Month: March 2014

Feature Friday: Sharlene

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1. Tell me about yourself.

My name is Sharlene and I am from Louisiana.

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

I was a slow transitioner. I grew my hair out for 2 1/2 years wearing protective styles such as braids, weaves, and braidouts. I chose to grow my hair out instead of doing the big chop solely because I wasn’t brave enough to do so. During my transition stage I experimented a lot with my hair because I had to learn how to work the 2 textures helped me start to discover what works best for my hair.

3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

I can truly say I grew to love my texture. When I started my journey going back natural, very few were doing so there was a lot of trial and error with my hair but that made me appreciate the journey so much more but I definitely had those “WTF mornings” with my hair. Once I learned how to treat my hair properly and learned what works best for my hair; I began to appreciate it a lot more and experiment with different products and styles I am still learning.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is SUPER THICK, with every curl pattern imaginable.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I cowash weekly, shampoo when needed (ex. if I have a lot of buildup from working out), deep conditioning twice a month or more depending on what my hair needs because sometimes my hair is super dry. During the week my hair is almost always in some type of braid (French braid or goddess braid) or bun for work. Braids are just so low maintenance and an easy style, which also cuts down on my time when getting ready in the morning. I use the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner and Hello Hydration interchangeably when I co wash. The leave-in Kinky Curly Knot Today: Leave-In/Detangler is my Holy Grail. I absolutely love how it makes my hair feel and it makes it so much easier to detangle. When I deep condition I use the Shea Moisture Deep Conditioning Masque and I’ll perform my hot oil treatements with Olive oil to add moisture when my hair needs a little more TLC. My favorite oils to use are coconut oil and jojoba oil. I use the jojoba oil more on m when my ends and the coconut oil when I do my scalp massages or just to refresh my hair from an old style. And lastly, for my braid and twist outs I use either Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner. I love how both of these products give my hair definition and leave my hair nourished.

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

I maintain a healthy length by keeping my hair in some type of protective style (French braid, goddess braid, bun, etc.) during the week and keeping my hair moisturized when wearing a style where my hair is out such as a twist out or braid out. I am a big advocate on little to no heat on my hair because I have had severe  heat damage from excessive straightening in the past. I aim to straighten my hair no more than twice a year and during that time I get a trim if needed.

 

 

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

The best things about being curly are being able to wear my hair any way I please and the styles are still cute. I don’t have to worry about slicking down my edges or worrying about having the perfect bun. Curly hair is so versatile; it gives us all curly girls a way to express our personality and style through our hair.

8. Is there any advice you would like to give to other fellow curly girls?

Be patient, I know that’s said once to many but it’s very true. Embrace your hair at every stage and be creative.

 

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9. Where can we find you?

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/Sharleneyvonne

Instagram: Sharleneyvonner

Blog: http://www.sharleneyvonne.blogspot.com

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FEATURE FRIDAY: DANYELLE

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1. Tell me about yourself.

My name is Danyelle Paine and I am a graduate student of New Orleans Baptist Seminary. I am a divine specimen made by God. I love the color purple, reggae music, and Betty Boop. I play the guitar. I can speak English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. I love to serve and volunteer in the homeless community. I am aiming to change the world.

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

I have been natural all of my life. In my house we got hot combs. I never had a perm and was afraid of them because I would hear people say they burn. I couldn’t imagine having my head burn for a period of time so that my hair can be straight.

3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

My mother taught me that straight hair is good hair. The way my hair coiled and curled was nappy. So I grew up ashamed of my natural hair. It was in college that I began to embrace my natural hair. I loved the way my hair looked because it was different. Straight or curly it’s all good hair. Texture does not determine quality.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

I would describe my hair as very thick with two types of curls. I have some tight curls in the very back with looser curls in the front. About 3 years ago, I got locs and I love them. I embrace my hair to the fullest.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I am big on clean hair that smells good. So I would wash my hair every couple of days or weekly. I also love to use a great daily moisturizer.

6. What products can’t you live without?

I can not live without my black bees wax with jojoba oil, Suaves Almond and Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner (it’s cheap and a great moisturizer). I use Pantene Pro V relaxed and natural hair mask for my leave in conditioner. I also use castor oil with some olive oil as a moisturizer.

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

I maintain the length and health of my hair by loving my hair. When you love your hair, you take time to care for your hair. I also grease my hair weekly to keep the moisture.

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

I have learned to not be afraid of my hair. I learned to always have a protectant on my hair, if I am applying heat. My favorite heat protecting serums are Paul Mitchell smoothing serum and Chi silk infusion.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to other fellow curly girls?

My advice to all of the natural ladies of the world is to firstly love you. Once you’ve established that then love your hair. Embrace your hair and recognize it for the beauty that it is. If you’re hesitant about going natural and are afraid of the big chop, then start slow. Chop a little at a time because going natural is the best thing for your hair. Your hair will be its healthiest. To all my newbies, do not run because you do not know how to style your hair. I educated myself by YouTube. I watched those videos until I was a pro. You can do it and it does take time.

10. Where can we find you?

You can find me on facebook @Danyelle D-nice Paine and Instagram @danyola

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Color Damaged Curls

I am coming to you all today to VENT! I am so frustrated with my hair color! I loved it when I first done it, but my hair and texture are noticeably different now then it was before I colored my hair! Let me clarify, I didn’t just color my hair, I bleached my hair to achieve my hair color. I believe the bleach was the problem, not necessarily the coloring of my hair. I had colored my hair previously, but did not use bleach and I never experienced any problems. Now  let me start off by saying, my curl pattern has ALWAYS been looser in certain spots than others, especially in the front of my hair and the nape of my hair, but this just adds to my frustration. I can’t tell if my curls are damaged in the front or just being their naturally looser curly selves (lol). I made the mistake of cutting of a lot of my hair after I first went natural and straightened my hair, thinking I had acquired heat damage because my curls were looser in the front, only to find that they grew back the exact same way. So you can see the dilemma. I have never had a problem cutting my hair, but I really don’t want to if it is not truly damaged. My hair continued to grow and retain length after my color, although I have done several trims since then. I decided that instead of cutting off all my hair again., I will just allow the color to grow out and cut it out as it grows more towards the ends. It just seems like it is taking forever, and this will be my first act of patience with my hair as far as not grabbing the scissors. I used to be very scissor happy (evil laugh)! I am really trying to give my hair a chance with this color but LAWD! A word of advice, I personally feel there is nothing wrong with coloring your hair as long as it does not involve bleach! I will NEVER bleach my hair again! I will post some pics before and after color, please let me know what you think! If you have any advice, please leave it in the comments below! Trust me I would greatly appreciate it!

Before Bleach!

Before Bleach!

Before Bleach! Curls are still looser in the front!

Before Bleach! Curls are still looser in the front!

After Bleach!

After Bleach!

Product Review: Aphogee Curlific!

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I know I told you in a previous post that I was very excited that Aphogee decided to jump on the bandwagon and began creating products specifically for curly haired girls! When my hair was relaxed, I used Aphogee’s original hair care line and I found it worked really well in my relaxed hair, especially the leave in conditioner. I was really hoping and wishing they delivered on this natural hair care line, because many of you product junkies know that it didn’t work well for some lines who transitioned from relaxed hair care lines to natural hair care lines. Well let me tell you something, Aphogee did not disappoint. So far I have tried the Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment and the Aphogee Curlific Moisutre Rich Leave-In and I am loving them! Let me start with the leave-in conditioner:

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  • Product Promises: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHyatmine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair.
  • Uses: Snarls and tangles are a challenge on any head, but textured hair can be the toughest! The oval shape of curly strands can “interlock” like no other  and are also more prone to dryness. Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In solves both problems. Easy to use on wet or dry hair , it enhances the look and feel of your hair and helps eliminate the styling challenge!
  • How to Use: After showering and blotting hair dry, spray Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In directly onto hair the hair, taking care to avoid the eyes. Work through hair evenly and proceed to style as usual. Between shampoos, spray a small amount  into palm and work through hair before styling to detangle and to protect against heat.

Soooo, after I shampooed and finger detangled with conditioner, I rinsed the conditioner out and dryed my hair with a cotton t-shirt. Then, I applied this Moisture Rich Leave-In conditioner. My hair seemed to melt in my hands, It was so soft and manageable. It felt like silk. I feel like Aphogee really researched curly hair and chose ingredients that was necessary to protect our curls and make them more manageable. My hair was shiny and tangle free for days! And my styling process was a breeze. I would recommend this product to every curly girl, no matter your hair type! I love this leave-in conditioner just as much as I loved the original Protein Rich Leave-In conditioner by Aphogee!

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  • Product Promises: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHyatmine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair.
  • Uses: Wavy, Curly or Coiled hair types are more susceptible to damage than straight hair, due to the structure and styling resistance. Weekly use of Curlific! Texture Treatment maintains beautiful hair, regardless of the environment or styling regimen. A MUST FOR COLOR TREATED CURLS!
  • How to Use: Shampoo with Curlific Textured Hair Wash. After rinsing with warm water, work a liberal amount of Curlific! Texture Treatment through your thirsty locks. Leave on a minte and then rinse, finishing with cool water.

Once again, I shampooed my hair then applied this Texture Treatment. I left it on for about three minutes, then rinsed with cool water. This was definitely a treat for my hair I did not detangle before hand,  so I was pleasantly surprised when I rinsed my hair and my tangles melted away. My hair was soft, defined and I did not have to do much finger tangling afterwards. I can’t say that I have noticed a huge difference in my curls over a long period of time because I’ve only been using this product, once a week for three weeks. I can say that everytime I do use it, my hair feels healthier and it is easier to manage. My hair is color treated,so I’m hoping this product keeps my colored treated tresses healthy. I cannot wait to grow this color out, but I digress! To all my fellow curly, kinky, wavy, or coily haired naturalistas, I would definitely give Aphogee Curlific! line a try. You won’t be disappointed. Please share your experiences with Aphogee Curlific! in the comments below! I will be giving  the shampoo and curling cream a try soon, so stay tuned!

 

For a live review + demo please visit my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiOHo60xcAk&list=UUcy24C6D0PTKsiu9uJLYx4A

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Jai Nicole