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Thursday, October 6, 2011

How To: Video Series

Flexi - Rod Set on Natural Hair

This is one of the many reasons I love YouTube. I get a free lesson on how to do my hair. Below is a video of one of my favorite v loggers demonstrating how to do a flexible set on natural hair. You can check out her channel on YouTube. AFRICANEXPORT.
Hope this helps. Please like and subscribe. Embrace the natural

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Three Key Steps To Maximize Your Hair Growth

For so many years black women have been misguided by the beauty industry. We have been made to believe that we cannot have long hair, and that perming our hair is the only way to deal with it. However, since discovering my naturalness, my hair has been the longest and healthiest it has ever been in my entire life. Shoulder Length and thick. Don't laugh, it may not be a huge stride for some but it is for me. Here are three key steps to my hair care regimen.

Cleanse: I know that a lot of people say not to shampoo your hair, but I enjoy a clean, and clarified scalp. Not only does it feel refreshed but your hair growth is not inhibited by buildup on the scalp. I cleanse my hair with a sulfate free shampoo about every two weeks and  I Co - wash at least once a week. (wash with just conditioner)

Oil Your Scalp - Much like fertilizing a plant to grow healthy and strong, I like to oil my scalp with a special blend of all natural oils. This not only nourishes but also aids in my hair growth. I do not use commercial products that are loaded with mineral oil and petroleum. I use oils that are natural and organic such as Castor Oil which helps to thicken the hair.

Moisturize - Finally, we can get caught in the rain. As a natural, the best moisturizer is water. I spritz my hair with water every day in the morning when I wake up. Product wise my favorite moisturizer is Shea Butter, I whip up my own special blend, which my hair loves.

I hope this helps, please like and subscribe. Embrace the natural

Friday, August 19, 2011

Angela Simmons goes Natural

Check out  this picture of Angela Simmons fierce afro. Under all that weave is a beautiful crown of black naturalness. Why  am I the last to  know that Ang was natural? I love it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Obsession With Natural Hair

Ever since I've decided to wear my natural hair, I have been met with adversity and some positivity. My own family has even questioned my decision to do so making ignorant comments, as if this is not the hair that grows from my scalp. Isn't it more ridiculous to buy hair when I have a full head of thick, healthy hair. What is the obsession?
Another thing that really bugs me is the fact that people of different races, constantly look at my head as if I am a creature of another planet. Really? Have you never seen hair before? Some even get the urge to reach out and touch it, without permission at that. Clearly that is a violation of my personal space. At this point I am really offended and baffled by the audacity of some people. It's just hair, yours is fine and thin sometimes dull and lifeless. Mine is thick and soft like cotton balls and reaches up to sky in a fro, get over it.
I had an interview the other day and I mentioned to someone that I didn't think it went well. Their first response was... "How did you wear your hair?" Really? Are you kidding me? Is my hair qualified to do the work or am I? I would hope that we are evolved enough as a society to not judge someone by the color of their skin much less their hair. The thought is simply ridiculous. I will continue to shock the masses by wearing the hair that grows naturally from my scalp.  Right fist in the air.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How to Combat Dry Natural Hair



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D.I.Y AVOCADO MOISTURE MASQUE

The one thing I hate the most is dry brittle hair. Not moisturizing your hair well enough can cause brittleness and breakage. I struggle with dry hair because I don't like to put a lot of things in my hair. I have learned that oils alone do not moisturize, so about once a month I do an at home avocado mask to restore moisture to my hair if i feel its a little dried out.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
2 Small avocados or 1 large one (depending on how thick your hair is)
2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil or both
2 tablespoons of jojoba oil

I put all my ingredients in a blender and until there are no lumps. Then I apply it to damp hair. I proceed to shampoo and deep condition afterward. You absolutely must shampoo the avocado out of your hair. This should really help because avocados are packed with vitamins, minerals and fats that will restore moisture to your hair.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nappy Life News: TSA Pats Down a Natural Sisters Hair

I recently came across a video of a natural sister who was angry that she was singled out and searched because of her hair which was in a high bun and natural at the time. Check out the video below. There is nothing on the Transportation Security Administration website that states how one should wear his or her hair. There is a policy on head covering but is hair really considered head covering, and shouldn't everyone with hair and high ponytails have been searched if that were the case. Clearly this young woman was singled out. Feel free to give us your thoughts in the comments sections.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Top Five Places to Buy Natural Hair Care Products

We all know the euphoric feeling that comes along with buying a new product. Its like Christmas, when we get something that we've always wanted to try. Though the natural Hair Care products can be a bit harsh on your pockets, I've found a few places that I frequent due to their great Deals.
  1. Vitacost: This at the top of my list because they usually have great specials, I try to get things when they're doing their free shipping special. They sell everything from dietary supplements, to natural oils, and shampoos and conditioners. The best part is a lot of the products they sell are certified organic so you can get everything you need all in one place.
  2. Whole Foods: I absolutely love buying products from whole foods. They have a wide variety of natural hair care products. I usually buy my  shampoo, aloe Vera gel and vegetable glycerin there for when I make my own products. I just love the fact that you can buy groceries that are good for your body and products that are good for your hair all in one place.
  3. Walgreens: When I first heard about Shea Moisture, this is where I went. When they first started carrying it, they were doing the whole line for buy one get one free. This deal was promoted heavily on youtube by many naturals and this is how I heard about it. Along with Shea Moisture they have a few select natural hair products and skin care products that I love. I usually go there if I need something last minute because they're open late and its right by my house.
  4. Amazon: Amazon is a great place to buy almost anything. I usually get natural hair books on amazon for a fraction of the price.
  5. Target: Last but not least is Target. Target is a great place to buy hair care products as well. However, it is a bit pricey. This is usually my last ditch place to buy if I don't want to order online and everywhere else is out.
Thanks for reading, I hope this helps. Please subscribe and check out my channel on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Arora22sunshine?feature=mhee

Monday, June 13, 2011

Natural Talent

Alicia James Music Video for 'Seven'
A while back I did a post on a song by miss Alicia James called seven. Well, the video is officially here. Check it out above. I have been a fan of this talented natural for quite some time now, I think you guys will find her music touching and a cut above the rest of what is out there right now. Check out her channel by clicking the link below, along with great music she also gives great hair tips. Show your support for a talented natural.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One Year Natural Hair Journey / Update





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Hair fell out by June 2010... Didn't really have to big chop I just got it shaped up



April 2011, A little dry but still getting the hang of it




Ok guys so this is my one year update, I went natural in June 2010 because my hair fell out from bad perms and lack of proper care. As you can see due to my hair care regimen my hair has made quite some progress from June 2010, to now June 2011. The first year was a little rough but I do have the hang of it now, I have learned a lot over the past year and have also made a lot of mistakes with my hair. The upcoming year should be a breeze for me as I am trying to reach BSL length by my two year mark. I am sure that goal is attainable with the regimen that I have now perfected. Please feel free to comment and subscribe. Thank you                                                            

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stop Telling me To Perm My Hair

I have been a napturalist for a year next month, i will post my one year update then. I am very happy about the progress that I have made, so I have taken to wearing my hair in its natural state instead of putting weave in like I normally do. I just woke up one morning and was tired of the process of having to put weave in my hair, and leaving it in for so long, I was just tired of it. Since I have been wearing my natural hair people have been less than accepting of the look. Making comments like, "your hair is so thick it would look so good permed", "why don't you straighten your hair". Mind you, these are people who have either been perming or straightening their hair for years and now have a big mess of damaged, brittle, frizzy broken hair. My response to you is, I am natural for a reason. I like looking like this, I like having healthy hair, I refuse to damage my hair for the sake of conformity. My hair is healthy, I love it, and I refuse to be dependent on a flat iron, perms, or weaves because I want to conform to societies depiction of beauty! This is my idea of beauty so get over it.

Do you think people take way too much interest in your hair or the way you look?

Friday, May 20, 2011

How To Be Natural Pt 1

I am proud to say that it will be one year next month that I have been natural. The journey has not been an easy one for me, I have been struggling for a while to accept the new natural me. I have to admit that I have thought about perming my hair on multiple occasions but the thought of having a year of discipline and hardwork destroyed by relapsing back to the creamy crack has kept me happily nappy. Not only have I gone natural with my hairI have also tried to change my entire lifestyle to incorporate more healthy habits.
Here are a few tips on How To Be Natural:
  1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day - Our bodies are made up of 75 percent water, which is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients into the cell. It also detoxifies and regulates our body temperature. 
  2. Eat plenty of vegetables - Even First Lady Michelle Obama thinks this is super important. Vegetables help us to fight off the signs of aging, lower our risk of cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease. I can certainly get over the taste of broccoli if it means I can stay young forever.
  3. Exercise - We all know that exercise is important but not many of us are willing to do it. I would much rather sit at home watching television than get on the treadmill, the thought of exercise scares me. I know that's terrible to say but that's how I feel. All feelings aside, I know that the health benefits of exercise are far more important than being a couch potato. Exercise helps to reduce the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, premature death. Its also a great way to lose exercise. Knowing that wouldn't you much rather jump on the treadmill than veg out.

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    Hope this helps, stay tuned for part two and don't forget to subscribe.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Natural Talent


    I'm a huge music fan but I haven't been impressed with what I hear on the radio lately, so I was surprised when I found this song on Youtube. The song is called 'Seven' by Alicia James, you can visit her channel by clicking on the video above. The song immediately caught my attention because of the spiritual and positive message it conveys. According to Alicia 'Seven' is a number used in the Bible to represent completion. I don't think that she's signed to a major label which makes it all the more wonderful, because we get to see someone who is truly talented write, perform, and produce their own music and it sounds better than most of the songs that are on the radio nowadays. I hope you guys like her song as much as I do and give you're love and support to a fellow natural.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Six Easy Steps To going Natural



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    Nowadays, many women have made the decision to give up the lyes and embrace the hair that they were born with. I think more and more women are starting to realize that we've been fed lies all our lives. That straight hair is not the only beauty there is and black women can grow long hair. I've put together a few pointers based on my own experience and the experience of others.

    STEP 1: Realize that commercial cosmetic companies do not care about the effects that their products have on our hair. Their main goal is to sell us their products and make us keep buying them. Seek out products with more natural ingredients. For example; sulfate free shampoos, products that are paraben free, and silicone free. Find a moisturizer and conditioners that contain butters, and essential oils. A good leave in conditioner should be ph balanced to smooth the cuticles. Look for ingredients like aloe vera.
    STEP 2: Relaxers contain harmful chemicals such as sodium hydroxide which is found in drain cleaner. Yes, relaxers do straighten your hair but it also strips it of the natural oils. If you do decide to chemically straighten your hair make sure to do regular conditioner treatments. If you decide to do the big chop do weekly conditioning treatments with the natural products that you've just purchased. As well as protein treatments every once in  while. How often you decide to do a protein treatment depends on you. You can tell when your hair needs protein when it is overloaded with moisture. Also scalp health is also important, massage your scalp three to four days a week with a blend of essential oils like castor oil, jojoba oil. etc. If you chose to transition; don't forget that your hair now has two textures, moisturize your natural roots on a regular basis with water and sealants like butters. You can apply a moisturizer to your perm ends as well, doing so will prevent breakage.
    STEP 3: With Natural hair comes great responsibility. From the moment you decide to go natural you should start taking care of your hair. That includes using all natural or mostly natural products such as; sulfate free shampoos, conditioner, essential oils, and most importantly water. Yes, we can finally get our hair wet, water is a great moisturizing agent for natural hair. A ph balanced leave in conditioner is also necessary, a product that is ph balanced will close the cuticles and help to prevent breakage. If you are having a hard time finding a ph balanced product simply mix water and aloe vera juice along with essential oils of your choice and spritz your hair after a wash.  Be sure to deep condition on a regular basis, usually every week. One of the mistakes I made when I went natural was that I shampooed my hair every other day, this stripped my hair of the natural oils and my hair became brittle and damaged. Now, I shampoo my hair once a week with a sulfate free shampoo.
    STEP 4: Wear protective styles as often as you can. If you are seeking to retain length, wearing protective styles are a great way to preserve your ends. Tucking your hair away means less breakage. Some protective styles include, two strand twists, flat twists, braids, wigs; the possibilities are endless. Still moisturize your hair while it is tucked away, I spritz my hair with water daily and oil my scalp three to four times a week. Embrace your edges. Lol. As natural queens we will never grow straight edges and getting that look can be very tempting, however, pomades and jells work very well to slick down your edges.
    STEP 5: Don't be discouraged if you feel that your hair is not as long as you would like it to be yet. Everyone's hair grows at different rates, your diet also influences your hair growth. A healthy diet packed with protein, vegetables, fruits and plenty of water is ideal. Consult your physician before embarking on a new diet or before starting vitamins. The quickest way to ensure growth is to nourish your body from the inside. To stay motivated I watched tons of youtube hair journey videos.

    STEP 6:  Enjoy the freeing feeling that comes along with having natural hair. Such as not having to run to the salon every six weeks to get a perm.
    Thank you
    @thenappylife