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OBIA NATURAL HAIR LOGO 2013

Don’t miss out on Obia Natural Hair Care’s special “Beat Black Friday” and “Black Friday-Cyber Monday” sales. Check out the codes below for some serious discounts.

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About Obia Natural Hair Care 
Obia Ewah is the founder and formulator of Obia Natural Hair Care.  The mission of OBIA Natural Hair Care is to produce pH balanced, non-toxic, herbal-based hair care products for natural hair.  Obia has bachelor degrees in both Chemistry and Biology, as well as a master’s degree in Public Health.  Obia is also a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and attends seminars and meetings regularly, always seeking new information to help our customers achieve healthy hair.  During her third year of medical school, Obia got sick and as a result she became extremely cautious about the foods and products she allowed into her body.  Obia decided to go natural and improve her health.  When she did the “big chop” in 2010, Obia couldn’t find any hair products that could both tame her thick hair and health-conscious ingredients.  Obia began tinkering with her own formulations for hair products as a hobby.  To her surprise, the concoctions that Obia originally created for her hair alone, worked great for others also!  Friends began to ask for and purchase Obia’s formulations and that is how OBIA Natural Hair Care was started.  The company officially launched in 2012.  Since the launch Obia Natural Hair Care has been featured in Essence Magazine, Curlbox, CurlKit, Afrobella, Natural Chica, Honey Be Natural, and has expanded into retail locations worldwide.  In 2013, Fro Fashion Week awarded Obia Natural Hair Care as a “Trend Setting Business”.  Obia was featured on the cover of the Fall issue of Honey Be Natural October/November 2013.  Obia continues to educate and encourage others, while striving to formulate hair care products with your health in mind!

THE GIVEAWAY

Obia Natural Hair Care is giving away two product bundles to two Natural Chica readers (one bundle per winner)

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Bundle 1

Curl Enhancing Custard 12oz
Curl Hydration Spray 8oz
Curl Moisture Cream 4oz
Coconut Shea Shampoo Bar 4oz
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Bundle 2 
Curl Enhancing Custard 12oz
Curl Hydration Spray 8oz
Twist Whip Butter 4oz
Coconut Shea Shampoo Bar 4oz

To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below

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 You can find Obia Natural Hair Care online at 

   -@OBIAnaturalhair on Instagram, Twitter

 

 

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:: REVIEW :: holBOX (The Yoni Edition)

sigimg0If you love trying products that are catered towards a more holistic lifestyle, Holbox is right up your alley! Holbox is a monthly subscription service that prides itself in offering its subscribers organic/natural products for body, hair, mind and household.

This past October, I was honored to serve as an ambassador for their October box, called the Yoni edition. This special edition box was curated to raise awareness of healthy practices for optimal vaginal health using a holistic approach.

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Included in this edition were the following items…

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1. Slippery Elm

2. Tea Tree Oil

3. Calendula Tincture

4. Grapeseed Oil

5. Alvita Tea Nettle Leaf

6. Mamma Chia (Chia Seed) – not pictured 

*Special Bonus* – Yoni Egg 

In case you received the items and weren’t sure how they were to be used for vaginal health, Holbox also included a detailed information card, listing the various benefits of each product and how to use them effectively. For example, you can use tea tree oil as a home remedy to treat yeast infections. 

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Overall, I thought it was an extremely informative box and I’m glad they were able to present natural solutions for overall health. For more information on holistic living and the Holbox susbscription service, you can visit their site at theholbox.com.

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TGIN has become one of my go-to hair care brands this year because of their “Moist Collection” that truly delivers on the moisture! I’ve used all the products in the line and they all have performed well on my hair. You can see me using the entire line from beginning to end in the vid below:

TGIN hair care products can be found at select Walgreens, beauty supply stores, on Amazon.com as well as at tginstore.com.

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I’m excited to share that TGIN is sponsoring a giveaway of the Moist Collection for Natural Hair Sample Pack, with 5 lucky winners! The sample pack includes the moisture rich sulfate-free shampoo, triple moisture replenishing conditioner, honey miracle mask and the butter cream daily moisturizer. You can check out the video below for more details and enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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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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I love supporting small businesses that have a mission rooted in education. Today, I want to put the spotlight on Derek Bridges, a Social Science Masters student who uses his business “HomeTeam” to spread light on African history, culture and world views. Read on to learn more! 

Background

Growing up in a very diverse environment in the Bronx, NY greatly impacted my interest in people and culture.  This interest encouraged me to pursue a degree in history to learn the context of all the culture and diversity I was exposed to on a daily basis. Along this journey I became increasingly interested in my own heritage and this desire set the foundation of all my entrepreneurial ventures. I began to teach African history to children in the DC area and became discouraged of how little they knew about their own ancestors. Multiple encounters with adults and children that knew nothing of African history filled me with an overwhelming sense of purpose. That is when I made the decision to disseminate this knowledge through creative means. Thus, HomeTeamHats was born.

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Studies/Impact

The term “HomeTeam” alludes to the African diaspora and is used to expresses our awareness of African descended people all around the world. I am currently working on my masters in Social Science at Towson University. I believe my studies allow me to advance African history, culture and worldview in a way that everyone may understand. African history plays a pivotal role in the development and self-esteem of Afro-descended people. The manipulation of African history by European scholars was used as a weapon to influence the minds of African people in the New World. When all our children are taught that our history began with slavery and ended with Martin Luther King; that deeply impacts how they view themselves and even how they learn. Today, scholars of Afro-studies seek to reclaim our history and pioneer a new age for the advancement of Afro-descended people. HomeTeam Hats mission is to impact this new era through creative means in popular culture.

Symbolism/Design

The Snapback incorporates African history, culture and worldview all in one design. It allows us to celebrate all these elements with style. Popular culture alludes that the origin of the Ancient Egyptians is shrouded in mystery. Yet with closer study the Egyptians themselves make their origin very clear. The Egyptians, as we know them today, never called their land Egypt. The indigenous name for Egypt is Kemet and the Kemetic symbol for Egypt is “KMT” which literally translates into “Black Land”. The symbols on the hat exemplify this reality and glorifies African history, culture and worldview. It’s a very afro-centered themed hat that seeks to advance interest and knowledge concerning African people. The HomeTeam label is heavily invested in creating designs that blends African history and fashion.

 

(For more info)

Website:

www.etsy.com/shop/HomeTeamHats

Instagram:

@hometeamhats 

Thanks to Derek for sending me a HomeTeam hat of my own!

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Get The Facts On Keratin Treatments

by Trichologist, Dr. Kari Williams

Keratin is the building block of hair. It is a natural protein found within the structure of the hair strand. It binds to hair, reinforcing the structure, strengthening the hair, creating a shinier appearance and ultimately promoting healthier hair.

Keratin Treatments claim to not only provide stronger shinier hair strands, but also tempt curly girls with the promise of reducing frizz with a straighter look that can last up to 3 months and not damage their curls.

Fact check: Keratin does not straighten the hair.  Therefore, there are chemicals in the product that are creating a straight hair strand that can ultimately lead to excessive breakage and hair loss if you are not careful.

Formaldehyde was the active ingredient that had a lot of manufacturers of Keratin Treatments under fire because the product was causing harm to the professionals who inhaled it and created health risks for the consumers. As a result, “formaldehyde-free” treatments have been introduced the market. A lot of consumers are being misled with this advertising. While they are hoping to get a healthier alternative to the straightening treatment, the truth is—they are not. These products contain glutaraldehyde (or glutaral) or glyoxal which are another form of formaldehyde and a part of the aldehyde family. These chemicals assist in the process of straightening the hair. These chemicals are carcinogens and are not good for humans to ingest or have repeated or long term exposure to through touching or breathing. Other companies who promote smoothing or keratin treatments may not use these specific chemicals but other compounds in the aldehyde family of chemicals. When these chemicals are heated past 420 degrees they have a similar chemical reaction, as would traditionally based formaldehyde. In addition, the heating tools used to seal the product into the strand are so hot; alone they can cause damage and breakage to the hair strand.

These products are not FDA approved and there are reported allergic reactions on the scalp and hair loss. Unlike relaxers and perms that chemically and permanently alter the bonds in the hair strand to produce a straight hair, the aldehyde compounds in keratin treatments sit on the strand and is slowly washed away every time you shampoo. The problem with this is you are walking around with a head full of formaldehyde (or some form of it) for weeks.  You are sleeping with, eating next to, and absorbing this chemical until your next shampoo or two. Unlike other chemical processes that are on the hair a short time and stop after it is properly shampooed and rinsed out, there is an ongoing chemical reaction taking place in your hair with the “keratin treatments.”

I advise you to understand all of the risks associated with Smoothing and Keratin Treatments before choosing them as a temporary styling option. I know some women who have no complaints and get great results, but this is not guaranteed for everyone. Anytime you apply heat to your hair you are taking the risk that your curls may not return consistently throughout your head.  I know that a lot of curly girls want to preserve their curls, so this treatment may not be the way you want to go.

Check out this article on the problems some consumers encountered with a Keratin Treatment: http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2013/10/class-action-lawsuit-unilevers-keratin-smoothing-kit-heads-trial/

Dr. Kari Williams is a Trichologist, Licensed Stylist and Natural Hair Care Specialist. Learn more about Dr. Kari at www.drkariwilliams.com

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