Monday, September 30, 2013

DiscoveringNatural YouTube Channel is Closed Captioned!



Started from this Friday (October 4th), all new and future videos on DiscoveringNatural YouTube channel will be "Closed Captioned".  Although, YouTube has an option to show Captions, it does a very poor job at translating what I say in my videos. I guess my #Nigerian #American accent does not get translated well. LOL!

Please subscribe to the channel for hair tutorials, product reviews, #naturalhair care and kids hair care videos
http://www.youtube.com/DiscoveringNatural

Product Review with Style using Obia Natural Hair Curl Enhancing Custard



Product NameCurl Enhancing Custard
Manufactured by Obia Natural Hair Care (http://obianaturalhair.com/)
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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/obinaturalhair

Ingredients
Purified water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vitis vinfera (Grape seed) Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Vegetable Glycerin, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Xantham Gum, Fragrance

Purpose of Product 
- Use as a styler
- Defines Hair
- Conditions hair and leaves it soft and shiny
- Aids in moisturizing hair

The Application and My Final Opinion

Watch below:


 
 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Day in the Life of DiscoveringNatural- Sept 28th

To comment on any of the pictures below, visit Click HERE It's wash day and since it's the end of the month, time to clarify using Bentonite Clay. After 45 mins, it was time to wash off the clay. After rinsing of the clay, I always use a rinse off conditioner. This is not necessary because the mix contains Aloe Vera Juice which is very moisturizing. Now...it's Deep Conditioning time!! While DCing, I did my morning devotion. I am always amazed by how much shrinkage I have. But I love it!! Check out that curl at the back that does not shrink. NATURAL HAIR is amazing!! I always stretch my hair after washing. Sometimes, I band, thread, or twist. Today, I decided to twist. Off to soccer we go! I wore my hair uncovered because I wanted the sun to dry it. We got to the fields early... the girls were happy since they will be able to play. Hope they don't get too tired before the game...I also did a mini workout. LOL! Oh! NOoooooo... rain! Yeah! The rain stopped just in time for Big Sis's game. After Big Sis's game, we went to Lil Sis's game. They played for 10 mins and then the rain started again! It was time for my eyebrow to get threaded It's movie night and the girls got their hair styled in a curly bun with wavy side bangs (not hanging) My twists are still damp, about 60%. This is my FAKE wash and go. LOL! Yeah, I take too long to get ready..and The Man decided it was time for a nap LOL! Off to the movie theatre. Why do I ALWAYS get photobombed by Big Sis o_O We saw "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2". I prefer this movie to the first one. Dinner time at Jimmy John's. First time there. I got a vegetarian sandwich. LOVED it!!. Had to stop at Walmart to get some stuff for Bible Study on Sunday.. the girls love these shoes... me...NOPE! That's it folks!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Shampoo Natural Hair | Protein Treatment included

 
In today's episode, learn how to shampoo your child's natural hair. Prior to shampoo, we will do a protein treatment. We do protein treatment once a month.
 
For full regimen, visit My girls regimen page

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Looking for Natural Hair Styles....


Have you ever visited our Hair Style Gallery.
It is full of different hairstyles and even video tutorials.

Click the link below to access it now:

DiscoveringNatural Hair Style Gallery
 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Teaching our kids how to DETANGLE their HAIR


Big Sis has been showing a lot of interest in caring for her own hair since beginning of summer. She learnt how to braid hair, even practiced a little on Lil Sis o_O.

I was happy when she informed me that she would love detangle her own hair. Well! My little 8 year old is turning into a fine natural GAL! As she watched the Detangling video from our Natural Kids Hair Care playlist, she followed the steps so accurately.

She first started by finger detangling a small section...

Next, she used the wide tooth comb to further detangle that section

Lastly, she twisted up the detangled section

I was shocked as to how well she did.

Now, let's talk

Once our children start to show an interest in caring for their hair, we need to foster that interest. How long will we be the sole care-taker of their hair?  Once, they leave the house, would they have to delegate the care of their hair to someone else? Don't be afraid of letting your kids touch their hair. Of course, don't start off with teaching them to trim their hair... instead, start with something small. For us, something small was detangling, for you it may be something else.

Do you let your kids do their own hair? At what age did you start?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Results of my SheaAloe Custard Mix


I made some Shea-Aloe custard for my hair and twisted them 4 days ago. I just untwisted them today. I love the results! My hair is well defined and very soft and moisturized. I have not moisturized my hair for 4 day, with the exception of a light spritz with Aloe vera juice mixed with water last night. I am in love!

A simpler version of this recipe can be found here: http://www.naturalhairrules.com/shealoe-shea-butter-aloe-vera-gel/

My twists right after applying the custard:


By the way, I was going to call the mix a SheaAloe Butter mix, but since it is no longer 100% a butter because of the mixture of the Aloe Vera Gel, I decided to call it a Custard.

Here are ssome other recipes with Shea Butter that I would like to try:
Shealoe Hair Smoothie
[Source: http://www.tiashauntee.com/2012/10/shealoe-recipe.html]
Recommended for use on locs and loose hair
Ingredients:
4 Tbsp shealoe butter
2 Tbsp tea tree oil
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp jojoba
1 tsp vegatable glycerin
1 tsp 100% aloe vera gel
5 Vitamin E capsules
5 drops of peppermint Oil
10 drops of lavender Essential Oil (or oil of your choice)--

[Source: http://www.diaryofahairobsession.com/?p=775]
 
Ingredients
¼ cup coconut oil
2 heaping tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
1 tsp jojoba
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
¼ tsp vitamin E
¼ tsp fragrance oil of your choice
Directions
  1. In a small bowl melt together the coconut oil and shea butter in the microwave until it is just melted.  Do not boil it.  I nuke mine in 30 second increments until the shea butter is almost completely melted.
  2. In a measuring cup, measure out the aloe vera gel.
  3. On medium speed with a hand mixer, start beating the melted shea and coconut oil.  While beating, slowly add the aloe vera gel.  The mixture will start turning white.  Beat for about 3 mins.
  4. Leave the mixture to cool for about 30 mins.  As it cools it will thicken.
  5. After the 30 minute period beat the mixture for 5 -10 mins to incorporate more air and make it lighter.
  6. Add the vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil and vitamin E.  Whip until completely incorporated.
  7. Add your choice of fragrance oil (I chose oatmeal milk and honey fragrance oil) and whip again until completely incorporated.
  8. Spoon into a container and store in a cool dry place.

10 Months Post Transitioning Big Chop | Natural Hair

 
Yeah! I have made it to 10 months post transitioning big chop. With 1 year and 10 months worth of growth. I am happy with my growth and especially with the health of my natural hair.
 
I have learnt so much from my natural hair sisters and brothers and I always get inspired by my loves on Facebook (DiscoveringNatural) and YouTube (DiscoveringNatural)
 
THANK YOU!!






Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Detangling Natural Hair Tear Free



Learn how to detangle your child's natural hair, tear free. Use this time as a bonding time with your child. If you are in a rush for time, please do not detangle your child's hair. You will have a tendency not to be gently with the hair and cause unnecessary breakage.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Quick Tip: How to Avoid Hair in Your Products


 
This tip is one that I use over and over again. It has saved me lots of frustration .. well ... saved me from having dirty looking products when I do my product reviews.. LOL
 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to Undo Braids and Cornrows without Breakage | Natural Hair



How many times have you started undoing your cornrows or braids and ended with a lot of breakage. Not shed hair.  Let me illustrate the difference between shed hair and broken hair.

Shedded hair contains a white bulb at the ends. It is also usually longer than broken hair.

Broken hair is usually shorter without white bulbs.

Now, how do you stop breaking your hair when undoing your existing style, watch the video below:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Great Day to Be Alive!



I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise, and although it was raining, that did not dampen my mood. You see, this past weekend, I was a bit under the weather, and despite the numerous tasks I needed to accomplish, I could not give my 100%.  If you watched my 50 random facts about me video, you will know that I am a perfectionist, so I needed to really "kick this cold/fever/flu/what-ever-sickness" to the curb.

After taking meds all weekends, and it working just a little, I decided to try a different more basic method... increase my vitamin C intake. I'm not a big fan of vitamin C tablets, so off to the grocery store I went... on this wet, yet beautiful day.

I tweeted as I arrived at the grocery store:
  "The Best Time to Go to the Grocery Store is when it is #raining".

This is very true.
 
I stocked my cart full of colors of the rainbow

... discovered some new fruits that I think will get some giggles from the girls (Big Sis and Lil Sis). Have you ever tried "Little Grapes" before? They look like grapes but are the size of raisins.

Picked up some squash... yeah! I have been watching too much @Nap85 DearNaptural85 vlogs. Planning on making something with these.. Hmmm...

Then decided to infuse my water for the day with some orange and strawberries


I did eat 2 whole oranges for breakfast and a handful of cherry tomatoes... LOL!

This is my first time trying infused water and I am looking forward to trying more infused water recipes.

Bottoms up!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Quick and Easy Finger Coils Bun | Natural Hair



Lil Sis and I enjoyed doing this style. It took less than 10 mins and is a great protective style especially for children with tender head. This is a great style for dance class, little bride, flower girls, or even an elegant occasion.

Now, Moms and non-little girl ladies, you can also ROCK this style.

Don't forget to ACCESSORIZE.



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Natural Hair Struggles: My Bushy Ends


Like many naturals, I struggle day to day with my ends. The issue with my ends is that when I glide my fingers from the root of my hair to the ends, the texture/smoothness changes about one inch to the ends of my hair.  I had BUSHY ENDS. When I see this, I want to grab the scissor and cut that section off.

Until a month ago...

What happened a month ago? Well, on July 26th 2013, I felt my ends and noticed the bushy feeling again. This was a few weeks after I had taken out the Havana Twists. Because my hair was in those twists, I did not get to moisturize them as well as I use to. Problem #1. On that day, I trimmed about a quarter to half an inch off my ends. My hair felt a bit better. I even did a video on the proper way of fixing dry ends.

Since then, I have been researching how to keep my hair from being bushy at the end. I made sure to study both of my daughters' ends to make sure they did not have the same issue. Big Sis experienced the same issue after having her extensions taken out. Her hair is pretty resilient and after following my dry ends fix technique her ends were back to normal without a trim. Thank God! Lil Sis did get a trim in July, so her ends were okay. I have a mixture of both girls' hair, so I get the Good, the Not so Good, and the Not Not so Good characteristics.

In a lot of natural hair blogs, Facebook pages, YouTube videos, I came across during my research, a lot of people were saying to trim it all off.  I came across a YouTuber, who used Bentonite clay treatment to address her busy ends issues. In the past, I have been quite diligent in doing end of month Bentonite clay treatment, but all summer, I have not ... I guess I was lazy.

I decided to give my hair a Spa Day a week ago (August 25, 2013). Prior to the bentonite treatment, I did an overnight Pre-poo with Coconut oil and Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Oil Heavy Cream. The next morning, I made a mixture of Bentonite Clay, Amla and Brahmi, and other oils, for the treatment.

I also introduced Aloe Vera Juice and Gel back into my hair regimen. Prior to moisturizing my hair on non-wash days, I will spritz it with a mixture of water and aloe vera juice. Then after doing the LOC method, I will apply Aloe Vera Gel and seal my ends with shea butter.

I believe this routine has really saved my ends. I was about to cut off about 2 inches off; that is 4 months of growth. OMG! I am pleased to say that today, 70% of my ends are back to normal (back to normal for me is prior to Havana Twists).
 I HAVE NOT TRIMMED IT...since the last July 26th trim.
DISCLAIMER: In my situation, I don't think trimming would have fixed the issue, proper hair care techniques is what fixed my issue.





Do you have Bushy Ends? What do you do.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Finger Coils Updo on Natural Hair Protective Style

 
 
 Protective styles do not only have to be braids, Senegalese twists, Havana twists, or cornrows. As long as the ends of the hair is protected, it is a protective style. There is a difference between protective styles and low manipulation styles. Do you know the differences?


 
 For this style, it is important to moisturize your hair, especially your ends, before putting it into the updo.

The cool thing about this style is that if you do not want to roll and tuck the sides, you can flat twists or cornrow them.

Watch the video below, if you try this style, share on Facebook or tag @discoveringnatural on Instagram.