Animated Hairos

Another Monday means another blog, and we are “BACK AGAIN” – big up Troopz for that one!

We’re back 😏

Recently I have noticed the clear and apparent publication of black hairstyles in animation on TV and even big screen movies. I will be delving into examples of throwback and more recent characters that show a variety of these styles . If you are a fan of animated movies, cartoons and shows then this one is for you!

LETS GO!!!!

Let’s kick it off with the amazing Spider-man movie that dropped last year titled “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.” This introduced the first afro-latina Spider-man character “Miles Morales” into the Spider-verse on the big screen. This quirky, cool character sported a rather un-tamed afro and really stamped black roots on a big mainstream hero. This was even accompanied by the black Spider-suit and the trade-mark Jordan 1 Retro High Spider-Man Origin Story Nike Dunks.

Who DIDN’T watch “The Boondocks” ?! This show was the pinnacle of Black America when it initially launched on 6 November 2005. It was a hilarious outline on black lives in America. It followed the trends of music, news, the world and even played up to stereotypes of Uncle Toms and the typical rapper lifestyle. Huey and Riley Freeman were the main characters with contrasting personalities and hairstyles. With Riley opting for canerows while Huey chose to have his hair out in a huge afro which seemed to signify his “woke” personality. Let’s not forget Thugnificent – his hairstyle was plain and simply WILD!

Frozone – “Where is my super suit?” he was a great addition to the Incredibles family that provided extra wit and a frosty finish. Although he was bald – it does show a variety of hairstyles or lack of hairstyles for black characters within the cinematic universe.

People found a comical resemblance between Stormzy and Frozone at the BRITS 2020

Real 90s babies are going to love this one! Who remembers Gerald from “Hey Arnold!” ? he was one of the original characters to have a consistent high top in the 90s cartoon world.

Static – the DC animated hero with the power of electromagnetic control and generation. He was known for his distinctive dreads and his electricity generating from his hands while surfing on his self-built metal saucer.

90s babies I’m going to take you down memory lane AGAIN for this one. Vincent Pierre “Vince” LaSalle is one of the main characters of the television show we all loved called “Recess.” On top off that, he rocked the typical 90s/early noughties high top fade throughout the shows air time on television. He was also known to be confident, cool and very athletic – often seen with a basketball in his hand.

SONG OF THE WEEK

If you have any characters that I’ve missed in this blog, let me know in the comments below!

hArt Apparel Store – Behind the Art

We’re back with something a little different this week. In this weeks interview styled blog I spoke to Andre Hart the man behind the rising educational clothing brand “hArt Apparel Store.” If you’re into fashion, hair and inspiration keep reading! We had chat about his brand, his goals and his achievements so far. Its worth the read trust me – so lets get into it!

What inspired you to start hArt Apparel?

I started hArt Aparrel Store mainly because I feel like there’s so much undiscovered art out there. My surname is Hart, and I didn’t even clock till recently that my name has the word “ART”; in it. We overlook things that are right in front of us sometimes. I made it my job to look beneath the surface, hence – hArt Apparel Store.

Would you say that fashion has a heavy influence on the way you think and dress personally?


Personally? Yeah 100%. Look good, feel good, I’ve always been one to take extra pride in my appearance, I’m always the “fashionably late” one in the group. I like to take inspiration from current trends and make them my own.

How long have you been running the company for?


I initially manifested the brand on the 1st January 2019 then officially launched on May 25th of the same year. It was in the works prior, I just didn’t want to rush things.

Where are you based?

We are based in East London, Newham – Custom House

How are you different from the rest of the fashion lines out there at the moment? What makes you unique?

I think what makes hAS unique is its mantra. I’ve labelled it as education streetwear. Aiming to bridge the gap between fashion and education. Sports & Fashion is so synonymous, why can’t education? If I can educate and make it trendy, I’ve done my job.

Can you explain how your clothing benefits natural hair? Do you use unique materials?

I’ve wanted to make hair protective hoodies for ages, I used to have long hair and it would always mess up fast during winter when I’d put up my hood. Now I’ve got a fade with waves, same issue! The satin lined hoody I recently released is the solution! Same material as a bonnet or durag, less hassle! You don’t even have to have afro hair to benefit. The comfort suits all.

What are hArt Apparels plans for 2020?

2020 for the brand is about establishing our niche in the market. People know we have clothing but clothing is only one half of the brand. The other half is what we DO. We are planning an event for the summer too. Our 1 year anniversary celebration. Due to be lit!

Have any social/famous figures worn or supported your brand?


I’ve reached out to a few people that I’ve crossed paths with growing up in east. Yxng Bane, Selecta Jay, Darren Hart aka Hartman, to name a few all have Tees.

I’ve seen you describe your clothing brand as educational streetwear – a segment for young writers to create within fashion. Can you elaborate more on this and how you allow writers to do this?

I want to be able to connect with young adults who love creating literature. An aspiring poet from UEL for example or an aspiring storyteller from St Bonaventures. I’d love to help them get their work out there, my clothing the canvas for them to create. Whether on clothing or even a blog space.

Where do you see Hart Apparel in 5 years?

Collaborating first and foremost with the youths who want to be involved. Then collaborating with other microbrands who I could exchange values with.

Long term? I’d want to have so much of an effect on education that I completely infiltrate the SYSTEM! Being the supplier for University merch would be my goal. Then I would like to take over school uniforms/PE kits, anything fashion, education related needs to run through the hArt apparel store – the leaders of the new school.

This concludes a detailed overlook of the upcoming wavey brand “hArt Apparel Store.” I am definitely copping a grey hoodie after this chat. If you want to find the brand online – their insta handle is @hartapparelstore. Check them out, cop a tee, hat or jumper and support the brand. This is definitely one to look out for, 2020 promises to bring big things for the brand, their exposure and growth!!

SONG OF THE WEEK

JuJu J is back with a bang! His album “Big Conspiracy” dropped on Friday 24 January 2020 and it’s an excellent body of work. The song chosen from his album for this weeks song of the week is:

J HUS FT KOFFEE – REPEAT

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Plait-inum Stylez

This week’s blog will be covering plaits, the highs and lows, how they are created and how they benefit our hair health. I am currently rocking a new style which was inspired by AJ Tracey on the cover of his Deluxe album. I’m not even going to lie, this is my favourite hairstyle I have had – SO FAR!

Plaits are another highly popular hairstyle which can used by many different hair textures. They are a multi-functional style and provide a variety of unique looks.

They are fairly more complex than twists and are formed by interlacing three or more strands of hair. This is achieved by splitting the hair into three sections.

Plaits can be left to fall off the head like how Krept has his, or they can be put into a ponytail at the top or back of your head – a style that Scorcher has rocked many times. Or they can be canerowed at the top of your head as seen in my picture above.

There is a deep-rooted history behind plaits, which makes the concept of this hairstyle more prolific amongst others. This style dates back to 3500 BC and was mainly used as symbolic style of societal status, ethnicity and religion within African culture and was very popular among women.

Aylsa Pace of @bomanesalon states that braiding (also known as plaits/plaiting) started in Africa with the Himba people of Namibia. In many African tribes, braid patterns and hairstyles were an indication of a person’s tribe, marital status, age, wealth and power.

The elder’s would braid their children’s hair, then their children would watch and learn from them. This was a skill that has been knowingly passed down through the generations. That’s a perfect example of being a “TOP MILITERIAN” – J Hus would appreciate that! Plaits became immensely popular around the world in the 1900s with women, men and children rocking this style.

J Hus has been recently returning back to his routes and begun teaching people how to be a “Militerian”

There are a few benefits to getting your hair plaited. Plaits, like twists are very low maintenance and can be kept in for up to 3 weeks before they will need to be re-done. All they require is regular greasing of your scalp to maintain its moisture and to sleep with a durag to ensure that your plaits do not become frayed and messy.

This style also aids with natural hair growth and maintain you’re hairs moisture as they are classed a “protective style.” This is a style that protects your hair from natural elements such as rain and wind which could lead to hair breakage. Healthy hair is key to hair growth and this style will ensure that your hair remains as healthy as possible.

Plaits add variety to the styles you can achieve. Have a scroll through the pictures in this blog to see the different plaits styles you may like to try. Ranging from the classical man bun, loose plaits, short plaits and plaits that are canerowed into a variety of styles.

@brinashairlounge – the personal hairstylist for AJ Tracey is a magician with her plait styles. This can be seen with the wide catalogue of hairstyles AJ Tracey has in his videos, insta posts and as mentioned before – his album cover.

This draws a satisfying end to this weeks blog on plaits, their history, the different hairstyles you can do with them and the natural benefits it provides your hair with.

SONG OF THE WEEK

If you haven’t been keeping up to date with the Wiley v Stormzy beef I suggest you do your research. This week’s song of the week is awarded to Stormzy for his second war dub to Wiley titled ‘STILL DISAPPOINTED’

Stormzy 2 – 0 Wiley. If you disagree, let me know in the comments below.

BAR OF THE WEEK

It’s 2020 and Bar of the week is back baby!

AND…. We have to give it to Ghetts for this cheeky bar in the ‘XPENSIVE HABITS REMIX’

“My monthly outgoings are mental but so is my income.
Cant buy 1 gotta buy 2 – identical twin one.
I got that for my son in the blue, and got my daughter the pink one”

One Acen – Expensive Habits Remix featuring JME X GHETTS X CHIP

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2020 vision: A Fresh Start

Happy new year to all the readers. This year is all about breaking boundaries and trying new things. This also extends to our hairstyles. Whether you are planning to try a particular style, grow your hair or cut your hair. It’s all about getting out of our comfort zone and experimenting.

Just like NSG we’ve got Options

Waves, plaits, twists, canerows. There are lots of styles we can discover over the course of the next 12 months and I will be covering them all.

Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts this year! If you would like me to cover any specific topics let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to cover this on future blog posts.

Keep your eyes peeled for further collaborations with 9bills.co.uk over the year too!

FIRST SONG OF THE WEEK FOR 2020!

STORMY – RAINFALL TAKEN OFF HIS SOPHOMORE ALBUM TITLED “H.I.T.H” SETS THE MOOD FOR THE START OF 2020

Barbershop Tings: A Bloggers Edition

Barbers are the best part of a mans grooming ritual. You sit into the barber chair looking average and you step out of the chair feeling brand new. We all love the barbers and the loyalty we hold for our barbers (if they are good) is unmatched. Some girls say guys are more loyal to their barbers than to them! But here’s why: How can one man with a razor have the power to turn your life around in the space of 20 minutes? Ask Big Tobz who addresses this in his 2016 smash hit: “Believe in your barber.”

The catchy phrase “Believe in your bludclaarrt barber” originated from this track

Lets talk about the barbershop community. This is an exclusive community to those who need their hair cut and want to vent about the weeks frustrations. Key relationships and life lessons are built from a barbershop and after a few years you may consider your barber a close friend. I’ve been at weddings where a groom’s best man was his barber! How about that for believing in your bludclaart barber!

Barber shops teach us how to deal with issues how a “real man” would. These issues range from our women, dating, job problems to raising our kids. However, a topic that raises the most form of controversy is the beloved topic of football. If you support Arsenal and you have the bravery to argue with your die hard Chelsea supporter barber, you may leave the shop with your hairline finiiisheeddd!!

These magicians change our lives. If you want to try a new style, your barber should be able to tell you if this style will suit you and if he can perform the specific cut you want. If he can’t then hes gots to go! Taper fades, encouraging waves, line partings, side burns and beard grooming should all be part of your barber’s forte.

We as men give thanks to our barbers as they are seen as our own personal stylists for a meagre price of £10-15! I remember when I first started growing my hair, my barber encouraged my hair to grow in the correct manner by making sure the cut (skin fade on the side) did not disrupt the natural growth on the top and higher sides of my head. These cuts were all performed while engaging in a deep chat about our struggles we faced during the week and how we would spend the rest of our weekend to unwind from weekly pressures.

I recently visited the theatre to visit a British play based on the barber life titled ‘Barber Shop Chronicles.’ This is a play that gives a thoughtful and insightful overview of barbers across the world and how each barbershop deals with different yet similar issues. The Guardian gave it a 4/5 star rating and described it as: “an undeniably beautiful thing, packed with authentic dialogue and stunning flashes of insight.” Check the review for this play in the link below. You may even recognize a couple of the actors pictured in this article!

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/jul/26/barber-shop-chronicles-review-roundhouse-inua-ellams

Leading UK barbers like Smokey Barbers and HD Cutz have been killing the game recently. Instagram and Twitter have been showcasing the serious artistry these barbers possess when they create videos which show a before and after haircut picture/video. They are also responsible for cutting hair for influential black figures in the UK, footballers like Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and many more have had their hair styled by these barbers and it shows on the big stage. When we see them playing and scoring bangers for their clubs on European nights in the Champions League it always looks better when they have a fresh cut. Sky HD really highlights the definition of these cuts.

 

GRM Daily have also started to move into the barber game with their new show titled “In Da Cut” where our favourite UK rappers are challenged to cut a brave member of the publics hair! It’s a great watch! The game is changing and barbers are getting the recognition they deserve!

IN DA CUT EPISODE FT CHIP X LETHAL BIZZLE

The barbershop creates a community of unity, respect and a high level of banter. The essence of such characteristics should not be lost over the years as it is now engraved into our culture. Find the right barber and barbershop for you and I guarantee that you will spend a couple extra hours in the barbershop on a Saturday debating random topics such as: “Are Caribbean’s really Caribbean’s and is Africa really the motherland?”

SONG OF THE WEEK

MELVILLOUS – WIDDIT IS THIS WEEKS SONG OF THE WEEK!! THE FLOW? BARS AND DELIVERY ARE TOP TIER ON THIS ONE!!!

How highly do you rate your barber? Let me know in the comments below!

Twist An’ Go

Who doesn’t love twists?! And if you don’t, then this isnt for you… But stay! This will change your mind! I am an ambassador for the simple two strand twists, as they are the most versatile hairstyle that are suitable for maintaining a professional look (for work, interviews etc) and as a trendy look when going out with your DRIP of choice!

Twists are a very popular hairstyle among afro-textured hair. There are a few different style of twists that can be done. Ranging from mini twists, twists outs and flat twists. Twists are achieved by dividing the hair into several sections, halving those sections into two parts and then twisting the two parts around one another.

There are key positives to having and maintaining twists, these are as follows: They are very low maintenance and can be kept in for 2 – 3 weeks before they start to get really messy. You are able to condition and moisturise your hair while in twists to maintain its fresh look.

You can keep your twists moisturised by applying conditioner and grease on a weekly basis (this is also a great way to ensure that the twists hold in place and maintain definition!).

When going to bed, make sure to cover your twists with a durag to ensure that they do not get messy at night. Twists also help with natural hair growth and maintain your hairs moisture as it’s a “protective style”.

Mini twists are a shorter version of twists for those with shorter hair. This twist hairstyle tends to last longer as the twists are naturally more compact. They also allow for more versatility in styling.

For a perfected shrunken mini twist look, try doing this style whilst your hair is wet. The water would naturally cause your hair to shrink and provide a shorter look.

In order to achieve a mini twist-out look, you can then separate each separate twist leaving a more defined curly finish, which can also last for an extra week or two – if you dont wash your hair.

Flat twists are similar to canerows as they essentially require the same method but are manufactured in a different way to provide an alternative look. Instead of using three sections of hair as done with canerows, these twists only require two sections at a time. This look works well on natural and blow dried hair. These are also less time consuming to take out.

Having your hair blow dried before it is twisted will show the length of your hair and allow the ponytail hairstyle – if your hair is long enough to be put into one.

I hope this weeks blog post has helped you understand more about twists and the versatility they provide. I would recommend giving twists a 2 week trial and I promise you’ll never look back! Stay tuned for more blog posts in the upcoming weeks!

KREPT X KONAN TAKE OVER THIS THE MUSIC SECTION OF THE BLOG THIS WEEK!

SONG OF THE WEEK BROUGHT TO YOU BY KREPT & KONAN X WIZKID – G LOVE ! THIS TUNE IS A CERTIFIED BANGER!!

BAR OF THE WEEK

“She said my penthouse looks like I play for Arsenal. I told the concierge bell er in! Pretty girls wana beat wana pattern. And I didnt plan it but her weaves on a Saturn. This ain’t a G-Wagon but theres Gs in the wagon! When we catch you, we ain’t tweeting it happen!!!”

Do you know what bar this song is from? Who said it? Let me know in the comments below!