrity-endorsed product would you buy?

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1969 says:
January 8, 2008, 12:04 pm
I would endorse a line of cookware. I love to cook.
styleosophy says:
January 8, 2008, 12:46 pm
If I were a celebrity, I would endorse the Harley Davidson or BMW Motorcycles. I love to ride!
nicola says:
January 8, 2008, 12:49 pm
I am not going to buy any product from someone who was on Flavor of Love. Patti on the other hand I would give her stuff a look
Lady T, says:
January 8, 2008, 2:16 pm
I would endorse prime real estate, vacation spots for spas and weddings
Keala says:
January 8, 2008, 3:28 pm
Go Saaphyri! Loving the posts.
Pink Bella says:
January 8, 2008, 5:47 pm
Sad to say this Bella, but when i see celebrities endorsing products via "trusted Guthy Renker" and such, I usually look at them with the bad eye. Having said that, I might be most willing to endorse something like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig! HA!
ceecee says:
January 8, 2008, 5:55 pm
Saaphyri needs to slash the price down to about 20 bucks, considering one has to get at least two packs to get a decent looking weave. and while she's at it, retail it in Chinese stores then I will buy it. I won't go out of my way to buy a celebrity endorsed product, neither do I avoid them entirely. If it's good and within reasonable price I'll get it.
MoniMoni says:
January 8, 2008, 6:09 pm
I would not purchase Saaphyri's product ( I hated FOL and FOL Charm School, saw only one episode against my will at the beauty salon), but I give it to her, girlfriend upped her game: the site is fantastic, (better than other sites I've seen) and she has more than one product. So I cannot fault her for using her money to generate more money. I say good for her.
Mrs. Mckinzie says:
January 8, 2008, 6:28 pm
If i were a celebrity i would definately endorse Jennifer Lopez live parfume because this is my favorite parfume.I would buy a nice pair of diamond studs from Jacob the jewler.
Shaneka Moore says:
January 8, 2008, 10:20 pm
I love me some Patti too!!! So much that I actually sported that hair do for Halloween one year when I was 10 years old. If I was a celeb, I would do a line of FUNCTIONAL, but cute handbags. I love me some handbags!!!!
edesse says:
January 9, 2008, 9:52 am
I've always liked Saaphryi, there was always something about her that screamed intelligent and driven. These kind of people always motivate me, especially given that I am a small business owner. I am so proud of her. If I were a celeb, I would be doing what I am doing now, but just on a larger scale! I would launch a complete furniture line!
nyc/caribbean ragazza says:
January 9, 2008, 10:16 am
I was rooting for Saaphryi too. I'm not a big celeb endorsement fan. Advertising another product sure, but putting your name on a perfume, clothes, cookware (when you are not a cook..yes I'm talking about you Rachel Ray), doesn't work for me.
edesse says:
January 9, 2008, 10:32 am
I hear you nyc!
simone says:
January 9, 2008, 10:59 am
electric cars
Beautyinbaltimore says:
January 9, 2008, 12:46 pm
I am very happy for Sapphrie. She come across as someone who has had a lot pain in her life.
KeShaJo says:
January 9, 2008, 10:43 pm
That's what's up! I remembered her saying on the reunion show that she was going to come out with her own hair line, especially for women suffering from alopecia. I didn't really take her serious when she said she would also launch the "lip chap" line. Nonetheless, I'm proud of her! I think she is an epitome of how even ghetto-fabulous can take you to places you never dreamed of!
LB says:
January 10, 2008, 2:44 am
If Saaphyri comes out with some different flavors of lip chap, then I might give her line a try. I'd most likely endorse some brand of shoes because I love shoes. As far as celebrity endorsements as concerned, you can't go wrong with the George Foreman grill.
kreativemix says:
January 10, 2008, 8:10 pm
Kudos to Sapphire!!!!
andrea says:
January 11, 2008, 12:50 am
hi miss lady just wanted to drop a note to say happy new year. i hope all is well.
Jazzy. says:
January 15, 2008, 2:15 pm
Lip Chap! I cant wait to try the mojito.
LeAnne@hairsmystory.com says:
January 16, 2008, 10:01 am
I would endorse my own hair products line for black women. I would also run a publishing company that runs several ethnic-based magazines and publications. hairsmystory.com
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