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

Pashmina Scarf Giveaway

I love scarves.  They are so incredibly versatile.  Wear them around your neck, drape them over your shoulders, as a headscarf or just to add color to your outfit.  When I was in Houston a few months back I was able to pick up a few of my favorite pashmina scarves and I grabbed an extra one to use as a giveaway item for just for my subbies!

If you have never worn a scarf or are not sure how to incorporate it into your wardrobe just start simple.  In the picture above I am sporting Chescalocs “scarf as a necklace” which is a fun play on knotting your scarf.  I also have a blog on how to tie up your hair and use your scarf as a head wrap.  You can also google how to wear a scarf for more inspiration.  ok so on with the giveaway.  1 lucky winner will receive a new plum (deep purple) pashmina scarf in original packaging.  I purchased this scarf with my own dinero, there is no sponsor for this giveaway.

To enter the giveaway you must:

  1. Like Derby City Naturals on FB
  2. Subscribe to this blog
  3. Leave a comment on this post stating why you want to win
  4. Bonus Entry: Tweet the phrase “Win a Pashmina scarf from @HereIsMySpout #DCNGiveaway http://wp.me/p1owB1-yp” then leave a comment letting me know you tweeted the phrase.

Contest is open to residents of the USA. Contest begins Sunday 2/12/2012 runs through Thursday 2/16/2012.  Maximum number of contest entries is 2 (two), additional comments or tweets will not count for multiple entries.  Winner will be notified via email used to leave comment and/or twitter or facebook.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize else it will be forfeit and a new winner selected. 

Nounou’s Boutique Slouch Beenie Giveaway *Closed*

I love handcrafted items.  I would love to tell you that I made this slouch beenie myself, but that would be a lie.  I snagged this crafty cap from the fabulous Nounous Boutique.  I have bragged on this company before, but I think when someone does something right you should let the world know.  I am both a knitter and crotcheter and I have been doing it long enough to recognize a quality item; this item is very well made. 

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. The band is thick and secures the beenie your your head. The stitching is forgiving enough to accommodate a large dome such as my head.
  2. It is so freaking warm.  The last couple weeks it has been cold enough to snow (although it hasn’t) and I have trusted my slouch beenie to keep my head warm–it did not disappoint.
  3. It is accommodating for big hair.  I wore this over a wash-n-go and was able to stuff all my hair up in there.
  4. The cute slouchy design guarantees a good fit on your head without creating that mushroom hat look–ya’ll know what I’m talking about when your hat is too small for your hair.
  5. Its made of soft acrylic yarn which is safe and gentle on your hair (this is the same type of yarn used in yarn locs). It’s machine washable (on gentle) and just lay it flat to dry.

To win your very own Slouch Beenie from Nounou’s Boutique you must do the following:

  1. Like Derby City Naturals on FB
  2. Like Nounous Boutique on FB
  3. Visit Nounous Boutique website and leave a comment on this post letting me know which color beenie you would like to win.
  4. Bonus Entry: Tweet the following phrase “Win a @NounousBoutique Slouch Beenie from @HereIsMySpout #DCNGiveaway http://wp.me/p1owB1-x4” then leave a comment stating that you tweeted the phrase.

Contest is open to residents of the USA. Contest begins Friday 2/3/2012 runs through Thursday 2/9/2012.  Maximum number of contest entries is 2 (two), additional comments or tweets will not count for multiple entries.  Winner will be notified via email used to leave comment and/or twitter or facebook.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize else it will be forfeit and a new winner selected. 

In other great news: Nounou’s Boutique is also having a 25-40% off sale on select natural hair products so go check them out!

Disclaimer: Nounou’s Boutique provided this product  and I was under no obligation to participate if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for a free product.

*Winner Announced: Congrats to DeAnna Coles, you are the giveaway winner*

The Easy Updo

I am convinced that bobby pins are tools of the devil.  They poke, they prod and they love to play hide-n-seek in my coils.  I have always admired those who were able to sculpt their hair into magnificent updo styles, but that ability has always escaped me and I blame the bobby pin.  It always seems that no matter how many bobby pins (or hair pins) I use I just cannot get my hair to “stay”.  So I watched with a gleam in my eye hoping that one day, I too would be able to one day perfect the updo.

Here ye, here ye, let it henceforth be known that I have perfected the updo.

…and I did it without bobby pins #pow! So how did I do it? Let me introduce you to my new best friend Scunci Upzingoh yes, meet the Scunci Upzing.  This tool is genius!  It is two side combs attached by stretchy i-cord. It is super easy to use: simply slide a comb in on one side, then grab the other comb and slide in on the other.  Done.  The I-cord in the middle helps keep the hair in place and also prevent the combs from slipping.

I have been wearing this style all week in a variety of different ways.  I first wore my hair in two-strand twists using Entwine Creme de la Mold.  After a few days I took the twists down and wore a twist-out.  I have changed the the style several times wearing an updo with side bangs, a pompadour and ninja bun, faux french roll with bangs, faux french roll with loose flat-twist bang (see above) as this style was so easily transferable.

The Scunci Upzing can be found almost anywhere hair accessories are sold Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart or online at Amazon.  I even heard that there is a cheapy knock-off at dollar stores.  This is the best $3 I have ever spent.  So if you like me are bobby pin impaired you really need to check out the Upzing.

this is the first updo I did while my hair was still in twists 

faux french roll w bangs done on twist-out

DIY Bra Strap Headband

While shopping at Wal-Mart this weekend I stumbled across an interesting find.  Goody is now selling bra strap headbands for $5.  Bra strap headbands are so cheap and easy to make yourself I couldn’t believe that they were being sold commercially.

I have attached a picture below of the Goody version.

I am a DIY’er at heart and many things I do out of pure necessity. I have used cloth belts, nylons, kiddie tights, ribbons, those clear straps to hold up a shirt or dress all for headbands.  I never thought of it as an ingenious way to make money.

I did a google search to discover that a lot of high end retailers such as H&M and Victoria’s Secret are selling them.  Good for them, but I believe that anyone can make them on their own at home.  The big appeal of the bra strap headband is that it is adjustable, just like you would adjust the straps to hold up your girls, so you can make it tighter or looser to fit your hair style.

To make a bra strap headband you can either use those extra straps that are included with strapless bras or cut the straps off of a bra that has seen better days.

If the strap still has the metal clasp on it you can use those to hook together in the back, slide the strap on your head and adjust the tightness.

Else if you don’t like the clasp and cut them off or you cut the straps off of your bra; then use some super glue (or hot glue) to attach the strap together to make the loop.  The best way to do this is to place the glue on one end of the strap then lay the other strap on top of it so it overlaps.  If you are handy with a needle you can also sew the straps together instead of gluing. (**Note: if using super glue be sure to have some acetone on hand just in case you glur your fingers together!)

And for my divas out there you can get even fancier by wrapping the connected piece with a strip of fabric and sewing or glueing over it.  You can also add buttons, flowers and other notions to doll up your headband.

I found a few easy DIY instructions here for those of you that need visuals.

http://theobjectproject.typepad.com/the_object_project/2009/08/upcycled-bra-strap-headband.html

http://ashbyfamilyblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/bra-strap-headband.html

http://thestir.cafemom.com/beauty_style/6912/diy_bra_strap_headband

This Goody BSH retails for $5