Sunday, August 31, 2014

#BlissfulCurlsTourHouston with Naptural85, IKnowLee, NaturallyGG, OfficialCorporateChic

DiscoveringNatural meets Naptural85
DiscoveringNatural meets Naptural85


On August 27th 2014, I attended the #BlissFulCurlsTourHouston. This event was sponsored by Curls (@frizzfreecurls)  at Social Junkie club in Houston Texas. On the Panel was @Naptural85 , @iknowlee , @NaturallyGG , @OfficialCorporateChic
This tour was to launch the new Blueberry Blissful Curl Control Paste

For more information about products featured, visit http://www.curls.biz


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Natural Hair Questions Answered (3 Parts Series)

Natural Hair DiscoveringNatural
DiscoveringNatural: 6 months post Transitioning Big chop

Several questions were asked in the last "Ask Me Anything", I had to break it into 3 videos because of the length of the video when combined. Click any of the videos below to watch my answers to your questions.

PART 1


PART 2


PART 3


First Day Of School 2014-2015 | August 30th 2014 | DNVlogsLife





 
 
Watch the girls' First day at school vlog below. 4th and 1st grade...here we come!
 
 


Friday, August 29, 2014

BlackHairInformation.com Features: 9 Year Old Washes and Styles Her Natural Hair

Black Hair Information 9 Year Old DiscoveringNatural

Big Sis' video where she washed and styled her own hair got featured on BlackHairInformation.com
She was so excited to read this article.

http://www.blackhairinformation.com/beginners/finding_a_regimen/9-year-old-washes-styles-natural-hair/


Other DiscoveringNatural Features on BlackHairInformation
4 Cute Easter Hairstyles for Your Little Princesses

How to Do African Threading on Natural Hair; Tips and Tricks

Afrian Threading on Natural Hair
 
 
African Threading is great to stretch your hair without blow drying it. It is also a great style to wear. In this video, I give you some tips and tricks you did not know about threading.
 
Don't forget to Subscribe for more videos.
 


Friday, August 22, 2014

"NEW" SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration
 
SheaMoisture is on a roll!! With 2 month, they have released 3 new lines. The newest one that just came out this week: August 18th 2014, is the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration.  This contains African Rock Fig and Baobab Oil, It is infused with Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil.
For all products in this collection, 10% of sales goes to the  Community Commerce Initiative. Yeah! Here's why we are #SheaFamily
Currently only available at Target
 
Other Product Reviews

SheaMoisture Super Fruit Complex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5jUrY0MYsg&list=PLCT7rEmj0Xky6XuOXgit_biwollZj4HXI&index=3





#BackToSchool Style 2: Quick Natural Hair Style: Flat Twist Chignon



Quick Natural Hair Styles: Flat Twist Chignon
 
Another easy ‪#‎BackToSchool‬ for you. This year we are doing simple quick ‪#‎naturalhair‬ styles, hope you like them. For more complex styles, visit our YouTube channel



CurlyNikki Featured: How To Flat Twist without Flat Twisting

CurlyNikki Flat Twist DiscoveringNatural

CurlyNikki featured our video, "How To Flat Twist Without Flat Twisting". Read all about it here: http://www.curlynikki.com/2014/08/how-to-flat-twist-without-flat-twisting.html

Other similar feature: "A Solution to The Bantu Knot Struggle": http://www.curlynikki.com/2014/03/a-solution-to-bantu-knot-out-struggle.html

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Collab with GirlsLoveYourCurls and BronzeGoddess01





Quick Natural Hair Hairstyle
Twisted Starburst Bun


Watch our #BackToSchool Hairstyle  (Twisted Starburst bun) Collab video with Girls Love Your Curls and @BronzeGoddess01



 We enjoyed doing the video and hope you find it interesting too.



We have more styles to come, so if you have not yet subscribed, kindly do so. Thanks!! http://youtube.com/DiscoveringNatural




Fun at Discovery Green | August 19th 2014 | DNVlogsLife

Discovery Green Houston Texas
Did you know that Grapeseed Oil protects your Natural Hair against UV radiation


 
Summer Break is ALMOST over for the girls. We decided to go to Discovery Green for an afternoon of fun with friends.

What fun places did you go to this Summer?






Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wash Day Dairy : August 19th 2014 : Clarify with Bentonite Clay

Bentonite Clay on Natural Hair
Love how Bentonite clay makes my curls and coils POP!
This week, I went longer on my wash days. I have been doing 5-7 days intervals, but this time, I went nearly 2 weeks. Whew!! At the end of that, my hair looked like this:

Banding Natural Hair
Results of banding my hair

My hair actually did not feel too bad, but since I have been putting products on top of products, it did not have its normal shine and bounce.

The night before my wash, I detangled my hair with just Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and covered it with a plastic cap and my bonnet as a pre-poo treatment. The next morning, my hair was SUPER SOFT and shiny. I was almost tempted not to wash it. LOL!
Pre poo with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Using my Bentonite Clay Mask, I applied the clay to my hair, covered my hair with a plastic cap for 1 hour. It should have been for 45 mins, but I forgot to make my Tea Rinse.
Bentonite Clay Hair Mask
Bentonite Clay on Natural Hair

For 2 months now, I have been doing Black Tea Rinses every wash day, I have noticed differences in my shedding. However, I found this picture on Pinterest, and decided to try Green Tea Rinses.
Tea Rinses for Natural Hair Shedding

The ingredient in teas that helps with shedding is caffeine. I am thinking Black Tea will win over Green Tea because it has more caffeine per 8 oz cup than its counterpart.
BeverageCaffeine Per 8 oz Cup
White Tea30-55 mg
Green Tea35-70 mg
Oolong Tea     50-75 mg
Black Tea60-90 mg
Coffee150-200 mg

The other thing is that you do not want to have too much caffeine because you could get the reverse situation and even experience more shedding. I have tested this fact and found it to be true when I did the tea rinses twice a week, my shedding seem to increase, then I reduced it to once a week and that seemed better.

Therefore, today, I brewed 2 bags of green tea (equivalent to 70-140mg of caffeine) in a 8oz cup. I will be testing this for the next month to see if it does better than the black tea. The Black Tea worked ok, but when I did not use it (while testing SheaMoisture products), my shedding seem to increase even much more.

After rinsing off the clay, I spritz my hair with the Green Tea rinse, applied SheaMoisture Super Complex Hair Masque on top of it, covered with a plastic cap and my bonnet and went for an hour bike ride. When done, rinsed the deep conditioner off.

Product Build Up on Natural Hair
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO NOT SECTION OFF YOUR HAIR TO PROPERLY CLEANSE IT.

I had some residue on my scalp left over. #VeryAnnoying . I decided to section my hair, and wash my scalp with Eden Bodyworks Cleansing Cowash.
Cowash with Eden Bodyworks Cleansing Cowash
Here is proof that cleansing Cowashes truly cleanses your hair.

Here is my hair afterwards, full of shine, elasticity, and sheen!
Type 3C 4A Natural Hair

Natural Hair

Post Wash:
**Testing taking Pictures in "Tv 1/125" mode on Canon T3i EOS


Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Care For Multiple Kids' Natural Hair

Kids Natural Hair Care DiscoveringNatural

Kids Natural Hair Care DiscoveringNatural

It can be hard enough caring for your own hair, not to talk about caring for more than one child's natural hair. In this video, I give you four tips that can help make the process easier.








Friday, August 8, 2014

Product Review SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil DiscoveringNatural





How to Flat Twist Natural Hair WITHOUT Flat Twisting

How to Flat Twist Natural Hair
Featured on CurlyNikki.com


How many of you would love to flat twist your hair or your child's hair but struggle with the techniques of doing it?

In this video, I show you a simple way of flat twisting without actually knowing how to flat twist




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An Alternative to Coconut Oil: BABASSU OIL

An Alternative to Coconut Oil: Babassu Oil
Babassu Oil
A little history...
Babassu Oil (Orbignya Oleifera) is extracted from the nuts of the Babassu Palm, a plant found in the Amazon area of South America.

Babassu Oil Natural Hair
Babassu Nut


Babassu Nut
Inside a Babassu Nut
It easily melts when applied on the skin due to high percentage of fatty Acids; Lauric (50%) and Myristic (20%). Due to its similarity to Coconut oil, it solidify in cooler temperature.

Babassu Oil vs Coconut Oil
Melting Comparison
How does it compare to Coconut Oil on Natural Hair
Coconut Oil can be quite greasy. I have found with Babassu oil, it does not appear to be as greasy. Both oils do solidify, however coconut oil liquefy faster than babassu oil. Some people have found coconut oil too drying or causing their hair to feel hard, babassu oil does not exhibit this type of characteristic.  Babassu Oil is more creamier than coconut oil, however, both seem to penetrate the hair shaft, although some say that babassu oil does a better job at it. Coconut oil has a stronger scent than Babassu oil. For some naturals, coconut oil seem to weigh down their hair, babassu does not do this.

Benefits of Babassu Oil
  • Emollient, which means it is wonderful for moisturizing your hair.
  • Strengthens the hair
  • Promotes shine
  • Soften hair
  • Improves hair elasticity to help prevent breakage
How do I use it on my Natural Hair
  • Add it to your deep conditioner to boost the moisturizing properties
  • Use it to moisturize your hair daily or add in your oil mix as part of your moisture laying process
  • Use as a pre-poo with your favorite conditioner
  • Use to detangle your hair.
  • Sealant; use alone or add to your shea butter
Where can I find Babassu Oil
I found mine at Dr, Adorable, however, you can find it at some online stores and even health stores. Etsy has a good selection, however, make sure that you are buying the organic Babassu Oil. Some products containing Babassu Oil are:

Have you ever used Babassu Oil? Share your thoughts below.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Wash Day Diary: August 4th 2014 : Listen To Your Hair

Natural Hair Protective Styles

Lately, I have been playing in my hair A LOT!! And my hair has been responding back with not so nice stuff. Therefore it was time to tuck her away for a week... see if I can last Ha!

We were in the pool yesterday with friends and although I did not get my hair wet, the heat was brutal and my hair was fried!
 

I decided to pre-poo overnight with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil  and V05 Strengthening Conditioner.

12 hours later...yeah... I got busy...

I rinsed it off and used the SheaMoisture Purification Masque to co-wash and do a 5-mins conditioning.
Natural Hair

Post Wash
  • Apply oil mix
  • On each twist and front twist, apply SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk
  • Apply Aloe Vera Gel after hair has been styled (something new I am trying...LOL! #LifeOfABlogger)
Natural Hair Protective Styles
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Natural Hair Protective Styles

Do you keep to a wash schedule or do you LISTEN to your hair?

9 year old Washes and Styles Natural Hair Herself







Sunday, August 3, 2014

Twisted Bun Natural Hair Pictorial


STEPS to create the style above:
1. Gather hair into a low ponytail on the right side
2. Use a hair tie to hold
3. Twist around 5 chunky twists
4. Loop twists around ponytail area and secure with bobby pin
5. Repeat until done
6. Using an edge control, apply to edges for a slick look. You can use the techniques below if you do not have an edge control product:

7-8: Admire your creation