Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Twists Are Gone...

Excuse the tired eyes lol! I took my twists down on Monday, after they had reached the 3 week mark on Saturday. It took me about 3.5-4 hours in all. I decide not to rock a twist out, because even though it looked great my hair was in need of a good wash. So this shot is of my hair all picked out right before deep conditioning. I dc'ed with Shea Moisture Shae Butter Masque...my full review of that will be coming very soon as well as full review of Shea Moisture Black Soap Shampoo and Conditioner (sent via NaturallyCurly.com). Right now my hair is air drying in braids for a braid out and next week I probably go back to wearing twists so I don't get off track with my little challenge to myself.

Obsessive Links: How To Keep Your Curls Looking Fresh!

(Article via TGIN.blogspot.com) Your natural hair is a gift. A beautiful gift that should be nurtured, cared for and tended to. That doesn’t mean the nurturing, tending to and caring for will be free from trial and error. Many a nights during my transitional stages I stared in my mirror, frustrated at the lack of progress I was making. I loved my hair, but it got on my nerves to no end.

But after close to nine years, in the natural hair game, I’ve learned a thing or two about hair care. One of the most important things you can do for your hair’s growth and strength is to develop a sure-fire hair regime. The challenging part is actually figuring out what works. (Go fig!) Take a gander at this list we’ve developed and see if some of our suggestions help make a difference.

Shampooing your hair is uber important. What shampoo does is it lifts the environmental dust, dirt, and the natural oil our hair produces on its own. The shampoo then breaks it up, allowing it to travel down the actual hair follicle. Now, when your hair is relaxed, it’s a lot easier for the shampoo to work. But when your hair is naturally curly, thick or has texture, it takes longer for the dirt to escape. So the next time you cleanse your hair, focus on the scalp. Scrub the shampoo into the scalp and the shampoo will begin to lather. The lather will be the taxi for the dirt to make its way to the hair follicle and potentially down your shower drain. Be mindful to not use shampoos that are harsh and contain sodium lauryl sulfates that dry out the hair. Again, you should be shampooing your hair at least 7-10 days a week, and we highly recommend using all natural shampoos or baby shampoos that don’t contain the harsh and dangerous ingredients found in most commercial shampoos available at your local beauty supply.

Conditioner is the peanut butter to shampoo’s jelly. They go hand in hand. After you’ve shampooed your scalp, apply your conditioner. What this does is close up the actual follicle and makes your hair easier to manage. It coats the hair strand. Remember conditioners can also be used to cleanse your hair from minimal dirt build up as well. If you workout everyday, you can use your conditioner as your cleanser if you’re feeling a little lazy or if you’re in a hurry.

Go Deep
Whether its summer, fall, winter or spring, you should be deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis. Period! If you can, try and deep condition your hair weekly. Your goal should be to add moisture to your tresses as often as possible. For added positive affects, apply a deep conditioner to damp hair and cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap just before bedtime. The deep conditioner will soak in over night and make your mane that more soft.

Read the full article >>HERE!

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Chill Kind Of Day....

I'm so not good at wrapping these things, but it was hot as heck yesterday and my twists had finally reached their limit. They were a fuzzy mess and I didn't have the patience to retwist and make them look "neat" so I grabbed one of my big scarfs and got this. I'm gonna watch a few youtube tutorials to really get the technique/style down lol. I still had fun with it though :)

Have a great weekend lovelies!!!

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Hi. I'm currently transitioning and I'm having the hardest time detangling my hair. Like when I detangle, the relaxed part gets tangled again. I also moisturized my hair after washing, but it's still very very dry. Do you have any suggestions on how to maintain moisture and properly wash and detangle my hair? Also, whats your weekly regimen like? I washed my hair today and I have no idea what to do to it tomorrow. Do I moisturize it? Co-wash it? I'm clueless lol thanks :)
Hello :) When transitioning, detangling through the two textures (relaxed and natural) is one of the most difficult things to master. But here's a few things that should make this part of your hair journey much easier...

• Always detangle your hair wet and saturated with conditioner that gives you lots of slip. If money is tight you can always use cheap conditioners like Sauve or VO5, which retail for about $1-$2 and add your favorite oils to give them more slip when co-washing and detangling.
•Detangling after deep conditioning has greatly helped me to keep my hair on my head and not on the floor lol! DC'in first allows the conditioner to soak in and soften the hair.
• Section your hair when detangling. Sectioning may seem like an extra step that will take up more time, but in my experience it has made the process go by quicker. You'll be able to get through smaller sections much quicker, rather than trying to get your comb/brush though a bigger one.
•After you detangle one section...before moving on, braid that section so it doesn't get tangled again.
•Use a wide tooth comb and always take your time. Never try to rush through it.

When it comes down to maintaining moisture, a lot of it has to do with the products you use and of course your regimen. Make sure your using products that are water based and try to stay away from sulfates, because that can strip your hair leaving it with a dry feel. Don't just grab the product that says its moisturizing, turn it around and read the ingredients list for yourself. And always apply a sealant to your hair keep the moisture locked in. You can find my hair regimen >> HERE!

If you guys have any other advice that I may have left out please leave it in the comments below :)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obsessive Quote Of The Week

"You should be able to make a man smile with your clothes on".

How I Maintain My Twists...In A Nutshell

I've mentioned my twists maintenance a couple times before but I still get lots of comments and messages asking how I do it. So I figured I'd explain with pictures this time lol! Note...These steps are usually done at night, so the pics are of my hair the next morning after all these steps were taken the night before.

Step #1: I begin my night prep by oiling my scalp using Bee Mine's Hair Growth Serum. I've never seen a significant amount of growth when using this product, but my scalp loves the ingredients and it really soaks in, making my roots soft and shiny...not oily. I do this step every other day and when I'm not being too lazy, I give it a little massage. 
Step #2: Next I divide my hair in two sections and spray the ends, until damp, with water or Bee Mine Moisturizing Spritz. I then gather the twists in to a low ponytail and cover the loose wet ends with a plastic sandwich bag and secure it with another ponytail holder. Doing this will keep your ends moist throughout the night....like a mini deep conditioning for your ends. You can even do this step in the day time when your at school or work, just cover your hair with a pretty and no one will ever know lol! Then I smooth a little Avocado Shea Butter to the edges and crown to smooth down fuzzies and cover with a satin scarf.
Step #3: Well there really isn't a "step 3", just remove the scarf, ponytail holders plastic bag and go! In the morning I hardly ever need to add anything else, the twists are soft, moisturized and have a great sheen. The low pony does leave behind a slight bump, but it doesn't bother me too much because I usually where them up and off the shoulders.

In the end, your ends should feel smooth and well moisturized. And the length of your hair should be soft with a nice sheen, without build up on your scalp. Simple and easy! If I ever need to retwist, I use SM's Shea Butter Masque, the same thing I use to twist with. If there's anything that your still unsure about regarding these twists please let me know in the comments below!

A few more pics below...

Monday, May 23, 2011

And The Winner Of The Enso Naturals Giveaway Is.....

Myrlyn V. was randomly selected to win 2 fab prizes from Enso Naturals!!! Congratulations sis and I'd like to say thank you to all those who enter in this giveaway. There were so many of you I wish I could have picked 2 winners lol! But no worries, there will be more giveaways and contests in the future :) Below you'll find Myrlyn's winning entry...
"Both of them sound enticing but I will have to go with the Marshmallow Root Twisting Pudding to try -Myrlyn V."
In the meantime, don't forget to visit Enso Naturals website to stay up to date on new products and like them on Facebook.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hair Update....

Hey ladies! I know it's been a whollle week since my last posting, but I promise you I haven't forgotten about you guys. Computer issues and just not having enough time is to blame. Today I just wanted to give you guys a little hair update....My twists are going on 2 weeks old and are holding up pretty well. I've been spritzing (with water) and baggying my ends almost every other night and oil massaging my scalp whenever I can remember to lol! I retwisted a few in the front earlier this week to keep it looking fresh...and that's it!

I also wanted to give big THANK YOU to all of you who wished Niecey Poo a happy 4th birthday. We had such a good...even though it rained like crazy!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Random Fab Finds...

Me and Niecey Poo in our $1 store shades thinking we cute :) Niecey Poo celebrated her 4th birthday Wednesday, May 11th and this weekend is her big party, so we plan to have big fun!! I hope you guys have a great weekend as well...rain or shine don't forget to smile :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Protective Styling With Twists

Last Saturday night..crampy and bored, I decided to throw in some twists as a protective style. I began by washing, conditioning and detangling my hair. I then applied grape seed oil and a small dab of Jane Carter's Hair Nourishing Cream (I had a small sample...I do a full review of that brand soon) to 4 sections and set them in braids to air dry. Once 85-90% dry I blow dried using the "Tension Method", this method is much easier/faster for me compared to using a comb attachment. I planned on doing med sized twists like these >>here, but I got so caught in watching "The Kids Are All Right" I didn't realize I was twisting them small and medium lol! I doubt if guys can really tell the difference, but it turned a 4 hour job in to a 5-6 hour job. In the end I was tired, but I loved the results! The only product I used to twist was SM Deep Treatment Mask and I plan on keeping this in for 3 weeks. This maybe even a staple summer style and routine for me this year...wear the twist for 3 weeks, unravel for a banging twist, rock that look for a few days, then wash and twist all over again. Super simple, cute and protective :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Giveaway!! Win Hair Goodies From Enso Naturals!!!

Enso Naturals would love to introduce you guys to their natural and affordable product line by sponsoring this generous giveaway valued at $28!! Based out of Orange, California, Enso Naturals is a line created to address the growing needs of women with curly, kinky, coily and relaxed hair textures. The line consists of products formulated from wholesome ingredients like Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, Murumuru Butter and nourishing botanical extracts like Marshmallow Root, Irish Moss and Calendula just to name a few. And with names like Sweet Honey Hibiscus Leave-In, Cacao Curl Recovery Treatment and Coconut Lemongrass Moisture Mist how can a product junkie resist lol!!

The folks at Enso Naturals are giving up TWO of their best products to one lucky reader and the rules are simple:
•You must be a resident of the United States
•You must follow this blog, Naturally Obsessed
•Leave a comment below listing one product from our line they would like to try
•Please include your first name and email address with your comment

All of these rules stated above are required and necessary to be eligible. The give away starts today, May 9th, 2011 and ends May 23rd, 2011. The winner will be randomly selected and announced shortly after closing. Good luck to all those who will enter!!! Check out the prizes and their descriptions below.

Marshmallow Root Twisting Pudding ($11.50 8 oz): A rich, thick, velvety smooth alcohol free styling pudding suitable for all hair types that does not cause flakes or tack. Marshmallow Root Twisting Pudding was formulated with the needs of tired, thirsty, frizzy curls in mind. Our Twisting Pudding is fortified with Marshmallow Root which conditions your coils leaving your hair soft and nourished from root to tip. Marshmallow Root Twisting Pudding is also loaded with curl loving ingredients to help enhance your natural curl pattern while offering brilliant sheen, bouncy curls and hold.

Key Benefits:
•Marshmallow Root is a highly medicinal herb that contains an abundance of mucilage, which in turn provides "slip" that helps to manage, condition and detangle thick, curly hair. This herb is also high in plant proteins which nourishes your scalp promoting healthy hair growth and luster.

•Argan Oil is an amazing moisturizer for coarse, kinky hair, as it helps with moisture retention. Argan Oil also protects the hair from damaging free radicals thanks to the abundance of antioxidants it contains.

•Silk Amino Acids fights frizz by smoothing the cuticle, leaving hair silky, smooth, and free of frizz. Silk Amino Acids also provides curly hair a much needed moisture boost while also enhancing sheen!

 •Shea & Cocoa Butter protects, hydrates and nourishes your hair.

•Avocado Oil provides a moisture boost for extremely dry hair.

•Rice Bran Oil helps protect your hair from UV damage, while penetrating deep into the hair shaft delivering nutrients and hydration to parched curls.

•Virgin Coconut Oil nourishes hair at the follicle helping to strengthen the hair shaft, impart moisture and encourage growth.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (paraben free fragrance), Fragrance

Olive & Honey Hydrating Hair Butter ($10.50 4 oz & $16.50 8 oz): A highly concentrated, rich moisturizing hairdress loaded with tons of nourishing oils known for their ultra moisturizing, regenerative and nourishing properties. Our yummy Olive & Honey Hydrating Hair Butter absorbs quickly leaving your tresses tamed, your curls quenched, and your hair manageable. Olive & Honey Hydrating Hair Butter is ideal for those with dry, coarse brittle hair and perfect for those that are transitioning out of a relaxer as this hair butter can be used to soften new growth and work to minimize breakage by conditioning the hair.

Key Benefits:
•Our carefully selected botanical herbal infusion of nettle, horsetail, coltsfoot, burdock root and thyme strengthens hair, adds luster, protects your tresses from the elements and promotes growth.

•Olive Oil works to restore the strength, sheen and improve the overall health of your hair. Olive Oil also conditions and nourishes dry, brittle and chemically treated hair minimizing breakage and helping to increase length retention.

•Avocado Oil works to condition and nourish the hair from root to tip. Avocado Oil is rich in amino acids, essential fatty acids, and plant nutrients making which all work in perfect harmony to give you healthy, strong, hydrated hair.
•Shea & Butter protects, hydrates, and delivers essential nutrients to your hair.

•Castor Oil imparts sheen, restores healthy moisture balance, promotes hair growth and improves manageability.

•Extra Virgin Coconut is one of the very few oils that can penetrate the hair shaft offering supreme moisturizing benefits. Coconut Oil is also purported to aid in promoting hair growth.

•Honey quenches curls and imparts sheen.

Ingredients: Distilled Water (infused with: Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Equisetum Hiemale Linn (Horsetail), Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot), Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Beeswax, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Extra Virgin Coconut) Oil, Honey, Annatto Seeds, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (paraben free preservative), Fragrance

In the meantime, like Enso Naturals on Facebook >> and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on new products, information, sales, giveways and all things Enso!

Good Luck :)

Hair Diary: Kirstin W.

About me...Hi my name is Kirstin. I'm a wife and mother of two~a girl and a boy! Currently I am a stay at home mom and natural hair junkie. I currently reside in Richmond, VA where the natural hair scene is booming. I recently transitioned my daughter, she is 8 and in the 2nd grade, and I'm so proud of the both of us and our curly hair. My husband is my biggest natural hair cheerleader and will talk anyone down from a relaxer..lol! I enjoy researching about natural hair, feeling natural hair, and the general natural hair musing. I'm basically glad to be apart of "The Club"!

Where do you live? How is the natural hair community there?
Hi, I currently reside in Richmond, VA! Go VCU! The natural community hear is growing. It's nothing now to see another natural running around. I love how the city has embarrassed "curls". We are starting to get more meetups and it's really been fun watching it grow!

When and why did you decide to go natural?
It was the summer of 2008..I just had enough of my hair looking like everyone else and rocking the trusty, but boring, wrap! I BC'd Jan. 31 2009 and I did my own initial BC, I went to a salon and had it shaped up the next day!

Were your friends and family supportive?
If not, how were you able to move forward? My husband has always been my biggest cheerleader! My mom took awhile, but I'm happy to report that she has transitioned herself! I can't think of one negative statement I got, everybody loves it! But I do know if my maternal grandmother was still alive she would have a lot to say, rest her soul. I could hear her now, "what's going on with your hair..you need some money for a perm" LOL! I miss her!

What is your current hair routine?
I wash every 7-10 days, cowash in between when needed! I try to protective style most of the time but with the weather getting warm I'll be rocking more wash/go's. I give my hair moisture (water), every 3-4 days and then seal the moisture with Coconut Oil!

Do you have any hair goals? What steps are you taking to achieve them?
I want healthy, long hair. The health of my hair is the most important, so to achieve my goals I keep it moisturized, I remain gentle with my hair and I never touch it if I'm rushing or angry..LOL!

What is your fav go-to style for your natural hair? Tell us how you achieve it?
My favorite go-to style would have to be my chunky twistout! I had such trouble with twistouts, so when I mastered it, I was hooked. I do about 8 big twists, and bam I've got a fierce style once it dries. At that point, I style my hair how I desire rather it be an updo or down and cascading!

Where can you find me?
I'm on Twitter Jadison03, I have a blog supr-naturals.blogspot.com and I'm on Youtube, youtube.com/user/jadison03

Curly girls have more fun because...we have the most versatile hair! I can rock it rolled, tucked, pinned, swooped..etc and my hair will just mold right to what I want it to do at that moment..I love it!

Gorgeous Sis!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Nappy Hair Runs In My Family

I couldn't resist buying this tee..it's only $12 and the phrase is too cute :) Get your tee >> HERE!!

Video: Dry Twist Out Using Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque

Thinning & Breaking Hair...What's The Difference?

(By Lynne Sheldon of LiveStrong.com) 
Most people lose over 50 hairs a day, but several factors can contribute to more rapid hair loss. Thinning hair is often the result of age or a nutrient deficiency, while breaking hair results from harsh styling or improper care. A doctor can help determine which type of loss you are experiencing and discuss treatment options with you.

Thinning hair detaches at the root and falls out all over the scalp or in patches. Your hair growth naturally slows as you age, and this can result in loss or an overall reduction in the amount of hair you have. Breaking hair, on the other hand, snaps off on your scalp's surface or anywhere along your hair shaft, leaving the root in place. It occurs most often on those with dried-out hair that is prone to split ends. Your hair's growth rate may slow just because your tresses break off before you can grow your hair longer.

While age can cause your hair to thin, a vitamin or mineral deficiency can also lead to thinning hair, as can certain types of medications, according to the Huntington College of Health Sciences. Scalp conditions like ringworm or psoriasis may also result in thinning hair or loss. Conversely, trauma is the most common cause of breaking hair. Rolling your hair too tightly in curlers, braiding or pulling your locks into tight styles can cause them to weaken and break, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Additionally, overstyling with hot tools, coloring your hair and using a chemical straightener can sap your strands of moisture and lead to breakage.

Talk to a physician about your thinning hair. Eat a balanced diet that consists of the correct amount of nutrients, but do not add any supplements or foods before discussing them with your doctor. Also ask her about treatments for any scalp conditions you experience, as well as prescription products that might increase your hair's thickness. Use mild, moisturizing hair care products to maintain the health of the hair you have.

If you have breaking hair, you may also discuss this with your doctor, but topical treatment might offer some relief. Avoid tight hairstyles and apply a heat-protecting spray before you use any hot tools. Have a professional color or chemically straighten your hair rather than attempting these harsh treatments on your own, and limit the process to once every two months. Use nourishing shampoos and conditioners designed to strengthen your hair from the roots to the tip and avoid blow drying as much as possible, allow your hair to air-dry to discourage further breakage.

Additional Consideration
According to DermNet NZ, both breaking and thinning hair can be the result of a condition known as trichotillomania, which is characterized by a compulsive pulling, tugging or breaking of your hair. Speak with a health care provider if you feel you suffer from this condition. Your hair will typically grow back after the trauma subsides and you replace your hair-pulling with alternative habits.

If you experience severe or sudden hair thinning or breaking, seek medical attention. You could have an underlying medical condition or a severe nutrient deficiency.

Also check out The Difference Between Thick And Thin Hair >> HERE!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Quick Review: Shea Moisture Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

So...remember my twists from the Given By Nature review?? Well, it's been a week and a half and I still have them in lol! Once the got a bit fuzzy I decided to use SM Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque as a styler and retwist. It's the first time I used it since my purchase at Walgreen's. I didn't even know I could use this masque for that purpose until I read the label. It's states that the SMSBDTM (whew that's a long name lol) can be used as a moisturizing deep treatment, a leave in and a styler. That's pretty awesome! After smoothing and re-twisting with the masque my twists felt great and have a fresh scent. So if you already own this product, definitely try it out as a twisting/braiding styler...I think you'll love it! Here's some pics a few days after...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Have You Ever Danced....With Your Afro?!!?

Get into this!! Les Nubians "Afro Dance" from their new album Nü Revolution.

Curly Girls Rock Recap

On Friday, April 29, 2011, three Atlanta based natural hair bloggers hosted the natural hair meetup at the Harlem Nights Lounge located at 201 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Attendees received complimentary makeovers, hairstyle tutorials, mini manicures, and mini massages. Donations were collected for Beauty Recycled.

The hosts of “Curly Girls Rock” have been known to put on fabulous natural hair events in Atlanta, and this was their debut as a collaboration to show ladies that natural hair can be fabulous.

This mixer included ladies who are fully natural, transitioning, or relaxed aspiring naturals. Upon arrival, guests received gift bags with samples from various companies including Pooka Pure and Simple and many more. Several lucky attendees won awesome giveaways of beauty products and tools, making Curly Girls Rock the ultimate mixer in Atlanta for natural women.

To top it off, several of the top natural hair bloggers and owners of popular natural hair brands, such as Shea Moisture, Tea and Honey Blends, and many more were present. GoodGirlPR, a natural hair care publicist, was the proud public relations sponsor of Curly Girls Rock.

Below you'll find some pictures of the beautiful ladies who attended...

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