Monday, October 29, 2012

Natural hair and total body health??

The topic of this blog was suggested by my good friend and fellow curly Gabrielle! What she is saying makes a lot of sense and I would love to hear you alls opinions! I'll add my opinion to her topic at the end. Here is what she had to say:

I am ALL for the "natural hair movement" or whatever we are calling it these days. lol. Why aren't we as black women, focusing or using the natural hair platform to discuss topics such as prevention and health. We are the group of women that share a common bond due to the uniqueness of our hair. We are also the women that share a bond of being at high 
risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer and AIDS/HIV. If we take better of care of the "temple" in entirety, the hair growth will come (and a bonus: we will be better educated). I love that we as black women are accepting ourselves just as we are but we've got to start taking better care of ourselves too!! A gorgeous head of hair, with type II diabetes... makes no sense to me. If we can put the effort in our hair, why not our bodies and minds. Ok, I'm done. lol. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

How going natural has changed me!

According to a very popular song by India Arie... I am not my hair. Well, our hair is apart of us and our moods can be affected by how our hair looks. I remember before I decided to go on my healthy hair journey, which resulted in me going natural, I felt so ashamed, ugly, depressed. I didn’t like myself and I was in a very dark place. I’ve struggled with self-love for many years but it was at an all time low when my hair was at its worst state. You all have seen the picture; it’s so embarrassing I can’t believe I’ve shared it so openly. If you need a reminder, here it is below.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Protective Styling Challenge

Winter is coming and I have just perfected my current regimen after a year of trial and error that I’m not ready to tweak it for winter! I’m not sure where to begin. I know the best thing to do during the winter cold months is to do protective styling to protect your hair, especially your ends, from the harsh wind and elements. What better way to take advantage of getting a ‘break’ from doing my hair and keep my hair protected during the cold months than to make a challenge out of it! I posted the following picture on instagram and facebook inquiring to see if anyone else is interested in keeping their hair in a protective style from November 1 to March 1! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Senegalese Twists

I've been hinting at getting a winter protective style but I never said what I was getting done lol well.. for all my instagram followers (BesosFeron) you have seen my Senegalese twists!! I hope to keep them up for 6-8 weeks which will be right at two months! I got them long, very long! They are waist length and I told her to do them pretty thick!

How I prepped my hair
-Knowing that having a braid/twist style can be helpful and harmful to my hair I did my research on how to have a successful protective style. Before doing any braid style, your hair needs to be in its healthiest and strongest state. Sunday, I did a protein treatment on my hair as well as a hot oil

Palmer's, Garnier, Aphogee, & Roots of Nature Review

My naturalversary week has been a very busy, product testing heavy week! I've had my hair blown out, then straightened and now has been twisted up! These six products were used over the past few days and I hope you all can find my review helpful for your specific needs!!

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula deep conditioning Protein Pack
-Claims to restore and replenish dry, damaged hair with coconut milk, keratin and silk protein. I applied the protein pack to my hair after finishing a hot oil treatment and sat with it in my hair under my steamer for 40 min. My hair felt better than it usually does from steaming my hair! This could be due to

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How I straightened my natural hair!

Yesterday I celebrated my 1 year naturalversary by doing a blow out and rocking my fierce fro! I knew I wanted to straighten my hair but I didn't want to use a lot of heat on it on the same day so I split the process between 2 days. I am very happy and pleased with my results and can't believe I did it myself! I've only tried to straightened my hair once during the past year and it was an epic fail! Taking on this task was very intimidating so I did my research to see what other naturals do and I would like to share with you all my process of going from stretched out, textured hair to smooth and silky straight hair! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

10/15/12 Naturalversary

I remember it like it was yesterday.. it was Saturday afternoon and I was sitting in my room getting ready to un-braid my plats. I had been transitioning for almost 7 months now and I was getting ready for my weekly wash. My current transitioning style was to keep my hair flat braided back underneath a wig or half wig. This was my favorite protective style because at the time, I was a full time grad student and also working so my hair was not on my priority list.

As I began to take the braids out, I noticed my hair was extremely matted, tangled, and felt like it was knotting up! I was so frustrated because until now, I had never had a problem like this with my hair. I had thought about doing the big chop several times before now but I couldn't bring myself to do it; I would always talk myself out of it. I really wanted to go a year before doing the big chop. Without really giving it much thought, I found some scissors and began clipping. When I was done, I was like wow I really did it. I felt so liberated and fearless! I know I'm all about the theatrics but I felt different, like a new me. It's hard to explain but I did. The next thing I did was called my and sent pictures to all my girls who I had impulsively texted "I'm sick of the two textures, I'm doing the big chop"!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October curlBox Overview

Let me just begin by saying... every time I think it can't get any better, it does!! Wow! Curl box has outdone themselves again. The theme for this month's box was a "get fresh prescription for fall." All of the products were new to me except the Dr. Miracles Conditioner. It's funny because I just gifted it to make room for new products and now it has returned! I haven't sampled or used the majority of the products but I wanted to share with you all what was included this month and you better believe it I will get around to doing a review of the products I haven't used before. 

October Ipsy Glam Bag

The theme for the October glam bag is "Hello, bombshell". The products this month really help you to create a typical 'bombshell' look such as smokey eyes, dark eyeliner, full lashes, and big voluptuous lips! The products included this month are:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Senica & Herbal Essences Product Review

As posted on Instagram (BesosFeron) I have a lot of product reviews for you all!! Originally, this was only going to be a review on the Senica Senk shampoo bar and the Herbal Essences Honey I'm strong conditioner but I decided to give you all a bonus and try a few more products!!

Starting from left to right, I'll give a brief spill on the products whether I loved or hated them with the review on the shampoo bar and honey I'm strong at the end.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Embracing diversity of Natural Hair

I sometimes feel like the big blogs or youtubers that do reviews all have super long gorgeous 'perfect' hair or all of their hair textures are very similar!! Well.. I wanted to profile 3 very different curl-friends who all are participating in the KCCM Fall Castor oil challenge thanks to me *dusts shoulders off* and give you all a look at their current lengths, regimens, goals, and challenges. Highlight the issues, struggles, and rawness of being natural because we know we have our days! And to show how *patience* and a consistent regimen (using Castor oil in this case) can be a world of difference!

They each have different hair textures,and lengths from TWA to APL, are at different points in their journey, and have different problem areas and struggles but all have a common goal of healthier hair from using Castor oil There will be a follow up with the ladies after the challenge is over to see their progress and what has changed.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Got Product Reviews?!!

This maybe my month long celebration of being 1 year natural but, that doesn't mean I can't do a product review here and there! I have been doing some "hauling" lately for new products in preparation of using heat on my hair as well as getting a 'braid-like' protective style!! I purchased some heat-protecting products which I've never had a use for and a protein treatment to do before the 'braid' style is done! I don't want to say what I'm having done yet... It's a surprise yay ^_^ Anywho, the picture is a collage of what product reviews you can expect from me in the coming weeks!!

To get things started, I'll be shampooing my hair this Sunday with the Senk Shampoo Bar, which was in the September Curlbox, and I will condition with the Herbal Essence Honey, I'm Strong strengthening conditioner!! Super excited to try these products for you all and will post a review after I've used them!!

The picture does not show every product I'll be doing a review on but rather it's a collection of recently purchased products I'd like to test out. Hope the reviews to come can help you all on making your product selections!!!

Besos, Feron