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Sneak Peak

The countdown has started! Another 6 night off sleep, and the book release party will be a reality. The first pre orders have been placed at deboekfabriek.nl, and I have a hard time controlling my nerves.

Herewith a small sneak peak, behind the scenes, while making the book. Needless to say, Janice Deul and I are very proud of our work and the great team we worked with. We loved being surrounded by such talented people, and would love to do it again!

Pre-order Now!

So, the 14th of September is the official release date for ‘Little Black Hair Book’. A book, full of hair stories, secrets and tips & tricks, accompanied with gorgeous pictures.

It will be a limited release, but if you want to guarantee yourself a copy, you can pre-order right here:

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Love,

Sprottje!

AFWL 2015 part II

As the first day, of the 5th edition of the Africa Fashion Week London 2015 has finished, I am getting ready to see some London, and more Fashion and fabulous afro hair on day II.

Africa Fashion Week London

For visitors of ‘traditional Fashion Weeks around the world, you would have to adjust your expectations a bit. Although it is obviously a big production, and a long list of young designers that show their talent on the catwalk, it has a less ‘posh’, VIP-feel to it, compared to what you are probably used to. No goody bags to get you excited, no well-known actresses, or musician’s fighting for their spot on the front row, but is that a reason not to go? No.

There are lot’s of stands with products made of African Printed material, African inspired jewelry, bags and hair care products by Motions are well represented. And there is soul-food!

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Black Hair Day

If you love black hair, like I do, Kwaku Summer Festival is the place to be today!

11742976_878325518905543_4013344552054723377_nSince 1975, the Kwaku Festival is a annual event in Amsterdam celebrating  multi cultural culture at the Nelson Mandelaparc for 4 weekends in a row.

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Black Toy Boy

black doll

More and more parents with a child of color, are looking for doll with their skin tone, but it often turns out to be quite a journey to find one.

the Dutch webshop however, have a great selection of dark skinned dolls. What started out as a search for a doll their stepdaughter, became a realization that there is a need for a store that sells just that.

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Amandla Stenberg: Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows

I just love this video and just had to share it with you. The Hunger Game’s 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg delivers a crash course on black culture with a fellow classmate for their history class. Her observance is not only very sharp and on point, but very well expressed. Is she really only 16?!

Watch and learn.

Love,

Sprottje

Press Release on Little Black Hair Book

The Hair Secrets of Dutch Afro’s

Going natural is currently one of the hottest trends in hair looks. Dutch celebs, as Sylvana Simons, and Hollywood VIPs alike, such as Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong’o, the queen of the Teeny Weeny Fro (TWA), are part of a trend that has been going strong for a while.

While the wave of natural hair wearers has grown greatly in recent years, looks on the streets are still dominated by weaves, chemically treated hair, and straight hair styles. Is how one chooses their hair look just a matter of personal style or preference, or is there more to it?

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Lupita & Elmo

Just a ‘feel good’ moment!

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Solange & ELEVENPARIS

Last year at the ‘Modefabriek’ (Dutch fashion fair) I fell in love with a sweater by I brand I had never heard of. It was called ElevenParis and the sweater  had Cara Delevingne printed all over.  But this brand has been active from 2003, I just missed out.

This year, there was some news on that same brand. They signed my favorite nappy headed (joke) model. Solange!

SolangeWhile the fashion industry is still somewhat behind when it comes to signing models of color, and less then 10% of the models during the NY Fashion week last year, and while there are still very view black models seen with natural afro hair, ElevenParis chose for Solange to represent their brand.

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Utah State Afro?

Basketball Afro

We see more and more naturals on the streets, on the television, the music industry and in Movies. But we have not seen a fro like this on the basketball court. We are talking about 19 years of Jalen Moore. An upcoming talent who is playing for Utah State. Yes, everybody is talking about his growing skills on the field, and him promising carrier, but his hair is also quite a subject!

“It’s fun to be a little different,” Moore said. “It’s nice to be known for something other than your game. … I have no plans on cutting it anytime soon.”

Moore started growing his 1970s-style hair about three years ago, when he attended Sky View High in Smithfield, because “I just didn’t think I looked good with it shorter.”

And we love it! But it doesn’t stop there.

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