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  • Design Essentials Beauty Empowerment Panel

    For those of you who live in the Atlanta area, yours truly will be speaking on a panel discussion about the media and black hair tomorrow at Spelman College. I am so honored to be a part of this panel discussion as I will be just one of several well-known media professionals, freelancers and bloggers. The event will be held at the Cosby Auditorium and begins at 6:00 pm. Hope you can attend!

    March 25, 2013 • Hair • Views: 896

  • 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: 1287

  • Sleeping Beauty: 8 Beauty Tricks To Roadtest While You Snooze

    Don’t you think beauty should be effortless? So effortless that you could become more gorgeous in your sleep? Turns out you can.

    Not only does getting some shut-eye make you appear prettier (it’s called ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason), but it affords an opportunity to begin your beauty routine earlier; meaning less time spent primping and preening in the morning, and yes, longer lie-ins. Here are some fantastic overnight tricks that mean you can wake up feeling and looking more attractive.

    Soft Hands And Feet

    Are your brittle hands and feet a constant source of shame? Go biblical by soaking your hands and feet in a bowl of water – add some Epsom salts, if you have any. It should only take five minutes, and then you can whip out your exfoliating gloves to start removing dead skin cells.

    Next, apply heavy duty moisturizer to both your hands and feet, place cotton gloves and socks on top, and then peel off in the morning. We promise, your extremities will never have felt so soft!

    Shiny Locks

    Would you love to wake up every morning with glossy, touchable hair? Use a sleep-in hair mask to nourish and condition while you’re dreaming of silky strands. All you have to do is rinse out the product and blow-dry in the morning. You’ll wonder why you never did this before!

    Satin Sheets

    There’s something exceptionally decadent about satin bed linen, but this skin-stroking material actually ups your beauty echelon. Not only does it stop damaging friction attacking your hair at night, but it’ll prevent the nasty build-up of oils on your face that lead to breakouts and blemishes.

    Volume For Fine Hair

    Fine-haired girls, we feel your pain. Every day it seems like we have the same boring hair and any attempts to change-up our style fall limp by lunchtime. Prevent this from happening by adding volumizing mousse to your tresses before bed and sleeping in hot rollers. Soft foam additions prevent an uncomfortable night, and you only need to curl some important sections.

    Note: position curlers so they’re not digging into your scalp – what’s the point in glorious, thick hair if you look like you haven’t slept a wink.

    In the A.M., shakeout any large curls with your fingers and coat with hairspray. Flip your head and spritz under your roots too, for lasting volume.

    Mermaid Hair

    Look at any runway this season and you’ll see that romantic mermaid hair is having a moment. However, that doesn’t mean that you should rush out and buy a set of crimping irons (more heat for your poor tresses). Instead, sleep on it.

    Before you turn off the lights, apply a little cream or gel to just-wet hair and braid in little plaits – the smaller they are, the more intense the crimp (you probably want a happy medium). In the morning, all you have to do is loosen the braids and you’re good to go.

     

    I’ve teamed up with up-and-coming beauty blogger Zoe Williams to bring you this post on CounterCultureBeauty.com today! Zoe is a self-confessed beauty addict and spends more of her bucks on skincare than she’d like to admit. Everyone’s got to have a vice, right?

    For all your hair care and skincare supplies for your own ‘Sleeping Beauty’ regime, visit http://www.salonsdirect.com.

     

    February 25, 2013 • Bath & Body, Beauty News, Hair, Makeup, Skincare, Spa • Views: 1209

  • Product Review: AG Recoil Curl Activator

    This is not me! It's a pic of a gorgeous curly girl!

     

    Ever since the winter season began, my poor hair has been dry, lackluster and in dire need of some therapy. When I’m not wearing it straight, I try to let it be and wear it curly but I wasn’t having much luck with my usual products. Fortunately, there is always some magical product waiting to be discovered in my ample beauty closet. I reached into the hair care section and pulled out the AG Recoil Curl Activator.

    At first glance, it seemed just like any other curly hair cream or gel. It’s a creamy, lightweight creamy gel that goes on smooth and effortless. The trick is to slightly wet your hair or at least dampen your hair before applying this product. I use about a quarter-size to half-dollar amount of product as I have a lot of hair and want all of my curls to be coated. I let the product soak into the hair and let it slightly air dry before styling.

    My curls have never looked better. Not only are they defined but they are not crunchy and sticky. My hair looks touchable and soft minus any frizz or flyaways. It is seriously going to be my go-to curly product for the rest of 2013. I am so happy that I found a product that makes my curly hair look its best. I am motivated to wear my curly hair out and down this year as it has grown out quite a bit over the past two years. I highly recommend this product for any curly girls out there who aren’t happy with their current curly regimen.

    The AG Recoil Curl Activator retails for $20 at Ulta.com and Ulta stores nationwide.

     

    January 18, 2013 • Hair, Product Review • Views: 2458

  • How to Grow Your Curly Hair – the Healthy Way

    As a curly/wavy-haired chica who is chemical-free, I cannot tell you the amount of times people ask me how I tend to my tresses. Whether it’s the type of products I use or how often I get my hair trimmed, I get tons of questions on how I maintain my hair. One of the most asked questions happens to be how do I grow my hair. As someone who has grown her hair out several times over a span of 15 years, I have tried just about everything and have finally come to terms with what works for me.

    Now that’s the important thing for each of you to understand. What works for me is not necessarily the right avenue for the next woman. From texture to genetics to my diet to my health, there are a multitude of reasons why my hair grows the way that it does versus someone else. I present my tips just as a starting point or guideline for someone to learn from.

    I suggest that you tweak your hair growing tips according to your needs and the results that you seek. Also remember that genetically we all have a certain length where our hair will not grow past – this is something you cannot change or control. It’s just a part of who you are. Some of us can grow our hair down our backs while others may only get slightly past the shoulder. Learn to embrace your natural length and if you want your hair to grow longer, there’s always extensions!

     

    • Healthy eating. You really are what you eat and that especially rings true when it comes to your hair. From proteins to healthy fats, the right foods will drastically improve the overall quality of your hair. Think of it this way, your hair needs vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients to grow strong and thick is through eating natural foods. Stick to fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.
    • Limit Your Trims. Stylists constantly recommend trimming hair every 6-8 weeks as they are trying to get rid of split-ends which can eventually cause major breakage. The problem with this model is that every your stylist trims your ends, you’re losing length. You will never see significant growth unless you leave your hair alone for long periods of time. I don’t trim my hair at all these days since I am in the growing phase. Once I reach my desired length, I will only get my hair trimmed once or twice a year max! This makes a world of difference; you will be amazed when you try this. Now if your hair is seriously damaged, I suggest getting the big chop and starting from scratch so that all of your new growth is healthy and chemical-free.
    • Pre-Natal Vitamins. This is an age-old remedy and a great one as it really works! I recommend using a vegan pre-natal that can be taken on an empty stomach as these types of pre-natal vitamins tend to absorb into the system better than traditional selections. If you’re eating healthy foods, taking a digestive enzyme, a probiotic and taking a pre-natal vitamin, you will be amazed at how drastically different your hair will look and feel in only a matter of months.
    • Co-Washing. I don’t wash my hair with shampoo on a daily basis which has really increased my growth potential. I like to co-wash my hair on a daily basis especially when I am working out as it helps me rid my hair of sweat, dirt and product build-up without stripping my hair of its natural oils like shampooing tends to do. Use a lightweight leave-in conditioner for your daily washes and a deep conditioner at least once a week for additional treatment.
    • Limit Restrictive Styles – I don’t wear my hair in tight ponytails, braids or any other type of constrictive hairstyle. The more you pull your hair back in these tight styles, the more likely you are causing major damage to the hair follicles especially those around the temples. Let your hair breathe and relax. Try loose chignons, relaxed curly styles and easy breezy buns and watch your tresses lengthen.

    Good luck growing out your hair ladies! Feel free to share your hair growth tips! I am always open to new ideas and techniques.

     

    January 17, 2013 • Beauty News, Hair • Views: 1333