Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Hello all,
 It's been a minute since I've made a post but just wanted to check in real quick....So the results are in from the poll question and it seems like people are more concerned with hair care these days....Everyone that voted chose henna over chemical color. Although I chose chemical color in the past, I'm looking to make some changes in the new year. (not just with my hair :-))
Speaking of henna, I just received my henna kit in the mail today! YaaaaY! I am going to try to sit down over the weekend and apply it and post pictures of the results. I've read the directions about 3 times already and I think I have any 3 or 4 times more to go. lol For some reason, it seems like there are so many steps and so many different substitutes to use. I just want to make sure I get it right. From reading the reviews from the people who used it already, I am going to get hooked.
If you would like more information on henna, visit


Thursday, December 23, 2010


So I am off to get my hair done for the first time since Labor Day weekend. I  am in dying need of a trim. I don't want to get it done right now b/c it's gonna mess up the results of my 30 day Hairfinity test BUT the trim is more important.

My next two obstacles that I look forward to trying are the henna and no heat styling. One of my new years resolutions is to try to maintain hair styles that requires no heat. I don't know how long I can go without my hair being straight but I am about to put myself to the test. My hair probably would have seen more growth but due to frequent coloring and heat, I may have stumped it's growth (although it is growing).

Oh, also my next product that I'm going to pick up and try my twist out with is Deva Care One Conditioner. I am hearing nothing but great reviews about this I have to try it for myself. They have a whole line of products.

So I will post pics of my hair when I leave the salon.....CHOW,

PJ1, Chan

Monday, December 20, 2010


For my whole life I have always measured my beauty on my hair. When I was a child I wanted long, straight, beautiful "white" hair- which is a tall order considering I have curly kinky hair by nature. So the better part of my childhood was spent in a salon chair, with a straightening comb burning my hair and When I was 15, my grandmother sent me to the hair dresser with what she thought was my mothers blessing to get me a perm...LOL...My mother had no idea and when I came home she was so mad at both of us but I did not care GIRLS...MY HAIR WAS SOOOOO STRAIGHT AND I WAS HOOKED EVER SINCE then TO THE CREAMY CRACK. As the boys LOVED IT TOO And the compliments never stopped coming about how pretty I WAS AND HOW BEAUTIFUL MY LOCKS WERE.... It was a falsehood as it was not my hair  it was  limp and fine no life in it at all. I killed my hair when I was 14. Im a murderer...LMBO
And then there was my braid phase, and although braids are easy for day to day living- literally wash and wear- having to sit in a salon chair for 8 hours while synthetic hair is fastened to my head and the resulting migraine, is not for the faint of heart; neither is the $350 price tag.
After years of braids and hair loss, I had the loveliest WEAVES ever; they were beautiful. But because the hair gods love to tease me, it did not last long. Somewhere along the line, my hair started to break, and my once beautiful hair became a broken, tangles mess; and when the hair was gone, so was my confidence. I realize how foolish it is to allow something as simple as hair to dictate how I feel about myself, but since I was young I have always craved "good hair"; and taken drastic measures to achieve it- why else would I put relaxer ie. lye in my hair.?
One day I just decided to do it and cut it all off; the thought running through my mind being " what would I be without my hair?" And that thought stayed with me for weeks. Why do I feel the need to be defined by hair? I am a mother,  friend, and daughter; I am creative, witty, stylish and happy. None of which are measured by the strands of waste sprouting from my head.
I am TAHIRA-PJ-4; I am not my hair.
I know this because I cut it all off!!




"You have natural hair, so you're naturally about Black empowerment."

This was a statement made to me by a random person. Someone who knew absolutely nothing about me other than my name and what he could see with his eyes. Yes, I proudly sport a TWA (teeny weeny afro) and yes I'm about Black empowerment, but the two things are mutually exclusive.
Making an assumption like this isn't only troublesome for natural women but to non-naturals as well. If a sister who embraces her kinky curls is assumed to be pro-empowerment, does that mean women with relaxers or weaves are anti-Black? Of course not.Though afros may be associated with the I'm Black and I'm Proud era, for some women it's simply about aesthetics. Some were tired of using harsh chemicals. Some wanted to see what their hair would look and feel like without being manipulated. And some just like the look. Every woman has a different reason behind her hair-story.
Women with relaxers rarely, if ever, have to deal with presumptions about their character based on how they wear their hair. However, it seems many people create a mental outline of a woman who choose to go natural. She's a kente cloth wearing, incense burning, India Arie listening, tofu eating, hater of any woman who uses the "creamy crack. Not necessarily so. There's no singular set of beliefs we all share.
Though some (close-minded) napturals look down on women who choose to get relaxers, for most this isn't the case. The natural versus relaxed divide is one that shouldn't exist and for most women it doesn't. Choosing to rock our hair exactly as it sprouts from our scalp doesn't make us any more intelligent or liberated. I've seen natural sisters (and especially brothers) get baffling looks from onlookers who see a non-Black male or female on their arm. Does a 'fro or locs mean this person can't be an equal opportunity dater? Or is it just assumed this person is so pro their own, that they'd never date outside the race? In the same way that hair doesn't determine someone's political stance, it certainly doesn't dictate a code to dating.
Hair is just a style, not a predetermined lifestyle.This may be hard for some people to understand, especially with the intense online community that includes hundreds of forums, blogs and YouTube channels devoted to naturals. There's a certain solidarity among us because we understand common struggles (how to maintain moisturized tresses, where to find a salon that doesn't charge insane prices, etc.). But just like any group, it's comprised of individuals who are varied in thoughts and beliefs. No two coils are alike.

So what does natural hair say about a woman?
Absolutely nothing other than she likes the style she's currently sporting. Maybe she'll switch it up one day or maybe she'll forever be natural, but either way, it doesn't dictate who or what she is.


naturalbelle:(via i-am-not-my-hair, yagazieemezi)

I AM IN LOVE.........

With KISS MY FACE Shampoo and Conditioner. It is sulfate and paraben free and totally organic description for both follows below. I got this at SHOPRITE in the organic aisle but i also see you can order it from there website as well. It was on sale for 4.50 for each. But the original price was 9.00 for each. BUT I AM STICKING WITH IT AS THIS IS THE BEST ONE I have found so far.Also they have a gel, I will try it and let all you product junkies know what that is like.
Whenever shampoo gently and thoroughly cleanses your hair without stripping or drying and soothes your scalp with pure essential oils and organic herbs. Especially great for the very sensitive shampooer. It's as effective as it is good for your hair, leaving your locks luminous. The unique, natural aromas will leave you exhilarated.
- for everyday use
- moisture balancing
- appropriate for all hair types
GOOD FOR YOU BECAUSE...Wheat Protein: helps lock in moisture for the hair
Nettle: stimulates hair growth and improves the condition of the scalp
Sage: promotes hair growth
INGREDIENTS:Certified Organic Floral Water of Rosemary, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Water, Infusion of Organic Herbs of Nettle, Olive Leaf, Calendula, Sage, Lavender, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Olefin Sulfonate, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Sea Salt, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Lavender Oil, Green Tea Extract, Wheat Protein, Tocopherol, Lime Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid
Conditioner leaves my hair soooooo soft and tangle free and it curls without me putting any gel on it at allllllllll I LOVE THIS PRODUCT LINE
Formulated for daily use, Whenever conditioner restores the hair's vitality and replenishes lost nutrients. The organic botanicals and pure essential oils nourish and strengthen hair while improving manageability, diminishing tangles and split ends, leaving your locks flexible, full and healthier than ever. The scent-uous aromatherapeutic® essential oil blend will leave you uplifted and exhilarated.
- for everyday use
- enhanced nourishment
- appropriate for all hair types
GOOD FOR YOU BECAUSE...Wheat Protein: helps lock in moisture and smooths the hair shaft
Horsetail: adds shine and elasticity
Thyme: promotes a healthy scalp
INGREDIENTS:Certified Organic Floral Waters of Lavender, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Water, Infusion of Certified Organic Herbs of Horsetail, Rose Hips, Lemon, Red Raspberry, Thyme, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Stearalkonium Chloride, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Lavender Oil, Green Tea Extract, Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Wheat Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Panthenol, Lime Oil, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Guar, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid


 I just wanted to post this video I came across on youtube from LoveIslandBeauty...She is in the middle of transitioning. I love this video because she gives you lots of different hair styles you can do while transitioning AND being completely natural. (not to mention they all look quick and easy).....Sometimes we run out of ideas and we get frustrated with our hair...I would recommend on your down time to watch a few of theses tutorials.....Enjoy.

Friday, December 17, 2010

New mobile templates for reading on the go

Posted by Jiho Han, Software Engineer

We know many of you like to view blog posts on your smartphones. However, it can be difficult at times because of the small screen size. This is why we are excited to announce our first launch of mobile templates! Initially available as opt-in functionality on Blogger in Draft, mobile templates will re-format your blogs for smartphones to enhance your readers’ viewing experience. In order to activate mobile templates, simply go to Dashboard > Settings > Email & Mobile tab, enable the mobile template option and then save settings.

Feature highlights
  • Preview: Get a glimpse of what your blog will look like by clicking on the Mobile Preview button. You can also see it on your smartphone by scanning the QR-code to the right of the options.
  • Automatic redirection: All opted-in blogs will automatically be redirected to the mobile view when accessed from a smartphone*.
  • Template support: We are initially supporting 6 variants of the Simple template and 6 variants of the Awesome template. If you have used one of these 12 templates through our Template Designer, your mobile view will be rendered in the same style as your desktop view (other template variants will be rendered as Simple). Some gadgets are also supported**.

  • Mobile ads: Mobile AdSense ads will be displayed at the top of the post pages and at the bottom of the index page if the blog has an AdSense gadget or inline blog ads.

  • Comments and videos: You will be able to make comments and watch videos.
We hope you enjoy the improved mobile experience. As always, we would love to hear from you so please feel free to tell us what you think through our feedback form.

*WebKit-based mobile browsers are supported for our initial launch.
**Supported gadgets/elements in this launch: Header, Blog, Profile, AdSense, Attribution.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


JAMES: When I was in college I had cornrows, but when it was time to graduate and get a job, I wanted a style that was more socially acceptable without having to cut my hair. I was reluctant at first, because my mother and college roommate already had locs, so I wanted my own look. I had to put that aside since I didn't want to cut it.

JAMES: I started growing it in 2000, I've had the locs since 2003.

JAMES: Yes! My hair was already long when I started, so it didn't look too good in the very beginning. Also, I was going to a salon in Harlem where they were comb twisting it, which doesn't make for as neat a look. Now I go to a place where they palm twist, which keeps it neater and looking fresh longer.

JAMES: 1. Stick with it. It takes a while for your hair to actually loc (it took about 4-5 months for me), but once it does you'll be happy and have the look you want.
2. Find a good location who palm rolls. When I started, I was going to the wrong place, so I wasn't happy and I came close to cutting it.

JAMES: I'm not big into styling my locs. I've only done it once. I'm a low maintenance guy, so I just keep it in a ponytail. I like to be able to just pull it back and go.

JAMES: I did have concerns at first, especially since they were new when I began looking for a job. Luckily, I found a place that was accepting and it hasn't been an issue.

JAMES: Because I keep it simple, I don't have bad hair days. Plus I get it done more often than most people. I workout so I sweat my hair out pretty quickly. That means getting it done every two weeks.

JAMES: I have no idea what they put in my hair lol. I know it's Indian hemp, but I'm not sure what type. Since I get it done so often I don't do any maintenance at home.

JAMES: Without a doubt natural. I don't know why more women don't do it. It gives them the versatility to go curly or straight on a daily basis. What man wouldn't want a woman who can do that? I love natural girls!


ME NOW....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Search and Insert YouTube Videos

Blogger supports drop-dead easy video-blogging -- if you have a video file, you can just upload it to Blogger. But when it comes to video-blogging, we know a lot of you also choose to embed YouTube videos to your post.

Currently, adding a YouTube video to your post is fairly easy, but it still requires several steps of work: If you don't have the embed code already, you'd have to open a new browser window or tab, go to, search the video, and play the video to make sure it's the right video. Once you copy the embed code, you come back to your Blogger post and manually insert the code in your post.

We’ve just added a new Blogger in Draft feature that makes this process a lot easier. You don't have to open another tab or window; from your post editor, just click the Insert a Video button in the toolbar. In addition to the already existing Upload tab, you'll now see two new tabs: From YouTube and My YouTube videos.

In the From YouTube tab, you can search, browse, and play back YouTube videos all within the interface. If you have your own videos on YouTube, My YouTube videos tab will show them as well.

Once you choose the video, click on Select to insert the video to the post. You’ll then see a thumbnail image for the video, which you can move around in the post by drag-and-drop.

By the way, in case you didn’t know, it’s as easy to add a video to your blog from YouTube as it is to add a YouTube video in Blogger. While you are watching a YouTube video, click “Share” button, and you will see Blogger as one of the places you can share the video to. Click on Blogger, and you’ll see the familiar BlogThis! mini post editor -- all you have to do is to select a blog (if you have more than one blog, that is), fill out some content, and then Publish the post. Enjoy video-blogging!

Monday, December 13, 2010


I've been sitting here contemplating on posting this post's not about hair. However, how I see it, my hair sometimes is an accessory and sometimes my hair IS my outfit. You CAN'T talk about hair without talking about fashion/makeup/beauty/etc...They all tie into each other...So just to spice things up a little, I'm going to add those topics in 'hair' and there. lol

So, this is more of an FYI for all of those MAC lovers....
Nicki Minaj has team up with MAC Cosmetics to design a limited edition product. Pink 4 Friday is the name of the lipstick that Nicki has designed and named to match her Pink Friday album.

The exclusive shade will cost $14.50 and Friday, Dec. 17th will be the LAST day you can purchase it.

So do you plan on purchasing Pink 4 Friday??
Drop me a line....
Signing off, CHAN, PJ1

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Peace and blessings people,
So, you are probably wondering why I did a W&G on the middle of December.... Well, as I was updating the blog last night, my cousin (by marriage, whom I've never met before)walked in and the rest was a wrap. Rekita's hair is natural and she wears it in it's natural state. Her curls were so defined and health me being me began interviewing her (which I will be posting). -_-

One of the products that she uses to define her curls is Cantu Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment. I thought she was referring to the leave in treatment which is what I used in my hair for the braid-out that I have posted but it's another product of the Cantu line...So, seeing the results of her hair, I thought I'd give it a try.

So earlier today I watched her set her hair with this Cantu butter. She washed, towel dried and sectioned her hair off...Next she began taking pieces from the section, applying the product , and brushing it through with a denman brush. When she was done her hair was full of curls. Now I've seen this process done plenty of times but I've never seen results like this before.....So off to Target I went.... I purchases 2 Cantu Grow Strong Strengthening Treatments (one for her and one for me), and on my way to the register I saw an end cap full of ELF products on sale. Ladies, if you know anything about ELF, they have really nice makeup products for dirt cheap. I purchase and eyeshadow set of 8 color with an eyeliner/brush for $5...I said let me get out of here NOW before I go crazy...So I dashed back in the car and headed home to try this new know how it is when you get a new product, you can't get home quick enough to try it.
So step by step, this is what I did:
-  EVOO/water mix first and let it sit for about an hour
- Cowashed hair with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle conditioner
- Braided hair in 5 sections with 2nd round of conditioner
- Rinsed out and towel blotted hair
- Took one braid out, sprayed with EVOO/water mix ONCE
- Sectioned off pieces and began to apply product
- Brushed through with a denman brush
- Repeated last 3 steps until my whole head was completed.
I don't really agree with the whole 'number/letter' hair type chart but just to give you a visual, her hair type is 4A(blow dried) and 3C (wet) per Rekita. Now when my hair is wet its straight in some areas, curly in some areas, and puffy/frizzy in with that being said, I don't know what my hair type is!

I will say I was impressed with the product but my hair is just uncontrollable in some areas, mainly the very center of my hair. It has a mind of it's own and it doesn't co-operate when I need it to. The product defined my curls with the help of the brush, but just couldn't get that middle under control. So I went back, rewet just the top of my hair, and applied Eco styler gel (Olive Oil) to the frizzy section to try to get more definition in my curls.
I will post pictures of the outcome....

Just applied product..still wet

Closer shot of curls (head hanging down)

75% Dry and sampling my new Elf products

So there you have it.....Now I will tell you, my hair looks better in the picture than in person.
I have NO IDEA what my hair is going to look like in the morning but I can already foresee I'm going to have a problem.
Product rating ~LOVING IT~

Signing off, Chan/PJ1

Thursday, December 9, 2010


PJ-1: Why did you decide to ‘go natural’?
MINAH: I decided to go natural because relaxers did more damage than good. The only thing the perm was helping was my edges. So after I was turned on to the doobie (in 1998) I realized that all I needed to say was 2 phrases " Purple rollers" and " Blow dry my roots por favor" after that I was good until the next month. Also I decided to color my hair and I was told that you can’t have color and a relaxer at the same time so one had to go and I love my Honey Blonde color.

 PJ-1: How long have you been natural?
MINAH: Wow I believe I have been natural for about 10 years now. It’s a love hate relationship.

 PJ-1: What do you do when you’re having a bad hair day?
MINAH: Add a head band with a messy bun to the side, a bun on top with a side swoop bang or a ponytail.

PJ-1: How often do you apply heat to your hair?
MINAH: Depends… in the summer NEVER it’s a wet and go situation All other months…not often at all. I blow dry it after washing and flat iron it for initial styling.

PJ-1: What product are you really feeling right now?
MINAH: Extra virgin olive oil and carrot oil.





I Just love the many different textures of our hair.....Who's up next?...Signing off, PJ-1, Chan

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Natural Hair Transition

Natural Hair Transition
Transitioning from permed or relaxed hair to natural hair should be an exciting time for you.  It should not be a time of intimidation or of a feeling of loss.  Many women face objections from boyfriends, husbands, family and even in the workplace.  While we can't help you with those social and political pressures, we can give you some tips on what to expect and how to make the transition as easy as possible.
What to Expect When Transitioning to Natural Hair
People often ask us how they can make their relaxed hair "revert" back to natural hair.  The true answer is you cannot. Nothing will make hair that has been chemically relaxed go back to its natural state.  You have two choices, you can live with the permed hair at the end of the natural hair that is coming in or you can cut the permed hair off.  Should you decide you just can't let go of that length, be prepared for some breakage.  The place where the natural hair joins the permed hair is a weak point.  Many people experience a lot of breakage when growing out a perm.  By treating the hair gently and minimizing combing during the transitioning stage, you can minimize the breakage. How much breakage you get is dependent on your hair type and how you treat your hair during the process.  Baka Beautiful's Natural-Laxer MIX is excellent for minimizing breakage during this phase.  By gently softening the natural hair and strengthening the entire hair, the Natural-Laxer makes the transition from permed hair to natural hair easier and less traumatic.

How to Make the Transition to Natural Hair
There are a few basic ways to make the transition to natural hair.  The simplest is to just cut off the permed hair and live with a short hair style for several months.  This is the boldest way.  But, takes the least amount of work and there's no worry about breakage. 

           Cut off the relaxed hair- depending on how much new growth and your preferences you have a few styling options.  You can wear a TWA (tweeny weeny afro) or twists (two strand or comb twists) pretty easily with almost any length hair.  For other styling ideas visit Natural and Transition Hair Styles for Black Women
           Braids and/or extensions- you can have your hair braided until it grows to a length where you feel comfortable cutting off the new growth and going with other styling options
           SisterlocksTM- SisterLocks can be started with one and one half inches of new growth at the scalp.  They are similar to dread locks but with a look more like micro braids or very small twists.  They leave you with many styling options.  For more information (including pictures) go to
           Other Transition Styles- see below for more ideas of styles to wear while making the transition from relaxed to natural hair.
If you are going to try to maintain your length while transitioning, keep these things in mind.  Your hair is very fragile during this time.  Handle it as little as possible and make sure you keep it well moisturized.  Sleep with a silk cap or scarf at night to prevent friction on your pillow and to maintain moisture in your hair.

How Not to Make the Transition to Natural Hair
Transitioning to natural hair in other ways, like pressing the natural hair as it grows in underneath the relaxed hair, are going to make your hair prone to breakage and can damage the natural hair you're trying to grow in.  Products that claim to revert permed hair might make it frizzy, but are not going to really make it natural.  You do not want to put chemicals on top of chemicals in your hair.  You will only end up damaging the hair and get even more breakage than you would experience otherwise.  While transitioning, try to find a style that will accommodate the new growth coming in like twists or braids. 

Finding a Natural Hair Transition Style
This may be the biggest challenge of all about going natural (besides the comments from your friend and co-workers).  How do you style your hair when it's very short or when some of it is nappy and the rest is straight.  There are several options.  Here are a few:
           TWA- do the Big Chop and just wear a Tweeny Weeny Afro
           Braids or SisterLocks- SisterLocks can be started with as little as 1-1/2" of new growth at the scalp.
           Two Strand or Comb Twists- simple yet effective.  If you decide to cut your hair, you can just use some styling gel (like Black Earth's Lock It Up Gel) and part your hair into sections.  Either twist on a comb or take two strands and twist them around each other.  Your hair can be worn like this for several days before having to re-style.  CAUTION:  Hair that is left twisted for too long can begin to lock.  So, unless you want locks, take it down every once in a while.
           Straw Set- this is a great style if you want to keep your permed hair.  The tight curls make the different textures (your roots and ends) less noticeable.
           Crinkle Set or Twist Out-  by braiding or twisting your hair using a setting gel, you can create a wavy/crinkly look that minimizes the different textures of your hair.  This is a very simple and very cute style.  You can wear  your hair in twists or braids for a while, then remove them and wear the "twist out" look.
           Flat Twists- basically the same as cornrows.  The difference is you use two strands of hair instead of three.
For other styling ideas visit Natural and Transition Hair Styles for Black Women
How To Do a Straw Set
As your new growth gets to about an inch or so, you'll really begin to notice the transition between the natural hair and the permed hair.  This hair style protects the hair by minimizing strain on the place where the hair is most vulnerable because you can just "finger comb" your hair.  It might take a little while when you first try this.  But, as you get practice, this style doesn't take that long to do.

You will need:
           A pack of plastic drinking straws
o          For slightly larger and looser curls, use small perm rods- available at many beauty supply stores
           End papers
           Bobby pins
           Black Earth Crinkles & Curls or other setting lotion (make sure it's alcohol free)
           Light hair oil
Step 1:  Shampoo and condition your hair and blot dry with a towel.
Step 2:  Part you hair into 1/4 to 1/2 inch sections
Step 3:  Place end papers on to ends of your hair.
Step 4:  Roll your hair onto the straws or perm rods and secure it  with a hair pin.
Step 5:  Repeat steps 2-4 until you have finished your  entire head.
Step 6:  Dry your hair under a hooded dryer.
Step 7:  Gently remove the straws and separate the curls.
Step 8:  Spray with a light oil and continue to spray with oil on a daily basis.

How To Do Flat Twists
You will need:
           Black Earth Crinkles & Curls or other setting lotion (alcohol free please)
           Bobby pins
1.         Shampoo and condition your hair and blot dry with a towel.
2.         Part your hair using a rat tail comb to make the parts clean and straight.
3.         Put styling gel onto hair for greater hold.
4.         Separate the section into 2 strands at the hairline.
5.         Wind one strand over the other, picking up hair as you move down the section.
6.         Secure the twist with a bobby pin placed parallel and underneath the twist.
7.         You can either twist right to the back of your head or leave hair out at the ends and roller set or straw set.
How To Do the Twist Out Look

You will need:
           Setting lotion (Black Earth Crinkles & Curls or Treasured Locks Locks of Curls Pomade & Gel are perfect for this)
           Hair Oil (any good hair oil will do- Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum, Hair & Scalp Elixir are great)
1.         Wet hair
2.         Add oil
3.         Braid hair or twist it using the setting lotion
4.         You can wear the braids or twists for a day (or two or three)
5.         Remove the braids and leave the hair crinkly for a few days
6.         Wear a cap at night or rebraid to maintain the style

TRANSITIONING INTO THE NEW YOU have learned that for me towel drying my hair dries the moisture out of it, so I started just letting it air dry with a plastic bag and evoo mixed with a conditioner, I wring my hair out and then spray my evoo on my hair after I have put in the conditioner. I have noticed that since doing this my hair retains moisture and in a little over 2hrs I RINSE it out and in the morning I put my ECO gel in my hair and keep it moving.My hair has tighter curls and I have learned my hair reacts much better when I do this.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Product Spotlight - Huetiful Hair Steamer

Ok, so i've been eyeing this hair care tool for months and months!! I first came across this appliance in my first attempt at transitioning from relaxed to natural. There are numerous reviews on youtube about this hair steamer and all are positive. Huetiful is the brand name and the hair steamer can be purchase from the website at:

I stumbled across this hair tool as I was reading about the importance of deep conditioning hair. After reading about hair steaming I was sold and this item became apart of my vast "wish list". It retails for $114 and the shipping is free. Since it is a bit pricey, it has been on the back burner; although I am a hair freak and product junkie I do realize I have other priorities that take precedence. But after the Holidays - I will be purchasing this item and looking at it as an "investment"!

From the website:
Our feature product, the Huetiful Hair Steamer is specifically designed for the unique needs of curly and wavy hair, restoring moisture 5x better than deep conditioners alone, opening up the cuticles of your hair to allow any conditioner you choose to penetrate better and work more effectively, bathing your hair with warm ozone enriched mist to replenish moisture lost from chemical treatments, and reducing breakage and split ends caused by dry hair.

As I read about the product it reminded me of a "facial" for the hair. We all know that when we get a facial, there is hot steam used directly on the skin giving it that dewy, refreshed, glowing result. It is my thinking that the steam on the scalp and cuticle of the hair can benefit from from this as well.

After the holidays, I will follow up with a review of this product. So stay tuned. In the meantime click below to see a review that I found helpful on youtube regarding the Huetiful Hair Steamer:



Stress effects people in  many different ways. I just found out this Saturday that it effects my skin and hair. While washing and flat ironing my hair this weekend, I came across a bald spot in the crown of my head. I also has been breaking out like never before over the last past week or so ... So with that being said, I really went into stress mode! So here is what I found out about stress (pertaining to hair/skin/nails):

Stress and the Skin
When a person becomes stressed, the level of the body’s stress hormone (cortisol) rises. This in turn causes an increase in oil production, which can lead to oily skin, acne and other related skin problems. Dr. Mayoral noted that even patients with skin that is not affected by acne tend to develop temporary stress-related acne due to increased oil production.
In fact, a study in the January 2001 issue of the Archives of Dermatology entitled “Psychological Stress Perturbs Epidermal Permeability Barrier Homeostasis,” found that stress has a negative effect on the barrier function of the skin, resulting in water loss that inhibits the skin’s ability to repair itself after an injury.
Specifically, the study involving 27 medical, dental and pharmacy students examined how periods of higher stress (in this case, during final examinations) impacted the skin’s response to repeated stripping of cellophane tape on the subjects’ forearms vs. periods of lower stress (such as after returning from winter vacation). Researchers found that it took longer for the skin to recover from the minimally invasive tape stripping during periods of perceived higher stress than during less stressful periods.
“This study was the first of its kind to suggest what dermatologists anecdotally have known for years – that psychological stress adversely affects the normal functions of the skin,” said Dr. Mayoral. “While the subjects in this study did not have any pre-existing skin conditions, I would suspect that people with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis would have been even more adversely affected by this experiment.”

Stressed-Out Hair
There are many reasons why men and women lose their hair, but Dr. Mayoral believes that stress may be the primary reason for unexplained hair loss. When someone is under stress, hair can go into the telogen (fall-out) phase. Telogen effluvium is a very common hair loss problem that can occur up to three months after a stressful event. After the initial hair loss, hair usually grows back in six to nine months.
Life-changing events such as childbirth or surgery also can cause hair loss. Dr. Mayoral explained that during these times, the body takes a “time-out” from growing hair to concentrate on recovery and healing. As such, hair does not grow as much and some could shed and not grow back right away.
“Stress affects people differently – some may develop an ulcer, or have a heart attack, or lose their hair,” said Dr. Mayoral. “Hair loss is a normal response to stress, but patients should see a dermatologist for a proper evaluation to rule out other medical causes. I also advise patients to avoid any strange diets where only one or two foods are allowed, as improper nutrition and extreme or rapid weight loss can result in hair loss.”

Effects of Stress on Nails
Nails are not immune to showing outward signs of stress, and some people develop the nervous habit of biting their nails or picking at them when they feel stressed. Another stress-related nail habit that Dr. Mayoral discussed is people who rub their fingers over their thumb nail, which can create a ridge across the nail. This rubbing causes a distortion of the nail plate, and when the nail grows, a raised ridge forms in the middle of the nail. In addition, physical or emotional stress, certain diseases, and chemotherapy can cause white horizontal lines to appear across the nails. Brittle, peeling nails also are a common side effect of stress.
“Sometimes patients with nail problems are not aware that their habits or tics from being stressed out or nervous are at the root of their problem,” said Dr. Mayoral. “There are instances where patients self-inflict skin, hair or nail problems that go beyond what we normally expect from stress, and these patients often need psychological help to modify their behavior.”
In her practice, Dr. Mayoral finds it beneficial to give patients the tools to help themselves cope with stress-related skin flares, particularly patients with eczema, acne, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis where outward symptoms are obvious. For example, Dr. Mayoral teaches her acne patients how to modify their treatment regimen to deal with flare-ups from stress – which gives them control to help themselves during stressful periods.
“Being in control of your situation can help relieve stress,” said Dr. Mayoral. “For instance, I teach my acne patients who use a topical acne medication once a day how to safely use the medication more frequently to counter the effects of stress. If this doesn’t work, they know to call me or come in to the office so we can make further adjustments in their treatment. I find that initially giving them the power to fix the problem is very empowering to them.”

 (source)- American Academy of Dermatology. "Feeling Stressed? How Your Skin, Hair And Nails Can Show It." ScienceDaily 12 November 2007. 6 December 2010 <­ /releases/2007/11/071109194053.htm>.

I know it's easier said than done but it's not worth it to stress. I'm going to go to the dermatologist and primary care doctor to get a true diagnosis. I will keep you guys posted on the results, for I know you are all very concerned. :-) If anyone has been through a similar situation, please feel free to comment or share  your story. Here is a picture of what my hair looks like. I will post pics as(if) it grows back. Keep me in prayer....

Signing off, TO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED, PJ-1, Chan

Hair Maintenance Tip: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

I wanted to share with you guys the results of my first try using the apple cider vinegar rinse (ACV).  First, let me say that I had shampooed and conditioned my natural hair 2 days prior.  However, my hair was really itchy and flaky.  I'm not sure if this was a result of me leaving a little of the conditioner on my hair.  I re-washed my hair with Trader Joes Tea Tree & Peppermint Shampoo then rinsed the shampoo out and applied the ACV rinse (see below for suggested mixture).  I let it sit in my hair for about 10 mins before rinsing it out.  It tingled a little initially (probably b/c I had been scatching my scalp a lot).  My hair felt really soft with the mixture, not coarse at all.  After completing rinsing the mixture from my hair, I towel dried and spray my hair with EVOO mixed with water to give it a little extra moisture before blow drying my hair.  I did not use any conditioner in this process.  The results are AMAZING!!! I have not seen a single flake and my hair looks, feels and smells great!

Vinegar Hair Rinse – Natural Hair Care Product

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9).

On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline.

Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.

Rinsing will also close the numerous cuticle scales which cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. This imparts a smoother surface which reflects more light and as a result leaves your hair shinier, smoother and easier to manage.

Rough hair shaft with open cuticles compared to smooth hair shaft with closed cuticles.

Don't worry about the slight vinegar smell you will notice after rinsing. It will disappear completely as your hair dries.

Make your own healthy after-shampoo hair rinse by mixing 1/3 of a cup (75 ml) of ACV into a quart (1 liter) of water. You can then store this mixture in a plastic bottle and keep it in the shower for ready use.

If you would like to prepare a smaller batch of this vinegar hair rinse recipe to experiment with, try mixing 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup (250 ml) of warm filtered tap water.

Apply the vinegar rinse after shampooing and then rinse it all out, or for extra conditioning, you can leave the rinse on your hair. This natural hair care product can be used once or twice a week or more often as needed.

I hope this info helps, PJ2

Friday, December 3, 2010

Indian-origin doc builds first artificial kidney

Country's Fight Against Disease Gets Boost

New Delhi: A US-based Indian-origin researcher, Shuvo Roy, has created the world's first implantable artificial kidney. What's sensational about Roy's creation is that the organ, no larger than the size of a coffee cup, will be able to mimic the kidney's most vital functions like filtering toxins out of the bloodstream, regulating blood pressure and producing the all-important vitamin D.
    The artificial kidney has been tested successfully on animals, and its human trials are expected to be held over the next five years. Once available, and if affordable, this creation by the Roy-led team at the University of California will do away with the need for kidney dialysis. This will be a great help for all patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In India, of the 1.5 lakh new patients who suffer from end-stage renal failure annually, only 3,500 get kidney transplants and 6,000-10,000 undergo dialysis. The rest perish due to an acute shortage of dialysis centres and nephrologists to man them.
    CKD is rising at a rapid pace in India and the majority of those who die are either unable to find a suitable organ for transplantation or are unable to pay the high dialysis costs. According to Roy, the device has a filtration section to remove toxins from the blood, alongside a compartment with renal cells to conduct other func
tions of a normal kidney. He believes the artificial kidney will last for years, maybe decades, and require no pumps or batteries. Patients would also not require antirejection drugs (as is required after transplants) because there would be no exposed natural tissues for the immune system to attack.
    The University of California team is now waiting for approval to conduct
larger scale animal and human trials. It has already succesfully tested the implant in a dozen rats and a handful of pigs.
    Roy, who is working with a team of engineers, biologists and physicians, said, "The payoff to the patient community is tremendous. It could have a transformative impact on their lives."
'Artificial kidney will be a boon for Indians'
    With financial support, I think we could reach clinical trials in as little as five years. But it's hard to say how long after that it becomes commercially available due to uncertainties of the FDA and commercialisation prospects," says Shuvo Roy.
    So what would this artificial kidney mean
for India? "It will be a real boon," said Dr S C Tiwari, director of nephrology and renal transplantion medicine at Fortis Health Care. He added, "The biggest problem with CKD patients in India is that a majority of them are diagnosed in the final stages where they either require constant dialysis or a transplant. They require dialysis three times a week. However, of the two lakh CKD patients requiring dialysis, only 10,000 get it, mainly because they can't afford it. Maybe only 1,000 such patients get it for free or at a subsidized rate in government hospitals. The artificial kidney, when available and if affordable, will be a miracle."
    Dr Madan Bahadur, nephrologist with
Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital added, "Work on creating tubular cells (that perform the biochemical work of the kidney) began a decade back. But bio-chemical engineering has so far not managed to replicate the human kidney. If this new device delivers on its promise, it will be fantastic." According to Dr Jitendra Kumar, head of nephrology at Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, the main reason this artificial kidney will be a real breakthrough is because it will be able to mimic the vital functions of a kidney, like regulating BP and producing vitamin D—things a dialysis can't do.
    "Around 40% of diabetics have some form of kidney disease. And with over 50 million diabetics in India, you can understand what the burden of kidney failure patients will be. Most of these patients will require 40 hours of dialysis per month, which completely curtails their lifestyle. If the artificial kidney, which can be worn or transplanted, is available, the patient will be free to live a normal life without having to spend most of his/her time at dialysis centres," Dr Kumar said.

The artificial, implantable kidney developed by Dr Shuvo Roy is the size of a coffee cup and is ready for test on humans. If successful, it could replace the need for dialysis and transplants for lakhs of people suffering from chronic kidney disease

Roy's father is from India while his mother is Bangladeshi. Born in Bangladesh, young Roy spent some time in India as well. Studied in Uganda, where his father was a doctor. Went to the US for higher studies

Every year, 1.5 lakh new patients end up suffering from end-stage renal failure. Only 3,500 get transplants and 6,000 undergo dialysis. The rest die due to shortage of dialysis centres and nephrologists
Patient undergoing dialysis
spends 10,000 a month, with
the process taking 72 hours

Product Review - Pooka Pure & Simple Shea & Olive Hair Butter

Went to Whole Foods yesterday in search of one thing but stopped by the Health and Beauty section first. While browsing, I came across a brand by the name - Pooka Pure & Simple. I picked up the hair butter as it looked interesting and after reading the ingredients, being the product junkie I am, I tossed it in my cart.

Pooka Pure & Simple Shea & Olive Hair Butter:

From the website - This blend of Shea Butter & Olive oil moisturizes hair and scalp. Rosemary essential oil stimulates hair growth and Lavender essential to soothe the scalp.

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax, Rosemary Oil, Lavendar Oil, Fragrance

The consistency is that of a hair cream. It emulsifies into an oil when you place in your hands before applying to your hair. A little goes a long way with this hair butter. It's not heavy however if you are heavy handed when it comes to applying product beware as I can see how this could potentially make your hair greasy. One thing that may be "off-putting" to some is the smell. The scent of this hair butter is Strong with a capital S for emphasis. But, with that being said the scent is quite pleasant (in my opinion). It smells sweet with a herbal twist which I am thinking comes from the Rosemary and Lavendar Oils. I personally love the scent and found that it doesn't linger long after you apply it to your hair.

I also like the fact that it contains beeswax which some may not like. The beeswax makes this product behave like a pomade in my hair - controlling the frizzies, smoothing down my edges and keeping little flyaway hairs in place.

Lastly, since the ingredients are all natural it doubles as a body butter.

Overall - a good product. Since a little goes a long way I will probably will not repurchase any time soon. I can see this jar lasting me for months and months.

Thanks! PJ3, AW

PS - for those who are curious, feel free to come by and sample the product.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


PJ-1:Why did you decide to ‘go natural’?
SHARA: I had been thinking about going natural probably since my early 20s. I wanted locs at first... But didn't have the guts to cut all my hair off. Years passed and the natural idea never left my mind. I really decided I would not perm my hair anymore when I saw a young lady in the salon get her hair pressed and she didn't have a perm (it looked so nice!). I think the more I matured, I became more conscious about being African American...hence I wanted to embrace all that came along with being of African decent, most real hair texture.

PJ-1How long have you been natural?
SHARA: My last perm was Nov. 2, 2007. I cut off all the remaining relaxer exactly a year later Nov. 7, 2008. A little over 2 yrs ago now.

PJ-1 What do you do when you’re having a bad hair day?
SHARA: If I can't wear a hat I try to make it neat, walk with confidence as if it's suppose to look like it does, and keep it moving

PJ-1:How often do you apply heat to your hair?
SHARA: I don't really keep track. Its whenever I'm in the mood to straighten all based on my mood.

PJ-1:5. What hair styles do you get the most compliments on?
SHARA: Twists, twist outs, up-do's, and straight

PJ-1:What product are you really feeling right now?
SHARA: Kizzie's Stay-Put hair pomade by carol's daughter, evoo, evco, Trader Joe's tea tree tingle conditioner, shea butter (raw), eggs & mayonnaise as a conditioner, castor oil creme (jar with the pink top) by bronner bros, super gro by bronner bros, apple cider vinegar tonic for the scalp, miss jessie's curly buttercreme, and h2o (water)!

PJ-1....And she is an example of a true product junkie...I asked what PRODUCT is she really feeling right now and she gave a LIST! LOLOL
ME IN 2007




Wednesday, December 1, 2010

News Anchor Goes 'Natural' & Ratings SOAR

A follower of the blog (Anika) sent in this post:

News Anchor Goes 'Natural' & Ratings SOAR

Going natural is the new trend for many African-American women. We've got the story of a Florida news anchor whose process lead to a ratings increase when you read on...

And yes, we're WELL aware the story came out over a week ago.  But we felt this is a positive story that can never get too much attention and we wanted to post it here as well.  Chill.

Rochelle Ritchie of WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida decided to let her hair go 'natural' and let viewers see the transformation. During the process, the ratings of Ritchie's show increased. When she first told the idea to the news director, a white man, he had no idea about the process. The news director said," I had no clue this was an issue. I never heard about it, and I had African American friends. I instantly bought into this story. I had not seen this story done. It brings up a safety concern." His only concern was that the viewing audience wouldn't care but the feedback proved positive.

Ritchie also posted her story on a website.
"Making the decision to go natural was not an easy one, especially being a black female reporter. After graduating Western Kentucky University in 2004, I accepted an editor position at a local TV station in my home of Lexington, KY. I had sent out tons of resume tapes hoping to one day be a reporter. But I didn’t get one interview with my relaxed shoulder length hair. One day an anchor, black female, told me I needed to get extensions if I wanted to land a job. I got extensions and made a new tape with my new look and I started getting calls immediately. From there the belief that I needed extensions in order to be hired set in. I spent more money on my hair than anything. In six years I spent $9600, my student loans are $9500, so that should give you an idea of where my priorities were.
“The story about going natural developed while I was having a conversation on the phone with a friend at work. My producer heard me saying, ‘I am going natural, I am tired of wigs, weaves and relaxers.’ She (producer) asked me what I meant by that and I showed her YouTube videos of black women who were on the journey of going natural. She was stunned and said, ‘Rochelle that would make a great story for sweeps.’ I pitched the idea and with her support as well as our female anchor they allowed me to do it. My news director’s response was great. His only concern was just keeping up with the process of my story and hair. My general manager is a great guy and totally supported me as well.
The fear of getting a new job with my new look does not scare me because I believe my work and passion for this business will shine through.
“I have had such an AMAZING response from the community. People of all genders and races have completely supported me with positive feedback. Of course if there were any negative emails my news director does not send those to me. But personally I haven’t gotten one email or Facebook comment that was negative. A matter of fact many of my white and Latino colleagues say I look more professional. I believe this as well. I feel I look more polished and sharp. I also feel like I think better without all that fake hair on my head! lol….
“For my ‘black female reporter hopefuls’ I say let your work show your ability to be a good, excuse me a great reporter. My story is a way for me to pave the way for black women’s hair to be acceptable not just in the professional world but on TV! I would say if you are natural. Keep it neat. And if you are worried about getting a job the fabulous thing is we can straighten our hair for the interview and go back to our beautiful curls when we leave.
“Do I have any regrets? Yes I do. I regret denying my natural beauty. I regret falling into the belief that I needed to look a certain way to get into this business instead of believing in my ability as a reporter. I regret allowing someone to cover me up. But no more! This is me, Rochelle Ritchie a natural, professional and happy television reporter. And I feel more confident now than ever before and look forward to climbing the ladder of success with all my kinky curls.”

Interesting story. And it says a lot that this many people were at least interested in hearing a real story about a YBF woman and her natural hair. Your thoughts?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Whipped Shea Butter

So after ordering Whipped Shea Butter from Oyin Handmade that only lasts me about 2 weeks tops with everyday use, I decided to try my hand at making my own as a cheaper alternative. I watched a few videos on about the process and then I went out and bought:
- large container of 100% pure Unrefined Shea Butter
- small jar 100% pure Virgin Coconut Oil
- small bottle of 100% pure Jojoba Oil
- small bottle of 100% pure Argan Oil (I already had this on hand at home; *I used this in place of Vitamin E oil which is recommended)

I melted the Shea Butter by placing the jar in hot water until it softened (not melted), I then placed the Shea Butter in a blender and blended until it was smooth like cake batter. I then added 1 tablespoon of the Coconut Oil, 1 tablespoon of Jojoba Oil and 1 tablespoon of the Argan Oil and blended a little longer. After about 3 minutes, I placed the top part of the blender with the contents into the fridge for about a half hour. I then removed from the fridge, blended for another 2 minutes and then placed the whipped contents into a small container. The end result was a smooth cream.

This concoction can be used as a body cream or hair pomade, etc. Next time, I am going to add some essential oils for fragrance.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Hello Girls (and guys),
 Hope all is well and everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving.
Just want to write a quick post about what 3 of the girls and I are about to do. For the month of December, we are going to take a 30 day supply of the Hairfinity pills. These pills are 'guaranteed' to grow your hair faster by up to that's equivalent to 1 inch a month as oppose to .5 inch a month. The ingredients are:

Now I know that some of you may be against taking supplements when it comes to your hair/health, but I've done some research and also read lots of reviews on this particular brand; I've even tried them once already and did not experience any side effects. I had a growth spert right after I finished the bottle sooo I  think I wanna blame the growth of my hair on the pills. I will recommend that you guys do your own research if you think about trying the pills. We will take before and after pictures and post. Stay tuned.
Lata, Chan- PJ1

Correct time to drink Waterwater

Correct Time to Drink Water....Very Important...

This is interesting!! I knew you need your minimum water to

flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct Time to Drink Water....Very Important

From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at certain time maximizes it's effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack