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March 24, 2011

Tangle Teezer Review

Tangle Teezer

It’s been a while since I reviewed a hair tool made popular by the natural hair community, but safe to say this one’s been getting a bit of buzz….yea? With as much restraint as this PJ could tolerate, I finally caved several weeks back and was just as excited to try this much hyped tool when it finally arrived. I first detangled on dry hair, then graduated to conditioned, trying to figure out the best & easiest way to cut through the tangles.

Dry Hair: knowing full well this is a curly girl no no….I did it anyway. After 7 days of having hair in twists, I took a section of hair and gently started detangling from the ends, and to my surprise found the process remarkably easy. Worked through dry hair, the teezer gently detangles & separates hair leaving relatively no strands behind.

Wet Hair: Before saturating hair with conditioner, I detangled without product & after hair was stripped of a few shed hairs. The Teezer worked well, but not an overall favorite way to cut through a few of the tangles found after 7 days of hair kept in a twist-out.

Well Conditioned Hair: With hair that is well saturated with your favorite conditioner, the teezer clearly wins. I was able to cut through the tangles in considerably less time compared to the Denman.

Overall Pros: I timed my detangling session a few times to see if I’d be able to cut down the usual 1 hour it takes, and saw that I was able to reduce my usual agita down to about 35 minutes with hair in sections and the usual amount of conditioner.

Overall Cons: Awkward handling. The shape of the teezer is not ideal for gripping, particularly if hair’s loaded with conditioner. Working in front of the mirror and slowly at that…the teezer slipped from my hands more than a few times before I was finally able to get the hang of it.

Is it better than the Denman Brush? To each their own…but after using the tool for a few weeks I noticed that they both work for very different reasons. I still try to use the Denman brush for the finishing process, to help clump curls and evenly distribute product on my hair, while using more durable hair friendly tools (i.e. wide toothed comb, tangle teezer) to detangle hair that has a few knots & tangles. I did like how there was considerably less hair in the brush after detangling, and added bonus if you’re trying to retain length and keep those precious hairs on your head and not down the drain.

Available now at most Sally’s beauty stores & online, I’d highly recommend, and even give it a few tries before drawing any final conclusions. As with the Denman, I had to ease into using a brush-like tool to cut through the tangles, but with practice found that it works rather well.

 

March 10, 2011

ROCK THE PUMP! | National Women & Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today marks National Women & Girl’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, & also a time to show my full support towards the Red Pump Project by rocking my….flats.

HIV/AIDS FACTS:

  • There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & almost 280,000 are women
  • In 2006, there were 15,000 new HIV infections and 9,801 AIDS cases diagnosed among women
  • There were 3,784 deaths among women with AIDS in 2006
  • Among those who are HIV positive, 35% of women were tested for HIV late in their illness (diagnosed with AIDS within one year of testing positive)
  • HIV is the 5th leading cause of death in women in the United States, ages 25-44
  • According to a CDC study of more than 19,500 patients with HIV in 10 US cities, women were slightly less likely than men to receive prescriptions for the most effective treatments for HIV infection
  • Women with AIDS made up an increasing part of the epidemic. In 1992, women accounted for an estimated 14% of adults and adolescents living with AIDS in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By the end of 2005, this proportion had grown to 23%
  • From the beginning of the epidemic through 2005, almost 86,000 women have died of AIDS and AIDS-related complications
  • The largest number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses during recent years was for women aged 15–39
  • New York has the highest number of women living with AIDS – 22,532
  • Seven of the 10 states with the highest case rates among women are in the South
  • The rate of women in D.C. infected with HIV/AIDS is nearly 12 times the national average

Click Here to read more.

It’s startling to me that in light of all that we do know about this disease in 2011, ironically there’s even much more work to be done in order to help prevent future infections. What can we all do? Speak up! Talk about it with your family, friends loved ones and understand that lives are still at stake. My life has been touched by this disease in the past, and while I’m grateful for the chance to understand this disease better….in a heartbeat I’d wish for that person back on this earth…breathing, walking. living.

To pledge your support towards the Red Pump Project click here. To learn more on the latest statistics & for more resources click here.  Shoes found here

 

November 18, 2010

NYC Screening of “Hair: A Conversation” + More!

I had the pleasure of not only viewing this thoughtful documentary a few months back, but was able to meet the creative mind behind it. Had such an incredible time meeting & hanging out with  like-minded people, getting the chance to talk politics & hair without any filters….good times!

Thankfully, another screening is making it’s way tomorrow night here in Brooklyn, NY & I hope you’ll find the time to support!

Activist Filmmaker O.M. (Shola) Ajayi and Black Women’s Blueprint Invites you to a Screening of Two Short Films

HAIR: A CONVERSATION and A JOURNEY TO UNDERSTANDING

Join Us As We Speak Truth to Power

Friday, November 19, 2010

6pm Reception

7pm Screening and Discussion

The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tickets $10 at www.bwbtickets.webs.com

Click here for a sneak peak!

October 15, 2010

“I Love all the Things My Hair Can Do!”

I thought twice about posting this video the other day…how many of us have pressed play and smiled & grinned along to the rhythm? I honestly thought I’d had enough….but nope. After reading the lyrics I think this is something that must be shared & loved and appreciated for a long time.

Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop,
’cause I love what I got on top.
It’s curly and it’s brown and it’s right up there!
You know what I love? That’s right, my hair!
I really love my hair.
I love my hair. I love my hair.
There’s nothing else that can compare with my hair.
I love my hair, so I must declare:
I really, really, really love my hair.
Wear a clippy or in a bow
Or let it sit in an afro
My hair looks good in a cornrow
It does so many things you know, that’s why I let it grow
I love my hair, I love my hair
I love it and I have to share
I love my hair, I love my hair!
I want to make the world aware I love my hair.
I wear it up. I wear down. I wear it twisted all around.
I wear braids and pigtails too.
I love all the things my hair can do.
In barrettes or flying free, ever perfect tresses you’ll see
My hair is part of me, an awesome part of me
I really love my hair!