1BN Spotlight: Issa Rae and Her Natural Hair

1BN Spotlight: Issae Rae and Her Natural Hair (photo cred: @lovingyourhair -Felicia Leatherwood/Instagram)

Can we get a round of applause for the writer, director, actress, and producer Issa Rae? Plus, she's natural! This week, she appeared on the cover of Complex magazine. The "Insecure" creator rocked a red form-fitting outfit and big Afro. On Instagram, Rae said she was channeling her favorite heroine, Pam Grier. You can always count on the 32-year-old to rock a new natural hairstyle!

Issa Rae's natural hairstyles include twists, puff, updos, cornrows, and a lot more! Her hairstylist, Felicia Leatherwood who is also Skai Jackson's stylist, keeps her hair on point! Earlier this month, Issa Rae appeared in an issue of the Hollywood Reporter for their Comedy Actress Roundtable. The producer rocked a pink suit and big cornrows going back into a puff. She came through with the classic 70's look!

In 2011, Issa Rae's web series "Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl" came out on YouTube. The series focused on the character "J" and her "awkward" love and work life. The series ended in 2013 after two seasons. 

The MisAdventures of Awkward Black Girl book was published in 2015 and appeared on the New York Times best seller's list! Unlike the web series, the book contained Issa Rae's memoirs. Her show Insecure on HBO first aired in 2016. Last night, episode 1 of Season 2 aired.

We see you, Issa!


What do you think of Issa Rae and her natural hairstyles?

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1 Year After My Second Big Chop!

1BlessedNatural: 1 Year After My Second Big Chop!
Heyyy, my blessed naturals!
I feel like it's been forever since I've posted! I hope you're enjoying your weekend. June 11th made one year since I did my second big chop! Yayyy! Below is a quick length check of the back. I'll have to do a full length check soon! Lately, I've been experiencing some breakage, and I think it's because  I've been rushing through the wash and detangling process. Note to self: Don't do that! The picture below was taken on June 30th of this year.

1BlessedNatural - length check

1BlessedNatural: 1 Year ago, shortly after my big chop.

How's your natural hair journey going?

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June Ed: My New Articles on the Natural Hair Care News Site!

1BlessedNatural: June Ed: My New Articles on the Natural Hair Care News Site!

  Happy Monday, my blessed naturals!
I hope you all had a great weekend! Happy Father's Day to all of the dads! Here are my latest articles on the Natural Hair Care News site:

War Between Kitchen Stylists and Professional Stylists?
Erica Campbell Makes Case for Going Natural!

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Natural Hairstyle: Connected Rubber Band Twists with Puff

1BlessedNatural: Natural Hairstyle: Connected Rubber Band Twists with Puff

Happy Monday, my blessed naturals!
I'm back with another new rubber band twist and puff style! This one was inspired by Little Sister Natural's rubber band twists and one of Alicia Keys' styles. My hair was in need of some serious TLC! So, this weekend I washed, deep conditioned, detangled, and banded it. I used the Fab Curls Moisturizing Shampoo and Tropical Coconut Conditioner by Suave Essentials, and my hair was loving it!

If you look closely at the picture, you will notice that one side of my head is twisted and the other side is loose, lol. I didn't decide to twist them until I got to like the second or third row of rubber bands. I only kept the rubber bands for a day or so to keep my edges lol.

For the past couple of days, I've been wearing the same style but without the rubber bands. The other side was two-strand twisted, and then I just did a big cornrow down each side toward my ear.  Here are some pics of both styles:

1BlessedNatural: Side view

1BlessedNatural: This pic taken after I removed the rubber bands and twisted the sections that weren't fully twisted

1BlessedNatural: without the rubber bands

What natural hairstyle are you wearing today?

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1BN Experiment: Cocoa Butter on Natural Hair

1BlessedNatural: Cocoa Butter on Natural Hair

Hey, my blessed naturals,
I've been wanting to try cocoa butter on my natural hair for a while now. Since I've used shea butter  Since I've used shea butter on it, I just wondered about cocoa butter. So, about a month ago, I gave it a try! Here are the details and results of my experiment:

1BlessedNatural: I used Queen Helene's 100% cocoa butter stick.

1BlessedNatural: After heating the cocoa butter for 30 seconds in the microwave

I cut off about one inch of a 100% cocoa butter stick, put it in a glass cup, and heated it for about 30 seconds. The cocoa butter stick didn't melt all the way down, but it did after taking the glass cup out of the microwave and letting it sit for about 10 minutes.

Cocoa Butter After a Moisturizer

1. On the first section of hair, I applied a moisturizer. Then, I took my fingers and applied a small amount of the cocoa butter and twisted it.

1BlessedNatural: My natural hair before applying any product

1BlessedNatural: My natural hair after applying just the cocoa butter
 Cocoa Butter on Dry Natural Hair 

2. On the second section, I applied the cocoa butter and twisted it. My hair absorbed the cocoa butter faster than shea butter. Remember, cocoa butter is not as thick as shea butter. 

1BlessedNatural: My hair with just cocoa butter on it

My Results

The first section of hair that was moisturized before applying the cocoa butter was very soft and shiny. The second section of hair absorbed the cocoa butter quickly but was also soft, shiny, and elongated. I think it would be great to do a twist-out using cocoa butter when my hair is still moisturized from (maybe) the day before. 

More Research and Observations

When I heated the cocoa butter, you can see from the picture that it turned into an oil. After doing some research, I found that cocoa butter (also known as theobroma oil) is a type of vegetable fat. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines cocoa butter as "a pale-yellow, edible vegetable fat obtained from cocoa beans. Shea butter is also a type of fat, but it's from the nuts of a shea tree. Both butters can be used as a sealant to lock in the moisture of natural hair. This would be after applying a moisturizer.

Cocoa butter is also used in chocolate, cosmetics and hair products. I've used it to fade blemishes and stretch marks. Cocoa Butter is not as grainy as shea butter, and I think it's a good alternative if you are looking for a smoother and/or lighter butter to apply to your hair. Again, I think it would be interesting to see a twist-out using cocoa butter. 

I will have to do some more experimenting with cocoa butter on my hair. Please let me know:

Have you used cocoa butter on your natural hair?

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My New Articles on the Natural Hair Care News Site!

1BlessedNatural: My New Articles on the Natural HairCare News Site!

Hey, my blessed naturals!
I haven't forgotten about you all! I wanted to share some news with you all... Last month, I became a contributing writer for the Natural Hair Care News! The Natural Hair Care News is a website that changes attitudes about natural hair. Big shout out to them! Check out my latest articles below:
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