Colour Chat: Atlanta-based Influencer Gabrielle Chanel Talks Building a Brand, Hair Care, and more!

Meet Gabrielle Chanel

Gabrielle Chanel is an Atlanta-based lifestyle blogger who runs the site Booked for the Weekend. The content creator says she can always be found "devouring a book or brunch." Below, Gabrielle is chatting about her growing brand, her hair, and more!


How does your hair help tell the story of who you are? 
There are two parts of my body that I truly treat like accessories— my hair and my nails. To me, my hair is meant to be limitless, which is why I love trying any and all hairstyles. Whether I want to be Zoë Kravitz one day and rock bohemian tresses, or Tracee Ellis Ross the next by letting my natural curls flourish in the wind, the options are endless. Your hair is meant to be a story of your life journey. Why let it end in the first chapter?

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?
You simply can't beat the convenience of Colour. For me, my time is of the utmost value, which is why I love Colour. Their professionalism is top notch, and I truly appreciate how they're always up to date with various hairstyle options (and open to trying new things as well!). Who wouldn't enjoy having a premiere service done from the convenience of your own home? Colour makes me feel like a celebrity!


If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
It's okay to care what people think about you but never care so much that you 1) edit the hell out of yourself 2) stop doing what you know is right, or 3) forget to take your own needs, expectations, desires, feelings, and opinions into account.

What inspired you to launch your lifestyle blog? What are your goals as a content creator? 
For me, launching a lifestyle blog wasn't about being like everyone else, but simply being me, truly and authentically. In need of a creative outlet, I knew I wanted to share my love for all things books, travel, good eats, and self-care with others. And then BOOM, 'Booked for the Weekend' was born (thanks, mom, for the push!). The best part about this little gem to me has been the response I've gotten from women across the country, sharing their latest reading goals, or simply sharing that they've tried a restaurant recommendation of mine while in the A! As a content creator, my one and only goal is to create a community of women that share a common love of being "Booked for the Weekend."

Written by: Olivia Hancock
Colour Social Media Intern

Colour Chat: Rachel Travels

Introducing Colour Chat

Our new weekly newsletter series highlights inspiring women across all industries who use our hairstyling services. Each week, we'll be sharing a profile on one of ourColour members that features a candid conversation about haircare, career, and more!

Rachel Hill, also known asRachelTravels, is a "travelpreneur" and speaker. She makes a living teaching others how to travel affordably and build a profitable online presence. Read on to get to know Rachel! 

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How does your hair help tell the story of who you are?
I love how versatile hair can be. I've had so many styles, colors, and shapes. Right now, my natural hair is in a tapered cut with blue highlights in the front. This style is fun, different, and bold — which is a direct reflection of my personality!

Why do you choose Colour for your hair services?
My life is all about convenience. Having a service that allows a stylist to come to me was a game-changer! 

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If you could give other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
Choose yourself. So often, as women, we're told to put everyone and everything before our needs and desires. Yet, it's hard to pour into others when we're completely depleted. So my advice to women is, decide what truly makes you happy and fulfilled, and choose yourself. Everything else will work out.

How have your travels around the world influenced the woman you are today? Oh man. My travels have truly allowed me to become the woman I've desired to be. What I mean is, travel has allowed me to be outside of my comfort zone, experience different people/cultures, and ultimately change my perspective on many aspects of my life. It's allowed me to have more empathy, be less judgmental, and to think critically about what I truly feel. 

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Written by: Olivia Hancock
Colour Social Media Intern

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.