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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

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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
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