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!!

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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: EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo

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Happy Tuesday Naturalistas!!! So I had been on the prowl for a new shampoo. I was recently using cream of nature w argan oil shampoo. But I wanted to try something new, and I just LOVE EDENBODYWORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
JOJOBA MONOI Moisturizing Shampoo
JojOba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo is made from the purest botanical ingredients to naturally cleanse impurities and nourish your hair without the use of harsh detergents. Formulated to remove dirt and oil build-up, while replenishing the hair and scalp’s natural moisture balance.Nourishes and cleanses Increases hair strength Adds shine8 oz Key Ingredients: JOJOBA, MONOI DE TAHITI, VITAMIN E
 
From walmart.com 

EDEN BodyWorks provides all-natural hair and body care solutions that integrate wellness and beauty inspired by nature to restore and maintain the body’s original design. EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo is made from the purest botanical ingredients to naturally cleanse impurities and nourish your hair without the use of harsh detergents. The delicately scented formula removes dirt and oil build-up, while replenishing the hair and scalp’s natural moisture balance. EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo was made without sulfates and contains no mineral oils (petroleum), dyes or parabens and is cruelty free.

EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Moisturizing Shampoo:

  • Cleanses and nourishes
  • Paraben free
  • Sulfate free
  • No mineral oils or dyes
  • Cruelty free

My Thoughts:

Ok…. I used to use the Cream of Nature with Argan Oil shampoo. That was my go to but .. *cues music* “would you believe me if I said I was in love”. LOL!! Yes hunty this shampoo is the biz. First of all, you don’t need a lot at all!! All you need is a little dime sized portion for each section. It suds up nicely. It does not leave your hair with that stripped feeling at all!! I love the way it makes your hair feel afterwards.

I used it with my some of my favorite products (all of which I will do a review on) to do a twist out.

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The results plus my outfit for the wedding I went to LOL 🙂

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Have a great weekend Naturalistas!!! xoxo

Summer Summer Summertime!!!!!

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Hey ladies!!! Not sure how to care for your hair this summer or what styles to do??? Here a few tips and some cute styles you can rock this summer!! xoxo Michelle

**Credit: (http://www.ebony.com/photos/style/3-tips-for-fabulous-summer-natural-hair-883#axzz2XLDQUEmB)**
TIPS:

Wear protective hairstyles

Braids, twists and wash-and-go styles are amazing for the summer. If you’re going on vacation or just simply too busy to give your natural hair the attention it needs, these styles give you a bit of breathing room. The long Poetic Justice braids and Senegalese twists have become really popular, and there are so many ways to style them. Recently, naturalista Solange Knowles was spotted performing at The Roots picnic in Philly with really cute, large two-strand twists. Don’t be afraid to add some extensions to give you the extra length and fullness.

Add some color to your hair

Be daring and add an eccentric subtle blue hue or even a fiery hot red to your natural hair. If you’re not sure you can go that bright, opt to lighten your natural color a few shades. (For a good coloring system for natural hair, refer to our SheaMoisture New Hair Coloring System post). Remember that whatever shade you choose to color your hair, the sun will naturally lighten. Investing in a good shampoo and conditioner is vital when caring for your hair post-color. Invest in good moisturizers rich in nutrients so you don’t end the season with brittle, dry hair or even breakage. And remember to deep condition at least once a week.

Accessorize those tresses

You never quite know how your hair will react to the level of humidity or the hot waves of the summer. Accessorizing the right way could really be your saving grace. Carrying a pretty printed scarf around in your purse could take your hair from big and wild to tamed and fashionable. (If you’re looking for amazing turban tutorials, refer to our list of vloggers for easy-to-do techniques). A cute straw fedora or big floppy sun hat could be a fashionable alternative for days when dealing with your hair is just too much. Picking a nice flower as a hair accessory is always a cute alternative to adding flavor to a humdrum hair day as well!

Remember: the limits to the naturalista summer are endless. Experiment, have a little fun and embrace your kinks and curls in the process! (Credit from: http://www.ebony.com/photos/style/3-tips-for-fabulous-summer-natural-hair-883#axzz2XLDQUEmB)

Looking for a cute summer do? Check out these cute summer styles

Rod Set on Natural Hair..Plus my PARTY Deets!!

Hello everyone!! Sorry I have been a little MIA I know LOL. I was preparing for my housewarming party and getting the house together. 🙂 whew now that’s over!!

So for my party I decided to try out something new that I have never tried myself before… a rod set!! Let me tell you that I will be doing this style more often… because I LOVE IT!!!

What I used:
– Shampoo : Cream of Nature with Argan Oil
– Deep Contditioner: EdenBodyworks All Natural Deep Conditioner (MY NEW FAV OMG!!!)
– EdenBodyworks Coconut Shea Leave in (LOVE IT)!!
– Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse to set
– White Perm Rods

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So I did the set on Friday Night and let it set all day until Saturday 🙂 Here is a pic before I took the rods out and one before I separated the curls!

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The Results after I separated hair:

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I was in LOVE with this style!!! I got soooo many complements!! (Even the question of … is that all your hair or a WIG! HA LOL)

Meanwhile at my housewarming party… WE HAD A BLLLLAAASSSTTT… Check out some pics!!

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My Curlfriends!!!

Charlie's Angels LOL!!

Charlie’s Angels LOL!!

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My outfit :) The hostess !!

My outfit 🙂 The hostess !!

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The Boo and I 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful day!1 xoxo Michelle