Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Herb N Life






I am such a fan of anything that hints of organics and Ayurveda in the same breath. I recall seeing a product called Coconut Hemp on a fellow natural lady's fotki. I was intrigued but I always admonish myself to stop just randomly buying products so I ignored it.


Well months later a nice lady hits me up on fotki and I go look at her product album and she has a product called Royal Rinse Herbal Shampoo. I was immediately intrigued because she stated that she has been using this since she was loc'd and now that shes a loose natural it still works .I was sold!


I googled it and lo and behold both products are made by the same company. I placed an order so quick like no ones business. I ordered on 10/30/09 and it arrived 11/11/09. I was really anxious to try it out not realizing I'm in a protective style until the 29th of November.


I'm in Ayurveda big time , about 95% of my stash consistent of something touching on Ayurveda. I just ordered the Ayurvedic Shampoo bar from Chagrin Valley Soaps but honestly I just cant get down with a poo bar no matter how good. I love liquid. If push comes to shove I usually just liquefy my poo bar. I loved Blended Beauty's Soy Shampoo. My hair always felt so good and soft after using however the shipping price plus the $18 is a killer .

The Royal Rinse is $14 and 8 ozs. Its very concentrated so I wont need a lot. The ingredients are:Black soap, castile soap, purified water herbal infused with flax seeds, rosemary, neem, shikakai, amla, and sage, aloe vera gel, hemp oil, olive oil , coconut oil, Shea butter, vegetable glycerin, vitamin e, grapefruit seed extract, essential oils of rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, geranium and natural fragrance, love.


The Head Sprung is $16 and 8 ozs, which is a little pricey but the smell is so intoxicating! The ingredients are :aloe vera juice and gel , jojoba oil, Olive oil, vitamin e, herbal infusion of rosemary and neem, flax seed.


The Coconut Hemp is $15 and 4 ozs, The ingredients are : Shea butter, hemp oil , avocado butter, Castor oil , olive oil , coconut oil , neem powder, rosemary , shikakai, amla, vegetable glycerin, cocoa butter, essential oils of rosemary,sage , peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree, vitamin e, gse and love.


There are local places in NY GA FLA , Trinidad and Hawaii that the products can be purchased from. The website is http://herbnlife.myshopify.com/

I will be back with updates on this one.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Clays Have it ......

Rhassoul

Rhassoul clay can be used as a soap, skin conditioner, shampoo or mask for the face and body. It acts like a soap but leaves a sweet scent behind. Other Common Names- Red Clay, Red Moroccan Clay, Ghassoul Clay, Oxide Clay.

What is Rhassoul and where does it come from?
From Morocco, comes this remarkable natural source, reddish brown cosmetic clay known as Rhassoul.It has been used for over 1400 years as a soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner, and the finest spas across the globe currently utilize it for therapeutic benefits.Mined deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco it must be extracted under extremely special conditions.Through meticulous selection, and extensive contact with the raw material we are proud to offer this rich Rhassoul that is truly unique in quality and purity.When first mined, Rhassoul clay appears as a polished brown, soap-like clay, which is chunky in appearance and resembling rocks. After further refinement and micronization, the end product is a smooth almost silken earth.

How does it work?
Because Rhassoul can be used for a variety of professional applications, it is an invaluable enhancement for spa treatments and for personal use. Its extraordinary power of absorption makes it more effective than other clays for cleansing, de-toxification, and general skin treatment.It can be used as soap, skin conditioner, shampoo, and facial and body mask.As Rhassoul contains higher percentages of silica and magnesium along with potassium and calcium, than other clays, Rhassoul appears to be far more effective. In addition to this, due to its greater smectic qualities, (i.e. its ability to swell with the addition of water) Rhassoul achieves better results in skin treatment.The mineral properties of Rhassoul Clay were studied extensively and presented at the 12th meeting of the National Institute of Phytotherapy in Paris in 1985. Rhassoul Clay contains a high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.Rhassoul clay's most impressive properties in skin improvement are its capacity of absorption and adsorption due to its high level of ion exchange. Clinical studies have been conducted by two different research laboratories in the United States to evaluate Rhassoul use for skin conditions. The results of this single use Rhassoul study produced these findings….
Reduces dryness (79%)
Reduces flakiness (41%)
Improves skin clarity (68%)
Improves skin elasticity / firmness (24%)
Improves skin texture (106%)
Removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedons
Removes dead skin layers, resulting in a general smoothing of the surface skin
In addition to the oil removal characteristics


My Rhassoul Mixture is as simple as it gets

Enough mixture with water until it gets to a pancake like texture. Apply to dry detangled hair and leave on however long until I'm ready to rinse out. I dont add any fancy add-ins because I want the full effect of the clay alone. I'm left with soft, fluffy, clean hair.


Some places to purchase are
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/clay/clay.html

http://www.snowdriftfarm.com/clays_and_minerals.html

http://www.treasuredlocks.com/hurhcl.html#itemTabs

http://http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/product.asp?product_id=CLAYRHASSOUL&searchflag=1

Monday, November 9, 2009

Stylers





As a thick strand nappy I really don't need anything that has hold in to to twist my hair. I wear my hair in twists most of the time and to be honest I could twist my hair with some water and a tad bit of oil. The only time I use a product with hold is when I want my twist how to be really defined. I like that wavy look so I look for products that say custard, pudding, pomade, or gelly/jelly.


The key to my hair being soft and defined is a styler on the bottom and a cream type product on top. There are times when I use a hair milk on bottom and a oil on top, the resulting twist out are very fluffy and soft with that mix. If I want just soft hair that fluffs out, I use just a creamy/ cream based products. I don't have many stylers in my stash.
Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Afroveda Pur Whipped Jelly
MyHoneyChild Honeylove Pomade*
Qhemet Biologics Honeybush tea Gel
MyHoneyChild Natural Hair Creme *
Komaza Care Coconut Pudding
Sweet Ohm Hair Pudding


* I will not repurchase both, either one or the other. They both work exactly the same


I see a lot of ladies layering product and I just cant get down with all that even with my hair being thick. The key to my hair is to section , apply product and twist. If I have to spray it over loose hair or its too watery it's not going to work. When my hair is wet it shrinks down to my head so unless I'm going for that look it's not something I let happen often.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

She doesn't know but I stalk her just about everyday

I met a wonderful lady ( e-met). She has truly enhanced my life and makes being natural easier. She doesn't know it and she wont until she stumbles across this post but she has made me a better person. She always has a sweet word and a generous heart. Whenever she helps me with something I turn around and pass the help on to any newly natural or trying to go natural whose path I have come across. She has a wonderful blog , fotki and YouTube account. I'm not going to post her fotki and YouTube ( although I'm pretty sure everyone has come across it), however I will link to her blog.


" Finding the beauty within you is the greatest gift you can give yourself"

http://www.mwatum.com/

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What cant I do without for my hair?

Henna, Qhemets Detangling Ghee, Hesh Ayurvedic Herbs and Powders, Hairvedas Cocasta Shikakai oil, my fotki account , my Nappturality subscription, my steamer, my bentonite clay, Myashas Honeydew Treatment , Qhemets Amla and Olive Heavy Cream, and Amla Pomade.


Thats it. When you look at this its actually not a lot even in the least bit. Everything else I own or have purchased is the frosting on the cake.

runners up Myashas Main Attraction, Sheamoisture Leave in , Afro Detangler, Karens Hair Milk *, Taliah Waajids Protective Bodifier Mist


Disclaimer, this list is subject to change lol

Oil is not moisturizing and Shea Butter is not everyones Holy Grail

I have seen so many new naturals that assume that oil alone can moisturize their hair strands and that they must use Shea butter. That is not the end all of natural hair my fellow nappies. My hair strands cannot take straight up Shea butter . Its like putting grease on my scalp. My hair immediately is weighed down and yucky feeling. Shea butter for me has to be cut with aloe, sometimes I don't even add an oil into my shealoe because heck shea butter has oil properties. Oil, Shea butter and aloe vera gel/gelly/juice IS and CAN be a great moisturizing product, however I caution you to try it out in small batches and access how your hair feels after.

There is no way I can wash my hair and then add an oil on top of it and expect soft hair. It's not going to happen. I need to use a water based product geared for moisture first, then lightly seal my hair with oil. This only works for me in the summer and spring time. In the winter time living in NJ I have to moisturize my hair and then braid or twist it up to keep the moisture. Once it has sunk in overnight I can then unloosen the hair and go about my business.

Many curl defining products have either glycerin or a humentcant that is looking for moisture in the air to draw into your hair. If there is no moisture around well its going to draw it from your own strands until your hair is drier than the Sahara. A trick I have learned is to still use my glycerin products but seal with heavy oil when the hair is wet and then leave it alone. Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Milk is famous for not working in my hair in the winter. I simply moisturize with the Hair Milk and seal with Hairvedas Cocasta oil. Next day.... soft hair!

It's trial and error , you will hear this from every nappy out there. You must work with your hair and what works at one length may not work at another.



Ive found a lovely hair spritz that has not one ounce of glycerin in it. Taliah Waajids Protective Bodifier. I was ecstatic to learn it is being sold in certain CVS's. I suggest if you use spritz and are looking for one to help you out in the winter , pick this one up. The ingredients are: Pure Distilled Water, Wheat germ oil, Indian hemp, olive oil, balsam, aloe vera, bee pollen, silk protein, bay laurel, fruit bioflavonoids, anicent african herbal formula



Hair Retention

I haven't charted my hair growth, I haven't stayed in protective styles, I wasn't aiming to grow my hair to bra strap length or waist length. At this point in my journey I would like chin length un-stretched hair. That's it. I can barely detangle my hair now. My hair grows out and not down so it could be another year before I make my goal. After that I will maintain it at the length it gets.

I'm doing a 100 Day Challenge because I wanted to challenge myself to leave my hair alone for as much as possible, not to grow my hair to any length. It was pretty cool when I took my hair down though because I was well past collar bone length in the back and the front had grown back almost 2 inches shy of where it was 6 months ago. I evened everything back up to 8 inches though. I'm trying to catch my bangs up before I left it grow out evenly. I was crying when it came to detangle my hair after I had the weave in for 3 weeks. I'm dreading taking this next weave/braid combo out because my hair strands had swole the heck up last time.


Well I found a picture I took in Jun of 2008 so I did a side by side compare. So 16 months of growth , trial and error, scissors. I'm happy.
a comic strip!

Heat

My stance on using heat on my hair is its not going to happen. It's been a long journey to get to where I am. I'm not interested in hearing that if it's done correctly your napps shouldn't suffer. I am interested in weaves and sew-In's. To some that may be backwards, however why should I damage my own hair when I can easily get braids, or a sew-in to achieve a different look? I like how straight hair looks , I prefer curly hair on myself. I prefer my hair with texture. I let my Dominican cousin talk me into leaving my bang area out when I got a sew-in around 6 months ago, well there went 8 inches of hair in the front. I had to get my bang cut down to 3 inches. I couldn't stand staring at the straight ends. That was the one and only time for me. I can't let someone pressure me into doing something that I know I really don't want for my hair.

I'm growing and learning in this natural journey of mine and you will never see me with blown out hair , I don't care how low the setting or how much protectant is on my head, its not happening. I met a guy recently with a sew-in in my head and immediately let him know I'm 100% natural and I'm only wearing my hair like this for a challenge. Sadly, I had to educate him that natural doesn't mean bald. If a man can't accept my natural hair well I certainly can keep on my way.

With that being said, I will post slammin' pictures of any hairstyle that tickles my fancy. I admire HEALTHY hair but these hair strands on my head will only be tickled by my steamer

Darcys Botanicals


I jumped on the Darcy Botanical's bang wagon mid 2009. I purchased just about everything this lovely lady made and honestly there wasn't a staple among any of them. Lysandra, the owner's, customer service is out of this world. She's down to earth and always responds to my emails. Her products had and have everything that I look for in a natural product. It just seemed as everything was either too light or too heavy for my hair.


I've purchased and tried Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme, Organic Butter Styling Pomade,Organic Tonga Bean Oil, and Juicy Peach Kernel Hairdressing Creme. The Tucuma Butter Moisture Whip, she also included a sample of Kalahari Melon seed Nectar. The Curly Coils Curling Jelly, the Eastern African Shea butter, Juicy peach kernel nectar oil, Coconut and Aloe moisture pudding and Palm Fruit and Cherry Kernel Butter as well as Coconut& raspberry seed hair pomade, Coconut passion fruit hair pomade, Coconut lemongrass transitioning Creme, Peach Kernel Milk, and a sample of Chocolate Ucuuba Butter Bar. The Madagascar Creme, Shea butter, Curling Jelly and pomades were my favorite out of the bunch but nothing wowed me to repurchase.


On 11/02/09 I received the Deep Conditioning Mask as well a Daily Leave in Conditioner in the fragrance Sweet Cream.


We might finally have a winner!!!!. The texture and the smell of the mask as well as the ingredients are a winner. I am deeply intrigued by the fact she included Bentonite Clay in the mask. I love Bentonite Clay, it softens my hair like no ones business! I tried the Daily Leave in conditioner out on my braids in the front of my sew-in and woke to soft hair that laid down really nice. If you get a chance please try out some of her stuff.



Her website address is http://darcysbotanicals.com/ , as well as her etsy site which is , http://www.etsy.com/shop/darcysbotanicals

Winter Time

It's been awhile. I'm still in the 100 day Challenge and November is upon us. It worked out well because I havent really had to do my hair since the last of August. Good Hair movie came out and it seems to have a backlash of so many women feeling the need to justify why they relax their hair. It's a neverending circle It seems.

I've purchased some new products and some old products again as well. I've tried out Komaza Care and purchased Chagrin Valleys new Ayurvedic Shampoo bar, as well as Darcys Botanicals Deep Conditioning Mask and Daily Leave in , Taliah Waajid's Protective Bodifier Mist, Hairvedas Almond Glaze, Afrovedas Prana Green Tea Conditioner and OyinHandmades new HoneyWater.

Its been an exciting three months.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How do you know if a product will work?

Im a big fan of if it feels good on my skin , then it should feel good on my hair. I like to massage a little bit of product on my fingertips or on the back of my hand and check it a minute after it has absorbed. Sometimes I dont mind if a product leaves my hair a little greasy because I either spritz my hair with water and let it absorb in or just go to sleep, the next day the problem is solved. I rarely havc greasy hair unless Ive been heavy handed. I have learned that less product is more when it comes to sectioning off my hair.


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Ode to Qhemet Biologics




I cant recommend Qhemet Biologics products enough, I will happily continue to purchase her products. Some people are allergic to the sulfur or MSM that is present so that is a warning to others. Her prices are in the top brackets for purchasing natural products and at first it put me off but this woman makes sure that her products has the top ingredients in everything that she makes. If I'm going to put something in my hair and have the creator claim it to be natural , I'd rather go with someone who puts as much love , dedication and time as I would myself. I have every product she currently makes except for the Wheat grass Cleansing Tea, I have no urge to try it at all. I have even got a chance to sample some of her discontinued products in my natural journey. I never been disappointed with any shipments or packages I have received. I am a number one FAN.






  1. Honeybush Tea Soft hold gel, this gel feels moisturizing from the touch alone, I haven't had a full chance to get the benefits of it because I was put off by the almost watery consistency. I have been told the resulting use of this and the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream is out of this world.


  2. Amla& Olive Heavy Cream, this cream is the mother of them all, very thick, its so thick I have to make sure I emulsify it in my hands first before I put in it my hair or thin it down with some Burdock root butter cream


  3. Burdock Root Butter Cream, this is a lighter cream and geared for finer nappy's, I use it as a second day refresher for my twists, or to thin down the Amla& Olive Heavy cream.


  4. Tea tree& Grapeseed Pomade, I use this when I have the itchies or if there is a sore spot anywhere on my scalp. It works like a charm


  5. Amla Oil Pomade, I love this pomade. I use it for my twists and sometimes to smooth over already finished twists. It is very nourishing and keeps my hair supple


  6. Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee, Ahhh if I need to detangle my hair this is where I go. I just finger part my hair, take a bit out and rub it thru my hair . Instant Softness


  7. Castor & Moringa Serum, this oil is very thick and luscious. I have always used it to do twists however an oil rinse, pre shampoo treatment or even as a deep conditioner will work


  8. Indian Macassar Conditioning oil , this oil is lighter than the Castor oil serum yet works just as well in keeping moisture sealed in


  9. Karkady Tea Replenishing Mist, this is by far my favorite spritz, it keeps my hair soft and supple


  10. Olive&Honey Hydrating Balm , this goes hand in hand with the Amla & Olive Heavy cream for me, especially when I do twists. This last a long time because you only need a tad bit of it to work , it also works well as a leave in right after washing your hair




Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Spritz's, the real deal with this stuff








Spritzes have always baffled me, my hair strands together are like a forest and I never got the concept of using a spritz to moisturize hair. I kind of in the past flirted with the idea in the back of my head but I never thought about it until now, Spritzes only work on protective styles for me. I think its the case for other naturals as well. My hair mass is to thick for a thin stream of product to moisturize my out hair. I thought that maybe it was simply my hair type that was the problem. It is and it isn't. ITS the way I use the spritz that is the problem. I have used Oyins Juice & Berries for two years now and the only way I could get it to work was to add MyAsha's Hair Milk to it.


Well as I'm in kinky twists, I was lucky enough to get a bottle of Franks Juice from a nice young woman. I have only used this spritz and a little of Afrovedas Detangler mixed in. Well one of my kinky twists fell out and I touched the hair. I was totally thrown off. My hair felt like a piece of silk fabric. I was in awe. My hair has never felt like that before with just a spritz. At first I thought maybe it was just the difference between the Franks Juice and Juice & Berries but then I looked at the ingredients, nope only difference is the EO's and fragrance. I thought back to the last time I used a spritz, which was Giovanni's Vitapro fusion . The same thing happened. My braids felt silky and soft as all get out


So I started thinking , my hair is sectioned off and the spritz now has a chance to wrap better around my strands. It doesn't have to fight to drip down the strands of my hair.



If you've given up on spritzes , go back and give them a chance when you can. Try a different way of using it
Oyinhandmade has 3 type fragrances Franks Juice, Greg's Juice, Juice & Berries
Sweet Nature has 1 called Growth
Qhemet Biologics has 1 called Karkady Replenishing Mist
Njoi Creations has 1 called Herbal Spritz *
* havent tried this

Are you ready for the Fall and Upcoming Winter?

The Fall time is a time of change and getting ready for the winter. I usually love the summertime because I can Co-wash more. Well that didnt happen this summer. My hair tangled up something fierce and I just couldnt do it so I really didnt know what to do this summer so I started henna'n more. I actually loved it. It kept me on a routine and that started me into the 100 Day Challenge.

I live in northern NJ and the winter time is very harsh, however I never have a problem because Im a lover of thick butters and creams. I rarely wear puffs in the winter. Im more of a protective two strand twist or weaves/braids girl.

Depending on where you live you might want to get an idea of what you want to do for the winter and get a plan together so you will be prepared. Usually I stretch my hair first and then style. Either using a hair milk for moisture and a thick oil to twist and seal with.

I like Myasha's Hair Milk,Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Milk/Nectar, Afrodetangler, Carols Daughter's Hair Milk , Darcy's Botanicals Transitioning Creme, or Afroveda's Ultra Hydrating Hair Creme

My oil of choice to twist with is Hairveda's Cocasta oil and I'm finishing up Qhemet Biologic's Castor and Moringa oil.

If I'm not using a hair milk to moisture, I use a leave in and then style with a light gel and heavy butter product. Some nice leave in's are Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner, Curl Junkie's Hibiscus& Banana Honey butta leave in , Qhemet Biologic's Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm, and Sheamoisture Leave in conditioner, Qhemet Biologic's Amla and Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Biologic's Burdock Butter root cream and Qhemet Biologic's Cocoa Detangling Ghee

My gel product that I use with everything for a little hold is Afrovedas PUR Whipped Gelly

I'm breaking out Myasha's Main Attraction hair butter for the winter. Its thick, creamy and gets the job done well.

When late October/November kicks in I will also add weekly steam treatments in.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

100 Day Challenge

I think at times, we all get so caught up in our natural hair that we have no time to actually enjoy the journey. I love my hair , I mean I am really having a love affair with it. Do I want longer hair , heck yes!! I however have the type of hair that breaks easily and doesnt retain its full length because Im constantly in it. I have had really long hair in the past but It was an extension of me, I wasnt the real me and now that Ive found it I cant stop falling in love day after day.

Well Im taking a short break from styling my hair with kinky twists , mini box braids, and finally twists. For 60 days I will attempt to keep my kinky twists in , then move on to mini box braids for 30 days , and the final 10 days I will be in twists.

I started the challenge August 21st 2009. On my fotki it says August 15th because thats the official date on Nappturality.

So far my routine has been to spritz my kinkys with Oyins hair juices, Im almost running out so I will be making my own recipes for my flaxseed spritz starting tonight.

I will use chamomile, nettle, roses , horsetail and lavendar and simmer for about 30-60 minutes on low heat. I don't want to cook up all the water , then strain them out.After that pour the tea back into a pot, and measure out about 3 tablespoons of whole flaxseeds, pour the flaxseeds into the infusion and simmer for another 20 minutes. I can add more water if I want thinner consistency after 20 minutes on medium heat, the water should change texture, but it should be liquid enough to strain easily too. and then I can add some humectants. like maybe honey or glycerin, and castor oil, jojoba oil and some essential oils too.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Alep

Alep is the last living soap on the market today. How a soap can be alive? Its secret lies on its ancient processing method that has been preserved over two thousend years in its town of origin, Alep in ex-mesopotania. Alep soap is the ancestor of the hard soap and is brought back to our modern civilization thanks to Karawan Authentic, a French company that owns a traditional soap workshop in Alep.

Karawan Authentic is one of the rare soap makers that continue to follow the tradition by the letter. Their soaps are still handcrafted exclusiveley with pure organically grown unrefined cold expressed olive oil and bay tree oil (No coconut or palm oil!). The soaps are then slowly dried in the open air for over 9 months. This ancestral method preserves the living properties of the oils and makes a long lasting soap

Alep soap represents two thousand years of culture and history. It is known for being the ancestor of hard soap. Through centuries, the original processing method has been transmitted through generations in its town of origin: Alep, in ex-Mesopotamia.

Alep is a little town located on the ancient Silk Roads. Thanks to trade crossings, Alep soap has crossed the Mediterranean sea and has been imported into Italy, Spain and France where the first European soap manufactures appeared a couple of centuries later

Karawan Authentic, a Alep soap manufacturer, chooses its olive oil in December. It is when the master soap makers produce Alep soap following an old-age ancestral method. Olive oil, bay tree oil, water and soda are mixed together and left to cook slowly at low temperature in copper cauldrons for 24 hours.

The mixture is then poured out in great slabs and left to cold. It is then hand-cut into rough blocks. The blocks are stacked to dry and mature for over nine months under an arched drying area of the soap workshop.

Thanks to the low heat and slow drying process, Alep soaps last very long and the living properties of the oils are preserved

Alep soap is 100% natural and vegan. It is totally free of: preservatives, synthetic components, artificial coloring or fragrance, fillers, petrochemicals, PGE, sodium lauryl sulfate, etc


I know Qhemet Biologics used to offer Soap of Alep , has anyone else tried Alep?

Check out this lovely page http://www.sunclaytherapy.com/

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hair Steamer

A hair steamer is used to open the hair`s cuticle during certain treatments such as conditioning so the product will enter the cortex of the hair. Steamer uses moist heat to open the hair shaft/cuticle once open, moisture and the goodness in your deep conditioner can penetrate better! Results in soft, moisturized hair. Steaming also helps with circulation on your scalp enabling healthy hair growth and also helps with dandruff and dry scalp. If you henna, a steamer will help the dying process go faster and will prevent the dryness that some people report after henna.

I have seen several sites that range from $139.95- $1400 plus. I'm looking to get mine in September. I think I will order it from here http://salonsrus.com/shopnow//catalog/index.php?cPath=43&osCsid=d83a96362102e7661db433bda1101380

Anyone that has one and has used it please let a sister know how you like it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Black Barbies Get it Half Right


Mattel just unveiled its newest collection of Barbies: the So in Style (S.I.S.) collection. Created by an African-American designer, the dolls are meant to be more culturally relevant to young multi-ethnic girls in their fashions, facial features and hairstyles with inspiring hobbies.
“I want them to be examples to real girls,” says Mattel designer Stacey McBride-Irby.
The dolls come in pairs with a big and little sister to encourage mentoring relationships. While we applaud the cute dolls - Grace and Courtney, Kara and Kiana and Trichelle and Janessa - most still look like a darker shade of Barbie. Only one of the three adult dolls, Kara, has natural hair, while the other two sport long, stick-straight ‘dos. And out of the three little sisters, only one has a textured style - Afro puffs - while the rest have straighter styles.
Hmmm, I don't know. The jury is still out on debate. If I had a daughter I might buy these, but where are all the other textures? However , one step in the right direction is still one step.

AfroVeda New Products ( for me )


Cocolatte Moisture Mask

Ingredients:

Avocado butter, Olive oil, Coconut, Jojoba oil , Ayurvedic Herbal blend, Aloe Vera Whole leaf juice( organic), almond oil , citric acid, emulsiying wax, glyercin, palm stearic acid,Potassium sorbate, shea butter, silver citrate, vitamin e, water and essential oil blend


I thought when this was added to the site it was a deep conditioning mask so I never got it, until Amina told me it was a butter like product. Well it has a deep cocoa smell and reminds me exactly of Qhemets Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee. The consistency isnt as thick to the touch but once you actually mix it on your finger it melts in exactly like the CTDG


Ginger Root Hair Pomade

Ingredients:


Mango Seed Butter,Herbal Oil Complex, Ginger Root Extract, Extra
Virgin Olive oil, Babassu Oil, Vitamin A, C and E, Sweet almond wax, Carnuba wax, palm oil , coconut oil , almond oil and love

This is from the men's line but hey whats a girl to do when she loves pomades lol.It has a faint hint of ginger and that's it. I took a bit out and rubbed it thru
my fingers. It dissolved really nice and doesn't have a sticky feeling to it.

Thicker/Thinner Batches






Qhemet Biologics has this on their questions page and I think it helps a lot with answering questions about the same product looking different when you order it again.
Q: Why is this product slightly thinner/thicker than the last one I received? A: QB products are made fresh using natural oils and thickeners so slight differences in texture from batch to batch will occur. This will not affect performance. A thinner batch will thicken over time as is the nature of certain emulsion systems.

When I get home I will post a picture of the differences between my first container of PUR Whipped Gelly and the new one I received today. I haven't used it yet, I will test it out this weekend but I'm very disappointed by appearances. I hope the product works the same when I try it out. The first jar I could turn the product upside down and it wouldn't budge, yet if I stuck my finger in some it would cling and dissolve into my hair. I opened the new jar as soon as I received it and the product literally moves inside the jar, which I'm not fond of. The smell is different as well. The older jar has a hint of fragrance ,this jar the vanilla scent is very powerful. *
* It could be due to the weather so I will stick it in the fridge a little and see if it firms up

Well it looks like the reason the two look different is because she changed the ingredients. The first PUR Whipped Gelly has Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Coconut Oil , Glycerin, Avocado oil, and a essential blend. ( this is the bottom two pictures, notice how firm and compact the gelly looks)

This new PUR Whipped Gelly has Aloe Vera Whole leaf Gel, Coconut oil, almond oil , Herbal oil complex, and Vanilla Essential oil ( this is the top two pictures, notice how it looks like the consistency of yogurt)
Well I haven't used the new one yet so I have to reserve judgement until then but I'm not a happy camper at the moment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Castor Oil Blends





Castor & Moringa Softening Serum from Qhemet Biologics, 2.5 ozs for $10.00, Has pure Moringa Oil and Pure African Castor oil.


The Moringa tree was considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and associated with the diety Ptah. Known as the most stable natural oil in the world, it is also an excellent source of Behenic acid, a highly effective hair softening and conditioning agent. Moringa seed oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamins A and C and copper and calcium, important nutrients for the skin and scalp.

The oil is rich in fatty acids and is very soothing and lubricating to the skin. It also acts as a humectant attracting moisture to the hair. Castor oil has hair conditioning, thickening and moisturizing properties. It is unique as a natural humectant that delivers intense moisture and softness to dry, brittle hair.


CoCasta Shikakai oil from HairVeda, 8 ozs for $11.00 ,has castor , sweet almond , shikakai , brahmi , amla ,neem and fragrance all in that order.

Castor oil brings such a wonder to all my products, it adds moisture to just about everything I use , whether it be conditioner or a hair butter. I usually use any type of pure Castor oil I don't have a favorite. I can use the kind found in Walgreen's to , Jamaican Black Castor oil to Spanish Castor oil. Its lovely no matter how you or where you get it.

I'm thinking about making a deep conditioner this weekend with Castor oil , vatika frosting, and some Ayurveda powders




This has nothing to do with hair

ok so Im not ashamed to admit I have a crush on Patrick Swayze since I could remember and Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies LOL. Well I saw this on People website and I love it!! Plus Channing Tatum took his shirt off, hot diggity


http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&from=sp&vid=304364f2-e037-48b6-9ffe-8f67ad6539b1

Maka aka Bhringaraj

Maka is a creeping and moisture-loving herb; it has a short, flat or round stem and small white flowers on a long stalk. It grows 3" tall; the leaves are opposite and lance shaped. Its scientific name is eclipta alba and is also called Bhringaraj, Bhringraj, Babri, Galagara, Gunta-kalagara, Kesharaji, Kesuri, or Mochkand. It is found throughout India and the southwestern U.S. Maka is the main herb for the hair and cirrhosis in Ayurveda. It is believed to prevent aging, maintains and rejuvenates hair, teeth, bones, memory, sight, and hearing. It also rejuvenates the kidneys and liver. As oil, it removes graying, balding, makes the hair darker, and promotes deep sleep.

The Ayurvedic herb bhringaraj, is also known as the “lord of hair” has been used since ancient times to rejuvenate hair and skin. Bhringaraj helps to calm and cool down pitta dosha, strengthening resistance to stress. Premature hair loss and graying is considered a pitta imbalance. Bhringaraj is a rejuvenative for liver and kidneys. It cleanses impurities, improves complexion of the skin and restores color and luster to the hair.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Henna

Henna can be used as a natural alternative and has many advantages over commercially available synthetic dyes. The henna plant (Lawsonic Inermis) is crushed to make a powder or paste, which contains Lawsone. When henna comes into contact with your hair the Lawsone 'migrates' into the follicle where it binds with your hair's natural keratin. When henna is mixed with a natural plant dye, the colour of the dye is absorbed into this keratin, to create the desired colour. Synthetic dyes, conversely, penetrates the cortex of your hair to alter your natural pigment. In order to penetrate the cortex, the hairs cuticle must be lifted, which is why ammonia and hydrogen peroxide are used. Repeated lifting of the cuticle can lead to the hair become weakened, leaving it dry looking, broken and lustre-less.
Unlike synthetic dyes, henna does not lift the cuticle of the hair to allow colour absorption, nor does it break down the protein structure of your hair. Instead, when the lawsone and keratin combine the hair is strengthened. Henna coats each strand of hair with a translucent layer which enhances and enriches its natural colour ( 'neutral' henna contains no pigment and can be used as a conditioner ).

I'm a Ayurveda girl

Ayurveda is more than just a medical system , its called the science of life by many. Some think that Ayurveda is able to maintain health in a person by using principles of nature to bring individuals back into balance with their true self. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge of.

I googled natural hair care years ago , around early 06 and that's how I found Nappturality but I also found AfroVeda and at the time she wasn't that popular so I bookmarked her site because it intrigued me, I also found HairVeda after trying to research Ayurveda hair care. I was really intrigued by three Ayurvedic Hair types , Vata ,Pitta and Kapha. I have so many hair types on my head that I try not to fit myself in a specific group. I just pick what sounds good and go with the flow.

Well the first products I tried from AfroVeda were the Coconut moisture milk, the Shikakai growth hair elixir, and the Curly Pudding , I then tried samples of the Totally Twisted ginger almond butter, Shea amla whipped butter cream, Nu Milk Lotion and the Kiss Seed Lotion. She dropped new products and I ordered the PUR Whipped Gelly and the Hemp Seed Lock Butter.A friend blessed me to try out the entire Seven line . Mala's whole line is wonderful and I'm realizing that I'm a true Ayurveda girl.

95% of my products have some type of Ayurveda element , from Qhemet Biologics, to HairVeda, to my Ayurveda powders I use to cleanse my scalp.

I usually use Amla, Shikakai, Aritha and Brahmi that usually does a wonderful job. I make thick paste with warm water and massage the paste throughout my hair , I leave on for about 10 minutes and then rinse with cool water. I then proceed to do my normal routine.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The infamous Afro Detangler


Well I stared at this stuff well over a year and a half debating if I was going to buy it. I was put off that a sample size wasn't available for so long that it turned me off from even attempting to speak to the buyer to get one. Finally I just said what the hell and went for it. I'm pleasantly surprised to say I love it and will repurchase it in the future. I don't really detangle my hair completely and if I need to I usually use Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Detangling Ghee , so I use the Afro Detangler to do twists and they come out FAB. A nice sheen to my hair , nice definition and my hair shaft feels very smooth.

Friday, July 24, 2009

My Routine

Well I really don't have a set routine , I wash when I feel like it , I don't shampoo though. I have in the past used Blended Beauty's Soy Shampoo, but I cant shell out $18 bucks for 8ozs every month, so I stick to co washing , or using my bentonite clay to wash , or doing an ayurvedic tea rinse. They all get my hair clean and keep it soft and moist.

If Im in mini box braids I can cowash every day, moisturize with a hair lotion, and seal with an oil. If not I usually cowash every two weeks, and rock , twists, twistouts, braids out, and a puff. Im not good with sticking to protective styling. Which is why I dont retain my full length probably lol. At this point im not too worried because my hair stays soft and I can do all the styles I want except a full bun.

I either air dry my hair overnight in big braids and the next day rock a puff until I get home , or wear a braid out until I come home and then I two strand twist my hair. I moisturize daily because my hair feels better when I do. When I start to shed I throw in a little protein. Either henna or protein conditioner.

I use any of these weekly for moisture, Karens Hair milk, Afrodetangler, QB's cocoa tree detangler, Amla and Olive Heavy cream, Burdock Root butter cream, Amla pomade, Afrovedas PUR Whipped Jelly ,for twisting I also use anything of these in combination with each other.

I usually use a creamy moisturizer and seal with Hairvedas Cocasta oil to twist. Sometimes I use Ashas Main attraction , Heavenly Hair Creme, Shea What Pomade, Avedas Brilliant Pomade, Darcy Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme, or Organic Coconut butter pomade to twist with. Can you tell I like pomades?

Battle of the Gellys




I am in love with Afrovedas PUR Whipped Gelly. I mean this stuff is out of this world. I'm kind of scared though because I purchased my original jar in October of 08, and since then I heard she changed the fragrance but then changed it back. When I sent in my review of the product to her site I beggggged her not to change anything , well I just placed an order three days ago and I'm nervous about how the product will come. I'm praying its the same and works the same.




Well last month I ordered some Whipped Clouds from Hairveda and decided to try their Whipped Gelly . Well Hairvedas has nothing on Afrovedas Gelly. Afrovedas is thicker BUT it goes on light and airy , Hairvedas Gelly is thinner and moves in the jar which I don't like because I spilled some.




Well I did my friends two strand twists with the whipped clouds and the Hairvedas gelly and it was the BOMB. Her twists lasted for 2 weeks , they were shiny and clumped together. Her hair type to me is 4A all the way. My hair type is that some of my head is a 4A, most is 4B ,and the rest is mixed in with 4C ( Cnapp) . I tried the gelly on my hair and it wasn't as moist. Even when I used the whipped clouds with it. I just think its too thin for my hair . The whipped clouds alone did the job better.




So my staple PUR whipped Gelly wins out.

To dye or not to dye


Well I attempted to dye my hair and lets just say this is not the color I was going for. Now the next question is whether to dye my hair in 6 weeks with henna , or a lighter naturatint color. That darn box was $18 bucks and I bought two. So for $37 bucks I'm not sure I want to shell out the much again when highlights at the salon run me about $20.

Aww the joy of being happy

This has nothing to do with hair but on this Friday morning I watched this and man I started to cry, and laugh and smile. I would love to have friends and family surround me on my wedding day with this much joy and abandonment. Its so carefree yet I can " feel" the love these bridesmaids and groomsmen are showing. Ah... I'm getting sentimental in my older age lol


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0

Thursday, July 23, 2009

To loc or not to loc

In my natural journey I have always wanted sisterlocs, always!!! Growing up in Jamaica I have seen and have Rastafarian's all over so traditionally locs are something that I can't commit to because its not a fad in my eyes and I'm not a rasta, plus my family would flip a lid if I did and didnt have 'their" mindset. So I can have the best of both worlds. Locs small enough to style anyway I want and still be locs in my own way.

However I'm in such a love affair with my loose hair , I don't want to jump the gun and get sisterlocs and then 3 months down the drain chop them off because the take down from sisterlocs is crazy. Heck even the cost is enough to not take them down. I was quoted anywhere from $900-1500 for my length. This was early 2008. I have a coworker that has sisterlocs and she goes to the consultant that I reached out to for information. Her sisterlocs are so beautiful so every morning I stare at hers.

I'm just waiting for the moment to hit when I either realize, I'm tired of detangling and twisting, and parting or when it just feels right.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Staple Lines


I wear my hair in twists, twistouts, mini braids, braid outs, mainly out styles alot. I would prefer if I could cowash daily but unless Im in mini braids or extensions its not happening. So I tend to use butters and pomades and oils alot. I try not to let my hair shrink down too much so I tend to always do my hair on dry stretched hair. My staple online vendors are Qhemet Biologics, Afroveda*, HairVeda*, and Karens Body Beautiful *




* I only use certain things from these lines

Project Junkie or Not accepting your hair type?

Someone asked me a question thats basically summed up as, " Why do you keep purchasing products if you've found what works for your hair"? My immediate answer was, " I love trying out pomades, butters, and oils" . If I bought shoes all the time , why would I keep buying the same shoes even though they are comfortable. I like variety. Well my friend said, " Do you keep trying different things because you want your hair to look a certain way, and because you haven't found that special product are you unconsciously buying new products hoping for that"?

I actually had to think about it deep down. I wouldnt mind if all the textures on my hair were 4A ( if you believe in typing). It would make wearing a wash n go so much easier and I could wash my hair every morning and not have to dread detangling as much as I do now. I could wear a wash n gonow and have it look nice but I dont like how 1 inch of hair looks on me. I never have, plus my hair tangles upon itself so I have to nix that idea in the bud.

What it boils down for me , is I like variety and I love finding different things that work for me from different vendors.

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