Recap: DCN Presents Curls & Cocktails Part 1

One of my main goals when starting DCN was to bring premier events her to Louisville, KY.  You often hear about lavish natural hair events in Atlanta, Chicago, DMV, New York and Houston, but Louisville? No dice.  I have worked as an organizer and I have a can-do spirit so it was going to happen come rain or shine.

I reached out to local salon owner, Jimmy Cadet of Natural Alternatives Salon and told him about my idea and showed him examples of what was going on in other cities.  Jimmy is very forward thinking and always on a quest to take things to the next level so he was intrigued.  We also worked with Jessica Taylor of Red Carpet Events who is known for some of the most lavish parties and grand openings around town.

After months of planning we collaborated on Curls and Cocktails a 5 Part Series showcasing natural hair in a light that has not been seen in our town.  A mix of natural hair, glamor, education, and night-life that was sure to send waves to the surrounding areas and let them know that we are doing big things. Each part would have a particular theme: Cleansing and Conditioning, Trimming and Cutting, Moisture, Color and Locs.

Jimmy supplied the salon and made his own stylists available, Jessica coordinated the event as only she could and I worked on the educational piece and obtained the models.  We also secured sponsors from Rhythm liquor and giveaways courtesy of Go Natural Hair & Body Boutique.

On a drizzly, Friday night I watched as woman and men packed into the salon dressed in their chicest cocktail attire sporting their flyest ‘dos.  While enjoying their Rhythm punch and wine naturals listened to the tips I provided on proper shampooing and conditioning as our model was cleansed, conditioned and styled by the salon stylists. The salon also offered a pre-book special exclusive to the event.

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It was a great event and the groundwork has been laid for the remaining four parts of the series.  I am extremely grateful to Natural Alternatives Salon, Red Carpet Events, Go Natural Hair & Body Boutique and Rhythm Liquor for all their support! Click here for more pictures of the event.

Our next event Session 2:Discussing Trimming and Precision Cutting of Natural Hair will be Friday, July 15th 2011 at 8:00 pm. Click the link of RSVP info@redcarpetideas.com

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Product Review: Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer

www.tangleteezer.com

Available online @ Amazon or locally at Sally’s Beauty Supply

$9.99

Tangle Teezer also available in pink, purple, blue and green

The Tangle Teezer (TT) isn’t not a new product nor is it new to the natural hair scene.  For years people have raved about this odd looking brush that magically detangles hair without ripping or pulling.  I was hesitant to try it as it seemed like just another bandwagon tool and I was getting good results with my shower comb and Denman brush.

However, on a trip to Sally’s with a friend who was transitioning I wanted to show her all the detangling options.  We were actually going to scoop up a Denman but they were out so I decided to give the TT a try.  I have reserved posting my feelings about this brush because I just didn’t want to believe it worked.  I put my brush to the test using it on straight weave, 2B, 3A hair before I would consider putting it to my hair.  It performed very well in all these circumstances.

I decided to give it a whirl on my 3-Day Old twist-out that I co-washed with Yes to Tomatoes conditioner.  My hair was sopping wet and full of condish which made handling the TT sort of difficult.  Because the TT does not have a handle but instead a compact ergonomic design that fits in the palm of your hand.

I separated my hair into 6 sections and began running the brush through the top, then underneath followed by the sides.  It felt like it didn’t do anything so I grabbed my Denman and ran it through the section and surprisingly it went right through!  When I finished detangling my entire head here is all the shed hair gathered from the TT, I normally loose 3X as much if not more when detangling.


I detangled my hair with the TT two more times since then.  Once with damp hair and Yes to Cucumbers Leave-In condish.  The results were the same but I found it was much easier to hold the TT because my hair wasn’t as wet.  The final test would be dry detangling.  I NEVER dry detangle my hair as the snack, crackle, pop and yanking are too much to bear.  I started with a small section that I spritz with Oyin Juices & Berries.  Again the TT slid through and tamed my snarls.  I AM A Tangle Teezer Believer!!!

Wet or dry this brush works like nothing I have ever experienced before.  The secret is the short numerous tines that detangle the outer layers of tangles first.  I think the downfall or traditional brushes/combs is that the tines are either too long or their rows aren’t placed in the correct pattern to gently catch and unravel the snarls individually.

I let my girlfriend use it on her hair and she fell in love too!  It detangles and gives a nice scalp massage which she loved!  Her only complaint was that the brush is designed to be held in the right hand and she is left-handed so it took her a while to get over the learning curve of combing with her right hand.  I had to make sure she didn’t slip my brush in her purse when she left :)

Blended Beauty Independence Day Sale

Blended Beauty is having an Independence Day Sale from now until July 5th 2011.

Take an additional 20% off any TWO items with coupon code: CheersThe4th at checkout on http://www.blendedbeauty.com

I have not tried these products, but the company has been around for sometime.  You can find plenty threads about the products use on hair forums, message boards or on youtube. Here is a review from YTer PrettyDimples01 http://youtu.be/a0RDWOnHAEo

The company also has a guide to help you select the best products for your hair needs.  Blended Beauty products are 98-99% natural and do not contain petroleum, mineral oil, silicone or acrylics.

Qhemet Biologics Summer Sale

 

Qhemet Biologics is having a 20% off Summer Sale!

Saturday, June 4th 2011

Qhemet Biologics is aproduct line based on Ayurvedic hair care.  The products are vegetarian and contain no mineral oil, parabens, silicones, SLS, or petroleum.  They do contain yummy exotic ingredients like Moringa oil, Amla oil, African Honeybush, and Brahmi.

If you have never heard of these products check out a few reviews below.

From EmpressRi aka on YT

 

From on YT

 

 

 

 

Product Review Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Curl

Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Curl

$16 for 12 ounces

available online @ Miss Jessie’s  Curl Mart  Target or select salons

ing: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis, Polysorbate 80, Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Behentrimonium Chloride, C13-15 Alkane, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Chlorella Pyrenoidosa Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Chondrus Crispus(Carrangeenan)Extract, Cetearth-20-, C 12-20 Isoparaffin, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Amodimethicone, Centrimonium Chloride, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Trideceth-12, Peg-90, Isopropanol, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Dmdm, Iodopropynyl Butycamate, Blue 1 (C142090), Yellow 5 (Cl 19140)

From their website: Finally, the ultimate ultra conditioning super soft daily curl wash especially made for us — dry, parched, damaged, used and abused, chemically treated, color treated, natural, kinky, curly hair.  Crème de la Curl was specifically formulated for the dry, coarse, tightly coiled curl, but any hair type longing for a super moisturizing curl wash will benefit. You can never wash your hair too much with this carefully formulated non-sudsy cleansing crème. Excellent for curlies who want clean, freshly prepped, supple, tangle-free hair that’s ready to receive any Miss Jessie’s styling product.

I was gifted this product from my girl Tanya who is an admitted PJ and suffers from OCD so she buys multiple products on a whim because she is always looking for the next best thing and wants to make sure she has enough if she likes it, lol.  Anywho Tanya did not care for the product so she told me to give it a whirl.  Thanks T-Payne!

I am a no-poo girl so I cleanse my hair by either co-washing or using a sulfate-free cleanser.  This product is a sulfate-free cleanser which is basically like a conditioner that is designed to cleanse the hair without drying. The first time I used the product I really was not very impressed.  It cleansed my hair but it felt rather thick and heavy and did not have much slip.  I was able to detangle my hair but I went very slow as to not pull or damage my hair. The product has a perfume-y smell and I did not care for it.  The smell wasn’t horrible but I would rather it was unscented.  My hair did feel soft and moisturized after use and I did not condition my hair afterward.

My basic feeling after using the product is that it was okay but I’m sure I could have got the same effects from co-washing with Suave, Vo5 or Yes to Carrots.  Not really impressed.  However after repeat uses I can say that unlike co-washing with regular conditioner which can cause a little build-up over time resulting in me needing to get a good shampoo in every now and then this product did not have the same effects.

My complaints about this product would be that it does not have much slip at all so I would need to add some olive oil to it or find another method to detangle.  I don’t care for the scent but it is not unbearable. 

My accolades for this product is that it really is a 2-n-1 cleanser and conditioner.  This product would be good for those traveling as you would only need to bring one product for your hair.  This is also good for those who only need light shampoo/conditioning for their hair.  For my CG girls looking for a no-sulfate cleanser I would recommend you give it a try.  This product also contains protein, but it didn’t cause my hair to rebel.  While I got this product for free, I would not re-purchase it, but would pick it up on a swap.

Natural Hues

I have always loved contrast.  Especially when it is unexpected.  On my mother’s side of the family we have several family members with blue eyes with for no explainable reason.  It normally appears every other generation, but alas my generation failed to grab hold to those recessive genes.  On my father’s side we have bright red hair.  I love the look of rich copper skin topped off with warm red hair.  It reminds me of my Grandma.  When I was younger and would spend my summer’s in the sun my hair would lighten to a nice crimson and I loved it.

It is my interest in contrast that brought on my love for the Melanesian People.  Melanesia is an area of the south Pacific  that includes Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands and others.  The Melanesian people are the most ethnically diverse in the world characterized by the array of sun-kissed skin tones coupled with naturally blonde, red, brown or black curly hair.

fabulous blonde curls

beautiful brown with natural highlights

multi-colored tresses

glorious red head

For more awesome images check out the following link.

Do you have any natural reds, blondes or light brown tresses in your family?

Hair Facts: Texture

Hair texture is simply the diameter of the hair strand. It can be described as fine, medium or coarse. Most people do not have the same texture all over their head; hair is normally finer around the hairline and nape of the neck. Your hair texture can also change as you get older; babies are born with very fine hair that thickens as they get older.

Fine hair also known as soft or baby hair can appear limp, thin and does not hold a style well. Fine hair is easy over processed in styling and can yield flyaways due to its lack of bulk. Fine hair in general has less protein and is often over moisturized.

Medium hair is normal, neither fine nor coarse, but just in the mid range.

Coarse hair is stronger and bulkier than fine or medium hair. Coarse hair normally requires extensive styling (higher heat, stronger chemicals, longer process times) in order to penetrate the hair shaft as it is somewhat resistant to styling. Coarse hair in general has greater amounts of protein and is often dry.

How do you determine your hair texture? Well this can be made from simple observation. Grab a single strand of hair at the root between your thumb and index finger and slide toward the end. If it feels barely there like cashmere sweater or baby hair then it is fine. If it feels substantial like a piece of thread then your hair is coarse. Somewhere in the middle then your then your hair is medium. Check different parts of your head (front middle and back) as you can find different textures in different parts of your head. You can also pluck a strand of hair and compare it to a friend’s or relative’s.

Why is it important to know your hair’s texture? The main reason is so you can anticipate how your hair will respond to styling processes. For example, when chemically processing hair (color, perm, relax, etc) fine hair will need the shortest amount of processing time while coarse hair will need to longest. In heat styling fine hair requires a lower heat and/or shorter time and will have a tendency to fall straight so sprays or gels are needed to help hold the curl. However, coarse hair will require higher heat and/or longer time and will have a tendency to retain the curls for longer without the aid of sprays or gels. Fine hair responds better to roller sets as opposed to a press and curl. Coarse hair can be roller set but can take a lot longer to completely dry so it is often easier to press and curl. It is important to note that no hair is resilient and that all hair can still experience permanent damage from extreme heat.