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Wishlist Wednesdays

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First, I just want to first give mad props to all those bloggers who blog everyday.  I was on a real bloggin roll and one day I said I would take a break…that day turned into 2…now a week and a half later I am back.  For non other than Wishlist Wednesday’s.  I’m tempted to double it up (the wishlist) because I missed last week! 😦

WTH it’s my blog.  I think I will do just that 🙂

HAIR

I Naturally N.Joy my hair…. first before I tell you what I wish for, just look at these curls!! I did a twist-out and put my hair in a pony/puff and it came out soooo pretty 🙂

OK, yeah I know it’s hot! LOL! No, but for real…so here are the two hair items on my wishlist:

First is terressentials organic hair wash it’s a pure hair wash.  There have been some really good reviews on this product and it is supposed to get your hair the cleanest that it can possibly be.  I really do want to try this soon.  

I would also like to have the hair therapy wrap.  It would be great for deep conditioning or hot oil treatments. I hate sitting under dryers.

Beauty

Nails nails nails!!! So, I saw a girl with this nail polish on and I absolutely loved it. I have been looking for it in stores everywhere, but it looks like I’m gonna have to go ahead and order it before spring! It’s from the OPI Muppet line and it’s called  Rainbow Connection.  ❤

oooh and purple lip glass

 Fashion

Now this is a jumpsuit.  I love the polka dots.

The glitter on this dress is amazing

Home

This is something I will probably never get, but I love the idea of having one of these, especially for my son’s room.  A display-it storage from Pottery Barn.  It just seems so practical.

I really need a sitting area to do my hair and makeup so everyday when I wake up to get ready,  I start off like a princess (with the exception of my styling squad) and will hopefully walk out the door looking like one too 🙂 ahhh…

Other

I saw these watches and I fell hard; my heart skipped a beat.   The La Mer Collections, all of them, are incredible. Aren’t they?!?!! The leather bands and the bracelet look is just wonderful!

Hope you  🙂 N.Joy

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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

Wishlist Wednesdays

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Today is Wishlist Wednesday!!! There are so many things that I want and so many other things that I think I need!  So many, in fact, I know my blog will continue to have content based on this fact alone!  LOL.

Hair

 The Huetiful Hair Steamer.  I hear such good things about steaming not only your face, but your hair and this great item does both.  Steaming your hair helps with breakage and split ends and honestly it just seams like it’s very relaxing. 

Beauty  

Sigma Makeup brushes.  I have been longing for these for a while.  I really need new makeup brushes and the Essential Kit is perfect for me.  I like to wear makeup, but I’m no professional but quality goes a long way.  For those of you who are professionals of the like…the cool thing about the Sigma is you can also build your own kit

Fashion

I love these Toms!  The great thing about Toms is that if you buy a pair of shoes, they give a new pair of shoes to a child in need.  Walk in comfort knowing that you have given back! What a way to strut your stuff! HA!

Home

First off…this picture, to me, is every bit of awesome.  I love the color and the simplicity.  You can purchase this lovely work of art from Susie Harris she has great ideas and I just love her work.  One day, one day I will be able to create things half as lovely.  In the meantime…I will purchase this for my house one day soon (my wish).

Other

Ladies this purse is fabulous. The BCBG Sophia Leopard clutch complete with leather trim and a detachable metal shoulder strap.  It even has a smart phone pocket.  <sigh> I love it.  It compliments any going out look.

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

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!

Dear Transitioner,

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If this is your first day transitioning or if you have been transitioning a year, just know that I applaud you in your adventure. There are so many different phases that you go through during this period. From getting to know your hair type, the hair products, the hair regimens, the hair styles and the list can go on and on.
It gets difficult at times, but I have found that the ultimate key is to always rock it like you own it…because you do!
Your hair needs your patience and I believe this adventure creates in you a new person. A new being. Getting to know your locks is like getting to know yourself all over again. For some of us it may take two months and for others it may take two years. Once you are ready to let go…there is freedom on the other side. Don’t do it because your girl is doing it or because you feel like it is a fashion trend. Do it because you are ready to make that change. Do it because you are ready to be YOU! If you are doing this for some other reason other than to make yourself happy, you won’t be able to withstand some of the criticism that comes along with it. Some of the stares, some of the questions and some of the noses that turn up at the mere sight of your “nappy hair”.
As you transition you get to know that all hair is “good hair” your hair is fabulous just the way it is~let no one tell you different!

And if they do, they might just be jealous that they don’t have the guts to do the same. They may envy the versatility of your hair. But don’t you turn your nose up too because it may be that they are not educated and they just don’t understand what you have come to realize. That your hair is not nappy but it is healthy. It is strong. It is fragile. It is thick. It is b YOU t FULL!

Full of life

Full of strength

Full of courage

Full of health

Full of nourishment

And last but not least to you, the transitioner; when all else fails, don’t give up! I know that sometimes it gets to a point where you feel like you can’t stand the two textures in your hair or perhaps you are experiencing scabbing or breakage and you haven’t got to the point where you are ready to BC…take your time. Re-evaluate.  Be patient. Breathe. Don’t succumb to the creamy crack or the flat-iron. Remember why you decided to  take this adventure and keep going. If you haven’t already, start a journal (written or online) it helps to watch your progress. Don’t be pressured by others to take the plunge to BC if you are not ready. As a transitioner, you are in the middle and you hear from both sides “Chop it off”  from the naturals and “girl, get a perm” from the straights.

This is where you take a moment, think about it and do what’s best for you! If you decide to to tuff it out and continue the transition, GREAT! If you decide to chop, FABULOUS! If you decide to get that creamy crack, DON’T WORRY YOU’LL BE BACK!

Sista to sista, it’s all good no matter what. Transistioning is a tough place to be and believe me the only way to survive is one day at a time!

This is a time to get to know yourself! Become your self! Then BE YOURSELF!

N.Joy 🙂

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
 

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 🙂

…And so it Continues

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I didn’t forget about my Type 4 girls out there…

Just thought I’d add some hair inspiration. I love finding hair styles! It keeps my goal in mind. I try to find hairstyles that I feel are reasonable for me to attain within the next year or so, this way I don’t find myself trying to achieve the un-achievable.  What I mean by that is I don’t want to encourage myself to have hair down to the middle of my back with a 3a curl pattern when I know that is not possible.

~~> Find Your Hair Inspiration Here! <~~~

I like this style. I believe this is my curl pattern as well. Of course I won’t know for sure until I have BC’d

On another note:

I went to Jungle Jims (the best place to go all things natural and grocery PERIOD), GNC and an African Store I found to buy some products. I got Shea Butter (finally) and Coconut Oil from the African store for 3.00 total! That was a great buy because Coconut Oil alone is noramlly 10-13 bucks!

At GNC I purchased Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice and Jojoba oil.

Jungle Jims: Castor Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Avocado, Giovanni leave-in conditioner

I ended up making the leave in conditioner from Kimmaytube (see her link on my blog roll). She focuses on the pH of your hair and how it promotes hair growth. The girl is pretty dag on informative. The conditioner was pretty good too. I used the Giovanni leave-in instead of the Knot Today.

I styled my hair in a twist-out and when I took my hair out I used the shea butter. It made my hair very soft and shiny Where I saw frizz I put a little bit of coconut oil on my fingers and twisted my fingers around my curls to eliminated the frizz.

Set backs:

My hair is very dry in the front, so I find myself paying extra attention to my front sides. I sprayed it down with a water/vegetable glycerin mix then used a silk scarf as a headband to protect the edges and keep them moisturized.

I have to say I ❤ my hair and its fullness. I already see a difference and it has grown almost 2 inches since I have started. I know this is pretty rapid growth, but my hair is probably happy that I’m paying so much attention to it.

I will post my hair regimen in the next day or so. Til then stay happy to be nappy LOL!

take care,

NJoy 🙂