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    Review: Cantu’s Apple Cider Vinegar Collection

    *I received these products in exchange for my honest opinion. Article contains affiliate links.*

    It’s finally here! Can I say it’s about time? Now you can wear that protective style a little (or a lot) longer.

    Cantu has come out with an Apple Cider Vinegar refresh line that cleanses and refreshes your hair while in wigs, braids, or twists. I love that I can refresh my hair without having to take it out.

    Collection Line

    Root Relief
    Is your scalp dry and itchy? Root Relief works great to help you relieve your dry scalp. There is peppermint oil which helps to refresh your scalp.

    Root Rinse
    If you are looking for a refresher you can use this product. It cleanses, conditions and soothes the scalp.
    Nourishes roots to promote healthy hair growth
    Moisturizes dry brittle hair

    Dry Co-Wash
    If you want a deep cleaning then go for the Dry Co-Wash it cleanses deep within.
    Part dry shampoo/part conditioner
    Absorbs excess oil plus adds natural shine
    No white powder residue

    Final Verdict

    Cantu delivers again with this Refresh line. My hair was left feeling clean and smelling great. What I also like about it is that after I took the braids out to wash my hair this product left no flakes or residue on my hair.  If you are looking to refresh or co-wash this is a great product to have on deck.

    You can purchase it here.

     

     

     

     

     

    Beauty Exclusive Interviews Natural Hair

    Interview: Miss Black USA 2017 And Ballerina Daphne Lee

    Daphne Lee is Miss Black USA 2017 she is also a ballet dancer and Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone. She graduated with Honors from Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in dance and is a recipient of the Denise Jefferson Scholarship.

    Tamara: Tell us about yourself.
    Daphne: My name is Daphne Lee and I am a full time ballet dancer with Collage Dance Collective in a Memphis TN. I am a graduate student at Hollins University as well as an ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone. 

    Tamara: Did you always want to be a ballerina?
    Daphne: I never wanted to dance professionally. I got into dance because my mother was a dancer and she was my teacher. Dance was more recreational but I ended up getting into Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA program and ended up joining Alvin Aileys second company. I’ve toured over 60 cities in the USA and 7 countries. I am currently touring here in China with Collage Dance. 

    Tamara:What inspired you to become Miss Black USA?
    Daphne: Miss Black USA has many success stories. In 2010, I had the pleasure of meeting Osas Ighodaro-Ajibade, Miss Black USA 2010. The now successful Nollywood actress saw me perform and encouraged me to apply. Inspired by the organization’s mission to celebrate the unique talents, traits and beauty of women of color and award scholarship opportunities, I decided to apply. The rest is history.  

    Tamara:What words of encouragement do you have for a little young girl who aspires to be a ballerina or Miss Black USA?
    Daphne: My advice would be to know that practice and consistency is key. Continue to watch who you want to become and to never quit.
    Tamara: How did you overcome stereotypes and barriers?
    Daphne: Barriers are inevitable and I brush them off because I am focused on my goals. Obstacles are simply distractions from my journey yet I use them to fuel my inspiration. Plus I think of all the people who came before me who might have had it worse.
    Tamara: Did you always have natural hair and why did you decide to go natural?
    Daphne: For the most part I always switched up hairstyles. My hair was relaxed when I was younger and my mother warned me. But I eventually switched because the idea and reality of putting chemicals to change my hair texture felt unnatural. It’s almost similar to the idea of wanting to bleach skin; it’s no longer who I am. I appreciate the amazing hairstyles and inventions that black have attributed to hair yet there is something to be said when the hair is Natural and you have the diversity to wear it in many styles.

    You can follow Daphne Lee on her website https://www.daphnemlee.com/

    For more information on her role as Miss Black USA visit https://www.missblackusa.org/

    Book Reviews faith Natural Hair Parenting

    Review:Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair

    Review: Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair

    As a young girl natural hair was not popular. To cover up my natural hair I had to get a perm and the infamous hot comb. As I was trying hard to cover the tight curls and conceal the kitchen (that’s what they called it) my self-esteem diminished I tried to hide my hair through braids and perms. It was hard seeing my hair as beautiful which is now I see a part of my identity.

    Fast forward 2017, the natural hair community has taken the world by storm and it’s not just a movement but a cultural revolution. With natural hair comes dolls, books, and seeing people with their curls. I am so happy to be able to review the book Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair. I love how the book shows Jamie doing different hairstyles and realizes her hair is different from people on TV and on some books but she loves her hair.

    Review: Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair

    Review: Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair

    This book is perfect timing especially at a time when little girls are being bullied and ridiculed for their hair. Jamie Loves her hair helps to build self-esteem and confidence letting girls with curly hair know that regardless of what and how people feel about you how you feel about your hair matters the most.

    You can purchase this book on Amazon.

    Visit her website www.jamielovesherhair.com

    To find out more about the author www.arideonne.com

    ***I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Post contains affiliate links****

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    Building A Confident Girl Using #EdenKids

    Building A Confident Girl Using #EdenKids

    Being a girl in this world can be difficult. There is so much influence to tell you that you don’t look right the way you are. While confidence building begins at home the world around us has influence on the way we think about ourselves. I can attest to feeling like a fish out of water wanting to stand out but with risk of being made fun of by my peers so I just blended in with the crowd. Continue Reading

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    3-Piece Summer Hair Toolkit

    Maintaining good hair health and vitality has its problems throughout the year, our hair care regimes are rarely more tested than during the summer months. It’s somewhat strange to think that we paste our skin in suncream (which we definitely should!) but often go bare-headed into the sun, leaving our scalp and strands to deal with the UV rays.

     

    Add into this mix the fact we tend to spend more time in pools in summer – thus exposing our tresses to chlorine and all the damage it can wreak – and, well, it can quickly be a summer of suffering for our hair. Given that natural hair tends to be prone to dryness anyway, the onslaught of summer just makes the usual problems a thousand times worse. Many of us resort to braids for this reason alone, though they’re not without their problems.

     

    If you want to wear your hair loose through this summer, a few tweaks to your hair care regime can make all the difference. Thankfully, it’s perfectly possible to get through summer in style and still on good terms with your hair with just three essential items.

     

    #1 – Scissors

     

    A small pair of scissors means that you can routinely go through your locks and shed the split ends that can ruin any ‘do. Once they exist, split ends can’t ever be healed; some products will slick them down, but they won’t ever undo the damage. That’s why it’s best to get rid of the split before it continues further up each strand of hair. To discover how to find, identify, and remove split ends, try here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCSeOZdhK2Q

     

    #2 – Anti-Frizz Cream

     

    A good anti-frizz cream is an essential for getting through summer with your hair looking its best. You’ll often see these called “straightening creams” – but as we all know, it’s not possible to straighten natural hair with just a cream. The anti-frizz properties, though, we can take advantage of. Creams like this can help preserve your natural curl without weighing them down with product, as well as helping to eliminate any frizz that comes from the excess heat. If you want to find one that works for you, then you can find out more here: https://testingteam.net/best-hair-straightening-cream/

     

    #3 – Castor Oil

     

    Cheap but effective, castor oil is the deep-nourishing treatment that your hair has been waiting for. When you need to inject some vitality and moisture back into your locks, reaching for castor oil is the best instant way that you can find. It’s also been strongly linked with encouraging hair growth, so if this is a problem for you (or you just want longer hair, faster!) then it’s worth trying for this reason alone. When it comes to using castor oil for hair nourishment, you can find out more here http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/11/castor-oil-for-healthy-hair.html

     

    Bear in mind that castor oil is great for those days when nothing else seems to be getting control of any frizz and excess volume you have. If you want to slick your hair back into a bun, then a few dabs of castor oil on your fingers can help smooth down any loose frizzes that escape your comb.

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