Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall to Autumn LookBook by BeautybyJJ




Hey Loves! I came across this well put together LookBook by the wonderful fashionista Jennie - mostly recognized as BeautybyJJ


Check out her lookbook video below. She make me want to go shopping now!


LOOKBOOK- Falling Into Autumn(Styling My Recent Haul)



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Adding Oil Rinsing to Your Natural Hair Regimen



Oil Rinsing on Natural Hair

Adding Oil Rinsing To Your Natural Hair Regimen


Do you want to spruce up your Natural Hair Regimen? Do you want to try something new? Well I got just the thing. Try Adding Oil Rinsing To Your Natural Hair Regimen.

Recently I have been experimenting with oil rinsing and have now decided to add it to my natural hair regimen. I have tried it 2 ways and absolutely love it.



So, what on earth is oil rinsing?
Oil rinsing is where you add a lot of oil to your wet hair after cleansing and rinsing it off with water.

My experience with oil rinsing:
I have tried it in 2 different variations. Below I list how I did each method and my thoughts on each.

  • I first tried it with the clear castor oil. I haven't been using this oil in a while so why not experiment with it right? I shampooed and conditioned my hair, and then I added the castor oil. Seeing that it was my first time I did not know what to expect but I instantly realize how supple my hair was. Soft and lovely. Castor oil is very thick but it was easy to work with on my wet hair. I towel dried it and added my leave in and that was it. My hair was soft for days.

  • On the next wash day I decided to try oil rinsing in a LOC Method kind of way. I shampooed then I added the oil to my hair and scalp - massaging my scalp and making sure that the ends are covered with oil.  After applying the oil I noticed I was able to finger detangle easily. I was like Damnnnnnnn! I followed up with a wide tooth comb and it was a real breeze. I then added conditioner to my hair put cap on and showered. When I rinsed if all out I felt like slapping myself for not trying this sooner. My hair was suuuuper duper soft. I wish a photo could show how it felt. This method is my favorite.  I tried this method with both coconut and castor oil and loved it both.

Final thoughts!

I loved oil rinsing on my natural hair. Why wasn't I doing this before? I have been trying this out for 2 weeks and now I can say that I will never stop. 


I have noticed 6 big benefits of oil rinsing my hair:
  1. Wayyyyyyy less shedding overtime
  2. No joke, I am yet to see a single-strand knot
  3. Detangling is so much easier
  4. You can cut down on moisturizing time. Just add your cream or butter to seal in the moisture and your good.
  5. My hair retained moisture longer than usual.
  6. If you have scalp eczema or dandruff, then I highly suggest that you try oil rinsing and work the oil into your scalp. This helped me a lot with my scalp issues.


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Have you tried oil rinsing on your natural hair?



Monday, September 23, 2013

Natural Hair Event ALERT!!!

Hey Guys! 

If you are in the New York area, you have to attend this natural hair event! Hands down the Ultimate Natural Hair & Beauty Cocktail Party! 

For tickets purchase at http://cocktailswithcurlfriends.eventbrite.com/





Will You Be There?


Friday, September 20, 2013

Product Review: Jane Carter Solution Hair Nourishing Cream


Product: Jane Carter’s Solution Hair Nourishing Cream
Where To Buy: FragranceNet.com
Price:  $15.30 (With Coupon)
Size: 4.5oz

Product Claims: The Hair Nourishing Cream is an ultra-light hair dress perfect for medium to fine dry hair. It's wonderful to put on wet hair to protect hair when blowing out curls and it's amazing when used for flat ironing.

Perfect as a daily moisturizer for unrelaxed or natural hair, it adds shine, nutrients, and emollients that help detangle, fortify, strengthen, protect, smooth, and repair hair.

Key Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parki (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Xanthen Gum, Garcinia Indic (Kokum) Butter, Shorea stenoptera (Illippe) Butter, Mangifera Indic (Mango) Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulci (Orange)*, Citrus Grandi (Grapefruit)*, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa)*, Cedrus Atlantic (Cedarwood)*, Caqnaga Odorat (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergami (Bergamot)*, Rosmarinus Officinali (Rosemary)*, Simmondsia Chinensi (Jojoba) Oil, Polysorbate 80,Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceterth 2, Cetearth 20, Phenoxethanol. *Essential Oils

My Thoughts:
First of all, I must say that I love the fact that it comes in a squeezable tube. This makes it so much easier to get the product out rather than a bottle. Dont you just hate knocking the last drop out of a bottle? Lol! Well I do. I have to rave about the product being in a tube rather than a regular bottle.

The product is very light, so it's easily applied to the hair without weighing it down. My hair literally sucked it up. You really do not need a lot. It penetrates and coats the hair very well. My hair felt so soft and finger detangling was actually easy on my dry hair with the Nourishing Cream. On wet hair the slip was to die for. My hair was very moisturized. This product did what it promises. Hands down!



Pros:
  • Bottle is squeezable so its easier to get the product out.
  • Very moisturizing and moisture last a few days - That's a big PLUS

Cons:
  •  Cannot find anything bad to say whatsoever. Product delivered!


Conclusion:
I will get another tube of this good stuff when its finished. That says it all!


Product Review: Jane Carter’s Solution Scalp Nourishing Serum


Product: Jane Carter’s Solution Scalp Nourishing Serum
Where To Buy: FragranceNet.com
Price:  $10.71 (With Coupon)
Size: 1oz

Product Claims: Scalp Nourishing Serum heals and soothes your scalp using all natural essential oils, botanicals, and vitamins. Designed to nourish and reduce inflammation on the scalp, the combined ingredients penetrate the scalp. When combined with heat and massage, this Serum will increase scalp circulation resulting in a healthy, supple, well-nourished scalp.
When used daily, it will help reduce itching, flaking and control dandruff.

Key Ingredients:
Carthamus Tinctoriu (Safflower) Oil, Cedrus Atlantic (Cedarwood)*, Citrus Grandi (Grapefruit)*, Caqnaga Odorat (Ylang Ylang)*, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa)*, Rosmarinus Officinali (Rosemary)*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E). *Essential Oils

My Thoughts:
I suffer from eczema and my scalp tends to be very dry and often itchy - if I do not add moisture often. I literally have no budget when it comes to products that will help my troubled scalp. So, I was very happy to try this Scalp Serum. First, I must say that the bottle is designed with dropper top. So it is easier to oil your scalp and you have control of how much product actually gets out. Sadly, that’s where the love stopped.

Maybe my expectation was too high for this product. I thought my scalp was going to be moisturized and not itch or flake and stay moisturized for days. However that was not my experience. The serum/oil felt good on my scalp when I applied it initially and I was happy. However, the next day it’s as if I did not apply anything to my scalp. I did not like that. The bottle is only 1oz and last me a few days then it was finished. Applying oil to my scalp daily is not practical for me.

A few days ago, I decided to use the Jane Carter Nourish & Shine on my scalp because the bottle of scalp serum is now finished. The Nourish & Shine is the BOMB.COM. My scalp still feels so good days after. I have not reapplied it and my scalp has no sign of flake nor is it itching. I won’t be using the Scalp Nourishing Serum again even if it’s a gift.

Please Note: Not because it didn't work for me means that it won’t work for you.


Pros:
  • Bottle is designed with a dropper top so applying the product is easy



Cons:
  •  My scalp did not stay moisturized. The next day I needed to reapply.
  •  Bottle is only 1oz, pricey and did not work for me.



Conclusion:
I did not like the Jane Carter’s Scalp Nourishing Serum. However the Jane Carter Nourish & Shine work better on scalp. I will be using it on my scalp as well as my hair and body.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Product Review: Jane Carter’s Solution Nourish & Shine



Product: Jane Carter’s Solution Nourish & Shine
Where To Buy: FragranceNet.com
Price:  $15.30 (With Coupon)
Size: 4oz

Product Claims: Nourish & Shine is a blend of all natural butters with vitamins and essential oils. This remarkable hair nourisher is ideal for medium to coarse hair. It completely melts into the hair helping to reduce dryness, but never leaves your hair feeling greasy...just looking shiny and healthy! Fabulous on your hair, fantastic on your skin!

Key Ingredients:
Shea butter, kokum butter, illipe butter, mango butter, vitamins A, D, & E, pear and grapefruit essential oils.

My Thoughts:
I have been wanting to try the Jane Carter Nourish and Shine for some time now. However, it’s a bit pricey at $22 for 4oz so I have been holding off. So, I was very happy to get the opportunity to try it. I know Jane Carter products tend to be on the expensive side, but there are places that sell them for less. FragranceNet.com sells Jane Carter and other natural hair product we natural sistas like to use at a fraction of the price. You should check them out. A 15% Coupon is available on the website www.Fragrancenet.com and FREE SHIPPING. Who doesn't love free shipping?

I have tried the Nourish and Shine on both wet and dry hair and I am in love. It does melt in your hair. I especially like it on wet hair. It seals in the moisture from the water and moisturizer that was applied prior. I must note that you should not be heavy handed – that was my initial mistake. A little really goes a long way. If you apply too much to your hair it can get oily. I realized that for a few days my hair retained moisture well without me adding additional products. My flat twist updos and twist outs were soft and shiny.

Conclusion:
I am very pleased with this product. It does what it said and more. I am also very happy to know that FragranceNet.com will make it easier to repurchase without breaking the bank. At $15.30 compared to $22, who would complain?

Pros:
·         Moisturizing
·         Leaves hair soft
·         Leaves hair with a subtle sheen
·         Price is very reasonable, if bought at FragranceNet.com

Cons:
·         My only wish is that the jar was bigger.  


 Have you tried any Jane Carter's Solution Products?


Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Natural Hair Movement will be the Death of the Relaxer


The Slow Death of the Relaxer



Once upon a time, price wasn’t even a factor when it came to buying hair relaxers. If Dark and Lovely increased their boxed relaxers from $5 to $10, we would be mad about the price, but still buy it - frowned face and all. The straighter it could get our hair; the better. The Relaxer/Perm sales were always at a stable high. That is now a thing of the past. As the Natural Hair Movement gets stronger, Black hair care companies are reporting declining sales on relaxers and texturizers. More women are now seeking knowledge on how to care for their hair in its natural state, rather than change it. If you take a look on the shelves of Wal-Mart and beauty stores, relaxers are no longer as plentiful, or as expensive as they once were. I am sure that the black hair salons do not like the Natural Hair Movement at all.

Mintel, a research company, publicized a report that really caught my attention. They looked at the Black Hair Care market and the depletion in sales between 2008 and now. They discovered that the relaxer segment of the Black Hair Care market will cap at about $152 Million this year which is a 26% drop since 2008 where the sales were $206 Million. In the past few years, more black women are wearing their hair in its natural state than ever before.

The natural hair trend is driving an increase in sales of styling products such as styling moisturizers, setting lotions, curl creams, pomades, etc., but the increase has caused the relaxer segment to decline in sales,” says Tonya Roberts, multicultural analyst at Mintel. “A look at expenditures from 2008-2013 shows steady growth in the Black hair care category for all categories except relaxers/perms.”
“Given their passion and love of hair, Black consumers represent a lucrative market for companies. Black consumers are always looking for new products to try and seeking information about hair care products,” notes Tonya Roberts. “Social networking is one avenue that has helped to garner trust, empowerment, individuality, and pride as it relates to hair care. Brands have been born and re-born using social networks.”
So what’s the appeal of the natural style? Forty-eight percent of women believe natural or curly hairstyles exude confidence and the same percentage consider them daring. Meanwhile, 45% of Black women think natural coifs are trendy.
                                                                                      Sited: www.mintel.com

The Natural Hair Movement is making strides but we still have a long way to go. The 45% of black women who think it is ‘just a trend’ need to be worked on. However I am happy that more women are now loving their natural hair, and embracing and helping the movement to be stronger. 

The natural hair movement will be the death of the relaxer. Watch out!




What are your thoughts on this?



Monday, September 9, 2013

Transitioning Hair Styles

Check out this lovely guest post from KinkyCoilyTiki, Founder of Bold n’ Beautiful, Naturally!™ 

Transitioning Hair Styles 


There are various styles that can compliment you on your journey from relaxed to natural. The challenge is working with two textures and getting the two textures to blend. Many natural’s struggle with finding the perfect style to compliment both tresses. To help assist in the process, always find a style that suits you to your liking, and when in doubt, if being creative and opting to other styles doesn’t work for you, simply stick with what you know works best.
Below are several styles that are great for blending both the relaxed and natural hair:



Corn Row Updos

Sew-Ins and Box Braids

Simple High Bun

You can also be creative and create several styles at once. For instance, corn rows in the top with a braid out in the back! OR you can also create several styles from the initial style. For instance, you can first rock a flat twist, then take it loose and rock the curly fro. From the fro, you can always rock a bun, twist it, braid it, pin it up, etc.! 

Whatever style you choose, make sure you rock it with confidence! 
Have FUN!!!!
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Horseback Riding at Bronx Equestrian Center





Few weeks ago I decided to put my big girl panties on and try horseback riding. I went to the Bronx Equestrian Center with a group of lovely girls who - for the most part - was also trying horseback riding for the first time. We were hoping for a fun filled adventurous day.


Being a first time rider, I was quite scared along with the girls. The staff at The Bronx Equestrian Center has the worst customer service I have ever seen. First, they rushed us onto the horses even though we are first timers. The girls who did not get onto their horse as quickly as the staff would like, was yelled at. According to the staff, 'they have a group coming after us and we are holding up time'. One of the girls did not get on a horse and demanded her money back. I don't know if they are racist or what but I did not feel comfortable. However we were already there so we carried on with the trail ride.

The horses were quite calm and directing them was easy as they already know the trail. The trail was quite easy and was nice being in the woods. I still couldn't believe I was on a horse. Lol! It was a nice experience. Its always good to do something you have never done before.


When we arrived back to the stables, the bad treatment from the staff messed up the great experience we just got from our trail ride with the horses. We asked to get a group picture with us on the horse. Instead, we were rushed off the horses as if we did not pay these people. I give this place 1 Star. Staff is just plain horrible. If you are in New York and want to do trail rides on a horse, do yourself a favor and give someone else your money.

I had a great time with the girls and the horses. I just wished the staff was more respectful.


Is Natural Hair For You?




Hey Loves! 

So, I have to talk to you guys about something. Last week while running to get some coffee in Grand Central, I was stopped by a really gorgeous black woman. She told told me how pretty my afro was and sent me blushing to natural hair heaven. UNTIL.......she said "Natural looks so great on you but I couldn't go natural'.

Now I had a problem with that comment. I had to stop her from continuing and ask her "does your hair grow?" She looked at me like I was crazy and asked what I meant. So I simply repeated my question. Softly she said "yes". So I asked "So if natural hair grows from your scalp then why is it NOT FOR YOU?" I know I gave her something to go home and think about it. I sure did.


I am not the only one who have heard women say natural hair is not for them. What do you girls think about that?





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