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Product of the Month: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

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So I decided once a month I would highlight a natural product that I highly suggest for you all. Being a college student I understand the struggle of being natural on a budget so trust me these products will be in your price range.

The Product of this month will be Shea Moistures New Jamaican Black Castor Oil line. This new line is what every natural hair sister has been waiting for. This line targets healthy hair growth and restoration with its special blend of organic sourced ingredients. Some ingredients include Rice Protein which makes your hair thicker and smooth’s hair stands. Another ingredient is Peppermint Oil which stimulates your scalps circulation.

Products (6 Total Items):

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Conditioners provide a protective layer that improves the appearance of split ends. Peppermint oil stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience

Ultra-moisturizing formula protects against the damaging effects of heat styling. Increases hair’s resistance to breakage, so hair can grow strong and healthy.

Revives dull, damaged or chemically treated hair. Promotes growth by strengthening and conditioning hair, increasing resistance to breakage. Rosemary Oil stimulates the scalp to help support healthy hair growth.

Blocks the effects of humidity, while controlling reversion and flyaway hair for sleek, frizz-free styles. Nutrient-rich formula helps promote growth by strengthening and conditioning hair.

Helps promote growth by supporting hair’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of breakage and shredding. Peppermint oil stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience. Leaves hair soft, manageable and shiny.

Promotes growth by nourishing and strengthening damaged or chemically processed hair, reducing the appearance of breakage and shedding. Apple Cider Vinegar aids in regulating and balancing pH levels on the scalp, while softening hair to promote enhanced growth.

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I hope that this product shows as much love to you as it has done for me. You can find these products at your local Walgreens or CVS. Until next time my loves!

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Natural Hair Tips for the Summer.

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Well ladies, Summer has arrived. Is your natural hair ready? Summer comes with fun outdoor activities so AfroMadu wants to make sure your hair looks both beautiful and healthy! I will be giving you some tips on how to keep your hair beautiful, free of frizz or damage, and protect it from the harsh sun!

Tip 1: Don’t Fight your Hair! Don’t waste your time this summer trying to do twist-outs because it will turn intoBlackhair1 a big fro-out. Instead of that I suggest wash-n-go’s or any other style that goes with your hair texture. Protective styles such as; braids, Havana twist, quick weaves, or any updo’s are very good for the summer time. Styles as such will keep your hair from your face and neck which will keep you cooler.

Tip 2: Co-Washing is a MUST! If you already co-wash, do it more frequently in the summer. It gets rids of all that sweat and chlorine from the pool fun you are having. After co-washing, shake and go and have fun in the sun.

images-140Tip 3: LOTS OF HATS! Natural hair can be so unpredictable, especially in these humid Summer days. Hats are a great accessory that goes with any and everything. I suggest beanies, sunhats, or even caps. 

Tip 4: NO HEAT STYLING! Heat from the sun plus heat you apply to your hair is just doubling the damage. Instead embrace your hair texture and try protective styles and wash-n-go’s. 

Tip 5: Hydration is KEY. Make sure you are hydrated inside and out. Please drink the appropriate amount of water in oz. every day. Also
 remember to hydrate your hair with water daily, it’s the best moisturizer.

Tip 6: Oil, Oil, Oil!  While enjoying your summer on the beach remember to keep your hair moisturized. Theimages-142 sun’s damaging rays made fade your color and leave your hair feeling like a straw texture. I recommend you use Argon oil, “raw” Shea butter, Jojoba Monoi Oil, and whipped coconut oil.

 images-143Tip 7: What to sleep on? Sleep on a satin pillowcase or a pillow bonnet to look in the moisture in your hair. This also helps prevent breakage and protects your hair from the damaging summer weather. A satin pillowcase also helps not only your hair but also your skin    

 Tip 8: Moisturize. Ladies after being in the sun for so long make sure you keep your hair moisturized. Apply a hydrated leave-in treatment such as a leave in conditioner that will make your hair softer, free from frizz, and manageable. Deep conditions are recommended every two weeks to rejuvenate your hair .   

 Tip 9: Protect your hair before you swim! Coat your hair with conditioner before diving into a chlorine filled pool or salt water ocean. It’s better to fill your hair strands with proteins and moisturizers. Chlorine and salt can change the color of your hair and cause it to become excessively dry and susceptible to breakage.

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Tip 10: EMBRACE YOUR SHRINKAGE!!!! Ladies the summer is when you will be experiencing the most shrinkage but embrace every bit of it. Shrinkage isn’t all bad because it’s your hair’s way of protecting itself from losing moisture.

Don’t let summer take advantage of your beautiful tresses! Use our tips to love and protect your hair in the summer!

 

My New Found Hair Journey

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 I must say my hair and I have had a love hate relationship these past couple of years. I went from having a perm for five years to transitioning into being all natural. After letting my natural hair grow out I decided to do the BIG CHOP and cut off my relaxed ends. Protective styles such as braids and quick weaves really helped my hair growth. If you are looking for a new protective style or even a fresh new hair style I recommend YouTube and Pinterest. After being three years natural I must say my fro had never looked so big and healthy. Personally the Cantu products really have helped my hair with growth and moisture. I always had a big issue with my hair becoming dry after I do my wash and go’s, but Cantu’s daily moisturizer really gives my fro life.

Recently about two months ago I became bored with my hair and decided to cut my hair. A part of me was scared to cut it because I did not know how I would look with a short cut, but the other part of me was ready for a change. I finally swallowed my pride and went to the hair salon and got it cut. But my sisters if you are going to get your hair cut make sure that it looks good both straight and natural. After wearing my new cut straight for about two weeks it was time to wash my hair and bring my curls back. I absolutely loved my natural hair with my new cut but a big part of my started to miss my big fro.

 On June 1, 2014 I went to the barbershop and cut off all my hair and decided to start all over. This hair cut has got to be the best decision I have ever made in a long time. I have so much confidence in myself now because I am no longer looking at my outside beauty but I am more focused on the beauty inside of me. This is not only a hair journey but this is a journey of self-growth. Don’t worry I will keep you updated with my hair journey, until next time my natural hair sisters, love yourself and most importantly your hair!

 

Are You Using the Right Hair Care Products?

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Who said that being natural was easy? It is hard enough trying to find styles that fit you, but it is even harder trying to find the right products for your hair. As a natural hair sister, you have to be conscious of what you are putting in your hair and how much you are putting in your hair. Personally I have found YouTube as a helpful source for new products I could try on my hair. But first before purchasing your natural hair care products remember to read the back of the label to check for harmful ingredients that are not healthy for your natural hair. Here are the top 10 ingredients to avoid putting in your hair:

  1. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
  2. MINERAL OIL & PETROLATUM
  3. POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG)
  4. PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG)
  5. SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
  6. CHLORINE
  7. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethnanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine)
  8.  FD & C Color PIGMENTS
  9. FRAGRANCE
  10. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN

(Source: nappturality.com)

If you see any of the ingredients above in your products PUT IT DOWN! These products will do nothing but rip your hair from its natural state. Now I will give you some great products that will help you with your natural hair journey. But remember not all hair is alike so find what works for your hair; some will not work for all. Keep experimenting!

Pre- poos: A treatment applied prior to shampooing that consists of oils and/ or conditioners.

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  • Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre- Shampoo Hair Treatment
  • Castor Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
  • Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner

Shampoos: Every natural hair sister needs a good, effective shampoo. Shampoo as often as necessary, the more products used the more often your hair should be shampooed.

  • Giovanni Shampoo 50:50 Balanced Hydrating- Clarifying
  • SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo
  • SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Kinky- Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

 

Co-washes: Generally consists of using conditioner in place of shampoo.

  • As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleaning Conditioner
  • As I Am Cleaning Pudding
  • As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner
  • Hamadi Ginger Soymilk Hair Wash
  • Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream Conditioning Curl Wash

Instant Conditioners: “Instantly” moisturizes the hair and makes it easier to manage

  • Aussie Moist Conditioner by Lush
  • Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curls and Waves Conditioner
  • SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
  • Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner
  • Miss Jessie’s Crème de la Crème Conditioner

Deep Conditioners: can yield many great results, such as moisturizing hair, which make it more manageable and restores nutrients such as protein.

  • Motions Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Pantene Curly Hair Series Deep Moisturizing Treatment
  • Jessicurl Deep Conditioner
  • Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner
  • Organic Roots Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise

Leave- in Conditioner: will provide your natural hair with moisture and nourishment it will need until your next wash day.  

  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave- in Conditioner Repair Cream
  • Kinky- Curly Knot Today
  • Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave- In Conditioner
  • SheaMoister Organic Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
  • Mixed Chicks Leave- in Conditioner

Oils and Sealants: Sealing the hair especially the ends is a very important step in your hair regimen. For sealing to be effective use a water- based moisturizer and then seal with an oil.

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  • Argan oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Vatika Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil

Stylers: Results in a more controlled, sleeker, and more voluminous look.

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Kinky- Curly Curling Custard
  • Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel
  • Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing
  • As I Am Twist Defining Cream
  • Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer
  • Blended Beauty Happy Nappy
  • Curls Whipped Cream
  • Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue
  • Miss Jessie’s Stretch Silkening Cream

Whether you are transitioning or have been natural all your life this hair product list is a great start. Find a daily routine that fits you and your hair and keep a hair journal to document your beautiful hair journey. Until next time my natural hair sisters, love yourself and most importantly your hair!

 

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Miss Jessie’s: Product Recommendation

During our preparation for finals I decided to try a few products by Miss Jessie. As most know, Miss Jessie’s is on the expensive side of the natural hair care products. However, as I was browsing around on their website I noticed they had a “Free Samples” tab. Everyone loves free samples-especially college students. I clicked on the tab immediately and discovered I could select two different products for free (you have to pay for shipping and handling which is $1). In addition, they will let you try their new shampoo “Super Slip Sudy Shampoo” for free. I selected the famous Curly Pudding and Curly Butter Creme. 

 

Curly Pudding

39_mj1As the instructions stated I washed my hair (I use KeraCare Shampoo and Conditioner) and while it was still wet I applied the Curly Pudding. The instructions recommends for it to dry naturally or use a diffuser (fancy name for blow dryer) for quick dying and added volume. This particular day i had a meeting to attend and inserted the Curly Pudding about 30mins before I needed to leave-it did not dry fast enough naturally. So I had to use a blow dryer.

 

As the first day went on my curls looked amazing. Actually, for the next few days my curls looked amazing. However, I did not like the way my hair felt. It was soft but not as soft as my hair would be without any products. Curly Pudding for me gets a 4 out of 5. I loved the curls but did not like how long it took to dry and the difference in the texture of my hair.

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Curly Butter Creme

Once again I followed instructions (I do that well). This time Curly Butter Creme instructs to insert the product in one’s hair either wet or dry and can be used as a daily moisturizer. After I washed my hair and dried it the best I could-I inserted the Curly Butter Creme. This product has a minty smell to it. While applying I felt a cooling sensation (please let me know I am not the only one to feel this sensation). However, once the sensation went away my curls looked amazing once again. I was a little nervous on the first day that I would smell extra minty. So Curly Butter Creme gets a 4 out of 5 from me. Yet again I loved the curls but did not like the uneasy feeling of smelling extremely minty all day.

 

History on Miss Jessie’s

Unknown-11Miss Jessie’s was founded by two sisters, Miko and Titi Branch, in 2004. They named their product after their paternal grandmother, Miss Jessie, who would use an egg and mayonnaise treatment for their curly natural hair. In 2000, the sisters decided to open a natural hair care salon together. While the salon was becoming a success, Titi realized there were not any products that catered to their clients needs. So she worked hard and created Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. From there multiple products came about, such as Curly Butter Creme, Baby Butter Creme, and Curly Meringue. The products have been featured in multiple magazines and received numerous awards. Miss Jessie’s has sustained a prominent place in the hair care world and it plans to stay there for years to come.

 

My Recommendation

Of course every product compliments every texture of hair differently. As African American women our hair naturally curls up (some call them n**** naps). If we allow our hair to fall into its natural state before placing multiple natural products then we would not have to buy products to make our hair curly. If wanting to enhance the already natural curl I would recommend Curly Butter Creme. Despite its cooling sensation, the product left my hair much softer than the Curly Pudding. Would I use Curly Butter every day like the package suggests? No. However, I would consider using it once a week. Lastly, please support Miss Jessie’s (www.missjessies.com) even if it is ordering their free samples to see what works best for you.

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If you are a Miss Jessie’s fan or just trying it out for the first time-let me know how it compliments your hair.

 

~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)