Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Hair: Bringing Back the Leave In Conditioner?


I've decided to go back to using a leave in conditioner possibly. As my hair continues to grow, its needs are evolving like crazy it seems like. My hair has now taken an immense liking to creamy products and thrives wonderfully with the use of them. The most recent time I washed my hair, I used my Suave Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner (which is a creamy product) as a leave in and it left my hair so incredibly soft and supple and helped it retain more moisture. I think I may use this up as a leave in for now and then when it's gone, I will use a more natural alternative like

the rave reviewed Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner



or maybe Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditoner.



Knowin me, I will end up getting both. I luv Aubrey Organics products and/but I also luv supporting quality BOBs (black owned businesses).

So it's looking like I'll be updating my product line up a bit again. My regimen may be getting altered slightly as well. I'm drafting up my spring/summer hair game plan too. I want to get some good growth this summer and retain most, if not all, of it so that I can get my hair into a bun by the end of this year. I think this is a feasible goal.

Learning this hair is still an exciting and ever changing journey. I luv it.

Product Review: The Diva Cup

You all know, I'm always trying to find ways to live a more eco-chic lifestyle. I started researching alternatives to pads and tampons b/c they're very wasteful and pollute landfills all over. Yuck! You also spend ridiculous amounts of money on them over the course of your lifetime. I could be doing something way more fun with that money. I first got inspired by Candice's blog when she talked about the Instead Soft (menstrual) cup. It fascinated me and I figured since I already was a tampon user, why not a menstrual cup? So where did I go to first but good ol YouTube. I found a lady's channel called, Menstrual Cup Info, that had vids chock full of information on how they work, how to use them, different brands, brand comparisons, the list goes on.

After watching practically all of her vids on these things, I decided that I wanted to purchase The Diva Cup. I checked out their website and scoured the net for reviews. I read nothing but good things about them and decided to take the plunge. I found a health food store nearby that carries them  and they were on sale for $35. I wasn't expecting to pay that much but the cumulative amount I've paid in tampons and pads since I started getting my period, yeah, waaaaaay more than $35 that's for sure. It's an investment that saves you money in the long run is how I told myself to look at it.


MY THOUGHTS

*shouts from the mountain top* I. LUUUUUUUUV. IT!!!!!!!!!!
I got my period last week and tried it out. I'm diggin it big time and am def going to get another one for my purse. No leakage what so ever! With tampons I always got leakage and had to wear a pad underneath. With The Diva Cup, I don't have to. I still wore a pantiliner though b/c I read too many Say Anythings from when I was a teenager. Lol. But I think eventually, I will feel comfortable not doing that. I also noticed my cycle was shortened from 5 days to 4. Verrrry nice.


How does it feel? In my opinion, if you wear tampons, it doesn't feel much different than that. If you've never worn tampons, it's prob gonna feel weird to you and take more getting used to. I did kinda feel some bloating after insertion but I don't know if that was my typical bloating from this time of the month or not. It wasn't uncomfortable just something I felt.

How long can you leave it in for? You can leave the cup in for up to 12 hours at a time before you must empty it. Give it a quick wash in some warm soapy (mild or unscented soap b/c you don't want irritation) water, rinse and then you can put it back in for up to another 12 hours. Now obviously, if you have a heavier flow or on your heavier flow days, you may want to change your cup more frequently. On Day 2 and 3 of my cycle, I emptied it every 8-10 hrs.

Is it hard to put in? In my opinion, no. You have to carefully read and follow the instructions though. I got it right on my first try. :D You don't place/position the cup exactly the same way as a tampon so if you experienced spillage or leaking, it's more than likely because you didn't put it in right. You have to read and follow the instrustions. Proper insertion is key to not experiencing spilling/leaking. It may take some practice but you will get it after a while.


How do you care for them? At the end of your cycle, the instructions tell you to wash and rinse the cup like I shared earlier and then submerge it in boiling water for 20 minutes to sterilize it. Then you put it away in the cute lil Diva pouch that was included till the next time of the next month. Due to the nature of the product, the government regulations say you should replace it each year from initial use/annually. I believe they are recycleable so don't trash the old ones!

Is removal messy? It wasn't any messier than removing a tampon for me. Make sure you visit MenstrualCupInfo's channel. She has a vid on how to insert and remove the cups properly. When you do it right, you will experienc little to no mess. I watched the vid before I tried out the Diva Cup and it helped so much. I really think because of it, my removal wasn't messy.

I can't stress enough, to carefully read the instructions. They share everything you need to know to care for, use, clean, and replace The Diva Cup. Most, if not all, of your questions will be answered after reading it.

One last point: avoid having to do the whole emptying and cleaning of the cup process in public rest rooms. After reading the whole process, I'm sure you can see why. Lol. You want to be in a bathroom where the sink is close by the toilet. Keep that in mind. Also, if you had this other question, YES; just like a tampon, you can urinate while you have the cup in.

Correction: They CAN be used in public restrooms. One of our readers, Kayla, shared how:

The only thing that I'd have to point out is that cups can be used in public restrooms. I live in a dorm so my only options are public restrooms. In the stall you can use damp paper towels (we don't have them in our dorms) or some tissue to clean the cup. Simply ball it up, insert in the cup, and twist. It cleans the cup out rather nicely.

Thanks for sharing this tip Kayla!

I just luv you ladies. Alice from Diary of a Kinky Curly Transitioner dropped by and shared another helpful tip for cleaning them out in public restrooms:

I live in a dorm too and another option are baby wipes. I find this gets my cup cleaner faster than using damp paper towels and it eliminates the need to either pre-wet towels before I get into a stall or carry around a water bottle (I'm the queen of losing them!).

Superb! Thanks for sharing that Alice.You have many options here ladies! I plan to use some gentle and bio degradable baby wipes if I have to empty it in a public restroom next time.

Any Diva Cup or other brand menstural cup users out there? How do you like yours? Has this review sparked you to research menstrual cups or give you that final nudge to try out the Diva Cup? Let me know Kurlies!

Learn more about The Diva Cup at http://www.thedivacup.com/.

Check out Menstrual Cup Info's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MenstrualCupInfo. She has a lot of great info and has reviews on other brands.

If you have concerns or even more questions, def talk to your gynecologist too. These are simply my thoughts on it from my experiences using it. I am not a doctor, so please do your own research and use your better judgement if this will be a good product for you. I know some of you may be a lil grossed out but hey, it's your "stuff"/blood. Get over it and get comfortable with your body. Hahaha. :D

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hair Care: Don't Ignore Your Nails


This post is inspired by something I read on BGLH. They were talking about being careful that your nails weren't doing damage to your hair. Your hair strands can easily get caught in hang nails and jagged crevises in your nail bed and break off that way. So this is a quick hair care tip: care for your nails. I like to keep my nails short and the edges rounded and filed. If you like your nails long just be careful to keep the edges smooth and make sure there aren't any cracks.

When I went through my acrylics phase a few years back, I noticed when I tried to be cheap and not get a fill for another week, the acrylic would start to lift up some from my nail bed and my hair would sometimes get caught in there and break off. So those who do acrylic, gel, or solar nails, make sure you get your fills done in a timely manner.

We put in the time and effort to keep our hair looking and feeling right. Let's not undo some of that work with our nails. Lol. Stay naturally fly. :D

Friday, March 26, 2010

Giveaway: Orly Spring Sweet Collecton Nail Lacquers


Note: These products were sent to me for free. I am not being paid for this and I am not affiliated with this company.

Here's the first of a couple giveaways I have up my sleeve. Nail color fanatics, spring is here so it's time to switch your polishes to some fun and springy colors. Pretty pastels are popular for nails this season. I luv pastels and Orly has got them on lock in this collection.
One lucky winner will receive two colors, pictured below, from Orly's 2010 Spring II "Sweet" Collection:



Snow Cone and Lemonade

All you have to do is leave a comment saying "Enter Me" to enter and follow the blog if you aren't already. Giveway ends at midnight, Wed; March 31st (anything after midnight won't be counted). The winner will be selected at random via Random.org that Wednesday and announced Thurs, April 1st.

Make sure you check back to see who wins b/c you must email me to redeem your prize. If you do not contact me within 3 days of winner announcement, you forfeit the prize and all the names go back in for a new winner. Good luck and thank God it's Spring!

The total collection is comprised of six colors and each come with a matching flavored lip gloss. How cute! This collection will be available next month for $7.50 each at Sally Beauty, Ulta, and a host of other beauty retailers.

All Orly nail lacquers, including this collection, are FREE OF: DBP, Toulene, Formaldehyde, and Formaldehyde resin and animal testing. For more info on the collection visit http://www.orlybeauty.com/.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hairstyles by Angela Plummer



I got hip to this stylist via Fly and was blown away. Her styles for natural hair are so artistic, original, and dope. Angela was kind enough to let me feauture some pics of her work with.

Check out more of her work on her website http://www.angelaplummer.com/

For real, don't you just luv the versatility of our natural hair? It's positively, mind blowing and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Product Review: Sweet Nature by Eddie Journey Hair Milk


You all know I've been on the hunt for a thicker hair milk or a hair cream with little to no glycerin in it. I came across a Sweet Nature by Eddie review that Good Hair Mart owner, Monique aka CoilsKinksCurls on Youtube, did on some of their products.

One of them was the Journey Hair Milk. After hearing her review and seeing that vegetable glycerin was the very last ingredient on the list sparked my interest. So much so, that right after I saw the vid, I bopped on over to http://www.fabulousblackwoman.com/ and got the 4oz size to give it a try.


Excuse the crinkles. I took the pic after I have used it quite a few times. Lol.

You know I keep my reviews pretty short and to the point. In summary: I like it.

The customer service was great and the product is pretty darn moisturizing. I really feel like my hair is ABSORBING it and it's not just sitting on top of my hair, building up. It makes my koils feel soooo soft, hydrated and fluffy. It makes my hair feel great, almost instantly. I also tried it as a leave in sealing with castor oil and did a braid out with the same soft and fluffy results. I luvd it! I also luv its consistency. It's thick and creamy and smells heavenly, like cherry vanilla.

I started falling out of luv with my old hair milk by Karen's Body Beautiful b/c what I luv'd about it back in my TWA days: its "wet"/watery, thin consistency; I now don't like about it anymore. The things veteran naturals don't tell you (I should do a post about this) is that as your hair grows out, sometimes it can grow out of certain products that used to work wonders for your hair as well. My twa luv'd the KBB Hair Milk but now that it's no longer a TWA, no mas. So now I'm rocking with this product and it's working.

Ingredients:  Water, Aloe vera juice, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Mango butter, Sunflower oil, Safflower seed oil, Coconut oil, Sweet almond oil, Wheat germ oil, Soybean oil, Vegetable glycerin

The 4oz bottle ran me $8 so the price is very reasonable. Once I run out, I will more than likely re-buy.

I want to also bring up that this is a natural product with no preservative/s in it which means, you have to use it in a timely manner or it's possible that it will be subject to spoiling. Now this doesn't mean, you have to use it up in 2 weeks but after a few months (like 2-3 I'll say), there's a good chance it's not so good anymore. Just something to keep in mind when you are dealing with 100% natural products that have water in them especially. Some, to prolong the life of these kinds of products, store some of their natural products in the fridge and that helps. Storing them in cool, dry areas of your house helps as well. It's just like organic, untreated foods, you have to eat them fairly quickly or they go bad. Maybe I will just do a post on this matter. ......

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Favorite Natural Hair Care Books



There's a lot of info in the cyber world on natural hair care and it can be daunting as a transitioner or newly natural to figure out where to start and what you need to know right away. That's when a book can come in handy. It localizes information and gives you a foundation so that you have more confidence to brave all the information the cyber world has to offer. In this vid I share my favorite natural hair care books that I feel are worth giving a read and have helped me immensely in my natural hair journey and maintaining my hair's health and managability. Enjoy.



I've done reviews on all three of these books and you can check them out below:

  1. "Grow It!" by Chicoro Click Here
  2. "Thank God I'm Natural" by Chris-Tia Donaldson Click Here
  3. "Plaited Glory" by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner Click Here

Friday, March 19, 2010

What's Goin On


TGIF Kurlies!!!!



So I'm sure you've noticed that posts weren't as forthcoming this month. This month has been crazy busy for ya grl.

Sofysticated Phunk is Taking Off!!!!
I've been going extra hard in the pursuit of a full time job still and the fabric earrings are really starting to pop off (last month you all were buying like crazy. THANK YOU!!!). I feel like I can't create them or the continual design ideas that keep popping into my head spontaneously, fast enough. Lol. I've been passing out cards like crazy and discovering more and more avenues to get them more exposure. My next goal is getting them into some boutiques in BK and the City (like Soho). I'm currently working on developing packaging for them and creating about 10 styles for the Henri Bendel Open See next week. The make up jobs are starting to pick back up as well and I couldn't be happier.

Lean Mean Writing Machine
I've also been busy with writing and meetings for EXUDE magazine, which I am the Sr. Beauty Editor for. Things have been a buzz b/c we are launching our official website next month! We were a blog up until recently and we're really excited to be "official" so we've all been writing ferverently to kick off the launch. With an official site, we're now planning shoots and editorials so we've been checking out tons of awesome designers to pull looks. I will definitely let you all know the details of when things will kick off. It's so exciting! I can't say it enough. I've been blessed to network with and meet some really cool people from this experience.

STOP! Giveaway Time!
Well ladies, we have reached 350 followers; actually 353 as of when I'm writing this post. Woo hoo! As always, thank you for checking out this space on the internet and I hope in some way that it has inspired you some. So as promised, I will have another giveaway coming up. I actually have a couple coming up. :D Stay tuned for them.

Where Are the Make Up Look Posts?!!!!
I haven't forgotten about the make up look posts. Just haven't had the time to get to them but they haven't been abandoned! May not get to them till next month as I'm preparing for this Open See next week. Bear with me ladies!

Twists Challenge Updates
Last update: who else is happy spring begins tomorrow? *Raises hand* I am and in celebration, I have decided to end my Personal Twists Challenge today, one week early from when I originally said I would end it which was next Friday, April 1st. If you ladies want to continue on till next week, go right on. I thank you all that joined me and held me accountable! I needed it b/c I would have never followed through without you all. I should have my last update/wrap up thoughts for this challenge up by the end of the weekend.

Now go have a naturally fly weekend. The weather here in NYC has been fab these past few days. :D

Accessories That Can Mac: Frank & Myrrh




I follow Nikole's deliciously, creative blog The MopTop Maven (and you should too!). She blogs about hair, fashion, cooking, various DIY crafts, and takes awesome pictures. I luv the photography on there. When I found out she was a jewelry designer, I knew I had to feature her over this way. She designs custom pieces but let me know that she will soon be creating pieces for sale (for more details you can email her which is provided at the very bottom).

Below is her official bio:

"Creating is a cathartic experience," claims Nikole Crowe, proud Los Angeles native, founder and creative designer behind Frank & Myrrh. She truly loves what she does, simply because it makes her feel good. Ever since the age of 10, Nikole has been fashioning jewelry using beads and baubles from her mothers jewelry box. Completely self-taught, she belives that there are no rules or boundaries within self-expression.

The design process starts from within, and the finished product mirrors a reflection of the love, patience, and craftsmanship generously put into each piece.
Her philosophy with Frank & Myrrh isnt about following the latest trends; it is about allowing each person that wears these pieces to discover their unique essence, individuality, and beauty.
"Originality, Craftsmanship and Style" are the qualities Nikole looks for in her own personal choice of accessories. That high standard of taste is made evident in her own creations. At the core of Frank & Myrrh designs are high quality base materials ranging from 14 K gold and vermeil, to antique brass, giving every piece long lasting, durable beauty. Incorporated into each piece, is an array of classic eye-catching accents. The likes of semi-precious stones, vintage beads, Swarovski Crystals and pearls bring every conception to life.
 
You can get in touch with her at   nikole@themoptopmaven.com
 
 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Skin Care: Oil Cleansing Method


I've been using this method for a while and it works wonderfully for me. Since implementing this method (and the Skin MD Naturals Shielding Lotion) into my skin care regimen, my skin is way less oily; dare I say it, it's "normal" now. Plus it evens out my skin tone more, softens and gives my skin a beautiful glow.

The most important oil in this method is castor oil. It has amazing anti-inflammatory, healing and cleansing properties. Since I have oily skin, I use a 30:70 blend of castor oil and EVOO. It is recommended that you employ this method at night before bed so that is when I do it. I pour some of the oil in my hands and massage it into my face. I massage it in for about 30 seconds to a minute and then I run a wash cloth under very warm to hot water, ring it out, and place it over my face. The steam helps moisturize and soften your skin. It is also said to help open the pores thus helping your skin rid itself of toxins. I leave the wash cloth on for about 30 (-60) seconds and wipe the excess oil off my face with the rag. After this I continue on with the rest of my cleansing, toning, and moisturizing routine.

Wanna see how I do it? Check out the vid below


This method can be used on all skin types. I highly recommend you do your research first and visit  HERE before trying this method.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Product Review: Remington Smooth & Silky Epilator Follow Up

Back in January, I purchased and did a review on the Remington Smooth & Silky Epilator and many of you requested I follow up with you all how I was liking it and my thoughts on it since first trying it out. Check out the vid below to see what I think about the product now.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I Think I Want This Wig

My once burgeoning (half) wigs habit became dormant after last summer. I fell in love with my own hair and wanted it out all the time. Seeing this wig in Dezi1016's vid below though, I think I want it!



The Details
Invisi Lace Lace Front Wig
Style: IL-110
Where to Buy: varies- she purchased hers at her local BSS. I found it online at for about $64 (free shipping) at Favorite Wigs

Wigs are so great when you wanna change things up without doing anything to your own hair. We already know when you care for your hair well underneath, they make for great protective hairstyles. So fun.

Product Review: Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Conditoner

I first learned of this product when I was watching one of Nappy Chronicles'  Youtube vLogs on plopping (more on this technique later. I plan to try it next month when these braids come out).

It's NOT a (100%) natural product. The ingredients do include some natural ones like almond oil, shea butter, lavendar flower extract, and aloe vera juice to name a few. It's also silicone free which makes it CG (curly girl) friendly, and it's paraben free. I looked it up on the Cosmetics Database to see how "hazardous" it was but there hasn't been a review done on this product yet (probably b/c it is still kinda new). So I looked at some ratings on conditioners with similar ingredients to this one and have surmised that this conditioner would more than likely be rated as a "moderate hazard" product. So do with this information what you will.

I decided to try co-washing with it in the braids just to see what it would do. I haven't co-washed for years b/c once I got hip to castile soap, I no longer had a problem with "shampoo" stripping/drying out my hair anymore. I just felt like trying something and why not when you can get 32oz for $3, right?



MY THOUGHTS?

Check out my vid:


This is a great conditioner to have on hand when I'm traveling and can't bring all my oils to condition with (they always end up spilling and making hideous messes in my suitcase. So not the business). The price is right and you can find it many places. If you're an avid co-washer and don't care about it being rated "moderately hazardous"/that it's not a natural conditioner, then this may be a product of your interest. I don't plan to use it very often, myself, but when traveling this is coming with me, not all my oils that make such a mess. Lol.



Don't know what co-washing is?

No need to be bashful about it. Co-washing is short for conditioner washing. It means instead of washing your hair with shampoo, you use conditioner to do so. It's popular because it cleanses your scalp just as well and helps your hair retain more moisture. Just be careful as it can leave you with a lot of build up over time. If this happens, use some shampoo or add some baking soda to the conditioner for a "clarifying" co-wash.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Accessories That Can Mac: Jewel Bee Designs


Accessories That Can Mac was on hiatus for a while but it's back! I've got some cool lines/pieces to share with you all. This week's feature is one of my close friends for life and fellow O-State alum (GO BUCKS!), Felisha. We were talking recently and when she told me she came out with a jewelry line, I knew I had to feature her and she's a BOB (Black Owned Business).


Her mother and aunt design and create pieces in the line as well. Everything is hand designed and they also do custom work. When asked about the brand's philosophy/what kind of woman rocks her pieces, she had this to say:

The type of girl to rock my items would be that jazzy, classy, type of woman. One that loves to have her accessories jazz up even the most casual outfit. The woman that wants to look cute after 5 but still look sophisticated at a mid-day meeting. I also design custom pieces based on request of the customer. My slogan is to provide "custom made jewelry for your custom made style"My philosophy is to provide women of all ages with affordable uniquely designed jewelry and accessories that will exceed their expectations. You shouldn't have to waste your time looking all over town for the perfect accessories.












Fabulous! Check out more of her work HERE. If you are interested in getting pieces custom designed, you can email her at: JewelBee8@gmail.com

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Quick Beauty Tip: Reduce Bags Under Your Eyes


Hate those puffy bags you get under your eyes when you wake up in the morning?

Ladies, here's a quick beauty tip that I learned recently. I learned of it from a guest doctor on The Dr. Oz Show (Luv that show! You learn so much.) earlier this week.

The puffiness is fluid that collected there and didn't drain properly. The doctor on the show said a helpful remedy to this is to sleep with your head slightly elevated to help that area drain the fluid properly. Put a small/thin pillow under the main pillow you sleep on at night. Make sure it's not too fluffy and big though or it may be uncomfortable for your neck. She also mentioned in addition to this, to make sure that you are either sleeping on your side or your back. This helps with the draining as well.

I don't know about you all, but I DETEST those bags in the morning so that night, ya grl got right to it and put a thin pillow under my main pillow I sleep on.

The ish WORKS.

The next morning, my eyes were waaaaay less puffy, if at all, when I woke up. It's the little things that get me excited and not waking up to bags under my eyes is cause for celebration. I had a goooood day that day. Lol. I've been doing it ever since and same results as the first time I tried it. It's a keeper in my life. Might I also add, since doing this my face is also less puffy [in the morning] too. Woot! Woot!

Who says we can't look beautiful when we wake up in the morning, eh? :D

My Hair: Twists Challenge Update #3


Fri- February 26th

One more month! I can't wait! This time next year, it will be bunning challenge this time next year instead. Lol. Thanks to all the lovely ladies that joined me and left encouraging words in my 2nd update. I really appreciate it and that some of you are feeling my pain. Lol. Keep me updated on your progress! You can email me or leave comments and let me know. You guys really kept me accountable in this thing. :D


I couldn't wait till today and spent 2 hrs yesterday, taking them down. I conditioned my hair with my homemade moisturizing mist and olicoco (olive and coconut oil combo) oil, put on a plastic conditioning cap, and sat under my conditioning heat cap for about 45 minutes. My hair felt so luscious, soft and moisturized.


Right before washing my hair, I did a scalp exfoliating scrub to help lift and dislodge all the dirt and build up that was driving me crazy in the twists. My scalp felt grrrrr-eat.


I had that set in for 3 weeks and wanted to wait 4 weeks till I blew out my hair again for the next set so I decided to (semi-) straighten my hair using NO direct heat: rollerset and silk wrap. I wanted to see how much hair I really had and do a good trim (if it was necessary). I plan to straighten once (or twice) a year to trim.




My hair's grown quite nicely in 14 short months eh?


Sun-Feb 28th


Spring is so close I can taste it! I got bored with my straight hair (I know, quick right?) and put my hair in small braids last night. They took me 5.5 hrs to finish them. Once I finished them, I wet the ends to get them to coil up. I like them and am glad that I can wash my hair in them so my scalp will be happy. I'm going to mist them every day or every other day (or when I can find a good hair lotion or cream apply that to them) and apply castor oil to the ends to keep them from drying out. So I'm riding the rest of the challenge out in these suckas. Woo hoo!


If you like this up-do, you can click here to check out the quick tutorial I did.


Fri-March 5th
I'm diggin the braids and this was a reminder why I prefer them over twists if I'm going to wear a protective hairstyle long term. I co-washed my hair last night, because my scalp was a lil itchy, with Suave Almond & Shea Butter conditioner (review on that coming up soon) and no shrinkage. It felt so good. I guess some of the conditioner was left on my scalp and I forgot to ACV rinse afterwards so that's probably why. So next time I wash/co-wash, I shouldn't have this issue anymore. I will only be co-washing when in braids and it won't be more than 2 times a week. I moisturize and seal the braids daily. Right now I'm moisturizing with my mist and sealing with castor oil. As far as styles, I keep the braids pinned up. The hairstyle is my favorite and most used one at this moment. It's easy and never disappoints.

And that's all, folks. :D

Friday, March 5, 2010

Music That Can Mac: Teedra Moses Mixtape




Hmm... My recent feature (click here to see it) on Brandon* has me wanting to talk about music a lil more on here. For those of you that don't know, I'm a certified music junkie (especially when it comes to underground music). I usually start, get through and end my day with music. I have different songs that I associate with different people, times, and experiences in my life. Funny story: my freshman year in college I was dating this guy and during the course of our dating, the song that was stuck in my head was "Girls, Girls, Girls" by Jay-Z. It was one of his favorite songs at the time. Go figure. I should've gotten the sign about why that song was stuck in my head sooner. It was warning me about him. Lol!

Anyway, Teedra Moses is one of my favorite R&B singers and she's got an ILL mixtape on her site you can download for free. Unless it's really bad, Teedra can do no wrong in my eyes. Lol. Click here for more details. I luv it and have been rockin with it since I dl'd it.

Again, don't forget to check out Brandon*. He's got talent for centuries! If you like good music that's original click here to check out his work. Also expect to see more of his work featured on here. I've made it a hobby to "pester" him for projects to share with you all b/c that's how much I believe in his work/talent. :D

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Reader Mail

You guys never cease to inspire me and touch my heart. Some of you write really touching letters to me (I'm going to start sharing more of them on here) and I'm just glad that I can be of some help! As I always say, so many inspired me and helped educate me on afro textured hair when I was thinking about going natural and then when I finally started transitioning so all I want to do is pass on/share the inspiration and information that I received and continue to receive now that I'm natural.

After I read this letter, I cried yall. Seriously. Letters like these add extra joy to my heart. Sometimes when you're doing your thing/this "cyber" writing, you don't know if anyone's really listening and/or how it affects people till you read letters like this one:

HEY MILAN,

YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ME BUT WE BOTH STARTED OUR HAIR JOURNEY AROUND THE SAME TIME AS WELL AS OUR BLOGS. WELL I HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE LOOP FOR 8+ MONTHS BECAUSE MY LAPTOP DIED IN JULY AND I HAD MY DAUGHTER IN SEPT SO LETS SAY I'VE BEEN TIED UP. SO I FINALLY WAS ABLE TO AFFORD ANOTHER CPU SO I'M BACK SO TO SPEAK. LET ME SAY YOUR HAIR LOOKS AMAZING OMG NATURAL HAIR FITS YOU GIRL. YOU TOTALLY GAVE ME THE PUSH TO BC SO I DID IT ON SUNDAY AND I'M LOVING IT!! ONLY REGRET IS THAT I DID'NT DO IT EARLIER. JUST WANTED TO SEND YOU THIS AS A THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING ME TO STAY ON THE NATURAL PATH WHETHER YOU KNEW IT OR NOT YOU WERE A SILENT HELP IN MY JOURNEY. WHENEVER I HAD INTERNET ACCESS YOUR BLOG WAS ONE OF THE ONES I WOULD READ AND WHEN YOU CHOPPED I WAS SO PROUD =) IT TOOK ME A LITTLE LONGER BUT I NEEDED TO GET TO A PLACE OF COMFORT AND SELF ACCEPTANCE. SO AGAIN KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ON YOUR BLOG

MUCH LOVE,
NIKI

I answered Niki back but I want to say again, thank you for leaving such touching words! And WELCOME TO THE KINKY KURLY LAND! If you all would like to follow her journey, you can check out her blog at Only1nicole.blogspot.com

Niki's 1st Twist Out :D


Thank you all for listening to/reading my ramblings and I always hope that you are able to take something from them and that you enjoy your time here. Let us all continue to be a blessing and inspiration to each other.

Grapeseed Oil a Natural Heat Protectant for Hair?



I had never heard about this till I was watching Natural Chica's latest vid on how she blows out her kinky kurly hair. I was instantly intrigued and then started to do some research.

Turns out that, yes, grapeseed oil could make a good heat protectant. It resists heat up to 425 degrees (F). It's also chock full of antioxidants (protect your skin and hair from various free radicals) which is great for your body, hair and skin. I don't know about you, but I'm a little excited about this!

I don't use heat frequently and when I do, it's blow drying. It's nice to know when I do, this could be a good oil to use when blowing out my hair. So all you heat lovers or those that use heat more frequently, here's a more natural and eco-chic way that could help protect your hair from heat. You can find grapeseed oil in any of your local grocery stores and health food stores.

What say you, Jc? Lol.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Music That Can Mac: Brandon*

Kurlies! You gotta check out my boi, Brandon*. He produces music and plays a plethora of different musical instruments; he's something like a musical genious. Well, at least I think so. Werd to ya mutha. He's so wonderfully talented. He sent me a snippet of one of his latest projects and said it was ok for me to share it with you all. The lyrics and vocals are by an artist named Trumaine Lamar. It's called Luv Sik.

"Luv Sik" Produced by Brandon ft Trumaine Lamar


video

Doesn't the beat put you in such a sunshiney mood? Even though the lyrics are talking about getting your heart broken? Haha.

Hear more of Brandon's sounds on his MySpace page: www.myspace.com/beeisme123 and he's also on Twitter: www.twitter.com/eyelovebrandon. So follow him if you like and tell him I sent you.

PS (Don't you just luv the clip art that goes with the music? That's me. LOL. I figured you didn't want to look at a black screen and I've become addicted to making my own clip art.)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Art That Can Mac: Supa Natural Collection


If you're an art luving kurly like myself then it's a must that you check out one of Youtube's kinky kurly hair dames, WonderfullyUntamed's, kinky kurly inspired art collection. She debuted her work and opened shop for business the beginning of this month.



You can visit her eBoutique to purchase her original pieces at www.SupaNatural.webs.com



She also let me know that she'll be working on a new collection soon. So stay tuned and subscribe to her channel for more updates and to check out her fabulous hair. :D

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