My favourite 2016 products

My favourite products for 2016

It has been three years since I’ve done a favourite products post. Although a lot of time has passed and I have tried a few products (not many) here and there, I still go back to my faithful few. As my hair grows, I have less and less time and  desire, to wash, detangle and style my hair but I can always depend on these tried and true products.

Once again I share my six favourite products for 2016

  1. Water

Water still tops the list as my favourite product for my hair. I use it for detangling, washing, moisturizing and styling my. Clean, tangle free, well moisturized hair is a must to see a healthy mane. Just spraying the hair with water is sufficient for me, in order to keep it moisturized. Water is my number one friend, from wash day to moisturizing. A little water go a long way and it makes a big difference.

  1. Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner

This product is still one of my staple products in my hair care regimen. I use it as a detangler on damp hair, as an instant rinse out conditioner (which it is) and also as a deep conditioner. Although it is not designed as a deep conditioner, it does help in keeping my hair moisturized and soft. I also use it as a cowash and as a leave in conditioner. This is still my all in one conditioner. It has a lot of slip, and just like water, a little goes a long way, it is moisturizing, inexpensive and smells great.

  1. As I am coconut cowash cleansing conditioner

I have been using this cowash for years now and I am still impressed with it.  Since following the curly girl method, I have grown closer to this product. It is light weight, does a great job at cleaning the hair and scalp without suds, I am able to detangle my hair with the product in it and it is moisturizing.

To learn more about the As I am coconut cowash by kindly seeing my product review post, click the link below

https://antiguabarbudagirl.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/product-review-as-i-am-coconut-cowash-cleansing-conditioner/

  1. Raw shea butter

This product is still multipurpose for me as well because I use it on both my hair and skin and in my home made deodorant. Although this product is a butter, it is not heavy on my hair once I’m not too heavy handed with it. It is quite moisturizing and helps in reducing dark spots about the skin. I have been using shea butter for years and it is still my go to product , even after trying other products.

  1. Grapeseed oil

Grapeseed oil is still my all time favourite oil to use. I use it to seal in moisture in my hair and skin. It keeps the hair and skin moisturized, soft to the touch without the greasy after feeling. Grapeseed oil is light weight with a very subtle scent that quickly disappears after applying it on the hair or skin.

  1. Eco styler gel (clear)

Eco styler gel comes in different types, with protein (black), pink, blue, with olive oil (green), yellow, with Argan oil (dark yellow), crystal (clear). I am yet to use them all but my favourite is still the clear eco styler gel. It does not make my hair hard, it keeps down the edges while maintaining a soft hold. Although there can be some amount of product build up with continuous and excessive use, it’s not flaky in my hair and it is easy to rinse out.

That’s it, feel free to share some of your favourite products as well.

Natural Hair Blog Feature – Ms. Saran King

I am featured on Islandkynks!

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!!!WELCOME TO ISLANDKYNKS BLOG FEAUTURE!!!

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Ms. King is our following guest and she is such a dear.

With her doll face, amazing hair and gorgeous smile, she is a true beauty and hard worker!

Here is herNatural Hair Story,enjoy my ladies: 

1) Please introduce your amazing self.

A:  My name is Saran P King. I am a physician by profession and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. I am also totally in love and obsessed with my natural hair.

2) Did you Transition, Big Chop, Both or Natural from Birth?

A: The first time I transitioned my hair it was because it came out bone straight which I didn’t like very much and the second time because of severe breakage.

3) How long have you been natural?

A: I have been natural all my childhood days and most of my adult life. While in university I wanted a change of…

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Hair Tips: The secrets that are not secrets after all

How to retain moisture and length in natural hair

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  1. Clean hair and scalp: The first step to retaining moisture and ultimately retaining length, [if that is your goal], is to work with a clean canvas. The scalp and length of the strands must be kept clean in order to give it a better chance of absorbing the well needed moisture to keep your hair soft and manageable. Weather you follow the no shampoo method, also known as the girl method or you have a tweeny weeny afro (twa), at the in between stage or have waist long hair, hair must be kept clean. You may have to spend a little time figuring out what works for your hair depending on the porosity, density, length and texture by researching and experimenting. Depending on your preference and life style you may wash your hair as often as every day, every week or once a month. It is important to find out what works for you and stick to that method. It is important to note that your hair regimen may change other time depending on the length and lifestyle.
  2. Styling choice: There have been many debates whether one should adapt protective styles or not to retain length. Once again it is a matter of choice and goal set. For me, my hair prefers to be in protective styles such as buns and twists because it is prone to drying, so I rarely have my hair loose. But for others, they are able to wear their hair loose and still retain length. One thing is certain is that too much stress must not be placed on the strands and especially the edges which are easiest to break. Choose your styles based on your preference and daily activities.
  3. Tracking length: Note that although the average growth of hair is ½ inch per month, that does not mean that you will retain that amount. It is important to remember that everybody has different growth rates and you have to find out how fast your hair grows and how much of that you retain. If you are retaining much less than your hair is growing then it may seem like your hair is not growing. If that is the case, you should investigate the reasons why and put steps in place to correct or change as needed. It is also important not to compare your hair growth with others, if you are doing all that you can to preserve your strands, length will come, so don’t obsess over it [because it is pretty over rated ;-)]
  4. Health: Physical and mental health are often over looked factors in hair growth. Hair and nails are the last places on the body to receive nutrients. So it is essential that you are eating well and exercising both your body and your mind. Stress plays a big part in retaining length, whether it is positive or negative stress. You should know your stress level and find ways to manage it effectively if it is negatively affecting your health.
  5. Handle with care: Natural hair, especially naturally curly-kinky hair, is very fragile with all the twists and bends in every strand. You could be doing all of the about but if you are rough with your hair, you will be sabotaging all the hard work that you put in over the months. It is advised that if you are having a bad day or not in the mood to do your hair, just leave it alone, gel it down or wear a scarf or hat. You may cause more harm than good by venting on your strands. Leave your hair until you are better able to handle your hair with more gentle hands.
  6. Patience Patience Patience: Hair does not grow over night, so it is imperative that you exercise just a little patience. Sometimes we get caught up with seeing growth or getting to a certain length to achieve a hair style that we have been wishing to try, that we don’t enjoy the length we have at the time. Hair grows, it breaks or we cut it, then it growth again. Enjoy the stage that you are at until you get to the next stage then enjoy that stage, so in the end you are enjoying every moment without missing a beat. You may enjoy a particular length and may choose to keep it at that length and that is also fine.
  7. To trim or not to trim, that is the question!: There have been many discussions on trimming the ends of your hair or not. The reality is that, because natural hair is natural curly, fragile and prone to dryness, then wear and tear will come, especially the longer it gets. The ends of the hair, the oldest and weakest part of our hair, will, over time develop split ends and single strand knots, although split ends and knots can occur along any part of the strand, it is most commonly seen at the ends. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot repair split ends or unravel single strand knots. The only way to get rid of them, is to get rid of them, by cut them with a well sharpened barber scissors before they travel the length of the strand. The frequency of trimming or dusting the ends is entirely up to you and the state of your hair. Note though that if you are trimming your hair faster than it is growing, you will not retain length.
  8. Water is your friend: Apart from needing water to clean your hair, water is the only product that truly moisturizes your strands. All products that are not water based are just sealant and merely seals in the water that adds moisture to the hair. If your hair is not sufficiently moisturized, the hair can feel dry and brittle and look limp. On the other hand, too much water in the strands can cause the strands to become swollen, making the hair heavy also giving it a limp feeling. In addition, the hair can have a “mushy” or wet feeling. Again, when you learn your hair, you will know the quantity or water to apply to the hair and the frequency in which it should be applied. So learn your hair and find that middle ground. Once you know that amount of water your hair needs, learn what are the best products to seal in that moisture. There are some who follow the LOC method, which stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream. This method may not work for everyone so may need to experiment a bit to see what works best for your hair.
  9. Loving what you got: The unique thing about naturally kinky, curly, coily hair, is that no too heads are exactly alike. They may look and feel similar and may even require the same products but every head of hair is different. The one thing I like to tell other is that you should never compare your hair to another person’s hair. It is a plus when you learn to love your hair just the way it is and if you want a change, you can add colour, cut it and style it to suit your preference. But fall in love, fall head over heels even with your tresses, they are yours and they were perfectly made just for you. When you can appreciate what you were given you can enjoy your hair even more.
  10. Is it just hair: There have been many a discussion on the topic, so what is the answer!, is it JUST hair? It is hair, yes that is correct but for me it is a little more than hair. For me, my hair tells many stories about my heritage and ancestors, where I came from and where I am today. It reminds me that I did not create myself and there is one most powerful, all knowing who created me and I was created imperfectly perfect in his image. It makes me feel myself and alive when I am able to wear my natural hair. I also feel fortunate to even have hair, a privilege that many to not possess, so I wear my hair for them. I am more confident with my hair, the hair that I was born with and not ashamed to wear. I wear my hair for the little girls who may feel pressured to adding chemicals to their sensitive scalps because either society or their peers tell them that they are not pretty or professional enough with their hair. So more me, it is much more than hair. So wear your hair proud because its yours.

Ms. Saran – Feature Story on Maicurls

I am featured on Maicurls!

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Hey Maicurlies,

It has been a little while since I’ve been privileged to feature a beautiful natural head on my blog so without further-ado I would like to introduce you to the gorgeous natural-head Ms. Saran, owner of AntiguaBarbudaGirl.

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Saran is an “Old timer” Natural who has been natural for pretty much all her life (the things we can learn from her!) She was kind enough to share her story and experiences with me and I am honored to share them with you. (Thank you for sharing Saran !) 

You can read all about Saran ‘s journey over here

Also, if you happen to be on the hunt for hair tutorials, hair care tips, poetry, healthy living ideas and motivation then you will want to visit AntiguaBarbudaGir! The blog is easy to follow with some great information and inspiration. 

Once again Thank You Saran for sharing your story with…

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Blog Feature AntiguaBarbudaGirl

I’m featured on Natural489

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How long have you been natural?
I have been natural most of my life except for 2 separate occations in university when I texturized it, just to have a change

What texture is your hair? : 4B

How did you transition?
I long termed transition for a year the two times I texturized my hair. I washed and got my hair corn rowed once a week, while slowly cutting off the processed ends.

When/Why did you decide to go natural?
Since I was used to having my natural hair, I decided to transition back, while in university

Is being natural what you expected?
What stage are you at in your natural hair journey? : Well, I knew exactly what to expect because I was used to having and caring for my natural hair. I am back to mid back stage after transitioning for 3 years from a permanent…

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*GIVEAWAY* hosted by the NHBDirectory* closed *

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The Natural Hair Blog Directory has officially been up and running for 6 months, and they are almost half way to their 500 blogger/vlogger goal!

So what is the Natural Hair Blog Directory (NHBD) all about?


–It is a media for persons to get exposure! To get blogs/vlogs out there to the world via the website and all of its social networks
–It is a way to connect and network with other bloggers/vloggers on the internet
–A medium to have bloggers/vloggers posts highlighted every week in the Weekly Blog Posts feature
–An opportunity for bloggers/vloggers to join in on the Soapbox Discussions to let their voices be heard
–To jump into the stoplight for a chance to discuss different natural hair journeys and blog/vlog the journey to the world being featured for that entire month
-In order to unite and support other bloggers/vloggers as we change the societal views of beauty and natural hair

In celebration of such a great momentum to this point, NHBD wants to thank all of the naturalistas who have used and helped spread the word of the directory! One lucky naturalista will win a box of the following items listed below.

 

  • Raw Shea Butter from AntiguaBarbudaGirl
  • Jewelry from Fro and Bro
  • Waist Beads from Natural Hair Junkies
  • Sample sizes of Motions Light Styling Foam, Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Parnevu T-Tree Shampoo, Parnevu T-Tree Ultra Deep Repair Conditioner, and Parnevu T-Tree Cream Glosser from Tresses and Treats
  • T-shirt from Aphrodite Kinks
  • Design Essentials Stimulations Super Moisturizing Conditioner from Natural Nicole
  • Curlkit by Nappyfu.com
  • Maxi Hair Bows from Yellospace
  • 2 Eden BodyWorks products from Naturally Glam
  • BYOB tshirt from The Confetti Collective
  • Natural High T-shirt from The Natural High Blog
  • Jewelry from Overxposedkc91
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie from Lovethyintrovert

How to Enter:

There are many ways to enter but only two are mandatory. Tell the NHBD how you found out about the giveaway and subscribe to the NHB directory! You have exactly one month to enter as this giveaway ends on August 16th! Good luck!
To enter, click the link below to get to the NHBD page, click the logo highlighting the giveaway and follow the instructions there. It’s that simple!
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