Monday, June 30, 2014

Frizz Free Bun with Smooth Edges





Here is a simple way of doing this sleek bun

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How to Make Popsicles : Strawberry-Watermelon

 
It's GETTING HOT outside!! Here is a simple way to cool down!!
Kid-friendly recipe by Big Sis and Lil Sis
 
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wash Day Diary: June 24th 2014: Summer is HERE

Natural Hair Shrinkage
I have 75% shrinkage!! How much shrinkage do you have?


Summer is here and my hair knows that!! Usually, I can go at most 3 days before I moisturize my hair and a week or even 10 days before I wash my hair.  Oh no!! Now I can't! I remember this same thing happening last summer. I had to co-wash in the middle of the week. I guess my hair just got the memo that ...

All I did to refresh my hair was:
One thing I know about my hair is that, even with the dry spells, it prefers summer to winter. It thrives in the summer. My ends always act better in the summer. As long as I moisturize daily, my hair is okay!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

How to Reduce Tangles in Natural Hair

How to Reduce Tangles in Natural Hair
 
 
5 Ways to Prevent Tangles in Natural Hair
Tangles comes with the Natural Hair territory. In this video, I show you five simple ways to prevent tangles.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wash Day Diary: June 21st 2014: Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay on Natural Hair

Last week, I was at camp with Big Sis enjoying the great outdoors, pond water, sunshine all day, chlorine water, and great fellowship! It was a wonderful experience that I will share with you on one of my vlog posts on DNVlogsLife channel. With all the activities we had, I did not totally neglect the care of my hair, however, by the time I got home yesterday, my hair was MAD at me.

Pre Wash Process
  • Overnight, I saturated my hair with Extra Virgin Coconut oil. Covered hair with a plastic cap, satin cap and thick knitted hat.
  • In the morning, I re-misted my hair with water and applied  Eden Bodyworks Cowash and covered my hair with 2 plastic caps, satin cap and baseball cap while I ran some errands.
Wash Process

Post-Wash Process

3 Ways to Protect Your Hair When Swimming and After

3 Ways to Protect Your Hair When Swimming and After


It's Summer and with that comes Swimming and with that comes CHLORINE. Chlorine can strip the hair's natural oil and cause it to be dry and brittle, which can lead to breakage.




3 Ways to Protect Your Hair When Swimming and After
In this video, I demonstrate three ways to protect your natural hair when swimming and how to care for your natural hair after swimming.

Click here or Watch below:



3 Ways to Protect Your Hair When Swimming and After

Gym Rant!!! | June 21st 2014 DNVlogsLife


Friday, June 20, 2014

How to Finger Coils Out Natural Hair



Finger coils Out on Short Natural Hair and Long Natural is very beautiful when the coils are uncoiled well. In this video, I demonstrate ways to uncoil your hair. I provide you tips that will help with coiling TWA hair/ Doing Finger Coils on TWA.

How to Finger Coils Out Natural Hair

Have you ever done Finger Coils Out before? How do you maintain them?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Why are essential oils stored in dark bottles?




 " Essential oils should be packaged in dark coloured glass, since this filters out the suns ultra-violet light. Until quite recently, dark amber was always the colour of choice in glass bottles as can be seen from old-style medicine bottles"

Read more: http://www.quinessence.com/essential_oil_storage_methods.htm
‪#‎essentialoils‬ ‪#‎naturalhair‬ ‪#‎locmethod

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How to Make a Chore Chart | June 18th 2014 DNVlogsLife



It's Summer Break...time for a NEW Chore Chart. Watch how the girls and I work together to come up with a kid-friendly and Mommy-approved chore chart.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Finger Coils on Natural Hair Night Routine



Finger Coils are great low manipulative styles and even low maintainance. Although not a protective style, this styles works well and if your hair is long enough you can style it into a cute updo.
Taking care of your hair at night is essential to make this style last and keep away the FRIZZ MONSTER!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Daddy DOES MY HAIR: Happy Father's Day!!



Happy FATHER'S Day to all!! Big Sis wanted her Daddy to do her hair....

How did he do? Watch video below:

Friday, June 13, 2014

We Are Onyx June Box Review

We Are Onyx June Box Review

I had the pleasure of reviewing my first subscription box, We Are Onyx June Box. This month's box theme is Red - White - Beauty; dedicated to the "Celebration of American Beauty".

We Are Onyx boxes costs $25 a month and come with "5 deluxe-size or full size hair, skin, makeup and lifestyle products from our favorite high-end brands from around the world". For more information on this subscription box, visit WeAreOnyx.com



 
Watch video below for more information on all the products included in the box



This box contained the following:

  • Lotta Body Curl & Style Milk (Retail Price $3.99/7floz)
       (First five ingredients: Water, Shea Butter, Glyverin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance)

  • C. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist (Retail Price $7.99/2fl oz)
(First Five Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Apricot oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sweet Almond Oil)

  • Lauren B. Beauty Nail Lacquer (Retail Price $18)
 

  •  Philip B. Botanicals White Truffle Nourishing & Conditioning Crème (Retail Price $28)

(First five ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol )(Retail Price $7.99/2fl oz)

  • Herban Body Care Sweet Ginger Moisturizer (Retail Price $14.00)

How to Finger Coil Natural Hair

Finger Cois Natural Hair


Finger Coils Natural Hair

Coiling Natural Hair can be done in two ways: A Comb Coil or A Finger Coil. 


In this video, I show you how I finger coil my hair. Due to the texture of my natural hair, coiling it has some challenges but the results are stunning. All you need are clips for section, water, gel and of course your fingers.
Have you ever done Finger Coils before?


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Do What Works For You!

Natural Hair Journey



Focus on you

Don't Compare

Do what works for you

Comparing yourself with others when it comes to your Natural Hair journey can give you more headache than necessary. No one knows your hair better than you. Follow your own rule. If a process works for you in the care of your natural hair, then go with it. Create your own rule and ask for guidance when necessary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wash Day Diary: June 10th 2014: Dry Scalp

Washing Natural Hair Shea Moisture

I read somewhere that "your hair will tell you what it wants", well, my hair did just that today. Normally, I would cowash or cleanse my hair every 7 to 10 days, but last night, my scalp started to itch me...and if you watched my "How to Wash Natural Hair" video, that means she needs some TLC.

Since it was just 4 days past my last wash day, I decided to just do a simple water-only wash.

Wash Process
  • Saturated my two strands twisted hair with lukewarm water
  • Gently massage my scalp to lift up any build up.
  • Rinse off my hair with water
  • Applied Shea Moisture Purification Masque and massage into scalp and add to hair.
  • Cover with a plastic bag and knitted hat for 30 mins.
I felt okay just using water to wash my hair because I do not use products that are hard to remove from my hair, such as silicones, mineral oil, and petroleum-laden products. If I did have build up, I would have simply just used Apple Cider Vinegar at this time.

Post Wash Process

I had not experienced this must dryness in a while, so here are my thoughts as to why this happened:
  • Summer is here, and each day, I take an early morning walk with the girls, without covering my hair. We also bike or walk in the evening. Double dose of exercise is great!!
  • The Black Tea Rinse from last wash day...now this was the only new directly impacted product I added to my hair routine. I striked out this train of thought because the benefits of tea rinses does not accredit scalp dryness as one of its factors. Rather, it states that it helps with dryness and dandruff.
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Benefits of Using Tea Rinses
  • Moisture- Tea rinses are a great way to get moisture in the hair between your regular washes. Some persons will use the tea rinse as a middle of the week hair refresher, especially if they exercise. Some tea rinses are excellent for keeping the scalp supple and free from dryness.
  • Strengthens Hair- Depending on which tea rinse you use, you will find that overtime the hair feels strengthened and less prone to breakage.
  • Hides Gray- There are some tea rinses that can cover gray hairs overtime with consistent use.
  • Prevents and Treats Dandruff- there are some herbs which are better at treating dandruff than others, they can be used as an infusion and applied to scalp.
  • Stimulates The Scalp And Helps With Hair Growth- some herbs including peppermint are good stimulants; we know that they make a good tingly oil but they can also be used as an infusion.
  • Reduces Oil Build Up On The Scalp- overproduction of sebum is usually the precursor to certain conditions including dandruff. Some teas, including sage can be of help with this condition. 
I believe the over-exposure to the sun from our walks is the culprit. Tomorrow, I will be grabbing a hat...and so will the girls!

Silicones and Natural Hair: GOOD or BAD


Today, I am researching Silcones. Do you know that there are different types of silicones; water soluble, deposit repelling silicones, and non-water soluble.

Water soluble silicones can be easily washed away and still provide the benefit...s of using -cones in hair. Eg: Stearoxy Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, silicone with PEG or PPG as a prefix, Lauryl Methicone Copolyol

Deposit Repelling silicones slow down the build up process. Eg: Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Amodimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclomethicone

Non-Water soluable silcones cannot be easily washed away. They can cause build up and need sulfate shampoos to remove. Example: Dimethiconem,
Trimethylsilylamodimetheicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone

Why is Silicone GOOD for Natural Hair?
Silicone can help you minimize frizz and also help in detangling your hair. Some naturals use it as a way to seal in the moisture into their hair. It acts as a great sealant. As a heat protectant, silicones protects the hair from extreme heat. It also know to help hair dry quicker, provide deep conditioning to damaged areas, and strengthen hair.


Why is Silicones BAD for Natural Hair?
In the case of non-water soluble silicones, it can cause product build up, if care is not taken to properly cleanse the product out of your hair. Even with water soluble silicones, if used overtime without cleansing or rinsing off hair, you could still experience build up. Since excess build up can only be removed with a sulfate or clarifying shampoo, this can cause dryness in hair. This dryness can lead to breakage. Because silicones are also sealants, re-moisturizing hair can be a challenge if you are moisturizing on top of the silicone seal. It is best to not use silicones in conditioners. Why? A great conditioner only needs emollients, humectants, moisturizers and... proteins.


Do you use SILICONES? If not, why don't you use SILICONES?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Protective Stying VS. Low Manipulative Styling



Do you know the difference between Protective Styling your Natural Hair and Low Manipulative Styling? Find out all the information you need to know regarding these two styles and which one is better. Also, tips on how to style without breaking your hair.
HAIR STYLES PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7GwqvFXltU&list=PL1B2FF061F0877CCA



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Good Bye Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner!


Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner has served us well all these years! I remember the first time I used it... the slip was INCREDIBLE. The price AMAZING!! $2.99

 I'm sure you are wondering why am I no longer using it? Well...after much research I have decided to stop using any products that contain Parabens.

What are Parabens?
"any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry." ~Google
They stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your beauty products. 
 
Why did I decide to go Paraben?
About 99% of my hair and cosmetic products are paraben-free, so for me this was an easy choice. There has been so many speculations that parabens are linked to Cancer, and I do not want to take any chances...short and simple answer.
 
What will I be using as an Alternative?
As an alternative, I will be using the Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. I already have this in my arsenal of products and I already know how well my hair loves this product.


Do you use Paraben-Free products? Which ones do you use?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wash Day Diary: June 6th 2014: Black Tea Experiment




I decided to start a Wash Day Diary series..Why?
Well, whenever I wash my hair, I sometimes write down what I use in my notebook. Many times I have lost this book .... or the girls have doodled on it... and... oh well... this is the safest and most convienent place to put my findings. For all products that I use, click on the name to be transferred to the image of the product.

Today, I decided to start my Black Tea Experiment. Black Tea is great for shedding and hair growth. I am mainly experiementing the shedding factor for you all. Prior to today, I have weaned myself off my regular Garlic Diet so that I can have an unbiased review of the truth behind Black Tea Rinses.

Before I release a DIY video to the public, I make sure that I have tested it for at least a month so that I can give an unbiased review. This is the same thing I do when I do Product Reviews for companies.

Pre-wash Day
  • Saturated 4 Tea bags of Lipton Black Tea (Natural Energy) in 4 cups of hot water overnight
  • Detangled hair with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and saturated hair with what was left of my Eden Bodyworks Cowash overnight. Although the cowash is not meant to be left overnight, it was in err. I was planning to wash my hair but had an emergency that I had to attend to, hence why I left it overnight.. ^^Fingers crossed and praying my hair does not fall out by morning!! LOL!

Wash Day
  • Rinse hair thoroughly
  • Shampoo twice with Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo (because I used a lot of gel in my previous style)
  • Pour the Black Tea solution on hair, squeeze off excess liquid, cover hair with plastic cap and 2 plastic bags, put black T-shirt around the perimeter of my head to prevent leakage.
  • Keep on hair for 30 mins
  • Rinse
  • Apply Eden Bodyworks Deep Conditioner
  • Leave on for 45 mins (30 mins is sufficient, but got busy)
  • Rinse
  • Poured a cup of cold undiluted Aloe Vera Juice


Feelings: My hair felt SUPER soft and for some reason my curls seem elongated. I am thinking it is because of all the moisture from the Cowash not the tea. My hair also seemed darker and tangle free (even my crown area which is the coarsest part of my hair). My ends curl well.

Post-wash Day
  • Section hair into 5 parts
  • Do the LOC method:
    • oil mix (dime size per section)
    • Giovanni Direct Leave In (Because it has a little protein and I wanted to have a moisture-protein balance since the DC did not have any protein)
  • Stretch hair for tomorrow (will be using my Shea Aloe butter to seal and style my hair in twists for the week)
Have you ever used Black Tea? Share your experience.

How To Wash Natural Hair: My Routine with Sulfate-Free Shampoo


Washing Natural Hair does not have to be a chore. I show you my 6 simple steps of washing natural hair.

In this video, I will be using a sulfate free shampoo. I rarely use shampoos but when I do, I only use sulfate free one. Why? Because the sulfate shampoo strips my hair and causes to feel dry and brittle.

I only detangle with my fingers. When I detangle prior to washing, I use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. You can use any brands, just make sure it is Extra Virgin.

I wash my hair with Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo. I am using an old formula. Information on the new formula can be found in the Product Review section of my blog, http://discoveringnatural.com

Using a rinse out conditioner after shampooing leaves my hair feeling soft. I use different conditioners, however, I do not use any that have silicones or mineral oils.

My deep conditioner is  a moisturizing one. I rotate between the Shea Moisture Purification Masque and Eden Bodyworks Deep Conditioner.

My moisturizing technique is the LOCO method. More information on this here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lqHFYlSkPM
How I choose products on Wash Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IymhDoG0WEA

How do you WASH your NATURAL HAIR?


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

TYPICAL SUNDAY with NIGERIAN COOKING | JUNE 4th 2014 DNVlogsLife

Want to build BICEPS, make a Nigerian Meal!
LOL! Check out today's vlog. Our Typical Sunday involves family time, play time...and also Nigerian cuisine.


Self Esteem and Natural Hair in Children

 
Last week, I wrote a blog post on Natural Hair and Self Esteem in Children for African Naturalistas blog. If you did not get a chance to read it, check it out. Worth reading.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Twist Out Not Drying Overnight FIX


Sometimes, my twists do not dry overnight. This happens to a lot of naturals. for the best defined twistout, you need your twists to be dry before take down. When this does not happen, here is a quick fix for you instead of resorting to an afro puff.

If after watching this video, you still want the "semi-" twistout look, try my 1 HR Wet TwistOut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ronPzO7ibtA&index=55&list=PL1B2FF061F0877CCA
How to Fix Twist Not Drying