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uh hum May I Have Your Attention Please

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Sephora has announced new beauty, skin care and more great products 😀

Betcha thought I had something so important to say from the title!

Urban Decay Naked 2!

Now there have already been several reviews about this product.  I absolutely love the names of the shadows! I’m thinking of trying bootycall, chopper and tease together 🙂  There are a dozen colors in this palette and the mixtures of rich browns,  shimmery golden-bronze and deep dark blacks will put any daytime or late night look together!  Oh, and it comes with a lip gloss-how’s that for a cherry on top. Here’s a great tutorial using Naked 2 from JulieG713 and another from AndreasChoice.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radience

Now, I have to be honest I have never used a primer on my face before doing my makeup so I really don’t know if this will make my final results any better or any worse. However I am a fan of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF-20 Oil-Free  it is my go-to during the summer months. It is perfect and light and my face feels “naked” all day which is very important when it is hot as hell outside.  You don’t want your makeup to feel like it’s melting off your face.  Oh, this is not a review for that product though…I guess I said all of that to say that I’m willing to try her primer for what it’s worth.  Here’s the description:

Foundation Primer, introduces a breakthrough radiant formula to the collection. Foundation Primer Radiance not only provides a smooth, silky surface for makeup application, but also it adds a sheer, healthy glow to the skin.

Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Styling Collection Set

I like Carol’s Daughter a lot.  I have been on a fierce hunt for some great heat-protecting products for when I decided to straighten my hair.   It is perfect for all you natural beauties out there.  See below for product details.

This set contains:
– 2.25 oz Hold & Control Smoother
– 4 oz Heat Setting Foam
– 2 oz Heat Protection Serum
– 4 oz Heat Styling HairsprayWhat it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates

Of course there are tons of other new products from Sephora, but by the time I write about them all- they won’t be so new anymore.  So get outta her and go check ’em out yourself…but come back soon now ya hear!

🙂 N.Joy

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Hair ID 4

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I love taking little “get to know yourself” quizes.  Not the love ones because I think they are full of crap, but the fashion and style ones or the hair ones.  They are just fun and at the end they meet you with a wonderful surprise of new items-dresses, sunglasses, nail polish and shampoo 🙂 to try out.

I found a new quiz on Hair Liberty that will tell you your hair-type (as many of us curly girls are naturally obsessed) and the products that will work best for you and you can then purchase them right away via amazon (as many of you PJ’s, I’m sure will find very convenient).

Here are my quiz results:

If you don’t already love your hair, you’re about to start! Medium to thick strands are the easiest to maintain. While women with finer hair are trying to achieve more volume, you’re probably trying to keep yours under control.
With the right products, your hair can be relatively low-maintenance and the styling possibilities are endless.
The biggest mistake for your hair type is rough handling. Your hair may seem strong and invincible, but it’s not. All types of African American hair are sensitive to mechanical damage, so be careful when you comb and brush your hair. Split ends will make it difficult to achieve longer hair.
Heavier products and moisturizers can give you soft, defined curls. Thick, curly hair requires LOTS of product. Use a little more than you think is necessary until you find the perfect amount.
I’m totally against becoming a PJ (no offense) it’s just not up my alley and I just don’t see myself spending tons of money on hair products in hopes that it will magically define or loosen or whatever my curls only to find out it’s not all what it’s cracked up to be. However I do want to try the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It’s sold at Target now!!!
-NJoy

Beauty Must Haves

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10 Beauty Must Haves: 

  1. Jojoba Oil
  2. Organic Whole Milk
  3. Epson Salts
  4. Tea Tree Oil
  5. Green Tea Bags
  6. Honey
  7. Eggs
  8. Lemons/Lemon juice
  9. Apple Cider Vinegar
  10. Vitamin E Capsules

This video surprised me! It was a must share. I know all of you natural beauties will appreciate it! However, this will come with a warning:

THIS CHICK CAN BE A LITTLE ANNOYING!

If you look past all of that giggles and random, awkward movements…she actually does have really good information!

Tangled and Teased

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So this dog-on Tangle Teezer has got me all tangled over if I should buy or if I should not.

OK, so while I was transitioning this Tangle Teezer hit the blogs big time! Everyone was talking about how awesome this little brush was on our natural hair. Demonstrations where everywhere I turned and give-aways where popping up out of the woodworks!!! I mean this thing is best invention since sliced bread (as my mother likes to say).

Take a look at one of the videos that I found to be very attractive:

OK, makes you wanna go get one, eh?! I was still transitioning when I first came across this product. I was at Sally’s trying to find a good leave-in condish to try and came across the oh so mighty Tangle Teezer <insert the angelic voices singing “ahhhh” here>!  I grabbed it, but decided to wait until I was fully natural. I was glad that I knew where I could find it AND it was only $10, so I would come back and get it if I felt it necessary.

This past weekend I go to Sally’s and look high and low for my Tangle Teezer…it could not be found! I had the lady call around to the surrounding stores–they were all OUT!!! Evidently these little teezers were selling like hotcakes! The next shipment wouldn’t come in until Tuesday (which is today) so I would call and see if they received a new shipment.

****MEANWHILE****

I come across this Curly Nikki post, in which she says that the teezer was just that A TEASE!!! It detangled and shredded her hair at the same time 😦

Then just today I came across another post by the Natural Haven, that didn’t give the teezer too many great reviews either. O’Well, at least I haven’t bought one yet. I am still looking around at the reviews from the rest of you.

I’ve been teased! I was so excited to try this because detangling natural hair is a lot different than when your hair is in a transition stage.  I will say that I’m glad I waited.

NJOY 🙂

First Length Check

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Hey Yall,

I’m so excited to do my first real “length check”

My personal goal is to have my hair touch the tip of my nose by July. I really think it is possible.

Anyways…

I was here in December

Length Check

I am now here

 

Length Check #2

back of my hair length check

 

NJoy 🙂

Book Review: Thank God I’m Natural

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Book Review: Thank God I'm Natural

Reading will always get you through any adventure. I have been reading tons of your blog posts everyday and they are all encouraging! I love the stories, the advice, the realness!

I read a book a couple of weeks ago called Thank God I’m Natural by Chris-Tia E. Donaldson. This is a great, easy-to-read book for anyone trying to figure out what it truly means to be natural.  There are so many stereotypes when it comes to women wanting to rock their natural tresses.  She goes through and explains the process for every natural and transition hair styles from a simple twist-out to sister locks. I like this book especially because she tells her own story of becoming natural and the obstacles she would encounter and decisions she would have to make especially when it came time to rock her natural look in the corporate universe.

It’s complete with the natural hair dictionary and everything.  Like I said, this book is a great beginners guide. It’s simple;  no crazy jargon to get you confused. It’s straight to the point and it leaves you wanting to get to know your hair.  Even if you have been natural for a while, it’s a good book to read.

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Book Review: Curly Like Me

Next on the list is Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long and Strong by Teri LaFlesh

Check out her story here.  Her hair type is not at all close to mine, I believe she is in the 3’s and I’m def. a 4b or c, but I think our goal remains the same no matter what and that is to grow and maintain naturally long, healthy tresses! I would love to for you to recommend any good books or blogs for me to check out!

What to do Pre-Poo

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Moptop Maven is the shit! I absolutely love her blog and if you haven’t heard of her or checked her out, you don’t know what you’re missing. This chica is full of great tips-not limited to hair. You can find style, food, health and just every day living advice from her. I can’t go a day without checking out her blog.

Anyhow…I have been trying to figure out ways to pre-condition my hair. Read below and you will find out why adding a pre-poo step in your regimen can be beneficial to your hair and you can see the products that she uses for her pre-poo. For my pre-poo, I used coconut oil, jojoba oil and giovanni conditoner. I will do an update video on how it turned out. Meanwhile, check out her video and her blog! It’s awesome!!!

Here’s a overview on how adding a pre-poo step in your regimen can be beneficial to your hair;

Simply put, using shampoo [especially shampoo’s formulated with sulfates] strips the hair of it’s natural oils [sebum]. Sebum is very important because it plays a vital role in protecting the protein structure of the hair. Doing a Pre-Poo/Pre-Shampoo Treatment preps the hair by adding moisture, therefore minimizing [in most cases eliminating] the harsh effects of shampoo. 

I used the following products in my video:
Vatika Coconut Oil [this stuff is AMAZING; actually it is better than amazing]
Navratna Oil [This is an Indian Oil I purchased from Pioneer Cash & Carry in Artesia Ca; You can sub your favorite oil if you can’t find this one]
Lustrasilk Shea & Mango Butter Conditioner
Here’s a overview on how adding a pre-poo step in your regimen can be beneficial to your hair;

Simply put, using shampoo [especially shampoo’s formulated with sulfates] strips the hair of it’s natural oils [sebum]. Sebum is very important because it plays a vital role in protecting the protein structure of the hair. Doing a Pre-Poo/Pre-Shampoo Treatment preps the hair by adding moisture, therefore minimizing [in most cases eliminating] the harsh effects of shampoo. 

I used the following products in my video:
Vatika Coconut Oil [this stuff is AMAZING; actually it is better than amazing]
Navratna Oil [This is an Indian Oil I purchased from Pioneer Cash & Carry in Artesia Ca; You can sub your favorite oil if you can’t find this one]
Lustrasilk Shea & Mango Butter Conditioner
 

Give Your Scalp a Good Scrub!

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Scrubbing your hair does wonders for your scalp.  It’s another something you should add to your regimen at least once a week. There are so many benefits to doing a scrub which include:

  • Helps remove dead skin cells
  • Gets the blood flowing which promotes hair growth
  • Removes excess oils and impurities
  • It feels really good 🙂  A massage for your hair is always wonderful

I ran across a website with so many great natural recipes for hair scrubs. Depending on what you are looking to accomplish you can find the recipe that is right for you.

This is my favorite:

Basic Scalp Scrub Recipe
Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2-3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Directions:
In a small bowl mix ingredients. Add enough sugar to make a thin paste Do not heat the oil as this will melt the sugar.

To Use: Wet hair in shower.If you have styling products in hair, apply a little conditioner to make hair more pliable, rinse. Take a heaping scoop of the scrub and apply to scalp, separating hair to reach entire scalp. In circular motion, scrub the scalp with the mixture for 5 minutes. Rinse well, then shampoo and condition hair as normal.

Choose what will work for you and experiment with other scrubs based on your knowledge of essential and carrier oils! Happy scrubbing!

N.Joy 🙂

Mixing it up: Essential and Carrier Oils

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When I read through blogs and watched vlogs I find that a lot of people show their natural hair recipes for condtioning and moisturizing the hair and the scalp.  However, I had a hard time trying to figure out what made someone choose one oil over another.  Sometimes there was an explaination…other times there was none. And by golly what is the obsession over this JOJOBA (pronounced \hə-ˈhō-bə\ OIL? How in the world do you know what oils to mix so that they will make the perfect combination for a fab hair product? Oh…the question and the answers keep a comin everyday with the natural hair adventure…but hey, that’s what make it so great!

Here’s a quickie for you newbies (like me) who want to know a little more about what these oils do for your hair.

First off there are two types of oils:

  • Essential oils and carrier oils. Essential oils are fragrant oils that are actually the concentrated essence of the plant. Essential oils are light and do not feel like an oil, but they also evaporate quickly. Essential oils are usually added to a carrier oil to be applied to the hair.
  • are oily in texture and can be oil from a seed, fruit, vegetable or nut. Different oils present different opportunities for the hair to be nourished with the unique nutrients present in each. They help to moisturize dry hair.
  • Basil: Oily hair. Promotes hair growth (essential)
  • Chamomile: Fine to normal hair.Gives golden highlights (essential)
  • Rose: Sooths scalp (essential)
  • Rosemary: Oily hair. Treatment for dandruff and promotes hair growth (essential)
  • Peppermint: Dry hair. Promotes hair growth. Reduces itching and irritation (essential)
  • Avocado/Avocado Oil: Way to get multiple nutrients into your hair and promote hair growth (carrier)
  • Castor Seed Oil: Vegetable humectant (meaning it holds on to water molecules) and  has antibacterial properties for a clean scalp which promotes growth and added thickness in places where hair is starting to thin (carrier)
  • Jojoba Oil: Great for damaged ends (carrier)
  • EVOO (xtra virgin olive oil): Great pre-conditioning and good for a hot oil treatment which gives soft, smooth and strong hair results (carrier)
  • Tea Tree Oil: Treatment for dry scalp and dandruff anti-fungal properties (essential)
  • Honey: A sweet treat for the hair. A humectant and when mixed with another oil (EVOO) and heated can make the hair shine.
  • Shea Butter: Is a fatty acid reduces the amount of water lost in the hair. This is why it is known as a sealant. It helps keep the moisture in. (carrier)
  • Coconut Oil; Also helps keep moisture in the hair
  • Aloe Juice/Oil: Ads moisture to the hair and it is absorbed into the hair strands (carrier)
  • Grapefruit Oil: Promotes hair growth (essential)
  • Vegetable Glycerin: Attracts water to itself aids in holding in moisture. Combine with water or aloe juice for a nice spritz
  • Almond Oil: Full of vitamin E, sweet almond oil is good for aiding dandruff, falling hair, strengthens hair and smooths hair cuticles (carrier)
  • Grape seed Oil: Adds shine and moisture to your hair rich in vitamins (carrier)

Get your complete list of carrier oils

Get your complete list of essential oils

When making your own oil conditioning treatment use 4 tablespoons of carrier oil per drop of essential oil for a strongly aromatic blend when mixing your own oil conditioner recipe. To make a hot oil treatment, mix your oils and place them in a plastic container or bag. Place in hot tap water for one minute. After normal shampooing, coat your hair with the oil and let it set for 5 – 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then cool water. Repeat to treat severely damaged hair.

Really hope this helps you with choosing the right oils and trying to figure out your own hair conditioners and mixtures 🙂

N.Joy 🙂

Hair Regimen…and the Saga Continues

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I am still trying to figure out the best hair regimen for me. I know this has been a topic of discussion plenty of times since I have started transitioning, but it is the toughest thing to do….figuring out what products are best for your hair and where to draw the line with buying too much.  Now, some of you out there are product junkies and I’m not knocking you. Some of us, can’t be product junkies. I don’t like the clutter! I’d rather try to do research and figure out the best products for me to try and go from there.

The key is to start off with your four basic steps:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Condition/Detangle
  3. Moisturize
  4. Seal
  5. Deep Condition

If you are having trouble trying to figure out what your hair regimen should be, don’t feel alone. Try, try again and when you get to know your hair you will soon figure it out.  Just know that as the seasons change, so will your regimen.  I know as soon as I figure out what works for me, I will have to change it up for the winter (which is right around the corner) but I’m prepared for that and hopefully by then I will know enough about what the essential ingredients do for your hair and how they operate in mine, that I will have an idea of the direction I should turn when trying to re-create the wheel.

Here is some great advice on how you can come up with your own regimen! And if you haven’t already, become a member of naturallycurly.com.  Lots of great advice there!

NJoy 🙂