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

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Qoileez!! “What is that?” was probably the first reaction you experienced upon hearing the term. To dissolve all quizzical looks and feelings in regards to what it is, let me explain. Qoileez is a new invention meant to serve as a multipurpose item. They are mostly considered as an affordable hair accessory that can be utilized for different purposes as well. When I initially received the item for review, I was concerned with my utilization of the product. There are some demos online that explain how it can be used, but I wanted to expand on the initial uses.

 

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Qoileez can be used as stated on the site as, a hair accessory, knitting holders, chopstick holders, pencil holders/ grips etc. I tried a few of the recommended uses and found them to be extremely more helpful than I intended. I was hesitant when I utilized Qoileez as a hair accessory because the ends of the Qoileez looked a it sharp, which is always a scare for hair. I did not want them to rip or snag on anything but it worked out just fine for the braid I attached it to. I personally believe that one of the best uses is using Qoileez as a hair accessory. IMG_0018

I continued to try these as a crochet needle holder while I was at it because I genuinely didn’t have anything to hold those small needles with anyway. Below are a few moreIMG_0019 pictures of how I utilized Qoileez.

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The Make:  In my opinion these items feel more rubbery and silicone-like rather than the plastic that the site stated it was formed from. They are about an inch long and very expandable. I am unsure of the length stretched because it is hard to make these items lie flat. The standard form of a Qoileez is a coil! The name is a straight giveaway, so when you expand the Qoileez and then let go, it retracts and curls right back up which makes it easy to hold thing, like my scarves!

Qoileez come in a variety of colors and designs that make them both fashionable and practical. I believe Qoileez are marketable because they appear attractive to the eye and are most useful as space savers/holders. Most people seek items  that save space especially because I believe we al have a bit of hoarder in us. They are sold in basic packages of seven for $4.99 or deluxe packages of 14 for $7.99.

 

 

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I have not used these items for a long time to say whether or not the retraction/elasticity for lack of a better word is long lasting.

 

Giveaway:

Qoileez has offered NH readers an opportunity to win and try out some of these items as well! Here are the rules:

1. Follow both @Qoileez and I @CiaE7 on Twitter

2. Send us a tweet with this “ I can’t wait to win my @Qoileez thanks @Ciae7”

3. Follow @ciae7 Instagram

The giveaway ends June 7th 11:59pm. The winner will have 48 hours to responded before it is given to someone else.

 

Check out Qoileez here

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@Qoileez Review & Giveaway

Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Qoileez!! “What is that?” was probably the first reaction you experienced upon hearing the term. To dissolve all quizzical looks and feelings in regards to what it is, let me explain. Qoileez is a new invention meant to serve as a multipurpose item. They are mostly considered as an affordable hair accessory that can be utilized for different purposes as well. When I initially received the item for review, I was concerned with my utilization of the product. There are some demos online that explain how it can be used, but I wanted to expand on the initial uses.

 

IMG_0020

Qoileez can be used as stated on the site as, a hair accessory, knitting holders, chopstick holders, pencil holders/ grips etc. I tried a few of the recommended uses and found them to be extremely more helpful than I intended. I was hesitant when I utilized Qoileez as a hair accessory because the ends of the Qoileez looked a it sharp, which is always a scare for hair. I did not want them to rip or snag on anything but it worked out just fine for the braid I attached it to. I personally believe that one of the best uses is using Qoileez as a hair accessory. IMG_0018

I continued to try these as a crochet needle holder while I was at it because I genuinely didn’t have anything to hold those small needles with anyway. Below are a few moreIMG_0019 pictures of how I utilized Qoileez.

IMG_0015IMG_0012

 

The Make:  In my opinion these items feel more rubbery and silicone-like rather than the plastic that the site stated it was formed from. They are about an inch long and very expandable. I am unsure of the length stretched because it is hard to make these items lie flat. The standard form of a Qoileez is a coil! The name is a straight giveaway, so when you expand the Qoileez and then let go, it retracts and curls right back up which makes it easy to hold thing, like my scarves!

Qoileez come in a variety of colors and designs that make them both fashionable and practical. I believe Qoileez are marketable because they appear attractive to the eye and are most useful as space savers/holders. Most people seek items  that save space especially because I believe we al have a bit of hoarder in us. They are sold in basic packages of seven for $4.99 or deluxe packages of 14 for $7.99.

 

 

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I have not used these items for a long time to say whether or not the retraction/elasticity for lack of a better word is long lasting.

 

Giveaway:

Qoileez has offered NH readers an opportunity to win and try out some of these items as well! Here are the rules:

1. Follow both @Qoileez and I @CiaE7 on Twitter

2. Send us a tweet with this “ I can’t wait to win my @Qoileez thanks @Ciae7”

3. Follow @ciae7 Instagram

The giveaway ends June 7th 11:59pm. The winner will have 48 hours to responded before it is given to someone else.

 

Check out Qoileez here

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Dress United

Once again, Nearly Hair was given the opportunity to partner with BuildASign.com to try out their new services. The last time it was all about their custom business cards, check post here, however this time, their service is one more relatable and usable for everyone. BuildASign.com (Dress United) now has a custom T-shirt service provider that allows you to design and mass produce. How awesome is that? The platform they created for customers are easy and user friendly. I personally had no issue creating a shirt.

 

The platform prompts you to choose between the shirt`s fit, meaning female or unisex, along with color, size, and style. Their styles range from American Eagle to Hanes. The options the website provides amazes me because it gives you, the designer, more le-way in terms of the look and feel. The users are able to upload personal pictures in addition to the clip art, letters and premade designs available. The only drawback is the lack of unlimited workspace. You are given space on both front and back, I'm not sure exact measurements, but if you wanted to have something on the edge, you would not be able to do so. When I received my shirt it took about two weeks or so, and required no sign off. The shirt looked exactly as I designed, true to color and size. However, I did become turned off with the odor. The shirt smelled like molding clothing, hopefully when washed the odor will subside. The ink also felt a tad bit ironed on than infused in the shirt. It was hard to distinguish what method was used.

 

 

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Sometimes, ironed on graphics can be problematic because they peel easily. I have not encountered this problem yet because the shirt is new but it seems of good quality so I have little doubt. The shirt itself was a durable material.

 

Their customer service is exceptional as usual, and they are more than easy to contact if any questions may arise.

 

I used Dress United for a music production business because I believed the shirts were wholesome enough to use. The shirt cost varies by the amount you order but if you are reading this post and are interested, NH readers receive 30% off their orders and FREE Shipping with the code BLOG30OFF4U. If you haven't already, mosey on over there now!

 

 

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Dress United Custom Shirt Review #fashion

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

 

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Dress United

Once again, Nearly Hair was given the opportunity to partner with BuildASign.com to try out their new services. The last time it was all about their custom business cards, check post here, however this time, their service is one more relatable and usable for everyone. BuildASign.com (Dress United) now has a custom T-shirt service provider that allows you to design and mass produce. How awesome is that? The platform they created for customers are easy and user friendly. I personally had no issue creating a shirt.

 

The platform prompts you to choose between the shirt`s fit, meaning female or unisex, along with color, size, and style. Their styles range from American Eagle to Hanes. The options the website provides amazes me because it gives you, the designer, more le-way in terms of the look and feel. The users are able to upload personal pictures in addition to the clip art, letters and premade designs available. The only drawback is the lack of unlimited workspace. You are given space on both front and back, I'm not sure exact measurements, but if you wanted to have something on the edge, you would not be able to do so. When I received my shirt it took about two weeks or so, and required no sign off. The shirt looked exactly as I designed, true to color and size. However, I did become turned off with the odor. The shirt smelled like molding clothing, hopefully when washed the odor will subside. The ink also felt a tad bit ironed on than infused in the shirt. It was hard to distinguish what method was used.

 

 

IMG_20130511_024148_401

 

 

Sometimes, ironed on graphics can be problematic because they peel easily. I have not encountered this problem yet because the shirt is new but it seems of good quality so I have little doubt. The shirt itself was a durable material.

 

Their customer service is exceptional as usual, and they are more than easy to contact if any questions may arise.

 

I used Dress United for a music production business because I believed the shirts were wholesome enough to use. The shirt cost varies by the amount you order but if you are reading this post and are interested, NH readers receive 30% off their orders and FREE Shipping with the code BLOG30OFF4U. If you haven't already, mosey on over there now!

 

 

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lexiGrenGuide

Boy oh boy oh boy! Let me tell “yaul", I have stumbled upon a blog, and its not any old blog. It is a blog that holds content and truth for the reader seeking a better life. If you want to learn more just keep reading!

What exactly is Lexi’s Green Guide?

Lexi’s Green Guide is an eco-glam guide to beauty, health, and fitness. I blog about recipes, fitness, beauty, hair, and skin. Everything eco-friendly!

 

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What do you believe is the most interesting blog post you have?

My most popular and interesting post is the “Maca Root For A Bigger Booty” Yes, the plant maca will enhance the booty!

 

 

What motivated you to join the blogging world?

It was time to share my passion with the world. There is something amazing about being your beautiful, natural self while looking and feeling your best. Transitioning to an organic lifestyle has allowed me to be the healthiest and happiest I have ever been.Why not share my knowledge and happiness with everyone?

 

 

What are your favorite blogs to read?

Fashion Bomb Daily, Curly Nikki, Black Girl Long Hair, Urban Bush Babes, Party Over Hair, and Nearly Hair.

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When someone reads your blog what do you hope they retrieve from your reading?

I want the reader to gain new insights on natural living. Whether it’s a beauty tip or a recipe I want the reader to be able use the information on the blog to help transition in to a more natural lifestyle. I want my readers to be healthy and beautiful from the inside out.

 

Now I would tell you all more, but I want you guys to check out the blog yourself! Just click here.

Lexi’s Green Guide Blogger Spotlight @_lexilove

Friday, May 3, 2013

lexiGrenGuide

Boy oh boy oh boy! Let me tell “yaul", I have stumbled upon a blog, and its not any old blog. It is a blog that holds content and truth for the reader seeking a better life. If you want to learn more just keep reading!

What exactly is Lexi’s Green Guide?

Lexi’s Green Guide is an eco-glam guide to beauty, health, and fitness. I blog about recipes, fitness, beauty, hair, and skin. Everything eco-friendly!

 

hair 4

What do you believe is the most interesting blog post you have?

My most popular and interesting post is the “Maca Root For A Bigger Booty” Yes, the plant maca will enhance the booty!

 

 

What motivated you to join the blogging world?

It was time to share my passion with the world. There is something amazing about being your beautiful, natural self while looking and feeling your best. Transitioning to an organic lifestyle has allowed me to be the healthiest and happiest I have ever been.Why not share my knowledge and happiness with everyone?

 

 

What are your favorite blogs to read?

Fashion Bomb Daily, Curly Nikki, Black Girl Long Hair, Urban Bush Babes, Party Over Hair, and Nearly Hair.

hair2

 

When someone reads your blog what do you hope they retrieve from your reading?

I want the reader to gain new insights on natural living. Whether it’s a beauty tip or a recipe I want the reader to be able use the information on the blog to help transition in to a more natural lifestyle. I want my readers to be healthy and beautiful from the inside out.

 

Now I would tell you all more, but I want you guys to check out the blog yourself! Just click here.

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Tell NearlyHair Readers about yourself

My name is Alexia Channer. I was born in Connecticut but I have been attending college on Long Island in New York for the past four years. Long Island has become my second home. Oh and I love green juice and working out.

How long have you been relaxer free?

I’ve been relaxer free for 2 years now. I remember struggling with the idea to go natural for about a year. I was scared to venture into the new relaxer free world. “Would society accep me?” “Would I look professional enough with natural hair?” “Would men still find me attractive?” “Would I still find myself beautiful?” All of these questions seem silly now but those are some serious issues that many of us face but not many of us talk about. When my childhood best friend surprised me with her newly shaved head and she said that she had given up relaxers it empowered me to transition. That’s why whether it’s a friend, blog, or forum support systems are necessary. Oh and all those doubts I had...gone! Everyone has responded well to my hair and I feel more beautiful than ever.

What moved you to make a chemical free lifestyle?

I wanted healthier hair and I felt like a fraud. I have fine strands so my hair was never able to flourish with a relaxer. I decided that if I ever wanted healthy hair I would have to give up relaxers. Also, as I began to take my health more seriously. Something about putting chemicals on my hair and scalp didn’t sit well with me. Natural hair blogs and friends helped me to commit to transitioning.

What has been your biggest challenge with your hair?

The transitioning process was the most challenging. Detangling was a nightmare and I hated the challenge of dealing with two textures. With my hair being completely natural the only challenge is maintaining hair styles.

What is your relationship like\what have you learned with your hair?

I love my hair and I love the versatility of it. I’ve learned not to fight with my hair. If my kinks and curls don’t feel like being super defined one day I’m fine with that. If it frizzes.. I work with it too. If doesn’t feel like being stretched today I don’t force it. My hair goal at the moment is mid back length hair. I figure I have a good 5 years to go to achieve my goal.

What are your staple products and hairstyle?

Wash: Bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar mixture

Deep Conditioner: Shea Moistures Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

Braid Outs- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie/My own shea butter mixture (whichever I have available), eco-styler gel/flax seed gel (again, whichever I have available), and my own mixture of argan, castor, olive, and coconut oil to seal my hair.

Co-Wash- Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Co-Wash

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Do you have any advice for those who are natural or thinking about throwing out the relaxer?

I have plenty of advice. Where do I begin?

1. Don’t be afraid to go natural and ignore the naysayers. Not everyone will be as supportive at first but once they see your hair flourishing without a relaxer they will love it!

2. Accept your texture. Finding the right product to give you a curl you don’t have will end up in money wasted and disappointing results. I find that it’s not the product but properly moisturized hair that holds the most definition

3. Stripping your hair of its natural oils is a big no for me. That’s why I stay away from all shampoos. Clay washes are the best.

4. Use products that nourish your hair. Natural butters and oils that work for your hair texture are best.

5. Remember to WERK it honey. Natural hair is professional, beautiful, sexy and anything else you want it to be.

 

Who has been your biggest inspiration through this journey?

My sister who has been natural her whole life. She loves kinky curly hair and has encouraged me throughout my journey.

 

Where else can we find you on the web?

Blog: lexisgreenguide.wordpress.com

Twitter: @_lexilove and @lexisgreenguide

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lexisgreenguide

IG: @_lexiloveee

Tales From the Kinks: Alexia Edition @_lexilove

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

straight hair

Tell NearlyHair Readers about yourself

My name is Alexia Channer. I was born in Connecticut but I have been attending college on Long Island in New York for the past four years. Long Island has become my second home. Oh and I love green juice and working out.

How long have you been relaxer free?

I’ve been relaxer free for 2 years now. I remember struggling with the idea to go natural for about a year. I was scared to venture into the new relaxer free world. “Would society accep me?” “Would I look professional enough with natural hair?” “Would men still find me attractive?” “Would I still find myself beautiful?” All of these questions seem silly now but those are some serious issues that many of us face but not many of us talk about. When my childhood best friend surprised me with her newly shaved head and she said that she had given up relaxers it empowered me to transition. That’s why whether it’s a friend, blog, or forum support systems are necessary. Oh and all those doubts I had...gone! Everyone has responded well to my hair and I feel more beautiful than ever.

What moved you to make a chemical free lifestyle?

I wanted healthier hair and I felt like a fraud. I have fine strands so my hair was never able to flourish with a relaxer. I decided that if I ever wanted healthy hair I would have to give up relaxers. Also, as I began to take my health more seriously. Something about putting chemicals on my hair and scalp didn’t sit well with me. Natural hair blogs and friends helped me to commit to transitioning.

What has been your biggest challenge with your hair?

The transitioning process was the most challenging. Detangling was a nightmare and I hated the challenge of dealing with two textures. With my hair being completely natural the only challenge is maintaining hair styles.

What is your relationship like\what have you learned with your hair?

I love my hair and I love the versatility of it. I’ve learned not to fight with my hair. If my kinks and curls don’t feel like being super defined one day I’m fine with that. If it frizzes.. I work with it too. If doesn’t feel like being stretched today I don’t force it. My hair goal at the moment is mid back length hair. I figure I have a good 5 years to go to achieve my goal.

What are your staple products and hairstyle?

Wash: Bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar mixture

Deep Conditioner: Shea Moistures Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

Braid Outs- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie/My own shea butter mixture (whichever I have available), eco-styler gel/flax seed gel (again, whichever I have available), and my own mixture of argan, castor, olive, and coconut oil to seal my hair.

Co-Wash- Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Co-Wash

hair 1

Do you have any advice for those who are natural or thinking about throwing out the relaxer?

I have plenty of advice. Where do I begin?

1. Don’t be afraid to go natural and ignore the naysayers. Not everyone will be as supportive at first but once they see your hair flourishing without a relaxer they will love it!

2. Accept your texture. Finding the right product to give you a curl you don’t have will end up in money wasted and disappointing results. I find that it’s not the product but properly moisturized hair that holds the most definition

3. Stripping your hair of its natural oils is a big no for me. That’s why I stay away from all shampoos. Clay washes are the best.

4. Use products that nourish your hair. Natural butters and oils that work for your hair texture are best.

5. Remember to WERK it honey. Natural hair is professional, beautiful, sexy and anything else you want it to be.

 

Who has been your biggest inspiration through this journey?

My sister who has been natural her whole life. She loves kinky curly hair and has encouraged me throughout my journey.

 

Where else can we find you on the web?

Blog: lexisgreenguide.wordpress.com

Twitter: @_lexilove and @lexisgreenguide

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lexisgreenguide

IG: @_lexiloveee

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