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!
Yesterday I was privileged to attend the Shea Radiance launch party at the beautiful Vantage House in Columbia, MD. As you may know, Shea Radiance JUST launched in Target stores nationwide and celebrated a huge milestone in the company’s history. While at the event, the owner, Funlayo, shared how she had her vision for her, once a small start up, business and that her dream was have her products sold in Target! It was so inspiring to hear her story and to see her dream become a reality! I have nothing but great things to say about this entire product line. EVERY product I have tried has been amazing. I will be a long-time fan of this brand and am so happy it is Target so more of you can see what this hype is about lol! The event was very posh, west-African inspired decor, the right touches on everything!
Oh but you wanna know something ironic….it’s NOT, well not yet, sold in the Target near me (Rio in Gaithersburg) lmao! Of course, just my luck go figure lol
Here’s some pics from the event!
That’s Funlayo and I, she is such a beautiful person and has a beautiful spirit. It’s so refreshing to come across genuine, humble people. Wish her nothing but success!
Funlayo and her family. She co-founded Shea Radiance with her husband, Shola, in 2005.
Some of the goodies on display. They went above and beyond with the beautiful decorations and had their products all over the place to try out! I am in love with the packaging and a huge fan of pump bottles lol
Funlayo and some hair models. I didn’t catch the lady on the far left’s name but the lady on the far right is @stylemeelise, the official Shea Radiance Spokeswoman (she is GORGEOUS btw) and next to her is @kortomomolu, she was a contestant on the 5th season of Project Runway.
I had a great time and am thankful to the folks at Shea Radiance for inviting me to share such a special occasion! Oh and we got little goodie bags with sample sizes of their products (which will be gone asap!) and some other cute items. BE SURE you try this stuff out! If you see it at Target grab it! ;o)
This is some exciting news for all you Product Junkies out there…
Shea Radiance is now sold at TARGET nationwide!! Before this AMAZING hair line was sold only online and at certain Whole Foods but now you can get it at Target! It was just released today, August 16th but I don’t see it on the Target.com website yet. I am sure in due time they will sell in via their website . I THINK they released a couple new products alongside the Target launch…but I could be wrong…
You guys have to try this stuff out! It is by far one of my favs, up there with my love for Oyin products :o)
If you missed me ranting and raving on why I love these products so much, here’s links to previous posts
I hope you guys have been staying cool in this miserable heat wave. I don’t know about you but I can’t stand this humidity. I really miss my California summers, where the temperature felt like the actual temperature and you could find relief in the shade and at night. The east coast on the other hand….you be sticky and sweaty no matter where you go unless you’re in some serious AC or in a pool smh….BUT I will say, the humidity is great for keeping your hair moisturized lol *sigh* one day I will be back in the my homeland
…until then, I’ll just blog about these next two products, which are the last items I will review from the Shea Radiance goodies I recently got. If you didn’t see the other product experiences (<—-I think I’ll use that word instead of “Review”, sounds jazzier lol) here they are: experience #1 and experience #2 ;o)
Let’s get right to it. First up, the Maximum Curl Defining Cream. This was a gifted item but it retails for $16 for 8 oz on their web, in Whole Foods and other stores around the country. I think I forgot to mention this but 10% of the profits for all SR products go to the Agricultural Initiatives for Women in Africa and are vegan?! Products with purpose :o)
Our leave-in styling conditioner gives great curls without frizz. Nourishes starved hair cuticles with proteins that moisturize and strengthen. Holds gently, resists humidity for beautiful long-lasting curls. Note: Moisture retention, elasticity, sulfate-free, curl definition, excellent feel, frizz resistance.
It is a water-based, smooth cream that comes out of a pump dispenser and of course, has that signature SR citrusy, lemony, spicy scent. Mmmm, they have a great recipe for the fragrances in all their products. I swear every one is bomb! Any way, this was one of the products I debated if I wanted to actually buy or not because I noticed that this product said for “Curly and Wavy” hair whereas the other products included “Kinky” hair. So that told me, this product would work better for finer hair with looser curls, none of which I am. So I was like hmm, let me see how I can use this. I tested it out for a wash-n-go and was pretty pleased with the results. I don’t get that “gel-like” curl definition but I do get really soft, super moisturized curls. I noticed my curls did become a little more defined as the product dries. My hair feels like it has a coating over it, but it wasn’t like a bad coating or anything, it was like a “protectant-moisture-locking” coating. It sealed my hair really well, probably because of the shea butter and since it’s been really humid lately, the aloe vera and other humectants pulled the moisture from the air into my hair without making it frizzy! What’s even better, is it isn’t greasy and doesn’t leave a residue on your hands.
Wet, freshly applied
Dry, end-of-the-day hair
2nd day hair with the shower droplet method
Although I was ok with the wash-n-go results, I still feel this would be better for “wavy, curly” hair as the packaging states BUT, you know how we like to make stuff work, I decided to try it out for a twist-out. Well, actually a bantu knot twist out. This worked great! It gave the same moisture locking benefits and great hold. I didn’t have to reapply any product for the entire week and the moisture was still going strong. I also didn’t re-twist! But, this was a bantu knot twist out vs. a regular twist out. I’ll have to see how it works for that… Oh and I am saving pics of that for another post hehe :o)
WAIT, don’t go! I’m not done just yet!
I also wanted to share the last but not least product in my SR review, the Moisturizing Hair Milk. I bought this during the 50% sale but it retails for $16 for 8 oz. It’s a watery, milky moisturizing spray. The great thing about the SR products is that you’ll notice a lot of the same ingredients in all of the products so no matter what you use, you’ll get the benefits.
Get easy comb-outs, responsive curls & love-to-touch conditioned hair. Our Moisturizing Hair Milk is almost weightless yet eliminates frizz & leaves hair soft and smooth. Note: Smooths out hair cuticle, softens and detangles, minimizes product build-up, strengthens hair shaft and prevents breakage.
The Moisture Milk is great for spritzing your hair anytime you plan to style. it’s super light so it won’t weigh down or leave a residue in your hair. It’s really emollient so it softens my hair on contact and makes it very manageable and easier to detangle. I also use it how I would use my plain old spritzer when I am doing twists except I won’t go as heavy as I would with plain water. It’s a great moisture boost if you’re hair is feeling dry. You could also refresh a wash-n-go with this too. It’s great for when you’ve worn a twist-out for a few days and need to re-twist to get the definition and moisture back. Instead of applying more product, you can just spritz with this and then re-twist (be sure to seal those ends!). That way, you aren’t adding a bunch of product build-up to your hair.
Overall, I am loving the Shea Radiance line. Although, a bit pricey, it would definitely be a wonderful treat every now and then when I can afford it. Good thing they have sales and discounts! If you happen to see this in a store near you, don’t hesitate to try it out! You’ll be pleased with whatever you buy!
The other day I posted about a new product line that I discovered at the Baltimore Natural Hair Care expo. It’s called Shea Radiance (SR) and I absolutely am fond of all their products. My first post was on the Moisture Rich Hair Butter so this post is devoted to the Maximum Moisture Conditioner. While the Hair Butter was gifted to me by the folks at SR, I purchased this conditioner from their website when they were having a 50% off sale. It retails for $13 for 8 oz. which is a few dollars cheaper than some of the other products. You can buy it at select Whole Foods, Mom’s Organic Market. I even saw it sold on Sears.com for a little cheaper….random…
Conditioning that works well, even on dry, brittle hair. It strengthens the hair shaft, prevents breakage and repairs damaged hair. Our conditioner blends wheat protein, keratin and castor, avocado and coconut oils with shea butter to stimulate growth & smooth the hair cuticle. Note: Natural emollients, vegetable based conditioning agents. Prevents breakage, minimizes product build-up, promotes hair growth.
This is yet another amaaaazing conditioner! It does an awesome job at softening and moisturizing my hair and really penetrates the hair shaft. I like to use this as a deep conditioner by leaving it on my hair for about 30 mins under a shower cap or a heat cap (shout out to Maya for reminding me that I had this thing under my sink). I swear this heat cap is as old as I am lol seriously, and it still works, safety strap and all lmao!
…hideous, not cute I know #dontjudgeme lol——>
The conditioner is a really dense, creamy consistently, almost butteryand it comes in a pump dispenser which is super convenient. It’s kinda velvety, very unique, I was in awe while pumping it out of the bottle lol (creepy I know). The SR product line has lots of spicy, citrusy fragrance tones and this one is kind of lemony with a little rosemary maybe (?), could be the hempseed oil too perhaps… whatever it is, it’s SO good! Very aromatherapeutic :o)
I used this after ayurvedic treatments and also after a bentonite clay treatment (<—-post on this comin soon!) and it restored all the moisture back to my hair and made it really smooth and manageable. It definitely closed the cuticle of my hair back up. It has a cool amount of slip, distributed easily and softened my hair almost on contact. I always apply conditioner in sections to ensure coverage.
Afterwards, my hair feels strong and supple, probably because of the keratin and wheat protein. I always forget to rub conditioner into my scalp but if I had, I am sure it would have made it feel fresh and clean lol. I really wish this came in a larger size because I go through conditioner like no other! This one is wonderful.
Hola! Sorry for being sporadic with the posts. I’m going to be honest, I was lazy lol. Plus I wasn’t really doing anything exciting with my hair to really make a post out of it so I just…didn’t. Hope you can forgive me :o)
Any who, a couple weeks ago, Shea Radiance (SR) was having an AWESOME sale on their website for 50% off everything!!! I was like whaaaaaat?! I had been eyeing their products for some time now so this sale was “the sign” that I should just go ahead and try it out! So I ordered the Moisturizing Hair Milk and the Maximum Moisture Conditioner and the sweet folks at SR were so kind to throw in a BUNCH of other goodies to try! Made my day :o) BIG thank you for that!
You can find their products at select Whole Foods, Mom’s Organic Market and of course online. The owner, Funlayo, also always makes her rounds at local natural hair events so look out for her if you’re in the DMV area!
First up, the Shea Radiance Moisture Rich Hair Butter. This was one of the gifted items from SR (retails for $16 for 4 oz.) and it ended up being one of my favorite products in the line. **Side bar: All the products smell sooo good. They are really unique and pleasant, not the usual sweet bakery smelling stuff I tend to like. Very herbal, natural and isn’t overpowering or linger all day. It’s kind of a citrusy, woodsy scent….I think…I could be so so off though lol I’m not good at describing smells.
Give dry or damaged hair a luscious, nutrient-rich treatment. Our Moisture Rich Hair Butter combines high concentrations of pure unrefined shea butter with a host of healing and essential oils. Decreases signs of damage and great for twists and locs. All natural oils and butters, no mineral or petroleum oil, moisturizes and softens hair, imparts sheen, great styling and finishing product.
The butter is solid in the jar so you kind of have to press down to smudge it up (did that even make sense? lol). It has a super smooth texture and emulsifies easily. You don’t need to use a lot of this stuff since it distributes well. My hair wasn’t greasy either! The picture above was actually after my first use so you can see that I didn’t need to use very much to cover my entire head. Barely made a dent in it :o)
I used this for my usual weekly twist-out and my hair literally felt like butter! My hair was sooooo soft OMG, I literally had my hands in my hair all week because it just felt so good. I can’t recall another product that made my hair feel like this. I also tried this as a sealant for my ends but I prefer something a bit thicker for that. SR also has a pure shea butter (also gifted to me) which is great for sealing my ends. I need some thickness on these daggone ends lol
The only downside of this butter for me was I didn’t get that great of a hold or the best first day hair. My hair was a bit fluffier and not as defined as I prefer but the way my hair felt made up for it!
Check out the first day hair flicks below.
Unseparated twists (above)
These pics are of 2nd Day Hair….well sort of, I re-twisted. I didn’t apply any more of the butter either. I liked the results of this better than first day hair :o)
Stay tuned for posts on the other Shea Radiance products!