Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Decembers Style for now

 I'm going to talk a friend into braiding my hair for me this weekend. Until then or if she turns me down this is how my hair will be for the month of December. Twists in the front and  a bun in the back, covered by my Tam. I used Shea Butter Cottage Rosemary Leave In Conditioner and then Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste to twist with.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I keep forgetting

I keep forgetting how massive my hair is, my hair grows out and not down.  It will take another 6-10 inches before its weighed down, if then at all . Well last night I took my protective style down after wearing it for five weeks. As busted as it was I could have gotten another week out of it but I didn't want to look too crazy on Thanksgiving. So took me about an hour to get it down. Lord help me ,I don't know what I was thinking , lol.

It was like I had a sunflower halo surrounding my head, so to sleep I put in three ponytails. This morning I had to go out  so I put in two cornrows on the sides and a bunned ponytail in the back.  I have no idea what to do to my hair AT ALL.  I want to put in micro box braids but I wont be finished in time for tomorrow. I think I'm going to redo the cornrows and make them nicer cause I just threw these up in there, then on Friday put in the braids , which I'm hoping to keep in for 4 - 5 weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Curls: PassionFruit Curl Control Paste

I was in Target on Friday, looking to buy not a thing but you know  I had to mosey on down to the hair care aisle. Well  I purchased some conditioner for a friend of mine and then  I saw the Curls products.  I think I'm going to try out the whole line up.  I'm wondering if Target is going to have a Black Friday sale because if so I'm going in there!

The section on the left is a piece of hair shrunken, on the right is the same length of hair but with a little of the paste on it

Well I am a lover of pomades,  I don't care what type of pomade it is I love it . So I saw this little jar and opened it.  Oh wow it smells really good. It looks like orange marmalade. It has the stickiness of Aveda Pomade which  I love but is to expensive. This looks to be a perfect twisting agent for dry hair.  I cant wait to try it out. I took down a braid in the front of my hair,  well it was going to fall off anyway so what the heck. I smoothed some down the hair and it really elongated it , then it slowly curled up on the end. The hair feels soft to the touch and not producty at all.  I think I like it.  The key to jelly type pomades is to only use a small amount per section and smooth it in.

 Its $6.99 for 4 oz and the ingredients are as listed:
Water, Ceteareth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Isostearyl Isostearate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl, Ascorbate, Passion Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Hydroxyptopyltrimonium, Hydrolyzed Maize Starch, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Shopping on the ground for Affordable Hair Products

Natural hair is wonderful, you've discovered this beautiful side of yourself that you didn't know existed and now you're on hair care boards, watching videos on Youtube, reading blogs and next thing you know , you have spend thousands of dollars on hair products that haven't worked out for you.

* note I am a product junky, but believe me I can whip up anything in my kitchen aid mixer and it can be on par with ordering online . Natural hair care buying is a hobby of mine.

Well before you frustrate yourself , read, research and stick a toe in the water before jumping head in.  You need a cleanser,  a moisturizer , a sealer , and a styler.  If you're in the need to be efficient you can find all of that minus the cleanser in one product. Shealoe! You can make it yourself , make just enough for however you need and store the rest elsewhere.

OK so lets to get to cleanser , you can buy some Castile Soap and dilute it down.  You can add some Olive oil or you favorite oil to it , because it can be stripping .  You can find Castile Soap at any health food store,  Target , Whole Foods, Trader  Joe's or online as a last result.  You don't like Castile Soap, you can try Black Soap and  cut it down because its concentrated and have enough to last you many a month.

OK you want to purchase shampoo from the local store, you can go that as well , just remember to add some oil to combat the SLS that can be drying to Naturally Coily hair.  You can even do an oil rinse after.

OK well now you say I have all of that but what about a deep conditioner . Honey and your favorite oil , or mayo and honey for a protein treatment . If you're going to become a little fancy get you come coconut milk and add in some of your favorite oil , warm it up and voila , there you go.

All it boils down to is taking your time, researching and looking around you before you decide to invest in online shopping where the cost of  shipping and handling add up only with the cost of the item you're purchasing.

 Natural Hair Care shouldn't cost you a fortune and by taking it into your own hands , you can learn what your hair likes instead of what someone else's hair likes.  Remember just because their hair looks like yours doesn't mean it will like what that persons does.

 * P.S Remember Target is now carrying a lot of affordable items( Jane Carter,  Kinky Curly , SheaMoisture) , so check into it if you can find it local to you.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ok so Henna is my side piece.......

Well , if you know me ,or have been following me since I started this blog , I'm into Ayurveda products big time.  I love Henna ,  I love Hesh Herbal Powders and always squeal in joy when I find natural hair care lines that cater to that

 Back in the day it used to be Afroveda and Hairveda.  Well yanno what happened with Afroveda  so ole girl had to go.  The only product I purchase from Hairveda now is the Cocasta oil, The number one stunna, however I have a love affair going on with henna that hasnt been calmed in over two years.  I love how henna hues my hair as well as strengthening it,   Henna acts like a protein by binding to my hair strands reinforcing it so I have little to no breakage at all.  A downside to henna is I always have to add something moisturizing in such as amla, maka , coconut milk powder , fenugreek and other wonderful ayurvedic herbs to keep my hair in tip top shape.

Well one day while stalking the PJ angel of my heart , I saw she had this new henna( Dark of the Moon) on her fotki. YOU know  I ran over and just stared for like DAYS.  Don't get me wrong , I love my Karshima or Nupur henna but  when I saw this henna It just called to me..........until I saw the price.  I was kinda mad that I couldn't get a sample from the company and believe me, I groveled to them for like a week straight. LOL  Hey I had to get me a fix, not even caring that I was in a protective style. 

Well my lovely angel sent me a package and I  did the hokey pokey in my office while my coworkers stared at me in disbelief., LOLOLOL

I don't know what to do first, wash , henna , deep condition????  I just know I cant wait to get this henna up in my head,  Heck I might do it the night before Thanksgiving!

SheaButter Cottage: The Real Deal

I first heard of SheaButter Cottage on Nappturality. The owner and creator Akua frequently posts offering great advice on not only her own products but any other questions one might have on ingredients, natural hair care and then some. Her website is awesome , I just want to watch her make everything because all of her products sound simply wonderful.  She is also fair trade which I think is just outstanding.  I dont feel the need to wonder if her products are like everything out there because each product sounds simply unique .  Ive been blessed over the last two years to try a couple of her products. The Moringa Hair Pomade , The Ucuuba Hair Pomade and the Tucumba Hair Butter.  ALL , highly nourishing , lovingly made.

* note she also has body products as well

Well just in time for my hair take down from this last 5 week protective style ,  I received an early Black Friday Treat from a friend . I squealed in true product junkie happiness to see the Rosemary Leave In Conditioner that I have had my eye on for some time and a yummy sounding product called Marula Hair Balm. You know what is really awesome about some of Akua's products , they are vegan , fragrance free as well as being natural, What more could you ask for?

A protein rich creamy conditioner with organic Aloevera, Murumuru butter, unrefined Shea butter, Avocado and Jojoba oil for glossy, conditioned and manageable hair.
MURUMURU BUTTER: High in vitamin A, murumuru butter is a solid off-white butter which moisturises and nourishes skin and hair. It helps the skin to retain water by creating a protective film. It adds a natural gloss to dry, damaged hair. We purchase our murumuru butter directly from farmers in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.
PANTHENOL: Nutrient to strengthen hair

Define your curls with our soft textured fragrance-free & vegan friendly hair balm.
We have taken premium Ghanaian pure unrefined cocoa butter, vitamin c rich marula & papaya oil with a drizzle of agave nectar to give you the ah-marula effect on your hair. A little bit goes a long way and this is best used on damp hair. Does not leave the hair sticky nor waxy - just pure plant softness.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh Snap: Qhemet Biologics is bringing a new conditioner to the GAME

 If you dont know by now , I love me some Qhemet Biologics.  If I could marry Qhem and make her live in my basment for 50 years I would,  just so she could use her products on my head,  I would be a very happy camper indeed.

 Well  if you follow the lovely one you know shes been trying to formulate a new conditioner, well on her  recommendation chart she has it listed and the name of it is Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee

 PLAdowwwwwwwwwwwwww , I cant wait to buy it

5 oz. Price: 14.00

2 oz. Price: 5.50

NEW! Conditions and detangles with Moringa Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil and Ayurvedic Botanicals. Encourages natural curl formation too! (COMING SOON)

Product Description

Our creamy, versatile conditioner nourishes, softens and detangles thick, dry hair.

Key ingredients: Contains organic, virgin Coconut Oil for lubricity, slip and emollience. Pure Moringa Oil for its smoothing and softening properties. Extracts of Oatstraw and Burdock for their scalp conditioning and soothing properties. Amla, Brahmi and Nettle for their hair conditioning, strengthening and growth properties and MSM for follicular health and nourishment.

Does not contain mineral oil, lanolin, proteins, silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes or parabens.

100% Vegetarian.

Scented with pure Lavender Oil.

Directions: This versatile conditioner can be used in several ways:

1. Deep conditioner: Apply generously to wet hair, thoroughly massage into scalp and cover with a plastic cap. Leave in for 5-20 minutes. Comb through with fingers or a wide toothed comb and rinse with warm water.

2. Leave-in conditioner on wet hair: Shampoo hair, towel dry and thoroughly distribute through wet or damp hair. Allow to sit for 5 minutes then detangle using fingers or a wide toothed comb. Style as usual.

3. Daily leave-in conditioner on dry hair: Rub a moderate amount between hands and distribute throughout hair. Leave-in and style.

4. Detangler on loose, dry hair. Divide hair into 4-8 sections. Rub a small to moderate amount between palms and work through the entire length of one section of hair at a time. Use fingers or a wide toothed comb to detangle. Repeat process for each section.

5. Detangler on styled, dry hair: Apply a moderate amount to the ends of braids or twists adding more as you work your way up for easy unraveling and detangling.

Styler: Rub between palms and distribute a small to moderate amount through wet or dry hair before blowdrying, twisting or braiding. Helps elongate kinks and coils and enhances natural curl pattern.

Color may vary from batch to batch from white, yellow or tan due to natural color variations inherent in oils and botanicals. Expect slight variations in texture between batches as they are handcrafted. This is not indicative of a formula change and will not affect performance.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Throwback Picture of my hair in 2008


                                        September 2008

I love being black!

Beauty Supply Store Finds

 If you look long and hard in some of your beauty supply stores you can find great products.  I used to use this butter called Lock it Up by Elegance , every now and again  I see it in the BSS but  I don't buy it because I know I can make it myself.  It was a really good butter though.  You can also find it online at http://www.scories.com/products4.htm

It just takes some time and patience ,  well I've always seen so many reviews on detangling combs and what not , I said let me go to my BSS and see if  I can find a bootleg one.  I'm not a person who detangles in the shower or with loads of conditioner.   I rarely use a comb and when it do its only if I run into an extra snag in my hair or something but i said what the heck?  Well about a month ago  I found a really nice comb for $2.99.  It was awesome!!!  It glided thru my hair like butter.......until I went to get my protective style in.  I was rushing trying to detangle my hair so the hair stylist wouldn't rip thru my hair and crackkkkkkkk, there went the handle of my new comb, LOL.  I still kept it though because it works great.  I  went out last weekend though to another BSS and found a similar rake comb that I like just as well but this time for one whole whopping $1. 

 So before you buy online spending $15-20 dollars on some expensive comb , take a look around your local area and see what you can come up with!

Taliah Waajids The Great Detangler and Curly Curl Cream

OK so I'm impressed with both products, If you are not into 100% natural products then these two products are not the  products for you. They aren't on Miss Jessie's Caliber of just bad ingredients but they sure aren't 98% natural organic either. With that being said , it performed wonderfully on my friends hair.  I so cant wait to see how it works with me.  It elongated her hair TOO much , and the reason  I say that is , she has very fine hair and it weighed it down a lot .  For her that's not a good thing because it winds up being too scalpy.  I wanted to do a wash and go on her but she wouldn't be able to maintain it past one day so twists it was. Her twists were soft,  not producty at all and it was a nice shine to it.

 If you are a fan of Kinky Curly Knot Today,  then The Great Detangler is a perfect substitute for it.  It works exactly the same to me and even looks the same,  the only difference of course is the ingredients and the price.  The Great Detangler is $8.00

Hair prior to washing
Clean Damp hair with The Great Detangler
Section of hair with the Curly Curl Cream smoothed in

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I Want to be RIGHT here

Huetiful Hair Steamer Giveaway

 You guys better jump on this one right here!  I was minding my own business, looking at blogs as usual and came across this right here

Huetiful writes:

You told us and we listened. Huetiful is giving away 5 Huetiful Hair Steamers for the Holidays. To become eligible, you simply have to take the following 4-minute survey to be eligible.

The Huetiful Hair Steamer is the perfect product for women with wavy, curly, or kinky-curly hair. That’s because the Huetiful Hair Steamer hydrates hair 5 times more effectively than deep conditioner alone. It achieves these results by converting water into ozonized steam that open up the hair cuticles and allows the moisturizing agents in the conditioner/hair masque to be deeply and effectively absorbed into the hair shaft.

Rules, Terms & Conditions:

1. You may only complete and register once.

2. One winner will be randomly selected each day for five days; starting November 15th.

3. You must provide a valid email address for receipt of the Huetiful Hair Steamer.

4. You must complete the 4-minute survey to be eligible.

Enter: HERE

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Loving your hair with natural hair care

 I was over here reading this very interesting blog and saw her link to this.    Felicia Leatherwood is spreading the word about natural hair care.  I will be looking into this further.  The only natural women that I interact daily are at work.  A close friend of mine , who's hair  I do and a couple of other loc'd women.  Maybe there should be more of these hair care shops?

I love my soul

 Was in no way this post made to make anyone feel bad for choosing to do to your hair what you feel is better for you.  If you want to relax your hair , that is your choice.  If you want to flat iron your hair , that is your choice,  Whatever you choose to do is of course your choice.  My stance on my hair and what I hope to obtain is to love my soul just as it is. My hair is MY crowning glory and she is just as FAB just as she is.

 The only reason  I  would have for straightening my hair is to prove to others that natural hair can indeed grow , that's the only  reason  I would EVER straighten my hair , however  that's not going to happen, LOL.  My mother harps on my hair any chance she gets but she cant keep her hands out of it.  I continue to hear  " wow its so soft and thick" . I will continue to hear that because I'm in it to win it for the long haul.  I cant wait for the day when  I have to inch down in my car seat because my hair is too big.  Its a goal that hopefully is right around the corner.

 All I can ask for the next person is to love yourself,  nothing more or nothing less. So please remember  just because I'm over here mixing , product buying , blogging ,  and posting on forums  my natural is just that my natural and you have your own journey to walk.

There are many definitions of “natural” – we’re all different, and that’s ok.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Remix your glycerin/humectant use for the Winter

I know a lot of naturals use  glycerin which is a humectant in the early spring and pretty much summer time to keep moisture in the air . Glycerin is  a hygroscopic which means that it absorbs water from the air. This can be great for humid climates and help keep naturally coily hair soft and supple, however when there is no water in the air to absorb, glycerin will draw the moisture from your hair leaving behind dry, brittle feeling hair.

 So here approaches winter and colder climates and what worked in the spring and summer might not work for you now , well before you give up on your favorite glycerin or humectant laden products try to use them in alternate ways before shelving them for the next spring or summer. 

 To  get ready for winter or  for those in dry climates using  humectants, one simple idea is to use the product before a shower.  The  steam of the shower will be attracted to the glycerin in the products, and the heat will help it absorb into your cuticle. then you can use an oil-based sealer to keep that moisture in the cold

 Don’t assume you can’t use a product in the winter because contains glycerin , try  with using it under different conditions and see how your hair reacts first.

 If you have heating masks , or steamers , or use the sauna at the gym , add your products then , or use it as a deep treatment instead to give your hair that additional boost that it might need come freezing rain and sleet.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What do you do for Winter Series? Part 3

 I'm always on Fotki ,  but that's because  I'm just drawn to hair and natural hair at that . I came across this young lady's page one day and just fell in love.  She has some of the thickest hair and its soooooo lush.  Its the kind of hair that you know you want to play with and see how plush it is ,so I asked her to contribute to the Winter Series.  I hope you all enjoy. Let me know , what do you plan to do this winter?

Well this being my second Winter natural I have definitely learned how to better care for my natural hair this Winter...

Last year I wore twists and twist outs the entire time. Most important, I learned to cover my hair with a satin bonnet or protective hat whenever I was outside, even just going to the car. The weather where I live can get pretty harsh so moisture is key.

I will not change any deep conditioning treatments or products I use but I will limit the amount of co-washing I'm going to do. *Protective Styling* will be my style this Winter. I will be wearing twists for 3 to 4 weeks at a time then 1 week twist out if the weather is not so bad.

One lesson I have learned from last year is that I wore my hair out entirely too much! It was so dry at times...I know better this year, Shea Butter is my friend! Keeping the ends of your hair protected and tucked in away from harsh clothing and the weather is also very important.

I hope this helps....

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What do you do for Winter Series? Part 2

Here's the lovely Batyah, Shes been natural for the past  four years going on her fifth if  I'm not mistaken and  I just adore her hair . Her styling skills are off the hook and I swear if I can get to GA next summer , I will be on a hunt to get her to style my hair  ( she doesn't know that of course lol). You can find her over on Fotki showing her lovely hair skills or on Nappturality posting.

My Winter Hair Routine is pretty simple and to the point.

My main hair priorities during the Winter season are moisture and keeping my ends tucked in most of the time.

For moisture, I use two types of conditioners; rinse-out and a leave-in as well a humectant like black Castor oil.

For the conditioners, they're an absolute must!!! They add moisture and seal in moisture to my hair after I shampoo.

Also, once my hair has air-dried after a shampoo/condition/detangling session, I use a humectant (a substance that promotes moisture retention) like black castor oil for example, to further retain moisture as well as draw moisture into my hair. I normally use black castor oil while I'm styling my hair.

As for keeping my ends tucked or protected, I try to wear more flat twist styles so that the majority of my ends are not exposed like they are when I wear single two-strand twists. I also wear a hat or scarf on my head when I'm outside in the elements.This helps to keep my hair from drying out due to the cold air/wind.

Here are two examples of protective styles that I'm likely to wear during the winter season;

I've been featured : Natural Queen of the week

  Hey lovelies,

  A lovely natural sister from Fotki asked me to contribute some thoughts on my natural journey for her blog . Shes the cutest every and I'm so glad to see her blogging .  Follow her if you can and take a look at her fotki, Shes coming along quite nicely. www.fotki.com/dee-nature-619


Monday, November 1, 2010

Hairveda Vatika Frosting

So I've been using Vatika oil for around three years now , it is a lovely oil that goes right along with my mostly Ayurveda routine.  I usually use it prior to a henna as a pre poo so that the henna slides easily off and I don't have to worry about washing my hair multiple times to get the henna out.  If I am going to clarify my hair with a shampoo I use Vatika oil or Hairvedas Cocasta oil prior to washing as a pre poo treatment. One of the reasons I took so long in buying Hairvedas version is because its basically the same thing as Vatika oil that I can get locally. The only difference really is the smell of this. It has a wonderful butter cream frosting smell that smells WAY better than Dabur Vatika oil.

Hairvedas Vatika oil is only sold usually from September through April and she usually has sales where its only $5. That's the only time I purchase it and I use it very sparingly because a little goes a long way. I am actually still working my way through my first jar that I purchased in late 08.

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