Monday, January 14, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Relax She's Natural!

Shining light on the work of women excelling in their craft is something we love to do here at B.A.F.F.L.E.D.  Don't forget about this powerful crowdfunding campaign for one of favorite business owners.  

Dee Browley, of Chicago's Relax She's Natural Hair Salon is continuing to do MAJOR things!  After being highlighted in Essence Magazine as a top hair care salon in the nation, Dee is still working, still rising.
In the Spring of 2019, she will be heading to the exclusive, renowned Mahogany Natural Hair Academy, to continue sharpening her skills, and set her own path to educate ablaze.

Check out more about Dee's story and be sure to donate to the cause if your heart moves you.  We sure will!

Best of Blessings Dee! 

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Hello My name is Deanna (Dee) Browley, it’s been four years since I’ve embarked on my pursuit of happiness, RelaxShesNatural! 

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned so far has been, "don't just celebrate the major victories but the entire journey". I understand that now, being the sixth child of seven children to a single mother, would be just as important for me as it was to sit in a classroom and learn from a teacher. 

RelaxShesNatural is the physical representation of purpose meeting passion! I’m a 36 year old wife and mother of three beautiful children, in which I’m sure you know this hasn’t been a easy, but I am up for the challenge. My husband and I own RelaxShesNatural LLC (you can find on IG RelaxShesNatural_llc or check out the website

We currently have a hair salon in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The vision is to equip women with the knowledge, tools and confidence to properly take care of their at-home health/haircare needs. In order for this to manifest, the need for continuing education is mandatory.  

Today I’m asking for your help in helping me “Make It For Us”! The knowledge I obtain from this experience, will be beneficial to my clients and future students, as well as the overall growth of RelaxShesNatural. 

Image result for mahogany natural hair academy
I've recently been accepted to attend the Mahogany Natural Hair Academy Celebrity Natural Styles Bootcamp, in Los Angeles March of 2019, with Dr Kari Williams (Physician with a focus of Hair Loss, creator of the Goddess Loc, Celebrity Natural HairCare Specialist) and Nadra Smiley the visionary behind the first Natural Hair School in Illinois, Amazon Natural Hair Academy. 

Due to the fact we are a small business and funds are limited, tied into our everyday expenses, the goal is to raise 10,000 by January 18, 2019 for Bootcamp and the Business to cover overhead while attending. Your investment can be sent directly to PayPal.Me/RelaxShesNatural, I’ve decided to be the change I want to see! Help me “MAKE IT FOR US”! 

Any further questions, contact me via email deannawilliams954@gmail.com,
Thank you, Deanna (Dee) Browley

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*Check out her feature in Voyage Chicago, too!



Thursday, January 3, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Relax She's Natural!

As we jump head first into 2019, we want to remind you about this cool crowdfunding campaign for one of our faves.  Dee Browley, of Chicago's Relax She's Natural Hair Salon is continuing to do MAJOR things!  After being highlighted in Essence Magazine as a top hair care salon in the nation, Dee is on the move and gracing us with her many talents.
In the Spring, she will be heading to the exclusive, renowned Mahogany Natural Hair Academy, to continue sharpening her skills, and set her own path to educate ablaze.

Check out more about Dee's story and be sure to donate to the cause if your heart moves you.  We sure will!

Best of Blessings Dee! 

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Hello My name is Deanna (Dee) Browley, it’s been four years since I’ve embarked on my pursuit of happiness, RelaxShesNatural! 

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned so far has been, "don't just celebrate the major victories but the entire journey". I understand that now, being the sixth child of seven children to a single mother, would be just as important for me as it was to sit in a classroom and learn from a teacher. 

RelaxShesNatural is the physical representation of purpose meeting passion! I’m a 36 year old wife and mother of three beautiful children, in which I’m sure you know this hasn’t been a easy, but I am up for the challenge. My husband and I own RelaxShesNatural LLC (you can find on IG RelaxShesNatural_llc or check out the website

We currently have a hair salon in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The vision is to equip women with the knowledge, tools and confidence to properly take care of their at-home health/haircare needs. In order for this to manifest, the need for continuing education is mandatory.  

Today I’m asking for your help in helping me “Make It For Us”! The knowledge I obtain from this experience, will be beneficial to my clients and future students, as well as the overall growth of RelaxShesNatural. 

Image result for mahogany natural hair academy
I've recently been accepted to attend the Mahogany Natural Hair Academy Celebrity Natural Styles Bootcamp, in Los Angeles March of 2019, with Dr Kari Williams (Physician with a focus of Hair Loss, creator of the Goddess Loc, Celebrity Natural HairCare Specialist) and Nadra Smiley the visionary behind the first Natural Hair School in Illinois, Amazon Natural Hair Academy. 

Due to the fact we are a small business and funds are limited, tied into our everyday expenses, the goal is to raise 10,000 by January 18, 2019 for Bootcamp and the Business to cover overhead while attending. Your investment can be sent directly to PayPal.Me/RelaxShesNatural, I’ve decided to be the change I want to see! Help me “MAKE IT FOR US”! 

Any further questions, contact me via email deannawilliams954@gmail.com,
Thank you, Deanna (Dee) Browley

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*Check out her feature in Voyage Chicago, too!



Sunday, December 23, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Relax She's Natural!

We are always excited to highlight the work of women, small businesses, and creatives.  Here, we get to honor and note all 3!  Dee Browley, of Chicago's Relax She's Natural Hair Salon is continuing to do MAJOR things!  After being highlighted in Essence Magazine as a top hair care salon in the nation, Dee is keeping the bomb dizzle-ness going (this is a technical term lol).
In the Spring of 2019, she will be heading to the exclusive, renowned Mahogany Natural Hair Academy, to continue sharpening her skills, and set her own path to educate ablaze.

Check out more about Dee's story and be sure to donate to the cause if your heart moves you.  We sure will!

Best of Blessings Dee! 

------

Hello My name is Deanna (Dee) Browley, it’s been four years since I’ve embarked on my pursuit of happiness, RelaxShesNatural! 

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned so far has been, "don't just celebrate the major victories but the entire journey". I understand that now, being the sixth child of seven children to a single mother, would be just as important for me as it was to sit in a classroom and learn from a teacher. 

RelaxShesNatural is the physical representation of purpose meeting passion! I’m a 36 year old wife and mother of three beautiful children, in which I’m sure you know this hasn’t been a easy, but I am up for the challenge. My husband and I own RelaxShesNatural LLC (you can find on IG RelaxShesNatural_llc or check out the website

We currently have a hair salon in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The vision is to equip women with the knowledge, tools and confidence to properly take care of their at-home health/haircare needs. In order for this to manifest, the need for continuing education is mandatory.  

Today I’m asking for your help in helping me “Make It For Us”! The knowledge I obtain from this experience, will be beneficial to my clients and future students, as well as the overall growth of RelaxShesNatural. 

Image result for mahogany natural hair academy
I've recently been accepted to attend the Mahogany Natural Hair Academy Celebrity Natural Styles Bootcamp, in Los Angeles March of 2019, with Dr Kari Williams (Physician with a focus of Hair Loss, creator of the Goddess Loc, Celebrity Natural HairCare Specialist) and Nadra Smiley the visionary behind the first Natural Hair School in Illinois, Amazon Natural Hair Academy. 

Due to the fact we are a small business and funds are limited, tied into our everyday expenses, the goal is to raise 10,000 by January 18, 2019 for Bootcamp and the Business to cover overhead while attending. Your investment can be sent directly to PayPal.Me/RelaxShesNatural, I’ve decided to be the change I want to see! Help me “MAKE IT FOR US”! 

Any further questions, contact me via email deannawilliams954@gmail.com,
Thank you, Deanna (Dee) Browley

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*Check out her feature in Voyage Chicago, too!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Supports

I Love Art: Gala!  ILA Creative Studio


It is such an honor to be on the Host Committee for the I Love Art: Gala

ILA Creative Studio will become an innovative co-working space for creatives on the South Side of Chicago next year, and this event kicks off an exquisite introduction to the plans founder Rachel Gadson has for this unique space. 



Click this link to learn more and join us as we celebrate each other, the arts, and most importantly the intentionality of creating spaces for us. #iloveartgala #ilacreativestudio


Check out ILA on social...
Twitter: @heyheyila



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Events

I Love Art: Gala!  ILA Creative Studio


Art is one of our faves, and we're excited to be on the Host Committee for the I Love Art: Gala

ILA Creative Studio will become an innovative co-working space for creatives on the South Side of Chicago next year, and this event kicks off an exquisite introduction to the plans founder Rachel Gadson has for this unique space. 

Click this link to learn more and join us as we celebrate each other, the arts, and most importantly the intentionality of creating spaces for us. #iloveartgala #ilacreativestudio






Follow ILA on social...
Twitter: @heyheyila



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

I Love Art: Gala!  ILA Creative Studio


We are SO very excited to be on the Host Committee for the I Love Art: Gala

ILA Creative Studio will become an innovative co-working space for creatives on the South Side of Chicago next year, and this event kicks off an exquisite introduction to the plans founder Rachel Gadson has for this unique space. 

Click this link to learn more and join us as we celebrate each other, the arts, and most importantly the intentionality of creating spaces for us. #iloveartgala #ilacreativestudio









Twitter: @heyheyila



Thursday, October 4, 2018

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Black Girl Sunscreen!

No matter the season, no matter the location, sunscreen is essential for all skin types.  Black Girl Sunscreen has changed the game, creating a sunscreen suitable for melanin-popping skin, with no ashy residue, and healthy ingredients, too!


We got to chat with the creator of Black Girl Sunscreen, Shontay Lunday, to hear more about the brand.

Check it out!




How did  you get started  in beauty and skincare?      
It was never my intention to be in the beauty or skincare industry; I just saw a problem that needed to be solved.

What did  you find to  be missing from  the industry that  you saw fit to add?  
The problem for me was that big brand sunscreens leave a chalky white residue. These brands just weren’t checking for women of color. It was more about protecting skin, so it didn’t matter if the sunscreen made you look good or feel good.

What makes  Black Girl Sunscreen  extra special? Why this  name?
Black Girl Sunscreen was developed for women of color with natural ingredients that are appropriate for our skin complexion. We have eliminated the tell-tale white residue, all fragrances, parabens and all things that are toxic to the environment such as oxybenzone. The last thing you want is to be ashy, period.
I created BGS because I am my own customer. The name is intentional because I want other women of color to know that this product is for them.   
 
What was  your greatest  challenge in launching  Black Girl Sunscreen? Are  there any challenges  that just won't  go away?
The biggest challenge for us has been dispelling the myth that people of color don’t need to wear sunscreen. This misconception may come from the upbringing of people of color (i.e. home remedies, old school mentality) as well as advertising and public awareness campaigns being geared towards fair-skinned individuals. However, people of color are at risk of getting damage to the skin despite the presence of melanin. Research shows African Americans have the highest rate of mortality in the U.S. population after receiving a melanoma diagnosis. These statistics can’t be ignored. Yes, “black doesn’t crack” but it needs to be protected.   
 
What's  next for  Black Girl  Sunscreen?
We started BGS with the goal of eliminating white residue but now we’re onto bigger things; we’re creating a legacy and shifting mindsets. Our mission is to create awareness globally around skin cancer, melanoma and sunburn. Black Girl Sunscreen will influence future generations to be skin conscious and dispel stereotypes related to people of color and sun protection.

What's  something  you would tell  growing brands to  help them on their  way?
Follow your passion. You have to get out there and do it, because no one else will do it for you!

To learn more, visit BlackGirlSunscreen.com and follow with the @BlackGirlSunscreen handle on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

*Also, check out our Instagram Giveaway Collaboration starting tomorrow, 10/5!


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