A Weekend So Crazy I Had to Blog About It!

5 Feb

Hi Beauties,

Normally I try to restrict my blog to posts about natural hair and fashion but last weekend was my birthday weekend and it was so crazy I had to share the story. For the record my birthday was Sunday but my sister decided that I would have a birthday weekend extravaganza and we would get turnt up all weekend long.

Friday

Friday night my sister and best friend and I went to a restaurant/night club in Cambridge, MA called Naga. It was freezing outside and the line was ridiculous considering there were no people inside. How did I know that there were no people inside well I could see into the place and it was empty. After standing outside in freezing temperatures for what seemed like an eternity we were finally let in and the misadventure that was to be my weekend began. The place was your typical nightclub, overcrowded, people dancing like they were trying to make babies right then and there, guys walking around holding personal bottles of liquor while wearing sunglasses at night in the club; the usual. I was having a good time, dancing with my sister and her roommate and then it happened some guy reached up (he was short and I was wearing heels) and put his hand in my hair. Seriously, if we were on a television show it would be the moment where the music stops and everyone stares at the culprit while I shouted, “Oh hell no.” But it wasn’t a television show and people are crazy so I bent down and tersely but politely told him, “You don’t touch people’s hair.” Now ladies, Lola (my hair) was looking extra fly that night (all weekend to be exact ) but still. He apologized and we went on with the night.

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Saturday

My sister organized a surprise get together for me at the Emerald Lounge in the Revere Hotel and we couldn’t get in! This place is the absolute worse, an overly pretentious lounge that I will never visit again. The doormen told us a half an hour we should be in the club, then that changed to a few more minutes. They kept us in line for an hour and a half only to shut the door down. Half of my party was in the line with me while the other half was inside the lounge. The saddest part was that the people who were leaving the nightclub were coming out and saying how the club was super whack and totally not worth waiting in line for. I really wanted to leave but since half of my party was already inside and had paid for parking I just waited and waited to get to the front of the line only for the doormen to say the door was closed. It was awful. I won’t even go into specifics about how I ended up at some supposed house warming which turned out to be a house party of epic hood proportions and the worst 40 minutes of my life. I’m talking people standing on furniture, weed smoking in a bed room, girl on girl action, culminating in a stolen cellphone and a promise to start banging on people -I don’t even know what that means.

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Sunday

Sunday, my actual birthday was a relaxing day. My mother, sister and I went to Stephi’s on Tremont St. and had brunch then went home and crashed.

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Next year, no party for me, I ‘ll be in Barbados!

Stop… Henna Time!

30 Jan

I finally did it, I hennaed and indigoed my hair! Go me, go me!

I’d been contemplating hennaing my hair for quite sometime but was hesitant, tired of plucking the gray hairs from my temples I figured it was time to give henna a try. I purchased my henna and my indigo from Henna Sooq, after reading really good reviews of the company. I purchased the Lush Brown Kit which contained 100 grams of Organic Rajasthani henna (you can pick from various types of henna) and 100 grams of indigo. I also purchased a sample of the Henna Sooq Sweet Honey Shampoo Bar and an 8oz container of the Sweet Honey Enriching Hair Nourisher.  I will review those products in another post but for now let’s talk henna.

I kept my henna mix really simple, I used lemon juice to release the dye and a little extra virgin olive oil for moisture and to help the henna rinse out easier.

My mixture is lumpy in the pic but I did smooth it out more before applying.

My mixture is lumpy in the pic but I did smooth it out more before applying.

I made my henna mixture around 7AM and didn’t apply it until around 11PM that same evening. Because it was so late, I applied the henna to my hair then wrapped my hair in saran wrap, a plastic cap, and then my scarf and went to bed.

Hope you didn't think you were going to see me with saran wrap on my head...no ma'am!

Hope you didn’t think you were going to see me with saran wrap on my head…no ma’am!

When I woke up I rinsed out the henna and created my indigo mix. I had read that henna can be incredibly difficult to rinse out however, I had no trouble removing the henna from my hair. I think because I added the evoo to my mixture and I didn’t apply the henna very thickly.

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My indigo mix, this stuff smelled incredibly earthy kind of like grass?

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Do you see how black my hair is, “Yeah boy”(Flava Flav voice). I kept the indigo in my hair for 4 hours. I wasn’t a fan of the smell but I applied it to my hair, saran wrapped and plastic capped and donned my scarf again. This stuff stains!  My black and gray pillow cases definitely had spots on them so be careful. I rinsed out the indigo, co-washed with Trader Joe’s Nourishspa then deep conditioned with the Henna Sooq  Sweet Honey Enriching Hair Nourisher. Since henna treatments can be drying I deep conditioned for around 2 hours.

My results!

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Although it doesn’t seem that way in the picture my hair was pretty black, it had a bit more hang (possibly imagined) and less frizz. I am definitely going to start incorporating henna into my regimen, primarily for the color. However, I do have fine hair around my nape and sides so hopefully it will help with that.  My hair did feel a bit dry even with the deep conditioning, nothing too serious.  Next time I’ll  try a different deep conditioner next time and make sure to co-wash a little more frequently in the subsequent weeks after a henna/indigo treatment. Also, I didn’t use the whole 100 grams or henna or indigo so I have enough for another treatment, YAY!

Do you henna?

Karen’s Body Beautiful is Coming to Target!

29 Jan

Target is seriously trying to become my favorite store! It has recently been announced that Karen Tappin, founder of Karen’s Body Beautiful is bringing her products to Target. Yes, I said Karen’s Body Beautiful will be in select Target stores starting in February. Are you excited? I know I am!  I am also a  bit worried about my pockets. I haven’t used any of her products but have heard really good things so I am hoping they are available in a Target near me…a girl can dream right?  I don’t have a list of which Target stores the products will be available  but as soon as I do you know I will post the information.

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Has anyone used her products? What are the definte must haves?

Rethinking the Sink/Float Porosity Test

28 Jan

Morning!

When I first became natural, correction when my hair finally grew long enough for me to pluck a strand from my head, I did the hair strand sink/float test to check my hair’s porosity. I’d found mentions of this method to test porosity on just about every natural hair website and forum I came across. Naturally, (no pun intended) I assumed the test was a pretty accurate way to test porosity until yesterday when I came across a post on http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/ which made me question whether the sink/float porosity test is really just junk science. Quick aside- if your not sure what porosity has to do with hair,  basically it’s the measure of how your hair will absorb and hold moisture.

Junk Science – Hair Porosity Tests / Float or Sink

 

Ok so many of you write to me about porosity tests. These are the suggestions that you can test to see how porous your hair is by placing a few strands in water, wait for 10 minutes and see if the hair floats or sinks.

I have often said that I do believe that these type of tests are really very poor and very unscientific. Let me explain why:

1. Hair in general will almost always float in water. 

Many of you doing this test will note that your hair will float for ages and it may take some prodding to make it sink if it does at all. This is because hair is generally covered in oil. This oil is naturally produced sebum and any extra that you may use in your hair care routine will have an added impact. Now oil will always float on water, so your hair floating does not mean that it has low porosity. It does mean that your hair is light (which it is) and has a coating of oil that repels water (which it does).

2. What would happen if you washed off the oil on hair using shampoo then performed the test?

If you chose to do the test with hair that is freshly washed but not conditioned then that is really an artificial test because you would normally apply conditioner after a shampoo (Of course if you only shampoo then this test is not artificial for you). For most people hair will still float because there is usually still some residual oil.

3. Warm water or cold water?

Some say the temperature of the water does not matter but on a scientific level this is probably not true. The reason for this is

– Hair has a thin oil coating (warm/hot water removes oil to some extent)
– Hair is protein (most proteins will have small changes in structure if temperature changes)

However, the most likely observation that most people will have with a single strand of hair is that it will float.

4. If hair sinks, is this because it has taken up water?

If you place hair strands in water they are going to take up water, this is a fact and this is normal. The more your hair takes up water, the heavier it will get but it may still float because of the oil coating. Hair could indeed sink and many relate this to damage (bleaching or relaxing hair for example makes the cuticle more porous) but it could also be that your hair is naturally dense (i.e naturally weighs more).

So is there a scientific test to know how porous hair is?

Yes, there is and much like the proven tests to see if oil penetrates hair, it is a lab based test that is generally not an easy or cheap method to do. It is called gas sorption and involves detecting the flow of a gas (or air) through hair. It has been used to show that bleaching and UV damage do both indeed greatly change the porosity of hair ( Journal of cosmetic science 59.4 (2008): 303)

Is there a home – test for porosity?

There is no single test that I would say is reliable. Many people think that hair repelling water is a bad thing but it really is not, it is excellent. It means your hair has its oil coating and is working well. The oil coating cannot fully block out water coming in or out, it is a permeable barrier.

I do absolutely advocate for people to reject or accept products based on how they work. If a product leads your hair to be constantly dry, leave it. If a product makes your hair too mushy, stop using it. Find products that work by trusting yourself and your hair.

Written by JC of Natural Haven
Thoughts?

A Natural Hair Event for My New England Ladies

18 Jan

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, I received an email on behalf of the natural hair salon Luv My Natural Curls Boutique inviting myself and my followers to their 2013 Seeds of Luv Natural Hair Fashion Show. The email stated, “The purpose of the event is to empower and motivate women to embrace their natural beauty. To help them build a stronger hair regimen and gain knowledge on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Our Guest Speaker will be Audrey Davis, author of “Science of Black Hair Care”. This event will take place at Lombardo’s Function Facilities, one of Boston’s Finest Venues. This event consists of: 3 course meal, passed hors’douvers/ champagne fountain, Shopping/Vendor discounts, Lots of Entertainment, Door prizes, Lots of product samples and raffle giveaways. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the Lupus and Breast Cancer Foundation. We understand that many women who survive these types of diseases tend to still die from within. They do not feel beautiful enough and they become self-conscience about whether they are “woman enough” or“beautiful enough” for society’s standards. We want to bring awareness to the fact that ‘TRUE BEAUTY’ is not about “body image” but the IMAGE you represent for the BODYof Christ.”

 Limited Early Bird Tickets at $40 are going FAST!!! Tickets will be $75 after January 31st. TICKETS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE! ( The website lists 2 ticket prices a $40 ticket and a $60 VIP ticket). Tickets can be purchased on the their website http://www.luvmynaturalcurls.com/ or through EventBrite.

 

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Will you be attending?

January curlBOX

17 Jan

Morning Curlies,

I received my January curlBOX the theme of which was “New Year, New Rules, New You!” Let’s check out what was inside.

Elentee Soy Organics Twist & Lock Gel: (Full size product) Elentee Soy Organics Twist and Lock Gel formulated with special herbal ingredients to deeply soften the cuticle for total control when coiling your hair into twists and locks. It conditions by restoring moisture and strengthens the hair to prevent breakage. Provides a long-lasting hold and dries fast. Directions For Twists: Apply ample amount of Elentee Soy Organics Twist & Lock Gel to the root of one section and part into small subsections using a comb. Twist hair into neat coils with a small com or with fingers. Sit under dryer for 15 to 20 minutes or until hair is completely dry.

Oyin Hair Dew: (Mini Size): This creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. it’s great on ‘naked’ hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle.

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine  Sulfate Free Shampoo (Pillow Pack): Sulfate-free formula that hydrates hair and adds exotic shine, while gently cleansing without harsh moisture stripping agents. It strengthens hair while optimizing the moisture balance of the hair and scalp

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioner (Pillow Pack): An intensively deep conditioning treatment that strengthens, revitalizes and gives exotic shine. It prevents hair breakage and deeply infuses moisture from the inside out. Ideal for all hair types, including relaxed, natural and color-treated hair, this treatment can be used after every shampoo as a quick conditioner, or every week as a reconstructor.

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edges (Sample): Hair gel infused with Argan Oil controls and holds down edges, while moisturizing and adding Exotic Shine to the hair. This nutrient-rich formula makes hair stronger and gives superior hold without flaking. Perfect for creating sleek, smooth styles, ponytails, sculpting & styling the hair.

Mizani True Textures Curl Soft Moisturizing Leave-In Creme (Pillow Pack): This weightless leave-in conditioner envelops curls to deliver flawless, frizz-free definition. Create curls with moisture, protection and softness.

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My thoughts: First,  let me say there were variations in the boxes some people received Soy Organics Ant-Breakage Moisturizer instead of  the Twist & Lock Gel. There were also variations in the Oyin products with some people receiving either the Honey Hemp or the Juice and Berries instead of  the Hair Dew. What is listed above is what I received in my curlBOX. Now on to my opinion, I have to admit this is not my favorite box and I do understand that every box can’t be amazing. But to me most of the boxes have been pretty good and maybe my expectations have become a bit too high. When I opened this box and saw the contents I didn’t get that desire to rip open these products and get to doing my hair. I don’t know about you but whenever I get a product I am excited about all I want to do is try it out. That being said, I will try everything in the box and perhaps once I have used the products I will have a greater appreciation of January’s box. I am looking really  forward to using the Oyin Hair Dew and to giving the Mizani True Texture leave-in a try. February marks the first anniversary of curlBOX, so I know the contents of the box will be fabulous! If you are interested in joining curlBOX the list opens January 19th at 3pm.

A Designer Collaboration I Am Actually Excited About!

15 Jan

Mark your fashion calendars! Fashion designer Prabal Gurung  is releasing  a designer collaboration with Target on February 10.   The 80 piece collection consisting  clothes, accessories and shoes is pretty affordable, with most pieces under $50.00.  I am excited about this the collection, the colors, the prints, the affordability, what’s not to love?  Here are a few items from the collection I have my eye.  Want to see more ? Head over to Elle.com to see the entirety of this fabulous collection.

Images courtesy of Target via Elle

Updated: New Products From SheaMoisture

10 Jan

Last week I wrote a post  about new products from SheaMoisture that are only available at select Targets, well SheaMoisture has released a list of Target’s where the products are available. Click on the list to enlarge picture.

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The Central Park Five

8 Jan

Good morning Beauties,

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My blog is primarily about natural hair and fashion however, last night I watched a documentary on The Central Park Five last night and I just had to post something about the film. The Central Park Five were a group of five minority youth ages 14-17, who were wrongfully accused and subsequently imprisoned for the brutal rape of Trisha Melli “The Central Park Jogger” in Central Park in the late 1980’s. Exhausted and frightened, the boys confessed to having committed the crime (confessions which the boys say were obtained through intimidation, coercion and fear).  None of the DNA or physical evidence in the case indicated that any of the  boys committed the brutal crime and their confessions were contradictory.  The boys retracted their confessions but they were still found guilty. They maintained their innocence throughout their prison terms. Eventually, the actual rapist Matias Reyes confessed to having committed the crime, ALONE! and the boys, now men were exonerated.

There should be no denying that the justice system failed these boys, the police, the DA, their defense attorneys, all  failed these boys. Careers were built on this case and few of those involved are willing to admit they got it wrong, terribly and horribly wrong. But the sad reality is they did get it wrong, they sent five innocent boys to jail for a crime they didn’t commit. The five men are currently seeking $50 million dollars each in damages from the New York Police Department, current and former police officers and the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The City is trying to get the suit thrown out saying it stands by the decisions of the police and the prosection.

I implore you to see this documentary it is available On Demand and in select movie theatres, check fandango for a theatre near you also please Google their story.

New Products from SheaMoisture

4 Jan

Remember when I said I was going to curb my product junkism for 2013?  Well that promise just got a little harder with the release of 6 new hair products from curly girl staple brand SheaMoisture. Excited? Well, before you go warm up the car let me tell you that these new products are currently available in limited distribution at select 300 Target stores and I have no idea which Target stores have been selected (sad face). Hopefully, these new goodies will soon be made available at all locations where SheaMoisture products are sold or SheaMoisture will release a list of the Target stores where the products are available.

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The 6 new products are:

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser

– SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

– SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse

– SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Damage Repair Hair & Scalp Serum

– SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Exta-Moisture Transitioning Milk

– SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler