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BNB Leadership
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September Events
October & November
December & Beyond
Martha's Rodded Hair
$35,000 Pledge
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Dear Friend, 

Birmingham Natural Beauties (BNB) is a place for women to fully embrace their God-given beauty and worth, while embracing the beauty and worth of others.  

Please enjoy this article and video by Tiffeny Curier that captures the fun, social and inspiring energy of Birmingham Natural Beauties at our August event, "Tress Relief". We are a group for women who are natural, transitioning to natural or just plain curious about being natural. For further reading on BNB, please click here to enjoy this article written by Javacia Harris Bowser.


I hope you will join us at the events listed in this newsletter. In the meantime, please connect with us on Twitter @bhamnaturals and on Facebook at Birmingham Natural Beauties.  

Katrina M. Watson
Visionary & Founder
Birmingham Natural Beauties
Leadership Team
BNB Leadership Team

Javacia, Chanda, Katrina, Crystal, Martha, Cherie

BNB would not be if it were not for the women who share the vision of our group.  That includes each of you, and specifically, the women on the Leadership Team.  Thank you Javacia Harris Bowser, Chanda Temple, Crystal Goodman, Martha Emmett, and Cherie Fields for your leadership, innovative ideas, energy, and enthusiasm.  
Tress Relief


Join Birmingham Natural Beauties for our signature event, Tress Relief, on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at The Wine Loft beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with some of Birmingham's most fabulous women while enjoying food and drink specials, door prizes, many smiles, and much encouragement. 

Dermatologist Dr. Corey Hartman will speak with us about maintaining healthy skin and scalps.  

Please RSVP via Facebook or email by Tuesday, October 11, 2011.  
BNB Group Photo

BNB Group Photo, August Tress Relief

September Events



Scoop N' Swap
Saturday, September 10, 2011
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Birmingam Public Library - Downtown
Arrington Auditorium
2100 Park Place, 35203
product swap jointly presented by
Birmingham Natural Beauties and The Birmingham Naturalistas
Please RSVP with the products you desire to swap and the quantity.

Scoop N' Swap Flyer

Designed by Tiffeny Curier


Women with close to a full container of product can swap with other full containers of products. Those with half or less remaining of a product can "scoop n' swap" their product with others. Containers and labels will be provided for those who are "scooping n' swapping". Products will be grouped according to their suggested retail price.


Please click here for a listing of products that will be available.


Grape Stomp Festival
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Morgan Creek Vineyards
11 a.m. 

I Love Lucy Grape Stomp


Join Birmingham Natural Beauties at Morgan Creek Vineyards.  
Stomp on a few grapes, sip some wine, sit back, and relax!
 Enter the Lucy Ricardo look-a-like contest at 2 p.m. 
 To RSVP and/or carpool, please email Katrina Watson.  
We will leave from the Saks Fifth Avenue parking lot at 11 a.m. 
Admission is $10 per person. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  

October & November 

Race for the Cure

  Saturday, October 15, 2011
Shekinah Lampkin is captain of our team for the Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure. To join our team, please go to and search for Birmingham Natural Beauties. There is a $30 registration fee, and each team member is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 for the cause.   
Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise logo

Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise logo

Paint N' Party
Join The Birmingham Naturalistas on Friday, November 18, 7 p.m.,  at Paint N' Party, located in the Highland Conference Center on 20th Street South between 10th and 11th Avenues.  This is a great time to explore your creative side while creating memorable artwork and friendships.  Please RSVP to Marliceia Chavers by November 4, 2011.

December & Beyond
Horns, Keys, & Bass Painting, Debra Hurd

Horns, Keys, & Bass

Painting by Debra Hurd


Joy to the Curls 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

6:00 - 9: 00 p.m.

BNB's Christmas Party

featuring a live jazz band





At our Christmas party, we will join Tashona Holliday-Reese to collect gifts and supplies for senior citizens at the Birmingham East Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A wish list will be provided at a later date.




Sunday, February 5, 2012 

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

African-American Hair      

& Perceptions across Generations 

Martha's Rodded Hair
Martha's Freshly Rodded Hair

Martha's Freshly Rodded Hair

In the words of Martha Emmett, a member of the Birmingham Natural Beauties Leadership Team, "I started getting my hair pressed at 4 years old, and had my first relaxer when I was 10.   During my regular hair salon visit on February 14, 2009, I announced to my stylist that the relaxer she was putting in would be my last one. It was time to experience my natural texture!"


"Rodded is my absolute favorite way to wear my natural hair to date! I LOVE the look. It is versatile, it endures my workouts, and it looks better as it gets older! My natural curls resemble very tight waves, and rodding my hair allows for larger, more manageable, defined curls."

  1. I wash my hair with Elasta QP Scalp Stimulating Shampoo, and follow with a hot oil treatment-currently using Smooth-N Shine Therapy Silk Fusion Leave In Treatment. I also use Elasta QP Leave In Conditioner as I rod my hair-to keep it moist.
  2. Rods are colored by size. When straight, my hair is shoulder length. I have had great results using the smaller purple rods in the back and the light peach rods around the front. This creates a stacked look-sort of like a curly bob. But you can also use the same size rods all over for a uniform, curly fro.
  3. When rodding, I use the thin tail of my comb to section/separate a VERY small amount of my hair for each rod. I place the rod in the center of the hair, wrap the bottom section around the rod in a spiral, and then roll the rod up the top section of the hair-securing it when it is close to my scalp. I keep it moist with the leave in conditioner so that it wraps smoothly around the rods.
  4. When done rodding, I sit under the hair dryer for about 30 minutes, wrap my hair in a cotton bandana, and sleep on it. Note: I use cotton when I wrap wet/damp hair. Otherwise, I use silk wraps that help to maintain moisture. I unwrap it the next morning, and it is usually ready after about an hour or so of air-drying (I find sitting under a dryer uncomfortable, and I also try to avoid using so much heat on my hair. After rodding your hair a few times, you'll also find the minimum amount of time necessary to actually sit under the dryer).
  5. Before taking my hair down, it is very important to make certain that it is completely dry. I remove each rod in a spiral motion. When all are removed, I use my fingers to stretch and blend my curls. After blending my curls, I use a brush to gently brush the hair away from my face. I find this style cooler for the summer and easier to manage when my hair sweats a little during my workouts. (I will probably leave the curls to hang down my forehead and around my face when the weather turns cooler). After a few days, I use a little conditioning gel when brushing it away from my face.
Martha's Rodded Hair with Extensions
Martha's Rodded Hair

with Extensions

 6. A fun alternative if you       

     would like a little more  

     length and thickness: After      removing your rods and  

     before blending your curls,      have someone add longer,      curly extension tracks that      match your rodded hair!    

     To  protect your hair, first        apply  bond protector to     

     your scalp  before gluing 

     in each  extension. Then, 

     add a few extensions 

         throughout your hair. After all tracks are added, blend    

         your hair with the added hair with your fingers. 

         Extensions add length, and help me to keep the style a 

         little longer than the usual 7-10 days.

   7.   For bed, I wrap my hair in a silk wrap, or sleep on a silk    

         pillow case. In the morning, I simply pull my drawn curls            out with my fingers, or with the thin tail of my comb and 

         I'm ready to go! As this hair style gets older and the 

         rodded curls become a little less defined, it actually looks

         better! To add shine, I use a VERY small amount of 

         Hollywood Beauty Olive Oil about every other day. 


Rodded is also a great style to wear as you transition. In addition to being on the BNB Leadership Team, Martha Emmett is Vice President for Human Resources at BBVA Compass.
Birmingham Change Fund 
pledges up to $35,000

A progressive group of Birmingham area African American young professionals is offering more than $35,000 to improve the educational outcomes for middle school students attending Birmingham City Schools.  Applications for funding are due by September 30. Please visit The Birmingham Change Fund for instructions and more information.  Many members of Birmingham Natural Beauties are also members of the Birmingham Change Fund.

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