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Name Your Top 5 Hair Products/Supplies

25 May

Hello Readers:  Keep in mind that I no longer update this site, the new updated blog can be found at www.uneautrenaturelle.com.  Thank you!

I just read this post written by sassncurlz.  The goal is to list your top 5 hair products / hair supplies; basically the ones you can’t live with out.  The tough part is just keeping it to 5 items!  Here’s my list:

1.  Hair Milk – I am currently using Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Milk, but I have also tried Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk.

2.  Jumbo Rake Comb – basically a wide tooth comb…it’s on sale at Sally’s right now!

3.  Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner

4.  Satin Hair Scarf

5.  Renpure Amazing Miracle Deep Penetrating Reconstructor – there are mixed reviews on this product, but for me it has been working wonderfully!

So, I feel good, I was able to complete a list with only five products!  Can you?  What are your top 5 products?

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The Artist Behind Ebony Beauty – Kira

29 Apr

  

I came across some beautiful artwork recently and just had to reach out to the artist.  The artist is Shakira Rivers.  She’s an amazing artist and a naturalista at that!  I have posted two of my favorite prints, but please take some time to learn about Shakira Rivers and her art.   

The Artist

Shakira Rivers is known to friends and family as Kira.  This young artist was born and raised in Gainesville,Florida.  She’s 23 years old and has been creating art all her life.  She’s a self taught artist but is always learning new things from other artists. Kira gets ideas for her work from all around. Some of her recent work has been inspired by her natural hair journey and the natural hair styles she has seen. Kira has been natural for 1 year and locked for 7 months. This is evident in much of her work; for example: “Ebony Beauty”, The “Loc’d Beauty” series, and a t-shirt design of “Afro”.  

Her Work

Kira’s work is made with soft pastels,acrylic, oil paints,charcol, and digital mediums like photoshop. Since she enjoys experimenting it enables her to create all kinds of art. She likes to paint landscapes, fictional  and real portraits, abstracts, and t-shirt designs.  She loves creating art that can help people escape from the real world and just make people feel good.  

Where to find the Beauty

With out further ado, please stop by and view her artwork at Redbubble, ImagedKind, and Zazzle.
Redbubble http://www.redbubble.com/people/kiraj
ImageKind http://Kiratheartist.imagekind.com/
Zazzle http://www.zazzle.com/aahhbunny  

She’s even on Facebook

If you’re a Facebook Fanatic like me, become a fan at: Kiraj aka Shakira Rivers
  
 
So now that you have seen some of her work, be sure to check out her great T-shirt Designs, cards, and amazing prints! 
  

Corporate Hair Challenge: How do you wear your do?

23 Apr

It is rumored that a natural woman has it harder at work because it is hard to have what is considered a suitable hairstyle. Is this true? How do you wear your hair to work? Email me your pictures (uneautrenaturelle@yahoo.com), I’ll post them on the website! Remember: let’s be a resource for all other natural ladies out there!  In the meantime, here’s how I’ve been wearing my hair..

BTW – The first picture is Claudia Gordon the first deaf African-American female attorney in the U.S.

Product Review – Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Mask

12 Apr

 

Hello Readers:  Keep in mind that I no longer update this site, the new updated blog can be found at www.uneautrenaturelle.com.  Thank you!

Back in February I had a wonderful opportunity  to visit the Karen’s Body Beautiful store in Brooklyn, NY.  Shortly after that, I started this blog, so this first product review is actually another Hallmark for me.  Before I begin, I think it’s important to let you know my hair type – I’m what people would categorize as type 3c/4a combination.  You will not hear this type thing again – because I really hate the typing system, but I guess it’s important when discussing the results of a hair product.  Let’s begin:

Product Information:

Karen’s Body Beautiful

Luscious Locks Hair Mask

8oz jar

$25

Where you can Purchase:

In store: Karen’s Body Beautiful

436 Myrtle Avenue

Brooklyn, NY  11205

On-line:  www.karensbodybeautiful.com

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Aloe Butter, Jojoba Oil, Agave, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Arnica, Shikakai & Amla Extracts, Vitamin E & Natural Enzymes.

Website Product Details:

The Luscious Locks Hair Mask is a wonderfully nutritious conditioning treatment that you can use as often as your hair needs it.

Conditioning doesn’t get deeper than this because everything you need for your hair is in this jar.  Detangle, soften, strengthen, grow.  Saturate your strands with this rich blend of herbs like shikakai and rosemary which are known to promote hair growth, arnica and nettle to strengthen your hair follicles and aloe for much-needed moisture.  It is called Luscious Locks for a reason.

Product Directions:

Use it after you shampoo instead of your regular conditioner. Coat your hair from root to tip and leave it in for 20 minutes.  If you can apply heat that’s a great way for the nutrients, herbs and other ingredients to penetrate your hair and scalp really well.  Gently rinse and style as usual.

My Experience

I used this product four times before writing this review.  I must admit, I fell in love with this product from the first application.  This deep conditioner does exactly what it says it will do:  detangle, soften, strengthen.  Each time I used this deep conditioner, I utilized it a little differently. The first time I left it in my hair with a plastic cap for a few hours (no heat applied).  The second time, I was in a rush, so I left it in for 20 minutes but went under the drier for those 20 minutes.  The third time, I left it in my hair for about an hour plus an additional 20 minutes under the drier.  And this very last time, I left it in my hair overnight.  I found that the product worked wonders every time regardless of how long it stayed in my hair.  I did find the deep conditioning a little more effective when I used it with heat.

What does it look like?

This hair mask is white in color, unscented (very light herb scent), and has a thick creamy consistency.  A little goes a long way, which is good since this product cost $25.

What does it really do?

This conditioner provided a lot of slip with just a little product.  Once I applied this to my freshly washed hair, I was easily able to detangle with very little hair shedding – basically excellent slip factor.  The conditioner washed out very easily, regardless of how long the product stayed in my hair.  Once the product was rinsed out, my hair was super soft and moisturized.  Another plus was that my hair was still clean; have you ever used a conditioner and no matter how many times you rinsed your hair it still felt weighed down?  Well this conditioner doesn’t do that.

Any cons?

Honestly, I felt that there were no cons with this product.  My only issue (which is a rather silly one) is the fact that the packaging / jar has no directions on how to use it.  When I went to the store, Karen explained how I should use this product, but to be honest, I forgot what she told me.  It would have been nice to have that written somewhere on the jar.

Rating?

This product is AMAZING!  $25 well spent!  My rating, three naps and a curl! So, go out and buy this product yesterday.

Disclaimer:  I am not a hairstylist or beautician.  I bought this product on my own, and these are my opinions.

My First Bun

11 Mar

This is really not my first bun, but its the first bun I have had since I combed out my locs….tell me what you think.

Here’s how I did it

  • Unraveled my hair
  • Sprayed my hair with a water and olive oil mix (lightly – just for moisture)
  • Pulled the hair back & tied it with a hair tie
  • Used some KBB Hair Butter to keep the hair slicked back
  • Applied some coconut oil on my ends
  • Tucked the hair in with five bobby pins

Voilà!

How I removed / combed out my dreads!

9 Mar

Hello Readers:  Keep in mind that I no longer update this site, the new updated blog can be found at www.uneautrenaturelle.com.  Thank you!

Here’s the deal…I combed out my locs and it took a LONG A** time!  I started the take down process on January 6th and completed it on February 24th.  I managed to do this with the help of my husband…and amazingly so, he decided to not divorce me.  Yeah, this may sound crazy, but it takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes to comb out ONE loc! No typos…1 hour for ONE LOC!

So how did I do this and still manage to stay married?  Well..can’t really discuss how I managed to stay married (this is a PG rated site) but I can tell you how we combed out my locs:

Let me first start by saying it takes a whole lot of PATIENCE! PATIENCE! PATIENCE! The take down process is really long and tedious. 

  1. Wash hair with a detangling / moisturizing shampoo
  2. Soak locs with a mixture of olive oil and conditioner (preferably a cheap condition, you will use ALOT)
  3. Begin picking out the loc – LITERALLY
  4. Have a spray bottle of water and cheap conditioner available, each time the loc gets difficult or dry, SPRAY, SPRAY, SPRAY!
  5. Day one complete, now repeat steps 1 to 4 tomorrow…

That’s IT!  OK – Not really.  Have you heard the saying “patience is a virtue”? – If you have combed out your locs then you and you alone are virtuous. 

Just as an FYI –

My locs were about 2 feet long, and I had about 120 locs

I used some dental tool, a rat tail comb, and a fine tooth comb to pick/comb out my locs

I shed one plastic shopping bag of hair – that’s not bad when you think about it – I haven’t combed my hair in almost 5 years, guess one bag isn’t that bad!

Tips / Challenges:

  1. Styling your hair while combing out locs can be tough; if you can get away with it, wrap your hair for the entire process
  2. Once you comb a loc out, be sure to condition the hair and braid it, so it doesn’t get caught in your locs
  3. Pace yourself – 1 to 4 locs per day
  4. If you decide to do this, believe in God, Jah, Buddha, something…because you will need strength!

Oh, for those of you who are interested…this was my hair after I combed out my locs.

End of the Day

5 Mar

Just wanted to share how my twist out looked at the end of the day!

Le début

28 Feb

Hello Readers:  Keep in mind that I no longer update this site, the new updated blog can be found at www.uneautrenaturelle.com.  Thank you!

In May 2005, while living in Boston Massachusetts, I decided to get my hair twisted.  I hadn’t permed my hair in over 5 months and I thought…”hell, why not try something new and loc your hair?”  That’s all there was to it.  No thought, no contemplation, no nothing.

I went to Muriel’s Natural Hair Care and explained that I wanted to loc my hair.  My stylist was really good.  Prior to twisting she talked to me about:

  • the texture of my hair
  • she asked about my desired results – lentgh, thickness, est
  • and she even discussed maintenance

I learned that due to the texture of my hair, the locin process would take a relatively long time (longer than I anticipated anyway).  I also learned that the size of my starter locs was important for my end result.  I wanted a medium size loc throughout my hair and I wanted a zigzag loc formation …basically I did not want perfectly parted locs in my hair.

Here’s a picture of me two weeks into the locin process…..I HATED MY NEW LOOK, but I refused to be beaten by unruly hair…..