Rock da Natural Look Week at Natural Alternatives Salon

Love seeing advanced braided styles, sculpted locs and defying twisted updos? Rock Da Nat

“Rock da Nat” week November 11 -16th, 2013 will feature exclusive natural styles under the inspiration of guest stylist LaTisea. Book your appointment to model the newest techniques in natural hair. Walk-ins will be accepted on a limited basis this week as well.

Natural Alternatives Salon 1949 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205 - (502) 473-8882
Email: info@naturalalternativessalon.com - Website: naturalalternativessalon.com
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Jessicurl’s New Spiralicious Styling Gel

Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling GelIt’s here! You may remember me talking about Jessicurl’s new strong-hold styling gel. I was part of the testing process and even got to submit suggestions to name the new gel.

Well Spiralicious is officially released to everyone on Jessicurl website available in you favorite scents Island Fantasy, Citrus Lavender or unscented.

This styler provides great 2-3 day hair for me and gives my wash-n-go’s the definition I love without the crunch.

My 20 Minutes Podcast Interview

My old friend Rashani called me one day and asked the question, “Hey you got 20 minutes?”  And thus that started my interview on the hot new podcast 20 Minutes, hosted by Rashani of Single Simulcast fame.20 Minutes Podcast

Rashani and I go way back. Back before I actually got my first perm.  We grew up together in northern Cali and have kept in close contact over the years.  So in this 20 Minute interview Rashani wanted to talk about this new trend of natural hair something he is seeing take place in his own house with his wife and daughter. Luckily that is a topic I am well versed on.

Click this link to listen to the podcast

Listen to the podcast as we discuss the natural hair movement, a mini education on why women are going natural, the opinions of Black men on natural hair and the struggles that many women are going through.

Check out 20 Minutes podcast on iTunes, like on facebook and follow on twitter.

Motions Straight Finish Memphis Style Event Recap + Giveaway

Motions Straight Finish

Around a month ago I was contacted to review the new Motions Straight Finish product line and to host an in-store meetup in Memphis, TN.  Check out my YT reviews of the product from curly to straight and back to curly again.  In short I think this system worked really well in protecting my hair from heat while straightening and my curls came bouncing back in just one wash.  For more info on where you can find these products check out Motion’s website.

My favorite thing about this blogging “fame” is to be able to assist people in their journey.  And hosting the Curly 2 Straight Tennessee Meetup allowed me to do just that. I met and interacted with so many wonderful natural women and provide advice on styling, techniques and establishing a regimen. All in all we had a really amazing time, check out some of the pictures from the event below.

If you would like to check out these products and you are in the Atlanta area check out bloggers Arkeedah of ItsArkeedah.com, Tarika of DrTSulli.com + friends at the

Motions Curly 2 Straight ATL Event

Thursday 10/17 at 4p-8p

Walmart Supercenter

6149 Old National Hwy College Park, GA

Or Enter this Giveaway to Win A Full Set of Motions Straight Finish Products:

  1. Like Motions on facebook
  2. Like Derby City Naturals on facebook
  3. Leave a comment answering the following question: Why are you excited to try Motions Straight Finish products?

Giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway begins Tuesday 10/15/2013 runs through Friday 10/18/2013.  You must like and follow the pages listed above to be eligible. Maximum number of contest entries is 1 (one), additional comments do not count for multiple entries. Winner will be notified via email used to leave comment and/or facebook.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize else it will be forfeit and a new winner selected.

This promotion is solely sponsored by Lunchbox and has not been endorsed by Motions or its subsidiaries or affiliates. By entering, you agree to look solely to Lunchbox or Derby City Naturals for any claims in connections therewith, and not to Motions or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Product Review: Yes to Grapefruit Skin Care

Yes to Grapefruit Skin careYes to Grapefruit

Daily Facial Scrub

4 oz, $9.99

Available at Target, Walmart and other drug stores

ing: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Polylactic Acid, Lauryl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Limonene, Glyceryl Oleate, Fragrance, Phenethyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Melissa O cinalis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract*.

I am always on a quest for the best facial wash.  I have found many that I have liked and worked well but it seems my skin needs change and the product is no longer effective.  I have normal skin with a slightly oily T-zone.  My skin freaks out with every change of seasons and I have noticed dark spots are coming.  Yes to was having a great online sale so I decided to take the opportunity and check out some new products.

I purchased the Yes to Grapefruit line because it’s aim is to correct and repair skin which seems to fit my skincare needs. According to the manufacturer: grapefruit is rich in Vitamin C and Lycopene both of which are anti-oxidant heavy hitters that even skin tone and enhance luminosity. This daily facial scrub is the first in my opinion to have truth in advertising. The product has tiny micro scrubbers that were safe to use daily and did not feel like it was over scrubbing my face.

5 Things I Loved About This Product

  1. It smells amazing. Delicious citrus scent that really is invigorating.
  2. Gentle but effective the mild scrubbers help exfoliate the skin between weekly treatments.
  3. Super concentrated formula suds up well with just a tiny amount of product.
  4. Product rinses clean easily with just a few splashes of water.
  5. Skin feels light and clean after washing with no residue or over drying feeling.

I purchased the Yes to Grapefruit skin care bundle which also included Dark Spot Correcting Serum and Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream.  The Dark Spot Serum I did not care for. I don’t like the smell or the film it leaves as it dries.  I will not repurchase this product.  As for the Correcting Eye Cream I liked it. Not sure if it is actually making a difference, but I figure it cannot hurt. I would only purchase this product again as part of a bundle not on its own. I will definitely repurchase the Daily Facial Scrub as it was amazing.

Motions Secret Style Event in Memphis TN

Motions Secret Style EventHey y’all I am please to announce that I will be hosting Motions Secret Style Event in Memphis, TN on Tuesday 10/1/2013.  This event is all about Motions new Straight Finish product line that is designed to aid curly girls in utilizing the versatility in their hair and going straight without damaging those tresses.

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The Straight Finish product line consists of a cleanser, leave-in conditioner and sealer packed with keratin, healthy oils and silicones for heat protection.  I was a bit nervous about heat styling my own hair, I actually have not done it myself in 2-3 years but I decided to give myself a blow-out, check out my video on YT

These products are locally available in drug stores like Walmart so it is only right that we throw a party right in the aisles of the store.  Join us as we answer your questions, provide beauty tips, free product samples, refreshments and of course giveaways.

Motions Secret Style Event

Tuesday Oct 1st 2013 4-8 pm

Walmart Supercenter 7525 Winchester Road Memphis TN

Share the event and join us online using hashtag #curly2straightTN

Twisted Updo + Rod Set Curls

Last Saturday I had the esteemed pleasure of hosting Return of the Curls: Curls Gone Wild Kentucky Hair Expo.  As the host I would be on my feet smiling, interacting and answering questions for 8 hours.  This of course meant a trip to the salon for a style that was both flashy and functional.  When I have work to do I like to have my hair put up and out of the way, a style that stands up to travel/activity and won’t turn me into a shrieking violet as my hair likes to shrink when I get hot + sweaty. I also want to try something a little different.

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I made an appointment with Te’Anna of Natural Alternatives Salon for a natural style up-do. My stylists are in fact geniuses because they have come to understand “Haley-speak”. Haley speak is my feelings or emotions set to words and hand gestures to describe how I want my hair. I told her “Te, I want an updo. Flat twists up the crown, angled to one side. Curls in the front swirly like the bottom of a waterfall that show off my blue bangs.  But don’t make me look like an eggplant.”  Mmmhmm you understand that? Luckily she did.

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Get This Style In 4 Easy Steps

  1. After washing, conditioning and detangling my hair, Te applied a heat protectant and lightly blew my hair out.  I have my hair blown out when doing these styles to decrease my time under the dryer which is my most hated thing. The goal is get the hair 70% dry and lightly stretched.
  2. Flat twist the back and left side of the hair upward from the nape of the neck to the crown.  Stop twisting once you reach the crown and secure with a roller clip to prevent unraveling.  We used Lace Naturals More Moisture cream to twist and moisturize the hair.  Set the crown on medium sized perm rods using setting lotion or foam.
  3. After sitting under the dryer remove rods and clips from hair (make sure your hair is 100% dry before removing rollers) secure in place using bobby or hairpins.  I sat under the dryer for about 55 minutes.  We left my curls intact because this style was done a day before the event.
  4. Lightly oil your fingertips and gently uncoil each curl into 3 or 4 sections depending on size.

It was important to me that my curls stayed off my face for the most part and out of my eyes. For a more elongated curl you can use bigger perm rods or flexi rods.  If you are a terrible roller like myself you can two-strand twist the hair before setting on rollers which will provide a similar effect.  This style is great for all hair lengths.  If you hair is not long enough to set on rollers you can finger coil or comb coil for a similar look.