Posts Categorized: natural hair

May 30, 2013

Pin Worthy – DIY Treatments for Healthy Natural Hair

I’ve been an avid Pinster for a bit over a year now and find that there is a a myriad of useful information geared for the DIY & natural hair masses. Heck, don’t have curls? Any which one of these recipes below would serve great in achieving a head full of healthy hair & skin. But with winter now past, a good many of us are heading outdoors and may find it a tad more difficult squeezing in those hardcore  treatments (I was a MESS this past weekend…Hellluuuur outdoor festivals!!).  So if you find yourself short on time but still want to treat your tresses & skin to something nourishing, jot down these easy recipes!
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May 22, 2013

Favorite New Things: A Moisturizing Co-Wash that works!

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Let me just preface this by saying that I’m typically not one to get excited when a product for naturally curly hair ‘works.’ Just don’t. Mainly because the now old adage is ridiculously true, and that is, what works for one curl may not necessarily work for the other. SO. If product A leaves my hair moisturized, fly and fresh with each use, chances are it may not do the same for another natural gal hoping for the same results. In the common sense world filled with beauty tales, this inevitably makes sense, no?

So when I gathered up my hair arsenal this past weekend to return the curls to their kinky glory, I took a dive and invited Ouidad’s Curl Co-wash to hang, lather and cleanse my strands. The caveat? No stripping…of the hair. I’ve been eyeballing co-wash cleansers for some time, and many have left me with ‘meh’ type reactions. But with only a few pumps into our post-scalp ritual, I could instantly tell a difference!

Sulfate free, Silicone free – but really you don’ need any of it. FRO took to this kind of straight on. I mean soaked it all in, low-lathered just enough to get the strands clean, but left hair soft. Great for natural hair that is tightly coiled, and highly textured – the creamy oily blend of conditioners works incredibly well to reduce frizz without leaving it dry. Best to work this into hair while in sections (you use a lot less with this method), leave on for 2-3 minutes (the Black Cumin Seed & Jamaican Black Oil need to work!), then rinse clean.

Future summer staple? Yessir. I’ve deemed these coming months up-do season, which means great products + easy styles must go hand in hand.

May 21, 2013

Summer Style Options – Up-Do Edition

Truth time! I have long been the exception to the unspoken rule for naturals during the summer. What do I mean? Well, ironically, winter is the season where you’ll typically find me rocking the most twist-outs and free styles as compared to the warmer months. & here’s why:  I sweat like a dude. And with the amount of hair that I currently have…FRO eventually ends up in a sweat induced coma for the better half of 3 months if left to her own devices.

I abhor wearing my hair out in 85+ degree weather. HATE.IT. I do not CARE how cute, fly…amazingly defined you bless my curls to be – I will always do me and stay cool while rocking an up-do in twists or any variation of the styles below. This year, the search for inspiration doth continues….a woman is contemplating her options.

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Stay Cool, y’all….

May 19, 2013

Back in the Chair: The Salon Experience for Naturals

Evolution - The Green Room Salon

I’ve always been one to take my salon experience seriously. Blame it on this inherent fear of leaving your precious locks in the hands of the unknown, but a small itch of trepidation always tends to creep up from the moment a call is made for that first appointment, to the actual walk into the salon. And sadly, since going natural, the fear has only increased.

Certain I couldn’t be the only one with this irrational fear, I took to absolving this mess by actually facing my fear. So in the June issue of ESSENCE Magazine, I share important tips on what to look for when searching for a natural hair salon & stylist – but here are my top 2!

Tip #1: Do your research: It’s definitely fine to settle on the first salon that peeks your interest, but if you have a bit more time on your hands, do your curls a favor: shop around & ask around. I made half a dozen calls before committing to Evolution The Green Room Salon here in Brooklyn, NY. The deciding factor? The Evolution Green Styling Movement, a discount service that allows you to fully wash/condition your hair at home – then come in for expert styling for half the cost. Such a great idea for those short on time, and who simply love washing & conditioning at home with their own stash of goodies! #Win.

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Tip #2: Ask Questions! I don’t normally turn into a chatty cathy once my but hits the chair, but it’s SOOOO important to know what the heck awaits you and your curls. I tend to survey the salon, take stock of the quality and types of products they use on their clients (this tells me if they’re market savvy), the types of flat irons/blow dryers being used (quality in this case counts, especially if you’re flat-ironing. YOU MUST KNOW HOW MUCH HEAT YOUR HAIR CAN TAKE). This need not be a covert operation, but take heeeeed. Or, just be smart about your $$. Price is often a deterring factor of new naturals (believe me, I”m still one of them), but please know this – nothing beats the skill set of a professional when it comes to the big stuff. Ask questions, so that you know your options!

The Results?

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To prep FRO for her the blow-out/flatiron leading up to her trim, I deep conditioned with my absolute fav new DC, Camille Rose Naturals Algae Deep Conditioner, then headed to the salon for a quick blow dry & trim. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results (which have lasted me 2 weeks!!). It’ll be a good long while before I straighten again (I seriously, ached for my curls!!), but it was a nice reprieve not to have to worry about moisturizing each night/morning, or the nightly routine.

This weekend begins the process of going back to curly, and really back to me. I’ve got a line-up of pre-poos and clarifying cleansers to get FRO to fighting status for the Summer, all of which I’ll share this week!

May 7, 2013

Sneak Peak: FroLush

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I began writing a post on Fro’s latest adventures complete with an obnoxious array of hair pics from every.which.angle. But, alas. iPhoto has called my bluff and refuses to bow down. Therefore, the interim spin will have to be this quick pic I took on instagram along with a the one single shot I managed to retrieve from my files over at the FB page.

It’s been real for a minute. Happy for the ragged ends to be gone (3 inches, whew!), but not quite used to wearing the straight do. Complete post on new regimen, must have products to fight the frizz, and the play by play in the salon chair experience. In the meantime, new name for Fro? yay…nay?

May 5, 2013

Lush’s H’Suan Wen Hua Conditioning Treatment

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There appears to be this on going debate as to whether pre-poo treatments are in fact necessary. Can applying a moisturizing concoction to hair strands prior to cleansing make any difference? If your hair’s been put to the test, is strung out, dried out, and overworked from the winter chill, I’d venture a guess and say yes!  Then again, walk into any Lush store across the continents and rest assured you’ll find the most attentive, convincing associates who have no qualms convincing you as well.

Over the past few years, I’ve managed to have zero will power when entering a Lush store. The incredibly happyish staff, the yummy smell of Gorilla perfumes & bath bombs with cutsy names like Tisty Tosty and Phoenix Rising. I dare any beauty girl to exit a Lush store with nary a sample of freshly handmade goop. It can’t happen.

H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment (pronounced swan-wen-waa) is one in a family of hair treatments from Lush that I’ve introduced to FRO when strands are in need of major intervention. In this case, it’s a battle of dry and brittle ends. Nestled in this wee pot is a mixture of eggs (protein juice) fresh organic avocado, extra virgin olive oil (moisture & shine) & cinnamon oil (not sure what this does, but so necessary cuz this stuff stinks).

Yes, the smell is….well, it takes some getting used to, though the benefits had FRO feeling & looking better. Before the poo, strands felt soft, and smoother around the ends…which was the intended goal. Hair food for strung out curls that are need of long overdo TLC are a necessary tool in any girl’s beauty box, I don’t care what you reach for. Will I use again. Yes. Funky smell and all.