Posts tagged ‘Argan oil’

Tressumé: Quianna Taylor

 

Name: Quianna Taylor


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Location: Washington, DC  

Met this lovely lady while on one of my excursions to DC and I was drawn to her hair. Isn’t it just amazing; peep the hair clip below! Might wanna check her out.

                                                                                           

 

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for almost seven years.Natural Hair Pic 4

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?   Why did you choose that route?

I have done both.  When I initially went natural I transitioned.  I wore a lot of weaves and cornrows and other protective styles and gradually cut back the damaged relaxed off.   I made sure that I kept my hair moisturized and my scalp healthy and took my weaves out every four to five weeks to wash and condition my hair.   I did this for about 2 years.  But like a lot of women, I was used to processing and manipulating my hair in some kind of way.  After I stopped relaxing, I  became addicted to color, which can alter your hair’s natural texture.  I probably did more damage to my hair  with color, than the relaxer, looking back at it.  But I continued to grow it out.  Then about a two years ago I was having a very stressful time in my life.  I wasn’t honoring my hair and body the way I needed to.  I wasn’t eating in a balanced or regular way and it was taking a visible and tangible toll on my hair.  It started breaking off and thinning out out.  November 2011 I decided I needed a change.  I woke up and took a shower and washed my hair.  When I got out, I grabbed some scissors and cut it all off.  And honestly I had never felt so free as a natural woman.  I had nothing to hide behind or conform to.

What inspired you to have natural hair?

I unintentionally went natural.  I got a bad perm that gave me a really bad burn on my scalp.  As a result I decided that I would not relax my hair for about six months to a year.  Around this same time I was growing and redefining what I thought beauty meant and how that idea of beauty related to how I see myself.  At that time I decided to begin embrace who I  am, and a large part of that was embracing my natural hair Natural Hair Pic 2texture.  Now I see natural hair everywhere and I think it is all beautiful.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

For me, this is one of the easiest ways to remain true to heritage and honor them, while honoring myself.  I am a mix of African American, Jewish, Irish, Cherokee, and Creole.  My genetic makeup is very diverse and multifaceted.    My hair is a made up of many textures, and each different texture is a part of who I am.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?

Crème of Nature Conditioner with Argan Oil because I co-wash and condition my hair with it.  And Olive Oil because it’s awesome as a moisturizer and a sealant.  But my new favorite products are Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer and Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Curl Definer.  I apply these to wet hair and flat twist.  Let my hair air dry overnight and remove.  My hair is moisturized and set for about 5-6 days, which is fantastic!

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

I love flat twist outs.  That is my go to hair style because they are quick and easy to maintain.

What do you love about your natural hair?

It is 100% me.  Even on bad hair days.

What do you dislike about it?Natural Hair 5

Sometimes it just will not cooperate.  Oh…and I can’t wear low ponytails anymore.  It requires too much time and gel.  (BTW I Love Ecostyler)

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?

Be patient and kind to your hair.  Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  Don’t color excessively.  And lastly get your hands in there, get to know your hair and just have fun.

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Embracing my natural hair has opened my eyes to embracing culture more fully.  I created a line ethnic inspired jewelry called Soul & Substance (www.soulandsubstance.etsy.com).  My items are inspired by and take their cues from tribal jewelry.

Brooklyn kind of Wash and Go

It was definitely feeling like a Brooklyn kind of day when I pulled out my stash to wash and define my TWA. Being that I attended the CurlBox x Karen’s Body Beautiful event I was sure to leave with some goodies. I received a Luscious Locks Hair Mask & Hold It Gel w/Argan Oil; I finally put them to the test.

For this particular wash I incorporated a couple of my other staples to get the job done.

My Vatika Oil and Shea Moisture Restorative conditioner

Check out how I put all of these products to the test…..

The results were not too bad. After applying the KBB Luscious Locks Hair Mask my hair resembled Jerry curls from all the moisture is retained. I still don’t feel I have mastered the application of gel as yet but once I do you will be the first to hear.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

Habibi My Body!

In the May CurlBox (Birthday Edition) there was a product that I fell in love with. It was this…

Habibi Body Balm

Upon opening up my CurlBox I was delighted to see this body balm, then the smell is what did it for me. I applied a little to my hand to see how it would react to my skin and when I tell you it was love, It was love! While on my getaway in the DMV this was my staple body moisturizer. The scent Vanilla Rose, which made my body feel as soft and delicate as a rose and as sweet as vanilla.

Yes it’s all NATURALLE…check the ingredients

Organic Raw Shea Butter, Certified Organic Argan Oil, Organic Black Currant Seed Oil, Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Rosewater, Organic Essential Lavender, Organic Essential Chamomile, Organic Essential Neroli, Rose Absolute, Organic Essential Sandalwood, Green Tea, Organic Raw Honey, Vitamin E

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This is a MUST buy and try! If your not a Vanilla Rose type of girl or guy then there is a scent for you,trust me. To purchase some of this greatness check out Habibibody.com

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

Argan Oil Anyone?

I received some Moroccan Argan Oil in my March Julep Maven Box and read a brief list of it’s benefits. I wanted to know more so, I went researching. Of course I found a slew of information on Argan oil but one stuck out to me. Being that I enjoy enlightening my dear subscribers and visitors, you know I couldn’t not share it with you all. So enjoy the benefits of Argan Oil!

Argan Oil: So Natural, You Can Eat It!

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Take a look at some of your cosmetics. Would you be tempted to eat any of them? Fruity lip glosses aside, most skin and hair cosmetics are basically poisonous. Although this seems normal and expected by modern standards, it shouldn’t be acceptable.

Why spend money on cosmetics that only contain mostly toxic fillers, when you can use a product so natural and healthy, that it’s edible? As people become more educated about making choices about the products they use on their body, one thing becomes obvious: if you wouldn’t put it in your body, why put it on your body?

I’m sure you are aware that your skin and scalp absorb the products that are applied to them. Maybe it’s time to review your skincare regime.

Argan Oil Defends Your Skin, Naturally.

The ill effects of smoking, exposure to the sun and bad skincare and dietary habits can appear on the face as early as a person’s mid 20s. Although you can’t reverse all the ravages of time, there’s a lot that can be done to protect your skin from future damage, and bring out the best of your skin immediately.

Eczema, psoriasis, acne, wrinkles, dry skin, calluses, dandruff, hair loss, inability to grow long hair are all treatable with regular use of Argan oil. However, those without any skin or hair issues will also appreciate its ability to protect from future damages, and provide a good dose of moisture. Best of all, it does all of this without any additives. It’s just perfect as-is!

Why Settle for Synthetic?

Argan Oil naturally contains many of the same “additives” that high-end cosmetics add synthetically to their formulas to promote anti-aging effects.

Bursting with skin-loving nutrients, Argan oil helps heal damaged skin and is said to protect from the signs of aging as it corrects the effects of dehydration and loss of elasticity. The high amount of tocopherols (vitamin E), which are potent antioxidants, helps the skin to combat free radicals. Free radicals ultimately result in the destruction of the skin’s cells, so by using Argan oil, skin becomes noticeably softer and smoother, diminishing fine lines and improving the appearance of scars.

Argan Oil is SO Easy to Use!

The Basic of True Beauty

Isn’t it great when things get easier? Beauty routines should be enjoyable and simple, not cumbersome and complicated. This is why Argan Oil is a life saver. It’s easy to incorporate into a beauty regime, and it’s easy to use. There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy it, and that’s what makes it unique and wonderful.

Arguably the best thing about Argan Oil is its versatility. Carry a small spritzer bottle in your purse, and spray a little Argan oil on the tips of your hair for instant de-frizzing. Add to cream, or use a few drops straight from the bottle. Use it as a carrier oil, and add your favourite essential oils for a luxurious serum or massage oil. Use as a pre-shampoo treatment, or as a deep conditioner. Add to your bath as a moisturizing and healing bath oil. Apply to scars or stretch marks and watch them quickly vanish. Dap on your lips. Really, your imagination is the limit!

A Little Goes a Long Way

Just 2 drops of Argan Oil, day and night (used pure, or blended into a face cream), will achieve results that should make the top anti-age serums on the market ashamed of their claims. Argan Oil, however pricey it may seem, in fact achieves better results at a fraction of the cost.

So remember this: It may be pricey for oil, but it’s a bargain as a potent all-in-one beauty treatment.

Let’s See What the Lab Says About Argan Oil

It may be just a pure and simple oil, but Argan Oil is a real nutritional punch. In a nutshell (no pun intended, here), Argan Oil is a moisturizer beyond compare, and undoes damage done by evil UV rays. Here are some details of the skin and hair loving components found in this wonder oil:

Vitamin E (tocopherol). Argan Oil is astoundingly rich in Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant which helps slow the process of lipids from the destructive effects of oxygen (oxidation) as well as other environmental effects. Vitamin E is naturally occurring in skin, and helps the skin function as a water-proof barrier. With age and exposure to sun and pollution, this barrier is broken down and causes a lack of moisture, which damages the skin’s lipids. Many skincare products contain synthetic vitamin E, which helps keep skin hydrated and soft, however it is no match for naturally derived vitamin E, such as that found in Argan Oil.

Essential Fatty Acids. Argan Oil is also incredibly rich in essential fatty acids, which have been scientifically proven to be beneficial both when taken orally, but also when applied topically to skin. Not having enough EFAs can cause conditions in which the skin becomes flakey, dry, scaly and uncomfortable; conditions like psoriasis and eczema, as well as acne. EFAs have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin, and also increase suppleness, elasticity and youthful appearance and relieve painful skin conditions. Exposure to UV also decreases the skin’s EFAs, and so treating sun damaged skin with Argan Oil has been shown to repair damage to photo-aged skin, as well as on scarring.

For hair, EFAs prevent breakage and promote smooth and supple strands by increasing moisture content, which is the single best thing that can be done for your hair. Just a drop or two of Argan oil smoothed through brittle hair, from roots to tips, will improve its condition in no time. It also treats dandruff and itchy scalp.

Carotenes. Carotenes, found in Argan Oil, as well as in many fruits and veggies, is a precursor to vitamin A. Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, has been garnering a lot of attention from the beauty industry in the past few years. It is effective as an anti-aging ingredient in cosmetics, by protecting the skin from sun damage, and undoing damage already done. It also helps even skin tone, and adds a healthy glow. For hair, it counteracts fragility, reduces split ends and encourages a healthy sparkle.

Squalene. Squalene is found naturally in all plants and animals. As an additive in cosmetics, it penetrates skin easily and is absorbed readily, without leaving a greasy residue and is non-irritating. It does not cause skin to breakout, and is effective in healing scar tissue and preventing stretch marks. Squalene may also reduce hair loss and is a highly effective conditioning agent.

Quick Results

Argan Oil has the rare benefit of immediate improving hair condition. Whereas conventional hair products –conditioners, serums, styling creams- merely coat the hair shaft, resulting in temporary glossy locks, Argan Oil is actually absorbed by the hair. Argan Oil promotes silky soft hair, prevents moisture loss and adds elasticity and suppleness, but also provides an immediate sparkle and shine. So when your hair looks amazing because of Argan Oil, it’s because it’s in great health, and not just coated in silicones. Fine-haired people will benefit from the added strength this oil provides, and those with coarse hair will appreciate how smooth their hair will feel

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Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

I got my March Julep Maven Box!!

I have received my March Boho Glam Box from Julep Maven!

So you all know, I was super excited right. I tracked down my box(lol), and made sure it was sitting patiently waiting for me.

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In my Julep Maven March Boho Glam Box, I received:

Julep Elixir Organic Moroccan Oil, which contains healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties. This product can be used daily to hydrate and nourish skin, smooth split ends, and soften cuticles. It is easily absorbed and lightweight, and is gentle enough for all skin types,including acne prone.

I can’t wait to use this product! I have heard about many of the benefits and in my opinion,I think it should be a staple product to through in your handbag for everyday use. It is equipped with a dropper for easier use which I find awesome. The oil is also definitely lightweight, I tried it and it didn’t weigh my skin down, neither did it have any smell.

Alicia Julep Nail Vernis is a sunny salmon creme. It is perfect pedicures and fresh, modern manicures.

When I saw this I immediately though salmon. Definitely one of those bright summer months colors.

Portia Julep Nail Vernis is a sheer tropical blue with glittery sparkles that will remind you of a day on the beach.

Okay so this is my favorite out of the two, I think I’m secretly addicted to glittery nail polish! It totally reminded me of the blue ocean water with the sun beaming down on it. Ah, the joys of Caribbean islands. (Ok back to NYC brisk air) this color I will fall in love with!

The sweet people over atJulep Maven also threw in a emery board. Although, I was looking forward to another Julep chocolate, this was awesome. Hopefully, I will start learning to do designs with my Julep Maven Stuff.

So be sure to head over to Julep.com and get your customized Box, or even purchase a any specific item that you might like.

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Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite