Posts Tagged :

natura magazine

768 1024 Malia

Natura Beauty of the Week: Briana Milbourne

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Who is Briana Milbourne? 
My name is Briana Milbourne. I am from Baltimore , Maryland. I am a college student studying Fine Arts and also theater. I love painting, drawing, and acting most of all.One of the most important things to me is living free because everyone needs to take a moment and enjoy life before everything passes you by. Being humble will take you on a never ending journey. I love helping people, putting smiles on faces, and warming hearts.

Talk to me about your natural hair journey (how did it start, challenges and experiences etc.)
I’ve always had long hair so in 2008 I cut my hair into a very short style to change up my look. I was still using CREAMY CRACK ! Well in 2011 I decided to let my hair grow back. So my natural hair journey began. I struggled with twist outs, bantu knots, braid outs and everything you could possibly imagine. Shortly after I was introduced to my best friend! Miss Wash-and-go. Wash-and-go was my best friend. As my hair grew longer I wanted color so I went blonde and never went back. Like every natural the daily struggles of finding the right products can be tricky but its worth it completely.

What was your process in learning how to accept your natural tresses?
I had to accept that I have very fizzy hair. Humidity is not my friend. But, I learned that products will help but I can’t ever rid myself of frizz forever. I assured myself that my hair is fizzy but its mine and its healthy and I’m lucky and blessed enough to have hair to take care of.

What is your hair-type, and what are your go-to natural hair care products?
I have 3b/3c hair little to no shrinkage at all. My go to natural products are Shea moisture, Carols daughter, and Mixed chicks. I love coconut oil, castro oil and avocado oil. Palmers protein treatment are GOLD !

What’s your style, how do you rock your natural hair?
My style is very free it changes often like the seasons, but I always wear my fro out or up in a pony puff.
If you could describe your hair in 3 words, what would they be?
FRIZZY.FREE.FABOLOUS

Who is your hair crush?
My hair crush is Serria Issac instagram: @sensualserria

What is your advice for someone that is considering transitioning to natural, but may be a little apprehensive?
Get ready for a journey to gain healthy hair. It’s time to fall in love with your hair and enjoy every length and stage. Don’t be afraid of change, your hair will grow !

Complete this sentence: Natural hair is….
Natural hair is Freedom

What’s next for you? (what are your plans for the future)
Future plans would be graduating with my undergraduate degree, and going to study abroad in china. Study more about acting and film.Also I am planning to help sick individuals with art therapy.

How can our readers keep up with you? 
Instagram: @_iambam
Behance (online portfolio): Briana Milbourne

819 1024 Malia

Woman of the Week: Porsche Léonce Attorney at Law

Hey Queens!

I hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Day weekend!

For this week’s “Woman of the Week” feature I would like to introduce you to Porsche Léonce.  Porsche is an attorney in Atlanta,Georgia, practicing in the area of civil rights in employment. While balancing a full-time career as an attorney and business owner, she manages to also be heavily engaged in yoga as a licensed instructor to family and friends.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Porsche is our “Woman of the Week” because she is ambitious,talented and driven to redefine the ideals of beauty.

Check out my chat with Porsche about hair, law and yoga below!

  1. What inspired your decision to maintain being natural from childhood to adulthood?
    1. I have always been natural as far as not chemically straightening my curls, but I have dyed my hair when I was young. The dye damaged my hair so much that it changed the texture of my hair, and made it very dry. It took me a long time to restore my hair back to good health. So, certainly after that I never wanted to consider a relaxer, keratin, or any kind of hair straightening system that would damage my hair again. I stay natural out of fear that my curls will be compromised if I try any of those things.
  2. Do you prefer to wear your hair straight, curly or both?
    1. I prefer to wear my hair curly. I do, however, like to switch it up sometimes and straighten it, but I do so rarely because I try to protect my hair from intense heat. I tend to wear my hair straight more often in the wintertime, because I don’t like to the leave the house with my hair even a little damp when it is cold outside. Typically, I will let my hair air dry or use a diffuser before leaving home, but I am not a stickler for it being completely dry, except in the winter. My wintertime drying regimen will add some time to my morning prep.
  3. How was your natural hair perceived when you were working in a larger law firm?
    1. I would say that it would be a topic of conversation occasionally. I was the only Black women in my office with natural hair. I would get compliments or questions about my hair from my Black and White co-workers alike.
  4. Did you ever feel like you had to conform and relax your hair because of pressures from work?
    1. I have never felt like I had to conform, but that is attributable to my personality. I don’t typically succumb to outside societal pressure on any level. I am always myself and I want to represent myself in a way to others around me, especially in a work setting, that I am proud of who I am.
  5. From working in Corporate America, what advice can you give on some ways to wear your natural hair in a professional setting?
    1. I do not believe that there is a standard look in Corporate America, regardless of race. Women are in a unique position in the workplace where we have more ways to express ourselves in a corporate environment through our appearance, such as with hair, make up, the way we dress. Women can add a lot more style to a business or business-casual dress code compared to men who are relegated to slacks and collared shirts. So, I think the best advice, just on a personal level, is to be yourself. Wear your hair in a way that you can manage and style well to look presentable and let your focus be on your work product. To the extent you feel any pressure about “fitting in” or get a curious look when you rock your curly fro, don’t internalize it. Corporate America is a grind. Just know that everyone is dealing with something, whether it be stress on the job, feelings of performance inadequacy, or dealing with an unpleasant boss. Don’t let your hair be an additional stressor. To some degree your success in Corporate America will depend on the relationships you build. To initiate those relationships a certain level of confidence is necessary. You can’t be worried about wearing your hair in a way that pleases someone else because you may never get their hair approval no matter what hairstyle you choose. So, I would recommend that you style your appearance from head to toe in a way that allows you to be confident and self-assured.
  6. Why did you decide to leave “Big Law” to open up your own law firm?
    1. I decided to take control of my own career and open my law firm in 2014. It was also important to me to practice law in a way that was consistent with my passion and desire to try to help people. I previously worked law firms which defended companies against discrimination cases by employees. Now, in my own practice, I represent the employees who have been wronged and it makes me feel that I am using my law degree in a way that actually changes people’s lives and improves work environments for many others.
  7. What would you say were some challenges in starting your own practice?
    1. The challenge is wearing two hats – one as a practicing lawyer and the other as an entrepreneur managing a small business. The management side of things took some getting used to, but I have an entrepreneurial spirit, so I love running my own business now that I have gotten into the swing of things.
  8. How did you get involved with yoga, and becoming an instructor?
    1. I was an avid yoga practitioner. I began practicing yoga as a law student living in California and I really took an interest in it. When I moved back to Atlanta I continued developing my yoga practice and I wanted to take it to the next level and become an instructor. The decision to become an instructor was really a personal one. I wanted the opportunity to go deeper into my own practice and learn more about yoga and its many forms. Yoga is really much more to me than different poses, it is a meditative experience and a lifestyle.
  9. How do you maintain your hair while you are working out?
    1. I will wear a pretty thick fabric band when I’m working to keep the “fly-aways” tame. If I don’t the hair across the front will be all over the place. I can’t put a scarf on my head when I’m working out because it always comes off. I don’t want to have to use additional product to re-style my curls, so the headband helps. I also use a dry shampoo on days that I do not wash my hair.
  10. What are your top 2 staple products that you like to use?
    1. I use Mixed Chicks “hair milk,” which I swear by. I also use Deva Curl shampoo and conditioner, which I love. I found that their shampoo and conditioner are the best at keeping my curls hydrated. The Deva Curl products are associated with the “Deva” hair cutting technique. I have found that to be the best curly hair cutting technique, and I have been so pleased with my haircuts over the past 2-½ years that I have been using that.
  11. What do you feel are the main benefits of doing yoga?
    1. I believe yoga is an opportunity to take time with yourself. Even if you are in a group class, it is still an individual experience that you can use as a meditative process. You push yourself to a particular limit and then you spend some time there and check in with yourself, gently backing off if you need to. You find out what you are made of on the mat and it can help with confidence-building. I really feel like yoga is an exercise of self-love.
  12. Do you find that there is a large amount of black women who engage in yoga?
    1. I began to see more and more Black women practicing yoga. Here in Atlanta, there are some really awesome Black yoga instructions. One of the best yoga instructors that I have ever had classes (and I have taken a lot of classes with a lot of different instructors) with is a Black guy named Jason Anderson. He really brings the Black “yogis” out! I have noticed that Black people – both male and female – tend to be more encouraged to try yoga with a friend, so the more we bring each other to classes, the more we begin to change the face of yoga.
  13. What’s next for you? What do you have planned for the future?
    1. I want my law practice to continue to grow so that I can help as many people as I can. I want to argue cases that establish better law that protects employees in the workplace. As far as yoga, I want to keep developing my practice, and helping people to understand that it is more than just a workout.

 

680 510 Malia

Our Top 5 Favorite Summer Protective Styles!

Summer is the perfect time of the year to give your hair a break and experiment with some protective styles that will give you a hot new look, while you flourish in this beautiful weather.

We have chosen our top five favorite protective styles that you just have to try this upcoming season!

What are your favorite protective styles? (Comment Below)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

600 500 Malia

The Perfect Shade: Picking the Perfect Hair Color


Want to switch up your do, with a color that fits you?

Say no more! Choosing a hair color that fits you can be kind of tricky, but we’re here to help!

At times we all get tired of wearing our natural hair color, and we may want to be spontaneous and try something different.

You may not know it, but it’s very important to choose a color for your hair that compliments your overall appearance.

When you want to switch things up for your physical appearance, you have to make sure that it compliments other aspects of your body as well.

Learn how to choose the perfect hair color below:

 

Featured Image: From Pinterest

1024 576 Malia

Is Wearable Technology Trendy?(Read More Inside)

In the past, wearable technology has generally been associated with health and fitness—not fashion. Today, it is a market that has fashion designers clamoring to collaborate with tech companies.

The problem in the past with wearable’s was the struggle to cross the chasm and find success in the mainstream market. Lucky Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen suggested that the key to success for these products is “to balance elegant form with functionality that you just can’t live without.” As technology has become an essential part of our everyday lives, the challenge was to make it trendy and the solution was to get designers on board.

Are you interested in the wearable technology trend? Read More Below.

 

476 360 Malia

Preventing Heat Damage 101

As naturals, sometimes we get tired of wearing our hair curly, or tied down in protective styles. And, that is ok!

Straightening your hair is an alternative for when you want get a trim,measure your growth, or when you just want to try a new look.

But, like with anything, if you do it too much or incorrectly, it has the potential to damage your curls.

Check out our latest article on “Preventing Heat Damage” from our latest issue on page 30 below…

Image: Google images

791 1024 Malia

The Natura Magazine Spring Issue Is Here!!! (INSIDE)

 

 

The “A Better You” spring issue of Natura Magazine is finally here! The latest issue is covered by none other than natural hair icon and Grammy award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Chrisette Michele.

This issue is packed with the hottest spring fashion trends, and hot stories in natural hair, beauty,fashion, entertainment, mind, body & soul and fitness.

In addition to a piece about the perks of being natural, highlighted stories from this issue include: “The Perfect Shade,” containing hair tips on choosing the right hair color that best suits you, and “The Natural Look” featuring beauty tips on how to select makeup that you can wear at work and out with friends.

Are you interested in learning quick and easy workouts that you can do while you are on the go? then check out our story, “Weight Loss on the Daily!”

We hope that you enjoy! Please Share 🙂

Check it out below, and let us know your thoughts.

 

635 360 Malia

Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Hair

 

Benefits of Aloe Vera

1. Excellent natural conditioner to deeply moisturize hair strands-(* great for damaged strands)

2. Can help prevent hair loss ( enzymes found in aloe vera gel and juice act as hair growth

stimulators)

3. Help control dandruff- ( apply the gel or juice to your scalp before taking a shower, leave it

in for half an hour, then rinse it out)

4. Prevents oily hair- Both the gel and juice form of aloe vera act as a natural astringent and

will rid the hair of excess oil. ( Mix it with lemon juice, leave it on for a few minutes then

wash it off with your shampoo.. or you can add a few drops of the juice to your shampoo)

How To Use Aloe Vera For Hair 

In order to derive all the nutrients in aloe vera juice, it is important to know how to use it. A

large number of aloe vera products for hair can be found in health-food stores. You can use

such products by following instructions on the package. But, if you have your own aloe vera

plant,then you can extract its juice and use it for hair care. To extract the juice from the aloe vera

plant, cut off a mature leaf and squeeze it. Now, you can use this juice to replace your regular

hair conditioner. Apply the juice directly on the scalp after shampooing your hair. Leave it on

for about 5 minutes and then rinse it off. You can also mix a small amount of lemon juice to

aloe vera juice to enhance the effects of this natural conditioner.

 

Have you ladies used aloe vera as a conditioner?… did you like it?

Check out the latest issue of Natura Magazine for more infromation on Aloe Vera Gel

1024 1024 Sydney Tillman

7 Reasons to Love Zendaya

It would be cool to be friends with a celebrity. Especially if that celeb was Zendaya. We think she’d be the perfect BFFL. Here’s why:

She’s still in tune with her Disney image and her younger fans.

We’re glad she’s staying true to herself and her fans. She’s showing everyone you can still be a Disney kid and have a successful career outside of Disney.

She’s got a radiant confidence that’s captivating.

She’s smart.

Zendaya-Coleman-Between-U-And-Me-Book

Zendaya is maximizing her time on Disney, which is a smart move. She’s got a devoted group of older fans, and she’s continuing to garner younger fans. Her endless optimism and mix of innocence and maturity make her a great role model to our younger generation of girls.

She’s fun.

Could she be any more adorable?

She’s versatile.

Tens all across the board.

She’s a Natura girl.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 2.00.03 PM

THIS.

B-lQ2OYUYAAKV1z

She eloquently stood up for herself and every black woman. We are not our hair. But our hair is beautifully textured and divine.

Comment below and let us know why you love Zendaya!

615 346 Sydney Tillman

Crème de la crème: Oscars 2015

The Oscar Awards 2015 lacked to make progress, as the nominees were the least diverse since 1998, but our women were out to kill with their fashion. The looks were not only elegant and refined, but completely in sync. All our favorites donned gorgeous cream colored dresses.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

What was your favorite Oscar-worthy red carpet look?