Fabolous Spits Crazy Bars On “Shook Ones Pt. II (Freestyle)” [LISTEN]

Four weeks into the #FridayNightFreestyles series, Fabolous goes jacking for beats once again. This time he rhymes over Mobb Deep’s classic track “Shook Ones Pt. II.”

The 90s have been a constant theme in Loso’s recent endeavors. The three previous freestyles in the aforementioned series featured production by Dr. Dre, Jay Z, and Mad Lion.

Press play below to hear Fabolous’ latest bars.

Photo: Instagram

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Olivia from Detroit // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

March 2015

What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Olivia “Livey J” Johnson and I am from Detroit, MI, currently residing in Belleville, MI.

Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
I transitioned, and looking back I really wish I would have big-chopped! I started my transition on September 19, 2012 after watching a Youtube video by HairCrush. She was talking about how we should embrace who we are and not caring about what other people say. On that day is when I decided to embrace how God created me. I had thoughts about going natural in 2010 but I did not have the confidence to because my boyfriend at the time didn’t like my hair whenever I would wear bantu twist outs. I let people discourage me, and when I made my decision I made it for me and nobody else. I was tired of living up to other people’s standards and I realized I only straightened my hair for other people, because I hated the process.

How would you describe your texture?
I have three textures in my hair! I am 4c mostly, 4a in the middle and 4b at the nape. I love the wash and go concept but because I am mostly 4c my shrinkage is ridiculous! I tried a wash and go once and it looked like I had just big chopped (lol). My hair grows outward and is super coarse. It pretty much stays in place whenever I style it because it is sooo thick.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
I am very simple, I usually wear the fierce puff or a twist out. I rarely switch it up because I get impatient whenever I decide to try a new style. I did finger coils once and it took five hours, and that was when I was transitioning — so I know it’ll take double that now. I just stick to the simple stuff because I am rarely at home sitting around. I am always on the go and because my wash days are on Saturdays (which are my busy days), I do a simple style. If I decide to switch it up from a twist out or puff I will pin jumbo twists, wear a frohawk, or a bun — still fairly simple J I use Shea Moisture products, and I will use any type of shampoo that is organic. I love raw coconut oil, and I use that to pre-poo.

What does wash day look like for you?
On wash days I section my hair into 4 parts, and make about 5 jumbo twists in each quarter. I spray my hair with water and apply raw coconut oil to pre-poo with, to make detangling easier. After letting the coconut oil sit for 30 minutes I jump into the shower and wash my hair by section, taking down the twists as I go. I have a lot of hair, so washing by section makes washing a whole lot easier. If I have a lot of product in my hair I use shampoo, usually Shea Moisture’s Smooth and Repair Conditioning Shampoo, if I don’t have much product in my hair then I just co-wash with Shea-Moistures Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser. After I shampoo or co-wash, I apply Curl and Shine Conditioner by Shea Moisture and let that sit a while then I rinse. After that, I dry my hair then detangle in sections. I use the LCO method because it works very well, and my hair stays moisturized longer when I use this method. I air dry my hair 99.9% of the time. If I want to rock a fro I will blow dry it, without using the comb to prevent breakage.

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Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
The puff is definitely my go-to style, no doubts about that. You’ll catch me rocking a puff about 90% of the time.

How do you combat shrinkage?
I embrace it mostly, but if I want to stretch my hair I will twist my hair while wet and then pin them up with bobby pins. Sometimes I will section my hair into four parts and bun each section to stretch, and if I decide I want to use heat I’ll take a blow dryer to my hair to stretch it a bit, but even after the blow dryer I have a ton of shrinkage.

What are some of your problem areas that require extra care and attention?
My ends require the most attention, they can become dry and because my hair needs to be moisturized daily, I pay close attention to the ends to ensure that I don’t have any breakage.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Trim and moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE!!!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
I never put any chemicals in my hair, and I cannot detangle on dry hair, it must be wet.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
Yes! I can be found on Instagram @Livey_J and my blog is http://liveyjblog.blogspot.com I am currently working on a website and Facebook page for my brand coming this summer!

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Hubby and I (May 2014)
Looser part of my hair
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Two strand twists
Wash and Go

[Video] Installing a Sew-In Weave and Marley Twists On Top of Locs!

Think just because you have locs means you can’t rock a sew-in? Think again. Stylist, Richard Anthony Flowers posted the below video of a recent install on a client who had a head full of locs. Watch her go from stunning locs to a sleek sew-in weave in a matter of minutes:

Posted by Richard Anthony Flowers on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Also, you can braid over your locs if you’d like marley twists or havana twists for a change of pace. Check out the video below:

What do you think?

4 Hot DIY Natural Hair Cuts for Spring

Do you want to create your own fierce hair cut for the Spring?  If so, here are four DIY styles:

1. Bangs

Ambrosia Malbrough

Bangs are a good option if you are bored with your current long length but aren’t brave enough to cut your entire hair.   Keep in mind that they are not the easiest to cut on natural hair, but this tutorial by Ambrosia is really helpful for those who want to brave it on their own.  The key is to cut and shape your bangs on in stages AND on wet hair.  However, if you are not much of a do-it-yourselfer, you can go to a stylist whom you trust.

2. Shape and Layers (on curly hair)

Nik Scott

Layers are another option for a natural hair cut this Spring.  Nik demonstrates one of the best DIY methods I’ve seen out there in the following tutorial.  Again, you want to start on shrunken hair IF that is how to you plan to wear your layers.  This is because many naturals have a mix of curl patterns and shrinkage rates on one scalp.

3. Layers (on high-shrinkage hair)

Osa Osula

An exception to number #2 is 4B/4C hair.  Because of the huge shrinkage rate, hair in this range should ideally be cut when stretched IF you want to achieve layers or do a shape up.  Cutting your hair while shrunken can result in too much being cut off AND an imperfect shape.  Check out Osa’s tutorial below for guidance.

4. Tapered Cut


Finally, there is the tapered cut, which is a pretty hot trend right now.  Below, Nichole shows how she achieved her cute cut on her own.  Watch the tutorial for the demonstration, or head to a stylist/barber whom you trust.  Also, for plenty more tapered cut styles, check out Ijeoma’s 25 Tapered Fro Inspirations for Naturals of Every Length and Texture.

What natural hair cut will you try this Spring?

Are Some Detangling Tools Harmful to Natural Hair?


Source: Curlyincollege.com

Source: Curlyincollege.com

Stop for a minute and think about the most challenging aspect of your hair routine. Is it washing your hair? Is it styling? Well, for me it is detangling. I can thoroughly wash my hair in 20 minutes, even less if I wash my hair every 5-7 days. I can make my styles as simple or as complicated as I choose, so on a busy day I spend no more than 5 minutes refreshing a simple protective style. Detangling, however, is something that “takes as long it takes”. By this I mean, the length, texture and thickness of hair dictate the amount of time and effort needed to remove tangles and knots. As a result, some women can accomplish the task in half of an hour, while for others it may take two hours. So, how do we resolve this challenge? Well, if manufacturers of hair utensils are to be believed, it is investing in detanglers designed to help you easily remove knots. These tools, however, can sometime be more harmful than helpful.

The Hair Detangler Revolution

The go-to detangler for hair, the traditional comb, is by no means a new invention. Over time, however, inventors have enhanced the comb in an effort to make hair care easier. As natural hair styling in the United States and other countries around the world, particularly over the last 15 years, became more popular, so too did the demand for hair detanglers designed to manage tightly coiled hair textures.

The Denman

The Denman brush, which actually functions more like a comb than a brush, is great at separating small sections of hair. This can be quite useful for some styles and for thorough detangling. However, due to the texture of my hair, it would take me two hours to detangle my hair using a Denman, a situation I know would lean to impatience, carelessness and ultimately damage on my part. That being said, my hair never incurred any damage from using the Denman, so although it wasn’t practical I did find it to be hair friendly.

The Infamous Teezer

A few years ago just about every hair vlogger I followed posted a video on the Tangle Teezer. Women were over the moon that this little comb was able to help cut their detangling sessions in half. I was one of those women who jumped on the Tangle Teezer bandwagon and swore that it would be my new go to hair detangler. Then six months passed and I noticed hair breakage and a lack of length retention. I was still vigilant about deep conditioning and protective styling so I couldn’t figure out why my hair seemed to be stalling, even regressing, in terms of progress. The only thing that I changed in my routine was the Tangle Teezer, which I later learned, also led to damage for other women with tightly coiled hair texture. Now, I’m not saying it’s a bad product. It has a near five star rating on Amazon, so clearly it’s working well for many people. The important thing to keep in mind with hair detanglers is that not all hair textures will benefit from an otherwise decent product.

The Verdict

Hair detanglers that try to reinvent the basic design of the comb can be beneficial but they can also create problems for your hair care routine. For the last 3 years, I have consistently used a wide tooth seamless comb and decreased my hair detangling time, while minimizing damage. I have learned that fine tooth detangling tools aren’t necessary because at the end of my day my hair knots and tangles as easily as the wind blows. I simply need a device that will help me to remove shed hair and major tangles. So the next time you come across a detangling comb or brush that seems too good to be true, remember it probably isn’t as wonderful as you think it is.

Have you had success with hair detanglers other than the traditional comb? What are your favorite hair detangling devices?

Jhené Aiko Delivers Sultry Groove “Living Room Flow” | 3.19.15 Wired Tracks [LISTEN]

Jhené Aiko is very direct about what she wants on a new track called “Living Room Flow.”

Per usual, the Los Angeles songstress delivers her message over moody production. Suggesting that we all “skip the small talk,” she’s open about her desires to have a little harmless sex. Whether or not this message is directed towards anyone in particular remains in question.

“Living Room Flow” is highlighted in today’s Wired Tracks, where you’ll also new material from T-Pain, K Camp and Chris Brown, and newcomer WELL$

Photo: Instagram


T-Pain – “Did It Anyway”

K Camp ft. Chris Brown – “Lil Bit (Remix)”

WELL$ – “Vices We All Share”

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2 Ways To Embellish Your Box Braids and Twists

Box braids and twists are beautiful  on their own, but every now and then you may want to add a pop of color to those long extensions. I recently noticed that singer/songwriter Chrisette Michelle put a colorful spin on a set of box braids that she’d previously worn. She had a few braids in her hair that looked decorative and they appeared to be wrapped with some sort of purple thread.

Singer/Songwriter, Chrisette Michelle.

Singer/Songwriter, Chrisette Michelle.

After researching, I found a natural hair YouTuber who mimicked Chrisette’s look and put her own spin on the decorative braids. Naturally Candace created a tutorial on how you can wrap yarn around your box braids or twists.

While Chrisette chose one solid color for her braids, Naturally Candace chose to create a pink and white pattern on hers. Using embroidery basic floss, she measured the floss along the length of her braid. Holding the thread about a quarter of an inch down the shaft of the braid, she created a knot with the thread around the braid.

Natural Hair YouTuber, Naturally Candace.

Natural Hair YouTuber, Naturally Candace.

To start off the design, she made sure she grabbed both pieces of the same color from each bundle of thread (after the knot was tied, it left her with two of each color) and proceeded to tightly and closely wrap the chosen color thread around the braid and around the other pieces of thread that she wasn’t using at the moment. After she had a good amount of the dark pink thread wrapped, she moved on to the next color.

If you run out of thread while wrapping, you can start the process over again where the thread ran out. Repeat the wrapping process down the length of the braid. Once you get to the end, simply tie a knot to secure and snip the hanging thread.

If you’re used to doing yarn twists/locs, then this tutorial may be a no brainer for you. But, if you’ve never worked with yarn, then this tutorial is very informative and self-explanatory.

Naturally Candace also has a tutorial on how you can add bling to your braids. Remember those gold beads that were used to put on braids back in the 90s? Apparently, there’s a shortage of them now. We remember them as being a bit outdated, but Naturally Candace makes them look chic. Because she had to go to several beauty supply stores to find them, she decided to figure out how to create the braid jewelry at home for her viewers.


She took some gold beading wire and measured how much wire she would use according to how large she wanted the braid jewelry. Next she grabbed the wire and wrapped it around the braid while bending it into shape. A very easy braid/twist accessory!

What do you do to spice up your twists and braids?