Birthday, Vacation, and…… Engagement!!

Hello everyone! I am so sorry that I have been MIA!! whew! I was off work for a well deserved vacay celebrating my 27th birthday! I had a party at my place so I was very busy planning and getting things together for that! So please forgive me for being MIA. I will be back to posting shortly!! I have news to share as well!! My boyfriend proposed to me at my party!! OMG I am so happy!! I just wanted to share the good new with all of you. Hope your day is going well!! Have a blessed day everyone!! xoxo

 

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Taren Guy Presents: Luv and Learn Your Hair Tour Chicago!!

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Hi Naturalista’s!! Happy Thursday to you all (Late Post LOL)! So this past Thursday I had the opportunity to cover the event presented by Taren Guy and Motions- Luv and Learn Your Hair. The event was a great success!!! Lots of Naturalista’s in the building!! I got the chance to sit down with Taren for an interview Check it out!!

Happily Ever Natural: What made you want to do the Luv and Learn Your Hair Tour?

Taren: Well I feel like, it’s literally what it is luv and learn your hair. The inspirational part is just as important as the educational part. So, when you combine both of those elements, it creates like a smoother journey in anything. It does not just have to be hair. I just want to combine that and create an experience for these women to just be comfortable with themselves.

Happily Ever Natural: Why did you start blogging? What was your passion?

Taren: I naturally,  just like connecting with people and sharing. So it just happened to be hair. I was curious about curls and how to do my hair. When I saw other women doing it, I was like wow, this really helped me so, let me share my journey and help other people. That was it and that was what got me going. People started following so of course I just kept on going.

Happily Ever Natural: How do you feel about putting you family on social media, with all the harsh comments that are put out there?

Taren Guy: I don’t really deal with it, I have stopped a long ago. I was a little too transparent in the beginning and I have realized, my boys are becoming teenagers now and they are going to high school. So its like let me not share too much, because that ugly world of the internet… its beautiful but its ugly at the same time and I don’t need to put them in that. So they are not a part of my social media that much, as they used to be.

Happily Ever Natural: How do you feel about the Natural hair Nazis out there?

Taren Guy: I feel like those people just like creating boxes and categories and that all they feel comfortable with. They want to create these boundaries out of nowhere. So they feel like other people should follow suit and they don’t have to, so they just continue to be miserable and unhappy if someone chooses to go a different route. So I’m not really feeling them!

Happily Ever Natural: What advice would you have to any new naturals who are just starting out?

Taren Guy: Take your time and get to learn your hair! Play with it, you can watch videos you can become inspired, but really feel it see how it reacts to certain products and styles. Take some time out,, I think a lot of it is spent watching and reading.  And then when you try it and you want it to look like that persons, more so than just seeing that what it does for you. It’s really about being an individual while still being inspired.

Happily Ever Natural: What advice do you have to any new bloggers out there?. I love blogging I feel like this is my passion.

Taren Guy: Just be real.  Yes this turns into a business and opportunities and all that but you don’t think about that when you are just doing something you love. All of that just comes. Dont compare yourself to other vloggers, and don’t think about numbers and free stuff. Just love it feel it connect with people and opportunities will come. Dont worry about numbers in the beginning it’s just does not make any sense. Be YOURSELF!! 🙂 There is only one you, only you can give that.

Thank You so much for sitting down with me Taren! Such a great person!! Ladies check and see if she will be in your city!! http://www.tarenguy.com/

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The Monroe Sisters Meechy and MsVaughn

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Natural’s Spotlight: Tiffany

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1. Tell me about yourself: Hi everyone! I’m Tiffany and I’m from Atlanta, GA.  I’m the creator of the marketing blog, Natural Hair in the Media. I love cooking, thrifting, working out, and writing. And, of course, my natural hair!
2. Did you transition or big chop
I transitioned to natural hair after wearing a protective style for 6 months.
3. How long have you been natural? I’ve been natural for awhile now! I did the big chop in February of 2005, and rocked a TWA for about a year. Going natural was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge?
Right now, it’s dealing with locs that aren’t fully loc’ed. I decided to loc my hair 7 months ago. Although it took me 10 years to make my decision, I am very happy with it. I’m just ready for my hair to loc, but understand that I have to be patient.
5. What is your hair regimen?
I get a loctitian to re-twist my hair once a month. In between visits, I spray my locs with Oyin Handmade Juices N Berries, and I moisturize my scalp with EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Oil. I always sleep with a satin bonnet.
6. What is your favorite style? I don’t have one yet! I’m still trying to find great locs for short to medium length locs. If anyone has any recommendations, let me know!
7. What is your fashion style like? It varies. One day, I’ll rock a preppy look. I can transition easily to classy and vintage.
8. Where can we find you on line? What else would you like to add?
I’m all over the place, lol! You can find me online at www.naturalhairinthemedia.com,
Facebook (www.facebook.com/naturalhairinthemedia and www.facebook.com/locstotalkabout),
Twitter (www.twitter.com/naturalhairads),
Instagram (instagram.com/naturalhairads) 
Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/naturalhairads)

 

Natural’s Spotlight: Monique

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1. Tell me about yourself
My name is Monique Crawford, I am 25 years old. I was born in Jamaica, and I’ve been living in NY since I was 12. I graduated from Stony Brook University in 2005 with my BS in Health Science, but I recently got accepted into Nursing School, and will be starting this fall.  I am also the proud mommy of a puppy, bichon/shitzu mix (his name is Louis).

2. Did you transition or big chop
I get this question alll the time, and people are always shocked to hear that I’ve never had a perm.

3. How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural all my life, and was always the “natural girl” especially when I started living in the US. This is why I never had to big chop or transition. I started a growth journey after I cut my hair in a bob back in 2010. I’m so glad alot more people are becoming natural because I’ve realized a HUGE change in hair products especially in the last 4 years. There are alot more products to chose from NOW that actually cater to our hair, and for styling and keeping it moisturized.

4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge?

My biggest hair challenge NOW is DRYNESS, I swear its the DEVIL LOL, along with split ends. The middle of my hair is always the culprit of dryness, but i’ve been learning to combat that with “watering” my hair more, adding Elasta QP olive oil and Mango Butter growth moisturizer, and sealing with coconut oil. For my split ends, i try to trim every 3-4 months. NOT all natural girls have to trim that often though (luckily). I have a good growth rate, so it actually helps my hair.

5. What is your hair regimen?
My hair regimen is a weekly deep conditioning, followed by twists or mini-twists, which i wear pinned up for about two days. Then on the 3rd or 4th day, I do a twist out, which turns into an amazing puff by the weekend. I’ve been using TALIAH WAAJID CURLY CURL CREAM, and it’s been SUPERB for my twist outs 🙂 . I started deep conditioning on dry hair, which i find retains moisture and softness better on dry hair.

6. What is your favorite style?
My favorite style is a twist out/flat twist out. But my favorite save the day style or “dirty hair day” style is ofcourse a BUN. It can be worn casually or dressy, messy or neat, and will never fail you.

7. What is your fashion style like?
I dont consider myself a fashionista, I honestly just buy cute clothes that I like lol. I shop in forever 21 and H&M a lot, and I always seem to find really nice pieces in OLD NAVY for work. Everyone who knows me knows that I love me a sale, and I’m a big THRIFTER. LOVEE thrift stores, you find the most unique clothes in there. Can never go wrong with vintage either.

8. Where can we find you on line? What else would you like to add?
I recently started a hair page on Instagram: CURLYGIRLMOMO, because I wanted to find other natural hair girls to learn more styles and products that I might like to try. I share the same information as well and so far so good 🙂

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Transitioning: Dealing With Breakage

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So you are transitioning and you are soo tired of dealing with your two different textures? Dealing with two textures makes transitioning very difficult!! One part of your hair is straight, while the other is curly or wavy!

You are at your whit’s end!! Right? You are attempting to maintain the two textures of your hair and this can lead to breakage. Don’t give up or give in to the creamy crack just yet!! There are ways to make your transition to natural an easier process while combating breakage.

Tip 1: Moisture, Moisture and Did I say Moisture?

Have you heard of the line of demarcation? Well this is defined as the line where your natural hair and relaxed hair meets. This line can be very fragile so you must treat it with care. You must make sure to keep your hair very moisturized to prevent breakage at this point. I suggest finding a very good deep conditioner. One of my favorites is Edenbodyworks JoJoba Monoi Deep conditioner. This is a very non-expensive deep conditioner that gets the job done! But there are others, you just have to find the right one that works for your hair. If you find that your hair is always dry, you may want to start deep conditioning once a week, otherwise bi-weekly works great.

Also, find a good leave in and oil to use. Adopting the LOC method will also help with moisture.

Tip 2: Don’t put too much stress on your hair

I say this meaning, don’t overdo it. Be gentle with your hair, it needs TLC. Don’t rush during detangling or combing. Take your time.

Don’t try to do different styles everyday. I know you are reading the blogs and finding different styles to try, but in my experience low manipulation with my hair has helped me get to where I am today. During the later part of my transition, I did not do very much to my hair at all. A twistout on the weekends, then I liked to bun it for the entire week! This will help prevent breakage to your hair. Also, make sure to cover your hair at night. Cotton pillowcases without a bonnet is not your friend ladies!! You might not be sexy at night but your hair will be cute!! LOL! Use a satin pillowcase if you don’t want to use a bonnet.

Tip 3: Take your Time

Believe me, I know that transitioning can be frustrating especially when you are experiencing breakage. But remember to take your time with your hair. You don’t have to cut the relaxed ends until you are ready! 🙂 It took me 2 years to finally cut the rest off ( I did mini chops in-between).

Happy transitioning ladies! You can do it!! Don’t give up!!

Product Review: Alikay Naturals

AK-upHey Naturalista’s!! I was sent two products from the Alikay Natural’s line to review. I was not paid for this review. These are my own personal opinions.

I was sent the Lemon Grass Leave in and the Crème Brulee Curling Custard

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Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner $13.00 USD

Locks moisture in your hair without weighing it down or causing product build up. Infused with essential oils to smooth your hair shaft and keeps it moisturized. The lemon zest scent is yummy and refreshing. Hair will feel soft and ready to be styled pretty! This Product is 100% Natural and 90% Organic

Directions: After washing hair, apply to wet hair by spraying it on. Be sure each strand is saturated, to ensure full protection. Style as usual.

Key Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Lemongrass Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate(Rapaseed oil) , Herbal and Botanical Blend No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil , No Alcohol, No Paraben, No Sulfate, No Silicones

My Thoughts: This is a great light leave in conditioner. I am usually not a fan of the spray conditioners but this changed my mind. It was very light and moisturizing. My hair felt very soft and moisturized after use.

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Crème Brulee Curling Custard

Curls Curls Galore!!! What can be sweeter than defining your curls naturally? While also moisturizing your hair. This pineapple scented natural based custard helps to elongate and smooth your curls for that polished curly look you desire, without leaving your hair dry, greasy, sticky or crunchy. Great for all hair types.

Directions: Apply to freshly washed hair in or out the shower. Wash hair and shake dry, do not remove all water. Spray on Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner generously over hair. Apply custard row by row in a shingling method starting at the back and working to front. Rake fingers through each row to evenly distribute product. When finishing shake hair to remove excess. To dry simply let air dry or use diffuser.

Disclaimer: This product is intended to define and enhance your natural curl pattern. This product will NOT create curls that are not pre-existing.

Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Infused with essential oils and botanical blend, Humectant, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Natural

My Thoughts:

I used this for a twist and curl. It left my hair very soft! I had a soft hold as well. My hair was not as defined as I would have liked but it was super pretty!! 🙂

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Have you tried Alikay Naturals? If so which product and what were your thoughts?

Enjoy Your Weekend!!

xoxo Michelle