Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Working Out with Natural Hair in the New Year



Happy New Year!! Time for New Year resolutions. Is exercising one of your resolutions?  Don't worry, you don't have to sacrifice your workout for your natural hair. You can still have great hairstyles even at the gym.

I am collaborating with Denise of DeniseZakiya.com to help you start off the year on a healthy note. We will be sharing some workout tips and some simple hairstyles to help get you staying fit and looking your best at the same time.

Watch my video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeQjCZ6F3-c


Click here to watch Denise's video.

Looking for quick easy workout, check out this blog post.

Have a Happy Healthy New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

SheaMoisture: New Products Alert: Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair

Coutersy of AkushikaGoneNatural

When I opened my Instagram app today, I noticed that my lovely curlfriend, AkushikaGoneNatural had tagged me on a picture.  She is an avid lover of Shea Moisture products. She found this new line in her local Target.  Here is her post comment:

#NEWPRODUCTALERT #Repost #Sheamoisture has launched their product line, the #Tahitiannonimonoicollection in select #Targets starting this week...this is to help control frizz, aids in achieving straight hair temporarily...Can we say an AMEN to amazing styling options for our #naturalhaircommunity thx  

From SheaMoisture Facebook page:

NEW PRODUCT LINE - TAHITIAN NONI & MONOI

SheaMoisture is happy to announce the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair line. This new line is great for all women who prefer natural products and who enjoy versatility in their style, from curl...
y to straight, without permanently changing their hair texture.

Each day this week we will feature a product from this line and information about benefits. Here is the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair conditioning shampoo. Active strengthening ingredients help smooth rough, uneven textures and control frizz. This low-lather shampoo gently cleanses and conditions hair, while replacing lost moisture. Certified organic Shea Butter, revitalizing Tahitian Noni and Monoi Oil, blended with Keratin, Peptides and Botanical Extracts strengthen and condition frizzy, flyaway hair. Find this and others from this line at select Target stores.


I will do a hunt on the ingredient lists of these products. You know me, I hate labeling and prefer to investigate ingredients more than the product's name.

Also, check out "A Happy Nappy Affair" for more detailed info. 

******* Edited to include the ingredient list provided to me from SheaMoisture (I will be updating this list as the new products are shown on their Facebook page.

 Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Stearyl Dihydroxypropyldimonium Oligosaccharides, Centrimonium
Chloride, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Sorbitan
Sesquicapylate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower
Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Tremetes Versicolor Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydolyzed Vegetable Protein,
Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot)
Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch,
Glucose, Caprylhydroxamin Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Rapeseed Acid, Sodium Sulfite, Xylose, Capryl Glycol, Guar
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Urea, Decyl Alcohol, Diheptyl Succinate, Dimethiconol Cysteine
Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Dextran, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide

* Certified Organic Ingredient

My 2013 Favorite Natural Hair Products



What products made the cut for My 2013 Favorites? What are your favorite products for this year?

Watch the video :

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I'm a No Poo Natural Hair Gal



No Poo???
What is "No Poo"?

Okay, it has nothing to do with your bowels? No Poo means no shampoo. Not using shampoo to cleans your natural hair. For the past 3 months, I have not used shampoo to cleanse my hair.

This is what happened...

As the weather got cooler, I found that whenever I use shampoo, even sulfate-free shampoo, to cleanse my hair, my hair still feels so stripped. I was not sure what was going on. I had always incorporated co-washing (washing with cleansing conditioners) into my regimen, so it was easy for me to be a "No Poo" kind of gal.


I first start off by only co-washing my hair once a week. My hair did okay, but I felt as if everything was not getting cleansed off at the end of  the month. I needed something extra. So, I started incorporating Bentonite Clay Hair Treatment. I loved it!! This treatment cleanses not only my scalp, but also my hair.


The way I know that my hair is completely clean is that my coils are rejuvenated and my hair is shiny. I rarely get build up so it can sometimes be hard for me to figure out if my hair is clean or not.  One change that I made in my mix was adding one tablespoon of Brahmi powder and one tablespoon of Amla powder. These two powder gives me additional umph! To learn more about these powders, click here.




The best part of being a No Poo Gal is that my hair does not feel stripped and I get additional benefit of my hair feeling stronger from the Bentonite clay.

What to know the benefits of Bentonite clay? Click here.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Natural Hair | DIY Goat Milk Conditioner



Today's DIY Homemade treatment is the "Goat Milk Conditioner". I learnt about this treatment from Shelli of  Hairscapades blog.

Goat Milk has a lot of benefit to hair. Here are some that Hairscapades shared on her blog post:

via Black Hair 101
Goat Milk Hair Benefits:
  • Make hair soft and manageable.
  • Good for dry scalp and especially for dandruff conditions.
  • Softens hair and smoothes out nicks or scratches across the hair strand.
  • Makes scalp healthier and less prone to dryness.
  • When added to other moisture rich ingredients can make hair moisturized and pliable and extremely healthy.
Goat milk can be added to shampoos, conditioners or used with other nutritious ingredients as a deep conditioner or with tea as a rinse or added to your shea, mango or cocoa butter preparations for hair and skin.

Watch how to prepare and use Goat Milk Conditioner.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Vacation 2013: Road Trip


After trying to upload this video for the past 2 days and experiencing multiple internet and cell phone connectivity issues, I am so glad to be able to share this little piece of our family Christmas vacation with you all.

I almost gave up after my first upload try when I saw over 350 minutes left to upload. GO-LLY!!!
Yeah! That's Naptural85.. LOL!
 
 
The road trip took 2 days with a short stay at Baton Rouge, or as Big Sis calls it "Batting Rauge"
 
 
Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas vacation.


Natural Hair | DIY Hair and Scalp Cleanser

DIY Scalp Cleanser / Hair Cleanser


I use this homemade DIY hair cleanser mixture to relieve my itchy scalp and also remove product build up.

 
 


Apple Cider VInegar Rinse for Natural Hair
 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas to You



As Christmas morning draws closer, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  If you are looking for a last minute stocking stuffer idea, try this very easy no sew bow making tutorial.



The girls found these HUGE bows at one of the surf stores on the boardwalk during our vacation to Pensacola Beach, Florida.


 
My Christmas Hair using Obia Natural Curl Enhancing Custard and my Shea Aloe Butter
 
 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Natural Hair | DIY Homemade Hot Oil Treatment



Ahhh.. Hot Oil Treatment. I love this treatment because not only does it create a barrier for my hair if I decide to use a sulfate shampoo, it also leaves my hair feeling soft. 

This is the simplest DIY you will ever do. It is also one DIY that you could use variety of oils and still get favorable results. The important thing is make sure you use oils that will penetrate your hair shaft. Oils such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil. If you choose to mix other oils in your hot oil treatment, make sure that you at least add one of these oils.

Now, unto the DIY!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Stretching Natural Hair with Curlformers

Click to see where I got my curlformers

Today was Wash Day for the girls, and I did not have time to wait overnight for Big Sis to stretch using the banding method of stretching.

Wash Process
Post Wash


  • Created a ponytail on each of the front quadrants and use the pink curlformers on the ends of the ponytails


The whole process took about 30 mins.

After about 2 hours (during this time, I was doing Lil Sis' hair... yeah! for SUPER MOM!!), started to twist each unraveled stretched curlformer. I was amazed by the stretch Big Sis' hair got. It looked as if I blow dried her hair!!







To make this a true protective style, I ended up hiding the ends of the twists. This style is guaranteed to last 2 weeks with proper care.

Don't know how to use curlformers, here is a tutorial:

Friday, December 20, 2013

Natural Hair DIY Homemade Products Series



A lot of naturals do not have access to some commercial products that you see posted on the Natural Hair blogs, channels, and forums.

 I just started a new series on my YouTube channel showing you how to use different natural products that you can buy anywhere to help care for your hair.

 Subscribe to DiscoveringNatural to view the videos:
http://youtube.com/DiscoveringNatural

The complete DIY playlist can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m9C8nV1ud4&list=PLCT7rEmj0XkyQK1jeKWOyfGOTi_Ifu6Gj



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Natural Hair Products YOU CAN FIND anywhere Series


A lot of naturals do not have access to some commercial products that you see posted on the #naturalhair blogs, channels, and forums.

I have started a new series on my YouTube channel showing you how to use different natural products that you can buy anywhere to help care for your hair.

Make sure you subscribe to DiscoveringNatural so that you can view these videos.
Channel: http://youtube.com/DiscoveringNatural

The playlist is called DIY Natural Products

Monday, December 16, 2013

How to make Black Soap Shower GEL




 
In this video, I show you how to make your black soap shower gel. Most Black Soap Body Wash have a liquid consistency, however, that does not work well for people that are more familiar with gel consistency. How to make black soap more slimy is a problem I have struggled with since I started making my own body wash. This DIY Black Soap Body Wash does the trick
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quick Holiday Natural Hair Style



I got inspired by Chescalocs (Chescaleigh) to create this style for my Holiday party. Hope you like it. Tag me if you recreate it.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DIY Protein Treatment for Shine


I have been researching more natural protein treatments and other hair treatments lately. On my Facebook page and YouTube channel, I always get questions about how to substitute commercial products with products that are readily available. Many of my followers are from places where they cannot buy the well known products like, SheaMoisture, As I Am, Aubrey Organics, and so on. This is why I am very excited about this new series of DIY hair products.

Let's start off the series with a Protein Treatment that can be used on adults and children's hair. I tried it on Lil Sis' hair, AKA Diva Hair, and it liked it! Yeah!

The Recipe:
1 very ripe banana
1 very ripe avocado
2/3 cup of Greek Yogurt
2 tablespoon of  Extra virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoon raw Honey

Application:
Hair was extremely shiny and soft after washing and moisture level was increased throughout the day.

Let's look more in depth at the ingredients of this DIY Protein Treatment

Banana
  • Great for hydrating hair that is dry
  • Help relieve itchiness
  • Can help increase the moisture level in hair
  • Reduces frizz in hair
Avocado
  • Known to help promote growth and reduce hair loss
  • Helps moisturize hair
  • Makes hair shiny

Greek Yogurt (higher protein levels than regular yogurt)
  • Great for hydrating hair that is dry
  • Strength hair
  • Promote hair growth
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Known to help promote growth and reduce hair loss
  • Helps moisturize hair

 
Raw Honey
  • Attracts moisture by acting as a humectant
  • Softens and smoothens hair by acting as an emollient.

 

Product Review | CurlFormers Knock-off | Vakind Hair Curlers

 
 
What do I think about the "Vakind Hair Curlers" AKA Curlformers knockoff?
 
Watch the video below:
 




Monday, December 9, 2013

CurlFormers on my Natural Hair

 
 
 
I took the plunge! and decided to try CurlFormers on my natural hair. I did not use the original $70 curlformers, but tried a knockoff version called Vakind Hair Curler. These were only $16 and I was sold on the price and on Naptural85 review. Click here to buy them if you want to try.
 
For a first time user, I enjoyed my experience. Took me about 1 and a half hours to install. I had to be really careful not to rip my hair in the hooks. After I got a hang of it, I was able to do it with ease.
 


After installing all these 40 "curlformers", it was time to sleep.. or try to sleep. It was one of the most uncomfortable sleep ever. Not going to do that again.



The results was okay.. but Practice makes Perfect.

 
Watch the video below for my full experience
 
Since I filmed this video, I have tried it with heat and the results was even much better. I used the same product as I did when I tried without heat. I also sat under the hood dryer for 50 mins. My back row did not completely dry!! Argh!
 
 



What do you think?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Coverage of Nzuri Hair and Beauty Show 2013 #NaturalHair

 
 
I had fun at the Nzuri Hair and Beauty Show in Houston, Texas. Met a lot of subbies and friends!
 
 
Grab a snack and share the experience!

Nzuri Hair and Beauty Festival "Hair Of The Day" #HOTD #NaturalHair

 

If you've ever been to a Natural Hair show, you know that your hair has to be on spot! That was my goal when I thought of what my style will be for the event. I wanted a style that would last the entire weekend, with little manipulation and superb shine and luster!.

On to the details...

Wash Routine
Post Wash
Styling


 I love the shine I get from this combo and the style all day.
End of Day pics!

 





Night Routine:
I used the method below to keep my hair looking great for the next day.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Alternative Way to "Shampoo" Natural Hair


There are so many ways to cleanse Natural Hair without the stripping effect of sulfate shampoos. Our first choice is using Bentonite Clay. Not only does this clay remove all build up, it also conditions our hair.


To learn more about how we use this clay, watch the video below:

Have you used Bentonite Clay? What other alternatives to shampoo do you use?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Changing Natural Hair Products When Weather Changes



With changes in weather, we might find that products we were using in the summer no longer works well.

Time to Change things up!!

For us, in the summer, SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie works well. However, in the winter, we use Goin Natural Morargan Gold Rare Moisture Butter. This products works well for us in the summer AND in the winter.

Have you experienced this? What products are you switching up?


#naturalhair #teamnatural #naturalhaircare #SheaMoisture #GoinNatural

Monday, December 2, 2013

Night Routine for Twist Out on Natural Hair




What is your night time routine for #twistout? 

 Here is one routine that gives me great results the next morning
#naturalhair