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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?

Five Things I Am Currently Obsessed With

30 Nov

Henna

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Henna the flowering plant used to dye hair, skin etc.. is my new obsession. Keep in mind, I have never hennaed my hair and Idon’t know that I will be doing so in the near  future (I am currently in protective style for the winter and I need to further research the effects of henna on low porosity hair) but in theory I am all about  henna. I got a box of Reshma Femme in dark chocolate henna in my (insert month here) curlBOX and I have been staring at it longingly as it sits on my shelf.

 Solange’s Knowles new album ‘True’

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Fashionista, and natural hair icon Solange is back with a new album and I really love it. The album is a reflective of Ms. Knowles evolution. The new album is daring, eclectic and downright funky just like Solange herself. The tracks ‘”Losing You” and “Lovers In the Parking Lot” are on steady repeat. Check out her album and thank me later. Oh and by the way it’s only $6.39 on Itunes.

 Dark  lipstick 

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Burgundy,  Merlot, Maroon, Oxblood whatever you want to call it I am all about the dark vampy lip. Pair it with a light smoky eye (is that an oxymoron?) and glowing skin for a sexy look. My favorite shade is Mac Rebel paired with or without the matching lipglass by the same name however, last weekend I picked up Black Radiance’s Midnight Glow lipstick (shade 5033) after seeing Alicia Keys rock a gorgeous dark lip on Jimmy Fallon while singing the theme song to Gummi Bears. And ladies, don’t forget to exfoliate, moisturize and line those lips prior to applying!

 Sequin Pants

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I am in love with all things sequins but especially sequin pants. I saw a picture curlBOX founder and visionary Myleik with a gorgeous pair of Calypso St. Barth gold sequin pants and instantly fell in love with sequin pants.  It’s a party on your pants, what more is there to say?

Gold glassware

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Last but certainly not least gold glassware. Perfect for a party or stylish everyday use; seriously, who wouldn’t want to drink their red Kool-Aid from a fancy glass?  Gold glassware is on my list of must haves. I have been obsessively perusing Etsy and Ebay in search of  the perfect set of vintage gold glassware although I haven’t quite found what I am looking for I do fancy the fancy glasses above.

What are your current obsessions?

October curlBOX

23 Oct

I am super late with this post. I really wanted to do an unboxing video but didn’t get a chance to, maybe next month. The October box was the Get Fresh Prescription for Fall aka For Colored Girls When Boring Hair is Enough!

 

 

Reshma Femme Henna ( I received the dark chocolate color): Reshma Henna is a semi-permanent color that lasts up to 4 — 6 weeks, depending on hair texture. For those with gray hair, Reshma Henna completely covers and colors hair. On lighter hair, henna provides vibrant color options, while darker hair can expect softer, but rich hues that add to the current color. For an additional touch, adding coffee to the ‘Dark Chocolate’ will result in a deeper brown shade while adding brewed tea or beetroot to the ‘Rouge’ will result in a deeper red.The boxes include: *Reshma Henna powder *Oil for extra moisturizing*Easy to follow instructions.

*For your convenience, Reshma Henna also has easy-to-follow “how-to” video guides for hair and skin products on the Reshma Femme website. Because Reshma Henna is in the purest powder form, the product has unlimited shelf life and never expires.

African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Moisture Intense Bouncy Curls Pudding:Keep Textures softer, silkier, with greater flexibility and bounce with African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Bouncy Curls Pudding. Benefits: Nourish & Soften Curls, Coils and Waves • Stretch & Elongate Curls and Kinky-Coils • Smooth and Tame Frizz.

Curl Care by Dr. Miracle Nourishing Conditioner: Blended with Coconut, Jojoba and Vitamin E to moisturize, condition and soften each curl. Use this conditioner as a follow up to our Rehydrating Shampoo.

Eden Body Works  Jojoba Monoi All Natural Hair Milk:JojOba Monoi Hair Milk is a leave in conditioner formulated to boost moisture and shine, without being too heavy. Made with organic Monoi de Tahiti, this natural cocktail of Coconut Oil and Vitamin E delivers antioxidants that replenish and rejuvenate dry brittle hair and reduce split ends. Leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable. Naturally Detangles Adds instant moisture Reduces split ends Increases hair strength and shine Protects from heat damage.

Lustrasilk Moisture Max Keratin Amino Acid Leave-in Creme Conditioner: Moisture Max Leave-In creme Conditioner is a Must for those who want a last chance for extra moisture before drying and styling. Keratin Amino acids and Deionized water combine to penetrate the hair follicle and restore vital moisture and shine to all dry, damaged hair types and textures. Formulated to smooth and seal while detangling, this leave-in conditioner will provide you with exceptionally moisturized hair while helping to reduce breakage. MAXimize your natural beauty with Moisture MAX!

Twists ‘n Locs Organic Leave -in Contioner:Adds luster and moisture to dry or over processed hair. All natural formula for extra protection and shine.

Bodycology Nourishing Body Cream in Wild Poppy: Fresh scents of jasmine and rose transport you to a flower field
on a spring day. Lift your spirits with this fresh and fun fragrance. Moisturizing Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Nourishing Vitamins E & C.

Coupons/Discounts: 15% off any item at behuetiful.com and free shipping a ouidad.com

Final Thoughts: I like the contents of the October box. I have been wanting to try henna but hadn’t gotten around to purchasing any so it was pretty great that it was in this month’s box. I figure a girl can never have too many products for twists/braids so I will definitely be using the African Pride. The Dr. Miracle conditioner I think we received a sample in an earlier curlBOX I don’t think Lola liked the product but I can’t quite remember so I will give it another shot. I am on a no-buy and won’t be using the behuetifil discount so if you would like my discount code leave your email in the comment section and I will email you the code. Also, if there is ever any product you are just dying for a review of let me know I am happy to try it out and post a review. I haven’t opened a thing from the September or the October curlBOX and I believe I am going back in braids either next week or the following week so I maybe I will do a giveaway of a few products from my boxes. I would love to know what you think about the October curlBOX so please do tell.