December 20, 2011
I have been given the opportunity to try/review a great product from one of my blog sponsors PMD Microderm. The PMD Microderm has been featured on The Doctors and Dr. Oz shows as well as other media outlets (check out the PMD press page to see more).
What is a PMD Microderm?
The PMD Microderm is a microdermabrasion device that can be used at home.
It is good for treating early texture changes, sun damaged skin, uneven sun freckling, early seborrheic keratoses (small warty growths on the skin), mild comedonal (whitehead and blackheads) acne, and conditions where there is a buildup of dead skin like that seen in keratosis pilaris which causes bumpy skin on the arms and cheeks.
The PMD Personal Microderm also smooths the skin to give a more even makeup application and to to remove minor skin blemishes. It helps rejuvenate the skin and stimulates new cell growth. Check out these before and after results from other users.
Why I was interested in using it...
Although I don't break out very often, when I do I have to force myself not to pick with the bump. I'm successful about 70% of the time, but the other 30% of the time I ended up causing dark marks that take months to go away. I also have a few old acne dark marks/scars here and there that I usually cover with a little foundation.
I thought it would be great if I could try something that would get rid of those discolorations without having to use foundation to cover them. I was also curious how fast the PMD would get rid of the occasional new dark mark.
Also, being a hair blogger/product reviewer I am always taking pictures of my hair ( and of course my face is in the pics) and I am SUPER picky about the pictures I put on the web.
I do not like when a hair is out of place, or I am not centered in the pic, the light is different from one pic to the next, there is some unwanted objects in the background (since I take most pics in the bathroom mirror - this will be towels, toilet paper roll etc.)
From that you can see why I have trouble getting help with taking pictures because I have to have three or four of the same pose taken before I choose one pic to post - needless to say it takes forever and my digital camera is filled with tons of pics for just one how-to/review.
And since I am showing off hair styles - which again my face is in the pics - dry lips, dark marks, bumps etc. have to be virtually nonexistent if at all possible in the pics. So, I always make sure I have on a little foundation - and some type of lip gloss.
So a clear face is definitely a plus when it comes to posting pics - of course, I would still be picky about pics, but it would cut down on a little time if I could just snap pics with a make-up free/naked face - making it easier to do those fresh after wash/condition pics.
Therefore, from what I read about the PMD it seemed like it would do the trick.
How it is used ...
When I first received the PMD Personal Microderm I thought it was cute and compact, and it could be easily stored under my bathroom sink. It came with an instruction DVD explaining how to use it - you can view it here, which I thought was pretty easy to follow.
The PMD can be used on your face and body. The directions stated that the PMD should be used once a week on clean and dry skin, and warned not to go over one spot more than once.
The PMD comes with green discs for a moderate grit and blue for sensitive skin. Although it came with discs for sensitive skin I was skeptical because the tops of the discs looked similar to emery board files - and I thought they would definitely scratch my already sensitive skin.
What appears to be 'emery board' is actually aluminum oxide micro crystal (which is non-toxic). The discs are placed onto the PMD, and they spin once the PMD is turned on.
Although they press against the skin - if you are careful not to hover in one place - they will not cause any damage. A cap is placed over the disc, which is flush to your skin and suction vacuums the dead skin cells away into a filter as you slowly move the PMD across your face/body.
After your microdermabrasion treatment, you apply your toner, lotion and use sunscreen for 3 days after the treatment since your skin will be extra sensitive (I used a lotion/sunscreen combo). You can also purchase these items from the PMD shop. I used my own, but I'm planning to purchase one of the starter kits to do a review on those as well.
Although I was a bit skeptical about the discs, the minute I started using the PMD and didn't feel any harsh scratching I was sold. You just have to be sure to follow the directions and you shouldn't have any problems at all.
It took less than 10 minutes for me to do my entire face and I was pleased with the results after the first use. My face felt smoother and my complexion looked brighter.
In the beginning I really didn't notice any visible difference in my skin, but once I started taking pictures for the review - I was like - hey these look good - lol. I also noticed right away that my lotion/foundation would just seep right into my skin versus sitting on top of it.
And just after three uses I began to see a 'fresh' dark mark I had over my eye disappear and after the 5th use it was completely gone! I can even take freshly washed hair pics without putting on foundation. Overall, I love the results and plan to keep using it once a week :o)
December 15, 2011
Whew! This has been a busy Holiday season for me! I am hustling making shampoo bars and finishing up on my Christmas shopping list - next year I am 'really' going to have more done before Thanksgiving :o)
Anyway, just stopping in for a sec to let you all know that All Naptural Sponsors Apothica and SkinCareRx are holding a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!!!
They will be giving away more than $5,000 worth of products between Apothica's and SkinCareRx’s Facebook pages from now until to December 24th. - $5,000 worth !!!!
Be sure to enter by visiting their Facebook pages (see links below).
Happy Holidays :o)
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November 29, 2011
According to the Afro City website, "Afro City" is the collaboration of writer Rhonda Ray and Director Lobace Stoll. Rhonda is currently writing more Afrocentric projects for your enjoyment. Our director Lobace is a native of Chicago who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA continuing to direct and edit various creative projects. Both parties thought it would be a great idea to partner up and co-produce "Afro City" and bring it to life for all to see. "
I really enjoy the show. It's about four best friends, Crystal (played by Sabrina Alashi) who is an artist, Ebony (Bunmi Avodele) a model, Fatimah (played by Ebony Mikila) a jewelry designer and Jazzman (played by Rhonda Ray) a singer.
Rhonda Ray is multi-talented she is a singer/songwriter and artist. She is in the process of releasing her debut album titled "Afrolicious". Check out her music, art and videos on her website. I love the "Afrolicious" single - check it out here.
According to Afro City creators, "The best way to describe Afro City would be “Sex in the City” meets “Girlfriends” with an Afrocentric twist and fabulous fashion to match. We created “Afro City” to show the world that African America women are beautiful with their natural Afro hair without conforming to societies typical “standard” of beauty.
We wanted to bring these beautiful images and lifestyles to the screen that people aren’t use to seeing everyday in the media and the web allows us to do that without going through the traditional hoops in Hollywood in order to get these images seen and these stories told.
The Afrocentric market is such an under served market and we want to fill the void by showing Afrocentric images and themes with a positive message in all of our programming.
www.AfroCityTV.com Creator, Rhonda Ray says "I think the future is definitely looking bright for web series of all genres and I’m so glad to be apart of this revolution that’s being televised on the web."
You can check out all episodes on the Afro City YouTube Channel as well as the Afro City website. Along with the latest episodes, the website features background information on the show as well as a shop where some of the beautiful clothing, jewelry and other accessories featured in show episodes can be purchased.
Check out the latest Episode 10 'Love and War' Below.
I meant to post this earlier - obviously since it is a month late - but on October 30 - I was be a guest host on Nappturalite Radio!To listen-in to the replay go to Nappturalite Radio on Blogtalk Here. Ignore my small shaky voice - lol
October 19, 2011
I - well Bobeam Natural Hair Products is sponsoring a giveaway with fellow natural hair blogger - creator of A Happy Nappy Affair. She did a very nice review of the shampoo bars with pictures and all - so go check it out.
Her giveaway is pretty simple and her are her rules exactly:
4 Winners will be chosen and the giveaway will run through the end of November!!!
October 13, 2011
Not only are these natural hair tees, but proceeds from The Strands of Love tees will be donated to the Sisters Network Inc., an organization committed to increasing local and national attention to the impact that breast cancer has in the African American community.
Check out the logo - they have a Tee with this logo on it as well.
Natural hair tees going toward a great cause is a double plus and being as though October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I had to get one!
Here's the one I bought :o)
Now the best part of all of this is that the 25% off sale has been extended!!!! Shoppers have until October 13th - TODAY - to take part in the extended FLASH SALE :o)
Along with The Strands of Love tees, Natural Hair Love Affair sales a variety of other wonderful items - the one they are most popular for is their Natural Hair Love Affair Wall Calendar/Planner. (check out the video below of me showing off my calender :o)
They also sale inspirational natural hair mouse pads, extra calender stickers, recipe cards and mixtress measurement magnets (I bought some of those too), and hair emergency kits that come in these cute boxes filled with things like hair oil, cutting shears, conditioning caps, affirmation cards and more.
There is even a hair emergency kit - Strand Aid - that contains a pink ribbon charm and affirmation magnet in honor of Cancer Awareness Month.
Did I mention EVERYTHING is $20 or less?!? And with the now 25% OFF - (Remember through TODAY October 13th!!!) you can also get some gifts for your natural hair/transitioning family and friends. Ahhh just writing about it makes me want to head back over to the site and shop some more - lol
Anyway - just make sure you go over to the site before the sale ends and be sure to check out the other styles of The Strands of Love Tees. Also sign up for the Natural Hair Love Affair Newsletter to get updates and alerts as well follow them on Facebook.
Check out My Natural Hair Love Affair Calender Video :o)
Peace and Blessings...
October 12, 2011
Well - throughout the month of October, International Black Hairitage will be celebrating black hair with a series of events that will be streamed live via the IBHM website :o)
Check out the press release for more info:
International Black Hairitage marks a new era in Black Hair in October 2011 with the inaugural celebration of International Black Hairitage Month (IBHM).
The goal of the month-long series of events is to bridge the gap culturally, historically, and economically between Blacks and other cultures by embracing Black hair, creating a natural holistic way of living and sparking a green global natural movement.
Unshaken by the global economic dip, the business of Black hair is booming worldwide through hairstyles, products, and increased interest in natural hair care.
The UK ethnic beauty industry is expected to grow 35% to GBP88million by 2012. Meanwhile in the USA, the African-American hair industry is worth a cool $9 billion!
Activities from around the world will be streamed live for online viewing via the IBHM website.
The objectives of this global movement include using the tools of the cyber-generation to connect the world through the cultural language of Black hair, celebrating the natural, holistic lifestyle and increasing economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and job creation through organizing on a global basis.
Los Angeles based filmmaker Regina Kimbell said the idea for IBHM stemmed from conversations she had with audiences that viewed her award-winning documentary My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage (2007).
An important distinction according to Kimbell is that, "Unlike a lot of the hair events around right now, International Black Hairitage Month is not just about Black hair in its various forms; it’s a celebration of the natural, holistic lifestyle."
IBHM provides a valuable, global forum for dialogue and the exploration of various things that affect the choices that people of African descent make about their hair across the Diaspora."
International Black Hairitage is more than a month long celebration. Additional activities are being planned throughout the year from the grassroots to the global level to allow for continued discussion and engagement.
Individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses, organizations, and media entities are encouraged to visit the official IBHM website where they can learn how to join the new Movement.
There, site visitors can access a worldwide business directory, learn the "10 Things They Can Do to Support IBHM", see photos from previous events, participate in the live stream, and gain additional information about the global event partners.
International Black Hairitage Month (IBHM) is a positive experience that will leave people of Black heritage throughout the Diaspora even more proud of their culture and those of other cultures more enlightened about Black hair and the natural lifestyle.
It shows the global community that there is much more to Black hair than simply -- hair. In actuality it is a common cultural language, a political point of engagement, and increasingly a powerful economic movement.
News of IBHM is already spreading globally and host event cities include: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Almere, Amsterdam, Geneva, Hamburg, Lisbon, (UK cities) Leeds, London, Brighton, Manchester and Paris.
Organizers in these markets are sharing their hair experiences, creating workshops, supporting other women as they transition, the big chop, discussing natural options at live and recorded events for IBH, also participating in online discussions via blogs and social media, and engaging in sometimes contentious and controversial topics like, "Why do so many Black women wear hair weaves?"
IBHM shows that when it comes to hair, people of African descent are as sassy, adventurous, and innovative as ever.
International Black Hairitage Month (IBHM) - Partial List (contact IBHM for updates and full list) (Sponsored by Tangle Teezer)
Sun Oct. 16 1-5pm, Nicky Oliver Salon, Manchester
MNR Film Screening at award winning Nicky Oliver Salon based in the bohemian Northern Quarter. The screening will be followed by Q&A with Regina Kimbell and Nicky Oliver.
There will be a hair and make-up demo plus entertainment. Organized by Karen Gabay firstname.lastname@example.org and Denise Brooks.
Friday Oct 21, 7-10.30pm, Sallis Benny Theatre, Brighton
Legacy Film Festival Film screening of My Nappy Roots followed by Q&A with Regina Kimbell
and a one-off performance by spoken word artists from the Positive Hair Day.
Saturday Oct 22, 12-5pm Cottons Rhum, Shack Restaurant, London
Respect the Fro - Film Screening of My Nappy Roots followed by paneled discussion with
Regina Kimbell, Natasha Dennis Trichologist, Pelumi Rae Founder of Care for your Hair, United Kinkdom Blogger, Crystal Afro.
Sunday Oct. 30, 2.30-7.45pm, Tricycle Theatre, London
Series of short-films on black hair and identity followed by paneled discussion with Margot Rodway-Brown, Owner of Adornment365 Natural hair salon, Regina Kimbell filmmaker, UK celebrity and comedian, Angie Le Mar.
The event is sponsored & brought to the theatre by International Black Hairitage and Images of Black Women plus MEE and The Village Production Int'l
Organized by Paulette Harris-German and Sylviane Rano co-founder of Images of Black Women film festival. Contact: Sylviane at email@example.com
***Be sure to mark your calenders and tune in to the live webstream events on the IBHM website - Feel free to repost :o) ***
September 28, 2011
I am soooo late with this, but I was featured in the September Issue of Natural Bloom Magazine.
Check it out! And be sure to head over to the Natural Bloom blog to let the creator know what you think :o)
Also, take advantage of the Bobeam Natural Products discount exclusively for Natural Bloom readers.
Peace and Blessings...
September 21, 2011
Pic from NaturallyIsis.com
According to News 11- Live Isis Brantley was on the train platform headed to catch a flight to Dallas when two TSA agents ran down the escalator behind her demanding to check her hair for explosives.
"Some random lady came up and said 'Did they check your hair?' and I said, 'What no,' and then I just kept going," she said.
Brantley said she was then told, "I have to pat your hair down to make sure you don't have any explosives." She said TSA agents did not take her into a private area to conduct the search, but patted her hair down right there in front of the train doors.
"She took her hand and she started digging around in my hair several times and I said, 'Find the explosives? Please don't do this to me. This is humiliating and embarrassing'," Brantley said.
Check out her video interview with News-11 here.
Again - Wow!!!
Isis was one of the guests on Nappturalite Radio in a show titled "Does Rocking Sew-in Wigs Make You and Undercover Natural. She was giving the do's and don'ts of wearing sew-in wigs.
Check the show out here
For those who don't know Isis Brantley is a natural hair pioneer/activist. She recently organized the 1st Natural Hair Parade & Festival - sponsored by Erykah Badu - that was held in Dallas, Texas on September 3, 2011.
In 1995, the Texas Board of Cosmetology charged Isis with breaking cosmetology regulations, by braiding hair without a license. She was taken to court and found guilty, however they couldn't find an actual violation to charge her with.
According to her website, her case was put off for two years. And in 1997 Isis was arrested for braiding hair without a license. Although at the time, no laws in the state of Texas required braiders to be licensed, many in the community saw the arrest as an attempt by the state to intimidate underground braiders and subject them to the same requirements as cosmetologists.
In 2004, Isis got legislation to lower the class hours from 1500 hours to 35 hours for those who want to solely practice natural hair care in the state of Texas. In 2007, she was grandfathered by the state of Texas as the first natural hair care expert and educator in the state.
For more information on Isis Brantley visit her website Naturally Isis - http://www.naturallyisis.com/home
September 14, 2011
I wash and condition my hair, while my hair is wet, I put in two-strand twists. In the warmer months, I use a twist holding product to keep my twists in longer and prevent them from becoming frizzy due to humidity. In the cooler months I simply use a pomade. I add a little bit of the twist product or pomade to each section before twisting.
These were done with Sincere -Ly Naturale Products created by Dasia - I used her Whipped Pudding after washing to seal in the moisture and her Black KoKoa which is a cream/gel for twisting. Her shop is closed right now for restocking though - but be sure to look out for when it reopens because her products are wonderful!
For some reason, I always wind up with holes in the back. I end up redoing them in the morning - separating the twists making them smaller.
At night I just cover with a satin scarf. Some mornings I let the shower spritz them a little or at night before covering, I use a spritz bottle filled with water and a little essential oil.
Top - I twisted the top to the side - trying to put them in some type of style :o) I keep these in for two weeks and sometimes unravel for a twist-out.
Top/Side - I twisted the sides going back - you can see another hole - lol. As the twists get old they swell a bit and the tiny holes get covered, but most of the time my OCD kicks in and I just redo them before this happens.
Check out my video review of Sincere-Ly Naturale products :o)
Peace and Blessings...
September 03, 2011
I wanted to share this review of Bear Fruit Hair products. I got the opportunity to test two of Bear Fruit Hair Products via the Nappturalite Radio Beauty Ambassador Program. Check out my video below :o)
Remember, to find out more about the Nappturalite Beauty Ambassador Program visit the Nappturalite Radio Website and join the Nappturalite Community as well. Check out the Bear Fruit Products Website as well.
Peace and Blessings...
August 01, 2011
She also makes custom designs - so if you don't see a particular color/style she will make it for you with no extra charge :o)
Check out my picture video below.
After posting the video on YouTube I had a few inquiries for a how-to video on the Turban style - I was actually just playing around with that style, so I was surprised people wanted to know how I did it. So, below is my how-to video showing the Turban look as well as a few others.
I really love the scarf! Remember to visit the Knitti Gritti shop :o) Also become a Knitti Gritti Facebook Fan to receive weekly updates, coupon codes, and info on contests. Stay tuned for my next video or pics of the new scarf I ordered as well.
Peace and Blessings ...
July 20, 2011
The $25 Gift Card Giveaway Winner (chosen via Random.org) is Kim D! Congrats Kim :o)
Also, as I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs, I came across this post on Chai's Back to Curly blog. It was a post on the Natural Bloom Natural Hair Magazine. Natural Bloom is published by Jc of The Natural Hair Haven. This free online magazine is dedicated to celebrating the style and the achievements of women.
The July issue of Natural Bloom features some informative natural hair care articles and great interviews with Akua of Shea Butter Cottage and Jamyla of Oyin, as well as fashion and makeup tips.
Natural Bloom is a wonderful magazine, and I'm not just saying that because of the beautiful Bobeam Shampoo Bar ad - see the ad for a special discount code exclusively for Natural Bloom readers :o). Check out the magazine for yourself below and be sure to subscribe to the Natural Bloom blog as well.
Peace and Blessings...
July 01, 2011
Today I am announcing - as the title states- a Gift Card Giveaway!!!! This giveaway is being held via the All Naptural blog sponsor Apothica.com - which sells tons of fine skin and beauty products (there are some great natural hair products on the site as well :o).
One of the many brands sold on Apothica is Clinique. I have been using Clinique products for years and they are wonderful for all skin types.
My favorite products are Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, the (Extra Mild) Face Soap, Clarifying Lotion (Dry Combination), Even Better Makeup SPF 15 (Sienna), Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20, and Clinique's Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel.
If I had to choose only two, the ones that I use the most are the Even Better Makeup SPF 15 (Sienna) and the Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel. Click to check out the Clinique products sold at Apothica.
I love the Even Better Makeup - it blends with my skin color very well. The best part about it is that unlike most foundations it doesn't make my face break-out (I have super sensitive skin) and I never have any problems with it - even when I pile it on - lol
The Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel is the greatest! I don't get many break-outs, but the minute I see signs of a bump forming I just put a dab of the gel on and the next day there is nothing there!
It works great on bumps/break-outs that are a little older than a few minutes as well - I usually have to apply the same dab maybe two nights in a row (you can also wear it during the day under makeup) and the bump is gone :o)
Okay back to the Gift Card Giveaway! The prize is a $25 Gift Card that can be used on the entire Apothica site :o)
How you can win...
First, if you haven't already visit Apothica.com
Option #1 Via Facebook
Write on Apothica’s Facebook wall about what you think of Apothica
Bonus: Sign up for Apothica’s Newsletter
Option # 2 Via Twitter
Tweet about Apothica on your own Twitter Account
Bonus: Re-tweet Apothica’s tweet about this giveaway
Option #3 Via your Blog
Write something on your blog about what you think of Apothica
Bonus: Write about Clinique products and link it to Apothica
Once you have completed one of the options (feel free to do more than one, but only one is required to win) come back and comment on this post detailing what you have done - Facebook and Twitter users please leave your Facebook and Twitter page names. Bloggers leave your post/blog link.
That's it! The contest will run for 14 days and the winner will be contacted by Apothica after all info is verified.
* Also add SkinCareRx as a contact in your email box, so that when Apothica attempts to contact you if you win the message does not go to the spam/junk mail folder *
Good luck! Stay tuned for more product reviews from the Apothica.com site.
Peace and Blessings...
June 20, 2011
With some headbands after the first four hours or so of wearing them with the headset I start to get a headache - not too sure if this is because of the added pressure of the headband/headset combination or the fact that after the first four hours of work I am ready to go home - I'm guessing it's the combination of both - lol
Cornrows in the front with a puff in the back has become one of my signature work styles. I also wear flat twists, but they don't last as long as the cornrows, especially with wearing the headset. I usually wear anywhere from six or more cornrows at a time in the front - depending on how large or small I make them.
Here is a set I wore for two weeks.
I didn't cornrow the top back far enough, so instead of taking them out and starting again I just used a clip to keep them flat.
Side ... these pics are from the end of the first week.
Other side :o) At night I cover with a satin cap and in the morning just spritz or let the shower spritz and add oil, or a curly product-cream, hair milk or gel in the back. Having the cornrows in the front also saves on the amount of product I use as well.
I got tired of the clip so for the second week - I decided to add some back-in-the-day silver clasps :o)
These also come in gold - I found them in a beauty supply in a mall in the beads section - I couldn't believe they still sold these. I also slept with them in and got them wet and everything. They have little slits in the back, where they can be opened and I just opened them a little and squeezed them back together once I put them around each cornrow. A few of them bent and broke when I took them out and tried to reshape them though, so if you find some get more than one bag :o)
Stay tuned for more updates
Peace and Blessings...
June 05, 2011
Okay below are pics of my Kinky-Curly results. I have been on this "mission" of actually using up the products in my cabinet before buying any more. I love Kinky-Curly's Knot Today. I've been using it as a detangler/leave-in. And since I've cut my hair I've been using the combo of Knot Today and Curling Custard for wash-n-gos.
As you can see I am almost out of both products :o) I also used my Tangle Teezer to detangle and distribute the Knot Today after washing...
Me :o) Freshly washed hair...
I used this much Knot Today for the back half of my hair and added about the same amount for the front ...
After smoothing in the Knot Today with my hands, I used the Tangle Teezer to distribute it throughout my hair...
Closer shot... you can see my henna dyed gray - now gray roots/reddish streak - it's almost time to redo :o) (I use henna to condition once a month)
Next I dipped my fingers into the Curling Custard and starting from the back up - I raked it through sections of my hair. I always get carried away with this step - dipping my fingers back in the jar for each section..
As you can see my heavy-handedness resulted in lots of white spots.
Again I worked my way from the back up raking it through - a rough version of the shingling technique. I found that raking with my fingers versus going over each section with a comb is much faster, but doing it with a comb results in more defined curls.
All done :o) You can also see some white spots. I usually get rid of most of the white spots by gently dabbing with a damp cloth or...
by wetting my fingers and lightly dabbing the spots. Both ways work, but you have to be extremely careful not to disturb the curls to prevent frizziness.
Right after you've applied your curly product, it's best to just leave your hair alone until it almost completely dries. Once it dries, then you can shape up and/or gently lift your curls.
All done :o) I had plans to add hair pins or clips in the front, but I liked how it came out so I wore it like this for the day.
Closer shot - You can see that the front of my hair is a different texture than the back - it requires less product to curl and I don't have to rake it through - just smooth the product on.
I don't do this process (the raking) every morning, just once after washing. For daily maintenance, I just wet my hair, or let the shower 'spritz' it and then add a little of the Curling Custard in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and smooth through my damp hair and go. I sleep with a satin bonnet on at night.
Stay tuned for more pics of other curly products that I've used...
Peace and Blessings :o)
May 31, 2011
In the meanwhile, I am still loving my new TWA - it has grown out a little on the top, but I noticed that I cut the back uneven so again picked up the scissors in attempt to shape it up. It's still not as even as I would like it but I'm satisfied for now. I'm thinking that as it grows out a bit more I may have to go to a stylist to get it shaped professionally.
I have cut down on styling it every week - i.e.- twists/coils one week and twist-outs the next - especially since I've been doing other people's hair I haven't had the time - so I've been wearing wash-n-gos. I've been experimenting with different products trying to figure out which ones my hair likes the best - and I haven't bought anything new either - just going through old stuff in my cabinets - so far I have had the best results with HairVeda's Whipped Gelly.
I am heavy-handed with products and so far it's one of the only 'curling' product that I've tried where I can pile it on and it wont be hard or crunchy later. I also like it because I can use it alone - without an oil or pomade and once it dries it leaves my hair super moisturized, soft and with a nice sheen. It also actually defines my curls.
I've also attempted to make my own flax seed gel and had pretty good results with that as well.
I have tons of pictures and curly product reviews in the works :o) I am also planning another giveaway as well so stay tuned.
Peace and Blessings...
May 02, 2011
Check out the following press release which includes more contest information and some helpful tips :o)
Win the No-Frizz Battle with Ten Tips and Free Products
Every Day of May from NaturallyCurly.com
AUSTIN, TX – The weather is changing and frizz season is creeping up on us. Whether you wear your hair curly or straight, frizz control is always a priority!
In its quest to help curly girls find solutions, NaturallyCurly is launching 31 Days to Fight Frizz during the month of May—prime frizz weather. Each day, readers can enter to win products from some of the top frizz-fighting brands, including Ouidad, Ojon, John Frieda, Curly Hair Solutions, Carol’s Daughter and CURLS. One grand-prize winner will also receive a $1,000 gift card.
“April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring frizzy hair!” says Michelle Breyer, president and co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com. “Frizz is the curly girl’s arch nemesis, and here at NaturallyCurly.com we want to keep curlies looking good.”
Frizz control starts with how you care for your curls. Frizzy hair doesn’t discriminate, so NaturallyCurly.com has complied a list of ten hair healthy tips for sensational, no-frizz summer curls.
1. Get a good haircut to reduce split ends and breakage, a major cause of frizz.
2. Cleanse your hair every 2 to 3 days to keep some natural oils on your scalp to reduce frizz.
3. Never skip conditioner, and deep condition at least once a week.
4. Always detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb when it’s wet and slick with conditioner.
5. Rinse with cold water because cold water helps smooth down the cuticle, diminishing frizz and fluffy flyaway tendencies.
6. Avoid terrycloth towels. Use microfiber instead because it does not disturb the cuticle— instead it smoothes the cuticle down, reducing frizz.
7. Choose a styling product best suited for your hair type because each hair type responds differently to weather conditions.
8. Air-dry or use a diffuser for the least amount of disruption and frizz.
9. Carry a pomade or frizz-fighting serum at all times to control frizz and repel humidity.
10. Lastly, NEVER use a brush and try not to touch your curls! Brushing while wet will break your hair, and brushing while dry is a curly hair sin.
How to Enter
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Check out the video!
Good luck :o)
April 26, 2011
I will be updating soon with pics of my TWA - I am actually managing to 'leave it alone' and wear my styles longer than a few days :o)
In the meanwhile, check out these videos of The 6th Annual DC Love, Locs and Natural Hair Expo I had the opportunity to attend and vend at :o)
The first one was done by me - you may have to pause it to read the text - I haven't got the hang of slowing down the slides yet.
And the second one is the hair show put on by Baltimore's Infinity Naturals at the expo. Enjoy :o)
My Video - see if you can spot my shampoo bar table :o)
Infinity Naturals Hair Show
Peace and Blessings...
April 08, 2011
Well, like the title also says I did ANOTHER big chop :o)
Over the past few months I have been noticing so many people doing big chops either for the first time or just doing it again, and the scissors were calling me name- lol. I had been thinking about cutting my hair even all around for a while, and after doing a trim I really noticed that the front was longer than the back, and the middle was way shorter than them both.
And I know that hair grows unevenly, but I noticed that the middle seemed like it wasn't growing as fast as the front and back - breaking off when it reached a certain point. When I wore two-strand twists I always had holes - scalp showing in the back- due to the middle being shorter, which would make me gravitate to putting it up in a bun.
I had big plans to start doing scalp massages and becoming more diligent about taking hair vitamins. I also decided to stop wearing so many ponytails/buns, which was most likely the main reason why the middle was breaking off. While wearing ponytails/buns I really didn't care for the middle of my hair as much as the front and back, and I'm sure it being secured with bands 90% of the time wasn't helping.
But, for some reason I just couldn't stop wearing the ponytails/buns. I even tried wearing lower ones versus wearing them in the middle of my head where the shorter hair was. That didn't last long because the hair in the middle wasn't long enough to fit in the low ponytail/bun and I ended up trying to stretch it to make it fit - again putting more stress on already fragile hair.
So this also helped with my decision to do another big chop - now it's about 2 inches or so all over and cant fit into a ponytail or bun - so my ponytail/bun problem is solved :o)
My New Goals
This time around I plan to as Dawn commented "Start Fresh" and concentrate on overall healthy hair while growing it out. Now that I have a TWA I find myself constantly rubbing my scalp, so scalp massages shouldn't be a problem. Also, I plan on 'actually' taking those hair vitamins on a regular basis.
I also plan on continuing with the basics - moisturizing with water, followed by an oil or pomade to seal in the moisture, washing and conditioning - deep conditioning with henna once a month. And as my hair grows out I plan on experimenting with TWA styles. By the time it grows out hopefully I will be used to wearing it 'out' more and have those ponytails/buns out of my system (well at least wont be wearing them all the time).
And of course, I will document it all here :o) My new grow-out journey!
This is only the second week, but so far I have worn puffs, tiny box braids that I turned into a braid-out, cornrows that I turned into a braid-out, a Bantu knot-out and twists/twist-out. I got carried away with styling since it doesn't take as long to do :o) I think I will give my hair a break next week and get back on a routine of styling it once every week or two.
So stay tuned ... in the meanwhile check out my big chop video. Peace and Blessings...
April 04, 2011
This UK blogger, is actually a ‘real-life’ Scientist. Dr. Ruby Majani aka Jc of The Natural Hair Haven - Science and Natural Hair blog, has a BSc and PhD in Material Science.
On her blog Jc states that she is not pro-natural nor anti-natural. "I think we can benefit from both natural and synthetic products," she says.
Jc compiled the following list of the top 5 most talked about ingredients and the science behind them.
Word on the Street: It comes from petroleum. It blocks out moisture from the hair causing it to dry out. It is used as a cheap filler in products.
Science: It is from fossil fuel and therefore considered natural in origin. All oils (including coconut, castor or mineral oil) form a barrier on the hair delaying water entry or exit to the hair. No oil can fully prevent water entry or exit.
Mineral oil is colorless and odorless therefore is able to be combined easily in products, given the widespread use of fossil fuels it is also one of the easiest to source consistently.
Best use: Mineral oil is useful when hair needs to be kept dry. For example, for straight styling or styling in high humidity.
Cautions: Mineral oil forms one of the best barriers as far as oils go therefore if hair is damaged or prone to being dry then should be used sparingly.
Word on the street: Silicone builds up on hair and blocks out moisture. It is artificial.
Science: Silicone is a lab created product. It is also an oil and therefore is also supposed to form a barrier. Silicone oil does not spread as easily as other oils therefore does not form the best barrier.
It is one of the best conditioning ingredients in shampoo helping to reduce hair damage when washing. In conditioners it creates slip allowing easy combing of hair especially wet combing.
Best use: Silicones are useful in shampoos and conditioners as they mitigate hair damage. They are also useful in heat styling as they offer some thermal protection to hair.
Cautions: Some silicones are water soluble while others are not. Non-water soluble silicones can accumulate on hair if a no poo (no shampoo) routine is used.
Sulfates (or SLS)
Word on the street: Sulfate containing shampoos are harsh, strip hair of natural oils and dry out hair.
Science: The purpose of shampoo is to strip oil. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is a common surfactant in hair products and is one of if not the most effective cleanser. It can be very irritating to skin on its own but it is often mixed with less harsh cleansers such as SLES or ALES.
Best use: Clarifying hair, excellent for getting rid of build up.
Cautions: Some shampoos with SLS are likely to irritate skin (meaning dryness, itchiness and redness).
Equally some shampoos without SLS can also provoke a similar reaction. Ideally if a shampoo irritates, switch to something different.
Word on the street: Parabens cause cancer and mimic human hormones (estrogen).
Science: Parabens are preservatives used in cosmetics to prevent bacterial and fungal growth. Parabens do have a similar structure to estrogen but are not known to cause cancer.
They were found in breast cancer tissue but are also thought to be present in undiseased tissue as they can travel through the skin. In terms of mimicking hormones, parabens present a significantly low risk compared to hormonal contraception.
Best Use: An unpreserved hair product is a serious potential health risk. Parabens are not the only available preservative, but always pick a product with some type of preservative.
Word on the street: Glycerin dries hair out especially in winter. It can draw moisture from hair.
Science: Glycerin is a humectant meaning it binds to water and holds onto it. It therefore is a moisturizing ingredient.
It is also known to strengthen natural hair (unfortunately not so for relaxed hair). It is usually mixed with water prior to use and therefore in theory should not draw water from hair.
Best Use: One natural hair company (Oyin) suggests applying glycerin containing products on hair prior to a bath and shower. The steam could provide glycerin with additional water.
Cautions: Not everyone likes glycerin as a humectant. Some have more success with aloe vera or honey.
Now that you have the science behind the above ingredients you can now make your own informed decision on when/if to use them.
Remember, it’s best to ‘know’ your hair - what it strives on and what it dislikes. What works for some may not work at all for you :o)
Peace and Blessings...
March 28, 2011
I love the TWA stage. Although I never did a ‘big chop’, I’ve cut my hair several times and enjoyed wearing my TWA which always seemed to grow out very fast. But, I do understand that it seems like that there aren’t many style options especially when pictures of updos, puffs and big twist-outs on longer hair overflow the web.
So this is dedicated to TWA wearers who are seeking various style options. Again, there are styles that can be created with one or two inches of hair; the most simple, and probably obvious style is the wash-n-go.
Simply wash or wet your hair, depending on your hair’s texture you can add an oil or pomade, leave-in conditioner or an alcohol free styling gel, smooth the product through your wet hair to achieve texture and go. You have a textured TWA.
With a TWA you can also wear coils - finger coils or comb coils. Wash or wet your hair, start at the back and work your way up to create comb coils or finger coils. Depending on how long you plan to wear your coils and the weather, you may not have to add anything aside from a moisturizer. Coils are a very pretty style, that can be worn in the boardroom as well as the club.
My all time favorite are two-strand twists. All you need is one or two inches of hair to create two-strand twists. As soon as you can ‘grab’ hair between your fingers it can be twisted into two-strands.
You will have to make the two-strands tiny in order for them to stay twisted. And, again depending on your hair type, you may have to use an alcohol-free gel to help them stay twisted.
And of course, once you’ve put in your two-strand twists, you can also wear a twist-out. Put your two-strands in when your hair is wet (again you may have to add a little styling gel) then unravel them when they are completely dry to wear a twist-out.
Your twists can be worn for a week and then you can wear a twist-out the next, creating a two-in-one style.
You can also create flat twists with one or two inches of hair. You can create cute flat-twist updos with a combo of two-strand twists or even coils. You can even create flat twist-outs. You can flat twist wet hair, let them dry and unravel to create a textured flat twist-out. You can also do this with cornrows.
To get even more creative, you can add a few flat twists or cornrows to the front or side of your hair, secure them with some cute clips, barrettes or hair pins and wear the back out. Combining twists and/or cornrows to the front of your TWA as-is or textured are great unique combo-styles.
You can also put tiny box braids in your hair once it’s long enough to grab. Now this will require more patience because it takes a little longer and you will be working with three sections instead of simply twisting two, but box braids are also a cute style to wear during the TWA stage. You can also create Bantu knots with your box braids.
In most cases, box braids curl at the ends by themselves, or you can use a little alcohol-free styling gel to help them along, creating a pretty curly box braid style. Unbraid your box braids for a textured braid-out. And unravel your knots for a curly knot-out as well.
As you experiment with these different styles, and create your own, as well as accessorize along the way, your TWA phase will be over before you know it, so enjoy it while you can.
Check out the videos links below depicting creative TWA styles.
Peace and Blessings...
March 21, 2011
There are several benefits to using coconut oil on your hair.
Virgin Coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic, properties that can help with many scalp problems such as dandruff. It can also aid in length retention, because it strengthens hair strands to keep them from breaking.
Virgin Coconut oil is a great oil to use to soften your hair and condition your scalp. Virgin Coconut Oil can also be used as a weekly scalp massage oil.
The fatty-acids in coconut oil are the exact ones contained in sebum, the natural oil that our scalp produces. They both contain medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which can easily penetrate the hair strand to and reduce protein loss.
Virgin Coconut Oil also prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them. It can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn't sag and wrinkle.
In some cases it might even restore damaged or diseased skin. The oil is absorbed into the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues, limiting the damage excessive sun exposure can cause.
Ayuredic Hair Recipes Using Coconut Oil
For an Itchy Scalp:
Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut oil and store it in glass container. Massage this oil into your scalp before bed.
1. Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut or neem oil. Store it in glass container. Massage this oil into the scalp before bed. Wash with warm water after three to four hours or leave overnight.
March 14, 2011
Split End Pic from P&G Beauty
Split ends, scientifically known as Trichoptilosis, happens when the hair's protective cuticle has been stripped away from the ends, causing a splitting of the hair shaft giving it a feathery appearance.
Avoiding trims, excessive brushing, heat, elastic bands, hair extensions, towel drying and even dry scalp are all causes of split ends. There is no ‘cure’ for split ends, the only way to get rid of them is to cut them off.
The ends of your hair are very important. Dry, split ends cause breakage while moisturized ends are more pliable and retain length. Some people shy away from trimming their ends because they do not want to lose length.
But keep in mind that split ends cause the hair to split all the way up to the scalp, which will result in you having to get a major cut. Split ends should be cut at least 1 inch above the split.
Another good way to prevent split ends, along with moisturizing, is adding ‘dusting’ of your ends to your hair routine. I would describe dusting as cutting off less than an inch of your ends.
When your ends start to feel crunchy, or you hear popping when you detangle, or start to see tiny hairs in the sink that are not old shedded hairs (with white bulbs at the tips) these are signs that you may need to ‘dust’ your ends.
But remember, only trim or dust your ends when necessary - you don't want to fall into a 'routine' of cutting your ends when they really don't need to be cut, especially if you want to retain length.
Also, when you come across one of those tiny knots - simply cut the knot off and move on, again it's not necessary to trim every strand.
The easiest way to trim/dust your own ends is when your hair is in box braids or twists. Simply cut a little (about a half inch or less) off the ends of each twist or braid.
To avoid having to make a drastic cut because of split ends, the best thing to do is to take preventive measures and protect them.
To protect your ends, get in the routine of moisturizing them during the week. Use oils such as shea butter, castor oil, olive oil or almond oil to protect your ends.
Conditioning after shampooing (rinse with cool water to close your hair cuticle), detangling with conditioner, and adding a monthly deep conditioner to your hair care routine also help prevent split ends, as well as avoiding heat, air drying whenever possible, and keeping your hair moisturized.
Wearing ‘protective’ styles, such as braids, cornrows or twists are also helpful in protecting your ends.
For those with longer hair, in colder seasons protect your ends by wearing silk or satin scarves around your shoulders to keep your ends from rubbing against wool coats and cotton sweaters, or wear protective styles like updos or buns.
Make sure that the hats you wear have a silk or satin lining or wear a silk/satin scarf underneath them. Cotton absorbs moisture and also snags your hair, therefore at night use a silk/satin scarf, bonnet or pillow case.
Peace and Blessings...
Devon Trichology Practice
March 07, 2011
With so many products on the market today proclaiming to be ‘natural’ it can be very confusing determining which ones are truly natural versus those that contain a few natural ingredients.
And when it comes to reading ingredient lists, it seems like you need to be a chemist to understand them. For example, the average consumer might not know off hand that simmondsia chinensis is actually Jojoba.
Before experimenting with an igredient or even when I'm thinking about buying a product and I'm not too sure what a listed ingredient is - I look up the ingredient on the database. For me, the best way to determine what an ingredient it and whether or not it's safe is to research it.
Research may sound like a long, tedious undertaking, but with the database it's pretty simple.
According to the website, Skin Deep gets about 1 million page views per month, and is the world’s largest and most popular product safety guide. Skin Deep is an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products that was launched in 2004 by the Environmental Working Group.
Skin Deep’s database provides safety ratings for nearly a quarter of all products on the market; 62,551 products with 7,644 ingredients. According to the site, it gets about 1 million page views per month, making Skin Deep the world's largest and most popular product safety guide.
Skin Deep ratings are on a 0 to 10 scale; 0 being low hazard and 10 being the highest. You can search ingredients, product brands, and even get a shopping list of low hazard products.
Just simply type in the entire product name (exact brand) or ingredient and you will get facts on the product/ingredient i.e. what it’s used for, its rating, toxicity stats, as well as government and other agency studies performed.
In a matter of minutes you will have all the information you need to determine whether or not you want to purchase a product, or stop using one you already have
Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database
March 01, 2011
Shea butter originates from the Karite Nut tree, also called the Mangifolia tree, found in the semi-arid savannahs of West and Central Africa.
The Karite Nut tree, also called the "tree of life" can live for 300 years and almost all parts of the tree have some practical use. The bark is an ingredient in traditional medicines against certain childhood illnesses and minor scrapes and cuts. The shell of the nuts can repel mosquitoes.
The fruity part of the nut, when crushed, results in a vegetable oil that can be used in soap-making, cooking, and skin and hair care. The oil extracted has a relatively high melting point and is used in rural areas in the making of foods, traditional drugs and cosmetics. Shea is mainly exported as smoked kernels and can be used as an extender in chocolate as its properties are similar to cocoa butter.
Although in the last few years, Shea butter has become popular in the United States, it has been used by the women of West Africa for centuries. Shea butter can also help to protect the skin against the damaging effects of the sun, while repairing cellular degeneration.
It contains vitamins A and E, and has demonstrated both antimicrobial (kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, or protozoa), and anti-inflammatory properties.
In most parts of West Africa, destruction of the Shea tree is prohibited because this little nut provides a valuable source of food, medicine, and income for the population. In fact, Shea butter is sometimes referred to as "women’s gold" in Africa, because so many women are employed in the production of Shea butter.
Shea butter may also help treat skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis; however, keep in mind that you should always consult a physician or dermatologist about serious or persistent skin problems. Shea butter is not recommended for people with nut or latex allergies.
The first is called - From Tree to Nuts
The second one is called - From Nuts to Butter
I thought these were really interesting. There are other videos on YouTube that show shea butter production as well - I didn't want to get too carried away posting them :o). The Greenpeople Company, Ltd has a YouTube channel with videos of making organic shea butter and how fair trade shea butter has helped villages in Ghana which are also interesting.
The Shea Project
Peace and Blessings...
February 25, 2011
Business woman, and philanthropist, Madam C.J. Walker is truly one of my inspirations, not only did she rise from the cotton fields in the south to start her own hair business, but she gave back to her community as well.
"I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground." Madam Walker, National Negro Business League Convention.
"On Her Own Ground, The Life and Times of Madam CJ Walker" was written by her great-great granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles. It reads like an African American history book, packed with historical figures, dates and events. It is a very inspirational biography and one that I think should be a part of everyone's personal library.
The book describes the interactions Madam C.J. Walker had with other historical figures, such as Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, Paul Laurence Dunbar, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Nannie Helen Burroughs.
I had the opportunity to interview A’Lelia Bundles and she had this to say about her great-great grandmother.
"Even then, her focus was on healthy hair and healing the scalp disease that was so rampant at the time …. I know many people still associate her primarily with hair straightening, but if they really examine the record – looking at her original ads, her letters, the products she and the Walker Company actually sold before her death in 1919 – I believe their interpretation would be different," she added.
This goes along with a quote from Madam C.J. Walker, from the book. "Right here let me correct the erroneous impression held by some that I claim to straighten hair," she told the Indianapolis Recorder. "I deplore such impression because I have always held myself out as a hair culturist. I grow hair."
Check out this video of A’Lelia Bundles, talking about Madam C.J. Walker and the discoveries she made about her great-great grandmother at the National Archives…
Madam C.J. Walker Official Facebook Fan Page
Purchase On Her Own Ground