Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Way to Cleanse Your Scalp in Twists


Many kinky kurlies have twists in their (protective) style tool box and many of you don't wash your hair while you have them in. If you're like me, you don't wash your hair while they're in because they unravel and shrinkage is a mutha (especially if you've stretched your hair out to make the twists longer). I haven't tried this method I came up with yet but I thought it would still be good to share with you all a way to cleanse your hair while in twists.
I was watching a BeautifulBrwnBabyDol (one of my mega hair icons) vid when I had a eureka moment and it hit me how I could at least do a cleansing rinse on the scalp (and twists) without experiencing twists unraveling and maybe even staving off some shrinkage of them: handle the twists like I handle my loose hair for (conditioning and) washing: in Braided sections baby! Aha!



Give it a try.............

1) Braid your twists into sections. You decide how big or small you would like your sections to be. If your twists aren't long enough to braid, you can band (tie ouchless bands around) the sections. Don't know what banding is? Click here for an explanation.

2) Wet hair and scalp in the shower and lighly massage a cleanser of your choice (ACV rinse, shampoo, or co-wash conditioner, etc.) onto your scalp and then rinse it out. Focus on your scalp; when rinsing it out it will slide down your hair and cleanse it. You want to try not to rub too hard when massaging your cleanser so you will reduce frizz (if that's a pet peeve of yours).

3) Apply whatever leave ins you would like (you may have to experiment for a while with what will work best for you while in twists).

4) Re-braid or re-band sections to stretch the twists back out and let air dry over night.

You can try further stretching the twists out by braiding/banding them again the following night. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. The next time I can commit to wearing twists, I am going to try this myself.
Do you ladies do something different to cleanse your scalp (and/or hair) while in twists? Dish!

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Hair: Luv Shealoe For Sealing and Definition


Is shea butter too heavy for your hair? It is for mine. My hair doesn't absorb this popular butter (or practically an butter for that matter) so it builds up and leaves my hair greasy, weighed down, and feeling ewww.

I've always known that to get your twist outs, braid outs, or any other styles where you "set" your hair, to get the bomb hold and definition, you should use a butter or a gel with hold. My hair doesn't fare well with either of these products: gives my hair major build up.

So I made and tried shealoe recently on dry, stretched hair for tiny twists. Well, the tiny twists were supposed to stay in for 2-3 weeks but I started missing my hair something terrible and 2 days after I had spent 2.5 hours doing them, I took the bad boys out. :p I'm whack, right? Lol. But ya girl has been having super hair days since taking the twists down.



The hold, definition and softness is off the chizz-ain. I haven't been sleeping with my sleep cap on (naughty me but I've been sleeping with my hair sans sleep cap a lot lately. Another post on that.) and 3 days later (shown in pic above), my hair still has pretty good definition and I'm far from a delicate sleeper.


WHAT'S SHEALOE? Some of you may be asking. Shealoe is a mixture of shea butter and aloe vera gel. I make mine equal parts shea butter to aloe vera gel but I advise you play with the ratio till you get the results that you like. Optional: add a lil of your favorite oil if you like. (I was using up the last of my Peace Love & Sunshine Coconut Confidence so my shea butter already had coconut oil in it. Next time I make a batch, I may try a diff oil like avocado oil.)



So try it out if you like. My hair is in luv. I finally found something that gives me hold, definition and softness without greasiness and build up. :D


Do any of you already use and luv shealoe?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I Luuuuuuv Grapeseed Oil!


It never leaves my hair feeling greasy. EVER. I love sealing with it. This is monumental for me b/c as much as I luv oils, I can't seal with most of them, even in small amounts. My hair doesn't absorb them all and I'm left with greasy hair. And that's so not the bizness so usually I just use these oils to condition with or in my various conditioning concoctions. But not with grapeseed oil; I can seal daily. It's doing great things for my hair when I use it daily :D I'm so happy about this.

As I talked about before on here it also makes a good heat protectant. I finally got to try it out for myself when I blew out my hair (on low heat setting) recently for tiny twists. My hair felt really soft and smooth. It didn't feel dry either. Score.

And I'm luvin it on my skin. I now do the OCM (oil cleansing method) with just this oil and my face just glows even more now.

Do you have an oil you're just darn near in luv with?

PS (I got some red palm oil which is the same as "batana" oil. Can't wait to try it and share my thoughts with your guys.)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Easy Up-Do


If you follow me on Twitter, then you already saw this do, the day I donned it. This is definitely going in the style arsenal.




I was inspired to try this style when I saw the fly lady below (the one on the left) rocking it on Le Coil. They were sharing the picture from its original source: Kwesi Abbensetts photography blog (awesome blog by the way).


Photo Credit: Kwesi Abbensetts

HOW I DID IT:

I couldn't see what was going on in the back of her hair (it looks like it's in a bun maybe?) so I tweaked it.


All I did was leave a large section out in the front, pin the back up into a french twist, and then roll that large section in the front back and pin it down to create a hump. Simple, right?

It's spicier than the basic bun and is great at protecting your ends since they're all tucked away. You can easily dress this style up with a menagerie of different accessories like hair flowers, bows, or various earring styles.

Try it out.

Earrings are by who else, http://www.sofysticatedphunk.etsy.com/, naturally. :D This is a new style I will be introducing to the shop. I am actually off to add new styles to the shop and snap pics of new styles now.

Have a naturally fly weekend!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Want a Bundle of Joy?


Starting today through Monday, May 3rd; NYX Cosmetics presents to to you their "Bundles of Joy". There are offering different cosmetic bundles for sale. I luuuuuv NYX products, especially they're eye products. http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/ for more details.



I like the bundle with their jumbo eye pencils in it. One of my favorites from them. Who's stockin up?!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WL Hair Challenge Starting Length Entries Updates



Updates 4/20/10

Five more of you submitted starting pics so check them out:

Tiffany R.



Timberly



Naturally Flyy from Twitter aka InnovativeThinkin on YouTube



Karima

My plan:
Weekly - Wash scalp with one of My Honey Child scalp cleansers, co-wash hair with a light conditioner, deep condition with Heat, thoroughly rinse out conditioner with warm water, then cold water rinse. Apply leave-in conditioner, seal with extra virgin olive oil or a whipped shea butter and coconut oil mix.
Monthly - Henna
As needed - Trim split ends
Styles - Weekdays: Two-strand twists pinned up into styles; Weekends: Twist-Outs, Puffs; Special Occasions: Straight, up-dos, flat-twist outs
How cute. Her pic has inspired me to make my own growth t-shirt to track my progress.


Shell






Originally posted 4/13/10: So ladies, I got a bigger response than I thought that I would get from you all. Nice. Thank you to all that have joined and a special thank you to those that were gracious enough to share pics below of their starting length in this challenge. My starting length pic will be coming soon (I'm contemplating straightening my hair for it the next time I wash my hair). Without further ado, I present some of our challengers' starting length pics:
Shahida- you may also know her as 1xellus1

I plan to reach my goal by utilizing protective styling. I will use indirect heat or air drying most of the time. I do not plan to apply direct heat to my hair more than 2-4 times a year.
I co-wash, and deep condition no fewer than once a week. I may wash twice a week, depending on how my hair feels.

I use conditioners and oils to prepoo when my hair feels like it needs it.


I sleep in a satin bonnet.

To detangle, I use Mane N Tail detangler. I am planning to buy Organics for kids Shea Detangler next week.


To moisturize, I use Luster's S Curl Moisturizer and Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Leave-In Conditioner.


I oil my scalp with castor oil 2-3x a week. I plan on purchasing authentic Jamaican Black Castor oil when my current supply of regular castor oil runs out.

I seal my ends with various oils depending on what is at hand. Cold pressed Virgin Coconut oil, Mega Care Tea-Tree Oil, Raw Shea Butter.


I am texlaxed. I don't plan to relax more than 2 or 3 times a year. I just completed an 8 month stretch. Wooooo! Hoooo!


Nicole from OHC Beauty

Tiffany N.




Aubree

 




Thanks again for sharing ladies!

Mark your calendars: our first progress check in will be 4 months from now in August. I, of course, will post a reminder closer to then. Let's enjoy the ride and grow us some hair!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sonia Kashuk Out of the Woods Brush Sets


Target is my latest kryptonite these days. I don't need any more brushes but I'm so tempted to get these just because. Lol.



Photo Credit: Target.com

I was on Target.com recently and I couldn't take my eyes off this cute Sonia Kashuk Out of the Woods 6pc brush set (there is also a 4pc set available) for $19.99. They are a limited edition and I luv that they are made of eco-friendly materials like cork, synthetic (and natural) brush hairs, aluminum and real wood; very eco-chic.

This reminds me of the make up looks I promised you all eons ago. Tomorrow, Imma get on it. I also have more WL Hair Challenge starting length entries to post. Stay naturally fly.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

On the Wish List: Ouidad Double Detangler




I swear LHCF knows how to entice you into trying new things (aka turning you into a hopeless PJ). I found my way over there last week and stumbled on the thread about the Ouidad Double Detangler.



Most kurlies know ease of detangling, removing shed hair and losing minimal hair in the process is the name of our game. It helps us retain our length and prevent knotting. I was all set to cop it at my nearest Sephora till I was hit with the price: $24. Many of the members on the forum stated it's good quality, worked great at detangling and removing the shed hair and that it was worth the investment. I just can't justify paying that much for it just yet. That translates to: I'm broke right now and can't afford it. I don't have any real issues with my detangling sessions now, but I am always interested in trying something that may help me lose even less hair when doing so.

After reading the thread, I also saw that Curly Nikki did a review on the comb as well so check it out when you get a chance. I'm going to wait it out some till I have more money and won't flinch at spending this much so it's been added to my hair care wish list.

Do any of you have this comb? What are your thoughts? Would you invest $24 on a comb if it were good quality and delivered good results?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Product Review: Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk


I got inspired to try this product after I read Urban Curlz recent review of it. I went to my local Target and purchased it for $10 (8oz). I really like the Sweet Nature by Eddie Journey Hair Milk, but I hate that I can't buy it in a store. So, it would be nice to have a more "immediate" alternative.


Photo Credits: Target.com


The very first thing I noticed about this product was the tropical scent. The consistency is creamy and goes on smooth. My hair was practically a week old so it was pretty stretched out via braid outs and twist outs. I applied it to my hair in sections and it sunk right in and softened my hair almost immediately. It has some slip and because it softened my hair so well, I was able to comb it through my hair. I'm learning that I have to comb my hair at least once throughout the week till my next wash to avoid tangling and fairy knots (aka single strand knots). After applying it and combing it through, I put my hair into some flat twists. The next day when I took them down my hair was so incredibly soft. Check out the sheen ya girl had going on after using it:



Note. This product offers NO HOLD, it really is just an excellent moisturizer and will soften your hair, so you will want to pair it with something like a hair butter or pomade if your desired hairstyle demands hold.

Because it offers no real hold, I pinned up my hair up into a pin-up do. #wlhairchallenge Woo hoo!




A full 24 hours later: My hair is still fluffy and soft. I think that this is a keeper and I luv that I can get it in a store.

I also noticed once I looked over the ingredients again that it doesn't have glycerin in it. SCORE. If you are new to the blog and my hair journey let me fill you in: my hair basically hates glycerin and only tolerates it in serious moderation so I'm always on the hunt for moisturizing products that don't contain it (or very very little of it like the SNE Journey Hair Milk). So if your hair is glycerin sensitive, this product is glycerin free and still moisturizes very well.

Now this makes me want to try the (Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus) Curl & Hold Smoothie (it's basically a whipped butter) from this line.

Photo Credit: Target.com

This product will be good for hold for various styles. I'm willing to bet it would get my braid outs POPPIN. I smell another review coming!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Crown & Glory for Life?


With the creation of the WL Hair Challenge, you saw in my game plan that I will be implementing the Crown & Glory Method/Technique quite a bit till my hair grows to my waist. My hair thrives and flourishes off of this technique. If you followed my hair journey last year, then you remember early on, this fared well for me and my hair grew like a weed. Not that it's not growing now but I noticed how well my hair was doing when I was crochet braiding my hair every 6-8 weeks over the winter months.
I've come to the realization that the Crown & Glory will probably be a permanent part of my lifestyle like eating and breathing. Any other C&G Ladies for Life? Lol. Sounds like a club or group, huh?


Don't know what the Crown & Glory Method/Technique is?

In short summary, it is a cycle of braiding (or twisting) your hair up and leaving it that way for anywhere from 1-2 months, then leave your hair loose for anywhere from 2 weeks - 2 months, and then braid (or twist) it back up and so on and so forth. You can learn more about it at growafrohairlong.com  Please know you can modify this to your hair. Some use this technique with twisting and leave their twists in in for 2-3 weeks, take them out and let the hair "breathe" for a few days to 3 weeks, and then re-twist again like I do. It's just a way to manipulate your hair less so it can grow uninhibited.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mixtress Chronicles: My Latest Henna Mix


I haven't done a henna post in a while and thought I'd provide some updates on my latest one I did the beginning of this month.

First off, I hadn't done one in forever. The last henna treatment I did was back in January right before I started my Personal Twists Challenge. So it's been long over due (I usually do them every 1-2 months) for one.

My latest and favorite mix as of now is the following recipe:
  • 1 cup (my hair is getting longer) Nupur Henna
  • enough Coconut milk until a pudding consistency is reached
  • 1 Tbsp whatever Oil I feel like using (this time I used castor oil)
  • 1 Tsp Honey
That's all folks. This mix makes my hair feel heavenly and the coconut milk makes the rinse out process friggin phenominal. The henna rinses out so easily and with one run through of cheapie conditioner: Suave Almond & Shea Butter conditioner, I'm good to go.

My hair had already gotten thicker as a result of my personal twists challenge so after the henna treatment, my hair feels even fuller now. I effin luv it. And of course, my hair received the usual effects of henna: softens my hair, my strands feel very smooth, and excellent kurl definition.

Sorry I don't have pics. I erased them by accident when I was taking pics at my BFF's wedding a couple weeks back. Next henna treatment will be next month sometime and I'll try to remember to take pics then.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Product Review: Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner



Remember when I was telling you all that I was deciding if I should use a leave in conditioner again (If not, Click Here to see what I'm talking about)? I decided I wanted to use a leave in b/c my hair is responding well to creamy products (it stays super soft (which means less tangling for me) till my next wash). I said I was interested in trying Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner or Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner but decided to go with neither and try this one instead.



I originally went to my nearest Rite Aid in search of their Direct Leave In Conditioner but they didn't have it in stock. I picked up this conditioner, read the ingredients and decided that it would make a good leave in and that's how I would use it. I tried it out last week and I'm in luv with the results. It left my hair so incredibly soft.

It has an airy citrus scent and the consistency is a gel cream consistency. It could be a lil thicker but it's ok. I still like it b/c it's not watery/runny. I only needed to use a small amount, a pea size, on each section of my damp hair (another thing I've learned about my hair now that it's getting longer, I get better braid out results when I do them on damp hair and also b/c it dries faster overnight). I then sealed with grapeseed oil (I'm sooo diggin this oil. It's so light, my hair absorbs it so it doesn't build up like crazy, and it never seems to leave my hair greasy! Score!) and braided for a braid out. The results the next day were really nice. My hair felt incredibly soft, light and fluffy. I had a really good hair day! It's 4 days later and my hair is still incredibly soft, light and fluffy. I have a feeling it will stay this way till I wash my hair again in a few days.

I definitely am liking this product big time and would consider re-buying.

Next up ladies, I'll be sharing some of your WL Hair Challenge starting pics. :D I'm so excited that you all are partaking into this journey.

Friday, April 9, 2010

My WL Hair Challenge Plan of Action


So I announced the Waist Length Hair Challenge (I gave it its own topic on here for easy reference: Hair Care: WL Hair Challenge) to you guys that me and my friend challenged ourselves with and again, welcome any of you to join us. Please Click Here for the guidelines if you are interested in growing along with us.

This is crazy. I can't believe I agreed to this challenge. I don't really want hair that long but I've never had hair this long in my life and want to prove a point to myself: that I'm capable of having hair that long. So I want to try something new to say I did it.

Quick Stats on My Hair:
-Current Length: Shoulder Length (last checked in March)
- I have 12in left till my hair will reach my waist (so that equals out to at least 6" per yr)
- My hair should be Arm Pit Length by the end of the year

My Plan of Action
  • LOTS of protective styling going down: I won't confine my hair to being up all 365 days of the year but most of its time (weekdays) will be in the following styles. 
    • Twists: I luv that I can leave them in for up to 3 weeks doing virturally nothing to them but moisturizing them. They are the epitome of "get up n go" hair and I luv how they look on me. The longer my hair gets, the more styles I will be able to create with them.
    • Braids: This summer I want to play around with different cornrow hairstyles.
    • Buns & Up Dos: I would rock my hair in various types of these styles all week and treat myself to wearing my hair out on the weekends.

  • I'm thinking about maintaining straight hair at various times in the cold months/winter and wearing it in various up-dos to keep the ends protected. Just to change it up from time to time. I would straighten my hair without direct heat via: rollerset and silk wrap which I affectionately call the "RSW Method". This method gets my koily hair straight with great body and shine and I don't risk employing heat damage. Next time I do it, I will provide pics and a tutorial on how I do mine.
And that's it. No, seriously, that's it.

Keeping my hair moisturized, ends sealed and tucked away, and manipulating my hair as little as possible is the name of this game. These practices will ensure that I keep most (if not all) of my length. Happy Hair Growing ladies!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Join Our Waist Length Hair in 2 Years Challenge



Waist Length in 2 Years Challenge Guidelines

 
* End date to reach waist length is April 5th, 2012


* For this to be a feasible goal for you, it's best that your starting length is at least shoulder length stretched (and that from there you have about 12 in or less till you hit WL)

* Don't think you'll make WL in 2 years and still want to join? You can still join :D Just state what your goal length will be.

* Share your plan of action to attain this goal (it doesn't have to be set in stone or "permanent" as I'm sure some things may change as your hair gets longer)

* Progress updates will be submitted and posted every 4 months (starting from this April) so first update will
   be in August.

* Progress updates will entail a length check pic (can be a straightened or stretched hair shot) and brief
      summary of what you are doing/trying and what you are learning.

Leave a comment to join. For those who want to, email me at milan@agrlcanmac.com with "Waist Length Hair Challenge" in the subject, your starting pics and progress pics every 4 months to share. I am no longer accepting pics for this but everyone is still welcome to join (and leave their updates and comments in the updates posts or do updates on their respective blogs and/or hair albums and link back to the challenge here). If you submitted pics before May 2010, your entry pic  and your update pics will be posted throughout the challenge.

Tomorrow, I'll share my plan of action (my starting pics will come soon as well) to accomplish this.

Let's GOOOOOOOOO!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Hair: Challenge: Waist Length in 2 Years!



Waist Length In 2 Years Or Bust!

Me and my girl were on the phone the other day and we decided it would be fun to challenge ourselves to grow out our hair to our waists in 2 years. She has locs that have been in for year. I've been natural for one year and some change.

I'm so excited to do this, as I've never had hair longer than APL-arm pit length. We'll be doing six month progress/length checks. I'll see if she would be willing to share pics on here so I can share both of our progress updates with you all.  Obviously a lot of protective styles will be involved. I'll share my game plan in another post. It's quite simple and to the point. Official starting pics and my plan of action soon to come.

So we're claiming it: by April 5th, 2012 we both will have waist length, beautiful, natural hair :D

Any other takers? LET'S GO!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My Bridesmaid Hair



If you follow me on Twitter, then you know I was mulling over what to do with my hair for my BFF's wedding. It was last weekend and I had the honor of being one of the bridesmaids. At first, I wanted to get all fancy with my hair but I've been so busy lately that I didn't give myself the proper amount of time/days to experiment with my hair for a final design.

I decided to keep it simple and donned a......... braid out. Lol. Simple, looked fab and everyone liked it.




I had so much fun and am so happy for my girl. We've been gushing about our weddings since we were young girls. :D

**EDIT 4-8-10**: Many of you keep asking so I'll just put the outfit details in the post

Dress: Charlotte Russe/Shoes: Steve Madden/Bracelet: Bridesmaid gift from the Bride

Is Batana Oil Another Name for Red Palm Oil?



I put up a post this past Saturday talking about oils. I listed batana oil as one of the oils I wanted to try. I first learned of batana oil on Long Hair Care Forum and have been on the hunt for some since. Batana oil is used in Ojon products and Ojon employs the Miskito Indians, who are indigenious to Honduras, to produce the oil for their products. A member on the forum was saying that they have almost a monopoly on the oil and that it's hard to find but that it's so good. Batana oil is said to give the hair great shine, smoothes and softens hair, protect it from the hot sun and even helps strengthen it some.

One of our fly readers, SummerRuby, dropped by and shared on that post that batana oil is another name for (red) palm oil. Werd? When I read that, I knew I had to get my research on to see if she was for real.

After doing my research, I found that this may just be true. Batana oil is what Hondurans call it. The oil is extracted from pine nuts that grow on the Ojon tree. So, I think that batana oil is their colloqial name for palm oil. I did more research and looked at the ingredients on the Ojon Restorative Treatment and found that they also call the oil Palm Oil. I'm still researching some more but it's all leading to what SummerRuby pointed out. Thanks for sharing that bit of information miss!

So, it looks like I can try "batana" oil afterall. I'll be purchasing some red palm oil in the near future and share my thoughts.

You guys are the best. I appreciate all your comments and enjoy the knowledge we exchange with each other. :D

Saturday, April 3, 2010

My Oils Checklist


I've always luv'd oils especially for what they've done for my face, skin and hair but ya girl is about to get deeper in this ish. It's fast becoming another one of my "things" that I like blowing my money on. I've taken up collecting different oils and creating various oil blends. Now that I've recognized I'm turning into an oil junky, I've got a long list of them to buy, try and mix. The mixtress inside of me is dancing like James Brown.

Current Oils In My Possession:
  • Castor Oil: One of my absolute favorite oils. I luv how thick and smooth it is and it's so good at sealing in the moisture for my hair esp in the cold months. I also use it to clean my face with the OCM (oil cleansing method).
  • EVOO: When I'm too broke to buy my other oils, I can always afford this one! I use this oil for everything- removing make up, conditioning my hair, sealing, shine, if I don't have my castor oil on me I oil cleanse with this alone with great results, etc.
  • Grapeseed Oil: Just got this oil the other day and I'm luving it already. It's light and absorbs easily. I like that b/c that means it won't weigh my hair down or build up as much if I were to use it frequently. I used it on my face last night with great results. It absorbs so well. The bottle/brand I got resists heat up to 350 degrees F so it will be a decent heat protectant for me any time I lightly blow dry my hair for tiny twists
  • Jojoba Oil: It's a light oil and is closest to natural oil, sebum, our scalp/skin produces. My scalp doesn't like anything on it but this is the only oil that it will tolerate if I just HAD to put something on it. But I'm just eh about it. I'm using it up on my face since it seems to fancy it.

Need to Re-Up On
  • Coconut Oil: This oil is my bay-beeeee! My face and skin luvs it and who can resist that yummy coconutty scent? It instantly transports me to somewhere sunny and tropical. Ok, maybe not instantly but it makes me think of dacquiries and beaches. It's my absolute favorite hair conditioner. It nourishes, conditions, softens and gives my hair crazy shine/sheen. It also helps protect your hair from free radicals and hydral fatigue (which means making sure your hair doesn't absorb TOO much water which can damage your hair big time). I mix it with EVOO to make Olicoco Oil which is even better. I want to mix it next with avocado oil to make Avococo Oil. Lol.
  • Avocado Oil: I started being cheap and stopped buying this one even it was so good to me! My relaxed hair THRIVED off of it and was part of the reason I was able to stretch my relaxers longer which lead to part of my decision to go natural. :D This oil does great things like coconut oil does and also helps protect your hair from the hot sun rays.
  • Sweet Almond Oil: Another oil that was a casualty of my cheapness. Smh. I like this oil b/c of it's light yet luxuriously smooth consistency. I used to use it in the summer months to seal in the moisture on my skin after a shower. It really did make my skin feel luxuriously soft and smooth. It gave it a great glow which looks awesome in the summer when you're showing more skin. It also makes a good conditioner for the hair too; I used to pre-poo with it a lot back in the day. When I re-buy I will more than likely mix it with other oils as opposed to using it alone.

Want to Try
  • Safflower Oil: I need to research this oil more. I've always known of it but didn't know anyone to use it on their hair till I was watching one of  Taren916's vids on Youtbue. She was sharing how she used it on her hair and why she liked it so it's now made it on my list.
  • Batana Oil: If I can get my hands on some! It's really hard to find this stuff. This is the coveted oil in Ojon products. The company has a friggin monopoly on this oil and its production so it's hard to find others who have a way to get some. But I will persevere. I've heard great things about this oil (post on it in the future) and I want some!
  • Sunflower Seed Oil: This is the oil http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ recomends you blend your castor oil with b/c it gives the overall blend a more smooth consistency. My current OCM blend is castor oil and EVOO so I want to compare the difference in the mixtures. Maybe castor oil with this oil is better.

A lot, right? Don't worry there are more and when I think of, discover, or remember more of them; I will add them to the list. Oils have done more for my face, skin and hair than any commercial product be it expensive or inexpensive. So, this is another hobby to add to my list. :D Have a great Easter weekend all!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sleeping Beauty: the Pretty Wrap


I learned of this silk sleep wrap months ago but it popped back into my mind recently. I wanted to highlight them b/c I think they are fabulous and this is a BOB (black owned business). Who says you have to go to sleep unglamorous? You can also wear them around the house, especially if your hair is looking a hot mess, and you can answer the door when unexpected company pops by without running around frantically figuring out what to do with your hair. Come one, I KNOW  I'm not the only one who has been through that before. :D I can see how these could easily be worn during the day for errands or be coordinated with your outfit for the day.


Photo Credits: PrettyWrap.com

I definitely plan to purchase a Pretty Wrap in the near future. I may even buy two and do a giveaway.

Support B.lack O.wned B.usinesses! You can learn more about the Pretty Wrap at http://www.prettywrap.com/.  Sleep pretty!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Giveaway Winner for Orly Spring Sweet Collection Nail Lacquers


Today's the day. 39 of you entered the Orly Spring "Sweet" Collection Giveaway. Thank you! So via Random.org, the lucky winner is...............................................................................................................................................................

# 4 Noreen!!!!!!


Congrats miss. You've won 2 nail lacquers from this new collection: Lemonade (a pastel yellow) and Snow Cone (a pastel blue). Please email me, milan@agrlcanmac.com,  your shipping information by Monday (or all the names go back in for a new winner) so I can send you your goodies!

Thank you again for entering. Definitely check out the Orly Spring "Sweet" collection b/c the colors def are sweet lol. http://www.orlybeauty.com/. I'll be painting my toes pink tonight with the "Cotton Candy" lacquer from it. This collection hits beauty retailers this month. there will be more giveaways coming up very soon. I've decided the next one will be a hair care product so stay tuned and as always stay naturally fly. :D

Product Review: Nubian Heritage Olive & Green Tea Lotion



This is a great lotion for those with dry skin, like mine, that craves lots of moisture. I like this Olive and Green Tea one because it's very moisturizing and leaves my skin so soft, smooth and moisturized. I really like the scent of this one and it has a delectably rich, thick, and creamy consistency. The only thing that I don't like about this product is that it's not in a jar. The product is very thick and can be hard to get out of the bottle. I take the top off and get the lotion out that way. Nubian Heritage if you're reading this review, please offer this product in a screw top jar as well. If it cost a couple dollars more, I'll pay it for better ease of getting the product out.

These lotions come in other scrumptious scents and for different skin types. I want to try the Coconut & Papaya and the Ivorian Cocoa Butter w/ Milk Chocolate ones next. I really want to try them all eventually. Lol. I'm telling you, they come in some great scents. That's my goal, I will try them all. More reviews to come on these products. They are great quality and this business is a BOB (black owned business) so show your support. The products are worth your dollars.

Check out all the Nubian Heritage products at http://www.nubianheritage.com/. I luv their soaps as well. I did a review on their Olive & Green Tea soap a while back.

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