Sunday, May 29, 2011
Hey there ladies!
I've been on a co wash conditioner kick lately. Looking to try a few different conditioner's to co- wash with. I heard a few great reviews on the "Garnier Fructis Fortifying Conditioner" pure clean. So, I thought I'd give it a try not to mention is economy friendly, easy to find ( store brought) in most of your local drug stores , no shipping, and no wanting time for arrival. All of the pros I like about buying ANYTHING (lol). So, off I go to purchase this conditioner.
The ingredients didn't seem to be that bad , I try very hard to stay away from parabens, harsh proteins (if any), sulfates, silicone's, and glycerin. From what I can tell from reading the ingredients on this product it didn't have those things in it. However, I did not like this conditioner....AT ALL. The smell is pleasant, the consistency is thick, the slip is AMAZING. But, after rinsing it seem to have left a film like feel on my hair...I DO NOT LIKE THAT. I can't put my finger on it, but I don't like how it made my hair feel after rinsing...it felt coated. So, I will not be using this product anymore, and have no intentions on buying it again.
Thankfully, I didn't pay to much for this product :)). Have any of you ladies tried this product , if so what are your thoughts on this product?
Thanks for stopping by ladies, and remember to satay...Naturally Fabulous!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals
I must admit "Blogger" really works my nerves from time to time. For the past few days I've noticed the pictures of my followers on AuNaturale have suddenly disappered. I've tried...and I've tried...and I've tried to fix the problem, but to no avail. Has this ever happened to you guys?...and if so how did you fix it.....any suggestions?
Thanks for stopping by ladies, have a fabulous weekend. And remember to stay....Naturally Fabulous!
Take care !:))
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The beauty of a woman lies in her silence rather than her speech
The beauty of a woman lies in both her Submission and her leadership
The beauty of a woman lies in her Smile and her quiet laughter
The beauty of a woman lies in her Patience rather than her inquisitiveness
The beauty of a woman lies in her Abode rather than her adventure
The beauty of a woman lies in her Offspring rather than herself
The beauty of a woman lies in her Experience rather than her age
The beauty of a woman lies in her Heart rather than in skin deep
The beauty of a woman lies in her Perspiration rather than her perfumes
The beauty of a woman lies in her
LORD because he is the creator of such a beautiful thing called “Woman”
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!
I hope everyone had a productive and fabulous weekend!:)). I would like to share with you ladies another very helpful and great tip from our friend the fabulous Chicoro. As you ladies know I am a huge fan of Chicoro, her tips have yet to let me down they continue to educate me while on my natural hair journey. Below I will share a bit of what she says in relation to...... "The relation of grease to water is the same as that of lubricating to moisturizing" :
Grease or water does not easily mix or bind with water. In cosmetic preparations or in hair products, grease and water are bound together to form a cream, with wax, guar, gum, or some other binder. A more scientific name for this type of substance is "emulsion" . Grease and oils, in general, do not add moisture to the hair. However, they do impact the moisture in our hair.
Oils and grease tend to be occlusive on hair, that means they form a seal over the hair strand or scalp. If you spray your hair with water , then place oil or some emulsion type of product over the hair strand, the impact is that the water in the hair strand will stay longer. The oil is not providing water or moisture to the hair. The oil is keeping the hair moist longer It works much like plastic seal over a bowl of food. The plastic keeps the food fresher longer. The oil is keeping the moisture in the hair longer. Oils can provide nutrients to the hair and scalp.
Lubricating and moisturizing are like grease and water they are two different processes , using two very different substances. Water or water based products add moisture to the hair. Oily, waxy, or greasy products add lubrication to the hair. Natural oils, silicones, Glycerin, are considered lubricants. Below is a quick reference chart . This is not an exhaustive list:
MOISTURE- WATER, WATER BASED SUBSTANCE:
Aloe Vera Mixes
LUBRICANT-OIL, WAX, SILICONE BASED SUBSTANCE:
oils, oily feeling silicones
Chicoro also adds "I am not a huge fan of Silicone's, but I will say you need both moisture and some kind of lubricant.
Many thanks to the lovely Chicoro for sharing yet more great tips with the Natural hair community.
Thanks for stopping by ladies! and remember to stay.....Naturally Fabulous!
ENJOY & TAKE CARE !:))
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Now that the weather is getting nice, tons of ladies are in full force for pedicures.....Cheer's for pedicures!!!!
I looove pedicures I do them year round , it is a MUST that my feet are always done and looking good. I am a stickler about that, From years of experience working in hair salons ( and lets not forget the help of beauty school) I learned how to do pedicures...just as if you've went to the nail salon. Along with a fabulous pedicure comes a good ole fashion foot soaking, and the best thing about this part is if you feel its not time to get an actually pedi. You can simply skip that part and solely focus on soaking and pampering your feet.....and what's even better than that is ...it can all be done in the comfort of your very own home!
One thing I really enjoy adding to my foot bath are Essential oils, while many EO's serve different purpose's. Find one that will suit your needs. Lavender & Peppermint are my favorites. You can use them separately one week using lavender EO the following week or two using peppermint EO. Or you can get super creative and mix them together. Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang oils are said to be favorites as well, along with tea tree Essential oil they all have great soothing effects and lets not forget Eucalyptus and lemon EO'S....all great stuff!
Simple and very easy recipe:
Water ( amount depending on the type of foot bather your using) enough to cover your ankles
2-5 drops of Lavender , peppermint EO ( or Essential Oil of choice)
1/2 cup of Epsom salt ( love that stuff)
Boil the water , allow it to cool down to your liking,
Add Lavender oil ( or oil of choice) along with the Epsom Salt
soak....relax and ...enjoy!
Following the very same steps, however this time skipping the Epsom Salt.
2-5 drops of peppermint
2 drops of Eucalyptus EO and 1 drop of lemon EO
Sit back and relax!
The very best part about DYI pedicures and foot baths are you know where your tools have been, and that they are clean and sanitized.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by, and remember to stay...Naturally Fabulous!
Sit back...Relax...and Enjoy those pedicures!
TAKE CARE !:))
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!
I found a few really great tips from naturally curly.com. On how to achieve frizz free hair, from time to time a little frizz actually doesn't bother me. I welcome frizz, depending on the look I'm going for that day. Then there are days in which I do not welcome frizz. A few of these tips may be simple reminders for some and first timer's for others. Here is a bit of what was said:
A Good Haircut is Key
Split ends are the beginning of frizz, so stop them before they start by getting your curls trimmed every 6-8 weeks. Don’t cut hair too short, since shrinkage can be a real problem in humidity.
Don’t Shampoo Every Day
Curly, kinky and wavy hair needs the natural oils from your scalp to reduce frizz. No more than four washes every week is good. For your off days, go the rinse and condition route.
Lots of Conditioner!
Moisturize = Happy Curls! Aѕ curls succumb easily tο dryness, regular conditioning іѕ crucial. Never skip thе conditioner, аnԁ avoid two-іn-one, shampoo/conditioners. Once уου аrе done shampooing, squeeze extra moisture frοm уουr tresses (never wring), thеn work уουr conditioner іn frοm root tο tip. Leave thе conditioner іn fοr at least two minutes before rinsing. Using a deep conditioner once a week can be a major hеlр іn combating frizz.
To read the rest check out http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/frizz-control/15-must-have-essential-no-frizz-tips?utm_source=nc_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20110517
Thanks a bunch for stopping by. And remember to stay.....Naturally Fabulous!
TAKE CARE !:))
Monday, May 16, 2011
I hope everyone one had a productive , yet fabulous weekend. I purchased a few products from the Curl Junkie line a little while ago. I had heard many great things about this line , taking into consideration that if my hair doesn't like it. I have 2 other naturals , and 1 texlaxed in my household so it will not go to waste. I was sure of that. Below I will list the products in which I purchased , along with the reviews on the ones that I feel I am ready to give a solid honest review. So, that's get started:
a concentrated, creamy cleansing conditioner offers a gentle, yet efficient option for cleaning your hair and scalp while providing lightweight conditioning. Daily Fix(tm) Cleansing Hair Conditioner allows you to clean your hair without harsh Sulfates or drying detergents and is able to remove all but the heaviest silicones and oils/waxes as well as removing most mineral deposits (if you have "hard" water). Daily Fix(tm) lightly preps hair for your conditioners or stylers without the stripping your hair of its natural oils like most traditional shampoos. 97% natural/naturally derived ingredients.
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG -7 Olivate, Guar Hydroxypropytrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Matricaria Recuitita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 60, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.
I really like this product. In my opinion it does just as stated above, it doesn't leave my hair feeling stripped. It has a minty scent ( which is not bad) My hair feels soft and clean after using. I like the fact that it is a gentle cleanser , and is able to remove build-up without me having to use a harsh shampoo. And, it's in a safe range with a pH of 6. I will say I only use this little number 1x monthly or so., due to the Hydrolyzed oat flour ( protein). This time around ( at least , right now) I am really into ....moisture...moisture.....moisture for my hair. With very little protein...very little.
Will I repurchase this and add it into my regimen....sure will!
CURL ASSURANCE SMOOTHING LOTION:
a NEW super detangling leave-in that can help you moisturize and style your curls and coils. You only need a little to help you smooth out your hair. It can be used alone or can provide a great base for other styling products. It can also be used as a rinse-out or on dry hair to add moisture when needed or as a styling aid for twists & braids.
Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Vegetable Glycerin, Slippery Elm Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.
This is ...the bomb! ( yeah I said it ) the bomb (LOL). The slip on this product is......AMAZING. The scent is pleasant and light. It has a wonderful pH OF 6. VEEERY moisturizing, again does just as stated. But, that dang darn glycerin...gets me every time. Now, I was fully aware that a lot of curljunkie products contain glycerin, with this one included. But I wanted to give it a go anyway. I really like this product, BUT my hair does not like glycerin.,.....at all. Using this left my hair with all mentioned above, but an added edition of frizz.....I don't like that. And, that is exactly what products with glycerin does to my hair....why....why....WHY! (lol)
Now, my oldest daughter 4/b/ 4c tightly coiled, thick hair.....STELLAR ...you hear me STELLAR! I mean this product just makes her hair soooooo moisturized for days, and easy to comb her hair like this a LOT.
Will I repurchase this for me ( 3b/3c hair)....No I will not. My daughter 4a/4b hair...yes indeed this is a sure keeper in her regimen. BTW, if the owner of this product reads this or anyone who works for this company...please consider making a product like this but glycerin free :))
CURLS IN A BOTTLE:
a lightweight liquid styling gel/serum with a light hold. Adds brilliant shine and helps to tame frizz! Curls in a Bottle(tm)! is the ultimate solution to maintain and define your curls every day.
: Ingredients: Water, Hydroethylcellulose, Agave Nectar, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Matricaria Recuitita (Chamomile) Flower Water, PVP, Panthenol, PEG-8 Dimethicone*, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-8 Raspberriate**, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance. *Water soluble-rinses clean!, **Derived from Raspberry Oil.
Now as you can see this product is not 100% natural. And, it does contain a cone ( in which is water-soluble) so the cone doesn't bother me so much, because I know it will wash out. I 'm still on the fence about this product. And still taking it through the mill, the pH on it is 6 which again, in safe pH range. Its said that this product is great for layering, over your gels in helping to reduce frizz, etc. But I do know at this stage in the game for my hair it's waaay to light to use alone. This product also has a pleasant scent. So, this is not a final...final review of this product. The verdict is still out.
So, there you have it my thoughts on a few products from the curl junkie line. A few things I can definitely say about this line would be:
Their product's has pleasant scents
pH balanced ( this very important in my regimen)
The bottles are a great size for the price ( at least the items I purchased)
Below I will post a few places in which you can purchase Curl Junkie products:
Thanks a bunch for stopping by, and remember to stay....Naturally Fabulous!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!
I have been co -washing for quite some time now , finding that I prefer this method oppose to weekly shampooing my hair. During that time I have always used VO5 Moisturizing conditioners to do so, They are great to use for many reasons, price worthy,...easy excess...ingredients aren't that bad.
However, I haven't been super over the top happy with it's performance. I mean it's.......OK, it just seems that the moisturizing results could be more, Even with the added Aloe Juice I add when co- washing.
So here is where you ladies come in. If any of you ladies know of a super , great moisturizing co- washing conditioner that DOES NOT include the following:
Protein ( if any at all one of the lighter proteins, like soy protein, etc)
Pretty much Natural or very close to it. This conditioner can be sold on-line or over the counter. It really doesn't matter. I just know that there are many other fabulous Co-washers out there , with super moisturizing properties. I just need a little help in finding them:))
So ladies....... do you know of any fabulous Co-Washing Conditioners. Do share :))
Thanks ever so much for stopping by, and remember to stay.....Naturally Fabulous!
TAKE CARE ! :))
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I hope everyone is well. I just wanted to do an quick..... on second thought type of update. On a product from the My HoneyChild product line, that I reviewed here http://aunaturale007.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-thoughts-on-myhoneychilds-buttery.html . I mentioned in my review how I adore this creme but thought it was a bit heavy for the warmer months......well, I have put my foot in my mouth (lol). As I am still in love with the honey hair creme from MyHoneyChild and continue to feel the same way about this little number as I did when I shared my final thoughts on it. But, I have since revisted the Buttery soy creme from the very same line. And, ladies let me tell you my hair is in sheer bliss ...I mean I have been having THE best hair days with this moisturizer. What made me revisit it and not only for the colder months was because I noticed the honey hair creme, had a tendency to leave my hair white ( just momentarily) oppose to applying the buttery soy, where as it sank right in my hair. Leaving it moisturized for daaaays, and super soft, with out any greasy feeling at all.
So, lately after my co-washing, I spray my hair with my Aloe herbal spritz, Buttery soy hair creme, tiny bit of kiss my face upper management hair gel, and maybe ( not all the time) I may apply curljunkies curls in a bottle as my finisher. These products are great together. BTW, notice I have had mentioned a leave-in conditioner this round, because I did not use one. But, as stated in my previous post, I am experminting to see the difference between with and without one. So, next week I plan to use a leave in to put my experminent to the test. I shall report back with my finding's :)). And, remember what works for my hair... very well may not work for others.
Thanks for reading ladies, and remember to stay....Naturally Fabulous!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Hey there Fellow Fabulous Naturals!
I hope everyone had a great and productive weekend :)). Recently, I've was thinking about leave in conditioners and the necessity of using them. I have always used leave- in conditioners and to be totally honest out of the many I've used since being natural 3- 4 of them actually left an impression on me and my hair. ( below I will share the ones I'm speaking of ). I was thinking...... how necessary are they.... really, I know for sure that there are leave -ins that are much more moisturizing than others. Then there may be the argument that the leave-in is a protectant against the other products used on top of that.
I must say I really have not noticed a grand difference in using leave in conditioners in my hair. Let me add I have not given up on using them, until I do further experimenting with them in my hair. But, To be honest I often think it's just another product added to my hair, in which could cause product build up ( depending on the actually leave-in being used and it's ingredients) in which I really try to use only products with natural ingredients. Or another thought is perhaps I have yet to find that holy grail leave-in conditioner ( but I may have come very close still playing the first two listed below from curljunkie). Now, back to the ones I tried ( from like to dislike ):
CURL JUNKIE- Smoothing lotion- urber moisturizing, serious slip ( complete review coming soon this one and the CURL JUNKIE- beauti curls leave-in)
KINKY CURLY- Knot today ( using Kim from You Tube's method)
GIOVANNI - Direct leave in
HAIRVEDA- Whipped Creme ends hydration ( Pretty good , but because of the added glycerin I had to stop using it. But, stellar in my middle daughter's hair and ends of her hair)
OYIN HANDMADE- Hair dew ( I really do not like this in my hair....at all)
So, what do you ladies think....are leave-in conditioners a must. Do you notice a difference in your hair with or without using one?
Do share, I'd love to hear what you ladies think.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by, and remember to stay.....Naturally Fabulous!
STAY TUNED FOR REVIEWS ON:
DONNA MARIE'S - SUPER BUTTERCREME
AND MORE ON
TAKE CARE !:))
p.s. - If any of you ladies are interested in purchasing any of the products listed the above. You can find there site on the side of the front of AuNaturale under" Natural hair products" :))
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Hello Fabulous Naturals!
For all of you Fabulous Natural Ladies who own your very own business. I invite you to share your place ( site) of business here with us at AuNaturale! I did this before and had a great response, So I thought it's about time to post another chance to expose some of our fabulous natural hair businesses. Sooo if you sell Natural hair T-shirt's....Natural hair products....tote bags..... Jewelry...Accessories, etc. What ever it is Natural hair related feel free to comment here @AuNaturale leaving your sites place of business.
I loove to add different place's of business here at AuNaturale on the front page there is a place for everyone. Don't forget to add yours so that I can add your business in help of spreading the word...to not only support everyone else.....but, to support our own!:))
And as always thanks a bunch for stopping by, and remember to stay......Naturally Fabulous!
TAKE CARE !:))
Thursday, May 5, 2011
How I hope all is well with everyone:). As some of you ladies may know I looove my herb infused oils and spritz. Today I bring you a great, effective , easy and even better...a natural way to aid in dandruff or dry scalp. Below I will post a very simple way of doing so, this recipe can be made as a oil infusion or a spritz your choice. Before we start let me say when I infuse my DIY's I use heaping tablespoons or a great amount of herbs. I like the infusions to be strong. So I will not list the measurements below, because you can use as much or as little as you like. You do not have to use as much, the results should be the same. Now let's get started:
YOU WILL NEED:
Horsetail ( also great for hair growth, split ends, and dull hair )
Burdock Root ( also great for shine & luster, hair growth , split ends, dry hair, growth, and damaged hair)
Chamomile ( also great for dry hair, sensitive scalp, and itchy scalp)
White Willow ( also great for scalp irritation, and shine & luster)
Coltsfoot ( also great for hair growth, split ends, and growth )
Gather your jar, herbs, etc. If infusing in oil of choice ( i.e EVOO, Jojoba, etc) after placing herbs into jar pour your oil over that. You can allow your herbs to sit in a dark cabinet to infuse. Or you can place your herbal mixture in a window seal allowing the sun to aid in the infusion. You can do this either way from anywhere to a few days , weeks , or months. I have let my infusion's sit for 6 months at a time ( but , you must chance the herbs every month) the longer it sits, the stronger the infusion.
You can use the very same herbs , boil some water pour your hot water over the herbs into a container. Allow this to infuse for a few hour's to overnight. Drain the herbs and there you have an herbal spritz. From there you can add Essential oils, Aloe juice ( I always add Aloe , love that stuff). pour into a spry bottle and store in the refrigerator.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by, And, remember to stay....Naturally Fabulous!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Hello Fabulous Fellow Naturals!
I hope everyone is doing well:)). From time to time I may a bring a post or two that maybe a little off topic. Today I bring you recipes for linen sprays, one of my many favorite past times is making homemade sprays, oils, spritz, butters, etc. I love smell goods when I say that I mean my home always smells good with a nice light fragrance of some sort, my bathroom's the very same. Not, to mention they make wonderful gifts for family and friends. So, hey why not our linen..... below I will post a few really great recipes for you ladies to try on your own ( trust me you will love the wonderful fragrance these recipes carry) so let's get started:
JASMINE BERGAMOT A heady combination of potent floral and clean citrus, this is a gift for your most romantic and flower-loving friends.
LAVENDER SANDALWOOD Help soothe stress with the relaxing scent of lavender, rooted in the earthiness of sandalwood.
VANILLA GINGER Give the comforting aroma of vanilla, spiced up with a hint of ginger.
2 tablespoons of rubbing Alcohol
1 teaspoon jasmine oil and ½ teaspoon bergamot Essential Oil
1 teaspoon lavender oil and ½ teaspoon sandalwood oil Essential oil
1 teaspoon vanilla oil and 2 drops ginger Essential Oil
16- or 32-ounce bottle and sprayer
Mix the Rubbing Alcohol and desired oils in a bottle. Add the distilled water until just full, screw on cap and shake to combine. (The alcohol helps disperse the oils evenly throughout the liquid.) Shake lightly before each use. And......
Thanks for stopping by !:))
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I hope everyone has had a fabulous, yet productive weekend:)). As for myself I did three favorite things I looove to do. I did a little gardening, spent time with my family enjoying the beautiful weather and did lots of reading. One of the books I read ( well, actually re-read, lol) was Grow it, by Chicoro. My reason for re-reading this particular book is simply because I am a different stage in my hair journey. Wanting to implement the very best for my hair and obtain as much knowledge as possible now during the very beginning of THIS journey. I'm talking from the point of BC allllll the way through. One thing That I so regret during my first BC is that I hadn't obtained enough in the education of NATURAL hair care. CHEMICALLY PROCESSED hair yes...All day long (lol) know that like the back of my hand.
While reading I read about weathering, I found it quite interesting while making a ton of sense. Here is what was said;
Weathering is the gradual wearing away of the cuticle. Because of this damage, the cortex becomes exposed. The cortex, as well as the cuticle, is then worn away. Eventually the hair splits, and ultimately it breaks.
Weathering is a natural process that has little effect on the hair all at once. It is cumulative it occurs because of actions or experiences that are repeated over time. It is speeded up, or expedited by what you do to your hair.
The following all cause weathering, wetting hair, friction on the hair, sunlight, heat from dryers and styling implements, chemicals in the bath, shower or pool water, salt and minerals in the sea water, as well as cosmetic procedures. These all contribute to the rapid weathering of the hair. Weathering is also affected by what you do not do. Not using conditioner on a regular basis, for example is not taking an action. This will result in your hair becoming weathered faster.
The ends of the hair may look lighter in color than the rest because of normal weathering. This affects every one's hair. Heavily weathered hair tends to look even lighter, it has a white grayish cast on the ends. Hair that is severely weathered also tends to be brittle.
Grow it, pg 55
Now I know what to look for and what will cause it to happen as well as how to prevent this from happening.
Thanks for stopping by, and as usual remember to stay......Naturally Fabulous!
TAKE CARE !:))