Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Last VLogs on Fashion Week

This is all late but I've been busy. lol So, here is my last vid I did covering my experiences at Fashion Week.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tips for Twisting

Linda* wrote in and asked:

-"I ran across your site and love your twists. Do you twist your own hair and can you give me any tips. I can't afford right now to pay $65 a week. There has to be an easier way."

I hear ya girl. I'm straight on that $65 a week. Here are MY tips for twisting that have worked for me:

* Practice makes perfect-don't get discouraged if you don't like how they come out the first time

* You don't have to do perfect parts-I don't and they and my twist outs still look great

* You may not like them on the first day-I find that mine look better as the week goes on b/c they have "settled" more

* If you twist your hair wet, they will shrink up-If you want to show more of your length in the twists, do them on dry hair or hair that has been stretched via blow drying or banding

* There are tons of products that you can twist with. Many like using shea butter, various twisting gels and products on the market. In the past, I've used Afroveda PUR Whipped Hair Gelly and my shea frosting mix to twist with and have had good results with both. Trial and error will help you determine what product provides you with the best twists/twist outs.

* Moisturize your hair daily-You don't want them to dry out

* When I take my twists down for the twist out, I like to rub some coconut oil or Kalawentz Jojoba Oil onto each twist before taking them down. This helps to soften them and give my twist out some bling factor. ;)

That's all I can think of. If I come up with anything else, I'll be sure to add them. You know the drill, STAY NATURALLY FLY!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fashion Week Coverage w/ BrownFace TV

Exclusive interview with The Vessel by Lois creator Lois Samuels and the Creative Director for the fashion show, Felicia Walker Benson.



I luv seeing my Black ladies and people doing big things!

To see more BrownFace TV vids, check out their Youtube channel HERE

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Fairy Knots" Anyone????


Reader *Denise* wrote in and asked me

"hey milan!

quest... hair strands in the back have knots on them. always toward the end of the shaft. i'm thinking that it is due to some trauma sustained. don't know what it is called or if i should take some action? do you know anything about this?"


Have you looked at your hair and noticed little knots at the ends? Those are called "fairy knots". As your hair grows out of the TWA stage, your koils n kurls may start to tangle on themselves creating these little buggers at the very ends.

Make sure you are keeping your hair moisturizized, moisturized, moisturized! This is sooo important and can help lessen them. It's best to do a moisturizing condition at least once every week (or two weeks) and moisturize your hair daily if you have to.

SOLUTIONS:

1) Cut them out-you can try to detangle them GENTLY with your fingers but it's not worth it, to me. A lot of the times you just end up damaging and splitting the cuticle so it's going to need to be cut after that anyway. But it's your call. If you want to try to untangle them, go for it. Just make sure the hair is softened with conditioner or oil first. I cut them out with hair shears (it's basically dusting your ends) and keep it moving.

2) Wear hairstyles that either stretch out your hair, like braid outs or twist outs, or wear hairstyles that don't leave your ends exposed

Employing #2 and keeping my hair moisturized keeps my knots to a minimum and I now see a lot less of them.

Black Girl Long Hair did a fabulous article (and probably answered this in better detail than I did) on this issue as well. Click here to check out the article.

Please note, nothing I'm saying is law. This is what works for me and other naturals that I have learned from. In the end, you must do what works best for your hair.

Happy Hair Growing!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kurly Inspirations: Longhairdontcare2011 and Sera2544

Longhairdontcare2011 is a 4a/4b

Sera 2544 is mainly 4b (she states)

She disabled embedding so I couldn't put the video up so you can check out her journey by clicking here


Now if this isn't inspiration, I don't know what is! Both started with TWAs and have been growing their hair for close to 6 years. Everyone has different growth rates but if you have patience and take care of your hair, it will show off and show out for you!

The main thing that both of them employed was minimal manipulation of their hair. So take good care of your hair but leave it be and it will grow and not break as much.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kurly Inspiration: Afro City TV



Tell me, you're not in luv! I was on The Coarse Hair Diary this past Sunday and when I saw this on this post they had up, I haaaaaad to share it here! I'm so diggin the fros. I can't wait!

Check out the site, www.afrocitytv.com. They have a cute lil trailer up now.

Monday, September 21, 2009

LHCF Cornrow Challenge Update #2

I washed my hair last week and re-did my braids. Ya girl IS getting a lil better. I did 9 braids this time and they came out a lot better than my first go round. They're still on the fuzzy side though. I'm thinking maybe I'm not braiding tight enough and/or small enough. So my next go round, I'll try to do a couple extra braids, braid a lil tighter and see if that helps any.

I plan to keep this set in for 2-3 weeks. I'm going to really shoot for 3 though and I'm going to try still washing my hair weekly with the braids in.

I do blow dry my hair so that I can stretch it and braid, which is another reason why I want to shoot for leaving these in for 3 weeks. I use my KBB Hair Milk as a leave in and blow dry on the low heat setting. Once I've completed it, I add a lil more of the hair milk to my hair and seal with an oil (this time I used jojoba oil).

***Veering off the current topic of discussion.... I will say though, that stretching my hair has greatly reduced the "fairy" knots (which I need to do a separate post on), hair that tangles on itself and forms knots, that show up in my hair.

My hair is growing into a stage in length where if I wear it in it's natural kurl pattern state in like a wash n go type style, it tangles on itself. So after July, I had to nix wash n go's and started employing styles that stretch my hair: braid outs mainly.***

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hakuhodo Make Up Brushes

Avid MULs (make up luvers) and MUAs (make up artists), this Japanese brand of brushes sound alright. Check out this vid MissChievous did on them.



I would luv to add some of these to my kit.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Protein Treatment for Hair: a Hair Mayonnaise Recipe


My hair's been shedding like crazy and I realized that I haven't done a protein treatment since before I BC'd. Wow! So, last week, I figured I needed to squeeze in some time (from hectic Fashion Week schedule) to have a lil protein in my hair's life and whipped up this simple recipe:

* approx 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
* approx 1 tbsp Olive oil
* approx 1 tbsp Castor oil
* approx 1 tbsp Grapeseed oil- this won't always be in the recipe, I'm just trying to use this up
* approx 1 tbsp Agave nectar or Honey

Note. You can add an egg to this mix if you like as well.

I didn't use exact measurements (I almost never do, I just eye ball things. Sorry guys. Just eye ball it till it looks right to you.) I mixed everything together and applied to my hair in (8) sections that I then braided up, as I always do, and left it on for about 15-20 minutes.

I then did my usual: detangled each braided section (I'm back to using my trusty ol shower comb for detangling. The detangling brushes just take out too much of my hair that I would like to keep on my head, thank you very much) and then braided it back up, hopped in the shower and continued on with my washing regimen: cleansing and following up with an ACV rinse.

My hair felt soft yet stronger and I saw a lot less hair in my comb. So I don't think I need to do protein treatments often, just when necessary: maybe like bi-monthly.

This was a very good and very inexpensive treatment. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fashion Week Updates

Written Sunday, September 13th

Good golly Miss Molly, Fashion Week has been FABULOUS but it's kickin my butt! lol. I keep telling everyone, it's exhilerating and exhausting all at once but I wouldn't have it any other way. After Thursday, I'm home free, I think. That's the end of Fashion Week mania anyway. lol

It's great I've been going to shows and frantically writing articles about them in the same night. We have a 2 day turn around time for the articles, all the while we're going to other shows and making notes of them for the articles that will be due 2 days later. Ahhh, what we do for the luv of fashion. But like I said, I wouldn't have it any other way. =)

I've been VLogging about the whole experience and the vids can be found on my YouTube channel. I've posted the vids here for you to check em out. I'm always wore out after each one of them so they usually all end with me saying that I'm tired. LOL. Just warning you. ;)





May this not be my last Fashion Week! I'm so excited for Exude magazine! I can't wait till Spring!

Here's a pic of me and my Exude Family:



Starting from the left:

Kinya Harte: Editor-in-Chief
Tricia Grannum: Senior Fashion Editor
Me: Senior Beauty Editor

Again, go check out the site. My Ports 1961 review is up and articles from the other shows are popping up as well. www.EXUDEmagazine.com

Stay naturally fly. ;)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Step Out of the Box!!!


*Written June 2009*

Some days I’m diggin my hair so much that I can’t tear myself away from the mirror. Other days, I get frustrated and can’t stand what is looking back at me in the mirror. Some days I luv my TWA and other days I wish it would grow out already. I have no interest to relax, I just get restless sometimes… It can be difficult at times not to watch the pot boil.

When I get too restless, I will rock a half wig for the day or get braids. Or I will kinky twist my hair like I just did recently for the first time. But then, I get those suckers in and have the nerve to MISS the hair that got on my nerves 10 hours ago! I can’t win. LOL.

In my time being natural so far, I’ve just rode the wave and done whatever I’ve felt like doing (while taking proper care of my hair, of course). My journey has been anything but dull that’s for sure! I say all this to say, just like when you were relaxed you didn’t like your hair everyday, you’re not going to always like your hair when its natural everyday either. Some things never change... So those times or days you don’t like what you’re hair is doing, wear a wig; rock a weave for a few weeks or get extensions via braids or kinky twists or *gasps* straighten it.

If you’ve followed my blog long enough, you’ve seen that I’ve done all kinds of fun stuff to my hair: half-wigs, braids, twists, etc.

It’s OK to play. It doesn’t make you any less natural b/c you try something new. If you wanna wear a straight wig for 4 weeks or straighten your own hair, go for it. It’s a heck of a lot better than relaxing your hair again.

Some naturals in the natural community can be so radical in their thinking and judgments and I don’t feel that it has to be that way.

I like defining my curls and elongating them which has been criticized in the past by some radicals. That is just how I do and how I like to style MY hair. Doesn’t make me any less natural or a hater of my texture. That’s like saying that people with straight hair that prefer to wear their hair curled under hate their naturally straight hair. Do people hear themselves?

Don’t give people, relaxed or natural, the power to put you in a box. They don’t live your life and pay your bills. Just do you. Being a natural isn’t about being "earthy" or saying "power to the people" (b/c the 60's are over and in my experiences non black people like natural hair more than our own brothas and sistas do) or you have to become a different kind of person. It’s simply a decision to no longer relax or texturize and rock with the hair that naturally grows out of your head b/c there's nothing wrong with it. That’s it. You don’t have to completely change what kind of person you are if you don’t wanna. But I do hope that being natural does enhance your personal being for the better.

Your confidence makes whatever hair type or length you have, the hair doesn’t make you. Have fun with it and don’t EVER apologize for what you choose to do with it.

Let’s not suck all the fun outta hair. Ok? If we stop over analyzing it, it really can be “just hair” one day. Until then, do you and inspire others to do the same.

ON THAT NOTE, DO SOMETHING FUN WITH YOUR HAIR THIS WEEKEND! CIAO!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Out n About Town: Fashion Week!!!


So, as many of you know, I recently became the Senior Beauty Editor for Exude Magazine. We're an up and coming fashion and lifestyle magazine targeting the 18-34 year old, urban, minority professional. Well, we got invited to a plethora of shows this year! This is Exude's first year at Fashion Week!!!!!

So, yours truly gets to go to some shows. I went to my first show, Ports 1961, on Thursday. To read what I felt about the show, you will have to wait till it hits Exude! So follow and/or subscribe to the magazine if you haven't already. I'm sure I'll tweet about it as well, so you can get the heads up when all the Fashion Week articles go up.

It was so incredibly fun to be amongst so many fashion lovers! I saw sooo many hot looks and kurlies, you were representing! I saw this awesome kurly with bright red hair in the audience



and fell in luv. This pic no where near does her hair or the color justice. It was a bright orange-red in a huge puff. Man, now I've gotten the itch to try color. Uh oh!



So this is what I wore to the show. Here I am inside of the tent. I made the tunic myself. You can see more pictures of it on my creative blog, Styln N Profyln. The lovely earrings I'm rocking are by none other than, Nappy Rutz.

Here's a close up on my make up



I went for another warm, autumn look using burnt orange, brown, and burgundy colors for my eyes and plum cheeks (which are my absolute fav in the colder months).

A dream of mine, since I was a little girl, has just been fulfilled!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Simple Fall Look: "Gold" and Brown Eyes


Fall is all about using "warm" colors on face: golds, browns, burgundies, burnt oranges, etc. I plan to do more simple fall looks and maybe even some more tutorials (when I can find the time). This look is easy and gives you that fall glow.

FACE:
* MAC Studio Moisture Tint tinted moisturizer in Deep Dark
* MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC50 for under my eyes
* "Set" with Priia HydraPrime Oil Control Face Primer

CHEEKS:
* NYX blush in Desert Rose

EYES:
* Primed with Too Faced Shadow Insurance
* Lid: the green-gold color in the 120 color e/s palette
* Contour & Crease: Cover Girl Brown Smolder
* Highlight: MAC Warming Trend
* Milani retractable eye liner in Expresso
* Physician's Formula Organic Wear mascara in black

LIPS:
* L'Oreal HIP Color Presso l/g in Trendy

Product review of the 120 color e/s palette will be coming up.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

LHCF Cornrow Challenge Update #1

As you know, I joined the LHCF Cornrow Challenge. I did a henna gloss yesterday to start off the challenge and then I braided my hair........

Yeah, ya girl SO needs a lot, a lot more practice. lol. These braids I did are pretty crude......


Remember, I'm even worse at cornrowing so I did french braids



But alas, I will get better the more I do them...... I hope. I did 5 braids (and boy were my wimpy lil arms tired from that!) but next time I need to do more than that; like 7-10 I'm thinking.


Before & After Cutting Wig: Sensationnel Instant Weave Style HZ 7009



This wig was a lil longer in the back than I liked, so I cut it. I actually transitioned some with this wig so it holds a special place in my heart and is one of my favorites. I can't wait till my hair is this length in real life.

I will be wearing mostly curly or wavy hair wigs. Just because that's what prefer on me and it's added inspiration. Can't lie, though. I was eyeing up a really short style, straight hair wig. I had always wanted to cut my hair into a style like that when I was relaxed but was too chicken to ever go through with it. So I may get one.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Priia Cosmetics Product Reviews

In this vid I review Priia:

Essential Cover Mineral Foundation
HydraPrime Oil Control Face Primer




As I stated in the vid, the ingredients are all natural and eco-friendly. They are also vegan and most of the products are gluten free. Go check them out! www.priia.com


With Priia Essential Cover Mineral Foundation on in Ginger

Saturday, September 5, 2009

"Naturally Divine" Accessories


I've done it again.... Found yet another accessories biz (by one of us) to give some of my money to. LOL.

These earrings are cool because many are made of material you wouldn't think to use for jewelry like the one pair featured that are made out of what looks like a computer chip. How innovative!

When I asked the creator and owner, Pamela, about her designs; here is what she had to say:

"I am constantly thinking of ways to compliment a woman's beauty through my ear creations, therefore, my work will continue to evolve. Ear decor makes your face stand out. If they don't remember your face, they will definitely remember your earrings. Ear decor along with all walks of fashion, say, 'this is who I am, take it or leave it!' What will your ear decor say about you?



Naturally Divine Co. wants to gain the confidence of customers by offering superb customer service with easy and secure shopping with fast shipping. All items are one of a kind. Once the item is sold, it is gone forever. Nothing will make a woman feel more special than owning ear decor that she won't see any where else."


I don't know about you, but I'm diggin the bolded! No one else will have your pair! Now that's live. Think Christmas gifts too. It'll be here before you know it....




Naturally Divine is also on YouTube so subscribe to their vids: NaturallyDivine.

And the website: www.naturallydivineco.com

Moisturize Your Situation

Here's a great vid by Nikkimae2003 sharing her suggestions on how to keep your hair moisturized in the upcoming cold months.



I employ this method too. There's a lot of different ways you can do this. Here are some variations I came up with:

1) Moisturizing mist/water, oil/s of choice, a hair cream

2) Moisturizing mist/water, a hair cream

3) Moisturizing mist/water, a hair butter

4) Moisturizing mist/water, oil/s of choice, hair butter

5) Moisturizing mist/water, hair milk, hair cream

6) Moisturizing mist/water, hair milk, hair butter

7) Hair milk, oil/s of choice

A moisturizing mist can be one you make or a liquid leave in like Infusium 23. Some prefer to just use water in a spray bottle. Hair milks are usually water based so you can bypass adding water directly to your hair. Most hair butters (unless you bought them pure), creams and milks have oils in them already so you can bypass adding oil to your hair.

Play with it till you find what works for you. Notice how it builds from lightest to heaviest in terms of the order they are applied to your hair.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I think I will do:

* MM- which will be water and honeyquat
* My shea frosting (or Afroveda Cocolatte Moisture Mask)

I like this method above best for when I airdry after conditioning and washin my hair.

For daily maintenance of my braid outs, flat twist outs, etc., I will probably do this though:

* a Hair Milk (which I'm thinking of mixing my own....)
* My oil medley- olive, coconut, jojoba, and castor oil

This is always subject to change. So I'm sharing what I feel like I will do.

How do you plan to moisturize you situation these upcoming cold months?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Twist Out Hairstyles

BlackOnyx77 shares 3 styles that you can try with your twist outs.



I luv the 3rd one best.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

LHCF Cornrown Challenge

A couple days ago I joined LHCF's Cornrow Challenge created by one of the members. It lasts until Christmas.

I can't cornrow very well but I can french braid. I'm just going to do small french braids like you would do cornrows and wear wigs.

My schedule is:

- 3 weeks braided up wearing wigs
- 1 week off where I get to let my hair rest

I plan to still cleanse my hair weekly while in the braids. Since braids like this can have a tendency to make my scalp dry, I will lightly oil/"grease" my scalp nightly to prevent this.

***EDIT 9/5/09: I may keep my hair braided during the week and let it out on weekends for the 3 weeks "on". I'll have to play around to figure out what will work best for me.***

I will probably lightly "grease" it with my Kalawentz Jojoba Oil.

I plan to braid my hair up this coming Sunday night. Pics will follow.

If you're a member, join me!

Giveaway Over at Trendy Teez


What are you waiting for, GO CHECK IT OUT!

Recently, I won a giveaway at Kinky Rhonnie's (I forgot to inform you all about it. Maybe I just wanted a better shot at winning mwu ahahahhaa. j/k) spot for a Trendy Teez tee and I luv it.

There's yours truly striking an America's Next Top Model pose in it. (Click on the picture to enlarge it) I plan to do a feature on Trendy Teez soon so as always, stay tuned.

Real Women Do It In Sections

Loosely braided ones for detangling, conditioning, and washing their kinky-kurly hair that is.

If you are sleeping on this, WAKE UP!

Before I read Chicoro's book, "Grow It!", I was sleeping on it too. I read her book the beginning of this year and I learned so much valuable info that I am now putting to use and my hair is showing off n showin out, ladies. I luv when my hair does that. I did a review on her book earlier this year. This book is a must read and an invaluable addition to your kinky-kurly hair care library.




When I first read this book, I had a serious TWA and couldn't emply the method right away. My hair is finally long enough to do this technique. I started doing it back in July and haven't turned back since.

Right now I can get my hair in 8 loose braids. Once my hair gets longer, I'll go down to 6.



This technique has truly enhanced my hair care and styling. I experience a lot less tangling and I lose a lot less hair. I condition successfully in the braids as well and my hair even LAYS down better.

My biggest disbelief was that I could cleanse my hair thoroughly in the loose braids but it CAN be done. It took some getting used to but now it's easy breezy. (I still use my castile soap mix but I think I'll be switching to a shampoo bar in the near future.) Now I can't see myself washing my hair any other way especially when it starts getting long, this will be even more of a God send than it is now b/c I'll be able to manage it all and not feel overwhelmed.


I'm a sectioner for life baby.

Get this book if you don't have it already!

Luvin the Big Hair

She's not my hair type but I still luv her hair none the less. I hope my hair will be big and voluminous like this in the future! Her poems are fresh too. Homegirl can FLOW. Check out her channel Rahmes100 to hear more of her work.



I was so close to crying when I first heard this b/c I have felt this way before about someone. Have you ever experienced this kind of love before? It's BANANAS what the heart can feel, right?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kurly Girl Directory: Kinky Rhonnie & Natural Hair Natural Products


Here are some more additions to the KG Directory

1) Kinky Rhonnie

I just enjoy reading her blog. I recently won a contest she had on her blog. I won a Trendy Teez (highlight coming in the near future. Her stuff is hot like fire ladies) tee and I luv it to bits! I'm wearing it right now and don't wanna take it off. LOL. Ok, maybe it's not that serious but you get my drift. Any how Miss Kinky Rhonnie had this to say about her spot:

Kinky Rhonnie's Spot is a web site devoted to not only natural hair care, but natural products as well. These include ayurvedic hair care, carrier and essential oils, and herbs. The site also includes information on natural hair care, growth, maintenance, and product reviews.

So there it is. Go check her out and follow her!


2) Natural Hair Natural Products

Sunshine's site is another great place for transitioners, natural newbies, and vets to congregate. She posts a lot of thought provoking material regarding social and personal natural hair issues many of us face and how to "keep the confidence" and luv ourselves for who we are. This spot also has great hair care, product, and styling tips information.

She's also the creator of the fabulous Coconut Confidence. It's shea butter whipped with coconut oil and it's great for your hair and body.

This lovely lady has also created her own community for us kinky curly and transitioning ladies to socialize, share tips, support and inspiration for each other. Which leads us to ......

3) Natural Sunshine.com

I recently joined and have become addicted to this place as well. I'm such a hair boards fluzy. Hahahaha. It's a community "where natural is the norm" so ladies (and gents) check it out to get and receive hair care, products, tips and inspiration from people all over the world.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Let's Talk Hair Butters Part 1

So fall is fast approaching and with the cooler weather means protecting our tresses against the cold and locking in that moisture even more. Many of you, myself included, seal in your moisture with oils; but when teamed with a butter can help seal even better to keep your hair looking and feeling right all fall and winter.

I swear by my shea frosting but I've been interested in possibly expanding my horizons and trying some other butters so I researched some other butters and am here to report

There are tons of butters so I'm going to make this a series doing 3-4 at a time.



* Murumuru Butter

I am really interested in trying this butter. I heard rave reviews about it on LHCF.

It's made from the nuts of the murumuru tree in the Amazons of Brazil. According to an article on Naturally Curly.....

-murumuru is especially useful to people of all ethnicities with kinky, curly or wavy hair because of its softening ability. Often, kinky, and some types of curly, hair feels coarse. Murumuru coats coarse curls, making them more supple and manageable. Products containing an appreciative amount of murumuru oil or extract are well suited to textured curls. Murumuru products moisturize the hair with lasting hydration, controlling frizz and defining curls.

The rich butter made from murumuru is a light amber color, with an earthen aroma. It is rich in oleic acid, which promotes health. Oleic acid-rich botanicals aid with moisture retention, benefiting the skin and hair. The emollient constituents in murumuru enhance the natural gloss of hair and provide sheen to naturally dull, kinky or highly textured hair. Murumuru ingredients also provide a healthy shine to chemically treated, over-processed or otherwise damaged hair.


Click here to read the whole article.


* Sweet Almond Butter

It's made from almonds and is a light butter. So those with fine strands may appreciate this butter more. It has all the qualities of sweet almond oil, including restoring elasticity of your (skin and) hair.


* Avocado Butter

It is on the heavier side and is known to be greasy but a little goes a long way with it. The avocado fruit is expeller crushed to create this butter. It's very rich, "moisturizing" and has a small amount of natural sunscreen properties.

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