Monday, September 21, 2015

Naturalistas on Spotlight: Sistahs in Writing

It was a chilly and gloomy start to what turned out to be a hot, smokin’ day.

Just when you think the world of books is being taken over by computer technology, the Brooklyn Book Festival takes place where you find the largest free book festival in New York City featuring thousands of authors, publishers, books, readings and more.

Downtown Brooklyn swarmed with book lovers interested in finding the next greatest read. And so from 10AM to 6PM on Sunday, September 20, 2015, all genres of writers took over Borough Hall and shared in the excitement of their admiration for reading, writing and searching for writing opportunities.

Amongst the many writers were successful authors of color; brothers and sisters with voices and might I mention, beautiful grades of natural hair that seemed to resonate with me, and who were more than happy to not only shed light on their book, but also share their secrets of maintaining healthy natural hair.

Sistahs in Writing


Nandi is the author of the True Nanny Diaries, a book about the true experiences of being a nanny. 

She was born in England, spent most of her childhood in Trinidad and then came to the United States of America to gain her college education at Medgar Evers where she studied English as a major and gained her Bachelor's degree.

She likes to keep her hair short and natural using shea butter and coconut oil
for moisturizing, as well as other products that her daughter uses, who is also a naturalista.

She washes her hair once a week and loves the short look because it fits her face and her time schedule which she juggles between being a successful author, business woman and good mother of a 16 year old daughter who is part of the .06% of black students studying at Bronx School of Science.
Healthy and natural hair seems to help keep her life under control and her face with a beautiful smile on it. What a great reason for a person to have to make them heart their hair!

Sylvia Laurence

Sylvia Laurence, the author of Surviving This Thing Called Life wore locks for 30 years until she cut her hair when she was 50 years old and has been wearing her natural curls ever since.

Now at 65, she rarely combs out her hair and instead uses a pick to keep the curls defined and to avoid breakage.

She twists her hair at night or when wet.
Not only does she wear the hats as writer and author of a novel that shows her expertise in the art of life, love, marriage and divorce, but she also holds a PHD in organizational leadership.

When you hear the phrase Natural girls rock, Laurence proves to the world that it is not an understatement.

Selma Jackson

There is no better way to share your life story and to talk about your experiences with your children, grandchildren and the world, then to put it in writing and into a book.

That is exactly what Selma Jackson did when she wrote the book, Granny’s Helper; a book that children of all ages will be

able to enjoy.

And it is no question that a person with the respectability of being a grandmother with wit and stories to tell, will definitely be someone to turn to with questions about hair and keeping it healthy. 

Jackson permed her hair for a short period of time, only for her hair to fall out and become extremely damaged.

She stopped perming her hair in 1985 and ever since, has worn locks.  Today, her locks flow long, strong and healthy.

She uses oils in hair hair and doesn’t re-twist often which can result in breakage from the roots.

She also does not dye her hair, letting the world see that the righteousness God describes gray hair as being, is not a mistake.

We always seem to naturally remember and hardly ever forget what Mama used to say.

Tika Burnadette

When I think of the words baby and love, it seems like these words actually go hand and hand like bread and butter or hair and nails.
Tika Burnadette used these coinciding words as the title of her children’s book, Baby Love.

Burnadette is rocking that hat and letting her natural ends breathe beautifully. 

She started perming her hair in her early twenties but unfortunately found it to be not so pleasing as she would have thought.

She hated the smell of the chemicals and also how it made her hair break.

After the short six months of permed, straight hair and doobies, she went back to natural and has been a part of team no lye ever since.

She keeps her hair healthy by washing it twice a week and using pure vitamin E oil (petroleum free).

She does egg washes which involves breaking an egg in her hair, letting it linger for a few minutes and then washing out the protein which results in stronger strands and less breakage.

She also uses mineral oils which strengthens her ends and stops hair from breaking.

When you think of baby and love, you can consider her learning what makes her hair beautiful a part of loving the process of being happy to be nappy and most definitely, a fashionista.

Disclaimer: I am not a vendor, publisher or someone who will be financially compensated for speaking about these women and talking about their hair or their products. This blog has been created to display the beauty of black natural hair and to help others as well as myself in maintaining and growing their own natural locks of healthy hair

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