Shea Moisture Summer Skin Giveaway *closed*

Summer is firmly here and we have all had an awesome time traveling, vacationing, spending time at the lake or checking out an outdoor concert.  And while we may be rocking a wash-n-go and living care free there are some things we cannot just ignore: our skin.

During the summer we are susceptible to bug bites, sunburn, dry skin (depending on climate), sweat and of course the dreaded breakouts.  Luckily we’ve talked about good skin care before and I supplied some great tips from my Aesthetician Tracie.  To keep your fabulous summer glow it is important that you exfoliate and Shea Moisture has an awesome line of body scrubs that will do the trick. shea moisture olive green tea scrub

They have 5 awesome products to choose from

  • Organic Olive & Green Tea – With a high content of healing Vitamin E and fatty acids, Olive Butter helps hydrate, repair and heal skin.  Rich in powerful anti-oxidants and vitamins, Green Tea and Avocado protect skin and help regenerate skin cells.
  • Organic Red Bush & Sage – Rich in alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc, Red Bush helps exfoliate and heal skin, while Sage’s anti-bacterial properties calm and balance skin. 
  • Organic Argan Oil & Raw Shea – Argan Oil hydrates and repairs dry skin thanks to its high content of Vitamin E.  Frankincense & Myrrh offer anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that aid in healing dry, cracked skin. 
  • Organic Lavender & Wild Orchid – Combining the calming and soothing effects of Lavender with the restorative properties of Orchid Extract, this nourishing scrub also hydrates and heals.
  • Organic Lemongrass & Ginger – This purifying and uplifting scrub uses Lemongrass to help balance skin and Ginger to relive joint stiffness and muscular pain, and improve circulation.

And after you exfoliate and cleanse you want to make sure you lotion up to keep that skin soft and moisturized. Luckily for us each body scrub has a body lotion in a complimentary scent.  Products are available at your local Target, Walmart and Walgreens stores.

The Giveaway

We are making this one super easy for you. It’s hot outside and who couldn’t use more fans?  Become a fan of Derby City Naturals and Shea Moisture using the links below, then leave a comment letting me know your fb name and twitter handle used to follow.

  1. Like Shea Moisture on facebook
  2. Follow Shea Moisture @SheaMoisture4u on twitter
  3. Like Derby CIty Naturals on facebook
  4. Follow Derby City Naturals @DerbyCityNat on twitter

Giveaway is open to US residents only. Giveaway begins Tuesday 7/30/2013 runs through Friday 8/2/2013.  You must like and follow the pages listed above to be eligible. Maximum number of contest entries is 1 (one), 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.

Giveaway prizes are provided by Shea Moisture and handled by J9PR.  I was not paid to do this review and all opinions are my own.

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Cuzzo Ro Chopped & [Cork]Screwed

This is my Cuzzo Ro aka Queen of the Fluffy Hair

On the regular, when talking about her hair I quote Agnes from Despicable Me, “It’s so fluffy!”  She is constantly complimented wherever we go for her awesome corkscrew curls and gravity defying volume.

Lately we’ve been talking about chopping our hair as both of us transitioned for about a year and have not worn our hair short in quite some time.  Also with Summer approaching we have been talking about cute cropped styles to change up our look. We also talked about experimenting with color; highlights, lowlights and everything in between.

It was all talk.  Or so I thought.

Cuzzo Ro called me and said, “OMG I have a surprise for you!”  I just knew she was going to show up with a bright Rihanna red or cool Beyonce blonde.  I opened the door to find her fluffy bangs have been tamed and defined while the back and sides had been trimmed close in a tiny ocean of swirls.  We both screamed and laughed in excitement!

Her hair was styled by Dakota of Natural Alternatives Salon who we consider to be the BADDEST in the Derby City.  Ro was washed and conditioned in the bowl then her hair was gently blotted with a micro fiber towel.  She was then cut using shears and taken back to the bowl to rinse and apply product (Kinky Curly Knot Today and Curling Custard).  Lastly she went back to the station to clean up the cut and for finishing.  She was lightly blown to set the style.

Fierce Cut – Side View

Fierce Cut - Back View

One word: FIYA!  If you are looking for a hot summer look and are here in the Derby City check out the stylists at Natural Alternatives Salon by calling 502.473-8882.

Summer Hair Make-Over

Summer is here and we are finally shedding away those winter blues.  Goodbye tucked-ends and protective styles hello wash-n-gos and huge fros.  And while we get ready for all that fun in the sun it’s common for naturals to want to change up their look.  If Ricki Lake was still around she would have a show titled, ” Winter’s cold has been shook, so give me a hot Summer look” or something like that, lol :)

So I posed the following question on twitter,

#NaturalHair ladies if you were going to have a make-over would you rather they cut, colored, or straightened your hair?”

The answer was a resounding: color.  Interesting enough that was my choice also.  So I mulled over the results I received to try and figure out why.

If you have ever watched a make-over show they ALWAYS want to flatiron women with curly hair for a dramatic effect.  It has always irritated me especially because they have the model look all frowny and depressed in the curly hair before then vibrant and happy in the straight hair after as if her curls were holding back her joy.  *fuming*  This also irritates me because it is not a practical style choice as straightening requires way too much work for day to day styling.  And its not as if straight hair is some new invention like the lady didn’t know she had that option.  She obviously chose to go low-manipulation with her natural texture and now you  gave her some redic ‘do that’s good for a few day? Cheated.

There are a few naturals who responded back that they would like their hair cut into a cute curly style.  I can get with that as when I saw Taren’s big chop vid I kinda wanted to grab some scissors myself.  However, most naturals are anxious to grow out their natural hair to at least shoulder length (if not mid-back length) you would have to fight them to do more than a trim.

But then there is color.  I have colored and highlighted my hair in the past both relaxed and natural.  However, I know that a lot of relaxed women avoided color out of fear of breakage (chemical x chemical = danger).  But now that that they are natural, they want to venture and explore with color.  While coloring hair is not without challenges, it is a chemical process so there are risks and measures you need to take, however it is like a whole new world.  You can color your hair naturally with henna, use 5 foils to highlight the crown, go multi-colored with high and low lights or just get some all over color.  There are tons of color options out there.

So my question for you all is if you were going to get a summer hair make-over what would you change?