Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Simplify Your Regimen

Tips to help you simplify your regimen
Post by Texture Me Natural.

When it comes to learning your hair and learning what works for your hair I know the task can be daunting, but what I want you to focus on is 4 simple things..... Cleansing, Conditioning, Moisturizing and Sealing. That's all I want you to focus on to start with --everything else is secondary.

Okay, now let's break all of this down...
Cleansing - how often you cleanse your hair is completely up to you. What you use is completely up to you. You can use shampoo, a clay, shampoo bars, acv rinses.... The key is to make sure the hair is free of buildup and residue. If you use a lot of products with heavy ingredients try to cleanse the hair at least twice a month. After you finish cleansing your hair it's time to condition...

Condition - You should always follow your cleansing session with a conditioner in order to restore moisture. Apply your favorite conditioner and leave it in for at 15 minutes. Rinse, wrap your hair in an old tee and proceed with moisturizing and sealing.

Moisture - Lightly mist the section you're working with water and apply your moisturizer/leave-in. Work the product through from roots to tips and make sure the product has been applied to those ends because they are the most fragile part of the hair. Now lets seal...

Sealing - Apply an oil, butter or aloe vera juice. Which one works best? Try them all to see which one your hair responds to best. And when I say "responds to" that means pay attention to the one that leaves your hair feeling soft with minimal frizz by days end.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Motions® Secret Style Event
Join some of your favorite beauty bloggers for a secret style event! Visit the Walmart Supercenter on 7525 Winchester Rd from 4p-8p to get personalized beauty tips and free samples, enjoy refreshments, and enter to win exclusive prizes! Door prizes will also be given out to the first 50 people who attend!
Share the event and invite others to join you using #curly2straightTN
There will be five(5) live giveaways at the event and the prize packs will consist of:
Chi Flat Iron
Hooded Hair Dryer
Motions Straight Finish Product line

Approx. total value: $150

Love Being Natural
Discover Motion®’s Natural line with their new 3-step system that lets you go from curly to straight and bounce right back to natural curls. The Bounce Back Formula preps, protects, and seals your hair. So unlike permanent straightening systems, your hair will return to its natural curly texture after one wash.
PREP – Motions Straight Finish™ Cleanser: Re-hydrating conditioning shampoo, blended with Shea Butter and Keratin, helps replenish moisturization for naturally curly textures.
PROTECT – Motions Straight Finish™ Leave-In Conditioner: Formulated for natural textures, with coconut oil and keratin, this leave-in formula adds a layer of strengthening moisturizers that helps protect hair before heat styling.
SEAL – Motions Straight Finish™ Sealer: A heat-straightening serum formulated for natural textures and infused with almond oil and keratin. Helps retain moisturization and frizz control.


Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for all hair types. It will moisturize, thicken, strengthen and rapidly increase hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles. Jamaican Black Castor Oil will also prevent hair breakages, dandruff, eczema and dry, itchy scalp. Jamaican Black Castor Oil has crossed over into other ethnic groups, and is now being used widely for some of the same purposes, as well as new found uses including eyelash and eyebrow hair growth and as massage oil. This versatile oil carries many varied uses.

Over the last ten years, it is an established precedent that Jamaican Black Castor oil is more effective than the clear pharmacy castor oil because of the ash content due to roasting of the beans. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more ash content, the more effective the oil. This is not a myth, it is evidence based on scientific facts.

A bottle can serve as a hair and scalp conditioner; a skin moisturizer and healer; a massage oil for aches, pains, fibroids and lumps in the breasts; a powerful laxative and can be used as fist aid for cuts, wounds and burns. Black castor oil seals moisture in the hair with a protective coat. It’s also the only oil in nature with ricinoleic acid. It helps to destroys viruses, bacteria, yeast and molds that cause many skin problems.

How to use:
Apply JBCO to the most delicate parts of your hair: ends, edges, crown and nape area.

JBCO can be used as a pre-poo to condition the scalp. Miix it with a lighter oil such as grapeseed or sweet almond to help make the application process a bit easier since castor oil is so thick.JBCO can also be used to seal in the moisture after spritzing your hair with water or after applying your water-based moisturizer.

JBCO can be used as often as you feel the need to use it.... daily, weekly, monthly or how ever you fit it into your regimen.

Where to find JBCO:
You can also find it in your local BSS (Beauty Supply Store) -make sure it says Tropic Isle Living or Sunny Isle


Tips To Help Prevent Breakage At The Line of Demarcation

Prepoo oil treatment -helps the hair retain oils once it is shampoo'd. You apply any oil of your choice (avocado, olive, grapeseed are good options) apply it to dry hair. Cover with a plastic cap. You can cover with your heat cap or go about your day. Leave on for a minimum of an hour. Rinse with warm water and follow with your shampoo, conditioner, dc, moisturizer, and seal.

Hot oil treatment - After you shampoo, follow it with a hot oil treatment. Coconut, avocado and olive oils are known to penetrate the hair shaft -so those are some good oils to start with. Place a tablespoon of each into an applicator bottle, place the applicator bottle in a cup of hot water for about 10 to 15 minutes and then apply to the hair. Focus on the line of demarcation and the ends. Thoroughly rinse with warm water, condition the hair. Moisturize and seal.

Henna gloss treatments - they provide strength and moisture. Make sure you are using a Body Art Quality henna (BAQ) - you want to avoid henna's that have additives like PPD. They could be dangerous to your skin, hair, and health. Mix 100g of Jamila henna with green tea, 2 tbsp honey, 1tsp of your favorite oil, and 1/2 cup of conditioner or plain yogurt or avocado. Mix until you have the consistency of pudding. I prefer to apply to dry hair. You can apply after you shampoo if you like. Apply in sections from roots to tips. Cover and leave on for 4 hours or overnight. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear. You can use a conditioner (protein free) to help aid you in removing the henna. After you finish rinsing, apply a deep conditioner of your choice to your hair and leave on for up to an hour or two. Rinse >moisturize> seal> and style as usual. [You can purchase the BAQ henna from your local Indian grocer or online at hennaforhair.com, ayurnaturalbeauty.com, butters-n-bars.com}

Co-washing - co-washing is when you use conditioner in place of shampoo. You can co-wash once or twice a week. Co-washing adds moisture to the hair. Making it soft and pliable. If you use a lot of products that contain sulfates, silicones, surfactants -things of that nature -shampoo at least once a week in order to help remove any product buildup.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Herbal Hair Rinses

Herbal hair rinses help to restore hairs natural luster and beauty. Depending on which variety you choose you can deep clean hair, lighten or darken your original hair color naturally, prevent dandruff or stimulate the scalp to increase growth.

Steeping your herbs is the best way to get the full effect of the herbs. You can either add a n herbal tea bag to a large mouth glass jar and fill with boiling water and cover. Allow the herbs to steep for about 30 minutes. Apply the rinse after shampooing/co-washing and conditioning, rub into the scalp and leave the rinse on.

Another way is to add 10oz. of herbs to 3 cups of hot water. Let the herbs steep for about 30 minutes. Follow the same procedure as above when it comes to applying the rinse.

I think one of the easiest and fastest ways to steep your herbs is to put them in a coffee pot.

Below are a list of herbs that can be used in your herbal rinses:
Damaged hair
alfalfa, burdock, chamomile, cocoa powder, comfrey, fenugreek, geranium, hibiscus, hops, horsetail, lavender, nettle, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, rosehips (strengthens hair shaft)

Dry Hair annatto, burdock, calendula, chamomile, cocoa powder, coconut root, coltsfoot, comfrey, green tea, hibiscus, horsetail, irish moss, marshmallow root, nettle, orange zest, parsley, rosemary

Dandruffburdock, colts foot, fenugreek, green tea, horsetail, lavender, neem, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, yucca

Hair Growth Stimulatorsbasil, burdock, coconut milk, coltsfoot, fenugreek, hibiscus, horsetail, lavender, nettle, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, yarrow, yucca, thyme

Irritated Scalpalfalfa, calendula, catnip, chamomile, comfrey, cocoa powder, elder, fenugreek, ginko, hibiscus, hops, hyssop, marshmallow root, oregano, yucca
Sensitive Scalp: Herbs: burdock, horsetail, marshmallow, milk thistle, nettle, oregano, yucca

Beer Rinse - adds shine, tightens hair cuticles, brings limp hair to life

Open a 12oz can or bottle of beer and leave it out for about 2 to 3 hours to allow the beer time to flatten. Place beer in a plastic cup (do not take a glass bottle into the shower with you!!!)
  • Shampoo hair > rinse> do not pat dry
  • Pour half beer over your hair and massage gently into the scalp and hair (massage from roots to ends)
  • Pour the remaining beer over your hair and repeat the massage process
  • Let beer sit on hair for 2 to 5 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water
  • Condtion > rinse > pat dry
  • Style as usual
The malts and hops that beer is made from contains proteins that are good for bringing limp hair to life by tightening the cutlicles. Beer also contains beer that adds shine to the hair.
If you're not a drinker like me but are looking for benefits similar to this, an ACV rinse works just as great.