MANELY LOVE MONDAY Aug. 25, 2014

Ms. Sarah

Ms. Sarah

Volume 33: 10 Year Old Sarah

When I was in the 4th grade our class had a special visitor. I can’t remember exactly who she was but she was important in some capacity. Anywho, while we were working on an assignment, she went around the classroom and asked each of us what we wanted to be when we grew up.

Now of course I knew and was ready to answer her question. So when she finally reached my side and asked me who I wanted to be when I grew up – I responded proudly, a hair stylist. 🙂   I was proud of that answer. But her response was, annoying to say the least. She scolded me and asked, “That’s it? Just a hair stylist?”, as if that was lowbrow. 10 year old Sarah was confused for a couple reasons…one, that’s hardly a response an adult should give a 4th grader who just disclosed their dream and two, I didn’t think anything was wrong with my dream…I was proud and I still am now granted, my goal has broadened. I want to own the salon(s) I will style in.

Hair stylists have the ability to transform a woman/man physically and emotionally. A woman’s hair is her Crown. I love standing behind my client and using my hands, my tools, to make them look beautiful. I am connected to their beauty regime and I feel connected to them. The relationship between a stylist and client is colored with trust, comradery, conversation and love. It truly makes me happy. So to the lady who wanted to know why I ONLY wanted to be a hair stylist, that’s why.

Sidebar: I hit week 15! Which means, I’ve permed my hair for the 3rd time this year and the results are magical. I can definitely see the difference in the strength of my hair. This is a wonderful process – now back to week 1.

Rest in Freedom Micheal Brown ❤ 

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All my Love & Appreciation,

-Sarah  ❤ 


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MANELY LOVE MONDAY Aug. 18, 2014

King Michael Brown

King Michael Brown

It is with a heavy heart but a determined spirit that I dedicate this week’s Manely Love Monday post to Mike Brown, to Ferguson, to my black Kings & Queens and anyone who has taken on this fight. The events that have taken place, from the death of Mike Brown until now are outrageous. They want so desperately for the people to hush up- but please don’t. Keep pushing forward so that the death of Mike Brown and those before him will not be in vain. This has BEEN happening to blacks and now the world is seeing. Once again, like many times before, instead of punishing the person at fault, in this case, Ferguson Officer, Darren Wilson, they have placed Michael Brown on trial for his OWN murder. His mere blackness posed a threat and he was executed for it – a tale as old as time in the good ole’ US of A.

Those of us who recognize and understand how race works in America are both pissed and Fed Up. This respose is Right and I support EVERYONE, both black and non black, who have taken this issue as their own. This is an issue of race, period. An average of two blacks A WEEK are gunned down by those in authority. So while some of you look forward to the talk of the birds and bees with your loved ones, I think of my 17 year old brother and my 3 nephews and dread the discussion of what not to do when faced with cops, brutality and potential death for “fitting the discription”.

To the protestors in Ferguson and those who have joined in the fight…I love you and will continue to do my part. Do what you can with what you have. If that is spreading awareness via social media, continue to do so without ceasing. There is something to be said about real time updates and images that are inviting the world to see what the media refuses to show. I strongly advise, soliciting social media especially Twitter for the truth and not CNN etc.

Last but not least, to my beautiful Kings and Queens, do not let the media or anyone tell you who you are. We came from Kings and Queen – we come from a bloodline of greatness. We are the creators of civilization and some feel a way about that, to say the least. Through all of this BS, I would not trade my blackness for the world. Black. Proud. Powerful.

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All my Love & Appreciation,

-Sarah ❤

MANELY LOVE MONDAY Aug. 11, 2014

Volume 31: Who Will Check You Boo?

So speaking with a colleague of mine earlier about hair, of course 🙂 , we got on the subject of changing hairstyles and more specifically, hair lengths. The question of, ‘I wonder if anyone will notice that my hair was at my shoulders yesterday and today she is at mid-back’ crosses your mind from time to time, understandable. BUT- if you are worried about if others will notice or comment on your hair style change, no matter how drastic, don’t. Who will check you? You are entitled to do whatever you wish with your hair and if others have a problem, *insert* a fabulous hair flip and move forward ladies or you can take a moment discuss how fabulous they think you are 😛 Your choice. That’s the beauty of hair! You can do so many things with it and be equally as fabulous with each choice.

On a more serious note: My heart and prayers go out to Mike Brown and the people of Ferguson. Our voices will be heard. Our black boys and men deserve this fight.

ps. What a Monday!

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-Sarah  ❤ 

MANELY LOVE MONDAY Aug. 4, 2014

Volume 30: Dear Katy(s)

30 volumes, my goodness. Anyway moving forward…

Going to take a moment to discuss hair as related to cultural appropriation. When I see white ladies wear long braids/french braids, I see it as them paying homage. They recognize the regal quality behind this hairstyle and go for it. When I see it done well, I am always super appreciative. Go off sus.

Now…when Katy Perry does it, in videos, on stage, etc…she’s wearing it as a costume. I can certainly understand where some would be offended. The braids are always accompanied with baby hair, an attitude, a rolling neck, gum popping, acrylics, mess like that – as if the braids have transformed her into a sassy black woman (society’s notion of how black women behave, of course). Played.

I’m not one to champion the notion that braids can ONLY be worn by black women because other races of women slay this look. It bothers me when I see black women slander a white woman for merely wearing braids. But don’t use braids to be offensive people. That is where the issue lies and that is all I have for today. Latas!

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All my Love & Appreciation,

-Sarah  ❤