This is the method I have used, beloved readers, that replaced the Wash N Go for me, allowing me to use ABSOLUTELY NO HEAT. This method more importantly, SAVES TIME on a hectic morning. I also used this to transition. It served me texlaxed, transitioning, and natural. How is it done? It begins with the night before. As do many things, both good and bad. Note: I washed and conditioned (co-washed) daily while utilizing this method. Shampooing is not necessary, nor is conditioner-washing. Simply rinsing the hair in warm water and applying your cap ‘n go product or oil of choiceRead on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, I have received more than one inquiry about make up reviews. I am flattered that my reviews are thorough enough to be helpful, and always appreciate suggestions of where I can improve, or future areas of interest to blog about. Make up and its whimsical world will get some attention from me in 2012 –but not in the form of reviews. There are hordes of bloggers and vloggers that do a far better job than I ever could. I will be touching on make-up in regards to Femininity in greater detail in the coming months, but the shortRead on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, a fellow beloved reader Jamira was kind enough to bring a work of hers to my attention. One of the purposes of this blog, if not its primary purpose, is to provide useful information. Enter in: beautyx.com It is like an UBER emporium of make-up/beauty/hair/you-name-it tutorials by WOC for WOC. Nice. How exactly does that occur? “BeautyX is an exciting new website where women of color can share and discover beauty styles and products! At www.BeautyX.com, users can create LookBooks by uploading a photo and tagging the hair or makeup products you used. ThenRead on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, I am known by my large, bright, white teeth and gleaming smile. My lips may garner attention, but they are always upstaged by the chompers behind them. As I prefer extremely minimalistic make-up, I know my skin, hair, lips, teeth, and lashes must be at their absolute best for me to look fresh, polished, and fecund. (That is my favorite adjective for this sort of thing.) I relied heavily on strong whitening toothpastes and strips to keep my overly-broad smile movie-star-white. As I began making my beauty regimen as “all natural” as possible for 2011, I knew eventually, I wouldRead on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, this post will be a simple list of “beauty hacks” to make routine “beauty maintenance” more convenient (making them more likely to happen). 1. Keep shampoo where you need it most –your scalp, by putting your favorite shampoo in a dye applicator bottle from Sally’s. Now applying shampoo right where you need it is a breeze –you will also use just what you need, saving money by reducing product waste. 2. Oil treatments can be messy, causing you to put them off. Nip the mess in the bud by putting your favorite oil or oil blend in a smallRead on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, along with using fruit acids and the like to aid in fading dark marks, good ‘ol mechanical exfoliation is another useful tool in speeding up the fading process. In fact, exfoliation is an essential part of fading dark marks. You must apply your treatment to fresh skin –not dead skin cells that dull your complexion and upon which your treatments will have no effect. There are many ways to utilize mechanical exfoliation (which is basically the act of physically rubbing dead skin cells off and rinsing or wiping them away): Pore Strips Facial Scrubs Wash Cloths FaceRead on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, I would be amiss if I did a series about lessening dark marks and not touch upon “HQ” or Hydroquinone. I am going to warn you, beloved readers, that this may be an emotionally-charged post for some. As a melinated lady, I understand the inner wince that this “bleaching agent” causes and rightly so. To be sure this post is received in the most accurate light, I want to state my views on Hydroquinone up-front, explicitly (all hate-text will be deleted, without even being properly read): I am neither pro-Hydroquinone or anti-Hydroquinone. Like anything else (dye, Lye, flat-irons,Read on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, I learned in my bone-laxed and texlaxed days that ceramides were my hair’s best friend. Increasing ceramides in my regimen and hair, allowed me to reduce the number of protein treatments it needed, gave it greater elasticity, made it more supple, and allowed it to better hold a wrap or curl. What are ceramides? Ceramides are fatty lipids that act as “glue” or “Cement”. Ceramides cement together the little “scales” that make up your hair’s cuticle. The relaxing and texlaxing process, COMPLETELY STRIPS HAIR of ceramides, which is why this is incredibly important to the regimens of relaxedRead on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, my skin care regimen would be incomplete without Bentonite clay. Why Bentonite clay instead of the other popular clays out there? Behold: “Bentonite clays are essentially a molecule of Silicon, Aluminum and Oxygen. Before you get all jumpy about aluminum, understand that these are the three most common elements in the earth’s crust. Mother earth’s “skin” is made up of: When silicon is combined with aluminum and oxygen, they tend to generate an electrical charge on the surface of the crystalline lattice. The cumulative power of that charge is directly proportional to the total surface area of theRead on, beloved readers!
Beloved readers, in such tough economic times it is important to get your money’s worth for your purchases. Drugstore, all natural, or from the salon –a product should be worth every penny, no matter what its price point. How can you make an educated purchase? Knowledge! Knowledge is power. As common as this saying is –it is absolutely true. More now than ever. So, here again, I bring to you a snippet from the Beauty Brains. You can read the full article here, to understand why we have ingredient lists and their purpose (besides the obvious). With that said, letRead on, beloved readers!