Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wash and Go Routine and Maintenance for the Week


I was looking for a great wash n go and maintenance routine. Take a look at the video below!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Thinning Ends!

Picture taken from:  The Natural Haven

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I faithfully moisturize my hair on a daily basis.  However, lately I noticed that the ends of my hair seemed to be a little see through.  So, I decided that I needed to alter or rearrange my hair regimen.

I have been a faithful "wash n' go" wearer and recently noticed that I had retained length but the ends of my hair seemed to be thinning.

I found a great article by Natural Haven that helps us to understand why this happens:

Food for Thought:

Picture By:  JustGrowAlready

Trimming could allow your hair to attain a longer length. It sounds strange but what my fellow lab rats discovered is that hair will grow until it reaches a critical length when it appears to grow slowly or not at all (Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, pg 155-75, 1978.).

To understand why this happens, I will start by explaining why hair starts to taper (meaning the strand becomes thinner as it gets farther away from the scalp). Simply put, the cuticle wears away. Remember that the cuticle is not just one layer, it has several layers to it.

As the hair grows from scalp to tip, the damage to the cuticle increases because the hair at the tip is older and has been subjected to more torture (combing, wetting, drying, roller setting, heat setting, etc).


Cutting the tip of the hair off may be an excellent way to possibly trigger a new longer length.

So, I have decided that for the next 30 days I will continue my usual wash, co-wash, moisturizing, and styler regimen but I will now choose to style my tresses in a "protective style."  Mainly, twists worn in an updo or pinned up style!  I took the time to clip "all" frazzled, ratty, or severely uneven ends throughout my hair.

In our next blog we will examine the causes of not only thinning ends but thinning hair!  


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Happy curls to you!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Was I Staring?

Have you been witness to stopping in your tracks when you saw a sista walk by with some bodacious hair?  I have found myself guilty of that very thing!  It truly wasn't my intentions but since this natural hair revolution has been on trend, the textures, colors, and styles of natural hair has been in the forefront of style!

There is this one young lady that steps onto the train with various shades of blonde-colored tresses.  Her fro is big and puffy and her stride is just as large!  It makes me want to take a double look!  Amongst of train full of flowing tresses, her hair refuses to take a back seat!  It seems to take great delight in the fact that it refuses to lay down!  Her curls politely waves as the air flows through it.  It is obvious that I'm not the only person that sneaks to take another look.  The onlookers are privy to another option of style that refuses to play coy games but takes great delight in knowing that you "it made you look!"

The color option deepens as you eye wanders to her neckline.  The deep ombre of honey blonde tresses elegantly anchors her beautiful kinks, coils, and curls.  It's like taking in a breath of fresh air.

We are slowly embracing the idea that there is no such thing as "good hair" but that of textures and curls that define each crown.  After all, because a woman's crown is her glory, each crown is unique to each woman!

Most women report that she has SEVERAL type of curls and coils!  This making her head of hair different even from her natural siblings crown of hair.

This makes the desire to "touch" someone else's curls such a phenomenon! Out of curiousity, intrique, and wonder observers almost inately find themselves doing something that they otherwise would never entertain.  Wanting to touch those unique strands of natural hair!


Smiling natural hair wearers can be found across the internet sporting their natural tresses in style!  Lighten, brighten, or dark and lovely, each unique crown of hair is sure to inspire or say "I made you look!"

So, if you find yourself taking a second look, or even staring at the coif of a natural hair wearer as she waltzes by -- it's a natural thing to do!  It's a compliment to the wearer and it's recognition that we've come a long way baby!

As usual, leave your comment or even a pic of you Hair of the Day!  Look so forward to hearing from you!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hair Bling -- Headbands


HEADBANDS


A natural's best friend accessory is the trusty, convenient, and available HEADBAND!


Coming in all shapes, sizes, textures, tones, colors, and materials -- the choices are boundless!  I've chosen to share a few of my favorites with you.  Some I personally own, or sell, or desire!  

My favorites are the bling ones!  I love sparkle, more sparkle, and more sparkle!  The more sparkle, brilliance, and glamour the more I'm in love with that headband.  So, take a look and pick out your favorite style!

Price:  $28.99
https://www.etsy.com/listing/170105014/champagne-color-crystal-headband?ref=shop_home_active

Price:  $9.99
https://www.etsy.com/listing/167444152/antique-brass-metal-headband?ref=shop_home_active

Price:  $14.99


Price:  $14.99
https://www.etsy.com/listing/164388173/white-clear-butterfly-glass-stone?ref=shop_home_active

Crystal and White Flower Elastic Headband

Price:  $9.99

       Multi-Colored Leaf Glass Headband
Price:  $14.99

Bridal AB Crystal Flower Headband
Price:  $59.99

Black Flower Headband
Price:  $9.99


White Glass Flower Headband



This is a small glimpse into the world of fabulous headbands!  I hope you enjoyed looking!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Snow White Black


Snow White Black


I couldn't resist this image when I came upon it on Face Book through a FBooker's page: Lovingly And Naturally Designed.  I decided to make and offer the pendant for sale.

 A great gift for that special girl in your life!  This is an opportunity to share a favorite story with the ability to show another version of this favorite.

You can purchase one of these at Kerah's at Etsy.
$14.99
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Is that a New Hair Style?



In a matter of 15 minutes I had two women ask me "Is that a New Hair Style?!  Of course, I had to remember what I had done to my hair!  LOL!

The first woman had been sitting across from me on the train when I noticed that she just kept staring.  I kept looking away because I didn't know what she was really looking at when you finally asked the question.  She said she had "never seen my hair looking like that before!"  So, I went on to explain to her what I had done and she responded that she "wished her hair would do that!"  She went on to tell me how "nappy" and unruly her natural hair was.

I tried to convey to her that ALL hair types need to be worked with and explored.

The second woman walked behind me to the street light and then asked the same question.  She was wearing Havanna Twists and they were beautiful!  Again, the reply was how she wished or desired to have a different "TYPE" of hair!  She is a natural and have been for a while and so inspired her daughter to become natural too!

I had decided to change my regimen again which started on October 15, 2013.  I went back to the Tightly Curly method.


My Renewed Regimen


  • Co-Wash -- Tresemme Naturals
  • Re-Applied Tresemme Naturals as My Leave-In
  • Sprayed My Hair with Alikay's Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner (Love This Stuff!)
  • Applied Alikay's Emu Oil
  • Sealed with Alikay's Shea Moisturing Creme
I then parted my hair into sections, starting from the lower back of my heard -- in a shingling type method -- and twirled my hair around my fingers.  The Tightly Curly Method calls this "doodling."  My hair ends of "coiling" up and I continue until I've finished my whole head.

I cowash on Sunday night.  Proceed to "doodle" - this takes me about 45 mintues to an Hour.  I will refresh on the third day (Wednesday) and I'm good til Sunday.  I will spritz hair at night with Alikay's Lemongrass Leave-In nightly and cover my hair on sleep with a satin scarf over my pillow.

Hair will not "poof" up as much if you do not put too much water on your hair at night but give yourself enough time before going to bed to allow hair to "completely" dry.  I try not to spritz in the morning, I can usually just shake and go!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/167992979/flower-hair-glass-pendant?ref=shop_home_activeon

Embracing what grows out of our head is as unique as we are as individuals!  My hair is curly but it's fine and thinner than I desire.  I  love to see those photos of 4b and c's with their thick and natural twists!

We, whatever texture, type, fine, coarse, short, or long, must learn to wear our Crowning Glory with great honor!

Happy Curls to You!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Onyx


http://weareonyx.com/how-it-works/

Hair MilkA New Subscription Box that allows you to choose four products to sample and they will throw in the fifth items, which will be a surprise!

The cost of the box is $15 for the monthly subscription and you can sign up on their site.  They also have experts on hair and make up.  They also have tutorials on hair styles and products.

The advantage of this particular box is that you can customize it, so you know overall what products to expect.  You have the choice of hair, body, and makeup instead of your only getting hair products.

Gleam Body Radiance-Light Gold You can pick samples from Alikay, Eden Bodyworks, Karen's Body Beautiful, Dr. Miracles, Colour Gossip Nail Laquer, Sheeq, Lameek, and Gleam.  There were several lines and products that I have never heard of but I think are worth trying.

This is a description of their site and what they offer:

WHAT IS WEAREONYX.COM?

WEAREONYX.COM is the first one-stop online beauty destination dedicated to Black Women. Our aim is to provide a fully customized and interactive beauty discovery experience, and easy access to amazing, often all-natural and organic beauty products. Discover the Best in Beauty products through the OnyxBox – a beauty sample subscription service that allows you to select up to 4 luxury beauty samples each month for $15. We will add a bonus 5th sample that we love and want to share! We offer the luxury of choice to address your unique beauty needs delivered right to your door!

Nail Polish- Rumors
Founders, Delali & Myriam, created We Are Onyx to encourage beauty discovery and knowledge sharing for the benefit of every OnyxGirl around the world.

The site doesn't say what size the samples are but I'm assuming that it is between 1 to 2 ounces.

Happy Curls to You!





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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Karen's Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream

Price:  6.7 ounces for $16.00
http://shop.karensbodybeautiful.com/product-p/1013.htm

I've been sitting on the sidelines for a while visiting karen's body beautiful website.  My first impression was that it was sleek, elegant, upscale and inviting.  I like the presentation of his jars and bottles and thought that the owner, Ms. Karen Tappin, had put a lot of thought and time into the presentation of her product line.

My story begins when I received a sample of karen's body beautiful's Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream in  September's Curl Kit.  It was approximately a 1 ounce sample but I loved it and decided to make a regular size purchase.  

I received my purchase within a couple of days and I thought that was a good sign of good service.  However, when I opened the jar and the contents were way below the neck of the jar!  Let's just say that I was not "a happy camper!"

I had never had to write a "negative" product review and was really not wanting to but I could not shake the fact that Inspector 57 half-filled the jar, thought that was okay, and sent it to me!  Oh, no!

I purchased the Egyptian Scent and it was fabulous!  I really wanted to be able to order this again.

I immediately e-mailed the company about my dissatisfaction with the amount of content in the jar for the amount of money that was used to purchase it.  Of course, I got the standard line that the "product had settled!"  On top of that, my hair the following day, after application of the product on top of my Tresemme Conditioner, I was left with a head full of flakes!

It took two days before I received the first reply.  So, not only was I able to tell her that I was unhappy with the amount of product, I was able to tell her about the flaking and the product being completed "liquidfied" upon arrival.

She asked me to report how I used the product.  Because, of course, it should not have done that (flaking)!  She instructed me to "re-mix" the product and placed it in the fridge.  No problem, did that too!  After taking the product out of the fridge, and it now becoming solid, I was more angry about the amount of product that was in the jar!

I requested an RMA to return the product, that took a couple of e-mails -- she ignored the first request in my first e-mail to her!

She did finally send me an RMA for the product!  Yay!  

I'm glad the whole ordeal is over and I will not be ordering another product from that Company! And, Inspector 57, on her line, needs to be fired!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Splat Hair Color Chalk

Splat Hair Chalk Pastel Colors Color Highlights for the Day 3.5g $6.00http://www.splathaircolor.com/chalk.html



Simply Beautiful Pastel Colors!

Splat Hair Chalk is a beautiful way to add pastel color highlights to your hair.

The chalk slides on dry and instantly adds just the right touch of color.

We designed the compact to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. It is easy to hold onto and apply to hair. The result is soft color that is easy to brush, curl or style after application. We love this new product and are so excitied for you to try it!

Easily Washes Out With Shampoo!

You can highlight your hair with a different pastel color everyday and then easily wash it out.  Applicator Sponge

The applicator sponge was included for easier application close to your hair-line or when applying color to your braid.


Splat is a temporary hair color that can be easily washed out of your hair.  However, those whose hair is bleached may need to wash hair a couple of times to get the color completely out. However, it is an ideal color fix for those who would like to add a flair of color without committing fully to it!

This temporary color can easily be washed off your hands via soap and water but a towel or old shirt should be used when applying this product as you would with any other color product.  This product should also be applied to DRY hair which should make application a smoother process.

Since this product is water soluble, you should cover your hair while out when it is raining!

These are the directions for application:

1. Apply Splat Hair Chalk to dry hair.

2. Select a strip of hair and apply very light mist of hair spray, let dry.

4. Hold the compact lid open in the palm of your hand, the chalk base should be between your 

     thumb and pointer finger.

5. Using your thumb, press hair onto chalk base and slide down hair. Repeat to increase color 
     intensity.

6. Finish with hair spray to set chalk.

Also Included: 1 applicator sponge for part line and braided hair.


The color comes in a compact that is held in the palm of your hand and you glide it along the select strands of hair that you desire.  Most people than spray that section with a little hair spray to give the color an additional amount of "staying" power.  The added benefit is that you can curl, flat iron, and style as usual "without water."

The general consensus is that the color, once applied is "soft" and its reviews are glowing with praise.

This product can be found at most local Walmart Stores near you!  Send me pictures if you decided to try this product!

Happy Curls to you!





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Monday, September 23, 2013

Wearable Art

Kerah's Soul Glass
at Etsy

These items can be found in my Etsy Shop, for your purchasing.  They range in price from $9.99 to $14.99.  Each item is hand-made to order and no two are just alike!



 Everyone likes to feel somewhat special and these glass pendants convey those sentiments!


Custom pendants are available and everything will be done to give each pendant our specialized attention.


Women are the heart and soul of family and we portray them as gifts from God.  Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Aunts, and Girlfriends will be found amongst our growing collection of pendants.


 We have consciously chosen to inspire every woman to be strong, thoughtful, poise, elegant, well-spoken and a worker of peace.  We endeavor to inspire the greatness in every woman.


 Our pendants exude Faith, Hope, and Charity.  Chosen to inspire the receiver of our pendants.


The scripture lets us to know that He will NEVER leave us

 Nor forsake, these angels represent that promise, whether they are seen or unseen.  Yea, thou I walk through the Valley of Death, I shall fear no evil.


Give a flower that will never die, expire, or fall apart!  Visit our selection of beautiful roses!


Visit my Etsy Shop for not only these items but necklaces, headbands, earrings, and inspiration!

Peace and Love!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 2013 - Curl Kit -- In Review


Picture by Donmoon of Tumblr


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Kandy Kurls Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner

$16.00 for 8 ounces -- Curl Kit $15.00

Shea Butter fills each hair strand with nourishment from root to tip. This blend of 12 essential oils adds moisture and shine to every strand of hair. Your result will be moisturized hair that feels soft and is more elastic, which results in less breakage adding natural moisture and shine to dry and damaged hair.

Infused with Avocado, Hemp & Jojoba Oil

No Sulfates

No Parabens

No Mineral Oil

No Silicones

Made from 100% Organic Ingredients


Smells sweet like a bowl of candy!

Kandy Kurls Moisturizing Shea Souffle
$9.50 for 4 Ounces/Curl Kit $8.00

Our special blend of essential oils and Raw Shea Butters provides a perfect mix of nourishing oils infused with ingredients such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, Argan oil, Grapeseed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Olive Oil. Great for your hair or body.

Contains No petroleums, No artificial colors, No artificial fragrances, No silicones, No parabens, No mineral oil and no preservative.

Smells sweet like a bowl of candy. White, creamy and thick.

Obia's Curl Enhancing Custard
$15.00 for 12 Ounces
This alcohol-free formula hydrates, elongates, and provides super shine to all types of hair. Does not leave a waxy residue or buildup. Infused with argan oil, grape seed oil, and olive oil.






Koils By Nature's Marvelous Mango

$13.00 for 4 0unces




Nourishing Hair & Body Butter is made from the best butters & oils nature provides, it will moisturize, revitalize, heal, and protect your hair and skin. The lightly scented fresh mango scent will have you thinking of a tropical island! This butter smells delightful, please do not ingest, for external use only.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Garcinia Indica Seed (Kokum Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango Seed Butter), Hydrogenated Avocado Oil (Avocado Butter), Cocos Nucifera Oil / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Butter), Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), *Organic Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Ricinus Communis (Jamaican Black Castor Seed Oil), Shorea stenoptera (Illipe Butter), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), D-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), *organic essential oils & fragrance.

UPDATE: (9-23-2013)

I decided that Koils By Nature would be the first product that I would try from this month's Curl Kit.  The smell was smoothly Tropical with an under layering of shea butter.  Product had a rough and creamy texture to it.  I applied the Nourishing Hair and Body Butter to sectioned and damp hair and twisted.  I covered my hair with my plastic shower cap and then covered that with my regular satin hair cap.

In the morning:

My hair was still slightly damp.  I unraveled each twist and they immediately starting taking shape.  In the process of getting dress, hair became about 90%-95% dry.  While en route to work, I continue to fluff my hair.  

The final results were soft, define curls.

Would I Re-Purchase?

I would, if the price was much lower.  Perhaps, $6.99 to $9.99.  I felt that the product is a good product but other than the shea and mango/tropical fragrance, I felt that the product was comparable to other shelf or on-line butters that you can by in the above-noted price range.

Karen's Body Beautiful Hydrating Hair Cream

$16.00 for 6.7 Ounces

Karen's Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating HairCream is an intensely hydrating hair cream and dressing that also moisturizes and nourishes the scalp. Filled with Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Argan Oil and Acai Powder.

Fragrance: Lavender Vanilla
Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Argan Oil, Allantoin, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Acai powder, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils & Vitamin E.

Ingredient Attribute: Paraben Free
Protein Free
Silicone Free
Sulfate Free


Spray Bottle

Similar:7932871 : Plastic spray for dispersion of water of hectare on a wooden background.

Various Bonus Items

Samples
Picture By Donmoon on Tumblr.com
  • Nubian Raw Shea Butter Body Wash
  • Nubian Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion
  • Nubian Coconut & Papaya Body Wash
I must say that this month's Curl Kit was PACKED with high-end, natural products!  Love, love, love this month's kit!  I want to TRY them ALL!  I will be trying the Karen's Beautiful Hydrating creme tonight.

The products smell DELICIOUS!  The water bottle was a suprise -- however, I have several of mine own and probably will use as a give away.

I'm not familiar with the Kandy Kurls line but it definitely lives up to the smell of sweet candy.  Looking forward to trying and both of those products can be found in the Curl Kit on-line store.

Please use the referral coupon code at the top of the page for your first subscription for a 10% discount! Again, I'm looking forward to my October's Curl Kit!

Happy Curls to You!

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