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Hair: Curly Frohawk Tutorial

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Hair: My Signature Updo TUTORIAL!

Step 1:

Begin on clean stretched hair.

Step 2:

Lightly mist the hair with water and apply a moisturizing product per section followed by a styling product of choice.

Step 3:

Section by section, create mid sized individual twists.

Step 4:

After each twist is created, using a small to medium sized perm rod, start from the end of the twist and roll upward to mid-way of the twist.

Step 5:

After the entire head is twist-and-curled, allow hair to air dry completely.

Step 6:

Once dry, unravel twists using pure coconut oil. Try to avoid separating the twist too much to avoid frizz.

Step 7:

Use an afro-pick to fluff hair at the roots and style hair on the top of the head using bobby pins to pin up. Adjust as needed and VIOLA!

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Feature: Alinely Features Carissa Stephens for “Woman of Houston”

#WomanofHouston – Carissa Stephens

by Aline Pham



It is with great honor to feature Carissa Stephens as the newest #WomanofHouston. Amongst her various roles, Carissa is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of She’s Charissmatic LLC  and Co-Founder of Naturally GG. This fierce and ambitious business woman is also PR and Business Development Professional, loving wife to Kenneth Stephens (Managing Attorney at Stephens PLLC) and mommy to a Maltese puppy named Jojo. Carissa graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management and Marketing from Sam Houston State University in 2009 and went on to earn a Certificate of Accountancy, Accounting and Taxation from University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business in 2012. Carissa is without a doubt a well-rounded and successful business woman. You’ll easily find her personality is as radiant as her smile!

Please tell us about and what inspired you to start such an awesome website. 

She’s ChaRISSmatic is a lifestyle blog that serves as a source of inspiration for many things including fitness, food, beauty, love and travel! What inspired me to start the website was my love for writing and storytelling. On my blog, I share things that I experience personally. I enjoy living life every day to the fullest and I hope that my blog can inspire others to do the same. To take risks, to get out of their comfort zones, and to really experience more of beauty of life! The key is in the simple things…

I also believe that my purpose is to empower people with the tools they need to be successful. I hope to continually offer my words of wisdom from things that I learn along my own journey, to equip and empower my subscribers to follow their dreams and live a happier, healthier, purpose-driven life.

Your youtube page,, has over 83,000 subscribers!!! Please tell us what Naturally GG is all about. 

NaturallyGG is a YouTube channel that I founded along with my sister in 2011 and was originally intended to simply document our personal natural hair journeys. Prior to 2011, I chemically straightened my hair because since I could remember, it was what I was “supposed to do” as an African American female. I became more enlightened and around this time also had several epiphanies. The main epiphanies that I experienced were:

  1. I don’t know what my hair texture looks like in its natural, God given state and that became a real problem for me…
  2. The standard of beauty that I was living by was no longer acceptable for my life
  3. My natural hair could be so much more VERSATILE and HEALTHIER than my chemical relaxed hair and I wanted to embrace it in all of its kinks, curls and complexities!

So I embraced the journey and have been loving it ever since! There is nothing my hair can’t do in its natural state. For the past 5 years, the channel has shared countless natural hair tutorials, product reviews and lifestyle vlogs. I had no idea back then that the channel would grow to receive MILLIONS of views and open the doors to some AMAZING opportunities!!  Through this brand I have able to work with so many companies, fulfilling my dreams of being an impactful beauty influencer. I am able to travel with my brand, do some spoke-modeling and public speaking while engaging with live audiences and continuing to create engaging, informative and entertaining content for my audience!


Aside from being a successful entrepreneur you also work full time. What is your secret for managing it all?

Honestly…. Multi-vitamins and Jesus are my saving grace! Also, I maintain a pretty detailed calendar and to-do lists!! Writing things down help me and organization is key! Also, making sure my time is spent doing things I actually want to do is critical. I am intentional about designing the life I want to live.




Personal growth and development is the passion that sums up mostly everything. Getting more fit, sharpening my skill set, being a better mentor, continuing to grow into the woman God is designing me to be, it’s all something I’m passionate about. I seek to maximize my potential while motivating, cultivating and inspiring others to be the very best version of themselves.

Additionally (because this needs it’s own paragraph), dance is my first love. lol I have danced my entire life. I was in studio dance as a child where I learned ballet, tap and jazz dance; drill team in high school were I learned competitive precision drill/dance and eventually served as the Captain of the team; and in college I danced and directed an ensemble where I primarily did praise, street and open dance. I love to choreograph and see my interpretation of music come to life! I currently enjoy a weekly Zumba class where I do lots of Latin inspired dancing and lots of “twerk”. Judge me. lol

Style: (stores/colors/must-haves)

Whatever I am feeling on any given day is the style that I’m rocking. If you follow me on Instagram @carissastephens, then you know that I keep my style switched up very often. Fashion comes and goes… so I try to dress to how I feel regardless of trends. I don’t have a favorite clothing store because I can spot a jewel almost anywhere! lol The hunt is honestly fun for me.


Most days I wear an all-purpose dress to work. It can be a wrap dress or have more structure… easy, comfortable and effective. And a blazer. I LOVE a blazer. lol


When I’m not at work I like to dress like a hippie. lol Always comfortable, maybe a crop top and denim shorts most of the time to help tolerate this hot Houston weather. I tend to love hi-waist things and sundresses.

Beauty: (products/tricks)

I love skin care because in my opinion it is the basis for physical beauty. My products are not super fancy by any means. However, when it comes to staples I must have my Neutrogena make-up removing wipes and Clarosonic spin brush.

Make up:

A foundation I have grown to love is Clinique’s liquid make-up in ‘Fresh Golden’. I usually set that with a light dust of MAC pressed powder. I love a “cat eye” using liquid liner and a nice eyebrow which is now made easier with the help of Anastasia brow definer. Throw on a little blush and lip gloss and I’m out!

Food: (restaurants/preparations/must-eats)

I love Creole food, seafood, soul food, pub food, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian … lol I’m a foodie with a diverse pallet and I love it all!


Dance is my cardio as also mentioned above. I also enjoy squatting and doing light weight training. For me, staying fit is a matter of having a fun and active lifestyle. I’m not a fan of workout machines or dieting but I absolutely love jogging in the park and will take the stairs vs. the elevator as much as I can. Someone hold me to that…


I am a Business Professional and Entrepreneur


My challenges are making time to do it all… time management.


  • Who’s Who Houston
  • Women of Houston
  • Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award

Outfit Details:

  • Look 1: This is a look I would wear to work with a closed button up blazer. After work, the blazer comes off and I’m ready for happy hour with my friends.
  • Look 2:  Simple and classic, black and white striped skater dress that makes me feel flirty but is also still classy. I love this look!
  • Look 3: This edgy look is a rarity for me but represents me stepping out of my comfort zone and being bold and daring without fear of being judged by others.

To keep up with Carissa be sure to subscribe to her website and follow her on FB, IG & Twitter! @shescharissmatic, @carissastephens, @charissmatic1

Photos are unfiltered and unedited. Photography by A. Pham

Thanks for reading! xo

Carissa Stephens




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Events: Hosting #ESSENCEFest2016!! (EPIC)

At the beginning of this month I had the most fulfilling opportunity of my career as a blogger/ vlogger to date. I’d like to share it with you…


Being a Contributor for Essence Festival 2016:

Since the beginning of the year my mom, sister and I, had been planning to make a girls trip out of Essence Festival 2016. The event usually takes place in New Orleans on July 4th weekend. It was the first year that we planned far in advance enough to make this mini “girls getaway” happen and also the first year that all of our schedules could accommodate for the trip. We were so excited about planning this trip and in our wildest dreams couldn’t have imagined that we would also be specially invited by ESSENCE to host and present at the FIRST EVER Beauty and Style Expo taking place that weekend.

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#NaturallyGG was hand selected by the team over at Essence to be a contributor for this legendary and historical event! We were completely honored and elated to connect with this remarkable team of individuals during the planning phase and throughout the entire weekend!Before we knew it, we’d touched down in New Orleans!!! We arrived on Friday and hit the ground running!! The #EssenceExperience was nothing short of AMAZING! We were greeted by a sharply dressed older black man and a stretch limousine equipped with a wet bar featuring vodka, bourbon and other beverages. The weekend was looking very promising already…


Once we checked into the hotel (Harrah’s Hotel and Casino), our first stop was a #DesignEssentials event. There we met Chrisette Michelle, Christian Keyes, and Hill Harper. I love them all. A couple of drinks and a delicious creole meal later, it was already time to change for the 3rd time that day and head to the first night of concerts!


The concert line up for Essence Fest 2016 was pretty cool and we thoroughly enjoyed all of the performances that we caught! We mostly watched from backstage in the VIP Super Lounge and also some from our floor seat tickets! The VIP Lounge was were we met most of the celebrities that we encountered. There were several open bars, buffet lines of food, plush furniture…the works! We fit right in and felt right at home. The line up of concerts included the following:

Friday, July 1 

  • On the Mainstage: Maxwell, New Edition, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Tyrese, Faith Evans and Estelle.
  • In the Superlounges: Digable Planets, Daley, Eric Bellinger, Lion Babe, The Internet, Tweet, Estelle, Mali Music, V. Bozeman, Kelly Price, Zakes Bantwini and Sky Wanda.

Saturday, July 2

  • On the Mainstage: Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson, Common and Jeremih.
  • In the Superlounges: Doug E. Fresh, Tink, Jidenna, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, St. Beauty, Lalah Hathaway, Judith Hill, Wizkid and Lady Leshurr.

Sunday, July 3

  • On the Mainstage: Kendrick Lamar, Ciara,  Andra Day and Puff Daddy & “The Family”. The Family included surprise performances by French Montana, Marsha Ambrosius, Faith Evans, Fabulous, and Mase.
  • In the Superlounges: MC Lyte, Dej Loaf, Cyril Neville, Leon Bridges, Kehlani, New Breed Brass Band, Robert Glasper, BJ The Chicago Kid, The Brand New Heavies and Little Simz.

After a jam packed first day, Saturday we slept in a bit then enjoyed a FABULOUS brunch hosted by #SallyBeauty and #Blavity.  The cuisine was so delicious and the vibes were so perfect that it made me emotional! lol There we connected with our amazing Blavity Babes and also celebrity stylist Kim Kimble.



While enjoying shrimp and grits, bacon, bread pudding and more, she shared with us how much she enjoys styling Beyonce’s hair and her favorite braiding techniques. Particularly, she discussed her inspiration behind Beyonce’s braids and other styles in the recent #Lemonade video album.


After brunch, we stopped by the expos at the New Orleans Convention Center to meet face to face with everyone we’d been commuting with on the Essence side. While backstage we also met Misty Copeland! She is so poised and walks like a dancer even in heels.


Tyra Banks also presented on the Beauty and Style stage that day…the same stage that we would be presenting on the very next day! Oprah Winfrey made her debut appearance at Essence Festival in the same year that we made ours! She delivered a very empowering and inspirational speech!


“Before you think about the thing, you have to have an intention about the thing. The intention in which you give determines the outcome. My intention to live to the highest calling and be pressed to the mark of the highest calling.” -Oprah Winfrey

Sunday we woke up early to be picked up by our driver and be delivered to Talent Holding at the New Orleans Convention Center. We did early mic checks and with the help of the production managers, set the stage just perfect for our presentation. After hair touch ups, make up prep and a light breakfast backstage… it was SHOWTIME!!!


Essence Fest 2016 Beauty School LIVE by NaturallyGG

We came out to our theme song “Black Queens” – Official music video on our YouTube channel. We introduced ourselves, talked a little about what we do and demonstrated our favorite quick and easy updo styles one at a time using slightly different techniques! For us, we are working women…we both have careers, full time jobs and our brands that we pour into. Not to mention our other activities, organizations and obligations that keep us busy. We felt it was important to demo how simple and effective styling your natural hair can be for women on the go like ourselves! The stage felt like our home. We had a BLAST up there!!! After being on the Beauty and Style main stage for about 20 minutes we went straight over to our ‘Fan Meet & Greet’ at the Essence Beauty Box booth. We met so many of our wonderful followers! Following the Meet & Greet we went to press and interviews for a couple of hours. What a rush!!!

picture14picture15 13686531_10102463663435865_3943692209764652973_nBefore we knew it the weekend was over, but we didn’t leave New Orleans without spending the majority of the 4th of July walking around in the French Quarter and enjoying the sights, sounds and flavors of New Orleans!!!


The full live stream video of our set on stage can be viewed from ESSENCE Festival’s Facebook page. Click Here To Watch:Who Else We Met and Other Favorite Moments:

All of this was good stuff was on my Snapchat: charissmatic1

Make sure you follow me there for real time updates! NOLA owes us nothing!!! Shout out to ESSENCE for the opportunity!!!

Thanks for reading! Xoxo – Riss





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Feature: Being in the Afro Bridal Party that Broke the Internet!

If you have found your way to this article, chances are you have been seeing pictures of the wedding party that I was recently a part of, circulating ALL OVER THE INTERNET. Images of the bride, groom and wedding party went completely VIRAL immediately after camera phone pictures were released. A picture that I posted on my social media was the first to receive massive circulation from reposts on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook.


Since then, full articles have been written by some of the biggest online publications such as, and,,,… just to give you an idea! We’ve been featured on countless pages across all media outlets. Projected shares, likes and comments are incalculable. We really BROKE THE INTERNET!

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This article is going to be a little bit different than the others that you’ve been reading (up and down your timeline). Here at you get the EXCLUSIVE inside look into the magic of “Nakyia & Jay’s” BIG DAY from the perspective of someone who had a front row seat to the MAGIC… Me! First off, allow me to express… being the Matron of Honor in the wedding of Nakyia Whitty and Javonte Davis was an unforgettable and simply beautiful experience from beginning to end! I have known the couple for a few years now and I can’t say enough good things about them. They compliment each other so well and balance each other out. They are truly the Yin and Yang. Nakyia has a very bubbly personality while Jay tends to be the more laid back one. Both have a wonderful sense of humor and are so much fun to be around! These two are a couple of my dearest friends and I am so proud of both of them!


In a brief interview with Nakyia and Jay conducted prior to the wedding, this is what the couple had to say:

  1. How and when did you two meet?

Nakyia: Jay and I met at TSU on “the yard” in 2007. He was standing right in front of the student center with his twin brother with this drawn tight backpack on! Lol! I wasn’t looking at him like that at the time. We were friends for a while first. Who knew!?

  1. How did the proposal go down?

Nakyia: Jay surprised me by getting a penthouse suite on Valentine’s Day weekend at Hotel Icon in downtown Houston. He told me we were hanging with friends for Valentines Day. I was excited about it! So we checked into the hotel and drank some wine and he told me to get ready to leave. He took me to McCormick and Schmicks for dinner and he had given me a pair of pearl earrings in a box that looked like a ring box… Nope! Lol! I remember staring out of the window at the construction and trying to fight back the tears. I couldn’t hold it. I complained about how all the money he was spending on this evening could have been a down payment on a ring. He said he was working on his credit and asked me to be patient with him. He took my hand and prayed for peace and understanding in our relationship and that diffused the fire. We left and eventually made it back to the hotel where I walked into a room with rose petals on the floor in the shape of a heart, and family and friends filled the room. I didn’t get it. I was thinking, “Why are they here tonight? I thought we were hanging out tomorrow!” I turn around to look for Jay and he was in the middle of the big rose heart on one knee. I went blank. I remember looking at the Houston skyline through the window thinking this was unbelievable…. The rest is history in the making!


  1. When and where will the wedding take place?

We are getting married June 11th, 2016 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

  1. What do you love most about your future spouse?

Nakyia: I love how he complements me. We definitely balance each other out and that’s something I really appreciate. Not to mention the fact that he’s extra kind and sweet, and sooo handsome! Lol! That’s my boo!

Javonte: Her internal beauty is as striking as her external beauty. She truly has a good heart. I LOVE that!

Being along Nakyia’s journey to the alter with her was quite the experience. Starting with the fact that I was to work side by side with her Maid of Honor who also happens to be my husbands ex… (Cue dramatic sound effect)! I accepted the honor not knowing what to expect but focused on my duty as the Matron of Honor. After meeting the Maid of Honor, things felt only slightly awkward in the beginning but as time progressed everything got more and more comfortable. The bridal party became a pretty close knit group and I was pleasantly surprised with how the 6 of us meshed so well!


“Our group chat and combined efforts over the course of almost a year, forged a bound that broke down any and all barriers.”

Rewind to the Bridal Shower. We chose Ousie’s Table in Houston, Texas – a quaint and charming American with a twist fair restaurant complete with an outdoor terrace and everything else a bride could want. “Brunch with the Bride” was successfully executed with complimentary lunch for guests, interactive bridal games and of course lots of lovely prizes for game winners. The bridal party spent the night before, finishing the DIY shower favors and games which was another bonding experience. We’d had several of these bonding events leading up to the shower as well. It was a beautiful event!


The bridal party just so happened to ALL have #naturalhair. We were NOT selected to be in this wedding just because we are natural. 

Bridal Party from left to right: Kaayla Whitty, Alyssa Whitty, Amber Hawkins, Nakyia Whitty (Bride), Carissa Stephens (Me), Montiana Davis, Teandra Hall.

13263798_10102386593160315_6434517325793061341_nThen, after booking air fair and hotel, choosing the dresses, deciding on hair and jewels, getting the alterations and final details completed, the BIG DAY approached before we knew it! We had all touched down in the Dominican by that Thursday before the Saturday Beach Wedding. I was so happy to be back in the Dominican as I had spent my honeymoon there only two years ago. #DRreloaded was so beautiful from my husband and I’s perspective as we celebrated the union of our friends in the same incredible place that we had celebrated our own. The mini vacation was perfect in so many ways.

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The Bachelorette Party was on the night most of us arrived to the DR. We came ready in our matching racer back tank tops that read “The Brides Drinking Team” and huge kinky curly afros. The moment we touched down in the DR it was plain to see that we stood out and would be treated like celebrities while there. That night we had continuous lines of people requesting to take our picture as we rampaged throughout the resort. #BlackGirlMagic was in FULL EFFECT! #TeamBride stayed out dancing and laughing the night away at the resident “Club Oro” and all throughout the Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana.


THE BIG DAY was finally upon us! On June 11, 2016, Nakyia Whitty married Javonte Davis, on a flawless day at the beach in Punta Cana, DR. The groom even got a little choked up when he saw his beautiful bride coming down the aisle. The bride wore a mermaid dress with exquisite beading detail and the hair was none other than a fabulous afro with a flower behind her ear. The bridesmaids wore champagne long flowing dresses with hair in an array of natural styles and also flowers in the hair. Of course the bride had the largest fro of all! The wedding was breathtaking! THEY DID IT!!!




The reception was nothing short of magnificent as well. The food was delicious, guests enjoyed a photo-booth and Polaroid selfie station where they could print out their photos and attach them to their well wishes when they signed the guest book. I gave a heart-felt toast to the newlyweds. Then all guests where directed to head outside where we enjoyed a wonderful fire show!

The couple honeymooned several days after their big day right there in the same place they had gotten married. This wedding was truly one for the ages!!! Congratulations again, Nakyia (@naturally_nakyia) and Javonte Davis (@dr_jay)!!!

Thanks for reading! Xo -Riss (@shescharissmatic)





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Beauty: Eyeliner Techniques

Choosing YOUR perfect go-to eyeliner and application…

I was having a conversation with my girlfriends recently. We were discussing how we see all sorts of awesome makeup tutorials for application techniques, including how to apply eye liner. With all the different application styles, brushes and pencils, choosing your eyeliner product and style can be confusing! Then you run the risk of over spending on products you may not like just because you expect it to work for you like it did for the make-up maven on YouTube. The truth is, when it comes to choosing the perfect eyeliner, “It’s Different Strokes For Different Folks” – Literally! Everything ain’t for everybody… Read more to find out how to choose which eyeliner style could best compliment your look!

Round eyes: Round eyes are usually large and quite wide. If you can see white above or below your iris when you look straight ahead, you have round eyes.

In theory, you have more room to play around with. Try lining the top and bottom lid and finishing with a slight wing to help elongate the appearance of the eye. Smudgy pencils look great on round eyes.

Smaller eyes: Literally in the shape of an almond, being narrow at the inner and outer ducts. If you look straight ahead, your iris disappears into your upper and lower eyelids.Alicia Keys Almond Eyes Eyeliner

The recommendation is something that will accentuate your eye shape. Start with a thin line in the inner duct and as you line outward, increase the thickness of the line until finishing at a fine point just outside the eye. Let your eye shadow help our your look by adding light shimmer to the inner ducts and then a gradient darker color going towards the outside of the lid. Remember to blend!

Slanted eyes: For eyes that are slanted, go bold on your upper lid and subdue on your lower lid. This technique will really play up the shape of your eyes.

Nicki Minaj Eyeliner

A nice gel or liquid eyeliner is the recommendation and very light pencil on the bottom lid or no eyeliner at all on the bottom. A touch of mascara on the lower lashes will finish your look.

Deep set eyes: If your eyes are deep set and smaller, help them to pop by adding white liner to the lower water line. Create a shadowed effect around the lid by smudging out your bottom eyeliner using a soft felt tip applicator and go for fullness on the top lash line. Lashes can help to finish this look and create the ultimate “baby doll” eye effect.Kerry Washington Deep Set Eyes Eyeliner

Side note: Who loved Adele’s make up in “Hello”?… Yassss!

Prominent Eyes: When you fit into more than one eye shape category…

Angelina Jolie eyelner

If you have sizable and shapely eyes… you can play around with many different looks. A handy tip and trick is connecting your top and bottom liner on the outer corners of the eye. Avoid dragging your bottom eyeliner all the way to the inner tear duct… this look may be too harsh for your naturally gorgeous eyes.

Remember, the purpose to make-up is to simply to have fun accentuating the features that are already there.

Xo -Riss

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