Yes, this is a trend that has taken over! The next time you see someone with dreads (man or woman), you might want to take a second, close look! They could be dread extensions. This is also known as “faux dread locks.”

Mainly, this protective style (styles that give your real hair a rest and protects your hair from the weather) is done with Marley Braid hair or Afro Kinky hair. Your real hair is braid with yarn or cheap braiding hair, and the marley hair is wrapped around to give off the dread effect.

Marley hair comes in all colors, but to make the look believable, you’ll want to choose browns, blondes, blacks, dark browns, etc. You get the picture. Of course, if you are feeling bold, go for the loud, vibrant colors. Try highlights. Mix red hair with blonde, blue with purple, pink with silver, etc.

Now, the cheapest way to achieve this style is by buying a large bundle of acrylic yarn from Wal-Mart for about $2-$3. Use this to braid your hair down and then buy the marley hair to wrap around it. The marley hair total rises fast depending on the amount of packs you buy. Some people purchase 6-11 packs of marley hair to achieve the look, but save money by just using yarn as your braid base. Afro kinky hair can be on the expensive side so try and stay away from buying that.

Start your fall season out with this protective style. Prepare yourself for many compliments and questions. This hairstyle always turns heads and sparks questions/conversations. Remember to hold your head and work this hairdo. Wear a smile with it. Work it!

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- Mykel Trent

Accepting Who You Are

If no one has told you that you are beautiful today, know that you are. You are groundbreaking, mysterious, and the light of someone’s life.

It can be tough, surely. Those nights you lie awake with thousands of questions going through your mind. You are asking yourself: “Will I ever be good enough?”

Face it, you are enough already. If you believe in a Higher Power, know that He made you that way for a reason. Physically, mentally, spiritually you are beautiful and enough.

When those dark voices start to swarm around in your head, speak to them. Don’t ignore the voices, because they will come back to try again and again. The next time they come, demand them away. Tell them that they are all liars.

When things seem to get tough, try looking at the beauty in the ugliest situations, and understand that your flaws are what makes you beautiful. Somebody, somewhere can and will love you during your dark days and days full of light.

When there are days you don’t feel like getting out of bed, paint your face. Put makeup on. Dance to your favorite tune. Call your best friend and ask them to remind you of how beautiful you truly are!

Check out this spoken word audio called “Flesh Bound”. It will lift you.

Until next time,

-          Mykel Trent

The Do's and Don'ts of True Beauty

It is about that time to tell every woman and man the truth. Beauty is, in fact, in the eye of the beholder. Everyone’s definition of beauty may vary depending on their experiences and outlooks on life. Some people see beauty as just the outside. Some people see beauty as the outside and inside. Some say that beauty cannot exist if your heart is ugly. There are many different opinions on how to define it, so here are more ways of defining it.

The Do’s and Don’ts of True Beauty:

Starting with the Do’s:

  • Do wear whatever is desired. Don’t think about it too much.
  • Do wear a crazy hairstyle if it rocks your boat. Do it!
  • Do find who you are and stick with it. You’ll be surprised at how many compliments you get from complete strangers.
  • Do understand that everyone is not the same.
  • Do know that everyone will not take the same path in life.
  • Do find your passion and purpose…and wear it out.
  • Do consider your feelings and others.

And some don’ts:

  • Don’t stress. Take a breather. Do yoga. Do something you love. It will radiate a light from you.
  • Don’t frown. Find silly reasons to smile. Smile even when you don’t feel like it.
  • Don’t rain on anyone else’s parade. If you are having a bad day, do something to make someone else’s day and then someone will do the same for you.
  • Don’t get caught up in material things. Fashion, makeup, hair, clothes, etc are cool, but don’t let those things define you. Those things are only temporary.
  • Don’t be selfish. Practice doing for others sometimes.
  • Don’t neglect yourself. Take time to be alone and to gather your thoughts.

Until next week,

Stay beautified.

-       Mykel


Pretty Girls Have It Harder

It happens. It is often said that pretty girls have it easy, but that is not always the case. All their lives, they have been told how drop dead gorgeous they are, but being pretty can be quite hard. Several common things may take place behind the closed doors of a pretty girl.

1)    Her so called friends are jealous of her.

They only keep her around to learn her life. They get beauty, fashion, and hair tips from her, but wont credit her for any of it. Deep down, she knows the group of friends she is hanging with does not have her best interest at heart, but she feels alone without them.

This is all some sort of manipulation of the mind, really. Jealousy can come into play in everyday life as well. If she encounters jealous-hearted people, this can hinder her from jobs, opportunities, love, etc.

2)    Relationships aren’t as easy.

When she decides she leave to start a new life, it can be difficult. Stalking, harassment, etc is more liable to happen. She is more likely to be a victim of an obsessive person.

We should lift each other up, not tear each other down.

Until next time,

-       Mykel Trent