Sunday, April 15, 2012

TKK Natural Hair Spotlight-NaturallyCandi

What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Candice aka Candi and I’m from Miami Florida =)

How long have you been natural?
1 Year and 10 lovely months

Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural because I was tired of burning my hair and scalp just to have straight hair that wasn’t naturally mines!

What is your hair type and how would you describe it (kinky, curly, wavy, spirally, etc)?
Kinky 4a 4b 3c type hair! I have nappy naps.

What is your hair care regimen?
I deep condition at least once ever 2 weeks and I keep all of my products simple. I wash and condition using Giovanni products and I blow dry and then twist or braid my hair using my shea butter and coconut oil mix. 

What are your favorite hair products?
My shea abutter and coconut oil mix and Giovanni direct leave in.

What has been your experience as a natural? Good, bad, or ugly? How has it affected you?
I’ve been through the good, the bad, and the ugly. I feel like going natural has helped me become more confident in the woman that I am. I’m a lot more conscious about not only what I put in my hair but what I use on my skin and what I eat and it’s all because of this natural journey that I’ve started.

What is an important piece of advice you would give to a newly natural?
Don’t stress your growth! Be patient and don’t compare your hair to anyone else’s, you are unique and so is your hair.

Do you have a blog, vlog, or website where we can find you?
Yes, my YouTube is, my blog and you can also like me on Facebook at

Final thoughts or words of wisdom?
You are beautiful relaxed or natural don’t let you hair define you. Don’t feel pressured to do something just because everyone else is doing it, do what feels good to you and what makes you happy!

Thanks for sharing Candi!!!

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Castor Oil Challenge Update-What I've Learned So Far

On April 1st I took pictures and measured my hair to document the progress made since starting the castor oil challenge on March 1st. I haven't experienced much growth in the first 30 days which I wasn't surprised by however, I was disappointed in the fact that my hair hadn't grown the average 1/2 inch that is expected in a months time. So I had to think about how I've been caring for my hair and check myself on the areas that I've been lacking. Many of you know that my business partner and I have been extremely busy fulfilling orders for ReVe' Essentials and unfortunately that has resulted in me neglecting Belle (my hair). Not only have I skipped out on many a moisturizing session which is part of my regular regimen, I hadn't been following the requirements for the castor oil challenge. 

Seeing how much my hair suffers from lack of attention I have vowed to turn things around going forward. For the remaining 2 months of the challenge I will make sure that I am using my JBCO and Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil from Oils from Jamaica as I should. While I have been applying JBCO to my ends and using the Growth Oil on my edges and on the crown of my hair I can't swear to meeting the 3 times a week requirement. Another goal I had set for myself but have not been successful at accomplishing was to do scalp massages 3 days a week. So I've officially been checked and will be making some changes to my schedule to accommodate Belle. Last month she was trying to run away from home so I have to work hard to build our relationship back to where it!

Below are my measurements for April 1st. It looks as if I got about 1/4 of an inch growth in most areas.  I won't be posting the pictures of my hair as you can't notice much difference from last month.
  • Back Left-7 1/4 inches
  • Back Right-7 1/4 inches
  • Front Left-6 1/2 inches
  • Front Right-6 1/2 inches
  • Front Center-7 3/4 inches 
  • Crown-7 3/8 inches
Here are the two types of castor oil I will continue to use. Both can be purchased from Oils from Jamaica at

Thank you all for reading and I will back next month for my May 1st check-in and hopefully I will have some better results!!

**Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil Giveaway**

If you follow my Facebook page then you know my favorite EVCO is made by Tropical Traditions. I recently wrote a review on the product and was super excited to be given the opportunity to host a giveaway for the brand. One randomly selected winner will win a 32oz jar of the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. The giveaway will run from April 8th until 12:01am est on April 14th. The winner will be announced the afternoon of April 14th. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win. ALL entries will be verified so please be sure to follow the instructions so your entries will count.

Good Luck!!

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review. I was under no obligation to review it nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Product Review-Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

Ingredients: Unrefined coconut oil

Price: starts at $19.95 for a 1 pint jar

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Review: I first learned of this coconut oil when one of my favorite YouTubers mentioned it in one of her videos. My hair and I love coconut oil so I was really interested in trying this brand to see for myself if it was a noticeable difference between it and all the other EVCOs I've tried. I purchased my first jar just a few months ago and immediately fell in love. Although I heard many good things about this brand I must admit I wasn't convinced that it would be any different, well I was wrong. The first thing I noticed was how creamy the Tropical Traditions Gold Label coconut oil is and I'm assuming the fact that it is hand-made (not machine made) contributes to that. It is made in small batches by family producers and contains the highest level of anti-oxidants. These facts are what make the gold label coconut oil stand out amongst the other Tropical Traditions' coconut oils and other brands of coconut oil. I was given the food grade coconut oil for the purpose of this review however, I have only used it on my hair and body. On my hair I use the oil for a pre-poo, as a moisture sealant, and with a few drops of peppermint essential oil for scalp massages. After showering I apply to my damp skin to retain moisture. My hair and body are always left feeling soft and well moisturized after use.

Summary: Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil has definitely become my EVCO of choice. While it is slightly higher in price than the EVCO I use to purchase from my local health food store I don't mind paying a little more for a higher quality product. I would definitely suggest this brand to all of my kurlfriends who like and use coconut oil. The only negative thing I can say which isn't really negative is that I wish it was available on the ground, other than that I have no complaints.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Additional info: Tropical Traditions also offers the Gold Label EVCO for hair treatment and 3 different organic hair oils that have the gold label coconut oil and several other organic oils in them. The difference between the food grade and hair treatment gold label coconut oil is that the hair treatment contains more protein because it contains more coconut solids. For more information and help with deciding what coconut oil you should buy read the following article: Buy Coconut Oil: A Guide To Buying Coconut Oil Online.

Check out this video to see how this coconut oil was discovered and produced.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review. I was under no obligation to review it nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. I have given an honest description of my experience with this product and I am in no way responsible for your experience with the product and/or company.