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NATURALVERSARY

In November, I silently celebrated my 10th natural hair anniversary. It was silent because you didn’t know. I didn’t mention it because I was a little preoccupied giving birth… Damn, you guys demand so much from me.

Anyway, the decision to “go” or “return” natural was a combination of no longer feeling like commuting to New Orleans (approximately 3 hours) just for hair and nails, being unable to find a good local stylist, and I got tired of waiting long hours (anything longer than 2 hours is a job that I need to clock-in and get paid by the end of my shift/appointment); most importantly, I became “woke.”

You know, that stage where you “return” natural, denounce organized religion, date a Muslim (my ex was a Five-Percenter), become angry at the government, and a google-expert in black history and the African diaspora.

It was tough. I had no idea what I was doing, it wasn’t popular (I don’t think I was aware of YouTube at that time), I tried a host of products, big chopped twice, blew out my hair to eliminate shrinkage, suffered from heat damage twice, and was ready to shave my head. Then, Mom suggested Sisterlocks.

That was the most important sentence in this blog post. Why? Because she’s always asking why I don’t mention her so not only did I mention her, she’s in bold.

Anyway, her recommendation was 4 years ago and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (right above marrying Husband but below trying dark chocolate for the first time).

Although I’ve written extensively about Sisterlocks, let’s do a super brief summary *takes a deep breath* Yes, Sisterlocks are expensive, must be locked regularly (or you will damage your hair), requires no products, low day-to-day maintenance but results include super growth and hair envy.

Yeah, so you owe me a “Happy 10-Year Natural Hair Anniversary,” “Happy 4-Year Sisterlocks Anniversary,” and “yes, I am jealous of your hair.”

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FEBRUARY & MARCH HUESBOX

February HuesBox encourages you to love and indulge in yourself while the March HuesBox helps you jumpstart your “Operation Summer Time Fine” and craft your best mind, body, and spirit for summer! For more, visit HuesBox

 

What’s in my February HuesBox?
Classic Matte Lipstick in Fearless & Vixen by j’elaine
Luxe Lollies Lollipops
Boy Bye Scrubbing Soap by Body By Tee
Henna Tatto Kit by New Age

What’s in my March HuesBox?
Carrot Oil Bar Soap by Clear Essence
Mango Display Tea by Chado
Grapefruit and Lemon Bath Bomb by Alabee Bath
Nature’s Syrup Body Butter in Lavender Love

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 43: LAVENDER

Lavender is a flower with a host of healing properties and is often used as aromatherapy. Other benefits include but are not limited to treating stress, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and depression, alleviates upset stomach, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, treats headaches and toothaches, restores skin, reduces acne, eczema and psoriasis, slows the aging of skin, heals burns, and treats hair loss.

Although I am slightly obsessed with lavender, I barely use it for the above reasons *shoulder shrug* So, how do I use lavender? I’m glad you asked.

After, I feel like the queen I think I am in my head. It’s like I have a spa, but at home that I can use everyday. Are you peanut butter and jelly? Do you use lavender and how? Comment below!

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 31: MARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERB & ROSEWATER


I am totally obsessed with rosewater. I talked a little about it’s benefits here but over the last few weeks, I’ve kicked it up a notch. Per the esthetician (Read: Facial @ Ulta), I should use it as a toner more often. Since then, I use after each wash (morning and night), to set my face, to refresh midday but also to hydrate my hair. Of course, this resulted in me running out which is totally cool because I’m a badass that likes to live my life on the edge. I’ll just buy another one, right? So, I travel to Whole Foods Market and it’s sold out but I don’t panic. I then travel to my local organic grocery store and nothing! Then, they had the nerve to ask me if I wanted them to call me when it arrived.

Me: When will it arrive?

Them: Probably in two weeks.

Me: Girl, I can’t wait that long!

I still had a day or two of rosewater so I waited a couple of days and went back to Whole Foods Market and NOTHING! I needed a Plan B and no, it wasn’t me making it. I don’t have that type of time. I then traveled to Ulta to purchase Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater.

A refreshing, hydrating mist to use anywhere anytime. Simply formulated with fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day. Safe for all skin types. Gentle, non-irritating.

I really, really didn’t want to buy this. I had so much success with Heritage Rosewater and strongly believe it was because it included the essentials: rose and water. Aloe and Herb isn’t the problem but the other chemicals bothered me; especially, because I would also use this on my hair. But, I had no choice. This is one of the consequences of being so adventurous. In contrast, it’s super affordable. I bought the 4 oz. bottle for 7 bucks (to keep at home) and 2 oz. for 5 bucks (to keep in my purse), then got 3 bucks off as a result of my Ulta points which means I paid less than 10 bucks. For more, visit Ulta.

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GUIDE TO GROWING OUT YOUR BROWS 


Step 1: Leave them alone.

Step 2: Watch them grow.

It was that simple for me. Like many others, I got in the habit of overarching my brows and then drawing them into perfection. Then, one day it dawned on me that it made absolutely no sense. I should just grow them out and shape them.

I didn’t buy any special gel or serum (surprisingly). And, it wasn’t an ugly experience because I plucked a few hairs right under the arch and still used a brow pencil to create the brows I wanted. The brows I deserve.

It’s been 3 weeks and I now realize why I used to remove so much of my brow. My hairs are curly, thick, my brows are shaped weirdly, the right and the left look completely different, they twerk, throw tantrums, etc. but I just let them fly. I still use a brow pencil to attempt to get them in line but if you look closely (like Kim did yesterday), you’ll see my hairs fighting each other.

Whatevs.

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