Mae’s Braid-Out after a Blow-Out [VID TUTORIAL]

Additional tips for well-defined braid-outs

1. When braiding, make sure to pull the base of the braid tight to your scalp. This maximizes length and increases definition throughout the entire section of hair.

2. Near the end of each braid, twist the remaining section of hair. I’ve found that this helps my hair to hold better and also creates more of a spiral curl pattern at the ends of your hair when you unravel your hair.

3. For more length and definition, do smaller braids across your head.

4. To minimize frizziness, put a bit of natural oils on your fingers and smooth over each braid before unraveling. Do this before separating the braids further as well. I actually use a homemade “Sweet Shine” spritz that is simple and easy to make. [Check out the RECIPE here]

5. For more volume, simply separate the braids further after unraveling. The more you separate, the more volume you can achieve with your style!

What are some of YOUR tips for achieving fab braid-outs?

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Outreach: Jumpstart – Helping to prepare our children for success!

This morning, I was sitting on the ground legs crossed as I read books to a group of cute and very animated 4 and 5 year olds! You see, it was Dr. Seuss Day (his bday was 3/2), which was filled with fun activities for the kids including fishing for alphabet letters, playing “what word rhymes with this?” bingo, making bead-filled maracas, and the part where I came in…reading some classic Dr. Seuss books.

This event was sponsored by an organization called Jumpstart (their website), with their overall goal being to improve the language, literacy and social skills of children from low-income neigborhoods. You can read more about their organization from a statement from their website:

Working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed

Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language, literacy, and social skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained more than 20,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 90,000 preschool children nationwide.

Learn more about our programs and partners as we work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Support us as we work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Overall, I had an awesome time interacting with the children (you should have heard my character voices for “Fox in Socks”! lol) and I would gladly participate in something like this again! Jumpstart continues to grow as an organization, so I would encourage you to look if they are conducting programs in your area and get involved!

You never know how you can make a positive impact on a child’s life…

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:: Out & About :: Poor Little Rich Girl Boutique

You guys know I LOVE talking about hair, but of course, there are many other things that pique my interest! : )

For one, I love traveling to and exploring new places so I’ve decided to incorporate that into my blog with a new series called “Out & About”. For this series’ inaugural post, we travel to…

Poor Little Rich Girl Boutique


3393 Main Street

College Park, GA, 30337

Inspired by the colors of Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and The Factory; the resistance of 1960s Vivienne Westwood and the Sex Pistols; and the sassiness of Joan Crawford in The Women, Poor Little Rich Girl has been approaching vintage apparel from the far left since its birth in 2007. Each vintage piece is carefully selected and handpicked from all over the US by two fashion-obsessed individuals who look to change the way the masses interpret vintage.Located in Historic College Park and only minutes from downtown Atlanta, Poor Little Rich Girl reflects the lifestyle of two visionaires who happen to also love music, chai tea, Fiji, foreign films, fashion magazines and avocadoes.“Vintage is green. Vintage is a story. Vintage is past. Vintage is present. Vintage is future.”-Poor Little Rich Girls

Mon – Sat:
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This week I had the opportunity to visit a vintage boutique that actually had been on my list of things to do for over a year now! I love vintage clothing and had heard great things about PLRG and it’s unique, high-quality and affordable assortment of  vintage items.
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(My look that day – (Hair) Twist-out (Clothing) Thrifted sweater shirt and tie)
When I arrived at the store, it was funny because the owners called me by my twitter name (@NaturalChica) only because  I had excitedly tweeted them about coming to the store an hour earlier lol (You can follow them @shop_PLRG) I felt extremely welcomed by Danielle, Mia and Bryan and the overall ambience of the store was quite inviting as well! Beautiful vintage dresses hanging from the ceiling, chests overflowing with colorful scarves, racks strewn with ties and suspenders, display cases with beautiful jewelry and brooches…you get the picture!
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One thing that really impressed me was that within only 5 minutes of me being at the store, Mia pinpointed my style and offered me a number of great items to try on that I hadn’t even noticed when I was browsing through the racks! It was incredible! (I’ll have to show you my haul in a future post *smile*)
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If you’re in the Atlanta area and love shopping vintage…you MUST make a trip to Poor Little Rich Girl! I promise you won’t regret it : )
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Have any of you visited PLRG before? Let me know about your experience!