Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Quick Natural Hair Style (Twist Pin-Up Hair Style)

Pin-Up Twist UpDos

 Quick Natural Hair Style: Twist Pin-Up Hair Style

Hey Guys! 

Are you sometimes in a rush to get out the house but have only 10 mins to do your hair? Do you want a quick hairstyle but feel like doing something other than a  regular puff. Well, loves, I got a quick up-do for you.

For really quick up-dos I opt for twist pin-up styles. I put big twist in my hair and grab some bobby pins and pin my hair into a nice up-do. 

Below is a video showing how I achieve this look. Enjoy!

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What is your go to quick Natural Hair Style?

Would you try this Twist Pin-Up hair style?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Featured Naturalista: Nicole' Thompson

Featured Naturalista: Nicole' Thompson  

Introduce yourself. Let us know your name, where are you from and anything else about yourself that you would like to share.
My name is Nicolé (pronounced Ni-co-lay) Thompson.  I'm originally from Kingston, Jamaica but now living in South Florida.  I'm a creative personality - singer, songwriter, voice teacher, and my latest passion is working with plant oils and essential oils to come up with yummy bath and body products!

How long have you been natural?
Wow.  Hmmm... I've been natural since about 2003.  So that's... what, 10 years?

Did you Big Chop or did you Transition to natural hair and When?
BOTH!!!  I big-chopped in 1999, but then I started using a texturizer thingy in my hair for about 2 years, I think.  Then I realized that that was thinning out my hair so I stopped using any chemicals and started doing 2-strand twists for a while.  Then I started locking in January 2004.

What made you decide to go natural?
Ever since I was a little girl, my hair has always been altered by heat (hot comb) and then by chemical (relaxers etc) processes.  After a while my hair just became lifeless and the hair from the middle of my head down to the name of my neck just NEVER grew beyond a certain point.  I learnt that processing my hair always involves some type of damage, and I decided I really wanted to get in touch with my natural hair.  Living in Jamaica, I used to see women with beautifully-groomed locs, so I researched locking for about 5 years, then made the decision and took the plunge.

Did you have a support team? Explain the level of support that you had.
My friends and family were taken aback when I did the big chop, because I did it so suddenly and completely without warning.  As in, I'd had mid-back length braids, left the house one morning, removed the braids, then completely cut off ALL my hair.  I returned home almost bald.  It took some people MONTHS to get over it!  My parents were kinda neutral about going natural but were completely against my growing locs.  My husband LOVES my locs and supports my desire to live a life that's as chemical-free as possible.  I get a lot of compliments about my hair from my friends.

Do you have hair length goals or is hair health is more important to you? Elaborate if you like.
Hair health is DEFINITELY wayyyyyyy more important to me, but that was not always the case.  I was very concerned about growth and length when I had relaxed and leisure-curled hair, but that was because my hair just wouldn't grow beyond a certain point.  When I went completely natural, my hair started to grow like CRAZY, and that's when I realized that black nappy hair really just wants to be left alone.  My locs are really long now, and I'm longing to cut them but I'm trying to gently coax the hubby into warming to that idea LOL!  My priority is the health of my hair and scalp. As far as I'm concerned, if my body is healthy and my skin is healthy, and I learn to treat my hair properly, my hair will grow.

What are your favorite hair products and Regimen?
I've recently started using sulfate-free shampoos in my hair.  Right now I use the Organix Coconut shampoo, and I OCCASIONALLY use the matching conditioner.  For regular maintenance, I spritz my hair with distilled water DAILY and I use my own product which I formulated and is now my company's flagship product: the Irie Essentialz Hair & Scalp Oil.  It's a blend of coconut, jojoba and sweet almond oils, along with carrot root CO2 extract and the essential oils of lavender, sandalwood and ylang ylang.  I use the oil once or twice per week after I've spritzed my hair, and I drench my damp hair with the oil after every shampoo.  Right now this very simple regimen works for me.  My scalp is usually flake-free (I usually suffer from dry scalp) and my locs are lustrous and strong.  Whenever I slack off from the spritzing or if I go over 2 weeks without using the oil, the flakes reappear.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista?
My advice:
  • Be PATIENT with yourself and with your hair!  Nothing happens in a hurry.  
  • Focus on healthy hair: healthy hair grows.  Don't go out trying to find the latest 'quick-grow' product.  Instead, take care of your body, drink lots of water, and try to find a simple regimen with products that can support your healthy natural hair.
  • Be prepared to learn about yourself and human nature!  For me and for my friends who have also gone natural, the process has been almost like a spiritual experience.  Going natural gives you the opportunity to get to know the REAL external you without the props of chemical processing or sometimes even added hair from weaves etc.  It's an opportunity to learn to love yourself the way you are, if that's an issue for you.  And you get to see what your family and friends value about you and how they perceive you.  It's quite an education if you open your eyes!
  • ENJOY the process!  I love feeling my hair, learning about it, watching how it grows and how it responds to various situations.  I love the freedom of not caring whether I get wet in the rain, or sweaty in the gym.  And because I'm not a high-maintenance styling kinda girl, I love being able to just tie my hair back or put it in a low ponytail at the nape of my neck, put on a pair of large hoops, and look fabulous, whether I'm in jeans and a tee or wearing a cocktail dress.

Where can we find you?
I need to be more active, but: look for me on Twitter and Facebook under the handle IrieEssentialz.
My website for my natural soaps and products is:http://www.irieessentialz.com

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Natural Herbal Treatment For Hair Removal

Herbal Treatment For Hair Removal
All of us want to get rid of unwanted hair growth all over our body. How many times, have you not been able to wear your favorite skirt or sleeve less dress thanks to your unwanted body hair? We all would agree unanimously that sporting unwanted hair looks quite uncouth and ugly. Agreed, that the propensity of hair growth differs from one person to another, however no one person can ever declare that they are blessed without any unwanted hair. Some part of their body or the other would be covered with unwanted hair growth that they would be dying to get rid of.

Many people might also complain of excessive unwanted hair growth on their face and body, this might be caused mainly due to hormonal imbalances, stress, and side effect of medications or might be genetics. Naturally, this might be extremely traumatic for all the young girls and they would want to opt for some natural herbal treatments for hair removal.

Though there are many ways and means for hair removal like shaving, tweezing, waxing and bleaching but the safest and best way to get rid of unwanted facial and body hair is to opt for herbal treatment.
Here are some amazing herbal treatments that will ensure that your unwanted hairs problem in tackled.

Bleach the hair: We are aware of the fact that applying bleach on the hair ensures that the hair is lightened . In such cases, you can simply apply natural form of bleach on the body. You can make a mixture of lemon juice and sugar and apply it on the hairy area for a span of 20 to 25 minutes. Post that, you can wash it off with cold water. If you want to see dramatic effects, then ensure that you add a greater quantity of lime juice in the mixture. Dermatologists insist that if you apply this mixture 4 times a week for a span of 3 months you will start to see that your hair is getting bleached and the hair color lightens considerably.

Opt for Natural Wax: If you want to wax the instead of buying it from the market laden with chemicals, ensure that you make it at home. This mixture of sugar, honey and lemon juice can be easily made at home and applied for waxing. The only thing that you need to be careful about is the consistency of the wax mixture that needs to be carefully determined. The mixture needs to be slightly sticky to get the desired effect.

Natural Remedy to remove unwanted hair from legs: If you are looking for ways and means to remove unwanted hair from legs then you can simply make a mixture of camphor oil, kerosene and white pepper grounded.  This mixture once applied regularly is known to yield result .Also it is known that a pack of fullers earth and oats if applied daily helps to reduce hair growth over a period of time. The art is to apply this pack and keep it on till the mixture is absolutely dry. Once dry, scrub it clean.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Featured Naturalista: Tipharah (Island Essence)

Featured Naturalista: Island Essence  

Introduce yourself. Let us know your name, where are you from and anything else about yourself that you would like to share.
My Name is Tipharah, also known as IslandEssence on YouTube and other social media. I’m from Kingston Jamaica. I love my African heritage and hate anything that defiles it.

Lovely Black Woman

How long have you been natural?

It has been 4 years and 5 months since my big chop

Did you Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When?

I transitioned for 6 months with braids and weave then I chopped the relaxed ends off to rock my TWA.

What made you decide to go natural?

When I became an adult and I was able to think for myself I started to see that there was something wrong with what I was doing to my hair (myself). I couldn't find an acceptable reason for me relaxing my hair. I often asked myself “what’s wrong with my hair the way it grows from my scalp?”, “why do I need to do this?” I also felt proud of my black and thought straightening my hair to be a huge contradiction. Additionally, I didn't see any benefit to my hair. It was stringy, dry, and stunted. After a few years of battling my conscience I decided it was time to free myself. 

Did you have a support system? Explain the level of support that you had.
My support system initially was weak. My friends and family discouraged me…Told me I would lose my beauty. My boyfriend was happy with whatever made me happy. He would have been fine with relaxed hair as well. I don’t consider that support for natural hair. I found much support in the natural hair community on YouTube. I had many sleepless nights watching video after video. I fell in love with natural hair….more like obsessed lol.

Do you have hair length goals or is hair health is more important to you? Elaborate if you like.

I don’t have hair length goals. I believe that’s another form of mental slavery. Of course I want my hair to look and feel its best but that doesn’t translate to long hair. What is important to me is that my hair is natural/Kinky...that it looks like African hair. So I let my hair be…It is what it is. My hair helps me to make a statement about who I am and how we ought to be as African women. It is my contribution to breaking this self hating cycle that our sisters seem to be stuck in.

What are your favorite hair products?
I am in love with the Shea Moisture pink label line. I've tried many products and I’m yet to see a comparable line of products. I really like the Aussie moist conditioner…I’m never without a bottle. I love the 14-in-1 leave-in by Hawaiian Silky. Eco styler gel is great for defining my curls. I am also in love with two all natural Jamaican brands; Tropic Isle Living and Ettenio. My favorite is the Ettenio crème de la crème moisturizer. African black soap and shea butter are must-haves for me. I’ll add to that anything that’s ok and CHEAP. 

What is your regimen?
I don’t have a regimen. I do what I feel in the moment.
Playing Around with Havana Twists

What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista?
To women considering going natural, I say what are you waiting for? Lol. It’s the best thing a black woman can do for herself in this time. Cuz after the physical change there is mental growth. It’s far more than just hair. It’s who you are! To new naturals I say stay natural! Let it mean something to you. Try to see the bigger picture. Otherwise it’s just a hairstyle for now.

Where can we find you?You can find me on YouTube: 
Twitter: @IslandEssence  https://twitter.com/IslandEssenceJA
Instagram: @IslandEssence 
FaceBook: Island Naturals at https://www.facebook.com/IslandNaturals.jm

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Favorite Natural Hair Products

Hey Loves!

So, I am always asked about the natural hair products that  I use and love. I have a houseful of natural hair products, however there are those that I cannot live without. I love products that make my 4c type hair soft and manageable and tend to stick to products that offers that.

Click on the video to see the YouTube video I did showing my favorite products.

Favorite Natural Hair Products

What are your Favorite Natural Hair Products? What products can you NOT live without? Comment below!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Best Natural Hair Care Store Is Your Kitchen

The Best Natural Hair Care Store Is Your Kitchen

The Best Natural Hair Care Store Is Your Kitchen

Hey Sistas! I hope you've been showing your tresses some love!

So, as the heading of this post states, 'the best natural hair care store is indeed your own kitchen'. Going natural should really be the cheapest way to go. It's really not that necessary to go out and spend loads of money on natural hair products,. Unfortunately, we all want to try out what's new on the market, and so we slowly become product junkies. However, at the end of the day, most of our hair needs can be solved by products in your own kitchen.

Let’s look into this:

Apple Cider Vinegar for Natural Hair

So you have product build up? Is dandruff taking over your life? You wash and condition your hair, but your scalp never seems to be totally clean? The kitchen solves these woes. Apple Cider vinegar should be in everyone's kitchen cupboards. It's great to cook with, can supplement for salt for high blood pressure sufferers and help with weight loss. However, it also solves the problems listed above. If you mix Apple Cedar Vinegar with water using a half and half ratio, you can clean your scalp thoroughly. Try an apple cedar rinse on your natural hair and let me know how it goes.

DIY Deep Conditioner Mask

DIY Deep Conditioner Mask

So, your hair is dry? Lacks moisture? Needs a little boost?
Well then, get up and go make your own Deep Conditioner Mask. Head to the cupboards and grab some extra virgin oil - coconut or olive oil will do. Grab some honey too, while you’re there. Then, open the fridge and get some mayo. Mix the oil, mayo and honey and apply it to your hair - leaving it in for 30 mins – and your problems are solved. You will be left with moisturized and conditioned hair.

Also, using honey on your natural hair can be the angel it needs. Try honey treatments. Click here for recipes.  

DIY Leave-in Conditioner

DIY Leave-in Conditioner

Do you need a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized in-between washes? Then grab your spray bottle and head to the kitchen. Fill your spray bottle half way with aloe vera juice, add a decent amount of honey, some coconut oil, and then fill with water. Shake that up real good and that's all you need. Go and try it!

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There are so many benefits that our hair can get by just visiting the kitchen. What are your favorite DIY hair mixtures?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Growing Natural Hair

Growing Natural Hair

If I could collect a dollar every time that I get a question on how to grow natural hair; I would be a very rich girl. I hear women all the time frustrated because they don't think that their hair is growing even though they believe they have used every product in the world. So, I decide to make an entire post about it. 

So, how can we grow our natural hair? Easy! It’s already growing. Our hair grows from our scalp regardless of race or hair type - unless we have some medical condition that is preventing hair growth. What we need to focus on is Retaining the hair that is grown from our scalp. While no one thing can miraculously grow our hair, there are steps we can take to speed up the process or assist us in retaining length. 

Below are a few tips that I recommend for growth retention:

The Number One tip is feed your hair from the inside out. Drinking lots of water helps to detoxify our body and of course our scalp reaps some of the benefits. In the past year, I have nearly eliminated juice from my diet and I see the benefits in my body and my hair. I say give your body a flush of water. Would it hurt? Keeping your body healthy is the key. Grab a bottle of water and some vitamins while you’re at it too.

Keep your hair moisturized. This too has to be a must for all of us natural hair sisters. Our one head have every hair texture in the book -its curly, coily, kinky, wavy, etc. With that being said, there is no way natural oils can make it all way down our hair shaft from our scalps to keep our hair moisturized and healthy. We need to help our hair retain length by adding moisture. If we don’t then it breaks off at the end where its too dry. This is a common problem among naturals – our hair gets dry and break off and then we say our hair is not growing. Well your hair is growing, so moisturize it to keep it all on your head.

  • Learn how to moisturize your hair. Try the LOC Method when you moisturize and see if it works for you.
  • Learn how to pick good moisturizers. Just stay clear of products containing Petrolatum and Mineral Oil. Find water based products. Using natural hair products is always best and you don’t have to break the bank either. Try Shea Moisture products or Taliah Waajid brand of products. Better yet, try making your own. You have YouTube to your disposal. Educate yourself. However there are some not so natural products that work well too like Garnier Fruitis Intense Leave-In Cream. (I love that stuff).
  • Remember to seal in the moisture with a butter or oil. I prefer Shea butter or Castor oil. Experiment for yourself and see what works.

Maintain a clean scalp. Without a clean healthy scalp, you could be reducing your hair's growth rate. Cleanse your scalp at least once month. Also, try to massage your scalp with oils to stimulate blood circulation. Add a few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil to your oils. Having a healthy scalp is key. 

Detangle Properly! If you do not detangle properly then you cannot retain length.

  • ALWAYS detangle from the tips of your hair up to the roots. NEVER put the comb to your head then comb downwards.
  • Use the right tools when detangling. Get yourself a nice wide tooth comb and a denman brush (or Annie’s version) at the beauty store. Start with your fingers if you like, then move on to the wide tooth comb then to your Denman detangling brush.

Opt for low manipulation styles. The less you comb your hair the more you will retain hair growth. So try styles that allow you to not touch your hair for a few days at least. Check out my posts on Low Manipulation Styling.

Use little to no heat. If you have to use heat then you have to use a low setting or eliminate it all together. Heat can damage our hair and cause split ends. Split ends are our enemy because it slowly move up the shaft causing more damage. I would suggest to leave the frying flat iron alone Girl! If you have to blow dry then use the cool/warm setting and remember the hair protectant spray ALWAYS! 

Another important note: I dont care what the bottle says, no product will 'grow' your hair. You have to understand that marketing companies have to label the bottles to attract you. They know that black women think they need a special potion to grow their hair and so they market to that need. Don't let the marketers get to you.

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So, if hair growth is important to you, treat your hair right. Have a regimen and stick to it. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Braid Out Tutorial On Dry Natural Hair

Hey Guys,

Braid Out Tutorial On Dry Natural Hair

As requested by my lovely subscribers, I FINALLY created a youtube channel www.youtube.com/glamnaturallife

I am always asked: 'how do I do my braid-outs' (which is the style that I wear most of the time). So I chose to let my first video ever to be just that - A Braid-Out Tutorial!

Watch the video and please let me know what you think and what you would like to see. Rate, Comment and Subscribe!

Love You Guys! 

Product Review: nuNaat Liquid Keratin Leave-In Reconstructor

nuNAAT NAAT Brazilian Keratin Liquid Keratin Leave-In Reconstructor

NAAT Brazilian Keratin Liquid Keratin Leave-In Reconstructor

Product: nuNAAT NAAT Brazilian Keratin Liquid Keratin Leave-In Reconstructor
Where To Buy: Walgreens, Walmart or shop at http://www.nunaat.com
Price:  $6.99
Size: 10.1oz

Product Claims: This Leave-In Reconstructor leaves hair more flexible and shiny. It effectively penetrates hair structure, realigning it and reducing hair volume. Once a desired amount is applied to hair, leave in for a few minutes before blow-drying as usual. A flat iron seals hair cuticles, causing the keratin to effectively enter hair fibers. Ideal for hair that has been straightened, dyed, exposed to environmental pollutants and continually blow-dried or ironed. Designed for frequent use or as needed.  Also recommended for those who have professionally relaxed/straightened hair to keep hair at its best between touch-ups.  Sodium chloride free.

Key Ingredients:
Green Keratin - an active ingredient derived from soybean, corn and wheat proteins that deeply adheres to hair fibers, promoting incredibly smooth hair through heat action. The result is strong, highly nourished hair that improves flexibility and shine.

My Thoughts: 
After deep conditioning with the nuNaat Brazilian Keratin Deep Conditioner,I applied the nuNAAT NAAT Brazilian Keratin Liquid Keratin Leave-In Reconstructor to my hair in sections and blow dried. I wasn't going for straight hair but stretched hair. I blow dried using the tension method by holding my hair taut and running the blow dryer along the length of my hair.

Lightly blow dried with the Leave-In applied

I couldn't help but notice how silky and soft my hair felt. I later braided my hair in about 8 sections. The next morning I un-braided the sections and I was surprised by the softness of my waves. It was just lovely. It didn't tangle or reverted all day and literally stayed stretched for about 4 days. No product keep my hair stretched past a day or maybe 2 (if I am lucky).

Next day after Leave-In was used. Super soft and manageable hair


  • Price can't be beat at $6.99
  • Leaves my hair stretched and soft
  • Because of the keratin bonding with my hair it did not shrink quickly

While I loved the product I think the bottle top is inefficient. This should be a spray bottle not a bottle to pour from. I suggest pouring it into a empty spray bottle. So nuNaat, if your reading, we need a spray bottle for this. I loved everything else.

I love this product and will continue using. It does what it says and will strengthen the hair with repeated use.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Product Review: nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Deep Conditioner

nuNAAT NAAT Brazilian Keratin Deep Conditioner

Product: nuNAAT NAAT Brazilian Keratin Deep Conditioner
Where To Buy: Walmart and Walgreens or http://www.nunaat.com
Price:  $5.99
Size: 10.1oz

Product Claims: It infuses moisture into dry, limp locks.  The Green Keratin and other nutritious agents ensure maximum hydration and flexibility, providing complete protection from future damage.  Hair is more flexible and shiny.  Ideal for hair that has been straightened, dyed, exposed to environmental pollutants and continually blow-dried or ironed.   Can be used daily.  Also recommended for those who have professionally relaxed/straightened hair to keep hair at its best between touch-ups.  Sodium chloride free.

Key Ingredients:
Green Keratin - an active ingredient derived from soybean, corn and wheat proteins that deeply adheres to hair fibers, promoting incredibly smooth hair through heat action. The result is strong, highly nourished hair that improves flexibility and shine.

My Thoughts:
First I must say I have used Keratin products before and it leaves my hair dry; but not this conditioner. The NAAT Brazilian Keratin Deep Conditioner is mostly used by women with relaxed/straight hair but that doesn’t mean us Natural Chicas should shove it aside. Oh NO! This conditioner helped me to minimize frizz. Also, on the days when we decide to blow dry our hair; it’s the perfect product to grab beacause it contain Keratin. Keratin is a protein that strengthens our hair helps to keep your hair straight.

When I first tried this conditioner I was thrilled at the slip it had. And as I said above Keratin products are never normally moisturizing. I worked it through my hair and detangled. The bottle said to let it sit for 2mins but I let it sit for about 15. When I rinsed my hair, it was amazingly soft. After a week of using it I am realizing that my hair feel stronger and I see less hair in my detangling comb.
If I chose to blow dry my hair then I follow up with the NAAT Brazilian Keratin Liquid Keratin Leave-In Reconstructor.

  • Slip from this conditioner is Amazing
  • Bottle is large at 10oz and ONLY cost $5.99. That looks like GOLD!! Lol!
  • Strengthen the hair and help to keep it straight/stretched with the aid of the active ingredient Green Keratin

  • Absolutely NONE!

I absolutely loved this this conditioner. The price is just lovely and the slip is great. It really did what it promises. It left me with soft and manageable hair.

Have you ever tried ever tried products from nuNaat? If not, Check them out. They have different lines of hair products.