Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Have a New Blog!


You know me, the glutton for creative writing and blogging. Lol. So I've created a new blog that will replace my Styln N Profyln blog. The new blog is on the dark side aka Wordpress. I'm such a two timing hussy, I know. I just wanted something different. It's been quite interesting learning it, I've been a Blogger girl for so long now but it's all good.

The new blog is called Creatividual Workshops and I think you will like what it has to offer. It's basically picking up where Styln N Profyln left off and taking it to the next level, the black Martha Stewart level but with my twist on it. So if you enjoy things that involve crafting, sewing, cooking, needlework, decorating- anything creative stop by and stay tuned for more. I'll be posting up tutorials for how to create different things for your wardrobe, home, gifting ideas, recipes etc and also sharing things that inspire me, that I've created on my own and things I've seen elsewhere and have tried. The goal of the blog is to inspire people and exchange ideas; help tap into your inner creative being (making you a "creatividual"). It's brand new so give me time to get more content up. See ya there!

Product Review: Denman D31 Brush



I was in one of my favorite beauty supply stores in midtown this past Friday, Beauty 35, getting kinky braiding hair so I could do crochet braids over the Holiday weekend (which never got done and now I have no interest to crochet braid it for the time being. *sigh*) when I saw that they sold Denman brushes. I picked up the D31 model because it has less rows and less teeth than the traditional, D3 model, Denman and spaced out farther apart than the traditional one as well. There is a lot more space in between the teeth, even compared to my modified Denman I used to use. The packaging on the brush said this model is ideal for (thick and) afro textured hair.

I gave it a whirl this weekend when I took my mini twists down and washed my hair. I like this waaaaaaaay better than the modified Denman. It didn't rip my hair out- only removed the shed hair, it has a handle and it did great at detangling and smoothing my hair. I like this model way better. This is a winner for me.

I like it better than the paddle brush which I thought was as good as the Tangle Teezer but not the case. So, no more paddle brush; I don't like them either. I think I'm sticking with this Denman D31 brush. Between this brush and my Magic Star Rake Comb, I should be good to go.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Check Out the First Episode of Afro City

The Afro City episodes are finally airing!


{Video from Afrolicious TV}

All future episodes will be on the Afro City website: http://www.afrocitytv.com/. I couldn't be more thrilled and of course, you know you're diggin the hair and accessories. This show is criticizing the lack of black entertainment television shows by creating one. Please show your support. They've got mine!

Links that Can Mac: Kinky vs Curly Hair


My girl, Jc, has done it again. If you guys aren't following her blog http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/, you are missing out! She has great posts that explain the science of all things [natural] hair, hair care products and hair care practices. All posts are great but this post, I had to give a shout out. CLICK HERE to learn the differences between kinky hair and curly hair. Please note. If you didn't know, kinky hair can be curly. My hair is an example of this; it is kinky but it is also curly/coily. Just click on the link to learn more and follow her blog if you aren't already.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

How to Wash Your Hair in Mini Twists

I have given up on mini twists for myself but many other naturals luv them and they are a [protective] style staple for them. One of my fav natural hair Youtubers, Naptural85 just did a video recently sharing how she would wash her mini twists. Her method is genius. I probably never would have thought of this myself; thank God for the internet. I also imagine that this technique could be used on braided extension or kinky twist extension hairstyles as well.




Stay naturally fly and cool; it's hot out!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Music That Can Mac: Fashion Beats by Black Eyed Peas

Happy Friday Kurlies! Cheers to a 3-day weekend! Woot woot! So this song I chose has been stuck in my head lately. Black Eyed Peas is one of my favorite music groups and this song gets me up and moving. Helps me wake up dancing in the morning too. Check it and have a safe and great Holiday weekend. :D



On the random hair tip, outside of eating; chillin and adventures, I think I'm crochet braiding my hair over the Holiday weekend. Me and my hair need a break for a bit. More details to come. Woot woot!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Summertime Feet: the Ped Egg




The weather has finally warmed up and it's officially sandals season. Wedges, flats and platform styles, LET'S GO! Ladies we can't step out with our feet just looking any ol kinda way though. Every girl should have a Ped Egg in her beauty stash to maintain their feet in between pedicures, I feel. They're not more than $10 and keep your feet soft and smooth by removing the dead, hard skin from your feet, especially the heel area which is very prone to getting crusty. We can't have crusty heels stealing the shine from your fly sandals!!! #imjustsayin

WHERE TO BUY:
Walmart, Target, Walgreens
http://www.pedeggtv.com/

Friday, May 20, 2011

Music That Can Mac Throw Back: I Got That - Amil feat Beyonce

Oh the late '90s. Remember this song? Hahahaha. Taking you all back down memory lane with this one. I wonder what happened to Amil? I liked her. She was rough around the edges and had a lotta swag.



{Video from www.youtube.com/ghettoonline}

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Accessories That Can Mac: Floral Charm Necklaces

This spring/summer, I've been obsessed with anything floral and this flower, charm necklace by LuvPeuDeChose is included in the mix.





Turquoise Green Flower Cluster Charm Necklace

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

If Only It Didn't Cost $82!



Mason Pearson Detangler All Nylon Hair Brush With White Handle



I would get it. From the reviews I've seen, this Mason Pearson Detangler brush, is likened to the Tangle Teezer but with a handle. I've looked around and even eBay isn't sellling them cheaper than $82. I thought I was crazy for paying just under $20 for my Magic Star Jumbo Rake Comb (but it was well worth it! That comb rocks!) till I saw the price of this.

Have any of you type 4 chicas used the Mason Pearson Detangler before? If so, what were your experiences with it? Anyone know of any dupes for this brush that are more affordable?

Maybe a more affordable alternative to them are the D31 Denman brushes, eh?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Journey for Jeans that Fit





I welcome you into my journey to find jeans that fit. Even as a svelte woman, I have curves (and thighs that rub together when I walk) and a butt that's not huge but it has a presence on my frame. Lately I've been having a hard time finding jeans to accomodate them. Going pants shopping has become a task filled with frustration when nothing can get past my thighs. But I press on because I need pants that fit and flatter me.






I was on one of my favorite fashion blogs, Natural Belle: http://hairspiration.blogspot.com/ and noticed that Ms. Belle (pictured to the left) had on a pair of slim, straight leg jeans that fit her nice from Japanese brand, Uniqlo: http://www.uniqlo.com/. They fit her like a hand in glove. She looks to be curvier than me so I'm hopeful that if they can accomodate her fab curves they can accomodate mine too.

I also like that a lot of the jeans at Uniqlo look to be around $40 which is my limit on what I'll pay for a pair of jeans. I checked out the new Levi's Curve ID jeans but they cost around $70 and upwards. I don't value jeans that much to pay that much for them. I'd rather use that money for arts and crafts supplies. ;D



{Image from Natural Belle}

Monday, May 16, 2011

Product Review: Kinky Curly Curling Custard

I finally got around to trying out the Kinky Curly Curling Custard. You saw in my post last week that I did a wash n go, a style I don't rock on a normal basis at all, and used the custard for it. Well you all know I like to keep my reviews to the point so let's get into it.

I don't mind it. I followed the directions, which was to apply it to clean, sopping wet hair (using the Knot Today Detangler/Leave In underneath it) and let air dry. If you don't like frizz, once you've finished applying it, don't touch it till it's completely dry.

My coils dried soft and with fabulous definition. I like that it didn't make my hair feel crunchy or come close to drying it out like a lot of other curl enhancing products have the tendency to do. I kept the style for a week and my hair stayed soft and moisturized. (Please note that I did lightly moisturize my hair 2 times during the week.)

It has a pleasant and ligh scent, clear color and a gooey gel consistency. Like any other gel, be careful not to use too much of it or you can expect white flakes. I experienced this minimally in the front because I got a lil too happy with it.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Links That Can Mac: Black Princesses We Should Know About


When most think of royalty, they think of the English royalty: Princess Dianna, Prince William, the now Princess Katie etc. After all, they are the most globally recognized royal family; everyone knows who they are no matter what part of the world you live in. I always knew that there were Black princesses out here in the world though. There just had to be! I always kept forgetting to research and learn who and where they were. Coco & Creme did an awesome article earlier this month giving us the scoop on some Black princesses we need to know about. These women sound intelligent and have accomplished many positive things. Check out the article HERE and may your chest puff out with pride.

I think it's important for little Black girls to see that we really can be anything, princesses included, and that we're gorgeous, celebrated and accomplished too. Be inspired. :D

Friday, May 13, 2011

Music That Can Mac: December by Olivia

Happy Friday Kurlies! While I'm eh about Olivia making a come back, I really like the newest single of hers, December.




Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hairstyles I Plan to Rock this Summer

Outside of rocking my usual curly fro's, twist outs and braid outs, I plan to rock some of these styles this summer too. Oh  how I covet the versatility of afro texture hair.

LoNg CoRnRoWs (and big earrings!)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wash n Go on My 4a Texture Hair

Look at my (pen spring size) coils poppin! I washed my hair this past Saturday and the beautiful day and weather ignited my spontaneity. I decided to sport a wash n go. What do ya think? I can tell my hair has grown because my hair in its shrunken state, in this wash n go, is around the length my braid outs used to look back in summer '09. Nice. ;D (Excuse the greasy face, I couldn't find my usual Black Opal foundation stick and had to use some of my girl's MAC pressed powder. Mineral face powders make my face shiny. Haha. #ohwell)

I didn't use any orthodox method to applying the Kinky Curly Curling Custard to my hair. Per the instructions, I applied it to my hair sopping wet. I applied Kinky Curly Knot Today Detangler/Leave In first before applying the custard.

My hair was in six sections at first and then I divided each of those sections in half so I applied the custard to my hair in 12 sections total. Any sections that started to dry some, I would re-wet before applying the custard. I didn't shingle or anything special; I simply used my fingers to rake and smooth the product in. Application took me no more than 30 minutes.

Once my hair dried a little more, I blew out the roots some around the front and crown for a little added length and volume. (If you're not into heat, you can try lifting your hair at the roots with a hair pik to get a similar effect.) From there, I enjoyed my day and let it air dry. If you're anti-frizz, remember no touchy, touchy till it's completely dry. Because I have medium density hair, I don't mind a lil frizz; it gives my hair a lil more volume.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Guilty Pleasure: VH1's Love & Hip Hop




While I'm a smart, creative, all around fly chick and like to watch shows that are relevant, meaningful, witty and inspiring..... Sometimes I just crave mindless, over the top drama filled, g-fab entertainment. I tried to resist watching this show but I got sucked in!

On a side note, I would love to beat Olivia's face. That last statement is make up artist jargon meaning: I would love to do her make up. Her skin tone and facial features are a make up artist's playground. But I'm getting off on a tangent.... What reality tv ratchet-ness do you indulge in? My other one was Flavor of Love. Hahaha. Flav was a mess and so were those girls but like a train wreck about to transpire any minute, I couldn't stop watching. LOL. Oh come on, I know I wasn't the only!

{Image from www.vh1.com}

My Hair: Current Hair Products Line Up


My current hair products line up

  1. Homemade Mud Hair Wash
  2. Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk
  3. Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
  4. Leave In Conditioner (Rotation between KBB Super Duper and KC Knot Today)
  5. Homemade Shealoe: shea butter, aloe vera gel, grapeseed oil, honey 
  6. Homemade Hair Mist: water, aloe vera juice, grapeseed oil
  7. Homemade Oil Mix: 2 fl oz castor oil, 2 fl oz grapeseed oil, 2 fl oz jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
  8. Homemade Hair Gel (adding soon: gelatin, water, aloe vera gel. I'll do a post and review when I make it)
  9. Nupur Henna (for henna glosses)
And that's it. I'm really trying to keep my product roll at 10 items or less and so far, I'm doing that.

Things I'm Using Up and Probably Won't Re-Buy
- Jane Carter Wrap & Roll:
It's a coo product but, at this point, I don't think I will re-buy it anytime soon.

- African Formula Natural Styling Gel:
It's ok. I dig the all natural ingredients but it's not the easiest to find and it's not cheap: about $8 for 4 fl oz

- Eco-Styler Gel Olive Oil:
I'll be making my own hair gel so this won't be necessary anymore once I've used it up.

PS (Be on the look out for a couple hair products battles. :D If you don't know what I'm talking about, CLICK HERE to see the first one I did.)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Music That Can Mac: Commercial Break - Trumaine Lamar (Produced by Brandon*)

Happy Friday Kurlies! Teasing your ear drums today with a snippet by my boys Trumaine Lamar: http://www.trumainelamar.com/ (vocals) and Brandon*: http://www.youtube.com/eyelovebrandon.com (beats). Enjoy and have a great weekend!



I'll keep you guys in the loop about Trumaine's mix tape that's due to drop this summer. It won't disappoint. I swear good music excites me.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thinking of Trying a Wash N Go Again

I'm trying to decide if I will revisit it. I haven't done them frequently since my TWA days 2 years ago. I did one once last summer. I've decided to give them another go sometime this summer and if I like what I see and experience, I just may do them more often this summer. We'll see. My hair is much longer now and much more prone to tangling on itself. This is a journey though and I plan to make it an interesting one so I'm always trying, re-trying and re-mixing things when it comes to various techniques, hairstyles, methods, etc. I'm never done learning and/or playing.



I plan to to use Kinky Curly Curling Custard for the wash n go when I get around to it. I got some from a product swap with my kurlfriend, Kat: www.youtube.com/thenaturalistafiles a couple months ago so I get to try it for free! Of course, I will do a product review..

In the meantime, I'm contemplating what I will do with my hair next. I'm washing my hair this weekend and am craving different things: a blow out one minute and then crochet braids or kinky twists the next! Oh how I covet the versatility. ;D


<---- Me circa summer 2009. Wash n Go's were my staples back in my TWA days. They were all I could do with that length basically. Lol. Look at those cute lil 4a coils I got poppin. Sometimes I miss those carefree, "short hair, don't care" days.....

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk is Good For



- Detangling your hair with

- Moisturizing your sets with without disturbing the set pattern

- Moisturizing hair, period

- Use as a leave in conditioner

These are the ways, in my experiences, that this product works best.

It doesn't offer any hold really, so I wouldn't use it as a styling aid. It is definitely best when used to give dry hair moisture.

I really dig that this hair milk isn't a wet milk. It's more like a "solid" yet thin cream so it doesn't make my braid outs, twist outs, roller sets, etc revert when I apply it. I imagine this may be a good moisturizer for straightened hair as well for this exact same reason. Don't know when I'll straighten my hair to test out that last theory of mine. Any of you used this to moisturize on straightened hair? If so, what were your results?

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