Product Review: Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask

Freeman Charcoal Black Sugar Polishing Mask

Freeman 

Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask

6 oz / ~$4

Available online at Freemans.com and many drugstores

ing: Sucrose, Propylene Glycol, Carbon*, Kaolin, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Carbomer, Fragrance (Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

From the website:  This unique mask and scrub works double time to detox skin. First, naturally purifying Activated Charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities without over-drying. Then, Black Sugar helps exfoliate away dulling skin cells for softness and clarity. Perfect for all skin types.

You gotta exfoliate. Everyone should exfoliate their face at least twice weekly. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells which can help relieve dry, rough, uneven skin.  Facial scrubs are formulated to be gentle on your face and neck where the skin is more delicate as compared to other areas of the body. However you can also use this scrub on your chest, under your arms, on your scalp and anywhere else you can use gentle exfoliation. Remember to wash your skin first as this is not a combo cleanser and exfoliant.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. Super gentle, but incredibly effective. The small sugar crystals manage to work well without scratching up your skin.
  2. It’s formulated for all skin types which is great for my combo skin. It treats my oily T-zone as well as the rest of my face which is normal to dry.
  3. A little goes a long way. I squeeze out about a 2 inch line on my finger and apply to my entire face and neck.
  4. The product rinses clean, no oily or sticky residue left behind.
  5. The smell is sugary sweet with light floral notes.

Now I gotta tell you I absolutely love Origins facial products, they are fantastic.  But they are also very expensive. The Freeman products are effective and one-tenth of the price.  My daughter who has oily, acne-prone skin uses this scrub as well and she loves it. I also use this on my pre-teen son as part of his weekly skincare regimen, gotta keep that baby soft skin intact. I would definitely recommend this scrub to anyone who is in the market for a facial scrub.

 

Product Review: Shea Moisture 10-In-1 Renewal System Hair Masque

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-In-1 Renewal System

Shea Moisture

Superfruit Complex 10-In-1 Renewal System Hair Masque

$12.99 / 12 oz

Available at SheaMoisture.com, ULTA, Target, Walgreens

ing: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*,  Behentrimonium Methosulfate,  Glycerin (Vegetable),  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*,  Stearyl Alcohol,  Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil,  Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol,  Biotin,  Cetrimonium Chloride,  Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil,  Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Tocopherol,  Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract,  Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract,  Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract,  Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Caprylhydroxamic Acid,  Caprylyl Glycol,  Citric Acid,  Sodium Citrate,  Ipomoea Batatas Extract,  Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride *Certified Organic Ingredient

From their website: This intensive antioxidant-rich treatment helps to perfect and renew vibrancy to brittle, lackluster hair. When used weekly in our 10-IN-1 RENEWAL SYSTEM, it treats damaged hair while providing anti-aging benefits, color protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, strength, anti-stress, deep conditioning, softness and shine. Counteract signs of aging by nourishing the scalp with our SuperFruit Complex and infusing hair with ultra-moisturizing Marula Oil and Biotin.

Add this to the ever growing list of Shea Moisture product lines. I can appreciate that they strive to make products that target specific hair needs. I think everyone can find at least one product line that they love. Then there are those of us who are down to try a new product just because. I have tried the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque (SRNHM), Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque (SGRTM) from the newer line and the Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque (ABSM) which was reformulated, so far the SRNHM has been my favorite.

This product makes 10 claims: age defy, color protect, hydrate, nourish, soften, anti-stress, deep condition, revive body, strengthen and shine.  I am not exactly sure how you can prove some of these claims, however I can attest that after use my hair did feel deep conditioned, hydrated, nourished, softened and strengthened.  Like many other products by this brand, TORSHM has a very strong scent, this one is fruity, and it does linger for quite a while. If you are opposed to strong scents you may want to give this one a pass.   Overall, I would repurchase this product, however it is still the 2nd best deep conditioner after the SRNHM.

Self Care Saturday 8/15

Self care is important. What is self care? Self care is the self initiated actions you take for your own overall health and wellbeing. Self care can be simply allowing yourself 20 minutes of peace and quiet, treating yourself to a nice meal, exercising, or pampering yourself.   I treat my hair and skin to a self care ritual every weekend and I am careful to protect this time and make it a priority. I will share with you time to time my self care regimen and the products I use to make myself happy.

Haircare

Because this is a hair blog let’s start with the hair. I washed my hair with Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo. It has been a while since I last clarified my hair and my scalp felt like it needed a nice thorough cleaning. Next, I deep conditioned with Shea Moisture 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque. I realize I have not posted a full review of this masque so I will post it up next week. In short the masque gets the job done. After applying the DC I detangled my hair with my fingers, covered with a plastic cap and let it sit for 25 minutes. Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

Skincare

I love skin products probably more than I love hair products. I love South of France bar soaps they smell so good and make me feel fancy. My bathroom currently smells like a field of lavender after using it.  I exfoliated my hands, elbows and knees with Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Body Scrub. Lastly, I hooked my feet up with Mr. Pumice Pumi Bar because there is nothing cute about cracked or callused heels. South of France Lavender Fields Soap

Facial

Cleansed my face with TGIN African Black Soap. It is very effective and mild enough for daily use. Black soap is great to use on oily and combination skin as well as skin that is acne prone or suffers from eczema or psoriasis. Next, I exfoliated my skin with Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask which is my bae skin care product. My skin always feels so good after using this. Lastly, I slathered on Freeman Acai Purifying Clay Mask which is good for all skin types. 
Freeman Acai Purifying Clay MaskWhat do you do to treat yourself? Have a favorite product you think I should check out? Leave a comment below. Cheers.

 

PuffCuff Now Available in Smaller Sizes

 

PuffCuff Hair ClampThe PuffCuff hair clamp is a required accessory for your natural arsenal. Think banana clip but much sturdier and shaped in the form of a circle to create the perfect puff no stretched headbands or knee high socks required.

I’ve used my PuffCuff to create many awesome styles including this one that I was most proud of. Yes it even works on straight hair and will not slip out!   Continue reading

2015 Afro Independence Day Deals

Its Independence Day let your fro fly free!  With all that has been going on the US lately I think it is important to remind each other that we are strong, we are resilient and that we are America.

I Too x Langston Hughes (Narrated by Denzel Washington) 

Also SK is a redhead, how is that for patriotism? SK Red Natural Hair Derby City Naturals

Okay now on with the deals. Save all weekend long on these hair products and accessories

Neero & Ana 20% off all items with code: indy

CurlKit 25% off use code: USA25

Entwine 25% off with code: JULY4FAB

S Dot Beauty 20% off, no coupon code required

Soultanicals 30% off + Free Shipping with code: FREEDOMHAIR

LACE Natural 20% off with code: HAPPY4TH

CurlMart 20% off + $5 shipping no code required

Komaza Care 20% off purchase of $50+ with code: 070415

SheaMoisture 35% off + Free Shipping on orders $25+ no code required

HydraTherma Naturals 20% off with code: JULY4

TGIN 20% off with code: TGIJULY4

Miss Jessie’s BOGO Free on 16 oz products + Free Shipping on orders $30+ use code: JULYBOGO

Bee Mine Organics 20% off orders of $25+ with code: 6BEE24

HAIRiette Free Shipping no code required

AfroVeda 10% off with code: phoenixrising

Exotic Oils & Butters 10% off with code: 3NYM-CG9B-YEFT

The Mane Choice 20% off with code: July20

Rachel Stewart Jewelry 20% off with code: RBG

Pura Body Naturals $9.99 Sale on Cupuaca Hair Butter and MuruMuru Moisture Milk no coupon code required

Freeman Beauty Free Shipping on all products with code: FREEDOM

TreLuxe 25% off with code: July4th

Eden BodyWorks Free Shipping with code: JULY4TH

Bel Nouvo 25% off orders of $25+ with code: SUMMER25

Eboni Curls 20% off with code: FIREWORKS

Louisville Loc Appreciation Day 2015

Saturday June 27,  2015
7 pm – Midnight
Admission is FREE
Chandelier’s Main Event
201 East Main Street Louisville KY 40202
(corner of E Main & Brooks Street)

Guest Presentations Brought to You By Natural Alternatives Salon

Event will feature giveaways, hair demos,  q&a panel,  refreshments and vendors with products and accessories for purchase.

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Columbusing Our Culture: How Bantu Knots Became Mini Buns

I was having a good day, until this link scrolled down my timeline. I did not want to believe it. I have seen the white fashion world try to lay claim to baby hair, cornrows and durags I guess I should have known they would Columbus bantu knots as well.

Bantu KnotsMane Addicts blog presents a how to on achieving these twisted mini buns inspired by Marc Jacobs. I guffawed so obnoxiously as tears ran from my eyes. They have got to be kidding. Bantu knots, a style I have worn my hair in since childhood, one of the few things that managed to be passed down in a culture that was torn from us, a style that has been mocked politely as silly or rudely as crazy was now a new fashion trend attributed to Marc Jacobs? If you don’t get the f*ck out of here with that bullsh*t!

It probably didn’t mean much when I wore this style myself and made a how to blog post in 2009, who am I right? Bantu Knot Bantu Knot Out

Or when Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren as played by Uzo Aduba wore them on Orange is the New Black two years ago, I mean who has Netflix? Crazy Eyes Bantu Knots

 

Or when Lauryn Hill rocked them back in the 90’s as a member of the Fugees, that whole Hip-Hop/RnB genre was just a passing phase.

FUGEES MTV EUROPE AWARDS 1996 AT ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON 024318 PHOTO BY RICHARD CHAMBURY-ALPHA-GLOBE PHOTOS LAURYN HILLOr the fact that African women have been wearing them for thousands of years, I know folks are still caught up on the whole continent/country thing.

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The fashion and beauty industries have a long torrid history of stealing aspects of African, Native American, Asian, and Latin culture while simultaneously mocking and shaming that same culture. This is what real everyday racism looks like.  Our culture is not for those in power to pluck and chose when trendy, then pretend as if they discovered something that dates back thousands of years.  They tried it and failed. What will they appropriate next?

I know many of you will read this article and be confused. The fact that culture is not a costume and that appropriation =/= appreciation will be completely foreign to you. I will try to simplify this as best as I can. To “borrow” from another culture and present it as a fresh new idea without citing where the practice originates or take into account the religious or societal meaning is wrong.  For more on this topic check out this article from NPR on Columbusing and this one from XO Vain on cultural appreciation in beauty industry. This following funny video all about Columbusing from the folks at College Humor. 

2015 Memorial Day Sales for Natural Hair

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their life in service to their country. It is also the unofficial start of Summer and an awesome sale weekend. If you are here in Louisville it is also Reggaefest which is where I will be enjoying some delicious jerk chicken and listening to some local bands.  Soapman of Pure Shea Store will be vending and you can snatch up all the good soaps, butters, and oils to get your melanated skin gleaming.

Kentucky Reggae Festival

Take advantage of these great deals and enjoy the long weekend.

The Mane Choice 30% off Friday 5/22 Only with code MDAY30

Curls $10 Flash Sale on Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly (look at the complete products list and select the $10 one, not the regular $25)

Lace Natural 25% off all weekend long with code MEMDAY15

Soultanicals 30% off all weekend with code MDAY30

TGIN 20% off all weekend with code: SUMMER

Marie Dean 20% off. No coupon code required, discount will be applied at check out.

Koils By Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner $20 + Free Shipping. No coupon code required.

Sereniti Bath & Beauty 35% off on orders $40+ with code: Thankful

Oyin Handmade 10% off all weekend with code: shrinkage