Háblame (Talk to Me): BEadifullYOUniq

Let’s chat with…

Kristal aka BEadifullYOUniq

How long have you been natural? And if you haven’t been natural your whole life, what prompted you to make the change?

I have been natural since February 13, 2004 after being relaxed since I was 8 years old.  When I decided to go natural, none of my friends in my circle were natural at the time so I did not get any external influences when I made my decision to transition back to my natural hair texture. Back then, it was a routine for me to refrain from any relaxers over the summer periods to allow my hair a “break” from any chemical processing. So after my last relaxer back in March 2003, I had already planned to start my hair break until the end of summer right before I started my junior year in undergrad. However, that June I stumbled across Nappturality.com and a few days of reading through articles, lurking around the forums, and stalking fotki albums of natural women, I decided then that I would start the transitioning process. Plus at the time, I had cut my hair to the shortest it has ever been…chin length…so the decision to go natural was not as difficult as it could have been.

Did you have any stereotypes about natural hair or those with natural hair beforehand? If so, what were some of them and has your viewpoint changed?

I have never recalled having any stereotypes about those with natural hair. I just knew that each person’s natural hair journey effected him/her in a different way significant to that individual. But I have been stereotyped many times by others who said I have those “good hair genes” because my hair seemingly grew fast, is looser in the front, my texture is soft, and that I am light skinned. In response, I simply tell them that any hair that grows from the scalp is good hair because it is considered a crown of glory.

It is funny because my hair grows at the average rate of 0.5 inches a month, my looser texture in the front makes it harder to hold twists (my favorite style), my texture can feel rough when my hair is not properly moisturized, and even being light skinned, I have very tight curls in the back of my head, which I ABSOLUTELY love! I guess these people catch me on my “good” hair days and ignore the really rough days.

Do you feel that anything changed in your life when you became all natural?

I think the biggest aspect of my life that has changed when I became natural was realizing the fact that I did not know or handle my natural hair texture until I was 20 years old. When I did my big chop myself after 11 months of transitioning, I had a plethora of feelings rush inside of me. My hair was SO thick and beautiful, but I had no idea where to even begin with it. Literally, I was so shocked that I wore microbraids, kinky twists, and wigs for awhile until the shock passed, and I was really ready to embrace all this hair. Now, I can say my confidence has definitely boosted because I am no longer self-conscious about my new growth and having to put a relaxer in my hair to maintain my beauty. Of course, I have my flaws and my bad days, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.

Being natural has also gave me a sense of empowerment to help others embrace their natural hair texture and know they can be beautiful without chemically altering their tresses. It amazes me how many sisters in my Church congregation who have gone natural over the past 5 years simply because they were encouraged and knew they had the support to embark on their natural hair journeys. Some people can take the plunge on their own, but a simple ‘You can do this! I am here for you’ can mean the world to someone who struggling with the decision to go natural or stay natural for that matter.


What are some of your favorite products to use in caring for your natural hair?

Before March 2010, I NEVER had this thing called STAPLE products. I used pretty much whatever smelled good and was cheap despite the fact that a lot of ingredients in some of the products I applied to my hair were causing some adverse effects such as dryness and brittleness. January 2010, I decided I wanted waist length hair and knew that I had to develop a hair regimen and find some staple products to help me reach my goal.  I stumbled across Kinky Curly and Curls products while researching on hair forums and YT for different product reviews.  I have heard lots of positives about these two organic product lines and after careful consideration, I decided to invest in the two lines and have been since March 2010.

For my shampoo, I alternate between Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream (Moisturizing Shampoo), Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo, and Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo (once every 6 weeks). For my conditioner, I use Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner and Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Organic Conditioner (deep conditioner). As far as my moisturizing leave-in, I am using a modified version of YouTuber Kimmaytube’s recipe:

2 tablespoons Kinky Curly Knot Today, 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Juice, 2 teaspoons Jojoba Oil, 2 teaspoons Coconut Oil, 1 teaspoon Castor Oil

I have been using the same 6 products on my hair since last year and I have been getting great and CONSISTENT results every time. :)

What do you love most about being natural?

Having the opportunity to show my daughter that her natural hair is beautiful! I have learned a multitude on how to handle and take care of my natural hair (through lots of research and trial and error) where I am confident to instill the same information and techniques in my daughter over time.  I was never taught how to embrace my hair and treat it with tender love and care as I was growing up because I was told it would be easier to manage relaxed hair over my natural texture. Now, I am not knocking anyone who gets a relaxer or chemical process in his/her hair because there are plenty of long chemically treated heads of hair out there, but I can ensure you it takes just as much work to maintain a great level of health and hair retention in relaxed hair as in natural hair. Just different techniques about doing so.

Besides that, I love the versatility that comes with having natural hair, of course! I mean what can you NOT do with natural hair?


Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

People use the phrase “It is JUST hair” and I do believe it to an extent. I have had many females come up to me after one of my many scissor happy sessions and ask me why did I cut my hair and that it was SO long. And I would just tell them that it is just hair. It will grow right back. But for many women, it becomes more than just hair when they have the desire to go natural and when they do, they struggle day to day to manage it because they were never taught the right way to care for their hair growing up (before the relaxer). Then these women get frustrated with their hair, some grow a resentment toward their natural hair, and go back to relaxing it. This is when it goes deeper than “it” just being hair.

My main advice for those contemplating natural is to do your research. Ask yourself questions. Why are you making this decision? What are you trying to achieve by going natural? How will this impact your daily life?  Ask other natural women questions. I get excited when someone comes up to me and express their curiosity to go natural. I immediately give them resources they can go to online to research more information. When I started this journey, there were not a lot of resources out there to provide the answers to the many questions I had. These days, there are so many books, online hair forums, and blogs you can go to to find a wealth of information about all aspects of natural hair care.  You can even watch women do their natural hair on YouTube! Natural hair is so on the rise. I love it!


Any sites where we can keep up with your journey: YouTube, fotki album, any other picture sharing site…etc.

I have a YouTube channel under the username “BEadifully YOUnique” (http://www.youtube.com/user/BEadifullyYOUnique), which I opened December 2010. I have already posted my natural hair care regimen and staple hair products and plan to post hair tutorials on how to style mid back to waist length hair as the year progresses.

My fotki albums are under the usernames “Naturallybeautiful” (http://public.fotki.com/naturallybeautiful) and “Naturallybeautiful2″ (http://public.fotki.com/naturallybeautiful2). The first account contains albums from my transitioning phase and first year of being natural. The second account is from 2006 until now, which I am updating on a monthly basis.

You can also find me on twitter under “beadifullyouniq” (http://twitter.com/BEadifullYOUniq) where I tweet with women about natural hair and tweet pictures of my hair along with my daughter’s natural hair.

I would like to thank Mae for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my story with you! :)

PRODUCT REVIEW: Pura Body Naturals Amazon Hair & Body Butter

PURA BODY NATURALS Amazon Hair & Body Butter

2 oz – $9.00, 4 oz- $14.00 (LINK TO PRODUCT)

Product Description:

MuruMuru is a Brazilian tree butter known to be a super emollient.  It’s known to promote moisture retention,  restore sheen and softness while improving the flexibility of your hair.  Absolutely wonderful for conditioning dry, brittle, damaged hair .  Creates a permeable barrier that is said to prevent moisture loss when applied to wet hair while keeping hair soft and pliable and skin super soft.
How to use it:
*** MuruMuru butter has a unique texture and it’s very sensitive to temperature changes.  The butter will melt in higher temperatures and solidy at low temperatures. Fat crystals can form in the butter as the texture changes with changes in the temperature; it may feel grainy in your hands.  The crystals melt easily when rubbed between hands. You can also melt the butter down and allow it to solidify again. **
  • The butter can be used on wet or dry hair for conditioning
  • The butter can be used to seal in moisture
  • The butter can be applied to skin to help retain moisture and keep skin super soft
  • The butter may be treated as a raw ingredient to use with other mixtures
Ingredients: Murumuru Butter, Tacuma Butter, Organic Brazil Nut Oil, and Macadamia Oil, and essential oil and/or fragrance
  • Murumuru Butter is grown in the depths of the Amazon and has been known its anti-inflammatory and bactericide properties.  It’s rich oleic acid content promotes nutrition and moisture to skin and hair.  Murumuru acts as an excellent emollient properties along with its natural gloss brings a desirable shine to dry, damaged hair.  It’s specifically useful for people of all ethnicities with kinky, curly, or wavy hair because of it’s emollient abilities to increase manageability.  This product can be applied to chemically processed hair as well to increase moisture content and sheen.
  • Brazil Nut Oil is a wonderful hair conditioner, bringing shine, silkiness, and softness to hair and renewing dry, lifeless hair and split ends. Brazil nut oil in skin creams helps lubricate and moisturize the skin, provides antioxidant benefits with its high selenium content, helps prevents dryness, and leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.
  • Macadamia Nut Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins that penetrate the hair shaft.  Considered to be one of the best hair oils due to its ability to make hair smoother, stronger, nourished, and revitalized.  Macadamia nut oil contains vety high amounts of Omega 7 fatty acid which are known to replenish your hiar and reduce the appearance of dull, coarse, and dehydrated hair.
**Hair butter is all natural, without any added water.  Do not add water to the container with wet hands or by other means. **
**Due to the natural nature of the butter, it will melt at high temperatures.  If this occurs, place the container in a cool place until the butter hardens.  Once it hardens stir the product to create a creamier texture.  The quality of the product isn’t compromised by this occurrence.**
**The color of the butter can vary by batch due to the varying colors of natural butters**
**Please do a patch test before fully using the product.  Formulated using nuts and tree nut ingredients.**
What I Thought: I didn’t find this butter to be as creamy as the Cupuacu Hair Butter, so I stuck to using this product for my body. The product was a little hard when I tried to scoop it out of the jar, but I found that it melted quite easily between my palms. This product definitely helped to seal moisture in my skin when using it right after a shower. On dry skin, I found it to be a tad greasy. Overall, it did leave my skin feeling soft and also had a nice tropical scent.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Pura Body Naturals Cupuacu Hair Butter

PURA BODY NATURALS CUPUACU HAIR BUTTER

2 oz – $9.00, 4 oz – $14.00 (LINK TO PRODUCT)

Product Description:

100% Natural

A rich creamy blend of natural butters and oils to combat dry, brittle hair.  Cupuacu is well known for its high fatty acid content which benefits dry, damaged hair while protecting moisture and leaving hair soft and silky

A little goes a long way. Apply to hair in sections for even coverage and to avoid using too much on hair. More can be applied based on user preference. Cupuacu hair butter can be applied to wet or dry hair for twisting or daily conditioning.  For moisture protection apply to wet hair after conditioning to seal in moisture.

The greatest benefit is cupuacu promotes long lasting hydration due to its ability to absorb water to help maintain moisture.  Cupuacu hair butter can be applied to natural, relaxed, and transitioning hair.

Ingredients
: Cupuacu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Mango Butter, Illipe Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Organic Brazil Nut Oil, Organic Mamey Sapote Oil, Castor Bean Oil, Herbal extract blend (horsetail, nettles, burdock root) and Essential Oil Blend/and or fragrance
  • Cupuacu Butter – Comes from a fruit tree of the chocolate family, native to the northern Amazon.  Cupuacu improves the appearance prematurely aging and thinning skin while being a superior moisturizer with great water absorption. It offers high levels of essential fatty acids, which with its rich phytosterols, help the appearance of your skin’s elasticity and overall appearance of your skin. Cupuacu’s incredible creaminess promotes a special softness and smoothness to your skin to boosts natural moisture and help your skin appear more elastic.
Cupuacu promotes smoothness and softness to the hair increasing the natural moisture and elasticity.  The butter has proven to be beneficial for brittle, dry hair due to it’s long lasting hydration properties to replenish moisture while promoting a healthy shine.  Cupuacu is considered hydrophilic (water loving) with a high capacity to retain water and prevent moisture loss.
  • Brazil Nut Oil – Are harvested from trees in the Amazon rainforest. The nuts are  rich in nourishing, protein, and moisturizing properties.  Contains omega-6 acid which acts as a barrier to hair and skin to prevent water loss to help retain moisture.  Brazil nut oils is packed with vitamins A and E protecting the skin and hair from premature aging and dryness.  It brings shine, softness, and silkiness to the hair.  For skin, it acts as a moisturizer, provides antioxidant benefits, helps prevent dryness, and leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.
  • Castor Bean Oil –  Rich in fatty acids and acts as a natural humectant, drawing and holding moisture to the hair.  In addition, castor oil works to coat the hair shaft and smooth the cuticle layer, sealing in moisture and leaving the hair feeling soft and silky.  It is more easily absorbed by the hair, allowing deeper penetration into the hair shaft.
  • Mango Butter – Is obtained from the kernels of the mango tree. Has been used in the tropics and rainforest for its skin soothing, moisturizing, and protective skin properties.  Mango butter can also provide softness to brittle hair promoting a soft, manageable mane.
  • Illipe Butter – Comes from a tree that is native to Southeast Asia and Borneo.  For years illipe has been known for its incredible moisturizing properties for and it’s ability to restore elasticity to hair and skin.  It’s extremely helpful in the treatment of dry or over processed hair.
  • Murumuru Butter – Grows in the Maranhao area of Northern Brazil along the Amazon Basin. The butter is rich in oleic and linoleic oil content which promotes nutrition and moisture to skin and hair.  Murumuru is a powerful barrier agent and intense natural moisturizer.  As an excellent emollient it helps the skin and hair retain water by creating a protective film.  In addition, to emollient properties, it’s natural gloss brings a desirable shine to dry, damaged hair making it beneficial to kinky, highly textured hair.
  • Shea Butter – extracted from the Shea-Karite tree in East and West Africa.  Shea butter is packed with vitamins A, E, and F which makes it great for skin and hair.
  • Mamey Sapote Oil – extracted from the sapote fruit native to Latin America.  Sapote is rich in vitamins A, C, carbohydrates, plant proteins, iron, and potassium.  Has been used for years to combat dry hair and help retain moisture.
**Hair butter is all natural, without any added water.  Do not add water to the container with wet hands or by other means. **
**Due to the natural nature of the butter, it will melt at high temperatures.  If this occurs, place the container in a cool place until the butter hardens.  Once it hardens stir the product to create a creamier texture.  The quality of the product isn’t compromised by this occurrence.**
**The color of the butter can vary by batch due to the varying colors of natural butters**
**Please do a patch test before fully using the product.  Formulated using nuts and tree nut ingredients.**

What I Thought: The blend of butters and oils in this mix is amazing!! It indeed was a very creamy butter and melted very easily between my hands for application. I used this product on top of the Sapote Hair Lotion for my braid-out, and it helped to give nice definition to my style along with a great natural shine. The scent is also very exotic and I receive many “oh my goodness…your hair smells so good!” comments every time I use this product in my hair. Simply love it!!
(Braid-out using PURA BODY NATURALS Sapote Hair Lotion & Cupuacu Hair Butter)

PRODUCT REVIEW: Pura Body Naturals

You know when you come across something and it’s just so amazing that you start to wonder if only you had found it sooner??…Well, I’m being quite honest when I say that those are my feelings towards the Pura Body Naturals hair care line right now!

The creator of Pura Body Naturals, Santeyonne, was kind enough to send me several products from her hair care line to review (they sell other body care items, candles and eyeshadows too) and I loved every single product!

So… on to the review!

(Note: Each product review will be published as a separate post, so make sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to go on to the next review!)

PURA BODY NATURALS MURUMURU MOISTURE MILK

8oz – $15.00 (LINK TO PRODUCT)

Product Description:

Murumuru Moisture Milk is a lightweight water based moisturizer which can be used as a daily moisturizer for those in need of  moisture and sheen.  It can also be used a leave-in conditioner to moisture and help maintain soft healthy hair.

Murumuru Butter is grown in the depths of the Amazon and has been known its anti-inflammatory and bactericide properties.  It’s rich oleic acid content promotes nutrition and moisture to skin and hair.  Murumuru acts as an excellent emollient properties along with its natural gloss brings a desirable shine to dry, damaged hair.  It’s specifically useful for people of all ethnicities with kinky, curly, or wavy hair because of it’s emollient abilities to increase manageability.  This product can be applied to chemically processed hair as well to increase moisture content and sheen.
Ingredients: water, murumuru butter, BTMS (behentrimonium sulfate and cetearyl alcohol), castor bean oil, palm oil, avocado oil, chamomile extract, vitamin E, phenoxyethanol and capryl glycol (paraben and formaldehyde free preservative)

**Please do a patch test before fully using the product.  Formulated using nuts and tree nut ingredients.**

What I thought:

This product holds true to it’s description! I used this product during the week to add moisture to my styles, whether it was a puff, wash n’ go, or a twist-out. It was very lightweight and it blended really well into my hair without leaving any residue. It also has a nice scent that is fresh and light. If your hair tends to be easily weighed down by products, this product may just be for you. Overall, I liked the product but I ended up preferring their Sapote Hair Lotion better…

>>> PURA BODY NATURALS SAPOTE HAIR LOTION REVIEW

PRODUCT REVIEW: Pura Body Naturals Sapote Hair Lotion

PURA BODY NATURALS SAPOTE HAIR LOTION

8 oz – $15.00 (LINK TO PRODUCT)

Product Description: Sapote Oil is grown throughout the West Indies, Central and South America.  It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and plant proteins, carbohydrates, iron, potassium, and calcium.  Sapote restores the health of natural or chemically relaxed hair while improving manageability leaving your hair soft and luxurious.

Can be used a daily conditioner for those seeking soft manageable hair both kids and adults.  Sapote Hair Lotion can be used as a skin lotion as well for soft supple skin.

Ingredients: water, BTMS (behentrimonium, cetearyl alcohol), organic sapote oil, babassu oil, cupuacu butter, organic brazil nut oil, coconut milk powder, green tea extract, banana fruit powder, mango fruit powder, vitamin E,  phenoxyethanol and capryl glycol(paraben and formaldehyde free preservative), and essential oils or fragrance.

  • Cupuacu Butter – Comes from a fruit tree of the chocolate family, native to the northern Amazon.  Cupuacu improves the appearance prematurely aging and thinning skin while being a superior moisturizer with great water absorption. It offers high levels of essential fatty acids, which with its rich phytosterols, help the appearance of your skin’s elasticity and overall appearance of your skin. Cupuacu’s incredible creaminess promotes a special softness and smoothness to your skin to boosts natural moisture and help your skin appear more elastic.
Cupuacu promotes smoothness and softness to the hair increasing the natural moisture and elasticity.  The butter has proven to be beneficial for brittle, dry hair due to it’s long lasting hydration properties to replenish moisture while promoting a healthy shine.  Cupuacu is considered hydrophpllic (water loving) with a high capacity to retain water and prevent moisture loss.
  • Brazil Nut Oil – Are harvested from trees in the Amazon rainforest. The nuts are  rich in nourishing, protein, and moisturizing properties.  Contains omega-6 acid which acts as a barrier to hair and skin to prevent water loss to help retain moisture.  Brazil nut oils is packed with vitamins A and E protecting the skin and hair from premature aging and dryness.  It brings shine, softness, and silkiness to the hair.  For skin, it acts as a moisturizer, provides antioxidant benefits, helps prevent dryness, and leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated.
  • Babassu Oil – expelled from the Babassu Palm Tree in northern Brazil.  It has been used for centuries as an emollient to soothe dry skin without adding a greasy feel.  Babassu moisturizes and restores hair’s strength and elasticity.
  • Mamey Sapote Oil – extracted from the sapote fruit native to Latin America.  Sapote is rich in vitamins A, C, carbohydrates, plant proteins, iron, and potassium.  Has been used for years to combat dry hair and help retain moisture.

What I Thought: I used this product as a leave-in conditioner when I did my braid-out for the first time and my hair loved it! It really helped my hair to retain moisture after my wash, and was also light enough to use when re-braiding my hair at night, with no excess product-build up. It also had my hair feeling quite soft! The consistency was a bit thicker than the Murumuru Moisture Milk, which is why I liked it better for my thick, very dense hair : )

>>> PURA BODY NATURALS CUPUACU HAIR BUTTER REVIEW