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Boldo Essential Oil

Properties: Anti inflammatory, anti rheumatic, anti septic, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, hepatic, insecticide, narcotic, stimulant and vermifuge.
Health Benefits: Sedates inflammations, treats rheumatism & arthritis, protects against septic, promotes bile secretion, facilitates digestion, increases urination & removal of toxins, good for liver, kills & repells insects, intoxicating, stimulates functions, kills worms



Ah, the teenie weenie afro. Liberating for some, a puzzle for others, and a beautiful thing in general. But it can be frustrating once you get rid of those relaxed ends. What now? Here are a few ideas/experiences that I’ve had concerning the TWA.

Of course you have more options with a few inches of hair as opposed to a closly cropped fade, but that doesn’t mean you can’t thoroughly enjoy your TWA experience.

WASH AND GO

This is the simplest option. Really your TWA doesn’t need that much styling. I know most of you who’ve just BC’d can’t wait for your hair to grow, grow, (dammit grow!) but it does take time and trying to kill yourself making a simple style complicated is not going to help.
One day you may see yourself wishing for those days when you had a 5 minute detangling session instead of a 20 minute one. Wash n go, moisturize as needed, tie up your hair with a silk/satin scarf at night. I sure wish I’d kept it more simple during those days

GET A WIG

As much as I despise the dependency a lot of women have on wigs, they do make good protective styles. They are especially useful if you are not yet comfortable with your TWA just yet.
Let’s face it, some people can BC 5 weeks after their last relaxer and rock a fade without a problem while some of us (yes, US, as in me too ladies!!) would rather hide under a rock after the BC because we are afraid. Everyone may not agree with this, but I think a wig helps while you are getting used to your new hair. You may even choose to get a wig that moreso resembles natural hair if you like.
I would encourage everyone to take care with your hair under the wig. Cornrow, braid or twist it underneath and don’t neglect it. Continue your healthy hair habits. I personally do not like a nylon cap directly against my hair and choose to wear a satin bonnet or scarf under the nylon cap. Make sure it’s not too tight as this can cause problems with your edges. Also beware of having your head wet under the wig for long periods of time.
And try not to hang onto the wig for too long. You have a beautiful head of hair under there that wants to be released. Don’t deny it.

BRAIDS OR KINKY TWISTS

Another idea is to braid your hair up. This will allow it to grow and is a good protective style. Make sure you have a good braider (if you’re not doing them yourselves) who does not braid too tightly or put stress on your edges. You don’t need traction alopecia messing up your beautiful new head of hair.

FINGERCOILS/ SHINGLING

I wish I had a picture of my first set of fingercoils on my 3-4 inches of hair, but I never got a picture that day. I remember loving it though, even though some of them were sticking up. This style can take some practice and experimenting to do, but it can be done on short hair. Some ladies don’t like the look of it on shorter hair, but I’ve always thought it was an adorable style.

TWISTS/ TWIST OUT

I didn’t really care for twists on my TWA but I liked my twist outs. They can still give you a different pattern. Also something that takes practice and experimenting.

BANDING

If you are a little put off by the shrinkage, you can try banding. This is a good way to stretch your hair out a bit without using potentially damaging heat. It can also, depending on how it’s done, give the hair a more wavy appearance.

STRAIGHT

I hesitate to even recommend that option since I am pretty adamant that one should get used to their hair in its natural texture before running to the hot comb. Heat straightening can be damaging to your newly liberated locks and, until you get used to your new hair and what it can and can not handle, extreme heat may not be advisable.
Some ladies do like to use a blowdryer on a cool setting and a comb attachment to do a blow out. Rollersetting may be hard to do on shorter hair but it’s not impossible. If you decide to, flat iron with care and be sure to use a heat protectant.

HAIR ACCESSORIES

Accessories can be your best friend with a TWA. Scarves, headbands, head wraps, flowers all make your beautiful TWA even more beautiful.
Little golden lamb (who was once natural but is now relaxed) really knew how to accessorize her TWA with flowers and scarves. I personally really stuck to scarves and bought everyone that I could find.
Head or hair wraps are also a way to go. They are beautiful and cover the hair completely.

Click this video to see 10 ways to style your TWA


Camellia Seed Oil (Tea Oil)

Botanical Name: Camellia sinensis or Camellia oleifera
Aroma: Light and Herbaceous.
Viscosity: Medium.
Color: Pale to Golden Yellow.
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years.

Notes: Camellia Seed Oil, also known as Tea Oil, is cold pressed from the seeds of Camellia sinensis or Camellia oleifera, the same trees that render the leaves used for green, white and black tea. It offers good skin penegration. The seed oil is said to be rich in anti-oxidants including Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and non-essential fatty acids including oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid.
Caffeine is a water soluble compound. Although tea leaves contain caffeine, Camellia Seed Oil probably does not. I, however, have not been able to verify this.
Do not confuse this oil with Tea Tree Essential Oil. Tea Tree Essential Oil is a volatile essential oil with a strongly medicinal aroma whereas Camellia Seed Oil is a vegetable (fatty) oil from an entirely different plant species.

Bun

Posted on: April 21, 2011


What is a hair Bun?
A bun (also known as a bobtail) is a type of hairstyle, typically worn by women, where the hair is pulled back from the face, twisted or plaited, and wrapped in a circular coil around itself, typically on the back of the head or neck. They can either be secured with a hairpiece, a hairnet and bobby pins. They may be tightly gathered or slightly messier and more informal. Buns, like ponytails, may cause headaches if worn too tight or up too high on the head.
Men are not often seen wearing them, but they can do so. This may be because they are using it in a practical way such as in sport or using it in a formal way.
Also known as a “ballet bun,” this hairstyle is used by nearly all female ballet dancers and some male ballet dancers, with a few notable exceptions. Ballet dancers often use hairnets and bobby pins to make the bun as tight and neat as possible. This is especially important while turning, as loose buns may fall out and the bun has to look presentable.

How to Make the Perfect Bun
1. Apply the gel of your choice through your hair. To get the “slick” look, use a gel marketed to athletes (such as Dep). This type of gel usually helps fight humidity and calms the frizzies, especially in curly hair

2. Secure your hair in a ponytail using a ponytail holder. Position the ponytail about where you want the bun to lay. If you are going for an elegant look, set the ponytail lower down. For a dance performance or work around the house, set it a bit higher

3. Twist the tail either in two sections or one (For people who have longer, thicker hair may want to separate the tail into 2 pieces). Guide the twist into a coil around the ponytail holder. For people with longer, thicker hair, bobby-pin the coil into place as you wind it around and around the ponytail holder. People with shorter, thinner hair can often get away with winding and twisting the coil first and then inserting bobby pins about 45 degrees apart from each other (think of your bun as a circle)

4. Make sure to secure the end of the ponytail to the bun with a bobby pin

5. To continue with that sleek, pulled back look, you may opt to wrap a hairnet that matches your hair around the bun. This will keep any stray hairs in place and is especially crucial if you are putting your hair in a bun to go exercising (so it will not fall out of place). Secure the hairnet with more bobby pins

6. Smooth down with more gel or sprits if prefered


THIS IS FOR MY DEAR FRIEND WHO LOVES TO WASH CARS! LOL YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE 🙂

Femme Fatale: Feeling Fierce While Rocking a TWA

I noticed that when I first did my big chop, people expected me to wear long earrings that reach my shoulders. I mean I love my earrings, dont get me wrong but it isn’t for everyone. I see the trend often…natural divas with short hair wearing big earrings.

As much as I love earrings, I think big earrings can be overwhelming for some head shapes. Is there a need to do things considered more feminine simply because you’re rocking a TWA? Allow me to indulge you, with ways to feel more feminine while rocking a TWA or other short hair style.




7 Ways to Be a Femme Fatale while Rocking a TWA

Wear earrings and other jewelry. Earrings don’t have to be ridiculously big, but remember with a short ‘do, your ears will be more visible. Other jewelry that might make you feel more feminine include necklaces, and maybe even a nose ring. The main jewelry will be earrings. This is why you see so many women with TWAs wearing big earrings.

Keep your eyebrows arched. If you’re wearing a TWA, everything about your face will stand out. This is a good thing, as your natural features won’t be obscured by hair. On the other hand, since rocking a TWA, I notice my eyebrows even more when they aren’t arched. It can make me self-conscious, so I plan to keep them arched more often. Instead of getting them waxed professionally, consider grooming them yourself with a razor. If you get them waxed, have the look last longer by plucking stray pieces with a tweezer.

Wear makeup. As I said, your face will stand out more. To compliment your groomed eyebrows, wear a bold eyeshadow look. If you don’t have as much time in the morning, just wear a bright lip stain and a pale blush. If you’re not into makeup, stick with lip gloss and blush. A cute picture of Solange (see above) that I love shows how a bold lip and small earrings can make any TWA rocker into a femme fatale.

Wear form fitting clothes. This does not mean you have to dress provocatively. Form fitting clothes will make you feel more feminine. Think skinny jeans, fitted tops, and bright colors. Also consider wearing casual dresses and skirts more often. A cute Maxi dress or pencil skirt will do the trick.

Accessorize your hair with clips, flowers, and other hair accessories. Once you obtain more length, experiment with headbands*, clips, flower, and even feathers. This tip is inspired by all the cute accessories I see Natural Chica wearing on her blog and Facebook fan page. A YouTube video on how she makes some of her accessories can be found here.

Accentuate your eyelashes with mascara. A deep black mascara that makes lashes look thicker and longer will add a fierce feminine touch to your visage. You may want to consider fake lashes, but since this sight is all about being natural, I would suggest only mascara. You also may want to only wear clear mascara to separate and lengthen the lashes. Clear mascara is also a great way to tame unruly eyebrows until your next arching/eyebrow grooming.

Walk tall and be proud. I need to work on this myself, as my posture could use improvement. When you consider yourself a natural diva or natural goddess, you will exude a level of confidence that no amount of cute accessories or big earrings can. There is much more to being a woman than how much hair you have on your head. Remember to represent for the natural divas that rock TWAs.


How to properly cleanse afro textured hair

Did you know that the only thing that can really moisturize your hair is water? All the serums, oils and conditioners in the world can’t take its place. All they do is help seal in the moisture that water puts into your hair. There is a myth going around that black women should not wash their hair because it will dry out. This is absolutely not true. Don’t be afraid to wash your hair because it won’t fall out or break off. In fact your hair is screaming for moisture, and generally the more you give it the better it is. Your hair is very delicate, so use the gentlest shampoo available that meets your hair’s needs. Use it sparingly because for black hair squeaky clean isn’t a good thing.

1. Gently detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb.
2. Saturate your hair with water with before you apply the shampoo.
3. Use a dime or quarter-sized amount of shampoo depending on your hair’s length. Work it into lather. Concentrate on your scrubbing your scalp.
Remember, shampoo is for the scalp and conditioner is for the hair.
4. Massage your scalp deeply to invigorate it and loosen flakes that might be there.
5. Thoroughly rinse your hair till all traces of shampoo are gone. This should take about 1 and a half to 2 minutes. Part your hair and check to make sure it’s all out.
6. Gently squeeze the water out of your hair.
NOTE: When I wash my hair it is usually in the shower. I do it in the shower because the steam opens the cuticles and allows for a deeper wash and condition. I always part it into four sections because it is easier to wash for me so I twist each section so they are out of the way before I enter the shower. I apply shampoo to one section at a time. I do this by working the shampoo into my scalp first them running my hand down the shaft of my hair, rinsing at the same time. I do this because my hair easily tangles. Plus, running my hands down the shaft prevents splits in my hair. After I have shampooed one section twice, I apply conditioner the same way. Then twist it up and move on to the next section. It takes about 5 minutes per section so after I am all finished the conditioner will have been in each section about 20 minutes. I untwist all my hair and rinse in cool water about 5 minutes to close my cuticle. Rinsing in cool water also traps in the moisture from the conditioner.


I decided to get a weave after taking my tree braid style down. I must say that I really liked that style and I will do it again. I took it down Monday and had a friend from work wash and blowdry my hair. I detangled with a vanilla deep conditioner and a denman brush. I let that conditioner sit for about an hour before she rinsed me out and blow dried me.

After that, I braided my hair. Now, the hair I got was a super curly wet and wavy that was pretty close to my hair pattern when I did a two strand twist out in my hair. So I left out the sides (about an inch) and the very top. I braided everything else straight down and then braided all those braids into one big braid, then sewed that braid down.

The hair I used. Outre Premium Jerry Curl Weaving 8″ 10″ 12″ Wet and Wavy. This is a box of hair that comes with three pieces and they were 3 different lengths and a closure piece. The “BOX” deal insures that you only need one box to do an entire head.

But what they don’t tell you is that the hair is very thin on the weft. So your wefts may be long, but the hair is EXTREMLEY thin. I have used this brand of hair to do clients weaves and while I applied as much hair as possible, it still wasnt as full so I decided to get a different curl thinking that it will be fuller with tighter curls. And since I wasn’t doing my entire head, it will be okay. So I weaved my hair like normal. Not cutting the track but doing a zig zag formation all the way to the very top.

I wanted to see what it looked like straight. A HOT MESS! Since it was late, I put my hair into 4 flat twists, secured them with perm rods, and went to sleep. I woke up early because i had to wet my hair in the shower. After I wet it, I was angry! I really looked like a long Jheri Curl. FORREAL! I was thinking to myself that this was a disaster. I moused it up and realized that I blow dry hair for a living. And when you want to add volume, you push the hair opposite of where you want it to go. I got my blow dryer out, flipped my hair upside down and began to blowdry. Pulling from the root but not finger combing. After about 6 non-stop minutes of that, I flipped my hair over and it was an afro! LOL, a little better but not what I wanted.

When i got to work, after pulling out my hair to match this weave, it still seemed flat. I decided to add some volumizing spray at the root. I do this for my clients all the time but I never tried this on my hair because I have natural volume. I sprayed the product at th e roots, flipped the hair again, and repeated the blowdry process and… I LIKED IT. I thought about what I could do to make it bigger and forgot I only used 2 of the 3 wefts. I still had th e 8″. When I got home I quickly doubled the weft my had sewing it together and the folded that in half and sewed that together. In all it was 4 times its thickness whick made it easer for me to add the 8″ to the front. After that, I waited till the next morning at wet the top in the shower. This time I waited till I got to work to blowdry my hair. I used the spray and some leave-in conditioner and began to blowdry. Now at this time, my twists were still in. I figured that my natural hair didn’t need volume because all my twistouts are big. After my hair was dry, I took out my twists, and I was happy. My hair was more volumous and it was not a Jheri Curl, but a cute curly fro that resembled my natural hair in a twistout. it wasn’t what I was going for but it turned out pretty cute. Pictures are coming soon.


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