Say Something Nice To Yourself. Today And Every Day

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“OMG I’m such an idiot.” “Oh no! I’m the worst!” “I’m no good when it comes to **insert task here**” “I’m sorry!” “I SUCK at **insert thing here**” Does this kind of thing sound familiar to you? Do you say things like this? Do you have friends who say things like this? How often do […]

Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare

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  And now for something COMPLETELY different and a topic I don’t normally address…but this week I feel compelled to because of what I saw. Red calendar via Shutterstock   Picture this. I’m stuck at the back of a crowded bus headed down a busy downtown Chicago street. I look out the window and see […]

Ten Realizations About Being In Your Thirties

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  Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of my friends freaking out about turning 30, or being 30. This year I turned 34, so I think I have a little perspective to share. Not a lot, just a little. Just enough to tell all of you to stop freaking out about turning 30, or being […]

Open Letter From A Hairstylist to Natural Hair Lovers & Fellow Hairstylists

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  When I opened the floor for Camille Reed of Noire Salon to share her opinions based on experience in the Hair Blogger Falsehoods post, I had no idea we’d strike such a nerve. There were such vehement responses that I had to ask Camille to come back and address the issue further. I realized […]

Hairdresser Horrors. Who Hurt You?

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  I don’t know if you’ve been reading my blog for a long time or not so forgive me if I’m repeating myself, but back in 2006 I wrote a post titled Hairdresser Horrors. It was an Ask Afrobella response to a reader who was lamenting the state of hair salons, in terms of price and professionalism. […]

Quvenzhané Wallis Deserves Better

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  Last night’s Oscar broadcast was more or less what I expected. Standard issue sophomoric humor and frat boy irreverence set to music and soft shoe dance routines by Seth McFarlane, check. An excessively long broadcast that felt every second of three hours long, check. Glorious gowns and fantastic performances by a few of my […]

Sending Love to Newtown, Connecticut

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When I saw the headlines, I felt nauseous. Words escape me to even convey the sadness that the people of Newtown, Connecticut – particularly those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary – must be feeling right now. Normally this blog is about beauty and light, joyful things, but my heart isn’t there right […]