Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Turban Inspiration From Chescalocs & Busayo

What do you when the cramps finally let up and your home alone...bored!? Well, you go on YouTube and check up on your subscriptions...duh!  Chescalocs is one of my absolute favorite youtubers. She's super creative, funny and her locs are gorgeous! I also love that most, if not all, of her hair tutorials can be adapted to loose natural hair or even long relaxed hair. Her lastest series of videos features her friend Busayo, who demonstrates the various ways one can wrap a turban. Some are simple and others are a bit more daring, but all looks are cute and very easy to recreate. Below is my fave look from the series...

Check out my style interpretation and silly faces after the jump :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hair Diary: Meet Ebony Majesty!

 Get to know the lovely Elle from London whose curls I've been drooling over for I don't know how long lol! Enjoy :)
About me...My name is Elle, also known as The Ebony Majesty on YouTube. I'm a 20-something year-old natural hair addict with waist length 3b/3c hair.
(Wash & go while transitioning)

Where do you live? How is the natural hair community there?
I live in London, England. The majority of women I see have relaxed hair, although I do have a few friends who have decided to go natural. Nowadays I do see more natural divas compared to when I first did the big chop. I feel so happy when people decide to take the plunge, whether they are in my circle or not!

When and why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural in December 2006. My hair was dyed red, and I had just relaxed my hair. It was damaged and that was the last straw for me. In my younger days I had long hair. However, growing up and experimenting with every style going was not good for my strands. I was also inspired by the ladies on Long Hair Care Forum.

I transitioned for 18 months and braved the big chop in June 2008 (my BC video). I was out with friends and had an overwhelming urge to go home and cut my hair (weird I know). It was liberating though!

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm Straight...

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If you follow me on Twitter, then you already know I straightened my hair last Wednesday. I tweeted a pic, but didn't really have much time to really get into to it. However, I did record the whole flat ironing process and HOPEfully..notice the emphasis on hope...I'll have it posted this week.
Until then continue reading to see how my hair has been holding up...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Video: Look What I Got...

Viviscal!!! I was sent this product by NaturallyCurly.com on 11/11/2011 and I've been taking them ever since. Continue reading to get my thoughts on "growth" vitamins, how I plan to share my Viviscal experience with you guys and more information on this product.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Video: How I Wash & Go

This video was recorded on 11/11 right after I took my twists out. I used clear Eco Styler Gel, Kera Care's Leave In Conditioner and Kera Care's Butter Cream Everyday Moisturizer. Awesome combination!!! The video shows the entire process and I made sure to include lots of tips :)
Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Pictures after the jump...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

How Long Is Too Long For You?

I know I've been slacking BIG time, but I just had to share this video with y'all. It's not very entertaining...there's no music and she doesn't talk, but I still watched all the way til the end lol! Her hair is gorgeous and LONG!! This video definitely falls under the category of Hair Porn". It got me thinking though...how much is too much for me?
I don't ever plan on cutting my hair, other than trimming, so it's going to grow. I know have a long way to go before I reach her length, but I hate detangling the length I have now so I can't imagine what it will be like then. I'd probably cry every time wash day rolled around lol!
 
So I must ask, how long is TOO long for you?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

After Nearly 6 Weeks...The Twists Are Gone!!

Hooray Hooray!! The twists are out!!! I began the dreaded take down process late Tuesday night and finally finished up around 10pm. last night. That may seem like a long time to you, but it certainly didn't feel that way to me. Based on appearance I could have kept them in longer, but even a "protective" can be damaging when worn for too long. As you know, I don't wash my twists...at all. Spritzing it here and there with water, but that can't replace a good thorough wash. My scalp was desperate to be cleaned after almost 6 weeks of wearing twists. 
Last night after snapping the pics below I washed my hair in 4 sections with Elucence MB Shampoo and saturated it with Bee Mine Deep Conditioner. I actually still have the deep conditioner in under a plastic cap as I type lol! Once I rinse it out I'll probably set it in braids for a braidout...I don't think I really have the patience to do any other style.
Also I know I kinda hinted that I'd do a take down video, but I didn't...sorry :( I was on a roll getting those twists out and recording a video would have only slowed me down. However, I recorded a tutorial back in January 2010 and I haven't changed my method at all. You can view that video >HERE<.
...feels so good to have my hair loose again!!

Fab Finds: Knitted Beanies Under $10

When the weather gets cold it's time to cover that head, but you can still keep it cute and colorful. Beanies are a great way to do so! There's nothing new about this style of hat, but what made me write up this post is how affordable they are. I purchased this bunch from www.Forever21.com and I'm very happy with them. They're super soft and the colors look even better in person, especially the orange/rust one. They were all $5.50 except for the cream/oatmeal one which was $7.80, but still under $10. Awesome considering you can find similar styles on sites like Esty or any other retail sites charging A LOT more.
Forever21 offers a bunch of different styles and colors just look under the accessories tab. Happy shopping ladies, stay warm :)

All items mentioned were paid for by me. I was not sponsored nor was I paid to mention this company.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Obsessed Mail: Love From West Africa

My name is Bintou Camara, I am from Guinea-Conakry, West Africa.  I don't speak English very well, but I am trying my best. I am 23 years old and I am a young business woman in mining. I discovered your blog when I was searching how Corinne Bailey Ray maintains her beautiful hair, because until May 2011 I decided to let my hair grow naturally, now its short, but I like it! I like your blog and hope that I will learn more about beautiful black natural hair. Best, Bintou. 
I always blush and get the biggest smile on my face when I receive emails from women around the world. I find it amazing how slowly, but surely women everywhere are learning to accept and embrace our natural selves. I'm so happy you that you found my blog and decided to go natural. This is why I blog and I'm sure it's the reason many others do too....to inspire. I truly appreciate your support and I wish you the best of luck with business and your hair journey.
Be Blessed,

Hair Diary: Meet Rachel!

About me...My name is Rachel, also known as Curlyt00 on the web. I am 24 (soon to be 25 in November) and I am a natural hair lover, I love everything about natural hair, the good and the bad. I am a Christian, a wife of 4 years, soon to be 5 in May, a student, an aspiring author, a self proclaim natural hair guru =). I am the founder of "www.natural-beauty-01.com"and the Naturally Beautiful Tips blog at "blog.natural-beauty-01.com". I enjoy life and continue to encourage others to enjoy it as well, one day at a time! I live in the sunshine state of Florida where natural hair is all around here. It seems that before I went natural I did not see many naturals, but now that I am conscience and aware, I see natural beauties everyday here. From big afros, to TWAs and from locks to buns, Florida is definitely on the map.

When and why did you decide to go natural? I went natural and did the BC on December 31 2008, after 3 months of transitioning. After seeing another natural beauty with long curly hair, I wondered what my natural hair would look like. So the next day at work I googled the "whole day" researching natural hair. I had just had a relaxer that burnt my scalp but I thought that was normal and I just had a sensitive scalp ya know. So Labor Day weekend 2008 was my last relaxer and then the journey begun. By the end of the year, I just could not wait any longer and said I would start new for the New Year. Never before had I had short short hair, but for some reason I was not afraid. Working with two textures was not easy for me and I researched more on how to care for natural hair verses caring for transitioning hair. Running my fingers through my roots and feeling what I thought was wavy hair; I was too excited to see. I don’t really remember my hair as a child before relaxers so it was a mystery for me. But I was ready, willing, and able to learn.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision? If not, how were you able to move forward? My family and friends was very supportive. I have even inspired four of my friends to start their journey. My husband is my biggest fan, and a natural hair lover himself. When I did the big chop he knew it was coming but he was just as shock as I was, for a day or two he would say, "it looks good, just need to take some getting use to" after a few days he was hooked. I was hooked from day one so I am not really sure how I would have taken it if others didn’t like it, because I had fell in love from the moment I saw my first kink!

Describe your hair routine. I keep my current hair routine simple. Once I find something that works I am good. Every once in a while I will go out and try something new but my routine is to co wash only with suave naturals conditioner (cheap and durable, very moisturizing), I do not use shampoos at all. I am not against shampoos as long as it does not contain sulfates but I just don’t use them. I will detangle in the shower with my shower comb (usually one to three times a week depending on the style upkeep I have in my hair) I love to feel the water run through my hair, then after my hair is fully detangled I rinse, put in a leave in conditioner (Shea moisture leave in, hemp seed butter, Shea butter, mango butter, curl activator (depending on the style I am going to wear) and style my hair in a protective style, such as twists, twist outs and buns. I don’t not wear my hair out in a wash and go a lot anymore because of the tangles, but I will wear my hair out stretched in a twist out or braid out. Once a month I will do a rhassoul clay mask treatment and deep condition. I always wear satin to sleep in, whether it is a scarf or a bonnet.

What are your hair goals and what steps are you taking to achieve them? I have a few goals left for my natural hair, although one goal reached for me was to obtain a full pony. Once I got there I was satisfied with length. While I am not so length obsessed now, I would like to reach waist length one day. My main goal is to have healthy, reserved hair. That’s it!! I am trimming when needed, keeping my hair moisturized and hydrated and protecting it from over styling and the environment.

What's your favorite go to natural hair style? My favorite go to style at the moment is the small twist, only because it is protective and I can wear them up off of the material on my clothes and they do not take long to do (small ones not the mini and micros). I can get two styles out of them also. For a few days I can wear twist then a stretched twist out and then detangling is easy and I can co wash and do them over. I usually do my whole wash routine and section my hair in four sections and put my leave in on and use my Denman brush and give it one last detangling brush on wet hair and I sit in front of TV and twist, no comb no parts. I seal the ends with pure virgin coconut oil and I go, a few days later I just UN ravel and fluff and go =) I use to love love love wavy buns when I could first get a decent bun, but that lasted a few months and I do mini twist when I need a break from my hair for a month on blow dried stretched hair.

Curly girls have more fun because...we are versatile and you cannot put us in a box. With our hair the possibilities are endless an inspiring to others! Oh yeah and we don’t run from water =)

Awesome!! Make sure you check out Rachel's YouTube channel>> http://www.youtube.com/user/curlyt00 and blog>> http://blog.natural-beauty-01.com.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Today's Hair...

Nothing special... My twists have finally reached the 5 week mark and are holding up really well, but I'm so ready to snatch them out and wash my hair! I planned to do the take down over the weekend, but plans were made and I have no time. Then I decided I'll take them out next week, but I have a few interviews lined up and I can't be showing up all hair half done and such lol! So it looks I'll be hanging on to these bad boys for another week :(
My scalp doesn't look too bad, but there is a persistent  halo of frizz on the top of my head and around my edges. I've been trying to lay it down with a little water and Nourish & Shine, then covering with a scarf, but that only works for a few hours. So I'll definitely have to re-twist those areas. Another issue I face when wearing my twists for too long, is that I find a lot of random loose single strands. Loose strands among twists can cause a lot of unnecessary breakage....they must get re-twisted asap. Other than those issues they're doing fine.
I'll keep you guys posted on exactly when I take them down with lots of pics of course and maybe even a video....maybe lol! Check the pics I took this morning after the jump.
Happy Friday Everyone :)

WITB: Cosmo VoxBox From Influenster.com

Hey guys! I recently signed up with Influenster.com to try and give my opinions about products that fit my profile. Influenster is free to join and is super easy to register. Basically you fill out a quick survey about your lifestyle, shopping habits, likes and dislikes, etc. and after you fill out a few more surveys that's pretty much it. They then look over your responses and if you are a qualified member you'll receive a "VoxBox". Voxboxes are themed packages that include products from top beauty and lifestyle brands. In return all you have to do is test the products out, fill out a survey and either blog, vlog or tweet about your experience. For more info and to sign up (if you wish) please visit www.Influenster.com.
I received my first VoxBox earlier this week and for now and in the future I'll be blogging my experiences  under the tag "WITB", which stands for "What's In The Box". Now like I mentioned before the products included in Voxboxes are random and they may not be hair related, but I will (like I always have) keep my opinion 100% honest and fair!
Now let's dig in...

Proactiv 3-Step System (30 Day System/$19.95)
As shown above this 3 step acne fighting system includes the Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner and Repairing Treatment. As you all now I myself have acne-prone skin, so like most acne sufferers I have tried Proactiv in the past. It worked for a few months, got my skin clear and all, but then it would just stop working. I never understood why. So when I saw this in the box I was like "Oh no, I'm not going back there again". My skin has been consistently clear thanks to the Oil Cleansing Method and I refuse to go back Acneville anytime soon! Verdict: It works fine in the beginning, but over time it's effects wear off. Another acne solution that is also a 3 system is Clean & Clear Acne Advantage. I used this product regularly for about a year and switched only because I wanted a more natural alternative for my face. It cost about the same as Proactiv and you can actually purchase a kit in almost any drugstore, Walmart or Target. Also the results are far more consistent than Proactiv ever was.

Refillable Venus ProSkin Moisture Rich Razor (w/2 replacememt cartridges/$9.79)
Never thought I'd be reviewing razors, but here goes...The features of this razor is that each cartridge comes lined with a triple blend of body butters and carries the Venus triple blade technology for a super close shave. I decided to give it a go on my legs, since due to my laziness have been looking a bit Monique-ish (TMI) lol! All in all I liked it. It did exactly what it said it would and my legs felt super soft afterwards. My only complaint is that the gel surrounding the blades, once wet, becomes really runny. Almost like drool, it was weird. Verdict: It got the job done, but I don't feel like the gels last as long as they should, being that it is the main feature. I've only used it once and it looks I've used wayyy more than that. I pretty sure it has a lot to do with that fact that the consistency is so runny...I won't be purchasing it.

Vitabath "In Bloom Asian Orchid & Coconut" Body Wash (12 oz bottle for $9.99)
 This sulfate and paraben free wash claims to boast a moisturizing formula that leaves skin feeling clean refreshed and vibrant. Does it live up to it's claims? YES it does! I absolutely love this wash. The lather is really rich and it get your skin clean, but soft at the same time. However, my favorite thing about this product is the scent...its smells so good! It has one of those complex smells that makes it kinda hard to describe, but if I had to I'd say it's a blend of floral, sweet, woody, tea and coconut scents. And I love that it lingers throughout the room well after I'm done showering. Verdict: I love it and would definitely purchase more after this bottle runs out.


Have you tried any of these products? Thoughts? Also I want your opinion on seeing me review more VoxBoxes from Influenster.com.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Random...

How adorable is this? I wish for ALL little girls to have a reflection like this...you ARE a princess!!
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