Sunday, February 27, 2011

Love My Locs - Barbara

at 8 years


Why did you decide to grow locs and how long have you been loc’d?
I decided to grow locs 10 years ago. It was the final journey for my hair. As a teen, I put my hair through every fad you could think of. Jheri curls, asymmetric bobs, extreme color, and the like. Then when I grew tired of frying my hair, I began to use braid extensions as a way to give my hair a break. Went through the gamut of those as well. Crochet braids ended my extension journey and I wound up with a Foxy Brown afro. That in itself took about eight years. In 2001 I went to Jamaica for a wedding and had my afro done in two strand twists. I had them for 9.5 years and then decided to take them down in 2010. I'm starting a new set now. No pics of the new babies as yet but updates are coming:)



at 4 years

What is your current regimen?
I do a presoak of aloe and coconut oil. I have a large aloe plant in the backyard which I use bi weekly. I scrape out the gel and blend with a little coconut oil and let sit for about an hour. Then I use Dr Bronners liquid soap which is very gentle and smells great. When I twist I have a spray bottle of homemade moisturizer: honey, coconut oil, and water. Works like magic:)

What are 4 products you use regularly?
Dr Bronners organic liquid soap, Aloe, coconut oil, and my homemade moisturizer.

What advice would you give to someone wanting locs?
Do it for you. Not for fad or any other reason that isn’t your final decision.

Where can we find you?
facebook.com/TheFiyahRages

Is there anything else you want to add?
Love your blog and I feel blessed to be featured


new set

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kamaza Care Califia Care Styling Pudding Review




Cost: $17.50 
Claims: Stretch curls and control shrinkage without flaking. Makes hair shine and controls frizz

I have been using this pudding to do my twists for about 3 months now and this has been the only one I have used since! I'm not sure how well it controls my shrinkage, but it does everything else it claims. There is no flaky residue, my hair has a healthy shine and it lasts at least a week without frizz when I leave my twists in. It has a slight hold and still keeps my hair soft.


If I use it to do a twist out, it will last about 3 days without frizz, but that all depends on how much I manipulate my hair.

It is a very light pudding and smells great. The scent is a tropical scent with hints of coconut.
I have used half of the jar since November. I love that it is not heavy on my hair.

This is a product I will continue to use!

Ingredients:
Distilled Water, Shea Butter, Aloe Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil Dipalmitoylethyldimonium Chloride (A derivitive of Palm Oil) aloe vera, hydrolyzed collagen, acrylates, alkyl acrylates, Sodium Benzoate,Vegetarian Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Cinnamom Cassia

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 2011 Length Check

Feb 2010


I have done a horrible job keeping up with my length since my semi BC. Oh well, better late than never. Here is my progress so far!

May 2010

Friday, February 18, 2011

Celebrity Glam: Jada Pinkett Smith

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Loved the Smith family at this year's Grammys. Jada's hair was flowing and glamorous! Will and Jada looked like proud parents when Jaden performed with Beiber. I love Jada's versatility!


Check out more celebrity naturals here

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sassy Naturals Giveaway: Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries (Closed)

Juices & Berries contains: purified water infused with horsetail, lavender, nettle, roses, and chamomile; organic flaxseeds; aloe vera juice; vegetable glycerine; essences of lavender, sweet orange, ylang ylang; grapefruit seed extract; citric acid. It is naturally preserved with grapefruit seed extract and citric acid.

Win Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries!!

WINNER: Cia
*RULES*

•Must be a follower to SassyNaturals.com (click "Follow" in the left sidebar)

•Must be a U.S. resident


HOW TO ENTER

•Leave a comment stating how you plan to use Juices & Berries and what you would like to see Sassy Naturals bring to this blog! Please include your email in the comments

In addition, you can:

•Tweet the following: "I entered to win Juices & Berries from @SassyNaturals #naturalhair #teamnatural"

•Post the comment "Juices & Berries" under the YouTube video



*CONTEST ENDS ON February 28, 2011 at 11:59pm CST*



**Winner will be randomly selected

NOTE: Winner will be contacted by email. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, another winner will be randomly selected.


GOOD LUCK!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Esperanza Spalding Wins Grammy's Best New Artist

Congrats to jazz musician Esperanza Spalding (and naturalista) for winning Best New Artist at tonight's Grammy Awards. She is the first jazz artist to win the category. She beat out Justin Beiber, Florence in the Machine, Mumford & Sons, and Drake. A surpise to many, but I love her music and talent!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sassy Natural's Top Moisturizers

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I get a lot of questions on what I use to keep my hair moisturized. I have made a list of the products I use on a regular or daily basis.



     1.   WATER
  • There is no better hydrator than water. Don't be shy, your hair loves it!

      *Tip: after conditioning, rinse with cool water to lock the moisture into your hair cuticles.

      *Tip: I use a (water + aloe vera juice) spritzer to moisturize between washes


    
     2.   Coconut Oil
  • I use coconut oil daily because it is a light oil and a natural anti-humectant


     3.   Jojoba Oil
  • Light oil and virtually odorless. Great for your hair and scalp. This oil is closest to your scalp's natural sebum. I use it in any butter mixture I make


     4.   EVOO
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great treatment for your hair. It can be used as a pre-poo, a hot oil treatment, and for dry thick hair it can be applied directly to hair for moisture (EVOO is very heavy so use in moderation)


    5.   Shea Butter
  • It is a natural emollient and anti-humectant. A thick butter with a nutty scent that I mainly use as a base for my cream mixtures


    6.   Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding
  • I use this sparingly as an on-the-go cream. Its a more heavy cream (greasy) and smells like mint. It gives a great shine


    7.   Afroveda's Shea Amla
  • The ingredients in this cream are awesome. I use it at least twice a week at night. It has an overwhelming scent of frankincense and myrrh.


**SN: the great thing about coconut, jojoba, and shea is that they are excellent for the skin as well. I no longer buy lotion!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Revisited Knot Today by Kinky Curly


First, let me start by saying, it is COLD and WINDY!!! #NotCool

I have had my Knot Today for almost a year now and have not emptied the bottle. I tried using it for a few weeks, but put it down because I noticed nothing special. Then, I used it in fellow YouTuber KimmayTube's leave-in. Last night I decided to try it again. I wet my hair with my water spritzer (water+aloe vera juice) and applied it in sections before twisting. This morning I took them out and they turned out really well...and super soft. It was a rainy day out and endured the mist. This pic was taken at the end of the day.

Guess I will bring it back to use now!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Love Our Natural Hair Community!


It has been almost 9 months since I chopped my hair off and joined the natural hair community! I must say I am really enjoying my journey. I absolutely LOVE how close our community is. I find myself talking to other naturals constantly. Whether it’s the grocery store, the gym, or work…we are everywhere lol. What I find amazing is that we admire and inspire one another.


I never really experienced this when I was relaxed. Sure, I received compliments and a question or two about what I do to my hair, but never to this magnitude. We never had “relaxed hair” meet and greets! There weren’t product swaps or “Girl, where did you buy your Pump It Up?”

I think there is a deeper significance to this whole natural thing. I think it represents empowerment for many. More importantly, it brings unity. It’s great to mingle with other ladies upon the basis of hair, but escape into a world of other meaningful topics. Politics, debates, careers, society, relationships, networking…the list goes on. Accepting our natural beauty and helping others accept theirs is a wonderful thing! Some women are learning to love themselves more and accept their natural beauty since going natural. Building confidence in women and especially in girls is important in this society.

Ladies, keep loving everything about yourselves...starting from the inside and working your way out

Friday, February 4, 2011

NaturallyCurly's 14 Days of Curly Love Giveaway

Still time left to win great prizes at NaturallyCurly.com!

Today its Kinky Curly

NaturallyCurly's 14 Days of Curly Love Giveaway: Complete Curly Hair Kit: "Prize includes: Full-size bottles of Kinky Curly\'s Knot Today (32 fl. oz.), Come Clean (8 fl. oz.) and Curling Custard (16 fl. oz.). Stop being a slave to your hair. Step away from the blowdryer. Unpl..."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Natural Diva Spotlight - Sabrina



1. Why did you decide to go natural and how long have you been natural?
My husband and I along with my two kids left New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. I Was worried about my hair falling out from perming since I was moving from an extremely humid climate to a dry one. The last perm I had was in August 2005. I’m just at around 5 ½ years natural.

2. How did you transition?
POORLY!!! I wouldn’t adivse anyone to transition the way I did. I didn’t have a clue what the heck I was doing and my hair was not happy with me for it. I wore wigs, weaves and braids all the while still using relaxed hair products. I did that for about 3 years before I woke up, embraced my curls and learned what I needed to know to have healthy hair. I also do the BC around that time but didn’t have a clue that it was called that. I just cut the remainder of the perm along with a lot of damage.


3. What is your regimen?
I am a wash and go queen! I co-wash in the shower about 4 or 5 times a week with Aubrey Organics and Kinky Curly products. I’ve heard quite a few Naturals say KC doesn’t work well with other products but the two have been a great combination. With dripping wet hair after my shower I apply KCCC to my hair as well as sealing my ends with Coconut oil. Even in the cold winter of Denver I go outside with a wet head. I’ve never gotten sick because of it and actually my 15 year old daughter does the same.

4. What are 4 products you use regularly?


Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner (daily)

Kinky Curly Knot Today (daily after co-washing with AO)

Kinky Curly Curly Custard (daily)

Coconut Oil

5. What advice would you give to someone transitioning or a new natural?
Be patient! My hair was drier than the Sahara when I first started out and I just hung in there. I would also advise that this transition is a mental change as well as a physical one. Understand it’s more than changing a hairstyle. It’s a new way of life. All of the experience you gained over the years with relaxed hair will be of no use to you now. Be open to water and how wonderful it is for natural hair. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking water was the enemy and that couldn’t be further from the truth! Our tresses love and need water.


6. Is there anything else you want to add?
I can’t even explain how free I feel since I’ve embraced my curls and stopped allowing mainstream America tell me what’s acceptable or beautiful. I’ve learned so much about myself within the past 5 years and the only regret I have is that I didn’t do this sooner.

For more of Sabrina check out her blog

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