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.

 

sep_1_lgMidnite Train Leave-in Conditioner

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)

 

sep_4_lgGlossy Finishing Hair Polish

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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EverButter Love Box | Review & Coupon Code

 

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I first learned of EverButter at, ‘Embrace The Natural YouNatural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo last year. The Co-found Kummbareh Owens taught a session on hair care for children. In December 2015, I had the opportunity to try the Buttermint Smoothie Moisturizing Creme and was very pleased. I’m not sure why it took me so long to purchase the full line. The only item that was missing from this box was a scalp oil; however, EverButter has a Spring Sensation that can be purchased separately. Photo Credit: NaturallyACT

The Box Breakdown

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I really like using no-poo cleansers; however, not all cream cleansers are created equally. Nevertheless I was very pleased with how fresh my hair felt after using the Morning JoyPhoto Credit: Everbutter

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Don’t you just love the name, this deep conditioner is so good my hair was so soft all I wanted to do was play in my hair. Photo Credit: Everbutter

 

 

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Chocolate Souffle

Leave-In Conditioner is of my one my favorite items. The smell is amazing. No, like really amazing! It reminded of being at the Bellagio Spa. My hair was super soft and made detangling extremely easy. Photo Credit: Everbutter

buttermint-smoothie-moisturizing-cremeButtermint Smoothie Moisturizing Creme

This product and truly become stable in my hair regimen. I use the smoothie on both freshly washed hair and to refresh an old twist-out. Photo Credit: Everbutter

 

genesis-hair-butterGenesis

Hair Butter is my absolute favorite item in this box. My hair looks and feels so amazing. The moisture retention in this product is next level. Genesis hair butter locs in all the goodness from the moisturizing cream making my hair shine. My hair tends to be very dry and look ashy (yes my hair looks ashy sometimes) yet this butter leaves my hair shiny but not greasy #LOVE. Photo Credit: Everbutter

 


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The moisturizing spray works so well to refresh my day three and four  twist-out. I used with a little genesis butter and my hair gets that extra boost of goodness. Photo Credit: Everbutter

 

 

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The EverButter Love box

This line has everything needed to feed your hair, keep it feeling and looking amazing! My hair tends to be on the dry side naturally; however, the right products can make a world of difference. The Love Box comes in 3 sizes: small, large, and extra large and the price ranges from $25.00 – $105.00. As a blogger I am constantly investing and/or have products sent to me to try, so I chose to get the small Love Box. I should have gotten the large box. Photo Credit: NaturallyACT

The Coupon Code

img_5875I love these products so much that I had to reach out to the owners Bryant & Kummbareh Owens and get you 10% OFF All EverButter Products. The Coupon Code is: Naturally_ACT and will be active through my birthday month October 30, 2016. Let me know if you order and be sure to share you results on Naturally ACT Community Facebook Page. Check out all the EverButter Products at www.everbutter.com BTW: There customer service and order turnaround is impeccable!

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#HappyWednesday 

Lots has been happening in the Naturally ACT world!! I have been working on a few projects that I really hope you will love, more info coming soon! 

I’m really excited about creating a new way for us to connect. I’ve gotten several requests asking how you all can connect with each other beyond attending NaturallyACT events. As a result Naturally ACT Community was created, a Facebook group page that will allow you to share your experience. This group is designed as a place of encouragement and inspiration so feel free to share tips related to hair care and healthy lifestyle options.

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INHMD – International Natural Hair Meetup Day {Benton Harbor, Michigan}

IMG_2693On Saturday, May 21, 2016 I attended International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD). Hosted by Serenity’s Hair (Dashuna Broyles) in Benton Harbor, Michigan. INHMD is an annual one-day event where women gather in over 50 cities, in 5 countries, spanning over 4 continents, all on the same day. This year’s event was presented by made beautiful-logo (the title sponsor).

INHMD purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing, and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meet-ups on the same day.

Sereniy HairjpgDashuna Broyles of Serenity’s Hair hosted the Michigan  location in Benton Harbor.  She did a wonderful job with this meet-up. The focus for this event included: length and moisture retention, heat-free and protective styling, and showcase hair products and styling tools to assist with your future styling needs.

INHMD CaresOne of the event highlight was INHMD Cares a philanthropic initiative that focused on Heart Health/Disease Awareness and Blessing Bags for the Homeless. Dashuna talked about the importance of heart health. Attendees also had the opportunity to either donate financial when purchasing ticket or bring travel size toiletries to be given to a local homeless shelter.

Doors opened at 5:00pm with an hour of mix and mingle, attendees also had the opportunity network with other naturals, shop with local vendors and have refreshments. The formal program began around 6:00pm with an icebreaker, more vendor shopping, the Panel Discussion included Josephine White, Betty Fudge-Fisher, Shanequa Kemp, and Mona Banks, a Live Music Performance featuring Yolanda Lavender. Every attendee received a Swag Bags and there were lots of fun raffles.

PS. Congrats Dashuna on your recent engagement!!

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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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Flexirods Pictured Flexirods

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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How To Workshop – March 19th

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Join me this Saturday, March 19th for a hands on “How To” natural workshop... attendees can test natural hair products and get real hands on experience.

Learn some of the hottest styles for hair natural including  twist out, a quick up-do and get protective styling tips. Come with freshly washed and detangled hair. (Those who are uncomfortable with attending with your hair “undone”  feel free to come and learn).

ONLINE/PRE-REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Basic Styling Tools
  • Styling Products
  • How To workbook 
  • and More 

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ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY MARCH 18TH | LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, *DOES NOT GUARANTEE A GIFT BAG.

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Naturally Curly-logo 10 CAN’T-MISS NATURAL HAIR EVENTS HAPPENING IN MARCH 

Want to know what’s happening in the natural hair world this month? No need to look elsewhere. This is your guide to 10 natural hair events happening this month. So mark your calendars, here are the upcoming natural hair events the month of March. –www.naturallycurly.com


Naturally ACT interactive workshops  focuses on enabling and empowering women & girls of all hair textures to embrace and love their natural hair.  These workshops are designed to help ALL naturals including curly, wavy, coily, kinky,  loc’ed and transitioning naturals.

“My goal is for youTo understand you hair and learn ways to rock you curls, kinky coils, sew-in, wig etc. with confidants, it’s not just about natural hair is about healthy hair!!  – Aleka “Naturally ACT” 

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curlBOX Natural January 2016 Unboxing & Review | The Mane Choice

IMG_6448If you aren’t familiar, let me tell you about the movement that is curlBox, founded by Ms. Myleik Teele. curlBox is a game changer providing exclusive, affordable and effortless way to explore hair care products that are delivered monthly to your doorstep.  In addition to the curlBox brand that includes curlBOX Natural, cBdopedeal and curlBOX Body Myleik offers fantastic information via her top-notch podcast that offers entrepreneur and #BlackGirlMagic advice. Learn more about her by visiting mytaughtyou.com 

curlBox Natural is a non-monthly subscription box that includes full and sometimes sample sized products designed for curly hair. To learn more about CB and get the list go to www.curlbox.com

Now to the good stuff… curlBOX natural Volume XI is all about #growthgoals with The Mane Choice Hair Solution, these products are all about getting longer hair, stronger nails, and healthier skin. Focusing on the inside and out. The Mane Choice offers vitamin supplements, a variety hair products and tools. Be sure to check out www.themanechoice.com to see all they have to offer and to learn more about the founder Coutney Adelye.

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

The January 2016 box breakdown The Mane Choice_NaturallyACT_Line
  • Manetabolism Plus Healthy Hair Growth & Retention Vitamin ($25.99) *Not pictured.
  • Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Growth Oil ($11.99)
  • Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99)
  • Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Conditioner ($13.99)
  • Soft As Can Be 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($12.99)

The Mane Choice Manetabolism Plus Healthy Hair Growth & Retention Vitamin  ($25.99) 

new-mantabolism-plus_medium_782c2f46-1f11-4958-bee6-0aee6f812980_largeThese vitamins supplements support hair growth from the inside out. I actually have two bottles. Received one in this box and one from a natural hair event. I’m excited to see how my hair transforms.  *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


The Mane Choice Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Growth Oil ($11.99)

Growth OilI used this oil so quickly, it feels so good on my scalp. The oil is known to help hair growth by stimulating slow and or inactive hair follicles. The oil is lightweight; perfect for scalp treatments. I used daily with my scalp invigorator to help sooth and massage my scalp.  *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown



Shampoo
The Mane Choice Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99)

I really love this shampoo, it’s hands down one of the best detanglers I have used. My hair is prone to single strand knots and is easily tangled. This shampoo made my wash day so much for effective almost eliminating the big knots and tangles. After shampooing I was easy about to comb through my hair.  *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


ConditionerThe Mane Choice Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Conditioner ($13.99)

The conditioner is very hydrating the blend of Biotin and Vitamin E left my hair shining. I almost wanted to leave it in. Along with the shampoo I was able to comb through my hair with ease. I also like the pleasant smell it was not to strong.*Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


Conditoner 2The Mane Choice Soft As Can Be 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($12.99)

I was a little sceptical of this product because it’s 3-in-1. Most products that claim to have multiple benefits don’t work that well for me. However, I have found this to be everything it claims to be. The 3-in-1 serves as a pre-cleanse detangler, a creamy co-wash, and a daily leave-in moisturizer. My hair not only felt amazing it was soft and easy to comb through. Tried it as a rinse-out and leave-in, the results were both great although I prefer to use it a s leave-in. *Photo Credit: curlBox.com/box-breakdown


ADDITIONAL INFO

I purchased the January 2016 curlBox Natural for $40 included shipping. According to www.themanechoice.com the total value of products range from $61.98  to $77.95.  (YES it’s worth it!!)

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Note: you can also order the: Easy On The CURLS & Soft As Can Be Trio (Shampoo & Conditioning Set ($35.99)

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SAVE THE DATE How To Interactive Workshop March 19th

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Naturally ACT focus on enabling and empowering women of all hair textures to embrace and love their natural hair thought interactive workshops and hands-on classes. 

This “How To” workshop is schedule for March 19, 2016. Attendees will have the opportunity to test products from various brands while learn styling techniques such as Twist Out, quick up-dos and protective styling tips. 

This workshop was created to help naturals understand their hair and learn ways to rock their curls, kinky and coils with confidants.

Tickets available at NaturallyACTHowTo.Eventbrite.com  | Click here to join my mailing list