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Sunday, December 11, 2011

~ HEY Y'ALL~.....



As Salaamu Alaykum and Hello all!:))))

I hope everyone one has been well since my last visit here @ AuNaturale.  I haven't been posting because...I don't have much to say.  Lately, I've been wearing my hair flat ironed, and I love it!. I had began to get bored with my hair so I decided to change it up a bit. I haven't brought any new products lately. Just, using my staples and products that are currently in my reach. 

So, what's new or old with you ladies hair....any changes?

Until next time..Thanks for stopping by Ladies...And remember to stay ...Naturally Fabulous!:)))

Take care :)))

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

~ PREMIRE FRAGRANCE INTERNATIONAL~...

As Salaamu Alyakum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuhu to my fellow sister's in Al-Islaam, And Hello to my non Muslim Friends,

I hope Everyone has been well since my last visit here @ AuNaturale.  I come to you today to share with you ladies a fabulous site to add to your list of favorite natural hair care sites.  My fellow sister in faith has a site in which carriers a plethora of natural items . You can find everything from oils, clothing, oil burners ( which are great, they really make the home smell lovely), along with Natural hair and skin products. Do yourselves a favor and click the link provided below...I'm sure you won't be disappointed:))) 

To check out these great products for yourselves simply click the link provided here
http://www.premierfragranceint.com/index.html

Thanks for stopping by Ladies, and remember to stay....Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE:)))

Sunday, November 13, 2011

~TEST FIND MORE FORMALDEHYDE IN MORE HAIR STRAIGHTENERS~



Hello there Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

I hope everyone has been well since my last visit here @ AuNaturale. Today I wanted to share an article I found on the dangers of hair straighters and formaldehyde. It is a must read...it gives more reasons to stay clear of hair straighters, if for nothing else ...health reasons.  I ask all who read's this  to spread the word, We must continue to first educate our selves on proper hair care, and from that we can then educate others. I will share a bit of what was said as well as providing the link to benefit further:

Tests Find Formaldehyde In More Hair Straighteners
by Jordan Calmes


A variety of hair-straightening products used in professional salons can expose both hairdressers and their customers to formaldehyde, an independent study finds. And the chemical can be really irritating, literally.

You might recall that the Food and Drug Administration's has been after the maker Brazilian Blowout, one such product, as Shots has reported. Basically, Brazilian Blowout has been promoted as an alternative to harsh hair straighteners containing, but the government thinks it contains enough formaldehyde that it needs to slap on a warning label.

Brazilian Blowout published a statement on its website earlier this fall, contesting the FDA analysis. "It is important to understand that this relates to the measure of potential formaldehyde released at a level that never occurs in a real world application," the company says.

So, an independent team took the debate directly to the hair salon. Their findings were published in November's issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.
ChemRisk, a consulting firm that specializes in health and environmental risk assessment, carried out the study, for which it received no external funding.
The results show that three professional hair-smoothing treatments labeled "formaldehyde free" can produce the cancer-causing chemical at concentrations above the occupational exposure limits set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

To read further click here    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/11/07/142107260/tests-find-formaldehyde-in-more-hair-straighteners?sc=17&f=1001

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD...IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS CONSIDERED THIS TREATMENT...AND EVEN IF YOU DON'T.

Thanks for stopping by ladies and remember to stay ...Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE :)))

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

~ THE CONDITION -WASH- CONDITION METHOD~....







Hey there Fabulous Fellow Naturals!


I hope every one is well :)).  I saw this post over at Naturally Curly. com. And Thought it was worth sharing, especially because I have used this method in the past and it wasn't bad.  Now that the colder season's are quickly approaching, some of us choose to rule out shampooing our hair during this time because the the dryness shampoo may cause.  Then there may be those Naturals who are strictly co-washers and wash 1x monthly ( like myself).  Then you have those who must shampoo there hair...no matter what.


Here is a bit of what was shared at Naturally Curly. As An addition to your shampoo. I must add that I have used this method in the past and I saw a difference. Oppose to " strictly shampoo". Here is what was said:


THE CONDITION-WASH-CONDITION METHOD


There are many ways to wash and condition your hair, but one method has recently gotten the curly hair community buzzing: the condition-wash-condition method.




This method is gaining popularity, putting it neck and neck with co-washing and many are wondering what it is exactly. There’s no right way to do it, only a right way for each person. Like everything in your curly hair routine, follow the steps below and then tweak the method until you get the best for you and your curls.


Does it Even Work?



For the curlies or the dry hair sufferers out there, the condition-wash-condition method is the perfect option to give hair a break. Many complained of co-washing because too much conditioner and not enough washing can cause dandruff, scalp itch, irritation and even breakouts.


If you’re one of those people who isn’t sure, or has already tried it, you might have not found the right way for you. Some people in hair forums discussed how they tried it months before and had not seen the difference. Those people tried it again, and found an amazing transformation. Products, duration of each step, and times per week all have to be considered in order to accommodate each individual.




TO READ FURTHER , PLEASE VISIT THE LINK HERE http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curly-hair-care-methods/condition-wash-condition?utm_source=nc_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20111101


If you are one of those Fabulous Naturals who have in fact tried this method, tell us what you thought.  Share your thoughts with us here @ AuNaturale.


Thanks for stopping by and remember to stay.......Naturally Fabulous!


TAKE CARE :))

Friday, October 28, 2011

~ 7 THINGS ABOUT ME ~...




Hello Ladies!

This morning I will be doing a "7 things about me" tag , passed on to me from the fabulous Tinuke over @ Coilybella http://www.coilybella.com/   What I must do is tell 7 things about myself  that you my fabulous readers may not know about me.

So here it goes:

1. I am a Muslim women. Who strives to please her lord, daily.  I cover my hair each and every time I leave my home with the hijab ( head covering). I was not born into the religion of Al-Islaam, in fact I was raised baptist. 
 I toke my Shahadah ( Testification of Faith) about 7-8 years ago. And have not looked back since, with no plans on doing so.

2.  I am a huuuuuge fan of dreads . And have a strong desire to grow them one day soon. Inshaa Allaah ( godwilling)

3.  I am advocate for the education of children.  If I could and maybe one day I will be able to. I would open up my home to children who may not have a safe , quiet place to study, do homework, and read  and to come and excel!

4. I am a cleaning and neatness fanatic. I can not live around filth and clutter.

5. I love to read, and learn to speak Arabic, fluently.

6. I am seriously afraid of heights....it's serious y'all (lol)

7. I never had my Drivers license.  But, have driven and know how to drive. And  in 2 weeks I go take my written test...yay!!

Thanks for reading!. I not going to tag anyone, however if any of you fabulous ladies out there would like to share 7 things about yourself that you readers may not know.  Feel free to do so, and comment here @ AuNaturale letting us know you did.  So that we may visit your page.:))

TAKE CARE & HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!:)))

Thursday, October 27, 2011

~ ME , CHANGES, AND EXCITEMENT ~



Hey there Fellow Fabulous Naturals!

I has everyone been since my last post here @AuNaturale.  I hope Everyone is doing well.  I do apologize for the inconsistency as to posting here , but as I've shared before I was going to not be posting as much.  Just from time to time when I feel I have something hair related to share, sales, and product reviews.

As for my hair , I am very happy with the progress it's making.  At on point I was considering allowing my hair to grow.  But, I quickly realized how much I like shorter hair on me , how it compliments me and my style better, and how easy it is to handle.  So I then immediately, cut the sides and back shorter , while leaving the top and front .  I really like this look on me.  I am still doing my nightly GHE
(Green House Effect) routine with herb infused EVOO, with fabulous results.  I am still using the best DC ever used thus far the "luscious locks hair mask" by Karen's Body Beautiful.  I plan to give a few more of her products a go, very soon.  Stay tuned for reviews on those.  I am still using and very pleased with my gel mixture with the base being Eco Styler gel "pink" with the added ingredients of Aloe Vera, Olive oil, and jojoba oil.  My Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree conditioning ghee as my leave in, And my aloe Vera and water spritz. Enjoying each phase of this journey.

As for other things in my life.  There has been lots of GREAT! changes in my life.  One's That I am very...very...very..excited about.  So good... I cant stop smiling as I type this post.  Change is good , ladies!. Sometimes, it takes a minute, but when it's your time...it's your time.  And, When you feel it from your head to very bottom of your toes.  It's one worth smiling about!.  Let's just say I am very happy , and beginning to know and actually feel myself worth....It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood ! (LOL)

My health is good!..I am exercising daily.  Sometimes I run...sometimes I walk...Sometimes I workout with a video.  But, which ever I chose that day, the point is to keep it moving.  It's good for the body, mind and soul...It really is.  Iam truly grateful for where Allaah has brought me , and what he has brought me out of....which was darkness.  There is simply to much to live for...just to much life....no room for darkness.

My children are exceling , healthy, happy and well !. My oldest Daughter is focused, and college bound.  Sending of for her college info,doing well in school taking college prep courses...  She is 14 , there are many other vices she could be mixed up in at her age , boys, drugs, skipping school, running away, being disregardful, pregnant, this list could go on and on (lol).  But, she is just the very oposite. Shes is thinking of becoming a Doctor, a Muslim one at that. Shes is still deciding exactly which type of doctor she wants to become, but she an idea.

My middle daughter, has made the merit role and was student of the month!. She is a veeery hard worker, and very focused.  She shared her goals with me before the beginning of the school year and, thus far she has reached those goals and beyond! ,  a possible lawyer here, or a teacher.

My youngest daughter...is doing very well. She has a vast vocabulary for her age of 6, very bright young lady.  Another doctor here.

And My boys...My oldest son, made star student out of his entire grade , they pick one girl and one boy.  Very bright very interested in science and animals.  Thinking of becoming an veterinarian.  My youngest son is in 4th grade and reading on a 8th grade reading level.  And he made merit roll! He is thinking of becoming a judge.


All I ask is for my children to have direction and goals....AT ALL TIMES. So you see there is soooo much for me to be excited about in my life.  That it takes up all the room..and leaves no room for darkness.

Thanks for reading , and as I continue to smile.......remember to stay....Naturally Fabulius!:))))


TAKE CARE !

Saturday, October 22, 2011

~ PINK HIJAB DAY~....



As Salaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaah Wa Barakaatuhu My sisters In Al- Islaam  And Hello to my non- Muslim friends.

In honor of breast cancer month , October 26, 2011 Is hijab pink day .  So to all of my fellow sisters in Al- Islaam let's rock those pink hijabs to show our support for breast cancer awareness . And, to my non Muslims friends you can rock pink also, be it a shirt.... pin...hat....pocketbook, whatever.  Just show support to such an important cause such as ...... breast cancer awareness.

Thanks for stopping by and let's rock that pink on October 26, 2011!:))))

TAKE CARE :)))

Thursday, October 13, 2011

~ I AM STUCK ON KBB~....



Hey there Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

Every since my fabulous find from KBB (Karen's Body Beautiful) "luscious locks hair mask".  I can't get enough of KBB, next on my wish list from them are all three of her leave-in conditioners , and her two butters.  However, I first I would like to hear from anyone one in Fabulous Fellow Natural world. 

 If any of you fabulous Naturals out there used any of the products I've mentioned above from the KBB line.  Please share your experiences with the product.  I would love to hear from you !:))

Thanks for stopping by ladies, and remember to stay.....Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE :))

Friday, October 7, 2011

~ SAVE 15% SITE WIDE... PLUS KBB WEEKLY SPECIALS ~



Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

I hope everyone is doing well, since my last post here @ AuNaturale.  First let me start with the picture above...is this the cutest thing ever or what! I got a kick out of this picture  !(lol).


In Addition to the cutest picture ever , above.  I just wanted to share with you ladies Curlmart is currently running a 15 % off sale store wide from now through October 10 Th.  Upon checkout simply use coupon  code : CURLY 15. In which you can find here http://www.curlmart.com/store/ I love a sale in fact that's when I try my best to by my hair products, whether its a small sale or a large sale...every little bit helps.

Also, For my KBB  ( Karen body beautiful ) fans out there be sure to check her site. KBB's products are a bit pricey but I am finding to be well worth every single penny especially my holy grail DC "Luscious Locs Hair Mask".  I plan to buy her leave- in conditioners and her butters very soon .  Once I do look out for a review on those products.  For those who are interested in her products she is always running weekly specials, again because of her prices this is when I buy from her.  Now, on Wednesday's she has what she calls a "Flash Sale" where you spend $25.00 and get a free " Luscious Locs Hair Mask"  not to mention that $2.95 shipping she offers which I think is fabulous!

Here's the catcher yesterday  which was not Wednesday.....but Thursday she was still  running her flash sale on the LLHM.  I brought another jar of the 'Luscious Locks Hair Mask " and got one for free @ $25.00 a jar. I thought that was great.  

Now, if you go to her site today ( Friday) that very same sale is still being promoted ( even though it's normally done on Wednesday's) .  Sooooo, ladies if your looking to treat yourself to something nice, go on over and pay KBB a visit in which you can find here http://www.karensbodybeautiful.com/

Thanks for stopping by ladies!...and remember to stay Naturally Fabulous!

Have a great weekend, take care :))

update :

It seems KBB has since updated her site to her Friday freebie.  Which in my opinion is yet another fabulous deal!.  This one is when I will be placing my orders for the other products I want to try from her, godwilling.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

~ BREAST CANCER AWARENESS ~....

Hello Ladies!

As many of you may be aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Last month or so I shared my story here  http://aunaturale007.blogspot.com/2010/10/breast-cancer-awarness.html which lead me to being a advocate for all types of cancer, especially cancers that affect women.  Cancer of all types has effected me in my 41 years of living , as you will read by clicking the link above.  I can not express enough the importance of breast cancer awareness.  As stated once before breast cancer awareness is to be every single month and every day of the year, for the rest of our lives, god willing.  As long as my lord allows I will continue to support breast cancer awareness in any way my creator allows.  Ladies, if your at the age to get mammograms and self exams please do your self a huge favor and do so, immediately.

If you haven't reached that age or haven't any health concerns which will prompt you to start mammograms early , like I had to ( per my doctor).  Please...please...please do your self exams regularly.  REMEMBER EARLY DETECTION IS KEY, AND SAVES LIVES!  Below I will share a bit on Breast cancer, as well as post the link for you ladies to view for yourselves.

BREAST CANCER INFORMATION

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

If you're worried about developing breast cancer, or if you know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease, one way to deal with your concerns is to get as much information as possible. In this section you'll find important background information about what breast cancer is and how it develops.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in one or both of the breasts. Breast cancer usually develops in the ducts or lobules, also known as the milk-producing areas of the breast.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Although African-American women have a slightly lower incidence of breast cancer after age 40 than Caucasian women, they have a slightly higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40. However, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age. Breast cancer is much less common in males; by comparison, the disease is about 100 times more common among women. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1,910 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among men in the United States in 2009.

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO READ FURTHER http://nbcam.org/disease_breast_cancer.cfm

Ladies, for you that need to get your very first mammogram, and may be uncomfortable or afraid.  Please don't be, take your spouse, your sister, your mother , your best friend.....take someone for that extra support if needed....BUT, PLEASE JUST GO!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by ladies, and remember gather up few women you may know, and you all make a day of it.... have lunch..... and have your mammogram!

TAKE CARE!:0)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

MY LOVE FOR EVOO ( EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL)...



Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

I hope everyone is doing well, since my last post.  Today I'd like to share a post with you on EVOO.  Now I know many of you have a ton of information about EVOO.  I have recently fallen back in love with it myself, as well as really taking notice on how much my hair and skin really loves this oil.  I use EVOO every night for my GHE, I use it on my body , as well as on my face for my oil cleansing, not to mention cooking with it.  Below I will share a bit on some of the uses of the delightful and very beneficial oil with the added link for you to read further:

Scalp & Hair

  • Improves overall scalp and hair health
  • Restores, Protects, and Softens 
  • Soothes Dryness
  • Absorbs easily/deeply
  • Deeply conditions
  • Restores elasticity
  • Helps prevent dandruff
  • Reduces synthetic product buildup and pollutants
  • Good for scalp rashes, eczema, psoriasis and allergies
Skin
  • Improves overall health of skin
  • Restores, Protects, and Softens 
  • Soothes Dryness
  • Absorbs easily/deeply
  • Restores elasticity
  • Good for skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis and allergies
  • Protects from pollutants and ultra-violet rays
  • Helps prevent wrinkles, thin skin and other signs of aging
  • Increases skin density, healing skin from damage
  • Protects from external irritation
  • Restores and retains youthful looking skin


As usual thanks a bunch for stopping , and remember to stay..... Naturally Fabulous!


TAKE CARE !:0)

Friday, September 23, 2011

~3rd DAY ~....



Hello Ladies!

Quick update....this is the third day since using KKB "Luscious Locks Hair Mask"  conditioner and my hair is still beyond super soft and hydrated!.....Better than any conditioner I have ever used! ...hands down.

http://shop.karensbodybeautiful.com/product-p/llhm.htm

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend .  And Remember to stay Naturally Fabulous!

Take care :0)

p.s. I am loving her hair!;0)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

~OMG...LIKE BUTTER... MY FIRST IMPRESSION ~....



Hey there Fellow Fabulous Naturals!

I just had to....just had to give you guys a quick first impression of Karen's body beautiful "Luscious locks hair mask".  Laaadies , let me tell you this stuff here is the truth indeed! (like no other I have used yet!!!!)

First, let me tell you as I was ordering this little number I was twitching in my seat as I placed my order . This has a pretty hefty price @ $25.00 dollars.  BUT, IT IS WORTH EVERY BROWN PENNY I SAVED (lol).  The only down side is that ordering from her site it's self takes a minute to receive I wasn't pleased about that at all. I feel if I'am spending 25.00 on a product I do not want to wait 5 days for it to ship.  But, I must say once it did I received it the very next day, and I have never received a product the next day after shipping, so that was a pleasant surprise. 



There are other places in which you can order the very same conditioner, I know curl mart carries it. The reason why normally I buy directly from the maker of the product is for freshness. Plus she has a few shipping options on her site ( Karen body beautiful) and one of them I believe is shipping for $ 2.95 , curl mart's shipping is $ 8.00 or close to it. 



Enough of that.... lets get onto my first impression:



THEY SAY ( TAKEN FROM THE SITE ITSELF)

The Luscious Locks Hair Mask is a wonderfully nutritious conditioning treatment that you can use as often as your hair needs it.

Conditioning doesn't get deeper than this because everything you need for your hair is in this jar.  Detangle, soften, strengthen, grow.  Saturate your strands with this rich blend of herbs like shikakai and rosemary which are known to promote hair growth, arnica and nettle to strengthen your hair follicles and aloe for much needed moisture.  It is called Luscious Locks for a reason.
INGREDIENTS:

Purified Water, Aloe Butter, Jojoba Oil, Agave, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Arnica, Shikakai & Amla Extracts, Vitamin E & Natural Enzymes.


I SAY:

I am so excited about this conditioner...it is FABULOUS!.  The very minute I applied this conditioner I was amazed as to how much slip it had. My hair was like silk, my curls was ...popping and this was just from application.  I sat under my steamer for 20 minutes and an additional 15 minutes out of the steamer.  Ladies, Once I rinsed the conditioner out of my hair...OMG....LIKE BUTTER !.  Silk paradise, my hair was and still is so soft that my hair is literally slipping out of my freaking fingers.

Let me add that normally I add honey,Aloe Vera juice and a bit of EVOO to my DC's . But, because I wanted the full effect of this product raw, I did not add anything. It test at a PH of 7 , which isn't bad at all .  It does not have a scent , it's consistency is creamy, but just not a thick creme.  My hair is suuuper moisturized....suuuuper soft, and it has a nice shine. I must repeat this..... my hair is so soft right now, I can not keep my hands out of my hair (lol) I am in shock. I keep looking at the jar like what the hell is in this (lol).

Will I purchase this product again, ....YES INDEED!. This is my now  holy grail DC and I have tried a few , those who follow me know I have raved about a few different DC's from different lines. But, NONE of those compares to this DC. I have found my holy grail DC, and really plan to look no further.  I am very pleased with this DC, and I must have this in my closet at all times. I plan to reorder again, but the bigger size so that I always have it in my home. YES....it's that good ( to me anyway):0)  

 Now that I know how fabulous this product is I don't mind waiting 5 days for it to ship.  Just as long as I have some in my possession before hand (lol). I do plan on trying the rest of her line with the exception of her shampoos and shampooo bars. She has a no- poo coming out as well as a new butter called "super duper butter " or something to that effect. I can't wait to try that.  Thus far Qhemet Biologics and Karen's body beautiful are my go to products. The  "Curls" line of  conditioners are following closing behind :0)
So there you have ladies my first impression of KBB's "luscious locks hair mask". 

 IF you haven't tried this product....treat your self to something special and pick up a jar...you won't regret it!
Thanks for stopping by ladies, and remember to stay...Naturally Fabulous!
TAKE CARE !:0)



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

~I CAN'T WAIT ~....



Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

I just wanted to do a quick post on my New Arrival.  I have finally taken the plunge and purchased the Karens body Beautiful" Luscious Locks Hair Mask" .  Yeap I just had to see for myself what all the rave was about , not to mention I believe I may be a bit of a conditioner PJ (lol).  At the hefty price of $25.00 bucks I hope I am pleased.

Once I've tried this conditioner a few times I will be sure to report back to you ladies, my findings.  For all of you who may interested in this product and want to try it for yourself below I will post the link . But before I go.....Have any of you ladies use this product , if so what did you think of it? .  Do share, I would love to hear from you .

http://shop.karensbodybeautiful.com/product-p/llhm.htm

Until next time, thanks a bunch for stopping by and remember to stay....Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE !:0)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

~ONE SERIOUS COMBINATION~....





Hey there Fabulous Fellow Naturals!


I hope everyone is doing well since my last visit here. Today I bring a serious "DIY" combo. I've been using this combo for sometime now, After reading a post from the fabulous Chocolate Orchid which you can Find here http://chocolateorchid.blogspot.com/  be sure to check her out :0). Where she shared a DIY she came up with and how pleased she was with her results.  So I thought great idea Why not share my latest  DIYcombo that I adore with my  AuNaturale readers.


After using my kiss my face upper management gel ( which I do love) but the problem with that gel was I wasn't getting 2nd or 3rd day hair.  I heard many great things about Eco styler gel "pink" so I went ahead and gave it a go ( not to mention It's super cheap and I can get it here on the ground).  One problem with this gel is that the ingredients are not natural , where as the ingredients in the Upper management were waaay better.  So here is where my experimenting with added ingredients came into play. I thought to myself  I will add a few of my favorite products to the gel in hopes of making it better and healthier for my hair.


Ladies, I am soooooo glad I did, I haven't looked back since...seriously.  I have honestly found my staple gel with no desire to look any further for another. So Here is what I add to my Eco styler 'pink"


1 oz of gel ( depending on how large of a batch you will be making)
2 Tablespoons of Aloe juice
2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
2 teaspoons of Castor oil
2-3 drops of peppermint EO (or EO of choice)


 Remember , You can modify this to your liking . This one works WONDERS for my curls. This  holds my curls for 2-3 days, if not more. Gives me shiny curls , well defined, great clumping, my hair has yet to feel dry or brittle after using this combo. Everything that I love and look for in a gel this has once I add my added ingredients.


If you look closely , some of you may notice its very similar to the leave- in mixture that Kim on YouTube uses. At one time I used her combo but with conditioner instead of gel and had great results ( I have since moved on from this conditioner recipe I've found a leave-in conditioner from Qhemet Biologics That I love even more ). Since I loved this combo with the conditioner I thought I would love it just as well but with gel.  And boy was I right...I plan to look no further!


So how About you ladies...Any fabulous "DIY's" lately? If so, do share


Thanks for stopping by ladies, and remember to stay....Naturally Fabulous!


TAKE CARE :0))

Friday, September 9, 2011

~WHAT IS GUAR ? ~



Hello Ladies!

Before I began Is she a beauty or what!...ADORABLE!:))

Now on too todays post. I found an article on "Guar" I've seen this word in ingredient list on a few products. So when I came across this article I was pleased in now knowing a bit about "Guar". Below I will share some of what the article says along with the link:

WHAT IS GUAR?

Guar comes from the Guar plant which is called Cyamopis tetragonoiobus. This leguminous plant, cultivated in India and Pakista, usually comes in powder form and is used as a product thickener (similar to the role xanthan gum plays in hair products) and an *emulsifier for various types of cosmetic products. It is water-soluble and can mostly be found in shampoos and conditioning products. Guar is known to be beneficial to the hair as it serves as an effective conditioner and detangler, while promoting moisture and softness.

Guar can come in different forms and can be recognized by different names, so when looking for the ingredient in your products, be on the look out for its multiple alias’. Here are some you may want to take note of.

To read further please click the link below
http://www.thecoilreview.com/tcr-final/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1495:tcr-ingredients-101-what-is-guar&catid=32:ingredients-101&Itemid=173

I found this pretty beneficial.  I like to know the names of  ingredients in products and what exactly they are used for. I hope this may help you ladies who may have been like myself in not knowing much about this ingredient.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...And remember to "Stay Naturally Fabulous"

TAKE CARE ! :))

Sunday, September 4, 2011

~ ANOTHER WINNER FROM ...QHEMET BIOLOGICS~



Hey there Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

Today I bring you my finals thoughts on Qhemet Biologics " Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee".  First, let me start by saying I truly believe QB may have one of the BEST moisturizing lines out for Natural hair care, hand's down.  I have used and continue to use many of their products and their products ALWAYS leaves my hair super moisturized.  This conditioner I am speaking of today is the best leave in conditioner and now my holy grail leave in I have EVER used.  I plan to look no further for a leave in. Here's why:

They Say:

Our creamy, versatile conditioner nourishes, softens and detangles thick, dry hair.

Key Ingredients:

Contains organic, virgin Coconut Oil for lubricity, slip and emollience. Pure Moringa Oil for its smoothing and softening properties. Extracts of Oatstraw and Burdock for their scalp conditioning and soothing properties. Amla, Brahmi and Nettle for their hair conditioning, strengthening and growth properties and MSM for follicular health and nourishment.


  • Does not contain mineral oil, lanolin, proteins, silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes or parabens.
I Say:

The ingredients alone is a winner for me!. Then there is the many uses and different ways the conditioner can be used. They list 5 alone on their website! I must say I have just used it as a leave-in ( which I love) and a refresher ( love that as well). I do plan to try it as a deep conditioner in which they advertise on their site, just to put it to the test ( stay tuned for the results). The scent is light and pleasant.  It's like a  thin creamy consistency . Veeery moisturizing, and leaves my hair very soft, with  a non greasy feeling.  And also helps in defining my curls. From my experience only a little is needed. I must say ladies I really...really like this product.  Will I repurchase this product...yes indeed!

For those ladies who have not tried this line I highly recommend , giving it a try. But, remember everyone's hair is different.  I have been using QB since my very first BC and each and every time I stray to use another product line.  I alllways find myself right back to QB!.

So there you have it, my final thoughts on Qhemet Biologics " Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee"

http://www.qhemetbiologics.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MTCG

Have any of you ladies tried this product or this line. If so what were your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by ladies, and remember to stay....Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE :)) 

P.S. Is her hair ( in the picture above) fabulous or what! :))



Monday, August 29, 2011

~I'M BACK!.....PLUS A QUICK UPDATE~



Hello ladies!

I hope everyone has been well since my last post. As for myself all is well I had a great Ramadan. Which was exactly what I needed :)).

While away , I realized that I ( once again ) may be getting a little bored with the whole blogging thing. It's great to do from time to time. I think I much enjoy reading other natural hair blogs , rather than posting on my own (lol) So my plans here on out is to cut back on my posting. I will continue to post, but not as often as before my break. I'm just at a different place in my life right now, and my interest has since shifted a bit. Don't get me wrong I am still on and enjoying every minute of my Natural hair Journey.

I have also started running daily, and have been quite serious about it. I have lost 12 pounds thus far...I am so excited about that.  I feel great when I run, the air...nature..I love it!. In addition, to that I have totally cut out sugar...no more soda's...no more cakes, cookies and candy.  I feel so much better without the use of sugar. I was such a sugar buff, I had to have my sodas, and cookies, and cakes. And, with all of that came....WEIGHT!.  Now, when I get those cravings I reach for fresh fruit instead.

 I have also made the decision to put my children back into the school system this year. After being homeschooled for 3 years.  As some of you ladies know I am very ...very...very involved my my children's Education in each and every way.  For a while I had been scouting out a particular school in my area in which I wanted to have them attend.  I believe it's time..... they are older now, I feel confident in where they are in their studies. I applied and thankfully all 5 of them were accepted....They are excited , just as I am. They will continue to have religious studies at home. I will continue to be fully involved as I always have been. I plan to be a part of the PTA, along with any and all parent involvement that the school may  offer. 

  It's now my turn...... I have decided to go back to school ! ( yay!) I am sooooo excited! Although , I am not completely sure which field I want to go in. I have however narrowed down my choices to either, Early childhood development...medical field... or social work.  But one thing is for certain ...I want to be in a field in which I am helping people. I am a people person, and that's where I want to be. I hope to be in school myself at least by the end of the year, no later but hopefully before ( godwilling). I will be sure to keep you guys posted.

I am waiting a bit , simply because it's been a few years since, My 3 middle children have been in the school system, and the very first time for my youngest ( 6 yr old). I want to make sure they are adapting well, and are well on their way to a great and successful school year ( in which I'm sure they will do well).

NOW ONTO MY UPDATE ON THE GREEN HOUSE EFFECT METHOD:

Before leaving I shared a method I found out about over at the real queens.com a method originated by Meeka Jael in which you can find out more about here http://realqueens.ning.com/profile/MeekaJael967
Let me just tell you ladies, I started my own personal challenge using this method on July 23, 2011 and plan to complete it on October 23, 2011. Since staring this method I have seen great progress. My hair has been growing...my hair is always well hydrated ...and the ends of hair has never been smoother, No split ends , what so ever.

I am in love with this method. A lot of ladies compare this method to bagging, my hair has never felt this great when I bagged....OK! (lol). Once this challenge is over , I plan to continue with this method making it a permanent part of my regimen.  If you haven't looked into the green house effect I highly recommend you do so.  I don't even feel That I have to steam as often, since incorporating this method into my regimen ( I do still steam once a week) but I must say its not , a total must that I do so. I do make sure to do light protein treatments bi-weekly to make sure I have that moisture protein balance, and its working ....WONDERFULLY!

So there you have it!...all that I have been up to lately. What about you ladies, anything new?


As Always thanks a bunch for stopping by, and remember to stay ...Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE!:))


Monday, July 25, 2011

~FIRST IMPRESSION OF THE GREEN HOUSE EFFECT & 3 MONTH CHALLENGE....


Hello ladies!

I just wanted to do a quick post on my first impression on the green house effects.  I have had great results with this method , thus far.  In fact I have the green house effect on my hair as I am typing this post. The results from my previous application were, soft, shiny and very hydrated curls.  I simply wet/ damped my hair and applied my herb infused EVOO to my hair only not my scalp.  I then placed a plastic shower cap over my damp hair, over that I placed a scarf, over that I placed my satin bonnet.  I did this for the entire day and night, its said to do so over night ( I plan to try it both ways to compare the difference).  When I woke up the next morning I did not wash or rinse the oil out of my hair I proceeded to style, and go.

I am very careful not to use to much oil, ( I tend to be heavy handed) because I am not into oily hair, not to mention I cover my hair upon going out with a hijab( headcover) and I do not wish to mess any of my hijab's up due to excessive oil on my hair.  To my surprise the oil absorbed very well into my hair and my hair wasn't oily at all.

For today's method I simply reactivated the oil that was already in my hair , NOT APPLYING MORE OIL. This is very important not to do, this is where overly oiled hair could come into play. I simply damped my already oiled hair from two days before, and followed the other steps, covering with a plastic cap, then scarf, then bonnet.

Its said you can rinse , CO-wash or shampoo your hair as you see fit as long as its all natural cleansing products.  When doing this again I plan to use different oils one by Qhemet Biologics and the other by hairveda, on seperate occasions.   look out for those results.

I've decided to do a 3 month challenge using this method. Which will begin today until october 25, 2011. It's said   you can do this method as many times you like throughout the week.  The purpose of this method is to promote hair growth by creating a natural steamy environment that allows the natural oils from your scalp  to come out. and is great for those who suffer from dry scalp.

If any of you ladies are interested in joining me for this 3 month challenge feel free and comment below.  I've learned about this method from a young lady by the name of Meeka Jael, I believe she may be the originator of the green house effect.  I will gladly leave the link below , there are a few videos there in which can help if there are any questions.

http://realqueens.ning.com/

I will keep you ladies on my progress. Thanks for stopping by.....and remember to stay...Natural Fabulous!

TAKE CARE :O)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

~ THE GREEN HOUSE EFFECT~....



Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

Today I bring you a very video/tutorial on something called "the green house effect".  Some of you may have heard of this method, but it's new to me and my first time hearing of this.  After, watching the video, I found it quite interesting.  And, I've decided to give it a try for a couple of months in which I plan to report back to you guys my thoughts and findings on this method. It seems to be very easy to do...it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to purchase the simple products used....and, it seems it can be quite beneficial.

It seems to be a little like bagging, but there are however some differences. Be sure to pay close attention to the very important difference between the two " Green house Effect" method and the " bagging" method.  I am not going to go further into explaining this method.  I will post the link below, for all to view.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?feature=iv&user=MeekaJael&annotation_id=annotation_753197#p/u/101/kCtHTj5lI9M

If any of you fabulous ladies have heard or actually tried this method, please share your thoughts and findings :))

Thanks a bunch for stopping by. And remember to stay .....Naturally Fabulous!:0))

ENJOY & TAKE CARE :0)

Monday, July 18, 2011

~MY THOUGHTS ON ECO STYLER GEL..BLUE & PINK~....



Hey there Fellow Fabulous Naturals!

I hope each of you had a wonderful and productive weekend!:)0.  Today I bring you my final thoughts on the Eco Styler gel blue & Eco styler gel pink.  I must say I have always been a huge fan of their gels, they have always treated me kindly.  The ones I'm speaking about are the one with olive oil, and currently, the more recent ones blue & pink.  So lets get started:

ECO STYLER BLUE:

They say:

*Adds volume and sheen to chemically treated hair.
* Ideal for sculptured or relaxed hair styles.
*Contains sunscreen for color treated hair.
* No flakes, No tack.
* Alcohol free.

Ingredients: ( first 5)

Water, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Glycerin, Triethanolamine.

I say:

I do like this gel, just not enough hold for my hair.  This little number is a blue colored gel ( go figure, lol). It states its geared toward color treated hair. A level 5 on their holding scale 1 (one) being soft hold, 10 being maxium hold.  It test as pH OF 7. The scent...I don't know I can't put my finger on the smell. I wouldn't say it's a jump out of my seat wonderful scent, but it's tolarable. I could not get second day hair from this gel. which is a deal breaker in most cases for me.  Because the ingredients are not that great I would much rather use a gel if the ingredients are not great less often, oppose to using a gel with not that great ingredients more often.  But, I will say the price....super! at a 8 oz for $1.49.   Will I buy this product again , I would not simply because it didn't have the hold my hair needs.  But, its really not a bad gel at all.

ECO STYLER FIRM HOLD GEL PINK:

They say:

Eco styler firm hold gel identified by the pink color has the added benefit of anti- itch additives to minimize scalp irration.  Ideal for waves and other stlyes that are worn to be untouched.  This product contains glycerin to moisturize ensuring that the product will not cause flaking or leave hair hard or brittle.

Ingredients:

Water, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Glycerin, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia, Centella Asiatica, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, D&C Red No. 33.

I say:

I looooove this gel!.  This gel is ..guess...pink. (lol).  I will say that the ingredients are a bit better than those in the eco styler blue.  This is the next best thing to my upper face management gel.  It has a firm hold of 7 on their holding scale 1(one) being the softess hold and 10 being maxium hold.  This little number plays great with other products, clumps my curls and makes them fat like no bodies business.  I can get 2-3 day curls with this gel.  Gives my hair shine. My hair is never hard to the touch ( a trick for that in the event, it happens with any gel, I just lossen my culrs, run my hands over my curls and it softens right up). It test as a pH of 7.  I always use a leave -in ( after my experimenting with not using leave-ins to see their necessity, I concur they are necessary and definitly add to the added moisture in the hair) as with any gel I use.  I feel it is necessary for the added moisture especially with using gels.  I also, make a custard with this gel by simply adding some herb infused olive oil and a bit of Aloe Vera juice.  I love the results from adding those two ingredients.  The scent  I will say I'm not that fond of, but it doesn't linger and is tolerable.  Even better is the price...Again, $ 1.49 for a 8oz size...you can't beat that.  Will I purchase this again....Most definitly , and even in the largest size. This is a great gel, and works great in my hair. Again, I do recommend using a leave in under this gel or any gel.  The ingredients are not the best, but can be worked with.  This gel gives great definition!

So there you have it my final thought on the Eco Styler gels both blue & pink.  Thanks for stopping by ladies.
Remember to stay.....Naturally Fabulous!:))

TAKE CARE:))

P.S.  HER DREDS IN THE PICTURE ABOVE ARE....SHARP!








Saturday, July 16, 2011

~THIS DANG COMPUTER~...





Hello Ladies!


I hope you are enjoying your weekend!:)0.  Lately, I've been having a love hate relationship with my....dang computer !  One minute is great, and the very next its running...running slow...freezing ..all kinds of mess going on here (lol).


I believe  it needs to be cleaned out .  So, here is where you ladies come in.  Do any of you ladies know of a trustworthy  online site or store in which cleans out your computer without the added worry of them possibly adding some type of virus, etc to your computer , making things worse. I do have spy ware on my computer, and it works pretty good.  But, something is going on with this pc. Even after I clean it out using the spyware I have, lately it continues to give me problems.  I'm looking for something that can detect if something is on there, and will then remove it.




If so....please help (lol).  Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks !


Take care :))

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT PH AND YOUR HAIR~



Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!


I hope everyone is well and enjoying their summer thus far:)).  Today I bring you a post about pH balanced products for our hair via Chicoro a Fellow Fabulous Natural.  This may very well be a reminder for many of the seasoned naturals, and may  be a beginners course for the fabulous first time BC'd natural.  Either, way I enjoyed reading her thoughts on pH, I hope you ladies enjoy it as well.

I must say I agree with her on everything she speaks about on this subject.  Except I find that the pH of the products I use are just as important as the ingredients in the products.  I am a stickler on my products being pH balanced, and have had great results doing so.  Let's see what the fabulous Chicoro has to say about pH and our hair:
The "p" stands for potential and the "H" stands for hydrogen.  The pH scale ranges from 0-14 Water is neutral , ans is around pH of 7.  Below 7 makes a substance tend towards being acidic.  Above 7 makes a substance tend towards being basic. Alkaline and basic are used interchangeably.

HAIR AND PH IN GENERAL

The pH of substances can affect your hair.

pH of 1 or less results in slight decrease in the swelling of the hair.
pH of 3-1 results in a slight increase in the swelling of the hair.
pH of 4-9 results in minimum increase in the swelling of the hair.
pH of above 10 results in a large increase in the swelling of the hair.

USING PH AS THE MAIN INDICATOR FOR PRODUCT SELECTION

The pH can be used to gather more information about a product.  It should not be the only indicator that you use.  What many people don't realize is that store brought products can be formulated using many chemicals. Many of these chemicals can be eye, skin, and tissue irritants.  Once these chemicals brews are complete an ingredient is then placed into them to adjust the pH.

Just because something has a pH range between 5-7 doesn't automatically mean it's great for your hair.  You should beaware of pH in products.  I will say that adjusting the pH is a vital part of product formulation.  Instead, of focusing on pH , focus on the types of ingredients in your products.  A Potential issue created from a product is not likely to be the pH , but an ingredent in the product.

There, you have a brief lesson on pH and our hair, by Chicoro.  Many thanks to her for sharing this great and informative information with the natural hair community.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember to stay......Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE !:))

P.S........STAY TUNED FOR A HAIR ANNOUNCEMENT COMING UP VERY SOON!....I'M VERY EXCITED!:))

Friday, July 8, 2011

~15%OFF ORIGINAL MOXIE!....




Hey there Fabulous Fellow Naturals!

Curlmart is running a 15% off sale on "Original moxie" products from now through July 15th!. It's simple just use coupon code MOXIE15.    I have been wanting to try  a few of the products from this line for quite sometime.  To add to that, I have heard nothing but amazing things about this line.  The  reviews I've read have said this products are....AMAZING!

http://www.curlmart.com/store/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=60&utm_source=cm_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20110708

I cannot wait to give this line a try,! ....See you ladies there!:))

Thanks for stopping by, and remember to always stay....Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE!:))

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

~MY THOUGHTS ON CURLY HAIR SOLUTIONS " CURL KEEPER"~...



Heeey ladies!

Today I bring you a review on the curly hair solution"curl keeper".  I received a sample of this product some time ago when ordering from curlmart.  And boy am I happy I did.....I LOVE THIS STUFF!. This product is ....AWESOME.  Let me share a bit more on this product:

THEY SAY:
Dryness causes frizziness and out-of-control hair. Curl Keeper enables you to become the master of those gorgeous frizz-free curls. Great for all hair types.

Curl Keeper is a water-based formula, which means you can use it everyday without product buildup.

INGREDIENTS:

DI Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Laureth 23, Glycerin, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Polyquaternium 10.




I SAY:

This stuff here...IS THE TRUTH!, you here me (lol).  It does everything it says it will do...reduce frizz, make my curls pop like crazy. Clumps together like no ones business. Makes my hair full , big and fluffy, just like I like it.   It's suggested to simply re-wet your hair the day/ days after to reactive.  This product is a lite , watery type product.  The smell to me is pleasant , I have read other reviews where people don't care for the smell, but it doesn't bother me.  I do not use this product alone, I use it as finisher, over the gel I am using that day.

As you can see from the ingredients list above, the ingredients aren't that nourishing.  But, is tolerable for the way this product performs. It is however, protein , silicone and paraben free. And it test at a pH of 4 ...horray for "curl keeper!".   Is this product a keeper, yes indeed! .  In fact I plan to order more before, my sample is gone.  Below I will post the places in which you can find this product, to view for yourself.

http://www.aveyou.com/curlyhairsolutionscurlkeeper.aspx

http://www.curlmart.com/store/curly-hair-solutions-curl-keeper.html

http://www.frizzoff.com/5-Curl-Keeper.aspx

So, there you have it my thoughts on 'curl keeper" from curly hair solutions.  Thanks for stopping by...and remember to stay ...natural fabulous!

TAKE CARE :))

Sunday, July 3, 2011

~20% OFF GRAPESEED OIL~......



Hey there Fellow Fabulous Naturals!

For all of you grape seed oil lovers out there.  One of my favorite places to purchase my herbs, Mountain Rose Herbs is having their monthly special featuring a 16 oz unrefined  " Organic Grapeseed oil" at 20 % off for the entire month of July. Regular price $34.00 Now $ 27. 20.  Be sure to check them out not only for this month's feature , but for all their specials as well.  Their monthly deals are really great, especially if you like to buy your oils and or herbs in bulk.  It's easy just sign up to receive their monthly newsletters , with that you will receive their monthly specials.  Below I will post the link, happy shopping!

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/specials/specials.php

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

Thanks for stopping by! ....Take care :))

Thursday, June 30, 2011

~5 WAYS TO GET WATER INTO YOUR HAIR!~...



Hey there fabulous Fellow Naturals!

Today I bring you another great tip, from Chicoro.  One that many of our seasoned fabulous Naturals many already know, this may be just a reminder. not for get our  newly fabulous naturals, who may not know of these very helpful tips on water retention for our natural hair.  As we alllllllllll know water, is a must for natural hair, I have found the more water I use on my hair and in my products my hair seems to thrive...thrive ...thrive!.  Below I will share a bit on what Chicoro says about ways to get water into our hair:

1. RINSE YOUR HAIR WITH VERY WARM WATER:

The easiest way to water into your hair is to saturate or rinse your hair with water.  Warm water will penetrate your hair faster than colder water.  But, do not use water that is to hot!

2.  STEAM YOUR HAIR:

Another way to infuse your hair with water is to steam your hair.  There are four methods or ways to steam your hair:
     
             A) Most Expensive- Buy a steamer.  Steamers add a steady stream of warm, vaporized water to
                  the hair. 
            
              B) Expensive- Purchase a hair dryer. Dryers use hot air and no water or moisture.  You can wet
                    your hair and place a plastic cap over it and sit under the dryer.  Or you can wet a towel under
                    hot running water, or heat a towel in the microwave.  Put in on your wet hair and sit under the
                     dryer.  Please be careful!

                C) Less Expensive- Purchase a heating cap.  Wet your hair and place the cap on top.

                 D) Not Expensive- Wet a towel place it in the microwave to warm it up, Place the towel on your
                      Then place a plastic cap over the towel.

                  E)  Cheap- Wet your hair and place plastic bag over your hair. Leave this on for 15 minutes or
                         over night.

3.  Use water based moisturizer- Use a water based moisturizer in your hair. you can use this during the week , and you can also use this while placing a plastic cap on top.

4.  Use Hygroscopic ingredients in your hair- Perform treatments on your hair by adding honey to your conditioners , amino acids or glycerin to your other products.

5.  Use protective styling- To help in holding onto moisture longer.  This will keep the hair moist and protected.


 There you have 5 ways to get water into your hair.  Many thanks to the fabulous Chicoro, for sharing these tips with the natural hair community. 

Thanks a bunch for stopping by, and remember to stay .....Naturally Fabulous!

TAKE CARE !:))