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A product for kinky hair: Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Review

Mielle Organics has been on my long list of brands that I needed to try but I never got around to it. When I heard that they were coming out with the Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey collection that was specially made for people with kinky hair, or who need intense hydration, I was sold! I went to my local Sally’s Beauty to take a look. By the way, this particular collection is exclusive to Sally’s and also the Mielle Organics website.

Mielle Organics has been around since 2014 and it was founded by a woman of colour who was looking for products for her natural hair with quality, wholesome ingredients. There are other lines from this brand that are great for curly hair, but this was specifically made for folks like me! I picked up two products – the Leave-In Conditioner and the Twisting Souffle. Both products conditions, hydrates and seals the hair. As far as I can tell, all the ingredients are naturally based, and most of them are organic. There are no parabens, sulphates, paraffins, mineral oil, artificial colours, DEA and it is not tested on animals.

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Mielle Organics – Pomegranate & Honey Review: Some of the Science

Pomegranate is a well-known ingredient that is used in many beauty products for its anti-aging/antioxidant properties as it is a natural source of Vitamin C. The oil also contains punicic acid which helps strengthen hair follicles and encourages healthy hair growth and aids in detangling. Honey is a humectant, which means it draws water into itself and helps maintain moisture levels in hair. It is also anti-bacterial and encourages healthy follicles and hair growth.

Mielle Organics – Pomegranate & Honey Review: The Video

Before I continue, if you just want to see what I thought about this line, check out my video! Otherwise keep scrollin 🙂

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How to easily tie your African headwrap – Headwrap tutorial

Quick video here!

I wear a headwrap fairly often. Mostly when it is warmer. And many times when I appear on camera. I am still learning but I decided to record a headwrap tutorial! This is my favourite way to tie my headwrap – and it is easy and stays put. I also give a great tip! I will continue to discover styles and I will share those with you.

There are two brands that make quality headwraps that I like to buy.  They are founded my black women so you know I have to support.  They are Fanm Djanm and The Wrap Life.  I have to pick up a few more this year.  Let me know your favourite placy to buy quality headwraps.  Put it in the comments below.

So check out the video and let me know what you think.

Headwrap tutorial – VIDEO

Headwrap used in the above video is by The Wrap Life. 

This one was limited edition, but there are plenty of gorgeous ones to chose from.

How do you tie your headwrap? Is there a meaning in the way you tie your headwrap?

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FTC Disclosure: Products were purchased by me, Noire Tropical Beauty. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I have not been compensated for this review. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

5 simple tips for Transitioning to Natural Hair from Relaxed

Transitioning to natural hair. It is probably one of the most discussed topics in the natural hair community. Everyone has a story. So do I. So I want to quickly discuss 5 tips for transitioning to natural hair.

But first, really quick, my natural hair story.

I was natural for most of my childhood and teenage years. My parents always made sure that my siblings and I were proud of who we were, including our skin and hair. I wore a lot of canerowed (cornrowed) styles in school and when I was about 17, I wanted to do something different. I started relaxing my hair and experimenting with colour. After being totally done with the smell of relaxers, I decided in 2008 to transition to natural hair. I had no idea what to expect, or what I was doing. I also did a lot of research and experimentation into what products made my hair happy.

So here are 5 tips that I always tell people when they ask me about transitioning. These tips help me through my journey and I hope they help you too!

Let me know what are your transitioning tips!

Transitioning to Natural Hair – Video

Transitioning to Natural Hair – Transition pics!
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Me with relaxed hair!

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5 simple tips for an amazing twistout on natural hair (Video)

So, 90% of the time, I am wearing my hair in two-strand twists. I have been wearing this protective style for years. Once I ‘discovered’ that I could do this, it was on! And I love the twistout that I get.  And I have been getting consistent results using this technique for years!

After washing my hair, I detangle and twist my hair at the same time. I only started doing this recently and it has cut down my twisting time significantly. Like, significantly…..it still takes me hours to complete the style, but not nearly as much time. I wash, detangle and twist every fortnight, and about 3 days before my next wash, I unravel the twists and wear it out. I have found that it is easiest way to protect my ends, and have a low manipulation style for an extended period.

The Twistout Results

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Twistout results

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I have created a step-by-step guide to how I create my twistouts.

Five Twistout Tips – Step by Step Guide

Do you know the secret to my twists to make them stay almost two weeks? I braid or plait the first inch or so of hair! So here are the rest of the steps that I take to achieve amazing results!

  • Make sure your hair is properly detangled. I finger detangle, then use a wide tooth comb
  • Well hydrated and moisturised hair helps make for a smooth twist. I create my twists on damp hair to cut down on breakage. I try not to manipulate dry hair to often. I also use the LCO method for prepping my hair i.e. I layer my leave-in conditioner, then a styling cream then an oil (in the form of a pomade).
  • Plait the first inch of hair then twist
  • Keep your fingers close to where the two strands meet instead of being lower down the length of hair.
  • Twist each individual strand before twisting the strands together.

And here’s the video! Enjoy! Let me know what you think and what are your favourite products to use for your twistouts. 

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P.S. – I will do a separate post on my favourite products for doing my twistouts

P.P.S. – These are the products mentioned in the video 

FTC Disclosure: Products were purchased by me, Noire Tropical Beauty.  All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I have not been compensated for this review.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

My brother gets his locs done! + UK Salon review

Konata locs vlog

Hey!

 

So I am not the only one in my family that wears their hair in its natural state.  As a matter of fact, I was the last one to the party.  My mother always wore her hair in a short fro/buzz cut.  So did my dad.  So I never grew up in a house where there was any shame in wearing kinky hair.  Not having “good” hair was NEVER a thing for us.  All of it was good.  We are proud.  All three of my siblings have had or have locs.  I have yet to try it out, but I have been thinking of it for a number of years, but I am satisfied with my loose natural…for now…

My brother, Konata, has had his locs for about 10 years now and decided to film himself getting his locs retwisted at his favourite natural hair salon in London, Morris Roots.

All locs images via Konata  

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I know a lot or most of the focus in the natural hair movement is on women, but we can’t forget that there are a lot of guys out there too, making black hair more visible and acceptable to both ourselves and others.

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So check out this salon in Tooting Broadway, London, Morris Roots.

And check out my brother’s music, podcast and other projects at I Am Konata.

Let me know what you think?

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