Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY Fabric Headband with Flower

 
This Easter, I decided to sew the girls' skirt and make matching headbands.
Watch below to see how I did it:
 

 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What You Need for DIY Home Treatments

Protein Treatment for Natural Hair


I love doing DIY home treatments because it allows me to control ingredients that I put into my hair. When making these treatments, there are some essential tools that you need.

Measuring tools

Each recipe in my DIY home treatments has specific measurements. I never eye-ball my mixture because it can give different results. Due to this fact, I have an array of measuring tools ranging from teaspoons, tablespoons to cups to spoons.

pH Strips

One of the most important things you will need in your treatment is a testing strip, pH strips. These strips are used to test the pH level of your mixture. If your mixture is not in the correct range that you want, it can cause your hair cuticles to behave in different ways than you would like. Click here to learn more about pH Balance in Natural Hair

Mixing Equipment

Some mixtures call for more than spoons for mixing the treatment. For a more liquid consistency, I prefer to use my blender. This helps keeps the consistency the same through the mixture. It also helps eliminate chunks of ingredients. When using blender, I use it in a liquefy setting. If you do not have a liquefy setting, start off by blending in a slow rate, then gradually increase to the fastest/highest rate.

Fine Mesh Sieve


This tool is the one that is mostly ignored when making treatments that calls for food products such as banana and avocado. Many people complain that the reason they do not like DIY home treatments is because their mixture always leaves chunks of food debris in their hair. To avoid this, use a fine mesh sieve/strainer. This will help remove any debris that still exists even after blending your produce in liquefied setting.

To view my DIY Home Treatments, watch the playlist below or click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m9C8nV1ud4&list=PLCT7rEmj0XkyQK1jeKWOyfGOTi_Ifu6Gj



What tools do you use when making your DIY Home Treatments

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saving Money and Easter Plans | April 19th 2014 DNVlogsLife


Today's vlog is a mixture of different things, but sure to give you some great information on saving and also funny parenting scenario. ENJOY!!

Watch below or click here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/aOeKDcG8Jwg


Friday, April 18, 2014

Gaisie Body Essentials For Hair and Body | SPECIAL OFFER



I had the pleasure of reviewing Gaisie Body Essentials products for Hair and Body.  This company is one of the sponsors of the worldwide INTERNATIONAL NATURAL HAIR MEETUP day on May 17th 2014.
You can buy these products at http://www.gaisiebodyessentials.com

 
 

Watch below to see what I thought of their products. Watch to the END for a SPECIAL OFFER!!!



Green Tea Facial Wash





Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Lactic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. 

Honeysuckle Hand Soap
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Lavandula angustifolia, Lactic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.






Honeysuckle Hand Lotion

Water, Sodium Olivoyl Glutamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lavandula angustifolia, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.


 Shea Styling Smoothie

Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrogenated Olea europaea (Olive Oil), Olea europaea (Olive Oil), Olea europaea (Olive Oil) Unsaponifiables, Propanediol, Glycine Betaine (Beta vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Essential Oil Blend, Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

Have you ever tried this product line before?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Hairstyles for Natural Hair



Easter is just around the corner and as we are frantically putting together the final finishes to my "gift" to the girls, home-made skirts with matching headbands, I wrote two blog posts dedicated to Easter Hairstyles for Kids.
DIY headband
DYI Easter skirt and headband. Tutorial coming soon to DiscoveringNatural on YouTube

Click each of the links below to read and see all the different styles you can do for your kids. This styles will also work for adults

The Mane Captain blog.

4C Hair Chick blog


Which is your favorite?



How to Transition to Natural Hair


Transitioning to Natural Hair is a process of letting your new growth grow with your relaxed ends.
Let's start from the very beginning...

When it comes to knowing how to start transitioning to natural hair, you have to have a starting point. The starting point is you having relaxed hair and wondering how to convert that relaxed, chemically treated hair back to its natural state. 

Speaking from experience, when I ventured into the great unknown which was natural hair, I did not know what laid ahead for me. I knew that I did not want to cut off all my relaxed hair just 8 weeks after my last relaxer. I also knew that I wanted to learn more about this new world. You would think that it would be easy for me since I just got done transitioning my daughter for a year and my youngest daughter has always been natural. But there is a difference when it comes to caring for your own hair.

Step 1: Have a Plan
Having a plan as to how I wanted to be natural, was the first step I took. I knew that I was not going to do the Big Chop; chopping off all my relaxed ends, which will only give me about 2 inches of natural hair.  It was easy for me to realize that transitioning was the way to go.


Step 2: Have a Regimen
Developing a regimen early in your transitioning journey will help you have an easier transition. A regimen can be as simple as what you do on a daily basis, nightly basis, wash day, and monthly, when it comes to caring for your hair.

Step 3: Have Several Transitioning Styles
Due to the difficulty of blending your relaxed ends with your new growth, which can cause some unwarranted frustrations. If you are like me and choose to transition without the aid of extensions/attachments, wigs or weaves, having the right transitioning styles can take a lot of creativity.  Know that there are so many resources out there that can help you. YouTube is a great place to start when it comes to learning how to style your hair.



Step 3: Facing the Struggle
Like every new venture, transitioning can have its own challenges. Getting over those challenges can help make your transitioning period long and less stressful. The longer your transition, the more new growth and length you can have.
  • The first struggle I had when I started transitioning was the dryness I experienced. Substituting the use of shampoo that contain sulfates with sulfate free shampoo helped with reducing the dryness. Also, using conditioner to wash my hair (cowash) made my new growth soft.

  • Another struggle I had was with the constant tangling of my relaxed ends and my new growth. The point where the relaxed hair touches the new growth is known as the line of Demarcation. This point is prone to breakage. What helped me was finger detangling rather than using a comb.
Transitioning to natural hair can be a wonderful time for you to learn more about natural hair and how to care for it. Take each day at a time and learn from your mistake.