FAB (Fierce & Beautiful) TWA: Meet Snowbird22

Meet  Snowbird22!

      
When you started rockin’ your TWA
 (January 2010)
      
What were some of the initial reactions to your TWA
Well, my younger sister and two Natural friends assisted me in doing the Big Chop. From the moment I felt the last pieces of permed hair          being clipped off, I felt free… Later, when I saw my new TWA in the mirror for the first time, I fell in LOVE with my hair – my soft, curly, natural hair.

      
3 things you love most about having a TWA
I can go to the beach without fear of messing up my hair, early morning Wash-N-Gos, and my Natural Hair Texture.
      
3 products you can’t live without for styling your TWA – Homemade Rosewater, Coconut Oil, Honey
      
Any sites where we can keep up with your journey: YouTube, fotki album, any  other picture sharing site…etc.

FAB (Fierce & Beautiful) TWA: Meet Snowbird22

Meet  Snowbird22!

      
When you started rockin’ your TWA
 (January 2010)
      
What were some of the initial reactions to your TWA
Well, my younger sister and two Natural friends assisted me in doing the Big Chop. From the moment I felt the last pieces of permed hair          being clipped off, I felt free… Later, when I saw my new TWA in the mirror for the first time, I fell in LOVE with my hair – my soft, curly, natural hair.

      
3 things you love most about having a TWA
I can go to the beach without fear of messing up my hair, early morning Wash-N-Gos, and my Natural Hair Texture.
      
3 products you can’t live without for styling your TWA – Homemade Rosewater, Coconut Oil, Honey
      
Any sites where we can keep up with your journey: YouTube, fotki album, any  other picture sharing site…etc.

What are Carrier and Essential Oils?





 If you’re like me, you love taking natural products and mixing various concoctions  for either your hair, your body or both!
When working with natural oils in your products, it is extremely IMPORTANT to know the difference between carrier oils and essential oils and how to use these together.
WHAT ARE CARRIER OILS?
Carrier oils (vegetable oils, base oils) are typically derived from the fatty portion of a plant, and are used primarily to “carry” the volatile (evaporate easily) essential oils. They do not carry a strong aroma (when compared to EOs) and also do not evaporate easily. However, as they are natural oils, they do not have extremely long shelf lives. The addition of Vitamin E can serve to counteract this effect, as it acts as a natural preservative. These base/carrier oils can have a range of viscosities, meaning some are thicker than others. For example, think honey compared to water. Honey has a higher viscosity when compared to water. For this reason, some of the thicker carrier oils tend to be used as massage oils as well
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic compounds that are distilled from various parts of a plant. They are described to capture the “essence” of the plant- hence essential oil. They are extremely concentrated, which is why they must be diluted in a carrier oil before use. Application of an essential oil directly to the skin can cause severe irritation. They generally have strong aromas, which are characteristic of the plant from which they were derived.
EXAMPLES OF CARRIER OILS
Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Avocado
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree
For more INFO on carrier oils and essential oils


Tips on how to store your oils

Article on Coloring Natural Hair: via NaturallyCurly.Com




 Great overview on the different methods for coloring natural hair. I was glad to see that they covered henna as well along with a simple henna application recipe! I really loved this article because they discussed how the specific condition of your hair can also lead to potential “dryness” after dyeing – something I get MANY emails about.

P.S. Here are the results from the poll I had running for a month asking if I should consider dyeing my own Hair!



        Yes, do it now!
  117 (21%)
No
  260 (48%)
                         Yes, but maybe in several months             
  155 (29%)



You all were pretty adamant about me not dyeing my hair,lol! I’m still looking into henna though. We’ll see! : )


What are Carrier and Essential Oils?





 If you’re like me, you love taking natural products and mixing various concoctions  for either your hair, your body or both!
When working with natural oils in your products, it is extremely IMPORTANT to know the difference between carrier oils and essential oils and how to use these together.
WHAT ARE CARRIER OILS?
Carrier oils (vegetable oils, base oils) are typically derived from the fatty portion of a plant, and are used primarily to “carry” the volatile (evaporate easily) essential oils. They do not carry a strong aroma (when compared to EOs) and also do not evaporate easily. However, as they are natural oils, they do not have extremely long shelf lives. The addition of Vitamin E can serve to counteract this effect, as it acts as a natural preservative. These base/carrier oils can have a range of viscosities, meaning some are thicker than others. For example, think honey compared to water. Honey has a higher viscosity when compared to water. For this reason, some of the thicker carrier oils tend to be used as massage oils as well
WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic compounds that are distilled from various parts of a plant. They are described to capture the “essence” of the plant- hence essential oil. They are extremely concentrated, which is why they must be diluted in a carrier oil before use. Application of an essential oil directly to the skin can cause severe irritation. They generally have strong aromas, which are characteristic of the plant from which they were derived.
EXAMPLES OF CARRIER OILS
Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Avocado
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree
For more INFO on carrier oils and essential oils


Tips on how to store your oils