Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hair Like me

I'm not into hair typing and what not. Doesn't bother me if you think my hair is a 4b. doesn't bother me if you think my hair is Nappy , it doesn't bother me if you think  I have a texturizer when I rock my wash and gos, heck it just doesn't bother me, but THIS PAGE RIGHT HERE!!!!  It is the business.  You think you cant do anything with a cloud full of natural hair , You think you cant style your hair??? Take a good look at all of this wonderful hair and BE INSPIRED


http://hairlikeme.tumblr.com/


psssss keep clicking older entries!

Making Black Soap!

 I was looking at Liyahs blog entry about making black soap and its so cool how she detailed her steps.  I make my own liquid black soap as well , the only thing I do not do is liquefy it with hot water.  I find that taking pure aloe vera and leaving the black soap overnight will melt it down just as well.

 I use African black soap, aloe Vera , aloe Vera gel , honey, Rosemary essential oil, grapefruit oil,ylang ylang essential oil,chamomile, lavender and burdock root herbal infusion, and fragrance.  In that exact order.

 I take about a 1/4 of Black soap purchased from Agbanga Karite , pour 8 ounces of Georges Always Active 100% Aloe Vera over it and let it sit 24 hours, after that I add in my additional ingredients and bottle it up.  You can add whatever you desire to black soap .

Do you have a black soap recipe, please share?

Spiral Solutions:Deeply Decadent Moisturizing Treatment



I purchased this deep treatment in April of this year, I am down to about 2 ounces of this and I have to say this will be a repurchase.  This stuff is like thick cake frosting and smells as decadent as the name implies. At first I didn't know how the heck I was going to use this because I tried it on dried loose hair and didn't take the time to smooth it in. I wasn't that impressed but knew that my trusty steamer would melt this like chocolate in my hair. Well sugah honey pie, this right here, is the absolute business on protective styled hair. The reason I think so is,when your hair is as dense as mine , you have to be really patient and apply product section by section , then wait for it to melt into the strands. I'm impatient so you know how that goes. At the moment I'm in mini box braids so my hair is separated where I don't need as much product to cover my whole head as it would be the case if it were loose. After applying it to my hair even my hands were moist and soft, I was in love.  I think this is suited for winter and fall hair care.  In the summer  it was too heavy for me but right about now, this is going to be my snuggle bunny when its cold outside!  I liked it just that much.  Y'all know I love me anything with great Ayurveda tones in it. I also purchased from Spiral Solutions line up, the Caitlin's Conditioner Silky Smooth Conditioning Creme which is wonderful for spring and summer use.



Ingredients: aloe vera juice, cetearyl alcohol (and) behentrimonium methosulfate, shea butter, jojoba oil infused with amla, shikakai, brahmi, bhringraj, comfrey root, nettle, thyme, and rosemary, olive oil, agave nectar, meadowfoam seed oil, stearyl alcohol, argan oil, cupuacu butter, glyceryl stearate, carrot seed oil, 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, phenoxyethanol (and) benzoic acid (and) dehydroacetic acid, fragrance, citric acid

It is well worth the $16.95

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ayurvedic Treatment of the Week : Fenugreek+Coconut Cream+ your favorite oil

 If you don't know where to purchase coconut cream, simply buy  a can of coconut milk and let it sit for a couple of days or longer. When you open the can the creamy substance on top is the cream of the coconut. Instant coconut cream( my bootleg version).  If you're fancy you can buy the kind listed here .  I purchased it last year and found no difference in buying regular coconut milk.


4-5ozs of coconut cream
3 tablespoons of Fenugreek powder
I used 2 teaspoons of Cocoveda oil from HennaSooq ( you can use whatever oils your favorite)

*Note the fenugreek in this recipe will harden after applying , you can keep in your hair from 20 minutes up until 2 hours if need be

This mixture is wonderful as a pre-poo to shampooing or a deep treatment after washing your hair. The fenugreek acts as a conditioning agents( also known to reduce hair loss, and thinning)while the coconut leaves the hair with a shine and bounce to it. I added oil to add in the slip and conditioning of adding it to my dry hair.

You can order Fenugreek powder here if you cant find it at a local Indian store. Another name  for Fenugreek is methi.

Elucence : Moisture Balancing Conditioner

I love my Hello Hydration Conditioner by Herbal Essences and my Suave Natural Tropical Conditioner for cowashing , I mean these are two of the best  conditioner that I have found on the ground that leave my hair soft and  supple. I however am not that fond of the HH but I am not 100% on using natural and organic products in my hair . If it works , don't mess with it.  I wanted to find a conditioner that was natural( or close enough) , affordable and leaves my hair feeling the same as the two mentioned above. It took me a long time and it has so far only met two of the requirements.  Elucence MBC leaves my hair soft and supple but its not available on the ground which is a turnoff. I first purchased a 10 oz bottle which ran me $8.00 off of Curlmart. When I started using it , I wasn't wowed and my hair didn't sing in joy.  It was OK,  not bad but not excellent either, however by the time I got to the end of the bottle I was searching for a place that I could purchase this near me.

 I went on the Elucence site and saw they had distributors, at the time there wasn't any near me so I went back on the CurlMart site and ordered the largest bottle to hold me over.  I was so greedy and didn't want to repurchase online that  I only pulled it out when I knew my hair needed an extra boost of moisture and slight dose of protein. The great thing about this conditioner is it does exactly what the name implies. It keeps your hair in a perfect balance of moisture and protein. I didn't believe that there was protein in it at first because my hair will draw up and scream at the first sign of a harsh protein. Not so with this! Its pretty spanking awesome and I'm happy to see there is now a distributor 20 minutes away from me.  I will be checking them out and hoping that the price is the same , if not I will have to purchase this from Curlmart, which actually isn't bad if you can catch them with a coupon.



Moisture Balancing Conditioner is a dual purpose moisture adjusting product. This smart formula adjusts moisture as needed and works two ways.




As a one-minute rinse out, it boosts moisture levels with essential lipids and proteins. As a leave-in lotion, it provides continuous moisturizing and suppleness to unusually dry hair.



These lipids and fatty acids mimic hair and scalp natural moisture. Squalane, a natural component of hair and scalp moisture is used in this formula to replenish and restore moisture balance (this special ingredient comes from olives). Lipids provide subsurface hydration, optimizing moisture levels and detangle hair to create managability. Hydrolyzed proteins process from natural wheat, lock in moisture to prevent dehydration. For intense moisture treatment, use under dryer for 15-20 minutes (with plastic cap). Or use MicroHeat Cap.





Key ingredients: Panax Ginseng root extract, cetraria islandia (Irish Moss) extract, saccharomyces cerevisiea (Brewer's Yeast) extract, Gingko Biloba extract, pimpinella anisum (Anise) fruit extract, prunis persica (Peach) extract in purified water, hexadecanol, stearakonium chloride, certimonium bromide, Squalane (olive oil lipid), Capric Caprillic Triglycerides (coconut fatty acids), Panthenol (pro-vitamin USP), Biotin (USP), imisazolidinyl urea, methylparaben (USP), fragrance

Aubrey Organics ; Egyptian Henna Shine-Enhancing Clean Rinse

  I am a huge fan of Aubrey Organics Conditioners, not only are they local friendly,  they are 9 times out of 10 100% natural or organic.  Being that you can walk into Whole Foods,  Health Food Stores , or order online  I think it is one of the best things a natural or relaxed or loc'd person can do is to try them out.  If you have a health food store in your area chances are they sell Aubrey Organics.  I purchase this Clean Rinse simply off the strength of Egyptian Henna.  I am a huge fan of Henna and if I could travel to India to purchase it I would. So awhile back I was on the Aubrey Organics website and saw this.  The price was $10.48. I was feeling cheap and wanted to see if I could find it locally.  It seemed no matter where I went I couldn't find it . I did have the option for the store to order it and then call me when it came in , but you know how impatient we are sometimes. Well ,  a friend of mine hipped me to Vitacost.  Sweet baby toes, I was in heaven. All the natural conditioners that I usually could find in my health food stores were there AND sometimes $2-4 cheaper, plus the shipping was inexpensive.  I was in hog heaven!  I ordered this rinse along with some other items. When it arrived I was less than pleased because instead of being creamy it was a watery product. , heck it looked like water.  I used it once and couldn't figure out what the heck I was supposed to do, again that patience monster was there. I put it in my stash and forgot about it.

Last night I saw the bottle and said let me use this stuff.  I cowashed my box braids, then used this in place of a leave in. The bottle actually doesn't say to rinse this out so I figured it was good . I have to say I was impressed.  My braids felt very lightweight. They weren't weighed down and after I just applied some Castor oil  and called it a night. Not bad at all . I will continue to play around and see how it plays out. The bottle says its for oily , fine or limp hair.  I have neither or these but depending on what I have used prior to washing I do wind up with a lot of oily build up. I would not use this more than once a month though because of the witch hazel which can be a little drying at times.


For Oily, Fine, Limp Hair
Limp, lifeless hair got you down? Pump up the volume and turn up the shine with this sheer, texturizing rinse that leaves hair bouncy and vibrant. Refreshing peppermint invigorates the scalp and neutral henna adds volume and lift for full, ultra-clean hair and total shine. Formulated with non-coloring henna—will not alter hair color.

Non-Coloring Henna Extract Seals cuticle to boost shine; adds body & bounce


Organic Peppermint Oil & Witch Hazel Refresh; help keep scalp free of buildup

B-Vitamins Add volume & lift

INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Witch Hazel (natural herbal extract), Henna Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Carrageenan, Inositol, Calcium Pantothenate, Amino Acid Complex (Methionine, Cysteine), Organic Peppermint Oil.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

OyinHandmade Hair Dew




I've been a fan of Oyinhandmade products for around 4 years. I loved all of their products and have tried just about all of them.  I am a fan of the Whipped Pudding , Burnt Sugar Pomade, After Bath oil, and the Oyin Juices ( only in protective styles). I honestly could make their entire line my only staple but my hair is a Project Junkie , notice I said my hair and not me?

Well I'm sure most of you have heard the buzz around the land about this new product coming out.  I haven't read a bad review yet, so what else could I do but order it.  I am in amazement of the fast turnaround time on shipping.  I ordered on the 20th of December and received my package today , the 23rd.  That is just wonderful to see Oyin upping their customer service to the 10th degree. I just knew I wouldn't have this stuff until after Christmas

Product Description:


Creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. it's great on 'naked' hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle.


Ingredients:

purified water, castor oil, olive oil, organic aloe vera gel, behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifier), coconut oil, olive squalane, optiphen (preservative), cetyl alcohol, and love!




 Here are a few reviews I've collected for you. After the upcoming Holiday I will post my review as well.

http://healthyghb.blogspot.com/2010/12/product-review-oyins-hair-dew.html

http://questfortheperfectcurl.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/first-impression-review-oyin-hair-dew/

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

La Boutique de Fleurzty Product Review: Nurturing Treatment Oil

Now this oil did not work for me in the hair department.

I like my oil like I like my men: Thick and luscious. This oil is very light and delicate feeling. When I used it alone after washing the conditioning treatment out, it was the only thing I used in my hair . My hair dried  soft and pliable but I had to reapply a moisturizer the next day.

I might be able to get away with using this with better results in the spring and summertime

 If I was using my Castor oil , or Cocasta oil I would not have had to apply a moisturizer for about 2-3 days if I choose to do so. My hair loves emollients , sticky humectants and thick oils. I can get away with using those solely after moisturizing. or cowashing. This oil didn't do that in the long run for me but what it did or does do is to soften my body like a champ. Man oh man does this stuff work after getting out of the shower! The bonus is the essential oils in this are making me sleep like a baby! I haven't went through the bottle as fast as I thought I would using it for a body oil, the dampness of the water left on my skin helps to distribute the oil more so I use less.


 I give it 3 napps up for my hair and 5 napps for the body!

Darcy's Botanicals : Pumpkin Moisturizing Curl Conditioner Update

Ok , so I can make any product work for me , even if my hair doesn't turn out the way I want it to , I can fix it up by trying to alter the way I use it or

what I use it with. With that being said I finally got around to trying this conditioner and honestly it didnt wow me. My hair wasn't extra moist , it wasn't extra dry , it was just ok. In the back of my mind I was kinda hoping it wasn't going to be the bomb because of the fact that I would have to order it online and it was only 8 ounces. I'm just a sucker

for Darcys Botanicals lol . I'm plotting right now on if I'm going to try out any of her new products. My loves from her line are her coconut raspberry pomade , and Deep conditioning mask.



Its funny because this conditioner was thick and I like my conditioners to be thick but there wasn't a creaminess to my hair , it went on thick , its glided down my hair but when I rinsed it out my hair wasn't jumping for joy and I wasn't hearing bells. Now I could have used it again , sat under my steamer , used it for a prepoo, I just wasn't feeling it, lol

I slept it in even, almost 10 hours and eh, it was just ok for me.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Product Review:Shea Butter Cottage ROSEMARY LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

aloe vera, rosemary, mungongo cold pressed oil*,shea butter, jojoba oil,avocado oil, coconut oil, murumuru butter,behentrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol, wheat protein, castor oil, panthenol, wild apple, olive squalane, ylang ylang, vita e, and potassium sorbate ( loosely translated off the jar)



*Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil (Mongongo Oil) – A naturally derived oil from Africa that has excellent hydrating, regenerating and restructuring properties


*Olive squalane is a light emollient oil that is beneficial for the treatment of many skin problems. It is often effective in clearing difficult skin problems when nothing else helps! Squalane is an colorless, odorless, non-staining oil that penetrates into the skin quickly and absorbs deeply to help fight dryness. This deep absorption of the squalane helps to promote new cell growth while alleviating the symptoms

If you read my prior post on November 22,2010 you will remember I received this product. almost 24 days later I have just about went through the jar. I will have to say I am heavy handed as heck which sometimes is a bad thing.

The product was so creamy and easy to distribute that I was applying more than I thought. Right off the bat this leave in conditioner is pure protein laden. I am protein sensitive and wanted to see how my hair would react to this.

I have to say that it wasn't as bad as I feared. I made sure to seal heavily with Avosoya oil or when I used this to do twists , I sealed with Curls Passion fruit Control Paste. My hair held up well and didn't feel hard at all.

I will say watch out with this , if you are in an inside office where the air is cooler than normal. A couple of times I reached up to touch a braid and it would feel really hard., however once I was in my car going home for the day, the heat from the soften my hair up and it went back to feeling soft and supple.



I give this 4 napps out of 5. The only reason is because 1. the product maker is based overseas and 2.I couldn't use this on a daily basis as I tend to do with most of my leave ins.

How to combat Dry Indoor Air

Lower the temperature. leaving the furnace running can suck all the moisture out of a room. Lowering the temperature just a few degrees won't just leave some of that precious H2O in the air- it can save you some big bucks in energy costs.







2.Create an indoor jungle. Plants of all kinds give off some moisture through their leaves. Moisture evaporating from the potting soil also serves to humidify the air. Plants also replace carbon dioxide with oxygen and give a lively boost to any room. Group them together for the best result, and make sure they receive enough water and light to keep them healthy.






3.Make some soup. A pot simmering on the stove makes the whole house smell divine, and the steam it gives off has a significant humidifying effect. Don't like to cook? Achieve the same effect by tossing an orange peel and a stick of cinnamon into a pot, adding enough water to cover, and simmering on low. It smells like dessert, without all the calories!






4.Do laundry. My laundry room is always like a sauna on laundry day. Leave the door open to let the moisture circulate. Even better than running the dryer? Allowing clothes to dry on a line or on racks, so the evaporating water stays in the room instead of escaping through the exhaust hose.






5.Take a bath. Nothing takes the chill off like a tub of hot water. When you're done pruning up, let the water stay in the tub until it's cold. The warmth and evaporating water will take the crackle right out of the air. Be careful if you have young kids though- make sure the bathroom is blocked off so they can't fall in and drown. Or take your bath after they're in bed.






6.Run a humidifier. Especially important in bedrooms. The cool-mist ones are the safest if you have children or pets. Change the water daily so mold can't grow, and make sure it never runs dry.






7.Set shallow dishes of water in warm areas of your home- on top of the radiator, dryer, stove, and refrigerator. They'll add moisture to the air, but, if carefully placed, will still be unobtrusive.






8.If the air in your home is still too dry for your comfort, take heart. Winter will be over before you know it. In the meantime, keep your skin supple by using a rich lotion or moisturizing cream, and condition leather furniture regularly. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Marie Dean Holiday Giveaway

Giveaways!


Go check out the Marie Dean link I posted below and share your favorite Holiday song.  While youre there at the website take a look around at some of the interesting products listed.



HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!



We’re giving away 2 conditioner sets. Each set includes:



4oz Mango Leave-In Conditioner

4oz Coconut Apricot Crème Conditioner

4oz Coconut Lime Repair Mask

4oz 3-N-1 Ilipe Mango Conditioner

Share with us your favorite Holiday song and who performs it. Also, why is it your favorite song? The deadline for this giveaway is 11:59pm PST on December 24, 2010.



http://mariedeanonline.com/pages/giveaways.htm

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ayurvedic Treatment of the Week : Brahmi and Fenugreek

Brahmi Powder is an outstanding hair nourisher. It furnishes long, dense, black and lustrous hair, relief from hair fall and premature graying. It is the best therapy for people who have chronic hair problems. Regular massage with Brahmi Powder on scalp eradicates dandruff. It is also helpful to develop memory power.



Benefits of Brahmi Powder

It make stronger hair roots

Cools the scalp and induces sound sleep

Makes hair long, dark, dense & lustrous

Controls dandruff

It helps to overcome the negative effects of stress


How Fenugreek Works as a Hair Conditioner


Fenugreek seeds contain lecithin, an emulsifying substance. When soaked the seeds also produce mucilage, a slippery substance which gives hair slip and shine. This quality makes fenugreek a valuable addition to other natural and herbal conditioning mixes. Most natural conditioning agents such as yoghurt and oil do not give hair the "slip" commercial conditioner provides; the mucilage of fenugreek replicates the "slip" effect. The mucilage also makes mixes such as henna or amla paste easier to apply to the hair

When applied to the hair as a paste fenugreek should be kept moist: if it dries out it can be difficult to remove from the hair. Covering the head with glad wrap or a plastic bag should keep the paste moist for several hours. The mixture can be left on for as little as 20 minutes or as long as several hours, but bear in mind that the longer the mix stays on the head, the greater its chance of drying out.

To wash fenugreek out, simply use water. Conditioner is not needed, as fenugreek is a substitute for conditioner. . Fenugreek paste can be mixed with other ingredients such as yoghurt, honey, amla, shikakai and henna to make more complex hair masques and treatments.





 I made a quick paste last night with Brahmi and Fenugreek and simply added water.  I applied it as a thick paste to the very front of my hair which is braided.  I left it in 20 minutes, and rinsed out with plain water. My hair was really moist, supple and curly.  I didn't need to really wash but I am trying out several products for the month of December.  After that I cowashed with As I am Naturally Coconut Cowash ,then applied Henna Sooqs Cocoveda as a leave in , followed by La Boutique Fleurtzys Curl Nurture Cream and Hydrating  Butter to seal.

Today my braids are very supple and soft. Frizzy as all get out but that doesn't bother me as I have been cowashing my braids every day or every other day.  I'm trying to keep these braids in until the end of December.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

La Boutique de Fleurzty

 Earlier this year , around April, I was on Naturally Curly reading a thread where a young lady had started her product line up. I am always encouraged to try and support natural hair care lines whenever possible so I purchased her Curl Nurture Cream and her Hydrating Butter.  I was highly impressed and very surprised at how well formulated the Curl Nurture Cream was.  I wasn't following the young lady at all nor even aware of the fact that she was putting out anything so maybe that's why it caught me by surprise.  When I received The Curl Nurture Cream I was very happy to see that it  had a wet silky feeling to the hair and it really kept my hair very soft and supple . It worked as a light styling aid as well as moisturizer.  It also really worked to keep my hair moisturized during the week.

I was not that fond of the Hydrating Butter simply because it was a little too firm for me to easily get out of the jar.  It had a wonderful lemon fragrance though that reminded me of  lemon pie.  Very nice and It did impart a nice sheen and worked as a nice sealer.

The Curl Nurture Cream: Water, aloe vera juice, shea butter, avocado butter, coconut oil, horsetail extract, emulsifying wax, palm stearic acid, nettle extract, neem extract, fragrance, tinosan, potassium sorbate.
4 ozs $9.00 16ozs $30.00

The Hydrating Butter Lemon/Ylang Ylang: Coconut oil, mango butter, kokum butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil, lemon and ylang ylang essential oils.
Lavender/Jasmine: Coconut oil, mango butter, kokum butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil, lavender and jasmine essential oils.
4ozs $11.00 16ozs $18.00




I have not repurchased due to the size of the jars( at launch) along with the price point , however I see she has new items and have received an opportunity to try those out. Look for a review on her Nurturing Treatment Oil and  Conditioning Hair Treatment.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Ayurvedic Facial Cleansing Mask:Ubtan

I have really sensitive skin. Sometimes my black soap mix helps but sometimes when my skin  acts finicky it doesn't. My skin peels and black spots appear like magic . It drives me nuts.  I usually try to just wash my face once and apply a thin layer of Shea butter over it and leave it alone.   I was using Afroveda Carrot Seed Bar for awhile . It started off great but then my skin started feeling very tight and itchy. So back to the drawing board I went.  I started thinking about going the Ayurveda way to clean my face.  I use mostly Ayurveda products for my hair so what the heck. I was on Henna Sooq site and saw this last week so  I decided to order it.

Ubtan is the pride of all brides, years of tradition and beautification have gone into making this facial mask.
The ritual of 'Ubtan', also known as 'Battne di Rasam' in Punjabi, and 'Kappumanjal' in Tamil is one of the vital components of the concept of 'Solah-Shringaar' (Sixteen ways of beautification of body). 'Ubtan' is a body application used for the beautification of the body, dating back to the remotest antiquity and is the legacy of the rich Indian Heritage

'Ubtan' which is used to bring a enchanting look to the skin, is the paste-mixture of turmeric, saffron, san¬dalwood, bengal-gram, and seeds of yellow mustard, mustard oil and water, is applied by the brides & bridegrooms while reciting 'Ved Mantras' or traditional folk songs, as an important ritual of marriages in India. This paste is prepared in various ways to make the skin fair and to nourish it from within. On the occasion of social and religious festivals, preparation of 'Ubtan' itself is a fairly enjoyable task for ladies in India. The paste is applied to the whole body for 25 to 30 minutes thereafter scrubbed before taking the customary bath. It helps to improve and tighten sagging skin and keeps the skin glowing for a long time. Earlier it was also customary to make special cosmetics for ladies of high rank and social classes, by adding several other aromatic herbs, yoghurt, milk cream, honey and essence of flowers. Various other ingredients are also added like petals of rose and jasmine, Khus-Khus, drop of lemon juice and other herbs to get a unique beautifying lotion

Ingredients: Gram flour, Turmeric, Neem, Cucumber extract, Aloe Vera, Fuller's earth, Papaya extract, Fenugreek, and Sandalwood powder


How to use our Premium Bridal Ubtan
  • Take 1 tbsp of powder, and add warm to hot water a bit at a time.
  • Mix well, until paste becomes thick like toothpaste. Add more water if desired.
  • Apply onto your face, and rub in circular motions, until your face if fully covered with paste. You will notice the bright yellow tone of the paste. Don’t be alarmed, it will not stain the skin.
  • Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash off with warm water. Pat dry.

Henna Sooq's Cocoveda Oil

Years ago prior to using Hairvedas Cocasta oil, I saw Henna Sooqs Cocoveda oil and pondering on buying that instead of Hairvedas. I decided to purchase the Hairveda oil and it’s been heaven since then. On Black Friday I decided to finally try the Cocoveda. The picture on the site looks very promising. I ordered on Friday the 3rd of December and received my package today, the 6th of December. With most coconut oil bases, it came frozen and solid. After sitting for the last 10 minutes, it’s starting to liquidity though. I can say now that this wont be a repurchase because I'm frugal if nothing else and like to get my moneys worth for an item. This oil was $8.95 and its 100ml ( around3.3 ounces). The size of the bottle doesnt bother me but for almost $9 I would expect around 5-6 ounces of oil.  This bottle will last me a long time because with oil you dont need a lot but  with the Hairvedas oil I get more oil for my money.  I am intrigued though on how this will compare.  I will update you all after a month of using.


The ingredients are coconut oil, ginger, brahmi, bhringraj, henna, amla, methi, nagarmotha, neem, shikakai and hibiscus. The smell is an earthy ayurvedic smell.








On the henna sooq blog this information is listed as well.



The herbal extracts that were chosen are listed here:

• Henna: this was added because the henna plant is known for strenghtening the hair, and conditioning it.

• Shikakai: we added this herb because it is known for promoting hair growth

• Neem: relives dry, itchy scalp. It is widely used in ayurvedic hair oils. It is used to treat the symptoms of scalp psoriasis. It gives you shiny, silky, stronger hair and encourages growth.

• Amla: this herb also is known for promoting hair growth, and thickening hair. It is also known to prevent premature greying

• Methi (fenugreek): known to reduce hair loss, and thinning. Treats dandruff.

• Bhringraj: we added this herb to improve the condition of the hair, quality of the hair color, and for healthy scalp and hair.

• Brahmi: used to improve hair growth, and is known to be a memory enhancer.

• Nagarmotha: it works on the hair root, and stimulates it. It is used to treat scalp disorders.

• Ginger: is considered one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurveda. It has very potent stimulating properties, and increases blood circulation to your scalp will which result in faster growing hair.

• Hibiscus:a very popular addition to ayurvedic hair care, it contains an abundant amount of astringent properties that are ideal for oily hair. It also soothes eczema, and dry scalp conditions.

Dabur Vatika Naturals Hair Fall Control Styling Hair Cream

 So this weekend I did a little road trip with my son. We usually pick a hotel and stay for a day or so. We stayed in a city we have been to before but at a different hotel. Lets just say from now on we will stick to either the Sheraton or the Marriott. We stayed at the Howard Johnson and I do not recommend this hotel to anyone but back on track.  I was driving by and saw a Patel Brothers store.  I quickly made a u turn and went in.  My goodness , it was Ayurveda heaven.  I saw one of my favorite hennas. NUPUR.  so I bought 4 packages,  I really didn't need any amla, but I bought one of those. They had so many oils , I didn't know what to do but I talked myself out of it and decided to just purchase this Hair Cream  I saw.


Good lord,  I wished there was a scratch and sniff test. When I got back to the hotel and opened it , ugh it smelled horrid.  The scent is very fake and plastic like. Well I applied a little to my ends and it sinked it. The fragrance was masked by some Karen's Beautiful Hair Milk so  I couldn't smell it that much, however I will use it up until its gone .


 It was $5.99  and the only thing I could read on the jar was : For best results, use before and after hair wash. Before shampooing - massage cream into dry hair from root to tip. Leave for 15 minutes for deep nourishment. Wash hair as usual. After wash - apply small amount to damp hair for all day protection, shine and to facilitate styling. Ingredients: Extracts of Henna & Aloe Vera, Almond Oil, White Oil, D-Panthenol, Perfume

 Yes, they certainly could have left out the perfume!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

As I am Naturally Hair Care Line

 As usual  I was minding my business and someone brought this line to my attention, so  I did what any product lover does,  I placed an order.


Everything sounds yummy,  the ingredients are pretty much what everyone else is doing but I loved the feel of the website and the names of the products so in I jumped feet first.

I purchased the Cleasing Pudding :Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol², C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetearyl Alcohol², Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Glycerin¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice ¹, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Poyquaternium-10, Piroctone Olamine, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene. Source: 1-Natural, 2-Coconut.




Coconut Cowash :Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetyl Alcohol², Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol², PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearlkonium chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Quaternium-18, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone. Source: 1-Natural, 2-Coconut



Curling Jelly:Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf¹ and Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root¹, Glycerin¹, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum¹, Pectin¹, Citric Acid², Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene.


Source: 1-Natural; 2-Citrus Fruits



 and DoubleButter Cream: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) ¹ and Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) ¹ and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹ and Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root¹, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)¹, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil¹, Theobromo Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (CocoaButter)¹, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil¹, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil¹, Glycerin¹, Lanolin¹, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹ , Beeswax¹, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil¹, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein², Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil2, Carbomer, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene.


Source: 1-Natural; 2-Wheat derived



. So Stay Tuned for my reviews. Heres the link for the website, please take a look.

A Happy Nappy Affair's December Inspiration of the Month



 In the middle of summer,  I was on YouTube and  I think I googled something about Aloe Vera Gel.  I stumbled upon this video and for the duration of the video I was dying laughing .  I was so entertained and just intrigued with the whole vibe of this young lady.  I'm not a big fan of YouTube as far as hair is involved.  I use it to see how a product looks , or if  I need to see a style but I'm not caught up into it like that but I do love it for music and skating. I joined around 4 years ago but only like I said for non hair related things , however this young Lady's channel I liked  so I said let me ask her to share her journey with me.







What your current hair status, Natural, transitioning, or thinking about it?
Totally natural and LOVING it!!!!!!!!!



If you are natural, how long have you been?

Well, I started transitioning in February of 2008. I was waaaay too chicken to big chop, so I came out of the Natural Hair "closet" in May of 2009. By that time, I had about 7 to 8 inches of hair.



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

Totally doesn't apply to THIS Natural Hair fiend! LOL!



If you are transitioning, how long do you think you will transition, and what methods are you using to help yourself while you transition?
My transition took 15 months, 10 drawstring ponytails, one ridiculously firm hair brush, and one gallon of Ampro's Pro Styl protein styling gel. :-)



Why did you go natural?

Several reasons....

I wanted to try something different. Also, my financial situation changed and I couldn't afford to relax my hair every 6 to 8 weeks anymore. At that same time, I lost a very dear friend to a fatal heart attack and, although I don't know why that made me want to go natural, but from the night of his home going service, to this day, I have not relaxed my hair.



Do you ever feel the need to alter your hair to fit in better with family, peers or a loved one?
Not at all! I would actually say it's the total opposite! I have friends and family members that have been inspired by my natural hair, and have gone natural as well. What a blessing!




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

I had NO idea what to expect. I just stepped out on faith, and told God that I would deal with whatever happened. It turned out to be one of the best blessings EVER. Way beyond anything I could have imagined.



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

Wanting to feel a sense of accomplishment and loyalty to myself. Not giving up. Hanging in there. After doing this and sticking with it, I felt there was nothing I couldn't do. So many women define themselves by their hair. I used to place a false sense of value on my relaxed hair, and felt it was not really socially acceptable to wear my hair in its natural state. I was so wrong. Nothing against relaxed hair, but I'm just no longer in a place where I feel I NEED a relaxer.



What does natural mean to you?

It means without chemical in an unaltered state. Being as though God intended. Like natural fruit or veggies.....or chocolate............okay, the chocolate is just wishful thinking.....LOL!



What was one of the hardest things that you have or are struggling with as you walk down this natural journey?
I struggle with the people who turn down their noses at women who wear their hair in its natural state. There is a liberal mindset that goes along with the idea of natural hair. I appreciate the person who has relaxed hair, and compliments me on my natural hair without judgement. Close-mindedness toward natural hair is a flesh thorn for me.



I struggle with educating people about hair in general. Like convincing them that there is no such thing as a product that "mends" split ends. They have to be trimmed.....WITH SCISSORS. Nobody likes to hear that........ :-)




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

I would like to encourage everyone who is contemplating, transitioning to, or is currently wearing natural hair to know that you must conquer your idea of everyone else's opinion about you and your hair, and then conquer your own idea of your opinion about you and your hair. Make the decision based on your willingness to be happy with your choice, and your anticipated ability to maintain it. Once you are able to make the decision with no apprehension, you just may be ready! I won't lie, it will not be easy, but anything worth having is worth the necessary work! Also, embrace what God gave you. It’s all yours, so accept it, and love it! Anything HE gives YOU is YOURS and it’s not for anyone else. Otherwise, we’d all be the same, and that’s not how He made us!

Don’t envy what someone else has either. They have theirs for a reason, and you don’t have what they have for a reason. Trust, it all works out in the end.



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


Having big, big, big, hair like Diana Ross!!!!!!!! Seriously, I just want God to use me to be a blessing to others through my natural hair journey and all of my experiences. I never knew how much of a blessing this whole natural hair journey would be. It's turned into an avenue for ministry and friendship, which is a welcomed surprise!




 You can find this months inspiration here- http://www.youtube.com/user/BlsdNMovin4ward

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