Friday, November 27, 2009

High Protein Scalp Conditioner

This high-protein, all-natural hair conditioner  will help to dislodge any debris or pollution that may be clogging the tiny openings in your scalp.

This conditioner will also open the tiny openings for better passage of nutrients into your hair. This scalp conditioner also enriches the hair, helping to make it stronger and more lustrous.

Blend together, preferably in an electric blender:

  1. 250 ml (1 cup) fresh skimmed milk
  2. 1 egg yolk (separated from the egg white)
  3. 2 capsules of wheat germ oil contents (you may have to open up capsules & squeeze the contents out)
  4. 1 tablespoon of fresh wheat germ
  5. The contents of 1 tablespoon of lecithin granules (you may need to open capsules)
  6. 1 tablespoon natural wheat brain (available in bulk also)

*Besides the milk and eggs, all other ingredients are most likely to be found at a health food store*

Instructions

Slowly and firmly massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes. If you cover your head with a shower cap or you drape a towel around your head and lie on a slant board while the conditioner does its work, you will benefit even more because of the gravity effect.

After 10 minutes, completely rinse conditioner from your hair with warm (not hot) water. Follow with your usual shampoo and rinse-out, and follow with a deep or leave-in conditioner.

Its best to apply this recipe in the bathroom because it can get a little messy.

Source:  HairBoutique.com

I'm always looking for new and interesting recipes to post. If you have a recipe that has worked for you and your locks please feel free to share. Send in your recipes, with complete instructions and what benefits your recipe offers, to the contact link in the navigation bar or private message me. In the meantime be sure to check out our past DIY Beauty posts.

Thx KKQ :-)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Best Quote Of The Day

"When you wake up everyday thankful for your health, happiness, family, and friends, Thanksgiving is just a meal."

Kerin Rose via Twitter

Glam Up Those Gams!

Add a bit of funky flair to your wardrobe this chilly season, with these playful tights.  Colorful and unique designs will definitely give a boost to any dull ensemble.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hair Diary: Natural Delta

When and why did you decide to go natural?

I went natural in June of 2006 because of damaged hair.  I had been over processing my hair and not taking care of it for a looooong time, and after after some time it started to really show!  I decided to cut it all off and start over.  I wore micro braids for about 9 months and then unleashed my new look to the world!

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?  If not, how were you able to move forward?

For the most part my friends and family were supportive. My friends LOVED the new me and my family came around pretty quickly. They are very use to seeing me with relaxed hair hair so it took them some getting use to but I believe everyone is in full support of it now.

What is current hair routine?

My current hair routine consists of me washing it one every two weeks and either wearing braid outs or twists. Here recently though I have been wearing it straight because of the cooler weather. While my hair is straight I either wrap it or pin curl it to add volume. I make sure that it is always well moisturized and conditioned.

How do you protect your hair in cold and warm weather?

During the warmer months I rarely straighten my hair because of the humidity. I either wear twists, braids, braid outs or one big puffs. During the colder months I straighten more so I TRY to use a good heat protectant on my hair and make sure that I wrap it up every night.

What are your hair goals?  What steps are you taking to achieve them?

My hair goal is just to maintain healthy hair. Whether its short or long, I just want it to look and feel its best! I continue to moisturize and condition and I also deep condition once a month. I try to make sure that my ends are clipped about every two to four months. These things have been working for me thus far so I continue to do them.

What is your definition of "Good Hair" ?

My definition of "good hair" is HEALTHY HAIR!!! Doesn't matter if your hair is short, long, relaxed, natural, color treated or whatever. As long as its healthy, ITS ALL GOOD!!!

Ethnic Hair Care Products and Cancer

I spotted this article over at BellaSugar.com and though I thought I'd share it with guys...
Lifestyles Report...Hair scare
By Debbie Norrell
At least two months ago WPXI contacted me to do an interview
about ingredients in hair care products used by African-Americans
possibly leading to breast cancer. I was selected because I am a 15-year Breast cancer survivor. I agreed to do the interview. However at the end of The taping I didn't know anything more about the study than before the Cameras started rolling.
Recently WAMO news anchor and New Pittsburgh Courier freelance
Writer Allegra Battle did a story on this same subject and it was a feature On the May 9, 5 p.m. KDKA news. But at the end of these
stories we still Did not have a list of the products. Battle gave me the
list that didn't Make her feature during a recent visit I made to the
WAMO studio's Promoting the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. So many of my friends have seen The stories on television or read about this issue in the paper and they Want to know which products to be concerned about.
However I wanted to give you more so I went to the Internet and
looked for articles from the Center for Environmental Oncology and found one entitled: Why Healthy People Get Cancer: Center Examines
Environmental Suspects (update Spring 2005).
The article stated, one of immediate research priorities of the
new Center is the puzzling phenomenon of breast cancer in
African-Americans Under the age of 40, who have nearly twice as much breast cancer as do white Women.
The center will work with Silent Spring Institute, a Massachusetts based cancer institute, to identify suspect contaminants and ingredients in hair care products and other personal products regularly used by African-American young women and their mothers.
More recently, attention has turned to estrogenic compounds in
hair Care products used by Black women as a possible explanation for higher Cancer rates in this population. I've started to carry copies of the list in my purse but we're going to share it with you right here. The list simply says: The following is a list of products that have
previously been Found to contain hormones:
> Placenta Shampoo
> Queen Helene Placenta cream hair conditioner
> Placenta revitalizing shampoo
> Perm Repair with placenta
> Proline Perm Repair with placenta
> Hormone hair food Jojoba oil
> Triple action super grow
> Supreme Vita-Gro
> Luster's Sur Glo Hormone
> B & B Super Gro
> Lekair natural Super Glo
> Lekair Hormone hair treatment with Vitamin E
> Isoplus Hormone hair treatment wit Quinine
> Fermodyl with Placenta hair conditioner
> Supreme Vita-Gro with allantoin and estrogen plus TEA-COCO>
> Hask Placenta Hair conditioner
> Nu Skin body smoother
> Nu Skin Enhancer
The majority of these products contain placental extract, placenta, hormones or estrogen. As early as 1983 Dr. Devra Davis epidemiologist and director of the Center for Environmental oncology, part of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute) and co-researcher Leon Bradlow advanced the theory that xenoestrogens, synthetic estrogen imitators, were a possible cause of breast cancer.
Davis also says, 'most cases of breast cancer are not born, but
made and the more hormones a woman is exposed to in her lifetime, the greater her risk of breast cancer.'
We need to be more cautious of the products that we use on our
hair and our bodies and demand that more information about our health is shared.
The specialist's name is Dr. Devra Davis, the same specialist cited in the email above! If you want to hear the full interview: Chemicals, Cancer and You, you can listen at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14986010

Monday, November 23, 2009

In Review: Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Conditioner

Product Description: Nubian Heritage's Coconut & Papaya Conditioner is Nubian Heritage's tribute to the tropics where the coconut palm and papaya have been a part of daily life for millions of people over the course of thousands of years.   Coconut oil is naturally rich with minerals, vitamins and, most importantly, fatty acids.   Coconut oil naturally strengthens, thickens and nourishes hair, penetrating and helping prevent the loss of protein.  Nubian Heritage's Coconut & Papaya Conditioner is a deep hair treatment infused with nutrients and deep cleansers like Kaolin Clay.  Seals the cuticles to help protect hair. and keep it lustrous and healthy.  Papaya contains papain, a naturally occurring enzyme that works on dead skin cells on the scalp to gently loosen them and allow them to be washed away. Your scalp is left clean and healthy.  Removing the dead skin cells helps stimulate circulation leading to increased blood flow and speeding hair growth.
Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Papaya maintain the proper moisture level in hair and scalp preventing over drying.  Vitamin B and Coconut Milk gently condition hair leaving it soft, smooth and manageable.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, filtered water, vegetable glycerin, kaolin clay, coconut milk, wheat germ oil, aloe vera, vegetable wax, panthenol (pro-vitamin, B-5), vegetable gum, papaya extract, vitamin E, rosemary extract.

Cost: 8 oz.bottle for $9.95 @ TresuredLocks.com, $8.00 at my local beauty supply

My Thoughts:  I have mixed feelings about this one.  As a conditioner this product just didn't do it for me.  Judging by how the product looked in the bottle I was expecting a thicker consistency and for it to give me lots of slip.  Unfortunately that wasn't the case.  Like I said many times before I like my conditioners THICK, especially if I'm using it after a shampoo.  And with all the yummy ingredients, my hair didn't feel all that moisturized. 

Now I'm not one to throw away a product, especially not a conditioner, even if it doesn't perform well.  I'll try to find some way to use it.  So last week while trying to figure out what to use on my hair for a twist-out, this product found its way out off the shelf.  I co-washed my hair ( I can't remember what I used for that), sectioned in to 6, and applied Evoo throughout paying close attention to my ends.  I then took a nice palm full of conditioner and applied it to each section and began to twist.  Let it dry overnight and unraveled the next day.  My hair was fluffy, moisturized and defined.  Oh yeah, it smelled delicious too.  So I'll be using the rest of it as a leave in/styler until it's gone, not sure if I'll be repurchasing yet.  Check the pics below....

And after my hands got into it ...lol

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hair Diary: Metisse

When and why did you decide to go natural?

I have been natural my entire life.  However, I did not know the right products to use on my hair or how to care for my hair properly.  I would use products that were alcohol based and that contained many other unhealthy ingredients that would dry out my hair terribly.  I also had color treated hair and would frequently get it straightened.  Which resulted in some pieces permanently losing their texture.  I often wore tightly slicked back hairstyles which caused a lot of breakage.  This past summer I decided to do my own Big Chop to get rid of all the color and heat processed parts of my hair.  I had a lot of length taken off.  I started off with APL (Armpit Length) hair and left the salon with my hair hitting my ears stretched.  It was a big change, but I knew it was the healthiest thing to do.  I wanted to grow out my hair and start with a clean slate and use healthier products.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?  If not, how were you able to move forward?

 My family and friends were definitely supportive of my decision.  Well...my mom of course was a little hard to convince at first.  She is definitely old school and loves her some long hair.  Between my sister cutting off her of Halle Berry style and myself, she got used to it pretty quickly.  Ultimately, it is really about how you feel as an individual in your hair.

What is current hair routine?

i shampoo my hair about every 2 weeks with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat, which really makes my hair feel minty clean and fresh.  I co-wash 1-2 times a week, using Suave Coconut Naturals, leaving a little of the conditioner in my hair.  After washes, I usually do protective styles (Two Strand Twists) using Aubrey Organics B5 Design Gel.  I find myself not doing too many wash & gos, as they can be a little drying to my hair.  Also I love, love, love virgin coconut oil and use it to moisturize my ends and scalp daily.  Moisturizing is key.  I do a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment once a week and a protein treatment with Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner once a month.  Protein, for me, can be a little drying if I use too much, so I try to limit my use to only once as month. 

Henna has been workings working wonders for me.  I henna once a month as well.  I am planning to trim once every 6 months or twice a year.  Lastly, I sleep in a silk scarf or bonnet every night to protect my hair.

What are your hair goals?  What steps are you taking to achieve them?

 My hair goal is to continue to maintain healthy hair.  I would grow out my hair to BSL (Bra Strap Length).  I think that moisturizing is a crucial part to maintaining length, as it prevents breakage and split ends.  I use coconut oil on my hair everyday.  I also exercise and eat a balanced diet, I believe if you are not healthy internally, your hair and skin definitely will suffer the consequences.

How do you protect your hair in cold and warm weather?

In the winter the cold air just sucks up all the moisture from your strands.  I wear a lot more protective styles to help keep the moisture in.  For the summer, I pretty much do the same thing, I protect my hair by doing protective styles as well.  Loose buns, ponytails, 2 strand twists and also covering my hair with a colorful scarf or hat to protect my hair from the sun....Gotta keep it stylish!

What is your definition of "Good Hair" ?

Good Hair to me is healthy hair.  It is hair that chooses not to be tamed or to be assimilated into the societal standard of beauty.  It is beautiful hair that defines who we are as individuals and as a people.  It is diverse, spontaneous and full of life and of zest.

Blog: kiffecoco.blogspot.com

Fotki: fotki.com/metisse86

In Review: Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner

Product Description:  Smooth as silk conditioner: Creates silky-smooth texture. Protects hair and controls split ends. Adds volume, shine and an incredible feel. Silk. It has the most incredible feel, the most incredible texture. it makes you feel sexy. Desirable. Smooth as Silk Conditioner makes your hair feel so smooth, so silky, so amazingly detangled. It works only where needed to create a silky-smooth palette that's repaired, renewed and ready for your own unique kind of style. Smooth as Silk provides smooth moves indeed. Enriched with certified organic botanicals. No animal by-products. Cruelty free. Made in U.S.A.

Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified Water) With Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis) (Certified Organic), Nettle (Urtica Dioica) (Certified Organic) Oil, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil (Certified Organic), Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilus Flower) Oil (Certified Organic), Clary (Salvia Sclarea) (Certified Organic), Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) (Certified Organic), Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Farfara) (Certified Organic), Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Oil, (Certified Organic), Mallow (Malva Sylvestris) (Certified Organic), Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense) Oil (Certified Organic), Soybean Protein (Glycine Soja) (Certified Organic), Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Stearalkonium Chloride, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trace Minerals, Citric Acid (Corn), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived).

Cost:  3 Pack of 8.5oz $23.97 @Amazon.com or 33.5oz pump bottle for 12.99 at your local Marshall's store

My Thoughts:  Loves It!!! I had no intention of trying this product, but during a recent visit to my local Marshall's department store I stumbled upon the beauty section and could not resist.  I was sad to see that they were out Bed Head Moisture Maniac (they always are, that stuff goes quick), so I started to look at some other products that I'm not to familiar with.  They had EO, Chi, Biosilk and a whole bunch of other stuff.  My eyes zoomed right in on the Giovanni stand.  After reading the product label over I was like "Eh, I guess I'll give it a try", but after looking at the price tag that read "$12.99 compared price $24.49" I was like "Oh yes ma'am I will be trying this".  Rushed home could not wait to try it out.

The consistency of this conditioner is on the thin side, which is usually a negative in my hair.  However, it still provided me with a ton of slip, I did not have a problem getting my Denman or Jilbere shower comb through my hair.  I decided instead of washing it out immediately I'd leave it in overnight, covered with a plastic cap, and wash out in the morning.  My hair was due for its weekly deep condition anyway.  After rinsing it out the next day my hair felt moisturized and smooth.  My hair smelled fresh and clean, not like it had been soaked in an over powering fragrance like some other conditioners.

Overall it was a great buy but, I would only repurchase it from Marshall's.  It's a recession boo :-)

WARNING:  If you have not taking the proper medication to treat PJS, Product Junkie Syndrome, please do not attempt to visit the beauty section of your local Marshall's store.  Rashes, dizziness and fatal trauma to the wallet are just some of the side effects being reported.  Don't be a victim, take your meds.  May the force be with you!

KKQ

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Obsessive Curls: Get Liberated With Nikia Phoenix

Model Liberation is the title of your blog and your twitter name, how did you come up with that? Originally, the blog started as a joint venture between me and another model friend. We had thrown around some ideas for names, but nothing felt right. Then right before a fashion show, my friend Sam suggested the name "Model Liberation." It was perfect. Often times, models are misrepresented as mindless mannequins. We are human beings who deserve respect. And we should be allowed to voice our opinions just like everyone else. So the blog is my chance to tell people how I really feel. And it's liberating.
How long have you been in the modeling biz?
I've been modeling for a little over four years.  My dreams of being a model actually started when I was an awkwardly tall, lanky kid. But I put off my dreams until years after I finished college and after my first career didn't work out so well.  I guess it had always felt like I wasn't doing what I was meant to do.  Then one morning while getting coffee and bagels, I was offered my first gig.  Serendipity!
In an industry filled with all so many gorgeous faces, what makes you stand out from the crowd?
 For the longest time, I thought my freckles helped me stand out.  Now, I'm not so sure about that. I'd like to think that someone can see my experiences and passion when he or she looks at a picture of me.  I'm a very complex character, and I hope that comes across in my work.
As a model, you constantly have to change your look for shows and various photo shoots, that can be quite damaging to your hair.  How do you keep
your hair healthy?
I am so low maintenance with my hair. The one thing I have to do religiously is keep my hair moisturized.  I try to deep condition it once a week and trim it to keep away any split ends.  I also stay away from any heat styling.  Hearing my hair sizzle freaks me out. 
Share your hair story. When and why did you decide to go natural? Or have you been natural your whole life?
I got a relaxer immediately before I entering the first grade. All I knew about my natural hair was it was thick and really hard to comb.  My mom decided it was best for me to get a relaxer, because I was so tender-headed and she didn't want me to be in pain. After 20 plus years of chemicals, I decided it was time for a change.  It was right before LA fashion week in March that I decided to permanently go without a relaxer.  The transition was interesting, but it worked out just fine.  I can embrace the hair I was born with, and it feels so good. 
Has being natural ever had a negative affect on your career?
Occasionally, I've worked with clients who want my hair straight for a shoot.  I don't have a problem if someone straightens my hair, as long as that stylist knows how to properly work with it. For too long my hair has been mistreated and bad-mouthed, but I won't tolerate that anymore. My hair is an extension of me, and all I ask is that people respect that.
 
What are some of your favorite hair and beauty products?
I'm still experimenting with the right products to see what works for my hair.  I love cocoa butter for my skin.  I'm obsessed with moisturizing, probably because LA is so dry. And I refuse to live without Carmex and eye cream with vitamin E. A girl's got to take care of her assets.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I've been on a journey of self discovery for so many years, and I think I'm finally coming into my own.  I'm not an insecure as I was once, and the things that I thought mattered don't mean much to me anymore.  Who cares if my hair is nappy or I have all these freckles on my face.  I can accept and appreciate me for me.  I walk with my head up high, but I remain humble and thankful for all my blessings. 
Blog: Model Liberation
Agency: Grace Model Management

My Hair After Twists

Taking the twists down was a breeze, so much easier than taking braids out.  I worked on each twist slowly with my fingers, carefully separating the hair and working through tangles.  If I came across a knot or if the hair was just too tangled to get with my fingers, I left it alone.  Trying to pull out knots on dry hair can be a frustrating and damaging ordeal.  Its best to tackle them once the hair is wet and soaked with conditioner.

After all the twists were out, I placed my hair into two ponytails, one on each side.  Hopped in the shower and began to rinse one section at a time.  Shampoo'ed with Elucence Moisture Benefits, focusing on the scalp and letting the suds cleanse the length of my hair.  I then loaded each section of hair with Suave Pro Sleek Conditioner (cheap and gives great slip) and then pinned the hair back up to let the conditioner set for 5 minutes or so.  This step allows the hair to soften and become more manageable, it makes the de-tangling process much easier.  Once my other shower duties are complete, I began the finger combing process.  The two sections are broken down into six smaller sections each (12 sections all together).  I saturated each of the twelve sections  with Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol Plus, gently finger combed and braided the hair to keep it from tangling anymore.  Covered my hair with a plastic cap and went to sleep.

In the morning my hair was soft and slippery, perfect condition for detangling.  One section at a time, I carefully went through with my Denman brush.  Starting from the ends and slowly working my way up to the roots.  Rinsed and then repeated until my hair was tangle free. 

When the entire process was done I was too tired to really style my hair and I didn't have plans so a Wash & Go, using the conditioner only method, was what I did.  With a little EVOO underneath I raked a small amount of Suave Pro Sleek Conditioner throughout  and let it air dry.  Midway trough the drying process I got bored and pulled my hair into a puff.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hair Diary: Tanisha Renee

When and why did you decide to go natural?
I went natural in June of 2007, so it's been about two years and some change (it definitely feels longer).  As far as why I went natural, it wasn't a profound realization of the beauty of natural hair at first.  I was starting college and I realized that no one would be be there to keep up with my hair, and I was never really attached to my hair to begin with.  I was the one who begged my mother to cut it, and she had a much harder time with it than I did.  My plan was to transition for a year, but I only made it about 5 months before I got sick of my permed ends.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?  If not, how were you able to move forward?
My mom was the only one in REAL protest.  She had a hard time letting go of my hair because it wasn't like my permed hair was unhealthy, I took good care of it and it grew well.  But I was ready for a change and I needed to save money.  The more I found out about natural hair, the stronger my attraction to it became.  Overall everyone was very supportive of my decision, which made it so much easier.  When I first BC'd I got a couple of looks and snide remarks from many black people.  Unfortunately, the craziest times were when I had to explain to other black people that the hair that grew out of my scalp wasn't naturally straight.  But I was able to ignore it and move forward.  I was finding a strength in being natural that distiguished me from many other people around me.

What is current hair routine?
LOL..This question can't be answered straight.  My routine changes depending on my wallet and my mood.  I go through moments of product junkyism....

My first routine is the one found on TightlyCurly.com, which is the conditioner only method.  I can say this is mainly my summer routine..pretty much its leaving in a heavy conditioner, like herbal essences ( the color treated one is my FAVE, the smell is to die for!!), and using my trusty Denman brush to define my curls as I de-tangle.  I can't remember the last time I used a comb.  Many people complain that the Denman takes a lot of hair out, and my trick was removing three rows of bristles.  It gave me the same results with none of that "snap-crackle-pop", if you've ever used a Denman on 4a/4b hair then you know what I mean...lol.  After de-tangling the hair I twist it , then let it out the next day.  I sleep with a satin bonnet, and I'll do it all over again 2 days later.
My second routine, mainly for the winter, is kind of the same except I use an all natural conditioner (which I rinse unlike the first routine) and a leave-in conditioner.  My main products are the Aubrey Organics line and the leave-in I swear by is Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner.  I use the Direct Leave-in to twist and I usually leave my twists in for the whole week, sometimes two weeks and have a fly twist-out by the end of that.  I really stress my hair in the summer with a lot of manipulation because of the frequent washing (sweat + natural hair = gross).
I'd say overall my 3 main rules for hair care are:
No Shampoo - No Heat - Condition, Condition, Condition!!
And my secret weapon is Coconut Oil!

What are your hair goals?  What steps are you taking to achieve them?
You know its funny because I used to be obsessed with with length in my early stages.  I would look at those with length ("hangage"), and wonder when I would get there.  I definitely went through my stages of curl envy.  I've realized along with embracing my 4a/4b hair that length is not really something I care to entertain.  I actually am very tempted to cut my hair again, but I going to wait and see how big this bad girl can get :-)
I actually think I have reached my hair goals, which were to have beautiful, full, thick, healthy hair.  I'd say my next goal is to stay healthy while coloring, because while I was a permie and in more recent months I've frequently experimented with color (with good and bad results) and I miss that.  I've been patient waiting for a new color but I think the time is right, so you'll have to visit my Fotki soon to see my new one.

How do you protect your hair in cold and warm weather?
In both warm and cold weather, twists are my haven.  I have been able to find cute up-dos and styling aides with twists that for the summer keep me cool and gives my hair a break.  For the winter twists protect my fro from the frigid temperatures.  I use to swear by braid outs, but I realized twists are what my hair really loves.

What is your definition of "Good Hair" ?
HAHA!  You know I haven't seen this movie yet, and I keep correcting my little sister (who's natural as well) when I hear her saying certain people have "good hair".  It can't be denied that in the black community, what we have considered good hair is what is hanging off the weaves of Beyonce, Tyra and almost all these black female celebs.  Good hair to me is when I see a woman who isn't fighting her hair, whether that's curly, straight, whatever it is.  I like seeing people comfortable with what they have, and it saddens me seeing so many black women (not just to single us out, but because I am a black women, and I believe we all represent each other) walking around with damaged hair and bad weaves thinking they have that "guud herrrrr" when they look a hot mess! Embrace what God has given us! :) 

In closing, my hope is that more black women will begin to embrace their natural hair.  I've said this before, and I'll say it again, I am pro-natural hair because I think it’s amazing that God gave us this hair as our distinct feature.  The black race in America is so disconnected from our roots.  We look at other races to see their defining features..eyes, noses, height, language, but we have been stripped of many of these connections.  So for me, rocking my natural hair is what distinguishes me and my people.  No other race has hair like ours, and it’s absolutely beautiful! I t defies gravity, and it’s a representation of who we are!
For more info on Tanisha please visit the links below...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kai

I hope you got your tissues ready, be prepared to drool..lol

Agency: Sutherland Models

Source: ModelWire.com

Teeny Weeny Twists Week #4

Last week was my final week with my twists. I moisturized my ends and massaged my scalp as usual.  Styling was kept to a minimum, I wore them down or in a loose pony for the most part.  Now I already know some people are going to say that I could have left them in longer or that they still look good.  Which is true but, I know my hair and I know how far to go with my hair.  I plan on twisting my hair up again sometime next week and keeping those in until the end of December.   I was a little busy last week so I didn't have time to take a lot of pictures but, here are a few fun pics I took a day or so prior to taking them down....Enjoy :-)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

8 Tips For Healthy Natural Hair

1. Avoid shampoos that contain sodium laurel sulfate, or sodium laureth sulfate.  These chemicals are synthetic detergents that are used in dish-washing liquid and other cleansers.  They are valued because they lather well, but they are very harsh and can dry out your hair.  Instead look for shampoos made with decyl glucose, or decyl glucose, which are much gentler.
2. Give yourself a hot oil treatment to deep condition your hair.  Warm oil penetrates the hair shaft making the hair more flexible and giving more shine.  This can also help to prevent split ends.
3. Eat right and consider taking vitamin and mineral supplements to encourage healthy hair.  Several vitamins and minerals have been shown to help hair growth and condition including biotin, vitamin E, vitamin B, vitamin C and MSM.
4. If you are an African American or if you have extra curly hair avoid brushing your hair.  Use a wide toothed comb, or your fingers to work with your hair.  Brushes can destroy African American or extra curly hair by shearing it out of the scalp.
5. Look for essential oils, herbs and vegetable oils in your hair care products.  Essential oils, such as rosemary, ylang ylang and west indian bay help to stimulate hair growth.  Lavender and tea tree are naturally antiseptic and help to fight dandruff.  Vegetable oils such as soybean oil, safflower oil and corn oil are moisturizing and conditioning to the hair shaft.
6. Avoid sleeping in hair accessories such as barrettes, scrunchies, head bands, etc.  This can lead to hair damage.
7. Massage your scalp to stimulate hair growth.  Massaging helps stimulate hair growth by increasing the blood flow to the scalp.  This nourishes the hair roots and helps to stimulate the growth process.
8. If your ends are damaged, give yourself a trim ever so often to remove damage.
List by Olodade Franklin courtesy of PioneerThinking.com

Hair Diary: Shey

When and why did you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural in early October 2008, at the time I was contemplating whether to BC or transition.  I began researching relentlessly and fell in love with sharpness of TWA's via on-line images.  I have had several spunky short cuts that I adored and figured I could rock a TWA without a problem.  I BC'd on December 30, 2008 because I wanted to start the New Year au natural.  My biggest reason for going natural simply was because I got tired of always having to travel back to NYC (my hometown) to keep up with my hair demands.  The stylists in my current location just "didn't do it for me" to say the least.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision?  If not, how were you able to move forward? 

My friends and family were very supportive, but quite honestly had they not have been I still would have done it anyway.  It's just the way I am.  When an idea robs my thoughts until the point of insanity, I do what ever it takes to accomplish what I have in mind.

What is current hair routine?

 I try to keep my routine uncomplicated.  I de-tangle prior to washing and set my hair in twists.  I then wash with a tingly shampoo and deep condition afterwards.  While I deep condition I grab my favorite nail lacquer and get to polishing my nails.  For styling purposes i moisturize with a water based leave in, followed by a hair butter/cream and seal with coconut oil.  I recently discovered the wonders of bentonite clay for my hair and I would also love to try Henna with indigo.

What are your hair goals?  What steps are you taking to achieve them?

My hair goal is a healthy humongous mane.  The bigger the better.  To achieve this I'm doing the basic necessities of hair care, maintaining a cleansed scalp, maintaining a moisture/protein balance and paying special attention to the condition of my ends.

How do you protect your hair in cold and warm weather?

I tend to treat my hair year round pretty equally because my hair tends to be on the dry side regardless of the seasons.

What is your definition of "Good Hair" ?

My definition of "good hair" is that here is no such thing.  it is a notion that our communities need to get rid of in my opinion.

For more images of this natural beauty please visit her Fotki albums http://public.fotki.com/La-Reina-del-Kink/

Thursday, November 5, 2009

"One Kiss And He'll Be Hooked"....

 ...According to Teyana Taylor that is.  Teyana posted these flicks of her showing off her new line of lip gloss, named Dope Lips, via Twitter last night.  No offical word on a release date but, pre-orders can be placed at www.DopeLips.com.

Make that money Tey!!!  Love the curls too :-)

Updated: Teyena annouced on Twitter last night that she will have a lead role in Stomp The Yard 2...This chick knows how to hustle.  Also below you'll find a video of her talking more about her lip gloss collections.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Garcelle Beauvais Is Precious

Garcelle looked red hot on the red carpet for the Hollywood screening of Precious.  Everyone in attendance was serving up the fierceness that night but, Garcelle aka Fancy, stood out.  With her head full of curls and glowing brown skin she was surely a show stopper.

If you still haven't seen the trailer for Precious please watch the video below.  I read soooo many amazing reviews on this movie I can't wait to see it.  Precious, directed by Lee Daniels and starring Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, hits select theaters on Friday November 6th.

Pictures Coutesy of TheYBF.com & JustJared

Renee Mittelstaedt

Agency: Sutherland Models

Source: Modelwire.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

Teeny Weeny Twists Week #3

Not much has changed since Week #2, but I did do a little more maintenance than previous weeks.  At the start of the week I moisturized my ends with Shea Butter as usual.  I even went on a mini search and destroy mission on some pesky single strand knots that were starting to bug me.  I hope to get them all out by the end of this week.  Then I gave myself a much needed scalp massage with Wild Growth Hair Oil.  Now I'm not big on growth aides and I don't believe using this product will end in an abundance of hair growth, but it does make my roots feel super soft....So I like it.  It has a funny smell though, so be sure to only use a few squirts.  Not much styling happen this week, but I did manage to do a really cute bun.  As you'll see in one of the pictures below the fuzz is beginning to creep in.  Its not a big deal though, the fuzz  just adds character....Right?!?

Here's a picture without flash...

 And here some pictures with flash... 

 

And here's a glimpse inside the bun..lol

Let's just say the roots look way better in picture than in reality..lol.  Sometime this week I'll upload these pictures and more to my Fotki page.  Today marks the start of week #4 and after this week these bad boys are coming out.  I'll give myself a few days rest and then I'm putting then right back in...I love my twists :-)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fayruz Abdiaman

 

Agency: Sutherland Models of Toronto

Source: Modelwire.com

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