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.

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