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Fab Friday: Afrosnaps

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Enjoy today’s lush afrosnap:

Afrosnaps Natural Hair styles afro inspiration

What’s in store for you this weekend? Tell me in the comments below!

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Still I Rise

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It’s been a little while, I know! No natural hair posts, no interaction (well not here at least), and no updates. It was a sore thumb in my blog’s history. Needless to say a whirlwind of stuff happened over the past few months. From blog mayhem, to life craziness, but through it all, I’m happy to say I stayed positive and hopeful, and definitely missed everyone!

Where do I even start? First let me apologize for being MIA. I truly couldn’t have fathom that something that affected one aspect of my blog would affect the entire site. I suffered a minor blog-related loss, and through that came the ifs, buts and maybes..That being, perhaps I should just quit blogging, or move on with life and call it a day on this whole blogging thing. To say I was happy about my blogging would be a lie. I often felt like I was just taking up internet space, but then I recounted the many countless lovelies that my blog helps, and it motivated me. While I might think that my writing sucks and no one really pays attention, someone out there does, so I must carry on!! I apologize for having left you hanging for such  a long time.

What’s new? Well as far as my hair, Ms. Sassy-Belle, she’s growing, and doing just fine. She’s in need of a trim and she’s ready to be tucked away for this cold weather.

I had a few postings lined up, and now that I am getting back into the swing of things..I’ll share them shortly. It’s good to see you again lovely! Know that, despite the trials of life, Jesus can take you through..He took me and is taking me through, and He’ll surely carry you too! :)

Share something you overcame in the comments below!

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Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Collection review

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Pantene Truly Naturals Review

Afroniquely You Review Pantene ProV Truly Natural CollectionYay! I saw a ton of people talking about this one and I really wanted to try the new Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Hair collection to see how it would work on my highly textured type 4 hair.

About the Products

Clarifying Shampoo

Price: $4.49
Purchase: at any drugstore nationwide
Ingredients (the first 7): Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Disterate, Laureth-4, Sodium Citrate
Product Claims: will gently cleanse the hair, remove build-up and oily residue leaving the hair shiny, clean and refreshed

Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

Price: $4.49
Purchase: at any drugstore nationwide
Ingredients (the first 7): Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethlamine, Glutamic Acid, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Fragrance
Product Claims: It cleanses, conditions, and removes tangles in one easy step without stripping the hair’s natural moisture.

Deep Conditioner

Price: $4.49
Purchase: at any drugstore nationwide
Ingredients (the first 7): Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol
Product Claims: It claims to moisturize and detangle natural hair, while leaving it shiny, soft and protected from damage

Curling Custard

Price: $5.95
Purchase: at any drugstore nationwide
Ingredients (the first 7): Water, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Carbomer, VA/Crotonates Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol
Product Claims: Defines curls and fights humidity for 24 hours, leaves curls touchably soft and manageable

The Shine Serum

Price: $5.95
Purchase: at any drugstore nationwide
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Ceteareth-20, Alcohol Denat
Product Claims: Will give 24 hour shine, while offering a lightweight frizz control for natural hair

My Feedback

Honestly I wasn’t expecting much from these products, let’s face it…when you go natural you start to ban any non-naturally formulated lines, and I just thought hey “another commercial brand trying to get at the natural group”. Plus as you can see from up above, the ingredients are far from natural! But as I always say, things just may surprise you. Here’s how I felt about the products after trying them out:

Shampoo

Needless to say I am not so surprised this did nothing for me, no bells no whistles, why? My hair seems to hate all things shampoo and this my friends is yet another one to that list.

Cowash Conditioner

I’ve been on the hunt really for a cowash conditioner, I’ve tried I believe two others so far and while they did fine, they aren’t anything I am too crazy about. This however was a winner! I applied, especially after the shampoo left my hair feeling crunchy and dry in one wash, and didn’t expect anything major. Boy was I surprised. My tangles were melting away, and I was able to actually detangle with it. Thus far a big LIKE IT in my book!

Deep Conditioner

This deep treatment is quite the funny one. It says to apply then rinse immediately, but that doesn’t work for my hair. So I left it to sit for about 30 mins. On application it went on smoothly, my hair felt great on contact. After rinsing my hair felt pretty nice, it wasn’t mega soft, but I could definitely feel some moisture. I still think if it had more natural ingredients it would be a winner.

Curling Custard

I was a little hesistant about this one, my track record with “curling cremes/gels/custards/souffles” have been horrible. I can’t seem to win with those things usually, it’s bascially 50/50, win some, loose some. This custard had my hair feeling a little blah (more so dry) but the definition was pretty impressive.

Shine Serum

The shine serum really packs a punch in shine. Used it over my twists and they did glisten.

Overall I’d say this line is worth the try, especially for those on a budget, or those who want something easy to find locally. Of the products I tried, the Cowash is definitely on my “I’d get that again” list. Pantene gets a B+ for effort and affordability, it would be even better if it was less chemically enhanced and rather more natural. Other than that, I say it’s worth trying it out, if even once.

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Giveaway Time!

  • You are now entering to win one Pantene Pro-V Collection of the your choice (either Truly Relaxed or Truly Natural). MSRP of the prize is $20 for the Truly Relaxed Collection (4 products) and $25 for the Truly Natural Collection (5 products).
  • Deadline to enter is by  June 15, 2013
  • The winner must respond by June 17 with their shipping information + name + the collection you’d like in order to get their prize.
  • Please read all of the below before entering

To Enter: Simply leave me a comment below telling me if you’ve ever tried this line, or would like to try it and which product in particular strikes your fancy (I’m just curious).  Please make sure you enter your correct email address in the comment form so I can reach you if you’ve won. Again the giveaway will run from today June 10 till June 15!! The winner will be chosen randomly. Only ONE entry per person please.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Have you tried this product line before? Would you try it? Yay or Nay? Tell me in the comments below!

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TBCH May 2013 Final

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yes we conquered May boo!

I know you’re excited, and I know you know I am too. We got one month left of this Spring Natural Hair Challenge and I can’t wait. My hair is growing on a steady pace, and while the winter would have had my hair to stay stunted, this Spring weather is doing it!..in the right way though – causing growth or at least better wash day scenarios.

Let’s Check In

  • 1. Over the course of the last month what one technique have you tried that might become a staple?

  • 2. What’s new in your product pantry?

  • 3. Tried a new exercise or food lately? Tell us about it

  • 4. June’s right around the corner, what’s your plan of hair care action?

  • 5. Ready for the giveaway coming up next week??????


Shae’s Remarks

1. I haven’t really tried any new techniques but so far a staple is to be gentle and not be in my hair every 2 seconds

2. New to my pantry, or better yet, back again is the Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner – 1 word – HEAVEN! in a bottle!!

3. New to the  exercise regime (which I greatly need to improve, I’m no execise buff ya’ll) is my attempt to do the BalletBeautiful regime. It looks great, and considering I’m slim and loved ballet as a kid, this should be fun. Will update you all once I purchase it and have been following it. No new foods recently.

4. June’s plan of hair care action: keep it simple, protective styles galore, maintain moisture, and rotate protein and moisture treatments ;)

5. Well of-course I am ready to serve ya’ll with a nice giveaway! woot woot!!

Now you go check in below in the comments, I want to hear from you {pretty please, with cherries and coconut shreds and macadamias on top?}

Natural Hair is pretty simple to maintain: be consistent and patient it always pays off!

Quick Weekend Style

Okay lovelies, enjoy your weekend and I look forward to seeing you across the web and of-course right here on the blog next week!

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TBCH May check in #1

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Hey lovely challengers!! It’s time for our first May 2013 check in :)

Let’s Check In!

Seeing we just began May, and the weather is beginning to clear up, we ought to start doing some more protective styles. I plan to do some Havana Twists

1. What are some protective styles you’ll be trying?

2. Any natural hair events you’ve been to lately? Or plan to attend?

3. What’s one hair/life confession you have that you can share?

My responses:

1. Havana Twists for sure!!!

2. Haven’t been to one in a while, but definitely looking forward to any that’s upcoming in the NYC area that I can attend.

3. Hair confession – I used to always hate how thick my hair was as a child, but now I definitely love it…because chile! these styles I like definitely require some thickness.

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fab fridays: 05/06-05/10

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Hey there lovely! Happy Friday! I’m so excited we have made it through to the end of another week! This week was a bit of everything for me: crazy, good, stressful..but overall I am very happy to have made it through by God’s grace.

I wanted to share some of the latest posts on the blog, some coupons/sales I found and just some good reading/watching that I think you might like. Let’s jump right into it.

AfroFreshNews

This week I was really trying to debunk some hair issues in our natural hair community. Some of these issues can be easily resolved, while others might take some effort:

Goodies from across the blog that you just might want to check out:

  • It’s Spring, treat yourself to some self-made/did Havana Twists

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Don’t you just love a good sale? Well here are a few I found:

*Eden’s Heart*

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Eden’s Heart Mother’s Day Sale

*Soultanicals*

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*Hydratherma Naturals*

Use the coupon code “GL12” today Friday (5/10/13) by @11:59pm EST for 15% OFF of the Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion 12 oz. Only while supplies last. www.HealthyHairJourney.com

*Koils by Nature*

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Get FREE SHIPPING on All Orders $30 or more

Or you can get FREE Shipping for the ENTIRE month of May! Enter Code: MothersDay2013 – only applies to domestic orders in the USA.

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I’m pretty excited about what’s ahead. Here’s a snippet:

Interview+feature with IamNaturallyCurious

Feature on DanieandtheBloom

Informative interview with GreenBeautyChannel

more hair tutorials bridal hair deuxs + formal looks

crafts and art stuff

and a whole lot more!

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Grow those edges!

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Hey loves! Hope you’re enjoying this lovely day. If you’re anything like me, sometimes you get worried about your natural hair growth and especially those nape and edges! It’s no easy task keeping them in check, but if we want long lush flowing hair, we gotta make sure our edges are right.

Today I bring to you some of the best sources on regrowing your edges. In addition to my TBCH Challenge, I am going to dedicate some sincere love and time to just my edges and nape. I highly despise feeling knotted napes and seeing broken hairlines…mine isn’t there at that stage, thank God, but better is prevention than cure right? Well here are a few tips and resources to help you if you are also interested in growing your nape and hairline areas long and strong with simple and effective hair tips.

Repair the thin edges

As you can see, KinkyStyles1980 shows us a way she uses to grow in her edges. It might be frowned upon to leave your edges out while doing a protective style due to the popular Black Culture aesthetics, but, if it actually helps (and it does), then why not? Less tension and pulling on the edges will always yield good results.

Grow your nape area long!

You can see that by using a consistent regimen, not only have her edges grown in tremendously, but also her nape area, aka the dreaded kitchen area.

Each of us can have longer, stronger and less prone to breakage hair if we care for it, love it, and do right by it-protect it and be diligent with our habits (good ones that is).

Here’s another video, this one is by Jenell, as she shares what she does to regrow her edges that were beginning to thin/break/shed.

Save the kitchen!

Overall, if you want to see a vast improvement in your nape area and your hairline, you will need to be very very gentle with it and give those areas some real attention and care.

So tell me loves:

How are you growing your edges and nape?

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Natural Hair Deep Conditioning+Protein treatments

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Don’t you just love a yummy deep conditioning treatment for your natural hair? I know I do, but what if we’ve been deceived into thinking a deep treatment is something it isn’t? Well, today I am looking at a REAL protein treatment, what it takes to make one really effective, why and how, and as well a moisturizing deep treatment and how to avoid hydral fatigue (hair soaking in and loosing too much water).

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This post is geared at showing you the ins and outs of doing these properly. Nikky of GreenBeautyChannel brings facts and information in an easy to understand way. I have learned tons from these two videos alone, and am sure you will too!

The Videos

Here’s a great look on doing a protein treatment and ensuring that we are using ingredients that will actually penetrate our hair shaft and not just sit on top.

A REAL Protein Treatment

Next up it’s deep conditioning, the right way! Too often we let conditioners, especially horrible ingredient-ridden conditioners sit on our hair for far too long. In this video, Nikky goes over how to do a proper deep treatment

Deep Conditioning

Your hair needs love+gentle attention at all times, so give it some.

Okay lovelies, have you learned any bits of hair-wisdom today?

Be sure to share with me below how you’re deep treating and if you’ve ever done a real protein treatment before.

P.s. guess who will be on the blog soon??? YES! SCREAMING- Nikky herself as done a wonderful interview with me and it will be on this blog this month..get ready get ready. Better yet, we are giving you all the chance to send in questions/concerns you may want to see answered in our follow up interview, so be sure to tell me below in the comments as well.

Here’s a sneak peek video of the interview:

GB Interview Preview

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may blog hop

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Hey there lovely! Ever felt like sometimes you have so much to say, but don’t know just how to say it? I’ve been feeling that way for some time now, but have tons to say and anticipated being able to accurately express what I want to relate but also with quality and worth to you all.

Then it happened, I stumbled across this May Blog Challenge via the Blog Designer Network blog, and I was hooked! Basically they want us as bloggers to dedicate ourselves to quality and not quantity (which I have always been about quality and good resources for you). I couldn’t be more happy that those were the basis for the challenge. As well, this will help me get back into the swing of things. As most of you know, the blog kept having to go “in maintenance” thanks to issues in the backend with the wordpress and theme issues. Now thankfully that all that is sorted out, I can focus on what matters most: you guys! and the content I can provide. This Blog Challenge is only focused on the month of May, however for me, I plan to push it onwards, since the principles it upholds are pretty much what I’ve have in mind for my blog all along :)

Blogging-Challenge

The Challenge Stats:

*Post at least 3 times a week (I choose Mon, Wed and Fri), with the hopes of getting back into daily posting Mon-Fri

*Must stay organized and already have planned posts – no biggie, this is how I roll!

Overall, I am looking forward to this. Are you joining in?

 

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fab fridays recap: 04/29-05/03

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Don’t you just love Fridays? The work week ends, the stressors are off, and it’s time to just relax! It’s been a minute since I’ve done a weekend reads/recap posting, but I figure it’s time to bring it back!! I’m breaking it down by sections too in an effort to not have all the information scattered about.

AfroFreshNews

Though I might have been slacking on posting to the blog lately, and I do apologize, I have finally mustered the boost to serve to you what you’ve been waiting for: great content that’s worth your time! I’ve linked a few excellent reads here on the blog, that you just don’t want to miss.

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Coming soon to the blog will be more natural hair features, more sales and giveaways, some tips and tricks, exclusive interviews, link loves to my other favorite reads across the webs and much more. Stay tuned for Monday!

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TBCH April final check-in

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Yay!! We made it through the month of April on our Spring Natural Hair TBCH challenge!!!! Hip hip hooray!!! Today marks our mandatory April check-in and this also means we only have two more months on the challenge. Exciting!

Let’s Do this!

Check-In time

1. Do you have a regimen down-pat? Why do or why don’t you like it?

2. Are you a product snob? check the labels and ingredients? What stands out most for you?

3. Ready to take on May for the challenge?

4. Who are some of your favorite stores online to purchase your products?

Need a head start on a regimen? Check out this LuvNaturals 1-2-3 regimen. Easy to achieve

Alright lovelies!! Go ahead and check in below! I’ll be posting my photo soon as well. Have a great weekend dolls, and be sure to relax!

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luvnaturals wash day routine

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luv naturals regimen

Yes, that’s right. Ultra fabulous KimmayTube has completed her natural hair care series via LuvNaturals hair care line {her own brand in case you weren’t aware}. I’ve been patiently waiting for the final video, and she recently published it. I think this regimen will be a great one for those who need a stater.

Often I get questions on hair care regimens, the basics, tips and advice on how to do a successful wash day. I personally think her four part series just about covers it pretty well. Check out the parts below.

First Step: Detangle

The first step in the LuvNaturals regimen is to detangle. This saves us from much wear and tear and excess shedding and tangles while washing the hair. Kim recommends finger detangling, so skip the combs and brushes!

Second Step: Wash

The second step in the LuvNaturals regimen is to wash your hair. Because we’ve already detangled this step will be much easier. Also you don’t waste water, since we won’t be hopping in and out of the shower ;)

Third Step: Condition & or Deep Treat

The third step in the LuvNaturals regimen is to condition the hair. No wash day is complete without this step. Whether it’s a quick conditioning rinse or a deep treatment, never skimp on this step. Kim goes over quick rinse conditioning, deep treating and co-washing.

Fourth Step: Leave-in

The last step in the LuvNaturals regimen is to moisturize and apply your leave-in, seal it and style! Even if you prefer a two step process (apply a moisturizer and then a cream or oil), this video will be very helpful to you.

Overall, I am very happy to see these series completed. Hopefully it will help you along your hair journey to at least get started with your own regimen or hair journey.

Well what do you think? Worth trying this regimen?? Tell me in the comments below!

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this+that {afro n’ art}

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Hello lovelies! It’s so wonderful to see Spring on the brink of blooming. I know my natural hair is just waiting for great weather, so it can act right and do better. Winter might be great for other things, but it’s not so great for my hair. Anyways, I recently came up with a new series I plan to do on the blog: this+that, which is basically geared at pairing art/scenery/something miscellaneous with an inspiring image of natural hair! It should be fun. Here’s my first go at it.

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sisal rope art  |  lovely locked hair art

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tbch challenge – April 26 check in

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From crazy natural hair drama, to unexpected protective styling, I hope your week has been a good one. I made it through on a whim, having boycotted a co-wash and treat numerous times thanks to things coming up or going past time. But it’s time for yet another TBCH Challenge check in, and I am more than ready to wrap up this past week and get on into the next one.

{As you may notice below today’s post is private and therefore only the challengers can access it (remember the login information was sent to you in the email)}

Now let’s check in!

We are almost at the end of yet another month of the challenge! Whoo!! Now let’s get into some questions:

  • Have you been using the castor oil at all? And how are you liking it?
  • On wash days what have you found to be your biggest struggle and what’s the easiest task to accomplish?
  • What Spring fashions are you liking right now?
  • Anything new you’d like to share with us all?

Alright lovelies! Enjoy the rest of the this weekend and we’ll see you all next week for our final April check-in! :)

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natural kid: Mijoi

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Hello lovelies! Happy Tuesday. Hope your natural hair tresses are doing well. Today we have the pleasure of meeting 5 year old Mijoi, a little naturalista with a ton of hair. Hope you enjoy learning how her mommy cares for her hair.

Please introduce yourself to us: Hello everyone I am Quiana Brown. I am a mother of 3. Kayvone is 15, Kayshawn is 12 and Mijoi is 5. They are my heart and my life. I love to bake. I’m actually starting a business and I am looking forward to it growing. And my cakes are amazing.

Please introduce the lovely Mijoi to us: Mijoi Nevaeh is my chocolate princess. She is your typical girly girl lol. She loves manicures , playing dress up and when my sister Janee makes her ice cream Sundays. Kind of spoiled I guess but she is my only girl (shrugs shoulder)

How and why did you decide to go natural yourself?: I think a little less than eleven years ago I decided to go natural. I had my first perm when I was 13 going to high school. And I was so excited cause I thought everyone was supposed to have one. But after getting burned every time I got a touch up and not being able to keep my hair straight I gave up. Forget that I’m a quitter. At the time it wasn’t about being “natural” or making a statement. It was more about my sanity because I would get so frustrated. So one day I twisted my hair up and left it hoping that it would loc. It took over a year for it to loc and I fell in love. My hair finally became a part of me. After seven years and a lot of stress I cut my hair. In order for me to give you a full answer on why I would have to write a book lol. I permed it and had a short do , terrible I know. But it didn’t last long. I never even got a touch up. I went right back to growing it out. I’m in the process of growing my locs back now. And I’m falling in love all over again.

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What causes you to keep Mijoi natural? Now that I have Mijoi I am trying to lead by example. To perm your hair is a personal choice and to each is own. But I want her to just be happy and feel beautiful with who she is. Not what people think she should be. I know how much getting perms bothered me and that I got sick of picking scabs out my scalp. I don’t want that for her. I see these little girls with bald edges and full heads of weave going to elementary scare and it bothers me. What about your beautiful baby would make you look at them and decide that a perm would make them perfect. I couldn’t imagine making her feel that pain I felt from those chemicals.

What is little Mijoi’s current regimen, and how do you get her hair to grow and grow? I must admit I had no idea what a regimen was until I started watching YouTube videos last year lol. I basically do like my mom did with me and my four sisters. It worked fine for us.  Wash and condition twice a month. Keep her scalp oiled.  Either keep it braided in cornrows  or big two strand twists. Mijoi refuses to wear her hair out. She will flip out lol. As far as her length I don’t do anything special. My mom and my sisters all grow long  thick hair so I guess it’s in her DNA. A lot of people ask me how I get her hair to grow like that. I’m not natural nor did I decide to keep her natural for length. On a scale of 1 to 10 in the natural hair scheme of things long hair is a 1. You should just want healthy hair. Everything will fall into place in due time.

I saw you mentioned via a tweet that a lot of folks ask you to straighten Mijoi’s hair, or if she is mixed, debunk that: The only thing that this little girl is mixed with is Princess/Diva lol. She wants what she wants and doesn’t except anything less. But her biological father is black. Dark skinned at that. It can get frustrating because people don’t give black women enough credit. Why do we have to be mixed or did something special for our hair to grow. Also I tell people who don’t know me about my oldest son. His hair was almost as long as Mijoi it just wasn’t as thick. His was way softer and curlier. People would ask me if he was a girl, with his jeans and timbs on along with his fitted.

What about you as a mommy? How do you maintain your own head of hair, and a busy lifestyle? Currently my hair is in very small braids so that it can loc up. It’s been that way since September of 2012. Sadly I don’t do much , I just keep it clean. Oil my scalp and 85% of the time I wear head wraps. I love love how they look on me. I may pin my hair up or to the side if I don’t feel like wrapping it up. Since Mijoi hair is Ike a whole other person my hair don’t get done often. I’m sure once my locs get more mature I will start doing more like I used to. I’m happy with my hair though. I love what it represents.

What are some of the tips and tricks that have helped your and Mijoi along the journey? Just in the last year or so I have been learning about natural products and what they do for you. So I just try and keep it very simple. You have to start combing from the ends and make sure it’s damp. A leave in conditioner is heaven sent lol. Makes things so much easier. We stay away from heat also.

How important do you think diet and exercise is to healthy hair growth? And have you used or not used anything of the sort? I’m sure how you eat and your health can play a major part in your hairs health. When I was younger none of that ever crossed my mind like most. But now that I’m 34 I take everything into consideration. I’m just getting into working out and eating healthier. Not for my hair though I had my gallbladder removed and it scared the heck out of me. I don’t ever want to be sick like that again. If my hair happens to grow longer in the process I guess that’s a bonus. So far the only thing that made my hair grow like weeds was being pregnant with Mijoi lol.

So what makes you naturally fly and fabulous? I think what makes me and my princess naturally fly and fabulous is that we look like us. We are proud of our kinks and aren’t willing to change for anyone. Our Black is beyond beautiful it’s astonishing.

What’s in your hair product arsenal? I’m far from a product junkie. Like Kevin Hart said , see I have a checking and a savings lol. I don’t have money to spend on all that fancy stuff. I always used children’s products in her hair. It wasn’t until she was turning five that I stopped using Johnson and Johnson for curly hair. It was working and I was satisfied. For myself I would use Pantene for natural hair or what ever I would find on sale. For my locs though I used the whole Jamaica Lime line. Love that stuff. Now I make coconut milk shampoo with a recipe I found on Pinterest. It cleans and conditions perfectly. I use coconut oil ( my favorite thing on earth) on our scalp. I buy Trader Joes brand , very affordable. I don’t blow dry her hair unless its very cold in our house. I just put in in big two strand twist and let it dry over night. If I don’t have coconut oil , I’m grabbing the Extra Virgin Olive Oil out the kitchen. I always have that on hand. Lately I find my self focusing more on trying to make our hair products. They work and again it’s affordable. I think everyone should try it.

Have a favorite hairstyle for Mijoi? Share it with us: I love when her hair is in two strand twist because you can style them and it looks so pretty. Corn rows going back are great to because she can fit all her hats. And she loves hats. Once in a while I will give her ponytails with big bobos. So girly and cute.

How do we keep up with you online? I don’t have many pages.

And lastly what’s one thing you look forward to in 2013? I’m looking forward to my hair maturing and growing, keeping Mijoi hair healthy and making sure she stays confident. Also building my business and spreading the word about my amazing cakes. And as usual just being with my family. They are my everything.

Alright lovelies, I hope you enjoyed this wonderful feature on Mijoi and her mommy. If you’d like to also be featured be sure to check the Be Featured page, or send me a link to a photo on your instagram/facebook/twitter -no private pages please or I will not be able to see it. Till next time, take care lovelies!

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Spring TBCH 13- Our first check in!

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Happy Friday Lovelies!! Today marks or first check in!! Are you ready to grow your natural hair healthy and strong? I know I am ready. My hair is growing in nicely since my second big chop, but I could totally use a overhaul on caring for it and such.

For today’s check in it’s simple, share with me in the comments below:

  • Your biggest fear when it comes to your hair journey
  • Something that happened this week
  • Something healthy you’d like to eat or try

Remember this challenge is not only about hair care, it’s about connecting with others and being healthy overall. :) Be sure to chime in below!

Have a great weekend and see ya next week. P.s. your digital goodies are baking and should be done shortly..Aiming to send for Monday.

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Spring 2013 TBCH Challenge

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Yes!! It’s official. Spring is here, and our Natural Hair TBCH Challenge has begun! Are you excited? I know I am. From today (Tuesday) right up until this first Friday, all I want for us to focus on for the challenge is, getting everything we might need ready. So if you haven’t yet grabbed your castor oil, or got yourself a good conditioner, a good leave in, some tools like a good wide tooth comb, a silk/satin scarf or pillowcase..Get them now! This Friday an official Welcome Email with some digital goodies inside will be sent your way.

Thank You!!!

Thanks soooooooo much for joining this Spring 2013 Edition of the TBCH Challenge. Whether this is your first challenge {YAYYYYY You did it!! welcome!} or whether you’ve been hanging with me from before {hola fellow tribe member!!}, I truly appreciate you taking the time to join this challenge and look forward to you sharing and learning and growing with me over the course of the next three months. The aim is to focus on overall health and not just hair. Are you ready to grow and get healthy? I know I am.

So tell me  in the comments below…

What you’re most looking forward to this edition of the challenge? Or any plans you’ll take while under the challenge? Add please also add some starting point photos so we can see your before pic.

~~~~For me, Sassy-Belle will be under a protective style for the course of one month. I plan to really go in on using castor oil. I also want to really document what I do with the protective style, and how I maintain my hair underneath it all. I admit, sometimes I lag a bit on doing videos and posts, but a great thing about this challenge is it helps motivate me to share {even when I think I don’t have much to share}.

So ladies and gents, are you ready for this Spring Challenge? I’m also trying to line up some awesome giveaways too. :) Don’t forget to comment below.

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tbch winter 2013 final check in

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Happy Friday Lovelies!! Hope your natural hair has thrived these past three months. I am soooooo excited that we’ve made it to the end of a 3 month gap! That’s insane. Can you believe we already are gearing up for April? The year just began.

Anyhoo, I am so pleased to have stayed fixed to the challenge for the most part, and I know based on all the feedback I got from you lovely ladies, you enjoyed it too. Please be sure to check in below with your pictures and answers to the following:

CHECK IN

  1. Are you happy with your progress?
  2. Can you see a definite progress in your hair health? hair length? and overall journey since being on this challenge?
  3. What are your next goals for your hair?
  4. Any setbacks you faced? How do you plan to move forward?
  5. Will you be on our Spring 2013 Challenge? –{Sign up for the SPRING 2013 TBCH CHALLENGE HERE}

Thank you all so much for joining me this past challenge, I look forward to the next round and even better system and stuff to share. :)

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TBCH Check-in March 22

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Hey lovelies! Happy Happy Friday! Did you miss check-ins? Well here’s another great one for ya. Thanks for sticking it through the challenge. We are nearing the end of this edition..and getting ready for the Spring Edition which you can Sign Up for over here.

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tbch winter 2013 challenger Shantelle

Check in Time!

  1. What’s your favorite method and tools for detangling your hair?
  2. Have you ever experienced any negativity about being natural? How did you move forward?
  3. How is your TBCH challenge going this March month?

Challenge Feedback

  • How are you liking this challenge?
  • What do you like or dislike about the TBCH Challenge thus far?
  • Any suggestions or tips you have for the challenge?
  • What would you like to see implemented in the challenge moving forward?

Thanks for your time and insight, and thanks for sticking out the TBCH Winter 2013 challenge with me! :) I appreciate it! Hope your hair is growing strong and beautiful and I hope your every day is brighter and lovelier each day.

Like to Tweet? On Instagram? Yes? Use the hashtag #TBCHChallenge to share your updates and join the convo.

I’m on also as: @Afroniquely (twitter) Afroniquely (IG)

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perfect hair with moisture and protein balance

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Hey lovelies, so you’ve figured out how to style your natural hair. But how do you maintain this balance between the Moisture and Protein?

Audrey Sivasothy the author of The Science of Black Hair Care has written in depth about it, but today she’s showing in visual format just what she’s been preaching for years. This video below was an excellent watch and is definitely beneficial for those who just aren’t sure how to get that balance just right.

A key point to note, the balance isn’t 50/50 but instead about 80/20, where moisture is 80 and the protein is 20. Confused as to why? Watch here to get the scoop:

Grab your copy of the ebook!

So how’s your journey been? Finding balance for your hair?

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Spring 2013-TBCH Sign-up {OPEN}

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TBCH Challenge Spring 2013 | Afroniquely You

Hello my natural hair lovelies! It’s that time again for yet another sign up for the Take Better Care of My Hair Challenge, or the TBCH Challenge for short!(search #TBCHChallenge on instagram and twitter)

Who is it for?

This challenge is good for relaxed hair, transitioning hair and locs also! There are four editions to the challenge. Fellow challengers and I are wrapping up the Winter 2013 edition, and are aiming for the Spring (April to June 2013) edition (this one you’ll currently sign up for!), Summer (July to September 2013) and Fall (October to December 2013).

N.B: If you were previously on the challenge, or if you are new here, welcome! This is the form you must fill out to be considered registered on the challenge. Please kindly read through this post in it’s entirety for the rules, the guidelines and what I will need from you as a participant.

Challenge Information

Challenge begins: April 1, 2013 – July 1, 2013.

Purpose of the Challenge:

To take better care of the hair that grows from our scalps. Whether it be to love it more, treat it better, gather more skills and techniques that causes less damage, this challenge will push us to give our hair what it needs. We can’t expect long (or even short) beautiful and healthy hair, without putting in some work, and being diligent about it. The TBCH Challenge is just that, the guide to get us where we want to, with our hair. Also, this challenge fosters community by allowing us to meet people across the globe interested in growing and learning, and also sharing tips and insights.

Goals:

Our primary goal in this challenge is healthy hair! While length is great, that’s the bonus! The whole purpose of taking care of our hair is to minimize the damages we often see to it, such as split ends, breakage, shedding, dry and brittle hair and etc. I want everyone being pro-active about this challenge, so you’ll need to document your progress by checking in on the listed check-in dates (There are also Mandatory check-in dates which must be met), share pictures or videos if you so choose and tag me to them (use tags #TBCHChallenge #TBCHChallenger #afroniquelyU #texturedgirl @afroniquely on Instagram and Twitter) so I can see/watch and share in your progress.  I’m being serious about taking real good care of my hair not only externally but internally too by eating better and exercising. Those who have chosen to join in will also be held to the same degree, no slacking off!! Let’s be serious about this.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Please be sure to read through the rules, and all the information below a few times so you are sure you’re ready to do this challenge. All entry questions and signup form must be filled and completed before you will considered Registered for this challenge (and eligible for any challenge giveaways).

THE SPRING CHALLENGE WILL BEGIN ON Monday April 1, 2013 AND CONTINUE TILL jUly 1, 2013

Spring Edition Challenge rules:

  • Deep condition at least once per month!! no exceptions! you must wash at least once in the month and do a deep condition! (a suggestion is to use a conditioner that provides ample moisture, also make sure to keep check of your protein!! Deep condition a minimum of 30 minutes to get the best benefits) also take a look at how I deep condition for maximum results
  • Say yes to protective styling (i.e. twists, cornrows (not tightly done), plaits, braids (not tightly done and preferably not micros), puffs/buns – try to limit the puffs as this can damage your edges over time). Please not it is getting colder, and protective styling will be essential to retaining your growth. Also opt for wearing hats lined with a silk or satin scarf/bonnet inside of it, to help minimize breakage and damage due to the colder weather. If you wear wigs during the colder months, be sure to take extra care of your real hair underneath!
  • Dust the ends of your hair when it is needed and do NOT let the damage go on. (if you see a split or single strand knot? snip it off or spend time to remove it gently without causing damage!!)
  • Always keep hair moisturized by use of whatever moisturizer you have that works for your hair (you can follow the LOC method or moisture tips or see this post on sealing). There is also the LCO method (Liquid/Leave-in, Cream/Conditioner, Oil) method that may work for those of you who find the LOC method in effective. Keep a good check of protein (I recommend doing an avocado+mayo+olive oil and honey deep treatment at least once per month..it’s a great boost in protein).
  • If you have thinning edges or notice breakage in areas..take action, start caring for them and getting them back, using things like castor oil, peppermint oil, etc. Castor oil usage is highly recommended while on this challenge. Whether you have thinning edges or you just simply want to minimize breakage and soothe your scalp, grab a bottle of castor oil and implement using it.
  • Give your scalp a massage often!– 15 minutes a day is good {you can use olive/jojoba/grapeseed/almond oils or whichever works best for you}
  • Try to avoid the heat usage if you can…this is not mandatory but if possible please avoid the heat usage completely. Please note: there is ONLY 1 heat pass for each segment!! {a segment refers to a month}
  • Exercise, eat healthy and get some rest!– run, brisk walk for 30 minutes a day or exercise as you see fit, drink a lot of water and get adequate sleep!  – Healthy bodies on the inside will always result in great benefits on the outside!
  • Be patient and dedicate actual time to caring for your hair and your health!!
  • Laugh it up often- keep stress levels at bay by surrounding yourself in joy. You’ll be surprised how much more this affects.

Bonus on using Castor Oil: using castor oil– you can get even more added benefits by implementing castor oil in this challenge. Use it to grease/oil your scalp daily or at least three times a week, you’ll see improved scalp health, hair strands thicken, and less breakage and shedding, also it will help your hair remain shiny, and full of life and body! Castor oil is also great for locking in moisture. I’ll be using my castor oil 3 times per week for the length of the challenge. If you do not like pure castor oil on your hair or scalp, try mixing it with coconut oil or aloe vera juice.

TBCH Challenge Spring 2013 | Afroniquely You

ENTER THE CHALLENGE!!

Please be sure to complete the following steps. You must submit a comment below with your Starting Photo and response the to the pledge by Friday March 29th to enter the challenge!

Please Click the Following Link to be taken to the Registration Form!

>>Afroniquely You Spring 2013 TBCH Registration Form <<

{if you are signing up while on a phone, tablet or any other device besides a desktop computer please click here to sign-up}

Everyone MUST have completed the following below to be in the challenge:

  1. Must Subscribe to Challenge Mail list here (if you were on the previous challenge, please simply update your profile if you haven’t already)- please make sure you are on the mail list!!
  2. In the Comments section below please list the following:
    1. First and Last name,
    2. Email address you used to sign up for challenge mail. To avoid spam, you can input it as follows YourEmailName(at)address.com
    3. Nickname you’ll use in the challenge. If none just write your first name
    4. Attach a Starting point photo of your hair!! (preferably showing it’s length and current state, so you can compare at the end of the challenge).
    5. What you’re looking forward to in this challenge.

I ask for this in the comment section also, for added security should in case the signup form above fail us, I want to make sure each person is registered and accounted for! So please ensure you fill them both out. Thanks so much!

Also please:
  1. Join us on Facebook, be sure to write on the wall and give us a shout!
  2. If you enjoy Youtube be sure to join me there, I’ll be making videos for the challenge in addition to other tidbits on my channel (user: AfroQueenShae)
  3. Follow Afroniquely You on Instragram and Twitter: @afroniquely – hashtag with us #TBCHChallenge #TBCHChallenger #afroniquelyU #texturedgirl
  4. Have Tumblr? Be sure you’re connected http://afrosweetpics.tumblr.com Submit your photos and I will be sure to repost them!

REMEMBER YOU MUST COMPLETE THE SIGN UP FORM AND SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAIL LIST


MANDATORY CHECK IN DATES:

  • There are 3 main check in dates May 3, May 31, and July 1st!!!! – each of these dates MUST be met during the challenge.

Checking In

You can feel free to upload photos, a video reply or link to a document. You however must also check-in on the mandatory check-in post and respond to the questions within the post. Doing so will count you as good standing within the challenge. This allows each person to be held accountable for their goals and set forth plans. It also gives us a way to see who’s in and connect with each other. You are also required to sign up (via the ChallengeMail) to receive key tips and postings, plus challenge check in reminders.

I welcome all forms of reports. Be it videos, pictures (via tumblr/instagram/twitter/facebook), written journal. I just want you to keep track of what it is you’re doing and how it’s working, and of-course how your hair is transforming along the way. This will help you see your own progress and make adjustments as needed to suit your goals.

You can check in anytime challenge mail hits your inbox, but the 3 mandatory check ins are: May 3, May 31, and July 1st!!!!

Prizes and More!

As if the results alone of growing awesome hair, revamping your hair care routine and loving on your hair isn’t enough, I’ll be giving away prizes at the check-in dates, so you have something to look forward to for being diligent in the challenge. There will also be one grand prize winner which will be announced on March 31st 2012. To be eligible to win, you must check in at all check-in points and reply with the questions filled out, be on the mail list and be active in the challenge!

Be reminded the last day to sign up for this challenge is March 29, 2013!!!

FAQ FAQ FAQ

1) Can I participate in the challenge if I’m wearing a protective style? YES you surely can!

2) What if I don’t like deep conditioning? Can I still join? Yes you can, but we do ask that you deep condition as implied by the rules, your hair will thank you.

3) I’m not natural, can I still participate? YES, hopefully you’ll be urged to join us naturalistas afterwards!.

4) I have locs, can I participate? YES, all hair types and styles are welcome.

5) Can I participate in the challenge if I’m wearing a weave, extensions, twists, braids? YES, but make sure you are caring for your hair as outlined in the rules.

6) Must I have long hair to join? NO, all lengths are allowed.

7) Can I use heat? We strongly suggest against it, but if you must, we give 1/ONE heat pass per segment..no exceptions

How do we stay encouraged? Get tips? etc

I will be blogging here on AfroniquelyYou.com on as much information possible on natural hair care tips, ideas, styles, dos and dont’s and as well check ins on the progress. I’ll also do a weekly featured post on something beneficial to those in the challenge. As well yet again, the mail list for the challenge is going to be key in getting updates and information. So be sure to signup.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? PLEASE ASK THEM IN YOUR ENTRY COMMENT AND I/OR SOMEONE ELSE WILL REPLY TO YOU!!

PLEASE INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE TOO!!

If you’re on twitter or instagram, be sure to tweet/gram me @afroniquely and use hashtag #afroniquelyU or #texturedgirl #tbchchallenge #tbchchallenger


 Now let’s get on to Taking Better Care of My Hair!!

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