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Thursday, March 31, 2011

My twist out didnt dry :(

Last night I cowashed my hair using Herbal Essence Totally Twisted and detangled in the shower using my shower comb. I didn't towel dry my hair, I just squeezed the excess water out.

I sprayed SheaMoisture Dry Scalp Elixir on my hair and massaged it into my scalp. Then I put my hair in 6 straight back flat twists. I applied Bee Mine Moisturizer and Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter to each section and used my Denman Brush to smooth each section. I put a yellow flexi rod on the ends on each twist. I tied my hair down with a satin scarf and went to sleep. About 11 hours later I sprayed my hair with Jane Carter Revitalizing leave in conditioner. Then applied jojoba oil to the parts. and applied jojoba oil to my hair. Then I unraveled the twists, While I was unraveling I noticed my hair was still wet, but I had to go to class so I just kept unraveling then just put a headband on and left for class. It was like 80 degrees outside today, so my hair was dry by the time I got to class. But my hair wasn't really defined today since the twists didn't get a chance to fully dry. This has just been a bad hair week for me LOL.



TOMORROW

This post is for anyone in the San Diego area

Tomorrow my sorors and I are heading down to SD to support another soror's event called Let's Play. Let's Play is an adult game night that consists of old school board games, interactive games, food, drinks, and a DJ. This is a great event to hang out with friends instead of doing the usual club, bowling or skating. It can also be a great date night, or a place for singles to mingle ;-). Let's Play occurs once a month and the next one is TOMORROW. This event also serves a worthy cause.


Time: 8p-1a
Where: Jacobs Center
            404 Euclid Ave.
            San Diego, CA 92114
For more info, check out the website: http://www.letsplay-sandiego.com/
the hosts (my soror on the right) and the DJ in the middle

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Pompadour Twist Back

2nd braidout attempt using Bee Mine Products and Tangle Teezer for the 1st time

So since I failed at my 1st braidout I decided to try again on wash day (Sunday). So I washed my hair using Giovanni 50:50 shampoo

 Then I DC'd with Bee Mine Deep Conditioner for 20 min with a shower cap on and no heat.
DC

after I rinsed the DC out

After I rinsed out the DC, I applied Bee Mine Moisturizer to my hair and detangled in sections using the Tangle Teezer, after detangling each section, I sealed with EVCO. Then I applied SheaMoisture Dry Scalp Elixir to my scalp and massaged it in.
my hair with the Bee Mine Moiusturizer
Then my friend put 4 cornrows in my hair. She did not part the hair, she just applied Bee Mine Curly Butter to each section and smoothed it out with my Denman Brush. After that I put a scarf on my head. The next day I sprayed my hair with Carol's Daughter Tui Leave in conditioner and then put Bee Mine Curly Butter to the ends of each braid and put a flexi rod on the end, then put my scarf back on. Later that evening I sprayed my hair again with the Tui leave in. Then I applied castor oil to the parts of my hair, then applied jojoba oil to my braids and unraveled them.
took a pic asfter I had already started to unravel my hair

after all the braids were out

The braid out still didnt look to great, but it was better than my first attempt! I didnt seperate the braids, I just massaged my scalp to get rid of the parts. Then I applied ORS Edge Control to my edges and put a scarf around my edges. After an hour I took off the scarf and just put on a headband.

trying to smooth down my edges
finished product :/


That night I "pineappled my hair and slept on my satin pillowcase. The next morning I tried to play with different styles, but  it just wasnt working

first I tried to put all the hair to one side #fail

next i tried to slick down the front with a side part and wear the rest out, but once the wind hit outside I was looking a hot mess

luckily I had a hair tie on my wrist, so I ended up just putting my hair in a messy bun


Monday, March 28, 2011

Interesting vid on the Tangle Teezer

So since I used my Tangle Teezer for the 1st time, I decided to sow this video that I founde very interesting. Many of us have seen plenty og reviews of the Tangle Teezer, but not quite like the one below. Take a look and sshare your thoughts!

Sidewinders have arrived!


I recently won some Sidewinders in a giveaway hosted by NaturallyChelsea of Curly and Young. I would like to thank her for hosting this giveaway!

I haven't had a chance to try them out yet and honestly I have no idea how I plan to use them, but once I do, I will give a review. I actually might try them out on my lil sisters hair. So stay tuned...

Rockin it Napptural Giveaway

Click on the link below and follow the instructions for a chance to win some Cantu Shea Butter Products!

http://www.naturalbecomesher.com/2011/03/100-followers-cantu-shea-butter.html

Music Monday - My Last

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My 1st braid out

So since my flexirod set didnt last, I needed to figure out something to do with my hair until wash day (Sunday). So on Wednesday I cowashed my hair with Herbal Essences Totally Twisted. I detangled my hair in the shower in 4 sections with my wide tooth shower comb and twisted each section after detangling. I rinsed my hair with cool water while still in twists, but the twists unraveled the dried my hair with my microfiber towel turban. I applied Giovanni Direct Leave in and sealed with coconut oil. I put my hair in 16 braids using Curls Gel-les'c. I smoothed each section with my Denman brush and I twisted the ends of the braids. When I was done I applied castor oil to my scalp then tied my hair with satin scarf and went to sleep. I spent about an hour braiding my hair. The next day I just moisturized my hair with Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave in conditioner and put flexi rods on the ends. Yesterday evening I moisturized my hair with Carol's Daughter Tui Leave In and then applied Castor oil to each braid. Then I unraveled each braid. My braid out was a FAIL! Luckily I didn't have anywhere important to go, so I just pinned it back and today I just put it in a bun. Pix of the process are below.


after I completed the braids, 16 total


after I unraveled the braids #fail




after I pinned it back

nothing special, but worked for the moment



bun today



Friday, March 25, 2011

Flexi rod set

Last Friday I took my weave out and set my hair on flexirods using BBD Glass. I can see that my hair has grown, but I also think I am due for a trim. Here are the results of my flexirod set.








 Here is what my hair looked like the last time I got a flexi rod set, compared to now. (Keep in mind I trimmed my hair twice in between these pix)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Product Review: 365 Everyday Value Vegetable Glycerin Soap

Sorry, I forgot to take a pic before I took the wrapper off


Product: 365 Everyday Value Vegetable Glycerin Soap, French Milled
Scent: Unscented
Size:4oz
Price: $1.69 @Whole Foods
Ingredients: Saponified coconut and/or palm oil, vegetable glycerin

A few months after I started my healthy hair journey, I decided that I also wanted to start taking better care of my skin, especially since the winter cold was drying my skin out. So I went to Whole Foods to get some natural soap and lotion. I pretty much just picked the cheapest soap that was unscented and and didn't have any unfavorable ingredients, which lead me to purchase the soap above. I used the soap daily since January and I recently finished the bar, so I decided that I have used it enough to review it.

What I liked:
The soap lathered well and didn't leave any soap scum in the soap holder, no residue at all.

What I didn't like:
After I showered I would do a smell check on my underarms LOL, and I could still smell my deodorant...or must LOL, so I would have to keep scrubbing to really get rid of the smell. IDK, if I just never noticed the smell before since I usually use scented soaps, so maybe before it was just masking the smell or maybe the soap was cleansing enough.

Bottom Line:
I didn't notice my skin being anymore moisturized with this soap, but it could also be due to the lotion I used in conjunction, which I reviewed here. I probably won't repurchase, but for a great price, I think that it would be great to try it for someone who is looking for a cheap natural soap. I recently purchase SheaMoisture African Black Soap for a lot more, but I am hoping to see better results, so expect to see a review of that later.


this is the soap after I had used it for 2 months, as you can see the soap doesn't leave any scum or residue

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Kinayaversary!

our induction
March 17, 2007

On this day 4 years ago, I was inducted into Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I came in with 3 beautiful ladies and our line name is Kinaya. As of now 2 of my sands are currently teaching English in South Korea, but my Ace and I are still holding it down out here in So Cal. I love these ladies so much!

the most current pic I have of us
March 20, 2010

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"One Lovely Blog" award


Today I was awarded the "One Lovely Blog" award by Kiianah of Rockin' it Napptural. If you have not done so already, please check out her blog, she posts great hairspiration pix, product reviews, and hair information.

Okay, so here is how it works:

•Accept the award and in your post, provide the name & link of the person who gave you the award

•Tell us 7 facts about you that we do not know

•Give the award to 15 other lovely blogs that you have just discovered

•Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for the award

 7 facts about Me:
  1. I am currently having a midlife crisis at the age of 22...I used to have my life a planned out, now I am confused about what I am going to do with my life next 
  2. 3 of my siblings are graduating the same year Im graduating from college (1 os graduating HS, 1 is graduating middle school, 1 is graduating preschool) 
  3. I don't like ketchup 
  4. I used to be obsessed with the Spice Girls and *N Sync 
  5. I went to Vegas 5 times in 2010 
  6. I own more heels than tennis shoes 
  7. I was 5'5" when I was 10

And here are the 15 blogs I would love to pass this award along to:
A Curly Shade of Brown

"DIVA" Style Threadz....What's In The "DIVA'S" Closet?? 

Luv ♥ My ♥ Kynxx

Retromus-ik

Robyn's Nest

Electrik Sunset 

College Curlies 

The Collective Musings of Tamara

Sewing Stardom

Abby's World

FroStoppa- Ms-gg's natural hair journey blog 

K is for Kinky

HairGurl

Curly and Young

Confessions of a Blog Vixen



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Product Review: Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion


Product: Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion
Scent: Unscented
Size: 32 fl oz
Price: $9.99 @ Whole Foods
Product Claims: Intensive moisturizing lotion made with Certified Fair Trade handcrafted, unrefined shea butter and enhanced with lemongrass and shea leaf extracts. Unscented for sensitive skin.
To Use: Formulated for everyday use. Apply to clean skin, paying special attention to dry areas. Reapply after washing hands or as needed for soft, supple skin
Ingredients: Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) Extract (aqueous), Shea Leaf (Butyrospermum parkii) Extract (aqueous), Handcrafted Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter*, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Red Palm (Elaeis guineensis) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene (from essential oil), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)



Pros
  • great price for a natural lotion of that size
  • The company helps build sustainable communities by returning a minimum of 10% of their sales to West Africa to fund community products
  • Can be purchased locally at Whole Foods
  • comes in different scents
Cons
  • very runny
  • unscented still has a slight smell
  • skin would be dry again soon after applying


lotion is so runny I had to tilt my hand so that it wouldn't slide off
Would I repurchase?
No. I have very dry skin and I was looking for a natural product that would provide me with lots of moisture during the winter. I was hoping for a creamier lotion, I guess I should have tested the lotion in the the store prior to purchasing it. Also, although I bought the unscented version it still had a slight smell that I didn't like. It smells kind of like clay  or play dough. I guess I could have avoided this by testing it in the store as well. Also, after purchasing, I noticed that water is not listed anywhere in the ingredients, this could be the reason why I ashy soon after applying the lotion. As you can see from the pictures, I have used half the bottle already and I have had the same results consistently with this product, even as the weather got better, my skin was still super dry with this product. But I also must take into consideration that I have been also using a new soap with this lotion so maybe this can be contributing to the results. So I will continue to use this lotion with another soap to see if I see any differences. The soap I have been using is a vegetable glycerin soap from Whole Foods, I will review this product soon.

Tutorial Tuesday: Study Methods

Since I attend UCLA and we are on quarter system, I am currently in finals and have been procrasinating, so I decided to post a tutorial on studying, hopefully this can help some of my follower who are in school.

6 months

 ETA this pic:
keep in mind that my hair has been trimmed twice in between these pix, since I see more growth, looks like its time for another trim!


Wow, I cant believe its been 6 months already! I don't have much of an update from my 3 month post since I have had my hair in a sew in as a winter protective style. I plan on taking out my weave this weekend once I am done with finals and I am looking forward to trying out some new products and styles on my hair. I had recorded a video which explained my weave regimen but I uploaded it on my computer that crashed :/ So I will try to recover it so that I can show you all. Also, since my computer crashed, I also lost the pix I took prior to the installation of my weave. If you look at some of the posts from this month you will see my weave. I wore it curly most of the time, but I got it straightened and trimmed once as well. I cant wait to take this weave out of my head!!! I am counting down the days til finals are over!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Product Review: Cantu® Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream

 

Cantu® Shea Butter 
Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream 

 Product claims:
Cantu® shea butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream is made with real shea butter and essential oils to replace vital oil in your hair leaving it stronger and healthier with a natural shine.
Cantu® shea butter leave in conditioning repair cream can be used on wet hair as an intensive moisturizing treatment or to tame frizz and fly-aways.
Cantu® Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream helps…
  • moisturize dry brittle hair with deep penetrating oil and emollients
  • soften, detangle and add shine to hair
  • protect hair against heat and sun styling damage
  • provide extra protection from split ends and breakage
Directions for:
  • Daily Styling – Apply to towel dried hair.  Work a generous amount of product into hair beginning at the roots to the tips.  Comb through for even distribution.  Do not rinse.  Apply more to longer hair at the ends or problem areas.
  • Leave In Treatment – Apply as directed for “Daily Styling” just after shampooing.  Re-apply and cover with a plastic cap overnight for maximum absorption and intensive conditioning.
  • Frizz Free Hair – Apply daily to split ends or damaged areas.  Comb through and let dry naturally
Ingredients
Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean) , Propylene Glycol , Polyquaternium-37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , Cetyl Alcohol , Glycerin , Stearalkonium Chloride , Trimethylsilylamodimethicone , Panthenol , PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether , Lanolin Oil , Cinnamidopropyl Trimonium Chloride , Hydrolyzed Collagen , Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride , Acrylamide Copolymer , Hydrolyzed Soy Protein , Benzophenone-3 , BHA , BHT , Zea Mays Oil (Corn) , Idopropynyl Butylcarbamate , DMDM Hydantoin , Phenoxyethanol , Fragrance

My experience with the product
Price: $5.99 at local BSS
Size: 16 oz
Consistency: creamy
Smell: coconut type smell
Review: I first tried this product on my weave last summer since I was at my cousins house and she had it there. I had washed and detangled my hair (it was wavy Indian hair), applied the product and put my hair in 2 braids. That evening I took down the braids and my hair was soft, defined and didn't tangle up. Since I had a good experience with this product, I decided to purchase it at the beginning of my healthy hair journey. I used it weekly as a leave in every time I washed my hair. I did not have any problems with the product interacting with other products. I also have been using it on my current weave, but I noticed when I used it daily it seemed to make my weave (curly Indian hair) kind on oily, but this hair gets oily easily. This product has a lot of slip and makes detangling easier. 
Would I repurchase? Due to some of the ingredients, I will not repurchase for my own hair, but I would still use it on my weave, due to the great slip, smell and cost. The ingredients that I don't like are the 'cones and proteins because I have decided to eliminate those ingredients from my products. I have replaced this leave in with Giovanni Direct Leave in, which I will also review later.
 
  

Music Monday - 6 Foot 7 foot

I like this song, because it reminds me of my favorite movie when I was a kid, Beetlejuice. Also, I am amazed at how long Lil Wayne's dreads are now!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Product Review: DOO GRO® Anti Itch Growth Oil



Product: DOO GRO® Anti Itch Growth Oil


Product Claims: Relieves itchy scalp and helps stop flaking while providing nutrients necessary for long, healthy, growing hair. Its unique blend of tea tree oil, shea butter, vitamins A & E and pure herbs, nourishes the hair follicles to help strengthen and repair. DOO GRO® Anti Itch Growth Oil is safe for children and can be used on all types of hair including color treated, relaxed, and braided.

Directions: On damp or dry hair, apply directly to hair and scalp. Massage gently. Do not rinse out. Style as usual. Use daily or as often as needed. For best results, use DOO GRO® Products!
Hot Oil Directions: After shampooing, liberally apply to hair and scalp. Massage gently. Cover hair with a plastic cap. Leave on for 5-15 minutes. Rinse well (lightly shampoo if necessary). Style as usual.
Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Soy Methyl Esters, Limanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Menthol, Camphor, Chloroxylenol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Lawsonia Inermis (Henna), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Calendula Officinalis, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant), Prunus Speciosa (Cherry Bark), Retinol (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Propylparaben, BHA, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow #11 (CI47000), Green #6 (CI61565)

My experience with the product

Price: $5.99 at my local BSS
Consistency: oil (not as light as jojoba, but not as heave as castor oil)
Smell: very light smell, almost unnoticeable

I must say that I actually like this product. I originally purchased this product when I got my first weave in 2008. I used it to oil my scalp while I had a sew in weave. The nozzle on the bottle allowed me to apply the oil to my scalp with ease, even with a net over my braids. The product relieved me of itching and scalp tightness. I am not sure if the product promoted growth though. I recently finished this bottle during the 1st week of my current weave, but I recycled the bottle and refilled it with my castor oil so that I can easily apply it to my scalp. I would repurchase this product again, because it was cheap, easy to find at the BSS, great applicator and it helped with itching and scalp tightness while my hair was in a weave. 





Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy 20th Anniversary!!!

Today the Magnificent Mu Alpha Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc, celebrates 20 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service! I am so blessed to be part of this chapter and I look forward to celebrating with them this Saturday at our Gala.

Ya'll so cute!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - TWA Hair style (Fro hawk)

For all my ladies with a TWA, here is a quick simple tutorial
She also uses ORS Edge Control in this vid, which is a product I like, I need to do a product review

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Laser Hair Removal

Today I had my 1st laser hair removal treatment. I absolutely hate shaving and I have been wanting to get laser hair removal since I was in high school and now I am finally doing it! The areas I had treated were my full leg and full bikini. If this goes well, I will eventually try to get laser hair removal on the rest of my body.

Since I have very dark skin, I am harder to treat and they have to use a longer wavelengths, so they use the Nd:YAG laser. Since there are longer wavelengths, there is also less pain I think. For my legs I felt no pain at all, it just felt like I was getting squirted with cold water. I'm assuming this is because there was water coming thru the laser to act as a cooling agent. Now for the bikini, that was a whole 'nother story. It felt like I was getting poked with a needle. The pain wasn't that bad around the bikini line, but it was really painful at the center. But the pain was less than waxing and a little less than my tattoos.

obviously this isn't me, but the laser looked just like this


Afterwards I covered my skin in hydro-cortisone cream so that I wouldn't itch. So far I don't have any pain or burning sensation on my skin. I also haven't noticed any peeling or crusting.

In all I would have to say the experience wasn't that bad, it just was a little awkward when the nurse had me spread my legs to do the bikini area. Also, the clinic also has numbing cream for purchase which can eliminate the pain, I did it with no numbing cream and it wasn't too bad. The whole process took less than an hour. The bikini part was only like 5 min

Have you had laser hair removal or considered getting it?

Tutorial Tuesday - Twist Out With Bee Mine Curly Butter

Since I recieved my Bee Mine products, I cant wait to take out my weave and try them out on my natural hair. So this week I decided to post a tutorial by the lovely Nikole, I will likely this routine, but with using coconut oil instead of Vatika Oil and castor oil instead of the Burnt Sugar Pomade. Also, Nikole is currently not doing to well, so please keep her in your prayers

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