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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