Review: Natural Hair, Inc.

by Jackie

I’m hair lazy. Every now and then, I get inspired and do a meticulous twist-and-curl style, but for the other 50 weeks of the year, I alternate between wash-and-gos and the occasional blow out. I’m pretty sure this qualifies me for a spot on the bench on #TeamNatural, but not everyone was made to be a starter, and I’m ok with that. The folks at NaturalHair, Inc. seem to understand just how little effort I am willing to put into my hair and sent me some no-fuss products to try.

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The Juice is a detangling spray, and the appropriately titled Hair Crack is a luscious conditioning hair mask from Natural Hair, Inc.

Following the product instructions, I deep conditioned my hair with their Hair Crack and The Juice. The Juice is a detangling formula that I sprayed on my scalp and roots and the Hair Crack is a conditioning mask that I raked through my hair from root to tip with my fingers. I then used a shower cap (thanks for sending that along, too!) and let the combo work its magic for about 30 minutes while I straightened up my room. I co-washed like I normally do and used a paddle brush while in the shower. At first, it seemed like every other conditioner, lots of slip and shine.

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I’ll never use a wide-tooth comb again. The paddle brush detangled and clumped my curls. It’s the truth!

After air drying (which takes a long time, like a really long time) I noticed that my hair is much softer and seems more moisturized than when I deep conditioned in the past. While it is a tad bit pricier than I’m used to, I think I’ll be back for another hit of that Hair Crack!

Day 2 hair: big, soft, and fluffy.

Day 2 hair: big, soft, and fluffy.

Stop “Grinding”

by Jackie

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

I was standing in the middle of a mountain of clothes that rivaled Everest. Despite the yo-yo temperatures, I decided to swap out my winter wardrobe for my spring/summer wears. The project that I had estimated to take me about three hours was taking forever because I was tired, yet I was on a mission to organize my closet by color and type. Yawning into the fifth hour of my Friday night project that I began after a long day of work and grueling two-a-day workouts, I did what I always do when I start feeling overwhelmed, I called my best friend. “Don’t do the thing where you stay up all night to finish a thing,” she said. “Choose sleep. Always choose sleep.” She knows my modus operandi. Finishing what I’ve started had become a life motto, even if it meant staying up until the wee hours of the morning. I started relying on concealer to hide the signs of whatever I’d committed myself to the night before, my moods were becoming unpredictable, and I was always fatigued.

Me after not getting much sleep.

Me after a full night’s sleep

There is no amount of styling that can hide sleep deprivation. A full night of sleep leaves your face and your attitude bright and fresh. Do your health and your look a favor, stop subscribing to the “You sleep, we grind” mentality. Adequate sleep is a must. So, choose sleep. Always choose sleep. If you don’t believe me, check out this infographic that illustrates the effects of not getting enough sleep and click the image for the terrifying details:

( Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post)

(Infographic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post)

 

Nailing Throwback Thursday

by Jackie

Gave myself a flawless manicure in 10 minutes.

Gave myself a flawless manicure in 10 minutes.

You know that feeling. Your nails look like you’ve been landscaping all day, but you don’t have the time to get to the spa or wait for a base coat, two color coats, and a top coat to dry (even quick dry top coats take time because you have to wait for the the other coats to dry before you apply it. Let me quote the prolific Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”).

I was making a mad dash to bed the other night because I had a big day ahead of me that started at 5:00 a.m. I knew if I tried to give myself a full mani, that I’d end up smudging all of my nails in my sheets.  What’s a girl to do?! Sitting in my mani box was the answer, a package of press-on nails that I got from ImPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails some months earlier in NYC. I know what you’re thinking: “Press-on nails? That’s so 1992.” I promise you, these look better and feel sturdier than the ones I used to play dress-up with as a little beauty queen wannabe. So far, I like them better than nail stickers because they don’t bubble and the application was quick and easy — prep, peel, stick. Voila!

I think this will be my summer mani go-to. I’ll spend the time I would have spent on my nails at the pool. Oh, and it’s only about $6, so it definitely beats a pricey salon visit.

This color is perfect for whenever it decides to stop snowing.

This color is perfect for whenever it decides to stop snowing.

Red, Brown, and Blue?

by Jackie

Congratulations to Nina Davuluri, the first  Indian-American Miss America. (AP Photo)

Congratulations to Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American Miss America. (AP Photo)

I’ll admit, between football and Breaking Bad, I missed the Miss America pageant. I thought it would be no big deal, but I was wrong. I clicked on the #MissAmerica hashtag on Twitter to see who took home the coveted tiara, and was greeted by a string of racist tweets reacting to the first Indian-American Miss America. I would love to say that I was shocked, but frankly, I’ve come to expect people to react negatively to anything other than the status quo.

Long gone are the days when blonde hair and blue eyes marked the only standard of American beauty. Diversity is not something to be ‘tolerated,’ it should be celebrated. The true beauty of our country is our multiculturalism. Incessant racism threatens to undermine the strength of who we are. We cannot afford to continue repeating the darkest pages of our history by ignoring, silencing, and denying people of color.

I am proud that Nina Davuluri not only represents my home state, but also the nation. She gives new meaning to America the Beautiful.

 

 

A*cute Beauty Products: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

by Sherria

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I recently lost the three lip balms that I carry in my purse (Yes, I lost all three) and so I stopped at Sephora to pick up a new luxurious lip balm. I came across a section full of  Fresh Sugar Lip treatments. While I wanted to purchase various colors, I knew I only needed the basics. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is a clear, nourishing balm. It also contains sunscreen, SPF 15, for protection. So far I’ve had it on my lips for a few hours and they still feel hydrated without a need to reapply the treatment. I guess my $22.50 was well spent.

Purchasing information HERE.