Curly Girl Giveaway – We have a Winner!

Congratulations Mary! You answered all 5 questions correctly and were the 5th entry!  Here are the answers:

  1. From which sect of Caribbean people did dreadlocks originate?  Rastafari, a sect in Jamaica who venerate Haile Selassie, also known as Ras Tafari.  They practice vegetarianism.  A famous adherent, Bob Marley was a Reggae superstar.

  2. Who was the first renowned American actress to appear in cornrows? Three time Emmy Award recipient and Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson wore cornrows in 1973 and sported a TWA as early as the 1960’s.

  3. Which newswoman wore an Afro to interview Tricia Nixon? Melba Tolliver, the first black person ever to anchor a network news program, wore her hair in a natural ‘fro to cover the 1971 wedding of Tricia Nixon, angering her ABC-TV employers and endangering her job as a reporter.

  4. Which 19th century black American author, abolitionist and statesman wore his hair naturally? He wasn’t the first, but the best known.  Frederick Douglass was a celebrity of his time.

  5. Which Black Panther party member, law professor and ex-wife of Soul on Ice author was as well-known for her afro as Angela Davis? Kathleen Neal Cleaver joined the Black Panther Party and married Eldridge Cleaver in 1967. After living in exile she earned her law degree from Yale and worked for Cravath, Swaine & Moore in the late ’80s.

Amazing the lives they lived, huh?  We should all take risks like this. Thank you to those who took them before us.


Win Curly Girl, The Handbook and DVD, autographed by Lorraine Massey

Curly Girl (new Edition), The Handbook and DVD

Do you know your hair black history?  Answer these 5 questions for a chance to win a brand spanking new copy of Curly Girl, The Handbook and DVD, personally autographed by Lorraine Massey.  The fifth correct entry wins and I will announce the winner in – you guessed it – 5 days! Send your answers to me at I’ll publish the answers this weekend and name the winner.  Good luck and have fun!

  1. From which sect of Caribbean people did dreadlocks originate?

  2. Who was the first renowned American actress to appear in cornrows?

  3. Which newswoman wore an Afro to interview Tricia Nixon?

  4. Which 19th century black American author, abolitionist and statesman wore his hair naturally?

  5. Which Black Panther party member, law professor and ex-wife of Soul on Ice author was as well-known for her afro as Angela Davis?

Winner, Winner! 4th Anniversary Giveaway

I am so pleased to announce the winner of my 4th natural hair anniversary giveaway.  And it is (drum roll)–

Durelene from California!

This natural beauty has a story that will move, inspire and encourage you.  Someone said the greatest gift you can give someone is to share your story with honesty.  Durelene congratulations for sharing yours and for winning a jar of Vigorol Curls Curling Cream. Durelene’s story will be published in the post just after this one. Happy reading!

4th Anniversary Giveaway

It's a Celebration! And a Giveaway!

October marked my 4th year of being completely natural. Rather than talk about my hair, I want to  hear and celebrate your story. I’ll choose one to publish here and, if it is yours, you will receive a brand spanking new jar of Vigorol Curls Curling Creme (one of my top styling products and CG) and a generous sample of Karen’s Body Beautiful Juicy Beauty Bar.  So send me a story and help me celebrate!

Suggested topics:

  • What’s the most memorable moment in your hair journey?
  • What keeps you up at night about your natural curls and kinks?
  • What would give you total peace of mind?
  • What would you change about your hair?
  • What lessons have you learned and what is next for your hair?

E-mail to me at and have fun with it. Deadline for submission is November 15th.

Boston, MA Hair Meetup – Secret of Hair Terms & Techniques for Natural Curlies

Know these secrets – know your hair!

Scrunching, shingling, and plopping – oh my!  The terminology and techniques for natural curls, coils and kinks can be like a foreign language. What does it all mean for your hair?

If you ever wondered what these strange words mean and which of the many hair techniques, product types and ingredients  work for your hair, this is the Meetup for you.  Get the information that helps you decide what’s important and what you want to try. No need to spend valuable time surfing the web (unless you want to).  Meet other naturals, take away useful information and goodies, and leave what you don’t need behind.

You’ll have a chance to network, then we’ll have the presentation, Q&A and discussion. And finally — the raffle! There will be at LEAST 3 giveaways!  Additional raffle tickets will be available at $4.00 each so you can have more chances to win!

Suggested Donation of $10.00 includes a $4.00 raffle ticket for cool giveaways, refreshments, freebies and more.

Suggested Donation: $10.00 – includes:
– A raffle ticket worth $4.00 gives you a chance to win some hot products.
– Refreshments
– Freebies and samples
– All handouts

When: Saturday, November 20th, from 12 Noon to 2:00 pm

Who can attend? This event is open to curls, coils and kinks of all persuasions as well as Boston Natural Meetup members.

To register: Natural Hair Meetup members can register at the Meetup page. If you are not a member and want to join, you can join the meetup group here.  If you want to attend but not join the Meetup Group, please contact me at to register.


Body By Brandy/The Wellness Studio
2181 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

12 to 12:30 pm – Sign in, network and talk hair!
12:30 to 1:45 pm – Presentation and Q&A
1:45 to 2:00 pm – Raffle and wrap-up

Our goal is to provide you an enjoyable experience in the best space possible at a reasonable price. The Wellness Center at Body By Brandy is centrally located in Boston, MA and accessible by car and public transportation with ample on street parking. It is a spacious, serene, and comfortable studio with sofas and other seating – the perfect venue to relax,connect, mingle and learn. Your donation covers site rental and equipment fees as well as giveaways, light refreshments and samples.

Monet is the Winner!

Congratulations to Monet, the winner of the PhytoSpecific Revitalizing Oil giveaway. Her “Styled or Wild” photos submissions were exactly on point. And I plan on posting them in the coming week — be sure to visit, subscribe, and judge for yourself.

Stay tuned for the next giveaway!

Giveaway! Styled or Wild? Is it Pure Hotness or Just a Hot Mess?

Happy Easter, Curlies! Didn’t find an Easter egg with a prize? Here’s a bigger chance to win!

The  lucky winner of the upcoming Styled or Wild? Is it Hotness or Just a Hot Mess  feature will win the following prize:

PhytoSpecific Revitalizing Oil Pre-Shampoo (Retail value: $30.00) has more information

To qualify: For a chance to win, submit 2 photos  — one of a  hot natural do (curly, protective, Afro, locs, etc.) you’d wear in a hot minute, and one that is just plain out of control.   I’ll run the winning entry on my blog and you win the goodies! Styled or Wild is planned as a repeating feature. If you show your interest by send in an entries, I’ll be doing another giveaway soon! Ya know?

Deadline for Entries  – Extended to Tuesday April 13th.

Send your entries to

The fine printTo be a valid entry, photos submitted in Jpeg format only must be included and the following terms must be met. By submitting content for this giveaway you grant Starry Elven Twins and Suburbanbushbabe all rights to use your submission.  You acknowledge that the content you submit is yours to provide and does not break any copyright laws.  If the photo’s ownership is in question, your entry must include that information as well as the location of origin so that Starry Elven Twins blog can verify usage and/or edit the photo as necessary.

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