i had the honor of attending the naturalista hair show yesterday and witnessed a little slice of heaven beautes! i’m talking beautiful women (and men) in every single sector of the building showcasing all things natural… and it was absolutely breath taking to see. you felt a sense of unity and comrodary that happens at a family reunion (at the beginning before the fighting starts). *laughs*

this hair show gave you a little bit of everything, which i can appreciate. of course you had your vendors, hair styling sessions, and contests but there were also educational workshops. nutritional foods to eat for hair and business practices on becoming a natural hair stylist were two of my favorite. however, guests also enjoyed panels on using henna correctly, becoming a natural hair blogger and general natural hair care. hats off to angela walker of n natural hair studio for making this a success! can’t wait for the next one!

stay beat boots beautes!

+ support the peculiar woman movement

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

So, I’m working on a project, and we just released some stuff to the public. Which means, that some things are no longer under the loose NDA.  Check out some of the concepts by me, smilebit, and telr at the Neon V Blog  I’ll be posting stuff that I’m doing when it becomes available to the public.  It’s still very early in development, so everything is subject to change.


And there we go, most of the designs i drew for NeonV. I was tasked to draw up concepts for the enemy robots, and rebels.  Unfortunately not much for the couple of months i was part of the team.

living in neon ain’t easy, but it’s worth it: off from 8 hours of work as an arts educator, to live another one of my dreams as creative director + eic of @neonVmag. then, i must head to the studio to paint. what’s a few more hours to a doer? stop dreaming, let’s do. my friends are such inspirations: we work 8 hours + still manage to go to school, start businesses, etc. surround yourselves with doers, collaborate with doers + win!


“its just hair, it will grow back” are the words i repeated to myself over and over again after an unwanted haircut traumatized me, shaking my entire life for approximately 24 hours.  you never really know what you are missing until it’s gone and you better believe, while looking at a stylist “trim” my wet curly fro, i quickly realized, my luscious locs would not look the same post styling. the 3-4 inches that were clipped away felt more like 6-10! and now 1 year later,  i still don’t feel like i have reached by starting point. so lately, i have been in search for more knowledge to help me retain growth and found a couple new hair crushes along the way.

here are hair care practices i will be trying to implement over the next  couple of months… and of course, i’ll check back in with you  guys with results:

I. low manipulation/protective styling to help prevent breakage

II. finger detangling and combing

III. deep conditioning  at every wash ( i already do this one)

IV. minimizing heat

V. washing hair in section

and in the meantime, i will be lusting over all of these gorgeous natural hair queens and be inspired!

stay beat boots beautes

IV: michelle german

health + beauty director

pic credits




soooooo overwhelmingly excited to see volume II of neonV magazine arrive!!!!! go to neonvmag.com to preview the issue and to purchase your copy! it’s 125 pages of pure awesomeness. I’m super ecstatic to have had the chance to work with such amazingly talented women. I learned so much, they really pushed me into wanting to take my work to the next level. go to neonVmag.com and support the peculiar woman movement! 💜 #fashion #magazine #styling #creativedirection #neonv #houseofleigh #art #classic

Was given the OK to post the concepts i drew up while i was on the team working on NeonV.

So im gonna dump those in a little bit, sorry bout the spam, and sorry they might be bad.

hey beautes!

after two weeks of having my hair straightened (long hair, don’t care),  i could not wait to wash it and get my big fro back! as a reformed product junkie, i am often intrigued by the latest, greatest product - and what it claims to be able to do for my hair.  since i try to thoroughly research my hair products before jumping the gun and making a purchase, after intense research i felt cantu shea butter curling cream was worth my coins. 


so i washed my hair, deep conditioned it, and let it air dry just a tad bit before digging into my new goods.  i twisted my hair in 12 semi flat twists (i flat twist the root and two-strand twist the remaining).


i let my hair air dry and released the twists the next morning and here was my finished product. 


overall, i must say that i enjoyed this product. my hair was not heavy at all, it had great movement and was left soft and moisturized.  the smell was nice and it was not at all greasy. i will definitely use this product again and recommend it to all my beautes!

happy hair days and stay beat boots beautes!

live in neon.

IV: michelle german

health and beauty director

top picture credit to go kate shoot

#peculiar, very pretty young things! Just watched the new video on the @neonvmag website, great production value! Very #haute ladies!👌Looking forward to seeing where the power of the P takes us. I want to see what they dig up next. #theshoes #neonv

Today I am living NEON!!!! Today I opened my mailbox to a special delivery, my first NEON V magazine and felt like a kid in a candy store. I proudly walked with my neonv in hand, face out, brushed against my chest for the jungle to see. Cant wait to indulge.Get your copy today @neonv ! “Mazel my friends. Job well done! #blackexcellence #neonv #peculiarwoman #art #fashion #fashionillustrations #literature #music #beats #health #beauty (at Diane von Furstenberg Studio, L.P.)


summer is right around the corner and juxtaposed to summer, heat can = humidity which can = a hair nightmare for some people! as a charleston, sc native and a washington, dc resident, i am no stranger to humidity.  rather than become enemies, i choose to embrace and befriend the bastard!  humidity for my IVa/IVb natural hair type = BIG hair!

so here are some tips to help your tresses stay moisturized and frizz free:

I. switch your heavy butter and hair cremes for lightweight water-based products. 

summer heat quickly dries out hair, and what better way to regain moisture than to use water?!  the use of butter and creme-based products tend to coat the hair which makes it hard for water to penetrate.

II. opt for curly styling options that will work well in humid climates rather than straightening your tresses.

rocking your curly locks will just save you time, energy and money, and since you can’t fight the weather—just work with it.  i love to wear flexi rod sets and twists outs that are created by using a setting lotion, so that the definition can last longer.

III. create your personal mix of products that work for you.

water, jojoba oil and glycerin are wonderful things to use for a personal mix!  personally, i get my summer mix from kimmaytube (II tablespoons of knot today leave-in conditioner + II tablespoons aloe vera juice + teaspoons of jojoba oil, and II teaspoons of castor oil), but make it your own, play around with some new products that work for your hair-type, and have fun!

don’t be stressed by your tresses and as always, while you live in neon

stay beat boots beautes!

IV: michelle german

health and beauty director

photo credits: i  iii

happy new year beautes!! 

it’s 2013, and i’m sure you all have made resolutions and all that jazz. some people make new changes for the new year to become the “new you,” and hey i’m not judging -  do you booh booh!  just remember to stay true to yourself; but i digress. 

in the spirit of highlighting peculiar beauties, this week i introduce you to ms. monae pyles: hair stylist / model / creative beauty;  and peculiar nonetheless.

IV:  you are a beautiful woman with a unique look and not only do you exude beauty, you create it! how would you describe the beauty you create as a hair stylist?

mp:  thank you! i would describe my designs as a limitless creation! i try not to put locs in a box when it comes to what style can be created.

IV:  yes for limitless! any natural hair tips to help us naturals endure winter?

mp: keep your hair conditioned and moisturized! shea butters (melted down a little) and natural oils should always be an essential, especially in the colder months. get your regular trims, and protective styles can definitely be beneficial in the winter as well! you can find me at elite styles unisex salon in bowie, md.

IV: standing tall at 4 feet 11.5 inches, how many tattoos and piercings do you have?

mp: 22 tattoos and 9 piercings.

IV: lawd! do you have a favorite?

mp: ugghh…  favorite?  i have three. *laughs*  I. my chest piece for my son. i love my son, he’s my everything and the reason i push so hard for success. II. my “granny” tattoo -  my great grandmother is my granny but she passed away in october 2005. she was my favorite person in this world and i miss her dearly. III. my green 4 leaf clover because it’s in the coolest spot…under my chin lol.

IV: yeah that tatt is in an amazingly random spot. have you ever gotten a crazy reaction in regards to your tattoos and piercings?

mp: I really haven’t gotten too crazy of a response towards my tattoos and piercings. it’s either questions of why would i do it, or positive interest.

IV: and as a fellow peculiar woman, how would you describe beauty?

mp: being yourself, for yourself… no matter the circumstance, and loving the person you are becoming or have become.

IV: well said! anything else you what to say to our neons, our readers?

mp: just be you and have fun doing it. love life and take full advantage of it’s opportunities. stay positive, keep a smile on your face and laugh as much as you can.

stay beat boots beautes!

IV: michelle german

health and beauty director

pic credit: aycee brown photography


hey beautes!

recently, i have found myself stuck between a rock + a hard place in what to do with my hair. week after week, i am in the mirror doing a different variation of twist or braid out, all of which give me the same result after a few days.  although i love my big fro (and the bigger the better), i’m in the changing lane. so i’d like to share a few of my hair inspirations. i’m not sure what is next… color, cut, protective styling but i have something up my sleeve! 

stay tuned + stay beat boots beautes!

IVmichelle german

health + beauty director

all pics taken from blackgirllonghair


hey, meet the new lifestyles director of neonV elizabeth lemon @las_estrellas of estrellasbellas + lemonmade. when life gives you lemons—get excited—it only means there is some sweet ish brewing just around the corner. grab a glass, 2014 at neonV will be quite refreshing.  

check out her V autumn/winter obsessions here


stay tuned: check your inbox this week for more deets on what’s happening in the world of neon… 


talia castellano, thirteen year old makeup artist,  youtube makeup guru, covergirl model, oh and add six year cancer survivor to that list has had such an effect on those that have come in contact with her. she was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in MMVII. since diagnosis, she has relapsed three times, and now has developed pre-leukemia. however,through it all, this vibrant warrior has been strong continuing to appreciate the life she has while inspiring others! talia has not eaten in six days and now needs your prayers in her fight for her life.  i am asking the neons to do just that! #prayfortalia is trending worldwide so let’s join the movement and give back to the little soul that gave us so much!

prayers up beautes

IVmichelle german

health + beauty director

learn more about talia by visiting angelsfortalia

pics taken from angelsfortalia