Saturday, October 30, 2010

Whats wrong with keeping our hair as it is?

I love the different things that we can do with natural hair, I mean it really is amazing. My friends tell me all the time that they wished their hair had  half the volume that mine does. I know that its not my hair but it bothers something in me when friends decide that they cant work with their hair and its too hard to manage. Ive went through days when people make comments on my hair that if it was another person some bodily damage would have been done. I have some of the thickest  hair ever seen. Ive struggled to figure out how to keep my hair moist, Ive struggled with length. I have shrinkage and add to the fact that my hair grows out and not down , it will be YEARS before I can  even achieve a low ponytail comfortably.

Whats so wrong with our hair that we need a relaxer, that a texturizer has to mess up what we have naturally?? Deep down inside is it really you cant manage it or is it someones telling you , its too nappy??


 I don't know , I just know that you will never see my hair straight because deep down inside if it did I'd feel like I only did it to fit in. That someone told me I wasn't beautiful unless I sat in a beauty salon and let them blow my hair out. its not going to happen.


I'm all for options , yes to some its just hair but why is it just hair?  From an early age my grandmother always told me " Your hair is your glory", take care of it as such. I love my hair  and it doesn't look like anyone else because it was made just for me.

Octobers Qhemet Biologics Giveaway Winner

 I would like to thank you all for following and commenting on why you would like to try Qhemet Biologics Detangling Ghee. There was a lot of great comments and I had a hard time choosing but the one that stood out the most to me one the was by Mizz_CF.

" I would love to try this product because I am transitioning with little to no support from my family. Since I'm still in high school I have to rely on my parents for hair products and they will NOT invest in anything online. Also, since I live in Canada my choice of good products is almost non existent so I usually use shampoo, conditioner and shea butter and pray that it will continue to work. Lastly, maybe if my parents saw how well the product works they might be tempted to invest more in me going natural."

So thank you all and please stay tuned to Decembers Giveaway,  I wont be doing a giveaway for November due to Black Friday sales and such


These four people are the runner ups to the October giveaway since I had such a hard time choosing

Vida Starr
Medgirl_Shana
Tanishia
Eve

Please send me your shipping  addresses for surprise prizes to shawnystheone@aol.com , thank you again.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I wonder what Jayden Smith's hair routine is?

His hair reminds me of Corbin Bleu's hair,  just not as coily/curly as Corbin's tends to be.  I am so jealous because I bet he doesn't absolutely nothing to it.  LOL I need Jada to give me the secret because I want my hair to hang just like this.  I know , I know it will never happen, lol.  My hair grows like a halo and it will take some serious years of growth to get anywhere near this .  A girl can dream though right?? Jada and Smith have some really good genes, they couldn't deny these kids if they tried.


Taliah Waajids newest Products



So Taliah Waajid has launched new items.  I have to give it to this company. They are affordable and they are local.  In the past my only favorite item was the Taliah Waajid Protective Bodifier Mist. That stuff softens my twists, keeps my kinky twists and nappy weaves so soft.  I never have to worry about moisture with it.  I was a little disappointed to find out the ingredients weren't being listed correctly until the line came to CVS. I'm not that crazy about bad ingredients but I don't go off the deep end about it either. At times I will use products that aren't 100% organic or natural but that's just my choice.


So a week or so ago  I was reading on Naturally Curly about her new items and went to the site to investigate. The Curly Curl Cream ($8.00) and The Great Detangler ($8.00)sounds awesome and you cant beat the price either. So I ordered and it arrived today. I am chuckling because I see now why the ingredients are not listed on the website.  Here are the ingredients that I posted on Naturally Curly as well.

Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream Ingredients:
deionized water, peg-75 Shea butter, sage extract, dmdm hydantoin, vegetable glycerin, burdoc protein, sodium polyacrylate, ethylhexyl, trideceth-6 fragrance

Curly Curl Cream made for Curly, Kinky, Wavy and Coily hair textures.




Non-greasy herbal hair cream that revitalizes curls and eliminates frizz. Conditions and nourishes hair while adding shine and moisture. Holds hair and styles in place. Easily shampoos out with no build up.
Directions: Use on wet or dry hair. Apply to hair. Use fingers to distribute smoothly to define, shape and style curls. Can be used on all textures of curly hair.




The Great Detangler ingredients:

deonized water, vitamin e, olive oil, peg-75 shea butter, silk protein, cocoa butter extract, cetrimonium bromise, cetheareth-20, vegetable glycerin, mineral oil, glycerol, D&C yellow#5, fragrance, DMDM hydantoin, detanglers, Balsam , aleo vera.


The Great Detangler is made for Curly, Kinky, Wavy and Coily hair textures. The Great Detangler Eliminates tangles on contact. Softens hair, defines curl pattern. Stops breakage while combing curly, kinky, coily and wavy hair. Hair Detangler is rich with moisturizers, protein and conditioners. Coats and protects hair while softening. For best results, use the complete line of Black Earth Products.

Directions: Use on wet or dry hair. Separate a section of hair. Apply a liberal amount of Hair Detangler. Use fingers to work the product through the hair to loosen the tangles. Use a medium to large tooth comb. Start at the ends of the hair. Comb through up to the scalp and through tangles. Style as desired.



I am disappointed in the list of ingredients but like I said , I'm not a stickler for 100% natural. I cant try these products out until the end of November though as I am trying to keep my current protective style in until then. I will however be using my test dummies ( aka friends) this Sunday so look forward to those reviews.










Here is the website  http://www.naturalhair.org/index.aspx

Monday, October 25, 2010

What do you do for Winter Series? Part 1

I thought I would ask several different naturals their winter routines so readers could get an idea on long term naturals thoughts on winter  routines , or do they even attempt to change it up, etc?

The first entry is from Ms Whitley Gilbert on Nappturality.  I just adore her hair, shes so down to earth and quite frank and upfront about just about everything!



Although not the most popular route, I enjoy co-washing or rinsing just as often in the winter as in the warmer months.







For a bit of heavier product, I like mixing up a bit of shealoe.






Last year, I realized that I could finally create a decent bun and fell deeply in love. So, this year I'll probably wear buns pretty often (wet buns haha). For a loose style, I wear stretched hair from a bun worn the previous day or use a technique that I've learned from others. I cowash at night and separate my hair down the center into two sloppy buns. Then in the morning, I fluff and finger style and it's ready to wear. My hair is somewhat stretched and not soaking wet like a typical washn'go. I like to wear box braids occasionally as well as a protective style, but not too often because it can be too much manipulation for me.











Weekly shampoo and deep conditioning (with a heavy protein conditioner) is a staple in my routine, no matter the season. It's the only thing that keeps those horrid multi-strand splits away. I use Salon Care Cholesterol Deep Conditioner. Saved my life.



And I think that's it. My winter routine is nothing special really, but I hope it helps someone.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie



 Ive had this product since July but really never had the chance to try it out.  As all of you are aware a lot of natural lines have come to Target.  I think its a wonderful thing if you can find these items in your local stores.  It cuts down on shipping cost,  and if it hasn't come to your area ordering from the Target store will still save you money because all of the SheaMoisture products are $9.99.  You cant beat that for these ingredients.  I wasn't that impressed with the texture because its actually a thick cream and not very smoothie-like. I tried it out on a friends hair as a leave in and it worked wonders for her. I finally got around to trying it last night and I have to admit it worked nicely as a twisting agent.  I'm still holding a full complete reserve because if I use a product for twists, I need it to do the job immediately after adding my leave in conditioner to my hair.   I do not like layering two products on for twists unless I know that there is a great gel styler that needs to be softened by an oil based product, i.e when  I use Kinky Curly Curling Custard, I know  I need to add something oil based over it to not have that crunchy feel.  On the Sheamoisture website it says this can actually be used as a deep conditioner as well.  I don't know about enhancing of my curls for a wash and go but it does allow the hair to cling together for a great twist/twist out.

 While this has water as the first ingredient  I dont really consider this a true moisturizer  It's an emollient-based product. While water is the first ingredient, there are really no conditioning agents or moisturizers  It seems to be just oils and butters, and the only other  exception of aloe leaf extract, which doesn't mean aloe vera juice.



The ingredients are listed as: de-ionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter)*, Macadamia Ternifolia seed oil, Mangifera Indica (mango) seed butter*, Persea Gratissima (avocado) oil, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil*, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, silk protein, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) seed oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbitol Esters, essential oil blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract and Tocopherol (vitamin E). *Denotes certified organic ingredients

The directions state:All-natural hair dressing moisturizes hair and imparts a shine and bounce to curls


Dispense a dime-size amount into hands and massage into damp or dry hair

Style as desired

May also be used as a deep conditioner; apply to wet hair and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly

Used For: Repairing, Strengthening

Hair Type: All Hair Types

                                                       The resulting twist-out , Very fluffy soft and supple

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hairveda Cocasta Shikakai ( bottle change)

I've been a faithful user of Hairvedas Cocasta Shikakai oil for almost three years. It is my all time favorite Castor oil blend.  I am not saying you need this out because  I actually feel the base of this product IS Castor oil so in order to beat all the shipping time and waiting for it to arrive you can just walk to the store and get you some regular ole Castor oil. On the other hand if you re willing to wait , I cant recommend this enough. It actually beat out Qhemet Biologics oil for me but that was because I felt I was getting more oil for my money with Hairvedas blend.  I just received a back up bottle , I like to keep at least three on hand at all times and lo and behold Hairveda changed the bottle up.   I'm so greedy ,  I feel like I'm being jipped out of some oil . The other ( first picture) bottle seemed to be bigger. I will have to wait until  I get home but here are two different pictures.

If you're into pre-poos. this is the product for you
If you're in oil rinses,  this is the product for you
Add it to your conditioner for extra slip , add it to your deep conditioner , and if you have the Vatika Frosting or the regular Vatika oil , ADD it to that for a GREAT deep conditioner , prior to a steam , or protein treatment.   Let me know if you try it because I LOVE this oil.


Ingredients include: Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulsis, Acacia Concinna Oil, Bacopa Monniera Oil, Emblica Officianalis Fruit Oil, Azadirachta Indica Seed Oil, Fragrance.


Shelf Life: 12-24 Months ( 8ozs for $11.50)  It lasts a LONG time.

A Happy Nappy Affair's October Giveaway

 Good morning

  I hope this reaches everyone in good health, I had a time trying to figure out which product from Qhemet Biologics  I wanted to do a giveaway on.  I first wanted to do the  Amla and Olive Heavy Cream but then  I realized that it is a heavy cream and might be too heavy for some strands , so then I thought about the Burdock Root Butter Cream but then again  I thought maybe it would be too light so guess what popped into my head? The Cocoa Detangling Ghee.  Even though this product is geared to detangle your hair , it makes THE best leave in and well as pre poo treatment on your hair, you can even STEAM this into your hair strands and WATCH out after that.  I think this is Qhemet Biologics most versatile product EVER.  Don't let the amount in the container fool you , you do not need a lot of this product to get the job done . Please keep in mind  to section your hair off and start a little at a time .  If you don't believe me take a look at my review on it as a detangler and a couple of pictures of me using it alone as a leave in conditioner.


 The conditions of being considered to receive this are  you must be a follower of my blog and simply reply why you would like to try the Cocoa Detangling Ghee. This giveaway will run from October 11-29th, 2010.

 ALSO please check back on the last day of the running because I will need your address ASAP. Thank you

Monday, October 11, 2010

Beautiful Curls on a 4 Fine Haired A-B

So as you all know  I love testing products on any and everyone . I am also a believer of hair type and care can be universal especially dealing with a curlier or kinky hair   I used the same products I used on a 3 A-B hair type . My friend  has been natural 2 years now and Ive been doing her hair almost the same amount of time . Her texture is very fine and easily damaged. I try to keep her in protective styles as much as possible because if you look at her hair wrong it will fall out.  I also had to realize that when I do twists on her , I have to do them very small or medium because of her hair ,.if I make them too big then its very scalpy.  I used the Beautiful Curls Leave in Conditioner and the Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Curl Activating Cream.   I almost wanted to do a wash and go on her because her hair was so well defined after shingling the curl activating cream in but she wouldn't know the first thing about the upkeep so  I did some small twists, and twist out in the back and several flat twists on one side.

                                                        Before washing
                                         Leave in Conditioner and Shea Butter Curl Activating Cream
                                                                  Damp
                                                            Flat Twists and Twistout
                                                           Twistout in back

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Donna Marie: Super ButterCreme

Ok so oddly after really not wanting to purchase anything else I've come to like the Super ButterCreme. I'm not stuck on it as a staple because I never depend on anything ordered online. You never know when a company will discontinue an item ,or change the ingredients up on you , or heck even triple the price of the product with no warning. I can say though that if Donna Marie can continue to keep this in the line up without any changes I will repurchase it.  I am currently on my second jar and so far the only change was the jar type. The first jar I ordered was a flat 8 oz jar and this new jar I received a month ago is in a higher  jar. The first jar smelled more like vanilla cake frosting then the second one but they both work the same.  I like it for moisturizing my hair when its already styled,  or using it on wet hair to seal in the moisture after washing or even just a extra boost of hair after a protein treatment.  Its pretty good  I have to admit.


Surprise Detangler Product: Koils by Nature's Moisturizing Shealoe Creamy Leave In Conditioner

I purchased a couple of the KBN products to try out . I am in love with shealoe so I said " Wow a leave in conditioner with it has got to be outstanding".  Well , it didnt work out well as a leave in conditioner for me but boy is it slippery. This stuff has some amazing slippage that works GREAT when detangling on wet hair.  I have a pet peeve about doing my hair and washing my body in the shower at the same time.  It skeeves me out , dont ask why but it does.  I detangle my hair when Im washing it in the sink in the kitchen . It works out great for me and I usually do it with water and what I'm washing it out with it. No problem.  For those times that I need to detangle dry I use Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Detangling Ghee , well for those rare times that I detangle my hair wet, I think this Shealoe leave in conditioner works out very well.  I give it 5 napps up!


Here are the ingredients   Distilled water infused with horsetail, nettle, calendula and rosemary, aloe leaf juice, cetyl alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, *organic slippery elm bark, *organic marshmallow root, aloe butter, Shea butter, macadamia nut oil, mango fruit extract, *organic extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, guar gum, kosher vegetable glycerin, ProVitamin (B5), Vitamin E, grapefruit extract, organic honey, potassium sorbate, willows bark and essential oils

Beautiful Curls on a 3 A-B- UPDATED

 A friend of mine has naturally curly hair, she usually shampoos her hair twice a week and uses leave in conditioner as her styler.  She is my test dummy for looser type hairs whenever I get a new product.  I tried the Beautiful Curls Leave in Conditioner and the  Curl Activating Cream tonight.  She recently dyed her hair and commented that since that her hair is drier than usual. I used the Shea Butter Beautiful Curls on her because  she needs some additional moisture and I'm curious to see how well it conditions her hair.  She likes that wet look and I'm not sure shes going to have any hold at all from the Curl Activating Cream but her hair feels really nice so far.  I will post pictures in the morning of the final outcome before she styles but here are some pre- pictures.

                                                        Dry prior to washing
After being in a ponytail

                                           Her hair sectioned off after shampoo'n
                                       Her hair with the Beautiful Curls Leave In Conditioner

                                          The next morning,  hair is still slightly damp
                                          Hmm , lets see how it holds up during the day

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Happy Nappy Affair's October Inspiration of the Month: Risse







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


My current hair status is natural. I do color occasionally. Going natural was one of the best decisions I have ever made.



If you are natural, how long have you been?

Ten years and proud! I will tell you all one thing. Although I was natural it took me many years to transition from my Big Chop cut. I was proud of being natural but not so sure how I’d be received with a full-blown-fro.



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?

Not transitioning but I was so excited that I went for the BC!



Why did you go natural?

I went natural because I was so curious about the new growth that I would see every time I got braids. Oh, how wavy and curly. I was also so tired of the burnt hair smell, hair all over the sink, floor, and my shirt. I work out a lot and grew tired of looking awkward after my exercise. I envied the natural women I saw and wanted to stop running from cloudy weather. I wanted to be able to wash, go and change styles whenever I wanted without depending on my stylist. Most importantly, I was tired of hating myself.



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

Now that I am natural, I never feel the need to fit in better with others. The military, however, wants to put me in a box. Although natural, I am professional and always welcome the challenge of anyone that may want to question my hair.



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

I think we all have expectations of how our hair will look. Will we look like Tracy Ellis-Ross, India Arie or Celie from the Color Purple? I had an unreal expectation of sleek edges and no frizz.



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

My consistent driving force is God. He did not make any mistakes when creating our beautiful kinks and curls. I am also driven by other women that desire to do what I did by going natural; and of course, haters envy that we can wash and go. Our hair always fits us and is always different.



What does natural mean to you?

Natural means freedom, beauty, pride and love.



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

One of the hardest things that I struggle with is moisture and the notion that my hair always has to be sleek or defined. I am recently beginning to accept my hair and its wild ways.



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

Transitioning the mind must happen whether you BC or gradually grow out your relaxer. This journey is also a self-loving and spiritual one. On the other end of the awkward stage is beautiful, beautiful hair. You will be surprised at how many compliments you get!



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

Prior to becoming natural I struggled with the ideas of beauty. Removing my relaxer was like removing scabs from my brain (an enlightenment). I have learned that men really don’t like all the weave, wigs and unwashed hair. I hope to be an example and mentor for other women that are like me. I hope to achieve more knowledge of myself and our history.


Check this wonderful woman out here for more pictures and to take a glimpse of her past and present journey  Risse

September Giveaway Winner

Hi everyone,  I just want to thank everyone for their time and participation in this Septembers giveaway.  It was as I thought ,  a lot of naturals are still trying to figure out that key to retaining moisture as much as possible.  I hope that this giveaway starts someone on the road to figuring out how often and what they need to use to help keep that moisture balance in check. 


 Lysandra of Darcy's Botanicals is as wonderful as always and I appreciate her thoughtfulness and willing to share blessings  as they are in turn given to her.  I'm happy to announce that the person who will win the items listed in the original blog entry is Ms Rhonda McKnight. As soon as you can please forward me your contact information (shipping) so I can get it to Lysandra as soon as possible.


Again , thank you everyone and look forward to Octobers Qhemet Biologics Giveaway.

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