Friday, September 30, 2011

In Review: Anata Naturals Products

Goat Milk & Shea Butter Shampoo: If you are looking for a kinder, more gentle way to cleanse your hair and scalp, give our Goat Milk & Shea Butter Shampoo a try. The sulfate-free formula cleanses the hair and scalp with any stripping or overdrying. It produces a medium rich lather that will pamper and nourish your hair.
Ingredients: distilled water, goat's milk, saponified oils of: shea butter, safflower, coconut, avocado, sunflower and palm, glycerin and borax.
Cost: 12 oz bottle for $16.00 @ www.AnataNaturals.com

Monoi & Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment: Nourishing. Pampering. Indulgent. This luxuriously moisturizing treatment packs quite a deep conditioning punch. Ideally used when hair is in need of a little extra TLC. Power packed with 6 oils including Monoi, Coconut and Hemp Seed as well as Shea, Mango and Cocoa Butter.
Ingredients: Distilled water infused with lavender and chamomile, coconut oil, monoi oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, glycerin,emulsifying wax, aloe vera gel, silk amino acids, olive oil, hemp seed oil, apricot kernal oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, grapefruit seed extract, fragrance.
Cost: $25.00 for an 8 oz. jar @ www.AnataNaturals.com

Green Tea Curling Pudding: Conditioning Style. This product is perfect when you want soft touchable curls and waves with style and definition. Babassu oil keeps hair soft and manageable while glycerin draws in much needed moisture.
Ingredients: Distilled water infused with green tea, babassu oil, glycerin, olive oil, aloe vera gel, emulsifying wax, gelatin, pectin, vitamin e, grapefruit seed extract and fragrance. 
Cost: $22.00 for an 8 oz jar @ www.AnataNaturals.com

My Thoughts: My experience began with the GMSB Shampoo of course. I applied it to my hair, one section at a time concentrating on my scalp and then the length of my hair. The lather was on the mild side, you know not too much, but just enough to get the scalp clean. After rinsing, I did noticed my hair felt a little dry, which was surprising to me since the ingredients seemed so moisturizing :(
I didn't fret for too long I began genorously applying the MCO Deep Conditioner, thinking for sure it would get my hair feeling better. The consistency is thick and creamy, and the cocoa/coconut/vanilla scent is pleasant was lovely. I let it sit for about 15-20 minutes and rinsed thoroughly.I hate to say it, but it felt better going on than it felt coming off. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either, which again surprised me since the ingredients look soooo good :(
Hoping to break the disappointed pattern I started braiding for a braidout (duh!) using the GTC Pudding. The scent is very similar to the MCO Deep Conditioner and the creamy consistency made it a breeze to distribute. My braids felt soft and gave them a gorgeous sheen, I couldn't wait to take them down down the next morning. Here's the results....

Today's Hair...

Ok Ok...it's not REALLY how my hair is today, but it led to how my hair is today :) I blew my hair out on Tuesday to do my mini twists and I even recorded the whole process. Its going to take a few days until that video gets uploaded, because there is a ton of editing that needs to be done. I'm not looking forward to that task at all lol! In the meantime check out a sneak of my twists below :)
Happy Friday Ladies!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

In Review: Cantu Shea Butter Products + Quick Style Tutorial


Cantu Shea Butter Super Shine "Hair Silk"
Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Limmanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil (Meadow-Foamate), Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk, Fragrance (Parfum)
Cost: $5.99 for an 5.1 oz bottle @ DrugStore.com

Cantu Shea Butter Oil Sheen Spray
Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Isobutane, Propane, Lanolin Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Paraffin, Petrolatum, Isostearate, Tocohperol, Proplyparaben, Isopropyl Myristate, Pvp Iodine, Hydrolyzed Silk, Fragrance (Parfum), Retinyl Palmitate, Benzophenone-4.
Cost: $4.99 for an 9.5 oz can @ Target.com

Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Laneth 15, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG 1 Trideceth 6, Steareth 2, Lanolin, Steareth 20, Dimethicone, Phenyltrimethicone, Panthenol, Benzophenone 3, BHA, BHT, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil (Corn), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Collagen, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum) (parfum)
Cost: $4.99 for an 6.1 oz jar @ DrugStore.com

Is This The World's Largest Afro??

Guiness World Records thinks so! Meet 36 year old, Aevin Dugas from New Orleans and her 4ft. 4in. MEGA FRO!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Obsessive Links: Flowers From Fatima

Hey Ladies! Today I wanted to share with you another fab site that I stumbled upon called www.FlowersFromFatima.com. Fatima creates and sells these gorgeous handmade flower hair clips that you see above. Her pieces can be worn for many different occasions. Dress them up with a chic dress or use them to add pop to a plain tee and jean look. Keep reading to learn more about the young lady behind the brand...

Fatima's inspiration....
"Growing up, my father decided to pursue a family run program for the improvement of our neighborhood. Alone, my family and I turned the neighborhood into a paradise. We attracted exotic butterflies, birds, and positive energy that seemed foreign to the complex and this beauty lasted for many Summers. It was then, 10 years ago, that I found an attraction for natural beauty and have grown to connect with our Mother Nature in all ways possible. In mid-December, my father passed, but his vision and dream of hope lives through my flowers"
Want to know what else is great?? Fatima is now offering a very generous discount of 40% off exclusively to Naturally Obsessed readers. All you have to do is enter "Naturally40" into the promo code box before checking out....and that's it!!  Offer ends on Sept. 21st exactly one week from today, so act fast before the offers runs out. Happy shopping ladies :)
Seriously...how pretty are these hair sticks!! You can also stay up to date with Flowers From Fatima by following her on Twitter @FlowersFFatima doing so will keep you in the know about other deals and discounts available.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rhassoul Clay Treatment Tutorial


Nothing has really changed in my Rhassoul Clay routine, but I wanted to give you a better tutorial since I have a better camera to shoot with now. Enjoy :)

In Review: Thayers Peach Witch Hazel w/ Aloe & Vitamin E

 Product Description: 
An Orchard in a Bottle. Thayers Peach Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula is nectar for the skin. It’s got all the soothing properties you’ve come to love in our Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents, with a gorgeous, fresh-off-the-tree scent. Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners have been soothing, softening, healing and stimulating skin since 1847. Try our hands-on approach. Hamamelis Virginiana? Thayers calls it "The Shrub Of Life". Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana) and a blend of other time-tested ingredients - THAYERS Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners are soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, tone and soothe your skin. Read more HERE.
Ingredients: Thayers Proprietary Witch Hazel, Peach leaves, Orange Flower, Tangerine, Kiwi, Passion Fruit, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, natural grain alcohol as a preservative (10%) and an Emulsified All-Natural Peach Fragrance

Cost: 12 oz bottle $6.54 @ www.LuckyVitamin.com

My Thoughts: I've been using witch hazel on my face since I started doing the OCM (oil cleansing method) last year. I use it as a toner after cleansing to grab any extra dirt or oil lingering on my face. In the beginning I would use a generic/no name witch hazel from Walmart and it worked fine for my skin...nothing special. When I ran out I decided to look for other formulations before repurchasing the same brand. I stumbled on the Thayers brand while stocking up on conditioner at LuckyVitamin.com and was immediately impressed by the ingredients and product claims. Long story short, I scooped up a bottle and have been using it ever since. The first thing I noticed about this brand was the scent, it actually smells really nice...like peaches lol! My generic brand smelled like rubbing alcohol so this was definitely an upgrade. Another plus about Thayers Witch Hazel is that it not only cleanses my skin, but it makes my skin feel soft and moisturized afterwards. On my lazy days when I have nowhere to go I often and don't feel like doing the OCM, I'll just squirt some Thayers on a cotton ball, swipe my face and be done. It's now a staple in my skincare regimen!

Corrine Bailey Rae Shares Hair Tips With BET!

 (source)
BET caught up with one of every curly girl's favorite curly girl, Corrine Bailey Rae, to chat about that gorgeous mane of hers during Fashion Week. Read below for the interview highlights
Her fave products...
“Most of the time when I do my hair I wash it and I use two different Aveda products: Shampure and Aveda Damage Remedy,” she said.
 On maintaining healthy ends...
Most of the people I know say ‘Oh I haven’t cut my hair in seven years, it never grows it’s been this way the whole time,’ when really it hasn’t been that way, it’s been grown.”
 “If you get the ends cut solid so they don’t split they’re not going to break and your hair’s going to grow. People who think their hair doesn’t grow, it’s not true, everyone’s hair grows. You are cutting your hair with your hair brush and comb if you’re not getting it cut regularly. The breakage at the end makes you think it’s not growing.”
Keeping it simple...
“Put the conditioner in it, comb it out, then wash out the conditioner. Braid it into four big plats and keep it like that for a day. Then unravel the braids and you have curls that will stay.”
Read the full article and see more fab pics of Corrine over at www.BET.com!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hair Peace: A Natural Hair Anthem


This video was passed onto me via Twitter and I just had to share it with you guys real quick before I fall asleep and forget lol! Here's the content description (copied from YouTube)...

Essence China brings to you, HAIR PEACE. An original spoken word written by Essence & starring Essence. HAIR PEACE comes as not just education, it serves an anthem for natural haired women and men everywhere.
This spoken word speaks to the simple fact: That loving your natural hair, is an essential part in loving yourself, and going against the norm that a euro-centric society has created for us as African Americans. HAIR PEACE is about loving yourself, and being at PEACE with who you are.

This video was cultivated, directed and edited by Shanice ' Malakai' Johnson.

Very powerful and well put together video! However, I myself don't feel that by wearing my natural hair makes me any more real or closer to my roots than those who don't.
Your Thoughts?!?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Today's Hair...

Just another fluffed out braid out! This week I used Kera Care's Leave In and Butter Cream to style, I'll have my review of that as well as the Cleansing Cream posted sometime next week. These Kera Care products are quickly becoming new faves of mine...the softness is ridiculous!! I almost feel like I'm cheating on my beloved Bee Mine lol. 
Anyhoo, here I am on day 2 in a shirt that I've had since high school. Back when repping your zodiac sign meant something...or so I thought.
Happy Friday :)

5 Natural Tips For A Soft Smooth Shiny Head Of Hair

Article submitted by Daisy Raybould- Maintaining healthy hair is unfortunately not as simple as just using shampoo and conditioner. There are a number of things we need to consider and all are equally as important in order to achieve the perfect hair we all desire. These are not complicated or expensive tips however practiced on a regular basis they have proven to be very effective.

Balanced Diet
The food we eat is an essential influencing factor in the overall condition of our hair. A balanced diet is key to healthy hair.

•Water is vital for nourishing the hair and locking in the natural shine making it silky smooth and more manageable
•Eggs contain the hair growth vitamin known as biotin, which also helps to maintain a healthy scalp
•Salmon and nuts contain high levels of omega 3 fatty acids, these acids are responsible for maintaining a healthy scalp and revitalizing dull hair
•Poultry is a great source of protein that can help strengthen weak hair and restore color
•Low-fat yogurt and milk are great sources of calcium, a mineral that is very important for the growth of hair
•Dark green vegetables contain vitamins A and C, which assist in the production of sebum. This oil acts as a natural conditioner for the hair
•Whole grains found in bread and cereals will provide the hair with a healthy dose of vitamin B, iron, and zinc
•Beans, legumes, and lentils are a great source of vitamins and minerals to help strengthen brittle hair

Healthy Scalp
No matter how hard you try, healthy hair cannot be achieved without a healthy scalp. You should opt for a mild form of shampoo with an acid base; this will ensure the hair is protected while maintaining the texture of the hair. It is not recommended that you shampoo every day, as this will further dry out your scalp. Simply wash your hair when it feels dirty.

The scalp must be kept moisturized; this will keep the skin supple and help to stimulate the growth of hair. Try natural essential oils such as jojoba, rosemary or tea tree oil. Use Shea butter for hair to maintain moisture in the scalp. Exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin and massage regularly to improve blood circulation.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Obsessive Links: Cue Black Girls!!


Check out this HILARIOUS video from Cue Black Girl. If you ever had someone try to ruin your day by putting their hands all up and through your masterpiece of coils and kinks...then you'll absolutely love this video!! Click the link above to visit their Vimeo channel or visit their blog >HERE<.

Monday, September 5, 2011

In Review: Kera Care "Natural Textures" Leave In and Twist & Define Cream


Leave In Conditioner
Product Description: Leave In Conditioner With Amla & Shikakai (Ayurvedic) Botanicals, Argan & Abyssinian Oils & Fruit Extracts KeraCare Natural Textures™ Leave In Conditioner is composed of a unique blend of natural ingredients. Amla and Shikakai moisturize dry frizzy hair while wet and prepare the hair for styling into concise coils and curls. Then, botanicals plus Argan and Abyssinian oil add shine to hair and promotes proper moisture and oil (lipophilic) balance.

Ingredients: aqueous extracts, phyllanthus emblica (amla) and acacia concinna, cetyl alcohol 2, argania spinosa kernel oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, phytosterols, betaine, citric acid, behentrimonium methosulfate, serenoa serrulata fruit extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, propylene glycol, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel extract, saccharum officinarium (sugar cane) stalk extract, potassium sorbate, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, dimethyl stearamine, fragrance, benzyl benzoate, d-Limonene, linalool, methyl ionone gamma. silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free, glycerin free. 

Cost: $11.98 for an 8 oz. bottle >purchase here<

Twist & Define Cream
Product Description: KeraCare® Twist & Define Cream allows you to maximize your twist ability with ease! When dry, hair will have the desired shape and coil foundation from this non-flaking botanical rich formula. Gives hair abundant shine imparted from Argan, Abyssinian and Castor natural oils and Amla extract. 

Ingredients: aqueous (water, aqua purificato, purified) extracts, phyllanthus emblica (amla) and acacia concinna (shikakai) glycerin, acetamide MEA, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, triethanolamine, carbomer, argania spinosa kernel oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, phytosterols, potassium sorbate, methylisothiazolinone, fragrance, benzyl benzoate, d-limonene, linalool, methyl ionone gamma. silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free. 

Cost: $14.99 for an 8 oz. jar >purchase here<

My Thoughts: Play video below.

Continue reading for pictures!

Obsessed Mail: Distressed Hair!!

Loeski writes...
Hi Shana! Let me start by giving you props for having such a successful blog and YouTube channel! Your natural journey has helped me out a lot, but I'm sure you can tell by the subject line that I'm having some hair issues. Around April this year, I began to notice my hair getting more frizzy and a lot drier. I was doing deep conditions every 3 weeks due to protective styling (mini twists and such) after washes, but nothing seemed to help. I trim my ends once a month, because I have loads of damage and split ends (too much heat on my hair) and I think I may have heat damage as well. I try to talk to people about my hair and no one seems to recognize the big deal because my twist outs and styles "look good" but the frizz and lack of curl pattern are really beginning to worry me. My hair only curls when wet (which didn't used to be the case) and even if I allow my hair to air dry and apply moisturizer it is still dry!!! I  am debating cutting off my shoulder length 4a hair and starting over *insert sad face here*. I don't know what to do! I feel like I have tried everything but to no avail. If you can be of assistance, I would really appreciate it! You are one of my hair idols so whatever you have to say will be taken into consideration with the utmost respect. 
Hopefully, Loeski 
Hi Loeski! I think you've already diagnosed the problem correctly all by yourself lol! From what you've written, it seems your issue is heat damage. You have all the classic symptoms; frizz, lack of curl pattern and hair that is just not behaving as it normally does. Your efforts to treat the issue are commendable, but unfortunately if it's heat damage there isn't much you can do to fix it. The only options you really have is to either grow it out or cut it off. Also the dryness could be a result of the products you're using. Make sure that if it claims to moisturizing, that it is water based (meaning water should 1st on the ingredients list). Try to avoid sulfate shampoos and check to see if your products contain proteins or not. Your hair maybe sensitive to protein which could also be the cause of your dryness. I hope this helps you Loeski and thank you for supporting my blog and YouTube channel. The love is truly appreciated :)
-Shana

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Video: How I Separate & Fluff My Braid Outs



*Watch In HD*

Today's Hair...

 I am loving my hair today! It's a braid out...of course, but I used 2 new products from Kera Care's "Natural Textures" collection. They were sent to me via NaturallyCurly.com and I'll have my complete video review posted this weekend. But for now just know that I'm a fan! As far as styling I was inspired by Naptural85 and used my own hair to make a braided headband. (You'll be able to so see the braid more clearly in the video) I'm not even totally sure that she did a tutorial on this style, but for some reason I had her in mind while I was doing it lol. It's so cute and easy to do!
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