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A Hair Meet-Up for Dudes?!

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20121216_210953by Weusi

OK … so I am at a hair cut party with Shelli. Tameeka, Tiffany, Shelli and the crew are talking about hair, blogs, products and stuff.

I am sitting in the living room writing this entry … on my phone. It is titled …

A hair meet up for dudes?

I know that some of you saw that the Mane Man, Jor-El, was hosting an event for the Shea Moisture men’s line at their pop-up shop in Bryant Park.

Since Shelli would be stuck at the 9-5 (which is recently an 8-8!) …

Since I would already be in the area and, more importantly, …

Since it was a chance for me to meet one of the iconic brothers of natural hair care …

I proudly attended on behalf of Hairscapades. I got there a little early because I was invited by one of the event’s coordinators and figured that things would get too busy for us to talk. I was right! We spoke for a few minutes and I was presented a spiced apple cider to combat the cold and also to get me in the festive mood of the season. It worked.

Then, about 15 minutes before the scheduled opening, Jor-El arrived and I was introduced. Cool cat. And yes … his hair is something that you can’t care but to take notice of. It reminded me that I really should take better care of my hair. I used to wear my hair in a similar style to his but … well … uhhh … ummm … I am sure that my hair has NEVER looked as vibrant, big and healthy as his. And that’s from a brother that gets to see a plethora of hair crushes … DAILY. (PLUG: Reminder that you can follow Shelli on Instagram @Hairscapades!)

Jor-El and I spoke briefly about the products that Shea Moisture offers from their men’s line. Almost immediately, people walking around saw his hair and gravitated to the brother’s glow. Soon the spot was bubbling with business! My opportunity to get some consulting from the Mane Man was over!

Weusi and Jor-El of Mane Man Blog

I picked up a few things for myself and then I struggled to find something for Shelli. I knew that she liked the elixir from Shea Moisture, but didn’t know what else she liked. What? No … I don’t know everything that she uses. And you can’t be mad at me. I know you’ve seen her PJ pics!

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For real … it’s good that I know a few things that she likes to use. But yet and still, can you imagine what it would have been like if I would have come home with stuff for me and just elixir for her!?! Anyway … after a bunch of questions to the knowledgeable staff at the shop, I found something for her. I finished my cider and made my way back to Shelli to share the gift of the holiday season and my story of meeting one of her male hair crushes, Mane Man. (For real … she LOVES his real name and his knowledge and articulation of hair info!)

But this isn’t the end … hopefully it’s the beginning!

I am looking for a co-host for a “Man Cave corner” at a larger meet-up. I think Jor-El would be ideal. Don’t you think so? Ask your S.O.’s if they’d come watch a football game, play video games and/or just kick it with us while you are at an event!!

Until next time …

SHiNE

20121216_210958(Tiffany’s sone Myles and Weusi)

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The Fellowship of the Jaded

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Yes!! We had another haircut party with Tameeka McNeil-Johnson aka Jaded Tresses. This time, it was at the house of Tiffany’s twin sister, Trina (not pictured). So, I’m a little delayed with this post because the pics I took with my iPhone were pretty crappy and I needed Tiffany to hook me up with quality pics from her good camera!! (No more being lazy and not taking out the real camera for me ;)).

Anywho, there was a gaggle of ladies, some there for services, others just to partake in the festivities, observe and learn.

Check out the view!

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And, on a side note, I brought the Cream and Coco Curls for Days Hair Pudding and the Mizani True Textures Leave-in and Jelly for styling. I wanted to see how they worked on a WnG. Tameeka played around with both products and got better definition and less frizz on the side done with … surprise, surprise … the lightweight and creamy C&C Hair Pudding!

But, get this, with everyone else, she used her own concoction of Eco Styler Crystal gel mixed with lots of water, coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil!! And look at those results!! I’m definitely going to have to try that combo the next time I do a WnG … or maybe even a twist or braid out!!

Oh, and for those of you interested in my lovely baby doll tee as seen here:

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It was gifted to me by Connie at Curlisious.com this past summer and I am long overdue sharing it!! It comes in three colors (white, pink, and yellow) at $25 a pop!! Pretty HAWT, right?!?

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Okay, so I have an announcement for those of you that don’t follow Hairscapades or Jaded Tresses on Facebook (but you know, the links are right there. So … you know … I’m sayin’ ;)):

Tameeka McNeil-Johnson aka Jaded Tresses aka The Curl Whisperer has relocated!! She can now be found at:

Salon Santa Cruz
254 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

For prices and/or to schedule an appointment at the salon or a haircut party, contact her at:

347.202.1869  • 646.262.9157 tameeka.jadedtresses@gmail.com

And stay tuned, because a Jaded Tresses Giveaway announcement is coming very soon!!

Duh … duh … DUHHHHHH!!!!! 

Haircuts … Youth … SUPERDUDE … Wu-Tang Clan

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by Weusi

Ok …

So … now that the media hype about Penn State is over, I feel comfortable talking about this.

I know many of you have seen the pictures and videos of the results of the haircut party a few weeks ago.

I attended the gathering with Shelli even though I knew that it would be a long day.

While the hair party was ensuing, I was looking forward to making some inroads on a book and doing some paperwork. In fact, the reading was going well … but then, it happened. I heard a mother have to raise her voice at a kid. Uh-oh!

I instantly transformed from mild-mannered Weusi, into my alter ego … SUPERDUDE!

Now, SUPERDUDE’s super strength (and weakness) is that he always responds to the needs of his community. SUPERDUDE also thinks that there is nothing that he can’t do. Even transforming into Mr Mom! So …

Before she had to repeat the name, Weusi had closed his book and SUPERDUDE had swooped into action! He stood there in the doorway giving the, “YOU SHOULD CALM DOWN STRONG-ARM TESTOSTERONE STARE” (not to be confused with the, “YOU BETTER CHILL MOMMY STARE” or the “SIT YA ASS DOWN-DADDY STARE”).

Another one of SUPERDUDE’s strengths is the ability to transform the energy of a situation. SO …

When Mimi and Chloe show up on the deck with bored faces, again … SUPERDUDE swung in, closed his book, introduced them to his mild-mannered alias, Weusi, and started playing games. Then, when a 2-year-old instigates a slight skirmish in his pursuit to overcome a new friend on a scooter, a simple bass-toned request for them to, “STOP IT,” quickly diffused the situation. As the day went on, I became the “go to” guy for … everything. The kids even tried to ask me if they could do things that they had just told me they weren’t going to ask their mothers because they would say no!

This link with youth is a sensitive gift. The respectful innocence of youth is something to be handled responsibly. In this context, I’ve presented it in a way that paints it in a helpful light. But then, there are those that engage youth with ill-intent. The Jerry Sandusky thing is heart-wrenching. A man taking advantage of a child is not acceptable … no matter if they are a coach, a painter, a cashier or anyone! It just makes no sense … BUT “WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN!”

I know some of you are like, “What the hell is he talking about!?!” … just stay with me …

I know that some of you may remember back in 1988 when O.D.B. of the Wu-Tang Clan crept on stage during the Grammy’s and stated “Wu-Tang is for the children.”

What you may not know is a little bit of the story behind the statement and what happened a week or two prior to the Grammy’s.

via MTV.com

Over this past weekend ODB was in the studio with the Wu group Twelve O’Clock, in Brooklyn, when they rushed to the aid of a four-year-old girl who had been hit by a car outside of the studio.

The child was trapped underneath the vehicle when Dirty and some of his friends lifted the car off of her. She was taken to the hospital and treated for first and second degree burns from the car’s engine.

Dirty visited the hospital to check on the girl’s condition, but the normally anything-but-low key ODB never identified himself to her family. However, they recognized him and alerted the media.

This moment in time is important and not just because it inspired Kanye West to bum rush the stage years later and share his outburst at the MTV awards …

More importantly, it created a dynamic that allowed people to see everyone, even rappers such as O.D.B., as people who are truly invested in helping the youth of our community.

So, if you meet someone and they are good with kids, don’t let negative thoughts take over and jump to Jerry Sandusky comparisons. Far too often our society works from a place of fear instead of acknowledging that more people are using the gifts they’ve been given in positive manners than negative. Think about it.

Some of us are a different class of beings. Yes … SUPERDUDES are real (this is a unisex term). We are just better with kids than others. We have the IT factor. But far too often we have to play the role of the enforcer and not the fun guy. If the dude is real … he can do both without compromising himself.

And … a male that isn’t afraid to interact with youth in front of women is a man who not only has enough courage to shrug off the often emasculating perception of doing such, but he is also a man who has fearlessly embraced his God-given gifts. For real … this is not about being good with youth. It’s about not being restricted by preconceived expectations. It’s about releasing our personal expectations and accepting what comes our way. It’s about re-evaluating those trait that have been traditionally used to identify what makes a man a man and those things that we see as valuable assets in our community.

So … as the air is cleared and all of the madness around Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky trial finally comes to an end, I just want people to remember not to judge a book by its cover. Nor should you judge a man or predict his moral compass by his profession. Good people are good all the time. We don’t just model positive behavior when people are watching us. We don’t just do positive things when people are looking. You can see it in our eyes. Trust the truth in a man or woman. The world has 1,000 times more positive people than negative.

And remember, STAY POSITIVE … “WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN!”

SHiNE