Monthly Archives: November 2011
Hello everyone! Welcome Alex, and her beautiful set of curls! This is my favorite interview to date, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
1.) Tell us about yourself! Where do you live? What do you do?
I’m from Atlanta,GA and I’m currently pursuing my master’s in Epidemiology.
2.) What influenced your decision to be natural?
I’ve been natural all my life! I think my mom tried a kiddie perm when I was little and it didn’t take. Shrug. C’est la vie.
3.) How do you take care of your hair?
I condition and moisturize somewhat obsessively. By that I mean, I’ll deep condition overnight or stand in the shower to tack on that extra ten minutes to the recommended three to five conditioning time. I do that mostly because the rest of my routine is definitely a nod to the old adage “less if more”. I’m not a huge fan of protective styling, so I take special care to apply oils and moisturizers to my ends so I can just wear my hair out everyday. That’s how I prefer it anyway.
4.) For the product junkies out there (almost all of us), what are some of your favorite products to use?
Funny enough, I’ve developed a serious aversion to most of the natural hair product giants out there. I, for one, HATE heavy products that leave residue, so I’ve tried and now avoid most of the overpriced and underperforming “usual suspects” . Pretty much anything named after a dessert, gets the side eye.
So, ironically, a lot of my repertoire includes what would be considered “classically Caucasian”, Like Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioners and deep conditioner, VO5, Trader Joe’s. For leave ins, I like Cantu, Pura Body Naturals Hair Butter, and some Original Moxie products. But my latest secret weapon is Paul Mitchell’s, The Conditioner. And yes, the results I get are just as epic and awesome as the name sounds. Insider tip though, Sally’s sells a generic version for half the price and twice the product and it works EXACTLY the same. I’ve tried both, so trust me on this one lol. I do whip shea butter mixes though and I hoard grapeseed oil, and pure aloe vera gel.
5.) Have you encountered any problems with your hair? (breakage, dryness, etc) How did you deal with them?
I had a crazy bout with heat damage, one that I’m close to finished growing out finally. Having had long hair my entire life, there was absolutely no way I was big chopping anything. I mean, let’s be real here, I am SO my hair. Not because it defines me, but because it affords me the creativity to constantly redefine myself. I don’t wear makeup, so my hair is how I switch things up. Having heat damage was almost a blessing in disguise though, because it pushed me to be creative in creating curl patterns and blending the two textures I had. I don’t really ascribe to hair typing or indulge in curl envy, because I’ve learned with the right products and styling techniques, our natural hair can adapt any texture out there.
6.) In what ways, if any, has your natural hair changed the way you view yourself, or how others view you?
Like I said before, I’ve been natural all my life. So that included six years ago, when I was in high school, before natural hair became the new black. But even back then I LOVED my hair and was ok with being different, relished it even. So, my hair was never a point of ridicule, because I made it a source of pride, and it became my signature. Even now, most women prefer a more coiffed look to the sort of bohemian way I wear my hair.
7.) What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about your hair or yourself since being natural?
That I know my hair best, and when it comes to my hair I have to do what makes me feel beautiful. Even if that means throwing some highlights in my hair, straightening it, or even (gasp!) perming it. When I first started making videos on Youtube, I got caught up in this whirlwind of advice and opinion and law and regimens and hair types with must have products and taboo hair dye. I had to realize that while some women looked gorgeous in mini twists, I looked and felt downright homely, and that was ok. That epiphany hit me so hard, it nearly unraveled those twists for me. I made an appointment the next day to get highlights, because that was what I wanted. So, I applaud the sister strutting down the street with her close cropped curls, and the one tossing her fresh press in the wind, because you can tell by the smile on her face, that she feels BEAUTIFUL. And when I see my halo of curls, blonde highlights and all, I can’t think of a better word to describe it- and that’s all that matters.
YES! LOVE you and your hair, Alex! Keep doing what you’re doing, your hair is thanking you for it!! You can see more of Alex on her YT channel here!!
Hello everyone!! So I finally tried an avocado conditioner! I knew it would be beneficial, but I love avocados too much not to eat them. I finally made the committment to save one for this conditioner.
1 ripe avocado
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of honey
2 Tablespoons of aloe vera juice
Here’s what the final mixture looked like. Blech.
I applied the conditioner to my damp, sectioned hair, and put on a plastic cap and a towel. Then I left it on for about 45 minutes to an hour. Then I rinsed out in the shower, and voila!
I’m not sure if these pictures do it justice, but my hair was SO soft! It just had that pure, light softness that I rarely get much anymore. There was nothing coating it, nothing weighing it down. I will DEFINITELY be using this conditioner again. The recipe makes a surprising amount of conditioner, too. I had enough for my whole head, plus almost half the bowl! For those that like to mix it up at home, you can add whatever you like to this conditioner! Add a little yogurt, or coconut milk for protein, Or an essential oil like Tea Tree for scalp health. This is an extremely versatile recipe, and I’ll definitely be experimenting with it again!
Hello Everyone!! Most of you may already be out hustling for those deals, but if you’re like me, you prefer to do your bargain hunting from the comfort of your own couch! Here are a few good deals on hair products you can buy online!!
Miss Jessies - BOGO FREE from November 25 – December 31!! While supplies last, so hurry!!!
Carols daughter - ONE DAY ONLY!! (November 25) Get free shipping and a FREE face butter on any order over $25.
MyHoneyChild - ENDS FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT!! BOGO on 8oz products!! Only while supplies last!!
Jane Carter Solution - %15 percent off Jane Carter’s Nourish and Shine until November 30!! Use coupon code NSNOV15
Karen’s Body Beautiful - Save 30% on purchases over $25 from Nov. 25-28!! Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY
Curl Junkie - FRIDAY ONLY!!! Save 20% on orders $50 or more! Use coupon code BF2011
Oyin Handmade - From Nov. 25 – 28, save %20 off your entire order! All domestic orders over $60 will receive free shipping! Use coupon code thankyou2011
Anita Grant - ENDS FRIDAY AT 7PM!!!!! HURRY!!! Save 20% on everything!!! Use the coupon code Cheers
Hairveda – Until Cyber monday, get Up to 50% off! 30%, 40%, and 50% off items for sale. No coupon required!
CUSH Cosmetics – Until November 30!! Get 40% off your entire order!! Use coupon code Holiday
Leanna B Jewelry – Until cyber Monday, take 30% off all jewelry and accessories, and get free shipping on orders over $45! Use coupon code BLACK FRIDAY
Original Moxie – Until Cyber Monday, get 30% off everything, and free shipping on orders over $60!! No coupon code needed!
Those are just a FEW of the deals that will be going on this weekend!! Check these out, and then get some retail therapy going! Also, check here, here, and here for more Black Friday sales on hair and body products, jewelry, and accessories!! *screams* yaaaaayyy!!! Happy Black Friday!!
Hello everyone! Since I know most of you are wrapped up in the chaos which is Thanksgiving day cooking, I’ll just post a short list of things I’m thankful for.
3. Coconut oil. (seriously, it’s a Godsend.)
4. The fact that I’m natural, and all I had to do was step out of the shower and put my hair in a high ponytail and I had a style!
What are you guys thankful for?
Tell us about yourself! Where do you live? What do you do?
- My name is Letitia Stewart. I am currently a Family Nurse Practitioner student at Southern Adventist University. I am currently residing in Chattanooga, TN. Other than being a student, I’m working as a nurse in the Intensive care unit Float Pool at Memorial Hospital.
What influenced your decision to be natural?
- The creamy crack and my scalp didn’t get along! I enjoyed seeing the curls in my hair and realized that I can do so much more with my hair being natural.
How do you take care of your hair?
- I wash and condition my hair once a week.
For the product junkies out there (almost all of us), what are some of your favorite products to use?
- I like Shea Moisture products especially their curl and shine shampoo and their hold and shine moisture mist. I also like to use coconut oil for my dry scalp.
Have you encountered any problems with your hair? (breakage, dryness, etc) How did you deal with them?
- The biggest problem I face with my hair is keeping it moisturized. I spend extra time to make sure that I condition and seal the moisture in.
In what ways, if any, has your natural hair changed the way you view yourself, or how others view you?
- I love the various things that I can do with my hair and at the end of the day I love how healthy it looks. People love that my hair is curly and that I can get away with easy hairstyles such as the two strand twist.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about your hair or yourself since being natural?
I’ve learned that being natural doesn’t have to be hard. It’s about allowing your hair to be in its most healthy state.
“being natural doesn’t have to be hard.” I love this!! I firmly believe that too!
Hello Everyone!! In regards to yesterday’s post, straightening our hair sometimes doesn’t have to be harmful. After all, natural hair is versatile, right? It all depends on HOW you straighten. Here are a few tips for straightening the right way!
1. Blowdrying can be harmful!
Usually people blowdry their hair while it is wet (I know I did). The problem with this is that hair is at its weakest when it’s wet. All of the pulling and tugging while hair is in this state can weaken the hair strand and make it prone to breakage. Instead, add a little leave-in conditioner and a light oil (like coconut or grapeseed) and braid to air-dry. Braiding will help stretch your hair instead of using heat, and letting it air-dry will give your hair a chance to absorb moisture. It won’t be as straight, but that is what the flatiron will be used for. Alternately, you can blowdry on a lower heat setting after stretching in braids.
2. Flatirons: Use with care!
Once your hair is stretched, add a heat protectant to prevent thermal damage! Then you can straighten with your flatiron. Try as much as possible to use smooth movements when straightening. Prolonged heat on one small area isn’t good.
This is a good way to straighten while minimizing the damage. I wouldn’t recommend straightening every week, no matter how safe you tried to be. I realize now that sucking all of the moisture from my hair EVERY week was not the way to have healthy curls! I’m going to do it right next time around!!