INHMD Success

Natural Divas!

How you doing?  (In my Wendy Williams Voice).  Sorry that I had not posted for several days.  But, I was busy with setting up, hosting, and managing an awesome event called International Natural Hair Meet-Up Day here in Austin, Texas.  If you did not know, this event was created by Adeea Rogers, the Trendy Socialite.  She is a force to be reckoned with and just a great inspiration to us all.

The event here in Austin was held this past Saturday, May 18th, 2013, at the Westin at the Domain.  Tickets were sold out by Monday, prior to the event.  We had tons of giveaways, great guest speakers, and a lot of good natural hair conversation.  There were a ton of beautiful natural hair styles and I even did my Big Chop at the event.  With that being said, I will go ahead and put it put there.  I did not have much to chop because I had been transitioning for a little over 7 months.  It was still my Big Chop, because I am now 100% natural as of May 18th, 2013.

It was a wonderful experience hosting this great event.  That does not meant that it wasn’t stressful.  But, if asked I would do it again.  I will do it again locally sometime in the Fall for all those Austin naturals that missed out on INHMD or who are looking for good information and some inspiration.

Check out our wrap up video for the event and the video posted by Naturally Curly.com on our event here in Austin.  Please don’t forget to leave your comments or ask questions.

 

 

 

Curly, Kinky & Coily in the Capitol Official International Natural Hair Meet Up Day

INHMD 2013

Hey Natural Divas!

It is almost here! Austin’s 1st International Natural Hair Meet Up Day Event.  Attendees at Curly, Kinky & Coily in the Capitol will experience:

  • Product Swag (limited to 3 products per attendee with 2 product trade)
  • Swag Bags
  • Giveaways
  • Demonstrations
  • FAQ Session
  • Lash Bar
  • Make-Up Demonstrations

and more!

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We will also host a Mix & Mingle from 12 Noon – 1Pm in the hotel lobby.  Are itching to attend; are you a natural, are you considering going natural?  Well it doesn’t matter just buy your ticket because there will be something for everyone!

Just visit our Evenbrite page at  http://inhmdcoilykinkycurlyinaustin.eventbrite.com.  Tickets will be sold at the door if we have not sold out.  Who want to miss the chance to mingle with other naturals, get styling tips, tools, and more?  So get your tickets today.  If you purchase your own ticket and get two friends to purchase tickets you can get a VIP Swag Bag!  Just send your confirmation number along with two friends confirmation number to info@tresses-kinks-twists.net.

Official International Natural Hair Meet-Up Day Event
Curly, Kinky & Coily In the Capitol
Austin’s 1st International Natural Hair Meet-Up Day
“Collaborate, Connect & Celebrate”
Hosted by Tresses Kinks & Twists

May 18, 2012
Westin at the Domain
11301 Domain Dr. Austin, Texas
Mix & Mingle
12 noon – 1:00 pm
Meet-Up 
3pm – 7pm

Presented by

INHMD Official Giveaway Sponsors

 Curl Collection

Just Luvly Accessories

Sisters With Beauty

Special Guest & Vlogger 

Obia

Founder & Creator 

of 

Obia Natural Hair Care

Local Diamond Sponsor

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Reve Essentials
Sincere-Ly Naturale Apothecary
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Hairfinity Hair Vitamin Challenge? Stay tuned!

Hey Natural Divas!

I just wanted to update you on an upcoming challenge!  I know that a lot of naturals out there have problems with getting their hair to grow and other just want to have faster hair growth.  If you are a subscriber to this blog, you know that I feel that your hair will grow on it own in due time.

I have done some research for you and looked into a hair vitamin called Hairfinity.

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If you have not heard of it, it is made by a company called Brock Beauty based out Louisiana. Hairfinity vitamins are supplements that include the nutrients necessary to stimulate hair growth.  The nutrients that can be found in these hair vitamins include:

Biotin

Biotin promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. Increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage. Helps produce keratin that prevents hair loss.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Niacin promotes scalp circulation Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – prevents hair loss.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps maintain hair and skin health.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps prevent hair shedding which is critical to a voluminous fuller head of hair.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is essential to the formation of healthy red blood cells and helps transport oxygen to the scalp and follicles, which is required to sustain hair growth.

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B Complex nourishes and supports a healthy scalp environment and healthy hair growth. Deficiencies in these vitamins can lead to hair thinning, hair loss, graying, and weakening of the hair structure.

Silica

Due to its ability to maintain collagen, Silica helps maintain the hair’s elasticity and helps keep the hair lustrous.

MSM

The sulfur provided by MSM is required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.

The company also makes products called Essentious.

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The Essentious products include a Exonerate Gentle Shampoo, Hydrate Moisture Conditioning Treatment, and Rejuvinate Protein Strengthening Treatment.  All of these products are Aloe Vera based, free of Sulfates, Silicones, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, and Parabens and are pH-balanced.

Tresses Kinks & Twists Natural Hair product boutique is working with Brock Beauty to bring these products to you in our online store.  Stay tuned!

Look for the announcement on the Hairfinity challenge coming soon!

*Rules and instruction on how to enter the challenge to win Hairfinity Hair Vitamins will be provided on the day of the announcement.

Friday Music Selection of the Day

Hello Naturalistas!

I will be starting a Friday Music Selection of the Day every week!  I have a daughter who is in the Navy and in San Diego, California (she is the one in the middle of all the guys).

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I miss her much!  We have our music day weekly to talk about new songs that are good and some that are not so good.  I have not had the time to do that with her because she has been on the ship.  But I thought that I could share with my Natural Divas out there until we can get back on track.

So I heard Fantasia’s new song “Without Me” and it was pretty good!  The song features Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot.  The beat was definitely well-chosen.  I understand that recently she has had some financial trouble and is attempting to make a come back.  How that will go is unknown.  But, I wish her the best of luck.  So check out the audio of the new track here.

Kelly Rowland & Her Natural Hair

Naturalistas!

Hey, Kelly had her natural hair out!  I was browsing the web and found some recent pics of Kelly Rowland in Miami.

Kelly was rocking her natural hair.  This is something that we don’t see her do often, because she normally wears protective styles such as weaves and wigs.  But either way Kelly is my girl and she is beautiful and talented no matter what!

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Here is Kelly as we see her normally.

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How Important is A Smooth Cuticle

Hey Naturalistas!

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I wanted to do a post on how having a smooth cuticle can be so important to your hair.  Lets start here, hair is made up of 3 parts; medulla, cortex, and cuticle.  The protein keratin within the above-mentioned structure.  We go into hair talk much more than this, so let’s get going on that cuticle.  The cuticle looks a lot like roof (yes the one on top of your house with the shingles).

What happens is that for some people, those shingles on the roof are curved up (raised), and in this state the hair cannot hold moisture.  With that being said, you can easily understand that moisture will exit as easily as it enters!  Now you should understand that during your wash routine the cuticle lifts as well, but the majority of the time, you  want to make sure that the cuticle is as smooth as possible.

This is what your hair shaft looks like.

This is what your hair shaft looks like.

So, why should you make sure that your hair’s cuticle is smooth?  The main reason for this is to ensure that your hair maintains moisture.  When the cuticle is smooth your hair has more shine to it and holds moisture longer.  As stated above when you wash your hair the cuticle is raised and that is okay.  Because when you are washing/conditioning you want your product to penetrate the hair shaft and do what they said they would do no the label.  After your product has done its job this is when you want to ensure that the cuticle is smooth and laying down.

There are a number ways that you can ensure that your cuticle lays down and is smooth.  The way that I make sure that my cuticle is smooth is to use cold water when rinsing.   Now, I don’t mean freezing cold water, but cool water that you do not have a problem withstanding while you complete your rinse.

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Another way that you can help to smooth the cuticle is to dilute some apple cider vinegar and rinse your hair with this solution.  In order to mix this solution use one part water and one part apple cider vinegar.  Remember you still want to rinse with cool water.

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This is the Apple Cider Vinegar of choice for me.  It is a great clarifier as well!

Rinsing your hair with warm water then applying leave in conditioner that you have left in the refrigerator can also help with smoothing a cuticle.  And finally you can also apply your leave in conditioner of choice and then a natural oil such as olive oil, rosemary oil or your chosen oil to help in smoothing the surface of the hair and lock in moisture.

So make sure that your cuticle is smooth so that you have shiny, moist natural hair !

Q.U.E.E.N by Janelle Monae featuring Eryka Badu

Hey Naturalistas!

This is one of my few random posts.  But, I had to tell you guys about the new Janelle Monae song featuring Eryka Badu, Q.U.E.E.N.  I am a music fan and I have a music family.  If you have not heard about this collaboration where have you been.  These are two of the baddest natural sisters out there.  The song is just on point from the lyrics to the music.  The video is the bomb.com!  So check it out here first and then download it to your playlist.  I already have!