Friday, April 16, 2010

Propylene Glycol

GLYCOL
PROPYLENE GLYCOL
Fragrance Ingredient; Humectant; Skin-Conditioning Agent - Humectant; Skin-ConditioningAgent - Miscellaneous; Solvent; Viscosity Decreasing Agent; SKIN CONDITIONING; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING


Also listed as
1,2-DIHYDROXYPROPANE; 2-HYDROXYPROPANOL; METHYLETHYL GLYCOL; 1,2-PROPANEDIOL; PROPANE-1,2-DIOL; 1,2-DIHYDROXYPROPANE; 1,2-PROPYLENE GLYCOL; 1,2-PROPYLENGLYKOL (GERMAN) ; ALPHA-PROPYLENEGLYCOL; DOWFROST; METHYLETHYLENE GLYCOL



Given the incomplete information made available by companies and the government, EWG provides additional information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature. The chart below indicates that research studies have found that exposure to this ingredient -- not the products containing it -- caused the indicated health effect(s) in the studies reviewed by Skin Deep researchers. Actual health risks, if any, will vary based on the level of exposure to the ingredient and individual susceptibility -- information not available in Skin Deep.
This ingredient:
Cancer
Developmental/reproductive toxicity
Violations, restrictions & warnings
Allergies/immunotoxicity
Contamination concerns
Other strong concerns for this ingredient: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption
Other moderate concerns for this ingredient: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Lesser or emerging concerns for this ingredient: Neurotoxicity, Data gaps, Biochemical or cellular level changes

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Deep Conditioning Cap Winners

I want to thank everyone who took the time to subscribed and those that were already subscribed to my blog. I'm happy to announce the two winners of the deep conditioning cap are TejKaur and Robyn's Nest. Both of your posts stood out to me because you're at different aspects of your journey and each one depending on how you take care of your hair can be a big component in how your hair reacts. Please send me an email with your mailing address at mailto:shawnystheone@aol.com


If anyone has any ideas for May's giveaway please let me know and once again thank you!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Happy Nappy Affairs May Giveaway

I'm trying to think of some ideas for May already. I'm thinking maybe a Ayurveda Mix package, or a Rhassoul Clay Package or choosing a tester for my "Defining Moment" Gelly that will be launching in the Fall time hopefully.


Thoughts???

Hairveda New Deep Conditioner: Acai Berry PHYTO


Ive always been a big fan of Hairveda and in the past have bought everything made! I loved their line up ,however I now only have one staple from them and as you know that is the Cocasta oil. I love that stuff , well the SitrniNillah Mask was my staple deep conditioner until Darcy Botanical Deep conditioning Mask knocked it out the ballpark.


I see Hairveda has in the works a new deep conditioner that is coming in late April. Stay tuned... since purchasing my steamer all my deep conditioners work like magic so I might be open to buying this
Testing out the features for on the go blogging events

Small Business Spotlight: EkuaSoul


Ayurveda

What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda provides both curative and preventive measures towards optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The word "Ayurveda" is from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and literally means "Knowledge of Life". Inherent in Ayurvedic principles is the concept that you are capable of taking charge of your own life and healing.


More than simply medical care, Ayurveda offers a philosophy whereby one may prevent unnecessary suffering and live a long, healthy life. Known as the mother of all medical systems, Ayurveda has undergone continuous research, development and refinement over past 5,000 years. Originally from India, Ayurveda is currently experiencing world-wide popularity as a revival sweeps in all continents. Ayurveda employs the judicious application of nutritional guidance, herbal medicines, exercise therapy, transcendental meditation and many special rejuvenation and purification therapies. Preferring to focus on the type of person who has the disease, rather than just understanding the type of disease the person has, Ayurveda is a patient-orientated system of healing.



Sounds interesting right? Ayurveda hair care has become a staple in my hair routine. It seems it has taken over everything just about in what I use. Amla is my all time favorite Ayurveda herb and as long as I can afford to buy it I will. It leaves my hair soft, manageable, curly and maintains my dark color effortlessly. If using the powdered form all I have to do is mix add some water warm and apply to my head. That's it. I don't like placing orders online because I don't like wondering where my items are. I'm lucky enough that if need be I can hop in the car and purchase mine, however when I want to purchase in bulk I purchase from the site http://www.ayurnaturalbeauty.com/. She also has another site http://ayurnaturalbeauty.ecrater.com/


The owner of this site is doing her thing, do you hear me? I love giving her my business because even though we aren't in the same state you best believe if I order something I do not have to worry about customer service. It is a joy to shop on her site AT ALL times. It is a Ayurveda girl HEAVEN. Anything you can think of she has it and if she doesn't I'm pretty sure she can get it. You can catch her blogging here http://www.ayurnaturalbeauty.blogspot.com/


If you frequent http://naturallycurly.com/ then you are familiar with this lovely lady, if not please take a look around her sites! I want to congratulate her on many endeavors and hopes that the blessings continue to come forth.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ohm Body Products


Ohm Body products have impressed me by the ingredients and the price point .

The Sweet Hair Pudding claims Sweet Hair Pudding was designed to stretch, moisturize and define your natural curl patterns, while giving you soft and naturally bouncy curls without a crunchy or greasy feeling.

The ingredients are listed as Unconditional love, Honesty, Divine Wisdom, Aloe Gel, Distilled water, Shea butter, Honey, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Pantheon (Vitamin B5), Yarrow, Sage, Natural Thickener, Nettle, Lavender, Horsetail. Emulsifying Wax, Vitamin E, Potassium Sorbate- Preservative, Colored with Wild Cherry Extract and Fragrance Blend.

I can say that this pudding is a very dense, slippery styling agent that leaves your twists very moist , with a firm hold that doesn't dry crunchy or hard at all. It is also stated that it can bring moisture to your hair as well as styling it. $15.99


The Hibiscus Tea Moisturizer is very light , and the aroma is not overwhelming at all, the only con to this is that it will not work as well in the fall and winter due to glycerin being very high on the list. It claims to be a Lightweight moisturizer made from the most delicate flowers-Hibiscus and Rose hips. Deep penetrating and extra conditioning for natural dry hair.

The ingredients are listed as Love , Patience, Embodiment of Spirit, Distilled water, aloe vera juice, hibiscus tea, vegetable glycerin, natural thickener, Vitamin E, Peppermint EO, Optiphen Preservative and a fragrance blend. The price point is $13.99

The Hydrating Hair Milk is a not as it looks on the goingohm site. I was expecting this to have the consistency of a hair milk such as Karen's Body Beautiful , MyAshas or Carols Daughter. This Hair milk is a watery spritz. The site says Hydrating Spritzer used to untangle, hydrate, and soften- curls, naturals, locks, and braids.

The ingredients are as listed Love, Patience and Serenity. Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Olive Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Distilled Water, Natural Thickener, Botanical complex-Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract (and) Yucca Leaf Extract (and) Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract (and) Urtica dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract (and) Melissa officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate-Preservative and Fragrance Blend. The price point is $14.99

The Aloe gel is a light , yet non sticky gel that smells intoxicating, I haven't used this yet so the review will be updated when. The site states This 100% organic aloe hair gel is non drying and non flaking, and gives a great firm hold.

The ingredients are listed as Distilled Water, Aloe Vera Juice and Pulp, Natural Thickener, Nettle, Horsetail, Lavender, Yarrow, Vegetable Glycerin, Fragrance blend, Grapefruit Seed Extract-Preservative. The price point is $12.00



The Crown of Glory Avocado Custard is surprising to say the least , I was expecting a pudding like product hence the name custard but this isn't that, its like a yellowish light grease type product. It smells very good but doesn't linger all day. The site says this hair custard can be used to maintain hair sheen and moisture. I don't know about maintaining the moisture but it sure does add a sheen to your hair .

The ingredients listed are Love, Patience and Natural Beauty. Organic Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Candelila wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) Leaf Extract (and) Salvia officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract (and) Equisetum arvense) Horsetail Extract (and) Utica dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract (and) Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract. Rosemary-Preservative and Fragrance Blend. If you are used to grease type products then this is the product for you. The price point is $12.00




My overrall impression with Ohm body products are if you can try them by all means but the only stand out product to me was the Sweet Hair Pudding . I recommend it highly. http://www.goingohm.com/default.asp

A Happy Nappy Affair's April Inspiration

Most natural women keep albums, I started my album on Fotki. It has been a wealth of great information and wonderful people. Its the forefront of being inspired for me. I always look and comment on everyones albums because the different array of hair out there is vast and wonderful.


I met a young beautiful women whos texture is just as gorgeous as she is. She shines from the inside so hard that its hard to not smile and want to extend the warmest replies whenever she updates her albums on Fotki.





She has one of the best and intriguing routines I have EVER seen. If nothing else, she offers a wealth of information that has helped her and me to see that it doesnt take fancy things to achieve healthy hair but simple, nourishing products. I'm glad she gave me some of her time and allows me to stalk her album whenever I need advise or a pick me up. You can catch her other stunning pictures here. http://members.fotki.com/Gisele69/about/







What your current hair status, Natural, transitioning, or thinking about it?



Gisele's response: I have natural hair.



If you are natural, how long have you been?



Gisele's response: I have been natural almost 3 years now. I relaxed for the last time in May 2007.



If you are not natural, would you ever try to transition?




N/A

If you are transitioning, how long do you think you will transition, and what methods are you using to help yourself while you transition?




N/A

Why did you go natural?



Gisele's response:I went natural because I had relocated and left my trusted hairdresser behind. I ended up trying to do my own hair and ended up damaging it. I decided to stop relaxing since I could not find a hairdresser who I was comfortable with, to take care of my hair and I did not want to walk around with ratty looking hair.

Do you ever feel the need to alter your hair to fit in better with family, peers or a loved one?

Gisele's response: My family has always been supportive of however I choose to wear my hair and I am generally a pretty stubborn and confident person who does not really care what others around me think of most of my choices. However, there has been times when I am having a really bad hair day when I really yearn for my smooth, sleek, flowing relaxed hair but that yearning usually last just for a hot minute before I am back to feeling my natural hair again.


Did you have expectations of your hair looking a certain way when you made up your mind to go natural?

Gisele's response: No. I pretty much knew how my hair looked and behaved since I had been natural for the 1st sixteen years of my life and had been natural several times afterwards since I became an adult.

What has been your consistent driving force to continue on with your natural journey?



Gisele's response:I love my natural tresses, however my decision to stay natural has been more of a necessity since the nearest hair salon that specializes in African hair is about 25 minutes drive away (on the motorway) and getting there and taking the time to get my hair done was too much of an hassle and I had never learnt (or ever wanted to) to take care of my relaxed hair at home.

What does natural mean to you?



Gisele' response:It has made me even more confident, since it is very rarely that you see another woman on the streets here in Germany (unless you are in one of the big cities) with natural highly textured African hair unless it is completely braided up and hidden in extensions. It has made me stand out, and it takes a lot of guts to be able to deal with the stares without feeling intimidated or insecure. I now enjoy wearing my hair like this, and it has made me really appreciate my own unique God given qualities.

What was one of the hardest things that you have or are struggling with as you walk down this natural journey?



Gisele's response:I am still struggling with styling my own hair. This is the 1st time in my life that I have not had the option of getting my hair groomed at hair salons. I am still trying to figure out the styling basics, such as learning how to precisely part my hair in sections or keeping my hair properly moisturized when I do not have it in plaits or twists.


What if any thing can you share with someone going through transitioning their mind and hair to natural?



Gisele's response: I think you first have to be mentally ready to accept your hair in its natural state - frizz, shrinkage and all -, or you will be in for endless bouts of frustration trying to coax your hair into doing things which your hair might simply not be able to do.

What goals do you hope to achieve for yourself that you didn’t have prior to becoming natural?



Gisele's response:Being able to keep both my scalp and hair healthy. I never had that consistently when my hair was relaxed since invariably my scalp would suffer even though my relaxed hair generally thrived.




Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pondering starting an online ETSY shop

Ive always loved to make products, mainly body butters, and hair gels, as well as hair butters. Ive been mixing on and off for about 2 years. Well, I am seriously thinking about opening an ETSY shop but I have a little hesitation. I was going over the idea with my cousin and he was all excited thinking of names and things to do. I would need a name, which I have no idea of , and a logo, which I sort of have an idea and then labels and such.


It seems a lot but at the same time I'm really thinking I could get this started. I need some insight ya'll , throw me some ideas about what you think ? In the back of my mind I always wanted a store front in my local neighborhood that catered to natural women with consultations, answering questions and providing them the best all natural products on the market.

Who knows, maybe an ETSY shop is the start of the dream?

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