[Street Intell Rewind] Santasha’s Style’s presents the 2nd Annual ‘Natural Hair and Body Expo’

On Saturday, October 26th members of the Street Intell street team attended Santasha’s 2nd Annual Natural Hair and Body Expo at the Dumfries Youth Center in Dumfries, Virginia.

Partnered with the Military Natural Hair group Santasha put together a fun filled and educational affair featuring live hair care demonstrations by author and Natural Hair guru Karen Wilson.


The military Natural Hair group  is a group dedicated to supporting U.S. Armed Forces past and present who care about, have or are transitioning to wearing natural hair. They offer a place to share stories, encouragement, experiences, hair styles, regimens, products, and more. Their goal is to support natural  hair journeys and still serve their country honorably.

 Upon arrival to the venue guest’s were greeted by Santasha’s team. Each guest received a swag bag full of goodies. If they participated in the Satasha Quarles program and brought in slightly used or new hair care products [for military personnel overseas] each person received a free Street Intell ‘Good Hair’ tote. During the event guest were serenaded by a live band that provided a nice musical backdrop to the event. Some guest partook in skin care regimens and live demonstrations by Constance Glow.

There were an array of vendors at the event including our dear friends Todd and Vicki from Todd Parson’s earrings. It was great seeing them once more and we’re happy and excited to hear about their newly formed union.

We also interviewed a few vendors onsite to find out a bit about their experiences as business owners.

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A lot of the vendors were independent distributors of many specialty products. For instances, we spoke to a representative from Seacrets, a brand that specializes in natural body scrubs, sea salt mineral peels, and skin care cleansers. We met and spoke with actor and Martial arts instructor Cliff Cunningham who explained the concept behind  the self defense commercial and brand Deadly dymes. Deadly dymes produces a series of videos showcasing fight choreography that  demonstrates proper safety tactics for women in self defense. Most of the tactics displayed were based on Judo, Tai Chi, Mui Tai (Kick boxing) and other martial arts. Along with promotion of Safety tips Cliff was selling safety kits equipped with pepper spray and  15 million voltage stunt gun.

The 2nd annual Hair and Body expo was a great event and it was nice that Santasha decided to bring that kind of event to the Woodbridge, Manassas and Dumfries naturals. Often times many of them have to venture into DC which sometimes isn’t that convenient. Looking forward to next years event and we want to thank Santasha Quarles and the military naturals group for allowing us to take part in the event.

[Street Intell Rewind] Interview w/ @TarenGuy at #LLYHtourDC !!!

It was such a pleasure meeting and speaking with Taren. She has such a great personality and warm spirit. The DC event was packed to the brim with Naturalistas eager and willing to learn how to better maintain and love their hair. The Motions hair staff was a pleasure to work with and provided great support. Back stage in the green room we chatted it up with Taren and waited as the motions hair models and featured blogger panelists got ready. The hair models all looked stunning and their tresses were maintained and transformed by NYC stylist Jennifer Rose.

For those of you that aren’t familiar, Taren Guy is a vlogger based out of New York city, she is one of the leading natural hair [YouTube] vloggers on the internet right now. Since 2009, Taren has been sharing her hair journey and informing women through product reviews, styling tips and personal inspiration. She provides valuable knowledge to her audience that allows everyone to see [through her experience] that it is possible to love and learn your hair. Her love and appreciation for natural beauty has captivated an audience of over one hundred thousand subscribers. She continues to make strides as she tours around the US and abroad. We wish her continued success and look forward to more things to come!

Excuse the mispronunciation of Taren’s name. /Təˈren/ is the accurate pronunciation. Every now and then the immigrant in me slips out. Hope you enjoyed this feature! 🙂

-Leta F



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Living HERstory: Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness with @Regal_Fro

October is here and there are tons of causes to bring awareness to like breast cancer, domestic violence and down syndrome. We feel strongly about supporting each of those causes, however, just this year and over the past few months we have noticed a heightened string of events that have all been related to mental illness.

One example of this is shown in the recent passing of Hollywood actor Lee Thompson Young. Young’s death was an unexpected and devastating blow to Hollywood and the community of 20 something year olds; that have watched him grow from the beloved childhood secret agent, Jett Jackson. Young was only 29 when he committed suicide on August 19th, 2013. It was released yesterday via NYDailyNews that Young suffered from bi-polar disorder and depression.

With that being said it was shocking for most of the world to hear that news but it is undoubtedly not a surprise that most people neglect the fact that mental illness can attack anyone at anytime. It is almost always assumed that a person suffering from a mental illness should look a certain way or act “crazy”.

There are many other open stigmas attached to mental health and we wanted to focus on airing out those stigma’s and shedding more light on mental health. Therefore, we sat down to have an up close and honest discussion with one of our Instagram supporters Ms. Regal_Fro aka One Mental Vlogger. She shared her Street Intell and gave us a first hand look into how she is living her story.
On a brief visit to Virginia, we were fortunate to sit down for an up close and personal interview with this week’s living HER story feature, LaQwanda aka @Regal_Fro. Finding out that she has far more to share with the world than great hair tips.
LaQwanda has been one of Street Intell’s most active Instagram supporters and loyal followers. Looking from the outside in you can not tell that this beautiful, bubbly and brilliant, young woman has ever been through any struggle. She was such a pleasure to sit down and chat with.-Carleta Fearon
LaQwanda touched based on the importance of getting treated for mental health concerns and how she wants everyone to be able to conquerors of their condition.

We thank LaQwanda for choosing to share her Street Intell and we hope she informs and inspires more people to get help and learn more about the stigmatized condition of Mental Illness. If you connect with her and want to follow her journey further visit her on YouTube at One Mental Vlogger.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate attention call the suicide prevention help hotline :1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org