Monday, March 31, 2014

Monistat For Natural Hair Growth

Monistat for Hair Growth

Monistat for Natural Hair Growth



I was recently asked on Facebook by a lovely young lady about using Monistat for hair growth. Yes…….you read right. We are talking about Monistat Cream. You should have seen my face as I read this. I had to quickly tell her to ignore those blog posts and videos promoting this foolishness. 

Oh boy! The things we women do for the dream of long hair. I have seen and heard of a lot of remedies for hair growth. However using Monistat cream for hair growth is by far the most outlandish remedy of them all. Like really?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Featured Naturalista: Lisa Hunter

Featured Naturalista: Lisa Hunter


 Where are you from?
I am from Greensboro, NC.

What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you?
I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart and soul. I am also an undercover nerd, that loves science. I am currently a technologist of microbiology, and I'm pursuing my master's degree in Theological Studies. Aside from natural hair I absolutely love fashion, people, and animals. I'm probably one of the most positive and funniest people you'd ever meet, because I believe you can find the good in any situation.


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How long have you been natural?
I've been natural for almost 4 years. My last relaxed was in August of 2010.

Did you do the Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When?
I chose to go through the transition phase, mainly because I didn't have the courage to do the big chop. I wanted to keep my length as long as possible and this was an easier process for myself. I transitioned for a year and a few months (August 2010-October 2011), by getting blow outs and getting my hair trimmed every 4 weeks. After getting blow outs for awhile and my relaxer being completely trimmed out, I decided to stop with blow outs so that I could train my natural curl pattern. I now get blow outs twice a year.

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Look at that healthy head of natural hair?

Did you have a support system?
My support system was small at first because not everyone understood nor agreed with the natural hair process. My sister who went natural before myself was my influence and biggest supporter during my journey. After seeing the results and versatility she has with her hair, I was then convinced to try it out. I have no regrets!


What is more important to you - Hair Length or Hair Health? 
Hair health is definitely more important to me than length. If your hair is healthy first, then your length is sure to follow.

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What are some of your favorite natural hair products? 
I try to shy away from being a natural hair junkie, yet it is hard when there is so much out there to try. I currently use Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie, Beautiful Textures product line, Silk Elements edge control, As I Am co-wash, and of course Eco Styling Gel. These are the products that I have found to work best on my hair thus far.

What is your natural hair regimen? 
I don't have a specific hair regimen as it can vary week to week. I typically moisturize it daily with Shea Moisture, I shampoo and deep condition it weekly, I try to wear a lot of protective styles to protect my ends, and I pay close attention to it.

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What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista? The best advice I can give to someone considering or just now beginning this journey is to really educate yourself prior to going natural. It's important to know what you will be dealing with because it is a high maintenance process. Really learn and love your hear and it will love you back. The results and benefits will show with time time you spend it making it healthy first.

Contact others who have been natural for some time and retrieve advice from them and their experiences. YouTube is also a great resource for tips, many styles, and tutorials. Also, a major thing to remember is to drink plenty of water as hydration is essential to hair growth and retaining moisture.

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Where can we find you?
I can be found on the following:
Instagram- @lisaleese7 (I post my hairstyles frequently)
Twitter- https://twitter.com/SimplyMe1011
Facebook- Alisa Dianne

How did you hear about us?
I heard of you through Twitter. The owner of the blog and I started following each other and shortly after began briefly emailing. This ultimately led me to her blog.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FEATURED? CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Curl La La Defining Curl Custard

Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Curl La La Defining Curl Custard

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Curl La La Defining Curl Custard


Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Curl La La Defining Curl Custard gives curls and coils long lasting moisture and hold, without crunch or flaking.

Promises:
Kiss frizzy, hard-to-tame hair good-bye. The mega-moisture humectants in Curl La La Defining Curl Custard give long-lasting bounce to curls, adds shine and definition to spirals and coils. Define your signature look by adding a little or a lot. Whatever your style, rest assure that it will be well-moisturized and soft to the touch, without caking or flaking. Use it as often as needed on wet or dry hair.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy - Product Review

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy


Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy will help you comb through difficult to manage hair, while providing your hair with a restorative moisture balance.

Promises:
Have no fear! Your hair has its own personal Super Hero, guarding against tangles, knots and unruly, tresses! With the power of its "silky slip," Knot On My Watch helps the comb glide through hard-to-manage hair, leaving it tangle-free and protected from breakage, while restoring a healthy moisture balance. Use as often as needed on wet or dry hair. Great detangling solution for all hair types and textures.

Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils In Control Anti-Poof Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner

Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils In Control Anti-Poof Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils In Control Anti-Poof Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner



Promises:
Tame, nourish and deep condition frizzy, hard-to-manage, dehydrated, brittle natural curls, coils and waves with natural extracts and proteins. Gentle humectants moisturize and hydrate. It's an excellent restorative treatment for any type or texture, including natural, colored, relaxed, and texturized hair. Gentle enough to be used daily after shampooing. Enhanced with Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Keratin to promote softness, strength, shine and pliability

Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Oh So Clean! Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Oh So Clean! Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo


Aunt Jackie's natural hair products has been the talk of the town recently. So of course, I had to get my hands on these products. Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils collection consist of a Shampoo, Conditioner, Detangler and a Defining Curl Custard. These products are all free of any sulfates, parabens, mineral oil and petrolatum. you know I love that.

Promises:
Treat your chronically dry hair to this lather-rich, deep moisturizing hair bath. Enriched with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, tresses become super clean, soft, hydrated and easier to comb.

As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner Product Review

As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner Product Review


Product Promises:
Gently cleanses hair and scalp
Removes product residue
Preserve moisture

Price: $8 for 16oz

Where to buy: Target Stores or Sally Beauty Store

My Thoughts:
So I bought this because lots of people was talking about it and being the Product Junkie that I am I forked over the cash. I have used most of the jar so far and I like it. It leaves my hair soft and my hair was clean. I like how it makes my hair feel after I rinse. I suggest leaving it in for a few minutes while you shave or whatever else you do in the shower to get a full conditioning. 

I noticed that if I used lots of product that week then this CoWash is not enough to clean my hair and scalp in one wash. I have to repeat the process. I believe it removes some product build up but not a full week's worth of gels and moisturizers and oils. If your a wash and go person or if you Cowash your hair few times a week then this is for. If you don't use a lot of products it's for you too. 

Overall it's a good product. It does what it promises. 

Pros: 
  • Cleans and leave hair moisturized. 
  • Slip is simply wonderful. Detangling was very very easy. That's always a huge plus. 

Cons:

  • The jar is a little hard to work with in the shower. It would be nice if it was in an actual bottle instead of a jar. 
  • Doesn't remove lots of product buildup in one wash. 

Have you tried any products from the As I Am product line? 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Countess Vaughn Suffers Due to Lace Front Wigs

Countess Vaughn Suffers Due to Lace Front Wigs

Now I have heard lots of heartbreaking stories about wearing weaves but this one is truthfully painful to hear. The actress Countess Vaughn, revealed on The Doctor's TV that she suffered severely as a result of wearing lace front wigs religiously.

These wigs are very attractive to women in the black community. They are more appealing because they cover your entire head and once in place, it can really look like your natural hair (hairline and all). So what does it need to stay in place and look good? Not pins or strings but GLUE! Yes, the lace front wings have to be glued to the perimeter of your head.

Countess Vaughn developed a horrible allergic reaction from the glue that is used to fasten the wig to her skin. If this is not a sign and witness to the harms of these weaves then I don't know what will make women stop wearing these things on their head. Is the pain of chemical reactions and other harmful effects of wearing wigs worth it?

Countess Vaughn was brave enough to share this with the world and hope to educate women on the risk of wearing lace front wigs. You might be saying well 'I have always been wearing them and nothing happened'. Well, Countess was wearing lace fronts for over two years before having a reaction. So this simply means that it can happen to anyone wearing lace front wigs regardless of how long they have been wearing them. One day a lace front wig wearer can wake up with puss/mucus oozing out of their scalp. 

Below is the video of Countess Vaughn talking about her tragic experience with wearing lace front wigs.


Lastly, what is so bad about wearing your own hair - no weaves (sewn in or lace front or clip ins). Wearing your own hair is always better than wearing someone else's. That is my humble opinion. 

Have you ever had a bad experience from wearing weave extensions?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Featured Naturalista: Benita Andrews





 Featured Naturalista: Benita Andrews


Hey Guys! Its a real pleasure featuring Benita as this week's Naturalista. Benita Andrews is the owner of the natural hair care product boutique Frize' Boutique. Enjoy her story below:

Where are you from?
Savannah, GA

What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you?
I owner of a natural hair product boutique by the name of Frize' Boutique www.frizeboutique.com

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Are You Shampooing Your Natural Hair Properly?

Shampooing Natural Hair properly

Shampooing Natural Hair


Are you shampooing your natural hair properly? How hard can it be though? Isn't it just wetting your hair, applying shampoo, rinsing and be done. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but that's a NO! 

Have you ever shampooed your hair but your scalp has white residue on it or your scalp do not feel or look clean? Well that's because you might not be doing this thing right. So how do you do it?  

1. First, choose the right shampoo.
Choose sulfate-free shampoos for routine washes. Shampoos containing sulfates can leave your hair brittle and dry - we don't want that. So choose a good shampoo that is sulfate-free. SheaMoisture and OBI makes really good moisturizing shampoos and Shampoo Bar, give them a try. 

2. Divide your hair in sections. 
Unless you have straight hair, shampooing your entire head all at once will lead to tangles, breakage, split ends, and itchy dirty scalp. Shampooing your natural hair in sections allow you to pay attention to your roots. 

3. Focus on your scalp, not your hair.
I cannot stress this enough. Your scalp is harder to get clean and really is the only place we should be applying shampoo to. Massage your scalp clean. The hair will get clean during the rinsing process. After all sections have been shampooed, rinse all of the shampoo from your head (massaging scalp as you rinse). 

4. And you are Done! 
Easy Breezy right? Go on to conditioning. 

How do you shampoo your natural hair? Do you shampoo in sections?Comment below!





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o Attacked by Dencia (Maker of Whitenicious Bleaching Cream)


Lupita Nyong’o, the gracious black beauty was an honoree at the Essence Women Luncheon a few days ago. In her speech, revealed her struggles being a black girl to womanhood and how images of the supermodel Alek Wek made her see beauty in herself as they both shared the same 'midnight' complexion. She then pulled out a letter a fan wrote to her thanking her for appearing on the scene just in time before she ordered Decia's Whitencious bleaching cream.
 “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.”
Who or what is Decia's Whitencious Cream you might ask? Dencia is the Cameroonian-Nigerian singer 'was' of dark complexion but been using bleaching cream to lighten her skin to a 'very pale' complexion. Now I urge you to look up FOOL in the dictionary and her pale, insecure image will be very vivid.

Now, this fool decide to attack Lupita on twitter for releasing that letter and calling her the White Man's property.

These were her ignorant tweets:
“Every year the Oscars use 1 black scape goat 2 fool blacks 2 support them,this is ur year,next year another black person get over urselves,” one tweet read.
 And she kept going:
“& oh @Lupita_Nyongo cln’t talk abt the bleaching creams white people (Companies) make cuz the white man pays her,they own her!!,” she tweeted. “And oh while u claim she isn’t thinking of me, I’m on Her brain 4 her 2 mention me in a speech she shld have thanked u stupid fools.”

This is a person who needs help...I tell you. Women like these we need away from our black kids. I honestly believe she was quite beautiful before she turned herself into a white ghost (that she call beautiful).

Being the classy woman Lupita is, she did not respond to this delusional woman's attacks. Lupita is going to continue to flaunt her black beauty on every red carpet her toe touches.

Look was this girl did to herself: From a pretty dark complexion to a white ghost!

Dencia, I urge you to go take several seats with your foolishness. You need to learn a lesson or two about self love and acceptance. Take a page out of Lupita Nyong'o's book. Love Yourself!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March is Women’s History Month

By Tiffany Shawn of http://mynaturalreality.com/

When Hattie McDaniel accepted her Oscar in 1940, she walked to the podium from a segregated table away from her “Gone With the Wind” co-stars. [Source]


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Product Review: Pooka Pure And Simple Body Butter

Pooka Pure & Simple Shea Body Butter

Pooka Pure & Simple Body Butter


Product Promises: Conditions and moisturizes dry skin

Price: $14.99

Where To Buy: http://www.pookapureandsimple.com/products/bodybutters.asp

Ingredients:
Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Soy Lecithin, Fragrance & Essential Oils

My Thoughts:
I got these two Pooka Shea Body Butter as engagement gifts from my friend Krista and boy do I love them. First, I must say that the smell is to die for. The guava mango and the pomegranate body butter smell so good; you would be tempted to take a bite. Lol! I am a sucker for all things natural and loved that the ingredients used in these body butters are natural. These butters only differ in fragrance so there isnt any difference in performance.

I love love love these Pooka Shea Body Butters. Shea butter based products work for me because I have dry eczema skin so I was over the moon happy when I got these. These Pooka body butters left my skin feeling very moisturized. It did not just sit on top of my skin like most Shea butter products do, but instead it penetrated my skin and retained moisture very well. Retaining moistiure is a everyday problem for eczema sufferers so I was pleasantly surprised that I did not need to re-moisturize my skin. The ingredients are natural and safe for sensitive skin.


Tip: For best results apply to skin when you just hopped out the shower while skin is still damp. You'll love it.

Pros: 
  • Does what it says: moisturizes and conditions the skin very well
  • Retains moisture
  • Smell really really good  


Cons: NONE!

Have you tried anything from Pooka Pure And Simple?


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tutorial: 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair

Tutorial: 3 Strand Twist Out On Natural Hair My new obsession is the Three(3) Strand Twist Out on my Natural Hair. 3 strand twist out are great because they leave my hair a lot more fuller than my usual braid outs. In addition, my curls are more spirally and elongated than any other curl defining method.

It might seem complicated at first, but 3 strand twist have become second nature to me. After doing it a couple times its really easy. In the video below I show you how I do this type of twist out.

Tutorial: 3 Strand Twist Out On Natural Hair




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