Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WEN: Lose the Shampoo and Condition With Confidence

More and more people are ditching their daily shampoo and joining the ‘co-wash’ movement. No, this doesn't involve parties where women wash each other's hair. Co-washing is short for conditioner-only washing and, because of it, many women are finding themselves with healthier and stronger hair.

Shampoo vs. Cleansing Conditioner
Shampoos can contain harsh chemicals that strip moisture from hair and leave it feeling unhealthy and looking frizzy. Cleansing conditioners are a gentler way to care for hair, designed to keep in moisture and make locks manageable.

With more companies joining the expanding market of co-wash merchandise, it can be difficult to choose a brand. Chaz Dean's product, WEN Cleansing Conditioner, has been gaining popularity and positive reviews for years.

Here are a few reasons why you should ditch the shampoo and give WEN a try:

WEN is a 5-in-1 product. It serves as a shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner. On top of the convenience of only needing one bottle of product on the shower shelf, the time required to maintain healthy hair is virtually cut in half. In this busy world, who doesn't relish a few extra minutes to enjoy that morning cup of coffee?

Sulfate free
Sulfates are in many shampoos and create the thick lather associated with hair washing. When present, these chemicals can further irritate scalps, as well as damage colored hair and dry out thick or curly locks. WEN, however, is a sulfate free cleansing conditioner that uses soothing ingredients instead of harsh additives.

Effective on all hair types

Chaz's unique formula is designed to bring out the best in every hair type. It is a cleansing conditioner whose ingredients are designed to work through wavy or thick hair. From follicle to tip, the formula will penetrate hair and produce a less frizzy, softer mane that is easy to style and manage. For those who have thin hair, it will increase volume as well as provide a glossy finish.

Cruelty free
WEN provides all these fabulous benefits without any animal testing; a boast few companies can make.

·         Glycerin
·         Chamomile Extract
·         Wild Cherry Bark
·         Rosemary Extract
·         Panthenol

The main ingredients in WEN are formulated to work together to provide the best result possible. Its components are designed to work with, not against, hair. Glycerin reduces the loss of moisture, helping to lock in the nourishment that other products would strip out.  The chamomile extract soothes and calms, giving hair a smoother appearance.  The wild cherry bark conditions hair for a healthy finish while the rosemary extract adds further soothing benefits. Panthenol is a form of vitamin B-5 and helps restore damaged hair and continue to build up its strength.

How to Use WEN
1: Wet hair thoroughly and apply WEN into your palms, rubbing them together. Use 10-16 pumps for short hair, 16-24 for medium length hair and 24-32 pumps for long hair. Longer or thicker hair may require more product per wash.

2: Evenly apply to the scalp and hair, adding a splash of water for a more consistent distribution. Massage thoroughly into hair and let it sit for about five to ten minutes.

3: Rinse hair well while massaging the scalp and running fingers through to the tips of hair to ensure that the product has been completely washed out. It is recommended to repeat these steps, using only half of the original number of pumps required, for the best results.  At the end of the shower, WEN can be applied to the tips of hair and left in for an extra conditioning boost. Chaz Dean has designed his product to be gentle enough for everyday use. And remember - WEN is sulfate free, so there won't be the lather typically seen from shampoos.

WEN Cleansing Conditioner has taken the hair care world by storm and continues to garner positive reviews from satisfied customers. The convenience of having all of the benefits of shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner in one bottle has cut down on both the cost of maintaining a healthy head of hair and the time it takes to achieve a flattering finish. This cruelty-free product works for all hair types and earns its stellar reputation through its beautiful results.
For more information, visit WEN’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WENhaircare/

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Regrowing thining edges

I have been experience some thinning of my edges for a couple of years now.  It all started back when I had long locs (which I loved) that almost reach my waist. A combination of my always messing with my hair and the weight of my locs, caused my edges to get thin on the right side of my scalp. I was hoping that if I combed out my locs, that maybe my edges would start to grown back. But no such luck.

So now, I am hoping that I can find some products and tips to help with both re-growing my edges and thicking my hair. I found a few videos on youtube with women that where experiencing the same issues and what they did to help their hair grow.

I am going to be taking some steps to work on repairing my own hair. Here are a list of some of the common tips and products that where used by the 3 woman -

Drink more water and eat healthier
Avoid anything that will add tension to your hair
Try to sleep on silk pillow cases
Massage scalp
Keep hair in protective styles

Products that I am considering trying:
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Fertilizing Temple Balm
Rosemary and or Lavendar Oil

Once I am able to purchase these items, I will mark my calendar for 3 months, so that I can come back and let you all know if I saw any progress in my edges growing back. Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Beauty brands - Borghese Gloves & Jane Iredale Lipstick

I have always suffered from Eczema since I was a kid. My most effected area has always been my hands. It has been a constant source of discomfort and embarrassment. This past holiday season, with the weather changing and the air being so dry, my hands where and still are a mess!  I have thankfully received something today, that may help.

Borghese Spa Mani Brillante Brightening Gloves  - These specially- formulated gloves are infused with rich, natural emollients, including Jojoba Seed, Avocado, and Olive Fruit Oils which improve skin’s texture and tone. Octadecenedioic Acid helps to brighten, clarify and impart luminance. Dry hands are quenched and relieved at once, revealing a soft-silken appearance.

I tried the gloves on for a second, and I felt like I was placing my hands in hand spa treatment. I'm looking forward to trying my new spa gloves from Borghes, and hoping they will help to relieve my dry hands.

I also received some great lipstick shades from Jane Iredale. Jane Iredale's PureMoist® Lipstick - Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing. The two shades are Ashley - creamy matte neutral terracotta; and Ann - creamy matte red wine.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Natural Girls United 2017

New hairstyles, diverse dolls and more...

I am excited to be staring a New Year with you all, and sharing in on the celebration of cultural beauty.  Natural Girls United continues to work hard to bring the best selection of ethnic dolls. With both style and grace, these dolls bring something new that no store brought doll can provide.

Currently on sale is a posable Arabian doll, with long braids. It is my goal to celebrate all cultures that are not represented in local toy stores. Check out Natural Girls United to see the 100 plus dolls for sale today!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kiana's Hair Story

India Arie said it best. Hair or not, it doesn't define who you are as a person. I decided to start my hair journey over after being three years natural. Previously my hair was shoulder length and recovering from a blonde dye job. I dyed it jet black and shaved the sides off, leaving a little patch of hair.

Tired of that style, I walked into a Hair Cuttery and told the stylist to cut everything off. Now, I have completed my second big chop and it's back to the TWA (teeny weeny afro) lifestyle. Why did I cut my hair off after being shoulder length for so long? Well, my hair was very dry and brittle. I have dyed it multiple colors since my first big chop and that put a lot of stress on my natural tresses. My curl pattern remained the same but I had a few strands of heat damage.

I tried different styles but everything seemed time consuming and let's face it... as a college student you don't have time to constantly do your hair. Studying and working were my main focus, not my hair. I finally got tired of it and told my friend to cut it. We tried to DIY a tapered cut (thanks YouTube) but failed miserably, so I had to go to a barbershop to it fixed. I liked the shaved sides look but as usual I got bored with it. The only thing left to do was cut it and well here ya go. I'm not so consumed with my hair being long anymore because I look good without it. I'm comfortable in my own skin and no one can take that away from me. Actually, short hair is the new "trend" amongst my age group. There's a weird feeling of satisfaction watching your hair go through different growth stages. As for hair products, I stick with natural oils (Coconut and Olive Oil) and Camille Rose Naturals. I recently discovered Camille Rose Naturals while on Youtube. I found similar hair bloggers with 4a hair (natural hair types) and it worked well for their hair. I tried their moisturizing butters, leave in conditioner, moisture milk, and a variety of other products and I LOVED IT . My hair was brought back to life and honestly you couldn't tell that it was dry or somewhat damaged. So during these next couple of months, I will definitely be using the Camille Rose Naturals line for my hair. I also plan on deep conditioning every Sunday and massaging my hair. Sadly, I won't be able to use my favorite clip ins from KRS Hair Group. That was my to go to style when I wanted to rock a few inches and strut my stuff. It's funny because a lot of people thought that was my hair... " OMG Kia na, your hair grew so much" or " Girl, your hair looks so good." I would laugh because I had clip ins in my hair, but I'll take a compliment any day. In my opinion, protective styles are a must when growing out your hair. I choose to wear wigs because you can switch up your hairstyle without ruining your real hair. Once my hair gets to a decent length, I'll go back to sew-ins. Protective styles for me are fun and I love the versatility that comes along with it.

I'm happy that I cut my hair off again because I feel free. It's nice to know that I don't need hair to feel beautiful or complete. Everyone in my family has cut their hair off at some point so that inspiredme to do it. My sister actually inspired me to cut all my hair off the first time. I thought it looked cute on her and I knew I could pull it off. It also came in handy because I needed products to use for my short hair and well she had them LOL! For anyone who's thinking about going natural or cutting their hair short, just do it . You'll feel better in the end and also be more confident. Hair is hair and it will grow back, with patience and time. Also, watch YouTube videos, follow hair bloggers on Instagram,or go on Pinterest for inspiration.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Link of the Day - Newlyweds Touissant and Yoofi

I love this story of newlyweds Touissant and Yoofi's wedding, that was shared on Natural Hair Bride.  She wore a unconventional wedding dress that was a perfect fit for her. And she wore her hair in a twist out. Congratulation's to the beautiful couple.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Meet Eleanor

"Hello I'm Eleanor "L" Chisolm and I would like to share my hair journey with you. It all began when I got terminated from my job. I was then taken on a life journey about myself, about who L is, the good, bad, and the ugly.
Through this journey I discovered some things about me internally that needed to change and saw how those things attached itself to me some were even self inflected. As God began to deal with me, my health came into play also.
I suffered from acne really bad, even went to the dermatologist a number of times but still no improvement. This journey had me to change my diet and go from relax hair to natural. Well due to my personality I Had to have some color for a pop because my natural hair color is really dark.

Once I made those changes and began to live from the inside out. My skin cleared up and I began getting in shape. Now I hardly wear any make up due to loving my skin now and my hair, doing what it do! I'm loving my big hair don't care with my natural curls. My healthy hair had always been my signature I've been told and since I have gone natural I can't go anywhere without being stopped. My hair I found has been the main attraction until I begin to tell my story of how I became natural and what it did for me.
I hear women shy away from their natural hair when I speak with them and I always get, "You have that good hair." I would ask the question, "What is good hair?" Then I explain that "Good hair" is the natural you, your hair you must embrace because it's all you. Beautifully and wonderfully made.
We as women, women of color must stand up and embrace our natural beauty, we must deal with our brokenness on the inside, and not allow society to define their perception of beauty for us.​

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gorgeous New Dolls

New dolls available!

More dolls have been added to Natural Girls United! Kinky hair, curly hair, braids, twist, Afros and more.

With great fashion from handmade dresses, wedding gowns, jeans and fun dresses. To see more - go to www.naturalgirlsunited.com.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Flaxseed Collection

Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils has a great new hair care line called the Flaxseed Collection.  The Flaxseed recipes are formulated for healthier, more manageable, and beautiful hair. The Flaxseed  Collection is the ideal solutions for: protective styling, chronically dry hair, multi-textured hair and multi-ethic hair. "Flaxseed: Nature’s Super Supplement for Strong, Healthy Hair! Flaxseed, is one of the richest forms of Omega Fatty Acids & Vitamin E. It has been used throughout the ages to nourish hair follicles and improve the overall health of the roots, shaft, and scalp. With essential nutrients for strong, healthy, voluminous hair, Flaxseed is often ingested or cocktailed in hair products to help stop and reverse thinning, shedding, split ends and breakage, and to give hair a lustrous look and feel. Aunt Jackie’s™ is proud to introduce these amazing Flaxseed-infused therapies for 1c-4c hair textures."

The line includes -

Purify Me Co-Wash
Fix My Hair Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque
Half & Half Hydrating Silkening Hair Milk
Seal It Up Hydrating Sealing Butter
Soft All Over Muli-purpose Oil Therapy
Don't Shrink Elongating Flaxseed Gel
Curl Mane-Tenance Defining Curl Whip

My Favorite product so far is the Purify Me Co-Wash!!!  Usually when I wash my hair with other
products, I can feel my hair being stripped of its moisture and turning into a big mess of kinky hair that will need to be detangled. This is the first time that I have used a product where I can feel my curls forming while my hair is being cleaned. It was an awesome feeling and that's never happened.  The Purify Me Co-Wash will be the only product I use to wash my hair from now on. Love it! 

You can also find Miss Jackie's Curls & Coils on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Classic Man"

Great haircut!!  Photo shared on Instagram by Thecutelife. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Caresse's inspirational story

Hi my name is Caress Wilson, I can remember  being three and not liking how I look. As a little girl I would pick myself apart I hated everything about the way I looked. There was this one time I was riding in the back seat of my dads car staring in the rare view mirror at myself and I hated what I saw I was eight years old. When I turned about 12 I started to defined how I felt about myself based on how I thought my hair made me look.  There fore, I constantly changed my hair style causing so much damage to my hair. Two years ago at the age of 24 I had started to do some soul searching and also had just had my second child. 

At this point of time I no longer knew what to do in regards to my hair I had been doing my own braids and sew-ins but with two kids I no longer had the time or money to do my own hair or pay to go to the beauty shop.  Then something told me to give dreadlocks a try. I was scared so I went to YouTube and Googled some images of women with dreadlocks as well as instructions on how to do them. So after a month or so of contemplating on rather or not to do dreadlocks I decided to do dreadlocks in my hair. I can say that the journey of my hair was one of many paths but I must say I do believe that I absolutely love my hair now and not just because it makes me beautiful.


Meet Anaya!

Name: Anaya

Q: What is your hair story?  What kind of hair styles have you rocked, before embracing your natural hair?
A: I was born with naturally curly hair. If I were asked what hair type I was I would have to say a mixture of 3c/4a hair. I have used a relaxer since I was 6 years old and fried and dyed it since. From braids to weekly wash and sets. I practically lived in a hair salon.

Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: I decided to wear my natural hair when I was 20 years old. I was just tired of my hair being unhealthy so I completely stopped using a relaxer but was still straightening my hair as I transitioned. I became obsessed with my new growth and then one day I just chopped all of the processed hair off. Best decision I’ve ever made.

Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture?
A: Of course. I knew other people would have a lot to say. Which they did and still do. Most of the time its negative but Ive been able to turn the other cheek and remain unbothered.

Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: LEAVE IN CONDITIONER! Omg. I cant not use it. Also, I love my hair masques. As far as styling, Im completely obsessed with Shea Moisture and Miss Jessies hair care lines. Their products love my hair! From the Pillow Soft Curls to the Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

Q: What would you say to someone who's thinking about embracing their natural hair, but scared about being rejected in various parts of their lives?
A: If youre thinking about embracing your natural hair then you are already half way there, just do it! It can be intimidating at times, but it is worth it for more ways than one. Its YOUR hair. If you love and take care of it it will love you back. I promise!

Q: How can we keep up with you and your journey i.e. blog, twitter, facebookfotkitumblr, personal or professional website? (Optional)
A:  You can follow my Instagram. I always have a hair update on there @anayalatr

Kris's gorgeous hair!

Thank you for sharing Kris! Lovely.  :-)