Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee REVISITED!

Have you ever come back to an old beauty product fave and wondered how you ever let so much time go by before using it again? Well this happened to me recently with Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee curling and twisting cream! This was one of my favorites back in 2011 (see my original review here) and I’m so happy that the owner reached out to me to try their updated Creme Brulee formula!

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Can I just say that I’m more in love with this product than even before! The main ingredients are still the same, but the texture is certainly creamier and easier to smooth throughout the hair while styling. I also love [Read more…]

Tapered TWA Twist Out – Shea Moisture JBCO

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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!**
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SPOTLIGHT: “Beat & Snatched” – New Project from MUA, Mimi J

For those of you who have been following NaturalChica.com for a while, you know that for the past two years, I’ve co-hosted a natural hair & beauty event called “Naturally Pretty” in Atlanta with the talented makeup artist, Mimi J. I’ve enjoyed working with Mimi over the past two years and I was excited when she called me up to participate in a new project of hers launching next month called “Beat & Snatched”. I asked Mimi to share with my readers what this new project was all about, so feel free to read on for more info!

Hey everyone!  2013 has started off with a bang and I’m so very excited to announce the launch of my new project “Beat & Snatched” coming this February! For those who know me, they know that I love collaborating with great people, sharing knowledge, and showcasing other great talent. That is what this project is all about. I am on the hunt for showcasing some of the best hair and makeup across the US and providing great beauty tutorials, interviews, as well as behind the scenes footage from photoshoots and film/tv projects.

 
I’ve joined forces with some great talent such as Alexandra Butler, Jeremy Dell, Makeup by Ren Ren, Beauty Bott, and of course the lovely Natural Chica out all of out Atlanta! I will also be traveling to NYC, Miami, and LA to collaborate with some of the top talent there! In addition, I’ve created a few things for beauty enthusiast that are wearable! So please stay tuned for the launch and follow our movement! If you love all things “Beat” and “Snatched” you will not be disappointed.
(MUA: Mimi J, Model: Natural Chica aka Mae) 
 
Follow the movement at Facebook.com/beatandsnatched or instagram/twitter @beatandsnatched
 
Have a Posh, Pretty day! -MiMi J

Mae’s Current Natural Hair Care Regimen: January 2013

Hi guys!!!

SO i know that we’re already 13 days in, but I just have to wish you a Happy New Year since this is the FIRST post on NaturalChica.com in 2013!

2012 was an exciting year and I look forward to what’s in store for 2013! I hope all of you are still motivated and working hard towards the goals you have made for this year. Just remember that tiny steps in the right direction eventually lead to large accomplishments…so don’t be afraid to take that first step : )


As my first post, I thought it would be fitting to share with you all my current regimen. I’ve been fully natural now for over 3 years (Big Chop: July 2009 – my how the time has flown) and my regimen is constantly changing as I find what techniques and products work best for my hair in each stage of it’s journey. Before I delve in, I will admit that I have MANY favorite products that I like to rotate between, but what matters most in my regimen is HOW I use the products and of course the styling techniques that go along with them. So here we go…

THE WASH DAY 

I’ll be honest…I used to DREAD when it came time to wash my hair. It wasn’t until I started looking at “wash day” as a time to take a break from my busy week that I really began to enjoy the process and truly learned what worked best for my hair.

Right now, I like washing my hair with shampoo bars. I’m currently using shampoo bars from a company called “Bobeam” (their Cocoa & Rhassoul Clay Bar smells AH-MAZING!) . I wash my hair in the shower, and start by letting the water run through my hair and then separating it into 4 sections with my fingers. I then secure the 4 sections with clamps. Taking the shampoo bar, I lather it near my scalp on the perimeter of the section. I then work the lather with my fingertips throughout the base of the section and then smooth my hair from the base to the ends between my palms. This helps to detangle my hair and I continue detangling with my fingers working from ends to the roots, all while under the running water. Having the water beat down on my hair while finger detangling really helps speed up the process! After detangling, I thoroughly rinse the section and then two -strand twist it. I then repeat this process with the rest of the 3 sections.

CONDITIONING aka SEALING IN THE MOISTURE

So this next step is CRUCIAL to how my hair behaves for the rest of the week, and that is the conditioning step. No matter the season, I’ve found that my hair needs a water-rich heavy cream to seal the moisture in my hair after the cleansing process. Most times I will treat my conditioning step as my styling step as well, and use a  moisture-rich product to directly twist or braid my hair after cleansing. I’ve found that this really cuts down on my total washing/styling time but is still good to my hair : ) The products I’ve been rotating between lately have been Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, CURLS Curl Soufflé – Curl Cream  and OBI Natural Haircare Curl Moisture Cream. The reason why I default to twists or braids for styling is because I’ve found that they are the best for keeping my hair stretched for a week and really helps to prevent severe tangling throughout the course of the week. Although I loved wash n’ go’s when my hair was shorter, I’ve almost had to steer completely clear of them as my hair has gotten longer because my hair gets horribly tangled just over the course of a couple days! Now THAT makes wash day absolutely dreadful. I once spent over an hour trying to detangle my hair BEFORE washing because it was just…that…bad. I have now learned the errors of my ways and twists and braids it is for this head of mine!

However, there are times when my hair is really begging for more moisture, and that’s when I’ll do a steam conditioning treatment with my Huetiful steamer and a conditioner (2 of my faves: Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask & Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner). What I do is use the conditioner to twist my hair (i’m very heavy-handed with applying the conditioner) and then sit under the steamer for around 30 minutes. I then rinse the conditioner out of my hair (while my hair is still in twists) and proceed with styling, which usually ends up being two-strand twists or braids.

MAINTENANCE

After twisting or braiding my hair, I typically let it dry overnight. The longer I let my hair dry before taking down my twists/braids, the more defined my twist-out/braid-out style is. There are times though when I do want a more “fluffy fro” look, and I’ll take down my hair while it’s slightly damp. The one thing I make sure to do in both cases though is to use a light oil/butter on my fingertips when taking down my twists/braids. My favorites right now are Earth’s Nectar Hair Care Monoi Hair Milk , CURLS Champagne & Caviar Curl Elixir and Koils by Nature Nourishing Hair & Body Butter. This helps to decrease frizz when separating my hair to create a more fuller, but defined look and also adds a nice sheen.

Now if I have a busy week ahead, I rarely twist or braid my hair back up when it’s time to go to bed. I do sleep on a satin pillowcase though to prevent breakage due to friction. Occasionally I will re-twist or re-braid my hair at night, and when I do so, it’s important for me to add more moisture back to my hair so there is actually some amount of moisture to seal in when I use my styling creams. Sometimes it will be as simple as dampening my hair with a spray bottle filled with water and oils (sweet almond, extra virgin olive oil) or using a light leave in conditioner or moisture milk (Current faves: OBI Curl Hydration Spray, Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia, Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Blossom Moisture Mist, CURLS Cashmere Curls Leave-In Conditioner and  Koils by Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner ).

Now this is what works for me, but hopefully it can give you some ideas on where to start if you’re trying to work out your own hair care regimen this year, just remember to have patience and don’t be afraid to switch up your techniques and/or styling products!

As always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions about my current regimen, and I’ll try my best to respond to as many questions via the comment section below : ) 

:: REVIEW :: Coco Curls Moisturizing Styling Cream

Ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxypropyl trimonium Honey, Lactobacillus Ferment, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (and) Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract,  Dehydroxanthan Gum, Fragrance Oils

How I Used It: I cleansed and conditioned my hair, and then used the Coco Curls Moisturizing Styling Cream to twist my hair in 7 sections. I let my hair dry overnight and then separated the twists the following day.

(Hair after unraveling the 7 twists)

 (Hair after separating and fluffing further)

My Thoughts: The Coco Curls styling cream certainly isn’t lacking in the creamy department as shea butter is one of the main ingredients. I found that the cream distributed well in my wet hair and didn’t leave behind any residue. As far as a scent, it’s extremely light, so for those of you who prefer unscented styling products…you wouldn’t have a problem with this one. When I took my twists out, I noticed that my hair didn’t feel weighed down by the product at all. It gave me a light hold, which was perfect for the fluffy twist-out I decided to style. When I styled my hair in a puff later on in the week, I found that this product also worked well in keeping my hair moisturized and giving it a nice, natural sheen. If you’re interested in learning more about Coco Curls, visit their FB Page and let them know that Natural Chica sent you! : )

 Disclaimer: I was given this product free of charge by Coco Curls to review with no obligation for a positive review. No monetary compensation was received for sharing this review.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY

Coco Curls is a natural hair care company founded and created by Jeannell Darden in 2008. We are a privately owned natural hair care company, based in Atlanta, GA that specializes in creating and developing products that soothe and moisturize hair while retaining spirally springy curls. We believe in nurturing the hair God gave us by offering affordable products that work; thus helping women have Sexier Curls, Naturally!

Coco Curls can be purchased at www.cococurls.com! Please follow us on twitter @Coco_Curls and like us on Facebook.com/Coco Curls.