Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How to create a simple haircare regimen in 5 steps!!!!!

by Jarmelia of DIY Hair Blog


Creating a haircare regimen can be an exciting as well as a daunting task. We all know that having a great haircare regimen and sticking with it is one of the key factors to retaining length.
Here are 5 tips you can use to create your haircare regimen:
1. Start simple. Don’t add a lot to your list at once. Keep it simple, wash, condition, moisturize, seal and style. Figure out how often you need to do these 5 steps and work from there.
2. Trial and error. Learn from what doesn’t work.just because you read that co-washing is great for someone else that doesn’t mean it’s going to be great for you. Try it and if your hair doesn’t like something, move on.
3. Don’t trim. Learn how to spot split ends and what causes them for your hair. Don’t make the mistake of trimming too often, you will end up cutting off healthy hair and length. Some people only trim once a year, others twice a year.Basically, don’t worry about trimming just yet, that’s putting the cart before the horse.
4. Water, water and more water. You can have all the products in the world and have soft hair but, if you aren’t both drinking and applying water to your hair, you won’t get the proper moisture your hair needs.Make sure you’re moisturizing and conditioning your hair often enough.
5. Patience. You can deep condition every week, moisturize and seal every night, protective style every month but, if your hair only grows 1/2 inch a month, it’s only going to grow a 1/2 inch a month. Just be patient.
Here is a simple beginner regimen you can use as an example:
  • Wash and condition once a week.
  • Detangle on wash day.
  • Moisturize and seal 2-3 times a week. 
  • Deep condition once a month.
Keeping things simple will help you get a better idea of what works and what doesn't, without having to weed through a bunch of products or a lengthy regimen. 
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Love Your GlamNatural Self!



As black natural women we are different from the regular pack of women. However sometimes we don't portray or believe that. As black women we are powerful, we stand out, and can do so much more than we think we can. We are built to be strong mentally and physically. Just look back at slavery for a second. If Nanny of the Maroons was weak or didn't think highly of herself she would not be a celebrated woman today. Whenever you feel like you can't do something reflect on the strength of our ancestry women had. And let it give us hope and strength. 

One of the biggest  issue we women face as we try to embrace our natural self is 'self love'. Loving who we are as we are with natural hair is sometimes a challenge due to outside influences. We are often told that our hair is slave hair and sometimes asked 'why keep it like that?'. But what is 'slave hair'? Our natural hair is as how we were born from the womb. (Not chemically processed or altered). But think about it, if you depend on relaxers and weaves to make you pretty or acceptable to society, then are are you not a slave to that hair? So doesn't that mean that having chemically altered hair or extensions to make one feel better is really 'slave hair'. I am not bashing relaxed hair or weaves but when I hear these ignorant comments about natural hair I have to comment. 

Solange Knowles was once told on Twitter that if she 'put slap some relaxer in that hair she would look like a Dime Piece'. She responded saying that 'they should put some relaxer on their ignorant mouth'. Now I thought was the best response ever. 




I say to you girls, love your self first. Love who you are. Love your natural hair in its natural state. Love yourself and celebrate your natural being. Be glamorous in your own eyes FIRST. And guess what, that's all that matters. And what's better is that when you love and accept yourself as you are others will too. But that's just a bonus because we don't need acceptance from others to be glamorous. You ready are!



Love yourself and be GlamNatural!!
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Product Review: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo and Conditioner

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo and Conditioner



Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo Review:


I think by now its a known fact that my favorite shampoo is the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibuscus shampoo. I wanted to try this shampoo from the African Black Soap line. 

Promises:

Helps regulate sebum production while alleviating itching and flaking. Treats dandruff, eczema & psoriasis.

Plantain enzyme: Helps to alleviate itchiness and irritation

Tea tree: Removes buildup for enhanced shine and volume
Willow bark extract: Exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp
Ethically traded ingredients, sustainably produced
No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, animal ingredients or sulfates

My Thoughts:
I fully saturated my hair with water then apply the shampoo to my roots and massaged my scalp. It was not as moisturizing as my experience with the Coconut And hibiscus shampoo which (I love dearly) but to be honest I think it cleaned my scalp better. This African soap shampoo let my hair feeling a little stripped but my scalp was clean and all signs of flakes from my eczema had disappeared. Most of the time when i shampoo my hair i have to do it twice because some part of my scalp would be white. That is just a problem people with scalp eczema go through. However after one wash with a very small amount my scalp was really clean and I can go right into the conditioning process. Overall it's a good shampoo especially for those who suffer from dry skin. Also a really inexpensive shampoo that will last you a while that is all natural and good for your hair.

Pros:
  • Cleans hair and scalp in one wash. No need to shampoo twice.
  • Relieves itchy dry scalp. Scalp felt like it was breathing. Lol!
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Price is just right at $9.99

Cons:
  • Hair felt squeaky clean so to me it felt stripped

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner Review:


Promises:
This daily conditioner is best for dry, itchy scalp. It contains Plantain Enzymes, Tea Tree & Willow Bark Extract. Shea Moisture's all natural, concentrated treatment helps to reduce itching and flaking, while soothing and balancing the scalp.


My Thoughts:
Now this bottle of conditioner gave me LIFE I tell you. Lol! I added a few pumps to each section of hair and it literally melted on my hair. I actually really really love it. This is the first conditioner I have tried from Shea Moisture and I must say I am very very impressed. I love it. I put a plastic cap for 30 mins and rinsed and I was amazed at how soft my hair was. 

Also this is gentle on your scalp and is formulated for dry skin as is the shampoo. So that's a plus. Most of the time, if I let the conditioner touch my scalp it's back to 'itchville'. I did not have problem with this conditioner. It's going to be a staple now. I used it 4 times now and I love it. Another plus: you can use a leave in conditioner as well. It works nicely both ways. I will be repurchasing this conditioner.


Pros:
  • Very moisturizing
  • Gentle on the scalp (great for dry skin)
  • Multipurpose (Great as a leave-in conditioner)
  • Inexpensive at $9.99

Cons:
  • Sorry I cant find one right now. Lol! I love it.

So that is my review. I hope it helped you and let me know how it is on your hair when you buy it. Click the Product review tab for reviews on other products.


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Monday, May 6, 2013

Product Review: Shea Moisture Lavender & Orchid Body Butter


Product Review: Shea Moisture Lavender & Wild Orchid Body Butter


So we all know and love Shea Moisture hair products for the moisture and protection they provide. But have you tried their body products? So so good guys! You have to try. Below is my review of the Shea Moisture Body Butter with Lavender & Wild Orchid extract.


Ingredients:

Deionized Water, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil Soap), Glucoside (Sugar Beets), Lauroyl Lactylate (Palm Kernel), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil (*Certified Oraganic Ingredient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (*Certified Oraganic Ingredient), Green Tea Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower, Lonicera Japonica (HoneySuckle) Flower Extract

Promises:
  • Deeply Moisturizes and repairs skin with vitamins and essential fatty acids.
  • Calms and soothes skin irritation.
  • Repairs damaged skin and helps prevent moisture loss.
Price: $9.99 for 6oz (at Target)

My Thoughts:


I am happy I got this body butter. It's very rich, thick and creamy like a butter should. It goes into the skin and leave it really moisturized and added shine (but not too much). Also the smell is very flowery (well its lavender after all. Lol). I absolutely love it. I must also note that my skin stayed moisturized for the day. I suffer with eczema so finding a product to keep my skin moisturized was my main concern. It passed the test "with flying colors".

Pros:
  • Very Moisturizing and skin retained moisture for a full day
  • A little goes a long way. Just rub in your palms and apply.
  • All Natural, No parabens or mineral oil 
  • Price is very good at $9.99

Con:
  •  The only con I can think of is that some people might not like the flowery perfume scent. However I loved it. (If Lavender is not your cup of tea there are other scents available in Target.)

Please do your skin a favor and head to the store and butter up. Your skin will thank you. Trust me.


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