I love Ayurvedic hair products. I’ve been using them since I decided to go natural in 2009. For the past couple of months I’ve been pre conditioning my hair with Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil and I can honestly say that it has definitely changed the way my hair feels. Natural hair, especially 4B-4C type hair has the tendency to look a feel dry. What I love about Darshana is how noticeable the difference is afterwards, the best thing is my dry itchy scalp is no more!! *cue gospel choir* My hair stylist couldn’t even get rid of my dry itchy scalp so I say this product is absolutely amazing! [Read more...]
I have been itching for some added color to my hair. First I was all “I’m gonna save up and have it professionally done”. Then, after doing my budget and realizing if I wanted to live a debt free life I was not going to be able to afford such a splurge I decided to do it on my own. I just skipped on over to my local Sally’s and purchased two tubes of the AgeBeautiful hair color in 3V which is a Dark Brown Plum for $5.99/tube. The swatch at the store appeared to be a dark brown with bold purple highlights. This is how the color is supposed to look on someone who has my type of hair.
I was super excited to see if I could recreate this color. I mean it had everything I wanted. I loved the bold fuchsia highlights and the rich dark plum color that the hair took on. This time before coloring I actually did a strand test to see how long I needed to bleach my hair. After bleaching and rinsing and drying I applied the AgeBeautiful hair color and let it sit for about 30 minutes. This is what it looked liked wet with conditioner. I was a little worried that it was going to be a washed out red and I started to contemplate what sort of rinse I could put on top to really give it that pop of color I was looking for. Since I’ve had damage to my hair in the past from when I didn’t properly treat it after coloring I made sure to give myself a real good deep condition with heat using my soft bonnet dryer.
The final results…….
It’s really hard to describe this hair color. While it didn’t come out like the picture (of course because I’m not a professional) I absolutely love it. It’s more of a multifaceted purple that shows shades of red and brown depending on how the light hits it. It’s definitely a bold color for me, but what’s great about it is that it’s professional enough that I won’t get crazy stares when I walk into a room. The pictures above and below really show it at it’s best when the light is hitting it at the right angle. I can’t wait for old man winter and his side chick polar vortex to just head on some where else so I can show off my new hair color in the sun. So what do you think of my new hair color?
I really really really want to color my natural hair. Although I just went natural and I should be focusing on perfecting my regimen I can’t help but stare at pictures of gorgeous naturals with amazing daring hair colors. The photo of Chrisette Michelle above stops me in my tracks. First of all she’s wearing a box hair cut and it’s strategically colored the perfect shades of blonde to fit her face. Match that with stellar brows, glowing skin and a fierce matte red lipstick and you have the perfect look. I’ve decided that I am going to color my hair, but I’m going to wait until May. This will give me an extra four months to grow my hair like crazy, perfect my regimen and decide on the perfect hair color. In the mean time here are a few Pinterest Natural Hair Insipration’s that I’ve stumbled upon
California Lace Wigs and Weaves is one of the largest online vendors of Custom Lace Wigs. I had the opportunity to chat with the founder Annette Jones about the company and you can read all about it here. Now lets get to this super fabulous hair!!!
While California Lace Wigs and Weaves makes amazing custom wigs they also retail hair extensions. In the picture above I’m wearing what they call the “Basic Closure Package” which consist of a 16″ medium density swiss lace closure and 2-18′ 4oz bundles of Malaysian Loose Curl Hair.
The hair came packaged in a nice box and was already shampoo’d and deep conditioned. I re-shampooed and conditioned the hair as I always do to make sure it was sew in ready. During the washing there was no issues with shedding or tangling. I allowed the hair to air dry and it went right back to it’s natural texture.
Shedding and Tangling: I honestly didn’t see much shedding with this hair. None that would cause alarm. I did however experience some tangling at the nape of the hair but nothing that cause the dreaded “bird nest”.
Styling: I used minimal products on this hair. Mostly water and a leave in conditioner. The ends did seem to get a bit dry as time went on. This hair can be flat ironed, though I do recommend using a heat protectant. After flat ironing a couple of sections I placed water on the hair and it went back to it’s normal texture.
I filmed a YT video where you can hear more about the hair so check it out here.
Make sure you check out California Lace Wigs and Weaves online. They have some great wig units that I definitely plan to invest in.
Remember back when I showed you my awesome Chocolate Bundle Remy Hair? No welp, click here and refresh your memory a bit. This hair is 100% human and has not been previously chemically treated. This means you can custom color this hair to whatever shade your prefer. I decided that I wanted to do something funky and change the hair to a dark brown with purple highlights. Now, we all know that the color of the swatch you see is not always how the color comes out. It probably would have had I left it on a little bit longer but all in all I was pretty happy with the result. Afterwards I washed and deep conditioned the hair and left it air dry. The following day I curled the hair using the wand. I had no shedding or tangling issues whatsoever!
If you take a look at the first three pictures below you’ll notice that you can’t really see the hair color. This is great for me because that means I can wear this Upart wig in a professional setting without worry of the color being extreme.
This is the way the hair looks when in direct sunlight. I love how it’s a gorgeous burgundy with some deeper purple streaks throughout. Since this color definitely does not match my hair color I plan on purchasing another bundle of the Chocolate Hair and having my stylist make a full wig. I will say that the curls slightly fell as the day wore on and I did not have the wig on so this brand of hair does not hold curls well but would work great if you’re looking to rock a straight do.
So what do you think of my newly colored Chocolate Hair? Fab isn’t it?
Time is definitely flying! I am 8 months into my transition phase and my roots are telling all my secrets. This time I decided to take a break from my usual and rock some Chocolate Hair! Chocolate Hair is by the company ChocolateHairs.com and is 100% Unprocessed Natural Virgin Cuticle Hair. I received three packs of hair in the following lengths 14,16, and 18.
It’s a Wigs “Molly” is ubber ubber super duper short. Like honestly either my head is just massive or the model in this picture has a super teeny head because it took me FOREVER to get it to fit my head.
Okay let me give you the basics, as I said this is a Human Hair full cap wig. There are no combs but there are adjustable straps on the back. In order to get this baby on I actually had to unhook the straps. I think the best way to wear this wig, if you have a lot of hair, would be to mold your hair down or really really get your hair flat. Even after a good flat iron I still had too much bulk which caused the front not to lay down as far on my head like the picture of the model [Read more...]
California Lace Wigs and Weaves was established in the Summer of 2006 by Annette Jones. Quickly rising to one of the most sought after American Lace Wig Vendors around. California Lace Wigs and Weaves offers a plethora of options ranging from extensions to Stock Lace Wigs and Weaves, Custom Units and even Medical Lace Wigs. Now that I’ve been wearing extensions and wigs while I transition I jumped at the chance to chat with Annette and learn a bit more about the brand. Check out my interview below.
1. How did you get your start in the Wig and Hair Extension Industry?
I have always loved hair, so wearing hair that is of great quality was always important to me. In early 2002 I heard about lace wigs and went on a quest to find out who was making them. Back then it was a Hollywood secret and hard to get info on the new hair trend. After finally locating a vendor, and making several purchases I quickly realized the hair used for these wigs did not meet my expectations. I enjoyed the concept of wearing lace wigs as a protective style but I disliked the quality of hair. I knew if I could find a top quality hair source and wig designer the new hair trend would become a hit. I wore the wigs for several years before I actually started investing and selling them. Studied the process of different hair textures, treatment, origins, caps and construction because it was important for me to make sure the product sold is of superior quality. Once confident and certain I could deliver a product I was proud to wear, I partnered with a hair supplier and designing team and the rest is history. California Lace Wigs & Weaves launched in the summer of 2006.
[one_half last="no"]2. There are several companies and independent hair dealers trying to make their stay in the industry. What do you think sets your company apart from other companies and what people do you want to purchase from your company?[/one_half]
[one_half last="no"]The industry is growing rapidly, there is so much competition today. Everyone wants to be a hair dealer but many lack the knowledge required to stay relevant. California Lace Wigs & Weaves (CLWW) has been around for years, we know the business, our team is very knowledgeable on every thing hair. We only sell 100% Human hair specialize in a variety of hair textures. We provide hair for all ethnicities and ship hair worldwide. Our customer service is exceptional, we stand behind our product 100%.[/one_half]
3. Many people associate wigs and hair extensions with African Americans. Do you see diversity amongst your clients and if so how has your business grown to accommodate it.
African Americans make up a high percentage of the sales when it comes to human hair however, there is definitely a large number of non African Americans who wear hair extensions and wigs. People of every ethnic group experience hair loss which leads to the purchase of wigs and/or extensions. Others wear the hair as a protective style or to add volume and length to their own hair. There are so many advanced techniques and different ways to wear donor hair, as a result, CLWW has grown tremendously. [one_half last="no"]…[/one_half]
4.What product would you recommend to a client that is transitioning from relaxed to Natural?
CLWW offers a variety of hair textures to accommodate every woman. Going from a relaxer to natural no longer has to be a challenge. We have options to choose from. You can wear a full lace wig while transitioning, or wefted hair that comes in a kinky or curly texture that can easily be matched to your natural texture.
A. Someone who works out a lot?
When working out, while wearing a wig/weave it’s always recommended that you tie your hair up to avoid tangling.
B. Someone who wants to look great on a first date?
Clip in extensions are fun and easy. They can be installed at home. They add volume and length, Clip ins snap on and off for quick styles.
5. Often times problems that come with wigs or extension arise from improper care and maintenance. What advice would you give a new extension or wig wearer for prolonging the life of their new hair. How should the hair be cared for at night if wearing extensions?
I can never stress enough how important it is to treat the wig/extensions like it’s growing from your scalp. It’s human hair!!!! If you process, color and use heat on it daily it’s likely to act unruly, just like your natural hair would. At CLWW we suggest if you want long lasting tresses, LESS is BEST….. The less you do to the hair the better. Virgin unprocessed, un-colored hair is much healthier and stronger then hair that has been processed and colored. Little to no heat is suggested to avoid the hair from becoming dry and brittle. At night we recommend that you sleep on a silk or satin pillow case or wear a silk or stain bonnet to retain moisture and allow for easy manageability.
[one_half last="no"]6. Spills the tea! Which celebrities are wearing your hair and how can we get the same look?[/one_half]
[one_half last="no"]CLWW has provided hair for countless celebs over the years. Most recently, Jill Scott was spotted rocking a CLWW afro curly wig at her Australia concert. Lil Kim was just seen in a 24 inch Virgin Wavy wig while hosted a birthday party in St. Louis for her new artist Tiffany Foxx. All wigs/extensions seen on celebs can be purchased at our online store.[/one_half]
7. Would you ever be willing to bring California Lace Wigs Weaves to the East Coast?
Our store is online only. However, over 40% of our customers are on the east coast. We get much love from the east coast, the support there has always been overwhelming!
Annette Jones Founder of California Lace Wigs and Weaves
Since I’m transitioning, protecting my hair from heat damage is very very important. I’ve had heat damage before and so when half of your hair is damaged and straight and the other half is naturally curly it really makes you rethink things. I usually try to keep to only using heat on my hair 2-3x’s per week and when I do I always reach for a heat protectant. Heat Protectants protect your hair from the potential damage that can result from daily use of heat-related hair care products, such as dryers and flat irons. With the help of some of my Beauty Blogger Friends I put together a list of our favorite heat protectants. Check out the list and where you can find them.
1. Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Nut Heat Protectant $17
2. Redken Iron Shape 11 Finishing Thermal Spay $19
3. ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray $25
5. Got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm $4.99
6. Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Sleek Flat Iron Styling Mist Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil $9
7. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum $20
8. Suave Moroccan Argan Oil $5
9. CatWalk Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray $14.95
10.Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Get $23
Are any of these your favorites or did we miss one you feel must be on the list? Comment below!
“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pantene through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pantene Truly Natural, all opinions are my ow
Transitioning is not easy. I’ve made it to month 7 by the grace of God, but each and every time my hair isn’t in a protective do I just want to grab the scissors and start snipping off all my relaxed ends. Taking care of your hair while transitioning is very important. This is why I alway look for products that are geared towards natural hair but will work well for a transitioner like me.
I recently had the opportunity to try out the Patene Truly Natural Hair Care line and I really like the products. Since I’m wearing my hair in a braids with a sew in I usually have tons of product build up on my scalp from not being able to wash my hair for a couple of weeks. The Patene Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo worked awesome. I did have to apply shampoo again after rinsing to get a good lather but I could tell that it really got my scalp clean. The Patene Deep conditioner should be a favorite of anyone, I applied it throughout my entire hair and then sat with a plastic cap to let the product marinate and work it’s magic. After rinsing my hair felt so soft! Since I’m not 100% natural I knew the the Pantene Truly Natural Defining Curls Custard wouldn’t work to well, though I did give it a try and on wet hair it looked very promising.
My favorite out of all the products was the Shine Serum with Argan Oil. As the weather gets colder I feel my hair just gets drier and dier so this was a great addition. When I use the Shine Serum with Argan Oil I apply a generous amount to my hair while wet and then blow dry it through. The Shine Serum Argan Oil wasn’t too thick and it wasn’t too runny like some other brands I’ve seen.
After blow drying my hair felt absolutely amazing and my scalp was soo clean! What I like most about the Patene Truly Natural line is that it’s budgetnista friendly and is truly made for natural hair. The whole set will cost you less than $25, and it’s available at all your local stores. Check out more from this awesome line of hair care products by visiting the Pantene website or checking them out on Facebook or Youtube.
Last February I had Senegalese Twist installed. I hadn’t had braids in years and I wanted to take a break from doing my hair so I decided that they would be the best thing. Everything was going great honestly, the braids didn’t feel too tight around my edges and I had no issues with hair bumps that indicate such. No problems that is until I took my braids out. I noticed thats some of my hair came out with my braids seriously thinning the edges along my right temple.
The picture shown above is actually about several months later with tons of new growth, even though the area is still thin just imagine that it was 10x’s worse when it first occurred. As a Women of Color I know how precious edges are and how it can cause one to lose a bit a self confidence. I mostly now wear my hair in styles that cover my that side, or if I’m wearing a sew in as a protective style my stylist is sure to leave a large portion of my hair out around that area.
The clip in Bangs come are 100% Remy Human Hair and come with three small clip attachments that allow you easily secure the unit onto your hair without worry about it pulling. What I really liked is that the hair mimics relaxed hair so it blends really well even if you’re transitioning as I am.
Installing the unit was easy. I just sectioned off a very small part of my hair to comb and blend with the bangs above and under it. The hair at the bottom allows for good support for the combs also. Once it’s installed where you want it you can use a flat iron to increase the swoopage of the bang.
Notice how it adds awesome coverage to my recouping edges!! This way I can still rock a pony tail and not worry about feeling self conscious. I am applying Jamaican Black Castor Oil Nightly and as I said before my hair has come a long way but this here swoop bang is gonna make the this journey a little bit easier. Interested in your own side bang? You can find them at SassySecret.com and it only retails for $39.99!
I’ve had my fair share of run in’s with a hair dryer. Their hot, heavy, and noisy. I’m transitioning so I’m taking a lot of care in all aspects of my hair, including the blow drying process. Usually when I blow dry my hair I’m stuck upstairs in my bathroom with the door closed to contain the noise and not disturb my husband and his TV watching. Anyone else have this dilemma?
I recently received the Q Zone Quiet dryer to review, and honey it came at the right time because my previous dryer was on it’s last legs. The Q Zone Quiet dryer retails for $110 and is equipped with a Power Booster as well as a removable concentrator attachment. I personally didn’t think it would live up to it’s name. I’ve become accustomed to the fact that hair dryers are just supposed to be loud. The louder they are the faster they get your hair dry. After washing my hair and adding my concoction of leave in’s I plugged in the Q Zone Quiet dryer and was ready to go. Well, I thought I was ready to go until I turned the dryer on and barely heard anything. I mean, I know the box says “Insanely Quiet Technology” but I didn’t know a dryer could be this quiet. After using it to dry the first quadrant of my hair I decided I needed to speed things up so I inserted the Power Booster which boost velocity up to 50mph! Now we were rocking! The speed was excellent but what was even more astounding was that it sounded exactly the same as before I added the Power Booster! I was able to dry my hair in almost half the time it would have taken me with a normal dryer. After I finished up I asked my husband what he thought of how loud my new dryer was, and he said “I couldn’t tell you had your door closed.” Funny thing is… I didn’t.
I really think this is a pretty awesome hair dryer. The Ceramic Tourmaline and power booster worked well for my kinky roots and got them manageably straight. I love how light weight the dryer is and how even though my drying time was cut in half my arms didn’t get tired at all from holding it. If you’re looking for a new hair dryer definitely check out the Q Zone Quiet Dryer. If you’re looking for a new hair dryer look no further. The Q Zone Quiet Dryer can be found at at GlamAlley.com.