Have you heard about the Denman Brush? The denman dates back to 1938 and was created by John Denman Dean (Jack Dean). It was not until the 60s when hairdressing legend Vidal Sassoon popularized the brushes using his revolutionary new blow-styling techniques.
The 76 year old styling brush is equipped with 5 – 9 rows of nylon pins. The famous Denman anti-static rubber pad provides maximum grip and control during blow-drying for shaping hair. Read more...(618 words, 6 images, estimated 2:28 mins reading time)
This summer, I have been experimenting with hair tea rinses! I’ve been using a variety of loose herbs to create teas, which traditionally I’ve done as a final rinse on clean hair. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with different uses for the tea. So far, I’ve successfully used it as a remoisturizing spray, a final rinse, a pre-deep conditioning rinse, clay facial and finally, it’s one half of the liquid I use for my bentonite clay mix (I’ve listed my recipe below :)). Read more...(509 words, 7 images, estimated 2:02 mins reading time)
The style I’m wearing is a partial protective style. It can also be worn by transitioners by rolling the relaxed ends on a perm or flex-rod.
I discuss how changing up my product yielded a different result. Lastly, check out how I untwist my hair for my twist out.
So I’ve been trying (and so far failing) to figure out what I can use to give me a defined twist out, minus the frizz. So far, I’ve tried had mild success with the chunky twist out using my moisturizing spray mix and my shea butter cream. The night before I went skydiving, I knew I wanted to wear my fro, so I put about 8 large twists in my hair after moisturizing and sealing. The results were great.
I’ve not had luck with the smaller twists for a few reasons (I think): Read more...(585 words, 6 images, estimated 2:20 mins reading time)
This year, I will continue my cycle of trying to use the most natural products possible, made right in my kitchen. As you all know, I love Amla oil and use it weekly for my pre-poo oil washes. I have had great success with it and have reaped the benefits since I’ve been actively using it. Today I was researching to see if there were any pure amla oil brands, as most of them are mineral or coconut (and in some cases sesame) oil based. I found that there is no pure amla oil, but the amla nut is infused into carrier oils, such as coconut, olive, caster, sesame oils, etc. Oil infusions are great because you can get the benefits of spices and herbs by applying the oil to your hair! I found a good recipe, which combines Ayurvedic powders, dried herbs, and oils to create the ultimate conditioning oil! I will tweek this base recipe to fit my personal needs. Here is what Birraj of the Long Hair Care Community Forum used in the original recipe: Read more...(445 words, 4 images, estimated 1:47 mins reading time)
In our last ‘Natural Hair Essentials’ segment, I discussed Castor Oil. This week, I will be highlighting the wonders of Olive oil for the hair.
Prior to deciding to go natural, the only experience I’d had with Olive oil and hair was the Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Sheen Spray. When I was relaxed, I used to spray it onto my scalp, as opposed to greasing my scalp, as well as sprayed to add sheen to my hair. At 15 months into my transition, I incorporate Olive Oil into most every product I use. Olive oil is a versatile product that can be used in cooking as well as skin and hair care maintenance. Read more...(701 words, 4 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
Madam C.J. Walker was arguably the first self-made black woman millionaire. She was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist. Her own hair loss (due to scalp disease) inspired her to experiment with developing shampoo and an ointment that contained sulfur to make her scalp healthier for hair growth. She began with a mail order business that started in Denver and led her to establish her headquarters and build a factory in Indianapolis. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. The Guinness Book of Records cites Walker as the first woman to became a millionaire by her own achievements. Read more...(395 words, 4 images, estimated 1:35 mins reading time)