Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How to Make Guava Smoothie | April 30th 2014 | DNVlogsLife




Healthy hair starts from the inside. What you put in your body matters as much as what you put on your hair. If you have some guava, try this quick recipe. I also have a GREAT TIP on how to eliminate the guava seeds from the smoothie.  This smoothie is Kid friendly.

Benefits of Guava



Monday, April 28, 2014

Stretching Natural Hair with CurlFormers and A TRIM


Lately, I have noticed that my ends were knotting up and with that indication, I knew that it was time for a trim. My last trim was January 3rd 2014.  In the past, I had trimmed my hair while damp or wet, but decided to try using curlformers to stretch my hair and then do the trim. Kind of like straightening my hair and then trimming... LOL!

I had a few concerns (1) Wait time for my hair to fully dry in curlformers
                                  (2) Having to comb my ends while dry

I had stretched Big Sis's hair in curlformers before and wanted to incorporate the same method.


The install process took about 40 minutes.


Check out that shrinkage!!


After a total dry time of 6 hours, I looked like a prutty pruncess (according to Lil Sis)


The Trimming process
  Taking each individual curl created by the curlformer, I snipped off about 1/2 an inch.
  Sealed my ends with my Shea Aloe Butter
...and that was it!

After doing this, I took off the 4 hair holders...and I was left with a cute 'Fro!! Now I know how to get my hair to stand like a fro!!


Don't know how to use Curlformers? Watch below:

Night Routine for BIG Afro Puff Results

Next day puff


Watch my night time routine to get my Afro puff  BIGGER  the next day!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Quick Hairstyle: Roll and Tuck and Twist


You don't always have to do what type of hairstyle, you can mix it up!
In today's video, I showcase Big Sis's style for the week. This consists of roll and tuck and add some twists at the ends.

Watch below or click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy8Ps9FkTEE

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I Got Featured on Black Girl with Long Hair

Read all about it on this link: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2014/04/10-kinky-naturals-you-should-check-out-on-youtube/

How to Transition your Kid from Relaxed to Natural Hair

How to Transition your Kid from Relaxed to Natural Hair



Your child's hair is texturized or relaxed and you are wondering how do you stop putting chemicals in your child's hair and make their hair completely natural.

First thing, know that you are not alone.

Let me share a little bit about myself and my older daughter, known as Big Sis on our YouTube channel, DiscoveringNatural.

When Big Sis was 4 years old, I got to a point of frustration with her natural hair. At that time, I was blind to the beauty of natural hair. Maybe I was sleep deprived due to having a newborn, Lil Sis, or maybe it was the pain I felt when I saw her cry when I did her hair. I decided to listen to "friends" who advised me that the best thing to do was to texturize her hair. It will make her hair easier to manage. Everyone is doing it. They said. And, without doing my research, I listened and went ahead.

Her hair was pretty... at first...

Cornrow out (1 month texturized hair (4 years old Big Sis))
Then after the first year of regular texturizing, her hair started breaking. By the time, it was 2 years post, her hair was no longer full and healthy, it was breaking and did not look great. I knew I had to do something... that started our transitioning journey.

Transitioning Your Child's hair is DIFFERENT from Transitioning your Hair

Why?

When you transition a child's hair, you do not want to wear styles that are manipulated daily. You want to keep the process as simple as possible. Try styling your child's hair with a style that can last 2 weeks. Styles such as threading, cornrows, flat twists, twists, will help camouflage the relaxed ends and help with growth because the hair is not being manipulated.

Big Sis - months after starting transitioning

Moisture is KEY!

Yes! Yes! Do not slack on moisturizing your child's hair. Keeping the hair moisturized will keep it from breaking. Whenever you wash her hair, make sure that you do a deep conditioning treatment to help restore moisture and keep the hair healthy.


Big Chop ONLY when your child is ready

Doing a transitioning big chop can be a big step. Make sure that your child is ready for this change. Something that helped me was doing regular trims of the relaxed ends while transitioning. This will reduce the shock factor.

The Hair will Grow Back

Remember, hair always grows back. Practice healthy hair choices and make sure that the ends are taken care of in order to retain length. Stay encouraged because when you are positive, your child will feel the same way.

A child's perspective on how it was to get her hair relaxed. Click here or watch below:


Do you have a child that is currently relaxed and you would love to transition her? What are your struggles?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY Fabric Headband with Flower

 
This Easter, I decided to sew the girls' skirt and make matching headbands.
Watch below to see how I did it:
 


 
 
 
FOR MORE DIY Hair Accessories videos , CLICK HERE 
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What You Need for DIY Home Treatments

Protein Treatment for Natural Hair


I love doing DIY home treatments because it allows me to control ingredients that I put into my hair. When making these treatments, there are some essential tools that you need.

Measuring tools

Each recipe in my DIY home treatments has specific measurements. I never eye-ball my mixture because it can give different results. Due to this fact, I have an array of measuring tools ranging from teaspoons, tablespoons to cups to spoons.

pH Strips

One of the most important things you will need in your treatment is a testing strip, pH strips. These strips are used to test the pH level of your mixture. If your mixture is not in the correct range that you want, it can cause your hair cuticles to behave in different ways than you would like. Click here to learn more about pH Balance in Natural Hair

Mixing Equipment

Some mixtures call for more than spoons for mixing the treatment. For a more liquid consistency, I prefer to use my blender. This helps keeps the consistency the same through the mixture. It also helps eliminate chunks of ingredients. When using blender, I use it in a liquefy setting. If you do not have a liquefy setting, start off by blending in a slow rate, then gradually increase to the fastest/highest rate.

Fine Mesh Sieve


This tool is the one that is mostly ignored when making treatments that calls for food products such as banana and avocado. Many people complain that the reason they do not like DIY home treatments is because their mixture always leaves chunks of food debris in their hair. To avoid this, use a fine mesh sieve/strainer. This will help remove any debris that still exists even after blending your produce in liquefied setting.

To view my DIY Home Treatments, watch the playlist below or click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m9C8nV1ud4&list=PLCT7rEmj0XkyQK1jeKWOyfGOTi_Ifu6Gj



What tools do you use when making your DIY Home Treatments

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saving Money and Easter Plans | April 19th 2014 DNVlogsLife


Today's vlog is a mixture of different things, but sure to give you some great information on saving and also funny parenting scenario. ENJOY!!

Watch below or click here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/aOeKDcG8Jwg



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CLICK To SAVE MONEY

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gaisie Body Essentials For Hair and Body | SPECIAL OFFER



I had the pleasure of reviewing Gaisie Body Essentials products for Hair and Body.  This company is one of the sponsors of the worldwide INTERNATIONAL NATURAL HAIR MEETUP day on May 17th 2014.
You can buy these products at http://www.gaisiebodyessentials.com

 
 

Watch below to see what I thought of their products. Watch to the END for a SPECIAL OFFER!!!



Green Tea Facial Wash





Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Lactic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. 

Honeysuckle Hand Soap
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Lavandula angustifolia, Lactic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.






Honeysuckle Hand Lotion

Water, Sodium Olivoyl Glutamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lavandula angustifolia, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.


 Shea Styling Smoothie

Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrogenated Olea europaea (Olive Oil), Olea europaea (Olive Oil), Olea europaea (Olive Oil) Unsaponifiables, Propanediol, Glycine Betaine (Beta vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Essential Oil Blend, Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

Have you ever tried this product line before?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Hairstyles for Natural Hair



Easter is just around the corner and as we are frantically putting together the final finishes to my "gift" to the girls, home-made skirts with matching headbands, I wrote two blog posts dedicated to Easter Hairstyles for Kids.
DIY headband
DYI Easter skirt and headband. Tutorial coming soon to DiscoveringNatural on YouTube

Click each of the links below to read and see all the different styles you can do for your kids. This styles will also work for adults

The Mane Captain blog.

4C Hair Chick blog


Which is your favorite?



How to Transition to Natural Hair


Transitioning to Natural Hair is a process of letting your new growth grow with your relaxed ends.
Let's start from the very beginning...

When it comes to knowing how to start transitioning to natural hair, you have to have a starting point. The starting point is you having relaxed hair and wondering how to convert that relaxed hair back to its natural state. 

Speaking from experience, when I ventured into the great unknown which was natural hair, I didn't know what laid ahead of me. I knew that I didn't want to cut off all my relaxed hair. You would think that it would be easy for me since I just got done transitioning my daughter for a year and my youngest daughter has always been natural. But there is a difference when it comes to caring for your own hair.

Step 1: Have a Plan
Having a plan as to how I wanted to be natural, was the first step I took. I knew that I was not going to do the Big Chop; chopping off all my relaxed ends, which will only give me about 2 inches of natural hair.  It was easy for me to realize that transitioning was the way to go.


Step 2: Have a Regimen
Developing a regimen early in your transitioning journey will help you have an easier transition. A regimen can be as simple as what you do daily or nightly basis, wash day, and monthly, when it comes to caring for your hair.


Step 3: Have Several Transitioning Styles
Due to the difficulty of blending your relaxed ends with your new growth, which can cause some unwarranted frustrations. If you are like me and choose to transition without the aid of extensions/attachments, wigs or weaves, having the right transitioning styles can take a lot of creativity.  Know that there are many resources out there that helpful. YouTube is a great place to start when it comes to learning how to style your hair.


Step 3: Facing the Struggle
Like every new venture, transitioning can have its own challenges. Getting over these challenges can help make your transitioning period less stressful. The longer your transition, the more new growth and length you can have.
  • The first struggle I had when I started transitioning was the dryness I experienced. Substituting the use of shampoo that contain sulfates with sulfate free shampoo helped with reducing the dryness. Also, using conditioner to wash my hair (cowash) made my new growth soft.

  • Another struggle I had was with the constant tangling of my relaxed ends and my new growth. The point where the relaxed hair touches the new growth is known as the line of Demarcation. This point is prone to breakage. What helped me was finger detangling rather than using a comb.
Transitioning to natural hair can be a wonderful time for you to learn more about natural hair. Take each day at a time and learn from your mistake.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Hairstyle: Two Tier Bun.

sock bun


Just in time for Easter : This video shows you how to make a sock bun and in addition, how to create this elegant two tier sock buns. This style is great for Proms, weddings, flower girls, and even Dance hairstyles.
Watch this video below or click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80pN65c-P5k

Friday, April 11, 2014

Naturalicious Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment

 
I love MULTI-PURPOSE products. This product got my hair clean, moisturized, and soft. Shorten my wash day by 75%.
 
Watch to see what product I am talking about. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCioqHWp4Hc)

Ready to wash natural hair
Before washing


 
Have you tried this product before? Also do you use clay to wash your hair? Share your recipe.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How I Paid $8 for $23 Hair Products



It all started with the Carpet Man!

I was suppose to get my carpet cleaned, but got a call that the Carpet Cleaner will not be able to make it until later on during the day. Okay... I was not upset, because that morning during my quiet time with God, I had committed the day to His hands and I knew He was in control.

Fast forward to 1 hour later; exactly around the time the carpet cleaner was suppose to show up, my doorbell rings. It was a friend asking for a favor. Although the favor involved driving a bit far from my house, I was not upset. He was in control.

I granted the favor and as I was leaving the location, I saw a CVS Pharmacy store. Now, CVS is currently doing a BOGO Free on SheaMoisture. I had gone earlier during the week to my local CVS store and did not buy because the store only carried one of the products I really wanted; Curl and Style Milk.  I entered to the store and proceeded to the ExtraBuck coupon machine. The machine was broken. I was not upset. He was in control.

Upon getting to the checkout counter, after picking up 2 of the SheaMoisture products, I told the cashier about the broken machine, he went and fixed it. Took less than a minute. The machine started printing out coupons upon coupons. I was VERY happy. He is in control.

Among the coupon that was printed was $3 off any Purchase. So, at the end of it all, I should have paid $23.36, but I paid only $8.46

2 SheaMoisture @ $10.79 each
Got 1 free
Got $3 ExtraBucks Rewards
.....Gave some money to Uncle $am

I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY because HE has ALWAYS been IN CONTROL.

Watch below or click here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/aOeKDcG8Jwg


What are some blessings you have experienced this week?
(SheaMoisture related vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2B1CpEDOKY)
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Busiest Weekend EVER | DNVlogsLife | April 9th 2014



We had a busiest weekend ever!! Join us on a 3-day vlog!! LOL!
Watch below, or click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2B1CpEDOKY


Monday, April 7, 2014

The Naked Tag



I get asked a lot of times, what is my hair type...hair texture... hair density?

Well, today I show you my NAKED hair.....
You be the JUDGE...


Friday, April 4, 2014

Mohawk Cornrow Protective Style 2 styles in 1 | Natural Hair



One of the secret of having a great style is to make it one that you can style in different ways. When it comes to cornrows, it can be quite difficult. You have to style the hair in a way that you can modify the style without restyling the actual cornrows.



Watch below how I do it with this style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLbPHT6DSSw


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Let's Speak "Yoruba" | DNVlogsLife | April 2nd 2014



First of all!!


I wish you goodness in the month of April.
Since we are a dual-language family, I decided to quiz the girls in their Yoruba speaking.  How did they do?  Watch this video below or click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQHZex6QBgY