Sunday, February 26, 2012

So What's Your Regimen?

I am asked about my hair care regimen often so I figured I would create a blog post that will hopefully answer some of your questions. I will break my regimen down in 3 categories: wash day, morning, and night time routines. Please keep in mind that this is what works for my color treated, 4a/b hair and may not work for you.

On wash day: I cleanse my hair weekly using Terressentials mud wash. If I feel like my hair has a lot of build up I do an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse first. As I apply the mud wash to my hair I detangle and twist my hair into about 10 chunky twist. After allowing the mud wash to sit for 30-45 minutes I rinse my hair, keeping the twist in. This prevents the need to detangle my hair for the rest of the process. 
The mud wash leaves my hair so soft that I do not feel the need to condition afterwards however every other week I do deep condition. I saturate conditioner on each twist and then sit under the steamer for 30 minutes. Prior to receiving the steamer I would don a plastic conditioning cap and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. I rinse the conditioner out using the coolest temperature I can stand. 
I then apply a leave in conditioner or moisturizer and proceed to style my hair. I generally wear twist outs so I do small to medium sized twists so that my twist are defined enough to last the week. 


Sidenote: I've recently decided to stop using traditional shampoos just because I prefer the results of cleansing with a mud wash. However, on days that I am preparing to do a henna treatment I shampoo with Reve' Essentials Hair & Body Wash and follow essentially the same routine that I do when cleansing with Terressentials. 

In the morning: I lightly spritz my hair with a water/aloe vera juice mix and then seal with an oil or butter. If  my hair is in twist I rub that same oil or butter in the palms of my hands before removing the twist to avoid getting the frizzies. If I pineappled the night before I remove my silk scarf used to crop my hair on top of my head, spritz with water, seal with oil or butter, and then shake my hair into place. By the time I get out of the shower my 'fro has fallen into place perfectly and I'm off to work with hardly no time spent on doing hair. Regardless of how my hair is styled I apply moisture to my hair every day whether it's in the form of water or a water based moisturizer. It is an essential step in caring for my kinky and color treated hair.


At night: I end my day much like how I start my day. I lightly spritz my hair with water, seal with an oil or butter, and set my hair for the next day. If my hair needs to be retwisted I use a water based moisturizer such as Reve' Essentials Moisturizing Creme. I apply the product to each section of my hair before twisting. Once I have completed my entire head I do one final spritz of water and seal the moisture. I sleep on satin pillowcases therefore most evenings I don't wear a satin bonnet. The bonnet smashes my curls and my 'fro tends to the shape of the bonnet which causes me to manipulate my curls too much so I just prefer to do without it. 


As you can see my hair regimen is pretty simple. After much trial and error I was able to find a routine that works for me and was completely surprised that it didn't require much work. I can't stress enough how much moisturizing and sealing has changed my life...lol!! While I don't think every thing will work for everyone, water and natural hair go hand in hand so you can't go wrong with that. So no matter what your regimen be sure to incorporate moisturizing into it.

So kurlfriends, what's your regimen??

***Denman D3 Medium Styling Brush Giveaway***



Hey Kurlfriends,

What an exciting month we've had full of amazing giveaways!! For the final February giveaway I will be giving away one of my favorite detangling tools, the Denman D3 Medium Styling Brush. This styling brush has 7 rows of nylon pins. The famous Denman anti-static rubber pad provides maximum grip and control during blow-drying for shaping hair. When used properly it is awesome for detangling and distributing product throughout your hair. 

Since there is always some confusion on how, where, and what is needed to enter the giveaway I'm going to try something different. This giveaway is powered by Rafflecopter and will hopefully make entering a little easier. One lucky winner will receive the Denman brush pictured above. The giveaway will run from February 26th until 12:01am est on March 3rd. I will announce the winner the afternoon of March 3rd.

Giveaway rules:
 Bonus entries:
Additional information:
  • The winner will be selected using www.randomizer.org
  • You must "like" The Kinky Khronicles fan page to be eligible to win
  • Completing bonus entry tasks give you up to 4 additional giveaway entries
  • If the winner does not respond within 24 hours from the time the announcement is made they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected.


 Good luck!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

***Cocoa Babies 100% Natural Tee Giveaway***


Hey Kurlies,

As promised this month is full of awesome giveaways from some of my favorite apparel, accessory, and product companies! This time I have teamed up with the owner of Cocoa Babies, Nia Tillett-McAdoo for a giveaway. Cocoa Babies was birthed in 2005 with 2 eye-catching designs, Cornbread Fed and Pretty Little Brown Girl. The idea for Cocoa Babies was born a year earlier after the line's creator was inspired to design clothing that represented a healthy alternative to the sexually explicit and otherwise inappropriate messages she found were far too commonplace in the wardrobes of our young people. Cocoa Babies began with a focus on children's clothing and quickly expanded to include a full range of both children and adult items. Driven by the same spirit that inspired the Black Power Movement of the 1970's, Cocoa Babies has cultivated and reincarnated many times over the message that 'Black Is Beautiful'. 

So here's the deal, one lucky winner will receive the 100% Natural ladies fitted tee-shirt pictured above. The giveaway will run from February 19th until February 24th and the winner will be selected on February 25th. Follow the instructions below and enter for your chance to win.

Good luck!!


Enter to win:
  • 1 Cocoa Babies 100% Natural Tee
Giveaway rules:
Bonus entries:
Additional information:
  • The winner will be selected using www.randomizer.org
  • You must complete all 3 task to be eligible to win (and I will double check)
  • Every bonus entry task you complete will count as 1 additional giveaway entry
  • If the winner does not respond within 24 hours from the time the announcement is made they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected 


Saturday, February 18, 2012

TKK Natural Hair Spotlight-Jeaneen Alise

 
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Jeaneen and I’m from Riverside California (born and raised in sunny Southern California)
How long have you been natural?
I honestly haven’t been keeping count, but if I think back I’d say about 3 years now (I relapsed the first year).
Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural because I noticed that my hair was thinning out. It’s funny, when I was younger my hair was super thick and it was a PAIN to comb it (plus being tender headed didn’t help either). But no matter all the trouble my hair gave me, I was really proud of it. Overtime I could feel my texture changing. With many years of relaxers, I noticed that my hair was more manageable. You’d think I’d be happy - but I wasn’t. The change put me on high alert and I started noticing every little thing about my hair (the limp texture after a relaxer, the high amount of breakage with a high amount of hair left on the bathroom counter top). It was finally the appearance of a tiny bald spot that freaked me out. From that point on, I was done with chemicals - but it wasn’t an easy break.

For starters, I had some internal struggles. When you grow up with a negative perception of “nappy hair” it’s hard to shake those feelings. My main concern, was the presentation. I remember what my uncombed hair looked like when I was younger and I just couldn’t picture me with that on my head on me as an adult. It took me a couple of attempts, I had even relapsed and went back to relaxers for a while -- but after about a year of growing my hair out with braids, I got brave enough to go fully natural......and MAN was it liberating.
With all those other non-natural hair styles, I had realized that I’d been hiding. The amount of confidence I had with my real hair was a bit overwhelming at first. I got A LOT of compliments and a lot of notice. With natural hair, what you see is what you get and I had to bite the bullet and just OWN it -- even on good or bad hair days. Now I’m so use to it, I couldn’t have my hair any other way. I thoroughly enjoy taking care of my natural hair and the cost savings are amazing too. Yep, you’d pretty much have to club me over the head to make me go back to relaxed hair.

What is your hair type and how would you describe it (kinky, curly, wavy, spirally, etc)?
I’d say 4b or 4c (It’s definitely in the 4 category)
What is your hair care regimen?
For Weekly Styling:
  1. I wash (see bi-weekly washing below) on Sunday and twist out with apricot kernel oil and water. It leaves my hair soft to the touch. I don’t really re-twist during the week cause I honestly don’t have the time. I give my hair a breather (Monday-Saturday). At night I satin cap it and in the morning I fluff it out with water and sometimes a water/ oil mix (applied with a water bottle and sprayer).
Washing:
  1. Once a month I use clay on my hair -- that’s right CLAY (volcanic ash rather). I learned, through some experimentation that clay is the best thing for turning my hair back to it’s natural healthy state. Oh man - the curls I get are AMAZING! I use a mix of French Green Clay, Terraessentials Hair Wash (lavender), Apple Cider Vinegar & water. This mix gets all the left over build up out my hair, it’s great for dangling and works wonders on your face was well. Volcanic ash naturally sucks up dirt and toxins so why not use it on your hair? You can use this mix without Terraessentials! I just use it because it has some great essential oils in there and I have a couple of bottles left over. I usually leave the mix on for 15-20 minutes - I re-wet it first with a few squirts of water, then I plastic cap it. If I want to get my hair super clean, I re-wet it - plastic cap it - wrap it with a t-shit towel and take a nap (LOL).
  2. Bi-weekly (or weekly) I use Curly Kinky Come Clean. After the wash and with my hair still soaking-wet, I apply a shea butter mix (with various oils) - then twist my hair with apricot kernel oil and water. You have to try it! It truly leaves my hair soft to the touch and it maintains my curls all week. I was using grapeseed oil and EVO but that left my hair waxy feeling. Apricot Kernel Oil gives it a natural soft feeling.
  3. Conditioning...humm -- now here’s the crazy part... I don’t really need to condition my hair but for those random times that I do, I just soak my hair in water, plastic cap it and wrap a t-shirt towel over my head. I go about my business or even take a nap. Sometimes I will apply the shea butter mix to the soaked hair.
What are your favorite hair products?
I truly can’t live without - Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Water, French Green Clay, Terraessentials Hair wash (Lavender), Curly Kinky Come Clean, plastic caps, satin pillow cases, satin caps, denman brush D3 and t-shirts (on clearance in the men’s department at Target) that I can cut to make towels.
What has been your experience as a natural? Good, bad, or ugly? How has it affected you?
Like with any other hair routine - it’s work but it gets better as you learn how to manage your hair. My overall experience is definitely GOOD! I’m so glad I managed to repair the damage chemicals have done to my hair and again -- I’m saving soo much time and money. I no longer feel like a slave to relaxers, the beauty salon and appointments. I also don’t feel a slave to worrying about what other people think cause I know I look good :0)
What is an important piece of advice you would give to a newly natural?
Do your research, trial and error made me really love my hair and the process. I get so excited seeing and touching those curls. Just have fun and experiment with all sort of products and oils to find what works for you.

Final thoughts or words of wisdom?
Learn to love what GOD has given you cause it truly is a gift! Black hair is sooo beautiful - you can do so much with it, but it’s also very fragile. Once you loose your hair by mistreating it, it’s possible that it will never come back. Your hair is your crowning glory, so put fourth the time and effort to take care of it -- don’t try to seek the easy way out. Be proud of your hair and rock that natural!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Product Review-Original Moxie

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to choose 4 products from the Original Moxie line to try and write a review on. After much consideration I chose Get Clean!, Intense Quench, Lux Locks, and  Hair Bling. I was so excited to try products from this line as I've heard nothing but great things. In order to provide an accurate review I used nothing but the four products I was given from start to finish on my hair. Below I have provided the ingredients, product promise, review, and rating of each product. Enjoy!!



Get Clean!

Name: Get Clean! No-Foam Shampoo


Ingredients: Distilled Water; Aqueous Extracts of Amla, Bhringraj, Neem, Red Sandalwood, Rosehips, Soapnut,  St. John’s Wort, Tumeric, & Yucca; Coco Betaine; Decyl polyglucoside;  Sodium PCA; Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol; Karanja Oil; Wheat Germ Oil; Vegetable Glycerin; Mango Alfonso; Banana; Organic Aloe Vera; Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol  (Paraben & Formeldahyde-Free Preservative); Silk Amino Acids; Hydrolyzed Soy Protein; Acacia Gum; Guar Gum;  Dead Sea Salt; dL-Panthenol; Vitamin E; Essential Oils of Cedar Leaf, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lime, Litsea Cubeba, & Palmarosa.

Product promise: A sulfate-free shampoo that takes a gentler approach, harnessing the cleansing properties of botanicals to remove dirt & build up without disturbing your scalp's natural balance.

Review: This product definitely lived up to it's promise. After using Get Clean! my hair felt clean without feeling stripped of its natural oils. I did not pre-poo prior to cleansing and was happy to find out it was not necessary. Get Clean! provided excellent slip allowing me to detangle my hair with ease. I would recommend this product especially to those who have dry and sensitive scalp. Overall I really enjoyed this product however I didn't love the smell.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Intense Quench
Name: Intense Quench Deep Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqueous Extracts of Amla, Bhringraj, Comfrey, Ginger, Hibiscus, Horsetail, Irish Moss; Neem, St. John’s Wort, Strawberry, & Yucca; Distilled Water; Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol; Soy Wax; Fractionated Coconut Oil; Vegetable Glycerin; dL-Panthenol; Organic Aloe Vera; Hydrolyzed Soy Protein; Cyclomethicone; Dimethicone; Wheat Germ Oil; Olive Oil Infused With Amla, Bhringraj, Burdock, Comfrey, Horsetail, Kelp, Neem, Stinging Nettle, & Yucca; CupuaƧu Butter; Sorbitol; Potassium Sorbate; Sodium PCA; Vegetable Glycerin; Polyquaternium-10; Citric Acid; Acacia Gum; Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (Paraben & Formeldahyde-Free Preservative); Menthol Crystals; Silk Amino Acids; Honey; Vitamin E; Essential Oils of Bergaptene-Free Bergamot, Coriander, Lavender, Lime, Litsea Cubea, & Palmarosa.

Product promise: A unique blend of botanicals, herbs, proteins and emollients that are nourishing from the inside out. Continued use will make hair will be stronger, fuller, and more vibrant.

Review: After cleansing my hair and scalp with Get Clean! I applied Intense Quench to my previously sectioned hair, covered with a plastic cap, and let it sit for 20-25 minutes. I then rinsed the product completely out of my hair. My hair felt soft but I can't say that I was wowed by this conditioner. The consistency was thinner than I prefer my deep conditioners to be. Although I had previously detangled and sectioned my hair, the Intense Quench did provide good slip and would have worked well if detangling was needed.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Lux Locks
Name: Lux Locks Styling & Shine

Ingredients: Distilled Water; Vegetable Glycerin; Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol; Soy Butter; Ucuuba Butter; Soy Wax; Olive Oil Infused With Amla, Bhringraj, Burdock, Comfrey, Horsetail, Kelp, Neem, Stinging Nettle, & Yucca; Jojoba Esters; Castor Oil; Organic Unrefined Shea Butter; Fractionated Coconut Oil; Beeswax; Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol  (Paraben & Formeldahyde-Free Preservative); HE-Cellulose; Polyquaternium-10; Organic Aloe Vera; Vitamin E; Essential Oils of Black Pepper, Clove, Rose, Rosewood, Vanilla (3% Dilution), & Ylang Ylang.

Product promise: A rich styling butter that delivers moisture, shine and definition, all in one delicious little package.

Review: I used the Lux Locks on twist that I would use to create a fab twist out. My hair totally loved this stuff and I loved the thick, creamy consistency. On dry hair I applied about a dime size amount of product to each section from root to tip focusing on my ends. It actually felt as if the product melted into each section. I let the twist set over night and then removed them the next morning. As promised Lux Locks provided moisture, shine, and definition to my hair. I was able to wear the same twist out for 5 days preserved by pineappling and retwisting only the small section of hair that frames my face. This is a great product that I would definitely recommend for us type 4 gals. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

Hair Bling


Name: Hair Bling High Shine Pomade

Ingredients: Jojoba Oil; Jojoba Esters; Mango Butter; Tucuma Butter; Beeswax; Stearic Acid; Vitamin E; Essential Oils of Bergaptene-Free Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Lavender, Tangerine & Vanilla (3% Dilution).

Product promise: To deliver high shine along with amazing softness and subtle hold.

Review: After twisting my hair with Lux Locks I used the Hair Bling to seal in the moisture particularly on my ends. I also rubbed a small amount in my hands prior to taking down my twist to help prevent frizz. The results: shiny, soft twist. This product was highly recommended by several naturalistas and as many of them claimed Hair Bling was one of the top natural pomades. I really liked this product and the way it left my hair blinging. 

Rating: 5 out of 5


Here is a picture of my twist out on day 2, I LOVED the shine and definition!!


So I'm sure you are all wondering how you can get your hands on these products. Check out http://www.originalmoxie.com/ for a full list of products, pricing, and more. 






Disclaimer: I was given the above mentioned products solely for the purpose of completing this review. I was NOT paid or encouraged to provide a positive review. I have given an honest description of my experience with these products and I am in no way responsible for your experience with the product and/or company.
 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

***"my black skin is..." Tee Shirt Giveaway***



Hey Kinkies,

If you've been following my blog, which I'm sure you all have, you caught the interview I did with the owner of "my black skin is...", Eugene Slusher. As I'm sure you all know by now this fella has an amazing collection of apparel that is designed with us in mind. So how perfect is it to have a giveaway during Black History Month that celebrates what our black skin is? 

Here's the deal, Eugene has agreed to give the opportunity to 2 lucky winners to win one of his "my black skin is..." tees. The giveaway will run from February 5th until February 10th. The winners will be announced on February 11th. All you have to do is follow the 3 easy instructions below to be entered to win!

Good Luck!!

Enter to win:
  • 1 of 2 "my black skin is..." tee shirts
Giveaway rules:
Additional info:
  • The winner will be selected using www.randomizer.org
  • You must complete all 3 task to be eligible to win (and trust me I will check)
  •  The first winner will choose which of the 2 tee shirts they want and the 2nd winner will receive the other
  • If the winners do not respond within 24 hours from the time the announcement is made they will forfeit their prize and other winners will be selected

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Q&A with Eugene Slusher, owner of "my black skin is..."

What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Eugene Slusher, but most people call me Gene or the t-shirt man. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA by way of Belize, Central America (where my parents were born).

Can you tell us a little about your company?
"my black skin is..." tees and apparel was birthed when I started asking questions on my personal page. On January 7, 2010 @ 7:34am my status read: Complete this statement:
"my black skin is..." and by the end of the day I had around 40(+) positive responses. The next day one of my friends said, "Eugene, did you see all those responses to your question?" and of course I replied, "yes". She then said, "I think you have something here", so the entrepreneur in me said, "so whatcha wanna do?" And that's when "my black skin is..." tees started.That following weekend l started the "my black skin..." fan page and the "MBS" logo was soon to follow. The first two shirts that were released were "Historical" and "Loved". As the demand increased customers started requesting for other sayings. So, we went through some of the comments from my page and picked out a few more sayings that touched us.
In the beginning there were two members, then three and by the end of our first year we were back down to two. Now, there is only one! By being the creative one I moved ahead and let my creativity speak for itself. And, with the continuous positive feedback from all over the nation I continued to create other sayings.

What was your inspiration behind starting the brand and for each design?
The inspiration behind starting the brand was to bring positive awareness to our culture. I grew up in the 80's when we as Black People were conscious about our community, family, friends, and the world. Each t-shirt design or inspiration comes from personal experiences or lack there of or suggestions from family members on my Facebook page "my black skin..."

What distinguishes “my black skin is...” from other brands?
"my black skin is..." is a unique brand that strictly focuses on uplifting our community and our people by shedding a positive light on our individual accomplishments, while making a profound statement.

 
What challenges have you faced with starting the line?
The only challenge I have faced since starting my line is finding a t-shirt vendor that has shirts to fit my regular and plus size sistahs.
 

What personal goals would you like to accomplish with your business?
"my black skin is..." tees and apparel is bigger than just tees, totes, and sweatshirts. I plan to grow my business, therefore I am able to help our children achieve greatness by starting a scholarship fund to help families send their children to college. And to bring nationwide attention to "Real" black fathers while staying close to my family. I'm not a history buff at all. I just seen a decline in our value and the only way I could make it be known was to put my idea out there where EVERYONE could see it!

 


Do you have any advice that you would offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
If you are passionate about your craft don't keep it to yourself. Let it be known. You never know who may benefit from it.

And finally, how do we get our hands on “my black skin is...” apparel?

If you want to make a statement without speaking, go to www.myblackskinis.com
See you on the page!




Thank you so much for sharing your story Gene, you are an inspiration to many!!

**Autographed Copy of "Thank God I'm Natural" Giveaway**


Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair has been hailed by Essence magazine as “The Natural Hair Bible” and for good cause. Inside the 200 plus natural hair-care guide are product tips for natural hair, homemade hair care recipes and myths about going natural that author and Harvard law graduate Chris-Tia Donaldson debunks. This book is perfect for the transitioner, natural newbie or long time curly girl and that is why I wanted to offer the chance for one of you to win it. I reached out to TGIN and they so graciously offered an autographed copy of the book. The giveaway will run from February 1st until February 3rd. The winner will be announced on February 4th. Follow the instructions below and enter for your chance to win.


Good Luck!!




Enter to win:
  • 1 autographed copy of Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair

Giveaway Rules:


Additional info:
  • The winner will be selected using www.randomizer.org
  • You must complete both task to be eligible to win
  • If the winner does not respond within 24 hrs from the time the announcement is made they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected