Sunday, February 28, 2010

Another Giveaway Coming Up



Next giveaway is coming up when we hit 350 followers. This one is going to be for a hair care product. Stay tuned.....

Also, I plan on doing some make up/make up looks posts. What kinds of looks do you ladies want to see? Let me know and I'll get to brainstorming.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

(Vogue) Black is Beautiful

Vogue Black


Have you ladies checked out Vogue Black yet? What an exciting endeavor to give black women the love and shine we deserve and celebrate more than one kind of beauty, right? I hope people are finally starting to see that. Diversity is so what makes this world an interesting place to live on and shapes all kinds of experiences in our lifetimes that we couldn't have if there was just one kind of beauty. Ya dig?

I was so excited when I learned some of my favorite bloggers like Andrea from Fly and Afrobella were asked to contribute. What a coo experience to add to your list of accomplishments.

I haven't gotten a chance to check it out in its entirty yet but from what I did get to see, I can dig it.

Black History Month is coming to a close and I didn't get to post nearly as much as I wanted to. I guess I should have a better plan for next year then. Lol.

I have an ill (song) snippet I want to share with you all from one of my new friends but I have to figure out how I can embed the darn thing onto the site! If anyone knows how I can do this, please let me know b/c he's crazy talented and you all will think so too after you hear it!

Enjoy your weekend all. I'm off to edit pics for another post (I roller set and silk wrapped my hair :D), Saturday afternoon cleaning, and then braiding my hair. Peace in the Middle East!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mixtress Chronicles: Scalp Exfoliating Scrub

I've heard of these for a while now but wasn't inspired to try for myself till I checked out Roshini's post on her fab results she got from it. Plus, I figured since my hair was so dirty from these twists (that I took down last night), a lil exfoliation would do my itchy scalp good and help break up and lift the dirt and build up for sure.


What I Used:


1) A medley of different oils: I can't remember them all b/c it was an old mix that needed using up but I'm certain it included EVOO, castor oil, sweet almond oil, and one other oil (Use any oil/s you like for yours)

2) Organic cane sugar (you can use white or brown sugar if you like)

3) A couple drops of peppermint essential oil b/c I luv it ;D (Optional)

As always, I eye ball my measurements so I can't tell you how much I used of everything. In my case, I wanted more sugar than oil so I made sure all the sugar got wet but that the mix wasn't super oily.



Instructions: Section hair and apply to scalp. Once all applied, GENTLY massage your whole head. (No need to press hard or you will agitate your scalp more than necessary and probably make it sore.) You can leave it on for a while if you like or rinse it out right after and continue on with your regular wash routine.


Scrub in my hair. Click on the pic for a larger view




My Thoughts:

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know how I felt about it right after I tried it.

It. Made. My scalp. Feel. HEAVENLY.


It left my scalp feeling "squeaky clean" and refreshed without it feeling stripped. Plus massaging it in left me very mellow and relaxed. Lol. I probably won't do these frequently but it's nice to know when my scalp is feeling exceptionally dirty, this scrub will aid in ridding the dirt/build up and refreshing it.

Give it a try. You know you wanna and it's another cheap and easy recipe that delivers. Word of caution, it can get a lil messy. Just letting ya know so take that admonition and prepare for this how you may. I don't recommend this if you have a sensitive scalp/skin condition. As always, if you're unsure, check with your dermatologist.

That is all. :D

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My Hair: Twist Challenge Updates #2

Wednesday- February 17th:


What a challenge this is indeed. I'm coming up on 2 weeks in this set and I'm growing restless. I usually can't commit to a hairstyle, especially a protective one, for more than 2 consecutive months. I just luv wearing my hair out. I'm committed to this challenge though and am gonna see it through till April.

I've been playing around with how to moisturize while in these. First I tried using castor oil, keeping it away from my scalp (it hates stuff being put on it), but wasn't too crazy about that (shoulda used coconut oil huh? Doh!). Most recently, I tried my shea pudding that I twisted with and didn't care for this either. I'm thinking of very LIGHTLY misting my moisturizing mist on them. Hopefully my hair won't shrink up too much.


This pic was taken Sunday, Feb 14



I'm still only moisturizing 2 times a week and this seems to be working well. Hair's not dry feeling at all and not putting product on my hair every day is reducing how much inevitable build up I will accrue over time. I will try my latest idea out tomorrow.


Thurs- Feb 18th:


I very lightly misted the twists today with my moisturizing mist: water, aloe vera gel, and castor oil. My hair swelled up some (obviously) but looked more lively. The twists did shrink up some but not a whole lot. If I keep lightly misting them frequently, will they keep shrinking? Maybe I could try every other day? Stay with 2 times a week? As you can see, I'll be experimenting....

Sat- Feb 20th:


I plan to touch up the front and front sides tomorrow. They're pretty fuzzy due to me moisturizing with the mist. I've also decided that I just need/want a hair cream to moisturize the twists 2 times a week b/c misting them makes them frizzy/fuzzy. I learned a way to stretch my twists back out from the (minor) shrinkage I got: put them into some large braids overnight like I would a braid out. I'm going to try it tonight and see what it's looking like tomorrow morning.

Sun- Feb 21st:




How did it turn out? FABULOUS. My twists are stretched back out. Yaaaaay. So if your twists shrink up, you can do a "braid out", essentially, on them and stretch them back out; show more length. This picture above is the result of them being stretched. I thought it looked cute with the right side pinned up.


Tues- Feb 23rd:


I never got around to touching up the front and front sides so my hair is super fuzzy, my scalp is itching like crazy w/ a lot of build up and my hair feels so dirty! This Friday marks 3 weeks and I don't think I'm interested in going any longer in this set ladies. I have to wash my hair, my scalp is flaking up bad. If I wash them in these twists, not only will they shrink up immensely, they will unravel for sure and create a mess. I know my hair and even when I wash my hair in sections, I have to braid them or else they will come undone. So Friday, this set is coming out. What I've learned, my scalp can go up to 2 weeks without being cleansed. After that, it's a wrap. My hair has spoken and I'm listening.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Buy Black Owned: Beauty Supply Stores

Black owned businesses, you will hear me refer to them as BOBs, are integral in enriching and enhancing our community. I've listed 3 great sites owned by beautiful and enterprising black women that I think you all will like, may have already known about and will want to support! After all, who knows what we want and need best than us?



* Good Hair Mart


I did a post on this brand new online beauty supply store. Monique, the owner, is also a natural hair Youtuber and opened her shop for business this Monday. She had such success on opening day, that she's sold out of many of her products already. She carries awesome natural brands like Afroveda and Donna Marie to name a few.

www.GoodHairMart.com

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* LUV Naturals


Another natural hair Youtuber, Kim, opened her shop for business on Valentine's Day. Her shop carries fab hair accessories, including but not limited to: hair rollers, barrets, clips and headbands for EXCELLENT prices. You can get a 4 pack of quality banana clips for $1.89! You may be thinking banana clips? Yeah, check out her vid on diff looks she created with them and you will want some too. I like that she carries hair stopper drain catchers (they catch all fallen hair so they don't clog your sink or shower) too for only $4.

www.LUVNaturals.com

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* Black Onyx World


I'm sure every natural in the cyber natural world knows of this natural hair Youtuber, Rochelle. Her shop carries fly accessories which include her own handcrafted line, Nayimani Chic and her own hair care line, Alikay Naturals. She also carries some other goodies like bentonite clay and black soap.

www.BlackOnyxWorld.com


Every thing sold at all three of these online shops are at uber affordable price points without lacking quality. Support these businesses and let's get our money back into our community b/c when they do well, we all do!

Know of any other black owned beauty supply stores? Let me know (milan@agrlcanmac.com) and I'll shout them out!

Skin Care: Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipes


Spring is around the corner kurlies and you know what that means: we get to show a lil more skin. Check out these cheap and chic recipes below to make your own sugar scrubs so you can slough away that dead skin and uncover your skin's satin smoothness and glow. Those with sensitive skin, I don't recommend these recipes for you b/c they might make your sensitivity worse; irritate your skin more.

BROWN SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
* a few drops of essential oil or fragrance body oil of choice
* some honey (this is optional but honey has loads of moisturizing properties so why not?)
* container to put it in (an old container or tupperware will do)

Instructions: Mix together the oils and honey in your container. Add the brown sugar and mix it up. Viola! Note that you can tweek the consistency to your liking. Some like more oil than sugar and others more sugar than oil. Play around with the proportions till you find the consistency that you like. Be light handed! There is no need to scrub hard or you will end up irritating your skin.

Here's another sugar scrub recipe:

SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
* 1 cup of sugar
* 1/2 cup to 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
* lemon juice (optional)
* few drops of essential oil or body fragrance oil (optional)

Instructions are the same as the brown sugar scrub.

You can use whatever carrier oil you like in these scrub recipes. Experiment till you find the oil you like best. You can also do an oil blend; use more than one oil in your scrub. Again, experiment!

My favorite is the brown sugar scrub. Sweet almond oil is my favorite oil for scrubs. It feels divine after you've shaved or epilated your legs. I no longer shave and use an epilator now, so I do it after the I epilate and OMW (oh my wow), the shine and smoothness is bananas.

**These recipes were originally posted 5-28-08**

Photo credits: www.egrart.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

3 Clays for Clarifying The Koils n Kinks

*BOB= Black Owned Business

Many natural clays are great for sucking the dirt and build up (from products), impurities from your hair. Unlike a clarifying shampoo, these clays won't dry your hair out and will leave it feeling very soft, moisturized, and you can receive some great clumpage (means awesome kurl definition). Bonus: you can use them on your face as a mask. They make great weekly or monthly treatments. It's not recommended you use them more than weekly.

NOTE: THE CLAYS THAT I AM LISTING AREN'T RECOMMENDED FOR USE ON THE FACE OF THOSE WITH SENSITIVE, DRY OR MATURE SKIN TYPES. I WILL BE DOING ANOTHER POST ON WHAT CLAYS WOULD BE SUITABLE FOR THE FACES OF THOSE WITH DRY AND/OR SENSITIVE SKIN TYPES. These clays I've listed benefit the faces of those with oily or combination/normal skin. As always, I encourage you to do further research of your own and use your own better judgement when trying any new product, recipe, or treatment.

Now that that's outta the way, check out the list and links I've provided where you can buy:


* Bentonite



I'm sure most of you have heard tons about this clay. It's the most common one that I hear of naturals using.

You can get 8oz for $6 at www.BlackOnyxWorld.com which is one of Youtube's natural hair gurus, BlackOnyx77's new online store. This is a great price and it's a black owned business ladies. Support!

* French or Tuscan Green Clay



Note. These are not to be mistaken with Green Clay. They differ in that I couldn't find any information on people using regular green clay on hair, just the face. Please be cognizant of this upon purchasing or ask someone that knows about clays more if it's safe to put regular green clay on your hair.

I found about 7oz of Tuscan green clay from Anita Grant (BOB) for about $15.

I also found 8oz of French green clay from From Nature With Love for $8.


* Rhassoul Clay



8oz for $8 at From Nature With Love.


Anita Grant (BOB) makes a Rhassoul Deep Condish that sounds divine. You have a few sizes to chose from but visually, I like the heart shaped one, pictured above: 2.12oz for about $8. :D


What makes the clays different is their varying amounts of different (good for you) minerals in them. I plan to experiment with them to see how the different clays affect my hair and skin. If you have any experience using any of these clays or all 3, weigh in. I'd love to read your experiences with them.

Photo credits for the 1st picture: www.FromNatureWithLove.com

Monday, February 22, 2010

Vitamin Gummies for Adults

My initial reaction: FINALLY. Even adults need incentive to take their vitamins.



I saw a commercial on tv for VitaFusion Multi Vites Gummy Vitamins. You can find them at Target for around $6 (for the 70 count. You can get 150 for around $11). If you have a hard time taking a multi-vitamin now, this sounds like a great alternative. I mean, come on, who doesn't like gummy bears? They def taste better than those citrusy chewables or swallowing a pill. I think I may get some. I need to take a multi-vitamin more regularly. Now if only I could get the chlorella tablets of mine in gummy bear form. Hahaha.

I plan to purchse them soon and will give my review on them once I have.

Stay naturally healthy. :D

Saturday, February 20, 2010

How to Get Deliciously Soft Skin

Remember how baby oil used to leave our skin so soft? Well, we all know that that stuff is 100% mineral oil and many naturals don't care for this ingredient. So another just as effective alternative is..........

Castor oil



You want to make sure it's the natural stuff and cold pressed. The only ingredient should be castor oil and that's it. It's just as thick as mineral oil and provides the same results. I especially love using it in these cold months (I use lighter oils in the warmer months that I will share with you in another post). It keeps the moisture in my skin and leaves it so soft and supple.

How I Use It:



After I shower, I don't towel dry. With my skin still soaking wet, I apply castor oil mixed with EVOO (and tangerine essential oil for a nice citrusy scent) to my body and let air dry. That's it. From there, if you want to add your favorite lotion or shea butter (mix) on top, go for it. Yeah, your skin will be greasy for a bit but it will absorb it. As Doctor Oz said when he talked about moisturizing your skin, "greasy is good".

Because after you've washed your body, you've washed away all the dirt and impurities and you've also washed away all of its natural oils that lubricate and protect it. You want to help your skin recover from this. So say it with me, greasy is good! You can always towel blot some off if you feel you put too much on. The more you use it, you'll have a better gauge of how much to use on your skin.

Now go forth with this beauty tip I've shared and may you all have deliciously soft skin. :D

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hot Yoga for Healthy Hair Growth?


Now I've got your attention. ;D

Bikram yoga also known as hot yoga is warmin it up all across the nation and world I imagine. With this kind of yoga, temperature in the room/studio is turned up to 100 degrees (F), some a lil more. This is supposed to maximize your stretching and increase flexibility since the warmth causes your muscles to relax more. It also increases your sweating which helps you rid your body of even more toxins. Niceeee.

I've been aching, no pun intended, to try it out as I'm already a yoga luver. I'm in the Yoga Heads group on Natural Sunshine and one of the ladies was saying that not only is it an awesome work out, it also helped for healthier hair growth with her.

Please don't confuse healthy hair growth with faster or increased hair growth. Just like regular exercise increases blood flow all over your body (scalp included) and sweating rids your body of toxins so does this. Some may experience faster growth and some may not. The importance is that if nothing else, the growth and the state of your hair in general will be healthier than if you weren't doing it. Ya dig?

I just found a hot yoga studio nearby and learned of their special for newcomers. They can take classes for FREE the first ten consecutive days. Too bad I can't afford a membership there once those 10 days are over. Lol. Oh well. All in due time, I'll be working again and will be able to join. For now, I'll be trying it for 10 days free! I'm thinking tomorrow or early next week I'll head down there. Updates when I sign up for it.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Good Hair Mart Opening Monday

If you saw my last post, I informed you all that Good Hair Mart, a BLACK owned, online beauty supply store was opening this Saturday. I got the newsletter today that it's being pushed to Monday, the 22nd now. A couple more days. Hold on PJ's! I know you all can.

So Good Hair Mart is opening Monday, February 22nd. Get ready!



Got some beauty posts coming up. I will be bringing some spring inspired make up looks to ya front n center. I also have an old product review to post that should have went up a while ago.

One last thing: I'm still on the look out for more accessories entreprenuers to feature in my Accessories That Can Mac weekly feature (that's been lacking lately). If you're interested in being featured, email me at milan@agrlcanmac.com.

One more day and we're weekend bound! Who's ready for spring already? I know I am! Toodles.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Hair: Wash n Go's Another Go This Spring?

I've been watching some vids on the Donna Marie MiraCurl Curling Gelly and I must say that I'm interested in possibly trying wash n go's again, with it, come spring time. It's been resently reformulated and now some like it better than Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I know CoilsKinksCurls is one who feels this way. She did some recent daily vids chronolizing how it was holding up and her last vid was today at day 5 and her hair still has awesome curl definition. It's safe to say, she can get 7 day hair with it. Perfecto!

Check her vid below. This is day 5. To see the earlier days, check her channel



I'm excited to give it a try. Oooo hurry up and get here April! She sells this, as well as a host of other awesome natural hair care products, at her online beauty supply store, Good Hair Mart. It officially re-opens on the 20th so stop by and see what she's got. I believe she mentioned trying to get Giovanni Direct products and Trader Joes conditioners there for you all that enjoy those products.

Please support her. This is a black owned beauty supply store! Let's get our money flowing back into our communities! :D

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Food for Thought: The Word Nappy

When I first saw it, I knew I had to share this AyannaNaeela vid with you all. It's an awesome and very poignant subject. She talks about what's in the word, nappy. It's very well thought out and presented. I luv her, she's so eloquent with words. So check it out:



I have never cared for the word and have never used it to describe my own or anyone else's hair and would take offense if anyone were to call my hair nappy. In my experiences, I've never heard it used as a positive way to describe your hair. It's like their face turns up and everything when people in my experiences have said it; it's a way to make someone feel bad, almost ashamed of their hair.

I think while many of us are trying to turn it into something positive, it still stings when it's used by the "wrong mouths".

A huge part of this blog's mission is to showcase and describe afro textured hair as all the wonderful things that it is. Our hair is beautiful, springy, koily, kinky, kurly, highly textured, fluffy, big, unique, versatile, exciting. None of those words sting when anyone from any background describes our hair as such.

What are your thoughts on the word? Do and/or any of your friends use it?

Friday, February 12, 2010

My Hair: What I Use On It


First off, I'm sure you noticed the banner change. I was tired of looking at the previous one and wanted something "cleaner" that screamed simple and chic. I also feel that this gives the site a different look. One that I like better. On to the topic at hand.

I've whittled down my already small product line up again. I'm a simplistic woman in many aspects of my life, including my hair. I really vibe with the "less is more" mindset. Below is my most current list of what I use


What I Use
  1. Castile soap mix
  2. Homemade conditioning mixes
  3. Coconut oil (or EVOO)
  4. Castor oil
  5. Aloe vera gelly
  6. Homemade shea pudding
  7. ACV rinse
  8. Henna



I am proud to say, that's all folks. I can maintain my hair's health and achieve whatever hairstyles I like to wear with only those products listed. :D

I think I will almost always be at play when it comes to my mixing though. My next mixtress project is making the talked about flax seed gel. I've heard many great review on it and am ready to try it out for myself. I also plan to try a new conditioning mix with an avocado. Maybe I'll try the banana one too.

Hair care product reviews will still be going down but I have a twist that I'm going to put on some of them. More details on that in another post though so keep a look out and have a great weekend ladies! Wearing your hair any special way for Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Low Down on Shea Butter

Check out these DuchessGabrielle vids about the difference between the ivory/off-white, yellow, and white shea butter. I found them quite interesting.







Your thoughts? I always liked the off-white kind best, which I guess is actual shea butter. Still can't seal with it though but my skin luvs it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Amina's Top 5 Beauty Buys from Etsy

I asked Amina from the awesome beauty blog, Coup de Coeur, to do a guest post on some great products you'll want to take a look at in 2010 and she gladly obliged. Thanks Amina! Without furthur a do......

When I went natural in 2006, I felt renewed, in peace and able to appreciate my beauty. Freeforming last winter was the best experience of my natural hair journey as I saw my two strand twists evolve into thick babies locs. Over the years, I have come to appreciate how natural hair has helped me to define my own standards of beauty. Going natural has also affected my spending purchases. I have always loved products: shopping, making them and looking for the next IT product. This love was passed down from my mother who used to even hide products from my dad.


From left to right: Amina's big chop, Amina now

However now, I am pickier by reading ingredients and also making sure that the products I purchase benefit others, are fair-traded, handmade and natural. Hence, I love supporting small businesses especially led by Black women. As Black women, we tend to take care of everyone else and in the midst of it all, we forget ourselves. It is very important for me to support my sisters’dreams which is why I mostly shop at Etsy and also participate actively at Kiva.


Amina's free forming fro shots

Etsy can be quite overwhelming as there are so many vendors and products. This is why I wanted to present 5 top products that you might love!



1) Njoi Creations Herbal Pudding: This is the first product that I tried from Njoi Creations. Angie, the CEO has great customer service! She ships the items on time and really wants to make sure that her customers are happy. The herbal pudding reminds me of ole Indian Hemp grease that I used back in the days except that this pudding is so much better. I use it as a scalp butter and love how the peppermint and rosemary essential oils blend.



2) Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut Cupuacu Pomade: Her pomades came out last April precisely April 15th. Yes, I stalked her and was among the first ones to place an order. I have always wanted to try Brazilian butters especially tucuma, ucuuba , cupuacu and murumumu as I heard that they are amazing on our hair. Well this product did not disappoint me. It is very thick so a little bit goes a long way. I’ve used it to twist my hair, as a moisturizer, for afro puffs, I simply love it!



3) Zaja Naturals Solid Perfumes: I love perfumes!!However recently with my eczema, I had to take a break from designer perfumes and I’ve adopted a gentler formula. Well, I had no idea that I will love them so much that I will start collecting them. One of my favorite scents is Et une rose



4) Sweet Harlem Oil by Nunulovehandmades: It is light oil that reminds me of summer days with its sweet scent of mango. It is perfect for hot oil treatments, sealing your ends and even as a body oil



5) Herbal Rich Butter by Christine Gant. I love the fact it is has so many herbs that promote hair growth and a healthy scalp. A little bit goes a long way. I love using it to moisturize my hair and also to twist my hair.


Links:

www.NjoiCreations.etsy.com

www.DarcysBotanicals.com

www.NUNULOVEHANDMADE.COM

www.ChristineGrant.com

Great piece, miss! I'm going to check out those solid perfumes. I can't use commercial perfumes/colognes anymore either (were breaking my skin out something terrible). Make sure you thank Amina for waking up your dormant, inner PJ or keeping your already raging PJ fired up. Hahaha.

Monday, February 8, 2010

My Hair: Twists Challenge Update: Tiny Twists

My two weeks in my last set was up this past Sunday, but I decided to take them down early b/c I was tired of that set. So, that Thursday night: I took them down, conditioned and washed them, and let air dry overnight in twisted sections. Then I got up early Friday morning and further stretched my hair by blow drying each section on low then got to twisting.


From left to right: Resulting twist out from first set of twists, New set of tiny twists, Back view of tiny twists

I decided to actually make them tiny, a la Kinky Kurly Queen, this time so it took me longer to complete them. They took me roughly 5.5 hrs. Yes, I'm a good one and yes, I have a lot of patience. I used my shea pudding again with fabulous results. I plan to leave this set in for 4-6 weeks. These took a minute to put in and they need to stay in for a minute too. Lol.

I really like them and was pleasantly surprised to see how long my hair has gotten. (This is all my hair, not one extension in there, bay-beeee.) Shrinkage is a mutha, right? Gotta luv it all though.

My fellow challengers, are you still hangin in there with me?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Giveway Winner for: Japonesque Artisan Slant Tip Tweezers



Via Random.org, the winner of the Japoneque Artisan Slant Tip Tweezers (pictured) Giveaway is...............

#19 Lady Cook!



Congrats! Email me at milan@agrlcanmac.com with your shipping info. If I don't hear from you by Wednesday, you forfeit the prize and I'll throw the names back in for a new winner.

Thanks to all the ladies who entered. There will be more giveaways to come so stay tuned. If you missed this giveaway or are just checking out the site, come back and follow if you haven't already.

What's everyone doing for Super Bowl? I'm kickin it with my fam. They're having a par-tay. I'm not a football person in the likeliest, I just like a party and spending time with my fam. :D

Twists Challenge updates today (before the party of course) or tomorrow.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Why I Love The Denman Brush Again

If you follow me on twitter or subscribe to my YouTube channel, then you already know why. If you don't do either of those then

Watch and See......

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mixtress Chronicles: Hair Conditioner Recipes

If you've followed the site for a while, then you know that I don't use traditional conditioner anymore. I thoroughly enjoy making my own conditioning mixes. Here are some easy recipes that I make with ingredients from my kitchen and always deliver results nothing short of fabulous. They can be used as pre-poos if that's your thing or your main conditioning treatments, which is how I use them.


My Ghee Conditioner Recipe: This mix leaves my hair with incredible softness, shine/sheen, smooth strands, and great slip.

- 1-2Tbsp Ghee
- Enough Oil of choice (I like EVOO or castor oil) to the the Ghee till it's creamy
- 1 Tsp Honey (alternatives: agave nectar or molasses)
- a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I like tangerine or lavendar) for fragrance: ghee
can have your hair smelling like buttered, movie theater popcorn. Lol.

Directions: Lightly mist hair/sections with water first then apply mixture to hair in sections. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse and continue on with your washing routine.



My Moisturizing Light Protein Recipe: Leaves my hair feeling so luscious, intensely moisturized and fortified.

- 4 Tbsp Mayonnaise or Yogurt
- 1 Tbsp Oil of choice (I like EVOO or castor oil)
- 1 Tsp Honey (alternatives: agave nectar or molasses)

Directions: Lightly mist hair/sections with water first then apply mixture to hair in sections. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse and continue on with your washing routine.


My Favorite Conditioner Recipe: Great shine/sheen and smooth strands!

- Coconut oil
- Honey (alternative: agave nectar or molasses)

Directions: Lightly mist hair/sections with water first then apply mixture to hair in sections. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse and continue on with your washing routine.


My Aloe Vera Conditioner Recipe: Leaves my hair with good moisture and smooth strands.
- 1-2 cups Aloe vera gel
- 1 Tbsp Oil of choice (for this mix I like coconut or castor oil)
- 1 Tsp Honey (alternative: agave nectar or molasses)

Directions: Lightly mist hair/sections with water first then apply mixture to hair in sections. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse and continue on with your washing routine.


Optional and additional ingredients you can add to any of these mixes:
- Aloe vera gel
- Coconut cream

NOTE:Depending on the length of your hair, you will want to adjust these measurements accordingly.


Happy Mixing!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Black History Month and Good Hair Mart Opening


Say it loud! I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD!

James Brown couldn't have said it better. Outside of the late spring months, this is one of my favorite months of the year.

I enjoy and appreciate the diversity other cultures bring to the world but I have so much pride in being Black (a Black American as well!), all our ancestors who sacraficed a lot to see to it that we had better than they did, and where we will go so that our future have better than we have now. We ARE American history and have contributed so much to advancement of this country and WORLD.

I love the vibrancy and sometimes even ugliness of our culture, our creativity, our talent and skill, our cuisine, and most importantly our RESILIENCE. We can make a way out of nothing and still carry ourselves with the esteem of kings and queens. I LOVE that about us. Let's continue to propel our beautiful community and heritage to even higher heights and support each other more. Let's enhance the Black experience. I know I go out of my way to highlight black owned businesses and be involved in our community's celebration/s, preservation and enrichment. I encourage you all to as well. This is our community so let's take pride in us!

One of my favorite YouTubers, CoilsKinksCurls, just recently opened up an on-line BSS! Yes, ladies! A BLACK owned beauty supply store called the Good Hair Mart. Let's get our money back (from the Koreans)and flowing back into our communities.

This hair care thang is a multi-BILLION dollar industry. Can you imagine the impact that would have on our community if that money was coming back to us?! Shoot, the government would be asking us for loans. #Realtalk





Please support this enterprising and beautifully talented Black woman (of God as well) and do some business with her. She's going to be carrying some awesome natural hair care lines including but are not limited to: Afroveda, Donna Marie and Darcy's Botanicals. www.GoodHairMart.com"

Please support what she's trying to do b/c when you support her, you are US! I hope more Black owned beauty supply stores will start popping up. Let's make our own hair care lines b/c we (need to) know our hair better than anyone else! Let's get our money back and as always, keep it Naturally Fly! Let the church say Amen! :D

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Reader Question


"Tamara" wrote in and asked for some pointers on keeping her newly natural tresses moisturized:

"I am 1 month natural and i love being natural, I am so proud to embrace my natural self. I have one problem my hair is sooo dry, i have tried the curly girl method just did not work for me. I can not wash and go every day dries out my hair really bad. I do not want to be a product junkie such as I was when I was relaxed. Can you please spare some advice. It seems water dries my hair out I have tried different conncotions nothing is working. I am going to list the products i currently have and see if you can come up with a plan for my dry hair.products i currently have extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, honey, vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil,and vegetable glycerin with rose water. i will not go back to a relaxer so please, HELP A SISTA OUT!!!!"

Here are some things that I have come up with:


  • How exactly are you moisturizing your hair? Do you moisturize with a water based product first and then seal with an oil? Castor oil is a great oil to seal with. It's nice and thick and really helps keep moisture in.
  • Maybe you need something heavier to seal with right now like a hair cream or butter if oils aren't cutting it.

  • How often are you conditioning your hair? In this cold weather (well depends on where you live I suppose), it's good to try to do intense moisturizing treatments/conditions once a week or at least every 2 weeks if you can.

  • Be careful with that vegetable glycerin. I did a post on that and why it can dry your hair out. Read it when you can. After you read it, try caring for your hair without it and observe how your hair acts and feels. It may be better off without it.

  • How are you wearing your hair? Depending on what region of the country you are in, the dry and cold winter air can be drying your hair out if you're wearing it out too much. Protective styles work! A great protective style for serious aka very short TWA's are finger coils and once your hair starts to grow longer, you can do 2 strand twists or braids. Protective styles like them really help your hair retain more moisture and keep it from drying out.



Hope these suggestions help in your quest for moisturized hair, "Tamara". You all read last month how I've been battling with dry hair this season myself. It's a journey; a learning process. So roll up your sleeves and continue trying things and taking notes of what's working and what isn't. It will all come together in time. Our hair takes patience but the rewards are mind blowing. Natural hair is, as Rihanna says in her latest single, "so hard". I luv it!

So I know some of my AGCM ladies on here may have some other gems of knowledge to share to help her out. Weigh in!

Hairstyles: Funky Up-Dos

I've decided once my twists challenge is over, to have fun with up-dos (till the summer when the fro will be out in full effect but that's another post....) the duration of the spring season. I'm particularly interested in retro up-do styles from the 1940s.

After surfin the net for inspiration on some styles to craft my kinky koils into, I found some I'm excited to try. My top inspiration was Shingai Shoniwa (from The Noisettes). She is so my style sister. I found some others that I'd love to recreate or put my own spin on. Enjoy the list of pics I've compiled so far. I can't wait till this spring!



Thinking of getting a book to learn how to create these styles. To give me better insight on creating them. But more on that come April. :D

Monday, February 1, 2010

My Hair: Personal Twists Challenge is ON

Ok, a personal twists challenge is ON like DONKEY KONG. I've OFFICIALLY challenged myself to rock the mess outta twists the rest of this winter.

So far, they are doing right by me. I don't have to do anything to my hair in the morning except mist, fluff and go and no dry and greasy hair has been in this house since I added them back to my (winter) regimen. Right now, I'm all about leavin my hair alone for the rest of the winter.

My Twists Challenge Guidelines Are as Follows:

  1. I will wear my twists for and re-do them every 2 weeks
  2. I will condition and wash my hair every 2 weeks
  3. I will continue to henna once a month
  4. Challenge will officially end April 1st



Sounds like I'm back on the Crown & Glory Method tip, right? Betcha bottom dollar, I am. My hair has spoken and I've listened. I'll be twisting with my shea pudding and moisturizing daily with a different mist recipe: water, aloe vera gel/juice, and castor oil. I've chosen castor oil over my usual jojoba oil b/c it's thicker and I feel that will help me retain even more moisture since the air right now is so cold and dry.

Here are starting pics of what my twists are looking like in January:


Blogger shrink the pics so much! Click on the pic to see a larger view.

So who's with me? I hope some of you will join me (lemme know!). I think we'll be pleasantly surprised come April with what our hair is lookin like. I will provide updates monthly.

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