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Straightened…

28 Jan

Hey beautiful ones! I recently straightened my hair and I am so glad that I did. My hair is very coily and kinky and because of those reasons it makes it hard for me to trim my ends. I decided to straighten my hair on a whim. It was a quick decision, I washed and conditioned and when I was thinking about a style I saw straight hair. I used a ceramic iron and heat protectants. Below I will list some tips that I used to straighten my hair and prevent heat damage.

** Deep condition or treat your hair prior to using heat
** Use heat protectants (I used grape seed oil, coconut oil, Motions Thermal Heatseeker Spray, and IC Fantasia straightening serum)
** I blow dried using the tension method on a medium heat setting
** Work in small sections during the blow drying and flat ironing
** Some chase the hair with a small tooth comb behind the flat iron for a straighter finish, I did not though
** Use a heat setting for your desired look (The higher the heat setting, the straighter the hair)
** I passed the flat iron one time, trimmed the bad ends, and then passed the flat iron 1-2 more times
** Follow up with a deep condition or treatment once you are ready to wash again to help your curls bounce back

I didn't desire bone straight results but I was very please. This was a few days after the flat ironing, m hair was thickening back up

I didn’t desire bone straight results but I was very please. This was a few days after the flat ironing, m hair was thickening back up


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I was pleased with the flat iron results but most of all I was pleased with getting my ends into good shape. I stretched the flat iron results over a few weeks with flat twists and rollers and I did not apply more heat. I watched a lot of YouTube videos on straightening natural hair and I didn’t create any heat damage. Now I think my hair is healthier because I was able to really get a good trim. I trimmed at least an inch or more from my hair. May seem like a lot but STRENGTH BEFORE LENGTH!!





In the last picture you can see “FreeDa” reverting back to her natural ways!
What do you think of using heat? Have you experienced any heat damage?

Throw It In The Bowl… DIY Deep Conditioner

9 Sep
 

I feel like it has been forever since I did a blog post.  Just call it a little bit of being busy, a lot of being lazy, and just not having the motivation to blog.  My blog is still a baby and when I look at other blogs, I get a little intimidated because I don’t have all of the bells and whistles that other blogs have, frankly because I don’t know how to do all of that stuff. LOL But I digress and I try to look at it this way, although the aesthetics of a blog are important, the content is of a higher importance and if I put out quality material that my readers find helpful and informative then the purpose of my blog has been served.  Sooooo with that being said, let’s THROW IT IN THE BOWL!!!! I love treating my hair but I have not found a deep conditioner that I love.  There are some good ones out there but I just have not stumbled upon those yet so until then I am going to throw it in the bowl!! (Every time I type that I sing it to the tune of the The Dream song, “Throw it in the bag”, SMH, don’t judge me y’all!!) What I threw in the bowl was ingredients that made the best deep conditioner I have used.

$9.99 purchased at Wal-Mart

I purchased the All Natural Deep Conditioner by Eden BodyWorks a while back at Wal-Mart.  I like Eden BodyWorks products but after I used the deep conditioner, I felt like it was good but just needed a little more.  So I decided to add in some oils, conditioner, and honey.  It worked great!! My hair was soft, shiny, and very easy to detangle after using my mixture.  The recipe I used is below but feel free to throw in your own products if all of these are not available to you.

*The products I used minus the Morrocan Argan Oil*
Honey-Food Lion grocery store
Coconut Oil-www.vitacost.com
Macadamia Nut Oil- http://www.amazon.com
Jamaican Black Castor Oil- http://www.amazon.com
Tresemme’ Conditioner- Target

**All Natural Deep Conditioner by Eden BodyWorks (the base) – 1 cup

**Honey, jamaican black castor oil, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil- 1 tablespoon of each

**Tresemme Naturals Conditioner- about 2 tablespoons

**Morrocan Argan Oil – 6 drops (I only used a little because that oil is very concentrated)

I mixed it up, put it in my hair, put on plastic cap, let it sit for about 30 minutes, and rinsed.  The results were great!!  I dare you to try and mix your own or if you have a mixture I would love for you to share!

Thanks for all of the support, comments, and love!!

Until next time,

Be You, Be Beautiful

Is it real???

15 Aug

Hello good people! I felt it was time for a new post (past time) so as I was considering what to do a post on tonight I decided to go another route from my twist out or wash and go post and share my thoughts on some natural hair topics, debates, questions.

IS IT REAL? I ask this because it seems that everyone ( I know not everyone, let me exaggerate please)  has natural hair or is going natural So is it a trend, a phase, or a lifestyle change? For me, it has been a lifestyle change. It has opened my eyes to a whole new way of seeing things.  I have become more confident, outgoing, and open-minded.  Ok, I am not saying that I was a totally shy, boring person but everything has grown and I love myself more than I ever have.  When you can embrace something that gets ridiculed, put down, and downright disrespected as much as natural hair does, you can embrace and love N-E-THING!!!  So back to the question, IS IT REAL for everyone else?  Now it is not my business what someone does with their life let alone their hair but I just wonder if people are just going along with what seems to be hot right now or are they truly wanting to embrace their natural hair FOREVER, Forever, ever??? Honestly I think natural hair is the most time consuming change I have made in my life except for having kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love every minute of it but it takes time, effort, patience, and in some cases MOOLAH to maintain healthy natural hair and I definitely would not be wasting my time if it was not something that I was 100% committed to. I am so delighted when I see natural hair women out and about, its like we are apart of some sort of secret sisterhood or something.  We need to create some kind of secret hand signal to give when you see another natural LOL.

Natural hair has really turned into a MOVEMENT! I hope its real and the ladies (and men) of the natural hair community love and embrace every kink, coil, and curl  that is on their head and not be discouraged by the naysayers!! LET ‘EM HATE WHILE YOU BE HAPPY AND NAPPY!!

Love you all and ’til next time,

Be you, Be beautiful

Product Haul via Vitacost

31 Jul

Hello People!! I wanted to come and share with you some products that I recently ordered online.  I usually try and find my products in the stores but as  I was browsing online I came across www.vitacost.com.  I was very interested in this website because they offer all natural products for VERY reasonable prices, so reasonable that some products are 50% less than they are in the stores.  SO I WENT IN!! I had a cart worth $200!! Yeah I know right crazy and yes one can spend $200 on hair products.  Don’t call me crazy just yet because I DID NOT spend $200.  I spent around $60 (still too much I know but I couldnt help it) on 8 products, and if you spend $49 or more the shipping costs are FREE, so I was happy about that.  Before I get into the products, let me say I have been wanting to try Giovanni products for a long time because I have heard so many good things about the line but never got around to purchasing anything.  So when I saw that vitacost sells the WHOLE line I was stoked so the majority of the products that I purchased are from the Giovanni line.

**8 products list**

1. Giovanni Direct leave- in conditioner– moisturizes and detangles

2. Giovanni Frizz Be Gone– eliminates frizz & protects against heat styling

3. Giovanni Sunset Styling Lotion Hair Changer- straightens curls & waves, seals in moisture, protects hair from heat styling

4. Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor Eco Chic Technology- re-energizes hair

5. Giovanni Straight Fast Straightening Elixir- smoothes and straightens hair, resists humidity, and protects against heat

6. Artisana 100% Organic Raw Coconut Extra Virgin Oil- one of my staple products

7. Jane Carter Nourish and Shine- will nourish and add shine to dry hair and skin

8. Shea Radiance Citrus Blossom Whipped Shea Butter- This brand is new for me but shea butter is one of my staple products

** Be sure to look at the retail price and vitacost price under the picture.  SAVINGS!!**

Coconut Oil 16 fl oz
Retail $14
Vitacost- $12

Giovanni Direct leave in Conditioner 8.5 fl oz
Retail- $7 or more
Vitacost- $4.71

Giovanni Hair Reconstructor 6.8 fl oz
Retail- $8 or more
Vitacost- $5.28

Giovanni Styling Lotion 8.5 fl oz
Retail- $8 or more
Vitacost- $4.93

Giovanni Straightening Elixir 6.8 fl oz
Retail- $10 or more
Vitacost- $7.69

Giovanni Frizz Be Gone 2.75 fl oz
Retail-$9 or more
Vitacost- $4.92

Jane Carter Nourish & Shine 4 oz
Retail-$22
Vitacost- 19.80

**Not pictured- The Shea Radiance Citrus Blossom Whipped Shea Butter was not available when the other products shipped but it was ready just a few days later and I am expecting it any day now! Retail price- $15.99 and Vitacost price- $11.51

I am very happy with my purchase, I like to buy in bulk and the savings were worth it.  I saved around $30 buying online through Vitacost.  I think this is a great company, good customer service, and awesome prices.  They even have it to where if you are a frequent shopper, you can lock in the price of your favorite items so that you pay the same amount even if the price changes! How cool is that?! Vitacost has a facebook page, twitter account, and instagram account so check them out!! I think I will be a shopper with them for life!!

I boought a lot of products that will aid me with heat styling because I have been having a love affair with my blow dryer, I know, I know but I do my best to prevent heat damage and I believe some of these products will be great to help with that. We shall see! (Fingers crossed)

Until next time,

Be you, Be beautiful

**Disclaimer- This is not a paid review. The views expressed are solely of the author for the purpose of sharing information.  I cannot guarantee you any price if you wish to purchase the same products because the prices are subject to change.  Pictures belong to author as each item was purchased for personal use.

My new LOVE… Pre-Pooing

27 Jul

Hey people!! Hope your day is going well.   This post is about a new love of PRE-POOING  that I have.  Pre-pooing is a moisturizing, conditioning treatment that you do BEFORE  you shampoo, hence the prefix PRE.  It is very simple, coat your strands with product of choice, work it through, cover with plastic cap and some people sit under heat for a while.  I have seen people pre-poo for 30 minutes and I have seen people pre-poo for hours or even overnight.  That is your choice.  You may be saying, OK, I understand what it is now but what do I use to actually pre-poo????? Good question, various oils, such as, coconut, olive, castor, and jojoba can be used.  Also products such as hair mayonaises, conditioners, and other treatments can be used and/or combined with the oils.

I used to pre-poo frequently while I was transitioning but once I chopped I strayed away from this technique but man OH MAN, the prodigal child has returned and it is all because of HONEY!  Yes, honey!!  While scrolling through Instagram (follow me @simplee-ifree) I came across @glossymimi of www.lipglossandbinky.com,   upload of a jar of coconut oil and a jar of honey and she stated that she was about to pre-poo her daughter’s hair so of course I was intrigued because I love when I can make a product have multi-uses as I have already discovered a love for honey to exfoliate my face and lips.  Then I think the next day, I was tweet watching and Ariel of www.fashiondevotee.com tweeted that her hair was having a love affair with honey, so I was like OK i’m sold, and headed to the pantry for the honey!!!!

I was lucky that I was coming up on a wash day because the excitement of trying this out would have killed me!!! I put some honey in a bowl, if I had to measure I would say maybe 1 tablespoon and then I added the beloved coconut oil, let’s say about 2 tablespoons but of course you will need enough for your hair.  As you read, I put a little more oil than honey, mixed it up, worked through my mane, put on plastic cap, let it sit for about 30 minutes, and then rinsed in the shower.

OMGGGGGGGGG  While I was rinsing I could tell a difference in my hair.  It was the softest it has ever been!!!! NO EXAGGERATION NEEDED! As I was rinsing I said to myself, “I see why bears love this stuff!” and then I laughed at myself for even thinking that thought!! I am in love with it now but be mindful that it is honey so it will be sticky and somewhat messy depending on how you apply it but it does rinse out easily and your hair will love you.  Well at least mine did so I hope the same results for you if you try it.

One more thing, a few days later I paired the honey with extra virgin olive oil and it still did a good job of softening and moisturizing but my results with the coconut oil and honey were better X 3 so the two must be soulmates or something!

IF you want to see some examples there are a ton on youtube just search for pre-poo (duh India) and if you try or have tried it let me know how it works for you!!

FYI the honey I used came from wal-mart and my coconut oil was purchased at Whole Foods Market.

Until next time,

Be You, Be Beautiful

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Products that won’t break the BANK

21 Jul
Hello good people! First I just want to say this is my 3rd, yes 3rd attempt at this post.  SMH, I am still getting used to all the different buttons so I clicked on something (don’t know what) on two different ocassions and it closed the screen completely out.  Mind you it was already around 1 in the morning so I just closed the laptop, said forget it and went to bed.  So if you are reading this then you know that it FINALLY made it without going to cyber heaven.
I had a friend reach out to me and ask me if I could recommend some products for her because she is going to grow her curls out from a short cut.  So I went into my product repetoire and compiled a list of different products that are EASY to find and EASY  on the pockets.  I do believe that you get what you pay for but I also believe that good products can be found in our local stores.  However, I did include some websites that sell quality products with rave reviews at the end.  (I just did a copy and paste number with little editing so you are reading exactly what I sent to my friend.)
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 I researched some products and you should be able to find some good stuff out of these products.  I will take it through shampoo to styling to make it easier to look at.  Hope it helps. I will try to stick to products that are easy to find and affordable because ordering online can be a pain and costly.  But I will include some online product lines in case you want to check them out.
1. Shampoo (shampoos with no sulfates or parabens are better for natural hair beause those ingredients can make your hair dry, stripped, and brittle)
*Burt Bee’s pomegranate shampoo- Walgreens- less than $10
*Yes to carrots nourishing shampoo- Walgreens, Target, online- around $10 (yes to carrots also has other types like yes to cucumber and they work well also)
*Shea moisture moisture retention shampoo- Walgreens, target, wal-mart, online- around $10
*Organix coconut milk shampoo- walmart- around $10 (the organix line has other shampoo types too, they will be good too)
** I rarely use shampoos, maybe twice a month. I rely on co-washes and ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinses to cleanse my scalp)
2. Conditioners  ( A lot of curly girls who are going to wear their hair in its natural curl like to use a silicone free conditioner because it wont cause build- up on the hair)
*Yes to cucumbers color care conditioner- Walgreens, Target, online- around $10
*Tresemme conditioners (silicone free ones are in the white bottle) – Target, Walmart, Walgreens-    around $6 (works well if you leave in hair too)
*Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Conditioner- Target, Walmart, Walgreens – around $10
*Herbal Essences Hello Hydration- Walmart, Target- around $5 (works well if you leave in hair too)
*V05 clarifying conditioner- Walmart, Dollar Tree – $1
 
3. Moisturizing (Water will be your best moisturizer.  After hair is rinsed apply leave in conditioner spray/cream, and follow with an oil to lock that moisture in. Most of the time whatever you are using to style will moisturize the hair)
*I use a lot of oils for moisturizing, pure, 100% oils.  Most oils in the hair stores are not 100% so I either order online or go to a whole foods/organic store or GNC. I use coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil (100% can be found at local grocery stores, I cook with it and use in my hair lol), macadamia nut oil, jamaican black castor oil, hemp seed oil, and grapeseed oil (good on skin too).  I don’t use all at one time
though I pick and choose depending on how my hair feels.  The ones in bold are heavier oils so I use them maybe once a week but the others I use daily.
 ** I also spritz my dry hair with a water/oil mixture once a day. (Or at least I try to remember to do that)
*Mane and tail detangling spray is awesome for detangling, really the only that I have tried that works well. I have also heard good things about Kinky Curly Knot Today (target).
 
4. Styling (With styling products natural girls try to avoid products with mineral oil and petrolatum/petroleum because they block moisture and cause build- up)
*Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie- Target, walmart- around $10
* Shea moisture curl and style milk- walmart, target- around $10
* Eden body works curl milk- walmart, target, online- around $10
* I used conditioners to do styles sometimes too
*Hair rules curly whip- Target- around $10
*Lustrasilk curl pudding Walmart- around $6
*NON- alcohol gels (ecostyler) – Anywhere- less tha $5
**I also love Long Aid curl activator on my wash and gos.  I buy it at walmart for less than $5.  Also Garnier Fructis has a cream gel that I am quite fond of also. (Smells delicious I might add)
 
Websites (All of the websites sell 100% natural products. May be a little pricey but good stuff. Most of the websites have it sectioned off so you can go straight products for your hair type)
Entwine Natural Coiffure Collezion (don’t know the exact website but google it)
All of these companies have facebook pages and twitter accounts.  A lot of them offer discounts, giveaways, and styling instructions on their social media accounts so it may be beneficial to follow them.
Use youtube and google for everything!!!! It will tell you all that you need to know and you can see what other girls with your hair texture/curl are using.
That sums it up. Of course there are MANY other products out there on the market but I just wanted to give some ideas that may help.
What are your favorite products to use on your natural or relaxed hair???? Yes, relaxed ladies you are welcome to comment also.  I don’t discriminate! LOL
Until next time,
Be you, Be beautiful

Wrap it up…

10 Jul

Happy late Sunday to you all.  I know it was like I fell off the face of the earth but I’m still alive people.  I am in South Carolina for the summer, so I had to pack all of me and the kids up and make that drive from Miami.  When I finally arrived and got settled, I started looking and looking but couldn’t find my laptop charger.  I was frantic, didn’t know whether I threw it away in all the madness or left it in Miami.  I had everyone back in Miami looking for it while I was looking for it in South Carolina.  I came to the conclusion that I was going to have to order another.  I was packing the twins in the car and *boom* there it was, right in my face.  I was embarassed and relieved at the same time.  I lost some blogging time due to that and being in the country makes a person not want to do anything but relax and that is what I have been doing but I promise to do better.  I already have a few post lined up.

Moving right along, let’s wrap it up! Head scarves people, I am talking head scarves.  I have grown to adore a cute turban or head scarf/wrap as they are very prominent in the fashion and natural hair world right now.  I think with the right accessories, tying, or outfit anyone can take a plain old scarf into a chic  and stylish accessory.

I love YouTube, and I use it for everything.  So I looked up a few vids that would give me more options on tying and wearing my scarves.  Now I will not include specific directions for every picture but the vids will give you all some really good tutorials and there are many other scarf tutorials on YouTube.  Also just play around with your scarves and you will probably develop your own *signature* style.

How to rock a moxie turban by Charyjay http://youtu.be/ZFLd1fPYByQ

How to: Big Bow by Iknowlee http://youtu.be/ggMyikeuyf8

Head Scarf Wrap Tutorial by Vivacious1083 http://youtu.be/zQtoJYQov00

Mattie Method: 7 ways to wear a head scarf in 3 minutes by Mattieologie http://youtu.be/HMu0ZI7oh5c

Head scarf tuck and tie by Bluelibra7 http://youtu.be/X0IOPFieuTY

*These pics are missing face action because I was getting over conjunctivitis AKA pink eye, yeah disgusting I know.

I hope this inspires you to rock some head wraps! They are great for a bad hair day, rainy day, protecting your hair, or just adding a little *umph* to your wardrobe.

Until next time,

Be you, Be beautiful

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