Mushiya Gives Military Women Natural Hair and Fashion Makeovers



Mushiya Gives Military Women Fashion and Natural Hair Makeovers (photo cred: Brainchild Associates)

On January 11th, 2016, WEtv star of Cutting It: in the ATL and Runway Curls owner, Mushiya Tshikuka hosted a natural hair and fashion makeover day for women in the U.S. military and veterans. The event was called #NaturalsStandTall and featured 7 makeovers and a discussion about natural hair regulations in the military. After the women received their makeovers, they were given the chance to show off their new looks in a fashion show.

Tshikuka, who is also owner of the The Damn Salon collaborated with the Minority Women Veterans Organization (MWVO) for the event. MWVO's "Glamming Forward" campaign director Nyrea Liferidge and spokesperson/image consultant Monique Sellers-Greene both participated in the natural hair conversation hosted by Tshikuka. Both Greene and Liferidge are U.S. military veterans. The women talked about struggles in the military with natural hair and equipment worn, like gas masks that can cause breakage to natural strands. They also talked about natural hair regulations. 

NWVO's "Glamming Forward" campaign includes buying a subscription box for a woman in the military. She can then purchase a box to give to another woman who is on active duty or a military veteran. The purpose of the "Glamming Forward" campaign is to provide women who are on active duty or veterans with beauty products that otherwise wouldn't be available to them. Runway Curls will be donating 5% of their proceeds to the "Glamming Forward" cause up until the 31st of this month.

Wardrobe Stylist: Melvin Styles
Clothes: O2G
Hair Stylists: The Damn Salon/ Runway Curls - Mushiya Tshikuka, Temia Lofton, Alicia Turner-Ellis, Candace Phillips, Joscynthia Mason, and April B
Makeup: Phillip Washington and Kim Harley
Photo cred: Brainchild Associates/Lawrence Clarke Photography


Mushiya and her #NaturalsStandTall Glam Team (photo cred: Brainchild Associates)

Air Force veteran Nyrea Liferidge with kinky twists (photo cred: Tori Allen/Brainchild Associates)
Hair: Temia Lofton
Makeup: Kim Harley


Army veteran Erica Glenn with an Afro wig (photo cred: Tori Allen/ Brainchild Associates/ Lawrence Clarke Photography)
Hair: Candace Phillips
Makeup: Kim Harley

Army veteran, Latrice Littles with her crochet braids (photo cred: Tori Allen/Brainchild Associates/Lawrence Clarke Photography)
Hair: Alicia Turner-Ellis
Makeup: Phillip Washington


Active service member Renata Triblett with her twist out (Tori Allen/Brainchild Associates/Lawrence Clarke Photography)
Hair: Candace Phillips
Makeup: Phillip Washington

Army veteran Destiny Redden with her braided and two-strand twisted style (photo cred: Tori Allen/Brainchild Associates)
Hair: Mushiya Tshikuka and Temia Lofton
Makeup: Phillip Washington

Army veteran Charlie Whitfield with a sewn-in weave (photo cred: Tori Allen/Brainchild Associates)
Hair: April B 
Makeup: Phillip Washington

Air Force veteran Monique Seller- Green (photo cred: Tori Allen/Brainchild Associates)
Hair: Joscynthia Mason
Makeup: Kim Harley 


What do you think about the #NaturalsStandTall event?


Related Articles:   My Review of Cutting It: in the ATL Season Finale
                              My Review of Cutting It: in the ATL - Season 1/Episode 3