Butter + Oils

5 Great Butters for Natural Hair

10.03.13

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Hair Butters are a great way to add moisture to your natural hair. Here are 5 great hair butters to choose from what will help seal in moisture and add shine to your tresses.

Curlaide Moisture Butter – Camille Rose Naturals

This butter has a little bit of hold, for more defined twists/braids or slicked back styles/updos, also can be used for wash and go’s.

Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine
Great moisturizer and mostly used as a sealer and finishing product. Light and fresh scent, provides softness and shine. A little goes a long way.

Bee Hold Curly Butter – Bee Mine
Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter has a soft, touchable hold that will help to defrizz your waves, curls and kinks and give your hair great definition. Works well for twists, finger curls, puffs/pony tails and especially for laying down unruly hair. It has a light hold and does not weigh your hair down. Also has a coconut Cream Scent.

Belle Butters-Shea and Matcha Green Tea Butter.
Absolutely love this product! Not only does this product moisturize your hair, it softens it as well. It also strengthens and softens hair while preventing split ends.

Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love
This is a very rich hair product. A little goes a long way and it smells very nice (vanilla lavender). Conditions, softens and adds sheen to fragile, stressed hair. Great for thick

curl talk

Natural Hair Can Be Annoying

09.29.13

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I came across this hilarious parody by the lovely MyInvisibleChyrsalis. Where she discusses the politics of it all. The products, the 50-11 million ways to do a twist out. The Hair Nazi’s, Relaxed vs. Natural. With pros comes cons. The divisiveness, the hair typing, constant articles about why we do what we do to our hair. At the end of the day like she says: It’s just hurr. Natural hair is beautiful. It’s big, it’s kinky, curly, coily. It’s bold, it’s soft and oh, so feminine. This video is less to do with the hair, and more to do with what comes with the hair, lol. Check out the video below:)
Enjoy guys!! Xoxo

skin care

8 Reasons why you should NOT do the Oil Cleansing Method

09.22.13

What exactly is “The Oil Cleansing Method”? aka “OCM”. The Oil Cleansing Method is a technique in which you would use an oil or a variety of oils to cleanse your face. While many people rave about The Oil Cleansing Method and how great it worked out for them, on the contrary, this technique takes a lot of trial and error to master which is a risky game you will be playing. Everyone has different results as the results may vary. Today, I share why you should NOT try oil cleansing. So let’s jump right in.

Reasons for why you shouldn’t bother with oil cleansing:

• While there are some who swear by the oil cleansing method, there are just as many who started this skin care method and figured out afterwards that it caused their skin to be worst than when started. Whiteheads were the result for many and some ladies found that they had more acne breakouts than what they started with.

• While some have found some success with the oil cleansing method, it took trial after trial to find the “right” (and it’s still trial and error) combination and types of oil. Why go through all of this when there are plenty of all natural or mostly natural oily skin products that WORK well at absorbing the excess oils that cause acne? Check out the Comedogenic List below.

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An oil that has a comedogenic rating of 0 is believed to be non comedogenic and will not clog your pores. And a rating of a 5 is basically guaranteed a high chance of breaking out.

• If you don’t do the oil cleansing method correctly (and remember it’s trial and error), you can cause a case of adult acne to develop – especially if you have sensitive skin.

• Most OCM users suggest using a washcloth on your face. Washcloths can carry so many germs, unless you are using a new clean washcloth daily. Bacteria will flourish in moist environments, especially in things such as a wet washcloth. Keep in mind that washing your face with a washcloth that hasn’t been cleaned could spread the bacteria on your skin or even an infection.

• While natural oils are used to “absorb” excess oils, what about cleansing dirt and debris from your skin? You can’t possibly clean your skin with oil. You need to WASH it with a cleanser for your skin type.

• This method can be very time consuming and not guaranteed.

• There will be a “purging stage” that may last up to 2 weeks or more, where the OCM is clearing all your toxins from the inside. (Many freak out about this) My “Purging Stage” was pretty bad and did not go away right away.

• Lastly, many estheticians don’t recommend this method for a good reason. The constituency of natural oils is very thick and CAN clog pores causing milia (small, kind of hard and white pimples). Natural oils in skin care products have been emulsified to make them a lighter texture for all skin types.
Based on my own experience I really wanted this to work. I was extremely skeptical about using this method at first (because I have very oily-acne prone skin), but after doing some extensive research I was informed that you can indeed clean your face with oil. I began with almond oil, then experimented with mixtures such as castor oil, grapeseed oil along with the almond oil in the recommended usage parts. The first few weeks it left my skin feeling amazing, dewy and moisturized, but then came along the “purge”. I was informed the purge will last approximately two weeks, unfortunately my purge lasted two months. I knew something was not right when I had a rash-like trail of small bumps near my chin.

Purging stages

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Then it got even worse! I developed cystic acne all over my chin and forehead.

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and worse!

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I decided to take a trip to the dermatologist and he prescribed me with Aczone (treatment) and Tretinoin ( a form of retina to speed up the cell turnover). FYI- Skin Cell Turnover is every 28 days.  It took about 4 months for my face to finally clear up. This was definitely an experience for me and one I wont try again.

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My skin after using products from the dermatologist.

Have you ever tried the OCM Method? Would you? Please share some tips below on your experience.

Moisturizing

5 Great Products to Moisturize Type 4 Natural Hair

09.18.13
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One of the many complaints I hear about natural’s is about how dry or hard their hair is. And in search of this “miracle product” to that will make it magically softer. The truth of the matter is there is no such thing. The one thing you need to know about natural hair is that the kinkier/courser (tightly coiled) it is, the drier it will be in many cases.
Think of it like this, if your hair has more kinks, it’s going to be harder for your scalp’s natural oils to travel down your strands. However, with the proper TLC you can still bring out your strand’s natural sheen and revitalize your tresses.

Buy Water-Based Moisturizers
Unless the first or second ingredient is water, it’s not a true moisturizer. Don’t be fooled by products that claim to moisturize your hair, but don’t even have water (or it’s listed as one of the last ingredients.)

Here are some good moisturizers for natural hair:

Jane Carter Nourish and Shine (Even though this is mostly oils and butters, it moisturizes well when applied to damp hair):
• Helps reduce dryness on the scalp and skin
• All natural nourish and shine
• Made from all natural ingredients

Shea Moisture Products:
• Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects while reducing frizz
• Silk protein: Smooths hair for a soft, silky feel
• Neem oil: Controls frizz while adding brilliant shine
• For thick, curly hair

Jamaican Black Castor Oil:
• Promotes Hair Growth
• Promotes Health Hair
• Great Moisturizer

Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream:
• Nourishingly rich blend of old world oils, organic herbs and natural humectants leaves coarse, dry and brittle hair extra soft, healthy and supple
• Contains Amla, Brahmi and African Aloe, premium Afro-Indian botanicals used for thousands of years to nourish the scalp and strengthen and condition hair. MSM sulfur nurtures follicles and encourages healthy hair growth, Mediterranean Olive Oil delivers emollience and lubricity while Vegetable Glycerin and pure African Castor Oil lends sheen, softness and intense moisture.
• Does not contain mineral oil, lanolin, proteins, silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes or parabens.
• 100% Vegetarian

Oyin Hair Dew:
• This creamy, conditioning leave-in is light enough for every day. It’s great on ‘naked’ hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair all the way through your hair care cycle.

Cleansing

10 Clarifying Shampoos for Natural Hair

08.06.13


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While Co-washing is a great method of cleansing your hair and locking the moisture in, once your hair starts to feel weighed down, greasy, or not being its’ usual self, then maybe it is time to clarify! All kinds of things are building up in your hair whether it is: gel, hard water, chlorine and chemicals from swimming pools; even the waxes and moisturizers in some shampoos and conditioners can leave build up on your hair over time. This build up can cause hair to appear dull, heavy, greasy, and even limp. And that is what we don’t want ladies! A clarifying shampoo can help remove those deposits, give your hair a fresh start, and restore shine.

Here are 10 Clarifying shampoos for natural hair:
1. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle
little goes along way with this product. It does not strip hair as much as other clarifying shampoos and works well on thick hair. It also leaves a tingling sensation on your scalp and the smell of peppermint. This is ideal for buildup on the scalp. This shampoo is also sulfate free.

2. Aubrey Organics Green Tea
fast-acting clarifying shampoo deep-cleanses with just one application and rinses clean to leave hair shiny, bouncy and full. Herbal extracts deliver beneficial nutrients quickly and reduce drying time for fast and easy styling.

3. Shea Moisture
Smooths and repairs strands, leaving hair manageably soft. For dry, damaged hair. Heal, grow and strengthen. No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, animal ingredients or sulfates.

4. Suave Naturals Shampoo, Daily Clarifying
This product is very affordable and does and excellent job at cleansing hair. It is better suited for very oily hair types and may strip dryer hair types. It doesn’t weigh hair down. It can be used daily but not for most hair types.

5. Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo
This product cleanses hair and helps maintain the shape of curls very well. It works best if you wash your hair in hard water. Otherwise I would not recommend it unless you are experiencing extreme buildup.

6. Curls Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
Pineapple extract nourishes as grapefruit extract adds sheen while removing buildup and you’ll get a no-lather, extremely gentle cleansing that removes buildup and preps your hair for a fresh ‘do. Its fresh, light scent goes along with its clear and clean appearance.

7. Kinky Curly Come Clean
The Mandarin orange extract cleanses your hair and scalp while the Sea kelp preserves the moisture balance. This alcohol-free shampoo doesn’t contain sodium-lauryl sulfate or parabens. It’s suitable for all types of hair. This shampoo is gentle enough to use every day.

8. Giovanni Cosmetics Shampoo Tea Tree Triple Treat
Invigorating ingredients deliver unmatched clarity and rejuvenation for hair and scalp. You’re left with something clean pure and incredibly stimulating. Increases scalp circulation for a refreshed renewed feel Strengthens hair with a three-organic-oil-b.

9. Avalon Clarifying Lemon Shampoo
Gentle plant-derived cleansers enriched with Vitamin E, Wheat Protein, Aloe, Chamomile and Lemon wash away dulling residue and impurities without stripping for instantly renewed color and shine.

10. Alberto VO5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo
This product combines the fresh fragrance of sweet kiwis and tangy limes with rosemary and lemongrass extracts to remove build-up. It is safe for all hair types.

Which clarifying shampoo do you use?