Friday, February 27, 2009

I <3 Dorothy Dandridge


In essence of Black History Month, one Black woman I admire deeply is Dorothy Dandridge. I love her beauty, poise, and how she carried herself. She embodied everything "lady" and class. Not to mention her style. But you know, women knew how to seriously DRESS back then. I love how everything FIT so nicely and was just sharp. That's the word. Women were SHARP back then. In some ways, I felt that they took more pride in how they presented themselves to the world. The details and little things were taken into account and that's one thing I wish our overall generation would care about more.


Dorothy as Carmen in "Carmen Jones"

But anyway, back on topic, Dorothy was the first Black actress to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her lead in, the adaptation of Bizet's opera "Carmen", "Carmen Jones". She lost it to Grace Kelly but for the Black world, this was a major accomplishment. Go girl! You can imagine how many doors this opened for Black actresses including the ones we see on the silver screen today. That movie is one of my favorites.



Born November 9th, 1922, in Cleveland, OH; Dorothy got her start in show biz when she was a young girl with the group the "Wonder Children" that later became known as the "Dandridge Sisters". The group was made up of herself, her older sister; Vivian, and a girl named Etta Jones. From there she did musicals like Sun Valley Serenade with the Nicholas Brothers where she performed the popular "Chatanooga Choo Choo"



and went on to become a film star as well as a very talented singer/entertainer at the most prestigous night clubs across America.

If you know anything about her personal life, then you know that she lived a very troubled life which ended in her overdosing on antidepressant pills at the crazy young of 42. To learn more about her cinamatic achievements and her life overall and see pictures, www.dorothy-dandridge.com and Dorothy Dandridge-A Life Unfulfilled are good sites to check out.

You can also watch the movie, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge", starring Halley Berry as Dorothy to learn more about her life as well. As big a fan as I am and I still don't have this movie. LOL. I'm slackin.

Happy Friday!!

Hey people, ya girl's been sick! x/ But I'm back on track now. I'm about more than halfway done with my crochet braids. I'll be finishing up tomorrow and will have a post up about how to do them for anyone interested then also. I would do a vid but there are already vids on how to do them and I'll make sure to link them on the post. They're mad easy to do and last for about 6 to 8 weeks. I believe this will be my last set of them for a while though. With spring moving in, I'm going to switch over to cornrows with extensions. You know I gotta keep changin it up. Variety is the spice of life. ;-)

I really think that at times I have severe Hair ADHD. LOL. I can get bored really easily so I always have a style "Plan B" after a while. Like, I wore my hair out for 2 weeks, tried different treatments, tried different styling techniques, tried new products, etc... but I'm a hair style junkie and love being able to create a whole lotta different hairstyles. While I love my TWA, I can only do so much with it right now (and while I can do a puff, it's not very impressing to me right now), so I'm tucking it away again till the summer (with crochet braids now and cornrows with extensions right after I take out them out sometime in April) when it should be longer and I can do more stuff with it. Or I may keep it cornrowed most of the summer. Who knows. You never know with me...... But that's the beauty of our hair. We have sooo many options. So I'm utilizing mine till my hair gets longer to do some more of the stuff I want to do with it.

I've decided to stop using topical growth aids. It's not that they don't work for me. I've just grown very lazy and don't feel like being bothered with them anymore. Shame shame, I know, but I'm over it. Hahaha. So instead, I'm just going to take a prenatal vitamin daily. For me, it's easier to swallow a pill then to part my hair all over my head, apply growth oil, and then massage it all in. While, in essence, it's not a lot of time I just don't feel like doing it anymore.

Plus, my hair grows just fine without them. My hair grows the average 0.5in per month so my hair def doesn't grow slow. I think for a while I was just being a growth groupie. I wanted like 2in in a month. Not to say that it can't be done but I'm over trying to get it. I'll deal with my regular growth rate and the prenatal vitamins will help give it a boost. I used to take them in my early years of college to help my hair grow and received great results with them. Same results in a more efficient manner that better fits my lifestyle. I've decided to just leave my scalp alone and let it, "do it". As long as I keep it clean, it doesn't sass me.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

MTV ABDC

Does anyone else watch ABDC (America's Best Dance Crew)? I friggin LUV Beat Freakz! They are so gonna win. I swear their performances get better and better with each week! This routine is my favorite to date. They KILLED it on this episode!

Reposting: 15% Off Your Curlmart Purchases!!!!



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Mane and Chic Contest: The One Hundred


Mane and Chic is having a contest to score a free copy of this book. Email info@maneandchic.com with the subject "The One Hundred" with your 9 Must Have Items in Your Wardrobe and a description of why each one is your must. Check out the website (2.21.2009 post below the Tracey Ross Ellis post) for more details and send in your entry! I sent in mine! Oh, I just found out about this contest yesterday and the deadline for entries is this Saturday, Feb 28th, so jump on it if you're interested!

Don't feel like entering the contest? Buy your copy below.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My First Twist Out!

Ok so I achieved my first twist out today and now I can see why ladies love to do them. B/c they come out sooo pretty! So last night, I washed my hair with my castile soap mix, conditioned with AO Island Naturals conditioner, and followed up with an ACV rinse. Then I applied my leave in, KBB Hair Milk and got to twisting with KBB Hair Cream.



It took me about 2 hours to twist my whole head. What we go through to be beautiful, right? Once I finished, I let them air dry overnight and took the twists out this morning and finger styled. I also used 2 bobby pins to pull the front pieces back b/c they were roaming around all wild like. LOL.



I really like how it came out. This will so become a staple style. I can't wait till my hair gets longer so I will feel comfortable leaving the house in the twists still. LOL. The KBB Hair Cream is the greatest! My hair has loads of shine, hold, and is soft. Not to mention smells great too. If you want to see more pictures, go to my fotki.

Also, AGrlCanMac has been listed on www.kinnks.com under the blogs category. They're an online natural hair directory and have loads of resources there to take advantage of. So let your curiosity get the best of you and check them out.

Toodles!

Luv Living Single



This was one of my favorite shows (so is Girlfriends but that's a whole nother post!)! I wish they would create a show like this for right now. I loved that it depicted the cooky, everyday lives of educated and successful Blacks. Khadijah had her own business-Flava magazine and Synclair worked for her. Max was a successful lawyer and Kyle was very successful. I can't remember what he did but he was well to do and Overton was the building super and Regine worked at a boutique.

The show was funny without making a mockery of us like many black sitcoms tend to do. The Oxygen channel plays the re-runs during the day (not everyday though. You'll want to check your local tv guide for times and days) so if you have Tivo or are able to watch during the day, get on it! I'm watching it right now. I love Max. She was my favorite character. Regine came in second place.

On the hair tip, I always liked Max's braids. I used to get my hair braided like that except mine were longer but they were burned on the ends, remember that? I know you do. (Back in the day, I admired Brandy so I always wanted braids like hers.) LOL. Khadijah was a natural that straightened and she always had the current hairstyles for the time. And b/c I have a luv of wigs and half-wigs, you know me and Regine have something in common! LOL.

I soooo have to get the box set of all the episodes. Right now only the Season 1 episodes are out on DVD though. I hope they don't make us wait forever for the rest of the seasons!




My next post, I have more hair updates. I washed my hair and did 2 strand twists last night. My very first time doing this on my hair! I haven't taken them down yet, but I will a lil later to see how my twist out came out. I will share pics and details! Toodles!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Kurly Girl Inspiration: Korto Momolu



Remember Korto (pronounced like kah-toe) from Project Runway? From jump I luved her designs. I luv the concept for her Spring 2009 collection at Fashion Week on the Project Runway finale. She fused African and Western style to create unique and modern clothing. I really respect her work and if I was a baller, I would so be doing business with her! But another thing I luv is her hair. I don't know if it's her hair, a weave or a wig but I just luv her hair. It's what my hair aspires to be when it grows long.

This was favorite dress from her collection:



I need a knock off of it. LOL.

I Dream of Coastal Scents Palettes.......

So I was milling around Coastal Scents.Com and saw some palettes that I def want in my life like the 28 Piece Eye Shadow Neutral Palette ($21.95):



I also want their Contour & Blush Palette ($19.99)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Things Learned 2 Months Into My Journey



So I've been natural for 2, closer to 3, months and it's been so much fun. I'm learning so much.

THINGS I’VE LEARNED ON MY NATURAL JOURNEY SO FAR:

* Yogurt is the ish for defining my koils n kurls

* Adding salt to my conditioner is the ish for defining my koils n kurls and making them uber soft

* I still luv ACV rinses

* My castile soap mix is the best cleansing mix ever and doesn’t dry my hair out one bit

* Shingling is really time consuming!

* Put the Denman brush down!

* Air drying with KBB Hair Milk and then sealing with castor oil and KBB Hair Cream= soft fluffy hair <3

* AO B5 Design Gel works but DAMN(!) it smells too strong!

* Spritz hair with water then couple AO B5 Design Gel with a lil KBB Hair Cream mixed in my hand and apply = definition and softness

* Coconut Cream Natural “Relaxer” doesn’t loosen my texture but it sure as heezy defines, strengthens yet softens and moisturizes and I likey

* KBB Hair Milk is a great leave-in

* KBB Hair Cream is a great sealer, isn’t too heavy for my hair, and softens it

* C&G Method is working out "mahvelous-dahling" for me

* I'm obsessed with hair that's defined and soft

* My hair is 95% koily and 5% kurly

* My holy grail growth oil mix: jojoba oil, rosemary oil, & nettle extract


2 MONTHS INTO THE JOURNEY AND 9 MONTHS RELAXER FREE!!!

Hitop Luv



Pastry Glam Pie Hitops in White Copper

TGIF! It's so true that fashion really does repeat itself. Remember when Reebok Hitop sneakers were the ish? LOL. I'm kinda diggin this shoe though. It's one of the very few Pastry shoes that I actually like. Maybe b/c it has just the right amount of flash but it's still clean. But I think it would be cute with some fitted skinny jeans and a long, ribbed tank or a hoodie.

Hitop Style
Hitop Style - by AGrlCanMAC on Polyvore.com

Luv Teyana Taylor's big kurls. Weave or not. I can't get enough of them and might have to get some hair like that for my crochet braids. I just think these shoes look coo for casual hanging out with friends and, bonus, if you pair it with a big designer-esque bag (and some big shades), it's all good. Have a great weekend all!

PS (I'm STILL bumpin Ryan Leslie.)

Hair Treatments: Olive & Honey Treatment w/ My Own Twist



I really think I should just start a DC/Hair Treatments series, huh? LOL. It’s amazing all the different ways and ingredients you can use to do various DC’s/HTs. I absolutely luv the variety and “excitement” in it. I promise you, once you understand good hair care, it’s so much fun playing around with diff treatments, ingredients, oils, styles, etc. So the latest DC is the Olive and Honey Treatment. But I decided to experiment. My new favorite DC ingredient is yogurt. So, I added yogurt (the same non-fat yogurt that I used for the coconut cream natural relaxer. I’m using it up.) to the mix and TJ Tea Tree Tingle conditioner, avocado oil, grape seed oil, castor oil and EVOO. I wanted to add a lot more honey so that I could lighten my hair some but I only had about a 1/3 of a cup left and didn’t feel like heading to the store to buy more. Next time, I will. So I mixed everything up and applied to my hair from root to tip with an applicator brush. No hair was left un-DC’d. Then I wrapped saran wrap around my head and put on a plastic cap. I let it sit for about 2 hours, rinsed and cleansed with my castile soap mix. Then I finished up with an ACV rinse and air dried with KBB Hair Milk and sealed with castor oil and KBB Hair Cream.

Here’s the recipe I created:

Yogurt – maybe like 3 to 4 heaping Tbsp
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 Tbsp Castor oil
1 Tbsp Avocado oil
1 Tbsp Grape seed oil
1/3 cup (guesstimate) Honey
A lil TJ Tea Tree Tingle conditioner

First of all, this is a lil on the messy side. Although, I think if I would have used more conditioner, it would have been thicker therefore, less runny, therefore less messy. Oh well. Ya live and ya learn. I know for next time.

My hair feels DIVINE though. I luuuuuurve yogurt man. As soon as I rinsed it, I instantly felt my kurls n koils were seriously defined. To heck with loosening them. I’m luvin all this kurl definition! And my hair is uber soft, light and fluffy again.

I’m getting all the DC’ing in b/c I’m getting braided back up next week for a bit. I’m havin too much fun, people.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Perfume Oils, I'm Luvin It....

I do, I do, I do-oo. My "gateway" right now is The Body Shop's Coconut Scented Perfume Oil. It smells sooooo good and has become one of my signature scents. I like perfume oils b/c they don't dry my skin out like traditional perfumes/colognes in a spray bottle do. So those of you with sensitive and/or dry skin might like them as an alternative. Now if only Gucci would make a their Rush perfume (my FAVORITE!) a scented oil instead....... I might have to write them a letter about this.



If they can't do that for me, maybe I can just study what scents are in it and make it myself. I want to get into making my own perfume oil blends so I did what I do best, I "googled" it. I found tons of various recipes and this article from How To Do Things.Com that tells you step by step how to make them:

How To Make Fragrance Oils

1. Find a base oil. There are a lot of choices here. Many of the choices have other benefits, so you may want to compare.
1. Jojoba, for example, is an amazing conditioner for both skin and hair.
2. Arnica oil is great for massage - it reduces inflammation, helps aching joints, and helps heal bruises.
3. Another good choice is grapeseed oil, frequently used in moisturizers because of its antioxidant properties. It works on a cellular level to repair damaged and stressed tissues - including stretch marks - and restructures the skin by controlling the levels of moisture in the skin. It even keeps the nerve cells in the skin healthy.
4. If you are looking for a more economical base, vegetable oils such as canola oil, peanut oil, almond oil, and safflower oil, sesame oil, and soybean oil are all readily available in large quantities at the supermarket, and are great moisturizers as well. Rice bran oil is also an economical choice, and it contains a lot of antioxidants that will make your skin glow.
5. Depending on how strong a fragrance you are adding, you can make a very cheap version by using olive oil, and you will still have incredibly smooth skin.

2. Pick the concentrated scented oils you are going to use in your fragrance. This is where you'll use your imagination. You can use a single-note scent, like peach or vanilla, or mix together scents to create your own signature scent. It's easy to find scented oils. The Body Shop has a great selection of popular fragrances, including several variations of musk. You can also find an endless selection at any health food or alternative health store relatively inexpensively. You might think that the bottles are expensive for their small size, but you'll be surprised how much power a single drop has. That little bottle will last you a long time! There are endless choices - even bubble gum!

3. Find a good container. A dark-colored glass container will preserve your fragrance better than a clear plastic or clear glass container. Light affects many oils and changes fragrances, so once you have the scent the way you want it, be sure to keep it away from light as well.

4. Protect your surfaces. This process can get messy, so put down a protective layer on the surface where you're working, especially if it's a wood surface. A thick plastic sheet would be fine.

5. Add the base oil to the bottle. Using a funnel is a good idea unless you have a very steady hand.

6. Drop your fragrance in the oil one drop at a time with an eyedropper. This allows you to gauge the strength of the fragrance in the oil, lest you add too much. How do you gauge the strength of your fragrance? Remember, a little goes a long way. A good rule of thumb is 3 drops of scent for each 1 ounce of oil - more if you like a stronger fragrance, or 1-2 drops if you want a light scent. If you want a strong fragrance, add one drop at a time, and leave the mixture for a few hours, then go back and try a little on your skin. Do this every few hours until you have an intensity you like.

7. Start the "infusing" process. Once you are satisfied with the strength and scent of your fragrance oil, make sure the cap is on tight and set it aside in a dark place for a few days for it to "infuse". This allows the scented mixture to "mature" and reach its final strength. When you are mixing the fragrance, the scent is still concentrated, so before you can use it, it needs times to combine with the whole container of oil. Then it will be ready for use.


I think I already have an idea of what kind of fragrance I want and what carrier oil I will use (grapeseed oil). Are any of you into perfume oils or make your own?

I Want One


Chunky Neck Warmer/Cowl

I needed one of these last month was it was as cold as the Artic for a while. It's chic and functional. Doesn't get much better than that. I saw it here

Parabens Linked to Breast Cancer????



I'm sure you've all heard this debate a few times in your haircare journey. Parabens (proplyn paraben, methyl paraben, etc.) have been getting a bad rep lately mainly with their name and cancer being in the same sentence. I am an avid user of the Cosmetic Database website and learned more about this popular preservative and why it may cause a problem. Now, there hasn't been a lot of large scale research on this so, yeah, in some ways nothing is law yet but after doing my research, I made the decision to let them go from my skin care and hair care products. Curly Nikki posted a great post on this topic today.

For me, I didn't want to take the risk. When I first started this blog, in my earlier posts, you'll see I did post reviews on non-green products. And they all had parabens in them. Some were products I really, really loved and had great results with but I eventually found safer and greener alternatives for them as you see in my posts now with the hair care products and skin care products that work better actually. I'm currently working on the make-up. This is a lil harder b/c eco-friendly cosmetics can be a lot more expensive so it's taking some time but I'm making strides and ultimately, my make up collection will be completely green/eco-friendly. In future posts, I will be talking about/finding green cosmetic companies and products. The debut issue of Organic Beauty shares tons of info on this and I couldn't be happier. A review on that later tho.....

Any and everything you put on your skin, hair, and into your mouth gets absorbed and goes into your bloodstream within minutes, if not seconds. I advise everyone to do their research though. We trust that what we're using is safe b/c it's FDA approved (and that's a whoooooole nother post) and don't always have the time to or care to look into what's really in our products. And we should. How can we be completely in control of our lives and health if we don't really know what's going into our bodies? The amount of people being diagnosed with cancer these days is astounding. You can ask any random person on the street and in most if not all cases, they know someone battling cancer or that has passed away from it. And yes, while some is hereditary, wouldn't we want to avoid things that increase our risks even more of getting it and at an earlier age? I have a hard time believing the increase in cancer is all due to our genes.....

So what A Grl Can Mac, I'm just supposed to throw all my stuff away that has parabens in them? I don't have money to do that and buy all new products. Buying more green products is expensive! I hear you. Totally not saying that and that's how I felt at first. But what I learned was to do a little at a time. I used up my previous products one by one and did my research on safer alternatives. It took time but this method worked best for me. And yes, sometimes greener products do cost more. But its all about priorities. I made it a priority of mine to live more green and truly know what I was putting into my body. (And for some this isn't a priority but you can live your life however you want to) Some products, I just had to bite the bullet and say, can I really put a price on my health? For other products that I wasn't willing to pay a higher price for, I got into making my own products. I joined Mixology 101 and have learned recipes to make all kinds of safer and more green hair care, skin care, and cleaning products. In your life, you must decide if it's a priority to you and what you want to do with the research you uncover. But at least now you'll be making an informed decision as opposed to a blind one. Do you! But I just wanted to let ya know.

Do do your research and do share your thoughts.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Curly Pudding Serving Size For One



So I wasn't able to get the supplies this month to make a big batch of curly pudding following Shae's Pudding Recipe b/c I had already met my budgetted amount (yes, I have a hair products section of my monthly budget. Crazy, I know but how else am I going to keep my habit in check!?!) on other products. I was kinda bummed that I wouldn't get to try it this month while I'm in between braids. Well this morning, I had a light bulb idea. For shae's pudding the ingredients are hair gel, shea butter, and a lil oil of choice. So I got to thinking while I don't have enough to make a big batch, I sure as heezy have enough to make some for one application.

I squirted some AO B5 Design Gel into my hand (I really don't think I can take the fragrance guys! I have to start looking for an alternative once I use it all up!), then took a lil bit of my whipped shea butter (which already has oils n aloe vera gel in it)(I do not have exact measurements b/c I eye balled it.), and rubbed the 2 together in my hands until it was mixed good and then raked it through my kurls n koils (Note. I spritzed my hair with water first before I raked the pudding through). It worked like a friggin charm, baby.

I Really Want to Get My Hands on Some....


ARGAN OIL.


Who's with me? I've heard really great things about it. It's made in Morrocco and the women there use it on their skin, hair and nails. It's said to impart "moisture" (meaning it can penetrate the hair shaft like avocado and coconut oils can) and add loads of nutrients and shine to hair. That's always a great sounding combination to me especially if my hair is involved in the equation. Inkanat.com says

Argan oil (known as the Green Gold of Marocco) contains high levels of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid (omega-6). These fatty acids protect and repair the skin. This action is reinforced by very high levels of vitamin E (tocopherols) which has moisturising and healing properties and is one of the most powerful biological anti-oxidants in neutralizing free radicals. It also protects cell membranes from lipid oxidation, thereby slowing the skin`s ageing process.

Argan oil is extracted from the nut of the argan tree. This tree is unique in the world for its characteristics: nutritive, cosmetic and many medicinal properties. The argan tree grows only in the South-Western part of Morocco. Argan Oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world. A very labour intensive process, performed primarily by Moroccan women, is required to shell and crush the fruits prior to pressing the oil.


You can also learn more about argan oil here: www.arganoils.com

I was thinking about how it would fare on my face b/c I have oily skin and fight the oil with oil (sounds a lil off but it really works) but after researching it some more,I think I will refrain from doing that and would just use it for my hair and skin other than my face.

Now b/c this oil is so rare it's quite pricey. Inkanat.com is selling 3.4 oz for $20. Wowsers, that's my whole hair stuff amount allocated for next month. LOL. It might be a while till I will indulge and get this but I sure am interested. One day soon, it WILL be mine. Any of you use it or have used it in the past? Do share.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Add Salt to Your Conditioner????


Ok, so right now, I'm DC'ing. I was on Long Hair Care Forum last night and came across a thread about adding salt to your conditioner. Many members were reporting that adding it to a conditioner will give a moisture boost and our fav, DEFINE our kinks-kurls-koils more. Many said detangling was a breeze after rinsing it out also. So I decided to try it for myself and see if the hype was real.

I got a bowl, poured enough TJ (Trader Joes) Tea Tree Tingle conditioner to apply to my whole head (about 4-5oz since my hair's still short) and added 1 Tsp table salt (some of the members used sea salt instead). I mixed it with my finger and it turned to a liquid. Like it looked like I added water to it. Some members in the thread mentioned it fizzing or turning liquidy. Guess it depends on what kind of conditioner that you use. After I applied it and put on my conditioning cap, I noticed that my scalp tingled a bit but it went away after about 10 minutes. I still have it on and it's been about 30 mins. I think I'll give it 10 more minutes and we'll see what's up.

I'm back. I ended up leaving it on for 2 hrs(!). Def didn't mean to leave it on that long (but the rerun of "For The Love of Ray J" came on. Yes, another guilty pleasure- mindless "reality" tv.... You know you watch it too!). So I rinsed it out and..... OMG HAIR IS SOOOOOO SOFT AND MOISTURIZED. My hair feels nothing short of incredible, marvelous dahling, extraordinary. When I rinsed it out my kinks, kurls n koils felt extremely silky, smooth, and downright luxurious. I didn't even need to detangle so I just ran my fingers through my hair a couple times and that was that. I really, really like this! After that, I gently massaged my scalp with my "no-poo" cleanser mix, rinsed, and am air drying with KBB (Karen's Body Beautiful) Hair Milk and sealed with KBB Hair Cream. My hair feels incredible. My hair feels incredible..... Oh yeah and it really did DEFINE my kurls. I'm sold!

Recap- The recipe I went by:
* About 4-5oz Conditioner --> the amt you will have to judge for yourself
* 1 Tsp salt --> it can be straight up table salt or you can use sea salt

That same thread advised not to do this very often or it will start to have adverse effects and run the potential of DRYING your hair out. So if you try it and have success with it, I wouldn't do this more than once or twice a month. I probably wouldn't do it more than once a month tho. Share your thoughts, opinions, etc...

***UPDATE 2-18-09: My hair dried uber soft, light, and fluffy. (Add some hair gel to make my more defined kurls n koils pizz-opp and I'm good to go.) I think I've fallen in luv!***

Monday, February 16, 2009

Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Acheive Happiness and Success



All my "diva is a female version of a hustla...." ladies will want to check this book out. Especially if you want to get your MAC on. It's full of great inspiration and tips for how to "Do You" and be successful in the process. In the book, Russell Simmons shares the 12 Laws of Success that got him to where he is. I love that with Law: Do You, he advises to always stay true to yourself aka "Law #2: Always Do You". You can never be truly successfull doing something or being something/someone that isn't you. People will see right through it and won't take you seriously anyway. Fake people only get so far and usually aren't happy b/c they had to be someone other than themselves to get there......

Some other great tips he shares also is to humble yourself. You're not going to be a millionairess over night so that means you gotta be on your grind and no "turning your nose up" to certain jobs. As long as it doesn't compromise your morals and values, you gotta do what you gotta do. Sometimes you will have to work hours you don't wanna work, do jobs you don't like or feel like doing, take on an extra job, etc. but you gotta do it b/c you can always take something away from any of your experiences and use them to get you one step higher.

Another one of his laws that I was really digging, actually I dig all his laws but I'm only sharing a couple with you because you need to get the book (!), was "Law #5: Nothing Less Than Your Best". Meaning no matter what job you have, you give nothing less than your best. If you're a street cleaner, you be the best damn street cleaner the streets ever saw. You never know what could come of that. How many success stories have you heard where people came from the gutter or from a less than desirable job or situation and are at the top of their game right now? I think it's because those jobs/situations BUILD CHARACTER and strength. The current CEO of Sarah Lee, Inc.-Meats Division started out as the person who chased the pigs up the ramp to get slaughtered! Now that's dope! Just goes to show it doesn't matter where you come from as long as you know where you want to go in life. I keep telling you ladies, the world is your oyster. Your world is what you make it but ya gotta work for it. "To whom much is given, much is recquired." Neva forget that.

For those of you that have read the book, share your thoughts.



PS (I'm still bumpin Ryan Leslie!)

Candy Land

Candy Land
Candy Land - by AGrlCanMAC on Polyvore.com

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Green Cleaning: Dr. Bronners Magic Soap



This soap really is "magic". I just used this to wipe down my counters, cabinets, sinks, appliances, shower (put in a spray bottle), and mop the bathroom floor with. Everything that I cleaned with it is SPARKLING (!) and b/c I got the rose scented one, "smells like roses".

For light to moderate cleaning jobs: Mix 1 part soap with 40 parts water

For heavier cleaning jobs: Mix half parts soap with half parts water or clean with the soap full strength alone

I didn't exactly measure how much soap I put in. I just poured about 2 caps full or so in and filled the rest of the bucket up with water. Also know, I cleaned everything first before mopping the bathroom floor. The stuff works and is a great green alternative to caustic cleaning products that are out on the market. I paid $10 for a 32 oz bottle and b/c you are almost always diluting it, it lasts you while.

You can do you laundry with it too! I can't wait to give it a try the next time I wash clothes.

I also use it in a mix to cleanse my scalp and hair with in place of shampoo and it cleanses really well and while it lathers up great, it doesn't dry my hair out. I luv it! I got the recipe from Traycee, the creator of KISS Network.

What You'll Need:
* 16oz Applicator bottle
* 2oz Dr. Bronners Magic Soap (liquid)
* 2oz Oil of choice (I like EVOO)
* Distilled or filtered water

Add the oil and soap to bottle first. Shake them up, fill the rest of the bottle up with water, shake again and it's ready to use. It will separate over time. This is natural. When you want to use it again, simply shake it up again and its ready to use!

And there's so much more you can do with this soap and be saving bucks in the long run. Check out their website for more uses with it. When my bottle runs out, I'm investing in the gallon size. No lie.

How To Do Your Own Trims



For those of you that want to take trimming your hair into your own hands then this is the post for you.

STRAIGHT HAIR

This link provides great techniques for trimming your hair if its straight or you want to straighten to trim. It provides different techniques for trimming your hair into different shapes like V-shape, U-shape, and straight across.
http://community.livejournal.com/feyeselftrim

KINKY-KURLY-KOILY HAIR

If you want to trim your kurls without straightening them or don't wear your hair straight very often here are a couple different methods that may work for you:

Twist-N-Snip
Twist your hair, in sections, into small to medium sized twists all over your head and let air-dry (with NO products in your hair). Once hair is completely dry, snip the ends as needed.

Trimming Each Curl
This method is very time consuming and is really only effective on visible kurls. It's not successful on your koils b/c they curl 360 degrees. So you multi-textured ladies, which is most of us, you can employ this method on your kurly areas. Again let your hair air dry with NO products in your hair and snip the ends of each kurl.

I have more koils than kurls so I will be employing and perfecting the Twist-N-Snip way on most of my head. I do have some kurly areas on the sides and my nape area so I will try trimming each kurl on them.

Some Tips:

* DO invest in professional haircutting scissors. Those everyday scissors that cut everything, paper, etc. DO NOT put those anywhere near your hair! They are not sharp enough and will end up causing more splitting. Professional haircutting scissors are not very expensive: from $7-$15. You can get them at Sally's, your local BSS, Wal-Mart, etc. Just make sure they say that they are HAIRCUTTING scissors.



* Try using a double-sided mirror to see the back of your head.

* DON'T try to trim your hair when you will have to rush. Take your time and trim slowly until you get more comfortable.

* DO sit up and hold your head straight while trimming. If you don't, you run the risk of having a lopsided 'do. And where's the sexy in that? I'm just sayin....

* DO have a trusted friend or family member to help you trim in the back if your hair is really short until you can see your hair in the back.

For more tips and info on how to trim your kinks, kurls, & koils: Motown Girl is a great site to check out.

As with anything, practice makes perfect, meaning don't get frustrated if you don't do a perfect job the first time. If this isn't for you, then just continue to go to your stylist for trims. The world is your oyster, ladies. This is just a guideline for those who want to try trimming their own ends.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Yellow Eyes & Fuschia Lips



Oh yeah, Happy Valentine's Day people. LOL. I feel it's a fluff holiday so it's just another day to me. But it's all good. Got bored earlier today and decided to beat my face. You like? I had fun doing this look as always. It was inspired by this vid:



I love those earrings I have on. They are one of my favorite pair and only cost me $5! I should have bought 2 pair. I know, this look has absolutely nothing to .do with Valentine's Day at all, but whatever. Hush! LMAO.

EDIT 2-16-09: Ok so I usually share what I used, so here's what I used:

FACE
* The Body Shop Nature's Minerals foundation in Shade 06

CHEEKS
* NYX blush in Desert Rose
* (Then layer & blend on top) MAC bronzer in Deeper Bronze

EYES
* Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer
* NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil in Milk (use this as a base for the yellow e/s to pop)
* Lid: Yellow Eye Shadow
* Lid: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania loose pigments in Yellow Gold--> Applied over top of yellow e/s with mixing medium
* Crease: Light Yellow Eye Shadow
* Highlighter: Light, Yellow-Gold Eye Shadow
* Waterline (under eyes): NYX Ultra Pearl Mania loose pigments in Yellow Gold
* MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked
* Cover Girl Line Exact liquid liner pen in Black
* Cover Girl retractable liner in Ebony Black
* L'Oreal Bare Naturale mascara in Blackest Black
* Ardell Whispies lashes

LIPS
* Brucci lipstick (the tag wih the color is longer on it. LOL. But any fuschia colored l/s will do!)
* Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush l/g in Fruit Punch

Natural Hair Lightener: Honey


Who knew? I sure didn't. I was on Mixology101 and in one of the discussions on the Olive and Honey conditioner recipe a fellow member said she doesn't use honey b/c it lightens her hair. Word? I have off-black hair and really would like for it be more like a very dark brown...... So, I made like Curious George and googled it. Who knew? From Homemade Beauty Recipes :

Honey contains natural Hydrogen peroxide. Iron in honey oxidizes the oxygen free radicals released by the hydrogen peroxide.
Method for lightening hair color with Honey:
Mix 3/4 cup honey with 1/12 cups regular hair conditioner

Apply to damped hair. Wrap hair in saran wrap or a plastic shower cap.

Let sit for up to 8 hours, then rinse.


I'm so gonna try this!!!!! I think it takes time tho, so don't be surprised if you don't see any drastic differences the first time. Or some might. Everyone's hair is different but yeah, don't get mad if you don't see "stellar" hair color results on the first try. If nothing else, it sounds like another great conditioning treatment for your hair. Honey's uber moisturizing. So at least you'll have enhanced shine in your hair, b/c honey's good for that too, and really moisturized hair.

Click here to read about other natural hair lighteners

The "Proper" Way

To Do Your Scalp Massages......



Check out her channel for more vids on natural hair care.

I'm So Diggin

Ryan Leslie's self-titled album.



It was just released this past Tuesday and I have been bumpin it non-stop since I downloaded it (b/c no one buys actual cds anymore. Heavens no. LOL.) Tuesday night. It's great R&B. If you're an R&B head, you will want to add this to your collection. I like every song on the album. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, you will like the song "Valentine" on there. Very pretty song. My fav song on the whole album tho is "You're Fly". It just has that beat you can groove to; that feel good music, ya know? I just love his music. He's so original. On the style tip, I luv his style. I can't get enough of a man that can DRESS!

EDIT 2-15-09: DOWNLOADING HIS ALBUM FROM AMAZON IS CHEAPER THAN ITUNES AND WHEN IT DOWNLOADS IT GOES STRAIGHT TO YOUR ITUNES LIBRARY. So if you DL it from Amazon, please use the link below so I can get credit for it. :0)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Milk Review

So far, I use the hair milk as a leave in. I got it in the Creamy Coco Mango scent and it smells so yummy! I think once my hair gets longer and I can wear it up in buns, I will use it as a daily moisturizer. My hair loves lotion and light cream moisturizers so this is right up my alley. Leaves my hair very soft and hydrated when I air dry with it. It’s pricey: $16 for 8 oz, but so worth it for me and since I’m only using it at a leave in for now, it won’t be costing me too much.



So overall, in my most recent experiences, Karen’s Body Beautiful IS all its hyped up to be. I went to the store in Brooklyn and received wonderful customer service. I was very pleased with the whole experience and will be back to support this sista. I like making my own products but hair milks and lotions, I don't like to dabble in so I'm glad I gave this one a try and I love the ingredients. Not one ingredient on there that I can't pronounce or don't know what it is! I luv it!

I also bought the hair cream when I bought the hair milk but have yet to really use it. I'm thinking of using it to do my very first twist out! So when I get around to doing that, I'll try the cream out and see what's good with it. I hear nothing but great reviews about the cream as well so once a try it out, a review will be in order.

I’ve reached my budgeted amount allocated for hair care products (A measly $20 since times are less fortunate these days) this month. Next month, all I really want to purchase and try is cassia it's been planned for in March’s budget, but who knows, I might be braided back up again by then. :D

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hair Updates



So, as I posted below, I took my braids out Tuesday night and man it seriously felt good to take them out and fully wash my hair! So here’s the run down of what I did:

* Deep conditioned hair with coconut cream natural relaxer treatment (see review in the post below)

* Rinsed and cleansed scalp and hair with “no poo” mixture (1.5 oz Dr. Bronners castile liquid soap, 2oz EVOO, fill the rest of the applicator bottle up with water)

* Applied AO Island Naturals conditioner and detangled

Detangling has never been such a chore! But you figure, I had hair naturally shedding everyday that wasn’t able to fall out on its own or be combed out for 7 weeks. So needless to say, there was lots of hair at the bottom of the shower.

* After detangling, I air dried with KBB Hair Milk, sealed with castor oil, and then put a lil AO B5 Design Gel (next time I'm going to try shingling with the KBB Hair Cream in place of the gel and see what happens).

My hair is very soft, moisturized and lookin good!



In the morning I spritzed water on my hair first, then Royal Roots Herbal Moisture Daily Conditioning Spray, and raked AO B5 Design Gel, in sections, through my hair. Once it was dry, I used a hair pick to “pump up the volume”. Love volume! Love hair picks! Here’s the one I have:




NYC ladies, I got it from Beauty 35 for $1.99. It doesn’t get much betta than that and I luv the lil “power to the people” fist on it. Rock on wit cho kurly self!

Coconut Cream Natural Relaxer Results/Review

I took my (crochet) braids out last night and tried out the coconut cream natural relaxer treatment. Here’s the recipe again:

Coconut cream
Extra virgin coconut oil
Non-fat plain yogurt

coconut cream natural relaxer

I mixed all 3 ingredients, in no set measurements, into a bowl (warm up your coconut oil some if it solidified), and applied it to my hair in sections from root to tip. Next, I put on a plastic conditioning cap and let sit for about 2 hours (Note. Feel free to use heat. I just didn’t feel like sitting under the dryer. Also, the min to let this sit is about 1 hr), rinsed, and continued on with my regular wash routine.

My conclusion on this treatment: I like it. It’s a great conditioning treatment and left my kinky-kurls feeling soft and moisturized. Yogurt has protein in it so it left my hair feeling strong but not dried out. It didn’t loosen my hair texture but I heard it might not do this on the first try so I will keep doing this treatment about once a month and observe. Overall, if not for the natural (TEMPORARY) loosening of your kurls, it’s a great conditioning treatment that strengthens and moisturizes. It’s inexpensive, easy to make and use and if you have any left overs, simply put plastic wrap over the top and stick in the freezer for future use.

What I will change with the next batch: use the following recipe...

2 TBSP Coconut oil
1.5 TBSP Coconut cream
8-12 oz yogurt

I think I didn't use enough yogurt in my mix and too much coconut oil and cream. Oh well, my hair still feels great. Maybe with more yogurt, it will actually loosen the curl some. So, I'll try it out this way next time and report back.

The final results


While it didn't loosen my kurls, I do notice that they are more defined.

Give a try and share your results!

EDITED 2-13-09: I've been informed that the full fat yogurt works even better and is more effective than the non-fat.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

15% Off Your Curlmart Purchases!!!!

Curlmart is offering the AGrlCanMAC community 15% off
our purchases!!!

From now until 2/28/2009 save 15% on your entire purchase*

Use promotion code- AGrlCanMAC09

*Wen products, Curly Cocktails, collections,
and kits are excluded from this sale.

I’m so getting my Aquis Mimi Diva Dry Hair Turban now! Happy Shopping Kurlies!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kurly Girl Inspiration: WJ539

I luv this girl's hair. And her channel on YouTube is good. She also has a good 3 part vid on defining your kurls. Braids come out next week (!) so I'll have to try her method.

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