Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Use Moringa Oil for Natural Hair and Skin | MoringaConnect







Moringa Oil, also know as Ben Oil, is known as the Miracle Oil. It has so many benefit for your hair, skin, and overall health.

For more information, visit MoringaConnect.com




Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wash Day Dairy: You Still Need to Clarify | Sept 26th 2014

Bentonite Clay Natural Hair
My Wash day setup!!
A lot of people that cowash do not always remember to clarify. Even though some cowash conditioners are labeled as cleansing cowash, I still feel that it is necessary to clarify your hair.  Don't know what clarifying is and what its benefits are... Watch this:



My hair has been feeling a little gunky with all the oils and products I have been using for the past 4 days, so I decided to bring out my boo, Bentonite Clay!! Yeah!!

I had run out of Aloe Vera Juice, so I decided to mix the clay with just Apple Cider Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It seemed to be ok, although I do miss the soothing smells of peppermint and lavender from my usual mixture.


This is what my hair looked like afterwards


I rinsed off the clay in the shower, but did it differently. I wet my hair briefly with warm water then massaged my scalp to lift up any build up and cleanse my scalp, then working in section, thoroughly washed out the clay. I then spritz my hair with my Black Tea Rinse and used my fingers to comb the rinse into my hair to make sure it saturated each strand, then applied my moisture-rich conditioner SheaMoisture Superfruit conditioner into my hair. Covered hair with plastic cap and a towel. Leave on for 30 mins.

Results
SHINY CLEAN HAIR...with curls popping!

My thoughts
My hair is okay with just bentonite clay, ACV and EVOO!

** I will be resuming protecting my hair more this fall season, here is my style for the week
Natural Hair Protective Styles
 
 
 
 
Hair was styled using
Moringa Oil from MoringaConnect
 
 



Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Remove Lotion from Bottle


Additional tip, you can also flip the bottle upside down in the hot water. However, make sure it is closed well. This method will also work for a pump bottle.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nigerian Cooking: Efo and Egusi Stew

Nigerian Food: Efo and Egunsi

This is my family's favorite Nigerian vegetable stew.  Hope you enjoy this video:


Monday, September 22, 2014

How I Retain Moisture in my Natural Hair


Wash Day Diary: Sept 22nd 2014: Deep Conditioning with Heat


Today is the first day of Fall! and I decided to cowash my hair. In the fall, I tend to wash my hair more frequently because it tends to be drier in the colder months. It is important to listen to your hair.

I started by cowashing with Eden Bodywash cowash, then applied the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque (Protein Treatment). I sat under the hooded dryer for 10 mins. Have you been noticing that I have been using more heat on my hair lately. Well, that is also something I do more of in the fall. I use more of the heat from the dryer than from my body heat. I feel like when I do this my hair benefits more than using my body heat. In the warmer, summer season, I use my body heat because it is hot outside and I generate more body heat than when it is colder.

After deep conditioning, I rinsed and sealed with cold Aloe Vera Juice.

Post Wash
  • Massage scalp with oil mix
  • Applied Karen's Body Beautiful Leave In Conditioner (Sweet Ambrosia) (Non-protein Moisturizing Condish). Have you seen the vlog where Big Sis and Lil Sis met Karen?? Watch it here:



  • Twist up my hair.
Did you notice that I don't include a styling section? Well, most of the time, I will apply my leave in, and then let my hair dry a bit. ...a couple of hours to soak in all the juicy moisture and liquid, then apply my styler and style my hair for the week.  #SecretIsOut LOL!

Waterfall Braids on Natural Hair



Waterfall Braids on Natural Hair
 
 
Waterfall Braids on Natural Hair
 




Can't view the video, here is the pictorial

Friday, September 19, 2014

Natural Hair and Relationships

Natural Hair and Relationship Men


How do you deal with your Natural Hair when you get negative feedback from friends and Family?


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wash Day Diary: Sept 17th 2014 : Make It A Combo?


Last wash day, I was suppose to do a clarification, well, didn't do one, so I decided to do it today. I tried something new today. Because I do not like the way my hair feels when shampooed (hence why I do not do it so often), do the following:

  • Coat hair generously with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and do a dry detangling session
  • Jump into the shower
  • Rinse one section of hair with lukewarm water
  • Apply Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying Shampoo
  • Then on top of that WITHOUT RINSING OFF apply Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
  • Continue to all sections
  • Rinse each section off
  • Then reapply Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
  • Did my shower bizness!
  • Rinse off conditioner
  • My hair felt uber-soft!
  • Deep conditioned with SheaMoisture Purification Masque, just to make sure all product buildup was removed and my scalp had been itchy a little
  • Cover hair with plastic cap and sat under dryer for 30 minutes under medium heat
  • Remove  plastic cap, wait 15 mins for hair temperature to return to room temp
  • Apply generous amount of VO5 Strengthening Conditioner
  • Rinse hair
  • Seal with Cold Aloe Vera Juice

Post Wash
Because  I used a moisturizing non-protein deep conditioner, I always use a protein leave in to give a moisture-protein balance. Hey, that's what I do.  LOL!
By the way, when deep conditioning direction calls to apply "moderate heat", what is MODERATE HEAT?

How to Increase Youtube Views FREE : Scheduling



I have been getting questions from other YouTube vloggers on creating Youtube channel and other tips. I will be providing you some tips from time to time about what has helped me.
In today's video, I discuss how you can use "Scheduling" tactics to increase your views and provide the BEST viewing experience to your VIEWERS.

If you have any questions, please post below.

Who Touched the Puff, #SoccerMom? | Sept 17th 2014 | DNVlogsLife

DNVlogsLife Vlog Nigerian Soccer Mom Family
 
Hope you enjoy this fun episode of DNVlogsLife.
Solve the mystery of "WHO TOUCHED THE PUFF?"
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hormones and Postpartum Shedding

 
LuvNaturals Kimmay shares how to care for your natural hair in regards to Hormones and Postpartum Shedding
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Big Sis Shares: My Natural Hair Care For School

Naural Hair Care for Kids DiscoveringNatural
 
 
 
Thank you so much for watching how I wash my hair:
Today, I will be showing you how I take care of my hair before going to school.
 
Click the links below for more videos:
Big Sis Co-Wash Her Own Hair - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSf8NhfJfek&list=PLCT7rEmj0XkxOZcZVOZyyVemLBrAllJgY&index=8
 





Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wash Day Dairy: Sept 12th 2014: Why the Neglect?


This week, my hair has been acting quite funny. Well, I did wear it out more often. I have been so busy this week with soccer, homework for the girls, videos for DiscoveringNatural and DNVlogsLife and also for 4CHairChick Kids Series. Have you watched episode 1 yet? Click here if not.

Because of all this reasons, I did not moisturize my hair as much. I know! I know!. Since I am still strapped for time, I decided to do a No Fuss Wash Day, similar to this, but much more moisturizing.




Pre-Poo
Two days ago, yeah you read that right...SMH! I detangled my hair and saturated my hair with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and V05 Strengthening Conditioner.  The plan was to clarify my hair the next morning with Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying Shampoo but that did not happen.  With 3 soccer practices across town, I wore my hair in the detangled twists covered with a plastic cap and bonnet and beanie those two days. LOL!

2 days later...
My hair was now REALLY pre-pooed out!  I rinsed my hair with warm water, saturate the twists with Eden Bodywork's Cleansing Co-wash, and then rinsed, poured my Black Tea rinse over my hair, and added my moisturizing Deep Conditioner, SheaMoisture SuperFruit Hair Masque. Hair still in twists.

1 hour later... the plan was to keep for 30 mins, but you already know what happened!

Rinse...

Applied my oil mix, gave my scalp a long well deserved massage.
Undid each twist, applied Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner (a protein conditioner), retwisted.
Applied SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment to my edges

And that was all she wrote.

Quick Natural Hairstyle: Updo with Side Pompadour

Natural Hair Updo with Side Pompadour

Humidity can wreck your twistout. When this happens, I usually have a hair tie and 5 bobby pins in my natural hair emergency kit. This quick hairstyle saves the day. It is easy and can be modified to suit your look.
 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Detangling Steps for Kids with Kinky Hair


SheaMoisture Kids Detangler

Detangling Natural Hair Kids
 
 
We're happy to be hosting the 4C Natural Hair Chicks Kids Hair Care Series. There will be 4 videos showing you how to care for your child's #naturalhair. Check out our first video here
 


Kids Baking Cookies Fail | Sept 10, 2014 | DNVlogsLife



Kids Baking Cookies DNVlogsLife


Since I am trying hard not to be a 'helicopter parent', I decided to let the girls bake cookies BY THEMSELVES... and what happened was.... Watch and see




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What's That Ingredient? Monoi Oil

Monoi Oil for Natural Hair
The Tiara Flower from which Monoi Oil is derived

What is Monoi Oil?
 
 Monoi Oil has been known to be one of those great oils similar to coconut oil that can be used on the hair and body. This oil which is rich in methyl salicylate is from the Tahitian islands. The way this oil is created is quite different from other oils. It is an infused oil which is the result of submerging the Tiara flower into coconut oil. The result: monoi oil.
 
What does it do for our hair?
  • Softens hair
  • Helps fight against frizz
  • Strengthen hair
  • Prevents antioxidant damage

In My STASH
 
Here is a list of some of the products I currently use that contain it:
  • Eden BodyWorks All Natural Deep Conditioner

  • Always look for "certified organic Monoi oil" for authentic product

    Do you have any products containing this ingredient? Comment below.

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Black Tea Rinse for Natural Hair

    Black Tea Rinse for Natural Hair DiscoveringNatural
     
    Black Tea Rinse has helped me reduce shedding, add shine, and create softness in my natural hair.
    This rinse has really changed my hair's health, this is why it took me a while to put out the video. I wanted to test for several months before I share with you all. I have tested since June 6th.

     





    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Wrapping Natural Hair with Jane Carter Wrap and Roll

    Wrapping Natural Hair Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll

    Last wash day, I decided wrap my hair with the Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll. Read more about my experience here. Well, my reasoning was that it is a wrapping product, so I was expecting EXCELLENT results.



    This was not so.

    My hair was stiff and dry.
    
    Wrapping Natural Hair Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll
    My hair actually stood like this on its own
    I had so much breakage from detangling it and I was at the point of tears! It took me nearly 2 hours to detangle my hair and re-moisturize it.


    Wrapping Natural Hair Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll


    To moisturize it, I spirtz my hair with some water, added Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream, which is excellent for dry and coarse hair, and then sealed with my DIY SheaAloe Butter. I then twisted my hair into Bantu Loops.

    
    
    Bantu Loops Natural Hair DiscoveringNatural
    Exhausted!
    I was exhausted, but glad that it was over. My hair is now moisturized and ready for a twistout for church this morning. Probably going to wash out the Jane Carter solution product because I don't know what other damage it will do to my hair if left in for a long time. SORRY, HAIR! 

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Wash Day Diary: Sept 5th 2014: Discovery Black Tea and SheaMoisture Intensive Hydration

    Black Tea Rinse and SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration

    After my wash day, 5 days ago with Curls products, my hair has felt extra dry, despite the fact that I used the new SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration. The funny thing is that Lil Sis and I did exactly the same steps, and used the same products. Her hair still feels soft and fluffy, while mine had a dry feeling. Another thing I noticed was that I had a ton of straggling ends, which is something I had not experience in a long time.
    Natural Hair DiscoveringNatural

    Because of this reason, I had to co-wash today with my beloved Eden Bodyworks Cleansing Co-wash. After washing, I decided to try my Black Tea rinse with the SheaMoisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque. Oh-la-la... my hair felt so soft
    Then....
    ....
    ...
    I did something.   After I moisturized with my oil mix and SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk, I wanted to see what it would look like wrapping my hair with the Jane Carter Wrap and Roll. As soon as I put this in my hair, the softness vanished and my hair felt kind of hard. I then wrapped my hair like this:



    Let's see what it would look like after it dries. For some odd reason, I feel I might have to re-cowash again if the Jane Carter makes my hair hard. LOL!

    My Most Defined Twistout Ever! (REQUESTED)

    Twistout on Natural Hair
     
    When I did the video, "It's My Hair", I got several request to do the tutorial for the hairstyle I had. Therefore, at your request, I present to you MY MOST DEFINED TWISTOUT EVER
     
     

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Wash Day Dairy: Sept 1st 2014: A Curls Wash Day


    A few days ago, I attended the Blissful Curls Tour Houston featuring Naptural85, NaturallyGG, OfficialCorporateChic and Iknowlee. I was gifted with some Curls products:
    Curls Coconut Curlada Conditioner Creamy Curl Cleanser  Blueberry Blissful

    I decided to wash Lil Sis' hair with the products and they worked REALLY well!! No tears!! Woohoo!.. I have not washed my hair in 2 weeks. O_O  because I have been so busy. My hair still felt good but my scalp had started to act up, so I knew, I better jump on it.

    It's Labor day and I have no plans but to WASH MY HAIR.

    I started by doing a dry detangle with Babassu Oil. I loved the fact that it was not greasy like coconut oil. I did record the process, makes sure you SUBSCRIBE to get it on your video feed.
    Detangling with Babassu Oil

    After detangling, I saturated my hair with Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner for a protein treatment.
    Even though the new GPB says to use it for 1-2 mins after shampoo, I decided to do the old GPB way; leave in dry hair for 15 min. I did not notice any difference.

    Since my Holy Grail Sulfate free Shampoo, Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo, has totally changed their formula, I have been in a hunt for a non-stripping sulfate free shampoo for days that I don't have time to do my bentonite clay mix or don't want to deal with the messiness of the Naturalicious Rhassoul Clay. I just wash the shower, y'all!  Anywho, since the Curls Creamy Curl Cleanser worked well on Lil Sis's DIVA hair, I thought it would work on mine. Eck NO! My hair did not like it. She tangled up and even though I did find it cleansing, I also found it stripping for some reason ... with NO SLIP.
    Curls Coconut Curlada Conditioner Creamy Curl Cleanser

    I followed that up with the Curls Coconut Curlada Conditioner, and my hair was so-so. I was baffled why these Curls products did not work well on my hair and they did on Lil Sis. Well, we have different textures...

    Talking about texture.. What is THIS??? Not sure where that straight hair came from.
    Natural Hair Type

    I have been testing the new SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque as my moisture deep conditioner. Product Review coming soon. I saturated my hair with this and covered my hair with a plastic cap and my turbie twist. My hair felt so soft and fluffy!!


    Post Wash
    -Applied oil mix
    - Moisturize with Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner
    - Twist hair up.

    How to Wrap Natural Hair : Stretching

    How to Wrap Natural Hair


    I decided to test out a method I use to use to keep my hair laid when I was relaxed; the wrapping method. I was not sure if this would work on my natural hair






    Thanks, CurlyNikki, for featuring this video. To read her blog post, click here>> http://www.curlynikki.com/2014/09/stretch-natural-hair-by-wrapping-it.html