Why Jokes on Maxine Waters’ Hair & Donald Trump’s Hair aren’t Equal Mocking Opportunites

Why jokes on Maxine Waters’ hair and Trump’s hair aren’t equal mocking opportunities.

Bill O’Reilly was on air.  It wasn’t a commercial break.  He did not think his mic was off. He boldly and intentionally made the claim that while observing a speech by Ms. Waters that he “didn’t hear a word she said because he was looking at the James Brown wig.”  He really thought it was ok to mock Ms. Waters for the same reasons there was a level of ease and comfort with public mocking of Michelle Obama which is however different from the reasons Hilary Clinton was mocked. And obviously totally separate from the reasons Trump is mocked.  Let’s dissect it. This kind of arrogance and entitlement come from a long history of having the upper hand. When opponents are met with intelligence and power the side that’s used to “winning” thought it was ok, in this instance, to hit below the belt. Whether you agree or not with congresswoman Water’s political POV it’s wrong to attack a woman’s hair, body, features, clothes.  O’Reilly’s comment was sophomoric at best but more so a sad reflection of our current political landscape.  Recalling when #45 went after Heidi Cruz, Ted Cruz’s wife during the election. You all remember that, right?

So what’s different between mocking Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Why aren’t there equal mocking opportunities for all of them? Because, as history would have it one of these three have had power and privilege by virtue of sex and race. And as we know the black woman has fought long against concepts of unattractiveness in a color obsessed society.  I would love to know what you all think!  Comment below!

Until next time belles,

Xo Leslie




The End of an Era, the Beginning of a New Day

obamasI know it’s not just me.  We feel it, we talk about it, post memes about our emotions.  The mourning of the loss of our 44th president is palpable. But the esteem of having even witnessed a black man as president is still lastingly blissful.

Making my own correlation here but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that during the same time we’ve had a black first family we’ve had a rise in our natural hair movement.  Regardless of the texture of of the hair of our beloved Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, the culture they represented and reflected shone a light onto the facets of black culture and self acceptance. May the journey to acceptance, self knowledge and truth continue for us all.

Beauty App Connects Women with Natural Hair Salons

hair app As an advocate for everything to support healthy hair, we stumbled upon an app, called Swivel, that finds the right salon for your specific hair care needs.

According to the founders of Swivel:
“We’ve endured soul-crushing, hair-breaking, money-wasting trial-and-error (don’t tell us you’ve never cried after a bad blowout!), dealt with awkward moments when a salon couldn’t handle our “ethnic” hair, and put up with bad service, long waits, and rude stylists…all in the name of beauty.”
According to the Swivel app, those days are over. So we had to try out the app for ourselves. We downloaded the app from the app store and can choose from desired services such as: Twist outs, Silk Presses, Bantu Knots and other options.  You can select your hair type which includes Natural – Curly, Natural Kinky, Locs and other options.  We made our selection and were presented with a list of salons which included the address, ratings, images and the ability to book an appointment right from the app.

swivel1bCurrently the app is only available on iOS and lists salons in New York city.

Visit Swivel at http://www.swivelbeauty.com/

Until next time belles,

Xo, Leslie




leslie hamilton bellecocoa

2 NYE Hair Styles Inspired by Our Girl Janelle Monae

janellemonoe4 janellemonoe3

New Year’s eve is right around the corner and plans with your favorite people are a must.  Next on the list, something sparkly, furry, feathery, leathery, or lacy to wear. And most important the perpetual question of life. What to do with your hair? Naturalistas, new naturals, transitioners and chemically processed belles, here are two NYE looks we love due to their level of prettiness and versatility.  Janelle Monae rocks two super cute looks that can be achieved with your natural hair, extensions – sew-in,crochet, clip ins, or wigs. Afro’s are so chic aren’t they?  Whether TWA, twist-out inspired fro, curly or kinky fro afro’s elevate every look.  We love how Janel Monae rocks a kinky coily free form afro with face framing bangs.  With the second style a high afro puff meets kinky bangs. A perfect up do that masques all flaws. If your twist out, flat twist out or was go didn’t exactly come out the way you planned this style pulls it all together literally.  Simply pull up all your tresses and the magic of the puff transforms old or failed twist/braid outs.  Or add some clip ins and fingerstyle for this pretty,classic up do.  Ok Belle’s how will are you planning to wear your hair on NYE?

Until next time belles,

Xo Leslie



leslie hamilton bellecocoa


Allow me to introduce myself…

leslie hamilton bellecocoaAs a person who identifies as an introvert with some extroverted tendencies making my online presence is…what is it?  It’s different and feels a bit vulnerable yet I embrace it as this space is created for women to know the person behind the brand.  Normally I’d be content being behind the scenes, but in an industry where many store owners and retailers do not reflect the customer base I take this opportunity to introduce myself and show you that I am like you. So feel free to ask me that very particular question you have about the hair, knowing that as a person who may share similarities to your physical attributes I understand where you are coming from and can answer from first hand experience. Belle Cocoa, is a textured hair extension and coveted accessories online shop specializing in quality textured hair extensions and the kinds of accessories that you HAVE to have.

As a wife, mom, educator and a New Yorker currently residing in Brooklyn I’m like a lot of you precious belles! Busy, likes to laugh, loves a good meal, feels good when hair, mind, body and soul are aligned. I’m happiest when I’m consciously taking steps to live more authentically and walk in my purpose.

I hope Belle Cocoa, helps support your own healthy hair journey, enhances your natural beauty, makes your life easier, makes you smile and all that good stuff!

Until next time belles,

Xo, Leslie!