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ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT: Coastal Scents & Project Ghana

I THOUGHT THIS WAS SO AMAZING SO I HAD TO SHARE IT HERE ON MY BLOG WITH YOU GUYS. PLEASE GO TO THE WEBSITE AND PURCHASE SOME OF THEIR AMAZING NATURAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SHEA BUTTER,COCONUT OIL,BLACK SOAP,ESSENTIAL OILS AND MUCH MORE THAT IS HIGH IN QUALITY BUT FAIR WITH PRICE! I KNOW THAT I WILL BE MAKING A HUGE PURCHASE SOON MYSELF!

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Five years ago, Coastal Scents launched a special partnership with the Sekaf Shea Butter Village in Kasalgu, which is a small African village nestled near Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana, in West Africa. Established in 2008, by a team of dedicated and hardworking American volunteers, this special cooperative project was launched to provide rural Ghanaian women an opportunity to generate substantial family income, send their children to school (in lieu of working in the fields), enhance their self-reliance through employment, and live with dignity by investing in their family’s futures. 

via Coastal Scents: Project Ghana.

Summer Series: How To Use Humectant Based Products To Retain Moisture For Your Natural Hair!

ceba2ad3de9700b20846d3b8a9cb6d99 Summer is officially here and its time to prevent & protect the hot and dry weather from sucking out the moisture from our natural curly-coily hair!  Most of us natural just can’t get around changing our regimens due to the season changes and we do our best to make sure that whatever we do that we are comfortable and our hair is cute and most of all manageable during all year round! I would get more worried about my hair in the summer since i just couldn’t seem to keep a style long and/or avoiding my hair to lose shape and swell while i was out….Which is why last summer i started doing some research on how to retain moisture for all dry weather conditions but especially for that hot and humid weather and how the ingredients in my products can help me achieve this goal. As i was researching i found out that the answer was in Humectants! Using products with humectants can help your hair retain moisture while you are outdoors.  Below i’m sharing with you what I’ve learned along the way and hopefully you can benefit from it yourself! 

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What Are Humectants?

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Humectants are frequently used in hair & beauty products because of their ability to attract moisture from the air and into the hair shaft and this all applies to the skin too (eg. glycerin,aloe vera,honey,agave,). Its pure science really and understanding can help you use it to your advantage within your regimen especially if you have dry skin or dry to damaged hair. Now understand that if there is too much moisture such as on a humid or rainy days then the humectants will attract too much water to the hair from the wet environment causing your hair to swell and may result in becoming big and frizzy because its just sucking up all that good old moisture in the air. High Porosity hair is more at risk for this problem than low or non-porous hair, which is why knowing your hair porosity levels is very important and i will make a post about this very soon that will let you know how to do a diy test to find out more about it. Humectants can come in great use for all dry weather conditions. **Although with hair during the colder months and in extreme low humidity conditions, humectants may draw water out of the  hair shaft causing possible damage or breakage so you may want to use caution and either avoid humectants all together during these conditions (which is best) or just use in moderation** I know its hard to determine the day to day weather as mother nature can change her mind at anytime, but do your best to pay attention to weather and go by that.

Also here is some very informative links explaining more in depth about humectants and the weather→

  1. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-1.html
  2. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-2.html
  3. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-ultimate-guide-to-humectants-and-hair/
  4. http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/01/proteins-humectants-and-conesoh-my.html

DEW POINTS ARE THE KEY:Humectants

What is a Dew Point? →

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Determining the dew points is very important to decide if your going to use humectants or not and this means it is mostly based on the degrees and not on how hot or cold it is. Below is a quick breakdown for dew point ranges and humectant uses that i found on http://www.naturallycurly.com/ and it helped me alot to understand dew points much better.

 

Dry Dew Point: 15-30 degrees (-1 C)

  • Typically these are the winter months.
  • Avoid humectants if possible.
  • Use leave in conditioners.
  • Use light hold products.
  • Use plenty of emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Mid-Range Dew Point: 30-40 degrees (-1 to 4 C)

  • In  between seasons, this will require trial and error to see what your hair likes.
  • Some curls tolerate humectants in this range, some don’t.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Best Dew Point for Curls: 40-60 degrees (4 to 16 C)

  • You will enjoy the best curls at this dew point.
  • Keep your hair moisturized.
  • Humectants can be used.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

High Dew Point: 60 (16C ) +

  • May skip a leave in conditioner.
  • Hard hold products like gels. You will want to control your hair.
  • May want to avoid humectants.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Also watch these informative videos on dew points below→

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You can find Humectants in hair products such as:

  • Natural Butters
  • Conditioning Treatments
  • Pomades
  • Most gels
  • Most Leave-In Conditioners

HERE IS PICTURES OF A FEW PRODUCT EXAMPLES–> 

eco-styler-gel  Aubrey-Organics-Conditioner-Honeysuckle-Rose-749985051118215953816 humectant_honey glycerine-humectant   I bet your wondering  just how you are going to identify these humectants, well all you have to do is look at your ingredients listings on the back of your products! there you will find most of the common humectants such ass glycerin,Honey,glucose,panthenol and many more which are all listed below. The big words can be a little over whelming but if you save this list or right it down then you shouldnt have a problem when the time comes to take a look at a new product or a product you already had.

A LIST OF HUMECTANTS:2010-raw-materials

  • Butylene Glycol
  • 1,2,6 hexanetriol
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Panthenol
  • Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Triethylene glycol
  • Polyglyceryl sorbitol
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Polydextrose
  • Potassium PCA
  • Urea
  • Hydrogenated Honey
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Inositol
  • Hexanediol beeswax
  • Hexanetriol Beeswax
  • Hydrolyzed Elastin
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed Silk
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Erythritol
  • Capryl glycol
  • Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Laneth-(5-50)
  • Laureth-(1-30)
  • Steareth-(4-20)
  • Trideceth-(5-50)

(found list of humectants here-> http://tinyurl.com/IdentifyHumectants): For more on common humectants used in hair products CLICK HEREhttp://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/humectants-used-in-hair-care-products/

****I HOPE THAT THIS POST WAS AS HELPFUL FOR YOU AS ALL THE INFO I FOUND WAS FOR ME WHEN I WAS DOING MY RESEARCH! FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!****

 

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Do you trust other people in your natural hair?

Do you trust other people in your natural hair? 

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I know alot of you naturals go back and forth with the idea of letting friends style your natural hair and/or even going to a “natural hair stylist”.  Me myself is not comfortable letting just anybody in my hair unless they know what they doing PERIOD. However i do enjoy styling others hair if they would let me and if they are comfortable, now i will not be cutting/trimming or coloring nobody’s hair (not even my own) since i haven’t required the skill to do so but i will do twist/braid/knot outs,braids,twists,conditioning treatments, and washes on their hair because  just like helping anyway i know how and its always great to see what works for your hair.

I’m not totally against going to salons though but on a as needed basis, I will totally go after i first research and really investigate first because i like to go to a place that’s been open awhile, the workers there has a true love for natural hair and has something to show for it, not to high on prices, and skills are great with photos to show the work. I only go to the salon mainly if i want trims,a steam treatment, special repair treatments, braiding services or something special that i either cant do myself , just don’t feel like it or don’t have the time to do at the moment. I used to be like i dont know if i’m going to be going to a salon for nothing but since i had my baby i been not be able to do certain styles i loved to do because it requires time that i simply just don’t have anymore so when i have the money and the time i dont mind to go and get a trim or go and get two strand twists. I currently have a few salons in mind that i want to try, i wanted to just pick one that has it all and just stick to it but thats hard because one place does great braids and twists while another has all these special treatments for natural hair and another has nothing but natural hair and discounts on certain days so i haven’t found that one place yet but if that changes i will surely let you know!…

HOW DO YOU ALL FEEL ABOUT NATURAL HAIR SALONS?

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A NATURAL HAIR SALON?

WHAT TREATMENTS DO YOU GO TO A SALON FOR?

WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A CLOSE FRIEND WITH NATURAL HAIR DO YOUR HAIR OR GO TO A SALON? AND WHY?

thanks for reading today please feel free to comment below, take care and be blessed!

My Natural Hair Update: Fall 2013

Well Fall is almost here and not to long after that is the season i hate the most WINTER!!! Also my 2 year anniversary is Dec. 1st 2013 and i am proud to be a natural for that long but there is many regrets and set back in my journey so far that i have to make up for and get back on track.

 

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When i went natural and did the big chop on Dec. 1st 2011 i was thriving those first 6 months and i even lost 20 pounds because of how happy i was but then i got pregnant out of nowhere while getting sick out of this world. Getting pregnant  was the last thing on my mind (mind you i was trying for 4 years and was told i would never have children) and even though i was beyond happy i had the morning sickness most of my pregnancy until the last 2-3 weeks of my pregnancy and all i wanted to do then is just eat and sleep! During this time i neglected my hair which was for the rest of that year and past my 1 yr anniversary i still was neglecting it because of feeling sick not being able to eat,sleep,dizziness,nausea and all! I would moisturize sometimes but my regimen was all over the place because not only was i pregnant but i was planning a move to another city and that was crazy too leaving me with the only option to throw a wig on and i didn’t properly protect my hair underneath… all i can say is knots, dryness, and BREAKAGE,BREAKAGE and more BREAKAGE!  Then when i gave birth not to long after that i had postpartum shedding and my edges in the front and the back got it bad, so through trail and error as well my journey has been up and down but don’t get me wrong im still happy im natural and im loving the new lifestyle so no regrets with that choice but im going to vow to get better at it and re-learn my hair since it has changed alot! 48dddc439fa4061615dd58d8c9a2972f

Now i know it was mainly my poor care of my hair during my pregnancy and not the pregnancy itself, but it was also a mixture of things too such as at the early part of my pregnancy i had yarn twists in (protective style) and i left those in way to long than i meant to so when i took them out that caused breakage then the wigs and then a when i did get the energy i deep conditioned my hair and detangled etc. then went to a salon got a silk press and trim done knowing im not prepared (energy wise) or used to my hair being straight no more so my hair just broke off especially in the cold weather! Since i had my baby in April i just been doing damage control with a dusted trim i did myself lots of hot oil treatments,deep conditioning and its not to bad, the little bit of castor oil i got helped out alot to repair too.  

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So that being said im preparing for the upcoming fall/winter with a whole new plan as my hair has grew even though i do believe it could of been way longer at this point but im still proud, and with growth comes change so there is things my hair used to like that it just don’t no more so my regimen has changed a little and i updated the page on the blog explaining that so go to home page and check it out! My plan for this season is starting with a trim and every 8-10 weeks, more protective styling mostly with scarfs and my own hair,more deep conditioning, more steam treatments,more hot oil,scalp treatments and cutting out protein treatments because i think im sensitive because now my hair gets so thin and weak feeling like its gonna break when i do them.  WISH ME LUCK GUYS!  Fall/Winter here i come………

My First Attempt at African Threading (a styling and heat-less hair stretching method).

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Here is my daughter Aaliyah with her hair fully stretched using the African threading method. It was a 3 day process but so work it! 

DAY 1:

20130712_192056_zpsf87d9c21  — I WASHED HER HAIR WITH   “Aunt Jackie’s Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo” . GOING BACK IN TO CO WASH WITH “tresemme naturals conditioner”. THEN I DETANGLED WHILE I DID A HOT OIL TREATMENT WITH COCONUT OIL AND HONEY.

 — THEN I MOISTURIZED USING MY LOC METHOD ON DAMP HAIR, USING LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER,COCONUT OIL, CREAM MOISTURIZER “shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie”, AND A PINCH OF MY SHEA BUTTER MIX.

20130716_180432_zps346ef28e  — AFTER WASHING,DETANGLING AND CONDITIONING I PUT EACH SECTION I WAS GOING TO THREAD INTO CLIPS. MAKING SURE HAIR STAYS DAMP I SPRITZ WITH SPRAY BOTTLE AND  DETANGLED AS NEEDED THEN I TOOK SOME WEAVE THREAD ( YES THE THREAD USED TO DO QUICK WEAVES ETC. BECAUSE ITS THICKER AND HOLDS BETTER) PUT A KNOT ON THE END AND STARTED TO WRAP THE SECTION STARTING AT THE TOP WRAPPING IT UNTIL THE THREAD IT TIGHT UP TOP BEFORE MOVING DOWN, AS I WAS WRAPPING THE SECTION OF HAIR I MADE SURE THE GAB WAS NOT TO FAR APART BECAUSE  THE CLOSER THE STRAIGHTER IT WILL BE (that was a challenge lol).

Capture— AFTER I WRAPPED EACH SECTION WITH THREAD I ALSO THREADED THE TOGETHER TO STRETCH DOWNWARD, SPRITZING WITH SPRAY BOTTLE ONE LAST TIME.

20130716_181011_zps74abbe13— ADDED PONYTAIL HOLDERS FOR SUPPORT (because she sleeps wild). THEN WRAPPED WITH SILK SCARF AND SHE HIT THE SACK.

DAY 2:

I LET HER WEAR THE STYLE FOR THE DAY SINCE WE HAD ALOT TO DO, THEN THAT EVENING I REMOVED ALL THREAD AND TOOK WIDETOOTH COMB TO CHECK PROCESS THEN PUT INTO SECTIONS, I REPEATED THE PROCESS BY ADDING COCONUT OIL ONLY TO THE DRY HAIR, AND THEN RE THREADED THE HAIR IN SECTIONS THE SAME AS BEFORE ,

DAY 3:

KEPT IT IN OVERNIGHT THEN REMOVED IN THE MORNING AND HERE IS THE RESULTS BELOW. ….

20130717_131635_zps6951424f FRESHLY COMBED OUT OF THREAD! IT WAS SO SHINY AND SOFT….

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PUFFED IT UP WITH MY HANDS GIVING IT SOME VOLUME,  THAT SHINE AND SOFTNESS WAS AMAZING AND SHE COULD STAY OUT HER HAIR!!

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SO MY OVERALL EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT AND I GIVE IT A 5 STAR RATING, ITS TIME CONSUMING ESPECIALLY WITH A 3 MONTH OLD BABY BUT IT WAS WORTH IT, ILL BE DOING IT AGAIN FOR SURE (when i have the time of coarse). JUST LOVING HOW VERSATILE NATURAL HAIR CAN BE, WHO SAY YOU NEED HEAT ALL THE TIME?? PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK AND ALSO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE IF YOU HAVE TRIED THIS BEFORE ….. 

Gabrielle Union Goes Blonde for Latest Film | News | BET

Whay do you guys think about gabrielle unions new blonde hairstyle????
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My opinion- I think its cute as hell, i dont think the women can look bad in anything at all she is just adorable !! I bet she be even hotter in a natural hairstyle!!

Click here to read more—> http://www.bet.com/news/fashion-and-beauty/2013/07/26/gabrielle-union-goes-blonde-for-latest-film.html

Color Your Curls With Hair Chalk & Eyeshadow + Video

YES! i WAS LOOKING AT THIS THE SAME WAY WHEN I SEEN IT, JUST CHECKING MY EMAILS AND I RUN ACROSS THIS!… SO WOULD YOU GIVE IT A TRY OR IS IT TO TACKY TO YOU? I HONESTLY THINK ITS WORTH A TRY MAYBE ONE DAY WHEN IM JUST FEELING LIKE TRYING SOMETHING NEW BUT ILL PAS FOR NOW!…. BUT IF ANY OF YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS METHOD AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, PLEASSSEE FEEL FREE TO LET US KNOW YOUR RESULTS AND IDEAS THANKS BY LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW!

NEW Product Alert! Enrich your curls w/ U R Curly

WELL THERE IS A NEW PRODUCT IN TOWN! THEY HAVE PRODUCTS THAT ARE SULFATE FREE, SILICONE FREE AND I HEAR THEY ARE LIGHT ON THE HAIR WITH NO HEAVY FEELING OR CAUSE BUILD UP. I HAVEN’T TRIED IT MYSELF YET BUT I AM SURELY TEMPTED AFTER REVIEWING THE WEBSITE! SO WHAT YOU THINK…. YAY! OR NAY? AND IF YOU TRIED THESE PRODUCTS PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THEM AND ANY REVIEWS YOU HAVE SEEN ON THEM AS WELL!

FOR MORE INFO—> Enrich your curls | U R Curly.

http://urcurly.com/

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