Trending: Black Panther Celebrates Natural Hairstyles!

Do you have Black Panther fever, too? 

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It's a week of celebrations —Happy Valentine's Day!– leading up to the MAJOR event that is the nationwide Black Panther Premiere on Thursday. The movie marks a seminal achievement in natural hairstyles on the big screen, and we couldn't be more excited. 

Evoking a style of "Afro-futurism," the film showcases natural hair in countless forms, from stylized box braids to plump Bantu (aka Wakanda) knots to icy locs. We understand there was nary a flat iron or relaxer on site during filming. 

Feeling inspired? Get the look for your upcoming Black Panther premiere party or red carpet event! What a great opportunity to try something new and have fun with your gorgeous hair. Just send us your inspo pic, and we'll make it happen. 
 

xo, Debra

p.s., Catch Colour on CBS 46 tonight at 11:00 pm chatting about natural hair trends and the importance of Black Panther, featuring longtime Colour client (and muse!) Sarah Lampley

That time I learned to striptease...

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When I was an assistant editor for Atlanta Magazine 15 years ago, we did a feature story on “How to” do all kinds of unconventional things around the city. Little 23-year-old me got an interesting assignment: "How To Strip." Off I went in broad daylight for a private lesson at the Cheetah from a veteran dancer, let’s call her Suzy. Stepping inside it first seemed like an utterly normal experience at 2 o’clock on a Tuesday. There were dancers studying their biology class textbooks at the bar.

Suzy took me to backstage and gave me the 411 on a the basics of private dance. The key is not to actually touch your partner, she coached. Approach, but stay a few inches away. You’ll want to select a song you love— slower tempo is better. Dim lighting. Start slow. Make eye contact. You don’t actually need to take off many or any clothes. 
Go with the flow and commit to your moves. Involve ice cubes. 

It goes without saying, have your makeup and hair done. Red lipstick. High heels. The absolute secret ingredient? Seamed, thigh-high stockings. (See above for some inspiration).

So, I wrote up my little article and years later decided to test out my learnings on a worthy subject, my future hubby Kevin. Have to say it was the most memorable Valentine’s Day of my life. Here we are ten years and, er, five kids, later.

Chances are if you give this gift a try, you’ll want a hair appointmentbefore, and after. It’s shocking between the adrenaline and the workout, how much you actually sweat in just 3 minutes of dancing!

Don’t worry, Colour’s got you covered.

  1. Maison Close L’Antichambre Underwire bra and sheer panties, $105 and $45
  2. Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color in “Lover” , $28
  3. Agent Provocateur Amber Hold Up Black Stockings with Back Seam, $60


xo, Debra 

Happy Hair, and Is Beyoncé's Hair Real?

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Holiday gifting is in full swing! For me, that's four kids, two holidays (Chanukah and Christmas), TEN teachers, nephews, relatives, work associates, and friends. Half the battle is getting organized, and the next step is getting a little creative. I love to find one cool, multi-purpose gift that I can buy in bulk, and can be appreciated by many. 
If you’re stumped on a perfect-for-most gift, may I offer a suggestion? The bookHappy Hair by Atlanta-based author and illustrator Mechel Renee Roe. This sweet and simple book features Mechel’s lovely illustrations of different hairdos on brown little girls, from “Cool Curls” to “Fab ‘Fro” to “Pom-Pom Puffs” to “Bomb Braids”, interspersed with a repeating message that “I love being me.” It’s no secret there’s a dearth of children’s books and dolls celebrating different textures of ethnic hair, and Happy Hair provides a subtle way to help girls (and women) love our naturally curly textures. It has a self-esteem-boosting message to embrace our hair’s versatility and try different styles —of course a driving principle of Colour
My daughters love it, and it just warms my heart when Reina will point excitedly to a picture and says, “That’s like me!” Bonus: it’s a super quick read—like, 3 minutes, which is a delightful perk during the seemingly endless bedtime routine (am I right?!). 
Buy it for your your daughters, nieces, bestie's kids, and more. 

Beyonce Natural Hair Controversy

In case you missed it, the buzz on the Interwebs is about Beyoncé's hair. It all started 10 days ago, when Bey presented an award to Colin Kaepernick rocking long, blonde, braided-out waves, and her hairstylist Neal Farinah instagrammed that it was in fact her natural hair. The comments and blogs went crazy, some saying it was clip-ins, or a lace front, and equal numbers defending that it was her natural hair.
Then, mom Tina Lawson reignited the embers posting (an apparent) photo of Beyoncé from the back, displaying a long, blonde ponytail with the caption: "INCHES!!!! So happy my baby’s hair grew back !! She is going to get me," followed by a worried face emoji. As we all recall, Beyoncé cut her hair in 2013 into a very short pixie, so this long ponytail would reflect four years of natural hair growth. Hmm.
We think Beyoncé looks great, and as the master of creating a little controversy, we have to say kudos for getting us all talking. Wonder if there's a surprise album release coming up?! 
 

What do you think about Beyoncé's hair controversy? 

Do Men Prefer Straight Hair?

Do Men Prefer Straight Hair?

A few weeks ago the Colour team got curious on date experiences and how our hair plays a part in the dating process, so we sent out a survey to collect information from our family, friends, and all of you! We were excited to see the difference in how men and women view the significance of hair in dating and the pre-date preparation process.