Introducing: Hey Emi!

Hey beauts!

I grew up somewhat a reader of children’s books – Enid Blyton is the name that immediately comes to mind when I think of children’s books and even animated adventure series. But you’d agree with me when I say I could not in any way relate to the characters in these books. Fair-skinned, straight and silky-haired, going on adventures in the mountains and the woods. A few years ago, though, I’ve stumbled on animations with black characters – mainly African – on youtube. Also, last week, while babysitting, one of the children wanted to watch Goldilocks and the three bears and I was super surprised to see that the version he had been watching had black characters with curly, coily hair, and Caribbean accents.

So, anyway, I was quite giddy to hear about Hey Emi!

Emi Cover ImageHey Emi is created by Tina Olajide, whose inspiration was borne from the lack of brown-skinned heroines for little girls to look up to. According to Tina, “Emi is a creative seven-year-old girl with a BIG imagination and in this book she describes all the cool and quirky things she likes most about her hair. From the shape and movement of her hair to detangling single strand knots, Emi’s unique point of view will put a smile on your face.

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How adorable is she?! And that hurr! I really like the illustration – kudos to the illustrator, Courtney Bernard.

To get your hands on this one-of-a-kind book for a little girl or boy you love and even for the little child inside of you, check out Amazon.com and Amazon Europe. Also, visit Emi’s website for up-to-date information, to sign up for newsletters and to ask her anything!

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So, tell me, what do you guys think about Hey Emi!

Enjoy the weekend, beauts, and stay safe and jolly!

– Mee Mee

xx.

Introducing: The Natural Hair Blog Directory!

www.naturalhairblogdirectory.com

When I first started learning about Afro hair and hair care, one of the most prominent points was classification according to curl patterns. There were (and still are) rules or tips attached to curl patterns by different naturals. For instance, I remember reading in several places that 4C hair is highly porous. My hair is tightly coiled 4C and is as low porosity as can be! I was moisturising my hair heavily and sealing just as heavily like a high-po girl, with frustrating results. I was also Deep Conditioning all wrong.

Hair typing goes beyond your curl pattern. There are other more important factors: porosity, strand texture, overall density. [For more info, you could visit The Hair Basics series]

With all the information that abounds now in these times, it can be a little overwhelming. It’s great to learn across the board, but sometimes, you just want specific information.

For instance, I enjoy watching vlogs of all kindsa naturalistas for inspiration, but I always like to see how styles turn out on 4C sistas like myself. And for tips on regimen building, curl pattern isn’t a filter for me. I’m much more interested in the person’s porosity.

Here’s where the Natural Hair Blog Directory comes in.

This is a brilliant, brilliant idea from Rae of LoveThyIntrovert.com.

On the Directory, Natural Hair Blogs are organised in different sections for starters- Kinky, Wavy, Curly, Coily- and each blogger has a profile in which she goes beyond curl pattern, describes her hair in all aspects of hair typing, and states her blogging specialty. Super helpful, no? 🙂

It is truly a more organised way to learn about hair care!

Bloggers, go get listed on the directory now- it’s free!

Fellow hair blog stalkers readers, we’d probably be spending less time on the internet now. [Or not] 😉

Keep up with the Natural Hair Blog Directory on Twitter as well as Instagram: @thenhbdirectory

Till next post,

Love,

AB

Xx