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Pretty Afrika Designs

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Cynthia Washington

My goal is to share ALL the knowledge I have obtained over the last nine years about hair, skin and nails with everyone who is "Mane conscious"!

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As Pretty As Africa

Sandra Aya Enimil, an energetic co-owner of Pretty Afrika Designs create original pieces of jewelry and accessories.


Her designs have a funky unique edge that makes these rare one-of-a-kind items irresistible!  Her mother Madam Theresa Obeng Sam designs handbags, home accessories and clothing.  Sandra and her mom are partners in this joint venture, and they refer to the artistic flow between them as "An Accessorized Collaboration", I love it!

Sandra's bio gives insight into her busy corporate life and impressive educational achievements.  She is the Intellectual Property Manager of the Chicago Defender Newspaper, a Real Times Newspaper.  In this position, she maintains the copyright of the newspaper by creating licensing agreements for the commercial and educational use of the newspaper's images and articles.  Additionally, she manages the archives and preserves the history of Chicago Defender. Sandra is admitted to the Illinois bar.  She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Cook County Bar Association.  Sandra is Vice President of the Chicago Fashion Foundation.  She also volunteers with Lawyers for the Creative Arts.  She received two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Ghana. In 2004 she was awarded a Law degree from the University Of Illinois College of Law.

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I asked Sandra to tell us about her hair journey and here is what she had to say:

Sandra: I have taken a few detours, I rocked a fade for years in college and afterwards I have gone back for perms once or twice, each time shaving my head and starting over.  The last foray into relaxed hair was 2001.   I've been consistently natural since then, sometimes straightening my hair using flat irons or hot combs to trim my ends or just for a change of pace.  Recently I've taken to wearing sew-ins and wigs as a break from doing my hair all the time.  I might be addicted to them. LOL.  I try to get sew-ins that are pretty close to my hair, so they are afro-kinky-curly in texture and um....yeah ok, I'm addicted.  The products I use, it's hard to say because I go through so many.  Most consistently I have used Carol's Daughter products-especially the shampoos and leave-in conditioners. I have been a fan since living in NY and checking out her stuff way back when.  I started using a Motions product that I got in a goodie bad, it's been great for moisturizing my hair.  I love the Garnier Fructis products, particularly the moisturizing conditioner.  I also use shea butter on my hair as well.

Pretty Afrika Designs will be one of the many vendors at the BGLH meet up Saturday June 26, 2010 at the little black pearl located at 1060 East 47th street, Chicago IL. 

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MsColeyCole said:

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I love Jewelry and these are some really beautifuland original pieces.

Cynthia Washington said:

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I love jewelry too MsColeyCole! I only posted a few pic's of her unique items, so stop by her website to see all the fantastic items she have! Pretty Afrika Designs along with many other talented vendors will be at Black Girl Long Hair meet up this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.@ The Little Black Pearl (1060 East 47th Street) vending all their one-of-a-kind items! I hope to see you there!

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