Archive | October 2012

ORGANIC ROOT STIMULATOR Carrot Oil REVIEW

         I have been using this product since 2001. I had no idea that mineral oil and petroleum were not good for my hair when I started using it. I decided to give it a try because the claim caught my eyes: STRENGHTHENS WEAK, DAMAGED HAIR. It was the first product that I bought from this brand, and it led me to buy their relaxer, shampoo, and hair mayonnaise.

 

Product Description:

  • Strengthens weak, damaged hair.
  •  Beta carotene & amino acids help prevent shedding and breaking.
  • Excellent for natural, relaxed, pressed, or color treated hair.
  • Properly moisturizing and strengthening the hair can combat the daily stresses of styling which lead to split ends, shedding and/or breakage.
  • Organic Root Stimulator has blended the most strengthening agents found in nature and infused them into a vitamin-rich fortifying creme.
  • The herbal and protein blend of strength building and moisturizing ingredients including: beta carotene, vitamin F (a known moisturizer), nettle (a known strengthener) and amino acids penetrate to help mend and rebuild the hair shaft.  
  • Pease Note: Due to natural ingredients, product may change color. No petroleum. No mineral oil.

Derections:

  •  Apply a small amount to the scalp and apply.
  •  Brush gently to ensure even distribution from root to end, paying particular attention to the ends of the hair.
  •  A small amount of Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil may be applied to the ends of the hair to aid in the repair of split ends.

why I love it:

  • It is my go to product when I  don’t have my shea butter mix around. It is a very good substitute.
  • The first ingredient is water. It has no petroleum, nor mineral oil, which can prevent the product from penetrating the hair shaft.
  •  It leaves my hear soft when I first apply it, then hair feels very strong a few hours later
  • The product contains lots of natural oils including soybean oil, coconut oil, carrot seed oil, vegetable oil, castor oil, and more.
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Pros:
  • It does moisturize the hair and stops breakage.
Cons:
  • The product can weight the hair down if too much is used on the hair.
  • Too expensive. $6.99 for a 6.oz container.
  • Strong smell.
 
 


Michelle Joni: Before and Afro

I’m sure most of you have heard about Michelle Joni, but if you haven’t, she’s the Caucasian  lady who decided to wear an artificial Afro wig and blog about her experience here. When I first heard about her, I took it normally, like who cares, everybody wears a fun wig once in their life. Then I started hearing about her even more and decided to take a look at her blog.
Her intended goals listed on her site
I personally find her mission to be stupid, because you can’t teach someone to fall in love with themselves by looking like another person. A lot of the things she says are also out of ignorance, and a lot of people of different races have taking offense to it, even Caucasians. 
In her post fro’d chicken, she mentioned that a Fried Chicken Extravaganza was “obviously an occasion to wear a fro” then another post she stated I know that women of color do not have the option of taking off their fro at night to have long, soft, blonde hair.”  As if the title “fro’d chicken” isn’t a tad bit ignorant already. If she really was doing it to make people love themselves, then she would have stopped blogging about it by now. I say if she wants to wear an Afro, she can do it, but without the attention seeking and ignorance, or at least getting a more realistic wig.

100% African Shea Butter Review

This product is derived from the nuts of the African Shea tree. It is rich in fatty acids, which makes both the hair and the skin softer and shinier. It protects the skin against wind, the cold, and the sun. If your are strugling with very dry hair, this product is for you.
100%  African Shea Butter

 

Usage:

  • Treatment of  dry skin, eczema, and minor burns.
  • Pain relief from swelling.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Treats dark spots, skin discolorations, stretch marks, winkles & blemishes.
  • Massages, diaper rash, & hair conditioner.

Why I love it:

  • It delivers.
  • It does everything it says.
  • it moisturizes my 4b/4c hair, leavingit soft and manageable.
  • It leaves my skin very soft during the winter.
  • It leaves me very relaxed after a back massage.
Con:
  • The smell is very strong
Pro:
  • Very cheap

How I use it:

  • I mix it with white petroleum, rub it on my feet, and put my socks on before bed. My feet look very moisturized the next morning.
  • I mix it with jamaican black castor oil, jojoba oil, glycerine oil, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, tea tree oil, and amla oil to seal my ends after I moisturize my hair.
  • I use it by itself  after applying my leave-in conditioner to define my curls.
  • I rub it on my face and neck at night for extra moisture.
NOTE: The product is raw -its natural state- I recommend that you use it with your favorite moisturizer to make the smell more bearable when using it on your skin.
     

     
     
     
     
 
 
 

The Best Thing About Being Natural

          To me the best thing about being natural is the versatility. I cannot do much with my hair now because my hair is not long enough yet, but once my hair reaches my back, which should happen in a year or so, I will be able to wear my hair straight, curly, in a ponytail, in an Afro, twist out, braid out, Bantu knot out, and more. I will be able to wear weave again, and use part of my hair to cover the extensions. I will just have to flat iron the part that I will leave out to cover the weave.
           I do not believe that we have limited options when it comes to styling our natural hair. I read somewhere that Oprah’s hair stylist said something like that. On the contrary, we have more options, because one of the advantages that we have is that we can go back and forth. Our hair can be curly today and straight the next day without using any harsh chemicals. All we need is a blow dryer, a good ceramic flat iron, Tresemme heat tamer spray, and some proclaim Glossing Polish oil. I love being natural and all the advantages that come with it.

10 (TEN) Tips for Growing Long, Beautiful Hair

        I could just tell you to use Jamaican black castor oil on your scalp and end this post, but there is more to long, beautiful hair than just using the product that actually makes it grow. There are a few things that you need to do to retain your length.

  1. Wash your hair: The best thing you can do for your hair is to keep it moisturized by washing it once a week, or co-wash as needed. Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to your hair water is your friend, not your enemy. Shampoos with harsh sulfates are your enemies. If you use oil on your scalp a lot you might need to use a sulfate free shampoo at least once a week to clean your scalp and your hair. Stock up on leave-in and moisturizing conditioners
  2. Moisturize your ends: Your ends are the oldest part of your hair. Keep them healthy by moisturizing them everyday. If you have 4b/4c hair like me, you might even need to moisturize your ends twice a day. My hair sucks moisture in like a sponge. Scurl “No Drip” activator moisturizer is my favorite moisturizer. Or you can make your own moisturizer with rose water, aloe Vera juice and glycerine oil. Use a good oil like extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to seal your ends every time you moisturize your ends. Stock up on oils.
  3. Protect your ends: There are many ways you can protect your ends. My number one is using a silk pillow case, because sometimes when you are really tired you don’t even have time to look for a silk scarf to wrap your hair. Using a silk pillow case, or scarf helps you retain moisture and protect your ends at the same time. Other ways include putting your hair in a bun, wearing hats, wigs or hair extentions, getting your hair braided in micro braids or cornrows and so on.Wear a silk wig cap on your head if you will use crochet hats made with cotton yarns this winter.
  4. Do a hot oil treatment: The purpose of the hot oil treatment is to open up the hair shaft so the oil can penetrate your hair, which makes the hair softer and shinier. Doing one every two weeks can really benefit your hair. You can either heat the oil for a few minutes, apply it to your hair, cover with a plastic cap, and wrap with a warm towel for two hours. Or you can apply the oil to your  hair, cover with a plastic cap, and seat under a heat cap for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and style as usual. Please don’t use shampoo after a hot oil treatment; it will be a waste of time.
  5. Deep condition your hair: Deep conditioning your hair is like feeding it, so it has to be done at least once a week. washing our hair with shampoo is good to clean our scalp, but the shampoo can also leave our hair very dry and crunchy. Using a good hair mayonnaise like Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise can give us back some of the oil and moisture that the shampoo stripped from the hair. Use the conditioner as directed by the manufacturer because putting it directly on your scalp or keeping it on your hair for too long can be damaging.
  6. Pre-Poo your hair:  Pre-pooing your hair simply means getting your hair ready, moisturizing your hair before washing it with shampoo. Look at it this way, you  cannot stop the shampoo from stripping away your natural oil. So the best thing you can do is to add more oil or moisture to the hair so that it is still soft after you rinse out the shampoo. My best pre-poo treatment is extra virgin olive oil mixed with honey. It will leave your hair clean, soft and shiny.
  7. Grease and massage your scalp: Jamaican black castor oil is the only oil that I use on my scalp, but I heard that jojoba and grape seed oils are also good. JBCO actually removes toxins from your scalp and moisturzes it at the same time, leaving room for the hair to grow. Massaging your hair for five minutes every day can also stimulate hair growth.
  8. Drink plenty of water: Water is also good for oxygen circulation on your scalp, especially if you are taking multi-vitamins or exercise a few times a week.     
  9. Take your vitamins: I could tell you to eat your vegetables, but I know you would not do it. We get our vitamins from the food that we eat, mostly vegetables. You can take  vitamin supplements if you don’t have time for veggies. The multi-vitamin that really helped me when I almost lost all my hair was Nature’s Bounty: Hair, Skin, and Nails. It is good. Try it!
  10. Avoid Heat: Everything I just said above is meaningless if you keep using any kind of heat on your hair; I mean flat iron, hair dryer, curling iron, hot combs and so on. It’s like going back to play in the mudd right after you washed your hands. Avoid hot styling tools as much as possible. Only use them for major events like graduations, weddings, and….you see where I am going with this. Towel or T-shirt dry your hair before you let it air dry after each wash. Use a hair dryer only when you have to. I know you will have to this winter. 80% air dry your hair before using a hair dryer, and use it on cool or low setting only.