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On a Personal Note Audio Story on CD Baby

In Writing (all kinds) on December 4, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Here is a story to buy about black hair:

Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge | On a Personal Note

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/donnakaycindykakonge4

Talking About Hair Today

In Writing (all kinds) on October 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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It is now 9:17 p.m. on November 6, 2017, and as the times get busier, I have found a more simple routine to beautify. I wash my hair daily. Many times I wash at night. It helps my hair to lock better. I still have some Aveda shampoo Be Curly that I combine with Intelligent Nutrients for Coarse hair. They originate from the same founder, so I find it is fine. I condition with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla. I have the shampoo too. I was using aloe vera gel as a leave-in conditioner, however, now I use it internally anywhere from once a day to three times a day. I am also taking silica gel internally too. I take a plethora of vitamins that are good for hair such as biotin, vitamin C, alfalfa, nettle, and horsetail vitamins. I still use an oil combination that is lighter that has olive oil as a base oil. Combining all of the oils I joked with my neighbour that I could create a perfume for people that do not want anyone to come around them and call it “Oil Linus,” like right out of Charlie Brown and Peanuts. There is not any French accent on the “Linus,” although as a side-note while I write this, I do speak French. As my Mommy says, it is an important language to know.

All the best! The journey is in journalism style, my first degree. The most recent at the beginning.

Bringing time forward to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Kentucky specials may add too – I bought Carol’s Daughter shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil for the first time after decades of my sister raving about it. The first use is a huge win! This is the winner in the personal battle I had about shampoos for extra curly hair. It’s Carol’s Daughter, founded by Lisa Price.

Back in 2007, I had cut off all of my hair. This photo above is how I look today with my glasses as of Friday, July 7, 2017, at 8:42 p.m. EDT. I already look different, as of July 16, 2017, at 5:59 p.m. EDT and I will tell you why.

If you are wondering, how could I possibly look different? Well, you do also. A wise and gentle homeopathic doctor told me not too long ago when I went to her to quit smoking cigarettes that the body renews its cells every three months. This is exactly why people who have been once been diagnosed with cancer can have a different diagnosis only months later there are not any cancer cells in the body. This is why people with mental illness can go decades without a remission. This is also why even people who have been diagnosed with diabetes can live to be 100+ years old. Yes, the homeopath is right and each of us is changing every single day, every single moment, every single second. All of us – regardless of age.

I used Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner and shampooed with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint shampoo, washed my skin with the citrus one, used Aveeno Intensive Care skin lotion after washing and that was it for about 10 years. Oh yes, I would also use during that time whatever conditioner I could find, but when I was in my 20s, I really loved Aveda products. Before I used the Rosemary Mint Aveda conditioner. The Aveda website also has a 20 percent discount going on recently for Canadian customers. The only reason why I do not use the Aveda conditioner anymore is that it is not recommended for locks. However, Aveda is good, but it is now designer shampoo. It is owned by Estée Lauder. The former owner of Aveda sold the beauty company to Estée Lauder. The original owner of Aveda now has a new beauty company called Intelligent Nutrients. It’s sold in New York City and throughout America, as well as across Canada and also in Europe. You can Google it to find out more information. Intelligent Nutrients is more affordable and actually, a good beauty product, for hair is what I can comment on. Instead, since my locks are mature, I use a selection of my oils in warmer weather and all of the oils in colder weather to deep condition my locks. My hair oils are featured on this site.

I just recently started using Aveda again and will purchase it when finances are good. Now I am using the Be Curly Aveda shampoo and conditioner.

I also recently started pre-conditioning my hair before washes with mayonnaise since Somali, Eritrean and Ethiopian people have sworn by it and told me about it for years. You need to use the natural and/or organic mayonnaise that you can find in a health section of a grocery store or a health food store. The commercial mayonnaise has sugar, where the more organic one has just salt and not sugar. I also try to eat eggs at least three times a week. I have one loc in the back of my head that is past the middle of my back and I am rather tall. Recently, I have noticed about two locks in total that is into the middle of my back.

Loc care really is simple! It need not be complicated. I would say that the most important thing that I used to have for my locks is Dr. Bronner’s shampoo and my oils. Now, I have decided to use Dr. Bronner’s shampoo only if I am finding a lot of build-ups in my hair, as well as for cleaning purposes around the home because it is actually an all-purpose shampoo which is why it could appear to be drying on the more mature hair.

I keep the hair oils in and help to deep condition my locks with a heating cap when the weather is rather dry. Thank goodness Toronto is humid. I have come to appreciate it for its humidity.

The hair oils are a must for mature loved hair that is of African origin. I have recently started using Herbal Glo Shampoo for Thinning Hair, plus the compatible conditioner. So far, so good. However, what I discovered is that Herbal Glo Shampoo and Conditioner for Thinning Hair (which I actually found out is not my problem), is extremely drying just like Dr. Bronner’s can be. The way you can solve this with any shampoo and conditioner which would bring down the price of what you pay in order to stay clean (this would also be true of body wash as well), is to add oils to it. Add oils to the combination and try to use something like a plastic straw or something such as that in order to mix it together. You cannot do this right after buying it. However, it does work well because you will find out if the product is too oily, just right, or too drying for your hair and if it is too drying for your hair (particularly with daily washing), then you can add the oils if you wish to.

There are many other good shampoos that you can find from a health food store that is for thinning hair and Aveeno shampoos tend to be good too that you can find from most grocery stores. I still pre-condition with the mayonnaise, the oils and put the Giovanni in right after I have shampooed. Sometimes I also use Maui Moisture Coconut as a pre-conditioner as well. Well, often, I do use Maui Moisture to pre-condition my hair. Giovanni leaves too many white marks in black coloured hair if you put it in when your hair is not wet.<!–more–>

I walk 31 minutes at least seven days a week and I will be 45 this year. I will be 46 next year and 47 the year after that and so it goes. I also have started to take a plethora of vitamins (a whole bunch of different kinds) again. I have cut this down for financial reasons to omega 3-6-9 plus flaxseed oil and borage oil, a multivitamin for women,  cold-doctor to prevent colds and vitamin D3 all of the Exact brands from Loblaws. I have also just recently within the last two weeks or so cut out caffeine from my diet, yes, that means no coffee or cola either. I have not had an alcoholic drink since February 2004. I also have been adding hair recipe tea drinks to my selection of beverages. Brings the fun back into drinking and staying sober at the same time. Horsetail tea, nettle tea, alfalfa tea, ginger tea, also mixed with green tea and some honey tends to work well. The honey is optional. I find I can drink a mixture of horsetail tea, ginger tea, and green tea easily without honey. I do need to put honey into my Greens+ mixed with fibre. Since I am out of honey I have been using blackstrap molasses and I actually prefer the taste. I also have been drinking a glass of moringa powder in water and also drops of oil of oregano in powder too. When my moringa powder runs out, before I buy more, I am going to drink the moringa tea that my Mommy gave me as a gift a few years ago. When the moringa tea runs out, I’ll purchase both the powder and the tea of moringa.

I also started taking aloe vera juice again. I used to use aloe vera right from the plant in my 20s when my hair was as long as it is now. The kind I use is Lily of the Desert that I bought from Strictly Bulk on Bloor Street in Toronto and a put a bit of the aloe vera juice in a glass with water and then some organic raw blue agave syrup for sweetener as I have been doing lately instead of using too much of the blackstrap molasses. I also started to use nettle vitamins at night.

Also, if you find you are out of lemonade, which I also drink, lemon tea, dark berry teas, peppermint tea and a coco-lemon Thai tea that you can find at David’s Tea is great. I just recently bought a great combination to replace my coco-lemon Thai tea from David’s tea.

With water, I add just a little bit of blackstrap molasses with water and a touch of apple cider vinegar in water each day and this could be the key to also keeping the doctor away :-). Medical doctor, I do mean. I am also starting to drink POM juice again, pomegranate juice which is currently on sale at Loblaws and it is better than wine! I also drink the honey & ginger lemonade that you can find at Loblaws.

I walk 31 minutes at least seven days a week. Praying to be 120 – let’s hear it for medical technology! I do not colour my hair, but I do have some gray hairs. I do not plan to colour my hair. I’m not in a rush, but I actually love gray hair even on women so I plan to embrace mine.

So, the photo above is a selfie and this is a professional photo done by Caitlin Cronenberg back in 2007. This is how I looked then:

Photo Courtesy of Ben Barry Models – Caitlin Cronenberg

What 10 years will do, eh? Now mind you, the makeup artist was a miracle worker. Literally, that beautiful makeup artist was a miracle worker. With hair like this, conditioners and mayonnaise pre-conditioners would be recommended.

I cannot do makeup even 0.00001% as good, however, what I can do is help you to loc (dreadlocks) and to listen to your talk. I do other things, so I am not looking to get rich from this, however, if you would be interested in locking and/or deadlocking your hair – basically what I would be doing is getting to the spots that you cannot reach for yourself – then please email at donnamagazinewordpress@gmail.com. I will under no circumstances deal with men’s hair or anyone who has been a man. Just a policy. Sorry. Women only. Thank you. Does not matter your culture, I will do it for you and I can find a public space in order to do it as long as you book far enough in advance. I would need about one week’s notice at the minimum.

It’s a big decision. One should think about it. It is not a decision to be rushed. I did not loc until 2012 – it took five years after I cut my hair in 2007 after basically a failed locking attempt. I have been locked now for five years as well, going on six, and this is actually my third attempt at locking that worked out.

Again, if interested, please contact donnamagazinewordpress.com. Please see my page on this site for my books and audiobooks for a list of the number of items I have related to the politics of hair.

As for my drinks which are cold in the summer, I will just heat them up for the winter.

What Happened to the Afro?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work on June 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

My hair obsession that has turned into a hair acceptance also turned into a book called What Happened to the Afro? Here is some video was taken in Uganda in 1996 or 1997 of a braiding session going on in Kampala. You can buy the book at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.:

Buy The Politics of Black Hair: An Online Course – Check Out the Pages Section of this Magazine to Find out where you can buy it!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 25, 2014 at 3:00 AM


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Malawian Hair Laws

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 18, 2014 at 3:00 AM


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The first female president of Malawi in Southern Africa took office on April 7, 2012 (Wallace, 2012, May 22). Another monumental occurrence on this day is that Joyce Banda, the current female president of Malawi, wears her hair in its natural African texture (Wallace, 2012, May 22). Joyce Banda is displaying a look that is sometimes frowned upon in African culture, as expressed in the laws of the country that are ever-changing. Currently, foreigners who travel to Malawi are now allowed to wear trousers and have long hair unlike before (Laws and Local Etiquette in Malawi, 2011). This article will discuss the changes in laws around appearance in the Southern African country of Malawi, particularly the look of hair that could have a tremendous impact on the entire continent. As recently as early January of 2012, attacks happened on women wearing short skirts and trousers, as well as men who wore their hair too long (Irish Rule of Law Malawi: Pre-trials and Tribulations, 2012, January 26). As of April 7, 2012, when an announcement is made about the death of a Malawian doctor, USA Today notes Hastings Kamuzu Banda who ruled Malawi from 1963 to 1994 and banned short skirts and trousers on women, as well as long hair on men (Doctors: Malawi President has died after heart attack, 2012, April 7).

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Get radical (originally published on Canoe.ca)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 2, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Beauty, Writing (all kinds) on December 7, 2008 at 17:23

Trends in hair fashions are keeping tempo with music and other media. Looks change from the rock and roll and out of bed, straight with no frizz and shiny as a mirror like classical or jazz, or alternative radical styles with no half measures and no compromises.

The desired look with StudioFX

Many young people are adopting these trendy looks and in every way letting their hair hang loose.

“[I have a] curly look,” says Elle Spencer-Lewis, a part-time editor. “Usually I’ll put on some kind of glossy hold product when it’s wet, and then put on a spritzer when it’s dry, and blow dry it slowly.”

Spencer-Lewis is fairly familiar with this season’s hair trends. She’s glad she does not have to straighten her hair anymore.

Possibly a good product for Spencer-Lewis might be the “radical” brand of products of L’Oréal Paris’s new Special FX line, which is supposed to be great for pasting, shaping and setting.

“Extreme hold is guaranteed,” says manager of public relations for L’Oréal Paris, Caroline Badger. “Radical gel’s original ‘glue’ texture is enriched with fibres to create extreme effects almost hair by hair – with a hold that just won’t quit!”

Caroline Künzle, 27, and a part-time theatre usher, isn’t looking for a radical look with her wavy to straight, relatively short hair. She wants less structure.

“My hair maintenance is quite low,” says Künzle. “I’m growing it out, and decided to go for a longer look. It’s kind of in that awkward in-between stage. I’m kind of trying to go for that palm tree look. The look I want is the out of bed, and as unkempt as possible.”

GET RADICAL

Künzle likes the unwashed look.

The new Special FX line “out of bed” product, aimed at the under 30 age group, promises to tousle and unsettle.

“A bonus benefit, the formula is extremely pliable and allows one to change the direction of the style during the day – to create a unique ‘remix’ as the day goes on,” says Badger. “Whatever movement is fashioned, hair remains shiny and supple…and stays that way!”
Angela Li, a 29-year-old financial analyst with naturally straight hair, sometimes tries to make it even straighter. Read the rest of this entry »

Hair – by Donna Kakonge (published December 1999/January 2000 – Panache Magazine)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 30, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Beauty, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on November 2, 2008 at 14:27

Back in the mid-80s, watching Oprah Winfrey’s bouncing and behaving hair was like a dream come true. I never knew that black hair could do that. I rushed to a salon, telling them to duplicate the Oprah ‘do on my head, and they did. The bad part is that just like what once happened to Oprah, my hair fell out. I was left with no hair on my head to duplicate any ‘do. Read the rest of this entry »

The Master Weaver (originally published with Pride Newsmagazine)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 21, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Rose Hibbert and Christos Cox creates magic with Donna Kakonge’s hair

The Master Weaver

With her 1992 red and black Volkswagen Jetta, Hibbert drove me up to Hair & Wigs on the Danforth in Toronto to get the 150 per cent real human cuticle hair for the makeover. Her sister Ingrid Hart, who is an actor and had a long-running role on “Train 48,” was seated in the back. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Loctician in Town at Urban Textures Salon – NOW EMPORIA in Yorkville

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 27, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Mariam Ibrahim the best loctician in town for natural Black hair will soon be at

Urban Textures Salon NOW NAMED EMPORIA in Toronto for two days a week.

Check out Mariam`s Facebook page for more details:

https://www.facebook.com/natupnewbeing?fref=browse_search

Urban Textures Salon NOW NAMED EMPORIA is Located at:

140 Yorkville Ave. (Second Floor)

Real Life Black Hair Exhibit You Can Touch in NYC’s Union Square

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 8, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Check out this link:

http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/06/real_life_black_hair_exhibit_you_can_touch_in_nycs_time_square.html

Black Hair Online – Making Your Social Network Image Work For You

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on November 22, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Worried about your hairstyle for your Facebook page? Thinking of how good you look to others on LinkedIn or Twitter? Make sure you get the best out of your hairstyle and present the best image you can online. It is important! We live in times where even employers will go online to take a look at you before considering whether or not to give you the job. Read the rest of this entry »

Hair Stop and Shop Inc. Reports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Influence on the Wig Industry

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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The Politics of Black Hair: An Online Course

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

The Politics of Black Hair Online Course Book

http://commonground.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.3076

Enjoy!

Queen Latifah to Host 2010 P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on November 5, 2010 at 2:00 AM

Queen Latifah Will Host a P & G Event – Photo Courtesy of CNW

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COVERGIRL spokesmodel and film, TV and music industry superstar to bring Hollywood glamour to the second-annual awards ceremony in Toronto.

October 25, 2010 @ 07:30AM

TORONTO, ON – P&G Beauty & Grooming is rolling out the red carpet for industry royalty as Queen Latifah hosts the second-annual P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards ceremony, taking place on Thursday, November 11, 2010. The Grammy Award® and Golden Globe Award® winning singer, actress, and COVERGIRL spokesmodel will hold court as P&G Beauty & Grooming honours the best of Canada’s beauty, grooming and fashion editorial content as well as top make-up artists, hair stylists, photographers, and models.

The P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards acknowledge excellence and promote talent in the Canadian beauty, grooming, and fashion industry. Specifically, the awards recognize the exceptional editorial work that brings beauty, grooming and fashion news to Canadian readers as well as top make-up artists, hair stylists, photographers, and models.

This year, over 220 submissions were received from Canada’s leading magazines, newspapers, websites, and blogs following a nationwide call for entries in July 2010. The 2010 Awards feature 13 categories, including a new category for Best Male Fashion Feature, acknowledging the growing interest in fashion content dedicated to men:

1. Best Magazine Cover
2. Best Beauty Editor of a Magazine
3. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
4. Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine
5. Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
6. Best Fashion or Beauty Blog
7. Best Male Fashion Feature
8. Best Male Grooming Feature
9. Best Fashion or Beauty Website
10. Best New Face
11. Photographer of the Year
12. Hair Stylist of the Year
13. Make-up Artist of the Year

“Canadian talent deserves to be celebrated and we’re proud to shine this spotlight on the beauty and fashion industry in Canada with the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards,” says Esther Benzie, Canadian Marketing Director, Beauty. “We’re also very excited that COVERGIRL spokesmodel, Queen Latifah, will host the event to honour the 2010 winners. Her style and it will make for a very entertaining evening.”

An independent panel of influential Canadians – including beauty and fashion industry insiders along with art and design experts – reviewed and evaluated all entries, determining the three finalists and winner for each category.

To maintain objectivity, P&G Beauty & Grooming was not involved in the deliberation and enlisted a professional moderator to facilitate the proceedings. The 2010 panel includes:

* Donna Braggins; Professor of Illustration, Sheridan College
* Michèle Boulanger-Buissières; Founder, Fondation de la Mode de Montréal
* Hughes Chandonnet; Freelance Copy Writer
* David Dixon; Fashion Designer
* Brian Gluckstein; Interior Designer, Gluckstein Design
* Yasmin Grothé; Editor-in-Chief, Salon Magazine
* Francois Guenet; Creative Director
* Hans Koechling; President, The Image Is
* Susan Langdon; Executive Director, Toronto Fashion Incubator
* Frederic Metz; Associate Professor, UQAM School of Design
* Dr. Kenneth Montague; Art Curator
* Robert Ott; Chair, School of Fashion, Ryerson University
* Carly Stojsic; Market Editor, WGSN
* Beth Thompson; Author

P&G Beauty & Grooming is committed to supporting the Canadian beauty and fashion industry. In addition to presenting the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards, it is the exclusive beauty sponsor of Montreal Fashion Week and the Toronto International Film Festival.

For ongoing updates on the Awards, please follow the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PGBeautyGroomingAwards) and Twitter (twitter.com/pgbgawardsca and #pgawards).

Entry work samples will also be posted on the Awards entry site: http://www.pgbeautyandgroomingawards.ca
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A Hairpiece – My Hair Story

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2009 at 3:51 AM
Donna Kakonge Writes About Her Hair Journey - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Donna Kakonge Writes About Her Hair Journey – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Hair - October 15, 2009

My first hobby was playing hairdresser to my Barbie dolls. I had my childhood in the 70s and 80s but I was not much different from Black children in the 40s who chose White dolls over Black dolls in a landmark study that lead to the desegregation of American schools. It was not that I liked chocolate skin over the cream of white colour; it really came down to the hair. I wanted straight, long, blonde, brunette or red hair, hair that blew in the wind and that I could toss over my shoulder. And when I could not wish it on my head, I used a towel instead.

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