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After spending countless hours on YouTube watching beauty tutorials, I had to take the time out to shout out some of my favorite natural hair vloggers . These ladies are truly talented individuals that have the charisma and knowlege that leads to an instant subscriptions.

 MyInvisibleChristals:  Discussing everything from chemical peels to food recipes, this youtube channel completely runs the gamut. I found the channel when while looking for reviews on chemical peels for skin of color and instantly loved her southern charm and wit.

 Whoissugar: One of my first YouTube subscriptions. I came across the channel while scouring the web for  natural hair inspiration  and instantly subbed, great hair and laughter to say the least.

 xoDVF: Describing herself as the “bastard lovechild of Mother Theresa and Machiavelli dressed in Margiela” Desiree fosters a conversation of spiritual enlightenment while advocating for beauty inside and out. I subbed after watching her video on the wonders of onion juice for hair growth.  Coupled with great vibes and an original prospective xoDVF  ‘s channel is a definite go .

Donedo :  One of my latest additions, Donna channel is dedicated to her natural hair journey and she is making it a fabulous one every step of the way. I subbed after watching her “Best Twist Out Ever” video, a definite must see. Her channel features great hairstyles and makeup looks.

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Lately, I have been wearing my hair out more often being that I have final learned how to maintain my length without having to do so much protective styling  (which to me has be been a major accomplishment). However, a couple of months ago I began to notice splitting in the middle of my hair shaft.  Mid shaft spits are just like split ends but instead of starting at the ends of your hair they begin in the middle. This can be very problematic for those trying to maintain length and can lead to excessive breakage.

Having been natural long enough I knew my best bet was to braid my hair up until I could figure out what was the problem. Having conquered single strand knots and split ends I was confident I would solve the latest hair issue.  After months of observation and research I was able to confirm that it was the seam of my comb that was causing the splits.

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What are the seams of a comb?

Most combs are made is by a mold. The mold has 2 parts, which are clamped together, and then the plastic is poured in to bond them together.  Because the mold has 2 parts a seam is formed from a tiny bit of the plastic making its way into the cracks. This seam can snag your curls when combing and over time can lead to mid shaft splits.

Is your comb seamless ?
To test to see if your comb is seamless, run your nail along the edge you should be able to  feel them.

Solutions 

1. Finger combing your hair. Since the comb is causing the problem the instant solution would be to         stop combing your hair and start using your fingers. Although it is time consuming its better in the       long run (length retention!).

2. DIY Solution Filing Down your comb  (TUTORIAL COMING SOON).It’s the seams on the “teeth”              that cause an issue. You can just take a nail file and file them down.

3. Buy a Seamless comb. I know I’m always hesitant to buy something new if there is a DIY version            but this is an investment that is well worth it. My favorite is the  Hercules Sägemann mini star              5610 .  Since it  seems to be damn near impossible to find a  seamless comb ( even in nyc ) I had to        get mine online at  http://www.hotcombs.net/.

If you know of any local spots that sell them feel free to comment below.

 

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They say it takes 21 days to create a habit, well I think I’m stubborn enough to need 31. If you skim through this blog you can clearly see that consistency is a weakness of ours.  Although we have great ideas and a lot of information to share sometimes life just gets in the way.

 With that said in honor of my birthday month  (Leos stand up), I have decided to join Awesomely Luvvie’s August Blog challenge and challenge myself to blog everyday for a month. So bookmark and follow me on this journey of perseverance and self-discovery as I muse about all things Fabbylous.

 

 

 

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These gorgeous images, taken by fashion photographer Jim Naughten, left me in awe at the beauty of this tribe and their countryside.  The portraits exude strength and regality which is only intensified by their unique costume and stark background.  They look surreal, almost like paintings instead of photographs.  These marvelous characters can be found in the book entitled Conflict and Costume: The Herero Tribe of Namibia.

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Here is the description:

“The magnificent traditional costume of the Herero of Namibia, southern Africa, is a stark reminder of the country’s tumultuous past. In the late 19th century, the influence of missionaries and traders in German Southwest Africa led to the adoption by the Herero of the European dress of the day. Over time, the voluminous gowns, completed by a cattle-horn-shaped headdress, came to represent the cultural identity of the Herero women. The men’s ceremonial dress also harks back to colonial times: following the brutal war of 1904, the Herero adapted the uniforms of German soldiers for their own Otruppe (‘troops’) movement. In Conflict and Costume, acclaimed photographer Jim Naughten captures the colorful Herero attire in a series of spectacular portraits. Set against the Namibian landscape, these dramatic images show the striking costumes and their proud owners to full effect: men in elaborate, home-made paramilitary uniforms, and women in spectacular floor-length frocks with matching horns. Dr Lutz Marten contributes an insightful text that places the dress in its historical context.”

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Takes me back to my undergrad Art in Africa course.  I especially love the womens’ costumes.  The colonial influence is clear, but the use of African textiles and headdress makes the style their own.

More info here http://www.jimnaughten.com/project/hereros_intro/

After being bombarded with countless commercials for the new Optimum Salon Hair Care 6-in-1 Miracle (featuring Tracee Ellis Ross as the spokes model) I felt it would be befitting to address my opinion on the new product. I must say first and foremost that I too love Tracee Ellis Ross and will continue to support her in any capacity I can. However, my love for Tracee does not change my opinion of the product. Lately, it appears that the mainstream ethnic hair care companies have finally jumped on the natural hair bandwagon and are now attempting to cater to the niche market (better late than never). Being that I have been natural for over decade at this point and I am a do it yourself kind of girl by nature, I remain hesitant when trying hair care products by mainstream companies. I have to wonder have these brands put the needs of kinky/curly hair to the forefront when developing products or have they just changed the labels on the same crap they been selling us (rolls eyes… sucks teeth)? I may be going too hard but it seems like the mainstream hair care companies cannot market to kinky/curly haired women without using the terms “Miracle”, “Super Grow”, or any other sensationalist terminology that implies that our hair is difficult to maintain and does not grow. I mean damn Dr.Miracles…Supergro…..Dogro… Wild Growth Hair Oil… must I continue?!!?

Anyways, (cause you know I was getting hype) after some research I can honestly say that the 6-in-1 Miracle is no different. For $9 you get 6 drops of natural oil in 1 bottle. Optimum just jumped on the opportunity to exploit Tracee’s cult like following to legitimize their latest product. The end result is just great marketing and inefficient hair care. I ain’t mad tho’ at least they cutting my gurl a check.

 

My advice to ethnic hair care companies – know your market, you are now dealing with an informed consumer that demands quality. We don’t just look at the front of the bottle we look at the back now too. We now scope out the ingredients demanding quality and efficiency.

My advice to my curlies/relaxed – its better to use one pure oil that works than to use a “6 in 1” that is diluted.

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If you’re like me, you LOVE shoes, obsess over them, and treat them like your children.  How can we not???  So I want to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned on how to keep your shoes looking new and ready to hit the streets!

First let’s talk about patent leather.  My patent leather shoes often get scuff marks and dents in them that seem like they are impossible to get rid of.  If your patent leather gets scuffed up, take a q-tip or cotton swab and use some mild nail polish remover to remove the mark by rubbing gently.  It should be gone in seconds, but don’t rub too hard or too long you don’t want to ruin the finish.  If you’re nervous about applying chemicals, try using some mineral oil to rub out the spot.  You can also use oil or petroleum jelly all over your patent leather to restore or give the shine a boost.

For scratch marks use clear nail polish to cover up the spot.  On deeper scratches try to find a crayon that matches the color of your shoe, fill in the spot with some pigment and seal it up with a layer of clear nail polish.

If you get a dent in your leather or patent leather shoes try heating up the spot with a blow dryer and rubbing on the surface of the shoe.  Hold the dryer a few inches away and apply heat for 1-2 minutes, then rub for 1 minute, the spot should begin to fade, repeat as necessary.  If the dent is in a area you can rub from the inside do it!  Applying heat can also help to stretch out shoes that need to be broken in.  Just heat up the tight area and walk around the house with them on.

Now, if you’ve scratched your leather shoes up, I feel for you…..  Here’s a trick that may work.  This will require some mineral oil or plant oil (olive, canola, coconut etc), leather loves this stuff.  Take a soft clean soft cloth and gently rub the oil into the leather in the same direction of the scratch, so the scratched leather will begin to lay down.  Then some shoe polish can be used to cover up any leftover marks.

Stained your blue suede shoes, Oh no!  Ok, suede is actually tricky depending on how much damage has been done.  The best way to take care of suede is to take by making sure you’ve applied waterproof or protective spray.  Now for a mild surface stain I would suggest using a gum eraser to rub out the marks, the white artist erasers work best.  This is also helpful with oil stains, or your can try baby powder.  It is best to do this as soon as possible after your shoes have been hit.  Cover the area with powder and let it sit in to absorb as much of the oil as possible, put a dry cloth or paper towel over it and press the powder into the stained area, then buff with your suede brush.

Hope these quick tips will help!!!  Remember the best way to take care of all your shoes is to take PREcaution!  Keep your leather shoes protected by using leather conditioner and water proofing.  Clean your shoes after each wear, and store them properly.  Make sure to change the tips on your heels when necessary.  I’ll share how to do that at home in an upcoming post.

When I’m wearing a beloved pair of heels you’ll always find a pair of flats in my humongous purse!  I always change when I get to my destination, this makes my feet happy :D, and also reduces the wear and tear on my pretty shoes.  These NYC streets are harsh!

 

Hydrating Essentials

Transitioning from spring to summer has always been my time to review my arsenal and decided what stays and what goes and although there were many causalities this go round, rose water has remained an essential component in my beauty regime.

What is Rose Water – Rose water is the leftover liquid when rose petals and water are distilled together.

Why I love it:

1. It has exceptional stimulating properties and therefore, it can be used as a home remedy for stimulating hair growth.

2. It has natural moisturizing and nourishing properties that helps maintain the PH balance of Hair and Skin.

3. It imparts a delicate and lingering fragrance, thus leaving you feeling rejuvenated  and refreshed .

4. It’s cheap, it works, and its multifaceted (all equally important).

How do I use it:

1. I use it as a hydrating mist to set my makeup.(gives you a dewy look love it!!)

2. I spray it on my hair to refresh my hairstyle or use it as a base in my homemade leave in conditioner (I may share that recipe later ;).

3. I use it as a perfume.  It leaves me smelling natural and very feminine

4. I also use it as a rinse after using protein based deep conditioner (gives my hair a moisture boost – you know protein based conditioners are drying)

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