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Natural Hair on The Corner- Getting Your Hair Spring Ready

Hello honeybuns!! Winter has been a beast across the world. Snow and freezing temps seem to be the never ending story this season. I for one, have my eye on the prize. That prize being my favorite time of year, spring. 

Spring starts tomorrow, so its time to get those lackluster strands back into shape. The harsh weather dealt this winter put a beat down on my hair. It felt dry and brittle no matter what I put in it. And, I’m a girl who deep conditions weekly. But my hair wasn’t having it. So I had to go hard, to bring my tresses back to life. 

This past weekend, I did a protein treatment with two eggs, amla oil and conditioner. The result is what you see in the pic above. My hair was soft and shiny. Detangling didn’t even take long. I was determined to replenish the lost protein this winter took from my strands. 

You see, hair is primarily made up of protein and we end up losing protein due to weather, heat, dyes and other factors. Lost of protein can lead to split, damaged and dull hair. So to rejuvenate, try a protein treatment at least once every couple months. Be careful how long you leave the protein in. Leaving it in too long can cause the hair to become brittle. 

After I washed out my concoction, I blew my hair out, as I always do and dusted the ends to remove some single strand knots and any splits. I then applied my whipped shea mix (raw shea butter, black castor oil, olive oil and water), and twisted it up with Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Defining Creme in medium hold.You don’t have to use a lot of product on each twist. I like soft movable, touchable hair. I left the twists in for about two hours then separated with my fingers and presto. 

I wish I had a better pic of the full view. But this one is the only decent one after my best friend’s bday weekend. It was the first and last time I would try a hookah. This pic captured my moment. 

What are you guys doing to enliven your strands for the warmer weather? Do tell!!

xo Brandis 

******Update****** I’m not good with measurements but I used 2 large eggs, about 2 tablespoons of amla oil and two hand scoops of conditioner. I have a lot of hair. I like VO5 moisture milks because then have a lot of slip to them. The conditioner is great for detangling. I hope this helps @tuned-into :o)

Natural Hair on The Corner- Getting Your Hair Spring Ready

Hello honeybuns!! Winter has been a beast across the world. Snow and freezing temps seem to be the never ending story this season. I for one, have my eye on the prize. That prize being my favorite time of year, spring.

Spring starts tomorrow, so its time to get those lackluster strands back into shape. The harsh weather dealt this winter put a beat down on my hair. It felt dry and brittle no matter what I put in it. And, I’m a girl who deep conditions weekly. But my hair wasn’t having it. So I had to go hard, to bring my tresses back to life.

This past weekend, I did a protein treatment with two eggs, amla oil and conditioner. The result is what you see in the pic above. My hair was soft and shiny. Detangling didn’t even take long. I was determined to replenish the lost protein this winter took from my strands.

You see, hair is primarily made up of protein and we end up losing protein due to weather, heat, dyes and other factors. Lost of protein can lead to split, damaged and dull hair. So to rejuvenate, try a protein treatment at least once every couple months. Be careful how long you leave the protein in. Leaving it in too long can cause the hair to become brittle.

After I washed out my concoction, I blew my hair out, as I always do and dusted the ends to remove some single strand knots and any splits. I then applied my whipped shea mix (raw shea butter, black castor oil, olive oil and water), and twisted it up with Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Defining Creme in medium hold.You don’t have to use a lot of product on each twist. I like soft movable, touchable hair. I left the twists in for about two hours then separated with my fingers and presto.

I wish I had a better pic of the full view. But this one is the only decent one after my best friend’s bday weekend. It was the first and last time I would try a hookah. This pic captured my moment.

What are you guys doing to enliven your strands for the warmer weather? Do tell!!

xo Brandis

******Update****** I’m not good with measurements but I used 2 large eggs, about 2 tablespoons of amla oil and two hand scoops of conditioner. I have a lot of hair. I like VO5 moisture milks because then have a lot of slip to them. The conditioner is great for detangling. I hope this helps @tuned-into :o)

Natural Hair on The Corner- Chasing That One Perfect Twist Out
Have you ever had a twist out that surprised you? It came out so well that you wished you could hold onto it forever. You slept with your head kind of on your arm, like Regina King did in Friday, so you won’t mess it up. 

That’s the thing with natural hair. Every time you touch your hair is different. No two twists outs are alike. That’s why I laugh when people try to compare their hair to mine or ask exactly what I did. I’m looking like, I can’t get my hair to look the same always, how can you mimic my look? But that’s another conversation. 

Anywho, I’ve been chasing this twist out for almost a year now. It was done on my birthday last year right after I colored, cut, deep conditioned and blew my tresses out. I used the whipped shea I made (raw shea butter, Jamaican Black Castor oil, olive oil, water and coconut oil) and a dab of Eden BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle in Soft Hold. My hair was so soft and had great definition. The color popped and it bounced as a I walked or spinned my head. 

Ahhhhhh!! Does this happen to anyone else? Did you have a time, where your twist out was so great, you tried to recreate it over and over again? Do tell. 

xo Brandis

Natural Hair on The Corner- Chasing That One Perfect Twist Out

Have you ever had a twist out that surprised you? It came out so well that you wished you could hold onto it forever. You slept with your head kind of on your arm, like Regina King did in Friday, so you won’t mess it up.

That’s the thing with natural hair. Every time you touch your hair is different. No two twists outs are alike. That’s why I laugh when people try to compare their hair to mine or ask exactly what I did. I’m looking like, I can’t get my hair to look the same always, how can you mimic my look? But that’s another conversation.

Anywho, I’ve been chasing this twist out for almost a year now. It was done on my birthday last year right after I colored, cut, deep conditioned and blew my tresses out. I used the whipped shea I made (raw shea butter, Jamaican Black Castor oil, olive oil, water and coconut oil) and a dab of Eden BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle in Soft Hold. My hair was so soft and had great definition. The color popped and it bounced as a I walked or spinned my head.

Ahhhhhh!! Does this happen to anyone else? Did you have a time, where your twist out was so great, you tried to recreate it over and over again? Do tell.

xo Brandis

Natural Hair on The Corner- I Went Green Literally!
When I was 14 I put my first color in my hair. Since then its been yellow, blond, red, orange, plum and sometimes three or four of these colors at once. Yes, way before Nicki Minaj wore colorful hair, I did it.
This year I kept saying I’m going to color my hair green. Everyone was like green? Side eyeing me and ish. But knowing the person that I am and how obsessed I am with the color, they knew I was going to do it. My mother said “oh yes that would be nice”. LOL
When I showed up on my birthday with these tresses, I was met with one word, DOPE! I love the color, in fact I may deepen it. My twist out was done with Eden BodyWorks’ new Coconut Shea Curling Pudding in Medium Hold. It was used on blown hair. I love the definition here and it smells amazing. It was moisturizing and my hair felt like a fluffy pillow. No crunch and munch like some curly puddings give you.
Well there you have it. I was knocked off my rocker for a while but I’m coming back to me. This is just the beginning. Ride wit me.
xo Brandis    
PS- I can’t use dyes on my hair. It breaks off. However, I’ve been bleaching it and changing the colors with semi permanent rinses for years. Deep conditioning is just a must. 

Natural Hair on The Corner- I Went Green Literally!

When I was 14 I put my first color in my hair. Since then its been yellow, blond, red, orange, plum and sometimes three or four of these colors at once. Yes, way before Nicki Minaj wore colorful hair, I did it.

This year I kept saying I’m going to color my hair green. Everyone was like green? Side eyeing me and ish. But knowing the person that I am and how obsessed I am with the color, they knew I was going to do it. My mother said “oh yes that would be nice”. LOL

When I showed up on my birthday with these tresses, I was met with one word, DOPE! I love the color, in fact I may deepen it. My twist out was done with Eden BodyWorks’ new Coconut Shea Curling Pudding in Medium Hold. It was used on blown hair. I love the definition here and it smells amazing. It was moisturizing and my hair felt like a fluffy pillow. No crunch and munch like some curly puddings give you.

Well there you have it. I was knocked off my rocker for a while but I’m coming back to me. This is just the beginning. Ride wit me.

xo Brandis    

PS- I can’t use dyes on my hair. It breaks off. However, I’ve been bleaching it and changing the colors with semi permanent rinses for years. Deep conditioning is just a must. 

Natural Hair on The Corner- Anu Essentials Products

So the other day I woke up with a massive fro that was both dry and brittle. I had worn my hair out for a few days but my true mishap was going to bed without covering my hair the night before. I was exhausted and figured it needed to be washed anyway so what the heck. I stood tugging at my strands and looking in my hair closet like what we gone do now Craig?

I like to switch up my products so my hair wouldn’t get immune to their ingredients and don’t work. So instead of reaching for that other conditioner I’ve been using for the past month or so, I grabbed Anu Essentials Moisture Rich Conditioner. It was still in the gift bag that I got from the product’s launch event. I put a little on my dry and tired tresses. My hair immediately became soft. I mean super soft. I kept the conditioner in for almost an hour then washed with the Nourishing Cleansing Gel Shampoo. I must say this shampoo works wonders. It cleans but don’t strip the hair leaving it feeling dry. Also, a little goes a long way. Just a small amount lathered my entire head. I then used some of the herbal oil on my strands before I blew them out and flat ironed for my cut.

The best part of using these products is the smell. Infused with natural oils and containing no parabens or sulfates, these products are excellent for your hair. After all they are made by Anu Prestonia, owner of Khamit Kinks salon in Brooklyn NY. She has decades in the hair game and is well versed in health and wellness. I was told your hair looks and smells delicious by a friend a few nights ago. I can get with that.

A few days ago I posted a few picks of me right after I cut my hair. Click through the pics above to see the pic of me that was posted to Anu Essentials Instagram account. I’m very flattered. Having healthy hair is very important to me and using products like this maintains its health. It has never felt or looked better. Team natural everything all day.

Log onto http://anuessentials.com for more products and visit Khamit Kinks in Brooklyn to get your coif did. They’ve mastered natural hair styling. Trust!

xo Brandis 

PS- I used a little of the soft set gel to do a straw set in a transitioner’s hair and it worked great. Cop some of that too.

Fashion and Beauty Met Natural Hair- Eden BodyWorks’ Style With Eden Event

When I think about Eden BodyWorks, I can hear Biggie Smalls singing “and another one” as in another fab event. About a year ago, Eden BodyWorks launched its new Jojoba Monoi line with a Brunch with Eden series. This year, Eden BodyWorks kicked off its Style with Eden series to announce its new Coconut Oil and Shea Butter infused products at Pranna in NYC. 

The event was attended by NYC’s stylistas and natural hair lovers. Bloggers, beauty, fashion and media mavens mingled and gagged over each others hair and accessories while enjoying delicious bites and cocktails. There was also an informational panel in true Eden fashion (always educating on the importance of natural, healthy, beauty practices) that included Felicia Leatherwood, Natural Hair Stylist and Founder of Loving Your Hair with Natural Care, Kela Walker, Style Contributor to Black Enterprise and Founder of Kela’s Kloset, Latisha Daring, Owner and Designer of Asytyn LLC, and Milly Almodovar, Beauty Editor for Cosmo Latina and Founder of Beauty Logic Blog. 

The event took place on the first day of Spring but the weather didn’t get the memo. Because it was so cold out, I opted for my trusty black wrap dress, black and gold Cesare Pacoitti boots, bright necklace and a bright lip. I tried to throw spring in there with the lip and necklace although it was clearly winter outside. (rolls eyes extra hard)

Overall, the night was amazing as everyone networked and connected. Click through the pics to see how everything shaped up. As soon as I try the new Coconut Shea products I will do a review. There were new additions like curly puddings in soft and medium hold as well as a co wash, leave in conditioner, and shampoo. The products are slated to hit Walmart stores in the beginning of April. 

Check out Eden BodyWorks’ facebook page to see when Style with Eden will hit a city near you. Attending one of their events is so worth it. Until next time lovelies.

xo Brandis 

In the pictures- 

1. Moi dressed in all black with a few pops of color.

2. Style with Eden banner that featured designs by Ashaka Givens.

3. Eden BodyWorks Founder Jasmine and Kela Walker.

4. Event Coordinator and PR Powerhouse behind the night, Renae Bluitt and guest.

5. Eden BodyWorks social media maven Elisa gives a big grin.

6. Guests dined on delectables like firecracker shrimp, beef sliders, chicken wraps and sweet potato fries. 

7. Product shot

Natural Hair on The Corner- My Hair’s Current State
This winter came with its chilled temps and brisk winds and caused all types of dryness for my tresses. Even in protective styles my hair became very dry. I rationalized the dryness with the fact that I was constantly going from one extreme to the next. Indoors where it was warm, especially in my apartment, then outside to freeze. 
However, I’ve had a few saving graces. Miss Jessies Curly Buttercreme and Super Sweetback Treatment, Karen’s Body Beautiful Naturally Chic Leave-in Conditioner, and my whipped shea butter (raw shea butter, jamaican black castor oil, virgin olive oil and water). My biggest discovery, my hair loves water. Water makes it super soft and it absorbs moisturizers better when wet.
After growing out a dye job that was done in June of 2010, my hair now reaches my armpit when you stretch the back down and to under my chin where I once had bangs. It took about 5 cuts (like inches not just clipping my ends) and some protective styling to grow it out. Its doing great but its been a learning experience. 
I grew up in a salon. Its a family trade. Although I’ve never gone to beauty school, I know a lot about how to take care of hair and how to style it. My natural hair started to flourish when I blocked out the majority of info that was on blogs and you tube and simply asked myself how did you get mid-back length hair before. There’s so much info online that its crazy. Everyone is an expert. It bothers me because with all the info out there new naturals can’t decide what advice they should take. Here’s my bottom line.
Natural hair is not stressful but it does require patience. It shouldn’t take 500 products and 14 hours to wash and style your hair. I don’t believe in co-washing, I know its necessary to have a clean scalp. I use peppermint soap and clarify once a month with apple cider vinegar. Deep conditioning is a must. I do it every week. I use heat and my hair is not heat damaged at all. I blow dry with a comb attachment on a low setting. This was a big deal because everywhere I looked said do not use heat. My hair was cut a lot over the years because of tangles and knots. When I started to blow dry, I got way fewer knots and my hair was able to retain length. Leave in conditioners are also mandatory. Lastly, you should clip your ends every few months and clip knots whenever you find them.
Moral of this hair story is, my hair is doing well. I want everyone’s hair to do well. I went natural before it was trendy. Its actually a trend that I appreciate because it promotes hair health. I only ask that you seek information from a credible source. Don’t follow the girl with mixed heritage regimen because that won’t work for your kinks and coils. Like everything else in life you have to do you.
If you have questions, feel free to ask but the bottom line is you have to find what works for you. I’m working on having a big, disrespectful, taking up people’s personal space fro this spring/summer. I hope you’ll join me. Lol
xo Brandis 

Natural Hair on The Corner- My Hair’s Current State

This winter came with its chilled temps and brisk winds and caused all types of dryness for my tresses. Even in protective styles my hair became very dry. I rationalized the dryness with the fact that I was constantly going from one extreme to the next. Indoors where it was warm, especially in my apartment, then outside to freeze. 

However, I’ve had a few saving graces. Miss Jessies Curly Buttercreme and Super Sweetback Treatment, Karen’s Body Beautiful Naturally Chic Leave-in Conditioner, and my whipped shea butter (raw shea butter, jamaican black castor oil, virgin olive oil and water). My biggest discovery, my hair loves water. Water makes it super soft and it absorbs moisturizers better when wet.

After growing out a dye job that was done in June of 2010, my hair now reaches my armpit when you stretch the back down and to under my chin where I once had bangs. It took about 5 cuts (like inches not just clipping my ends) and some protective styling to grow it out. Its doing great but its been a learning experience. 

I grew up in a salon. Its a family trade. Although I’ve never gone to beauty school, I know a lot about how to take care of hair and how to style it. My natural hair started to flourish when I blocked out the majority of info that was on blogs and you tube and simply asked myself how did you get mid-back length hair before. There’s so much info online that its crazy. Everyone is an expert. It bothers me because with all the info out there new naturals can’t decide what advice they should take. Here’s my bottom line.

Natural hair is not stressful but it does require patience. It shouldn’t take 500 products and 14 hours to wash and style your hair. I don’t believe in co-washing, I know its necessary to have a clean scalp. I use peppermint soap and clarify once a month with apple cider vinegar. Deep conditioning is a must. I do it every week. I use heat and my hair is not heat damaged at all. I blow dry with a comb attachment on a low setting. This was a big deal because everywhere I looked said do not use heat. My hair was cut a lot over the years because of tangles and knots. When I started to blow dry, I got way fewer knots and my hair was able to retain length. Leave in conditioners are also mandatory. Lastly, you should clip your ends every few months and clip knots whenever you find them.

Moral of this hair story is, my hair is doing well. I want everyone’s hair to do well. I went natural before it was trendy. Its actually a trend that I appreciate because it promotes hair health. I only ask that you seek information from a credible source. Don’t follow the girl with mixed heritage regimen because that won’t work for your kinks and coils. Like everything else in life you have to do you.

If you have questions, feel free to ask but the bottom line is you have to find what works for you. I’m working on having a big, disrespectful, taking up people’s personal space fro this spring/summer. I hope you’ll join me. Lol

xo Brandis 

Natural Hair on The Corner- Karen’s Body Beautiful Naturally Chic Hair Nectar (Winter Hair Care) 
So the weather in NYC has taken a turn for the frigid and I’m continuing to make sure my tresses remain in tip top shape with this awesome leave in conditioner. I always use a leave in conditioner especially since I wear my hair stretched via blow drying. The leave in gives it added protection from the heat, styling and whatever the weather is serving. 
This leave in conditioner is made from all the good stuff. Its all natural with no harsh chemicals at all. The leave in contains some natural hair essential oils like coconut, jojoba, and grapeseed. It also contains vegetable glycerin which is another great moisturizer for dry hair and it is water based. I just discovered (I so wasn’t paying attention) my hair loves water. I must say as soon as I apply this product my hair is super soft and detangling is a breeze. Bonus, it can also be used during the week to refresh a twist or braid out. 
Bottomline, we must prepare our hair to look fab for summer and this is definitely on the winter hair care list. Go get some. You’re detangling process will be cut in half and your hair will thank you. I know you’re thankful so, you’re welcome. lol 
xo Brandis 
PS- This is my first time using a Karen’s Body Beautiful product and I likey, so now I must explore the line. 

Natural Hair on The Corner- Karen’s Body Beautiful Naturally Chic Hair Nectar (Winter Hair Care) 

So the weather in NYC has taken a turn for the frigid and I’m continuing to make sure my tresses remain in tip top shape with this awesome leave in conditioner. I always use a leave in conditioner especially since I wear my hair stretched via blow drying. The leave in gives it added protection from the heat, styling and whatever the weather is serving. 

This leave in conditioner is made from all the good stuff. Its all natural with no harsh chemicals at all. The leave in contains some natural hair essential oils like coconut, jojoba, and grapeseed. It also contains vegetable glycerin which is another great moisturizer for dry hair and it is water based. I just discovered (I so wasn’t paying attention) my hair loves water. I must say as soon as I apply this product my hair is super soft and detangling is a breeze. Bonus, it can also be used during the week to refresh a twist or braid out. 

Bottomline, we must prepare our hair to look fab for summer and this is definitely on the winter hair care list. Go get some. You’re detangling process will be cut in half and your hair will thank you. I know you’re thankful so, you’re welcome. lol 

xo Brandis 

PS- This is my first time using a Karen’s Body Beautiful product and I likey, so now I must explore the line. 

Natural Hair on The Corner- Miss Jessies Super Sweetback Treatment (Winter Hair Care)
So the lovely ladies over at Miss Jessies has done it again. I love the Super Sweetback Treatment. Its a deep conditioner that has my hair absolutely soft and smelling oh so sweet. No, like seriously, its been 3 days since I used it and I can still smell the fragrance in my hair. Its not a harsh or overbearing smell. Its a little yummy. Someone will want to snuggle close and its cold as hell in NYC right now so that may be a goal of yours.
Anyway, the temperatures outside are harsh and you need to make sure your hair is as strong as possible. You want to combat dryness and make sure there’s no breakage from your winter accessories or just plain ole neglect. Go out and grab this. I think you’ll enjoy it.
xo Brandis   

Natural Hair on The Corner- Miss Jessies Super Sweetback Treatment (Winter Hair Care)

So the lovely ladies over at Miss Jessies has done it again. I love the Super Sweetback Treatment. Its a deep conditioner that has my hair absolutely soft and smelling oh so sweet. No, like seriously, its been 3 days since I used it and I can still smell the fragrance in my hair. Its not a harsh or overbearing smell. Its a little yummy. Someone will want to snuggle close and its cold as hell in NYC right now so that may be a goal of yours.

Anyway, the temperatures outside are harsh and you need to make sure your hair is as strong as possible. You want to combat dryness and make sure there’s no breakage from your winter accessories or just plain ole neglect. Go out and grab this. I think you’ll enjoy it.

xo Brandis