Sunday, October 31, 2010

Style Files: How I've Been Styling My Hair

So what have I been doing with my hair lately?



Twist-n-Curl
This is only my second time doing this style since being natural. On freshly washed, damp hair, I applied Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk first and then applied Jane Carter Solution Wrap & Roll before twisting my hair. I twisted my hair into medium to large twists and then rolled the ends on flexi rods. Note. I forgot that when you do this style on wet or damp hair, it takes FOREVER for my hair to dry. Ugh! Future times I rock this style, I will do it on dry hair.




2 Strand Flat Twists Up-Do
This was my first time doing this. I must admit that I didn't like it at first but it grew on me and now I'm inspired to try some different styles in the future. It lasted all week so I didn't have to do my hair. Woo hoo! I just luv "get up-n-go hair". I got the inspiration for this style from natural hair Youtuber, Keke52284. She's uber talented and inspiring when it comes to these types of up-do's. Check her out when you get a chance. She's dope.


I think this week coming up, I'll be rocking buns all week and let the fro loose on the weekend.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blogger's Etiquette: Citing Pictures and Videos You Use


So you wanna be a blogger or already are one? Cool. I'm sure you have a menagerie of pictures on it including pics of your, your own hair, outfits,etc; and pics of and/or from others from various websites that you found inspiring and cool videos from Youtube.

When writing a paper, if you use information from another source other than yourself, you must provide the proper citations and include a bibliography at the end. It is no different in the blogging world. If you see a picture you like and want to share on your blog, make sure you give the proper citation.

Some people want you to ask first before you share a picture from their site so make sure you read the whole site to see if that is what they request. Others, myself included, don't mind if you share a picture from their site, as long as the proper citations are given. (I now pretty much watermark all photos/graphics created by me so that if proper citation isn't given, people still know it didn't come from the outside source posting the photo. You, unfortunately, cannot control how every aspect of your work is shared in the cyber world. That's the risk you run when dealing with the internet.)

BE AWARE that even if you do give proper citation, the original owner still may want you to take any of their photos and/or videos you posted down (which I think is kind of silly because if you didn't want your stuff to get possibly shared all over the worldwide web beyond your control, you probably shouldn't put it on the web in the first place. #theresathought #imjustsayin But to each, his own and you still must respect the owner's wishes. After all, it's not your photo or video.) and if I were you, I would take it down because in some cases you could get in trouble for things including but not limited to copyright infringement.

Kurly News: Thank God I'm Natural Goes to South Africa



Chris-Tia Donaldson, author of Thank God I'm Natural, just came back from South Africa resently. She was invited to give a keynote address at the very first homecoming weekend for University of Cape Town Association of Black Alumni. How dope is that?! She also got to stop by the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and pass out books and some t-shirts there. You GO kurl! Support our girl. The book is excellent. You can check out my review HERE and there are tons of other reviews all over the web and on Youtube. Just google search "Thank God I'm Natural reviews". Learn more about Chris-Tia, the book and updates on TGIN at http://thankgodimnatural.wordpress.com/.

Kurly News is a new feature that I'm going to be bringing to the blog; sharing any newsworthy kurl news and updates. If you know of any news that's kurly and enhancing the kinky kurly community, do share! Shoot me an email at milan@agrlcanmac.com.


PS (Hang tight a little longer on the giveaway front. It's coming! I've just been super busy but it is going down. Hi new followers! I see you!)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm Diggin Her Hair

I luv this song and the video is dope. Ne-Yo really channeled Michael Jackson in this vid and I liked it! This video gets extra stars because the one dancer has awesome natural hair.**10.29.10: You guys are the best. Some comments below informed me that this fabulous kurly miss is Ashley Everett. Apparently, she dances for Beyonce a lot.** Just WAIT till my hair is this big and obnoxious. You aren't going to be able to tell me ANYTHING!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Good Hair Day with Head Wraps


An easy fix to saving a bad hair or to just look effortlessly chic is to wear a scarf and wrap it around your head in a fierce way.

This look took me less than 10 minutes to create. Learn how I created it HERE.

Stay effortlessly fly,

Milan

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Natural Hair PSA

I enjoy KittyKat1374's Youtube videos. Check out this vid of hers because it's really helpful!



I'll be getting one soon!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Interested in Going Natural?


I celebrate 2 years in natural bliss in December. *does the cabbage patch* Sometimes it feels like a past life when I was growing out my relaxer. Lol. In just 2 short years, so many resources have become available for those that want to go natural and are hungry for tips and information on this adventure that weren't there when I started my journey. I think it's great.

I haven't read the book but it got pretty good reviews on Amazon so I thought I'd share it here because it could be a beneficial resource for some. For the serious novices to natural hair care, I think that this would be a good book to help you get your feet wet in the maintainence and styling of afro textured hair and how to grow out your relaxer. Notice, I said serious novices. That means if you are into the the online natural hair care world, I think this book is filled with information you already know. If that is the case, this would make a great gift for someone you know who's contemplating going natural and isn't glued to the cyber, afro texture hair world like we all are. Lol.

Check out the link below to learn more about the book:





Remember, support quality, black owned endeavors! :D

Sunday, October 17, 2010

How To Keep Your Curly Set For a Week


I really like doing curly sets on my hair. It's a great way to stretch out my koil pattern so that my hair doesn't dry out as fast or tangle. Curly sets, because the hair is set in a certain curl pattern, are also a great way to decrease daily manipulation of afro textured hair and eliminate figuring out what to do with your hair every day.

Curly sets include:

Roller Sets
Twist Outs
Braid Outs
Twist-n-Curl
Flexi Rod or Perm Rod Set

Here's some tips for how I keep my curly sets for a week:

1) Set it Off
Set the hair with a styler that will give some type of hold: setting lotion, a setting foam/mousse, gel designed to give hold or a hair butter like shea butter or a shea butter mix. I recently tried Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll (it's a light setting foam/mousse) for a Twist-n-Curl and had fairly decent results.

Note. Many setting type products can make your hair hard and dry some, so always be sure to use some kind of moisturizing product underneath it. I like Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk. There a plethora of great leave in conditioners and hair creams or milks/lotions that work great too. Find what will work best for you.


2) Mind How You Sleep
Sleep on a satin pillow case. I sleep with a satin sleep cap on as well but if I don't feel like doing that, I always make sure my satin pillow case in on.

If you have longer hair, you can try the pinapple method, which is where you put your hair into a loose, high ponytail and it is said to preserve the curls quite well.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What I'm Buying This Weekend

The weekend is here yet again, yay! I have some things in mind that I want to buy this weekend and it certainly doesn't hurt that yesterday was pay day either. Lol. I thought I'd share with you what I have plans to get:

1) Shea Moisture Curl & Hold Smoothie: I've heard such great things about it and since it's glycerin free, I'm really interested in trying it. It could do my hair well for helping lock in as much moisture as possible for the cold months ahead.



2) Jane Carter Wrap & Roll: I want to experiment with flexi rod (which are next on my list) sets and want to give this more natural setting lotion/mousse a try. Kimmaytube liked it and our hair textures and densities are similar. While that is no guarantee that it will work fabulously for me, I'm hopeful that it may work well for me too.




3) Flexi Rods: I think most packs have 6 in them, so I think I would need about 3 or 4 packs.


Is there anything you will be getting for your hair this weekend?

PS (I promise the giveaways are coming soon. I just have to get everything in order. I'm excited about them.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Uber Chic Kurly Dame: Shinghai Shoniwa


Hands down, Shinghai Shoniwa (from The Noisettes) is one of my top favorites when it comes to beautiful, kinky kurly hair. I would be thrilled to meet her one day and talk hair.  I adore her modern, with a retro twist style up-do's. Like her, I luv up-do's with retro elements. Ever since my teen years when I discovered Dorothy Dandridge, I've been obsessed with 1930's thru 1950's fashion and hair styles.



To this day, I just love how the women back then didn't even have the money or amount of options and technology like we do now afforded to them and yet they always looked like a million bucks. I mean, SHARP. The types of hairstyles women wore then were so elegant and chic. I dig it. I luv that Shinghai's funky yet chic up-do's have these vintage influences. I think she has become one of my muses. Sweet.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Some Things Just Aren't For Everybody


I'm really losing hope in 2 strand twists on me, guys! They just aren't working for me at this stage of my hair length I think. I did some medium sized, 2 strand twists last night and they were awful. The twists don't fall nicely at all right now. I had planned to keep them in all week and ended up taking them down this morning. It doesn't help that I did them on damp hair with gel either but that's a whole 'nother post....

I like tiny twists on me but they take me 6 hours to complete. Now that I'm working again and more involved in other projects, I don't have the time or patience to do them anymore. Plus with my hair being frizz prone, they don't even last that long to begin with; I'm lucky if I can get 2 weeks in them without looking like a total fuzz head.

So I'm chopping it up and will not be wearing 2 strand twists as a hairstyle any time soon. I want to like them but I just think that my hair is at an awkward length right now and I don't feel fly leaving the house in them. What an adventure this growing our hair out natural is....... Thank goodness, there's a plethora of other styles to choose from!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids


These fats are great for our internal health as well as externally for our hair and skin. Some of their benefits include heart health, brain health, anti-inflammatory properties, glowing skin and stronger hair and nails. I've been researching the benefits and decided to get the gummy supplements from Trader Joes. I just started taking them so we'll see what health benefits I experience from it (I won't be mad if it also positively influences my hair growth. Lol.). I really like that many of these healthy supplements are being made in a gummy form. They give me way more incentive to remember to take my vitamins daily and actually look forward to it. Lol.



I recommend that you do your own research before taking this supplement or any for that matter. I did my research to make sure I really wanted to take it and that it would benefit and not harm me. In the beauty world, we have the tendency to just jump in and try something because someone else we admire has tried it or uses something successfully. The purpose of this blog is to not tell you guys what to do but to inspire you by providing options of what's out there that can benefit your health and increase your beauty in the most healthy ways possible.

Some of the Sites I Researched:

Healthy Omega 3 Fish Oil
Leon's Beauty Tips and Secrets
Natural Health Web

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mixtress Chronicles: My To-Mix List


I took a small hiatus from mixing but I'm making a come back. I got caught up in trying some other products for a bit and while they were/are good, there is nothing like what I was creating. So I'm back to wanting to mix things more again b/c I have my hair's specific needs and wants in mind when I create them.

Plus with the price hikes of some hair care products I wanted to try, like the AfroVeda Ginger Root Hair Pomade, (It went up a dollar since I posted about it.) I've decided that I'd rather try my hand at making my own hair pomade and sharing the experience and inspiration with you guys. There's a lot of great hair care recipes out there that I'm excited to try and add my touch to them. It goes without saying that I intend to bring you all along the ride with me so giddy up! Let's goooooooooo!

On My To-Mix List:

* a Hair Pomade
* my own hair Twisting Cream
* Flaxseed Gel
* Chicoro's Un-Petroleum Jelly recipe

I think I will try the Un-Petroleum Jelly recipe first. Stay tuned.....

PS (We are almost at 600 followers! When we reach 600, a giveaway will be in the air! Actually TWO will be in the air! Thank you guys for all your support and readership. I really appreciate it and my goal is always to provide inspiration to take pride in our kinks and kurls. This kind of hair IS beautiful.)

Music That Can Mac: Trumaine Lamar




I'm so diggin this artist named Trumaine Lamar. His velvety voice puts me in a melodic trance. He's currently finishing up his album and I'm so anxious for its debut! I'm digging his song, "Still". My boy, Brandon*, produced and co-wrote the track. Check it out HERE (or below).




Have a great weekend kurlies. I'll be writing most of the weekend (for here and EXUDE magazine, which got an awesome face lift! Check us out!)


Trumaine Lamar
www.ReverbNation.com/TrumaineLamar
Facebook: Trumaine Lamar

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Accessories That Can Mac: Make It Happen

So you can look fly in these pieces! I'm so excited about this. These styles are, seriously, only for the bold and unapologetic. Check it out.....


I don't know if you can tell but these earrings are connected by two chains so that they are earrings AND a necklace too! How sick is that?!


The creator, Rebekah Christie, says some of her inspiration for creating the line was from being broke. A move from Philadelphia (,PA) to New York City influenced her to think about her career goals more. Since she wasn't working at that time, Make It Happen was born and has been growing ever since.


There type of woman to rock these pieces must be vibrant and love color. A woman of any age, from 25 to 50 (and beyond if they wanna) can appreciate these styles and wear them with all the swag they can dole out.

When asked about her brand's philosophy, she had this to say:


"I try to make individual pieces, literally. I purposely buy limited supplies because of that. I love knowing that there's one of what I have and I will never see anyone with it. Since I started making accessories I have geared toward that and only that. I truly have unique pieces that you will not see in stores."


I bought this pair and I absolutely adore them. I get compliments on them and stares (of admiration in my head) when I wear them. [I'll share pics of me in them soon.]


If you love attention and drama, these are sure to suit you well. Let's support each other and keep the money in our community. Quality, black owned businesses rock! For the amount of detail in these earrings, they are very affordable. I didn't see any styles over $30. Visit her e-Boutique to see for yourself and tell her AGrlCanMac sent you.
Make It Happen
e-Boutique: www.artfire.com/users/MakeItHappen
Blog: http://christielover.blogspot.com/

Coming Up: Pics from the Naturalista Tees photo shoot last month and a special announcement.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Hair Affirmations



HAIR AFFIRMATIONS


If you know anything about the law of attaction, then you know that your thoughts are very powerful. Whatever you think about, you attract. Your thoughts have a frequency and if you truly believe, the universe has a way of making it happen. The law of attraction is REAL ladies. Almost anything I've set my mind on, has come to me. Rather it was good for me or not is another story. Lol. That is why you have to be very specific with your thoughts and what you want before you send them out. Of course, you must do your part to help make things happen and truly believe that some way and some how, they WILL come into fruition! I'm claiming and sending these hair affirmations out into the universe and I know because I have sent them out that they WILL happen!

In what's left of 2010 I WILL:

* Achieve APL length hair when stretched by simply continuing to take care of my hair how I do now

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In 2011 I WILL: 

* Have healthy, BSL length hair when stretched by Summer 2011 or sooner

* Have healthy, MBL length hair when stretched by December of 2011 or sooner

* Be able to gather my hair into a sizeable ponytail

* Treat myself to a service at Khamit Kinks natural hair salon :D

* Finally give Kinky Curly Curling Custard and the Knot Today a try

* Find a way to be a distributor of some natural hair care products like  Bee Mine Products and our sponsor, Sweet Nature by Eddie!


What are your hair affirmations?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My Hair: The Cold Weather Season


Summer has left us yet again and I say good riddens! This summer in NYC would have liked to kill me. It was so bloody, hot and humid that I found myself yearning to all but take my life. I'm exaggerating, of course, but you know what I'm getting at. Lol.

So what do I plan to do with my hair now that it's getting cooler? Not much from what I do now, honestly. My regimen doesn't change with the seasons, mainly just how I choose to wear my hair. I tend to wear my hair tucked away more because it dries out less that way. This cold weather season, I plan to alternate between the following hairstyles:

* Crochet Braids - but of course! I luv that they don't stress my hairline (as long as they are not braided too tight) like singles/individual braids with extensions do.

* Try Mini Twists again- I think part of my not liking them as much as I used to was that I started doing them with hair butters. All the times I really liked my hair in twists, I realized that I used a gel or pudding so I think my hair looks better when it's twisted with a gel or pudding. So I'm going to try twists again.

* Braided or 2 Strand Flat Twist Funky Up-Do's that I can leave in for up to two weeks

* Curly Sets: Twist n Curl, Braid n Curl or flexi rod sets - I want to try using a natural setting lotion of foam to get the style to last for at least the work week (5 days). I plan to experiment with flexi rods and try out the Jane Carter Wrap and Roll.

* Retro Up-Do's and Bun variations - these are always a great standby when I don't feel like doing more time intensive hairstyles like mini twists.....

Oh yea and

* Wigs - Just a little bit. I think I will play around with them again to get my color fix till I decide to follow through with coloring my hair

What will you be doing to your hair for the cold weather season? Does your regimen change?

We Only Blog with the Best at Georgia NY

My girl Kat (from The Naturalista Files) sure stays in the loop about everything. She told me about this event literally a few hours before hand saying that I should go since she couldn't make it so I said, why not? I'll stop by for a sec and see what's poppin. I was a little tired from work but so glad I dropped in. I even ran into one of my soRHOrs there. Shout outs to Kris!


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The event took place, Thursday, 9/23 from 6-9p and what a lovely boutique Georgia NY is! It was my first time visiting and I must say I was really impressed. I will visit again. I really liked the cozy chic decor. They offer a wide range of products for women of all hair types, loads of indie skin care and beauty products, handcrafted accessories and in house salon services. How fabulous. Products they carry include Jane Carter, Oyin Handmade, Hair Rules and their own all natural skin care and beauty line.


From left to right: Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes (she co-hosted the event), my soRHOr's sister: Lisa (she does event planning for B. Smith) , my soRHOr Kris (she's an awesome make up artist), Friend of Kris and Lisa and me :D

Friday, October 1, 2010

Natural Hair: Going Green




Hey kurlies. My girl, Todra from The Healthy Beauty Project, stopped by again to share some more of her beauty knowledge with us. This time she talks about going green when it comes to our hair. Enjoy.

Natural Hair: Going Green
by Todra Payne


As a green makeup artist/Healthy Beauty Expert, I receive cosmetic industry magazines or trade emails every day. I wade through the piles of information to find what I’ll be sharing across the web, and with magazines and morning news shows. Today’s update dealt with how to market products to Black, Hispanic and multi-cultural women whose hair pattern, like mine, is deeply curled.

“Ethnic hair” is the hottest untapped cosmetics market in the US, says GCI, a beauty industry trade magazine. The article stresses the importance of using quality ingredients for beauty brands seeking to grab a piece of the curly, kinky hair care market. Pore blocking mineral oil and “hair grease” aren’t cutting it with the next generation of curly heads.

According to a 2009 study, African Americans make up only 13% of the US population, but we account for one-third of all hair care sales! That’s a lot of hair products. A growing number of hair care purchases are products to nurture natural hair.

Most of you reading this blog are at a place of decision. You’ve either done “The Big Chop” or you’re in transition. I did my BC almost 15 years ago when I learned that chemical relaxers cause permanent hair fiber loss of 40- 60%. Why was I frying my hair? For societal acceptance? Because I was uncomfortable with myself?

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