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The Most Important Sound You’ll Ever Hear

Making a habit of judging my Sisters or referencing reality actors is not my steelo. In this instance however, I was rather stunned that such good could come from such an unlikely source.

So I’m at another marvelous client’s house, and we watch an episode of Sisterhood of Hip Hop. If you aren’t familiar, it’s an off brand (not produced by Mona) version of the reality series made popular by VH1; featuring female rappers from across the country. If you’ve been in Atlanta for any stretch of time, you’re probably familiar with the young group from which Diamond- our inspiration-hails. The name of the rap group was Crime Mob. With hits like “Knuck if You Buck” and “Rock Yo Hips”, the 6-some had quite the hot summer at one point. Diamond, a cast member on the aforementioned show gave us a quite a shock when, at 8:47pm her phone alarm screamed. You guessed it. It was her prayer alarm. The rapper has the alarm set for 3 times daily. No matter where she is or who she’s with, the prayer happens. Brilliant!

It's Time To Pray!!

It’s Time To Pray!!

Often times in the hustle  of the day, we neglect communicating with God. Diamond’s prayer alarm is an inviting way to ensure that we maintain the most important relationship that any of us have; the one we share with the Creator. I’ve taken note dear Diamond, and will follow suit immediately. Anyone around me when my Prayer alarm sounds off best be prepared. We could all use some reminder.



Respect your edges

By now you all know that I am committed to edge protection. Those fine hairs that frame your face are supremely important, and it is my endeavor to defend them against harsh styling. What we should all try to wrap our heads around is the fact that protective styles-by definition are supposed to PREVENT DAMAGE TO YOUR NATURAL HAIR.

Here’s how we achieve such excellence.

You must be wise in choosing a stylist. Black hair, both natural and relaxed, is big business. There are those that would take advantage of this fact and neglect what’s most important…You. That said, here’s a very informative and necessary article addressing the issue at hand.

In addition to the tips mentioned in the article, please be sure to adequately prepare your hair for installation. Deep conditioning and a moisturizing treatment are both great ways to do so. Don’t be an Instagram statistic ladies. This can be avoided.2014-11-11 12.36.15

What are you experiencing the most difficulties with while wearing a protective style?


How To Pack a Fall Hoe Bag

We all know that SuperDopeKarmen is a real person, living a real life, in the real world. As such, I tend to “keep it 100”, as the kids say. That said, some of us don’t go home on the weekends. We meet people. We have (safe) fun with people. And we’ll surely need our beauty stuff come the morrow. Now this isn’t to say that we’re sexually promiscuous, looking for love in the club. Hell, sometimes it’s safer to crash at a friend’s house to avoid those pesky high-speed APD chases down 85. But that’s a story for another day. Here’s what you should keep in your hoe bag.

1. Overnight Bag– As the queen of fancy thrifting, I advise you to head on down to the Goodwill and cop a sweet satchel for the low. That is all.

2. Makeup– Tinted moisturizer, eye liner, and a dark lippie.bobbibrown

These should be inexpensive versions of your favorite beauty products. You wouldn’t want to misplace your Bobbi Brown brow definer but you’ll be just fine if you lose a Mary Kay eye pencil.  The Laura Mercier Secret finish cream is another great investment for refreshing your makeup on the go. Alternately, Bobbi Brown aims to be your one stop shop for hoe bag makeup essentials with the Party Essentials collection. Now, the purpose of the dark lip is to give the impression that you thought about your life before the “walk of shame” became your fate. You’ll surprise yourself with the scant amount of other products you’ll need to fake total awesomeness while wearing a bold lip. This is one of the rare cases where a little goes a long way. Trust me, I’ve been there.

3. Threads – Maxi dress, cardigan/tunic, leggings (duh)

The most important thing on the ride home from your weekend (weekday if you’re a true gangsta) shenanigans is comfort. Choose fabrics fitting for the season in prints and colors. This way you’ll feel as if you actually got dressed. Thus detracting your thoughts from whatever bad decisions that you may have made the previous evening. The same goes for your shoe. Choose a comfortable, yet stylish bootie or flat to complete your impromptu look.

4. Hygiene – You get the picture. The travel packs that we get at hotels and see at the end of the lotion aisle in Target come in handy here. Finallhoebagy. Keep deodorant, body spray, toothpaste and toothbrush, q-tips (cotton swabs) and wet wipes of some sort. These items, although not all shown here, will be useful when removing the black liner and/or mascara crusted around your eye holes.

5. Bible – Well, you can explain this one to yourself.

Questions on how to pack a hoe bag? Hit me on IG @SuperDopeKarmen 🙂