Natural Hair Talk: Why I stopped using my Denman Brush!

Ahhh…My hair is washed, conditioned, now it’s time to detangle. But why do I feel like I’m losing so much hair? I’m using a moisturizing conditioner with lots of slip, my wide tooth comb and my Denman brush. Wait….My Denman brush seems to be the culprit. I have so much hair tangled within the bristles of this very popular detangling tool, but I’m just not sure if this is the tool for me.

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Have you been through this scenario? Where you noticed that your Denman brush seems to have so much of your hair entangled within the bristles that should be on your head. Well, that’s why I stopped using my Denman brush. Although it’s a great tool for detangling and the natural hair community has embraced it, I think my 4c hair just doesn’t feel the same.

On average we lose 40-120 strands of hair everyday depending on our age, how much hair we have and our growth cycle. So, why would I use a tool that probably takes triple this amount of hair with every use. (The voice inside my head says…) “Because all the naturals use it…”

My hair type is categorized as 4c, which is very coily and prone to single strands knots, so when I’m using the Denman brush, I have to be particularly careful especially when my hair is damp because I will hear those little snaps which let me know that I just pulled my hair. This pulling can lead to breakage so it’s very important to start from the tips and work your way up the root.

Brushing the hair while wet can cause breakage since wet hair is more delicate and brushing causes the hair to stretch and weaken. I prefer to use a wide tooth comb or finger detangle. If a Denman brush is your “To-Go” tool, then think about getting the 5-7 row brush. If you have a Denman brush or plan to get one, to help reduce breakage and pulling remove every other row. This modification helps to reduce the amount of shedding.

So, after several weeks of not using my Denman brush on wash day…what have I noticed? I’ve noticed that I have less hair in the shower or in my comb than my usual ball of hair. I also noticed that my hair doesn’t need the Denman. My wide-tooth comb or fingers are working out perfectly fine and my styles are not suffering at all. I also noticed that my hair seems a lot healthier. Perhaps it’s because I’m not pulling, snagging or breaking my hair, but it does feel so much better.

What I have learned? Detangling doesn’t necessarily mean using the smallest tool on the market. It’s about keeping the hair moisturized and using the tool that best fits your hair type.

My tips for detangling 4c hair:
1. Use a moisturizing conditioner with lots of slip to help with the detangling process.
2. Use a wide-tooth comb or finger detangle to reduce breakage.
3. Detangle the hair in smaller sections. (I prefer sectioning my hair into 6 sections.)
4. If using a brush, brush slowly to avoid unnecessary pulling
5. When brushing, start from the tips and work your way up to the roots.
6. Remember that hair is more prone to breakage when wet because it more delicate and brushing can causes the hair to stretch and weaken. Be gentle.

Natural hair is beautiful and takes a little more care then we are probably use to if we were relaxing or pressing before. Be sure to care for your hair type with the proper tools and products, so your natural hair can flourish and grow.

What tools do you prefer for detangling? Share with our community!

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Natural Hair Tutorial: Curly Fro’ using Beautiful Textures and Flexi-Rods

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I recently wanted to try my hand at FlexiRods. I had them for a while but never really tried to style my hair using them. Well, I recently purchased a few products from Beautiful Textures and thought that it would be the perfect time to try a FlexiRod style. Check out my video below and let me know what you!

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Product Review: LRC ” The Potion” Protein Conditioner

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Product Name: LRC (Lawrence-Ray Concepts) Organic & Natural Hair Care System “The POTION”

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Price:  $42.67

Size: 12 oz.

Product Description for The Potion: Rich in vitamins, nutrients and natural oils creating moisture for dry scalp and brittle hair. The potion is a protein enriched conditioner loaded with natural butters. It coats and seals the hair, restructuring damaged hair shaft creating smooth manageable silky hair! Our Magical Creation that will leave your hair craving more, more, more!


Ingredients:  Vitamin B5, Wheat Protein, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Avocado Oil, Foraha Oil, Myrtle, Spikenard, Juniper, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lavandin, Thyme, May Chang, Lemon, Spearmint, Owyhee oil.

My Experience:  This was my first time using “The Potion” and I was blown away at how soft my hair felt after while applying and after use. I started with freshly washed hair that I didn’t detangle so I could truly see how this Protein conditioner would work. Usually protein conditioners don’t have much slip for detangling, but if you check out my video then you know that his is no ordinary conditioner. I was able to detangle using a wide-tooth comb and also finger detangled. After applying the conditioner in sections, I sat under my steamer for approximately 20 minutes and then allowed my hair to come to room temperature before rinsing. When the steaming process was complete, my hair had softened up even more, which was absolutely amazing. And for all my girls with 4C hair, you know how it is to have your hair so soft and all you want to do is play in it. Well, that’s exactly what it felt like. While sitting there waiting to rinse, I could feel this tingle on my scalp. You know that feeling that something is really working… It was the Peppermint and Spearmint in the ingredients and it felt so good on the scalp. I rinsed my hair in cool water and towel blotted to remove the excess water. Once again, there was this softness that I just can’t explain. I had my husband and mother touching my hair to make sure it wasn’t just me. I personally loved that a Protein conditioner could make my hair feel this soft. I used the product as is, I didn’t add anything to it, but I was thinking…How much softer would my hair be if I added a little oil to the deep conditioning process? Maybe I’ll try that next time and believe me there will be a next time.


Fragrance:  In the video I couldn’t put the right words together to explain the scent but I think I found it…”Herbaceous Citrus Mint.” You could truly smell all of the different herbs such as Rosemary and thyme with hints of lemon and peppermint. It’s clean, fresh and would make an amazing candle. I personally love a clean crisp smell and this product hit the mark perfectly.


Results:  As I applied the product to my hair, I could feel the difference immediately, after sitting under the steamer my hair felt even softer and then after the rinse…even softer. I mean seriously people…My hair felt amazing. Super soft, manageable and ready of the next step. After styling, my hair had this fullness and bounce that it hadn’t had in a while and I was pleasantly surprised that a protein conditioner could all that it said it would.


Final Thoughts: This is a product is AMAZING!!! And one that will stay in my routine for a while. A protein conditioner that I could detangle with, make my hair feel so soft and the finished product just gave me super bouncy and full hair! I LOVE IT!!!!

I give this product: 9 of 10

 

For a full recap and to see how I used the product. Check out my YouTube video below! Thanks!

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Oyin Handmade Product Review

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Product Name: Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

Price:  $37.99 (A little pricey, but works great)

Size: 1 liter

Product Description for Hair DewThis lightweight quenching lotion refreshes the hair without buildup. Nourishing castor, olive and coconut oils combine with aloe vera and pure water to form a non-greasy, creamy leave-in that’s light enough for every day. It’s great on “naked” hair immediately after a cleanse, or as a way to reinvigorate tired hair  all the way through your hair care cycle. 


Ingredients:  Purified water, castor oil, olive oil, organic aloe vera gel, behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetearyl alcohol (emulsifier derived from colza oil), coconut oil, olive squalane, phenoxyethanol (and) caprylil glycol (preservative), cetyl alcohol, fragrance, and love!

My Experience:  I personally love using the Hair Dew to moisturize my dry hair. When I have a old Twist-Out or want to wear a High Puff, then I would use the Hair Dew directly on my hair. I immediately notice that my hair is very soft and manageable. I also tried the Hair Dew as a deep conditioner. I started on hair that had been spritzed with water and then slathered the Hair Dew on. I placed my hair into a high puff so I could make sure that my ends would benefit from being under a steamer. After deep conditioning with my hair steamer for about 20 minutes, I allowed the hair to cool, bringing down the temperature. Afterwards, I washed my hair and continued with normal routine. My hair felt soft, but it wasn’t the softness that I was used to for a deep conditioner. I had seen this technique on YouTube and realized that it didn’t work for my hair. However, as mentioned earlier using the Hair Dew to moisturize my dry hair works amazingly. 


Fragrance:  I call the scent Baked Dessert. It has a very sweet scent that can be a little strong if you are someone that prefers subtle scents. If you love products that smell nice then you will love Oyin Handmade products because they all smell so good. The Hair Dew will scent is a little stronger when you first use it but will dissipate throughout the day. Every once in while you may get a whiff of the scent or if you are close to someone they may smell the “Baked Dessert” but overall it does have a very delicious scent.

Results:  The results on dry hair is amazing. Makes the hair very soft and manageable. For my 4c hair, using as a deep conditioner did soften the hair hair, however when I’ve used other deep conditioners my hair felt softer.

Final Thoughts: This is a product that I love and would purchase again in the future. Hair Dew smells great and gives soft lustrous feel to dry hair.

I give this product: 8 of 10

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Product Name: Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp

Price:  $37.99 (A little pricey but well worth it)

Size: 1 liter

Product Description for Honey Hemp: A penetrating, detangling, seriously softening multipurpose conditioner, enriched with aloe vera gel, hemp oil, honey, and just a touch of hydrolyzed silk protein. (this is not your high protein rebuilding conditioner; we use just enough to make it silky ;o) HH has got great detangling slip and serious moisturizing power. It rinses cleanly and also makes a nice pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment. (add oil or extra honey for superior DC power!) It can even be used as a creamy, nourishing leave-in!


Ingredients:  Purified water, organic aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (and) cetearyl alcohol (emulsifier derived from colza oil), honey, virgin hemp oil, coconut oil, vegetable glycerine, hydrolized silk, citrus essences, fragrance, optiphen (preservative)… and LOVE! ;o)

My Experience:  This is wonderful deep conditioner!! I’ve used it several times to deep condition my hair and every time my hair feels soft, has body, my curls are poppin and I can easily detangle. When you deep condition with this product, you can add oils or use directly. I’ve tried both and my hair feel amazing either way. I start by applying the conditioner to my hair, creating a loose puff once all the conditioner is on and I sit under my steamer for about 20 minutes. I, then allow the hair to come down in temperature before rinsing out. After everything is done, my hair feels Jaw Dropping Soft!!!! 

Fragrance:  The honey Hemp conditioner has a Citrus Sweet scent. Because of the Citrus, it reminds me of that very clean feeling but it has hints of a sweetness that just takes it over the top. The scent can me a little strong if you are sensitive to strong smells but it will start to dissipate. Also, since I usually wash out this conditioner, the smell doesn’t linger afterwards. All of the Oyin handmade Products that I’ve tried, all smell great.

Results:  The hair feels smooth, easy to work with and easy to detangle once I rinse out the conditioner. Once my hair dries, you can really feel how manageable and soft it is.

Final Thoughts: This is a deep conditioner that I will keep in my staple of products because I love the way my hair feels when I use this product. It’s great to use as a detanlger, leave-in or as a deep conditioner. Since you have a variety of ways to use the products it’s a Must Have for me.

I give this Product 9 out of 10!

 

 

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#INHMD2014LosAngeles Recap

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On Saturday, May 17th Naturals across the world celebrated together for the 3rd International Natural Hair Meetup Day. In Los Angeles, LA Curly Girls hosted the event at Cozymel’s Restaurant in El Segundo.

The event was an afternoon Brunch, as you walked into the restaurant which is amazing in its self with outdoor seating, fire pits, a variety of areas to enjoy your food, including a Bar area, and several rooms where a private party or large group could use. I was escorted by the hostess to the room where the #INHMD event was being held. As I walked through the curtain, the room opened up to seat about 50 guests and I was immediately greeted with a big hug by Lydia Boyd, the President of the LA Curly Girls. As you walked into the room, to the right were tables set up with so many gifts bags. The first table was an array of giveaways for the raffles and social media contest prizes. As you continue around the corner of tables, you had swag bags for each guests and there were also swag bags for everyone that brought unused hair products to be sent to troops around the world.

As you ventured further into the room, each table had documents at each seat that included a hair questionnaire, Porosity info sheet, ice breaker game and so much more. As mentioned above, there were some Social Media contest as well, so each table also contained a list of rules for participation in the contest.

Each guest had the option to choose their seat and I sat next to a young lady named Chelsea. Not only smart and funny but also so down to earth. It was a pleasure getting to know her. As the day begun, Lydia started the day by telling us all about #INHMD and the 28 states in the US and countries such as Japan, France, Grenada, Holland and Canada were participants in the event. It’s amazing that we were all connect through social media on this day. Lydia, also discussed that #INHMD introduced a charity element to their events called #INHMDcares. This year, the focus was on Lupus, so one of the sheets that each guest received was how to discuss Lupus with your doctor. We also had a social media contest for Lupus as well. We had to post a picture holding up the sign for Lupus on Instagram. Chelsea and I did our picture together. This was the 3rd year that LA Curly Girls have hosted the event and it was great to see all the women that attend all three events take a picture together.

As the day progressed we discussed hair porosity, how we love our curls and even had a little grown up talked and learned that Coconut oil is a healthy alternative to sexual lubes and how Vitamin E has been known to boost sexual hormones. Yes, this was definitely a grown up event.

Having an opportunity to meet up with women in an environment where we can share, learn, laugh and cry is amazing. I love how the natural hair community comes together and shares a wealth of information with each other. Attending events like these always gives me a sense of unity, joy and belief that we all have the same challenges but we can overcome them by sharing with other women that may be able to give you deeper insight or even just simply pray with you.

Overall, the event was very well put together. From the topics of discussion, to the prizes, to the friendships made. I can’t wait for #INHMD2015LosAngeles! I hope to see you there next year!

 

 

 

 

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Refreshing your Old Twist-Out for 4c Hair!

If your hair is a 4 A, B, or C then you know that keeping your hair moisturized and soft can be a challenge. After a few days, our twist-outs may have some definition, but you can usually feel the ends of the hair are dry.

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Try not to layer product over product on your hair throughout the week. Feel and rub your hair? I like to rub my dry hair as though I was sealing with oil. Stretching the hair in a downward motion while allowing the natural oils that are present in my hair to moisturize. At this point if I feel that my hair could use a little something then I will simply add water/aloe vera spritz and seal with oil. No added creams or butters. My 4c hair will feel weighed down if I continued to put creams and butters through the week. Adding a little moisture and oil to seal is more than enough. If you notice that your hair continues to feel dry, then truly take a look t your regime, instead of constantly adding product.

Check out my video on how I refresh my hair. I would love to know how you make your twist-outs last all week! Let me know in the comments below!

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Wearing a Twist-Out is always fun, but there are days when you want to jazz it up with some accessories. I love using an abundance of hair accessories such as scarves, headbands, barrettes and flowers to give my twist-out a different look.

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One day I was scrolling through instagram and noticed a flier for #PowerPanelLA hosted by Miss Dunnie O. The flier featured three phenomenal women that I’ve followed throughout their career, Diann Valentine Celebrity Event Planner, Natalie Gouche of Mogul Mom and Melissa Hibbert of SHEEQ Cosmetics, so this was a don’t miss event. To top it off, the panel discussion was about “Personal Branding 101.” Holding in my excitement, I immediately went to eventbrite to purchase my ticket because I knew that there would be a wealth of information.

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