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Meet and Greet Wrap-Up

Last night we held our Meet and Greet at Hoppin’ Grapes Wine and Beer Tasting Shop. We had appetizers provided by J’s Kitchen,  an assortment of desserts and a couple of bottles to get us started :-). This was an opportunity for us to interact with our fans, followers and social media friends. Local artist, Rose Suntken, even presented one of her pieces to a guest during the event.

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We had an evening of laughs and great conversation, courtesy of our AMAZING Icebreaker questions….and in our usual style, a few giveaways 😉

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2014 International Natural Hair Meetup Day…We’re Presenting!

Curlies Unite! Our founder, Mo, will be presenting her “Let’s Talk about Texture” workshop at International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD) in Phoenix on May 17!
INHMD is an annual one day event with the purpose of  allowing “the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meetups on the same day.”

NubianGlamRock is hosting the only INHMD event in the state this year, and we’re looking forward to participating and connecting with the wonderful Phoenix ladies! There are several workshops and seminars on the schedule, including a live Big Chop, DIY products, and tips to help you live the best life possible. This is going to be a GREAT event.

Tickets are on sale now via the event website. Get yours before they sell out!

Check out the promo video for the Phoenix event, we should’ve been there!

 

 

 

 

 

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The ‘Hair-y’ Situation Surrounding Army Regulation Changes

*Disclaimer: this is going to be a longer than usual blog post, but the subject calls for more commentary than we usually give.

AR 670-1, the Army regulation covering the wear and appearance of the Army Uniform  and Insignias, is undergoing some major changes, some of which are, ” controversial” and will have a tremendous bearing on the way that our fellow textured hair wearers in uniform can style their hair.

Although these changes have not taken effect yet (updated reg is scheduled to be released at the end of this month), the Army Times reported on March 7 that they have been approved by  SECARMY McHugh.

Below are the images illustrating the specific hair grooming standards that will apply to females:

 

Braids: “multiple braiding (more than 2 braids) is authorized, must be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (1/4″), show no more than 1/8″ of scalp between braids, must be tightly interwoven to present a neat, professional, well-groomed appearance”

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Twists: “defined as twisting two distinct strands of hair around one another to create a rope-like twisted appearance, including twists formed against the scalp or worn in a free-hanging style”. Per the image above, twists are unauthorized.

Locs (the term dreadlock is used): “defined as an matted or locked coils or ropes of hair (or extensions), any style of dreadlock (against the scalp or free-hanging) are not authorized, any unkempt or matted braids or cornrows are considered dreadlocks and are not authorized”

Cornrows: defined as hair rolled (not twisted using two strands) or braided closely to the scalp producing a continuous, raised row of hair, must be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (1/4″), show no more than 1/8″ of scalp between cornrows, must be tightly rolled or braided to present a neat, professional, well-groomed appearance, must start at the front of the head and continue in one direction in a straight line and end at a consistent location of the head”

Wigs/Extensions: “must have same general appearance as individual’s natural hair & otherwise conform to regulation, must look natural”

Most of the appearance and grooming standards will be punitive, so violations can result in adverse action.

Needless to say, there is a petition in circulation to reconsider these pending changes to AR 670-1 to allow professional ethnic hairstyles, you can read and, if you are inclined, sign it, here.

We’ve solicited responses from our sisters in arms regarding these changes, here’s what we heard:

I think it targets women of color or that have textured or curly hair. I don’t like it!

“I can’t be myself, which is to be natural and be in uniform..no choice but to wear a wig but what happens when I get deployed in 100+ weather? ??”

It seems to directly target those of us with naturally curly hair. Textured hair is naturally “bulky”, I would have to load my hair with mousse or gel to make it not stick out more than 2″ from my scalp.

“I’ve worn locs for 12 years in uniform, and it’s never interfered with my ability to do my job. I don’t know what I’m going to do, I can’t get a protective mask on while wearing a wig, I may have to cut my hair off.”

Cornrows got me through basic training, and now I’m going to have to check the width of my braids to make sure I don’t have more than 1/8 inch of scalp showing. Really? In the grand scheme of things does my hair really affect my ability to lead soldiers? I am proud to serve my country and I always present a professional appearance. I’m having a hard time understanding this.

To some degree, some of the requirements are understandable, every soldier needs to be able to properly fit their chemical mask and/or Kevlar, and any hairstyle that makes it difficult for any type of military headgear for be worn in a professional manner should be unauthorized. However, there are certainly hairstyles do not work against the natural kinky, coily,curly texture of hair, look professional and do not interfere with the wearing of any headgear.

Rather than a sweeping rule making specific styles unallowable, would outlining specific requirements that can be applied to ANY FlatTwists2hairstyle have been a more diverse option? If a soldier’s hair doesn’t interfere with her ability to shoot, move and communicate, and she maintains a professional appearance, what is the issue with how much scalp is showing between or whether her cornrows are going back on a diagonal angle?

Some have said that women in uniform are being overly sensitive to these new rules, or they volunteered for the military life and should suck it up. Isn’t our country a “salad bowl” of different cultures, ethnicities and traditions, and our military is a reflection of that? Isn’t the diversity of our fighting forces one of the aspects that makes it so great?  For many women, hair is (or was) the only allowable form of self-expression while in uniform.

Maybe we’re just partial….maybe we’re just inclusive.

 

UPDATE: The uniform policy has been released on the U.S. Army website, 25 March 2014

 

Images credit: Army Times

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Spring into Style! Wrap-Up

Today was our Spring into Style! Expo, which featured local small and home-based businesses and included giveaways and a few extras.
This event was held at Sierra Suites, where we hosted a total of 18 businesses showcasing their products and services, including two local boutiques whose owners also led Style Chat workshops.

We also included ambush makeovers sponsored by Bati’Mamselle Boutique and Modgirl Boutique , with hair by Jessica Oertel of Hair Experience and makeup by naturally talented budding makeup artist, Errianne Rouse.

Capturing the before/after shots of our makeover winners was Stacy Smith of Stacy Smith Photography.

Check out a few photos of some of the exhibitors that were in attendance, courtesy of Stacy Smith Photography:

 

 

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Apps to Amp Your Fitness

 

The weather is getting warmer and gyms are full of people trying to get their bodies in shape for summer. If fitness centers aren’t your scene, we want to share three apps that you can use to help you get fit in time so you’ll look great whatever you’re wearing, including your birthday suit.

 

20140411-101919.jpgRock My Run – this app will match the music that plays to your running pace (Bruno Mars, “Runaway Baby” perhaps?). You choose your genre/DJ mix, and when the app detects that your slowing down the mix will switch to more upbeat music to give you a boost so you can finish strong.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20140411-102010.jpgHot 5– for those that are determined to do some type of physical activity every day, this app has a variety of exercise videos that you can do in five minutes. You can choose based on intensity and the type of equipment needed (mat, dumbbells, etc.)Waiting to pick up the kids? Waiting for the coffee pot to be done? Got five minutes? You can get a quick workout in, and if you have more time you can mix and match the videos for a longer session.
 

 

 

 

20140411-084111.jpg20140411-101940.jpgInstant Heart Rate –  no need to buy a separate heart rate monitor, use the tip of your index finger on the phone camera lens and this app measures your heart rate. There are supplemental tags to identify your activity level (resting before bed, just woke up, immediately after exercise, etc.) to help the app better understand your lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it is your goal to be healthier this summer, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to do it. Using these apps will help you ease into the transition of incorporating fitness into your life.

Do you have a favorite health and wellness app? Let us know in the comments or share on our Facebook page!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Meet on Glam Street


We’ve all been there; big event coming up, nails are done, hair is done, just bought the perfect dress to go with those shoes in the back of the closet that haven’t been worn.

Everything is in line…except your makeup. You don’t want to go with the “same ol” look, but you don’t have time to shop around for a whole new makeup palette either.

Enter Glam Street (GlamST).

GlamST is an new online community that was created by women, for women where you can upload your photo to “try” makeup before you buy to see how it actually looks on you. You can also collaborate with other women to give and get advice on looks and share inspiration images. It’s like a virtual makeup party, except you haven’t spent any money on colors that may not work and didn’t have to leave the house.

You can choose  colors in three areas, and many have a wide range of options for most skin tones.

Face – foundation, concealer, powder and blush

Eyes – eyeliner (only top lid), eyeshadow and mascara

Lips – lipstick and lip gloss

There are several choices in each category, and you can use the handy-dandy slider to adjust the color saturation. One you’re done you can save your look and your makeup box lists everything that you’re wearing in case you want to head to the makeup counter.

After playing with practically every option available, here’s my before and after:

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Too bad I couldn’t make myself look like I had a few more hours of sleep……

Be sure to check out GlamST, share your experience and if you are so inclined, post your After pics on our Facebook page or the GlamST Facebook page!

Be Exclusively Inclusive!

Mo

 

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Remember Watching ‘Waiting to Exhale’? Another McMillan Bestseller Coming to the Screen

‘A Day Late and a Dollar Short’ which air on Lifetime on April 19. Not familiar with the story? Read the description below and be sure to watch the trailer.

In “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” when irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world, from her relationship with her husband to the lives of her four children and grandchildren. While on this quest, she must contend with sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and drug addiction – and that is only one child.  Additionally, her jailbird son needs to learn how to be a better father, her granddaughter is in bigger trouble than her daughter is willing to admit and Viola’s estranged husband needs saving from his scheming younger girlfriend.  It’s the kind of meddling that the Price family hasn’t experienced from Viola in decades, and she won’t have an easy time bending her loved ones to her will.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjCKQuR4FxM

 

 

 

 

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Sierra Vista’s ‘Wars’

Hey yall, it’ Mo. Yesterday I attended the much-anticipated for some, maddening for others, taping of the Food Network’s Food Court Wars at the Mall at Sierra Vista.
This event has been a point of contention between mall goers and mall management because a beloved locally owned small business was told to vacate their food court spot to accommodate the show taping.
On January 3rd Fresh posted the following message on their Facebook page:

We’ve been given notice by the Mall manager, Ken Cecil, that we have until the end of January to leave the Mall.  A television show called Food Court Wars will be using our spot to tape an upcoming show. They will use our space as the award for the contestants on the show. We’re evaluating other spots for our restaurant now, and will let our loyal customers know where and when we’ll be opening.

Needless to say, many in the community were not pleased with the way this situation was handled, and they contacted the mall to express their displeasure. Several people that I spoke with vowed to not support the show taping and refuse to shop at the mall anymore.
After finding out that one of the contestants was Joyce from J’s Kitchen, my attitude changed and I wanted to support her. She is another local small business owner, and while no one can deny that forcing a mom & pop business to leave the spot that they’ve invested so much in is the WORST, especially in a town that is already seeing businesses close their doors, I didn’t want to take anything away from Joyce and her hard work to grow her business.
The other business in the competition was Kadook’s Costa Rican, a Tucson-based food truck.
In other news, here’s my selfie with Tyler Florence 😉

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The taping was scheduled to begin at 5pm, the first 300 people that arrived were given 16 tickets that could be used to “buy” food from the contestants. (People had been lining up for this since noon, it was THAT serious…). The contestant with the most tickets will be declared the winner.

Spectators were not allowed to take pictures during the taping,  although there may or may not be alleged photos floating around, of which I may or may not have access to………..
The 300 were arranged into smaller groups and ushered in starting around 6pm. They used their tickets to buy from the contestants, both of which had limited offerings.

On the menus:

J’s Kitchen – deep fried pork belly ($5), chicken adobo ($5) and two $3 side options, pork spring roll or rice noodles.Kadook’s – citrus chicken ($5), citrus shrimp ($5), gullo pinto ($5), and two sides, fried sweet plantains and Costa Rican coleslaw.


Most of the tasters went back multiple times, assumedly to use all of their tickets. Both lines were pretty busy the whole time.
At 7:30 J’s Kitchen erased the pork belly from their menu, signaling that they were out.

7:50, chicken adobo gone.
At 8pm the show was called even though all of the tasters hadn’t gone through the lines. The producers then thanked everybody for coming out and encouraged the crowd to “show their enthusiasm” for the camera. Needless to say, I faded into the background for that one.

The show is set to air on May 22, we won’t know who won until then.

Be sure to visit Joyce at the Farmer’s Market on Thursdays, and word on the street is there is a food truck roundup in Tucson. It’s definitely on the list to check out, are you in?

 

 

 

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Protective Style Files Vol. 5: Daily Braid Refresher

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It’s been  a few weeks since my braids were installed (time flies when wearing a protective style), and I wanted to share my process for refreshing my hair and scalp with the braids in.

 

 

I like to think of our hair as a plant that needs water regularly. Considering our dry climate, regularly equals daily. I keep my moisture mix in the fridge, and it contains aloe vera juice, coconut oil and a few drops of rosemary essential oil.

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Practically every morning, and some nights depending on how my hair feels, I mist my braids with my moisture mix. After I’m sure that I’ve gotten them all I apply my oil mix (coconut oil, olive oil and JBCO) to the sections of braids, starting from scalp down almost to the ends.

 

After doing all of my braids I proceed to style for the day, or wrap them up for bed. Yes, it’s possible to wrap waist length braids up into a scarf…

 

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These may stay in for another three weeks or so, I’m pretty excited about my next style. Vol. 6 is the final post on Pumpkin’s regimen, we’re going to show the takedown process of her 2-week protective style.

Are you rocking a protective style right now? Planning for the warm weather? Let me know in the comments!

If you have any questions about this ‘do or anything else, email me at mo@theconfetticollective.com.

 

 

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Oil Pulling and Heart Health

Hey yall, Mo here. Some of you may have seen articles floating around the ‘interwebs’ lately about oil pulling, the practice of gargling oil(not really gargling, more like swishing around in your mouth) to pull bacteria from the mouth and detoxify the body. This practice is rooted in Ayurvedic medicine, ancient medical texts like the  Charaka Samhita date back over 2,000 years and describe oil gargling restores health to the body.

20140306-090828.jpgLike a lot of other women that make the decision to stop chemically relaxing their hair, my eyes were opened to the links      between the products that I ingest and put on my skin and hair affect my health. (knowledge is a beautiful thing…..) I really started oil pulling as an experiment, I’d initially planned to start taking a teaspoon of coconut oil a day because of the many health-promoting effects on the body, particularly the lauric acid, which increases HDL (high density lipoprotein), the good cholesterol.

Anyway, I didn’t think that I could force myself to swallow the oil, so I decided to swish it around instead for about 10 minutes. After spitting it out (in the trash, not in the sink!), I immediately noticed that my teeth felt like I’d just left the dentist. I’m pretty OCD about teeth, so I knew that I was on to something. I’ve also noticed my allergies symptoms improving, and for somebody that never leaves the house without Kleenex, that was a welcome effect as well.

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My daily regimen now consists of oil pulling twice a day.

 

More research uncovers a direct medical link between oral health and heart health. The mouth is the front door to the body, and it carries more than 600 types of bacteria (Source). Mouth health bears an effect on the health of the body. Research suggests that “gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. It has also been suggested that inflammation caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack.” (Source)

Another study conducted by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research showed that adults with  higher levels of these periodontal-disease-causing bacteria, the more likely people were to have thicker carotid arteries.

So, aside from the cosmetic benefits of oil pulling, there is medical research that shows how the effects of this practice contributes to heart health. Now knowing what you know, would you do it?

 

 

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