Natural Hair Highlights Using Maybelliene Eye Tattoo

HEYYYYY Y’all!!! I’m back!! Did ya miss me!! I sure hope you did!! The baby and I are doing well!!

So remember those Highlights I did like two weeks ago? (If you follow me on instagram) Well I did a video to show you how I got them! They were super cute!! Check out some of my pics!! Make sure you subscribe to my Youtube and also check me out on Instagram!!

 

xoxo

 

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Naturalista’s Business Corner NHDC – Natural Hair Don’t Care: Carsa

Natural Hair Dont Care!!

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Tell me a little bit about yourself and your company. Share some of your natural hair journey.
Where is your company based? My company is based out of Chicago, IL.
How did you come up with the concept for company? I started my apparel line 2 years ago. I was inspired by my daughter who was born that same year. I wanted her to grow up loving herself just the way she was created and I wanted to be her best example of embracing the “natural” me. So I came up with the idea to create an apparel line to celebrate my natural hair loud and proud. I designed this line for women that want to make a statement about their natural hair without saying a word. I also wanted to be sure not to alienate women who choose not to wear their hair in its natural state, but rather to celebrate those who do. My tees are created to express the pride I have in my hair-itage and the joy I feel in sharing that pride with others in our community. All of my items are designed with the fashionable girl in mind. I understand that natural girls are fashionable too.
The name Natural Hair Don’t Care Tees LLC derived from the term “long hair don’t care” which was coined by Lil Wayne, the rapper. Natural hair don’t care simply means to have the audacity to wear your hair in its natural state.
What distinguishes your company from other companies like yours, whether large retail-chain or small? My designs speak bold simplicity with a play on pop culture. They are clean, edgy, and thought provoking yet playful at the same time.
What is your favorite product that you can’t live without? I actually don’t have a favorite product. I consider myself to be somewhat of a lazy natural lol. Whenever I’m doing my hair, I reach for the first product I see in my cabinet. My hair loves coconut oil though!
What is your most popular selling product? The black/gold “All Natural Everything” tee is our best seller. It sells out so fast I can barely keep it in stock. The Signature t-shirt is also a customer fave.
Are there any new products or accessories on the horizon for your company? Yes, I’ll be adding new t-shirt designs, sweatshirts, and beanies to my line as part of the winter collection.

 

Are you or your products making any appearances at anymeetups, or natural hair events anytime soon? I just  exhibited my line at the 3rd Annual Holiday Beauty Bazaar on December 7th at Kroc Community Center from 12p-4p.
Any transitioning or natural hair advice you’d like to leave with the readers? 1. Be patient with your hair. 2. Enjoy EVERY step of your hair journey. 3. It’s okay to like or even admire someone else’s hair but be your own hair crush. 4. If you love [on] your hair, I promise it’ll love you back.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for someone wanting to start their own company? Be clear on why you want to start a business, do your research, create a simple business plan, determine/know your target customer, and network network network! Most importantly, do what you love and love what you do.
Where can we find you on social media? You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @NHDCTees for updates on the brand, sales announcements, and to view pictures of our featured customers. http://nhdctees.bigcartel.com/

The Naturalista Pregnancy Chronicles Vol1.

LOL… Hey guys! Ok I am trying my best. I have been struggling keeping up with work and home. Its been really stressful at my job, I havent had much me time to do anything. I just wanted to check in with you guys to see how you all are!

I am doing well, baby is doing well. I am 22 weeks 🙂 We are so very excited to be welcoming our little princess into the wold!! Oh.. and yeah I have been planning my wedding reception as well, and that is a job within itself right!!

But other than that, I have a protective style. My fav Marley Twists because a sista don’t feel like doing her hair at all!! LOL

I also attended an event close to my home at my alma mater Governors State University. The event was called the Mane Event and it hosted some of my other blogger friends on the panel to discuss hair. As well as many vendors and hair stylists in the south suburbs.

Some of my blogger boos Parisade, Meechy, and Donedo and Nicole :)

Some of my blogger boos Parisade, Meechy, and Donedo and Nicole 🙂

I will be doing a few reviews soon so stay tuned for that. If you would like a topic to be discussed. PLEASE don’t hesitate to email me 🙂 I don’t bite. I want to know what you all want to talk about! Thank you all for being who you are! I couldn’t do this blog without you. I really do appreciate each and every one of you!!

 

Check out some pics 😉

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My mommy and I 🙂

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xoxo

Michelle

Product Review: Pantene Truly Natural haircare line

Happy Monday Naturalistas!!

So I got a chance to try some of the products from the Pantene Truly Natural haircare line. Check out my review!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pantene through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pantene Truly Natural, all opinions are my own.

Pantene Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo

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– Description from Pantene: Pantene responds to your hair’s structure to help bring out the beauty that’s yours alone. Pantene’s Truly Natural Line is a line of products designed to help manage your natural hair. Pantene knows that your hair has a unique structure with distinctive twists & turns so hair can knot and be unmanageable. Pantene’s Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo deeply cleans, removing build-up and oily residue, leaving hair shiny, clean, and refreshed.

Directions: Massage into wet hair to create lather. Rinse & repeat if desired.

My Thoughts: My hair badly needed to be clarified. I felt that this shampoo got my hair very clean and did not leave it stripped. I had no buildup left after using the Clarifying Shampoo. I was very impressed!

Pantene Truly Natural Deep Conditioner

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Pantene’s oil-enriched Truly Natural Conditioner moisturizes and detangles natural hair. The Pro-V formula leaves hair soft, shiny, and protected from damage.

Directions: Massage into wet hair after shampooing. Start at tips and work toward roots. Rinse thoroughly. Gentle enough for color-treated hair.

My Thoughts: This deep conditioner was the bomb!! Ok… at first I didn’t think I would like it but let me tell you, I was able to degtangle my hair with no problems at all!!! I will definitely use this again!

Pantene Truly Natural Defining Curls Custard

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Pantene’s Shine Serum provides intense moisturization and a long-lasting brilliant shine.  It leaves your hair soft, smooth, and protected.

Description from Pantene: Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Defining Curls Custard works with your hair’s unique structure to define curls and control frizz up to 24 hours, even in humid weather. This styling custard leaves curls manageable and feeling soft.

Directions: Apply to wet or damp hair. Scrunch or twist through small sections from root to tip. Do not rinse out. Style as usual.

My Thoughts: I used the Pantene Truly Natural Defining Curls Custard to do a braid out on my hair. I liked this product, but I will say that I thought it would moisturize my hair a little. But it did not. I definitely did have a defined braid out though!! I had 3 day hair yall!!!!!! Check out the pictures below!!! I will definitely use this again! Maybe next time for a twistout!

Pantene Truly Natural Shine Serum with Argan Oil

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Description from Pantene: Pantene Truly Natural Shine Serum with Argan Oil is a daily serum that provides intense moisture and a long-lasting brilliant shine. It leaves your hair soft, smooth, and protected and ready for any natural ’do! Pantene’s Shine Serum provides intense moisturization and a long-lasting brilliant shine.  It leaves your hair soft, smooth, and protected.

Directions: Can be used over or under other Pantene products on wet or dry hair.  Apply 2-4 pumps to hands.  Scrunch or twist though curls. Use more or less as needed for your ideal style.  Do not rinse out.

My Thoughts: Pantene Truly Natural Shine Serum with Argan Oil is a great moisturizer!!! Pantene Truly Natural Shine Serum Left my hair feeling soft!!! Yes I will be using Pantene Truly Natural Shine Serum DAILY!!!! I applied the Pantene Truly Natural Shine serum to my hair after my braid out.

Check out the pics!! Let me know what you think!! Have you tried the Pantene Truly Natural Line?

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Naturalista Business Corner: Eboni of Ebonnets by EboniCurls

 Hey Naturalista’s sorry I have been MIA, long story I will explain soon :). Trying something new on the blog, business features!! Check out my interview with Eboni of Ebonnets!! xoxo

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Tell me a little bit about yourself and your company.

I am Eboni of Ebonnets by EboniCurls. I established my business two years ago on etsy and have relocated to http://ebonicurls.com

Share some of your natural hair journey.

I began transitioning to natural in 2010. I was noticing that I wasn’t retaining any length with relaxed hair and most ladies I saw with the longer, healthier hair that I desired were naturals.

Where is your company based?

I began my company while living in San Francisco, California. My company is now based in Clearwater, FL.

How did you come up with the concept for company?

I grew up sewing with different materials. While beginning my natural hair journey I noticed that the bonnets we get from the beauty supply store wasn’t the satin real material it made claim to be. Mostly some type on nylon. I began making the bonnets out of a higher quality Charmeuse satin.

What distinguishes your company from other companies like yours, whether large retail-chain or small?

All items I sell are handmade by me from my own original thought out patterns.

What is your favorite product that you can’t live without?

My favorite product that I make and sell are my satin scrunchies! It gets really hot here in Florida and I always have my hair pulled up into a ponytail or pineapple. I keep them in all prints and colors my purse, car, desk in my office, bathroom. I always have them in reach. They are also excellent for pineappling at night while you sleep to keep from laying on your curls and flattening your curls.

My favorite hair product that I couldn’t live without is Deep Conditioner. I could also use it to detangle, condition and style my hair.

What is your most popular selling product?

My most popular product is the Ebonnet. It is a satin bonnet that is double lined with two layers of satin. It comes with elastic and a satin drawstring. Most elastic looses its elasticity over time from pulling and tugging on it. The drawstring allows you to pull it tight to keep it from coming off while you’re sleeping.

Are there any new products or accessories on the horizon for your company?

I am always adding new prints patterns and designs. I am currently working on headbands. I have lots of ladies request headbands to workout in to absorb sweat.

Are you or your products making any appearances at anymeetups, or natural hair events anytime soon?

Yes. I’ve been invited to attend the MahoganyCurls meetup event in early December in Colorado. My products will also be featured in ESSENCE magazine.

Any transitioning or natural hair advice you’d like to leave with the readers?

While transitioning learn your hair. Wait until you are ready to becoming completely natural at your own timing. Do your own research. Don’t feel rushed. And remember its YOUR hair journey.

Where can we find you on social media?

Website: http://ebonicurls.com/
http://facebook.com/ebonicurls
Instagram & twitter: @ebonicurls

Naturalista Hair Tips 101: The Baggy Method

Have you heard of the baggy method or even tried it for yourself? Well let me tell you… You will want to give this method a try on your next wash day. Here are the details on the baggy method.

You can do the baggy method 2 ways:

1.  Full Head

2. Ponytail or ends only

The purpose of the baggy method is to promote hair growth by locking in moisture. When you baggy your ends, after moisturizing them, you will promote length retention. This is simply because your ends will be moisturized and not dry and prone to breakage and split ends. Those of you looking for a way to moisturize your dry hair may want to try this method.

So how to you actually do this method?

  • You will baggy on hair that has been washed and conditioned. You will then can apply your leave-in conditioner or add more moisturizer to your hair. Followed by a shower cap. You can secure your baggy with an elastic headband.

The second way:

Can be done on dry hair, You will first apply a moisturizer (or conditioner) to your hair, then put on your shower cap (or plastic bag), and then secure into place with an elastic headband.

You can baggy for how ever long you want. I only suggest 30 min to an hour( basically the same time as deep conditioning)

Check out these articles on the baggy method.

http://blackhair.about.com/od/basiccare/f/What-Is-The-Baggy-Method-For-Black-Hair.htm

http://www.kinkykurlysistas.com/hairspiration/item/386-the-baggy-method

Have a wonderful day everyone!!

xoxo

Michelle

Does Dying Your Hair Make You Less Natural?

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This has been a topic I have been hearing about a lot lately. The natural hair Nazis are always at it!! Criticizing others for not following their made up rules of being natural. They are saying that if you dye (color) your hair, that you are not considered natural anymore!? Excuse me but isn’t your hair “YOUR hair”? Why should you be concerned about what other ladies are doing to their hair? I have encountered from some friends that because they colored their hair some naturalista’s would stop following them on instagram and in return make negative posts about dying your hair and not being considered natural anymore. I would like to know where this rule book of being natural is located??? When you find it let me know, I’d like to take a look. 🙂

In my opinion being natural is not having a relaxer in your hair. In actuality when you dye your hair when natural it is healthier because you don’t have the harsh chemicals of relaxer. It is possible to have healthy colored natural hair.

I think that sometimes ladies get too caught up into all this natural, not natural stuff. I don’t think we should be worried about what other ladies are doing to their hair at all. Its their hair not yours. I love all hair natural, relaxed or whatever!! Just do you!!! Lets just come together as a natural hair community and support one another. That’s what its all about!! Have a great day ladies xoxo 🙂

What are your thoughts on dying natural hair. Does it make you less natural? Weigh in!!