Hearts Afire Lilla Rose Giveaway Facebook Party

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to inform you all of a great opportunity for you all to win hair accessories. Do you all remember the Lilla Rose giveaway I did last month? Well if you were not a winner last time, here is another opportunity to win very cute hair clips.

Lilla Rose will be having a Facebook party titled "Hearts Afire" on Saturday, February 2nd from 9pm to10 pm  Its really easy to participate. All you would need to do is join the Facebook event and participate in the chat portion on the event page. This is also a great opportunity for you to check out the other Lilla Rose products.

Here is the link to the Facebook event.

One lucky guest will be selected as the Mystery Hostess and will win free accessories. Click on the link to get more information about the Hostess Rewards.

Website to "window shop": http://www.lillarose.biz/clipartistry

Hostess Rewards Info: http://www.lillarose.biz/clipartistry/host-a-party.html

Shop at the party https://www.lillarose.biz/parties/1463


Hair Care: OBI Natural Hair Care Giveaway (Opens 2/1/13)

Hey Curlies,

As promised, I have been talking on my FB and Twitter pages about the next upcoming giveaway. OBI Natural Hair Care will be the official sponsor of this giveaway and I am so excited to work with them again.

The giveaway will open on February 1,2013 and will close on Valentine's Day, February 14,2013. There will be three winners announced a few days after the giveaway closes. The three prizes will be the three products from the OBI line that I reviewed a few weeks ago. The link below will direct you to the product review of the line.

  1. Curl Enhancing Custard
  2. Curl Moisture Cream
  3. Curl Hydration Spray
This gives you all two weeks to enter. Look for the official giveaway post soon or you can also enter by clicking the entry link that I will provide on this post once the giveaway opens. Here is the link:



Natural Hair Care: 2n1 Styles

Hey Curlies,

I have transformed my old protective style, into a new one.

This style was done on wet hair after I had washed and conditioned after my flaky gel mishap. I wore this style for about 3 days and then changed it into this.

I just basically did a twistout at the front of my hair and turned my puff into a bun. This was sort of difficult since the puff was basically a wash and go and had began to shrivel up badly. I simply sprayed it with a water and oil mix, then added Aloe Vera gel to help stretch my hair back out.

The point of this is, you should find styles that are low maintenance and require low manipulation. Find styles that you can easily transform into other styles. Making two to three styles out of one saves lots of time!


Natural Hair Care: Style of the Day

Hey Curlies,

I washed my hair on Sunday and while creating my protective style, I used this gel that I normally do not use and I couldn't remember why. To peek my curiosity, I used it and the following morning I remembered why I didn't like it.

My edges flaked up so bad! I think that it could be the gel mixing with the very cold air ( no joke, the high was 10 degrees a few days ago). I'm not sure what happened, but all I knew is that I couldn't walk around looking flakey for the rest of the week.

I washed my hair again using, Curly Hair Solutions shampoo and conditioning with TRESemme Naturals conditioner. I didn't have time to deep condition.

I applied Kinky Curly Knot Today detangler along with Curly Hair Solutions leave in conditioner. I then sealed with melted Shea Butter. I did not detangle at all. It is very rare of me to style on wet, undetangled hair. I threw the back up into a puff and created twists in the front. I used Aloe Vera gel(what I normally use) this time around for my edges. Here are the results:

My puff was not crunch or hard the next morning and surprising my hair was 90% dry the next morning.

Curly Hair: Should I Wash my Hair Everyday?

Hey Curlies,

I get the question "should I wash my hair everyday?" or "How often should I wash my hair?" very often. My answer always changes depending on the person's situation, but in general, here is my answer for curly girls.

Q: Should I wash my hair everyday?

A: No, I do not recommend that people with naturally curly hair should wash their hair daily. I am not saying that it is not possible, but from my experiences and research, that is my advice. By washing, I mean washing with a shampoo.Rinsing with water is different and will actually add moisture. Shampoos contain sulfates that strip the hair of its natural oils. To help combat this problem lots of people ,like myself ,turn to sulfate-free shampoos. Using products like these can dry your hair out and cause major breakage. Even sulfate-free shampoos can be drying if used everyday.

Curly hair is often drier than straight hair because the scalps natural oils do not get to venture down the hair shaft as easily as with straight hair. The scalps natural oils have a lot of twists and twirls to travel along, which is usually why the scalp is more moisturized than the ends of curly hair.

If you would like to cleanse your scalp daily, co-washing and using a cleansing conditioner is recommended  Cleansing conditioners are exactly what it says, they are conditioners that cleanse your hair just as well as shampoos. They also replenish moisture.

Here are a couple of suggested cleansing conditioners:

Shea Moisture Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

As I Am Coconut Co-Wash


Natural Hair: Indianapolis Event & Nappturalite Radio

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to inform you all of two new things that are happening in the natural hair community. There will be a big natural hair meetup/event in Indianapolis very soon. I am excited that I will be able to attend this event and meet a lot of fabulous people. I have the flier below that has more details. I hope you all are able to attend.

In other news, my syndication partner, Nappturalite Radio is introducing their new product called the "BOOMbox." It is a monthly subscription that features hair samples and some full sized products. There are only a few boxes left so hurry and get yours. I will be reviewing my first kit next month!

To order your kit for only $14.99, click here.


Natural Hair: Flat Twist Updo

Hey Curlies,

Now that my mini twists are out. I decided to try a new style. I will not lie to you all and saw that I am the creator of this style. I was poking around YouTube the other day and one of my favorite vloggers did this protective style that I thought was really cute.

I have photos of how my hair turned out and the video of her actually creating the style.

Her hair came out a lot neater than mine, lol and looks a little different because her hair was a lot shorter in this video, but I think it came out great. Protective style for the week!

Last Post:
-Mini Twist Twistout


Natural Hair: Mini Twists Twistout

Hey Curlies,

Here is a video of my mini twist twist out. I wore my mini twist for 3 weeks.

By the end of the night, my hair had shrunken up to my ears, oh natural hair lol. I did wash my hair today with the Herbal Essence Honey I'm Strong line and it felt so good!


Product Review: Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils: Knot on my Watch Detanlger

Hey Curlies,

This review is way over due. I've been using this product for a little over a month now and I have been raving about it on my Facebook ad Twitter pages. I was first introduced to this product when it arrived in my CurlKit a few months ago. I had never heard of this detangler and thought I'd give it a shot.

What it Contains:
.Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, PEG-150 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lanolin Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, d-Limonene, Hexyl cinnamic aldehyde, Linalool, Amyl cinnamic aldehyde, Lilial,Benzyl alcohol, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamic alcohol, 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 19140 (Yellow)

What it claims to do:

Soften hair, restore moisture balance, and eliminate knots and tangles

As a leave-in conditioner and detangler

My Review:
Let me just start off by saying that this is by far one of my favorite detanglers. I only have a few and this product has definitely been added to the list. It really does help detangle hair very easily. I have really tight curls, especially after it has been wet, and the comb glides though it. I apply it to my hair in small sections and begin my session. I really like that it has Shea butter and olive oil in it. So not only does it detangle hair, it is also a good leave in conditioner because it leaves lots of moisture. This product is also free of sulfates, parabens, and mineral oil. If you are protein sensitive, no worries, this product is free of proteins.

It has sort of a tropical smell to it and has a very lightweight consistency. I've only used about 1/3 of the bottle although I've used it several times. Overall, I give this product  5 out of 5.

This product can be purchased at your local beauty supply store, organicstherapies.com or curlmart.com for abot $10.


Natural Hair Care: How to Moisturize Mini Twists

Hey Curlies,

I have now had my mini twists in for almost three weeks and I believe that they have ran their course. They are beginning to look fluffy and furry at the roots. Plus I'm really excited to see how my twist out will look. I will have a post or a video of the take down. Here is a video of how I moisturize and seal my twists. I also included a few photos.


New Shea Moisture Products (Jan 2013)

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to inform you that a few weeks ago, Shea Moisture released six new products. They are only available at participating Target stores. The new items include:
  • Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner
  • Coconut & Hibiscus Co-washing Cleanser
  • Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz Free Mousse
  • Raw Shea Butter Damage Repair Hair & Scalp Serum
  • Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Transitioning Milk
  • Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detanlger 
A new coloring system by this company has also been launched.

Personally, I am interested in trying the co-washing cleanser and the transitioning milk. When I get a hold of these products, I will have an update.


Natural Hair Care: Keeping Your Edges Moisturized

Hey Curlies,

In the natural hair community, we constantly talk about moisturizing and sealing our hair. I know that I really concentrate on the ends of my hair and the crown. These are the two areas that need the most attention,right?

Have you neglected the edges of your hair?

This is also a very fragile part of your hair because the hair is usually finer and a lot shorter than the rest of your hair. Pamper your edges.

Be sure not do put too much stress on the hair line when creating up-do styles and/ or buns/ponytails. This is the major cause of breakage in this area. Over the past couple of months, I have been using extra virgin coconut oil on my edges and they are very soft and smooth. Essentially you can use any oil or moisturizer on your edges, just do not neglect them.

Here is my routine to pamper my edges:

  • Spray a leave in conditioner on my edges
  • Follow up with extra virgin coconut oil
I usually do this routine every day or every other day. Coconut oil is on of the very few oils that absorb into the scalp.


Natural Hair: Hair Style of the Day(Mini Twist Bun)

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to do a quick post on today's hair style. It is a simple high bun. I got sort of lazy the other night and I put my hair in a bun before bed instead of using my normal stretching method. This morning I just decided to roll with it.

I sprayed my hair lightly with OBI Curl Hydration Spray, ran tea tree oil from roots to tips and applied coconut oil to my edges. I did have a headband on earlier, but it got kind of annoying. Be on the look out for more styles.


Natural Hair: Mini Twist Update Week 1

Hey Curlies,

I have now had my mini twist in for almost two weeks and they are still going strong. My scalp is a bit itchy because I am used to washing my hair weekly. As soon as these come out, I am running to the shower to washing my hair.

I am going to start pinning them up a little more often because I wear different coats and scarves now that it is cold outside and I don't want my ends to break off.

In the morning and at night, I have been spraying my hair and scalp with my spray bottle mixture or using jojoba oil to seal in the moisture. I can see a bit of build up on my scalp which is unusual considering I have only been using oil and water. I think that my problem may be that my scalp is very much exposed and so all of the dirt and oil in the air is attracting to my hair.

I am going to keep these in until the 20th. I'll probably do a twist out a couple of days before washing. A few days ago I had gotten sort of lazy with wrapping my twist and pinning them at night to stretch. I tried to just put my twist in a high bun hoping that it would have the same effect as wrapping them, but it did not. My twist were shrunken the next morning. I've been back to wrapping them at night. Just trying to not be lazy. lol I'll keep you all updated!


Natural Hair: Upcoming Events

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to inform you of a few new natural hair events that may be coming to your area.