Black Girls READ Challenge : Celebrating Black Women in Literature

February 2nd, 2018
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Posted by carijayy


I remember, as a child, loving to read. Getting lost in a book for hours at a time, imagining each and every character in the story. There were a vast amount of writers whose work I enjoyed but it wasn’t until my grade school teacher introduced us to black literature that I was truly inspired.

Reading something that related to me changed my entire perspective on literature. Some of which I did not appreciate until now. I was introduced to authors and poets such as Maya Angelou, Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, to name a few. I was even more intrigued by literature written by black women. For those moments, I felt understood. These writers went in depth on our distinctive looks, skin color, hair and how impactful these attributes are on the course of [....]

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Tips For Healthy Protective Styles

November 1st, 2017
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Posted by carijayy

Hey my loves!

Can you believe its November?! It seems like the years are just flying by!

Chicago already feels like winter and I’m so sad about it. Did we even have a fall?! If you find her, tell her we miss her!

With the seasons swiftly changing it’s that time to adjust our hair routines. Dryer, colder climates result in lack of moisture for our hair as well as our skin. To combat the cold and retain moisture, many of us go into full protective style mode.

Protective styles are convenient, time-saving and helps to retain length and moisture in the brutal cold months. Did I mention the cute options: braids, sew-in extensions, wigs, crochets, braided updos and more!

But let me ask you this…

Are you properly preparing your hair for protective styling? [....]

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4 DOPE HAIRSTYLES FOR BLACK WOMEN ON VACATION : #NappyHairSurvivalGuide Travel Edition

August 3rd, 2017
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Posted by carijayy

Let me say this…

Black girls have been RECLAIMING OUR VACATION TIME!!!

My Instagram page as well as salon schedule has been filled with beautiful back women on vacation! All summer 2017, black women have traveling all over the world. Whether it be a #BAEcation or the oh so classic #GirlsTrip! Seriously, I’ve been vicariously living through all of your photos!

With the growing number of black women (and men, too) going on vacations year, we have to discuss the number one concern we all deal with while traveling…


Choosing the right hairstyle to rock on vacation is crucial to the overall functionality for the duration of the trip. Your hair needs to be convenient, TSA- friendly and most of all, FLY! If you are the girl who loves to be adventurous or [....]

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March 6th, 2017
Posted by carijayy

Happy Monday loves!


March is here and that means that summer is right around the corner! I’m anxiously waiting to for my melanin to glow even more in the sun!


I’ve been reflecting about the past year and how grateful I am to do what I love. What’s even better is that you all have supported me throughout this journey. I am beyond grateful to God for each and every one of you! You could’ve been anywhere in the world, but you’re here with me! I want to show my appreciation to every single one of you this month. In my best Ace Boogie’s voice..


“Everybody Eats B!”


This month, I want to offer a referral special where everyone benefits.


For the month of March, if you refer a friend, [....]

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February 1st, 2017
Posted by carijayy

As we all may have seen on the news these past few days that Emmett Till’s accuser Carolyn Bryant came forward about what really happened in Mississippi on August 28th 1955.


For the start of Black History Month, I want to focus on the story of Emmett Till. This story is very familiar to me. In 7th grade I created my history fair project on the lynching of Emmett Till. I was so moved by what happened; I forgot that I was doing a project. I ended up going down state in Springfield with my project. This really sparked my interest for OUR history.

Emmett Louis Till was a 14 year old boy from Chicago, Illinois. He was known to be charismatic and the center of attention. His mother, Mamie Till was native to [....]

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