Friday, July 31, 2009

Olivia Rose.... Glam Curls Profile

1. Briefly explain your hair routine.

1. A day before I wash my hair, I apply coconut oil.
2. Next day, I put my hair in loose braids.
3. Apply Aubrey`s Organics Shampoo to scalp & massage in.
4. Dilute Aubrey`s Organics Shampoo with warm water in a cup and pour it into the braids and squeeze the braids in a downwards motion.
5. Apply Aubrey`s Organics Conditioner on braids, leave on for 2 minutes.
6. Pour water water in a cup and pour it down each braid until the shampoo & conditioner is gone.
7. Un-braid (one section at a time) and detangle with a wide tooth comb.
8. Apply a thin coat of Le Kair Cholesterol Cream or Qhemet`s Biologics Alma & Olive Heavy Cream on each un-braided section then braid hair back up, continue with all sections.
9. Let hair air dry.
10. Finalize with a spray leave-in.

After I let my hair air dry. I'll usually style my hair the same day (using hair stylers like Miss Jessies, Oyin Handmade or Blended Beauty) in braids or twist n curlers; then in the morning I un-braid or un-twist and that's my style for the week. I wash my hair in braids to prevent further tangles and elongate (prevent shrinkage) my hair.

2. Have you ever regretted your decision to go natural? If so, why?

No, I do not regret going natural because I have never chemically processed my hair. I do regret not accepting my hair. I use to damage my hair with excessive heat and I use to always apply fake hair to my hair without giving my hair a break and some TLC, but I'm learning now and I'm proud of my hair.

3. What is the best thing about being natural?

It's who I am! I wouldn't change or ask someone else to alter their natural hair texture, so I don't believe anyone should tell black women or men to do that to theirs. I say that because in the media there is only one form of beauty, and it's daunting to have to see that everyday and sad that people believe in that. I love when people embrace who they are and show the world they aren't afraid to be who they were destined to be and that is why natural hair brings such power, strength and dignity. 

4. What 3 products can you not live without?

Just 3! Okay, Coconut oil, Aubrey's Organics Shampoo and Giovanni Direct Leave-In.

5. What 3 products would you never buy again?

Cantu Shea Butter leave in, Avalon Organics Shampoo and Burt's Bees Shampoo

6. What is your favorite hairstyle for your natural hair?

An up-do or braid out.

7. Who are your favorite curly/kinky celebs?

Erykah Badu, Laura Izibor and Tomiko Fraser

8. What makes your curls Glam Curls?

No one person has my exact hair!

To see more of Olivia Rose, click on the links below...

Fotki : http://public.fotki.com/precious-olivia/

Blog : http://www.xo-weekendluxury.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 2 .....YESSSS!!!

Season 2 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta airs tonight at 10pm on Bravo.  Will you be watching, I know I will.  Check out the preview below for a sneak peek.

Check your local listings for show schedules in your area.

Hot Dresses From TopShop

TopShop is an online retailer based out of the UK, offering funky style clothing at an affordable price.  Check some of their other pieces at TopShop.com.  Click the images below for more details.

I'm loving the Pink Rose Dress!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Q : Is it less frizz with braids than with twists? -Angel (Fotki)

A lot of ladies ask me why don't I do twists instead of the braids and my answer is always because of frizz.  With my hair, like your daughter's, after washing just one time the twists are done.  I keep my braids in for at least a month and in that month I can wash my hair as many times as I like.  Towards the end of the month there will be some fuzz at the top but, I'll just cover my head with a scarf for a little bit and it will lay it down.  And another thing when you twist hair it will never be as tightly woven as a braid would be.  Braids keep the hair more tied together.  Also after I wash my hair and while it's still dripping wet I apply an oil ( Olive oil, Jojoba, etc) all over my hair. The frizz is not completely eliminated but it helps a lot.
Hope this helps
KKQ

Monday, July 27, 2009

Color Me Red....

If your looking to add some spice to your decor or wardrobe than red is the color for you.  Wear red need a boost of energy, when you want to feel more confident or when you want seem more vibrant and alive.

About.com Says - Use the color red to grab attention and to get people to take action. Use red when you don't want to sink into the background. Use red to suggest speed combined with confidence and perhaps even a dash of danger. A little bit of red goes a long way. Small doses can often be more effective than large amounts of this strong color. Multiple shades of red and even pink or orange can combine for a cheerful palette.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Product Review: Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo & Moisture Balancing Conditioner

If you follow me on Twitter than you already know that I recently purchased a few things from Naturally Curly.com.  I told you guys I would do reviews on each product as I use them so here goes.  Before I get in to my opinions here's the company's description and ingredients list for each one....

Moisture Benefits Shampoo

This gentle cleansing shampoo contains peach extract, irish moss, ginseng and wheat protein — all of which moisturize and condition hair without weighing it down.  Moisture Benefits Shampoo soothes and replenishes, leaving your hair feeling healthy and refreshed.  Perfect for dry and/or color-treated hair.  This moisture-adjusting formulation selectively determines the proper level of moisture needed.  Excess moisture is simply dismissed in the lather during rinsing.  Also available in 10 oz., Litre and Gallon

Ingredients (Key Ingredients in Bold) : Prunis Persica (Peach) extract, Pimpenella anisum (Anise) fruit extract, Panax Ginseng root extract, Ginkgo Bilobika extract, cetraria islandica (Irish Moss) extract, saccharomyces cerevisiea (Brewer's Yeast) extract in purified water, sodium myreth solfate (coconut oil-derived). C14-16 olefin sulfonate (mineral-derived_, cocomidopropyl betaine (coconut oil-derived)hydrolyzed wheat protein, tocopherol acetate, Panthenol (provitamin), glycol distearate (fatty acid-derived), polyquaternium-10 (polysaccharide celulose, DMDM Hydantoin, methlyparaben (USP), propylparaben(UPS), benzophenone-4 (UV absorber), fragrance, D&C orange 4CI 15510

Moisture Balancing Conditioner

A balancing blend of natural olive oil and coconut, Moisture Balancing Conditioner moisturizes and protects your hair without weighing it down. Essential triglycerides add softness, shine and silkiness to your hair for effortless combing and minimized breakage.  As a one-minute rinse out, it boosts moisture levels with essential lipids and proteins.  As a leave-in lotion, it provides continuous moisturizing and suppleness to unusually dry hair. 
Available in 10 oz., Litre and 64 oz.

Ingredients (Key Ingredients in Bold) : Panax Ginseng root extract, cetraria islandia (Irish Moss) extract, saccharomyces cerevisiea (Brewer's Yeast) extract, Gingko Biloba extract, pimpinella anisum (Anise) fruit extract, prunis persica (Peach) extract in purified water, hexadecanol, stearakonium chloride, certimonium bromide, Squalane (olive oil lipid), Capric Caprillic Triglycerides (coconut fatty acids), Panthenol (pro-vitamin USP), Biotin (USP), imisazolidinyl urea, methylparaben (USP), fragrance

My Thoughts : Just watch the video below...Enjoy!

 

Solange Takes It All Off

While running some errands around town Solange Knowles showed off her new cut.  Previous to the cut she tweeted on twitter she was going through a "i wanna cut all my hair off & have a fade phase."  I've been reading comments on other blogs about her look and most of them are pretty negative.  Am I surprised .... No.  I just want people to understand that not every black girl/woman wants to have straight hair or a long weave.  Relaxing and getting weaves put in on a regular is very high maintenance and time consuming.  Anyhoo I like it.  While other chicks are scared to go all the way she just the heck with it.  And before you guys think that she's following everybody else, Solange actually did this look way back when she was pregnant with her son Daniel. 

And who told Mel B that it was cool to give her daughter, Angel Iris, a mohawk.  Thoughts anyone?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Today is the day I'll shave my head....HUH ???!!!???

Who wakes up in the morning and says to themselves, " Today is the day I'll shave my head "....HUH????!!!???  What's really going on with celebs these days.  When Cassie first debut her skull to the world it was shocking and different but, now everybody is doing it.  My question is Who Rocked It The Best? 

Rihanna

Cassie

Teyana Taylor

La La Vasquez

I'm sure there will be many more to follow....Thoughts ???!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

My Twist & Curl Review

Like most natural ladies I stalk Curly Nikki's blog constantly.  Her hair is gorgeous and the info gives is always on point.  I've been wanting to try her signature style, "The Twist & Curl", for some time now but wasn't to sure how it would turn out on my hair.  So after watching her video tutorial a couple more times I decided to give it a try. 

The first time I tried it I used Lustrasilk's Shea Butter Cholesterol Plus as a leave in, La Bella Styling Gel and Unrefined Shea Butter to seal the ends.  The results were okay and my hair felt very soft but, the Lustrasilk was lacking in the slip department.  The style lasted for 3 days without re-twisting.  The next time I tried it I decided to mix up my own leave in using water, a few drops of evoo, a couple squirts of Suave Sleek Conditioner and Organics Roots Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner (sorry no actual measurements).  Placed it all in a spray bottle and gave it a good shake.  Then I proceeded to Twist & Curl (below is a step by step instructions on how I achieved the look).... 

1. Co-washed my hair

2. Applied Extra Virgin Olive Oil and divided it into 4 sections

3. Sprayed in my leave in and a little bit of La Bella Styling Gel then begin 2 strand twisting the hair (I did 6 twists for each section, 24 twists all together)

4. On the ends of each twist I sealed with Unrefined Shea Butter

5. Then I began to roll the twists with 1/2 inch perm rods...I only had 12 at the time so I had to double mine up ...lol...Today I went ahead and purchased a second set of rods and some End Wraps for the next time I try this

6. Pinned the roots of each twists down with bobby pins and let air dry overnight.

7. In the morning the twists were taken down with some Coconut Oil and fluffed

My hair feels soft and has a lot more bounce than the last time.  Today is Day 2 and I'm pretty sure I'll make it to Day 3.  At night I apply a small amount of Unrefined Shea Butter and cover with a satin bonnet.  In the morning I just fluff and go.  I love it and The Twist & Curl will definitely be added to my regular styling routine.  If you still don't know who Curly Nikki is than shame on you....Just kidding...lol.  Please check out her blog @ http://www.curlynikki.com/ , you will not be disappointed!  Final results below ...

If you have tried this style let us know what products and techniques you used to achieve the look.  And remember that hairstyles vary from person to person and that's not ever a bad thing.  Take pride in YOUR hair.

Some of the products used...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Let The Sunshine In

Like the energy of a bright sunny day, yellow brings clarity and awareness.  The shade of yellow determines its effect: Yellow-green can mean deceit, and creates a disoriented feeling.  Orange-yellow imparts a sense of establishment.  Clean light yellow clears the mind, making it active and alert.  Yellow symbolizes wisdom.  Yellow means joy and happiness. People of high intellect favor yellow.  Yellow daffodils are a symbol of unrequited love.  Wear yellow to present a cheery, uplifting effect. Use it around your office to help keep a clear your mind, and improve memory and decision making.

Put some yellow in your life when you want:

  • clarity for decision-making
  • relief from burnout, panic, nervousness, exhaustion
  • sharper memory and concentration skills
  • protection from lethargy and depression during dull weather

 

Strength Building Deep Conditioner

Give some much needed strength to dull, weak tresses with this quick and easy at home recipe. 
Ingredients:

1 tablespoon virgin olive oil - softens the hair and with regular use can help with hair loss
2 tablespoons honey - shine and moisture
1 tablespoon buttermilk - provides soothing and nourishing emollients
1 tablespoon natural unbleached flour - thickener

Directions:

Blend all ingredients. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds until hot. Stir in one tablespoon of natural unbleached flour to make a paste. Apply the warm paste to wet hair and allow the conditioner to set for 20 minutes Wash as normal.

**I've never tried this before but when I do I'll do a video review of course.  Have you guys tried this before?? And if have a recipe that you what like to share just send me a private message...Thanks.


 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Not Your Basic Black & White

Add some sass to any dull oufit with some eye catching heels, a chic clutch and a flirty hair accesory. Fluff your fro and your good to go.

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