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Shea moisture finger coils

Before my recent hair cut, I promised myself that if I ever had short hair again that I would experiment with more styles! When I did my big chop back in 2009, I was learning how to care for my new, natural texture and it really took me a while to get the hang of it and have the confidence to try a lot of new styles. Now that I’ve been natural for over 5 years, I’m having too much fun trying new things with this new cut! Finger coils was always on my list of styles to try with short, natural hair so I’m happy I finally had the chance to try it out using products sent to me from Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus collection!

 

What I loved about finger coil styling was that I could the wear the finger coils for several days and then separate them for a “coil-out” that also lasted several days! This gave me a style that lasted well over a week and was so easy to maintain (ended up wearing this style to our Naturally Pretty High Texture Tea)! At night, all I did was sleep on my satin pillowcase per the usual. The time it took to create the style and the length of time I was able to wear it has finger coils now at the top of my go-to list!

Finger Coils Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus

This was my “coil-out”…over 7 days from the initial finger coil set! 

Have you tried finger coils before? If not, do you think it’s a style you would ever try?

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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So I have to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to support me and Mimi J. as we celebrated our 4th annual Naturally Pretty event with a “High Texture Tea”! When Mimi J. and I started this event back in 2011, we wanted to create an interactive experience full of all things natural hair and beauty and an opportunity that would also give us a platform to give back to our charity of choice, the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children. We have been so appreciative of the support over the last few years and this year was no different! Thank you to our title sponsor ( Beautiful Textures ), media sponsor (talkingtexture.com) and our gold sponsor ( CURLS ) for helping to make this event possible!

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Mae and Mimi J. having fun at the Beautiful Textures photo booth

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Some of our awesome volunteers helping to check-in guests at the event

Delicious tea was provided for all of our guests from Soren Tea! Their custom blends are a must-try!

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Thanks to Pretti Plates and Sift Desserts for amazing lite bites that looked as equally as amazing!

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We had some great vendors this year. Thanks to Beautiful Textures, CURLS, TGIN and Q-Redew for their participation this year!

High Texture Tea Vendors

This year, we were honored to have designer, Natt Taylor, join us again as she featured a preview of her brand new collection, fiancé, which is coming next year!

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Models from the Natt Taylor “fiancé” showcase

We had so many lovely guests of all ages stop by! We all had a great time meeting and networking with one another.

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Taking “Usies” with Pamela Jenkins of Koils by Nature and Kiki of MahoganyKnots

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Fab blogger buddies: NaturallyKela , LexiWithTheCurls and GorgeousInGrey

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Some of our giveaway winners went home with mini prize packs from sponsor, Shea Moisture

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Acting up with our DJ/emcee for the event, the lovely and talented DJ Princess Cut

Last but not least, thanks to our awesome photography duo, Parker & Parker Photography, for capturing the event for us!

Thanks again to everyone who attended and participated! We hope to do this again next year!

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Yep! Me and my babylove : )

Sidenote: I did a finger coil-out for my style that day! I have a full YouTube tutorial HERE for you to check out if you’re interested in trying this look out for yourself!

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I’ve been having so much fun playing with my new haircut (you can watch my transformation HERE)! If you don’t know by now, one of my favorite go-to hairstyles is the twist out and I’m excited to share my twist out results on my tapered TWA (teeny weeny afro) using Shea Moisture‘s new Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) collection for this style that was sent to me for review.

I’ve been a fan of Shea Moisture for years, and this new JBCO line has quickly risen to the top of my favorites! The performance of these products was excellent for my hair when it came to keeping it moisturized and helping my style last for over a week. I loved the light, sweet scent of the entire line as well as the consistency of the products (great slip!). Out of all the products in the entire line, the styling lotion is one of my favorites due to its great hold. It is perfect for styles where you’re looking for great definition (twist outs, braid outs, etc.).

Shea Moisture’s JBCO line is exclusively found at CVS locations, so feel free to check if it’s at a location near you. For more details about the collection, you can visit sheamoisture.com.

 

Other products I used in this video (affiliate links present):
Tangle Teezer 
Hair Therapy Wrap

Sidenote: Special thanks to Mimi J. for my makeup in the photo above!**
My 4th annual Naturally Pretty event with Mimi J. is coming up on Oct. 19th, to be held at Studio Wed in Atlanta!! For more info and to purchase tickets for the event (only a limited amount available), visit HERE

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Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored video.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my viewers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Chen Burkett Skirt Maeling

(Thank you to my hubby for the photography *smile*)

If you’re a fan of African-inspired fashion, Chen Burkett NY is a designer you MUST check out! The prints she uses for her designs will definitely catch your eye along with the beautiful silhouettes she creates. I was so honored to receive a custom piece from her collection and am excited to profile her designs for you to check out as well!

Fashion Inspired by Multiculturalism

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Chen Burkett NY: I try to express, through my designs and fabric choices, aspects of different cultures that I adore and have been directly exposed to throughout my life. My Collection reflects styles I love and are all drawn from my heritage and family in Antigua, Ghana & Great Britain.

I try to find a perfect marriage between the regal silhouettes I was surrounded by as a child and a modern yet classy fit suitable for everyday wear.

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Online Shop: www.chenburkettny.etsy.com

Instagram @chenburkettny

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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After falling in love with the Alaffia Good Soaps and Coconut Lip balms I reviewed not too long ago, Alaffia sent me more wonderful products to try and an amazing gift basket to give away to one lucky Natural Chica reader!

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This amazing prize basket includes:

Alaffia handcrafted grass basket – Alaffia baskets are handwoven in Ghana and Togo from sustainable harvested grass. 100% biodegradable and compostable, this is the ultimate eco-friendly accessory.

Authentic Black Soap – Peppermint – Alaffia’s authentic black soap is made from a centuries old recipe of handcrafted shea butter and West African palm kernel oil. Saponification is provided by adding ashes to the hot oils, then cooking the soap for six hours. The last step is drying and curing the soap in the sun for three weeks, resulting in a gentle hand & body wash for all ages.

EveryDay Shea Body Lotion Lavender – EveryDay Shea Body Lotion Lavender is prepared with Certified Fair Trade unrefined shea butter, soothing African yam, and relaxing lavender essential oil.

EveryDay Coconut Lip Balm –Pineapple – A luscious moisturizing lip balm with Certified Fair Trade coconut oil and pineapple fruit extract

EveryDay Coconut Lip Balm – Purely Coconut – A luscious moisturizing lip balm with Certified Fair Trade coconut oil and cocoa butter

EveryDay Coconut Pure African Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair – Powerful restorative % hydrating fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, leave skin soft & smooth. May be applied to either skin or hair.

Authentic Africa’s Secret – Africa’s Secret is a restorative multipurpose skin cream based on a traditional infusion of botanicals and bee products handed down from generation to generation. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the Xerces Society for the conservation of pollinators.

Alaffia Virgin Coconut and Shea Shampoo – Virgin coconut oil and lemongrass extract moisture and smooth hair, leaving it shiny and healthy-looking. Gentle shea butter African black soap cleans without removing natural oils. For all hair types.

Alaffia Virgin Coconut and Shea Conditioner – Virgin coconut oil and shea butter provide condition and shine without causing buildup or weighing hair down. Lemongrass extract adds moisture and gloss. For all hair types.

 

The total value of this prize basket is around $85!

Each of these products balances science with tradition to holistically benefit your body, communities and the environment.

I’ve actually had the opportunity to try all the products listed here and they really do live up to their descriptions! Their lotion (I received the coconut scent) is now one of my favorites because it is incredibly moisturizing and not heavily scented. The pump applicator definitely makes it easy to use as well. The Virgin Coconut and Shea conditioner actually worked really well for my hair as well! I found I was able to finger detangle with the shampoo and was left with a clean, but not stripped feeling. The conditioner had a nice, creamy consistency that was easy to apply evenly throughout my hair. It left my hair feeling soft after rinsing it out as well. The scent is really low-key, which is a plus for those of you who may not like heavily scented products. I’m sure whoever wins this basket is going to really enjoy these products! 

To enter this giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note that this contest is only open to U.S. residents.

 

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