Save 20% at Nounou’s Boutique

Shhh, its a special sale just for friends of Derby City Naturals.

Visit Nounou’s Boutique, pick up your favorite items and save 20% with coupon code DCN0502 yep it’s that easy.  And Nounou is offering free shipping on all orders over $30 so be sure to stock up!

Nounou’s Boutique carries all your favorite brands including Camille Rose, Alaffia, Curls, Darcy’s Botanicals, Jane Carter Solution, Jessicurl, My Honey Child and Pura Body Naturals.  They even have the Hair Therapy Wrap, a portable heat cap used to baby those strands and add extra oomph to your deep conditioner.  I have my eye on Pura Body Naturals Chocolate Hair Smoothie which I hear smells simply divine.  And with the hair grease craze making a resurgence the MyHoneyChild Sophia’s Old Fashioned Hair Grease has definitely caught my eye, it doesn’t contain petroletum or mineral oil.


20 Wal-Mart Finds for Natural Hair

There have been complaints that being natural is expensive, products are not widely available and that natural hair can only be worn in a big afro.  So I tasked myself with the challenge of going to Wal-Mart and finding natural hair care items that were available and affordable.

1.  Revlon Pro Stylist, $16.96.   This blowdryer has ionic and ceramic technologies, includes both a diffuser and a concentrator attachment.  Use the diffuser attachment to quickly dry curls after wash-n-go without creating frizz.  Use the concentrator nozzle to create a sleek blow-out with the addition of a paddle, round, or boar brush. 

2.  Goody Hair Accessory, $5.00.  Goody Luxe Collection features glam headbands, barrettes and clips which are the perfect addition for your fierce do.

3.  Scunci Upzing, $5.96.  These innovative combs help you create fabulous up-do’s, ponytails and rolls on even the thickest hair. Don’t think your hair will fit in this clip? Check out this vid 

4.  Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel, $3.94, 13 oz.  While labeled as a gel it feels more like a pudding and is great for twists and braids as it provides a light hold.  You can get very defined twist/braid-outs using this product.  You can also check out ORS Smooth-n-Hold Pudding.

5.  Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner, $5.97, 16 oz.  This leave in conditioner can be used a both a conditioner and a styler to moisturize your dry hair.  This line also includes shampoo, rinse-out conditioner, strengthening treatment, hair and scalp oil and oil sheen spray.

6.  Evolve Go Satin Pillowcase, $7.97.  The key to avoiding breakage and single-strand knots is to protect your hair while sleeping.  With this satin pillowcase there is no need to tie up your hair before turning in.

7.  Organix Shampoo and Conditioner, $5.94, 13 oz.  Available in Nourishing Coconut, Smoothing Shea Butter, Hydrating Tea Tree and Revitalizing Pomegranate.

8.  Equate Nature’s Addition Shampoo and Conditioner, $2.34, 12.6 oz.  Equate is Wal-Mart’s store brand and this is their generic version of the Pantene Naturals line.

9.  Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner, $2.96, 13 oz.  Contains olive, avocado and shea oils along with additional fruit extracts.

10.  Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Shampoo and Conditioner $5.97, 8.5 oz.  Giovanni makes great salon quality natural products.  Look for these in the make-up and beauty section not with the other hair care items.

11.  Natures Gate Shampoo and Conditioner $6.97, 18oz.  Nature’s Gate products are normally found in health food stores.  This product line includes many different varieties including henna, herbal blend, lavender and aloe.  These products are sulfate free and contain quality ingredients.  Look for these in the make-up and beauty section not with the other hair care items.

12.  Alba Botanica Hawaiian Hair Care Shampoo and Conditioner $7.47, 12oz.  Available in Mango Moisture and Coconut Milk Extra-Rich.  Alba products contain papaya, jojoba, sunflower seed, macadamia and kukui nut oils.  SLS/SLES free and 100% vegetarian ingredients.  Look for these in the make-up and beauty section not with the other hair care items.

13.  Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel, $3.97, 12 oz.  100% aloe vera gel that is free of dye, alcohol, and fragrance.  Aloe Vera Gel is like water 2.0, very moisturizing for the hair.  Found with the lotion and sunscreen.

14.  Great Value Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $5.88, 25.5 oz.  Olive oil is a great natural oil for both the hair and scalp.

15.  Agave Nectar $3.48, 11.75 oz.  Agave nectar comes from the agave plant, the same one that tequila is made from, and was known as liquid gold to the Aztecs.  Swap it in for honey or molasses in any natural hair recipes.

16.  Coconut Milk, $1.28, 13.5 oz.  Coconut milk is another popular natural hair ingredient.  You can use it on its own as a pre-poo or DC.

17.  Green Tea, $2-4.  The herbal remedies associated with green tea include promoting hair growth and healthy scalp.  Use in hair spritz, add to conditioning treatments or henna gloss.  You can also use a final rinse.

18.  Scarves, $5.00.  Scarves can be used to make a headwrap or headband to add color and style or to remedy a bad hair day.

19.  Knee-High Panty Hose, $0.67.  Knee highs are used by a lot of naturals to create the perfect puff or ponytail.  They are cheap and nearly indestructible.

20.  Character Bandz, $1-3.  We use character bands in our hair for ponytail holders.  They are cheap, have no metal clasp and made of silicon they stay in place while being gentle.  You can also use them for headbands.

Product Review: Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer

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


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 :)

#NaturalHair Chat is Back

OMG, have you heard the news? The #NaturalHair chat is back!!!

Who: Anyone with a Twitter account.  Don’t have an account simply sign up, it’s free!

What: #NaturalHair Chat (a virtual meet-up)

When: Sunday Night @ 8 pm EST

Where: Twitter

Why: Because we LOVE talking and sharing about our natural hair.

How: To participate in the chat simply tag your tweets with the hashtag #NaturalHair or to see what others are talking about do a search for #NaturalHair.  Tweet pictures of your hair, talk about your favorite products, ask questions, share your feelings about natural hair or just encourage another natural on their journey.  Anyone with natural hair or locs or even those considering going natural can participate.

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10 Tools to Transcend the Tangles

Detangling.  Sort of a dirty word for curly, kinky and coily haired naturals.  Childhood memories of sitting between my mothers legs holding a cup of water as she sprayed Johnson & Johnson’s No More Tangles, then dipped a brush into the water to distribute the product throughout my matted mane followed by the snap, crackle and eventual pop of another broken comb. *sigh* These are not happy memories.  And while detangling is still unavoidable there are some tricks to make it much easier.

First and foremost always detangle hair when it is wet, preferably in the shower.

Second, avoid piling your hair on top of your head when washing.  This will only create more tangles and add to your frustration.

Third, use a good slippery conditioner.  This will coat the hair and help the comb glide through the tangles and snares without ripping and breaking the hair.

Fourth,do finger comb!  Your fingers are great tools for starting the detangling process.  Plus you can actually feel when you get to a tough snarl and work to untangle it.

Fifth, always detangle from the END to the ROOT. Starting at the roots will result in forming giant knots at the ends of the hair that can be impossible to remedy.

Lastly, use the right tool.  There are many tools out there that do a great job detangling curly hair.  So how do you find the perfect one? Check out some of these combs used by other naturals.

Wide-Tooth Comb: Considered a curly staple, there are many varieties like this Conair Shower Comb available at any drugstore for around $2.

Detangling Comb:  Available at any BSS these combs have sturdy handles and curved teeth designed to glide through hair.,default,pd.html?cgid=Hair10

Shampoo Massage Brush: This is perfect for shorter hair curlies rockin a TWA.  While I would not even attempt to use on my own hair I have used these on my kids when they were younger and it worked great.

Denman Brush: They say imitation is the highest form of flattery and this brush is often imitated by styling toolmakers around the world.  These brushes will set you back a pretty penny though they are said to last nearly forever.  While they are worth the investment, you can get a knock-off from the dollar store that works well also. Available at Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Kakakiki Kombbrush: This brush is said to work only in one direction with the hooks of the bristles pointed away from the scalp.  Available online only  Review

Ouidad Double Dentangler: This is a monster brush with long tines and a lot of weight, perfect for long thick curly hair.  Pricey, yes but if you like my sister have a history of snapping combs in two, it is worth it!

Magic Star Jumbo Rake: This comb is made of natural hard rubber and hand-sawn so there are no seams that can snag the hair.  Used world-wide by individuals and professionals.

Mason Pearson Detangling C2 Comb: Another comb with a popular following.

Tangle Teezer: This fascinating compact brush is said to be amazing for detangling even the thickest curly hair.  Purchase it here in the US from Sally’s Beauty Supply in stores or online.