Month: January 2014

Feature Friday: Lizzie

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Hi everyone, this will be my first Feature Friday of many! I am very excited to provide a platform for fellow naturalistas of every texture to share their natural hair stories with everyone! The first Feature Friday is Lizzie from Lafayette, Louisiana, my BEST friend! Her hair is dope and she will tell you all about it! Hope you all enjoy!

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Elizabeth, I go by Liz. I love the natural movement! In addition, I love new challenges, and I admire people who are passionate and purposeful in their lives.

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I have been natural since after high school. I didn’t really decide to go natural. My mother stopped putting perms, because she was sure that her hair was falling out because of it. For this reason, I stopped as well (8 yrs ago). However, I discovered the Chi iron and wore that out. I didn’t really wear my hair in its “natural state” until I started AmeriCorps (Community Service Program) 3 years ago. I started wearing it this way because I would sweat, and it was hard to maintain straight hair. Also in the program so many girls had textured hair and it was welcoming.

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3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

No, I thought for awhile that my hair was pretty, but it was something that needed to be “done” or straightened in order to be beautiful. That has changed however!

4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is soft and very curly, a S pattern, it is thin looking when wet and when it’s fully dry, it is thick and bountiful.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

My hair is colored, so I use sulfate free, color shampoos most of the time. I wash my hair once a week. I condition with regular conditioner for colored hair, and I condition with 3 minute Aussie Moist conditioner, which is warmed with Olive oil. After a while my hair is soaking wet, I apply color protecting serum. After, if I am wearing my hair stretched, I towel dry (I know frizz…but I am not wearing my hair out) and I braid it into 4 braids with just leave in conditioner and then do protective styles (several different buns…etc) for the week.

6. What products can’t you live without?

Curl Enhancing Smoothie

7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I wash my hair once a week, and I do not straighten my hair often.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

That I love my hair just the way it is, and that when you know what to do, it is easier to manage than straight hair.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?

Yes, have fun with your hair.

10. Where can we find you?

I can only be reached here! So please hit up Jai if you’re interested in learning more, we should do a video together!

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I Am/ Am Not My Hair

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Lately, in the natural hair community there has been an ongoing battle between women who claim “hair is just hair” and women who claim that this natural hair movement is deeper than just hair. So, I just decided to share my OPINION on the matter. I have to say I agree with both sides of the matter. I have always been the type of girl who changed her hair constantly. I never had any type of obsession with length. People would ask me why I cut my hair so often, and I would reply, “It’s just hair, it will grow back”. I always believed, hair was just hair and no matter how many times you cut it, it would grow back. At the same time, I wasn’t ignorant to the fact that hair contributed to a person’s self confidence. If my hair was a mess or damaged, I just didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t feel as pretty or confident as I did when my hair was freshly relaxed and flowing in the wind. I loved walking out of the salon with my hair freshly washed, conditioned, and flat ironed. It made me feel like a new person, but after a few days it was back to ponytails until the next salon visit. I must admit, though, when I begin my natural hair journey and I “big chopped,” it no longer felt like just hair. I began researching the hair products I use, I drank my water, and I was more careful about what was going into my body. My hair became more of a science rather than something that was just growing out of my head. I wanted to learn more about my hair and how to make it healthier. Becoming natural also taught me to be more confident in myself and my decisions. One night, I just chopped all of my hair off and that night I just kept thinking that I have to walk out of the house with this short mess on top of my head. But, I had to live with my decision, it was done. I had to somehow exude my inner beauty and inner confidence because I felt ugly on the outside. Eventually, I came to love my TWA and I rocked it with real confidence! I also came to love my natural hair. This has truly been a journey for me. My natural hair has taught me self love, self acceptance, and I became more confident. So while I do believe that hair does not make a person, no amount of hair or makeup can change a person that’s ugly on the inside, I do believe that your hair is apart of you and it should be cared for just as much as any other part of your body.

Benefits of Drinking Water for Healthier Hair

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I’m sure you have heard over and over again that you should consume 8 to 10 glasses of water per day in order to stay healthy and hydrated, but did you know the amount of water you consume directly affects hair growth? Water is the main source of energy for every cell of the body including the cells that drive hair growth. Water makes up 1/4 of the weight of the hair strand. Dehydration directly impacts healthy hair growth. A lack of water can result in a lack of moisture in your hair which further results in dry and brittle hair. Hair may actually stop growing at the maximum genetic rate if you don’t intake enough water. Water keeps the body hydrated and it is the carrier of nutrients. It promotes a healthy shine in hair and skin. Drinking more water can be the best thing for your hair, especially if it is dry and brittle. If you’ve tried everything else to bring life to your hair and nothing is working, drinking water may be exactly what your hair regimen is missing.

ApHogee now has a Natural Hair care line entitled “Curlific!”

I am so excited about this! I used to love Aphogee products when my hair was relaxed! Hopefully, their natural hair care line is just as great.

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ApHogee now has a Natural Hair care line entitled “Curlific!”

We all know ApHoghee is known for their anti – breakage and rich in protein products for damaged hair.

NOW, they have a Natural Hair care line entitled “Curlific!”

The products include Leave in Conditioner, Curl definer, Co – wash and a “Texture treatment.”

Best believe I am placing my order NOW. Check out the line by clicking the link above, only available on curlmart.com! 

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

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Product Review: Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer and Leave-In H2 Conditioner

I promised a product review in my last post so here it is! I’ll start with the Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer by Elasta QP.

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  • Product Promises: “Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil creates this intensely rich thermal proctecting treatment. Use Olive and Mango Butter Moisturizer daily for softer fuller looking hair.”
  • Uses: “Apply daily to target dry ends and help prevent breakage.”
  • Styling Uses: “Excellent for Fingerstyle, Two Strand Twist and Spiral Rod Sets. Transitioners can apply to blend textures. Texturizers can define curls and waves.”

I have used this product a couple of times and my experiences were different each time. I’ve used this product on wet and dry hair and I’ve found it worked better for me on slightly damp hair. My favorite feature about this product is the smell, it smells sweet and heavenly. I LOVE it. The product is labeled as an “Intensive Treatment” but I wouldn’t necessarily say it lived up to that title. I spritzed my stretched, dry hair with the Leave-In H2 Conditioner, sealed it with coconut oil, then used the moisturizer to dry and add moisture to my dry ends and it did the job. My twistout results were pretty good when I used this product, but I have gotten better results and more moisture using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie ( I absolutely love that stuff). I just so happened to have a jar of the Elasta QP moisturizer that I’m trying to get rid of because (*clears throat, cues violin*)  I have Hair A.D.D and I am a recovering product junkie!!! I am trying to use all the products I bought just because I seen it down the aisle at Walgreens! Don’t judge me! Ultimately, this product did the trick and I would definitely use it again. The Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer is good in my book! Now lets get to the really good stuff, the Leave-In H2 Conditioner.
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  • Product Promises:” Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil leaves hair incredibly soft, and silky-smooth with great body, movement and shine. Perfect for natural, braided and straight styles leaving hair texture feeling like silk without build-up, dryness or frizz.”
  • To Use: “Shampoo and rinse hair well. Spray Leave-In H2 liberally into hair. Gently comb through hair. DO NOT RINSE.  Style as desired. For straightening curls, waves or smoothing frizz, blow dry hair.”

Let me start off by saying, this is a staple in my regimen! I absolutely love it! Like the moisturizer, the smell is amazing. I will literally be sitting in my car or in class, and in my head I’m wondering, “Man what smells so good?” Then I realize, the wonderful smell is my leave-in conditioner! That is my favorite thing about this product. I also feel that it is very effective as a leave-in conditioner in my hair. It does create body and movement in my hair as well. There is no build-up and it mixes well with my other products. This product gets an A+ from me. I would recommend this product to a fellow natural, but do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you! Hopefully, this review is helpful to you all and please feel free to comment and let me know how these products worked for you! Thank you all for taking the time to read this review!

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The Twistout!

Lately I have been trying my hardest to perfect my twistout. A twistout is when you take two strands of hair, wet or dry, and twists them together, they can be individually twisted or twisted along the scalp. The twists are then removed after drying to create a wave pattern. It can also aid naturals who just simply want to create definition in their hair. I try a twistout probably once a month and always end up with awesome definition in the front and a frizz ball in the back, but I digress. I believe this is because I always ambitiously start these twistouts late at night and once I get to the back section I’m over it and I begin putting huge uneven twist in the back. Well, needless to say, last night was no better! I began flat twisting my hair around 1 a.m. I had four awesome medium size twist in the front, two on either side, and two large twists in the back. I did my flat twist on old, stretched hair. I normally always do it on wet hair but I wanted to make sure my hair would dry completely by the next morning. I started by spritzing my hair with Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Leave-In H2 Conditioner, I then sealed my hair with organic coconut oil, and lastly I put the Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer before twisting each section. I set the ends of my hair on perm rods, put on my satin cap and went to sleep! The results were okay, but I do realize for better results I need to stop being so impatient and put in as much love and care in the back as I do in the front! Next time I will document the whole process for you all but as of now, I can show you the results. I will also do a review on the Elasta QP products I used for this twistout. Please feel free to share your stories about trying new styles with me! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

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