Kelly Rowland Dropping Major Style Inspo

If you’re not following Kelly Rowland’s IG (@kellyrowland), please do so now. This babealicious, twisted side-ponytail had us fangirling for real.  She’s always been a stylista, but recently she’s been coming through drippin from hair to toe.
To create this particular style, you’ll need products that will give you some serious hold, shine and smoothness.  Oh, and you’ll need some quality hair too unless you’ve got major length. We’ve scoured our favorite Brown Girl brands that can help you recreate her look.

Brazilian Kinky Straight

Created by RHOA Porsha Williams, this collection definitely lives up to her standards and features a variety of beautiful, 100% virgin human hair extensions for every hair texture. From Brazilian to Indian and Indian Remy hair, her extensions are free of any harmful chemicals and can be curled and styled however you want. To get Kelly’s full ponytail look, check out Go Naked’s Brazilian Kinky Straight hair.

Coarse Kinky Straight Clip Ins

Another hair brand that we love is Melanj Hair – a beautiful collection of premium, natural textures created by two sisters, Whitney and Nikki.  They’ve sourced the highest quality of hair so that you can create easy, quick styles that easily blend in with your own hair. If you want a textured, full look, Melanj is your brand! For Kelly’s look we suggest the Coarse Kinky Straight Clip-Ins or Wefts.

Honey & Shea Edge Tamer

Once you install your pony, you’ll need to get those edges l-a-i-d. Look no further than Design Essentials, a brand that’s been around for years and continues to deliver must-have products. Not all edge tamers are created equal, but we love this one for the long lasting hold and nourishing ingredients. Made with Honey, Shea, Almond, and Avocado Oil, for all the shine, hold, and none of the buildup. 

Hold It Honey Styling Gel

Edge Tamers not your jam? Then try a gel to slick back those edges! Look no further than Honey Baby Naturals “Really Hold It Honey” Intense Styling Gel, which doubles as a curl definer. Founded by Aisha Cebellos-Crump, Honey Baby is the first Latina-owned hair & skincare line for naturals in major retailers.  All products feature her grandmother’s secret ingredient “miel” (honey) which is found to be super effective for curly hair and styles. This gel contains honey, flaxseed oil and rosemary to give you a crunch-free, healthy and sleek style.

A Few Nail Brands You Need to Know This Summer

Ahhh summa, summa, summa time (shout out to Will Smith). Time to pull out your favorite summer dresses, cut off shorts, over sized stunna shades, and sandals to show off your latest mani/pedi. Speaking of manicures & pedicures, check out a few fab nail polish brands that have some of the most vibrant and classic shades for your summer styles.

Mischo Beauty 
Free of 10 major toxins, vegan-friendly, cruelty free, gluten-free and free of any artificial fragrances. Beautifully designed bottles engineered to give greater ease of application; this clean luxury line has the perfect mix of sophisticated, bold and classic high quality shades

Ginger & Liz
Known for their line of vegan and toxin-free nail lacquers, this brand has a cult following of stylistas and celebrity fans.  Created in 2010, every shade has been inspired by travel, arts, entertainment and the lifestyles of every type of style setter. From the hipster to the classic chic or guy – this line features a variety of trendy, vibrant,  and wearable colors for every type of personality.

This Boricua-made brand has been around for over 50 years! A household name in Puerto Rico known for its high quality, long lasting formula yet super affordable shades (starting at $3.50). Oh and they’ve got shades, we did a quick scan and you’ll have at least 150 shades to choose from!

Pear Nova is a brand where fashion meets beauty, just check out the IG page to see for yourself. This vegan line features an array of vibrant, runway inspired colors and melanin friendly nudes with super dope names like MICHELLE OUR MAMA, BRWNGRLMGC, and CLEO F*CKIN PATRA. Best of all, it’s free of 5 major toxins that are commonly found in nail polishes. Oh and did we mention that Issa Rae is fan? All the more reason to check out Pear Nova for some serious nail inspo!

Happy National Bikini Day!

Fun fact: The bikini was invented by French designer Louis Réard and first made its debut on July 5, 1946! Since then, the bikini has evolved into different styles, shapes and looks for every body type – which means more of you are rocking two pieces! Make sure your melanin is protected with sunscreen. Darker skin tones need just as much protection as lighter ones – so lather it up! Check out a few of our fav brands that will give you protection without leaving that thick, white cast on your skin. 

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