Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Marsha! Marsha is a beauty, health, and lifestyle blogger at Sassy Critic. Read below to learn what being different means to her!
To me, being different means to be your true, authentic self. To not allow others to influence you to act out of character. To not follow ideals, trends, or actions that do not align with who you know yourself to be just to fit in. Fit in with yourself and do what you like! - Marsha aka Sassy Critic
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Elaina! Elaina is the talented creative of The Lovely Locks Co. Read below to learn what being different means to her!
Being different means expressing myself through my creative talents and sharing them with the world! My gift is creating things with my hands. My talents include, crafting, crocheting, sewing & diys. - Elaina
Shop with Elaina at www.Etsy.com/Shop/TheLovelyLocksCo!
Summertime by hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince is one of my all-time favorite songs! Its smooth beat and lyrics create a celebratory and relaxing mood. The month of June is one of my favorite months because it’s the beginning of summer! This month is cause for celebration for several other reasons, as well.
1. June is Accented Glory's anniversary month! We turned 5 years old on June 15th. I use this time of year to celebrate and reflect upon how far my brand has come. I also set new goals that'll help expand my reach! You can read more about Accented Glory’s brand story here.
2. I'm a history nerd and I especially LOVE African American History! With that being said, each year I look forward to celebrating Juneteenth. Juneteenth means more to me than any other American holiday because it acknowledges the emancipation of slaves. I rejoice in the strides African Americans have and continue to make in the US and identity how I can use my sphere of influence to assist in overcoming obstacles we still face.
3. In June, my natural hair Facebook group, Accented Glory Naturals (AGN), hosts an event for Loc Appreciation Day (LAD)! LAD was started by YouTuber Qochemist back in 2011. It's an annual occurrence that happens on the 4th Saturday of June. LAD celebrates the diversity of natural hair community and different ways to style natural hair. This year, AGN content curator Lorna Brown will be hosting a Facebook Live convo in our Facebook group relating to locs. Click here to join our natural hair group!
4. Lastly, but certainly not least, June is the love of my life’s birthday month! My husband and I have been married for 24 years and he continues to be my #1 fan. We are both entrepreneurs and fully understand the highs and lows of the small business owner's journey. I look forward to to celebrating a new year with him!
I welcome June and Summer! This month and season brings so many blessings. I’d love to hear what your favorite month/season is and why?
Tonya - Visionary of Accented Glory
P.S. Check out our NEW hair jewelry we have added to Accented Glory's Amazon shop just in time for Loc Appreciation Day! Our hair cuffs can be worn on locs, twists, and braids. Click here to shop!
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Qwania! Qwania is a natural hair and holistic health blogger. Read below to discover what being different means to her.
Hi, I’m Qwania Dixon and you may also recognize me as natural hair blogger Naturalista4me. Being different, to me, means having the ability to be who you are no matter what. You stand in your truth and use your strengths to uplift others in the world. Being different is a feeling of freedom and self-acceptance. Being different is powerful as it is those who are memorable who have the most impact.
Follow Qwania at...
Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/naturalista4me2/
Facebook Group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/Naturalista4meGroup/
Receive her eBook for FREE- I’m Ready to Return Natural- http://bit.ly/2ks467W
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent feature Brandie! She is the founder of Be Kekoa Hair Studio and Be Kekoa Healthy Curl Products line. Read below to discover what being different means to her!
I don't allow my curls to consume or control me. I give it just the right amount of care it needs then let them BE. I understand that each day along the natural hair journey is different and curb the expectations I put on my hair accordingly. Gone are the days when I felt the need to have each strand in place (relaxer aka "cream crack"); some days I'm just a wild child, and Lord know that's exactly what my soul needs to be free at those times. I'm patient with my curls and express gratitude to them for giving me the ability to transform into a multitude of different versions of myself!
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent natural hair feature Latavia (Lala) Walston! She is Editor-in-Chief of Clutch Your Closet Blog - A fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog.
Being different to me means embracing who you are individually. God only made one you, so you have to learn to love "your different" from head to toe. Embracing your different requires you to fall in love with yourself, from loving your hair, your talents, and even your flaws. - Latavia (Lala) Walston
Follow Latavia (Lala) Walston at...
Personal Instagram: @lmarkeinparis
Blog: @clutchyourcloset on Instagram, and Facebook
Blog website: clutchyourcloset.com
Accented Glory's designs are now available for sale on Etsy and Amazon Handmade! Are you a blogger, vblogger, or content curator? Whether you answered yes or no...We Got You! Both of these online marketplaces have affiliate programs! We have created a toolbox for affiliates that contain promotional content relating to Accented Glory. If you haven't joined Etsy or Amazon affiliates program yet, no worries visit our affiliate toolbox page to learn more.
Now, for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about here's the short take on how an affiliate program works. An affiliate is someone who directs traffic to a marketplace website. The program generates "affiliate" links for products available for sale in their marketplace. As an affiliate, you share the link with your followers and if someone clicks on the link and purchase the item you get a percentage of the sale! If this sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend that you research the topic, because all programs have a list of dos and donts. For example, directing folks to your affiliates disclosure. These programs provide an opportunity to generate some passive income!
Go ahead and click affiliate toolbox to check out the resources Accented Glory has provided. Until next time...Peace and Hair Grease.
Tonya - Visionary of Accented Glory
This guest blog post by Accented Glory's visionary was originally shared in Curlebrity online natural hair community! Click name to check out this new online community.
Too often, hair accessories get a bad rap and are accused of causing damage to hair. One of the primary suspects is the headband. As a hair accessory designer and natural, I embrace opportunities to educate other fellow naturals on what to look for when purchasing and styling with hair accessories. So for the record, it's not the headband that's the problem. It’s the misuse of it, bad fit, or material used to create it that’s an issue.
As naturals, we must be mindful of protecting our hairline when choosing hair accessories. We all desire those perfect flat edges. Often times we use too tight ties, bands, or scrunchies to achieve this look, which cause damage to our hairline. I recommend using hair care products to lay down your edges and not hair accessories.
So how do we know if our hair accessory is a proper fit? The accessory doesn’t hurt - our headbands should not cause pain or headaches. Many people experience headband headaches, because their hair accessory is too tight. Headaches caused by headbands are known as external compression headaches that are the result of continuous pressure on forehead, scalp, and behind the ears.
Naturals need to also avoid headbands created with fabrics that will cause friction with textured hair and dry out the hair. Course fabrics, such as tweed, can cause friction and lead to breakage. Some cotton fabrics have a tendency to dry out hair as well. Many naturals already struggle with dry hair and there is no need to further contribute to the dryness. Softer fabrics with a smooth finish like satin are better suited for naturals because they don't cause friction or dryness.
Adjustable headbands are a great solution for headband headaches because they allow the wearer to adjust and control the amount of tension placed on their head. Also, being able to control the tension protects the hairline from stress. In addition to adjusting headband tension, we should always moisturizer our hair before wearing hair accessories. This too will minimize damage to our hair. As naturals, we can safely rock a cute headband and save our edges at the same time!
Tonya Cross - Hair Accessory Expert | Accessory Designer | Natural Hair Enthusiast
You can shop for "natural hair friendly" adjustable headbands at Accented Glory! Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for great content relating to natural hair and natural hair accessories.
Click Styling With Hair Accessories to purchase Accented Glory’s styling e-guide on Etsy!
For Naturals By Naturals
Hi Naturalistas! I'm Tonya Cross the visionary and designer at Accented Glory. I have created a hair accessory styling e-guide for women with natural hair! I’ve been natural since 2001 and creating things by hand since childhood. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or two about natural hair and hair accessory designs. My guide offers advice and tips based on my experience as a natural creative who LOVES wearing hair accessories! Learn more about my brand story here.
Let's Dispel Some Myths
You're never too old. Okay ladies let's settle this once and for all right now...Hair accessories are not just for little girls! The grown and sexy can rock them too. There is no age limit on style or fashion. Accessorizing is a great way to allow your personality to shine through so, why not accent your crown? A woman's crown is truly her glory.
Undeserved Bad Rap. Just like there are no bad dogs, but bad owners. The same is true for hair accessories! Hair accessories themselves aren't bad; it's simply that most naturals are unaware of what to look for when purchasing and styling with hair accents. Often times the damage caused to hair is due to misuse of the accessory!
Natural Hair Friendly
All hair accessories are not created equal. Again, there are no bad hair accents; it's simply a matter of knowing which ones work best for you and your hair texture. In my e-guide I share what naturals should consider when purchasing or styling with hair accessories. Whether your hair is kinky, curly, or in locs, my recommends will minimize damage to your textured hair. Ready to purchase my guide now? Click buy.
I Got You
Whether you're considering styling with hair accessories or a hair accessory styling pro, you can benefit from my styling e-guide! My guide offer resolutions for your hair accessory woes from headband headaches to hair jewelry tangles...I Got You. The best part is that the e-guide is ONLY $1.99! It's a concise quick read that can serve as a handy reference for your hair accessory needs. You can't beat the price nor quality of content. With that being said, are you ready to buy? If so, click my styling guide cover below!
Tonya - Visionary of Accented Glory
Submit questions about my guide via Accented Glory’s contact us form here!
Accented Glory interviewed Terral of I Am RallyGirl, LLC! She is a natural hair influencer that also has a passion for art/culture and positive lifestyle. Check out her brand's story below!
I Am RallyGirl - Brand Feature
What inspired you to create your brand?
My inspiration came from my YouTube viewers & subscribers. Initially, my channel was meant to be a "consumer reporting" hub, where I would try out & demonstrate various household, home & garden, and beauty products to see if they really work. However, when I launched a natural hair video, I received several messages from naturalistas who were struggling with caring for their hair. They were also concerned with retaining length, and having an easy regimen. This made me want to help other naturals see how low maintenance, and versatile their hair is, and that's what fueled I Am RallyGirl™, LLC; "Versatile. Simple. Afro. Hair Care.".
The entrepreneur life can be like a roller coaster ride; ups, downs, and loops! What keeps you motivated?
My primary motivation is knowing that I've already asked God for what I need, so I can focus on doing the work: Being of service to others, remaining grateful for what I have, and staying positive (this one can be challenging). I enjoy it, so I look forward to doing it daily. Then, exercising my patience: Taking it one day at a time, knowing that one step forward, whether big or small, is a step in the right direction. The journey can be difficult, but it's all a test. So, when the obstacle shows itself, my task is to determine ways to get around it, over it, or through it. There may be tears along the way, but that's cool; I dig a good cry. LOL!!
Growth is intrinsic in brand building. What do you foresee as the next level for your brand?
Ironically, my brand now also includes my other niches (art & culture, and positive lifestyle), and is constantly developing. I look forward to more collaborations with other great brands. I Am RallyGirl™, LLC is branching out and is organically evolving into a digital content creating & marketing company, that has helped a few other small businesses, start-ups, and non-profits with their brand strategy, and digital marketing needs.
What advice would you give someone who's considering becoming an entrepreneur?
Brainstorm ways you can monetize what you are passionate about. Invest time. Be consistent. Have faith in you. Compare yourself to no one. Study your craft. Research ways to get started for FREE (or at least at minimal cost) until you get your footing, then invest in your business. Have fun. Evolve.
Terral - Visionary of I Am RallyGirl, LLC
Cierra has been a part of Accented Glory since its launch in June 2013. Outside of being an "Accessory Diva", she's a college graduate who desires to pursue a career in law.