I recently went to The Makeup Show NYC and I wanted to try a new hairstyle. You know I live in twists and this time I wanted to try Bantu knots. I was looking for a looser, fluffier texture.
Actually Bantu knots are not new to me. Wore them a bit growing up along with canerow. Anyway, I have not tried this in a long time and this is the result.
My Bantu knot out!
Not bad, but not the best. I was looking for a smoother finish, but I love the volume I got. This was actually the second time that I attempted this. The first time was on damp hair, and even though I left the knots in overnight, it still was not dry and everything fell. The next time, I did about 10-11 knots on dry hair.
A different angle…
Check out that liner!
I will be working on perfecting this. I probably need to do this on stretched hair for smoother results.
While visiting Port-of-Spain over Christmas for some much needed sorrel, parang and hot sun, I paid a visit to the boutique on Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook, specializing in carrying most of the popular local and international hair care brands. This is of course “Body Beautiful on d’Avenue”.
Upon walking in, I was immediately impressed at how much the store had expanded and the number of brands that they have added. As a matter of fact, I think they have one of the largest collection of natural products on the island, and rivals stores in the US for variety.
I chatted with the lovely owner, Alison Goddard, who emphasized that she wanted to give Trinbagonians quality, proven choices and she has included 10, yes 10, locally-made natural brands.
Me with Alison Goddard, owner of Body Beautiful on d’Avenue
I was so excited when I saw the sneak peek of this new line on Instagram! (Btw, are you following me?) I loved the amber/maroon/burnished gold packaging. I have been using the same shampoo bars for the last year and a half and I was ready for something new. The newest member of the SheaMoisture Collection is The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection.
The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection is part of SheaMoisture Community Commerce program, which seeks to fight poverty and better the lives of women globally. Ten percent of Community Commerce sales go to women-led businesses, to support communities that supply ingredients for SheaMoisture’s products, or support The Sofi Tucker Foundation, a non-profit established by the brand. Each product in the collection contains certified organic Shea Butter ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils, and African Rock Fig.
The collection contains both a hair care line and body care line.
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo– This sulfate-free shampoo cleanses, while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Softens and revitalizes hair, while protecting from environmental influences. SRP: $10.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner– A rinse-out conditioner instantly softens and detangles, while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Leaves hair soft, shiny and more manageable. SRP: $10.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Complex– This potent treatment absorbs quickly to encourage a healthy scalp and lustrous, beautiful hair. Improves hair’s elasticity and promotes healthy growth. SRP: $10.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque– An intensive, deep treatment conditioning masque that infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier, frizz-free hair. SRP: $12.99.
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash– An all-purpose body wash that gently cleanses, while moisturizing dry, rough skin. Provides a creamy lather and leaves skin soft and radiant. Can also be used to create a luxurious spa bath. SRP: $9.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hand Cream– Rich in vitamins, this hand cream deeply moisturizes and provides immediate relief to dry, rough skin. Apply to hands and cuticles as needed. SRP: $5.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Butter– This comforting body butter delivers long-lasting hydration, while rejuvenating dry, rough skin. Massage into rough, dry elbows, cuticles, knees and heels. Gently enough to apply to dry lips. SRP: $11.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Scrub– An invigorating scrub that gently exfoliates and nourishes with a rich blend of certified organic Shea Butter Honey, Mafura and Baobab to boost skin’s hydration. African Rock Fig helps smooth and restore softness. SRP: $10.99;
I picked up the Hydration Shampoo and the Intensive Hydration Masque from my local Target.
There is a distinct scent of honey that is not too overpowering. I actually love it. I was not thrilled at the last collection, the Manoi and Noni line, but this one is pretty.
Both products lived up the SheaMoisture standard and were quality items, but I loved the shampoo more than the masque.
So I returned from an amazing trip to Turkey and I needed to give my hair a little TLC. I decided to do a deep cleanse with bentonite clay. What’s bentonite clay you ask?? I used Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay with contains 100% natural calcium bentonite clay, which I bought at Fairway in NYC for $6.95. You can find this at other stores and all over online.
Image via Vitacost
A bit on bentonite clay…
Calcium bentonite or green bentonite is a naturally occurring clay that is known for it’s highly absorbing and detoxification properties. It can be used both internally and externally, but if you are going ingest bentonite clay, do copious amounts of research and proceed at your own risk! Anyway, calcium bentonite absorbs many things, water, oil, sebum, dirt, toxins, metals, free radicals, bacteria and other kinds of impurities and it is quite popular in the haircare and skincare communities. Many people with oily or acne-prone skin make facial masques as it quite effectively removes surface oil. I got some of it on my forehead and my dry skin felt suuuuuuper tight, so I know it works! I used it to cleanse and detoxify my hair, like a hair masque. So here’s how I mixed it: