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Editor's note: Article has been republished. Originally Published 12/03/2010



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A few years back, I had the pleasure of speaking to the lovely lady, Ms. Felicia Leatherwood. For those of you who don’t know her, she is a natural hair stylist who enjoys her job. She hosts several workshops throughout the west coast and other states to provide people with the knowledge they need to know within “Loving your hair.” Most people would know her as being the hair stylist of Jill Scott but this lovely lady goes far beyond misses Scott’s head. Her talent and advice is so reputable and useable. She has recently launched the detangler brush, that makes detangling tightly coiled hair a breeze! You can check out her site here: https://www.thedetanglebrush.com/. You have the choice of listening to the full interview in the video at the end of the article or you can read the transcription below. I tried my hardest to transcribe everything she said verbatim if I missed it you still have the video (which has more information) to reference. She really is lovely guys!!! Enjoy the reading or audio and be inspired! 
Disclaimer: I do not sound this disgusting on a regular basis I was just super nervous and young! Lol
*NH= Nearly Hair
FL: Felicia Leatherwood
NH: Can you tell me a little about yourself Ms. Felicia Leatherwood and what you do?
FL: I am known as the Natural hair Specialist for the natural celebrity styles…I specialize in natural hair and natural hair styles, all things natural, products and the makings of it… I have been doing hair since I was about 11 years old. I started doing hair in my neighborhood, and then I didn’t get into more of the industry until I was about 27, 28. I taught myself how to do hair and it was my way of making my money… I always encourage a lot of the young girls on how to do hair. It is the best way to sustain your living because you are away from your parents when you are in college.
NH: How would you best explain transitioning and what styles do you recommend? Changing what you’ve done….
FL: For me, it’s not always about doing a BC (big chop), you don’t always have to result to that. I come up with style that help women transition without cutting off all their hair…the styles are natural looking that help them see themselves in a natural way without cutting off their hair. Whether they are transitioning or not transitioning I give them hair styles so they can see their hair natural. The word transitioning means, changing what you have already done and going with a new routine. There is a difference between those transitioning and those trying stuff (there are those who just wear their hair straight). Transition means actually making a change and transferring over versus playing with your hair.
NH: I understand that you are a natural hair specialist… what made you interested in taking up such a task?
FL: When I went to cosmetology school and they were teaching us how to press hair, I never really liked pressing hair or getting my hair pressed. It hurt it burned it was uncomfortable. As a hair stylist and coming out of cosmetology school, I never really like the smoke going into my body. So as a stylist standing over somebody anything you do, you are going to breathe it first before the client. So for me I really didn’t care for smelling the burnt hair, the Smokey hair… Now don’t get me wrong I do have clients that go between straightening their hair with a flat iron and natural styles…If I’m not perming their hair they are getting it blown out and flat iron with a ceramic iron than… they would go right back to their fro.
NH: How do you feel about product Junkies? Do you believe in having just one staple product?
FL: In the workshop, I always tell them to find three products and styles that really work for them. It’s okay if you go out and try other things, you will always have those three other things that will be faithful to you. My three top things that I like are Jane Carter Solution, carol’s daughter, and Karen’s body’s beautiful with her sweet ambrosia and her lavender vanilla jojoba oil. Those are really my top three staples…when it comes to PJ if you have the finances to be a PJ that’s great. If you don’t you should make a hair budget, so that if you know there is a product you want…put it on a list, make list you want to try and get your money you can try them. If you have a bunch of products that don’t work for you, get a bunch of friends together and swap products so they don’t go to waste.
NH: I am a Natural myself, but sometimes I strong with my hair because I feel as if there isn’t much you can do with a TWA, I know there are probably plenty of ladies that feel this way, what advice would you give to ladies that feel the same way?
FL: Accessorize… you can wear really cute feather head bands..you can wrap your hair and condition it well underneath…and then there is this style method after you wash and condition it you take a dry towel and go around your head in small circles clockwise around the whole head and what you will see are curly balls forming. Instead of having a fro picked out you can have texture with the towel. Sometimes people start locking their hair that way…

NH: What is your overall view on hair? Do you think Natural is the way?
FL: I feel that people have choice, but I think we have to check in with ourselves and see how we feel about ourselves instead of our hair. How we feel about ourselves will determine how we feel about our hair. If you don’t feel like you’re good enough you are going to try to cover up your natural hair, if you don’t feel beautiful than you are going to make it about your hair inside your mind instead of on your head.
NH: In workshops have you ever had someone try to deny your logic on hair?
FL:Not necessarily at the workshops but there are articles online that people might read and disagree…but if I explain myself really well or have a personal conversation than we get cleared and they understand. I don’t know everything but I do know what I know. If they ask something and I don’t know how to answer it, what I do is go get the information and get your email address and come back with that extra information.
NH: If someone is trying to contact you for a hair appointment or workshop set up, what is the best way to contact you?
FL: My email-- It’s called lovingyourhaircare@gmail.com and the fb fan page called lovingyouhairwithnaturalcareworkshop I post a lot of advise there. People can ask me questions and ask me questions there all day long.
If you want to hear the extra questions and info on Jill Scott listen to the audio! =)

Its Felicia Leatherwood on #naturalhair @LovingYourHair

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Editor's note: Article has been republished. Originally Published 12/03/2010



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A few years back, I had the pleasure of speaking to the lovely lady, Ms. Felicia Leatherwood. For those of you who don’t know her, she is a natural hair stylist who enjoys her job. She hosts several workshops throughout the west coast and other states to provide people with the knowledge they need to know within “Loving your hair.” Most people would know her as being the hair stylist of Jill Scott but this lovely lady goes far beyond misses Scott’s head. Her talent and advice is so reputable and useable. She has recently launched the detangler brush, that makes detangling tightly coiled hair a breeze! You can check out her site here: https://www.thedetanglebrush.com/. You have the choice of listening to the full interview in the video at the end of the article or you can read the transcription below. I tried my hardest to transcribe everything she said verbatim if I missed it you still have the video (which has more information) to reference. She really is lovely guys!!! Enjoy the reading or audio and be inspired! 
Disclaimer: I do not sound this disgusting on a regular basis I was just super nervous and young! Lol
*NH= Nearly Hair
FL: Felicia Leatherwood
NH: Can you tell me a little about yourself Ms. Felicia Leatherwood and what you do?
FL: I am known as the Natural hair Specialist for the natural celebrity styles…I specialize in natural hair and natural hair styles, all things natural, products and the makings of it… I have been doing hair since I was about 11 years old. I started doing hair in my neighborhood, and then I didn’t get into more of the industry until I was about 27, 28. I taught myself how to do hair and it was my way of making my money… I always encourage a lot of the young girls on how to do hair. It is the best way to sustain your living because you are away from your parents when you are in college.
NH: How would you best explain transitioning and what styles do you recommend? Changing what you’ve done….
FL: For me, it’s not always about doing a BC (big chop), you don’t always have to result to that. I come up with style that help women transition without cutting off all their hair…the styles are natural looking that help them see themselves in a natural way without cutting off their hair. Whether they are transitioning or not transitioning I give them hair styles so they can see their hair natural. The word transitioning means, changing what you have already done and going with a new routine. There is a difference between those transitioning and those trying stuff (there are those who just wear their hair straight). Transition means actually making a change and transferring over versus playing with your hair.
NH: I understand that you are a natural hair specialist… what made you interested in taking up such a task?
FL: When I went to cosmetology school and they were teaching us how to press hair, I never really liked pressing hair or getting my hair pressed. It hurt it burned it was uncomfortable. As a hair stylist and coming out of cosmetology school, I never really like the smoke going into my body. So as a stylist standing over somebody anything you do, you are going to breathe it first before the client. So for me I really didn’t care for smelling the burnt hair, the Smokey hair… Now don’t get me wrong I do have clients that go between straightening their hair with a flat iron and natural styles…If I’m not perming their hair they are getting it blown out and flat iron with a ceramic iron than… they would go right back to their fro.
NH: How do you feel about product Junkies? Do you believe in having just one staple product?
FL: In the workshop, I always tell them to find three products and styles that really work for them. It’s okay if you go out and try other things, you will always have those three other things that will be faithful to you. My three top things that I like are Jane Carter Solution, carol’s daughter, and Karen’s body’s beautiful with her sweet ambrosia and her lavender vanilla jojoba oil. Those are really my top three staples…when it comes to PJ if you have the finances to be a PJ that’s great. If you don’t you should make a hair budget, so that if you know there is a product you want…put it on a list, make list you want to try and get your money you can try them. If you have a bunch of products that don’t work for you, get a bunch of friends together and swap products so they don’t go to waste.
NH: I am a Natural myself, but sometimes I strong with my hair because I feel as if there isn’t much you can do with a TWA, I know there are probably plenty of ladies that feel this way, what advice would you give to ladies that feel the same way?
FL: Accessorize… you can wear really cute feather head bands..you can wrap your hair and condition it well underneath…and then there is this style method after you wash and condition it you take a dry towel and go around your head in small circles clockwise around the whole head and what you will see are curly balls forming. Instead of having a fro picked out you can have texture with the towel. Sometimes people start locking their hair that way…

NH: What is your overall view on hair? Do you think Natural is the way?
FL: I feel that people have choice, but I think we have to check in with ourselves and see how we feel about ourselves instead of our hair. How we feel about ourselves will determine how we feel about our hair. If you don’t feel like you’re good enough you are going to try to cover up your natural hair, if you don’t feel beautiful than you are going to make it about your hair inside your mind instead of on your head.
NH: In workshops have you ever had someone try to deny your logic on hair?
FL:Not necessarily at the workshops but there are articles online that people might read and disagree…but if I explain myself really well or have a personal conversation than we get cleared and they understand. I don’t know everything but I do know what I know. If they ask something and I don’t know how to answer it, what I do is go get the information and get your email address and come back with that extra information.
NH: If someone is trying to contact you for a hair appointment or workshop set up, what is the best way to contact you?
FL: My email-- It’s called lovingyourhaircare@gmail.com and the fb fan page called lovingyouhairwithnaturalcareworkshop I post a lot of advise there. People can ask me questions and ask me questions there all day long.
If you want to hear the extra questions and info on Jill Scott listen to the audio! =)


If you are anything like me, a lazy natural girl, then you like to reduce the amount of time you have to allot to do your hair. For me, this means that I deep condition my hair before a wash when it's dry. Yep Dry!

This method has worked for me, for quite some time and gives me the great same results as if I were to do it post wash. On days where I do have more time I try to deep condition after a wash but that's mostly on days where I do a clay treatment first on my hair.


Eden Body Works EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner - 16 oz • $8.99
To deep condition my hair when it is dry, I just make sure to have my spray bottle handy filled with aloe vera juice and water. I like to use 3 parts water and one part aloe vera juice. The Aloe vera juice helps to open and smooth my cuticles so that it absorbs the conditioner and balance my hair pH. For a demonstration be sure to watch the video below.

Deep Condition on Dry Hair

Friday, March 17, 2017


If you are anything like me, a lazy natural girl, then you like to reduce the amount of time you have to allot to do your hair. For me, this means that I deep condition my hair before a wash when it's dry. Yep Dry!

This method has worked for me, for quite some time and gives me the great same results as if I were to do it post wash. On days where I do have more time I try to deep condition after a wash but that's mostly on days where I do a clay treatment first on my hair.


Eden Body Works EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner - 16 oz • $8.99
To deep condition my hair when it is dry, I just make sure to have my spray bottle handy filled with aloe vera juice and water. I like to use 3 parts water and one part aloe vera juice. The Aloe vera juice helps to open and smooth my cuticles so that it absorbs the conditioner and balance my hair pH. For a demonstration be sure to watch the video below.

As spring nears, there are so many outdoor activities that scream fun to both adults and children! However, fun isn't really fun, until you involve some sort of inflatable. 


Do you guys remember the movie Bubble Boy? (I may be dating myself), but come on! Who didn't want to be trapped in a huge bubble running around the city after watching that movie? Inflatable Zone  makes that dream a reality! 
This site has a vast variety of items that you can use both on land and in water. 
Throwing a birthday party soon for a little one or a friend?
Inflatable zone has great blow up castles and even water gadgets that turn your backyard into an instant waterpark!

If you aren’t really feeling the water land concept, how about a humongous game of dart? Adult and child friendly, so while your little one is trying to become the next American bubble soccer champ, you and the buddies can bowl a strike or compete for the bulls eye in a great game of darts.

The price ranges at Inflatable Zone, are super affordable compared to rental prices and when you are done you can pack it up and put it into storage until next season. How more convenient can that get?

As a precaution if you do choose to purchase a water inflatable child supervision is needed at all times.

Inflatable zone offers free shipping on certain orders and even a 30 day money back guarantee.

This Spring if you are in need of new cool adult and child friendly games that are easy to move and install, be sure to check out Inflatable Zone.

I hope this post was helpful and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them.


I think I may try their amazingly cheap zorb ball, what’s on your list of things to try?

Inflatable Zone: Bubble Fun

Thursday, March 16, 2017

As spring nears, there are so many outdoor activities that scream fun to both adults and children! However, fun isn't really fun, until you involve some sort of inflatable. 


Do you guys remember the movie Bubble Boy? (I may be dating myself), but come on! Who didn't want to be trapped in a huge bubble running around the city after watching that movie? Inflatable Zone  makes that dream a reality! 
This site has a vast variety of items that you can use both on land and in water. 
Throwing a birthday party soon for a little one or a friend?
Inflatable zone has great blow up castles and even water gadgets that turn your backyard into an instant waterpark!

If you aren’t really feeling the water land concept, how about a humongous game of dart? Adult and child friendly, so while your little one is trying to become the next American bubble soccer champ, you and the buddies can bowl a strike or compete for the bulls eye in a great game of darts.

The price ranges at Inflatable Zone, are super affordable compared to rental prices and when you are done you can pack it up and put it into storage until next season. How more convenient can that get?

As a precaution if you do choose to purchase a water inflatable child supervision is needed at all times.

Inflatable zone offers free shipping on certain orders and even a 30 day money back guarantee.

This Spring if you are in need of new cool adult and child friendly games that are easy to move and install, be sure to check out Inflatable Zone.

I hope this post was helpful and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them.


I think I may try their amazingly cheap zorb ball, what’s on your list of things to try?

When Saturday and Sunday rolls around, I am typically as dead as a doormat while laying around the house all day shielding myself from the sun. However, I am human and like most other humans I have to run errands to sustain life. I utilize most Saturdays to restock my cabinets and fridge with somewhat healthy eats if I have time to meal plan. I also use my Saturdays as a time to bond with my husband, because we have opposite schedules. He usually works at night and I usually work in the day, so we don't see each other often.

Though we have different schedule we still try to make use of the time we do have together so if that means we have to grocery shop together then so be it! I secretly love grocery shopping with him because he pushes the cart and that's one thing I hate doing in the store, don't ask me why!
If your're interested to see what we did last Saturday feel free to hit play below!


Vlog │Happy Saturday

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


When Saturday and Sunday rolls around, I am typically as dead as a doormat while laying around the house all day shielding myself from the sun. However, I am human and like most other humans I have to run errands to sustain life. I utilize most Saturdays to restock my cabinets and fridge with somewhat healthy eats if I have time to meal plan. I also use my Saturdays as a time to bond with my husband, because we have opposite schedules. He usually works at night and I usually work in the day, so we don't see each other often.

Though we have different schedule we still try to make use of the time we do have together so if that means we have to grocery shop together then so be it! I secretly love grocery shopping with him because he pushes the cart and that's one thing I hate doing in the store, don't ask me why!
If your're interested to see what we did last Saturday feel free to hit play below!



Is my Acne clearing?
This journey to healthy skin has been nothing but a roller coaster. From clear days and smooth skin to rocky roads on my face, it can truly be mentally draining not knowing what to expect. Recently, I have changed my skin care routine once again. With that being said, I don’t know how to answer this question honestly anymore.

If you haven’t read my post on how I cleared my skin last month, be sure to check right here!

What am I doing now?
My current routine looks like this:

Morning-
Tropikal Bliss Facial cleanser (with spin brush)
Witch Hazel Toner
Benzaclin (spot treatment)
Moisturizer (literally any moisturizer)

Night-
Tropikal Bliss Facial cleanser (with spin brush)
Witch Hazel Toner
Retinol (tretinoin)

How does this clear my acne faster?
According to various sources, our skin goes through phases and regeneration. When you use retinods (like my night cream), it speeds up the healing process. This means that your cells regenerate and peeling can occur, which is happening to me. This retinol cream breaks through the barrier of your old skin and surfaces the bacteria aka the acne. Retinol’s typically unclog pores and reduce sebum production which explains the frequent patches of dry skin that occur on my face after the usage of this product. Retinols process of cell turnover increase the chance of purging in those who use this product.

What is purging?
Purging occurs when your acne starts to resurface in clusters. Those people, like myself who are new to using this cream, frequently experience purging. This meaning I have acne popping up on my face where I use to have acne. It’s quite sad because I thought that all of my acne was gone but after two weeks of this product I have a train of pimples forming along my jawline once again! It’s somewhat discouraging but purging usually occurs for 8-12 weeks (almost 3 cell turnovers 21-30 day cell regeneration cycle) after initial use. After this period is over, I am supposed to be left with glowy smoother skin.

How do I treat the newly form acne?
I spot treat like a mother lover! That’s where the Benzaclin kicks in. I will say that the benzaclin helps to have the head surface quickly when pimples arrive but its just tough to look at on my skin.

Bottom line?
This whole process is a killer on my "mental". Watch below to see what I mean.



Acne Journey: Insecurities and Retinol

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Is my Acne clearing?
This journey to healthy skin has been nothing but a roller coaster. From clear days and smooth skin to rocky roads on my face, it can truly be mentally draining not knowing what to expect. Recently, I have changed my skin care routine once again. With that being said, I don’t know how to answer this question honestly anymore.

If you haven’t read my post on how I cleared my skin last month, be sure to check right here!

What am I doing now?
My current routine looks like this:

Morning-
Tropikal Bliss Facial cleanser (with spin brush)
Witch Hazel Toner
Benzaclin (spot treatment)
Moisturizer (literally any moisturizer)

Night-
Tropikal Bliss Facial cleanser (with spin brush)
Witch Hazel Toner
Retinol (tretinoin)

How does this clear my acne faster?
According to various sources, our skin goes through phases and regeneration. When you use retinods (like my night cream), it speeds up the healing process. This means that your cells regenerate and peeling can occur, which is happening to me. This retinol cream breaks through the barrier of your old skin and surfaces the bacteria aka the acne. Retinol’s typically unclog pores and reduce sebum production which explains the frequent patches of dry skin that occur on my face after the usage of this product. Retinols process of cell turnover increase the chance of purging in those who use this product.

What is purging?
Purging occurs when your acne starts to resurface in clusters. Those people, like myself who are new to using this cream, frequently experience purging. This meaning I have acne popping up on my face where I use to have acne. It’s quite sad because I thought that all of my acne was gone but after two weeks of this product I have a train of pimples forming along my jawline once again! It’s somewhat discouraging but purging usually occurs for 8-12 weeks (almost 3 cell turnovers 21-30 day cell regeneration cycle) after initial use. After this period is over, I am supposed to be left with glowy smoother skin.

How do I treat the newly form acne?
I spot treat like a mother lover! That’s where the Benzaclin kicks in. I will say that the benzaclin helps to have the head surface quickly when pimples arrive but its just tough to look at on my skin.

Bottom line?
This whole process is a killer on my "mental". Watch below to see what I mean.



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