Bottling Memories, Ethical Fragrance, and Creating Scents for Connection ft Maya Njie, Owner of Maya Njie Perfumes
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
5h ago
After spending the past year developing my own fragrance, I’ve become obsessed with learning more about the process of developing fragrance. Maya Njie, an artist and self-taught perfumer, was the perfect person to dive deep on fragrance with. During our conversation Maya and I explored the scent composition of some of her top perfumes while discussing how significant her family history has been in building her business. We also talked about the unique experience of trying to capture feelings and translate them into scents that can be experienced by people internationally, the nuances of buildi ..read more
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Haircare is for Dads, Too ft. Charlotte Mensah, Owner of Hair Lounge
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
3d ago
While speaking with Charlotte Mensah, she shared her expertise in caring for Afro-textured hair, with products, tools, and styling recommendations. Charlotte also revealed how significant it was for her to grow up surrounded by family, having her hair done and styling it for others. Our conversation illuminated her decision to develop the Curl Power Workshop, an annual haircare and hairstyling event where adults learn to care for the Afro-textured hair of the children they love. For the second year, the workshop focuses on teaching fathers and grandfathers the skills they need to master hair c ..read more
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Beauty from Accra to London ft. Charlotte Mensah, Owner of Hair Lounge
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
6d ago
Charlotte Mensah, the first Black woman inducted into the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame, once turned her kitchen into a laboratory to develop products for her clients. Raised in her grandparent's Ghanian compound, Charlotte was exposed to her grandmother’s boundless creativity and her grandfather’s corporate acumen. Unsurprisingly, she harnessed their wisdom and built an award-winning career in beauty that spans decades. In our conversation, Charlotte talked about her path to opening Hair Lounge, London’s premier afro texture-focused salon since 1999. From defending herself against racist ..read more
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Beauty Rant/Beauty Rave: A Hot Take on Luxury Skincare & Reluctant Erewhon Praise
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
2w ago
Another edition of beauty rant and beauty rave, including a hot take about luxury skincare and my recently acquired membership to LA's Erewhon and why I was so reluctant to join the cult of this hyped upscale grocer. Tune in to hear my thoughts on: How clinical research and development separates luxury brands from competitors  The question of whether or not a product is 'worth it' What a consistent skincare routine can do to transform your skin Why Erewhon Goes beyond a grocery store and becomes an experience Affordable productions mentioned: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, The Ordinary ..read more
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Debunking Beauty Myths + Finding the Perfect SPF ft. Charlotte Palermino of Dieux Skincare
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
3w ago
Tune in for a rerun of one of my favorite Naked Beauty episodes with Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of Dieux Skin and self-proclaimed skincare fairy godmother. This episode was all about unpacking and debunking ALL of the beauty rules that so many of us subscribe to. From daily exfoliation, to DIY skincare, to beauty regulations, there’s a lot to get into!  Link to Products Mentioned: Ep.29: Esme Brown, Chemist Confessions Balm Voyage, SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3, CeraVe Retinol, BeautyStat Vitamin C, L’Oreal Revitalift Vitamin C, hanahana beauty Exfolia ..read more
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Debriefing Our Conversation with Ms. Tina Knowles
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
1M ago
We need to process together! Last week, we all heard the iconic Ms. Tina Knowles bless the Naked Beauty podcast with her wisdom, wit, life, and beauty knowledge. On this episode, Sir John and I sit back and unpack our takeaways from that intimate conversation. Tune in to hear all of the behind-the-scenes details, what resonated with us most, how Ms. Tina inspires both of us, and how it felt to interview such a pioneer for the culture. Tune in to our recap as we discuss: What Ms. Tina taught us about the value of hands-on experience  Why a no gossiping rule ensures the sanctity of beauty ..read more
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Ms. Tina Knowles on Building Generational Legacies of Beauty
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
1M ago
Ms. Tina has been infusing bold and beautiful Texas style into global pop culture for decades. Sir John and I talked to Ms. Tina about her successful career as a stylist, her beauty regimen, building Cécred, and the significance of early exposure to images of Black beauty and power. We learned how she carries her mother's lessons about honoring creativity in yourself and your children. She told us about how her decision to enter beauty school in her 30s led her to build Headliners, a successful salon that cultivated beauty in Houston’s most powerful women. Of course, we discussed how her lifel ..read more
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Sir John Joins the Naked Beauty Family
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by Brooke DeVard
1M ago
Excited to share that the multi-talented Sir John will be joining me as our new Naked Beauty co-host. We’ll be doing a limited six-episode series in which we interview guests who are impacting the culture and delve into their life stories and POV on beauty and self-expression. Please join us in giving Sir John a warm welcome to the Naked Beauty Community! See me Live in NY 5/20  (limited tickets here) Rate, Subscribe & Review the Podcast on Apple  Thanks for all the love and support. Tag me while you’re listening @nakedbeautyplanet & as always love to hear your thoughts ..read more
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Behind The Curtain of the Met Gala ft. Chloe Malle, Nikki Nelms, Jawara Wauchope, Kristie Dash, and Sir John
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
1M ago
It is almost time for the most iconic Monday of the year, the Met Gala. This week I spoke with several talented people in the beauty industry about their Met Gala prep, red carpet predictions, and what happens behind the scenes to make the magical event happen. Master hairstylists Nikki Nelms and Jawara Wauchope gave insight into how they build trust with clients like Janelle Monae, Solange, and Paloma Elsesser to create iconic looks. Chloe Malle and Kristie Dash discussed how social media has reshaped our access to the event and the celebrities who attend. Sir John and I talked about the harm ..read more
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Letting Intuition Lead ft. Hair Stylist Cyndia Harvey
Naked Beauty
by Brooke DeVard
1M ago
Cyndia Harvey is the force behind some of the most iconic hairstyles in luxury runway and editorial campaigns. From lace baby hair at Mugler to screen-filling curls for Jacquemus, Cyndia takes creative risks because she knows that trusting the process always leads to success. During our conversation, Cyndia talked about cultivating this radical sense of self and trust by giving herself exactly what she needs. Whether it be a silent retreat at a secluded monastery or an escape from a turbulent home life, Cyndia has let her intuition lead her toward challenges and peace.  Tune in as we dis ..read more
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