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African Hairstyles-Styles of Yesterday and Today!

First, I want to show much appreciation for the beauty and style of the

black race. Among thinking about such themes, I decided to look

up books that talked about African hairstyles. I then found this

book called “African Hairstyles-Styles of Yesterday and Today.

This book discusses the hairstyles of Black Egyptians. It expressed

that ancient black Africans used beeswax to preserve their

braids and twists. Throughout the book you will also find that Black

Africans were cowrie shells and coins in their hair.

The women in the Bapoto area styled the men’s hair

in cone and mitre shapes. There’s even a presentation of

black people and their African tribes. “African Hairstyles-Styles of

Yesterday and Today” balances the Black African men and Black

African women hairstyles. You wanna see the many ways you can

do cornrows? Check out this book. You get that. You also get a

history of the African hairstyles.Some of the cornrows extend

into a bun, curve at an angle, and have red clay incorporated in it

and animal fat. These fancy African  cornrowed hairstlyes have

some type of curls embodied within them.  One particular

hairstyle show reminds me so much of the pyramids. Their

many hairstyles compliment their African facial features.

Some of their  hairstyles even accompany beads.

I love this book with all my heart. It gives fine details.

Besides the fact that it puts on a display of African hairstyles,

it lists the process of threading. It shows that you can do

a billion more things with African hairstyles than just an

ordinary one. By the way, you’ll notice Caucasians

in this book sporting hairstyles that are originally made

by Black Africans. You might want to purchase or even

borrow this book. Ladies… Gentleman…You’re gonna love it.

Information on the book

Title- African Hairstyles : Styles of Yesterday and Today

Author- Esi Sagay   Published by Heinemann in London

Ibadan, and Narobi       Copyrighted 1983.





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My very short pixie hairstyle is suitable for my oval face shape!

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It was a long drawn out process to get my hair done. At first my hair wouldn’t go straight or form curls. Now it does both. I went to a hairstylist. She used Pravana Detox Shampoo to remove any residue from my hair. Then, she used the PRavana Vivids Color Protect Conditoner and added castor oil to it. The castor oil was added due to my porous hair. The ratio was
2 tablespoons of conditioner to the 1/2 tablespoon of castor oil. She let the conditioner process under the dryer for 20 minutes. She rinsed my hair first with luke warm water, then cold water. Then, she styled my hair as usual into a pixie style. Oh, and let me not forget. SHe clipped my split ends. The style suited my oval shaped face. It was definitely meant for me to have. All you see is design. I have it curled in the smallest curls. The curls hug my head.
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What did slaves use when they didn’t have hair supplies?


We all know slaves were denied many things. So what would they use if they

didn’t have things we use today? Dr. Amerson took the time to state what slaves used

to replace what they did not have. She says slaves used a table fork to comb their

hair. We know that today we use a variety of combs to comb our hair like detangling,

picks, wood,rattail,etc. Hairbrushes are used to style a person’s hair. The

first kitchen utensil used by slaves to curl their hair was a table knife heated on

the stove. This was all they had.

Technology advanced us to the point where we could use hair rollers, pin

curls, curling irons of various types. Slaves used cornmeal, grits, and powdered

charcoal to clean their hair back then. Now, hair companies offer shampoos to color treated hair, dry hair, oily hair, volumizing

hair, chemically treated hair, hair restoration, hair thinning, etc. They cater to your needs.

Head and body lice was a major problem for slaves.SLAVES slept in barns on the hay where animals slept and this transmitted lice to their hair and body. Today, head lice are almost unheard of in the African American communities.

Slaves used warm bacon grease on their scalp as an oil in the past.  Now hair care manufacturers have multiple types of soothing scalp oils to lubricate and moisturize the scalp. Slaves used dishwater to wash their hair. It was believed

that the nutrients in the dishwater would make their hair healthier. Currently, we have a filtered water system. A few

consumers want rainwater. Most people can get clean hair and scalp from a filtered water system.

The braid patterns in hair was symbolic to female slaves. It was symbolic if she was mourning, getting married, or

a high priestess. Yet, today wearing a sculptured braid design is not symbolic. It ‘s known as a creative way of wearing braids.

On the other hand, many tribes  in Africa still keep their culture going by wearing  symbolic braid patterns, specific hair color,

feathers, hand crafted hair accessories,and others.

The male slaves received hair cuts on the front porch in the past. Today we have barber shops and hair salons who offer

haircuts by licensed professionals Sanitation and Sterilization Laws are enforced to protect the public.

Now you have been educated on a lesson in what slaves used. They had to substitute when they did not have the real thing.  It

had to be tough doing all this substituting.I wonder how the substituted version makes their hair? THank God for today’s

version so we humans don’t have to suffer or to lack .


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How Slaves Escaped to Freedom Using the Drinking Gourd!

88095_300We all know slavery as a horrendous act. THe abuse, the lynchings, the conditions were

all horrific. Well somebody with brains had to get together and formulate a plan

to escape. And they did.

Escaping slaves went north. Northern states like New York and Massachusetts had

strong abolitionist societies and benevolent groups that were black and white. These

groups helped slaves to escape. The slaves’ final destination was Canada, which is

north of the US border.

The North Star is also known as Polaris. It never changes position. It always

points toward North. People have used a collection of stars to help them find

the North Star. They have called this group of stars many names, depending

on how they saw the picture created by the stars. Sometimes people thought

the group resembled like a BIG BEAR. In fact, the Latin name for this collection

of stars was Ursa Major, or Big Bear.At other times, people thought the group of stars like a dipper

with a cup that used to have a very long handle. Slaves knew

this group of stars was called the Drinking Gourd. They occasionally

used hollowed-out gourds to dip and drink water. The gourds resembled

long handle cups. Two stars on the cup’s edge always point to the North Star.

By finding the drinking gourd in the sky, people traveling at night could

always find the North Star.

Escaping slaves like Harriet Tubman, James Pennington, and Josiah

Henson have followed the Drinking Gourd to freedom. Today people know

of a song called “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” It discusses people escaping

slavery by follow clues to go north to freedom. The song is a blending  of

old ideas and new words by many musicians.

I always knew about the Underground Railroad, but how many people

know about the Drinking Gourd song? I feel like more of it needs to be taught

about in schools.Many times stars will show the way.

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Marjorie Joyner, a black woman invented a machine that gave curls that last for days!

Infatuated with those curls? Obssessed with curls? Looking at the lady in the
magazine wondering how can I get those curls? Ask a beautician and then you
tell me. I want to know, too! I’m not a hairstylist. I’ve done women’s hair before
but my work is so basic. I know I can’t work with hard to style hair. I wish I could. I wonder
if I should become a beautician. That will take away a lot of my hair problems.
I would just be chilling, relaxing all care free. But I myself would make sure my
hair is done. Anyways, I want to give tribute to a black woman who changed
the hair game for the better. Her name is Marjorie Joyner.
She was introduced to Madame C J Walker, a black hair care products
entrepreneur. Walker owned about 200 hair salons. She died in 1919 and
Marjorie headed the Madam CJ. Walker Beauty Colleges. In the 1920s, black
women had serious issues with their hair. If they wanted to straighten
their tightly curled hair, they would have to use a stove heated
curling iron. Then, Marjorie comes along and speeds up the process
and also makes it easier as well as more efficient.
Her vision was of serveral curling irons above a woman’s head
that would work in unison to straighten her hair all at once. Joyer abruptly
had this idea In her head. Joyner said “It all came to me in the kitchen
when I was making a pot roast one day, looking at these long thing rods that
hld the pot roast together and heated from the inside. I figured you could
use them like hair rollers, then heat them up to cook a permanent
curl into the hair.”
Therefore, she straightened and curled in a very easy manner.
She approached this solution by putting 16 rods adjacent to each other.
They were connected to the electric cord inside of a drying hood. A customer
would wear the hood for a certain amount of time. Thus, the hair was either
straightened or curled. She started working on her invention in
1926 and after two years of trial and error, it was all finished. In
1928, she got a patent for her device named the Permanent
Waving Machine. This device was bestselling and auspicious (successful).
The curl stayed in the hair for days. On the other hand, a curl from as
single iron would last only a day.

THerefore, she was a success just like her inventions. We all want
that hairstyle that’s on point to match our nice outfit. We never
want to walk around with half the look. Even on a casual day,
when we wear our hair nice, we look nice! Hair is the first thing
we see!

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Some tips for blow drying the hair

“You need a great hairstyle for that great outfit. THus, you’ll get that balance.”

Blow-dryer III

There is the right way to do something and the wrong way to do something.

When it comes to our hair and other things, we should do it the right way

right away. Hair tends to need special treatment. We can’t just ignore it.

We need to take care of it just like we take care of other things.

We can’t always just fly through the hair styling process. We

must take care of the hair we have to maintain it or increase it.

  • When you go to a hair salon, take a lesson with an expert. 
  • Learn what it is this person is doing to get the same look you want when blow dried.
  • If you let your hair air dry before you use a blow dryer, this can minimize hair 


  • Blow dry down your hair shaft and this will give you smoother locks.
  • Keep the blow dryer about 10 inches away from your hair when you want to remove moisture.
  • keep the blow dryer 6 inches away when styling to cut down on heat damage.
  • Don’t focus on one section of hair for too long.
  • Keep the blow dryer moving.
  • Don’t blow dry your hair upside down.
Once you understand how to avoid breakage, then you can avoid the headache of hair loss.
Also, you can unwind and sit back and relax instead.
well, now that you know the ways to blow dry your hair you can practice them. Make it a
habit. You always have something to remember. I wish I would have known these tips
a long time ago. The important thing now though, is that I know. I see areas where
I can improve in my hair such as the growth. It’s thick, but it can be thicker. Also,
I’d like to give my hair some shape. Are ya’ll satisfied with your hair or do you
feel that you need improvement? Let me know. Thanks for reading!
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Prodigyrls is a collection of professional career oriented black dolls to inspire black children!

Black dolls

Prodigyrls is a new thing…not like what I’ve ever heard
before. The name itself sounds like a success. I would love
to see a commercial of it. It sounds like something that
could form trends. People everywhere will be asking
did you get your prodigyrls dolls yet?

The reason why I love Prodigyrls is because it shows
little black girls that they are special. I mean they grow
up to be the MOST beautiful women anyways. We are
watched for our uniqueness……let that settle in your
mind. Take it and run with it like a baseball player
doing a homerun.

Prodigyrls is a line of dolls with real genuine facial
features, skin tones, hair, and has many accomplishments
along with them.

Nicole is a black doll which has brown skin and thick
curly hair. She wears pink scrubs and a white lab coat.

Janelle is a black chef doll…she is very enthusiastic about
diet and excercise.

Joy is all about justice. She has a honey colored tone and
golden brown type of wavy hair.

Denise is a black doll interested in chemistry…Why?
She wants to learn how to detangle hair. Therefore,
after months of trial and error she comes up with
a formula for the detangling problem.

The Dr. Daniela Wiggins is a black woman and
Anesthesiologist really disappointed about the lack
of quality black dolls for her daughter. So she
developed her own line of Black dolls with different
hair styles and things of that nature.

I sure I am tired of the lack of black dolls…So I really
adore that this woman did this….She is the type of
person you write about…but oh duh….Im jotting
about her in this post….

She is a true inspiration to black people, especially
black girls and black babies. OUR black people will
enjoy it!

What I particularly love about these dolls is that
they show diversity in hairstyles so that shows
them freedom to look like they look naturally.
In addition, it is more than a set of black dolls,
these dolls are dolls with stories of aspirations
and goals! Take a goal, keep a goal!

Does your child have one of these dolls already
or a black doll in general?