Monday, January 31, 2011

Living With Alopecia: A First-Person Account


After reading this article this comment is what stood out the most for me


Traction alopecia is the most common form of this condition amongst African American women. When hair is consistently pulled too tight into ponytails or braids, stress is put on the strands and they fall out. Are weaves, braids and relaxers really worth it. It's time for us to love ourselves naturally and accept how God made us. What a shame that no other ethnic group go bald because of hairstyles. It's time to say enough, look at Naiomi Campbell in the photo, nothing but a Hot Mess and there are countless Black Women who suffer from this self hate. I have sympathy and compassion for those with Alopecia areata but not for those with Traction....It's time to wake up and end this madness.


For centuries, long, lush locks have been seen as a symbol of great beauty. We frequently perm, curl, and weave in strands to help enhance our appearance, oftentimes without much thought about what life would be like without a perfectly coiffed crown. Now imagine the shock and surprise of suddenly losing it all.




37-year-old Sonya Weekes found herself holding back tears as her dermatologist explained that her thinning hair was a condition called alopecia, and that it would likely never grow back. Six years later, she's educated herself and others on her emotionally and physically distressing condition and has gained a different outlook on what beauty really means.







As told to Nykia Spradley



About 6 years ago, I was experiencing hair loss and slow growth in the center of my scalp. That area has always been weak, but I kept perming my hair. Then, about 7 years ago, the thinning got really bad. I read an article that said you should visit a dermatologist if you are experiencing hair loss, but it had never occurred to me before that I should visit a doctor.



When I found out why I was losing my hair, I thought I was going to cry in the doctor's office, but I didn't. However, I was very depressed. Women look to their hair for beauty, and I didn't feel attractive. I thought I wouldn't find a husband with short hair, but then I decided that I didn't want someone who can't see past my hair and not see my heart.



I wasn't at all familiar with alopecia, so I looked online for more information about my condition. I also started seeing a doctor that was conducting research on my specific disease. The most surprising thing that I learned about alopecia is that there is no cure, and doctors aren't sure what causes it. There are guesses that braids, over-processing from relaxers and weaves contribute to it. I have stopped perming my hair, but my scalp in some areas is permanently damaged, so now I wear my hair in a short Caesar cut.



There are many African American women that suffer from alopecia. Hair thinning and hair loss affects as many as two-thirds of African-American women by age 50, according to R. Martin Earles, M.D., a Chicago-based dermatologist who specializes in hair-loss treatment.
 
 
The effects vary, some worse than others. The earlier you diagnose it, the better, because you can take measures to maintain the portions of the scalp that are still healthy. It's key to catch it before the scalp is permanently scarred.




After my diagnosis, I tried several treatments to stop my hair from falling out, like extra-strength Rogaine and steroids shots. The Rogaine dried my scalp and I experienced itching and flaking, so I discontinued using it. The steroid shot helped stop the spreading, but didn't heal the affected area where hair was already completely gone.



The treatments available for alopecia depend on when you get them. Early treatment is best; however, right now my only option is surgery to replace the scarred scalp with healthy scalp, and unfortunately this treatment isn't covered by my insurance company.



I've adjusted to my hair loss by wearing it short. I am grateful that I can rock it well. But even though I do get many complements on it, I still miss my hair. I've connected with other African American women who also have alopecia. It's good to talk to someone who understands.



It is important for cosmologists to be educated in alopecia - know the signs, what it looks like, and suggest that clients who are experiencing hair loss go see a dermatologist. When my hair started thinning, my hairdresser suggested different products, hairstyles, and ways to take care of my hair, but I really needed to see a medical doctor. Many African American women don't think to see a doctor and the condition gets worse. Unfortunately the answers aren't found at our hairdressers.





BREAKING DOWN ALOPECIA



There are several types of alopecia, a few of which are preventable and can be treated if detected early:



Alopecia areata is a variation of the disease that affects the scalp from the inside. The immune system, which is supposed to protect the body from viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. Hair loss occurs in small round patches and typically doesn't spread beyond that.



Traction alopecia is the most common form of this condition amongst African American women. When hair is consistently pulled too tight into ponytails or braids, stress is put on the strands and they fall out. If caught early enough, a topical minoidil treatment like Rogaine can help restore hair. However, repeated pulling at the scalp can cause scarring and root damage that will prevent your hair from growing back. The best bet for preventing this type of hair loss is to remove braids and weaves, and avoid relaxers if
possible.
 
 

Cicatricial alopecia – this skin condition cases inflammation in the scalp that destroys the hair follicles and replaces them with scar tissue. The residual damage from the scarring is permanent.




Androgenic alopecia – this occurs when the normal hair growth phase shortens, making strands more fragile and prone to breakage. Over time, hairs falls out easily, leaving bald patches and thin areas.

Do it Yourself Recipes

I was on AOL yesterday checking my mail and I saw an interesting article with a ton of do it yourself recipes.  It was pretty cool to see that someone out there is really interested in providing natural simple recipes put together to help nourish your hair.  I thought I would share a few and I will be trying them out myself in the coming weeks. If you decide to try any please do report back, enjoy!




Dry Scalp



High fat and protein ingredients will replenish a thirsty scalp, though you have to make sure the product penetrates the top barrier level of skin in order to have an effective treatment, says Marina Valmy, director of Christina Valmy Skincare.



Ingredients



1/2 cucumber

1/2 avocado

1/3 cup sour cream

Large cube of eggplant



Blend the cucumber, avocado and sour cream together in a blender and scoop onto scalp. Massage the mask into your hair and scalp with the eggplant cube. Then cover your hair with a shower cap or seran wrap for a half an hour, finishing with a rinse that will leave your hair follicles moisturized and scalp soothed. If you can make it a cool rinse, all the better for a shiny result.
 
 
 
Brittle, Damaged Hair




"The hair and nails are a barometer of our inner health," says Valmy. That's why after illness, stress and major hormonal changes, our hair can look excessively damaged. This treatment uses a large dose of cholesterol -- which may not be good for your arteries, but is ideal nourishment for your strands -- with a mix of oils to strengthen fragile hair.



Ingredients



1 packet Knox Gelatine (unflavored), melted in 1/2 cup hot water ( I will be subsituting this will Xanthan Gum)

3 egg yolks

4 tablespoons grape seed oil or olive oil

3 capsules primrose oil



For a less oily feel, Valmy suggests opting for grape seed oil. Mix all ingredients together, puncturing the primrose capsule to use the oil only, and discard of the rest of the capsule. Saturate hair and scalp with the mixture, and cover with a shower cap or seran wrap. Leave on for 45 to 60 minutes for an indulgently deep treatment that can be further intensified by running a hair dryer over your wrapped head.



"It's great if you can take a hot bath while this is on your hair, as the heat will open up the pores of your scalp and penetrate the mixture into the root of the hair shaft," suggests Valmy.



Oily Hair And Scalp



"Oily hair benefits from rinsing with herbal infusions rather than conventional conditioners which may contain silicones that make the hair even oilier," says Julie Gabriel, author of Green Beauty Recipes -- who we hear will soon publish a recipe book for natural hair treatments.



"Nettle helps normalize the sebum production in the scalp, while apple vinegar helps soothe the scalp and make the hair glossy and soft. Other helpful herbs for oily hair are linden blossom, hops, bay leaf and green tea," advises Gabriel.



Ingredients



3 cups water

2 tablespoons dry chamomile flowers or 4 chamomile tea bags

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon fine sea salt



Boil the water and pour it in a non-metal container. Place tea bags in the water and cover well. Let stand for five to six minutes. Strain the liquid and add the vinegar and sea salt. Pour in a spray bottle. Then spritz as often as necessary to saturate your hair from roots to ends. It's ideal to air dry your hair if possible, but you'll still see results if you blow dry too.
 
 
 
 
 
Fading Hair Color




Choose from blonde, redhead and brunette options below.



Blonde



Chamomile has long been used to brighten blonde hair naturally and lift dullness from light locks. "This treatment also leaves a great scent and lots of shine," says Valmy.



Ingredients



6 chamomile tea bags

8 ounces of water



Create a leave-in spritzer by first placing the chamomile tea bags into the water, and then bringing to a boil. Turn off the flame, and let the bags steep for three to four hours. Then hop in the shower and shampoo and condition as usual, finishing with a cool rinse. Towel dry and spritz strands with chamomile mix for blonde-highlighting shine and a delicious scent. You can blowdry or airdry as usual, instructs Valmy.



Redhead



"Carrots are high in vitamin A in its natural form, beta-carotene. This pro-vitamin is naturally red in color and is highly pigmented," says Gabriel. "Honey provides your hair with strengthening enzymes and minerals, while cranberry acts as a natural penetration enhancer thanks to the high content of fruit acids," adds Gabriel.



Ingredients



1-5 large carrots, depending on length (two for short, three for shoulder, and five for long)

1/2 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen

1 tablespoon honey



Wash, scrub, chop and steam the carrots. Mash with a fork or a stick blender. Add cranberries and mash the mixture even more, finally adding honey and stirring well. Then shampoo your hair, and skip the conditioner. Towel dry strands, and then apply mask generously from root to end. Relax for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse mask off.



"You'll have a glistening crown of hair! Just take note: this mask can turn your highlights golden brown or add coppery tones to your existing red or auburn hair color," advises Gabriel.



Brunette



"Coffee and chocolate are rich in natural brown pigments, and cocoa butter in chocolate nourishes dry hair without weighing it down. Lemon juice acts as a mild penetration enhancer, helping pigment particles enter the hair shaft," explains Gabriel.



Ingredients



1 cup water

1/2 cup dark roast ground coffee

1/2 bar dark chocolate

1 teaspoon lemon juice



Prepare a very strong coffee using a coffee press. Place the coffee in a pot and top with boiling water, then cover with lid and let steep for five to seven minutes. Strain the liquid, and pour the coffee into a small saucepan. Crumble the chocolate into the pan, and heat the mixture over low, stirring well until chocolate melts. Remove from heat and cool, finally adding lemon juice and stirring well.



Shampoo your hair, skipping the conditioner, and towel dry hair. Apply the mixture generously from root to strand, taking care not to stain your skin -- as the brown pigment can be stubborn. (You can also apply rich cream along the hair line to prevent staining.) Cover your hair with a shower cap and wrap with an old towel. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, rinse off, and style as usual.



The treatment may darken some scalps -- if you don't like the effect, Gabriel recommends shampooing your hair for one to two minutes after rinsing off the mixture.





Dull Hair



"The two most important things for shiny hair are to eliminate build-up from factors like product residue and the environment, and then to moisturize," advises Alexis Wolfer, founder of the natural beauty savvy website, The Beauty Bean.



Ingredients



(Step One)

Juice of one lemon

2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups warm water



(Step Two)

2 eggs - room temperature

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons olive oil



Mix the lemon juice with apple cider vinegar and warm water. To remove residue and neutralize your hair's pH balance, apply the mix to hair and rinse with cool water.



Then to moisturize, beat together the eggs and coconut and olive oils, and massage through dry hair. Cover with a shower cap and towels warmed from the dryer -- or you can enjoy a steamy bath or shower. Let sit for ten minutes, and then shampoo out.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Happy Nappy Affair's February Giveaway-CLOSED

The two winners will be announced shortly today




Hi

 I hope this reaches you all in good health. For the month of February I will be giving away a couple of items to two winners, We love the month of February around our house and so why not spread a little love.


 Two lucky winners will receive  each

 A Tangle Teezer


 A Sample Trio Pack From Natural Jenesis



 A Sample pack from Pura Body Naturals



This giveaway will run from January 31st,2011- February 20th,2011.  The requirements are of course you must be subscribed to my blog, and you need to leave a comment on What upcoming changes do you have planned for your natural hair in the year 2011 and what do you hope you can achieve in regards to yourself or your hair?


 We want to thank Natural Jenesis for her generous support!

Jane Carter Solution: Revitalizing leave in Conditioner



OK so I was all bent on getting me this leave in conditioner from Jane Carter, So far I have used her Twist and Lock as well as her Nourish and Shine,  which I didn't like and I'm glad I only had samples of.  I will say for my son , using a leave in conditioner and sealing his hair with the Nourish and Shine leaves his short hair soft and supple.

I'm not that impressed., I guess because I expect leave in conditioners to have some weight to them. I prefer creamy and this might as well be a spritz. It would go well in my view as a spritz or a setting lotion. When I saw this on the home page I was intrigued:

Looking for a light product that is ideal for detangling? This is it! Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner seals in vital panthenol and humectants and acts as a protective barrier against heat styling and sun damage. Use it daily as a re-hydrator. Mist your hair in the morning and evening, and it's great for flat ironing or roller setting fine hair. A "must" for every bathroom.



Detangling, vital pantheol and humectants? , heck sign me up right now! Ha, suckered in by this and the price. I paid $7.99 locally at my BSS. Its too light for me, the only way it worked was it gave me some hold for a quick braid out I wanted to do. I will continue to use it up because waste not want not but me no likey.
I was also wondering if I have an older formula or if the website doesn't have the correct ingredients on listed.


On the website it states:

Purified Water, Extracts of Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Watercress, Myrrh, Panthenol, Essential Oils, Anthemis Noblis Flower, Symphytum OfficinalLeaf, Equisetum Arvense, Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Lawsonia Inermis (Henna), Butoxyethenol, Polyquarternium11, Soyamid DEA, PPG30, Cetyl Ether, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Hydantoin, Glyceryl caprylate, methylisothiazolinone (preservative)

On my bottle there is:

Purified Water, Extracts of Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Watercress, Myrrh, Panthenol, Essential Oils, Anthemis Noblis Flower, Symphytum OfficinalLeaf, Equisetum Arvense, Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Lawsonia Inermis (Henna), Butoxyethenol, Polyquarternium11, Soyamid DEA, PPG30, Cetyl Ether, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea,Iodopropynyl Butylcarbarnate, Fragrance

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Xanthan Gum= Jelly or Gel

Xanthan gum is a friend of mine. I add it either to my flaxseed gel to make it firmer or make a gelly like product with using Xanthan Gum and other addictives.

Xanthan is used by people who are allergic to gluten to add volume and viscosity to bread and other gluten-free baked goods. It is made from a tiny microorganism called Xanthomonas campestris and is a natural carbohydrate


Another use for xanthan gum is the stabilization and binding of cosmetic products. One advantage of xanthan gum is that a little goes an incredibly long way. Cosmetic manufacturers add a very small amount of xanthan gum to their cream-based products in order to keep the individual ingredients from separating. Despite the use of bacteria during processing, xanthan gum itself is not generally harmful to human skin or digestive systems, though some individuals may find they are allergic to it. Xanthan gum is often used whenever a gel-like quality is sought


My favorite recipe consists of slowing heating distilled  herb infused water , then adding in honey, glycerin , castor oil , avocado oil, and xanthan gum. Sometimes I will add in fragrance and essential oils for smell. I only make a small amount because I dont use it a lot. The more Xanthan gum the gellier the turn out is. It can rival any clumping gel if done correctly. When added to flaxseed gel ,its freaking awesome

MyhoneyChild: Sophia Old Fashioned Grease

Now this stuff right here is the perfect sealer for winter. It is as stated, an old fashioned grease like product but without all the bad ingredients. It smells like peach snapps and goes on so smooth and thicklike. It is great for twists or flat twists or any style that needs some shine added. You cant beat the price ($5.50) and even though the  jar is 4ozs you do not need a lot to get the job done.






The Sophia's Old Fashioned Hair Grease is a hair grease, that can be used on natural and pressed hair. Lightly peach scented. Sometimes a girl just gotta have some hair grease . Don't say UGG! , you all know we was raised on grease. Blue Magic, the green colored grease was my momma's thing . Well this was inspired by the old days, but minus the petroleum , with all natural ingredients . Momma would be proud. Love you Maggi.
Ingredients :Sunflower Butter, Raw Honey, Rosemary oil , Olive Oil, Fruit Enzymes, and Fresh Peach oil.

The slowest area to grow :My Bang update

Ok so its been since May 24th, 2010 that I have actively been  putting some efforting into growing out my bang. I made an initial blog entry located here .


Here are some more recent updates


Ignore my crazy eyes 07/2010

01/2011

Pura Body Naturals :Product Review


Well I have to say I am quite impressed with Pura Body Naturals. I have rarely found a hair milk that leaves my hair moist and supple without adding anything else. I usually have to seal because of the glycerin, this reminds me of my Shea Moisture Leave in Conditioner in regards to how it works. I could  use this alone to twist on dry hair . Its  very moisturizing and the scent is slightly sweet,almost french vanilla smell to it. The only thing I did not like was the type of container it was in. I will have to reach out to the owner to see if the normal size bottles are the same.  It was very hard to get it out due to the bottle not being an easily squeezable one..

I followed up the Muru Muru Moisture milk with the Cupuacu Hair butter for twists and my hair was sheeny , soft and pliable. The hair butter was whipped to perfection , not a lump in sight and only needing less than a pea size amount to twist and seal the hair with. The smell was a faint Shea butter smell with a hint of coconut but not overpowering at all


I like these so much I will be giving  away some of Pura Body Natural products to two lucky winners next month for Valentines. Stay tuned.

Cupuacu Butter

Ingredients: Cupuacu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Mango Butter, Illipe Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Organic Brazil Nut Oil, Organic Mamey Sapote Oil, Castor Bean Oil, Herbal extract blend (horsetail, nettles, burdock root) and Essential Oil Blend/and or fragrance

Muru Muru Moisture Milk

Ingredients: water, murumuru butter, BTMS (behentrimonium sulfate and cetearyl alcohol), castor bean oil, palm oil, avocado oil, chamomile extract, vitamin E, phenoxyethanol and capryl glycol (paraben and formaldehyde free preservative)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Twist-out Heaven

In order for me to like my twist outs, they have to have great definition as well as softness. The tightest sets come from damp or wet hair but the biggest comes from either dry hair to next day twist outs. I rarely use a gel to set my twist outs unless days have past and I want to hang onto a little more definition. I don't use any particular gel but I like Ohm Body's Aloe gel , or Qhemet Biologics Honey bush Tea Gel. They both are very moisturizing and leave a soft hold once used over a moisturizer.


I have for the last three years used QB's Amla and Olive Heavy Cream to moisturize and  Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm to twist with. The Heavy Cream is just that, a non shea butter based cream that is very heavy, My hair appears to be coarse but it is not . I have medium fine strands of hair that are very dense. The heavy cream can only be used on damp or wet hair and the bare minimum. The jar tends to last me a long time because I can only use a little. Yesterday I had the idea to actually mix the two together instead of using them one at a time and I have to say I am impressed all over again.  My twists were plump , shiny and soft to the touch. There was some extra greasy feeling after twisting but after I took my bonnet off this morning , all the product had soaked in and I was left with a great twist out.


Monday, January 24, 2011

January's Henna Mix part 2

OK so after mixing my henna I let it sit all night and this morning at 10am ,I applied it to my hair and then kept it in for 3 hours.  Right before applying I added a little honey to make it smoother as it went on.  I saran wrapped my hair because the plastic keeps the henna moist and not dried out . Its not a bad thing if it dries out , it just takes longer for it to rinse out since the henna hardens almost like clay.



After rinsing out I immediately applied my deep conditioners and sat under the steamer for 15 minutes. I usually sit for 30 minutes but as I was rinsing my hair felt really soft so I didn't really feel like my hair needed too much of the steam and conditioner.  I used Amaka Creations Brahmi and Burdock Hair masque, Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent Treatment as well as the last of my Vatika oil and some Vatika Frosting . I rewrapped my hair with saran to make it extra moist and then deep conditioned.




After deep conditioning I added my leave in of Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee, separated my hair , detangled with my Tangle Teezer and then proceeded to twist with Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy cream mixed with Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

January's Henna Mix part 1

I'm going to start blogging my monthly henna mixes. Sometimes they change and sometimes they change depending on what I pick up first and whats on my hair as well as the length of time its going to take me to do my hair.  Since I have the next two days off , tonight is a perfect time to do my henna,

 OK so this month I used Karishma Henna,  Maka , Amla , Kalpi Tone, Fenugreek , ACV( Apple Cider Vinegar) and rosemary essential oil.(Please be careful if you decide to use rosemary EO, if you have any heart conditions , high blood pressure or are pregnant you need to check with your doctor.)




  I used plain tap water to mix it up.  I'm going to let this sit for about an hour  then stir in a little bit of honey before I apply.  My hair is dirty , greasy and puffy. Just the way I like it prior to a henna ,  Having greasy hair for me is a plus because that way the henna rinses off easier as well as its a bootleg prepoo. I added hemp seed oil and  vatika oil last night in anticipation of my henna.

I will be deep conditioning with my steamer and then twisting it up for the week after, Stay tuned.  Anyone have an outstanding henna mix , please share!


Fenugreek




Dirty, greasy hair

Friday, January 21, 2011

Qhemet Biologics Amla Pomade

This pomade here is a little underrated.   I don't see a lot of people raving about this . In a way that's good and  bad.  The good being  I never have to worry about anyone buying it up like crazy but bad that , it might mean its not selling a lot. It takes a lot for Qhem to discontinue an item but I'm antsy that she might be.
Well a lot of folks don't know exactly how to use it. I on the other hand use anything that says pomade to twist with. I see or hear the word pomade and I think sticky. Sticky , means its going to cling and cling means I need something moist so it clings better  hence my love affair with pomades.

Ive been using the Amla pomade for the last three years, it works great as a sealer on twists or even to twist with , A friend of mine uses it solely on her hairline and she swears it has thickened in her fragile edges. Its 100% natural as well as 100% vegan.  The jar lasts a long time because you really don't need a lot. I simply lay my finger on top of the product and lift up , its sticks right to the skin.


Product Description










Ingredients: The Amla fruit, traditionally macerated in either pure Coconut or Sesame oil, yields what is known as Amla Oil, a traditional hair care panacea used in Indian hair care traditions for centuries. Ayurvedic medicine recommends the use of Amla Oil to improve the condition and health of the hair and scalp. It possesses natural color retention, hair retention, dandruff control and follicle strengthening properties. Softens and conditions the hair and scalp and supports growth.

100% Vegan, 100% Natural!


Has a light, natural citrus scent

Does not contain mineral oil, lanolin, proteins, silicone's, artificial fragrances, dyes or parabens.


Directions: Part hair and spread a thin layer directly to a clean, dry scalp. Use a small amount on edges and ends to smooth, soften and add sheen. Use also as a styling aid for braids, twists, locs and coils.
 
 

re twisted my twist out  real quick, with Natural Jenesis Moo-la Creme Daily Leave In & Amla Pomade


Twist out after 15 minutes





Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rollerset remix

OK so I'm going to try this roller set deal and see what happens. I bought this really cool dryer I saw at my local beauty supply which also gave me 10% off on everything I bought today. Its an Ionic Cool rolling dryer. It caught my eye because well , it said cool.  I also purchased some magnetic rollers, end wraps,  clips for the rollers, Jane Carter's Leave in conditioner as well as wrap and roll . I want to try it out tonight but I have a feeling its going to be a long process lol.  Oh well stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pura Body Naturals

 I have been reading reviews on this line for the past two to three months so  I reached out to the owner to inquire further. She not only has hair products but soy candles, mineral eye shadow and body products. What really caught my eye though, was the introduction on the home page.


Bringing the Beautiful Benefits of the Amazon Rainforest to You


The Amazon Rainforest is a broad leaf forest that covers most of South America. The total area of the rain forest is 7 million square kilometers and spread over Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guyana, Bolivia, Suriname, and French Guiana. Currently about 50% of the world's plants and animals call the Amazon home. Over 3000 different species of fruits grow in the Amazon rainforests. While the local tribes use 2000 species of the fruits the rest of the world uses only 200.

Amazingly the trees, nuts, fruits, barks, and roots of the landscape produce some of nature's best remedies. Plants and trees with exotic names like murumuru, babassu, cupuacu, and tacuma have always been used by indigenous people for healing and beauty benefits. Pura's products are made using raw, natural Amazon ingredients and hand blended to preserve their beneficial properties. The ingredients are filled with essential fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients needed to create healthy skin and hair.



Au Naturale stated :

 This little number is super thick ...I love that ! thumbs up for that , for my hair that means a little goes a long way, which means it will last longer and it coats my hair strands better.  The smell is light and pleasant they offer 3 scents and 1 unscented, if I had to guess I believe the one I received is the lemongrass blend .  And has a very silk like feeling to the touch. The slip is amazing,  It left my hair really soft, with a great shine. My hair fells really moisturized.   It tests at a lovely pH of 5 , you guys know  I love that.... 5 stars for that alone.  I knew as soon as I was applying it was moisturizing, based off of how it felt  going on to my hair strands.  Remember this is a not the full review.  I say that because the truth comes on days to follow based off of how well my hair is still moisturized from a product as day # 1 the very first day it was applied


Natural Review also did a postive interview on the owner and the concept behind the line.

Luvmykynxx also says:

These products undoubtedly retained more moisture in my hair than any other product I've tried in a very long time without the presence of water being added daily. I recommend Pura Body Natural Products to anyone who wants to have moisturized beautiful natural or relaxed hair. Also feel free to follow the blog for update product info to http://purabodynaturals.blogspot.com/

 With reviews like these I cant wait to test out


                                                           Cupuacu Hair Butter 

 
                                                       Murumuru Moisture Milk

Preview to Februarys Giveaway: Tangle Teezer and Natural Jenesis

 I'm tossing around the idea of giving away some of Natural Jenesis products for a giveaway.  I reached out to the company to see what I can do  because I love the presentation of the website. I also found out the owner has a YouTube account and its seriously very interesting.  I however will most definitely be giving away a tangle teezer, so stay tuned as always.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Tangle Teezer: Whos got one?

 I know you guys have seen the buzz floating around about this detangler?  I have been reading and viewing rave after rave . I think I'm going to jump on the bandwagon as soon as I can locate one at my local Sallys?  Have you got a Tangle Teezer,  if so please weigh in?  I added a few reviews for you guys.  http://www.tangleteezer.com/



 This  video is purely for visual review


http://curlscoilsandkinks.com/?p=2935



http://www.happygirlhair.com/2010/01/detangling-4b-hair.html

Sunday, January 16, 2011

OyinHandmade Hair Dew versus Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee

Ok so I purchased both of these around the same time frame.  The Hair Dew I had to purchase online as Oyin doesnt have a store local to me. I had been hearing non stop raves about the Hair Dew and was dying to purchase it but I've been hearing the same about the Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee as well. I didnt think of both of these as doing the same thing but now that I have been using both of these for over two weeks , it seems that these are comparable in how they are performing in my hair  except for one area.


Oyin claims that this 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!


8oz for $12.00
 It is great on naked hair after immediately washing but what I'm finding is unless I'm in a protective style this will not be enough moisture for me to use alone 
 
 I  would have to layer another product over my hair ( sealer ) to keep my hair moist.  Now when I say not in a protective style , I mean , twistout , braidout , puff, things of that nature.
 
What it does do is , it refreshes my hair when Im in a rush or softens my hair prior to styling it. You do get more product for your money versus Qhemet Biologics Conditiong Ghee
 
 
 
Qhemet Biologics claims Our creamy, versatile conditioner nourishes, softens and detangles thick, dry hair and this versatile conditioner can be used in several ways.

ingredients distilled water,, virgin organic coconut oil ,behentrimonium methosulfate ,cetyl alcohol, PPG-3 Benzyl ether myristate, quatermary conditioner, moringa oil, lavendar oil , msm ,amla, brahmi, nettle, burdock, oatstraw,phenoxyethanol &ethylhexylglycerin

5oz for $14.00 ( I pay $15.99 locally)

This is a versatile product, I havent used it to detangle but as I'm applying it as a leave in , my hands glide right through, It easily absorbs into my hair and you cant even tell youve added it ,so you can wind up using more than you think. I can use this on loose and protective styled hair alone and it leaves my hair soft. I like this alot.Its surprising because its so thin and creamy you would think at first glance it cant get the job down. it works well as a refresher or leave in, however you can use this as a detangler, deep conditioner , refresher, leave in conditioner


Price wise the Hair dew would win but having to order it drops it out of the race, you only get 5 ozs with Qhemets but its effective and does what it says so for me the Moringa Tree Conditiong Ghee wins.

How to do a Pre Wash Oil Treatment aka Prepoo

Step 1: Using your fingers, divide your hair into 4-6 sections.





Step 2: Apply a heavy coating of pure coconut, olive, or avocado oil throughout each section. Make sure to put oil on every layer of your hair. Use 4-6 tablespoons depending on your hair length and strand thickness.




Step 3: Cover your hair with a plastic cap to keep the oil from dripping down your face and neck.



Step 4: Leave the oil on your hair for 1 hour. Some say it's better to keep the oil on longer (even overnight), but you'll have to decide for yourself. You can try different lengths of time to see if your hair feels better after longer treatments.



Step 5: Before you shower, comb your hair out with a wide tooth comb to remove tangles or knots.



Step 6: Wash and condition your hair.



Step 7: Be consistent. Do a Pre-Wash Oil Treatment before every shampoo.





Pre-wash oil treatments are a great way to soften and strengthen hair.


* Sometimes I use a deep conditioner or conditioner in place of the oil. Works just as well

Friday, January 14, 2011

AmakaCreations: Coco Mango Madness Hair Butter




 I received this as a gift from a friend to get my opinion on around a month ago.   The smell is herbal as I don't think a scent was picked. I used this last night in anticipation of doing a twist out on the very front of my hair.  I'm very surprised about the turn out.  When I was applying this hair butter it was to damp hair that had been deep conditioned,  clarified and then conditioned.  I wanted to make sure my hair was as clean as possible so it would give me a true idea of how this butter was going to work.  This stuff went on like a pomade,  it was very firm in the jar and I had to work to get it to melt down a little . I know that's because of the cocoa butter and mango butter in this. Those two butters tend to be very hard to work with unless you have mixed it down tremendously. Well today my hair is light weight and doesn't feel weighed down yet at the same time its very defined for only being in my hair overnight.


  I was worried that it wouldn't absorb into my hair but it did and quite well at that.  My judgement is still reserved due to this is the first time Ive used it and would like to give it a few more chances before I give a final review on it.

As I am Naturally Cleansing Pudding: Product Review

On December 1st, 2010  I purchased a few As I am Naturally Hair Products, Ive been using them on and off for about a month now so Ive gotten a pretty good idea of how the products are working for me. First of all every product I received smells really great.  Like fresh coconuts and the scent doesn't linger.  Its a clean pleasant smell. I received my order very quickly and everything was packaged just right. The first products I'm going to review in this line is the Cleansing Pudding




 The website states the blurbs below :

Cleanses hair of residue and product build-up ( This is did indeed, my hair felt like I had used castile soap to clean it , I only use around 2-3 tablespoons if I had to guess and this in itself was more than I needed. This truly feels like a clarifier no matter how creamy the product spread.)
Moisturizes as it cleanses ( I did not feel like it moisturized,  I was so scared that my hair was stripped,  I immediately threw some Elucence Balance Moisture Conditioner in afterwards)
Rids scalp of excess sebum, environmental impurities and shedding scalp debris ( Yes, it certainly cleaned my hair and scalp)
Provides a soothing scalp treatment ( My scalp didn't itchy the next day so that in itself was great)
Helps promote a healthy environment for hair growth ( Still up in the air about this one )
Key Ingredients: Tangerine, Aloe Vera, Castor Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Saw Palmetto and Phytosterols
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.

Wet hair thoroughly.

Rub a liberal amount within palms and distribute throughout hair.
Lather product through hair and massage into scalp. ( Make sure you are smoothing this product downwards, don't be fooled by the creaminess,  once it gets on your hair if you don't smooth it you might end up with extra tangled in your hair)
Carefully detangle hair with a wide-tooth comb.
Leave on 3-5 minutes in order to eliminate shedding scalp debris.
Rinse well.
Repeat only if necessary to remove excessive product build up.


 My overview view is , this is something to be used once a month , I cant see anyone using this more than that and you have to ensure that you condition well afterwards.  Would I buy this again , no and only because I use bentonite clay to clarify my hair and it feels so much better after than using this.

 I give it 4 napps up for clarifying but 2 napps for stripping.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lolas Green Hair

 This is a major cute idea,  do you have products hanging around that you barely touched or used a couple of times and want to get rid of ?  If so take a look at this website. http://www.lolasgreenhair.com/


So what are you going to do with all of those moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, gels and other random haircare products that you used a couple of times and then abandoned for the next hot product?


Sell them on Lola’s Green Hair! Let the next girl benefit from your product-junky-ism!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Reviving a Twistout on its last leg

I had to take my twists out due to the hair tangling and matting together . I like to wet my hair frequently which is why I need to stick to box braids and not twists but that's another story. If you want to revive a twist out whether or not its on its last leg or you just want a little oomph to it , add your favorite leave in conditioner. Not a lot , just enough to coat the hair, then wet your hair a little so that the leave in conditioner allows your styling aid to slide better. If you don't feel the need to add the leave in conditioner you can go straight to wetting your twist out and applying your styling aid.. You don't want your hair to be soaking and you don't want it to be too dry either so try to find that happy medium. The styling aid plus water gives the twist out a little more definition and a slightly different look then starting out.  I can usually get another 2-3  days out of my style.




 I used Elucence MBC as my light leave in and Darcys Botanicals Natural Coils Curling Jelly

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

AmakaCreations: Choco-latte Deep Conditioner UPDATE


I was a little hesitant at first with AmakaCreations, I purchased some items and it looks like she was having an issue with products being correctly formulated. I am all for trial and error especially when a young business is trying to get on its feet so I didnt get rid of all the items I just packed them to the side and mentally figured how I would rotate them in somehow. Well today I  decided to finally try out the choco latte deep conditioner.  All I can say so far is wow. For some reason I thought that this would be hard and not easy to smooth down the hair.. It is not like that at all . Its a creamy , smooth , decadent smelling deep conditioner that I think I'm in love with. I am reserving judgement because right now I havent even rinsed it out yet. Have you ever applied a product and you just knew your hair liked it. Well this right here is it. I am impressed and will be sending the owner my regards on how much  I initially liked the product.Even my hands feel smooth and have a sheen to them after putting some in my hair. I cant wait to see what the rinse out is like.




Ingredients:purified water infused with herbs, raw cocoa butter, raw honey, coconut oil ,jojoba oil , sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil , organic aloe vera juice, vegetable glycerin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, grapefruit seed, BTMS, panthenol,,fragrance * as taken off my label*



Update, it rinsed out easy , however I didnt bend down all the way so I had to rinse again to get the very front, After rinsing my hair was very soft and supple, I applied some of Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee and went to bed. Totally forgot my bonnet. My hair today still feels very soft. I wonder how this will work with my steamer.




MyAshas: Honeydew Moisture Balance Treatment

i have been a fan of Myashas products going on four years, I first learned of this line through Nappturality which is where if I'm not mistaken the owner started posting before she launched her line. I truly enjoy her products because their are basic and just oozing of nourishing ingredients. The major downfall is the waiting time for the products to arrive. I mean its enough to turn any consumer off , as long as I have been purchasing from her the wait time has not decreased so in order for me to not go stir crazy I only order once a year. The hands down favorite of her line is this deep treatment. Honeydew Moisture Balance Treatment, the name just sounds succulent. I love using this treatment especially during stressful times. The essential oils with the mixture of honey just lingers in my hair after using and I seem to rest better. It is a favorite in the wintertime. You take your bottle and warm it up by letting it sit in a warm water and then apply over your hair.. You can either leave in and let your body warm it up , or sit under a dryer/steamer. Ive tried it as a prepoo, deep treatment or just a kicked up oil rinse.  If you're on the frugal side you might can alternate your favorite oil and honey along with your own essential oils.  If you can try this , I highly recommend it though. 5 napps up



Hair that is extremely dry and crisp thirst for moisture. Honey, nature's

humectant, contains wonderful benefits for the hair, serving as a good

moisturizer and conditioner. Coupled with our special herbal infusion, dry

crispy hair doesn't stand a chance against this deep conditioning treatment.



Restore life, luster and softness to your scalp and tresses and quench your

hair's thirst

Ingredients

Asha's herbal infusion including rosemary and lavender in olive oil, organic

honey, jojoba oil, essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and essence of

sandalwood, tocopherol (vitamin E).

Monday, January 10, 2011

Alba Botanica Leave in Conditioner: Hair Milk Replacement



 So you like Karen's Hair Milk/ Ambrosia but not the price,  or you like it in the summer and spring but not so much in the winter , well have I got a little hidden jewel find. Alba Botanica Leave in conditioner.  This stuff right here , is thick , creamy and dissolves into the hair easy , best of all is the PRICE!!!.  You can order it directly from the Alba Botanica website, or purchase it in Whole Foods but even better  Vitacost. On its home website its going for $8.95 on  Vitacost you can purchase it for $5.14


Ingredients: Purified water, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, vegetable glycerin, ceteareth-5, extracts of camellia sinensis (green tea), moringa pterygosperma seed, agave americana and trigonella foenum graecum (fenugreek) seed, certified organic extracts of althea officinalis (marshmallow) leaf/root, aloe barbadensis leaf, lavandula angustifolia (lavender), rosa canina fruit, melissa officinalis, calendula officinalis and chamomilla recutita (matricaria), panthenol, citric acid, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol.


Signature ingredient: Enriched with herbal extracts, botanical oils and plant proteins, without any of the ingredients that can be harmful to your hair.
Made with Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), this flowering plant has moisture-holding qualities for supple, shiny hair.


Product description: You will love the lipid-rich coconut oil, restorative botanicals and protective antioxidants for improved suppleness and shine. Fragrance Free.

Features and benefits: Patented Green Tea extract delivers concentrated polyphenols for potent antioxidant defense to protect hair against sun and environmental damage and reduce color fading. Plus, botanical micro-proteins, from Moringa Seeds, for extra color protection.

Who should use this product? Made for dry or damaged - natural and color-treated hair.


Directions for use: Apply sparingly to damp or dry hair. Style as usual.


Ingredients

Friday, January 7, 2011

Just thinking back


twists, originally uploaded by blkbrrichaos_007.

my friend took this picture of my hair on 01/05/2011 and as I stare at it , I hope that 2011 is a turning point for my hair. I'm happy with where I am in my natural journey but I'm a little down with how hard it is to grow the very front of my hair out. For the last month the very front has been in protective styles and the back has been either bunned , ponytail'd or braided up. I've been giving the front of my hair some extra TLC. I'd like to at least get to collar bone length in the front.

2011 is the year of the bangs for me!

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