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They don’t call them “Power Girls” for nothing. Nicole Garner, one of curlBOX’s favorite publicists and dear friend to the brand, loves a challenge. The CEO of the The Garner Circle, a high profile events planning, fashion and lifestyle, public relations and marketing firm, reps clients like Strength of Nature (African Pride, Elasta QP) MillerCoors and The Lincoln Honors. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia State University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad helms the ship of an ever-evolving team in the nation’s new hub for all things entertainment. Get a load of her journey.
What was your big break in public relations?
Nicole Garner: One of my first clients was “Three Brown Girls” (Kim Porter, Nicole Johnson, & Eboni Elektra). They produced the fashion night for the Congressional Black Caucus hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs. I handled the national PR and doors began to open more and more after that.
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ESSENCE.com beauty editor Nicole Melton is nothing less than inspirational. The Howard University alum shared some wisdom on how to get your dream job, along with her ultimate curly girl must haves. Dig in.
Who gives you ultimate curl inspiration?
Nicole Melton: I’ve been inspired by so many naturals, it’s impossible to name just one. I love celebs such as Tanika Ray and Adepero Oduye. I also love bloggers such as CharyJay and Baroness Countess. Overall, the entire natural hair community inspires me. These ladies have so much style, creativity and flair.
What are your top three curly girl must haves?
Let’s rewind and go back to the beginning. What was your journalism launch pad that led to your current position?
NM: I started in high school as editor-in-chief of my yearbook. In college, I also worked on the yearbook staff and interned at WWD and Suede (awww, RIP Suede). After graduation, I couldn’t find a job in magazines due to the economy —this was when Honey Mag, CosmoGirl, etc. were all folding and layoffs were rampant. I ended up as an accessories assistant buyer and merchandiser for five years before I said, ‘I need to follow my passion and I need to do it NOW.’ Read More…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
How long are people allowed to say that? I think this is the last week I’m going to be wishing people a HAPPY NEW YEAR but I think it’s totally fine here since I haven’t blogged since September. I just went back and read that post and WOW. It’s great to document feelings because you can go back and see how much you’ve grown (changed).
The Great Sulfate Debate. The No Paraben Trend. It’s clear that we natural hair mavens are particular about what we use on our crown and glory. We’ve read all the blogs and reviews and wanted to share the rare perspective of chemist Falen Smith, creator of Finickey hair products. She shared some hair science along with the good, the bad, and the not so harmful.
By Sakita Holley (@MissSuccess)
When Ken Burkeen launched Huetiful in 2009 his sole focus was on bringing the Huetiful hair steamer to market. Today, that mission and vision has evolved into a more robust beauty company that creates and manufactures healthy hair care solutions such as the hair steamer and the nanoSMOOTHING curl loosening treatment for women with textured hair.
Earlier this month, Ken celebrated the opening of Huetiful’s first concept salon in Atlanta, GA, which is another major milestone in the company’s short history.
After that event, we caught up with the innovation guru to talk about his journey in the beauty industry, why he’s so passionate about educating women about their hair and championing the creation of more high end hair care experiences for women with textured hair such as curlBOX and the new Huetiful salon.
By Sakita Holley (@MissSuccess)
Michelle Breyer was born with “curly [hair] in a straight world.”
Frustrated by the lack of resources and product information she found for her multi-textured hair, Breyer created NaturallyCurly.com with friend and business partner Gretchen Heber in 1998. Almost 15 years later, the website she launched to fill a void that addressed her immediate hair care needs has blossomed into a full blown social media and e-commerce platform known as Texture Media.
Texture Media, which is home to the original NaturallyCurly.com, also supports CurlyNikki, CurlStylist, the mobile app Curls on the Go, syndicated market intelligence service TextureTrends and CurlMart, an online boutique that aids in the discovery of up-and-coming hair care brands.
Breyer, who now manages a staff of “just under 20 employees,” chats with the curlBOXBLOG about her humble beginnings, being a natural hair pioneer, plans for growing her curl community and how she handled recent allegations by a prominent journalist that only “an idiot would invest in a social network for people with curly or kinky hair.”
Its September! Autumn is soon approaching and you know what that means! YOU MUST prepare your skin for the weather change. Like anything in life, you have to have the proper foundation and the same goes for your skin! In the cooler months, our beautiful brown skin tones go from that summer glow to the winter snow in a matter of seconds (ashy skin is not the jam ladies!) Keep the Summer skin all Autumn long with these products!
True Blue Spa is a fairly new line at Bath & Body Works and it is the BOMB.com! I Love how this scrub exfoliates the skin and soothes the senses with a hint of eucalyptus! Natural sea salt detoxifies the body, so rid yourself of toxins while pampering your beautiful temple!
Do you have Fairy knots? They may feel like little beads along the hair shaft. They are annoying and most women comb as much hair as they can towards the front of their head, grab a pair of scissors and begin clipping away any knots in view. First, let me state that I do not advocate trimming your own hair, especially with any pair of scissors. Dull scissors can fray the ends of the hair shaft, leaving them in the same condition they were in before the makeshift trim, if not worse. Most importantly, there are some irregularities of the hair shaft that cause consistent knotting. This is most commonly seen in curlier hair types. Unfortunately some women will experience knots in their hair shaft on a regular basis. These knots are not always at the end of the hair shaft. Instead, single or multiple knots can be seen and felt along the length of the hair shaft. We have nicknamed this phenomenon “Fairy knots” but the technical term is Trichonodosis.
I had this idea to share what a typical day in my life is like and every time I think about it, I start and then I get busy or I try to remember and when I actually have a chance to sit and document I have forgotten most of it and I’m just so darn tired that I just say to myself, “they’d much rather have good products and service and images or WHATEVER as opposed to ME sharing MY daily ins and outs.” I felt differently today … Today is my first day off since July 7th.