The Threat of Natural Hair

There are stories I am really tired of reading.  At the top of that list are students being ostracized by school administration because of their hair. From the elementary school girl who was kicked out of her school to institutions of higher learning that banned dreadlocks I am really sick and tired of this bullshit. How is it that a place where you are supposed to go and be educated, learn cooperative skills and social interactions with those different than you seem to always punish those who are different? What message are you sending?

My son with his shoulder length locs

My son with his shoulder length locs

So many of these policies tout “extreme hairstyles” as distracting. Why is it that these hairstyles deemed extreme are always natural hairstyles worn by Blacks? What is so extreme about our authenticity?  I have never been a teacher, but I have been a soccer coach, a girl scout troop leader and frequent chaperone and a room mother; if you cannot keep a group of students on task because a hairstyle is distracting them and derailing the entire lesson you have other problems.

The most recent of these stories comes to us from South Plaquemines High School in Louisiana where a teenage Rastafarian student has been given an unlimited suspension due to his hairstyle of locs.  A little education: In the Rastafari religion they do not believe in cutting their hair, and the wearing of locs is not required but very central to these beliefs. The student was originally suspended because the length of his hair was in violation of the dress code which stated that the hair could not be longer than the shirt collar. The student returned with his hair pinned up, but the school still deemed his hair to be in violation. How is this any different than a girl with long hair wearing her hair in a bun or ponytail? It isn’t the school is going out of their way to discriminate and harass this child. The ACLU has got involved and is helping the teen’s family fight the decision.

As I read about this story I heard Jay-Z’s famous line” I thought this was America people?” from his song Guilty Until Proven Innocent.  What happened to freedom from religious persecution? What happened to the first amendment? The family provided documentation to the school superintendent from religious leaders and the student was still denied to return to school until he cut his hair.

 

How to Start Your Own Headwrapping Business or Event Fundraiser

Inspirit Arts Headwrap flyer

Are you interested in earning extra income or starting your own business? Love the natural hair community and want a way to reach others while making money? Or are you in love with our culture and want to get to know more about headwrapping?

WELL THIS IS THE CLASS FOR YOU! 

 Sylvia NebSa Harmon of Inspirit Arts Vendor Academy presents

How to Start A Headwrapping Business or Fundraiser

This 3-part workshop Miss NebSa will provide a hands on experience on headwrap styles, how to give group presentation and vend, how to successfully sale to anyone, functional booth design, and the inside knowledge she has culminated in her many years of service.

This class is ideal for stylist, or those already working in the beauty industry, bloggers, or people who have natural entrepreneurial spirit and a connection to the community.

RSVP on Eventbrite and get 2 for 1 admissions. 

 

DCN Weekly Recap 8.1.14

Life happens and I don’t post as often as I would like to. My drafts folder is a hot mess of reviews and articles I never finished.  Sometimes it is quicker to just post a picture and comment on facebook or instagram than it is to write a blog post. But I am taking a tip from my boy Jor-El over at ManeManBlog and going to include a weekly recap.  This is something I can definitely commit to.  This will be a combination of sales, dope styles, hot topics and whatever else has caught my eye this week.

Upcoming Review: TreLuxe Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer

Derby City Naturals Wash n Go with TreLuxe Hi Definition Spoiler alert: I loved it. My hair + mucilage gels = happy Haley.  I was able to get four day hair with the TreLuxe Hi Definition Curl Enhancer.  I probably could have went longer but I work out 6 of 7 days and going four days without washing is super gross.  But man did my hair look good.

Natural News: Electric Lady x Janelle Monae

As if I needed another reason to love Janelle, this video is giving me all of my life. I simply adore her and that HAIRRRRRRR. I am gonna learn that step they do in this video, if you see it online somewhere link me. Also if you haven’t purchased her album do yourself a favor and cop that.

What’s the deal-io?

Jessicurl 20% off all 8 oz products with code SUMMER14 includes Int’l orders thru 8/2

Komaza Care 30% off Aloe My Hair product line no coupon code required. komaza care aloe my hair sale

 

 

 

Product Review: TreLuxe Untie the Knot

TreLuxe Untie The Knot

TréLuxe

Untie the Knot

$18.50

available online on discovertreluxe.com

ing: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Steareth-2, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids , Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Squalane (Olive derived), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol

I received this product after meeting the creators of TréLuxe at a natural hair expo.  Untie the knot is a leave in conditioner that can be used as a light conditioning treatment or as a daily leave-in conditioner.  I really liked the ingredients list and was excited to check out this product.  You can tell that Kiprono & Cortney have really done their research and have taken note as to what ingredients perform really well with natural hair.  The key to using this product line which was repeated to me several times was to use this product with water on wet or damp hair.

I used this product several times on its own, with other products in this line and with other products I use regularly. There was only one time this product disappointed me and this was when I used it on dry hair.  When used along on dry hair my hair had a strange coated feeling and was not moisturized. My bad, Cortney told me to always use with water and I did not listen.  The product performs fine as a light moisturizer or leave-in.  It is not a styler, it is not a sealer, and it doesn’t pretend to be.   This product does contain coconut oil as the second ingredient as well as other proteins, so if you are protein sensitive use your best judgement here, I had no problems with this product.

5 Things I Liked About This Product:

  1. Nice light smell.
  2. Light moisturizer does not contain shea butter.  I like my leave in to be a leave in and not double as a heavy moisturizer.  These work the best for me.
  3. The product contains proteins but is not packed down so it was gentle enough for my protein sensitive hair .
  4. I love that the product is in a pump bottle for easy distribution. I only use a few pumps to moisturize my whole head.
  5. Labels are water resistant and have not peeled or faded after sitting in my shower for over a month.

Overall this is a good product.  I don’t have a problem finding good leave-in conditioners, I have several in my arsenal that work well.  If you are looking for a leave-in with light protein I would suggest you check out this product.  I also tried the product as a detangler which was not a pleasant experience, I would not suggest it for use a detangler.

 

TreLuxe Product Review

Haley, TreLuxe and Return of the CurlsI was so happy to meet Kiprono & Cortney Sigilai the dynamic husband and wife team and owners of TréLuxe.  They were vending at the Louisville Return of the Curls event where I was very pleased with how the product worked on my hair after a quick hair demo.  I was lucky enough to be gifted the entire line of products for review *blogger perks*.

From the website:

TréLuxe products are specifically formulated to nourish, define and style natural curls, offering solutions to the various hair care problems that women with naturally textured hair face at home, work, and play. TréLuxe products are designed with the woman on-the-go in mind. We focus on providing effortless manageability, giving you confidence in every curl!

TréLuxe products contain all natural, easy to pronounce and readily identifiable ingredients like aloe leaf juice, coconut milk, slippery elm extract, broccoli seed oil and other ingredients we naturals have grown to love and know work well in our hair.  The key to this product line is that it is formulated to work on wet hair which is perfect for most of us who do our styling right out of the shower.

The TréLuxe product line consists of four products: Untie the Knot, Curl Supreme, Hi Definition and ReFlex. Untie the Knot is the leave in conditioner that can be used as a light conditioning treatment or as a daily leave-in conditioner. Curl Supreme is a styling cream that can be used as a heavier moisturizer, cream styler or twist/braid cream.  Hi Definition is a curl enhancer that can be used as a wash-n-go styler or as a twist/braid styler. ReFlex is curl styling serum used a finisher and curl sealer with flexible hold.

I will be posting four separate reviews on how I used each product and my styling results. Check out TréLuxe on their website, on facebook and on instagram.

2014 4th of July Deals for Natural Hair

Happy Independence Day! 

CurlKit: 20% off entire inventory of natural hair products code: JULY4SALE

AfroVeda 20% on orders $25+ thru 7/6 code: SUMMERFUN

Curl Collection 15% off June box featuring Wondercurl thru 7/6 code: FREEDOM

Tropical Traditions Free 32 oz Gold Label on orders $12.99+ thru 7/6.

Komaza Care 20% on orders $50+ code: July4

TGIN $19.99 Shampoo + Conditioner duo sale thru 7/6

Koil by Nature 25% off sale code: FREEDOM KBN 4TH OF JULY SALEHydratherma Naturals 20% off thru 7/7 code: thanks

Happy Nappy Honey 25% off + Free shipping code: freedom

Annabelle’s Perfect Blend 30% off order $30+ code: FIREWORKS

KJ Naturals 25% off order $20+

 

 

How to Make Whipped Fluffy Body Butter

Whipped Fluffy Body Butter

You asked, I finally got around to posting this video on how I make my whipped fluffy butter. This is a basic recipe that is very customizable. You can experiment with interchanging the different butters and oils like swapping mango butter for shea butter or substituting olive oil and castor oil instead safflower oil.  This butter behaves differently at different temps, for example my coconut oil is a liquid in the Summer and Fall but more of a soft solid in the Winter and Spring. You can help balance this by using harder butters to make a firmer product.  I throw in whatever I have on hand, never making the same butter twice and have never had an issue. 

My recipe is different from others because it is a moisturizing or wet butter. It contains aloe vera gel (or juice) and glycerin to add moisture. You will notice a difference in how your skin feels after using.  I do not use any preservative ingredients, but the butter will last for 30-45 days in a room temp environment without mold. We normally use up the entire batch within this time frame and then I simply make more.

In my home this is used primarily as a body butter. I have gifted this to friends and family who use it as a beard butter and as a hair butter.

Whipped Fluffy Body Butter Recipe

  • 2/3 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 oz cocoa butter
  • 2 Tablespoons glycerin
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel (or juice)

Combine oils and butters and gently heat over a double boiler until just melted.  Allow to cool to room temperature then add glycerin and aloe.  Whisk together ingredients and pop into refrigerator.  Allow the mixture to cool until it is a firm set but not too hard. Use mixer starting on low, then increasing in speed to whip the mixture until it doubles in size.  Store in airtight containers away from heat and direct sunlight.

Cotton Candy Playground 25% Off Flag Tee Sale

Cotton Candy Playground American Flag

How dope is this shirt? It represents two of my favorite things: my hair and my country. And now you can get this image in a tee, tank or cropped tee on sale from Cotton Candy Playground thru 7/4/14 take 25% off America style tees. 

There are also tees reppin’ Canada, Panama, Trinidad, Australia, UK, Jamaica, France, Haiti, St Kitts, Nigeria, and more. If you don’t see your country in the list you can also request a special order.  Happy Shopping.

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