Friday, August 26, 2011

HBO presents...Happy To Be Nappy & Other Stories of Me

Have you seen this film?? While flipping through the TV this morning, trying to find something to occupy Niecey Poo, I came across the title of this film Happy To Be Nappy. I was like "Huh...What"! That's not a title you see everyday on your TV guide lol! So I quickly clicked it to see what it was about. Immediately my heart was melted! It had already been on for a minutes before I tuned it and I caught it right when these 2 little black girls are talking about their hair. These girls were talking like I wish some adult black women would! They just love their hair...how it moves, what they can do with it and how it's so different from the other girls in their class. The fact that their hair is different didn't matter at all, because they love it!! I look over at Niecey Poo's face and she is hanging on to their every word lol!!I was proud of them like I knew them personally. All little black girls should feel this way, kudos to their parents. After the girls, Mary J Blige narrates a cute poem celebrating our hair :)

The film is not just about hair though. It explores all the many differences that make us who we are and how we deal with them...from a kids point of view. It covers various topics from kids with various backgrounds. It's an awesome film that I think every child should get the chance to see. Heck, even some adults could learn a thing or 2 for these children!

If your interested in seeing it for yourself, HBO will be showing it again tonight at 10:30pm ET Comcast channel 304. Also you can purchase the DVD at www.Amazon.com for $6.99.

NCR: Can Black Seed Oil ReGrow Your Hair??

The Mister and I were introduced to Black Seed Oil a few months ago, by a relative. They got us in touch with a local seller who basically told us this was some kind of miracle oil that fix/cure almost anything. I was a bit skeptical, but my husband decided to purchase some anyway...smh. Long story short, neither one of us has ever used it lol! I planned on given it a try, but finding good reliable reviews on it's benefits concerning hair growth were hard to come by. However, Naturally Curly post this article below today that pretty much clears up any confusion I had about this oil and it's hair growing claims.

(Written by Samantha Berley via NaturallyCurly.com)
There’s been a bit of a hubbub about hair growth remedies these days. Men often turn to toupees or hairpieces, but women don’t necessarily have that option. One of many recently popular hair growth remedies that have surfaced is black seed oil.

However, even though it’s marketed to boost hair growth, not a lot is known about it. What is this so-called black seed oil? What does it do, and does it have any true application to the growth or re-growth of hair?

What Is It?? Part of the confusion with this oil is not the oil itself, but the dozens of different types of “black seeds.” Often times, it’s confused with cumin and other spices. However, research shows that there is only one black seed used for medicinal purposes, which can be one, of what may be many, hair growth remedies out there.

The Black Seed Oil Problem: There are several websites that boast of black seed’s near-magical properties, but all of those websites are selling a product. This makes some of the general information a bit problematic for consumers, especially those who want to be savvy about their purchases.

So, what’s the good news? Black seed oil has been scientifically proven to help with a variety of ailments, both in lab rats and in humans, including colitis, reduction of cancer growth and boosting the immune system.

Unfortunately, in regards to black seed oil as one of many hair growth remedies, there is bad news. There is no information on the benefits of black seed oil in regards to hair growth, and I looked through tons medical journals and medical journal databases! However, that’s not to say that anecdotal evidence doesn’t exist.

The Black Seed Oil Low Down: Even if there aren’t any proven results in medical journal databases, the non-e-commerce side of the Internet is boasting that black seed oil contains essential fatty acids to promote a healthy body, and state the oil is one of the many hair growth remedies to prevent hair thinning and promote healthy growth of hair.

Overall, shrouded in mystery, black seed oil has been proven time and time again to boost the body’s ability to strengthen and heal, but the jury is still out as to its help with hair growth. As of yet, no official scientific studies are available via some of the largest medical databases in the nation. This is problematic for those who want details and want to know how it works. That information, at least concerning how the oil can speed up hair growth, just does not exist.

That being said, black seed oil is healthy for you. It has the ingredients that other hair growth remedies boast, and there is anecdotal evidence, in spite of the lack of scientific evidence.

To see the full article and read more from author Samantha Berley, click HERE!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Video: How I Maintain My Wash & Go's

*Watch In HD*
Hey ladies! This is just a quick video detailing how I wrap my hair at night and revive in the morning. The products I used to set my wash and go (which is not shown) were Castor Oil, Ori Organics Leave In (not available) and clear Eco Styler gel. To fluff in the morning, all I need is a a few spritz of water, lots of fluffing and a little stretching with my blowdryer.
Here's my hair at the end of that day...

Esperanza Spalding For New York Times Magazine

Check out our Esperanza Spalding looking gorgeous on the new cover of New York Times Magazine Style. So glad she's getting so much recognition, she is truly talented. Read more about this and her interview >HERE<! I also spot Solange's name on the cover, be sure to check her feature out as well.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Today's Hair...

The weather is really nice today...not too hot or humid...it's just right! So I decided to do a wash & go. The product combination I used this time around was a dab of Castor Oil, then Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk and then clear Eco Styler gel raked through. I diffused on low heat and then stretched the roots. For added shine and softness I smoothed on Cantu Shea Butter's Super Shine Hair Silk (full review of this product will be posted soon). My hair feels soft, light and full of definition! My kinks really really like the SM Curl & Style Milk...might have to add this one to my faves list lol!
Happy Friday Ladies :)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Obsessive Curls: Meet Jade Of FlawlessMistake.com!

Funny. Fashionable. Fabulous is Jade get to know this beauty!!

About me...My name is Jade and I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. I am a true southern belle. LOL!

Where do you live? How is the natural hair community there?
I currently live in DC and commute A LOT to NYC on the weekends. So I claim both as home. In both cities the natural community is very large. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t spot a natural sista rocking a fro or locs.
When and why did you decide to go natural?
I went natural in the summer of 2009. I transitioned for 7 months and in December of 2009 did the big chop. I decided to go natural because I was feed up with my relaxed hair. I always wanted big curly hair and the only way that I could achieve it was to go natural.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision? If not, how were you able to move forward?
Some of my family members were supportive because two of my cousins had previously gone natural before me so they were used to the process. Of course some of my family had reservations about me cutting all of my hair off but kept their comments to themselves. My friends also supported my decision. In the beginning I tried to style my TWA too much which resulted in some “hot messes” but even then my friends didn’t belittle me.
Describe your hair routine.
My hair routine is easy. I cowash every week and shampoo about once a month. Deep conditioning I only do when I feel my hair needs it so that's about every 2 weeks. I moisturize my hair every evening before bed and every morning with a leave in conditioner. I use essential oils to keep moisture in my hair during the fall/winter but not during the spring/summer.

What are some of your favorite hair products?
My favorite hair products are; Kinky Curly Knot Today; Herbal Essence Hello Hydration; Castor Oil, Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Jojoba Oil, Giovanni Leave-In, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Kinky Curly Custard.

Do you have any hair goals? What steps are you taking to achieve them?
I don’t have any hair goals. During my first year of being natural all I wanted was my hair to grow and grow FAST. I would try all types of products that “promoted fast hair growth” but quickly grew tired of wasting money and time. So I stopped trying to achieve “BSL” by certain date and just focused on taking care of my hair.
How has being natural changed you?
Being natural changed my confidence. When I Big Chopped for the first 5 minutes I balled my eyes out. Lol. I had never had short hair before then and thought to myself, “What the hell have I done?” Lol. After a few minutes of admiring my new curly hair and knowing there was no way to attach my chopped locks back to my hair I started to realize that my beauty was not in my hair but it was in me. When I did my Big Chop is was empowering. I was no longer tied to that mentality of the longer your hair the prettier you are.

What are your top 5 obsessions?
• Fashion
• Desserts
• Discovering new restaurants
• Anything techie such as computers, software, cameras & etc.
• Always having a good time no matter where I’m at.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you want to know more about me you can reach me....
Twitter: FlawlessMis

Just A Day....

Just a random video...no story...no plot...just enjoying the day :) It's gorgeous outside and I just pulled out my phone and started recording. Please excuse the puffy eyes, it was still early lol! You also get to see my hair in a more natural light and a few clips of Niecey Poo!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

In Review: Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel

Product Description
Kiss My Face Upper Management Medium Hold Styling Gel shows off natural hair gel at its best. Rich in organic botanicals, Kiss My Face Upper Management Medium Hold Styling Gel is the final step for luxurious locks that stay under your control. Kiss My Face Upper Management Medium Hold Styling Gel contains natural vitamins that nourish your hair and scalp cleanly, without buildup. Kiss My Face Upper Management Medium Hold Styling Gel provides effective control and hair nourishment all in one.
Cost: 8 oz. bottle for $5.44 @ www.LuckyVitamin.com

Ingredients: Purified, Deionized Certified Organic Floral Water (of Nettle, Calendula and Chamomile), Carbopol, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Amino Acid derived), Yeast Extract, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Grapefruit Extract.

My Thoughts: I'd been hearing a lot of good reviews on this styling gel from other naturals, so I decided to try it out for myself. I ordered my from LuckyVitamin.com. I used this site several times in the past, they offer low prices and quick shipping. So if you like using organic (or mostly organic) hair products or are just in the market for vitamins, you should definitely check out the site. On to the review...I wore my braid out for 2 days, but on the night of day 2 I noticed a bit of frizz in the crown and middle sections. So to correct the issue I decided to rebraid my hair and use the KMF Gel for extra hold and of course frizz control. I applied it in pretty much the same way I set the original braids, I made a couple in the back a little bit bigger though. The consistency is thinner and more workable than Eco Styler, it kinda reminds me of the As I Am Curling Jelly but with a little more slip. KMF Gel is pH balanced and contains no parabens, phtalates or SLS. The smells is very fresh and citrus, which worked well with the JC Nourish & Shine that was already on my hair. I use a dime sized amount for each braid, covered with a satin scarf and slept. In the morning, I unraveled some Vatika Oil and lightly fluffed.
Although I loved the outcome, I should have used a bit more, because just like the label says the hold is medium. Other than that, my felt very soft, smelled good and had a nice sheen. What more could you want from 3rd day hair :)

Have you tried any Kiss My Face products? Thoughts??

Obsessive Links: Food Made Easy w/ Wendy & Jess



Hey ladies, if your into taking care of yourself from the inside out, then you should check Wendy (health educator) and Jess (nutrition educator) of www.FoodMadeEasy.com. I spotted this link while lurking on Twitter last night and to share it with you guys. On their you'll find recipes, dieting tip and vlogs like the one above. And to top it off both ladies have beautiful hair!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Today's Hair...

...is a braid out of course! Monday or Tuesday (I can't remember) I finally washed my hair. To shampoo I used Shea Moisture Black Soap shampoo, it really helped to get all the buildup from wearing twists for 3 weeks out of my hair. I de-tangled with the matching conditioner and then DC'ed with Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner. Next came the rinse and I began setting my in 16 braids. The products I chose to use this tine around were Argan Oil and Jane Carter's Nourish & Shine...awesome combination. I did use the Jane Carter Leave In on a few of the braids in the back, but I just don't like how it feels on my hair and after 3 braids I threw that stuff right back in the box it came in lol! I keep the braids in until this morning and here's the resulting braid out...
Soft and shiny! A little oily, because I was a bit heavy handed with the Argan Oil, but it wasn't so bad. I would love to wear it down, but I think we're expecting some rain today and/or tonight so I decided to rock a cute pin-up to run some errands...
You might remember this simple look from this tutorial >HERE<. It's a quick and easy look and I only used 1 bobby pin to secure it! I hope the rain isn't too brutal tonight, because my hair looks really cute LOL :) Enjoy your day ladies!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Food For Thought: Cucumbers

I've always been a fan of cucumbers, but I just might start eating them more after reading this article...

-Article via BeautyandGroomingTips.com
Cucumbers have a very high water content of around 96% and are excellent body rehydrators. It contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and caffeic acid, fiber, along with minerals like silica, potassium and magnesium. One should eat lots of it, especially in the summer. A widely cultivated vegetable in India, it has a cooling and refreshing effect on the body. This nature's cool customer is also a beauty enhancer.
Some of the many uses for the cucumber include: preventing pimples and blackheads, relieve puffy eyes, sore throats and weight loss. Here's a couple tips on how it can also be beneficial to your hair...
For hair growth: Drinking a mixture of cucumber juice and that of carrot regularly stimulates hair growth. The high content of silicon and sulphur in cucumber juice nourishes the hair, nails and skin.
To treat hair after swimming: Swimming in a pool with chlorinated water can cause much damage to your hair. Try this treatment to keep chlorine damage to a minimum. Blend together 1 egg, 3-4 tbsp of olive oil and 1 quarter peeled cucumber. Spread the mixture evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes and then thoroughly rinse.
Interesting right?! There's also a few good skincare recipes in this post as well. If you would like to read the full article, please click >HERE<.

Obsessed Mail: Heat Damage...Help!!

 Kendra writes- 
Hey Mrs. KinkyKurlyQueen, (Sorry I don't know your real name). First - I love your channel and blogs. I've been following you for over 2 years and you are such an inspiration!
Now, I am in dire need of help. About a month ago, I straightened my hair for the first time this year. I got it bone straight and used heat protectants. The last day I wore my hair straight, I straightened some hair too much and when I washed my hair, two parts of my hair did not curl back! It has gotten better, they're curly but it's a 3c curl instead of 4b. I tried Aphogee treatment (but didn't do it right). I don't know what to do. I feel like I messed up my hair forever and I don't know how to repair it? Can you please give me advice on how to nurse my hair back to health? And my hair is braids now so is there anything I could do to make it healthier?
Hey Kendra! Thanks for the kind words and support sis. Also my real name is Shana :) Now about this heat damage of yours, I'll be real straight forward with you...in my opinion there is no quick fix for heat damage. Once the damage is done, it's done! Just like a getting a split end or a single strand knot, is really no way around it, but to cut off the damaged areas and unfortunately start over. But if cutting your hair is out the question, you can always let the damaged areas grow out (like a 2nd transition) and make small snips until all the damage is gone. Heat damage is no joke! Although I'm always extremely cautious when I apply heat to my hair, I know that there is a chance (small or big)  that I too can get heat damage. To use heat is a gamble.

If any of you ladies have experienced this issue,and have any advice and/or encouragement please share below!

Come On Tell The Truth...

We all love our hair......YES! But if you had the opportunity, the wish, the miracle to change one thing...anything...about it, what would it be?

Monday, August 1, 2011

3 Weeks Of Twists Down...A Fab Twist Out For Days!

The title says it all...I wore my twists for 3 weeks and the twist out cam out fabulous!! But before I get into that I want to go over my last few days wearing the twists...

First of it was hot...no more like HOT everyday last week and the HUMIDITY was ridiculous! Although the weather cause me a lot of frizz, the humidity actually helped to keep my twists plumped and soft. For the last week or so my regime has been super simple...almost nonexistent lol! I massaged my scalp using Bee Mine Scalp Serum, spray my ends with water and that's it. I did that process every other day, except for the day I took these photos. I applied a little Avocado Shea Butter to seal the moisture in after spritzing with water.
The next day I decided go ahead and take down. I had initially planned to wash my hair immediately after the take down, but after seeing the first couple twists unraveled decided to rock a twist out instead. The definition was CRAZY and felt so soft. And you would think that because the SMCES (Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie) is such a thick product that my hair would feel weighed down and greasy, but it didn't feel that way at all. Here's a couple of the take down and twistout...

Obsessed Mail: Too Much Shedding!

Kayla writes -
Hi! My hair is shedding and to me it is a lot. I'm not sure if the amount is normal to others or not. I put henna in my hair back in June and I'm wondering if that was the cause. My hair was a lot less defined and frizzy right after I did the henna. It had pretty much returned to its original state but then I noticed shedding. I wear my hair in a big bun for a week then wash it on the weekend. I notice when I take the bun down, wash, de-tangle, and style my hair comes out. Do you think the henna is causing the shedding?
Hi Kayla! The experts claim that the average person shed about a 100 strands per day.  So when you bun your hair up for a week, that's 7 days of built up shed hair. When it comes time for you to wash it may seem like a ton of hair is coming out, but it's really just built up shed hair. I can't really say if using Henna is causing you excessive shedding, because I've never used it on my hair...and don't plan to. However, from what I've read some have experience some shedding the first couple of times they've used Henna. Also if your not following your Henna treatments with a deep condition immediately afterwards, your hair can be left feeling dry and brittle. Some even compare Henna to protein treatments...read more about that >>HERE<<.

Unusual amounts of shedding can cause by a number of things. Causes like stress and poor diet are the most common triggers. If the shedding starts to become too much of an issue, I would highly suggest you talk to a physician.

I hope this helps you...keep me updated on your progress! -KKQ
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