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  • Product Review: Urbanbella Signature Series Hair Care Line

    One of the perks of being a beauty writer and blogger is getting the opportunity to try out new products. Just the other day, I received a package from Urbanbella - a curly hair sanctuary nestled in the heart of Buckhead, a tony neighborhood in Atlanta. Along with curly hair consultations and styling, Urbanbella sold many of the top curly hair care brands on the market including; Curls, Jane Carter Solution Phyto, Hair Rules and many more. Over the years, Keneesha Hudson, the owner of Urbanbella decided to venture out and create her own signature hair care line for curly hair.

    That’s how Urbanbella Sigature Series Hair Care came about. Keneesha had the desire to produce a quality hair care line that addressed all of the needs of her clients and curly hair women everywhere. One of the very first things I noticed when using this line is the incredible scents. Being that the aroma of a product is highly important to me, I was super happy that each product smelled utterly delicious. Another aspect that caught my attention is that this collection is paraben, silicon and sulfate-free. As someone who seeks out healthy hair care, skincare and beauty products, I was thrilled at the prospect of treating my hair to a healthy line of products that wouldn’t cause any damage or harm. Continue Reading

    March 14, 2013 • Hair, Product Review • Views: 1253

  • Summer Beauty: Curly Hair Care 101

    With the summer season in full swing, there is nothing but trips to the beach, pool and the park ahead. We’re talking outdoor activities that could wind up being a catastrophe for your curlie cues. From exposure to UVA and UVB rays, environmental pollutants, salt water, sand, product build-up and much more, our curls go through a lot during the summer and it’s easy to end the season with dry, brittle, damaged locks that are anything but sexy. Here are some easy steps that will keep your curls healthy, happy and protected all summer long!

    • Invest in a quality clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos are typically not a product I recommend for curly hair cuties as our hair is naturally dry and clarifying shampoos tend to leave our curls parched and in need of moisture. The only reason I am recommending a clarifying shampoo is because we tend to use more styling products such as; mousse, pomade, gel, serum, hair spray, during the summer months. These products are great for maintaining defined curls and keeping our tresses looking their best but they are not great when it comes to maintaining the health of our scalp and hair follicles. Clarifying shampoos remove hair of all product build-up leaving hair clean, refreshed and ready for conditioner. I recommend using a clarifying shampoo only once a week so that you are not stripping your hair of its natural oils. A great option is Ouidad’s Water Works Clarifying Shampoo
    • No matter where your outdoor summer plans take you, it’s best to rock a great leave-in conditioner so that your curls are constantly protected from sun up to sundown. A leave-in conditioner is a wonderful alternative to styling aids as it helps to moisturize the hair while holding curls in place and keeping hair nourished, shiny and healthy-looking. Look for leave-in conditioners with sun protection. The scalp is highly sensitive to sunlight and can burn easily leading to hair loss and thinning. Check out Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beachcomber Leave-In Conditioner.
    • Put a hat on it!!! Nothing protects your curls better than a sexy summer hat. From the sophisticated wide-brim beach styles to kicky cowboy hats, covering the hair with a hat not only protects your strands and scalp from the sun’s harsh rays but it also adds a fun flair to any beach look!
    • Let your curls air dry rather than using a diffuser or towel-drying. The less stress you put on your hair, the better. When you get back from the beach or the pool, just rinse your hair with lukewarm water and then apply your favorite conditioner. Let conditioner soak into the hair while finishing up your shower. Rinse out. Apply a lightweight serum or gel to the hair after combing out any tangles. Let hair air dry and gently style before heading out for a night on the town. Trust me, your curls will thank you for the gentle treatment.

    July 25, 2012 • Hair • Views: 1405

  • Product Review: CURLS Sublime Coconut Conditioner

    Curls, Sublime Coconut Conditioner, $16, www.curls.biz

    I am in desperate need of some springtime in my life! As we endure another six long weeks of winter, I can feel myself craving that beautiful, balmy spring weather that makes everything beautiful, bright and breezy! Even though I cannot snap my fingers and make the seasons change, I can certainly add some spring cheer with beauty products. My current new fave is Curls Sublime Coconut Conditioner. I am in love with this conditioner as it softens and smooths my curls as well as hydrates my hair from the inside out but it also smells so delicious, it makes me think I’m down in Miami relaxing on the beach with a pina colada. What makes this conditioner so incredible are the formula and ingredients.

    • Cetyl & Cetearyl Alcohol - Fatty alcohols that acts as a gentle humectant (promotes the retention of moisture) and emulsifier and. Naturally derived from fatty acids from coconut oil.
    • Panthenol - Vitamin B complex that adds strength and body to hair by filling in cracks on the hair shaft.
    • Certified Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract – Green tea – Soothes and moisturizes dry hair and scalp.
    • Certified Organic Coconut Oil - Natural oil rich in lauric acid and full of triglyerides (great moisturizing fatty oil).
    • Benxophenone-4 - Sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays

    I highly recommend this sweet little hair care treat for those days when the winter doldrums have got you down and you need a beauty boost!

    February 15, 2012 • Hair, Product Review • Views: 619

  • Product Review: Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser

    Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser Keeps Hair Hydrated and Cleansed

    I have a new love and its Design Essentials Natural Curl Cleanser! This sulfate-free cleanser (suds-free) is the ideal shampoo for curly girls seeking an excellent cleanse that also leaves hair feeling hydrated and nourished. On Saturday, I decided to use this product for the first time. First off, the scent is nice and clean which is always a plus as I like my hair products to smell delicious! I poured a small amount of shampoo into my hands and rubbed them together. Unlike traditional shampoos, Natural Curl Cleanser doesn’t suds up as it is sulfate-free which means it doesn’t contain the harsh, oil-stripping ingredients which cause freshly washed hair to feel dry and brittle. I raked the product through my hair and ran it through from my roots to my tips. I rinsed the shampoo out with lukewarm water and repeated once again. My hair felt clean and soft and ready for a nice dollop of conditioner. This is certainly my idea of a great shampoo and will remain in my rotation going forward as I have learned over the years that great hair starts with great products!

    Design Essentials, Natural Curl Cleansers, $12.95, www.designessentials.com

    September 19, 2011 • Hair, Product Review • Views: 1543

  • Product Review: Twisted Sista Different Strokes Serum

    Straight, sleek tresses can be yours with the right styling aid.

    We curly girls have it rough during the summer season. Although we have the option of wearing our curls during the hot, humid days ahead, it’s a bit tougher to rock the straight look since the slightest hint of moisture equals a complete frizzy mess. Well, I have a remedy for that! Just this past holiday weekend, I went through my product closet in search of a product that would help seal out the moisture while keeping my hair silky, soft and shiny after straightening it. Twisted Sista’s Different Strokes Serum was the product I decided to try and I am so glad I gave it a whirl. Typically, serums haven’t been a good option for my hair when straightening it. They can weigh my hair down and cause it to look greasy which is not the effect I am ever going for.

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    July 5, 2011 • Hair, Product Review • Views: 1071