Monday, April 14, 2014

Simple Hair Styles for Easter Celebration

Hello Readers: 

Easter celebration is quickly approaching and we will super busy.  We will be attending Egg Hunt on Saturday and another one on Sunday.  With such a special occasion in mind, I have put together a list of eleven hair styles that are simple, easy and beautiful.  


Style 1



 




Style 2


                               


Style 3



Style 4



Style 5


  


Style 6



Style 7



Style 8

 



Style 9



Style 10




Style 11



There you have it! Simple and beautiful styles.... From braids to Wash & Go's... 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Product Review- Turbie Twist Hair Towel

Hello Readers: 

Here is another product review for all of you! 


The Original Turbie Twist (Microfiber Version)




Their Claim: 

"Turbie Twist® is the Original Super Absorbent Twist
and Loop hair towel that Stays in Place! Featuring a unique tapered design, the Turbie Twist® allows for a perfect fit on all head sizes making it great for Kids and Adults! The lightweight design also reduces neck strain. Through savings in laundry and blow drying time the product practically pays for itself. Less blow drying = healthier hair
!"

Features of the Turbie Twist®
  • Stays in Place!
  • Less Blow Drying!
  • One Size Fits All!
  • Super Absorbent!
  • Lightweight!
  • Machine Washable!

How to use it: 

Is very easy to use and a lot more comfortable than a regular towel. 


Their Instructions:  



It is really that easy! 

1.  I gather and twist her hair up then place the towel as shown on Picture 1 (the Loop will be on the back of your head); 

2.  Now, you have  the longer portion of the towel in front of you.  Twist it as shown on Picture 2; 

3. Then bring it back and put the twisted part of the Turbie through the loop and done!

Then it will look like this:  





My daughter hates anything that covers her ears, but she sure didn't mind this soft material covering her ears.

This product gets a big 10 from me for so many reasons, let's go over a few:   

1. Practicality: It is very easy to use and it actual stays in place.  My poor baby no longer will have to hold the towel in place and this product is machine washable.  

2. Weight:  I love the fact that is very light in weight, my daughter is only five years old and using a regular towel can be very uncomfortable for her.  Once the towel get wet becomes heavy therefore causing some discomfort on her neck.  

3. Less Damaging:  Because it is made out of Microfiber, it's less damaging to her curly hair. 

Now, about the "super absorbent- less blow drying" part of their claim- I can't really say that I agree or disagree to that part of the product's description because I never blow dry Ms Bree's hair after washing it.   But what I can tell you is that water was  not running down her back or down her face.  

The Turbie Twist was convenient, easy to use, stayed in place and it gave her more freedom to move around until I was ready to sit and moisturize her hair.

I've heard that using a t-shirt is just as good but I always end up trashing old t-shirts and never saving any.  I also believe that what makes the Turbie Twist easier to put on is the shape of the product.  

This is a product any curly should have!  

Where you can buy it:

*Bed Bath & Beyond;
*Walgreens;
*ULTA Beauty;
*Some Walmart Stores;
*Sally Beauty;
*Amazon.com; and of course
*Turbietwist.com; 






Do you owe a Turbie Twist?? Share your review with us and let the other readers know your thoughts ! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A List of Deep Conditioners & Protein Deep Conditioner Treatments

Hello Readers: 

Last week we talked about Hot Oil Treatments.  (Read our post here- Hot Oil Treatments).

I received a few messages asking for a list of Deep Conditioners, Protein Deep Conditioners and what are the benefits to certain oils.  

This post will provide you with a list of a few D.I.Y treatments and a list of treatments that you can purchase in store.   I will go over the benefits of each oil on our next post.  

Let's start with D.I.Y. Deep Conditioners: 

I know that we have so many steps to remember when caring for our curly tresses, but I can promise you that you hair will thank you a thousand times if you add a Deep Conditioner to your hair regimen. 

Deep conditioners will make your hair feel alive, soft and moisturizes.  It can prevent your hair from breaking and it can restore many needed nutrients to your tresses. 

Our friends at Natural Hair Kids provided us with these four easy and amazing deep conditioners/protein conditioners that you can do at home: 



Below is a List of Deep Conditioners that you can purchase in store or online: 




1. *Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner; 
2. Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi All Natural Deep Conditioner; 
3. Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque; 
4. Curls-Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner; 
5. Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioners;
6. Jessicurl Deep Conditioner;
7. My HoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner; 
8. My HoneyChild Honey Hair Mask;
9. As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner.

* Bee Mine is the Deep Conditioner I use on my daughter's hair. 

Another type of Deep Conditioners that you hair may need is a "Protein Deep Conditioner". 


DIY Protein Treatments

The Avocado Conditioner, The Coconut Milk Conditioner and the Banana Conditioner seen on Natural Hair Kids photo (above) are great and easy Protein Conditioners but here are some our fans' favorite DIY Recipes: 

Almond, Mayonnaise & Honey Mask:
     2 Eggs;
     5 Tbs of Mayonnaise; 
     3 Tbs of Honey and
     2 Tbs of Almond Oil

Mix ingredients and apply to hair. (Note: the longer the hair, the more ingredients you will need) 

Yogurt DC Mask: 
     Eggs; and
     Plain Yogurt.

Mix ingredients and apply to hair. 

I prefer "ready to use" products, therefore I have made a list of products that you can buy either in "packs" or in bottles.  

NOTE:  My suggestion is to purchase the packs first, they are very inexpensive and if you don't like a particular brand then you won't end up with a lot of unused products and a big hole in your pocket. 




1. *Creme of Nature Argan Oil Conditioner Reconstructor; 
2. Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack;
3. Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment;
4. Aubrey Organics GPB;

5. Queen Helene Cholesterol Cream; 
6. Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner;
7. Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise Treatment;
8. DevaCurl Heaven in Hair;
9. K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. 

*Creme of Nature Argan Oil Conditioner Reconstructor is what I use.  You can purchase it in a pack or the bottle.  Also, I will be trying Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack. 



If you would like to share your DIY recipes with us, please feel free to send us a message and we will share it with the rest of our readers! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hot Oil Treatments



     Hot Oil Treatments.. who doesn't remember getting those as a young child, I certainly do. My mother used to do so many things to my hair and "Pink" hot oil treatment once a month was one of them.  
     My hair is naturally curly, not as curly as my daughter's hair but one thing we all share is that "curly hair" is prone to get frizzy and/or dry.   The use of many chemicals and/or styling tools (especially heat) can damaged our curly strands even more.  

    There are a few things that we can do in order to prevent our hair from drying and breaking: 

Pre-Poos: (although our kids think this step has to do with a bowel movement, I can assure you it is not!); Pre-poo is just a shorter term for Pre-Shampoo.  

Deep Conditioning:  Deep conditioning at least every other week gives your curly strands everything that it needs to feel revitalize.  
     After every protective style or whenever I flat iron my daughter's hair I make sure I follow with a good deep conditioner, let it sit for thirty or forty five minutes.

Hot Oil Treatments: It gives your curly strands the very much needed shine, doing this will prevent any breakage and can also aid your scalp with any issues.  

NOTE:  You can use a Hot Oil Treatment as your "Pre-Poo" step.  If you can do a hot oil treatments at least every other week or once a month, trust me, your curls will thank you.     

While you can purchase many of the "Hot Oil Treatments" at your local stores, please keep in mind that you can make your own mix at home by using the very same oils you use when styling your hair. 

What do we use: 

*Olive Oil or Coconut Oil 
*Applicator
*Plastic Shower Cap






NOTE:  You don't have to limit yourself to just one oil.  Try several oils separately or create a blend of your own.  Make notes on how your hair feels after each treatment.  This will help you determined which oil or oil blend helps your hair the most.  

Oils that can be used:
Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Joboba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Sesame Oil, Rosemary Oil and so many others. 

How Do I apply it:

To do my son's hair is pretty easy, I just squeeze the warm oil all over the hair and massage the scalp with your fingers for a few minutes, then quickly place the shower cap and let it sit for thirty minutes; 

Since my daughter's hair is very long, I have to section her hair first, then apply the oil to each section until her entire head is coated, then I massage her scalp with my fingers (she loves this part); then I apply the shower cap and let it sit for 45 minutes. 
Rinse the hair out, shampoo and condition the hair like you  usually would, and them BLAM ! your DONE!! 


Hot Oil treatments can be done weekly if you have the time, they can be done every other week but it should be done at least once monthly.  

I believe that as long as you add at least one treatment your or your little one's regimen will be fine.  Hot Oil Treatments done in combination with Deep Conditioners can and will prevent dryness, breakage and ultimately will strengthen your tresses. 

Fans' Favorites:

Korrie owner of Korrie's Korner shares one her favorites: "Coconut Oil, Argan Oil and Peppermint Oil as my pre-poo, it gives a nice tingly sensation for my scalp" 

Do you buy your treatment or do you prefer a DIY?? Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Break Hair Style

          Spring Break has come and gone for us.  For some of you spring break has not arrived yet and for others, spring break will not be happening due to the snow storms we've experienced during this winter. 

Since my children were going to be spending a few days with Grandmother and Papa, I needed a style that is easy to maintain.  It has been a long time since Grandmother had to take care of a little girl's hair and she has always expressed how she wouldn't be able to style my daughter's hair. 

With that in mind, I decided to do a very simple style that could easily me modified and easy to maintain.  Box Braids & Cornrows... how easy is that?


The last time I styled the front section of her hair in cornrows was a few weeks ago.  The cornrows were styled from the hair line towards the back.  


Therefore, I decided to change the directions of the cornrows in order to give her hair line a break.  

Remember it is not healthy to style the hair in the same direction all the time.  

  

I was glad to see that her hair lasted.

For Saturday's festivities, I spritz water all over her scalp and braids; 
I applied our oil mix to every row very carefully; 
Then I applied Bee Mine Curly Butter;
I rubbed Bee Mine Curly Butter on my hands and then applied carefully to each braid and concentrated on her ends; 
I re-did braids (only to those that were coming lose) and
Then finger coiled the very end of each braid.  (I did not had to use the rubber bands at the end of the braid to secure it because the braids)



She insisted on wearing a flower therefore I did a "Half Pony Tail".. I "rope twisted" the front cornrows and gathered them at the back of her head by using one of our "ouchless elastic band" and clipped the flower on the top.   









Now, her braids are all ready to face another week!