Naturally Redefined: Delaware’s 3rd Annual Natural Hair & Holistic Health Expo

Picture this.

An explosion of natural hair, natural hair products, and beautiful people who are naturally natural. It’s a naturalista’s heaven, and that is exactly what Naturally Redefined: Delaware’s 3rd Annual Natural Hair & Holistic Health Expo was.

This was my first time ever going to a natural hair show or expo, and I got to be a vlogger for Naturally Redefined, as well as represent Curly in College as a blogger on a panel discussing natural hair care and flair. The experience, priceless.

“I like coming,” said one Naturally Redefined attendee. “I like coming to get products, seeing the new things, being educated on other things about natural hair. And I come with my hairdresser.”

Naturally Redefined really put a perspective on the natural hair community with the workshops, panels, and various vendors that were in attendance. New to the expo this year was the element of holistic health, as the owners of Naturally Redefined, Tywanda Howie and Akira Grenardo made apparent in the planning of the expo.

I was able to gain a lot of new natural hair goodies from the show, such as free samples, a cute T-shirt from Designs Styled 4 You, a satin bonnet, a book on hair politics, and skin tone complimenting new head scarf.

I was also able to meet some natural hair bloggers, some well-known in the Youtube sphere (NapturalNicole, BlackOnyx77, Karen Tappin [Karen’s Body Beautiful]), and discuss hair, protective styles, and just get to know them one-on-one.

Vlogging for Naturally Redefined was a great experience. I got to talk to a lot of different people about their experience and why they liked coming to the expo, or how they got to come, whether it was through friends, social media, or interest. I also got to talk to various vendors and get an understanding of their products like, Loc Soc, Shea Betta, and Alikay Naturals.

Lastly, being on a panel with well-esteemed women in the natural hair community was mind-blowing! It was surreal to even be mentioned among this group of women. I got to answer questions and educate some people on natural hair, which was a great feeling. It wasn’t just my friends asking for advice, but people I had just met. It speaks wonders.

I cannot wait to go back next year, and hopefully get to be a part of it again. In the words of Tywanda Howie and Akira Grenardo, if you weren’t here, “you missed out!”

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Natural Hair & Flair Blogger’s Panel
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We’re Naturally Redefined
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#Usie

 

Photo Cred: AJ James, @imruggedlygroomed

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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Making Your Own Mud Wash

Betonite Clay has been a popular product in the natural hair community, many using it in place of shampoo to cleans their hair. Bentonite Clay is a multifaceted product that can be used as a facial and to fade scars on the body. Many people rave about its healing properties and its detoxifying and defining benefits for hair. Going with the trend, I purchased a tub of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay from my local Vitamin Shoppe about a year ago. I have since used it to cleanse my hair and as a facial, but I’ve never really gotten into the hype. Most people mix Aztec clay with water, apple cider vinegar, or aloe vera juice, all of which I have tried. I’ve always found it to be a little too messy to apply and difficult to fully wash out. Recently I got the urge to make my own mudwash because after almost two years of being natural I still haven’t gotten up the audacity to purchase Terresentials Mud Wash. A few of my friends love Terresentials, but it’s a little too expensive for me to invest in as a broke post grad. Through Youtube and Pinterest I’ve seen people making their own mud wash using Aztec clay and I decided to give mines another chance in this recipe.

I initially viewed Naptural85’s recipe for DIY mud wash for some guidance, but ultimately I decided to wing it and come up with my own mixture. I never measure things and I’m too ADD/impatient to follow directions so I brainstormed ingredients I had in my cupboards and started mixing. I decided to use Aztec clay, honey, apple cider vinegar, glycerin, castor oil, water, and a little conditioner. Before I started mixing I thought back to how I disliked how messy applying the clay had been in the past, so I wanted to fine a way to make the application process less messy. Naptural85 used an applicator tube, but since I didn’t have any empty ones on hand I decided that mixing it in a Ziploc bag might be a good idea. And it was! I threw all my ingredients in a Ziploc, held he bag tightly and shook it to mix everything together, then cut a tiny whole on one end and applied it to my hair like I was icing a cake.

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The addition of honey, glycerin, and conditioner made the mixture a lot smoother than I was used to. This time around refrained from mixing with a metal spoon, which makes the clay clump together. The mud wash went on really smoothly and was easy to distribute. I was able to detangle my hair pretty well as I used the Ziploc to apply some of the mixture to each section. I sprayed my hair down with water before apply ing to make things a little easier. When it was time to wash it out i didn’t see any chalky white residue like i usually did. There were a few areas that felt like they retained a little residue, but overall because the mixture was smoother and had a lot of emollient ingredients, it was easier to wash out. The mud wash made my hair feel soft and moisturized after a few days of being really dry. I would definitely make it again, next time adding in essential oils for a nice scent. I encourage you to make your own mud wash because its a really great alternative to shampoo. I co-wash most of the time, so I’m always looking for other good ways to detoxify and clean my hair. The ingredients and supplies I used for this DIY are below.

The mixture was smooth and the Ziploc made it easy to apply
The mixture was smooth and the Ziploc made it easy to apply

I used: About 6 Tablespoons of Aztec clay, apple cider vinegar, honey, water, castor oil, Trader Joes Tea Tree Conditioner, a Ziploc bag, and a hair band to secure the bag

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Announcing: Fall 2014 Internship Opportunities

Curly In College Fall 2014 Internship Opportunities

Deadline to Apply: August 24

SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO: ashley@curlyincollege.com

Duration of Internship: September 1st – December 31st, 2014.

Click HERE to get on our mailing list.

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CurlyInCollege© invites enthusiastic students to join a talented team of global ambassadors that will build the fast-growing digital publication: CurlyInCollege.com a resource that helps students navigate a life with curls on campus.

Applicants can be male or female but must be at least 16 years old. They should also be avid readers of natural hair blogs, books, video blogs, and will likely consider themselves “product junkies” and/or “trendsetters” in their high school or college. Having personal experience transitioning and maintaining natural hair is a plus.

Positions Available and Associated Responsibilities Listed Below:

Bloggers (Multiple Positions Available)

  • Submit weekly blog posts that will be featured on the blog and associated social media platforms
  • Participate in bi-weekly team update conference calls

Editors (Four Positions Available – Hair Styles/Hair Care Editor, Fashion/Beauty Editor, Health/Fitness Editor, Pop Culture/Social Issues Editor)

  • Generate blog post ideas
  • Apply editorial guidelines
  • Create and manage editorial calendar
  • Motivate and supervise team of bloggers

Social Media Interns (Two Positions Available)

  • Manage CiC’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest Pages
  • Develop strategies to meet growth metrics by given deadlines
  • Implement social media plan
  • Maintain high engagement numbers

Graphic Design Intern (One Position Available)

  • Develop graphics for marketing campaigns
  • Develop graphics for CiC products/merchandise

Web Development Intern (One Position Available)

  • Provide website maintenance and support
  • Experienced building and managing sites with wordpress backend

Campus Photography Intern (Multiple Positions Available)

  • Attend and photograph Curly In College campus events
  • Upload images for review and use on Curly in College blog
  • Complete other projects as assigned
  • Must have access to a DSLR camera and a large capacity memory card
  • Creativity and strong knowledge of photography is preferred
  • Proficient knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom or similar photography software preferred

Other Required Skills:

  • Experience with WordPress or other blogging platforms (include links to personal blogs or guest posts)
  • Proficient with Google Apps and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Video editing experience is a plus, but not required (include links)
  • Positive online reputation as documented by applicants social media/blogging behaviors
  • Proven ability to function efficiently on a team and rally campus/school support for a specific cause (explain in cover letter)
  • Experienced bloggers with published posts on existing sites are encouraged to apply (include links)
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to self edit blog posts
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly

Fun Perks for Curly In College Interns:

  • first to demo new products
  • free CurlyInCollege© branded merchandise
  • free passes to natural hair shows
  • heightened credibility as a result of having been featured on a prominent blog

* This posting advertises unpaid, part-time, fall internship opportunities. Perks vary by position *

As a result, those currently employed or interning elsewhere are still encouraged to apply – These internships will only require an estimated 5 hours per week.

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SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO: ashley@curlyincollege.com

Deadline to Apply: August 24, 2014

Duration of Internship: September 1st – Decemeber 31st, 2014.

Questions? Contact: ashley@curlyincollege.com

*please make sure your question hasn’t been answered above*

Just want more info? Click HERE to get on our mailing list.

 

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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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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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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!

 

Hairfinity Hype: 7 Months Progress

I’m hesitant to say that I have not received length because I have, but not as noticeable as I would have thought, or liked it to be. I also cannot say no because with my type 4 hair, shrinkage is real. But let this not discouraged you, I do believe Hairfinity does work. Patience is key. We all know natural hair can be a pain sometimes, but it doesn’t hurt to try new things.

Once I finish my seventh bottle, in celebration of not straightening my hair or using heat for seven months, I’ll straighten it to see how much growth I have gained. And then I will truly be able to see if I have gained the length I have been striving for.

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote about a month ago about my experience with Hairfinity. To read the whole article, click here.

So far, I have been taking Hairfinity for 7 months. And during those seven months, I have been alternating between my natural hair and protective hairstyles. Most of the time being in protective hairstyles (my favorite being Marley twists).

Finally the moment of truth, the reveal has come. This past weekend was my twentieth birthday, and I decided to celebrate by straightening my hair. I have used no heat for seven whole months. This is a big deal for me, usually I straighten my hair every time I take out one of my protective styles. Having a perm for two to two-and-a-half years, and then transitioning but still straightening my hair, I developed an admiration for straight hair. Not dependence, but admiration. I did not fully accept my natural, curly, kinky hair until I had to fully learn how to deal with it without the help of my mother when I got to college.

Fast forward to Hairfinity, I started my journey in January 2014, and it’s now August 2014. Let’s talk hair progress:

  • Length – As I said before I have type 4 hair. When I straightened my hair, I found there was growth, mostly in the back. The back of my hair grows way faster than the middle and front of my hair, so that was expected.
  • Volume – My hair has been thick my whole life, and Hairfinity has only added to that thickness. My goodness! I thought my hair was thick before, so if you have thin hair try taking Hairfinity.
  • Texture – Right now, my hair is in an ombre state because last May I dyed my hair bright auburn using the Shea Moisture hair dye line. So ultimately, my hair is two different textures, which is more noticeable when straightened (but only by feel, not look). My hair has been healthier since using Hairfinity, and looks glossier.
  • Curl Pattern – From using Hairfinity my curl pattern has changed. It’s become a bit looser and more defined, curl wise, which I don’t mind.

Here are pictures for comparison, pre and post Hairfinity with straightened hair:

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October 2013, Pre-Hairfinity
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August 2014, 7 months w/ Hairfinity

 

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.