My Go To Protective Style

 

My favorite go to protective style is so simple: flat twist with bantu knots to make the ends curly. I included a picture below. I like this style because it can be worn anywhere and it’s easy to do. It takes less than an hour to do, and after a day of Chemistry and Calculus… you need the least time constricting hairstyle possible!

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Here are a few pictures of me wearing this style on my campus (AGGIE PRIDE!)

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Do any of you have your favorite protective style that you always go to? If so, share in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions Of A Product Junkie

I don’t have to be a rocket scientist or see constant natural hair memes to realize I’m a product junkie. The photo above (featured image of the post) is a picture of some, I REPEAT SOME, products that I have. I have more than that, but I couldn’t carry all of that to the table LOL.

So, I’ve come up with a few questions for myself about the product addiction I have.

  1. Why do you buy so many products?
  2. How much have you spent on products so far?
  3. How often do you use your products?
  4. Do you have a favorite or your choice of favorites?

 

1. I have so many products because I’m also a shopping addict. I can’t go into a mall without buying something because I feel the need to always buy something! Every time I watch a hair commercial on TV or on YouTube, I want to try the product out and use it for myself, try it on my mom’s hair who is natural as well, or do a product review on it. Also, it seems like a lot to someone, but to me… each product has its own purpose.

2. Honestly, just on 5 bottles of Organix I’ve spent $26. So I know I’ve spent about $250 -$300 on the hair products shown in the picture. The beauty store in Charlotte that I go to, prices their products a little high.

3. Honestly, I only wear my natural hair out about half of the year because summer is CURL SEASON (to me at least lol) and because I enjoy wearing protective styles (wigs) more.

4. My favorite products are Aphogee 2 Minute Protein Reconstructor, Organix Kukui Shampoo, and Pantene Cowash.

 


 

 

 

Photo Source: http://www.letmeletyouknow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Product-junkie.jpg

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Honey Shampoo: My Experience

It seems that every time I get on the internet, after 11 I find the most interesting, most thoughtless topics and I, being outgoing, am impelled to try them. Honey Shampoo sounded so odd to me, I just had to try it!!!


 

Here is an excerpt from the article I read on empoweredsustenance.com

“Ingredients

  • Raw honey (also called “unpasteurized” honey), I recommend this one
  • Filtered water (see Instructions for measurements), I use and recommend this filter
  • A few drops of essential oils, such as carrot seed oil, optional 

Instructions

  1. Make the shampoo “single serving” basis to prevent spoilage. Here’s the basic ratio, but you can adjust it as desired: 1 Tbs. raw honey and 3 Tbs. filtered water. If necessary, slightly heat the mixture over very low heat to help dissolve the honey. Yes, this is really watery… that is how it is supposed to be.
  2. If desired, add a few drops of essential oil. I like adding two drops of lavender essential oils and two drops of carrot seed oil. The essential oils add a light fragrance and also help with any flaky scalp issues. The carrot seed oil (found here) is very nourishing to the hair.
  3. Wet hair, then massage a few tablespoons of the honey shampoo on the scalp. Massage well to distribute over the scalp. Don’t worry about getting the mixture on the ends of the hair, just the scalp area. Rinse well. No need to follow with any conditioner.
  4. If desired, you can follow with a DIY apple cider vinegar rise, recipe and instructions found here.”

To read more of the article, click here


 

 

How to wash your hair with honey
Photo Source: http://empoweredsustenance.com/diy-honey-shampoo/

After following the instructions (adding cocounut oil, olive oil, and castor oil), and a month of washing my hair using this method… I did notice a difference.

I noticed that my hair was much more moisturized than it normally is. I contribute this to the fact that Honey is a humectant and humectants draw moisture from the air and bring it to your hair. Also, since this was not a regular shampoo, I believe that my hair didn’t experience the drying effects of shampoo because the honey shampoo is not a ‘REAL’ shampoo (using the word ‘real’ is tricky).

I didn’t really notice a lot of hair growth using this method, but then again I wasn’t really looking for length changes when I started honey shampooing.

Also, my hair felt oily and greasy. I’m not a natural who wants squeaky clean hair because I actually like the texture of my hair when it has a little oil and product build up (Yes it’s strange, but I like it), but this greasy feeling is like no other. Maybe it was greasy because my hair wasn’t getting cleaned, just kind of rinsed by the honey.

I currently don’t use this method of shampooing my hair anymore because I didn’t like the greasy feeling, plus I’m a Product Junkie in recovery and I want to use the products in my cabinet that I spent my hard earned money on. Also, preparing the mixture in every time I wanted to wash my hair was a challenge because you have to prepare it. In a culture where everything is Instant… I like my INSTANT shampoo.

 

Have you Curlies ever tried a new way of shampooing your hair? If so, share your experience below!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naturalista Crush ••• {BazaarBohemian} •••

Photo Source: Instagram.com/bazaarbohemian

Recently, while on Instagram I fell into absolute {LOVE} with this amazing {PRINTED} beauty: BazaarBohemian

I don’t even know where this infatuation with her Instagram page began. If anyone knows me personally, they know that I love patterns and prints with bold colors. I figured I could let you guys in on a world of pure amazingness {Yes, I made my own word}…

 

 

 

Photo Source: Instagram.com/bazaarbohemian

 

"Even
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,”You owe me.”Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It light the whole sky.
#SunSalutations #Bohemia #ForeverACaliBaby” http://thebazaarbohemian.tumblr.com/ 

 

 

A close-up of the •{Raja}• Tote that will be available early Fall!!! Me and @alldaedae have hand selected every single •{Piece}• that we’re putting in the collection!!! Since you can’t always hop on a flight to •{India}• like Dae did #LowKeyHaten This is the next best thing!!! For Pre Order info email us at PrintedPatternPeople@outlook.com #LimitedQuantities #CapsuleCollection #PrintedPatternPeople #GlobalGoods
Photo Source: http://thebazaarbohemian.tumblr.com/
I could never Thank the •{Universe}• enough for blessing me with such an Amazing •{Lover}•… @bigbush2828 ran all over the •{World} with @julianaluna and I for @projecttribe…To say you are •{Supportive}• doesn’t even begin to describe your commitment…You watched over our •{Crazy}• asses and that’s not an easy job…You truly •{Believe}• in the work we are doing and I will never take that for granted…{Now I’m forced to learn a couple more tricks}  Cheers to not only being the Lover and •{Protector}• of our Nomadic Spirits…but to being my Soul •{Mate}• #LoversForLife #TheOnlyBushIKnow #GetIt #SuperInappropriate #IHaveToWorkOnThat #SaintAugustine (at St. Augustine Downtown District, Florida)                                                                                   photo source: tumblr

 

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Natural Men On Social Media

So I’ve compiled a list of natural haired men that I’ve seen lately on Instagram since I noticed that I don’t do a lot of posts that cater to the natural haired male. Check these natural men rocking their natural kinks, coils, curls, and waves on Instagram using their username (letters in bold).

 

 

 

 

 

 


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curlytheprince

 

 


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wehaterahmar


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walteryoung


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la_davis


 

 

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He has an Instagram I believe, but I found his picture on unconditionedroots


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shamoyy


 

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mr.glenn


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afroasmen


 

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ashermitchel


 

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fernandoisloved


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jesseboykins3rd

 


 

All images are from each individuals Instagram page.

Are you a natural haired man in college that wants to be feautured on our Instagram page? Just use the hashtag #CurlyInCollege and you’re set to go!

 

Crabtree & Evelyn Botanical Body Butter: Review

We all like to smell good right? Well if you have a little money to splurge, then here’s some body butter that will blow your mind! – and make your skin so soft and smooth! Now both of these body butters are the same and will have the same effect on your skin, but I’ll just describe the different smells and the price of course!

Now the price for these body butters (if you’ve ever shopped at Crabtree & Evelyn, then you know that C&E is a high end store and is very expensive) is a WHOPPING $16 each. I’ve had these body butters for about 4 years. I wouldn’t suggest buying this product if you don’t like scented lotion because this lotion is very strong scented. Also, I’d only wear it for special occasions because $16 lotion is too pricey for everyday use.


 

Mango Butter and Grapefruit Botanical Body Butter

This body butter smells like sugared candy all the way! Honestly, it’s smell is less potent than the next butter I’m going to describe. This lotion is perfect to wear in the summertime.


 

Illipe Butter, Lemongrass & Sugar Botanical Body Butter

 

This smell is intoxicating and honestly can drown you and make you nauseous if you put on too much. If you put on too much, you can get dizzy and just have real bad headaches.  With this lotion, I suggest you just dab a little on your wrist and call it a day- nothing extreme. I don’t know the perfect season to wear this lotion in, but if I had to choose, I’d choose summer.

Organix: Shampoo & Conditioner Review

So every time I pass the shampoo isle at Walmart, I see a long row of Organix products ranging from shampoo to oil spray. Usually Organix products costs anywhere from $8 – $13. Luckily on the day that I passed the shampoo isle, all of the Organix shampoos and conditioners (REGARDLESS OF SIZE) cost $5.83. I literally bought about $27 worth of shampoo and conditioner. I’m not a natural who purposely seeks out sulfate- free products or even products with sulfate in it. I’ve noticed that sulfates don’t really harm my hair, but just to be on the safe side I normally use sulfate- free products.

First I’ll start with reviewing shampoo, and then I’ll move to conditioner.


 

Photo Cred: Moriah Banks
Photo Cred: Moriah Banks

Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo

Smell: Let me first start by saying I like the smell of all the Organix products, but between both shampoos I bought, I like this one the least. It’s not that it’s an unpleasant smell, it’s just plain. Maybe I’m expecting the wrong scent from Sea Mineral Moisture, but to me this wasn’t cutting it.

Consistency/ Texture: The consistency/texture of  the shampoo is different than any other shampoo I’ve ever used. It’s very thick and does lather up rather nicely. Although to have enough shampoo, you may have to use more than a handful of shampoo and use about 2 handfuls.

After Using: After using this Sea Mineral Moisture, I noticed that my hair was dryer than normal. It wasn’t totally drained of moisture, but it felt as if all the oils was stripped from my hair.


Photo Cred: Moriah Banks
Photo Cred: Moriah Banks

Kukui Oil Shampoo

Smell: I love the smell of this shampoo. It’s refreshing and smells like a blend of Argan oil and Moroccan oil.

Consistency/Texture: The consistency/texture of this shampoo is just like the Sea Mineral Moisture shampoo – thick and lathers nicely. With this shampoo, you will still find yourself using more shampoo than you normally use.

After Using: My hair did not feel dry, it felt very moisturized. With this shampoo, I saw my natural hair pattern (4a-4c) immediately after rinsing the shampoo out of my hair.


Photo Cred: ECX Images

Coconut Milk Conditioner

Smell: The coconut smell is enticing. If you’ve ever used coconut oil, the smell that the oil gives off is comparable to the smell of this conditioner.

Consistency/ Texture: Very smooth and flowed right out of the bottle. This conditioner doesn’t have a greasy/slimy feeling.

After Using: Honestly my hair  felt the exact way it does after I use my normal conditioner. I didn’t notice a distinct difference.


Photo Cred: IMBBPullZone

Awapuhi Ginger Conditioner

Smell: I’ve actually been using this conditioner a lot lately. Surprisingly, I’m almost out. It smells like a delicate smell, and is not overbearing. Ex) The scent is there just enough to be smelled, but if you walk into a room everyone will not ask you about that amazing smell in your hair.

Consistency/ Texture: The texture is thick and that’s what I love about it.

After Using: My hair feels so smooth after using this!!! I changed this to the conditioner that I’ll use from now on. This conditioner really has done miracles for my hair and makes shower detangling  so much easier.


(Keratin Oil Conditioner as shown in picture was not reviewed due to the fact that I haven’t used it yet. When I use it, I’ll review it.)

Have any of you Curlies In College used Organix products? if so, tell your experience in the comment section below!

Who Runs The World? College Students

A lot of times when people get recognition in the media, they’re extremely famous or rich. I noticed that there are some PHENOMENAL young leaders about to tackle the American workforce and they need recognition as well!


 

Photo Source: http://www.ncat.edu/news/news-archive/2013/04/goldwater-scholar.html
Photo Source: http://www.ncat.edu/news/news-archive/2013/04/goldwater-scholar.html

Nadine Jansen

” The first N.C. A&T student to ever win the Barry Goldwater Scholarship,  (Nadine) Jansen, a junior mathematics student, proved that success is not measured in the number of years a person has been alive; success happens when “you have the drive, will and need for it.”

“You have to want it, you have to want to push yourself, want to do better, want to be the best you know you can be,” she explains.

Anna Whiteside, scholarship coordinator in the University Honors Program said that the Barry Goldwater Scholarship application “is an intensive application.” Jansen was required to answer a loaded questionnaire and submit a two-page research essay.

Jansen wrote her application essay on the mathematical research she conducted during a summer program at the University of Maryland–College Park in combinatorics.  Combinatorics is a field of math that investigates “different ways to count items,” the student explained.”

“The Stoneville, N.C., native boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.96. Jansen has always excelled in academics; she even skipped the seventh grade.

“I don’t know what it is,” she exclaimed “I think I just have a good memory!” She thoughtfully credits great time-management skills for her success. In the near future, Jansen plans to apply for the Fulbright Student Award to continue her love of research abroad. After that, she intends on getting a master’s degree and then going after the prestigious American Rhodes Scholarship.” To read more about Jansen, read the original article here: Goldwater Scholarship Winner


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Scholarship Recipients:

Jordan Ray , Moriah Banks, Kyra Eady, Mercy Grace Browder, Rocio Castillo, and Wesley Collins (not shown).

“After all, Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program, or CDEP, scholarship is anything but a run-of-the-mill student award. Six minority and female students from across the nation received Monday a total of $300,000 that will cover tuition and fees over five years of college. Students will receive dual degrees — one from FVSU and another from a different university — in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. Local recipients included Eady, of Bonaire, and Jordan Ray, a Houston County High School senior from Warner Robins.

“The United States, as a nation, is under-represented in STEM, but under representation in minorities and women is acute,” said Isaac Crumbly, founder and director of CDEP. Students begin their studies at FVSU, where they receive the first of two degrees, and end at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Texas-Pan American, Pennsylvania State University or the University of Arkansas. Their degrees range from chemistry and engineering, to biology and health physics. On Monday, officials also recognized four FVSU students who are transferring to Georgia Tech, seven who are going to Arkansas and two who are transferring to Penn State. In addition to Eady and Ray, this year’s recipients included Moriah Banks of Mount Holly, N.C.; Mercy Grace Browder of Albany; Rocio Castillo of Anchorage, Alaska, and Wesley Collins of Glenn Dale, Md.”” To read more about this scholarship, read the original article here : FVSU CDEP Scholarship – Although I chose to attend North Carolina A&T State University, I was one of the ‘awardees’ of this prestigious scholarship. Dr. Crumbly, Dr. Jackie Hodges, Dr. Aditya Karr, Ms. Rasheedi and Ms. Patrice (and other CDEP MSEA staff I didn’t mention) are truly amazing people.


 Sources: 

macon.com

ncat.edu

(All credit given to original authors and publishers)

 

The Association Between Hair Relaxers and Fibroids

“There may be a link between hair relaxers to uterine fibroids, as well as early puberty in young girls.

Scientists followed more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found that the two- to three-times higher rate of fibroids among black women may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers.

Women who got their first menstrual period before the age of 10 were also more likely to have uterine fibroids, and early menstruation may result from hair products black girls are using, according to a separate study published in the Annals of Epidemiology last summer.”

This is a snippet of an article I found on blackdoctor.org and here’s the link to that article: Association Of Fibroids & Relaxers

 


First, let me start off by defining what uterine fibroids are. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop in the uterus, a female reproductive organ. Fibroids can range in size – anywhere from the size of a pea to a melon. Fibroids have become more prevalent in the Black Community among young females. This is an alarming statistic because there are only 3 main ways to surgically remove fibroids, and one of those surgical procedures – Hystorectomy – involves the removal of a woman’s uterus inhibiting her from having kids later in the future. Now if you already have 5 kids, this may not bother you, but when teenagers lose the ability to have children because of a relaxer – something not thought of as harmful – that is a problem!

One alarming thing that I learned from this article is that the hair industry isn’t monitored or regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This means that no one is determining how harmful the chemicals we put in our hair are and the effects they’ll have on us in the long run.

Good news, on the other hand, is that their is not a direct distinguished correlation between relaxers and fibroids. Researchers say that they have to research more to be able to tell if it’s a direct cause and effect matter.

 

 

Yes, You Can Touch My Hair

Photo Source: http://tinyurl.com/o8g7zgh

There is a movement going on across college campuses that was sparked by one exhibit done in 2013 when women freely allowed people to touch their hair. This new movement of lowering public curiosity about natural hair has mixed reviews about it.

 

– Can I Touch Your Hair? 

Photo Source: http://tinyurl.com/pyp5pyo

 

Although seen as a simple question asked out of curiosity, some find it very offensive. The exhibit was started as a way to get people talking about natural hair and how it’s really no different from regular hair.

The people that find the question offensive stated that they are not animals in a zoo, so no their hair cannot be petted. Now there is some truth in this statement. For example, if someone approached me in a setting that wasn’t appropriate (my job, school, etc…), I’d politely say “Not at this moment, maybe later.”

Photo Source: http://tinyurl.com/q6q5hec

 

Now I have been in a position where I felt “obligated or trapped” into someone touching my hair. My 11th grade year in highschool, when I big chopped my hair, it seemed as if EVERYONE wanted to touch my hair. I was shocked that the majority of people wanting to touch my hair were African – American or Hispanic – people of color. When I realized that there was a pattern among the types of people that wanted to touch my hair, I immediately knew that it was a problem that I was the first person they’d seen wearing their natural hair. Now, I, a college freshman at an HBCU, still experience people walking up to me asking to touch my hair.  I don’t mind when people ask me about my hair regimen because I have no secrets to what I use in my hair – and it feels so amazing walking on my college campus seeing so many women and men wearing their natural hair. It really feels amazing.

 

 

Photo Source: http://tinyurl.com/of2vmko

In the media, little girls are being sent home for “unruly hair” and people are being fired for wearing protective styles (corn rows, etc.) and that is why “YES, YOU CAN TOUCH MY HAIR” is important. To stop public criticism, denounce stereotypes about black hair, or to convince people to go natural/ help them find their ideal regimen… for some people they HAVE to touch your hair and it’s as simple as that. I personally wouldn’t get offended, but as humans we do have the right to allow people to touch our hair or to deny them that option.

 

 

 


Here’s a link to 2 videos displaying the public exhibit:

You Can Touch My Hair, A Short Film (Part 1)

You Can Touch My Hair, A Short Film (Part 2)


 

What are your thoughts about their exhibit? Has someone ever walked up to you and asked to touch your hair? Comment below and tell us your story!

 

 

 

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