5 Reasons You Should Have An Essential Oil Diffuser

I am slowly seeking a more holistic and natural lifestyle; not just with my hair, I want an over all healthy lifestyle. After learning that oils like lavender help with sleeping and relaxation, I invested in an essential oil diffuser to get better rest better.

I have been using my essential oil diffuser for about 5 months now and I’ve learned how it improves my overall health as well as increases my energy. The list of all the possible uses for a diffuser is extensive. I wanted to share my top five reasons on why you should consider investing in an essential oil diffuser and use it every day.

 

1 – Rest and Relaxation

Essential oils are best known for their ability to help you relax and sleep. I suggest having a diffuser ready to go when you get home from work or after a long day. Keeping a diffuser near your bed will help your mind and body relax so you can sleep better {Recommended oils: chamomile and lavender.} 

 

2 – distress 

A diffuser can help you to distress and assist in improving your mood. Smell is the one of the strongest senses and can influence brain activity. When you’re feeling sad or depressed you can use your diffuser to enhance and inspire a positive mood.  {Recommended oils: sweet orange, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla.}

3 – Helps Prevent Illness

Essential oils are known to be powerful antimicrobial (An antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or stop their growth) and when introduced into the air in vapor from, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they can invade your body. Secondly, essential oils can also be used to boost the immune system. Last but not least, some diffuser also double as humidifier which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes (a microorganism, especially a bacterium causing disease or fermentation) that do make it into your body. {Recommended oils: tea tree, sage, rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, and thyme. 

4 –Safer Alternative to Candles

Burning candles or incense can be a potentially hazardous especially if you have pets or small children due to the open flame. An essential oil diffuser allows you to reap many aromatherapy benefits – without the risk of burns, wax spills etc. {Recommended oils: Any/Personal Preference}

 

5 –Helps You Breathe Easier

I have learned that essential oils can help reduce inflammation and congestion to help you breathe better. During allergy season, I like to use eucalyptus oil and it has worked wonders for me. If you are prone to allergies, try diffusing essential oils in the room where you spend most time. {Recommended oils: Eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, or lemon.}

*The recommended oils are great for reducing inflammation and congestion in clogged airways to help you breathe more easily. If you are prone to allergies or other breathing disorders, try diffusing essential oils in the room (or rooms) of your home where you spend the most time. Just remember to keep a box of tissues handy as your nose and sinuses begin to open so you can also avoid that mad dash to the bathroom! {Recommended oils: peppermint, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus.}

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So far we’ve covered my top five reasons that owning a diffuser is an investment in your health and well-being, but it’s more than just that. With all of the versatile uses for essential oil diffuser around the home which ultimately lead to less doctor visits, lower electric bills, fewer cups of coffee and better productivity; you will soon discover that this handy little device is a money-saver as well! 

Aroma1 Diffuser & Humidifier

I use the Aroma1 Diffuser & Humidifier from Vanity Planet {Retail $60.00 /$30 during the Christmas sale.}

Aroma1 Diffuser & Humidifier is super quiet, almost silent. Personally, I don’t use the light feature; however, certain color like purple: uplift and encourage creativity and blue has calming and inspirational effects. Along with the light feature, the constant stream of essential oil infused in the air creates a peaceful and creative space.

 


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NaturallyACT – Approved Products

Recently got questions about what products I uses and wanted to share with you just a few of my favorite hair products.

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Shampoo/Cleansers

devacurl_no-poo_decadence_12oz_900x900DevaCurl No-Poo ® DECADENCE Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser For Super Curly Hair {$22.00} I fell in love with this no-poo cleanser the first time I used it. I often like to wash my hair with cream cleansers that don’t lather so this instantly became my favorite. This No-Poo cleanser was created specifically for tight curls and coils that crave extra moisture. “No-poo” meaning no shampoo: is a collective term for methods of washing hair without commercial shampoo.

jessicurl-gentle-lather-shampoo-if8oz-260x260Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo Sulfate-free cleansing that won’t weigh hair down Scent options:  No Fragrance , Citrus, Lavender or Island Fantasy {8 oz. $16.95 | 2 oz. $6.95 | .5 oz. Sample $1.50}  I like this shampoo because it’s sulfate-free and a really gentle shampoo. I also appreciate the choice of  scents; you prefer many scents but some shampoos are filled with unnecessary fragrances.

CONDITIONERS

s-l200DevaCurl ® DECADENCE Ultra Moisturizing Milk Conditioner For Super Curly Hair {$22.00} I am a real fan of DevaCurl! This product is  full of moisture, strength, nourishment, that helps to protect curls. I really like to use the conditioner as a detangler as well.

 

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner {$10.99} This leave-in conditioner does just what is says: strengthen and restore curls. Every time I use this leave-in my hair feels soft, smooth, and hydrated.

STYLERS

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The Mane Choice Doesn’t Get Much “BUTTER” Than This Daily Hair Dressing {$15.99} My hair requires products with lots of moisture or it will be dry and brittle. This hair dressing penetrates the hair shaft creating and leaving your hair feeling soft, shiny, and rejuvenated.

 

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Organics Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk {$15.99} I use this hair milk daily to assist in keeping my hair hydrated. My twist-outs come out almost perfect every time.

 

OILS

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This will require you to Double up!

The Mane Choice Hair Growth & Hair Retention Oil Combo {$29.98} The combo is simply outstanding! The Growth oil works great by stimulating the scalp. The Ancient Egyptian gold oil helps to prevent damage due to breakage.

 


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7th Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards – Thank You!

youtube-thumbnaleI am still in awe! What an honor and privilege to be selected as one of 9-winners at the 7th Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards from a pool of 50 nominees. This is a HUGE deal of me. Prayer, Patience, Persistence and Partnering with Purpose are my 2017 goals.

I am so thankful that Local First West Michigan recognizes small businesses like mine and provide a wonderful network and community for locals to connect in. Shout out to my mentor, Pastor Veverly Austin for the push and helping me step out of my comfort zone. My friend Michelle for always being willing to volunteering and help at my events. My editor Corinthia (as a writer its necessary to have an extra set of eyes reading your work) thank you for the late night editing sessions. To all my Naturally ACT & ACTPhotoMedia community Thank you for trusting me with your hair and allowing me to capture some of your most precious moments.

To my brother Branden who took an eight-hour trip just to support me for my nomination, not knowing if I would win. Most of all my AMAZING Mother Alyce for always telling me I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to; Thank you listening to your doctor and not coming, you are always my biggest cheerleader. I love you so much!!

 


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http://www.localfirst.com/sustainability/localmotion-awards

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November CurlMix Ambassador

Have you heard the Exciting News?


img_7594I have been given the amazing opportunity to be a #CurlMixAmbassador!!! CurlMix is the DIY Box for Curly Hair. CurlMix sends you all the natural ingredients needed to make your own hair products at home. As a CurlMix Ambassador, during the month of November it is my pleasure to offer you a FREE sample of the Brown Sugar Hair & Body Butter from CurlMix when you enter my code “naturallyact” with your purchase over $20.00. You must add the, “Sample”, to the cart and an additional item from the store.

 

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I suggest trying the Coconut Honey Deep Conditioner with your free Brown Sugar Hair & Body Butter. “This deep conditioner revives curls and adds incredible moisture to your hair. The Rhassoul clay not only cleanses the hair by extracting impurities, but it conditions by adding moisture. The raw honey is a humectant that draws moisture from the air into your hair, while the organic coconut cream restores and replenishes”. It is a CurlMixer favorite! 

 

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Note: The Discount Code, “naturallyact“, is only applicable to shop orders, not for subscriptions, and you will only be able to redeem it once. You must add the product and sample to the cart and enter my code, “naturallyact“, redeem the discount.

 

 

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CurlBOX Natural September 2016 | Unboxing & Review | Uncle Funky’s Daughter

15137516_10209675419260527_7106585025085094161_oWhen I opened this edition of curlBOX Natural I was overjoyed to see products from Uncle Funky’s Daughter. I have wanted to try Uncle Funky’s Daughter for years now; however, the brand seemed to almost disappear from the market due to the owners thinking of dissolving the company completely. However, in 2014 Renee Morris acquired the brand and began the work to revamp and revitalize the company and, boy, did she. You can learn more about that by reading her article at www.naturallycurly.com

 

mag_coverThis instalment of CurlBox Natural “Find Your Vive box was loaded with a host of versatile stylers from Uncle Funky’s Daughter, these products just right for refreshing or maintaining a hairstyle and adds that wow factor to 3 or 4 day hair. I found myself using the Thirsty Curls Leave-in Curl Revitalizer often. My hair was on point and just in time for fall trends.

 

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A lightweight spray that penetrates strands making hair soft and adds strength. The mixture of nourishing oils and extracts including aloe, olive, rosemary and honey. (4-Stars)

 

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First, this creamy styler smells amazing due to the goodies like caramel, and honey. My kinky textured, tight curls felt super moisturized and the twist-out was on the next level and my curls were elongated. (5-Stars)

sep_3_lgThirsty Curls Leave-in Curl Revitalizer

Sometimes products can weigh your down; however, this lightweight spray includes an organic blend of extracts of nettle, comfrey, chamomile, calendula, sage, rosemary leaf and horsetail. Making the hair refreshed and hydrated. (5-Stars)

 

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If you are looking for that extra shine without that oily feel or weighed down curl then this is your new go to. The spray is infused with eight yes eight different oils that add shine to twist outs, braid outs etc. (3-Stars)

 

sep_5_lgCurly Magic Curl Stimulator– I love how this product help cut the frizz, added moisture and help keep my curls elongates. This sample was just right can’t wait to get the full-size bottle for my arsenal! (4-Stars)

 

 

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2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection

Della Marie Levi of Rock Candy Earrings & Things By Della Marie and Aleka C. Thrash of Naturally ACT Present the 2nd Annual Kinky Hair Connection.

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Event Features:Music, Workshops, Giveaways, Refreshments, Local Vendors, Panel Discussion, Special Guests, and so much more. Join us for a #NaturallyFabulous time!!! 

Our Purpose: To connect, support, and encourage naturals, as well as those considering and transitioning, by helping them embrace, who they were born to be. 

NOTE: All who register online will be entered into a contest to win a cash prize. Online ticket sales end Friday, November 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $18.00 Adult Admission and $12.00Child Admission (ages 5 – 15). 

What Is A Natural Hair Meet Up: A natural hair meet up is a place where those, who have chosen styles that highlight their natural, unadulterated hair texture, gather to provide each other with support, resources and encouragement along the journey to embrace who they were born to be. It is also for people, who are considering returning to their natural hair texture and those, who want to know more about kinky, coily, loc’d or curly hair and how to care for it.

Click Link to Register:www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.eventbrite.com

Check Out Highlights from Last Year: www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.com/eventhighlights/

To Learn More About The Event Hosts:www.KinkyHairConnectionGR.com/cofounders/

For inquiries or questions email us at: KinkyHairConnectionGR@gmail.com

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How I maintained my Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair

IMG_1351 (1)I don’t flat-iron my hair often, usually only once a year, mainly because I like the texture of my hair when it’s not straighten. A few benefits of flat-ironing is being able to see the ‘true length’ of your hair. Straightening your hair can also add versatility in your styling routine.

A few disadvantages of flat-ironing natural hair is that it may not revert back to your curls or kinky/coily hair as quickly. Also, it may be hard to maintain straighten hair during working-outs or when it rains. As a result, many naturals find that their flat ironed hair only lasts for a very short time. Here are a few ways I kept my type 4 hair straight for two weeks, now I could have kept it straight longer; however, I just wanted my kinky/coily hair back.

First Things First – Go To A Professional

Salon Visit

Yes! I suggest getting your hair done by a licensed professional. Many naturals are comfortable with doing there own hair; however, I believe it’s best in these circumstances. The concern with going to a professional is trust, especially with all the articles about salons and stylist sneaking relaxers in on clients shampoo. However, the results of having your hair flat-ironed by a professional will be a lot better.

Now if you are having a hard time finding a stylist you trust, or cannot afford to go to a salon. I suggest investing in a good professional flat iron, make sure it has heat control settings.

Preserving Your Flat-Ironed Hair

Some naturals like to wrap their to there hair; however, when I do this I found that my hair has no bounce it just lays flat. Personally, I do not enjoy when my hair just lays flat. To keep my hair straight with a added curls and no heat, I use flexirods and curlformers. I love how using these tools help keep my hair straight with some bounce, while adding loose waves for a full look.

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Minimal Product Use

Kinky/coily type 4 hair requires lots and lots of moisture, I tend to use creams, butters, steam and oil. When my hair is straight using butters weighs it down and creams make it revert back to kinky/coils. In place of heavy products, I like to use light oils light oils such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. I lightly coat my hands with oil and apply to my hair daily. Doing this helps prevent dryness without weighing the hair down my hair.

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Another important factor to maintaining straight hair for an extended period of time is how you protect your hair when you sleep. Be sure to keep your hair protected while you sleep, use a satin/silk bonnet t or sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase.

Rain & Steam/Humidity

When my hair is in its natural state, I don’t worry about rain and humidity. The day I had my hair straightened it rain and rain. I kept a disposable shower cap in my bag and my umbrella to avoid the rain.  I usually don’t wear a shower cap; however, with straight hair is necessary.

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Working Out

Doing low intensity workouts will help minimize sweating be sure to use a sweatband during workouts. Sweatbands are a great way to keep your edges flat be sure your hair is completely dry before removing, if needed you can use handheld blow dryer on low cool-heat to make the process faster.

If you really want to get the most out of your flat-ironed, hair I suggest not to hang out at the pool or to the beach. If you do be sure to pin your hair up this will help extend the quality for your straighten hair.

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Additional Info and suggestion :

I suggest using a Dri Sweat Edge Women’s Headband or Save Your Do Black GymWrap while working out to make your hair last. I don’t suggest strengthening your hair in the middle of summer when it’s most humid outside also when it’s hot you may be prone to sweat.


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curlBOX Natural March 2016 | Unboxing & Review | Mielle Organics

IMG_0720If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know how much I love getting curlBOX Natural. If you are new to my blog then you can learn more about curlBox by visiting: www.curlbox.com. You can also check out my other subscription reviews including curlBox Body , curlBox Natural – Eden Body Works, and curlBox Natural – The Mane Choice.

 

curlbox_natural2It’s important to have a good regimen when you want ‘stuntworthy’ hair. This curlBOX Natural Volume XII delivers just that with a complete growth regimen from Mielle Organics. It was loaded with all-natural ingredients known to deliver including the vitamins needed to stimulate growth, cleansing and styling products to retain the length and strengthen hair. This box is so necessary to helping you reach those #HairGrowthGoals by building a regimen from Mielle Organics.

curlBOX Natural is a non-subscription hair beauty box ($40.00). 

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The March 2016 box breakdown  

  • Healthy Hair Formula Vitamins ($18.99) 
  • Detangling Co-Wash ($13.99) 
  • Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk ($15.99) 
  • Mint Almond Oil ($13.99)

 

 

 

 

Mielle Organics Healthy Hair Formula Vitamins ($18.99)

Mielle Organics Healthy Hair Formula VitaminsVitamins are a critical factor in supporting hair growth internally. These pills include: Vitamin B1 & 2, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin, Biotin, Copper, Folic Acid, MSM, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, and Zinc. That promote healthier, stronger, longer, thicker hair. I have not tried the Vitamins yet due to currently taking a multivitamin. Once I have completed this dosage I’ll give these a try. *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


Mielle Organics Detangling Co-Wash ($13.99)


Mielle Organics Detangling Co-WashAs a natural in the 4C category, it’s imperative to find a good detangler. One that not only makes it easy to use but actually works. This is good stuff, it’s a little lighter than I’d prefer. I tend to like my cream cleanser to be super think. My other detangler is awesome; however, this detangling co-wash is good. I love the fact that this is created to be used during the wash process, and helps prevent knots and tangles. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk ($15.99)

Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair MilkMy hair tends to be dry so I like to use a mix of creams and butters to lock in moisture. Avocado is known to add hydration and moisture to dry, thirsty hair and that’s just what this product did. I used the milk as a style refresher and my hair felt extremely hydrated and moisturized. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil  ($13.99)

Mielle Organics Mint Almond OilI was skeptical of this oil only because I have a nut allergy. However, I tested on the back of my hand and didn’t break into hives. I really like this Mint Almond oil, it may be a little strong for some; however, I found the oil to be very refreshing. I used it with my scalp invigorator and my scalp felt so good, well stimulated and worked a sealant for my strands. My scalp never felt dry. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


ADDITIONAL INFO

I purchased the March 2016 curlBox Natural for $40 included shipping. According to www.MielleOrganics.com the total value  is approximately $62.96.

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COVERGIRL® Queen Collection (Influenster Review)

NaturallyACT.comLet me tell you, when I found out I was getting the COVERGIRL® Queen Collection from Influenster, I was beyond excited! Getting the opportunity to try makeup for free, who could say no to that?

The box included three full side products from the COVERGIRL Queen Collection. COVERGIRL Queen False Lash Drama Mascara, COVERGIRL Queen Stay Luscious Lipstick and COVERGIRL Queen Natural Hue Liquid Makeup

COVERGIRL Queen False Lash Drama MascaraVery Black Q200 ($6.74)

Mascara_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Get the dramatic effect of false lashes without the drama of applying them. Queen Collection False Lash Drama Mascara features a transformative double-sided brush that brings even your smallest lashes to life.  Overview: ~Surprisingly dramatic false lash effect. ~ Innovative brush shape for volumizing and separating. Available in regular and waterproof formulas. ~Ophthalmologically tested.

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Review: The Lash Drama Mascara is totally a winner!! My lashes look longer and thicker. I totally recommend this product for someone!! I’m really looking forward to trying more products of the Cover Girl Queen collection.

 

COVERGIRL Queen Stay Luscious LipstickJubilee Q730 ($7.99)

Lipstick_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Finally! A lipstick that lasts all day and doesn’t dry out your lips. Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick has a waterproof formula that locks in color and moisture for an unrivalled, all day effect. With a lip color palette this stunning you’ll want to try all 10 luscious shades!  Overview: ~Waterproof lipstick formula that locks in color. ~ Leaves lips moisturized all day. ~Comes in 10 long lasting shades.

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Review: This color is everything just the right amount of bold!!! Super-soft lipstick that goes on smooth. My lips felt moisturize all day. The best part is it smells so good, like a fruity candy… Will definitely be trying the other colors!!!

 

COVERGIRL Queen Natural Hue Liquid Makeup Rich Mink Q75 ($7.74)

Makeup_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Makeup for dark skin, made to match you. Lightweight, oil-free, liquid formula with built-in moisturizers continuously hydrates skin for a soft, smooth, radiant finish. In 12 beautiful shades that match up to 97% of skin tones from Rich Sand to True Ebony.

Makeup_2_NaturallyACT.comReview: Smooth and Soft!! I really like this foundation, the liquid went on so smoothly. Although this shade was not a good match for me, it was just a little too dark…If I happened to get a tan this summer it will probably work well. Overall, the foundation left my skin looking flawless! I’ll be sure to get the correct shade next time

 

Note: Prices may vary. I’m really looking forward to trying more products of the Cover Girl Queen collection.

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Why Attend Natural Hair Events!?!


Kinky Hair Connection-212“Why should I pay to attend natural hair event?”
I get this question often and I love to answer it. I believe attending natural hair events is necessary for your journey. There are many positive benefits to attending a natural hair event. Most natural hair events are designed for all naturals including; new/transitioning naturals, rookies, straight naturals, naturals who wear hair weave, product junkies, those who are thinking about giving up the harmful chemicals from relaxers, etc. The opportunities are endless and these sort of events are empowering.

  • Connections: Meet ladies who will inspire you to keep going on your journey. Attending events as a blogger/vlogger can exposed you to; collaborating opportunities, product placement on your blog, get exposure and be featured on social media accounts or other blogs, etc.
  • Discover Salon & Professionals: Although one of the major benefits to being natural is doing your own hair, it’s very important to have a good professional styles in your “favorite five”. Yes!!! Finding the right natural hair stylist you can trust can be difficult. Personally, I believed having a natural hair stylist is NECESSARY for your healthy hair journey. Doing your own hair or calling your friend who can braid is not alway the best idea. Attending natural hair events can expose you to local professional stylist and this is a great way to find someone who fits our needs.
  • Meet Your Favorite Bloggers: I love to learn. Bloggers and YouTubers are good resource; however, you may not have the opportunity to meet your favorite blogger or YouTuber without attending a Natural Hair event/show. These events can be a one-stop-shop for all of your favorite bloggers/vloggers and get the opportunity to discover new brands — It’s always great to add a name & face to a social media handle.
  • Education: The more you know and understand about your hair journey the more successful you will be when it comes to getting the results you want. “YouTube University” is not enough. Getting first hand training and knowledge from a professional and enthusiast will help you on your journey. Natural hair meet-ups, expos, and shows allow you to learn about products directly from the brands and the real people who use them. Attending a hands-on classes/seminars will expand your hair experience and not just “hope the style turns out right” especially when trying something new.
  • Inspiration: It’s not often that you can go to one place to get inspiration and encouragement for your next protective style, cut/color, and products suggestions. Natural hair events highlight new styles and products.
  • Save money: I attended an event and was able to get my Q-Redew, a nice discount, and avoid shipping. Not only can you get discounted items, FREE product are usually available as well. Many events are sponsored by up-and-coming brands and some of your favorites this is a great way to get free products. Just about every event I have attended included swag bag filled with products and coupons!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM EVENTS I HAVE ATTENDED

LIVING NO LYE TOUR CHICAGO | SUNDAY OCTOBER 25, 2015  WWW.IAMTEAMNATURAL.COM

Constance Cash, founder of Team Natural hosted a fantastic event. The room was filled with bloggers, vloggers, industry professionals, and hair and fashion vendors. Not only did I have the pleasure of attending the Living No Lye Tour held in Chicago, I was also featured on Essence.comHair Street Style: Curly Hair Straight from the Windy City. I was both an attendee and a photographer. Check out some of my favorite photos.

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This event was fantastic as I spent time mingling with Chicago’s naturalistas; the event was so informational. There were three main workshop/presentations facilitated by BlackHair101 and Sister Scientist. Both of them went in detail of hair care and biological side of how are hair grows. I learned so much about how to build a proper regimen and why certain products may or may not be working properly. MsVaughnTV taught us how to create an easy yet super natural up-do that can serve as protective or for a special occasion.

NATURALLY FLYY DETROIT PRESENTS: WE ROCK DOPE HAIR! A NATURAL HAIR EXPERIENCE | SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015 | FACEBOOK.COM/NATURALLYFLYYDETROIT

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with Chary Jay YouTuber

I had so much fun at this event! It was awesome summer day and included Product & Swap Table, Pop-up Beauty Salon, Natural Hair Panel Discussion with styling tips, hair care, hair color & more. There were tons of giveaways thought-provoking Poetry and a Live DJ. I was also able to meet a few bloggers. Check out my YouTube Channel for photos and video clips.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB6WlnjdQeY

NATURAL HAIR, HEALTH AND BEAUTY EXPO PRESENTED BY EMBRACE THE NATURAL YOU | SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015 | WWW.EMBRACETHENATURALYOU.COM  

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with Jouelzy creator of the #SmartBrownGirl Movement

The expo featured Jenell B. Stewart, the Award Winning Editor of , and one of my favorites bloggers, Jouelzy creator of the #SmartBrownGirl Movement, just to name a few. This is where I discovered EverButter; a wonderful hair care company. I also discovered Lipstick Cult and awesome lipstick  created my two Midwest fashionistas . This event offered many workshops including Caring for Your Little Girls Kinks, Coils & Curls, What is the The #SmartBrownGirl Movement, and more. Check out my YouTube channel for my Embrace The Natural You Expo – Haul.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9ZXR68rCc4

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