Hey! A little while ago I posted about an open call for models to be in the Naturalista Hair Show put on by the gals over a N Natural Hair Studio. Well part of the shows promotion campaign is to interview local natural chicas in the DMV area and I was excited to be a part of the campaign! I sat down with the owner of N Natural Hair Studio, Angela, and shared my thoughts on what I felt a “Naturalista” is and also a little about my future plans in life :o)
Check out my interview below, which can also be found on the Naturalista Hair Show’s official YouTube page. Oh and a reminder, the show is Sunday, July 28th 2013 from 2-7 at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD!
I am sort of getting over my fears of being on video camera :o) Who knows, maybe I will start YouTubing…..sike!!! lol I dunno, maybe…one day….
I am FINALLY getting over this dreadful cold I have had for the past week or so. I am still amazed at how sick I actually was because I NEVER get sick and for this long. My voice was completely gone for like 2 days! Ugh, needless to say, I went to the Doctor, got some meds and I am feeling better :o) Thank you to all the well wishes I received from everyone who sent them!
I am back with a non-hair related post but is something special that I wanted to share. Every now and then I like to givea peak into more of who I am (in case anyone cares lol) in hopes of maybe inspiring someone else in some way. Well, I was contacted by the creators of an awesome new site called 365 Live Your Purpose to be a part of a series called “People In the Know”. The site is a “social media blog outlet for educating and motivating women and men, mothers and fathers, youth and teens as well as bridging the gap in families by providing guidance, resources, and inspiration for living a purposeful life.” Basically its an outlet where the writers give real talk about life and everything in it so I felt completely honored to be selected as a feature! I praise God for this one :o)
Anywho, take a look at the two posts, one is my bio which was kind of fun to write since I have never really written about myself, at least not recently lol and the second post is a Q & A. They asked some really good questions and I answered all from my heart.
So take a look at the articles and check out the rest of 365 LYP! They just launched within the past month so they are getting their momentum going but I have no doubts that they will grow into something great!
****UPDATE***** Some readers have told me that they couldn’t see the entire article or thought it was just one question, but the way CocoaFab has this article set up, you have to hit the “Next” button above the text and next to the words “image 1 of 4” BUT if you don’t want to do that, I copied the entire article below. So again, PLEASE check it out!!! THANKS!!!! :o)
ORIGINALLY POSTED FEB. 28 — Hey! I have something I want to share with you all! Yesterday (2/27/2013), I was interviewed by celebrity news and style site, Cocoa Fab! Check out my interview by clicking the image below! Thanks Cocoa Fab!! ;o))))
Oh and the article is best viewed on a desktop and you have to hit “next” at the too left to see the whole article!
Natural hair blogs have been popping up all over the net and there are a few in particular that have truly resonated with the CocoaFab team. We took a few minutes to sit down with Lauren Johnson of La Coco Bella to talk all about her blog and natural hair!
CocoaFab: What inspired you to start La Coco Bella?
Lauren: I wanted to start La Coco Bella because there were not very many natural hair resources/blog when I initially had the idea for it back in 2008. I saw need and felt I could contribute to the answer. I had already been natural for 3 years at that point and felt I gained enough knowledge, through trial and error, to be able to share what I did with my own hair. I’ve always had people stop and ask me how I took care of my natural hair so I wanted to be able to just direct people to one location—or they could opt to hear me ramble on and on about it in conversation!
Since I am a graphic designer, I created the logo, web design and everything created back in 2008 but the fear of putting myself out there to the world scared me . In March 2012, I FINALLY built up the courage and just went for it!
CF: What has been the most challenging part of being natural?
Lauren:The beginning of my journey was most challenging. I didn’t have any guidance and natural hair wasn’t popular like it is now, so I had to learn how to care for my hair through LOTS of trial and error. I had moments of frustration and wanted to give up, put a relaxer back in and call it a day, but I had to remind myself that I didn’t cut ALL my hair off for no reason! I’m a solider! Also, the early growing out phase was difficult. I big chopped and my hair went through a phase where it was too short to be long, and too long to be short! It was just awkward, I was very limited in the styles I could do so I just gelled back my edges and wore a headband. Not to mention, my hair texture changed randomly a few times! I am not sure how that happened but it made the process even more challenging because I had to constantly change the products I used. I guess that was kind of fun (laughs). It was also challenging emotionally. I was in college at Howard University and people could be very judgmental, so I had to deal with other’s opinions and comments, not that they mattered, but It took a toll on me at times, especially since it was a vulnerable time of growth and I was still learning who I was… BUT I am over all that now and I love my hair :o)
CF: What’s the most rewarding part of managing your La Coco Bella?
Lauren:Besides getting over my fear of putting myself out there, running my blog has connected me with SO many women throughout the world. I never would have thought that my voice would reach so many people internationally AND most importantly, help women feel good about themselves. I am a true advocate on embracing who God created us to be and if I can help others recognize that, then I have been a good steward. I have met so many beautiful inspiring women, discovered some excellent products and become more confident with myself. On a different note, running my blog has even been therapeutic because I lost my mother in 2009 and went through bouts of depression over the past few years.La Coco Bellahas giving me perseverance, resilience and is something I really enjoy and look forward to doing. Its made life a bit easier and also connected me to other women who have suffered the same loss. I’ve had many readers share that my story has helped and inspired them as well. My blog, simply about natural hair, has become something bigger than I ever intended for it to be. That’s a reward in itself.
CF: Give us your top 3 tips on how to transition from strait to natural styles:
Lauren: I only “transitioned” for a few months (tried the weave thing) so I don’t have much to say about transitioning. I gave up and Big Chopped! The point where relaxed hair meets the natural hair is extremely weak and can contribute to a lot of breakage, which is why I gave up. So its best to either keep both textures ALL straight or blend them together with twist styles, rod sets, braids, etc. 1) Seal your ends. The ends are so important because they are the oldest parts of your hair and need a little extra TLC.I do this by applying a thick, heavy shea-based butter to the ends while damp. Since water (moisture) and oil (the butter) do not mix and oil rises, the water is “sealed” beneath the layer of oil. This is helped me retain inches of my hair!2) Deep Condition often. I try to deep condition or do a homemade treatment at least 3 times a month. Curly hair loses moisture faster than strait hair so we must replenish and retain moisture as much as possible. Using a steamer or heat cap makes it even better! 3) Ayurvedic treatments are god sends! They are Indian herbs/plants in the form of powders and you can mix them with water and/or teas. You apply the paste to your hair like any other conditioning treatment. Doing these regularly have drastically decreased the amount of hair shed, improved the strength and elasticity of my hair and most importantly given me a healthy scalp, which is the foundation of healthy hair that GROWS!
It’s exactly 4 years since my mother suddenly passed away. I believe that everything happens at the exact moment for a certain purpose, my mom was meant to pass away on this very day, 2-1, four years ago. Her funeral was not actually held until 2-11…just as God had planned for it to be.
My mother’s name is Sharon, a Hebrew name that means “fertile plain” and in English means “warmth, beauty, comfort, and love” and even “princess”….everything that my mom embodied. If you study the bible, you’ll know that “A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.” (Ecc.7:1 NIV) …I always say how my mother’s death was what truly gave me life.
Death is not something that should be seen as sad. Mourning most definitely hurts, but if you really think about it, to die means to be with the Lord, who wouldn’t want that over this crazy world we live in?! I don’t know about you but I count it ALL JOY when I experience heartache and pain (took a LONG time to be able to see it that way) because I know its for a reason. Whatever God’s reason is, I know it’s always for me to GROW and to PROSPER me. It’s his will and nothing is greater than that, whether I understand why or not.
I know this all to be true when God revealed a special scripture to me during the time I was back home in California helping plan my mother’s funeral. It was one of the moments I felt God SO present in my life:
“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” ~ Song of Solomon 2:1 NIV
This is the first verse from the second chapter of Song of Solomon—2:1. The symbolism of a rose and the lily runs deep in the bible but it has a lot of personal meaning for me (plus I lived in the Southern California Valley my whole life lol 818!). I can go on and on…..but I adore this verse because I am the rose of my mother and she is my source of inspiration for being (becoming) who I am in Christ. :o) R.I.P. momma
This was the last picture taken of my mother (on the left) in January 2009 that I found on her personal camera. She was a flight attendant for United Airlines and this was on her last flight on her way back from Beijing, China.
I had no idea who the other woman was in this picture but I always knew she met celebrities and all that but she never cared to take pics with them but for some reason she did with this woman. She must have been talking her ear off during the flight :o) she was ALWAYS talking to someone!
So the only way I was able to find out who this woman was by zooming in really close to the gold medal around her neck thinking I could read what it said (I couldn’t) but I noticed right next the medal, on her shirt, I saw the letters “PARA” and it clicked….PARAlympics! So I took a chance and Googled “gold medel paralympic winners 2008” and I found a pic of a lady who looked like the woman standing next to my mom…it was Barbara Buchan, a Paralympic Gold medalist who won 2 gold medals in cycling during the 2008 Paralymics in Beijing :o)
Happy Anniversary to all the ladies of the Pink and Green!!!
….and sending love to my prophytes and neos of the UPPER, UPPER most house of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc....my home….ALPHA CHAPTER!!!
Whether you are active or inactive, take some time today to reflect on why you CHOSE this direction and what our organization is founded upon. Never forget our purpose and the vision our founders had for their brainchild.
Celebrating 105 years of Service to All Mankind :o)
…and happy centennial to the women of Delta Sigma Theta
Oh and Sorors, if you have a Facebook or Instagram page, feel free to save the original artwork I created below :o) …PLEASE tag me if you do (@lacocobella on instagram; @lacocobellablog on Twitter)
Aren’t you so glad we made it through the apocalypse that was supposed to happen on the 21st?! lol anyway….
Well, it’s 2013 and I am so excited to see what God has in store! Usually I don’t get all into the hype of “new beginnings” “resolutions” etc., etc. because it always ends up just “being another day, another year” lol I know, that sounds so pessimistic but honestly, these past few years have been the hardest of my life. It mostly started when I lost my mother in 2009 and I have been battling bouts of depression ever since then. I say that to say that 2012 was especially difficult, emotionally, financially, spiritually, everything-ally! Don’t get me wrong, I have had MANY great moments, lessons and experiences since, I am blessed and GRATEFUL, no doubt about that but the devil has been especially active in my life, which can only mean one thing…..BLESSINGS ARE AHEAD!
2012 was a year of trials that I know God meant for me to go through and I couldn’t do anything about it—I felt helpless. They say when you feel like you are helpless, help someone else and that’s exactly what it has been for me. Sooooo in turn, I found an outlet, La Coco Bella, and it definitely kept me going! Starting La Coco Bella this year has actually turned out to be a form of therapy that I was not expecting and I wanted to sincerely thank each and every one of my readers. There are times where I feel like I am writing to no one, and I have no idea who is reading my posts (except for those who have left comments or sent me emails of course!) but either way, just going through the motions of maintaining this blog has really helped me get through those tough days. Days where I felt hopeless, La Coco Bella gave me a sense of accountability and something to look forward to. My favorite part is just knowing that I am helping someone else feel good about them self in some way or form. I hope I am not sounding cliche but I sincerely mean it, I don’t really need this blog to help myself with my hair lol I do it to help others figure out their own and to learn something new. But God has purpose for all things so maybe he knew this would help me—natural hair….go figure lol
“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” ~ Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT
I am more excited about 2013 than any other year of my life. I have a deep feeling within my soul, that I know something GREAT WILL happen for me and my close loved ones this year. I just know it and am willing and ready to accept whatever it is God has in store.
Yes, I will still be blogging lol so don’t worry about that hehe I will always have a natural hair obsession haha. I may expand the horizon and include other topics on here, not sure, I haven’t thought it out yet (any ideas!?). Again, my sole purpose (for now) has been to help others figure out their natural hair and hope it makes them feel better about themselves inside—which has in turn helped me get through my life this past year. Oh the irony!
Any way, I’ve ranted enough….in summary lol, the purpose of this post is to SINCERELY THANK YOU for all the likes and follows on my Facebook, Twitter and most definitely Instagram! (<—-2012 was the year of Instagram lol) and more importantly, THANK YOU to each and every person reading this right now, for helping me keep my sanity and seeing this past year through.
Again, I am SO excited for 2013 and I pray God blesses my endeavor with La Coco Bella and turns it into something even greater. I want to be able to do more for my readers because you all have done something so great for me :o)
I hope you all have a safe and wonderful New Year’s :o)
The birth and LIFE of our Lord and savior JESUS CHRIST
The LIFE of a young, willing servant, little Miss Mary
The LIFE GOD gave you and me because He defeated death when he sent his only son to this earth
The LIFE we shall inherit after we have proven ourselves worthy and transition to when our days are done here
The LIFE we choose to live every day, full of mercy, grace and forgiveness only GOD can provide us
Today isn’t a day to just have an excuse to overindulge in food, presents and sleep (although these are the added benefits lol), it’s really so much more. I truly, truly hope and pray that anyone reading this really takes time to seek knowledge and learn what the meaning of this day really is about. The purpose of this day is really to honor and praise one of, if not THE most important moment in ALL history….the day we all were TRULY given LIFE!!!
Merry CHRISTmas &
Happy Birthday JESUS!!!! :o))
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham:to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” ~ Luke 1:68-75 NIV