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“Nothing, is what it appears to be, when it's only with your eyes you see.”
― N'Zuri Za Austin

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K is for kinky writes:

do you really know the difference?

for a long time i did not. i automatically assumed any hair that ended up in my brush, on my shoulders or on the floor was shedding hair. most of the time, it wasn’t!

lot of people think their hair is shedding when it is actually breaking, and some people think their hair is breaking when it is actually shedding. knowing the difference between the two is vital for all hair textures.

 

what is shedding?

shedding is in fact just the transition of follicles from growth phase to resting phase. your hair follicles “go to sleep”, to return several months later. hair follicles work in cycles as part of their normal processes. shedding 50 to around 100 hairs a day is considered part of a normal and natural growth process. when a hair is shed, it is replaced by a new hair from the same follicle located just beneath the skin surface. scalp hairs grow about one-half inch a month. shedding sometime happen because of stress, hormonal changes pregnancy, birth control pills, medications illnesses, or just bad maintenance (shampoos, chemicals, etc) that place stress on the hair follicles. shedding is usually temporary unless it’s a result of a serious health problem such as alopecia. if there is any abnormal shedding or infected scalp conditions please consult with a medical professional.

 

what is breakage?

broken hairs are not hairs directly from the hair follicle and it’s not a natural process. when your hair breaks, it can break at any point along the shaft of your hair and does not have the white bulb on the end of the hair like a shed hair will. your hair breaking can be the effect of many things but usually it is the result of using bad hair products, harsh chemicals, too much heat, or being rough when styling your hair – i.e. brushing natural hair when it’s dry, combing with too small combs (not widetooth) etc. another cause of breakage is not conditioning and moisturizing your hair properly.

 

if your hair is breaking you will notice short pieces on your comb, floor sink. the strands will most likely have split rough jagged ends. It may be discolored, and fragile.

if your hair is shedding you will notice long strands the length of your hair. one way to tell if its a shed strand is by examining the strand. If you notice a little white bulb at the tip of the strand that means it’s safe to say, it was a naturally shed hair.

overall shedding and a little breaking is something bound to happen. we can’t prevent every single hair strand from breaking. however, naturals must work to minimize and treat the breakage as much as possible. next week, we’ll talk about how to maximize moisture and minimize breakage as a kinky natural.

Shedding vs Breakage?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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K is for kinky writes:

do you really know the difference?

for a long time i did not. i automatically assumed any hair that ended up in my brush, on my shoulders or on the floor was shedding hair. most of the time, it wasn’t!

lot of people think their hair is shedding when it is actually breaking, and some people think their hair is breaking when it is actually shedding. knowing the difference between the two is vital for all hair textures.

 

what is shedding?

shedding is in fact just the transition of follicles from growth phase to resting phase. your hair follicles “go to sleep”, to return several months later. hair follicles work in cycles as part of their normal processes. shedding 50 to around 100 hairs a day is considered part of a normal and natural growth process. when a hair is shed, it is replaced by a new hair from the same follicle located just beneath the skin surface. scalp hairs grow about one-half inch a month. shedding sometime happen because of stress, hormonal changes pregnancy, birth control pills, medications illnesses, or just bad maintenance (shampoos, chemicals, etc) that place stress on the hair follicles. shedding is usually temporary unless it’s a result of a serious health problem such as alopecia. if there is any abnormal shedding or infected scalp conditions please consult with a medical professional.

 

what is breakage?

broken hairs are not hairs directly from the hair follicle and it’s not a natural process. when your hair breaks, it can break at any point along the shaft of your hair and does not have the white bulb on the end of the hair like a shed hair will. your hair breaking can be the effect of many things but usually it is the result of using bad hair products, harsh chemicals, too much heat, or being rough when styling your hair – i.e. brushing natural hair when it’s dry, combing with too small combs (not widetooth) etc. another cause of breakage is not conditioning and moisturizing your hair properly.

 

if your hair is breaking you will notice short pieces on your comb, floor sink. the strands will most likely have split rough jagged ends. It may be discolored, and fragile.

if your hair is shedding you will notice long strands the length of your hair. one way to tell if its a shed strand is by examining the strand. If you notice a little white bulb at the tip of the strand that means it’s safe to say, it was a naturally shed hair.

overall shedding and a little breaking is something bound to happen. we can’t prevent every single hair strand from breaking. however, naturals must work to minimize and treat the breakage as much as possible. next week, we’ll talk about how to maximize moisture and minimize breakage as a kinky natural.



Yummy Mondays: I can't be healthy all the time!

Monday, September 24, 2012



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Beautiful textures is a new natural hair product line , released from Strength of Nature Global, that has been going viral throughout the natural hair community. Though it is not highly used as of yet, it is up and coming which makes it great to try. I was sent these four lovely products to review for you lovely readers. You may have previously spotted these products at the release on 2012 Fashion week but now you get a first hand review via muah!

 

Product 1: Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo

Ingredients: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Tocopherol/Vitamin E, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycol Distearate, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

 

Claims:

  • For Mixed Textures: Curly, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, & Frizzy
  • Amazing Manageability
  • Styling Versatility

Get Gorgeous Tresses!

Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo helps to: detangle, restore shine and body, improve manageability, and soften and stretch natural curl pattern.  To help ensure your hair reaches its full growth potential, cleanse, detangle, and hydrate daily.

Tangle Taming Shampoo can be the first step to achieving softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, with unforgettable body

My Review:

When I first read the ingredients I was a bit iffy about the trial of this product. For one, it has sulfates and cones, and for those of you who follow nearly hair, you know that  I am doing the Curly Girl Method so that is a no go. Secondly, God knows how long it has been since I have actually used shampoo.

To my surprise, the consistency of the shampoo was not to thick nor watery. It was just perfect to maneuver through my hair strands. This gave me my first love spark with it, especially because my hair was previously in an untangled afro puffy twist.

Regularly I would apply the product and then just wash it out, however I wanted to put the product’s name to the test. While my hair was heavily saturated with the water and products I used a wide tooth comb to detangle. Though the task was daunting it was doable (Go beautiful textures)! I have never had a conditioner that allowed me at least a little slip.

After washing out the product I thought my hair would be stripped, but it was still intact and soft. It even had a slight sheen to it.

Did I mention the smell!? I usually hate strong scented products but this smelt like coconuts and cream in my opinion.

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Would I recommend it? Oh yea baby!

Rating:  4.25/5

 

Product 2: Beautiful Texture Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, Steareth 2, Steareth 20, Lanolin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

 

Claims:

  • Restore Hair’s Natural Moisture Balance
  • Control Damage from Transitioning, Heat, and Color Treated Hair
  • Restore Elasticity to Prevent Breakage

Get Gorgeous Tresses!

Dryness and breakage prevent healthy looking hair growth. To help ensure your hair has a fighting chance against daily styling stresses use Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner to help strengthen, rebuild, protect and hydrate.

Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner allows you to embrace more versatile styling options, while protecting your hair from the inside out. To achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils and simply silky smooth hydrated hair use this feather lite deep penetrating conditioner.

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My Review:

I used this product directly after my shampoo experience. I used the shingling method to make sure that each strand was evenly coated with the product.

 

I then covered my hair for 20 minutes with a heating cap, the product advises 15 minutes, and washed it out with cold water. My expectations were probably way too boisterous for this product after my high off of the shampoo. My hair was still soft but a little brittle at the same time. And as it dried the moisture seemed to have disappear into the air.

 

However I loved the consistency, it was really creamy, and my hair always needs a heavy deep conditioner. I just wish that the moisture that it was supposed to provide for my hair was immense. Because the consistency was creamy it allowed for great and I mean great slips.

 

The smell was in comparison to the shampoo.

Would I recommend it?  I am going to say yes. If you are looking for adequate moisture and great slip

 

Rating:  3/5

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Products 3: Beautiful Textures Curl Control Defining Pudding

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Glycerin, Polyquaternium 11, Steareth 2, Steareth 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Carbomer, PEG 150 Distearate, PEG 12 Dimethicone, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

Claims:

  • For Mixed Textures: Curly, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, & Frizzy
  • Controls Frizzies
  • Boost Shine

Get Gorgeous Tresses!

Who says your curls, kinky-coils, and waves can't be luminous and versatile... Get the frizz control you desire with Curl Control Defining Pudding.  Transform and stretch your tresses to the soft, and shiny look you want to achieve.

Curl Control Defining Pudding helps to achieving softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, with unforgettable body.

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My Review:

This pudding was more jelly/watery like then pudding like. I applied this to the left side of my head in a twist out that I unraveled two days after.

I did unravel a front section that you can see below. This front section was not fully dry, but it did leave a nice hold. I loved the definition it allotted to my hair’s style. It was far from crunchy and the curls lasted several day without re-adding any product to the hair.

With this product however, I believe that the initial application requires you to use a generous amount. Perhaps the real purpose for this product is to give definitions to wash and gos.

I feel as a styler it was a little to hard to work with because of the consistency and probably works best on soaking wet hair.

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Would I recommend it?: Yes

Rating: 3/5

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Product 4: Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème

Ingredients: Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, PEG 75 Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Polysorbate 20, Imidazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/ Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

 

Claims:

  • Soften and Nourish Curls
  • Elongate Kinky Coils
  • Tame Frizzies


Get Gorgeous Tresses!   Dry, brittle, thirsty hair stunts natural growth. To help ensure locks reach their full growth potential, refresh and hydrate your mixed textured hair every day with Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme.   Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme helps maximize the styling options of mixed textured hair by helping achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, or simply silky-smooth hydrated hair.

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My Review:

As stated above, I used this product as a twist-out, but this was applied to the right side of my head. I loved this product as a styler despite the silicones in the ingredients. It gave such great hold for my twist-out, even on the 4th day my twist were still in tact! This butter was a little more watery but a better match for my hair than the pudding.

It was easy to apply and to maneuver through my hair. Best of all, it left a great sheen without the sticky after effects!

And it still smelt like tropical yumminess after a few days.

 

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Would I Recommend it? mmmmhmmm!!

Rating: 4/5

 

 

You can purchase these products online at Sally Beauty’s Store or your local Hair Land Stores.

Beautiful Textures Products Review

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Beautiful textures is a new natural hair product line , released from Strength of Nature Global, that has been going viral throughout the natural hair community. Though it is not highly used as of yet, it is up and coming which makes it great to try. I was sent these four lovely products to review for you lovely readers. You may have previously spotted these products at the release on 2012 Fashion week but now you get a first hand review via muah!

 

Product 1: Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo

Ingredients: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Tocopherol/Vitamin E, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycol Distearate, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

 

Claims:

  • For Mixed Textures: Curly, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, & Frizzy
  • Amazing Manageability
  • Styling Versatility

Get Gorgeous Tresses!

Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo helps to: detangle, restore shine and body, improve manageability, and soften and stretch natural curl pattern.  To help ensure your hair reaches its full growth potential, cleanse, detangle, and hydrate daily.

Tangle Taming Shampoo can be the first step to achieving softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, with unforgettable body

My Review:

When I first read the ingredients I was a bit iffy about the trial of this product. For one, it has sulfates and cones, and for those of you who follow nearly hair, you know that  I am doing the Curly Girl Method so that is a no go. Secondly, God knows how long it has been since I have actually used shampoo.

To my surprise, the consistency of the shampoo was not to thick nor watery. It was just perfect to maneuver through my hair strands. This gave me my first love spark with it, especially because my hair was previously in an untangled afro puffy twist.

Regularly I would apply the product and then just wash it out, however I wanted to put the product’s name to the test. While my hair was heavily saturated with the water and products I used a wide tooth comb to detangle. Though the task was daunting it was doable (Go beautiful textures)! I have never had a conditioner that allowed me at least a little slip.

After washing out the product I thought my hair would be stripped, but it was still intact and soft. It even had a slight sheen to it.

Did I mention the smell!? I usually hate strong scented products but this smelt like coconuts and cream in my opinion.

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Would I recommend it? Oh yea baby!

Rating:  4.25/5

 

Product 2: Beautiful Texture Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, Steareth 2, Steareth 20, Lanolin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

 

Claims:

  • Restore Hair’s Natural Moisture Balance
  • Control Damage from Transitioning, Heat, and Color Treated Hair
  • Restore Elasticity to Prevent Breakage

Get Gorgeous Tresses!

Dryness and breakage prevent healthy looking hair growth. To help ensure your hair has a fighting chance against daily styling stresses use Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner to help strengthen, rebuild, protect and hydrate.

Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner allows you to embrace more versatile styling options, while protecting your hair from the inside out. To achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils and simply silky smooth hydrated hair use this feather lite deep penetrating conditioner.

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My Review:

I used this product directly after my shampoo experience. I used the shingling method to make sure that each strand was evenly coated with the product.

 

I then covered my hair for 20 minutes with a heating cap, the product advises 15 minutes, and washed it out with cold water. My expectations were probably way too boisterous for this product after my high off of the shampoo. My hair was still soft but a little brittle at the same time. And as it dried the moisture seemed to have disappear into the air.

 

However I loved the consistency, it was really creamy, and my hair always needs a heavy deep conditioner. I just wish that the moisture that it was supposed to provide for my hair was immense. Because the consistency was creamy it allowed for great and I mean great slips.

 

The smell was in comparison to the shampoo.

Would I recommend it?  I am going to say yes. If you are looking for adequate moisture and great slip

 

Rating:  3/5

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Products 3: Beautiful Textures Curl Control Defining Pudding

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Glycerin, Polyquaternium 11, Steareth 2, Steareth 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Carbomer, PEG 150 Distearate, PEG 12 Dimethicone, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

Claims:

  • For Mixed Textures: Curly, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, & Frizzy
  • Controls Frizzies
  • Boost Shine

Get Gorgeous Tresses!

Who says your curls, kinky-coils, and waves can't be luminous and versatile... Get the frizz control you desire with Curl Control Defining Pudding.  Transform and stretch your tresses to the soft, and shiny look you want to achieve.

Curl Control Defining Pudding helps to achieving softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, with unforgettable body.

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My Review:

This pudding was more jelly/watery like then pudding like. I applied this to the left side of my head in a twist out that I unraveled two days after.

I did unravel a front section that you can see below. This front section was not fully dry, but it did leave a nice hold. I loved the definition it allotted to my hair’s style. It was far from crunchy and the curls lasted several day without re-adding any product to the hair.

With this product however, I believe that the initial application requires you to use a generous amount. Perhaps the real purpose for this product is to give definitions to wash and gos.

I feel as a styler it was a little to hard to work with because of the consistency and probably works best on soaking wet hair.

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Would I recommend it?: Yes

Rating: 3/5

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Product 4: Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème

Ingredients: Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, PEG 75 Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Polysorbate 20, Imidazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/ Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

 

Claims:

  • Soften and Nourish Curls
  • Elongate Kinky Coils
  • Tame Frizzies


Get Gorgeous Tresses!   Dry, brittle, thirsty hair stunts natural growth. To help ensure locks reach their full growth potential, refresh and hydrate your mixed textured hair every day with Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme.   Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme helps maximize the styling options of mixed textured hair by helping achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, or simply silky-smooth hydrated hair.

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My Review:

As stated above, I used this product as a twist-out, but this was applied to the right side of my head. I loved this product as a styler despite the silicones in the ingredients. It gave such great hold for my twist-out, even on the 4th day my twist were still in tact! This butter was a little more watery but a better match for my hair than the pudding.

It was easy to apply and to maneuver through my hair. Best of all, it left a great sheen without the sticky after effects!

And it still smelt like tropical yumminess after a few days.

 

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Would I Recommend it? mmmmhmmm!!

Rating: 4/5

 

 

You can purchase these products online at Sally Beauty’s Store or your local Hair Land Stores.

How to co-wash natural hair via YoungBlackandHappy

It has been a while since I updated you on my eating and healthy Tuesdays...this is partly because I myself have not been a good little girl. In the past three weeks a ventured back to school and Lord knows my healthy eating habits have deterred. Now that I can see the damage I am causing to myself I am trying to get back on track.

So today I decided to make mini yogurt dots and they are yummy! I am training to refrain from reaching for quick sweets.

For the recipe you can check here at http://www.food.com/recipe/yogurt-dots-478483

If you have any healthy snack idea please share.

Yummy monday: A healthy snack

Monday, September 17, 2012

It has been a while since I updated you on my eating and healthy Tuesdays...this is partly because I myself have not been a good little girl. In the past three weeks a ventured back to school and Lord knows my healthy eating habits have deterred. Now that I can see the damage I am causing to myself I am trying to get back on track.

So today I decided to make mini yogurt dots and they are yummy! I am training to refrain from reaching for quick sweets.

For the recipe you can check here at http://www.food.com/recipe/yogurt-dots-478483

If you have any healthy snack idea please share.

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If you’ve ever been in search of a new favorite product, you know how horrible the process can be. Some people simply pick it by the color of the bottle while others read the label to see if it’s for coily hair. But if there’s one thing to take away from all of the frustration as a newly natural, it’s to read some of the hair product ingredients.

 

Importance of Ingredients

Hair product ingredients are important in three different ways. For one thing, type 4 hair is fragile and often times brittle. The wrong hair care product can make a hair “situation” worse instead of better. If you know what’s in it, you have a better chance of finding what your hair needs.

Also, you’re not just fighting the hair battle against your hair, but your scalp and body as well. Ingredients that are toxic can damage cooly hair or irritate your skin. These are important to note on any hair care label. Ingredients can also be hidden on labels, so you really have to dig to find what you know should not be put on your head.

Finally, hair care products may often boast one thing, but the ingredients in the product may scientifically lack the ability to do that thing for your hair. So if you’re weeding out shampoos, conditioners or styling products, the ingredients list is the place to look first.

The Best Ingredients for Coils

There are a variety of fantastic and well known hair product ingredients that are helpful and healthful for type 4 hair, specifically emollients and silicone.

 

Silicones are actually not bad for your hair and can actually help restore it. Unless you’ve recently big chopped, silicones will do more for your hair than not.

An emollient is really just a fancy term for an oil or ingredient that contains fatty acids. These fatty acids penetrate the hair cuticle, giving nutrients and moisture the opportunity to absorb into the hair. Olive oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil and jojoba oil are fantastic emollients that can be found in everything from shampoo to styling products. Some emollients penetrate better than others, such as sesame and olive oil (which are both anti-inflammatory, as well). For coily hair, all emollients work to help bring back that strength in shine.

That being said, an emollient works even better with silicones. Silicones, often known under the more common dimethecone, place a light film over the hair cuticle to protect it from the damaging effects of daily wear and tear. This is fantastic for an emollient in that it not only protects the hair from splitting or breaking, it also keeps nutrients and emollients inside the hair cuticle. And because it creates that protective film, silicone (and to some extent the lesser ingredient, collagen), makes combing and styling coily hair much easier.

Keep note, however, that if you do use products that contain silicone, you will need to shampoo your hair more often. Many in the textured hair community prefer to avoid silicones in order to avoid shampoo. Silicones are actually not bad for your hair, and can actually help restore it. Unless you’ve recently big chopped, silicones will do more for your hair than not. If you are concerned about silicones, check out this article about which are water-soluble and which aren’t. The best offense to a silicone defense is to be educated.

 

To read more click here

What Products to use now? via Naturally Curly

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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If you’ve ever been in search of a new favorite product, you know how horrible the process can be. Some people simply pick it by the color of the bottle while others read the label to see if it’s for coily hair. But if there’s one thing to take away from all of the frustration as a newly natural, it’s to read some of the hair product ingredients.

 

Importance of Ingredients

Hair product ingredients are important in three different ways. For one thing, type 4 hair is fragile and often times brittle. The wrong hair care product can make a hair “situation” worse instead of better. If you know what’s in it, you have a better chance of finding what your hair needs.

Also, you’re not just fighting the hair battle against your hair, but your scalp and body as well. Ingredients that are toxic can damage cooly hair or irritate your skin. These are important to note on any hair care label. Ingredients can also be hidden on labels, so you really have to dig to find what you know should not be put on your head.

Finally, hair care products may often boast one thing, but the ingredients in the product may scientifically lack the ability to do that thing for your hair. So if you’re weeding out shampoos, conditioners or styling products, the ingredients list is the place to look first.

The Best Ingredients for Coils

There are a variety of fantastic and well known hair product ingredients that are helpful and healthful for type 4 hair, specifically emollients and silicone.

 

Silicones are actually not bad for your hair and can actually help restore it. Unless you’ve recently big chopped, silicones will do more for your hair than not.

An emollient is really just a fancy term for an oil or ingredient that contains fatty acids. These fatty acids penetrate the hair cuticle, giving nutrients and moisture the opportunity to absorb into the hair. Olive oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil and jojoba oil are fantastic emollients that can be found in everything from shampoo to styling products. Some emollients penetrate better than others, such as sesame and olive oil (which are both anti-inflammatory, as well). For coily hair, all emollients work to help bring back that strength in shine.

That being said, an emollient works even better with silicones. Silicones, often known under the more common dimethecone, place a light film over the hair cuticle to protect it from the damaging effects of daily wear and tear. This is fantastic for an emollient in that it not only protects the hair from splitting or breaking, it also keeps nutrients and emollients inside the hair cuticle. And because it creates that protective film, silicone (and to some extent the lesser ingredient, collagen), makes combing and styling coily hair much easier.

Keep note, however, that if you do use products that contain silicone, you will need to shampoo your hair more often. Many in the textured hair community prefer to avoid silicones in order to avoid shampoo. Silicones are actually not bad for your hair, and can actually help restore it. Unless you’ve recently big chopped, silicones will do more for your hair than not. If you are concerned about silicones, check out this article about which are water-soluble and which aren’t. The best offense to a silicone defense is to be educated.

 

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From HelloBeautiful

Last weekend I was a guest on the R&B podcast hosted by my good friend Lincoln Anthony Blades. He asked me to discuss men jumping ship during the dating process.

Before You take a listen, let me paint the picture: So guy chases down girl, guy gets girl’s number, girl is like, “ok I guess so you aite, we’ll talk”, then guy and girl go out a few times, have a few great conversations, maybe talk about future dates, then……………………………………………his calling pattern changes, contact less frequent, dates? What date? A call or text may come up a few weeks later and he sincerely replies with, “been busy”…………………………………………………………………… sir?!

How do you process a situation like this? I mean from bird’s eye view it’s simple, but when you’re actually the one who was wined, dined and denied it’s a whole other ball game.
The answer is quite simple. The lovely man you gave your number to was probably on the prowl, has an existing relationship or some messy unfinished business on the side. When we date ideally it’s more than one prospect in the running at any one time. Men tend to understand this and adopt this principle with ease sometimes slipping up with words, promising things they have no business promising.

Read more at HelloBeautiful

 

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So he doesn’t call you anymore? via Madame Noire

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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From HelloBeautiful

Last weekend I was a guest on the R&B podcast hosted by my good friend Lincoln Anthony Blades. He asked me to discuss men jumping ship during the dating process.

Before You take a listen, let me paint the picture: So guy chases down girl, guy gets girl’s number, girl is like, “ok I guess so you aite, we’ll talk”, then guy and girl go out a few times, have a few great conversations, maybe talk about future dates, then……………………………………………his calling pattern changes, contact less frequent, dates? What date? A call or text may come up a few weeks later and he sincerely replies with, “been busy”…………………………………………………………………… sir?!

How do you process a situation like this? I mean from bird’s eye view it’s simple, but when you’re actually the one who was wined, dined and denied it’s a whole other ball game.
The answer is quite simple. The lovely man you gave your number to was probably on the prowl, has an existing relationship or some messy unfinished business on the side. When we date ideally it’s more than one prospect in the running at any one time. Men tend to understand this and adopt this principle with ease sometimes slipping up with words, promising things they have no business promising.

Read more at HelloBeautiful

 

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Do you guys remember the interview I did with Grateful 2 b Natural? Well, the host of the show, Miss Nyla, is hosting a giveaway with tons of neat beauty supplies. Who would not want body scrubs and hair accessories. Are you interested in winning? To gain more information about your chance to win Register here!

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Its giveaway time!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Do you guys remember the interview I did with Grateful 2 b Natural? Well, the host of the show, Miss Nyla, is hosting a giveaway with tons of neat beauty supplies. Who would not want body scrubs and hair accessories. Are you interested in winning? To gain more information about your chance to win Register here!

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Over the past few days we’ve witnessed regression and repression of epic portions as it relates to politics in academia. Although women in Iran have made great strides in academia in the country over the past few years, both in terms of outnumbering and achieving successful academic results over men - 36 of Iran’s universities have authorized the barring of women from enrolling in courses in designated fields. Well, if that isn’t a blow to the proverbial head, then I don’t know what is.

To add insult to injury, much closer to home – the Dean of Hampton University’s Business School Sid Credle has staid a controversial decision that has been in place at the school since 2001, one that bans men [who are enrolled in the five-year program] from wearing locks or cornrows. As reported by ABC, Credle is fixed on the idea that the requirement better assists men in obtaining jobs when they are looking to successfully climb the corporate latter, as it is important to him for students to “look the part”.

Interestingly or not so interestingly, Credle had this to say about the entire debacle:

“When was it that cornrows and dreadlocks were part of African-American history.” He adds, “I mean Charles Drew didn’t wear it; Muhammad Ali didn’t wear it; Martin Luther king didn’t wear it.”

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Hampton declines locs and cornrows

Monday, September 3, 2012

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Over the past few days we’ve witnessed regression and repression of epic portions as it relates to politics in academia. Although women in Iran have made great strides in academia in the country over the past few years, both in terms of outnumbering and achieving successful academic results over men - 36 of Iran’s universities have authorized the barring of women from enrolling in courses in designated fields. Well, if that isn’t a blow to the proverbial head, then I don’t know what is.

To add insult to injury, much closer to home – the Dean of Hampton University’s Business School Sid Credle has staid a controversial decision that has been in place at the school since 2001, one that bans men [who are enrolled in the five-year program] from wearing locks or cornrows. As reported by ABC, Credle is fixed on the idea that the requirement better assists men in obtaining jobs when they are looking to successfully climb the corporate latter, as it is important to him for students to “look the part”.

Interestingly or not so interestingly, Credle had this to say about the entire debacle:

“When was it that cornrows and dreadlocks were part of African-American history.” He adds, “I mean Charles Drew didn’t wear it; Muhammad Ali didn’t wear it; Martin Luther king didn’t wear it.”

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To read more on this situation read here

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