On this day somewhere across the nation a cute little toothless child dressed to his best stands before the congregation of ____________ Missionary Baptist Church and says "I just came here to say, HAPPY EASTER DAY!". While we enjoy our families Easter Programs and Egg Hunts let us intimately honor the ultimate sacrifice, "That God so Love the world that he gave his only begotten son" (John 3:16).
Despite the ground hog not seeing its shadow, which supposedly means Spring comes early.... The snow continues to fall in the North Central area..... Wish I was in southern states right about now! So as a result of this long lasting winter, I have decided to keep my hair in protective styles. One of my favorite protective styles is the mini-twist. This style last for 3 weeks with VERY low maintenance.
After washing my hair with Design Essential Curl Cleanser, I condition my hair with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. After I wash the conditioner out, I apply As I Am Leave- In Conditioner and I allow my hair to air dry a little bit before I begin twisting.
I purchased My Honey Child Twist-Out Cream at a Natural Hair Event several months ago. I decided to use this product to twist my hair. While twisting I put the product on my finger tips and let it slide down the hair shaft as I twisted..
Here are the results. It took me 2 hours to twist my hair, sooooooooooo worth it because it last for 3 weeks. Not sure if I'm a big fan of the My Honey Child twist cream. After I was finished twisting my hair it felt a little dry and brittle, I had to add some Alma Olive Heavy Cream to the twist (Qhemet Biologics) for moisture.
This is week 3 and my twist are still hanging in there! To maintain my twist I sprayed a little Jamaican Castor Oil mixed one part water and rubbed very little Eco Styler on my hair every day.
The event was a great success! Over 85 women attended, some traveled from Muncie, Kokomo and Indianapolis. Design Essentials hosted the event and provided information on how to maintain natural hair and provided hair demonstration. Ladies enjoyed manicures, pedicures and massages. A great time had by many! A speacial thanks to Mark Morrow and Brittany of Design Essentials pictured with me below.
Brittany did an amazing presentation on how to use Design Essentials natural hair products and gave some wonderful styling tips (pictures below). Design Essentials also provided sample products to the attendees.
My sister Taria was selected as one of Design Essentials Hair Model.
A BIG SPECIAL THANKS to the ladies of NATURAL MANE DIVAS!!! This group consist of beautiful women reaching out to our local natural hair community by establishing a sisterhood to uplift and empower women to embrace their natural beauty!
Natural Mane Divas from left to right: Patricia, Cicily, Myself, Paulette and Alisa
OMG!!!! I have a new favorite product to add to my "Fav List"!!!!!! Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter. This stuff right here!!!! Almost better than sliced bread and butter! I use this thick, rich butter to soften and maintain twists and and my afro-puff. It is a great product for dry, highly porous hair!
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Mango Butter and Oil Blend, Behenyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Soy Extract, Plant Wax, Phthalate Free Fragrance.
Apply: Using my fingertips, I scoop out a dime sized amount. Rub between my palms and evenly distribute through damp or dry sectioned hair before twisting. This product leaves my hair feeling amazing!!! I apply this product to my twist every other day. My hair feels hydrated and looks shiny. It smells gooooood! A great oil based moisturizer and excellent for creating soft hold for twist & afro puffs. Below is a picture of my mini-twist style.
If you are looking for curl definition this product used alone will not provide those results. HOWEVER, it does provide a SUPER soft afro!!!! I would definitely recommend this for those who have Loc's or for those who wear long term twist (me!) and fierce afros.
Click Here and Check it out! Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter
Hey Natural Divas!!! So I'm always sharing Simplyounique Youtube Videos. Today I thought I would share one of Chary Jay's. She is a great Youtube Vlogger for hair ideas.... Her hair is GORG!
Are there any benefits to co-washing? In my opinion….YES! Recently there was a natural hair article suggesting co-washing is “bad” for natural hair. I am not arguing that it’s not bad but there are some benefits based on my hair and my experience. I do agree that overusing conditioner can create breakage and problems for the hair. But co-washing in moderation can have some benefits.
Each time I wash my hair with shampoo I notice that my hair is EXTREMELY dry, often times causing breakage. This is even the case with Sulfate Shampoo. It takes 2-3 days to get moisture back in my hair thus the reason I hate washing my hair. I know shampooing my hair is very important to remove all dirt and product build up. But I also experience brittle and dry hair after shampoo washing. So instead of washing my hair every week with shampoo, I co-wash in between shampoos (2 times a month). I use Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose (AOHR) and I add a little baking soda. After I co-wash I notice my hair is soft and still have some moisture. This could be from a little remaining product on my hair, but that’s fine with me, because I know I will be shampooing my hair the following week to remove ALL product. Here are the benefits I have found from co-washing my hair:
Now ladies please be advised, the over use of a conditioner on your hair can lead to breakage because it softens the hair causing low porosity strands and fragile hair. A sign that you have reached this point... is your hair being very stretchy and mushy when its wet. I would not suggest co-washing every day or very often. Co-washing should be in moderation... This is based entirely on my hair experience.
Remember ladies do what works for your hair!
I was on my daily ritual of searching youtube, when I came across this video by Naturally GG. It was nice to see young men supporting black women with natural hair; going against what most of society deems as attractive (long straight hair). Don't get me wrong, long straight hair is gorgeous BUT so is natural curly hair. Men should be openminded and in tune with the natural beauty of a a woman both inside and out. Love her for who she is.....Okay, let me get off this soap box...Enjoy the video ladies!!!