Hey! A little while ago I posted about an open call for models to be in the Naturalista Hair Show put on by the gals over a N Natural Hair Studio. Well part of the shows promotion campaign is to interview local natural chicas in the DMV area and I was excited to be a part of the campaign! I sat down with the owner of N Natural Hair Studio, Angela, and shared my thoughts on what I felt a “Naturalista” is and also a little about my future plans in life :o)
Check out my interview below, which can also be found on the Naturalista Hair Show’s official YouTube page. Oh and a reminder, the show is Sunday, July 28th 2013 from 2-7 at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD!
I am sort of getting over my fears of being on video camera :o) Who knows, maybe I will start YouTubing…..sike!!! lol I dunno, maybe…one day….
Hey!! I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend and hopefully you didn’t have to work yesterday! :o)
So the Spring 2013 Natural Night Outevent was this past Thursday and it was so much fun!! The founder, Erika Evans did an awesome job of planning the event and at such a unique venue! It was at the African American Civil War Museumand out of all the years I was at Howard and this museum was literally RIGHT down the street, I had never been there. How sad! Ugh but oh well, I finally was able to visit :o)
I haven’t been to a Natural Hair event in a while so it was SO nice to finally be at one to be able to mix and mingle with some fellow curly girls. It was even more exciting to speak on the panel! I didn’t realize how much I could talk about hair lol ((you would think I would know since I have a hair blog….duh lol)) but I was sad because we only have so much time at the events to talk and there were so many great questions. I also able to meet a few of my readers which is always a blessing! Special hello to Tonya H. :o))
I think one my favorite parts about the event ((besides the goodies and samples! hehe)) was how diverse the panel was! There were only 4 of us but we each had an entirely unique take on Natural hair but we all had the common motto of BE CONFIDENT in who you are on the inside before anything else! The other panelists were professional colorist, Allan Van Johnson, owner of Release: The Blow Dry Bar, Devon and professional stylist Tinea Porter. It was awesome to have a MALE on the panel and give his perspective, that was definitely a favorite of the crowd. It was so funny to me, here I am lil ole DIY blogger amongst these skilled, schooled, professionals! You can’t tell me God ain’t great :o)
Overall it was so much fun and I hope to do it again! Thank you again Erika for inviting me and allowing me to speak on the panel!!! Check out some flicks from the event, some are my own and some I snagged from the photographer Capital Media USA’s site hehe :o)
I wanted to share an upcoming event for those who may be in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia area next Thursday, May 23 from 6:30-8:30!
It’s the Spring 2013 Natural Night Out and I will be a panelist speaking at the event! I feel so honored and excited to be a part of this and I would love for those of you in the area to come out and say hello and mix and mingle with other natural gals, professional hair stylists and other event sponsors and guests!
Keep scrolling for more details :o)
On Thursday, May 23, Natural Night Out will host its Spring 2013 Event!
Join us at the African American Civil War Museum in the historic U Street neighborhood of Washington, DC.
From 6:30 to 8:30 pm all guests are invited to *sample beauty and hair products *get FAQs answered & styling tips by a panel of hair professionals *mingle with naturalistas *enjoy a beautiful Natural Night Out!
All ages are welcome! Entry is $10 at the door. Ticket sales from this event will support The African American Civil War Museum.
Event Sponsors and Featured Guests: CURLS, Aunt Jackie’s, Texture My Way, Shea Radiance, Whole Foods, Organic Root Stimulator, Shea Yeleen, La Coco Bella, Release: The Blowdry Bar and more to be announced!
The open call will be THIS Monday, March 25 from 5:30pm-7:00pm. The actual show is July 28, 2013 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.
Oh and the winner at the open call will be the FACE of the show! That’s pretty darn cool….ya’ll know you want to be America’s next top model anyway, I seen you on Instagram!! lol :o)
Here’s some important info….all models attending the open model call are required to have natural hair –either locs or loose curls and you must also have a written paragraph on why you want to be selected as the face of The Naturalista Hair Show. You can also submit your paragraph via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am really excited to share these next two products because I have been eyeing this brand for awhile hehe. I first discovered WonderCurl at the grand opening of N Natural Hair Studio and I knew I wanted to try it out eventually. I am a sucker for cute logos and nice packaging! Lol So I went out on a whim and contacted WonderCurl to see if I could do a review and they graciously agreed and sent me their newest product, the Polishing Pomade.
It’s crazy how things are timed perfectly… WonderCurl hosted a meet-up the other week (held at N Natural Hair Salon!) and It happened to be the week after I received the product to review. So I figured I’d wait and her to learn more about the products at the meetup before I tried them out. I ended up buying the Butter Than Love Whipped at the meetup hehe So I will devote this post to both products :o)
Oh and here’s a couple shots from the meetup. The owner of WonderCurl, Scarlett, gave a live tutorial using a few of her products. I also even got to meet a few of my readers/followers!
I must say it was so nice meeting Scarlett! She is such a sweet person which a great spirit. Can I also tell you how gorgeous she is in person?! Ugh lol and her hair….BEAUTIFUL! She had the ends dyed green which looked dope.
So my product experiences…. I’ll start with the Pomade. It retails for $5 for 2 oz. This pomade is not like your typical solid pomade like Dax or Murry’s. It contains no wax or any of that hard stuff. It is really smooth, creamy, pudding-ey texture. When you rub it in it feels like a thick oil. As far as the consistency, the first thing that came to mind was the Koils by Nature Peppermint Gel but not as liquidy.
It smells soooo yummy! WonderCurl teamed up with a company called YumYum Candle to make the yummy mango coconutty scent and WonderCurl is also selling a solid perfume in the same scent! Cute :o)
Put the Polishing Pomade in your hair for super shine and hair that smells wonderful and paired with the Solid Perfume in the matching scent, you are now ready for summer.
Caprylic Glyceride, Soybean oil, Avocado butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Elaesis guineesis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Fragrance. NO PETROLEUM, MINERAL OIL, BEESWAX, LANOLIN, PARABENS, GLYCERIN, SULFATES OR SILICONES
So the way I used the pomade was to polish my edges when I did my normal twists. This was the best method of use for my hair. It gave a semi-good hold, it didn’t hold like a gel or anything but my edges are really thick and this did a good job of blending them with the rest of my hair. It also made them really soft and shiny. I was gifted only a small sample size (I think it’s about 1 oz.) but I only needed to use a little bit so it should last me a few uses. I think this would be great if you have finer hair/thinner edges as it would really tame any flyaways. I also used a little bit over the length of my hair when fluffing to add shine and to make my hair smell good :o)
Up next is the Butter Than Love Whipped.It’s a thick, fluffy, cake frosting-like, shea hair butter. It retails for $12 for 4 oz. or $20 for 8 oz. I bought mine from N Natural Hair Studio and they only sold the 8 oz. size but you can check out the WonderCurl website to see other retailers or to buy online. Oh and check this out, I just got this in my email! I guess it is in the new CurlKit if you subscribe to it :o)
Hehe just thought I would share the love :o)
So back to the matter at hand, the Butter Than Love…..
Butter than Love Hair Whipped is a dream for parched curls. This thick and rich cream is loaded with oils and butters resulting in hair that is full of life and bounce.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Glycerides, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Acrylates/C-10 Alkyl Acrylates, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance. NO PETROLEUM, MINERAL OIL, BEESWAX, LANOLIN, PARABENS, GLYCERIN, SULFATES OR SILICONES FRAGRANCE IS PTHALATE FREE
I really love the Butter Than Love and I am learning that my hair really responds best to thick, WHIPPED shea-based products. They are pretty much the only products that really seal in moisture and keep it super soft and supple. I also noticed my hair loves products that contain castor oil, which is also in the ingrediants. One thing though, the BTL is unscented which kinda made me sad because I LOVE hair products that smell good. Scarlett mentioned that it used to have a honeysuckle scent but her customers said it was too overbearing so she catered to her customers needs and made them unscented! Can’t be mad at that! It’s still a great product. My hair stayed moisturized all week and I didn’t reapply any product, just spritzed my hair when I re-twisted. It REALLY sealed the water in my hair each time I re-twisted.
This product also comes in a Pudding and the difference between the two is that the pudding is lighter and of course more pudding like. It applies more “wet” if that makes sense. Think Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie. It doesn’t seal as well as the whipped because it is not as thick. I’d love to try the pudding one day to see what the difference is in my hair.
Now I am going to give you a disclaimer about the pics of my hair on the first day, I really don’t know what the heck I did but my twists came out a bit crazy lol and I say this to say that it was ME and NOT the product lol
And here are pics of my hair after I spritzed and re-twisted. I think it was on the 3rd day
You can really see how the moisture is sealed in and how shiny my hair is. I am so glad I discovered this! I will put this on my top favs list for sure. I really want to try another WonderCurl product, the Get Set Hair Jelly. This was the product Scarlett demonstrated at the meetup. I also heard some ladies like it better than Kinky Curly Curling Custard….and you know how I feel about KCCC lol but I am more than open to giving it a shot because I love the other WonderCurl products thus far!
Now I always thought that meetups were kinda corny and never thought I would join in on them #dontjudgeme lol but things change…I’m going to a natural hair meetup ;o)
NNHMD is an annual one-day event. Its purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meetups on the same day. Natural hair meetups are events designed to share information, techniques, inspiration and products to aid individuals in their natural hair journey…
Attendees of the natural hair meetup will be able to:
Meet other naturals in their area
Gain exposure to natural hair product lines and companies
Learn the process of planning and executing a natural hair meetup (event hosts)
Meet natural hair and beauty bloggers and Youtube vloggers
Network with other natural hair meetup organizers (event hosts)
Discover resources, techniques, products and people that can serve as inspiration and information for the natural hair care journey
This blog has definitely pulled me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to open myself up to more people, it’s truly been a blessing and I don’t take the opportunity for granted. So with that said….I will be at the meetup sponsored by Koils by Nature!
Here’s the info for the Washington, DC/Maryland/VA
Saturday, May 19, 2012 | 12pm – 5pm
Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria-Old Town Area Hotel 5821 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303
Angela Walker of N Natural Hair Studio is having an AWESOME event coming up on Wednesday, May 16th… It’s a Big Chop Event!! Check out the details below..
The event is from 12 noon-6pm and N Natural will be offering a FREE big chop service to every attendant of the event! Yes did you read that?? Free big chop for every attendee!! If you have been debating on cutting off those last few inches of relaxer, this is the perfect opportunity. I say go for it!! I’m all for the big chop :o) It gets better, with each BC, you’ll also get a consultation, shampoo, conditioner and leave in conditioner. I swear, it is soooo much easier to go natural nowadays… go for it ladies!! #teamnatural lol
Oh and there will also be yummy cupcakes, champagne and sparkling apple cider (#winning!) And the infamous Dr. Phoenyx Austin will be in attendance (Google her!) and earrings created by Alex from the Good Hair Blog will be for sale as well!
Click the flyer to go to N Natural’s website for more info!